The Washington Association of New Jersey Our Noble Cause Campaign
The Washington Association is committed to establishing a modern, world-class museum that will honor the story of Morristown, George Washington and the Continental Army in winning United States’ independence from Great Britain, and to raise the Morristown story to the national consciousness and stature it deserves. In 2003 the Washington Association embarked upon “Our Noble Cause” Campaign, its first fundraising effort in its 131-year history. The goal was to raise funds for the rehabilitation/modernization of the museum, improved storage for the valuable artifact collection, an expanded library/research facility for scholars, the addition of two new wings for a combined total of 10,000 square feet of display and educational space for visitors and school children. A federal appropriation of $5.3 million was secured to repair and refurbish the building as well as to construct its northeast wing and provide access for visitors with disabilities. Additional community funds were provided by many individuals, foundations, and corporations. Most of the work is completed.
- The American Style Gallery, to display the many fine Washington Association objects such as clothing, porcelains, furniture and other artifacts of the period, much of which has never been seen before;
- The Great Hall/Auditorium, a multi-purpose area built to the original design by John Russell Pope for events and traveling exhibits;
- The Founding Documents/Lloyd Smith Gallery (or the Pamphlets of Protest Gallery), containing historical books, documents, ledgers and manuscripts, many penned in Washington's own hand, and relative to the political, social and economic issues of the day;
- A new library and research area;
- The Winning Independence/Military Arms Gallery, which features revolutionary cannons, rifles and other weapons as well as the treasured Varick Punch Bowl, described as "the most important surviving example of American historical porcelain" (75% completed).
The Washington Association has made much progress but our work is not yet finished. We are now launching the final phase of the effort with a $3 million campaign to complete our work.