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March 9, 2016 History, Sailing, Yorktown

Sailing into Yorktown History

Sailing into Yorktown History, Williamsburg Charter Sails

The Museum of the American Revolution, opening in Philadelphia next year, has partnered with the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution on an ambitious artistic endeavor. The DAR will underwrite the framing and installation of a hand-painted copy of the Siege of Yorktown (1781), the subject of an optional 20-minute talk for guests on board Williamsburg Charter Sails.

The copy replicates the monumental 19th century painting by French artist Louis-Charles Auguste Couder. The original hangs in the Hall of the Battles in the Palace of Versailles. No word on who’s going to paint the copy for the new museum.

“The DAR was founded in 1890 to preserve the memory and spirit of those individuals who contributed to America’s fight for independence and for 125 years, our members have passionately sought to tell the stories of our Revolutionary forefathers,” said Lynn Young, DAR President General. “Without question, the DAR’s missions of historic preservation, education and patriotism are keenly in line with the goals of the Museum of the American Revolution. We are proud to be a partner with the museum in our shared educational goal to ensure future generations understand the importance and relevance of the inspiring ideals of the American Revolution and are grateful for the sacrifices of our founding generation.”

Once hung, the painting will be seen from the first floor, drawing visitors up the stairs into the museum’s large interior court as they begin the museum experience.

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