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NEW GALLERY SPACES OPENING IN 2016
In December 2016, our fourth floor will be transformed into a new destination for historical education and innovation. During the current renovation, objects from our permanent collection are on view throughout the Museum.
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Iron broiler; barrel stave with one end bent to form a hook and other into concentric circles.
This broiler was excavated by Reginald P. Bolton and others at a military camp on the east side of Broadway at Arden Street in Washington Heights, Manhattan. Built after the surrender of Fort Washington by American forces on November 16, 1776, the camp was occupied by British and Hessian troops until evacuation in 1783. Soldiers made the broiler from a barrel stave, and probably used it to cook rations.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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