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American Revolution Museum at Yorktown in Progress


Photography Display Features Long-Lived Witnesses to Revolution
I Was There display-web

A small number of people who lived during the American Revolution survived long enough to have their likenesses preserved in the mid-19th century by the new technology of photography. The stories of seven individuals appear along with their photographic likenesses in a new “I Was There” wall display at the Yorktown Victory Center that will remain in place after the transition to American Revolution Museum at Yorktown in late 2016. Among the subjects are Revolutionary War veterans Conrad Heyer, who crossed the Delaware River in December 1776 with Washington’s Continental Army troops to attack the Hessians at Trenton; Sarah Osborn Benjamin, who carried food and coffee to the troops at the Siege of Yorktown in 1781; and Nicholas G. Veeder, who told about the Revolution through artifacts he collected and displayed in his museum in Scotia, New York, until his death in 1862.


Walkway construction underway
Montage of progress on walkway

Photographed from two perspectives on October 25, 2015, construction is underway on a brick walkway linking the museum building to the Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm. The outdoor interpretive areas will be reconstructed over the next year.


Preparing to build outdoor walkway
Preparing to build outdoor walkway at Yorktown Victory Center

Preparations are underway on October 6 to build a walkway linking the museum building to the Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm, which will be reconstructed over the next year. The grass-covered berm next to the walkway separates the interpretive areas from visitor parking.


Bringing the American Revolution to Life

This video, prepared by Outreach Education and Special Services staff, details progress on construction of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, slated to open in late 2016.


Future farm site
Future farm site at Yorktown Victory Center

Work is underway as of September 20, 2015, on preparing the site of the former Yorktown Victory Center museum building for construction of the Revolution-era farm and an adjacent picnic area. The corncrib has been moved into place, and a new farmhouse, separate kitchen, quarters for enslaved people, tobacco barn and work shed will be built.


Gallery Exhibit Cases for New Museum Delivered
Exhibit cases for the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown permanent galleries, fabricated by Design an Production Incorporated, were delivered on September 2, 2015.

Exhibit cases for the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown permanent galleries, fabricated by Design and Production Incorporated, were delivered on September 2, 2015.


Removal of the 1976 Yorktown Victory Center building complete
Preparation of site for farm-8-15

With removal of the 1976 Yorktown Victory Center building complete, work is underway on preparing the site for construction of additional visitor parking, a picnic area and the re-created Revolution-era farm. Photographed August 28, 2015.


“Creating Our New Museum” Exhibit
Creating Our New Museum scenes

A new exhibit, “Creating Our New Museum,” opened on August 11 at the Yorktown Victory Center, providing an interactive preview of the permanent exhibition galleries and introductory film that will premiere with the museum’s transition to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown in late 2016. Above, visitors try on 18th century costumes on a stage with a colorful period backdrop and peruse an exhibit case featuring 18th-century artifacts, including a portrait of British Admiral Richard Howe.


Testing screen and seat locations in new “Siege” theater
Museum operations staff testing screen and seat locations for the “Siege” experiential theater in the “Revolution” section of the new museum galleries on July 26, 2015.

Museum operations staff test screen and seat locations for the “Siege of Yorktown” experiential theater in the “Revolution” section of the new museum galleries on July 26, 2015.


Figures Created for Gallery Dioramas
life-cast figures

These life-cast figures, photographed on July 23, 2015, at Studio EIS in Brooklyn, are being created for display in dioramas in the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown galleries. Depicting scenes at a wharf (at left) and a foundry, they will appear in “The Changing Relationship – Britain and America” section of the galleries.