Presidents Weekend activities at Washington’s HQ in Morristown

Tom Ross, superintendent of the Morristown National Historical Park, tries an interactive map at the new Discover History Center. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Tom Ross, superintendent of the Morristown National Historical Park, tries an interactive map at the new Discover History Center. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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The National Park Service unveils its $2.25 million Discovery History Center at the Washington’s Headquarters Museum in Morristown on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018.

But the celebration continues throughout the Presidents Day Weekend. Here is the schedule.

From the National Park Service:

Presidents Day Weekend! Morristown National Historical Park’s New Exhibits

Morristown National Historical Park and the Washington Association of New Jersey announce the Schedule of Events for the Grand Opening of the park’s Discover History Center, February 17-20, 2018.

All events will begin or occur at the Washington’s Headquarters Museum, 30 Washington Place, Morristown.

There will be a variety of talks, walks, and performances by artists such as Linda Russell and Gordon Thomas Ward. The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts will conduct presentations; the 2nd New Jersey Regiment, Helms’ Company will display re-enactor equipment; and the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area and Morris County Tourism Bureau will host exhibits. Feel free to visit each day!

Please note that on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, visitors must obtain FREE timed tickets for the Discover History Center at the museum’s information desk
 
Saturday, Feb. 17th

  • 9:30 am   Ford Mansion opens- Self Guided tours, Colonial games on second floor
  • 10 am      Grand Opening Ceremony- Auditorium
  • 11 am      Hammered Dulcimer performance by Linda Russell- Auditorium
  • 12 pm      Museum of Early Trades and Crafts – Auditorium
  • 1 pm        Gallery Walk: Dialogic Artifacts: Exploring Exhibit Planning
  • 2 pm        Gallery Walk: “George Washington’s Headquarters” by photographer Xiomaro
  • 3 pm        “George Washington: Fact or Fiction”- Auditorium
  • 4 pm        Equipment of the Continental Soldier- Auditorium

Sunday, Feb. 18th

  • 9:30 am   Ford Mansion opens- Self Guided tours, Colonial games on second floor
  • 10 am      Gallery Walk: Dialogic Artifacts: Exploring Exhibit Planning
  • 11 am      Hammered Dulcimer performance by Linda Russell- Auditorium
  • 12 pm      Museum of Early Trades and Crafts – Auditorium
  • 1 pm        Gallery Walk: Dialogic Artifacts: Exploring Exhibit Planning
  • 2 pm        Gallery Walk: “George Washington’s Headquarters” by photographer Xiomaro
  • 3 pm        “George Washington: Fact or Fiction”- Auditorium
  • 4 pm        Equipment of the Continental Soldier- Auditorium

Monday, Feb. 19th

  • 9:30 am   Ford Mansion opens- Self Guided tours, Colonial games on second floor
  • 10 am      Gallery Walk: Dialogic Artifacts: Exploring Exhibit Planning
  • 11 am      Hammered Dulcimer performance by Linda Russell-Auditorium
  • 12 pm      Museum of Early Trades and Crafts – Auditorium
  • 1 pm        Gallery Walk: Dialogic Artifacts: Exploring Exhibit Planning
  • 2 pm        Gallery Walk: “George Washington’s Headquarters” by photographer Xiomaro
  • 3 pm        “Four Winters at Morristown”- Auditorium

Tuesday, Feb. 20th

  • 9:30 am   Museum opens
  • 10 am      First tour of the Ford Mansion (every hour, until 4 pm)
  • 11 am      Musical performance by Gordon Ward- “Story-Songs of History”- Auditorium
  • 1 pm        Musical performance by Gordon Ward-“Story-Songs of History”- Auditorium

For more information, please call 973-539-2016 ext. 260 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/morr.

The Washington Association of New Jersey was incorporated in the State of New Jersey in 1874 and is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The Association was founded to preserve the Ford Mansion, where George Washington made his Morristown headquarters, and to protect historic documents and artifacts associated with General Washington and the Continental Army’s activities in Morristown.

Morristown National Historical Park was established in 1933 to preserve and commemorate the story of the Continental Army struggling to survive in and around Morristown, New Jersey during the American Revolution. The park interprets the history and subsequent commemoration of these encampments and the extraordinary fortitude of the officers and enlisted men under Washington’s leadership.

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