I visited the Tuscaloosa Museum of Aft. I absolutely loved everything about it. The first thing I noticed was the building themselves. The tour guide informed us that they were built to resemble a Japanese place. It was beautiful and the pond in the back added a great effect. Once we entered I was amazed at the great historical works of aft. One of the first paintings I saw was one of George Washington. It had flags in the background. This painting was relevant to the course because he was the first president of the United States and one of the founding fathers of our country. He was played a key role in the revolutionary war, which is a topic we discussed. The next piece of art that I took notice of was one of the siege of Yorktown. This relates to our class because we discussed the times of exploration of the Americas. Yorktown was one of the settled towns. This battle that took place in Yorktown was also the last major of the revolutionary war, which also ties back to President Washington who led the continental army. The last piece of art i observed was a painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1840. This I thought was one of the most important pieces in the whole museum. This was the first time that American’s took a stand as a country. Some of the most important people in our countries history were in that room. This was the moment that we became the United States of America.
While visiting the Birmingham Museum of Art I came across two paintings that had to do with the events of the American Revolution. The first piece was the surrender and arrest of Benedict Arnold, who was a traitor to the colonial forces and an informant for the British during the revolution. Arnold was a general in the colonial military before defecting to the British, who then welcomed him into their forces as a Brigadier General. He was in command of the West Point military base which he had planned to surrender over to the British before being discovered to be a traitor. After being discovered of Treason in 1780, he was allowed to leave by George Washington and then joined the British military in 1781, although with the lingering reputation of failure which also affected his payment from the British Government and also earned him the disrespect of his forces in the British military despite coming back to seize Richmond, Virginia by surprise before being forced and awaiting evacuation or reinforcement. The Second Painting was of Navy Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry who was also known as the "Hero of Lake Erie" for his decisive win over the British Navy at the Battle of Lake Erie where he was able to commandeer the entire squadron of six ships while only taking 27 casualties, whereas the British suffered 41 casualties, and the capture of the remaining forces. The battle of Lake Erie happened in 1812 and was a major turning point in the revolution.
HY 103 Extra Credit
On Saturday April 18 I attended the Alabama Constitution Village also known as Constitution Hall Park. This is a historical museum in Madison, Alabama which is about two hours from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I am originally from this area so I have visited this historic more often than some because of the calming vibe and beautiful scenery. This museum is open air, however you are not allowed to take pictures. An open air museum is basically a collection of building out-of-doors that portray reenactments of things that have happened in history. The ultimate goal of a open air museum is to show older lifestyles and create a visual aspect of what things look like at that point in time. This museum is based on the period of 1819. There are eight different buildings in all each showing a different aspect and setting. The buildings represent a law office, print shop, a post office and residents. The hall park also shows a viewing of where the Constitution Convention was held in 1787. Which was a big meeting held to discuss the problems that had been arising since the Articles of Confederation. The actual result of the convention was the creation of the United States Constitution. Our class period has been based on a lot of different things that happened around 1787. Such as the Shay's Rebellion, the writing of the constitution, the Virginia plan and the great compromise which just a few of the many topics. The main goal of the museum was to actually visualize yourself in that time period, how things looked, how aspects worked, and also how far along times have changed from then to now.
Frazier Museum Extra Credit
In Louisville, Kentucky the Frazier Museum hosts several exhibits and artifacts that are from the early settlement age to 1877. I love going to the Frazier Museum because they constantly change and display new exhibits frequently throughout the year. The feel of the museum automatically brings you back in time, and its sophisticated style gives the museum an upscale and respectable outlook on the importance of history.
The main exhibit right now is called “ Civil War: My Brother, My Enemy.” Here I learned Kentucky was a divided state. Many families were pulled North and South. In 1861, Kentucky sate government declared its neutrality, but President Lincoln established a Union army. However, Kentucky had soldiers in both sides. Families were broken because brothers and fathers sometimes fought for different armies. This exhibit also included documents detailing Abraham Lincoln’s wife’s insanity in 1875. These documents are framed, and reveal her arrest warrants, court proceedings, and other official letters.
Some of the unique artifacts the Frazier museum hosts include the ceremonial sword of Founding Father Josiah Bartlett, the family bible of the legendary pioneer Daniel Boone, the original “Big Stick” of President Theodore Roosevelt, the bow attributed to the great Apache leader Geronimo, and the ivory-handled Colt pistols of General George Armstrong Custer.
The Frazier Museum always displays numerous types of weapons. One of the items that drew my attention was the bow and arrow of the great Apache leader. Personally, the arrows did not seem very sharp and maybe that is because of how old they are, but the arrows were skinner and thinner then I imagined. Another is the six-shooter also known as the “Colt Peacemaker”. This firearm was made by the Colt’s Fire Arms Manufacturing Company in Hartford, Connecticut and was an important weapon for the West.
In addition, the Van Male collection displays prehistoric stone tools and bronze age daggers. This was very interesting to me because of how old theses items were. It is so amazing to see artifacts from so long ago. Also, a British Highlander coat from the Crimean War era is displayed. The coat is red with gold buttons and lining while the cuffs and collar are mustard yellow. I think the British wear something similar to this day.
Overall, I enjoyed this visit to the Frazier Museum because every time I visit I learn and see new things that I would not experience anywhere else. Yet to this day, my favorite exhibit the Frazier Museum has held was the Princess Diana exhibit where they displayed several of her most famous outfits and jewels.
Fort Pitt Museum
The Fort Pitt Museum Is located in Downtown Pittsburgh in Point State Park and is a small building loaded with interesting information about early Pittsburgh. The artifacts and showcases inside the museum are all from the 1700s when Fort Pitt was constructed and still standing. Fort Pitt was built during the French and Indian War (Seven Years War) by the British colonist from 1759 to 1761. Fort Pitt was built in a pentagon shape and was one of the most elaborate British forts in North America during that time. Fort Pitt was also used in the Pontiac’s War when the western Lenape and Shawnee attempted to force settlers out of their region. The museum claim that Fort Pitt was the “keystone of the Frontier” because of its pivotal role in the mid 18th century wars. August 3rd of 1797, Fort Pitt was decommissioned as a site by the Army and was soon there after torn down and its remains were passed out to residents of Pittsburgh. The only part of Fort Pitt remaining is the Blockhouse because it was used as a residence when the fort was being torn down. The Blockhouse is said the be the oldest building in Pennsylvania. I really enjoyed the Fort Pitt Museum and learned a lot of information on the beginnings of Pittsburgh.