Rhode Island Grand Opening Celebration

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 Is Your Day, Rhode Island

A Patriotic Salute to Rhode Island!

The Grand Opening Celebration of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown commenced with 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.



Rhode Island was featured on April 4.


Welcoming Ceremony                                      11 a.m.

Grand Corridor and Artillery Amphitheater


We honored the State of Rhode Island and salute 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.

John E. Concannon, DO, Historian

“The Burning of the Gaspee”



Classroom Program –                                                             1:45 p.m.

Don H. Hagist, Editor, Journal of the American Revolution

“The Battle of Rhode Island”



Classroom Program –                                                             2:30 p.m.

Trish Woodard, Nathanael Green Homestead

“History of the Nathanael Greene Homestead”



Classroom Program –                                                              3:00 p.m.

David C. Lavery, Right Worshipful Grand Historian
Masonic Grand Lodge of Rhode Island
“The Ancient Mystic Tie: Fraternal Relationships of the American Revolution”


Classroom Program                                                                 4:00 p.m.

Roseanna S. Gorham, Chairperson, W3R-NHT-RI

“Washington-Roachambeau Route: The Trail & Its Treasures”



Evening Speaker –                                                                    7:00 p.m.

Sarah Goldberger, Ph.D., Historian
“In the Shadow of Yorktown Monument: the U.S. Navy & the Rise of American Sea Power”


Rhode Island’s Revolutionary War Story


Initially inhabited by the Wampanoag, Narragansett, and Niantic tribal nations, Rhode Island was settled by Roger Williams in 1636. It was the first colony to formally declare independence on May 4, 1776. The Battle of Rhode Island was fought in 1778 as the first joint American-French effort to expel the British from Newport. French General Rochambeau arrived with 6,000 troops to aid the American effort. Stephen Hopkins, colonial governor and first chancellor of Brown University was also a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Nathanael Greene led American forces in the Southern Campaign. Rhode Island became the 13th state to ratify the Constitution on May 29th, 1790.


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