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Spring 2018

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12 SAR MAGAZINE 14 SAR MAGAZINE can print and post broadsides to the Liberty Tree through the interactive media display or operate a metal engraving plate to create their own paper impression for a keepsake. The Prelude to Revolution gallery ends with the Declaration of Independence exhibit—"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." The Declaration of Independence, the first formal notice of intent to separate from British rule, was the culmination of the Colonies' struggles and their unified statement of defiance against the Crown. Through a large touchscreen monitor, visitors will explore the SAR Center's Declaration of Independence in greater detail, from Thomas Jefferson's earliest known draft to the famous handwritten copy from July 4, 1776, signed by the Founders, and finally to the printed version that was published throughout the Colonies. The interactive display also will provide a dynamic view of the Declaration as it was contemplated and created, with the words fading and reappearing as they are crossed out and replaced, indicating that each signer understood the dangers of being labeled a traitor to the Crown. Revolutionary War This gallery, the largest in the museum, will represent the heart and soul of the visitor experience. The first exhibit will offer visitors the rare opportunity to view an original 13-star American flag next to a 1776 map of America. This genuine symbol endured throughout the war and signified Colonial unity and ideals. A Uniforms and Equipment exhibit will show a sharp contrast between the well-trained and equipped British Army, the fledgling Continental Army and the homespun volunteer militias. A simple glimpse at the uniforms of both American and British fighters, as well as their muskets, bayonets, powder horns and more, reveal those stark differences. The interactive touch screen, next to a glass cabinet uniform display, will allow visitors to see the various uniforms worn by different units in each army. The War Comes Home exhibit will show a Colonial home, where visitors will hear surprising stories of remarkable wartime individuals, particularly women, who followed armies into war and even served in combat. A Valley Forge diorama will provide a detailed view of Gen. Washington's winter camp, from the Continental Army's struggles with starvation, disease and inadequate supplies to the rigorous training and organization required even in the dead of winter. An interactive display will provide an opportunity to learn about specific points of interest and hear stories from the men and women who endured the harsh conditions at Valley Forge. The Bonhomme Richard exhibit will contain a large-scale model of the American warship Bonhomme Richard, which famously took on the HMS Serapis during the Battle of Flamborough Head in 1779. The boom of cannon and crack of wood will be heard. Battle-worn and scarred by cannon fire, the ship will be seen still afloat and still fighting, while the American flag waves proudly behind. Through augmented reality, visitors will witness the bold actions of John Paul Jones and crew, resulting in a victory that galvanized French support of America during the War for Independence. Visitors can explore the Timeline of the Revolutionary War on a sweeping, wall-size graphic. Every major event and battle from the Declaration of Independence and the Siege of Vincennes to the end of the war is to be displayed. Along the timeline, artifacts and narratives will tell the moving stories of the real people who fought and died during this turbulent time in American history. On a tabletop interactive display, visitors will be able to delve deeper into such pivotal Revolutionary War battles as Trenton, Saratoga, Charleston and the Siege of Pensacola. Selecting a particular battle on this interactive display will highlight key players, strategies and outcomes. The contributions of women, Native Americans and minorities also will be highlighted. Keeping in mind that our location on West Main Street in Louisville is next to the legendary Fort Nelson, there will be a mock-up of Fort Nelson. Visitors will learn about Revolutionary War hero George Rogers Clark's Northwest Territory campaign and, through their NFC wristband, view Louisville today from the fort's original location. In other exhibits, visitors can learn about the Secret Revolution. Through letters, diaries, newspaper articles and personal narratives, the activities of John Andre, Nathan Hale and James Armistead Lafayette will be exposed, gaining entry to the dark and dangerous world of espionage in Revolutionary America. The World at War gallery will teach visitors how key European nations (e.g., France, Spain and the Netherlands) and figures, including the Marquis de Lafayette, Comte de Rochambeau, Comte de Grasse and Gens. Louis Duportail, Bernardo de Galvez and Thaddeus Kosciuszko, supported the Colonies and influenced the conflict. Finally, the Surrender at Yorktown exhibit, featuring a copy of John Trumbull's dramatic painting, "Surrender of Lord Cornwallis," will greet visitors as they near the end of the Revolutionary War on American soil. Visitors will feel the battlefield frenzy as the story unfolds, ending with Benjamin Lincoln's reception of Cornwallis' surrendered sword. A Continental Army drum will be displayed to signify the importance of musicians during battle. American Cincinnatus The American Cincinnatus gallery will provide visitors a glimpse into America's bright future and an opportunity to focus on the accomplishments of George Washington. Washington's decision to eschew power and retire to Mount Vernon mirrors the life of the ancient Roman statesman, Cincinnatus, who left his farm to preside over the Roman Empire during crisis, only to relinquish power when the threat receded. Washington's portrait will hang prominently alongside a large, bronze bust, while interactive touchscreens highlight key moments of his life and legacy. Establishing Liberty Theater Visitors can take a front-row seat in the Assembly Room of Philadelphia's historic Independence Hall in the summer of 1787 as delegates debate and George Washington reaffirms their mission to forge a new and lasting American government and Constitution. Contentious conversations

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