HAI Celebrates the Opening of Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution

Date: April 19, 2017
Contact: Anne Strong
Telephone: (301) 279-9697

Immersive experiences, such as a reproduction of Boston’s Liberty Tree, along with period imagery, help visitors feel engaged in the story of the American Revolution. Photo courtesy HAI.

On April 19, 1775, fighting broke out between Massachusetts militiamen and British troops in the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Famously known as the “Shot Heard Round the World,” it marked the turning point of a movement that evolved from a series of grievances into a war for independence. 242 years later on April 19, 2017, the Museum of the American Revolution opens in downtown Philadelphia. HAI was part of the innovative museum’s creative team, assisting with high-resolution acquisition and licensing of historic images.

Working closely with design firm HealyKohler Design, HAI contributed to the experiential design while maintaining the historical integrity of iconic works of art. “Finding images to support the exhibits was particularly challenging, given the time period,” noted Phoebe McDougal, lead historian from History Associates on the project. “Most of the available imagery consisted of artworks that required high-resolution scanning – not to mention substantial negotiations to secure permissions.”

HAI collected nearly 500 historic images for the exhibits which are featured on the exhibition panels, film pieces, and interactive computer displays. Working with over 150 repositories all over the world, HAI negotiated image rights for colonial paintings, engravings, maps, and daguerreotypes. The resulting imagery enhances the immersive experiences, including an interactive display of revolutionary war propaganda, floor-sized maps of the campaign in New York, and expansive murals of iconic Revolutionary War artwork.

HAI was part of a dynamic creative team on the project, which included HealyKohler Design, Donna Lawrence Productions, Bluecadet, Wide Awake Films, and Dan Bosin and Associates.

About the Museum of the American Revolution

The Museum of the American Revolution explores 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 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. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, Carpenters’ Hall, and Franklin Court, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit www.AmRevMuseum.org or call 877.740.1776.

About HAI

For more than 35 years, HAI has helped clients to bring knowledge forward – use the past to inform the present and prepare for the future. The company’s historians and archivists research and write histories, create educational experiences, preserve and manage historical content, and conduct specialized historical research for corporations, government agencies, law firms, and nonprofit organizations worldwide.

For more information, call (301) 279-9697 or contact HAI today.

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