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American Revolution Museum at Yorktown in Progress

Demolition of 1970s Yorktown Victory Center building
Demolition of 1970s Yorktown Victory Center building

Demolition of the 1970s Yorktown Victory Center building, shown in progress on June 16, is making way for construction of additional parking and outdoor interpretive areas and amenities.

“Liberty Fever”
Liberty Fever montage

Scenes for “Liberty Fever,” which will debut in the museum theater with the opening of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown in late 2016, were filmed by Cortina Productions May 27-30, 2015. The film features an early 19th-century storyteller who has traveled the country, gathering stories about the American Revolution. He shares these accounts with his audience using a moving panorama presentation of the time period. Through silhouettes and shadow puppets interwoven with live-action film segments, the viewer will witness “liberty fever” in the stories of people who lived during the Revolution.

Fabrication of Exhibit Cases
Exhibit cases

Fabrication of exhibit cases, shown on May 28, 2015, for the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown permanent galleries is underway at Design and Production Incorporated (D&P) headquarters in Lorton, Virginia. The case on the left will hold a portrait of King George III; the case on the right will contain a life-size plaster statue of George Washington that once stood in the U.S. Capitol.

Campaign for Support
Patriot's party at Yorktown Victory Center

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Campaign for Support was launched May 12, 2015, with the announcement that $10.4 million of a $15 million goal had been achieved for private gifts and grants to support gallery exhibits, outdoor exhibits and educational resources, as well as the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., Annual Fund. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe was guest speaker at the campaign kickoff event and, with First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and event guests, participated on a preview tour of the new museum’s permanent galleries, currently under construction. Mari Ann and Charles Banks (seated), shown in top left photo with Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., President Clifford Fleet and Immediate Past President Sue Gerdelman, are co-chairs of the Campaign.

Cornerstone set in place
Cornerstone montage

The cornerstone for the future American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, originally dedicated on May 10, 2013, was set into place on May 13, 2015. Present at the ceremony event were (left to right) Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., President Clifford B. Fleet; Foundation, Inc., Past President Reginald N. Jones; Foundation, Inc., Immediate Past President Sue H. Gerdelman; Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Chairman Emeritus Stuart W. Connock; Foundation Chairman Emeritus L. Ray Ashworth, and Virginia Senator Thomas K. Norment, Jr., past Foundation Chair.

Dome in the Declaration of Independence gallery
Dome of Declaration of Independence gallery

Fiberglass pieces are installed, on May 7, 2015, in the domed ceiling of a Declaration of Independence exhibit in the “Revolution” section of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown galleries. The exhibit will feature a July 1776 broadside printing of the Declaration.

Community open house
Community open house at Yorktown Victory Center

More than 370 nearby residents turned out for a Community Open House at the Yorktown Victory Center on April 19, 2015, featuring guided tours of the new museum building.

“Winged Victory” installed in new museum lobby
Winged Victory statue installed in new museum lobby

The replica statue of Nike of Samothrace, or “Winged Victory,” that formerly graced the plaza outside the previous Yorktown Victory Center gallery building, was installed in the lobby of the new museum building on April 15, 2015. The 20th-century copy of a third century, B.C, Greek original, was the gift of Nick and Mary Mathews, benefactors of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, and has been displayed at the Yorktown museum since 1996.

Liberty’s Call
Liberty's Call

Liberty’s Call, produced by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation video production team, was added to the rotation of films in the new theater on April 14, 2015. The new film combines period images with present-day interviews to explore the American ideal of liberty from its inception to the establishment of a national government and across time to today. Work is underway on a signature film to debut in conjunction with the museum’s transformation into the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown by late 2016.

Food Service debuts in new museum building
Food Service area in new museum

Food service debuted in the new museum building café on April 3, 2015.