Join the Friends of Washington Crossing Park


April is membership month for the Friends of Washington Crossing Park – the time when we encourage new members to join and current members to renew. The membership form is available on our website and takes less than five minutes to complete. Preserve Our History The Friends of Washington Crossing Park are committed to supporting Washington Crossing Historic Park as a historic site and offering educational programs and reenactments that promote the American Revolution as part of our national heritage. Proceeds from our membership program directly benefit this mission. The Friends have come a long way since our founding in 2009. The Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Daniel Lapidow

It was a chance encounter that led Daniel Lapidow to volunteer in the blacksmith shop at Washington Crossing Historic Park in the summer of 2012. He was walking his Newfoundland through the park when a man came bounding out of the trailer that housed the Visitor Center at the time and asked to pet his dog. They got to talking, and Daniel mentioned that he was a hobby blacksmith. Turned out, the Friends of Washington Crossing Park were actively searching for another volunteer blacksmith. Two weeks later, Daniel found himself in the shop for his first day—and perhaps a bit Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Joan Lindenau

Park volunteer Joan Lindenau grew up only blocks away from Independence Mall. She and her family used to walk their dogs past the Liberty Bell most nights. That’s why volunteering for the Friends of Washington Crossing Park was like reaching for a touchstone after Joan and her husband moved back to Bucks County following five years in Hawaii. Both Joan and her husband like to volunteer for all the major events at the park, including Washington’s birthday party in February, Autumn Market and Encampment in October, and the crossing reenactment in December, among others. In between, Joan also volunteers as Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Ryan

  Mary Ryan jokes that her colonial outfits are beginning to overwhelm her closet. She started making them at the suggestion of a manager at the park, who thought that it would enhance the visitors’ experience to see her and some of the Friends of Washington Crossing Park gardening in period clothing. Mary, who holds a degree in fashion design, began researching. “We wanted to look authentic, so it was very basic, plain clothing,” she says. That modest undertaking has evolved into a full-fledged sewing circle that includes other Friends volunteers of all abilities. Mary estimates that she’s been volunteering Read More

New Visitor Center Exhibit to Open in March

“With this exhibit, we’re hoping to bond that generation of heroes with our visitors today on this common ground.” A new exhibit will open at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center on Saturday, March 2. Titled “A Glorious Enterprise—Washington’s Crossing of the Delaware,” the free long-term exhibit will explore the Christmas night crossing in 1776 and the Continental Army’s encampment at the Thompson-Neely House before the crossing. Objects from the Past The exhibit’s authentic and reproduction objects shape a family-oriented, tactile experience, says park curator Kimberly McCarty. “We will have reproduction wedge tents for children to experience army life Read More

Join us for “10 for the 10th”

The non-profit Friends of Washington Crossing Park was formed in 2009 to save the Christmas crossing reenactment in the wake of state budget cuts. This year, that hastily assembled group is celebrating its 10th anniversary. “Over the last decade, that relatively small volunteer committee has evolved into a fully-functioning organization with 12 board members and a 15-person staff that helps support visitor services at the park, educational programs, and fundraising,” says Jennifer Martin, executive director of the Friends of Washington Crossing Park. “To celebrate just how far we’ve come, we’re inviting our community to enjoy all the park has to Read More

Send George Washington a Birthday Card

Every year, the Friends of Washington Crossing Park help George Washington celebrate his birthday in February. This year, kids (and kids at heart) can help George have an extra-special celebration by sending him a homemade birthday card! Prior to George’s birthday party on February 17, invite your kids to create a special birthday card for George’s 287th birthday. Then drop it in the mail to: P.O. Box 1776 Washington Crossing, PA 18977 Everybody who sends George a birthday card prior to his party will receive a reply from the General himself! George Washington’s 287th birthday party will be held from 10 AM to 2 PM at Read More

Friends Group Welcomes Development Coordinator

Danielle Gress recently joined the Friends of Washington Crossing Park as a development coordinator. In this position, she will oversee a variety of areas, including program development, volunteer management, grant writing, and membership administration. Gress, a Yardley native, was a curatorial intern at the park six years ago. She earned her master’s degree in museum studies from the University of Oklahoma and undergraduate degrees in history, archaeology, and anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. At Pitt, she wrote her undergraduate thesis on George Washington’s 1776 crossing of the Delaware River. “Growing up just down the river, Washington Crossing Historic Park Read More

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