DAR- Donegal Society Bus Trip
The Donegal Society announces a Field Trip to the new Museum of the American Revolution on Saturday, May 20, 2017. The Museum of the American Revolution, which opens in the heart of historic Philadelphia on April 19, will explore the dynamic story of the American Revolution using its rich collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, letters, diaries, and works of art. Immersive galleries, theater experiences, and recreated historical environments will bring to life the events, people, and ideals of our nation’s founding and engage people in the history and continuing relevance of the American Revolution. The Museum is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization.
This field trip will begin at the Donegal Presbyterian Church, Mount Joy, at 8:30 a.m., with a talk by two scholars of local Scots Irish history: Kevin E Shue, Geneologist at Lancasterhistory.org; and Marlene S. Arnold, PhD., Professor of Anthropology at Millersville State University. These speakers will give folks an understanding of who the settlers of the Donegal area were and a background of those among them who were involved in the Revolution. At 9:15 a.m. an Elite Motor Coach will depart and take us to the Museum for an 11:00 a.m. tour. Light refreshments will be available onboard and some local trivia will be exchanged. Experiences at the Museum of the American Revolution will take you into America almost 250 years ago: Whether stepping into an Oneida Indian council house, meeting 14-year-old free African
American James Forten aboard a privateer ship, or examining the 1773 volume “Poems on
Various Subjects” by America’s first published black female poet, museum visitors will see the
diversity of people and opinion of the American founding.
Washington’s Headquarters Tent
A dedicated theater will house one of the most iconic surviving artifacts of the Revolution:
General Washington’s Headquarters Tent, which served as both his office and his sleeping
quarters throughout much of the war. It was within the folds of this tent that key discussions and decisions were made that affected the outcome of the American Revolution. The tent will
be presented as part of a multimedia presentation exploring Washington’s leadership.
At the heart of the museum experience is visitors’ opportunity to engage with the Museum’s rich collection of original historic artifacts. One of the premier collections of its kind, it includes
several thousand objects from the period of the American Revolution, including a number of
George Washington’s personal belongings, as well as an impressive assortment of period
weaponry, soldiers’ and civilians’ personal accoutrements, fine art, and printed works and
manuscripts. These “authentic witnesses” to the events of the American Revolution will illustrate the stories told in each of the core exhibition’s galleries.
Immersive experiences will plunge visitors into the action, and include a gallery featuring a full scale replica of Boston’s Liberty Tree, where the first stirrings of revolt were discussed and
debated; the recreation of an Oneida Indian Nation Meeting House, where the tribe’s leaders
debate whether to join the American cause; the Battlefield Theater, where visitors are placed on the Continental Army’s front lines facing an attack by British soldiers; a view of Independence Hall in disarray during British occupation in Philadelphia; and a large-scale replica of an 18thcentury privateer ship that visitors can board.
An estimated two hours is suggested for touring the Museum.
Lunch is up to each individual. A restaurant is available at the Museum, or you can go out into Independence Mall and enjoy a sandwich or visit a restaurant in the area.
The bus will depart to return to Mount Joy at 4:00 p.m.
The cost of the trip is $50.00, which includes the morning program and refreshments, transportation, and admission to the Museum of the American Revolution.
To make reservations, please send your check to The Donegal Society, 1891 Donegal
Springs Road, Mount Joy, PA 17552. Your reservation must be received by May 5. Please include an email address and your phone number.
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