History comes alive for the whole family with Living History Days at the New-York Historical Society! Do you want to know what life was like in the 18th century? Please join us as re-enactment troops and Living History actors recreate the world of Revolutionary America. Living History Days will feature appearances by troops of the Colonial, Loyalist, British and Hessian armies and, on select days, actors portraying Revolutionary heroes, including George Washington, Benjamin and Deborah Franklin and the Marquis de Lafayette. Living History Days are produced in conjunction with the exhibition, Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn.
Living History Days are free with Museum admission.
Speaker & Group Bio(s)
As the first all-Black regiment in America, the 1st Rhode Island Regiment was assembled into service in late 1776 and early 1777. The Regiment fought in the battle of Newport in 1778, spent the infamous winter at Valley Forge, and participated in the Yorktown campaign without receiving any post-war compensation for their efforts. Since 2002, the 1st Rhode Island re-enactors have portrayed the regiment by recreating battles and encampments and presenting programs to audiences in an attempt to educate them about the role of African-Americans in the war effort.
The Infanterie Regiment von Donop was part of the 12,000 Hessian troops hired by the British to fight in the Revolution. In 1776, the regiment partook in Washington’s defeat at the Battle of Long Island and captured 80 Continental soldiers. After participating in the attacks on Fort Washington in Manhattan, the regiment stayed in New York City until they were sent to Philadelphia the following year to fight in the Battles of Brandywine and Germantown. The regiment went back to New York City in 1778 and remained there until they returned to their German homeland at the end of the war.
The New Jersey Militia, Heard's Brigade under Colonel Nathaniel Heard was formed in June 1775 to reinforce the Continental army in New York City. Heard’s Brigade went to Long Island to disarm loyalists when it became clear that was where the British would strike next. During Britain’s capturing of New York City, the brigade partook in Washington’s Northern retreat and was quartered in the Bronx.
For More Information:
Please contact the Department of Public Programs at (212) 485-9205 for more information about this program.
The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024