Morristown National Historical Park

Morristown National Historical Park
Morristown, NJ

Exhibit: June 1 – September 4, 2017

Art due: Monday April 17 (postmark date)

Theme: Ingenuity in the Face of Adversity

Theme summary:

In 1933, Morristown National Historical Park became the first historical park in the National Park Service. But long before it was making waves as an innovator in the historic preservation movement, Morristown, heralded “Where America Survived,” was the site of ingenuity in the face of adversity. It was the strategic location for two Revolutionary War military encampments, and the winter encampment for the Continental Army from 1779 to 1780, the coldest in recorded history. Military accounts, like the one kept by Joseph Plumb Martin, reveal an exceptionally harsh reality for soldiers camping at Jockey Hollow.

“I was soon relieved from this guard, and with those who were able, of our two regiments, sent to reinforce those in the fort [Mifflin], which was then besieged by the British. Here I endured hardships sufficient to kill half a dozen horses. Let the reader only consider for a moment and he will still be satisfied if not sickened. In the cold month of November, without provisions, without clothing, not a scrap of either shoes or stockings to my feet or legs, and in this condition to endure a siege in such a place as that was appalling in the highest degree.”

It was their survival skills and ability to overcome hardships that is the truest testament to their inventiveness. Archeology finds like a make-shift grill made from a barrel hoop and an old shovel head turned frying pan further demonstrate just how adept soldiers were at being resourceful in lean times.

The establishment of the park itself also illuminates that scrappy “can do” spirit. For the first twenty years of the National Park Service, it was concerned with conserving natural landscapes. Morristown National Historical Park was the first major foray into the preservation of a site recognized for its historic merit. As part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal project, the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC), locally referred to as “Morristown’s Other Army,” worked to bring history to life in a post-depression economy. In Jockey Hollow, the young men built many of the trails, performed extensive archeology around the Soldiers Huts, Wick Farm and Guerin House. They also constructed the tour road, Wick House garden and replanted the apple orchard at the Wick House. The CCC worked in all the states and territories of the U.S. for 9 years from 1933 to 1942. During this time about 3 million boys signed up for the CCC and their accomplishments were amazing. Throughout the life of the program the CCC planted upwards of 3 billion trees, constructed approximately 125,000 miles of road, built more than 3,000 fire lookout towers and spent 8 million man hours fighting forest fires. We are able to enjoy our public lands the way we do today because of the hard work of the CCC.

Today Morristown NHP includes four park sites: 1. Jockey Hollow, 2. Washington’s Headquarters Museum and the Ford mansion, 3. Fort Nonsense, and 4. New Jersey Brigade.

Get a downloadable version of this theme at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3VmmD_bi9xPWG50Y3dEbzBCOGM/view?usp=sharing

Exhibit location: Morristown National Historical Park, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ 07960, www.nps.gov/morr/

Exhibit organizer: IFC Project’s The Dream Rocket Project. If you have any interest in learning more about this program email Jennifer@thedreamrocket.com.

Laura Grover and Saguaro National Park

Laura Grover and Saguaro National Park

Check out this beautiful quilt created by our very own friend Laura Grover! She made it as a gift to the Friends of Saguaro National Park group as part of an auction they are hosting this winter. We ran a program with Saguaro National Park this past year…..                                            Joel D. Valdez Main Library Art Exhibit, Sponsored by Saguaro National Park, Tucson, AZ, Exhibit: July 1 – July 31, 2016

Laura Grover, WA

Peetz High School, Peetz, CO

Peetz High School, Peetz, CO

Peetz High School, Peetz, CO

Created by Peetz High School, Peetz, CO

Artist: Kyler

Title: Tunnel Way

Teacher: Mrs. Raffelson

Theme: Education

Materials and techniques: I used black charcoal, pencil for the outlines, orange like brownish charcoal, and pastels.

Did you enjoy this project? I did enjoy working on this.

