July 11, 2019

Tickets Now on Sale for 2019 International Conference on the American Revolution, Oct. 3 – 5

Conference is Presented by the Museum of the American Revolution and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library

Coincides with the Museum’s “Cost of Revolution” Exhibition

Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 International Conference on the American Revolution from October 3 – 5, 2019, presented at the Museum of the American Revolution with the Pritzker Military Museum & Library. The three-day event will bring noted historians, writers and curators from Ireland, Scotland, England and the United States together to explore military, political, social, and artistic themes from the Age of Revolutions. 

A portrait of Richard St. George by English artist Thomas Gainsborough (1776) that depicts him just before he shipped out for New York to fight against the growing American Revolution, on loan to the Museum from Australia’s National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne).
A portrait of Richard St. George by English artist Thomas Gainsborough (1776) that depicts him just before he shipped out for New York to fight against the growing American Revolution, on loan to the Museum from Australia’s National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne).

The conference will coincide with the opening of Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier, the Museum’s first international loan exhibition, which is on view from September 28, 2019 – February 17, 2020. With more than 100 works of art, historical objects, manuscripts, and maps from lenders across the globe, Cost of Revolution will explore the Age of Revolutions in America and Ireland through the life of an Irish-born artist and officer in the British Army, Richard St. George (1757-1798).

Conference program highlights include an opening keynote lecture by Princeton University historian Dr. Eliga Gould the celebrated author of “Making Peace in Britain, Ireland, and America: 1778 to 1783”. A closing keynote will be provided by Dr. Martin Mansergh, a collateral descendant of Richard St. George and a noted historian who is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician and played a key role in the Northern Ireland peace process. 

“Our mission at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library is to tell the story of the citizen soldier and to understand how an individual, whether soldier or citizen, can have an effect on the outcome of history,” said Dr. Rob Havers, President and CEO of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library. “It is a natural collaboration to partner with the Museum of the American Revolution on this conference to preserve the legacy of perhaps the defining moment of US history.”

“We are thrilled to join with Pritzker Military Museum & Library to bring powerful voices together for thought-provoking dialogue about the Age of Revolutions, an explosive period of change around the world,” said Dr. R. Scott Stephenson, President and CEO of the Museum of the American Revolution. “We look forward to welcoming international attendees to Philadelphia, the Headquarters of the Revolution.”

Other speakers include Dr. Stephen Conway, professor at the University College London; Dr. Lauren Duval, adjunct professorial lecturer in the Department of History at American University; Dr. Padhraig Higgins, professor at Mercer County College; Dr. Ruth Kenny, curator at the Irish Georgian Society in Dublin; Dr. Andrew Mackillop, senior lecturer in Scottish History at the University of Glasgow; Matthew Skic, associate curator for the Museum of the American Revolution; Dr. Aaron Sullivan, historian and author of The Disaffected: Britain’s Occupation of Philadelphia During the American Revolution; and Dr. Gregory J.W. Urwin, professor of history at Temple University.

In addition to two days of engaging talks, panel discussions, and tours of Cost of Revolution, conference guests may register for an optional one-day guided bus trip on Thursday, October 3 to follow the footsteps of Richard St. George through the 1777 Philadelphia Campaign. Tickets for the bus tour, which includes lunch, are $125 ($100 for Museum members)

Following the closing keynote on Saturday, October 5, attendees will have the opportunity to view the special exhibit The British Mistake: Special Exhibit on 1777 Siege of Fort Mifflin at the Independence Seaport Museum at no additional charge.

Tickets for the conference are $275 ($250 for Museum members) and are available for purchase here. A full schedule for the conference is available here

About Pritzker Military Museum & Library
Founded in 2003, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, located in downtown Chicago, is a nonprofit center where citizens and soldiers come together to learn about military history and affairs. The Museum & Library features an extensive collection of books, programs, artifacts, and rotating exhibits covering many eras and branches of the military. Programs include a lending library, the archives, recorded TV shows, podcasts, oral histories, and museum exhibits. To learn more about the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, visit www.pritzkermilitary.org or @PritzkerMilitaryLibrary on Facebook.

About Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution explores the dramatic, surprising story of the American Revolution through its unmatched collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and digital touchscreens bring to life the diverse array of people who created a new nation against incredible odds. Visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in the ongoing promise of the American Revolution. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum, which opened on April 19, 2017, is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit www.AmRevMuseum.org or call 877.740.1776.