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Princeton Battle Monument 100 Year Anniversary Commemoration
Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Visit the Princeton Battle Monument as dignitaries celebrate the 100 year anniversary of its unveiling and dedication! The monument was designed by Beaux Arts sculptor Frederick MacMonnies to commemorate the 1777 Battle of Princeton, and its installation was made possible by Helen and Bayard Stockton, residents of Morven at the time.
The commemoration wll take place at the Monument on Thursday June 9 at 11:00 a.m. and is hosted by Morven Museum & Garden.
Present and speaking at this event will be Morven’s Board Chair Liza Morehouse, Morven’s Executive Director Jill Barry, Princeton Mayor Mark Freda, Princeton Battlefield Society President Mike Russell, President of the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New Jersey Ben Strong, President of the Princeton Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution Roger Williams, Regent of the Princeton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Rosemary Kelley, and representatives of the Historical Society of Princeton, Princeton Battlefield State Park and the Old Barracks. Senator Cory Booker will also be sharing remarks by proxy.
After the commemoration, guest presenters will walk to Morven’s front porch for a photo opportunity, recreating the image taken on June 9, 1922 during the celebratory luncheon following the original dedication where President Warren G. Harding was in attendance. Light refreshments will be served in Morven’s courtyard.
Additionally, the flag that was used to unveil the monument 100 years ago in front of many dignitaries of the state, and hasn’t been viewed since, will be on display in Morven’s Stockton Education Center adjacent to the Museum for two days only on Wednesday, June 8 and Thursday, June 9 during Museum hours. On loan from the Historical Society of Princeton, the flag is 10 feet by 19 feet, and was originally donated by Bayard Stockton, a Morven resident and key member of the Princeton Battlefield Society. Also on view will be a historic slide show where visitors can learn how the monument came to be, as well as special ephemera provided by the Historical Society of Princeton in an exhibition in the Museum, the latter of which can be seen through January 2023. Visitors can view the flag with the purchase of Museum admission; Morven members will be admitted free of charge.