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August 2016 Newsletter


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National Park Service Celebrates Its 100th Birthday!

It's finally here: our birthday month! All year we have been celebrating the National Park Service centennial with special events and programming, and we are excited for our birthday on August 25th. 

President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act into law on August 25, 1916, establishing the National Park Service under the Department of the Interior. How will we celebrate our birthday? 

Join us at 2 pm on Thursday, the 25th, at Washington's Headquarters Museum for a presentation on the centennial and FREE CAKE. 

Curator Tour of Washington's Headquarters Museum
Saturday, August 6th 10:00 - 12:00 pm

A rare opportunity for members of the public to explore the unique treasures of park's archival and rare book collection. This behind-the-ropes, curator-led tour of the library and archives is a once-a-year-only opportunity to experience the depth and breath of the Morristown collection. In partnership with the Morris County Tourism Bureau, this program will introduce those attending to the wide world of the Morristown NHP Collection.

Tour size is limited to 30. Cost: $20.00, which includes admission to the park for the day. Reservations are required. Contact the Morris County Tourism Bureau at morristourism.org or 973-631-5151.
NJ SERV FEST 2016 at Jockey Hollow
Saturday, August 20th, 10:00 to 6:00 pm

The National Park Service, the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area, and Celebrate New Jersey have partnered together to host a Centennial Service Fair in honor of the NPS 100th Birthday! 

Engage with NJ nonprofits and community organizations to see how to get involved with a variety of service projects throughout New Jersey.  Visit the 4th Grade Scoop Exhibit at the Jockey Hollow Visitor's Center and w atch performances and demonstrations. FREE admission but donations are suggested: non-perishable food items, new/gently used plush toys and children's books.

Hikes Celebrating the NPS Centennial
Sunday, August 28th at Morristown Green and Jockey Hollow

Celebrate the NPS Centennial with a ranger-led hike! Join a ranger at 10:00 am on the Green by the Alliance statue group, depicting Washington, Hamilton, and Lafayette for a one mile guided walk to Washington's Headquarters Museum and the Ford Mansion. 

This guided hike will weave together the stories of the Continental Army's winter encampments of 1777 and 1779-80 in and around Morristown. Stops will include the Presbyterian Cemetery, the Schuyler-Hamilton House, and the Ford Mansion. This is a great way to discover how historic sites hidden in plain sight all connect to a common story of Morristown's significance during the Revolutionary War.

Later, there will be a two mile guided hike at Jockey Hollow at 1:00 pm.  Get answers to your questions about the winter encampment, the Wick House, and the National Park Service. Bring your curiosity!
Peter Toth: Centennial Series Piano Recital
Sunday, August 28th, 1:00 pm at Washington's Headquarters Museum

Please join Morristown National Historical Park for this fifth installation of special piano recitals to celebrate the NPS Centennial. 

Playing on the park's 1873 Steinway grand piano, celebrated Hungarian pianist Peter Toth will perform solo piano works. This is a FREE program.
A Mobile Ford Mansion:
From the World's Fair to the Jersey Shore

While the Ford Mansion in Morristown is famous for sheltering George Washington and other famous people during the American Revolution, there was second Ford Mansion that had equally famous occupants with a much more varied history and traveled half-way across the US.
 
The second Ford Mansion was built in 1904 as the New Jersey State Exhibition Hall at the St. Louis World's Fair. The building, erected at a cost of 15,000 dollars, was a replica of the Ford Mansion but with additions and large exterior porches.  After the fair closed, the New Jersey State Exhibition Hall had a second life. It was disassembled and shipped by train to Sea Girt, New Jersey. Here it was rebuilt on the grounds of the New Jersey National Guard Summer Training Camp to serve as a summer retreat for the governors of New Jersey. The new Governor's summer residence featured a modern and luxurious interior with three bathrooms, electric lighting and fancy furniture. The house served New Jersey's governors from 1906 to 1941.
 
While the Hall served as the governor's summer residence, it played host to such notables as General John Pershing, Franklin Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, and Will Rodgers. Governor Woodrow Wilson learned of his nomination as the 1912 Democratic Presidential candidate while enjoying the ocean breezes of Sea Girt.  The last governor to use the house was Charles Edison, the son of Thomas Edison.
 
Later the building served as classrooms for National Guard officer training and there were proposals to convert it into a museum. But in a cost-cutting move the second Ford Mansion was demolished in 1971.
Feel free to contact us with any questions regarding the park or our ranger programs. We can be reached at 973-539-2016 ext.210. Come out and explore your national park and "America's Best Idea." 

Sincerely,

Morristown National Historical Park | 973-539-2016 ext.210 morr_interpretation@nps.gov | http://www.nps.gov/morr
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Morristown, NJ 07960