WANJ’s 143rd Annual Meeting and Luncheon
February 20, 2017
Featuring a Keynote Address by Edward Larson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian, whose latest book is titled The Return of George Washington.
The Annual meeting is open to the public with a reduced cost for WANJ members.
WANJ is honored with the Director’s Parternership Award!
The Washington Association of New Jersey, partner to Morristown National Historical Park, Washington’s Headquarters, was presented the National Park Service Director’s Partnership Award for Outstanding Service. The presentation was made on Friday, October 14 at the site of the Stark’s Brigade Monument at Jockey Hollow. The restored Stark’s Brigade Monument, which commemorates the New England Brigade that camped on the Harding Township, Morris County, hillside at the Jockey Hollow encampment during the harsh winter of 1779-80 during the American Revolutionary War, was unveiled at the event. The Outstanding Partnership Award was presented by National Park Service N.E. Region Director Mike Caldwell of Philadelphia. From left: WANJ trustees, Andy Spellman of New Providence, Marshall Bartlett of Harding, WANJ President Eileen Cameron of Harding, Director Mike Caldwell, Kevin Tremble of Teaneck, and Morristown National Historical Park Superintendent Tom Ross.
Thursday, September 22, 11 a.m.
Join us here at the Great Hall at Morristown National Historical Park, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, for a very moving ceremony, as we welcome new American citizens to our country with a fine program, with music, speakers and refreshments.
The 142nd Annual Meeting & Celebration of
George Washington’s Birthday
Dr. Andrew J. O’Shaughnessy
“The Men Who Lost America”
Andrew O’Shaughnessy is the Vice President and Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and a professor of history at the University of Virginia. He is the author of The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire (2013) and An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean (2000).
He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society; a member of the board of the University of Virginia Press; an editor of the Journal of the Early Republic; an editor of the Jeffersonian American Series of the University of Virginia Press; a member of the advisory board of the Founding Fathers’ Libraries Project; a member of the advisory board of The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution at the Center for the Study of the American Constitution; on the advisory board of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series; and a member of the advisory council of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies.
Money of Early America
While you are visiting Washington’s Headquarters Museum at Morristown National Historical Park don’t miss the two special exhibits currently on display.
“Early American Money” features coins and currency used prior, during and after the American Revolution. Money and currency affected the lives of those individuals living in the 13 colonies, including New Jersey.
Paper money was used as a means to pay soldiers and officers during the American Revolution but merchants and farmers did not always trust such money to hold value during the war. Silver, gold, and copper coins were always accepted for payment but there were few to be found. By the time of the winter encampment of 1779-1780 in Morristown, NJ it took 60 to 70 pieces of paper currency to equal one silver coin.
After the war, in 1786 and 1787, Walter Mould minted horse head copper coins in Morristown that were authorized by the New Jersey General Assembly. After the war the United States owed debts both foreign and domestic to people and countries that helped the cause of independence. Under George Washington’s presidency, these debts would be addressed.
Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury, Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State, and James Madison worked together to pass Hamilton’s “Assumption of Debts” proposal in Congress. They agreed the federal government would assume the debts of the states, created during the War, in exchange for the capitol of the United States moving to Virginia.
In 1792 Congress passed a bill to set up the first United States Mint, which would be in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. This would provide the nation’s first coins.
To honor the National Park Service depictions of National Parks and other National sites are currently appearing on US quarters. In 2016, which will be the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, the US Mint will honor the National Park Service with commemorative coins featuring a half dollar, silver dollar, and five dollar gold pieces.
Bringing the War of Independence to Life
Recent special exhibits include "Bringing the War of Independence to Life: 19th Century Illustrations of the American Revolution." The exhibit celebrated 350th Anniversary at the park’s Washington’s Headquarters Museum, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, New Jersey.
Bringing the War of Independence to Life is the result of a partnership with the Schuylkill River Heritage Area and the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area, as well as Valley Forge National Historical Park. The show features 42 illustrations of the Revolutionary War by 16 different artists whose work originally appeared in 19th-century publications. All of the works are culled from the personal collection of Schuylkill River Heritage Area Executive Director Kurt Zwikl.
“We are pleased to be able to tell the story of the war through these fascinating illustrations, and through a partnership that allows us to emphasize the Revolutionary War connections between two national parks in Valley Forge and Morristown, and between two National Heritage Areas: the Schuylkill River Heritage Area and Crossroads of the American Revolution,” said Zwikl.
An opening reception for the exhibit was held in the Washington’s Headquarters Museum on Thursday, July 3, 2014. The exhibition booklet was offered for sale at the reception and Kurt Zwikl signed copies for guests.
"Bringing the War of Independence to Life" was at Valley Forge from February to April 2014. Partnering between two national parks and two National Heritage Areas enabled the exhibit to reach a wider audience. It also provided a means to tell the broader story of the American Revolution throughout the region and the State of New Jersey.
The exhibition and New Jersey’s 350th anniversary are being celebrated in conjunction with Morris County, New Jersey’s July 4th festivities, Revolutionary Times.