About: This theme inspires me to travel to new places and I made this artwork very easily actually. The black outline is supposed to be from a viewpoint, looking through a tunnel or standing in a tunnel gazing at the mountain and the bright blue sky in the distance.

Peetz High School, Peetz, CO

Created by Peetz High School, Peetz, CO

Artist: Lydia

Title: untitled

Teacher: Mrs. Raffelson

Theme: Education

Materials and techniques: Acrylic paint and markers.

Peetz High School, Peetz, CO

Created by Peetz High School, Peetz, CO

Artist: Ben

Title: Blocks of the Plains

Teacher: Mrs. Raffelson

Theme: Oregon Trail

Materials and techniques: Pencil and Sharpie marker.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes.

About: My artwork shows a brief image of the Oregon Trail near the Scottsbluff monument.

Peetz High School, Peetz, CO

Created by Peetz High School, Peetz, CO

Artist: Quentin

Title: Objects on the Oregon Trail

Teacher: Mrs. Raffelson

Theme: Emigration and Art: Painting Life Along the Trail

Peetz High School, Peetz, CO

Created by Peetz High School, Peetz, CO

Artist: Xavier

Title: Looking back at the Trail

Teacher: Mrs. Raffelson

Theme: Area History

Materials and techniques: Canvas and oil pastels.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes.

About: I drew the Scottsbluff monument. The view you see when looking at my drawing is what I imagined the view would have been looking back out of the wagon.

Peetz High School, Peetz, CO

Created by Peetz High School, Peetz, CO

Artist: Logan

Title: National Monument

Teacher: Mrs. Raffelson

Theme: Education

Materials and techniques: Acrylic paint and Sharpie markers.

Did you enjoy this project? I enjoyed painting the natural atmosphere of the monument. This was a relaxing project that I would love to do again.

About: I wanted to project the beauty of the monument as well as the simplicity it comes with.

Peetz High School, Peetz, CO

Created by Peetz High School, Peetz, CO

Artist: Jake

Title: Monument

Teacher: Mrs. Raffelson

Theme: Education

Materials and techniques: Paint and paint brush.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes, I enjoyed working on this project.

About: The Scott’s Bluff National Monument was my inspiration for the artwork.

Leyton Public Schools, Dalton, NE

Leyton Public Schools, Dalton, NE

Leyton Public Schools, Dalton, NE

Created by Leyton Public Schools, Dalton, NE

Artists: Bailey and Autumn

Title: Scott’s Bluff Broken Wagon

Teacher: Mrs. Hurt

Theme: Emigration and Art: Painting Life Along the Trail

Materials and techniques: We used acrylic paints and brushes on Evolon canvas.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes, we enjoyed it very much.

About: This painting is about life along the trail, including its many struggles, such as failure. The wagon represents the failure of a family as they move along the trail. The rolling thunder heads in the distance represent the many struggles and difficulties that “flooded” settlers on their conquest across the great plains.

Leyton Public Schools, Dalton, NE

Created by Leyton Public Schools, Dalton, NE

Artists: Jaydin, Matt, and Rachel

Title: Memories of Home

Teacher: Mrs. Hurt

Theme: Emigration and Art: Painting Life Along the Trail

Materials and techniques: We used dry pastels on Evolon fiber and blended with fingers and blenders after a water bath.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes.

About: Our artwork depicts a group of emigrants relaxing around the campfire remembering the sight of home and looking forward to the future.

Leyton Public Schools, Dalton, NE

Created by Leyton Public Schools, Dalton, NE

Artists: Brody, Sierra, and Madison

Title: The Journey Ahead

Teacher: Mrs. Hurt

Theme: Emigration and Art: Painting Life Along the Trail

Materials and techniques: We used acrylic paint and Sharpie markers. We drew our design in pencil before we painted it.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes.

About: A man is thinking about his journey along the trail and the seasons that are incorporated in his expedition.

