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A new Revolutionary War museum
Philadelphia’s new Museum of the American Revolution “doesn’t quite throw the old heroic narrative out the window,” said Jennifer Schuessler in The New York Times. But it does take a “distinctly bottom-up” view of the war, focusing more on the experiences of common folk—men and women, free and enslaved—than on generals and statesmen. The 500-plus items on display range from uniforms and muskets to “more touchingly human” items, like a pair of baby shoes stitched from a British soldier’s red coat. The “rock star object in the collection” is the field tent George Washington used as his headquarters and living quarters for most of the war. The museum often reminds visitors that the fight for liberty meant different things to different people. One tableau depicts some of the thousands of slaves who fought for the British. “Sometimes,” reads the wall text, “freedom wore a red coat.”
San Francisco’s new Summer of Love
In the summer of 1967, tens of thousands of young people searching for free love, psychedelic music, and mind-altering substances descended on San Francisco, said Alan Solomon in the Chicago Tribune. “And what a summer it was.” This year, the City by the Bay will celebrate the 50th anniversary of those joyous months. Museums are already hosting exhibitions on countercultural art, fashion, and music, but the revelry will peak with June 16–18’s Monterey Pop Festival. The 1967 version “pretty much set everything else in motion,” drawing huge crowds with a bill that included Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, and Jimi Hendrix, who famously burned a guitar on stage. For a list of anniversary events, visit SFTravel.com. Otherwise, just head to the Haight-Ashbury district, ground zero for flower power. You’ll likely see a few original hippies. “Some may even have flowers in their hair. If they have any hair left.”