Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Lawrenceville to Screen “The Winter Patriots: The Battles of Trenton and Princeton”

Lawrenceville to Screen “The Winter Patriots: The Battles of Trenton and Princeton” 
October 29, 2015

The Lawrenceville School is pleased to present a screening of “The Winter Patriots: the Battles of Trenton and Princeton” on October 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the School’s Woods Memorial Hall Heely Room (2500 Main Street, Lawrenceville, NJ). No tickets are necessary for this free event, open to the public.

The film was produced by George Washington’s Mount Vernon with support from the F.M. Kirby Foundation. Rob Shenk, senior vice president for visitor engagement at Mount Vernon, was instrumental in the creation of the film and will be available for a question-and-answer session after the screening.

New Jerseyans, especially those living in Mercer County, know well the Revolutionary War sites in their midst. Most famously, George Washington’s bold crossing of the Delaware River, so dramatically captured in Emanuel Leutze’s famous 1851 painting, is an image with which most Americans are familiar. But how many of us really know why Washington and his intrepid band of soldiers were in that frozen river to begin with?

“The Winter Patriots” sets out to answer that question by examining General Washington’s Revolutionary War campaign against the British and Hessian forces in New York and New Jersey. Starting during the summer of 1776, the story follows the Continental Army as it is repeatedly defeated and driven from New York, south across New Jersey towards the Delaware River.

Facing one of the darkest moments of the Revolution, viewers will learn how Washington dealt with not only the enemy to his front, but also the host of issues within his own ranks. After crossing over the Delaware River on Christmas Day, Washington’s Continentals swiftly defeat three different armies at three different battlefields around Trenton and Princeton. Washington’s lightning campaign, coupled with timely guerilla actions, completely unhinged the British position, forcing their precipitous retreat back towards New York. “The Winter Patriots” provides a fascinating “insider’s guide” to history - events that happened right in our New Jersey backyards.

“We are indebted to the F.M. Kirby Foundation for supporting this project, which fits in so well with our academic program. It brings to life in a very authentic and visually compelling manner this incredible chapter of history that is virtually at our doorstep,” said Lawrenceville Head Master Steve Murray. “The film also shines a light on Washington\'s leadership and gives us an understanding of the odds stacked against him at that point in the war. We are delighted to help share this with the greater Lawrenceville community."

Shenk oversees Mount Vernon’s marketing, guest experience, and new media departments, where he has directed the development of new and exciting digital offerings. He oversaw the launch of Mount Vernon’s new www.mountvernon.org website which was awarded a Gold W3 Award for top websites in 2015. He was also instrumental in the creation of Mount Vernon’s two latest feature presentations – “Now or Never: The Yorktown Campaign of 1781” and “The Winter Patriots: The Battles of Trenton and Princeton.” “Now or Never” was awarded a Silver Telly Award in 2015. Shenk also played a central role in the creation of the Mount Vernon Virtual Tour, Washington’s World Interactive Map, and Mount Vernon’s two mobile apps.

Founded in 1810, the Lawrenceville School offers a comprehensive, coeducational program for 817 students in grades nine through post-graduate, who come from 30 U.S. states and 40 countries. The School is located at 2500 Main Street on 700 acres in the historic village of Lawrenceville, N.J. For additional information, please visit www.lawrenceville.org.

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