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May 2022

May Book Club: Manufacturing Independence

May 16 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Virtual PA United States

In partnership with the Friends of Washington Crossing Park the March meeting of the Washington Crossing Historic Park Book Club is set for Monday, May 16, 2022 at 5:30 PM. This meeting will be held virtually using Zoom. Registration is required. To register, please visit the DCNR's website. Zoom meeting details will be provided upon registration. Museum curator Kimberly McCarty will lead a discussion of the book club’s next selection: Manufacturing Independence: Industrial Innovation in the American Revolution by Robert F. Smith; Chapters 5-6. Book club meetings are free and open to all. Members should provide their own books.

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Remake Learning Days! Stream Discovery Day

May 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States

Let’s see what we can catch in the creek! Historic Pidcock Creek was and still is the main source of power for the historic Thompson-Neely Grist Mill. Grab your stream shoes and team up with the Park Naturalist for a morning of watershed education on Thursday, May 19 from 10 AM - noon! Help identify the aquatic insects and other creatures that live within the creek. Nets will be provided, but you can bring your own! Water shoes/boots must be worn at all times. Some boots will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own. Registration for this…

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Healthy Hike

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States

Hiking is a great way to improve your physical and mental health! On Friday, May 20 from 10 AM - 11:30 AM, join the park naturalist for a quickly paced 2 mile hike along the trails of WCHP. Please keep in mind that these hikes are intended to maintain a quick hiking pace. Prepare yourself for the day by bringing a full water bottle, wearing sturdy shoes, and dressing for the weather! To register and receive the meeting location for these programs please email mtruesdale@pa.gov.

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Guided Bird Walk

May 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States

Mornings are your best opportunity to experience the thrilling world of birdwatching and listening.  On Saturday, May 21 from 10-11:30 AM, join the park naturalist for a guided walk as we look and listen for migratory avian friends. Topics such as basic bird identification through sound and sight will be discussed. Binoculars can be available upon request, but participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own. Washington Crossing Historic Park sits in a unique bird habitat crossroads. Experience your park and home in a way that you may never have before, through wildlife observation! To register for any of these…

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RESCHEDULED Lecture – ‘She Had a Husband in the Camp’: Following the Army during the War for Independence

May 22 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States

RESCHEDULED FROM MARCH 27. If you have already registered for the rescheduled lecture on May 22, you do not have to do so again. On Sunday, May 22 at 1:30 PM, join Carrie Fellows, Executive Director of the Hunterdon County (NJ) Cultural & Heritage Commission as she examines the life of the women who followed the Continental Army during the revolution. Through glimpses found in period references, writings, and images, this talk will explore the reasons why women left reasonably secure situations for the uncertainty of following the army. It will describe some of the duties women performed and how…

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The Brethren: A Story of Faith and Conspiracy in Revolutionary America, with Brendan McConville

May 24 @ 7:00 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States

On Tuesday, May 24 at 7 PM, author Brendan McConville will visit Washington Crossing Historic Park to discuss his book, The Brethren: A Story of Faith and Conspiracy in Revolutionary America. Less than a year into the American Revolution, a group of North Carolina farmers hatched a plot to assassinate the colony’s leading patriots, including the governor. The scheme became known as the Gourd Patch or Lewellen Conspiracy. The men called themselves the Brethren. McConville's The Brethren (Harvard University Press, 2021) tells the dramatic story of ordinary people who came to fear that their Revolutionary leaders were trying to undermine…

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Guided Bird Walk

May 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States

Mornings are your best opportunity to experience the thrilling world of birdwatching and listening. On Friday, May 27 from 10-11:30 AM, join the park naturalist for a guided walk as we look and listen for migratory avian friends. Topics such as basic bird identification through sound and sight will be discussed. Binoculars can be available upon request, but participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own. Washington Crossing Historic Park sits in a unique bird habitat crossroads. Experience your park and home in a way that you may never have before, through wildlife observation! To register for any of these…

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Wheat and Sheep Day

May 28 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park – Thompson-Neely Farmstead, 1638 River Road
New Hope, United States

On Saturday, May 28 from 10 AM to 4 PM, watch as the Thompson-Neely sheep are shorn of their wool and tour the grist mill at this family friendly event. This limited event will include a trip to the barn for a hand shearing presentation as well as period demonstrations and tours of our historic Grist Mill. From there, follow the Colonial process of washing and carding the wool and spinning it into yarn. You’ll also get a take-home activity kit, full of Colonial crafts! Shearings are held every hour, and mill tours are held on the half hour 11:30…

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Delaware River Kayaking

May 28 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States

Team up with the Park Naturalist for a fun float in a kayak down the Delaware River on Saturday, May 28 from noon - 3 PM! After an on-land strategy and safety session, participants will launch from the northern most point of Washington Crossing Historic Park and kayak 5 miles to the Visitor Center with assistance from the Park Naturalist. Kayaks, PFDs, and paddles will be supplied. Registration is required. Participants must be 12 years or older. Registration for this program is required by emailing mtruesdale@pa.gov no later than noon on Friday, May 27. Individuals who have their own kayaking…

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Jazz Concert on the Riverbank

May 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park – Visitor Center & Historic Village, 1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States

Looking for an excuse to get outside on a beautiful spring evening? The Friends of Washington Crossing Park (PA) and the historic Newtown Theatre are teaming up to present a free outdoor jazz concert on Saturday, May 28 from 6 to 8 PM. The concert will be held on the banks of the Delaware River near the park’s Visitor Center. The Triple Ts, a jazz-fusion trio based in Philadelphia, will play a mix of original music and jazz standards. The band has played several times at the park and the theatre, in addition to touring the U.S. in support of…

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