SMITHSONIANMAG – In 1795, Revere founded the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association (MCMA), a club for Boston tradesmen. In the years that followed, the group assembled a collection of artifacts from early American history, including the first pocket watch made from interchangeable parts and a Leyden Jar that Benjamin Franklin used for electrical experiments. “It’s a very eclectic collection, because it’s an organization that really had no intention of having a collection,” Peter Lemonias, a past president of MCMA, tells Malcolm Gay of the Boston Globe. The association acquired The Wounded Indian in 1893.
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