Friday–Sunday, November 10–12
Recommended for all ages
Free with Museum Admission
Veterans receive free Museum Admission all weekend long
Visit the Museum to remember the service of veterans past and present! Meet soldiers from different wars portrayed by Living Historians—including members of a unique African American regiment each day. Listen to stories about life on and off the battlefield throughout American history, discover uniforms and equipment, or try out an army drill!
Friday, November 10: The American Revolution
Join the 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the struggle for Independence! The 1st RI portrays the Continental Army's historic “Black Regiment,” which was formed in part by African or First Nation slaves when they reinforced a dwindling Continental Army in 1778. Plus, listen to marching tunes from the Orange County Militia Company, volunteer soldiers who fought throughout New York State in the War for Independence.
Saturday, November 11: The American Civil War
Fight for the Union with the 6th Regiment of Infantry, United States Colored Troops! The 6th USCT honors African Americans who joined the Army, like many others, after Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. Don’t miss your chance to listen to Civil War songs played by a fifer in the 119th New York Volunteer Infantry, too!
On Saturday, admission to the Museum is FREE for all visitors in honor of Veterans Day!
Sunday, November 12: The First World War
Jump into the trenches with the Ebony Doughboys! You might know them as the ‘Harlem Hellfighters,’ but the Ebony Doughboys portray the real 369th Regiment U.S. Infantry. They originally named themselves ‘the Rattlers’ and shipped out to France in 1917—100 years ago! Say hello to other WWI soldiers like a recruit from the Emergency Service Corps, which trained women at Camp Hewitt in New Jersey to drill, march, and uniform themselves like men’s troops.
And don’t forget to explore more recent military service by checking out The Vietnam War: 1945-1975 Family Guide (recommended for ages 11+), available daily for free at the entrance of the exhibition.