Inclusive Story of the American Revolution Told Through Art and Drama
“Liberty,” a new exhibit in the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, seeks to tell a more inclusive story of the American Revolution by introducing visitors to people critical to building the nation—yet whose names they’ve likely never heard. The museum’s new special exhibition immerses visitors in the dramatic and research-based works of nationally renowned historical artist Don Troiani to bring the compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events of the American Revolution to life. Troiani’s paintings capture the reality and drama of crucial moments in American history, such as the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill, General Washington’s daring 1776 attack on Trenton, the 1777 Battles of Saratoga and Oriskany, and the Franco-American victory at Yorktown in 1781.
The exhibit unveils one of Troiani’s latest works, “Brave Men as Ever Fought,” a painting of the young African American sailor and Philadelphian James Forten witnessing Black and Native American troops in the ranks of the Continental Army as they march past Independence Hall on their way to Yorktown, Virginia. A first-person theatrical performance about Forten’s life will accompany the exhibit to engage school groups.
In early 2022, Liberty will be made permanently available to virtual visitors from around the world through an online experience of 360-degree, high-resolution panoramic images and much more. Virtual distance learning programs and teacher professional development opportunities focusing on the exhibit will also be available. A full teachers resource guide will debut in 2022, in conjunction with the virtual tour. Teachers can get a jumpstart with Unit 1: Researching the Revolution.
Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is being celebrated around the world from December 6 to 12, 2021, as a way to promote computer science across the enterprise with students, families, educators, businesses, and communities. During CSEdWeek, educators and families are encouraged to organize an Hour of Code to recognize the importance of inspiring students of all ages to better understand computer science and codingconcepts, and advocate for equity. Here is a sampling of resources and events to help guide participation in CSEdWeek.
Smithsonian Discovery Theater’s performances unite ideologies, enact themes that reflect the diversity of its audiences, open avenues of self-reflection, and offer an enjoyable means for parents and teachers to demonstrate life’s lessons.