The American Revolution Center‘s Museum of The American Revolution, which has been in the works for quite a while now, has taken one more step in the direction of … well, existing. Thanks to a donation of $10 million from “America’s first ally,” the Oneida Indian Nation, the museum is now 25% of the way towards matching the $40 million promised by Gerry Lenfest if his donation was able to be matched. According to Newsworks, the three-story museum would sit on 3rd and Chestnut, and is optimistically projected to open in late 2015. But funds are still being raised and plans are still being made.
And while all of that is being worked out, the stuff that would sit in the museum is straight chillin’ in a secret location outside of the city. Most of the 3,000 item strong collection (which includes George Washington‘s tent, law books belonging to Patrick Henry, the first newspaper printing of the Declaration of Independence on July 6, 1776 in The Pennsylvania Evening Post, and tons more) has sat un-displayed for a hundred plus years, so three more is no big deal. We, however, are less patient. Let’s make this happen. Who has deep pockets?