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Morven to commemorate unveiling of the Princeton Battle Monument


Morven Museum & Garden is hosting a commemoration in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the unveiling and dedication of the Princeton Battle Monument at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 9.

The monument was designed by Beaux-Arts sculptor Frederick MacMonnies to commemorate the 1777 Battle of Princeton, and its installation was made possible by Helen and Bayard Stockton, residents of Morven at the time.

Present and speaking at this event will be Morven’s Board Chair Liza Morehouse, Executive Director Jill Barry, Princeton Mayor Mark Freda, Battlefield Society President Mike Russell, President of the Sons of the Revolution in New Jersey Ben Strong, President of the Princeton chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution Roger Williams, Regent of the Princeton chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Rosemary Kelley, and representatives of the Historical Society of Princeton, Princeton Battlefield State Park and the Old Barracks. Senator Cory Booker will share remarks by proxy.

Presenters will walk to Morven’s front porch for a photo opportunity, re-creating the image taken on June 9, 1922, during the celebratory luncheon following the original dedication where President Warren G. Harding was in attendance.

The flag that was used to unveil the monument 100 years ago in front of many dignitaries of the state, and hasn’t been viewed since, will be on display in Morven’s Stockton Education Center adjacent to the museum Wednesday, June 8 and Thursday, June 9 during museum hours. On loan from the Historical Society of Princeton, the flag is 10 feet by 19 feet and was originally donated by Bayard Stockton, a Morven resident and key member of the Princeton Battlefield Society.

Visitors can view the flag with the purchase of museum admission, or for free for Morven members.