Virtual Lecture: Who Was Here in December 1776?

Virtual PA, United States

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. Read More

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Virtual Lecture: Fever and Sickness in the Continental Army

Virtual PA, United States

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) Read More

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In-Person Lecture – The Revolutionary World of a Free Black Man: Jacob Francis 1754-1836

Washington Crossing Historic Park - Visitor Center & Historic Village 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA, United States

On Sunday, February 13 at 1:30 PM, author William L. Kidder will discuss his new book The Revolutionary World of a Free Black Man: Jacob Francis 1754-1836. Born in Amwell Township to a free Black mother, Jacob Francis lived his 82-year life in a world of revolutionary change. He became caught up in the rising tide of revolution in the 1760s and 70s and served fourteen months in the 16th Continental Army regiment, including at the Battle of Trenton, and then in the Third Hunterdon County militia regiment for over six years. Establishing himself as a farmer, he married an Read More

Lecture – “Surviving The Winters”

Washington Crossing Historic Park 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA, United States

On Sunday, May 1 at 1:30 PM, join author Steven Elliott as he discusses his book Surviving the Winters: Housing Washington's Army During the American Revolution. Washington’s troops spent only a few days a year in combat. The rest of the time, especially in the winter months, they were engaged in a different sort of battle—against the elements, unfriendly terrain, disease, and hunger. Victory in that more sustained struggle depended on a mastery of camp construction, logistics, and health and hygiene—the components that Elliott considers in his environmental, administrative, and operational investigation of the winter encampments at Middlebrook, Morristown, West Read More

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

Washington Crossing Historic Park 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA, 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 Read More

Lecture – “The Disaffected: Britain’s Occupation of Philadelphia During the American Revolution”

Washington Crossing Historic Park 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA, United States

On Sunday, September 18 at 1:30 PM, join author Aaron Sullivan as he discusses his book The Disaffected. He will explore the British occupation of Philadelphia, chronicling the experiences of a group of people who were pursued, pressured, and at times persecuted, not because they chose the wrong side of the Revolution but because they tried not to choose a side at all. For these people, the war was neither a glorious cause to be won nor an unnatural rebellion to be suppressed, but a dangerous and costly calamity to be navigated with care. Both the Patriots and the British Read More

Lecture – “The Compleat Victory: Saratoga and the American Revolution”

Washington Crossing Historic Park 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA, United States

Join us on Wednesday, November 9 from 7 to 8 PM at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center for a lecture with Kevin J. Weddle on his book, The Compleat Victory: Saratoga and the American Revolution. This book is the recipient of the 9th annual , Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History which is bestowed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in recognition of the best book in the field of military history published in English during the previous calendar year. In the late summer and fall of 1777, after two years of indecisive fighting on both Read More

Lecture – Who Was Here?

Washington Crossing Historic Park 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA, United States

The American Revolution was fought by a diverse group of people covering all ranks of society. From privates to generals, and those who supported the army, many of these patriot's stories have gone untold. Join museum curator Kimberly McCarty as she highlights some of the individuals who participated in Washington's legendary crossing of the Delaware on December 25, 1776. This event will be held in-person in the Visitor Center Auditorium. It will also be live-streamed over Zoom. If COVID restrictions are required, it will be changed entirely to virtual. Registrants will be notified of changes. Registration is required. Register on Read More

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

Washington Crossing Historic Park 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA, United States

On Sunday, March 19 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 they were compensated for them once they were “on the rolls.” How has popular culture portrayed women in this situation, and how have those Read More

Lecture – The Doans and The Revolution

Washington Crossing Historic Park 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA, United States

On Sunday, May 7 at 1:30 PM, Washington Crossing Historic Park welcomes curators Annie Halliday and Clint Flack from the Mercer Museum to discuss the notorious Doan gang, their background, and activities early in the revolution. The Doan gang was a group of British loyalists, the most notorious members being five brothers and one cousin from the Doan family of Plumstead. The gang was composed of around 30 members who were accused murderers, attainted traitors, horse thieves, and ferried British prisoners of war to British lines. They were also guilty of robbing tax collectors, their most famous crime being the Read More