Revolutionary Times Weekend
April 16-18, 2010
On April 16, a naturalization ceremony for 40 new American citizens from 19 different countries was held in the newly refurbished Auditorium at Washington's Headquarters Museum. Later the newly sworn in citizens, along with their families, enjoyed tea and sandwiches with those who had come to view the proceedings.
April 17 saw Breakfast with George Washington at the Grasshopper Off the Green, hosted by WANJ. After breakfast the General, portrayed by actor Dean Malissa, walked to the Morristown Green, where he addressed the people, and posed for pictures. Later that day Washington returned to Jockey Hollow, where he spoke at a dedication ceremony for a new plaque commemorating the Irish Americans who fought in the War for Independence, attended by Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, among others. An encampment was held over the weekend, at which re-enactors showed visitors what army camp life was like 240 years ago.
Photographs courtesy of Dan Beards and Randy Turner.
136th Annual Luncheon held at the Madison Hotel on President's Day, February 15.
From Morristown This Week, February 16, 2010:
Kosciuszko key to Revolution, Kean tells Morris audience
BY MINHAJ HASSAN
MORRIS TWP. ó The United States of America is "an ideal" that was brought together and is held together by people of different ancestries and the history of their sacrifices must be kept alive.
That was the message former Gov. Tom Kean conveyed in a keynote speech he delivered Monday afternoon at the 136th annual meeting of Washington Association of New Jersey held in a ballroom at the Madison Hotel on President's Day. The Association was founded in 1874 and is one of the oldest historic preservation organizations in the nation.
"We're held together by one thing," Kean told the organization. "It's an ideal of living in this wonderful form of government."
Kean talked at length about Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a Polish military engineer who fought with the Continental Army.
Kean said Kosciuszko, who lived from 1746 to 1817, never quite got the recognition he deserved for the vital role he played in the American Revolution. ...
The former Drew University president admitted that he worries today's kids don't have a strong grasp of history. However, he said that groups like the Washington Association help in keeping the history of the American Revolution alive and interesting.
"You are here to preserve this," he said. "What you are doing is helping our kids understand democracy."
James Barry Jr., president of the Washington Association of New Jersey who served in the Kean Administration as director for the Division of Consumer Affairs, said the attendance of 150 people was one of its highest for the annual event.
"It was really remarkable," he said. "His (Kean's) presentation was excellent."
• Annual Meetings and Scholarly Addresses
From 1887 to the present, the Association's Annual Meetings have included presentations by an extraordinary list of distinguished guest speakers. Scholars, statesmen, jurists, clergymen, authors, and nationally known public figures including: Woodrow Wilson, William Howard Taft, Henry Cabot Lodge, Wilbur L. Cross, Douglas Southall Freeman, James Thomas Flexner, Carl Van Doren, and Harry Emerson Fosdick are representative of the 125 speakers who have addressed the Annual Meetings.
• Special Events
The Rules of Civility, a program of Revolutionary War era music and dance, and The Ring Leader, a reenactment of a celebrated early New Jersey counterfeiting scheme, are recent examples of the Martha Washington Receptions presented annually in the fall by the Washington Association.
In October, 1995, for example, a symposium entitled "Impact" brought together seven historians of the Revolutionary War era for analyses of the effect of the War for Independence upon the civilian population.
In May,1999, four authorities on the representation of George Washington by painters, sculptors, printmakers, and craftspeople participated in a symposium with the title “The Image of George Washington”. This investigation of the changing image of Washington is one of the several events with which the Washington Association plans to commemorate the bicentennial of George Washington's death.