Staff Spotlight: Colin Zimmerman

January 20th, 2023 Staff Spotlights


Colin Zimmerman is the Military Historian for the Friends of Washington Crossing Park, but before he started that job he was a familiar face around the park.

“I worked here from 2016 to 2018 as an historical interpreter, and I’m thrilled to be back in this new role,” Zimmerman says. “History started out as an interest for me, then turned into a hobby, and eventually became a passion. To me, history is the most fascinating thing in the world and this park is a national treasure.”

Zimmerman is currently completing his doctoral degree in American History, with a focus on early America and the American Revolution. At the park, he has a variety of responsibilities, including academic research and publishing. He is also integral to enhancing the park’s living history programming as America gears up for its 250th birthday in 2026.

Zimmerman is overseeing the development of additional public and educational programs focused on the park’s unique military history and its impact on world history. This additional programming may come in the form of new living history events, new school programs, or new interpretive materials – likely all of the above.

Zimmerman agrees with the old saying that if you like what you do you’ll never work a day in your life.

“This isn’t a 9:00 to 5:00 job for me, it’s a 24/7 thing…it’s my world,” Zimmerman says. “It’s like I’m not even coming to work!”