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December 2019

Rescheduled: Lecture on “Who was here in 1776?”

December 20, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park – Visitor Center & Historic Village, 1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States
Free

Washington Crossing Historic Park’s Evening with the Curator series concludes for the year with a free public lecture on some of the people who contributed to the Ten Crucial Days surrounding the crossing. The lecture, rescheduled from December 1, will be held in the Visitor Center auditorium on two dates: Sunday, December 8 at 11 AM (during the First Crossing event, set for 10 AM to 4 PM) Friday, December 20 at 11 AM Registration is required; please call the park Visitor Center at 215-493-4076 to register.  Park curator Kimberly McCarty will discuss the soldiers and civilians who participated in…

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April 2020

CANCELED: Lecture on “The Property of the Nation”

April 19, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park – Visitor Center & Historic Village, 1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States
Free

This event has been canceled. --- Dr. Matthew Costello, senior historian of the White House Historical Association, will visit Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA). The lecture is free and will be held in the Visitor Center auditorium. Costello will present a free public lecture on his 2019 book, The Property of the Nation: George Washington's Tomb, Mount Vernon and the Memory of the First President. Costello's book explores the evolution of George Washington's legacy during the early Republic by focusing on his tomb at Mount Vernon. Costello will share: The efforts to move Washington's remains elsewhere for political reasons How…

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May 2020

CANCELED: Curator Tour of “A Glorious Enterprise”

May 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park – Visitor Center & Historic Village, 1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States
Free

This event has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.   Join Washington Crossing Historic Park curator Kimberly McCarty for a free gallery tour of the Visitor Center exhibit, A Glorious Enterprise: Washington's Crossing of the Delaware. The long-term exhibit explores the Christmas night crossing in 1776 and the Continental Army’s encampment at the Thompson-Neely House during the days that preceded it. Authentic and reproduction objects shape a family-oriented, tactile experience. “While we understand the importance of the larger context, and connecting the crossing to those battles, we want to tell the story of what happened here and connect our…

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CANCELED: Lecture and Garden Tour: Fever and Sickness in the Continental Army

May 31, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park – Visitor Center & Historic Village, 1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States
Free

This event has been canceled.   Historian Kim Burdick will present a free lecture discussing the dangers of the rampant spread of disease in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. The most dangerous place for a soldier during the war was not the battlefield. Living in close quarters with hundreds of other soldiers, the most dangerous place for a soldier was actually the encampments. In fact, fever and infections killed more soldiers than any wounds suffered in battle. Kim Burdick is the founder and chairman of the American Revolution Round Table of Northern Delaware; Advisor Emeritus to the National…

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June 2020

CANCELED: Curator Tour on “Soldier Health in Revolutionary PA”

June 14, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park – Visitor Center & Historic Village, 1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States
Free
Soldier Health in Revolutionary Pennsylvania

This event has been canceled.   Join Washington Crossing Historic Park curator Kimberly McCarty for a free gallery tour of the Visitor Center exhibit, Soldier Health in Revolutionary Pennsylvania. The exhibit illustrates the greatest danger that soldiers faced during the Revolutionary War: disease. In the 18th century, very little was known about preventing the spread of bacteria and infection, which allowed diseases such as scabies, dysentery, small pox, typhus and yellow fever to plague the troops. In fact, 6,000 of the 17,000 soldiers in Pennsylvania in August 1776 were ill. In the exhibit, visitors can step into a sick room that…

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September 2020

(Registration Closed) Virtual Lecture on “They Were Good Soldiers: African-Americans Serving in the Continental Army”

September 13, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Virtual PA United States
Free

Bucks County historian John U. Rees will give a free virtual lecture on Sunday, September 13 at 2 PM. This lecture will be held over Zoom. Registration has closed.  Rees's lecture will discuss his book: 'They Were Good Soldiers': African-Americans Serving in the Continental Army, 1775-1783. He will discuss the experiences of free and enslaved soldiers of color during America’s war for independence. Use of the veterans’ pension narratives allows them to tell their stories and provides insights into their lives before, during and after the Revolutionary War. A Bucks County resident, Mr. Rees has researched and written about the…

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October 2020

AT CAPACITY: Virtual Lecture on Ferries and Taverns During the Revolution

October 18, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Virtual PA United States
Free

NOTE: This virtual lecture has reached capacity and registration is closed. Thank you for your interest!  Washington Crossing Historic Park curator Kimberly McCarty will give a free virtual lecture discussing the roles of 18th century ferries and taverns on Sunday, October 18 at 1:30 PM. McConkey's Ferry Inn — the building in which Washington wrote of his plan to cross the Delaware River — will be highlighted. Located in town centers and along major transportation routes, ferries and taverns were community hubs where people could eat, rest, and share the latest news about America's struggle for independence. The lecture will…

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November 2020

CANCELED: Lecture on The Decision to Hire German Troops

November 8, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park – Visitor Center & Historic Village, 1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States
Free

This lecture has been canceled.   Dr. Friederike Baer will give a free public lecture on "The Decision to Hire German Troops in the War of American Independence: Reactions in Britain and North America, 1774-1776." Between 1774-1776, German soldiers were hired to defend British interests in America. Baer will discuss British and American public reactions to the plan. In Britain, the reliance on forces from outside the empire provoked strong opposition. Critics claimed it was a sinister plot to deprive Englishmen of their liberties. In America, news of the plan to hire Germans gave radicals an effective tool in their…

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December 2020

Virtual Lecture: Who Was Here in December 1776?

December 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual PA United States
Free

Washington Crossing Historic Park curator Kimberly McCarty will give a free virtual lecture on Sunday, December 6 at 7 PM on some of the people who contributed to the Ten Crucial Days surrounding the crossing. This lecture will be conducted through Zoom. McCarty will discuss the soldiers and civilians who participated in the days surrounding the crossing that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War. “My intent is to explore the lives, before and after the crossing, of some of the notable figures who participated, as well as others who don’t factor into most narratives of that night,” she says.…

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September 2021

Virtual Lecture: Fever and Sickness in the Continental Army

September 12 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Virtual PA United States
Free

On Sunday, September 12 at 1:30 PM, prominent Delaware historian Kim Burdick will discuss her research on fever and sickness in the Continental Army. During their December 1776 encampment in Bucks County, the beleaguered Continental Army was beset with illness and many soldiers were unfit for duty. While some used the time of the encampment to recuperate, others were not as fortunate. How to Participate This virtual lecture will be held on Zoom, and registration is required through DCNR. Login information will be provided upon registration. If you do not receive an email confirmation after you register, please call (215)…

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