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Long-Time Park Visitor Leaves a Legacy for Generations to Come

April 27th, 2022

When nature lover Carolyn Sundstrom, aka Tess Rivers, passed away in 2016, she left a memorial gift to Washington Crossing Historic Park that will continue her legacy and benefit visitors far into the future. The sizeable donation that was left as an estate gift will be used for the creation of new classroom space and interpretive opportunities for visitors to the park. Born Carolyn Sundstrom, which means ‘sunny river’ in Swedish, Carolyn was known by many as Tess Rivers which she assumed as her pen name. Carolyn was a frequent visitor to Washington Crossing Historic Park where she could often Read More

Shining the Spotlight on Our Volunteers

April 1st, 2022

Volunteers are vital to the day-to-day operations of Washington Crossing Historic Park. From special event support to tours, education and reenactments, volunteers help us provide thousands of visitors each year with a truly special experience.  Every April, in honor of National Volunteer Month, we recognize several individuals and organizations who have helped us deliver upon our mission over the past year. Please join us in celebrating our 2022 honorees:    Volunteer of the Year – Bob Dupre For six years, Bob Dupre has participated in the park’s annual Christmas Crossing reenactments and led thousands of children through the Soldier’s Drill Read More

The Continental Army’s Untold Struggle

March 31st, 2022

  Steven Elliott, PhD, will discuss his debut book, Surviving the Winters: Housing Washington’s Army During the American Revolution, May 1, at 1:30 PM, in the Visitor Center. It will also be livestreamed via Zoom. Admission is free, but registration is required. To register, please visit DCNR’s website. Zoom meeting details will be provided upon registration.  Surviving the Winters is the first book to show how camp construction and administration played a crucial role in Patriot strategy during the war. As Elliott reminds readers, Washington’s troops spent only a few days a year in combat. The rest of the time, particularly Read More

DCNR Names New Park Manager for Washington Crossing Historic Park

March 30th, 2022

  Last month, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced the appointment of Mike Kuzar to manage Washington Crossing Historic Park in Bucks County. “We are confident that the dedication and commitment to service Mike has exemplified at various roles within DCNR will translate to strong leadership at Washington Crossing,” Dunn said. “I am eager to see Mike take on the challenge of managing this amazing park, which has strong ties to our nation’s history, the local community, and to outdoor recreation in the region.” Kuzar will oversee the 500-acre park that preserves the site of George Washington’s dramatic boat crossing Read More

New Book Club Selection Explores Intersection of Combat and Commerce

February 24th, 2022

    The Washington Crossing Historic Park Book Club will begin a new book, Manufacturing Independence: Industrial Innovation in the American Revolution by Robert F. Smith, at its March meeting. The meeting will be held March 21, at 5:30 PM, on Zoom. Participation is free and open to everyone, but registration is required. 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 2. Manufacturing Independence: Industrial Innovation in the American Revolution The American colonies were not logistically prepared for the revolution, and this became painfully Read More

Staff Spotlight: Katherine Manning

February 15th, 2022

Katherine Manning was in middle school when her mother became involved with the Washington Crossing—Yardley Kiwanis—a chapter of the international service club that hosts and participates in events at Washington Crossing Historic Park. One of these events is the Kiwanis’ annual tree lighting event, where Katherine’s mom volunteered each year. It was through this that Katherine’s interest in the park was sparked. After graduating from Kutztown University with a bachelor’s in geography and a minor in studio art, Katherine was thrilled to join the park and kick-start her career. As Development Assistant, Katherine supports our Development Coordinator Danielle Gress with Read More

Staff Spotlight: Danielle Gress

January 31st, 2022

  Living right down the road from Washington Crossing Historic Park, Danielle fell in love with history when she was just a child. “I remember thinking, ’one day I will work here’,” she shares. We’re thrilled she has made that dream a reality! As Development Coordinator for the Friends of Washington Crossing Park, Danielle oversees fundraising, special events, grant writing, donations, and membership. She also works closely with Katherine Manning, our Development Assistant. Danielle holds bachelor’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in history, anthropology, and archeology. She also has a master’s in museum studies from the University of Oklahoma. Read More

New Plaque Recognizes Washington Crossing Historic Park as American Revolutionary War Site

December 23rd, 2021

A new plaque hangs in the Visitor Center vestibule at Washington Crossing Historic Park and its significance is…well…significant. The Pennsylvania State Society Daughters of the American Revolution (PSSDAR) placed the plaque as part of a national initiative to raise public awareness for the men and women who helped achieve American independence. The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution hopes that at least one marker will be placed in every state in advance of the 250th birthday of the United States in 2026. “The project is the epitome of what DAR stands for,” says Judi Biederman, park volunteer and Regent Read More