New Book Club Selection Explores Intersection of Combat and Commerce

    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

A Closer Look at the Forgotten Life of a Camp Follower

  In honor of Women’s History Month, the park is presenting a lecture by Carrie Fellows, titled “She Had a Husband in the Camp: Following the Army During the War for Independence,” that will profile the uncelebrated but integral women who followed the Continental Army. The lecture will take place March 27, 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. Fellows is the executive director of the Hunterdon County, New Jersey, Cultural & Read More

Staff Spotlight: Katherine Manning

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

  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

Rare Insight into 2 Black Soldiers Who Were Involved in the Crossing

Excerpts from Peter Jennings’ pension applications. Rutherford County Record Book 9, pages 71-72, Rutherford County Archives, Murfreesboro Tennessee.   Recordkeeping around the time of the crossing was spotty in many respects, but it was especially so with regard to the Black soldiers who were involved. However, thanks largely to preserved federal veterans pension applications, historians have been able to develop relatively nuanced profiles of two of those soldiers, Jacob Francis and Peter Jennings. “It’s ironic in a tragic way,” says museum curator Kimberly McCarty. “We’re able to learn so much more about some Black soldiers through their pension applications. But they’re Read More

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

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

Four Common Misconceptions About the Ten Crucial Days

Considering the piecemeal recordkeeping of the time and general chaos that often surrounds war’s most intense moments, it’s astonishing that we know as much as we do about the Ten Crucial Days, the pivotal period surrounding the crossing. However, there are a few central facts that are frequently misconstrued to this day. The crossing began on Christmas Eve. The first involves the date of the crossing itself. “There were some references in the early 19th century that describe it as taking place on the ‘eve’ of Christmas, which modern readers could, and have, misinterpreted to mean Christmas Eve, when, in Read More

John Sullivan Challenge Coin Now Available

Washington Crossing Historic Park’s 2021 Challenge Coin is now available. The cost is $17.76, including tax. Shipping is an additional fee. The Major General John Sullivan Challenge Coin can be purchased in the Visitor Center gift shop or on our website. Every year until 2026—the 250th anniversary of the crossing of the Delaware River—Washington Crossing Historic Park will release a new challenge coin. The back of each year’s coin will feature a different officer in the Continental army, while the front features the crossing as depicted in Emanuel Leutze’s “Washington Crossing the Delaware” painting. About Major General John Sullivan Major Read More

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