On Capitol Hill July 11, Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter presented a $10 million gift to the American Revolution Center.
By Julia Blakeley
ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Here in Alexandria, we have the streets of Old Town, paved corner to corner with Colonial history. At Mount Vernon, we have a $60 million new museum preserving the legacy of that Revolutionary War hero, George Washington, and soon, a $40 million museum to preserve the Good General's books.
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Center in Philadelphia.
So why should Philadelphia, that other cradle of American history, not have its own museum preserving American Revolutionary war history?
A major piece of American history is now being revived in Philadelphia, thanks in part to a massive donation made two weeks ago by the Oneida Indian Nation.
On July 11, The American Revolution Center partnered with Ray Halbritter along with other leaders of the Oneida Nation to announce a $10 million donation to the new Center.
The gift makes the Chairman of the Center Gerry Lenfest a quarter of the way through to the $40 million goal to construct the Museum of The American Revolution. The donation was made not only to support construction of the museum, but to recognize the sacrifices and little-known story about the Oneida Nation's "tremendous contributions" made to the colonists during the American Revolution.
"Our commitment to the American Revolution Center furthers that friendship and ensures that the resilience displayed together by America's founding fathers and the Oneida people continue to serve as inspiration to everyone who wishes to understand the shared history of the Oneida Nation and America," Halbritter said.
The Oneidas fought side by side with American Colonists during the American Revolution. Lenfest said that the Museum will tell the story of how the Nation sacrificed their lives in the Battle of Barron Hill.
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Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray
Halbritter and an Oneida Indian.
“The Museum will tell the story of the Oneida’s because there is a lot of human interest from young people,” Lenfest said. “The Battle of Barron Hill, known as Lafayette was almost captured by the British and the Oneida’s rescued colonists to the American side of the river. Without the help of the Oneidas, the British would have not been pushed back to New York and the battle would have been lost.”
Lenfest said the Museum will showcase various artifacts, and will also show through historical information the sacrifices that the Founding Fathers made during America’s war for independence.
“The museum won’t just be filled with artifacts but with what our founding fathers represent with sacrificing their lives for our liberty and the responsibilities they held for making the country work,” Lenfest said. “The Museum goes back to the founding principles of our founding fathers.”
The museum will be constructed on third and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia. Along with serving as providing historical information on the American Revolution, manuscripts, rare books, as well as art pieces that are owned by the American Revolution Center will be displayed.
“Philly is the cradle to the birth of our nation and the part that was missing was a museum about the American Revolution, so that’s why I decided to build it,” Lenfest said.
For more information on the American Revolution Center and the Museum of The American Revolution, please visit www.AmericanRevolutionCenter.org .