MARKER DEDICATION & The STEENRAPIE ENCAMPMENT: General Washington in Bergen County in 1780 - Sept 2005

Commemorating the 225th Anniversary of the Revolutionary War
Includes dedication of 2 new BCHS Blue Markers. 3 Lectures on the Steenrapie Encampment and Washington's Headquarters in the Steuben House were presented.

The day began with the Soldier Hill (Lafayette Encampment) Historic Blue Marker Dedication in Oradell. Carol Messer, Director Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs and Oradell Mayor Frederick LaMonica welcomed the crowd. Dennis McNerney, BC Executive, Bernadette P. McPherson, Freeholder Chairwoman, David L. Ganz, Freeholder Vice Chairman, Elizabeth Calabrese, Freeholder, made opening remarks. Dr. Isabell Darnis Wilhelm, Honorary Consul of France, Mathieu Petijean, President, American Society of Le Souvenir Francais, Inc. also spoke. Ann Reynolds represented the Book & Needle Club of Oradell, who sponsored the original marker. Todd Braisted's historical perspective is repeated here.
The event continued at the Washington Spring in Van Saun Park with the dedication of another Historic Blue Marker. At this marker, BCHS President Kevin Wright gave the historical perspective.
At the Steuben House Kevin Wright and Todd Braisted, presented three lectures relating to the Steenrapie Encampment.

Below are photographs from that day. Click here for a map of the event.

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