Military Museum to debut new Revolutionary War exhibit

Museum of Military History

A new American Revolutionary War exhibit is making its debut later this month at Kissimmee’s Museum of Military History.

The exhibit is curated and sponsored locally by the Joshua Stevens Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), who will be hosting the dedication event and ceremony at the museum.

Through its exhibits and research library, the Museum of Military History endeavors to educate the public about the country’s military heritage, and to pay tribute to those who have served. The museum’s current exhibits span from early U.S. military history to the present. (www.museumofmilitaryhistory.com).

The local NSDAR chapter has been curating artifacts and reproductions of period memorabilia for the past couple of years, and is ready to put them on permanent display at the museum. The local chapter’s regent, Debra Linn Idom Main, who will be hosting the dedication ceremony, explained the organization’s mission.

“The organization is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education for children,” she said.

All members are lineal descendants of patriots of the American Revolution. The national organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. was founded in 1890 (www.dar.org), and the local chapter was organized in 1946.

Joshua Stevens, for whom the St. Cloud chapter is named, was the patriot ancestor of the chapter’s organizing regent, Edith Elliot.

“He was born in Falmouth County, Massachusetts in 1743, and served as a lieutenant in Massachusetts during the Revolutionary War,” added Main.

 Tracy R. Suarez, an NSDAR member involved in curating the exhibit, described some of its featured content.

“The display will feature replica uniforms and weapons of the Continental Soldier and the Militiaman, a banner of flags of the Revolutionary War period, and artwork showcasing some major battles,” she said.

During the event, members of the NSDAR will be attired in Colonial era dress and will be available to answer questions about the American Revolution, the new exhibit and the NSDAR. Refreshments will be served.