The American Revolution is a story much larger than the war by that name. It is a story of human experience that shattered the status quo ─ that launched a new chapter in the five-thousand year recorded history of mankind ─ and that changed the world forever.
It is a story that unfolds over the course of half a century, from 1750 to the dawn of the modern age. It is a story of tough times, new ideas, and extraordinary leadership. And it is a story of ordinary people from every part of the fledgling American nation and every walk of life who were willing to risk all in order to fight tyranny and protect their liberty.
Never before in human history had a nation been born from nothing more than a set of ideas. When a British field army of the greatest military force in history surrendered on a battlefield in Virginia in 1781, the world had indeed been turned upside down. Other revolutions would follow. Some would be bloody and filled with terror; within a decade in France, a century later in Russia. Some would be less tumultuous and instead evolve over centuries. But all of them would obtain inspiration from the story of the American Revolution.
To tell this story is the purpose of the Swan Historical Foundation's NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. Currently an on-line museum, we also seek to establish a bricks and mortar facility that will fully tell the entire story of our revolution ... from the stew of social, political, and economic pressures that started it ─ to the brutal confrontation that focused it ─ to the hallowed principles that enshrine it.
The Swan Historical Foundation is named for an early (1821-1831) United States Congressman, Dr. Samuel Swan, of Somerville, New Jersey, who wrote the bill authorizing a pension for the widows and orphans of those first American soldiers. It is fitting that the museum is home to the stunning collection of his great, great grandson, New Jersey historian H. Kels Swan, who is president and founder of the Foundation.
Our collection of artifacts currently can be viewed at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, New Jersey. For many years, Mr. Swan has presided personally over his superb collection at the park. It is also there that General George Washington and his ragtag band of heroes crossed the Delaware River to turn the tide against the British in the darkest days of the American Revolution.
The Swan Historical Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose aim is to educate about this momentous event in world history. Come visit our collection and view it here online to learn more about the American Revolution.
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