For Immediate Release
DAR Joins in Support of the Museum of the American Revolution
WASHINGTON, DC – The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is proud to announce its support of the Campaign for the Museum of the American Revolution, a ground-breaking new museum set to open in Philadelphia in 2017.
“The DAR was founded in 1890 to preserve the memory and spirit of those individuals who contributed to America’s fight for independence and for 125 years, our members have passionately sought to tell the stories of our Revolutionary forefathers,” said Lynn Young, DAR President General. “Without question , the DAR’s missions of historic preservation, education and patriotism are keenly in line with the goals of the Museum of the American Revolution. We are proud to be a partner with the Museum of the American Revolution in our shared educational goal to ensure future generations understand the importance and relevance of the inspiring ideals of the American Revolution and are grateful for the sacrifices of our founding generation.”
With the vision to open a major national museum to tell the complete story of the American Revolution, the Museum of the American Revolution is closing in on its campaign goals to raise $150 million to establish and sustain the Museum. The Museum has broken ground and started construction on their site in the historic heart of Philadelphia. The site was acquired through a land exchange with the National Park Service and is just two blocks from Independence Hall, across the street from Carpenter’s Hall, where the Continental Congress first met, and within a block of Benjamin Franklin’s home.
As one element of support, the DAR will provide a gift of a grant to underwrite the framing and installation within the Museum of a hand-painted copy of the Siege of Yorktown (1781), a monumental 19th century painting by French artist Louis-Charles Auguste Couder which hangs in the Hall of the Battles in the Palace of Versailles. This striking painting, which measures over 13 feet by 17 feet, must be stretched, varnished, hung and framed to the wall. Once hung, the painting will be seen from the first floor, drawing visitors up the stairs into the Museum’s large interior court as they begin the museum experience.
For more information about the Museum of the American Revolution, visit www.AmRevMuseum.org.
For more information about the Daughters of the American Revolution, visit www.dar.org.