Confessions of a Curator: A History of the New Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia

Phillip Mead

Phillip Mead

Phillip Mead, director of curatorial affairs and chief historian at the new Museum of the American Revolution will present: “Confessions of a Curator: A History of the New Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia,” on September 21, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., in the Webb Barn at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum. The free event will be preceded by a wine reception (by donation) at 6:00.

Mead holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in American history from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His published scholarship has focused on the literature, material culture, and memory of the American Revolutionary War. He has taught in the History and Literature Department at Harvard, and has worked at Fort Ticonderoga, The Connecticut Historical Society, The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, and Valley Forge National Historical Park. He is currently director of curatorial affairs and chief historian at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he has been part of the exhibit development team since 2011, and co-curated the core exhibit of the new museum that opened on April 19, 2017.

Mead’s one-hour presentation kicks off the especially noteworthy 2017 Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum Fall Lecture Series. The second presentation in the series will feature Frank Rizzo deconstructing the musical “Hamilton!” on September 28, followed by an appearance by Alexander Hamilton himself, as portrayed by veteran actor and historian, Ian Rose, on October 12. On October 26, members of Public Archeology Survey Team, Inc., will discuss the initial findings of a recent archeological survey at the WDS site.

About the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

Located in the heart of Connecticut’s largest historic district, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum provides the quintessential New England experience – from the American Revolution to the early 20th century. Tours include the 1752 Joseph Webb House, where General George Washington met with French General Rochambeau and planned the military campaign leading to the end of the Revolutionary War, the 1770 Silas Deane House, built for America’s first diplomat to France, and the 1788 Isaac Stevens House, which depicts Connecticut life in the 18th and 19th centuries. For more information visit: www.webb-deane-stevens.org or call (860) 529-0612. Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WDSMUSEUM.