The America250 Foundation today officially recognized the Museum of the American Revolution’s Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today and True Colours Flag Project as expressions of the America250 vision to inspire the American spirit. America250 is the multiyear initiative leading to the commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of American independence in 2026.
The Foundation envisions the Museum’s Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today and True Colours Flag Project to be among more than 100,000 programs that America250 will officially recognize over the next six years. Currently, the Foundation is only recognizing programs on a pilot basis as it establishes the policies and processes necessary to support the growing interest in America250.
Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today, a limited-run exhibition running from June 12 – September 6, 2021, will showcase dozens of rare American flags alongside historic early state constitutions and the first printing of the proposed U.S. Constitution of 1787 to shed light on the triumphs and tensions that the United States faced as new states joined the union. The Museum’s True Colours Flag Project will engage visitors with artisan makers recreating flags flown by 18th-century ships at sea during the Revolutionary War. The reconstructed flags will debut on the Museum’s outdoor plaza during Flag Day weekend. Both programs take place as part of the Museum’s full slate of “Revolutionary Summer” programs, events, and activities that explore the ongoing relevance of the American Revolution. They are included with regular Museum admission.
“America250 and the Museum of the American Revolution share the same vision of inspiring people from across the country to unite and engage with our founding principles of equality, liberty and democracy, in meaningful ways,” said Dan DiLella, Chairman, U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission and a Museum Board Member. “Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today and True Colours Flag Project join a growing number of programs that are bringing America250 to life.”
“We are thrilled to join with America250 as we approach 2026 and the commemoration of our nation’s 250th anniversary,” said Dr. R. Scott Stephenson, President and CEO. “We hope to inspire our fellow citizens, and particularly our rising generations of young people, to ensure that the promise of the American Revolution endures.”
Officially known as the United States Semiquincentennial, “America250” will be the most expansive and inclusive milestone in our nation’s history. During the official commemorative period beginning in 2020, culminating on July 4, 2026, and extending through 2027, America250 is a unique opportunity to engage nearly 330 million Americans and millions more friends worldwide through programs, educational outreach, and signature events. More information about the Commission’s vision and approach to programming can be found in Inspiring the American Spirit, its report submitted to the President on December 31, 2019.
About the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission and America250 Foundation
America250 is a multiyear effort to commemorate the semiquincentennial, or 250th anniversary, of the United States. The purpose of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, created by Congress, and the corresponding America250 Foundation is to catalyze a more perfect union by designing and leading the most comprehensive and inclusive celebration in our country’s history. America250 represents a coalition of public and private partners all working to create initiatives and programs that honor our first 250 years and inspire Americans to imagine our next 250. The commemoration period began in 2020, culminates on July 4, 2026, and officially concludes in 2027. For more information, visit www.america250.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter , Instagram.
About Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution uncovers and shares compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events that sparked America’s ongoing experiment in liberty, equality, and self-government. Through the Museum’s unmatched collection, immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and interactive elements, visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in ensuring that the promise of the American Revolution endures. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum, which opened on April 19, 2017, is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit www.AmRevMuseum.org or call 877.740.1776.