How Can We Help?

Call 301-279-9697 or

Click to Contact Us

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

This release is featured on the History Associates Timeline (return to timeline >>)

History Associates Celebrates the Opening of Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution

Boston's Liberty Tree at the Museum of the American Revolution. Photo courtesy History Associates

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 History Associates.

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. History Associates 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, History Associates 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.”

History Associates 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, History Associates 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.

History Associates 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 or call 877.740.1776.

About History Associates

For more than thirty years the historians and archivists at History Associates have demonstrated that history is valuable in the market as well as the marketplace of ideas. They provide professional corporate histories, exhibit content, interpretive planning, historical research, archival services, and collections management services to clients throughout the United States and around the world. History Associates strives to be The Best Company in History®, serving corporate, government, legal, and nonprofit clients from its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. For more information, call (301) 279-9697 or visit

Print Friendly, PDF & Email