Commemorates the Gift of the Hancock Highboy by the Jewish Community in 1944


MORRIS COUNTY — The Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey and Morristown National Historical Park invite you to a special presentation at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 1, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of a 1944 donation by the local Jewish community to the Morristown National Historical Park.

TMorris County History: An Afternoon with John and Dorothy Hancockhe program will occur in Morristown NHP’s Washington’s Headquarters Museum, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, New Jersey. The program is free, but space is limited. Registration is required; please contact Linda Forgosh at or (973) 929-2994.

The gift was an 18th Century highboy chest of drawers, and served as a thank-you to the nation for its support of the Jewish community during the Second World War. The donation was enhanced by the provenance of the chest to John Hancock, a seminal figure in American history.

The December 1 event will feature period appropriate light refreshments, a program by Mr. & Mrs. Hancock, portrayed by actors from the American Historical Theater, and an opportunity to see the chest currently on limited-time exhibit in the Ford Mansion.

The program is free but registration is required. To register, contact Linda Forgosh at or (973) 929-2994.

You can view the highboy chest by clicking here.

After the December 1 program, the highboy will be on display until December 31 in Morristown National Historical Park’s Ford Mansion. The Ford Mansion is only accessible during guided tours that begin in the Washington’s Headquarters Museum between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday.

Tickets for the tours are on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations. For more information, call (973) 539-2016, ext. 210, Wednesday-Sunday, or click here.