Delaware Grand Opening Celebration
Thursday, March 23, 2017 Is Your Day, Delaware
A Patriotic Salute to Delaware!
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.
Delaware was featured on March 23.
Welcoming Ceremony 11:00 am
Grand Corridor and Artillery Amphitheater
We honored the State of Delaware 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—Classroom and Lawn
Ferguson Event Lawn 12:30 pm
1st Delaware Regiment
Fifes & Drums
Classroom 1:00 pm
Kim R. Burdick, Author
“Revolutionary Delaware: Independence in the First State”
Classroom 2:00 pm
Wade Catts, Historian & Archeologist
“Battle of Cooch’s Bridge September 3, 1777″
Classroom 3:00 pm
Christopher Mlynarczyk, Commander
“Captain Robert Kirkwood and the 1st Delaware Regiment”
Classroom Program – Panel Discussion 4:00 pm
“Delaware’s Signers and Soldiers”
• Gloria Henry—”John Dickinson”
• Connie Cooper—”Caesar Rodney”
• Sarah Zimmerman —”Colonel John Haslet”
Delaware’s American Revolution Story
Originally the home of the Unami Lenape, the First State was settled by the Dutch and Swedes in the 1630s. In December, 1663, the Netherlands transferred property rights to England. One hundred years later, the “Lower Three Counties of Pennsylvania” began to challenge English rule. Protest leaders included John Dickinson, Thomas McKean, George Read and Caesar Rodney. In December, 1775, the Continental Congress decreed that a Delaware Regiment be established. Six months later, Delawareans declared independence, both from Britain and from Pennsylvania. By unanimous vote, on December 7, 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constitution.
Find Delaware trip planning tools on http://www.visitdelaware.com/, where you can discover information about Revolutionary War sites.
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