Considering Re-enactments: The Battle of Germantown in the Light of 21st-Century Gun Violence

Cliveden of the National Trust

2019
$45,000

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British soldiers firing on the Continental troops during the 2017 re-enactment of the Battle of Germantown. Photo by Garth Herrick. 

Cliveden will embark on a discovery process that gathers community responses to the interpretive messages of its signature event, the Revolutionary Germantown Festival, in the context of modern-day gun violence in the US. Cliveden—a National Historic Landmark and site of the 1777 Battle of Germantown—will bring together an advisory committee of topic experts and community partners for a yearlong process that will examine how the historic site’s current interpretation of Revolutionary-era history impacts its surrounding communities. A series of public roundtables and moderated discussions with scholars, community members, and reenactors will address gun violence from historical and modern points of view. The project will culminate in a large roundtable discussion after project participants have attended the 2020 Revolutionary Germantown Festival, with the goal of informing future interpretations and reenactments of the Battle of Germantown that more deeply resonate with the community.

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