George Washington Symposium
Time & Location
About the Event
Learn about George Washington and the American Revolution through various lectures and presentations.
This event will be hosted VIRTUALLY via WebEx. Those who register will receive a link upon complete registration.
This event is $15.00 per admission. All proceeds benefit the Dey Mansion Washington's Headquarters for all future programming. The event is also supported by by the Passaic County Board of County Commissioners & Friends of Dey Mansion, Inc.
Sneak peek at topics!
10:45 SLAVERY AT DEY MANSION WASHINGTON’S HEADQUARTERS AND ITS
PASSAIC COUNTY ENVIRONS: A RESEARCH REPORT ON ARCHIVAL
SOURCES, MATERIAL CULTURE AND INTERPRETIVE THEMES
Patrick Harshbarger, M.A., M.P.A., Principal Historian, Hunter Research Inc.
UNEARTHING THE "LOG HOUSE CITY": ARCHAEOLOGY AT THE
PENNSYLVANIA LINE'S 1780-1781 CAMP, MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY
Richard F. Veit, Ph.D., R.P.A. President, Richard Veit, Archaeologist LLC.
The winter of 1780-1781, saw troops from the Pennsylvania Line cantoned at Jockey Hollow, near Morristown, New Jersey, mutiny over back pay, poor housing and provisions, and the involuntary extension of their enlistments. In 2017, Monmouth University’s Department of History and Anthropology, Rutgers University Newark’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and the National Park Service began a multi-year investigation of sites associated with the mutiny. Research focused on Fort Hill, a little-known fortification constructed to General Anthony Wayne’s design, and the log hut city where the troops were housed. The project was designed to test a variety of new archaeological techniques and determine the integrity of these nearly 250-year-old sites. Excavations revealed, the traces of the fort and allowed us to better understand the camps of the soldiers who mutinied in 1781. Indeed, the artifacts recovered speak to the lives of these soldiers and may even provide physical evidence for the infamous mutiny.
Richard Veit is President of the firm, Richard Veit, Archaeologist LLC. A registered professional archaeologist. He is also a professor in the Department of History and Anthropology at Monmouth University and serves as Interim Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. Veit received his BA in Anthropology with a minor in History, summa cum laude, from Drew University (1990), his MA in Historical Archaeology from the College of William and Mary (1991), and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania (1997). His research focuses on historical archaeology in the Middle Atlantic region from the late 17th through 19th centuries. He has over thirty years of experience participating in and directing archaeological projects in the Northeast and has served as an officer of He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and six scholarly books.
12:30 George Washington's Indispendable Men: Alexander Hamilton, Tench Tighlman, and the Aides-de-Camp Who Helped Win American Independence.
Arthur Lefkowitz, Author & Lecturer
While history has immortalized George Washington, it has largely forgotten those who helped to propel him to such greatness--the 32 men who served as his aides-de-camp. "George Washington's Indispensable Men" asserts that Washington relied heavily on these men for help in formulating policy and strategy. His aides were definitely not just "pen men," but real, behind-the-scenes advisors that potentially affected some of his greatest decisions.
Arthur S. Lefkowitz is an award-winning author and lecturer. He is also a member of the board of governors of the American Revolution Round Table. His books include: The Long Retreat (1999); George Washington’s Indispensable Men (2003); The American Turtle Submarine, The Best Kept Secret of the American Revolution (2012); Benedict Arnold’s Army, The 1775 American Invasion of Canada (2008) and Benedict Arnold in the Company of Heroes (2012).