America's First National Historical Park Celebrates with Photography by Xiomaro
Contributed By: Tam Gretsch
A new rotating photography exhibit is now on permanent
display at Morristown National Historical Park’s Jockey Hollow Visitor Center to
celebrate the park's 90th anniversary, its rich history, and the
legacy of the American Revolution. The collection
of images was created by Xiomaro, who has worked with the park as an
The celebration also recognizes the park’s role in the historic
preservation movement by which history became a public good. On March 2, 1933, President Herbert Hoover
signed the legislation establishing Morristown National Historical Park as the
first such designated historical park in the National Park system. Since then, 62 other historical parks have
The photographs in the exhibit were created by Xiomaro over
a five year period to artistically showcase the beauty and historical
significance of the park. The large
format prints present unique perspectives of the Jockey Hollow landscape, the
architecture of the iconic Ford Mansion, and the rarely seen interiors of the
Cross Estate Mansion.
Xiomaro is an internationally recognized artist and published
author who has been featured in numerous media outlets in the United States,
England, and Greece. Museums and
galleries throughout the nation, Italy, and Scotland have exhibited his work. After recovering from cancer, Xiomaro left
his prior career as an entertainment attorney and found his calling during an
artist-in-residence program, which resulted in his book Weir Farm National
Historic Site (Arcadia Publishing) with a foreword by Senator Joseph I.
The exhibition was funded by a grant to the park from the
New Jersey Society of the Cincinnati. The
Society of Cincinnati was formed in 1783 by officers of the Continental Army
and named in honor of Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, a Roman soldier who
relinquished his dictatorial power and returned to his farm – an outstanding
example of service to the greater good, civic virtue, humility, and modesty.
Today, with over 4,400 members in the United States, France, and more than 25
nations, the Society is the nation's oldest patriotic organization and promotes
better understanding and appreciation of the American Revolution and its
“The New Jersey Society is very proud to partner with
Morristown National Historical Park to support Xiomaro’s exhibit celebrating
the events that occurred on Jockey Hollow during the Revolution,” said John
Shannon, Society president.
For more information, visit the websites of the artist (www.xiomaro.com),
the park (www.nps.gov/morr/index.htm) and the society (https://njcincinnati.org/).
Keywords: Photography, History, National Park, New Jersey, Fine Art, Exhibition, Architecture
Posted: April 5, 2023
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