After our last program meeting Gloria Beck led me to her
car and handed me a brown corrugated box tied with a
length of thick cotton clothesline and bearing two labels
in Lou Beckís handwriting: "Wash Crossing Master
Copies" and "Return to Washington Crossing Officers."
Inside is an archive of WCAS newsletters, from
December 1979 (two months after WCAS received its
charter) to Spring-Summer 2011, all neatly grouped by
year (September to May). Occasionally interspersed are
newspaper clippings, posters and other items of interest.
Thanks to Louís thoughtfulness we now have a complete
record and valuable history of the organization. We are
indebted to both Gloria and Lou for this splendid gift.
After a hasty perusal, a few features stand out: the osprey
has graced the top of the first page of our newsletter from
the beginning and our post office box has remained the
same. Our membership today waffles between 1450 and
1500; in December 1979 it was a respectable "close to
700." Among the new members listed at the end of the
February 1980 issue are our conservation chair, Pat
Sziber and her husband. Parts of scans from the first two
issues can be viewed below. We plan to inventory the archive and mine it for
more tidbits to share in the future. Anyone interested in
volunteering to help please contact me at