Witness to History: Vignettes of the American Revolution
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History presents a captivating collection of original documents from the Revolutionary War that feature untold stories of everyday life. Bookended by a 1776 copy of the Declaration of Independence and King George III's 1783 proclamation ending the war, the artifacts include a letter describing the panic in New York City as British troops entered; the first American treaty with the Cherokee; and a document certifying that Cuffee Wells, an enslaved man, doctor, and Continental soldier had received an enlistment bounty that purchased his freedom.
Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Seymour Neuman Endowed Fund, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.