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The Washington Association’s 145th Annual Meeting and Celebration of George Washington’s Birthday

Monday, February 18, 2019 at 11:30 am - 3:00 pm

The Washington Association requests the pleasure of the company of you and your guests at its Annual Meeting & Luncheon to be held on President’s Day – Monday, February 18, 2019. Social Hour starts at 11:30am and the Luncheon is at 12:30pm. This will be followed by the Annual Meeting and Reports at 1:00pm and the Annual Address at 1:30pm.

The Washington Association of New Jersey is pleased to present this year’s annual address by Dr. Carol Ruth Berkin. Berkin is the Presidential Professor of History Emerita at Baruch College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of several books, including First Generations: Women in Colonial America; A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution; Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence; Civil War Wives: the Life and Times of Angelina Grimke Weld, Varina Howell Davis, and Julia Dent Grant; Wondrous Beauty: The Life and Adventures of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte; The Bill of Rights: The Fight to Secure America’s Liberties; and most recently, A Sovereign People: The Crises of the 1790s and the Birth of American Nationalism. Dr. Berkin is a frequent contributor to PBS and History Channel television documentaries on early American and Revolutionary Era history and is often a  panelist on programs at the New York Historical Society. She is the editor of the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s online journal, History Now and has directed numerous summer institutes for Gilder Lehrman, Mount Vernon, and the New York Historical Society. She serves on the scholarly boards of The National Museum of Women’s history and the New York Historical Society’s Center for American Women’s History. She is an elected member of The Society of American Historians and the American Antiquarian Society.

This year’s program is titled: “It Was I Who Did It- Women in the Revolution”

George Washington counted on women to serve the cause whether he sought intelligence, issued encampment rules, or was desperate for funds. Few Americans realize that women played a role in every aspect of the Revolution and the era of protest that preceded it. In the decade before the Declaration of Independence, women were central to the success of the prerevolutionary boycotts of British goods, and they were influential propagandists in support of the American cause. During the war, they raised funds for Washington’s army; managed farms and businesses while their husbands and sons were at war; served as spies, saboteurs, and messengers for Washington and his commanders; and hid Revolutionary soldiers from the enemy. They were present on the battlefield and in the army camps- sometimes passing themselves off as male enlistees, sometimes serving as “accidental soldiers” in forts when their husbands were killed in battle and, by the thousands, as nurses, cooks, and laundresses in the winter encampments each year of the war. We cannot understand this home front war unless we come to recognize it as a citizen’s war in which women as much as men played a role in victory.

Reservations Required. $60 per member and first guest, $70 for additional guests and non-members

Questions? Please Call- 973-292-1874


Monday, February 18, 2019
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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