Connecticut Grand Opening Celebration

Monday, March 27, 2017 Is Your Day, Connecticut

A Patriotic Salute to Connecticut!

The Grand Opening Celebration of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown commenced 13 days of festivities on March 23-April 4, 2017, with a patriotic salute to each of America’s 13 original states, tours of expansive gallery exhibits, and military music and 18th-century interpretive experiences in the newly expanded Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm.

 

Connecticut was featured on March 27.

 

Welcoming Ceremony                                             11 a.m.
Grand Corridor and Artillery Amphitheater

 

We honored the State of Connecticute and saluted its brave men and women who fought for our independence. State officials and members of state heritage organizations and historical societies gathered at 11 a.m. in the museum lobby for a progressive ceremony through sections of permanent exhibition galleries and along the American Revolution Grand Corridor, where the state emblem was adjoined to a permanent exhibit honoring the first 13 states. The procession continued to the Artillery Amphitheater at 11:30 a.m., where the state flag was presented in a ceremonial display with welcoming remarks. A flag raising concluded with an artillery salute.

 

 

Afternoon Activities – Education Center Classrooms

 

 

Classroom Program –                                                                 1:00 p.m.

James Gallagher, Historian

“Connecticut during the American Revolution”

 

 

 

Classroom Program –                                                                  2:00 p.m.

Rebecca Gavin, Connecticut Historical Society

“Tories, Spies and Traitors: Divided Loyalty in Revolutionary Connecticut”

 

 

 

Classroom Program                                                                           3:00 p.m.

Melissa Traub, Exhibitions & Collections, Connecticut Historical Society

“Collecting the Revolution: Highlights from the Connecticut Historical Society”

 

 

 

Classroom Program –                                                                   4:00 p.m.

James Gallagher, Historian

“Connecticut’s Signers and Soldiers”

 

 

Connecticut’s Revolutionary War Story

Connecticut was first settled by the Dutch in the early 1600s in an area originally inhabited by Algonquian tribal nations. Later, Puritans from the Massachusetts Bay Colony established English settlements in what would become the Connecticut Colony. During the American Revolution, Connecticut became known as the Provision State, providing much needed supplies to the Continental Army. Early patriot leaders who signed the Declaration of Independence include Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams and Oliver Wolcott. State military leaders include Generals Israel Putnam, Benedict Arnold and David Wooster, while Silas Deane was America’s first Envoy to France. Deane helped to secure French aid for the American effort. On January 9, 1788, Connecticut became the 5th state to ratify the Constitution. Later, Puritans from the Massachusetts Bay Colony established English settlements in what would become the Connecticut Colony. During the American Revolution, Connecticut became known as the Provision State, providing much needed supplies to the Continental Army. Early patriot leaders who signed the Declaration of Independence include Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams and Oliver Wolcott. State military leaders include Generals Israel Putnam, Benedict Arnold and David Wooster, while Silas Deane was America’s first Envoy to France. Deane helped to secure French aid for the American effort. On January 9, 1788, Connecticut became the 5th state to ratify the Constitution.

 

Learn more about Connecticut’s Revolutionary War history at ctvisit.com.

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