Creating a history center at Morristown National Historical Park to provide an understanding of New Jersey's role in the America Revolution

Although the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation became a national philanthropy in 1972 and has operated on a national scale since then, it also has continued funding a limited number of local institutions and projects in the New Brunswick area and throughout New Jersey. It does so in part to honor the legacy of its founder, and in part to recognize the special responsibilities to the communities and the state in which it is located.This Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant provides partial support to the Washington Association of New Jersey (WANJ) to help finalize the design plans, facility improvements and purchase of equipment for the Discover History Center (Center), which will be located on the ground level of the three-story Washington Headquarters Museum at Morristown National Historic Park. The historic house at the national park served as General George Washington's headquarters during the winter encampment of the Continental Army in 1779 and 1780. In addition to attracting visitors of all ages, the Center, with multimedia exhibits on the American Revolution, will incorporate New Jersey schools' core-curriculum standards for social studies. WANJ will design the exhibits to reinforce classroom instruction in history in an enjoyable and hands-on way. This project is the final phase of a capital campaign for the museum that has already enabled WANJ to expand the library and research facilities and add a new wing to the building.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $750,000.00

Awarded on: 1/2/2013

Time frame: 2/1/2013 - 7/31/2015

Grant Number: 70611


Washington Association of New Jersey

30 Washington Place
P.O. Box 1473
Morristown, NJ, 07962-1483


Eileen K. Cameron
Project Director


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