Staff Spotlight: Michelle Flanagan

July 9th, 2024 Staff Spotlights


Michelle Flanagan’s appreciation for history began with her family. Her son attended an elementary school that is believed to be the only educational institution that stands on grounds where a historic battle was fought during the Revolutionary War. Every year the staff and students dress in colonial attire and pay tribute to the heroes who fought and died for our freedom.

One winter day, her family was taking a drive when they suddenly stumbled upon George Washington’s Birthday Celebration at Washington Crossing Historic Park. She said, “I had no clue it was happening and so much was going on! With cannon, cake, and clothes, it really touched every sense. We took pictures with reenactors and even met George Washington. All the reenactors were very enthusiastic and encouraged us to try reenacting.”

Seeing the live colonial representation inspired them. Michelle’s family has been volunteering together since 2016 with many of the reenactors they met during their first visit. You may have seen her on the Artillery Crew during the Annual Crossing Reenactments.

Michelle graduated from Jefferson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design. Working in that field gave her planning, diligence, and organization skills. She joined the Friends as an employee in the summer of 2024. As the newly hired Administrative Assistant, Michelle supports the organization’s operations and performs tasks essential for the site’s daily functioning. She is happy to be a behind-the-scenes person.

During events, Michelle’s favorite activity is taking visitors’ group photos in front of the stone marker which commemorates where Washington crossed the Delaware River on Christmas Night 1776. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family and dog, as well as volunteering. Michelle also loves to read, especially near a body of water.