YORKTOWN, Va., September 19, 2017 – The “AfterWARd: The Revolutionary Veterans Who Built America” special exhibition at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown continues through November 27 with a series of fall performances, public lectures and presentations connecting America’s veterans.
The special exhibition chronicles the post-war lives of veterans of the Siege of Yorktown, including Henry Knox, Alexander Hamilton, James Lafayette and the Marquis de Lafayette. Through artifacts, portraits and interactive exhibits, the exhibition allows visitors to make connections with the lives of soldiers and veterans, past and present. An interactive “Legacy Wall” multimedia display highlights stories and images of veterans from all eras of American history, from Colin Powell and Johnny Cash to Neil Armstrong and Julia Child. Visitors are encouraged to add their own stories to the wall and find personal connections to the veterans of Yorktown.
In addition, a free mobile app, available for Android and iPhone, features videos and interviews with scholars on a variety of topics and expands stories revealed in the “AfterWARd” special exhibition. Visitors can download the app from home or at the museum on Google Play or the Apple App Store.
The special exhibition is sponsored in part by Altria Group, with additional support from the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution, James D. and Pamela J. Penny and Harry and Judy Wason.
Upcoming programs, made possible in part by Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, include:
September 29-30: “The American Soldier, 1774-2015,” 8 p.m. – Based on real stories and accounts from soldiers’ letters written from the American Revolution through Afghanistan, Broadway producer and actor Douglas Taurel reveals the struggles American soldiers face at war and their internal struggles to come back home. The one-man show sheds light on how and why it is so difficult for men and women in the armed services to re-enter everyday life when they come home. Admission to the evening performance is $14.00. Tickets are available online at https://jyfemail.jyf.virginia.gov/eStore.
October 5: “Brothers at Arms” Lecture, 7 p.m. – Larrie D. Ferreiro, an author and Pulitzer Prize finalist, discusses his book “Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It.” The book explores how the American Revolution’s success depended on substantial military assistance provided by France and Spain. Books will be available for purchase. Admission to the lecture is free; advance reservations recommended at (757) 253-4572.
October 12: “The Revolutionary War Lives and Letters of Lucy and Henry Knox” Lecture, 7 p.m. – Phil Hamilton, history professor at Christopher Newport University, launches a new biography that delves into the personal life and marriage of Washington’s chief of artillery. Books will be available for purchase. Admission to the lecture is free; advance reservations recommended at (757) 253-4572.
October 17: “La Fayette” Ballet Selections, 4 p.m. – The story of the Marquis de Lafayette, an iconic symbol of freedom, tolerance and human dignity, and his 1824 return to America is recounted through dance. Visitors can enjoy excerpts from the “La Fayette” ballet, choreographed by Christine Jeannin and performed by The ArtisT troupe of 10 classical and hip-hop dancers. Included with museum admission.
October 18: “Lafayette’s Grand Tour of 1824” Lecture, 1:30 p.m. – Alan Hoffman, president of the American Friends of Lafayette, recounts Lafayette’s momentous return to America 43 years after the end of the Revolution. Included with museum admission. Note: The lecture time was previously scheduled for 7 p.m.
October 18: “The Lafayette Trail” Lecture, 2:15 p.m. – French historian and geographer Julien Icher will discuss his efforts this past year to retrace Lafayette’s 1824 New England tour and share aspects of a new “Lafayette Trail” mobile application with the Consulate General of France in Boston to re-create Lafayette’s historic journey. Included with museum admission.
October 18: “Lafayette and Human Rights” Lecture, 4 p.m. – Discover how the Marquis de Lafayette’s influence in the world went beyond America’s Revolution. Diane Shaw, director of special collections at Lafayette College, traces his work with human rights. Included with museum admission.
November 11: “Stand Up Comedy Night: Veterans Take the Mic,” 8 p.m. – “Stand Up Comedy Night” features the talent of graduates of Comedy Bootcamp, a seven-week workshop offered by the Armed Forces Arts Partnership. Admission is $14.00. Tickets are available online at https://jyfemail.jyf.virginia.gov/eStore.
November 15: “The Legacy of Henry Knox” Lecture, 7 p.m. – Knox Museum Curator Matthew Hansbury discusses the many contributions made by Washington’s chief of artillery in his post-war years as the nation’s first Secretary of War. A special artillery demonstration will precede the talk. Admission to the evening lecture is free; advance reservations recommended at (757) 253-4572.
The special exhibition is included with daytime museum admission: $12.00 for adults, $7.00 for ages 6-12, and free for children under age 6. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is located at 200 Water Street, in Yorktown, Virginia, near Yorktown Battlefield.
Members of the military can purchase in advance discounted admission tickets to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown at most military bases’ MWR/recreation offices.
For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838 or visit https://www.historyisfun.org/yorktown-victory-center/afterward/.