American Revolution Center headed for downtown Philly

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The news from this enterprise is nothing less than revolutionary. After nine years of trying to build the Center in Valley Forge, first on a site inside the national park, then on land they purchased for seven million dollars on the north side of the Schuylkill River, the new ARC president, Bruce Cole, and his board decided there was no hope of a solution to their differences with the officials of Valley Forge National Park. Cole announced they were moving to Philadelphia to build the Center on three acres at Third and Chestnut Street, within Independence National Historic Park.

Bruce Cole is the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is an ideal choice to lead the ARC in this new environment. Cole called the new property "the perfect place. You’ve got the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution - what’s missing down there? The full story of the Revolution." The New York Round Table and other believers in the relevance of the American Revolution wish the ARC well in their new location. The Center is still our best hope of seeing the entire story of the Revolution told in a single well-designed building, with ample use of artifacts and a narrative created by knowledgeable historians, such as Tom Fleming, who is on the ARC’s Board of Scholars.

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