Leyton Public Schools, Dalton, NE

Created by Leyton Public Schools, Dalton, NE

Artists: Jeremy, Jacob, and Drew

Title: Valley of Natives

Teacher: Mrs. Hurt

Theme: Emigration and Art: Painting Life Along the Trail

Materials and techniques: The materials we used were colored pencils, Evolon microfiber canvas. We uses crosshatching and blended the colors by layering several different colors.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes we enjoyed working on this project because we learned about the history of the emigrants.

About: Our artwork depicts a valley that the emigrants might have seen traveling across the Plains and reaching the base of Rocky Mountains. We chose to draw a mountain valley and the existing life that was on the prairie because we loved the beauty it brought to our eyes.

Minatare High School, Minatare, NE

Minatare High School, Minatare, NE

Minatare High School, Minatare, NE

Created by Minatare High School, Minatare, NE

Artists: Jessica, Massie, and Mrs. Eskam

Title: Trails Along the Oregon Trail

Teacher: Mrs. Eskam

Theme: Oregon Trail by the Scottsbluff Monument

Materials and techniques: Acrylic paint.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes! It was fun!

About: This painting depicts a group of wagon trains camped on the prairie, and a beautiful sunset outlining the entire valley.

Minatare High School, Minatare, NE

Created by Minatare High School, Minatare, NE

Artists: Jessica, AJ, Massie, and Mrs. Eskam

Title: Scottsbluff Oregon Trail

Teacher: Mrs. Eskam

Theme: Scottsbluff Monument, Chimney Rock, and travelers along the Oregon Trail.

Materials and techniques: We used acrylic paint,

Did you enjoy this project? Yes! Very much!

About: The Scottsbluff Monument and Chimney Rock are near our school. So our painting shows both monuments and what we thought the Oregon Trail looked like in our area. We included wagon trains, horses and the people who made this incredible journey.

Bluffs Middle School, Scottsbluff, NE

Bluffs Middle School, Scottsbluff, NE

Bluffs Middle School, Scottsbluff, NE

Created by Bluffs Middle School, Scottsbluff, NE

Artist: Ellena

Title: The Trail at Night

Teacher: Mrs. Kosman

Theme: Migration on the Trail

Materials and techniques: The materials that I used for this artwork were markers, crayons, colored card, and a little paint. I also used hay from my horse’s stables. I have three stables and 5 horses!

Did you enjoy this project? I enjoyed this project because I love to draw and love to learn about the Oregon Trail. I live in Scottsbluff, Nebraska where the Oregon Trail originally went through. I really, really love to draw and color so thank you for letting me do this project.

About: This work is about a family traveling on the Oregon Trail during Westward Expansion. It shows the family traveling at night and stopping to rest until the morning.

Bluffs Middle School, Scottsbluff, NE

Created by Bluffs Middle School, Scottsbluff, NE

Artist: Lillie, 7th grade

Title: Oregon Trail

Teacher: Mrs. Kosman

Theme: Migration on the Trail

Materials and techniques: I used paints, pencil and fabrics.

Did you enjoy this project? I enjoyed this project.

About: It was a hard time on the Oregon Trail. There were lots of lives lost but I bet they had a beautiful view.

High Plains School, Art Club, Loveland, CO

High Plains School, Art Club, Loveland, CO

High Plains School, Art Club, Loveland, CO

Created by High Plains School, Art Club, Loveland, CO

Artists: Alley, Dannika, and Rye

Title: Magnificent Sunrise

Teacher: Mrs. Thompson

Theme: Reasons why people want to be here.

High Plains School, Art Club, Loveland, CO

Created by High Plains School, Art Club, Loveland, CO

Artists: Daniela, Emilia, Charli, and Dylan

Title: Evening Mountains

Teacher: Mrs. Thompson

Theme: Beautiful landscapes to show thy we love Colorado.

High Plains School, Art Club, Loveland, CO

Created by High Plains School, Art Club, Loveland, CO

Artists: Zahara, Aiden, Addisyn, and Camarie.

Title: Shimmering Sunrise

Teacher: Mrs. Thompson

Theme: Why the pioneers came to Colorado.

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