- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 24, 2004

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carved into a cliff, the American Revolution Center at Valley Forge will feature three floors of exhibits and a terrace that looks onto a field where George Washington’s troops trained for some of the war’s most critical battles.

Organizers of the ambitious project to create the nation’s leading educational and cultural institution about the Revolutionary War yesterday revealed design plans for the museum, set to open in 2006.

The $100 million museum will hold more than 460,000 artifacts from its own collection and that of Valley Forge Historical Park, as well as another private collection.

Inside will be the first “U.S.A.” button, Martha Washington’s prayer book, George Washington’s renovated sleeping tent, paintings, weaponry and countless other artifacts and volumes — many on display for the first time.

Thomas M. Daly, president and chief executive officer of the center, said the objects will help burst some misconceptions about the revolution.

“People think that the American Revolution was about a bunch of aristocratic white guys pushing the British off the shore,” Mr. Daly said.

The museum will put emphasis on the blacks, American Indians, Scots-Irish and Jews who helped the settlers defeat the British, Mr. Daly said.

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