PSSR SUPPORTS CONSERVATION OF COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF'S STANDARD
ARC's new wordmark was inspired by the stars in the Commander-in-Chief's Standard, one of the national treasures in ARC's collection.
The Center is grateful to the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution (PSSR) for their $50,000 grant that will support the conservation of one of the most important historical treasures in ARC's collection, the Commander-in-Chief's Standard. The Standard is one of the most significant surviving flags of the American Revolution. It was donated to the Valley Forge Historical Society (ARC's predecessor) in the early 20th century by Miss Francis B. Lovell, a descendant of Washington's sister, Betty Washington Lewis. The Standard is traditionally identified as having been used to mark General Washington's presence at headquarters and in the field. It is composed of a rectangular panel of light blue plain weave silk measuring 27 7/8" high by 36 1/8" wide, with 13 appliqued white silk stars arranged in a rectilinear pattern. A portion of the original natural colored linen hoist survives as well. In addition to repairs and stabilization of the fragile material, the conservators will continue forensic analysis of the flag, which has already yielded new information about its original construction and appearance.
LA MAISON FRANCAISE OF THE EMBASSY OF FRANCE AND ARC WILL PRODUCE "LES SEMINARS"
Thanks to a generous contribution from The Richard Lounsbery Foundation, ARC is working with La Maison Francaise of the Embassy of France to plan and produce a series of lectures titled "Les Seminars." America and France have enjoyed a long political, cultural and economic relationship that pre-dates the American Revolution. The program will pair distinguished French and American experts who will explore a variety of political, economic, and scientific issues related to the historic and current relationship between the United States and France. The lectures will be open to the public and are planned for September 2009 - May 2010.
ARC PARTNERS WITH MASONIC LIBRARY AND MUSEUM OF PENNSYLVANIA
From left to right: Robert J. Bateman, Right Worshipful Junior Grand Warden; Dr. Barbara J. Mitnick, ARC Board member; Dennis P. Buttleman, Jr., Curator of the Masonic Library and Museum; and actor Steven Edenbo, portraying Thomas Jefferson.
The American Revolution Center (ARC) was pleased to sponsor the dedication of the Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania's exhibition, Rally Round the Constitution on June 14, which includes the Museum's newly restored flag Support, Our Constitution. Dr. Barbara J. Mitnick, a member of ARC's Board of Directors, provided remarks as part of the opening ceremonies.
Dr. Mitnick noted an important link between ARC and the Masonic Library and Museum can be found in the person of George Washington. Washington became the nation's secular hero and a symbol of late 18th century enlightenment thinking, which includes ideas related to freedom and progress, rationality, the replacement of the democratic nation over theocracy, and liberty over tyranny. Likewise, Masonic devotion to "loyalty to country" as well as "the worship of God; truth and justice; fraternity and philanthropy; enlightenment and orderly liberty, civil, religious and intellectual" remind us of the ideals of our founding fathers.
George Washington joined the Fredericksburg, Virginia Masonic Lodge in November 1752, completed the first three degrees of freemasonry in August 1753, and went on to attend meetings in various Masonic lodges during the eight years of the American Revolution. On April 30, 1789, Washington recited the Oath of Office as the first president of the United States with his hand on a Bible owned by St. John Lodge No. 1 in New York. In September 1793, during his second term as president, he laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C wearing his ceremonial Masonic apron, thereby symbolically linking the building of the Capitol with the ancient Temple of Solomon. Also in 1793, he sat for the painter William Williams, who created an important portrait of him as the Master of his Alexandria, Virginia Lodge. He was a lifelong and loyal freemason as well as one of America's greatest founding fathers.
The American Revolution Center will tell the entire story of the American Revolution, including this fascinating aspect of George Washington's life and career.