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Next Book Club Pick Examines the Ten Crucial Days from a Personal Perspective

May 21st, 2021

The Washington Crossing Historic Park book club will begin a new book, Ten Crucial Days: Washington’s Vision for Victory Unfolds by William L. Kidder, at its July meeting. The meeting will be held July 19 at 5:30 PM on Zoom. To register, please visit DCNR’s website. Zoom meeting details will be provided upon registration. Participants should be prepared to discuss the Introduction through Chapter 4. The Wider Context of the Ten Crucial Days While Ten Crucial Days is not the only book to provide a play-by-play account of the Christmas night crossing of the Delaware River in 1776 and the Read More

A Painter Discovers Her Earliest Inspiration at the Park

May 18th, 2021

One Christmas, about 40 years ago, Leslie Austin’s husband gifted her a set of paints and brushes. She’d never thought of herself as an artist in any formal sense, but she started painting later that day. She’s painted virtually every day since. Through the first 25 years or so, Austin was entirely self-taught. She devoured books about painting, putting new techniques into practice as soon as she read about them. It wasn’t until she and her husband retired in 1996 – they were both teachers at the New Jersey School for the Deaf in Ewing Township, New Jersey – and Read More

Restoring History: $8.7 Million Building Rehab Project to Kick Off Soon

April 22nd, 2021

Washington Crossing Historic Park is best known for preserving the spot where George Washington and his troops crossed the icy Delaware River in December 1776. But it’s also home to many historic buildings. Eleven of those structures will soon undergo a major rehabilitation thanks to $8.7 million from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The project is slated to kick off in the next few weeks and take about a year and a half to complete. “This certainly signals the start of a long-awaited and strongly supported transformation at Washington Crossing Historic Park, one that reflects the work of so many toward Read More

With Each Painting, an Invitation to Enter a Secluded Scene

April 21st, 2021

If you look closely at a collection of Kit Dalton’s landscape paintings, you’ll notice a common theme: a path leading your eye into the composition. “For some reason, I’ve always been drawn to the idea of existing within a piece. That’s why I primarily do landscapes,” Dalton says. “I’m usually trying to capture an emotional response, a feeling or memory of being some place.” Since she returned to painting 16 years ago, Dalton has painted picturesque scenes from all over rural Bucks County. When the weather is conducive, she’ll often venture out with a small group and paint onsite, or Read More

Leaving a Legacy – Twice Over

April 20th, 2021

Bill Farkas outside the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center (photo by Peter Osborne)   Bill Farkas has left a legacy to Washington Crossing Historic Park…again. Upon his death last year at the age of 82, Bill left a sizeable donation in his estate to the Friends of Washington Crossing Park. The money will be used to support public education and programming at the park far into the future. This donation was Bill’s second significant gift to the park. The first came a little less than 10 years when he commissioned author Peter Osborne to write a book documenting the Read More

Fife and Drum Corps Director Stacy Roth Named Volunteer of the Year

March 24th, 2021

In a year that derailed so many, Stacy Roth (pictured above at left) was undeterred. When Washington Crossing Historic Park temporarily closed last March because of the pandemic, Roth, the director of the park’s fife and drums corps, was furloughed. She immediately decided to continue in the role as a volunteer and moved the corps’ two weekly practices to Zoom. “I just had to keep it going,” Roth says of the corps. “We’d generated such momentum over the previous year and formed so many good friendships. I couldn’t bear to see all of that to just go away.” Through its Read More

Painter Dorothy Hoeschen: ‘Roaming’ the Park, Paintbrushes in Tow

March 18th, 2021

Landscape has always been one of Dorothy “Dottie” Hoeschen’s favorite subjects. Maybe it was inevitable that she would turn to plein air painting, where the artist paints outdoors within reach of, and sometimes among their composition. For painters accustomed to the cozy confines of their studios, it can be a sharp contrast. Strong breezes blow canvases to the ground, bitter cold numbs the fingers, and curious passersby break fragile concentration. Not to mention the race against fleeting light. It was a contrast for Hoeschen, who resides in Riegelsville, but she quickly adapted. She loves being outside and challenging herself as Read More

A Watercolorist Reconnects with His Roots

February 22nd, 2021

Keith Mountford lives in Lower Makefield, not far from the scenic Delaware Canal and the river. But it took a pandemic for him to appreciate how beautiful his surroundings are. A professional watercolorist for more than two decades, Mountford is accustomed to spending much of the year on the road, travelling to weekend art shows up and down the east coast. In time, he stopped painting scenes from Bucks County because he rarely exhibited locally and the subject matter was unfamiliar to most people outside of the region. Last year, however, he was grounded at home, like everyone else. Eventually, Read More