Pennsylvania Grand Opening Celebration

Friday, March 24, 2017 Is Your Day, Pennsylvania

A Patriotic Salute to Pennsylvania!

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.



Pennsylvania was featured on March 24.



Welcoming Ceremony       11:00am

Grand Corridor and Artillery Amphitheater


We honored the State of Pennsylvania 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


Ferguson Event Lawn                                                                 10:00 a.m.-5 p.m.

Michael Kochan
“Dr. Benjamin Franklin, Scientist”



Education Center Classroom Programs –                                                    

Hobie Cawood, Independence National Historic Park                                     1:00 p.m.

“ The Continental Congress & the Pennsylvania State House: Laying the Foundation for American Independence”


Andrew Outten, Brandywine Battlefield                                                 2:00 p.m.
“The Battles of Brandywine & Germantown”


Jim Christ, Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund                                      2:45 p.m.

“The British Surprise Attack on the Patriots at Paoli”


Beth Beatty, Fort Mifflin                                                                             3:30 p.m.

“The attack and defense of Fort Mifflin, key to Philadelphia”


Dr. Nancy K. Loane, Valley Forge National Park                            4:15 p.m.
“The Winter Encampment at Valley Forge and the Making of the Continental Army”




Evening Speaker –                                                        

Michael Harris, Author & Historian                                          7:00 p.m.

“Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America”



Pennsylvania’s Revolutionary War Story

Pennsylvania was first established by Europeans in 1681, when King Charles of England provided a Land Charter to William Penn. When the 13 colonies met to decide independence, Philadelphia hosted the 1st and 2nd Continental Congresses. The British invaded the city during the “Philadelphia Campaign” that led to the battles of Brandywine, Paioli, Germantown, Fort Mifflin, and the Continental Encampment at Valley Forge where Militia troops were trained by Baron Von Steuben. Signers of the Declaration of Independence included Ben Franklin, George Clymer, Robert Morris, John Morton, George Ross, Benjamin Rush, James Smith, George Taylor, and James Wilson. U.S. Constitution signers, which Pennsylvania ratified on December 12th, 1787, were George Clymer, Thomas Fitzsimmons, Ben Franklin, Jared Ingersoll, Thomas Mifflin, Gouverneur Morris, Robert Morris, and James Wilson.


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