WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Senate last night passed a resolution introduced by U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) recognizing the American Revolution Center for its role in telling the story of the American Revolution and encouraging the Center’s efforts to establish a new Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.
“As someone who believes that there is much to learn from history, I strongly support the American Revolution Center and its effort to build a Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia,” said Senator Casey. “By educating Americans and visitors from abroad, the museum will honor the sacrifices of the Founding generation by keeping the story alive.”
The resolution recognizes the national impact of the Center in telling the entire story of the American Revolution and maintaining a significant collection of Revolutionary-era artifacts.
“This tremendous affirmation significantly furthers our efforts to build The Museum of the American Revolution,” said Dr. Bruce Cole, President and CEO of The American Revolution Center. “As demonstrated in a national survey conducted by the Center, the vast majority of adult Americans want to learn more about the American Revolution but lack fundamental knowledge of the events, people, and places of the war which created their country. The need is great and the time is now for The Museum of the American Revolution.”
The full text of the resolution is below:
Recognizing the American Revolution Center for its role in telling the story of the American Revolution and its continuing impact on struggles for freedom, self-government, and the rule of law throughout the world, and encouraging the Center in its efforts to build a new Museum of the American Revolution.
Whereas the American Revolution secured the independence of the United States of America, and made possible a vibrant system of self-government based on liberty and equality;
Whereas the history and ideas of the American Revolution have sustained the nation through its moments of greatest peril and inspired many of the greatest achievements;
Whereas the American Revolution Center (in this resolution referred to as the “Center”) is the steward of a nationally significant collection of artifacts, manuscripts, and artwork from the period of the American Revolution;
Whereas the Center is actively working to be a “connector” to other American Revolution organizations and sites through its website and with collaborative programming;
Whereas the Center has committed itself to the establishment of a new “Museum of the American Revolution” that is to be built in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, just steps from Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Carpenter’s Hall, and Christ Church;
Whereas the Museum of the American Revolution will be built in one of our Nation’s most historic neighborhoods, visited by many millions of people from around the world each year;
Whereas the Museum of the American Revolution will tell the entire story of the American Revolution, providing a context for heritage tourists as they travel to other Revolutionary-era sites in Philadelphia and throughout the United States; and
Whereas the Center and its proposed Museum of the American Revolution will provide future generations with both a physical and a virtual venue to learn the story of the American Revolution: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Senate ––
(1) recognizes the contribution of the Center to
the preservation of the story of the founding of the
United States; and
(2) expresses its support for the Center’s efforts
to establish an appropriate museum to tell such story
to future generations.