Living History

Meet Living Historians reenacting America’s past on weekends and holidays!

All Ages

Have you ever wanted to meet people from history? What about handle awesome objects from long ago? Or learn a historical trade or military drill? Then join us to meet soldiers, musicians, famous leaders, and craftspeople from the past—all portrayed by Living Historians from the present!

Living History programs are free with Museum Admission—no RSVP required. So drop by and hang out as much as you’d like!

WHO WILL I MEET?

You never know! Living History programs vary each weekend. They may be related to our permanent collection, special exhibitions, historical events, or heritage months. Read on to find a program that interests you, or visit our online Family Programs Calendar to see what’s up next.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

Starting July 4, journey back to the Revolutionary War, a time of cavalry, militia drills, metalsmiths, and spies! A Museum-wide celebration running through September 15, Revolutionary Summer showcases something new each weekend, when our outdoor courtyard becomes a Continental Army encampment. Visit a replica of George Washington’s Headquarters Tent, enjoy rousing fife and drum music, and meet fascinating Living Historians portraying early Americans from all walks of life. 

Programs are FREE with Museum Admission. The * indicates Washington’s Headquarters Tent and staff from MoAR (Museum of the American Revolution) are available all day during regular Museum hours. 

Independence Day: George Washington’s
Encampment and More!
 
Thursday,  July 4
 
Spies, Bodyguards & Agents Saturday, July 6

Sunday, July 7
 
Join the Continental Army Saturday, July 13

Sunday, July 14
 
Everyday Life in Camp Saturday, July 20

Sunday, July 21
 
Field Music on the March Saturday, July 27

Sunday, July 28
 
Deborah Sampson, Fighting Woman Saturday, August 3 

Sunday, August 4 
 
Join the Continental Army Saturday, August 10

Sunday, August 11
 
18th-Century Clothing Saturday, August 17

Sunday, August 18
 
Foodways of the American Revolution Saturday, August 24

Sunday, August 25
 
Join the Continental Army Saturday, August 31

Sunday, September 1
 
Black New York Saturday September 7

Sunday, September 8
 
Metalsmithing in George Washington’s
Encampment
Saturday September 14

Sunday, September 15

READ ABOUT LIVING HISTORIANS

If your family loves American history, visit our History Detectives blog! Click here to read posts about past and upcoming Living History programs and interviews with Living Historians. 

 

 

GET INVOLVED

Are you a Living Historian? We want to hear from you! Contact livinghistory@nyhistory.org to express interest in working with us on select programs as a contractor.

Creative: Tronvig Group