Revolution: NYC & the War for Independence
Every Saturday and Sunday between July 4 –September 27, 2015
Note: This exhibition takes place on Governors Island at House 18 in Nolan Park
Using reproductions of historic documents, artifacts, and works of art, our Student Historian Teen Leaders have curated a nuanced installation that sheds light on the lives of both soldier and civilian New Yorkers during the Revolutionary War. Utilized by both American patriots and the British alike during the war, Governors Island sets the stage for the pop-up exhibition.
The Student Historian Program is a comprehensive internship and youth development program that gives students vocational and academic training, public speaking and leadership skills, and an increased understanding of American art and history. To create this pop-up exhibition, Teen Leaders rolled up their sleeves—working with librarians, curators, and educators, they conducted extensive research within the N-YHS archives. From their exploration of primary documents, as well as classroom and Museum learning, they have curated this exhibition that captures the experiences of New Yorkers during the American Revolution. The exhibition will feature highlights from the N-YHS collections, as well as hidden gems on display for the first time. The installation will also feature outdoor colonial “kitchen gardens,” with herbs, vegetables, and flowers for visitors to enjoy.
Revolution: NYC & the War for Independence will be open on Saturdays and Sundays all summer and is free to the public. The exhibit will offer drop-in programming designed and operated by the Teen Leaders, including special activities on July 4 weekend to celebrate the arrival of the Hermione in New York City on its unprecedented voyage from France to America.
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