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        Preserving George Washington’s Legacy
         and the Story of the Revolutionary War


                  Spotlight on a New Prize and an Award-Winning Film


Morristown - Morristown High School seniors and film students, Katie Rosa and Kylee Strasser have produced an outstanding new film, Historic Morristown: A Beacon of Light in the American Revolution.


The Washington Association of New Jersey and the Morristown National Historical Park are pleased to present the inaugural of the film on Saturday, September 15. The Washington Association will make the Premiere Presentation of the Association’s new prize, The G. Washington Prize for Creative Excellence to the film producers at the event.


Last fall on spectacular sunny and crisp days, the students, then juniors, worked on the production of the film, researching, filming and editing their award-winning video. They carefully arranged each shot professionally, filling the frame with dramatic story, light and detail. The setup of scene, script and performer and follow-up editing was extraordinary.


The film team worked seamlessly with the script written by Eileen Cameron, WANJ Trustee and narrator Karen Sloat-Olsen of the Thomas Edison National Historical Park.


As the film rolls, Pat Sanftner of the Daughters of the American Revolution, as Mrs. Ford, welcomes the viewing visitor to her home, the Ford Mansion, now known as Washington’s Headquarters, and explains how life changed with General Washington and his staff filling her home with intense activity and military planning which would change the world. Ms. Sanftner is a consummate actress and the audience feels as if they too are as welcome as the General.


Retired Judge Ken MacKenzie, WANJ Trustee and veteran historical tour presenter, leads the viewer through the Headquarters Museum, describing each of the major galleries.


The camera shifts to the hills above Morristown, where Phil Gaffney, WANJ Trustee and Fort Nonsense expert, stands at the top of the fort’s heights and directs the viewer to observe the vantage point of the patriots, where they could see 360 degrees around and far in the distance, watching for signs of the British approaching. Phil particularly focuses the visitor to look eastward where on a clear day the observer can see New York City, stronghold of the British.


The film moves to Jockey Hollow where Eric Olsen, experienced Park Ranger, brings the viewer back in time to the hard life off a working farm at the time of the Revolution, and the patriotic Wick family at their home. Eric also takes the visitors to the Soldiers Huts where he brings to life the suffering and endurance of the Continental soldiers during the harsh winter of 1779-80.


The film runs for 11 minutes and is designed also to be shown in separate segments for each site. Each section of approximately 2 minutes each, can be shown on social media separately.


The film producers, Ms. Rosa and Ms. Strasser, have produced a superb addition to American history and joined WANJ and MNHP in a successful, cooperative effort between Morristown High School and the greater Morristown area.


Washington Association is also unveiling its new award, the G. Washington Prize for Creative Excellence, which they will present to the Ms. Rosa and Ms. Strasser, the Morristown High School film producers.


The G. Washington Prize for Creative Excellence is to be presented to an individual, or individuals, who have created an outstanding product of distinguished artistic or literary merit and which presents an accurate view of American history and focuses on the integrity and leadership of General George Washington and or the courage and endurance of the Continental soldiers, the story of Morristown and New Jersey in the American Revolutionary War, the securing of independence and individual liberties and the founding of our new nation.


WANJ and MNHP invite the public to attend the presentations and to join the applause for this new film, and film producers, Ms. Rosa and Ms. Strasser, and for the presentation of the first G. Washington Prize for creative Excellence on Saturday, September 15 at 10:30-Noon at the Great Hall, Washington’s Headquarters Museum, MNHP. Space is limited so please RSVP to WANJ at 973-292-1874 or




                 In Memorium

                                Harry Carpenter



The Trustees of the Washington Association mourn the passing of our valued colleague and past President, Harry Carpenter. Harry was a dynamo leader of WANJ, ever working for George Washington and American history with his legendary energy and enthusiasm. 

After graduating from Colgate, Harry served the nation in the Korean War and on return built a successful global business. He supported many community efforts including being a founding member of the North Jersey American Revolution Round Table

As President of WANJ Harry spearheaded the successful drive for support for the acclaimed new Discover History Center gallery at Morristown National Historical Park helping to garner major financial support from many individuals and large foundations. He focused on increasing membership and oversaw the organization by arriving early every morning to pick up the phone maintaining a steady stream of calls to potential donors. WANJ presented Harry with the Association's distinguished Achievement Medal in 2014.

We shall miss Harry and his vigor and energetic personality filling the room, his  dedication to America’s history and engaging presence. Harry was a tireless campaigner for WANJ and every cause he held dear. We are forever grateful for his leadership, vision and friendship. He will be greatly missed.




                           Historic Morristown

                                                               MHS Fim Production



This fabulous video was created by Morristown High School students
Katie Rosa and Kylee Strasser. The script was written by WANJ President and children’s author Eileen Cameron. Actors are DAR NJ State Historian Pat Sanftner, WANJ Trustees Philip Gaffney, Kenneth MacKenzie, and MNHP Ranger Eric Olsen, with narration by Karen Sloat-Olsen.


                  Check out this article about the students and their video:

                                                         Making Their Mark



Washington Association of New Jersey ~ WANJ ~ Founded 1874


Partner to Morristown National Historical Park ~ Showcasing American history at the important national historic sites of the Ford Mansion in Morristown, which was General George Washington’s Military Headquarters during the American Revolution/ War for Independence in 1779-80, and Jockey Hollow, site of the Encampment of the Continental Army.


DISCOVER ~ as History comes alive ~ in the heart of the Crossroads of the Revolution at the first national historical park


SEE ~ Washington’s Headquarters/Ford Mansion     


TOUR ~ Headquarters Museum – telling the story of leadership of George Washington and the courage of the Continental Army     


ENJOY ~ Museum's collection of artifacts and rare documents


STUDY – RESEARCH ~ For students and scholars


EXPERIENCE ~ Soldiers life at Jockey Hollow and colonial farm life at the Wick House


EXPLORE ~ Hike Nature Trails in the unspoiled woodlands and hills of New Jersey ~ Bike the shaded roadways


                          Morristown 1779-80




Morristown National Historical Park

Historic Morris County

30 Washington Place, Morristown, New Jersey 07960