New Hampshire Grand Opening Celebration
Friday, March 31, 2017 Is Your Day, New Hampshire
A Patriotic Salute to New Hampshire!
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.
New Hampshire was featured on March 31.
Welcoming Ceremony 11 a.m.
Grand Corridor and Artillery Amphitheater
We honored the State of New Hampshire 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.
Abby Pietrantonio, American Independence Museum
“New Hampshire during the American Revolution: Historic Artifacts, and Current Preservation Efforts”
Classroom Program – 2:00 p.m.
Callie Stewart, Collections, Bennington Museum
“John Stark and the Battle of Bennington”
Classroom Program – 3:00 p.m.
Glenn F. Williams, Author
“Year of the Hangman: George Washington’s Campaign Against the Iroquois” with a particular focus on John Sullivan, Enoch Poor, and Henry Dearborn”
New Hampshire’s Revolutionary War Story
New Hampshire was first settled by Europeans in 1623 by fisherman David Thompson. In January 1776, it became the first colony to set up an independent government and to establish a constitution. Robert Rogers of Rogers’ Rangers of the French & Indian War was born in the state. The historic attack on Fort William & Mary helped to supply the cannon and ammunition for the early Continental Army, and New Hampshire Militia participated in the Battles of Bunker Hill, Bennington, Saratoga and Rhode Island. Generals John Stark and John Sullivan hailed from the state, and New Hampshire became the 9th state to ratify the Constitution on June 21st , 1788.
Learn more about New Hampshire’s Revolutionary War history at www.visitnh.gov.
Directions for Purchasing Tickets
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- Click on the “Buy Now” link under History Is Fun on the left hand side of the page.
- Enter approximate date of travel.
- Scroll down and enter the quantity of Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown combination tickets you plan to purchase and choose “Add to Cart.”
- Select “Checkout.” You are ready for your fun-filled adventure!