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April 15th Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Museum Shop Renovations
10:30 am, Friday, April 15th
10:30 am, Friday, April 15th
Kicks Off National Park Week & April 16-17th Centennial Grand Encampment Weekend
Morristown, NJ – Please join Morristown National Historical Park (NHP) Superintendent Thomas Ross; Kevin Kissling, President and CEO of Eastern National; and David Wagner, Eastern National’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil the newly renovated museum shop and visitor reception area in Morristown NHP’s Washington’s Headquarters Museum.
The ribbon-cutting will be at10:30 amon Friday, April 15, 2016, at the museum’s front entrance, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, New Jersey.
Eastern National(EN) is the Cooperating Association that operates Morristown NHP’s sales areas, as well as many other sales areas throughout the National Park Service.
The renovation was accomplished through the generosity of a $10,000 donation to the park from EN, which manages Morristown NHP’s Washington’s Headquarters Museum and Jockey Hollow Visitor Center shops. Eastern National’s donation was matched by a $10,000 National Park Service Centennial Challenge grant.
The project reconfigured the museum’s visitor information desk and its Eastern National store, and has improved accessibility and visitor orientation in the space. The renovation also represents the first major construction piece related to the $2.7MDiscover History Centerexhibit project at the Washington’s Headquarters Museum which will bring 2,500 square feet of new, cutting edge, interactive electronic and hands-on exhibits to the museum and create a complete visitor experience.
"I'm pleased that Eastern National was able to support the first phase of the new exhibit project at the Washington's Headquarters Museum" stated President and CEO Kevin Kissling. "The changes made to the information desk and museum store have an immediate, positive impact on the visitor experience at Morristown National Historical Park. The new configuration allows park staff to engage with visitors as soon as they enter the building and provides a seamless visit. The project was a true partnership between Eastern National and the National Park Service."
Morristown NHP Superintendent Tom Ross noted “I truly appreciate Dave Wagner and store manager Joe Napurano’s involvement in the design process and their steadfast cooperation during the construction phase and start-up operations. The project is not only a significant "centennial partnership project" with Eastern National for Morristown National Historical Park,” he explained, “ but its unveiling also is the kick-off of National Park Week and Morristown’s Grand Encampment Weekend on April 16th and 17th.”
This year's Grand Encampment celebrates the National Park Service’s Centennial and will feature nearly 200 reenactors demonstrating infantry, artillery, and cavalry tactics; military and civilian camp life; kids games; and more. Morristown NHP’s Chief of Interpretation Vanessa Smiley will be at the ribbon-cutting ceremony to address questions about the encampment and other park NPS Centennial special events.
Morristown National Historical Park preserves, protects, and commemorates the landscapes, structures, features, and museum collections of the Continental Army winter encampments, the headquarters of General George Washington, and related Revolutionary War sites at Morristown, New Jersey for the benefit and inspiration of the public. 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. Morristown NHP also represents a continuum of our nation’s efforts to protect our common heritage: as the very first “national historical park”, the park was also established to commemorate, preserve, and memorialize American history and heritage.
For more information about the park, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/morr.