The United States Military Academy, also known as West Point, located 50 miles from New York City on strategic high ground overlooking the Hudson River, was founded in 1802, and is the oldest Army post in the United States. It is the oldest of the five American service academies and educates cadets for commissioning into the United States Army.
During the Revolutionary War General Benedict Arnold attempted to surrender the fort to the British. Graduates include Presidents Grant and Eisenhower as well as Generals Douglas MacArthur, Robert E. Lee, and George Patton. The Army football team was a national power in the mid 20 th century and produced three Heisman winners. Vince Lombardi coached at West Point.
This illustrated slide presentation by Tom DeStefano explores the history of West Point from its colonial beginnings to the present day.
Tom teaches American History at Bergen Community College.
The program is open to all and no registration is required.
It is made possible with the support of The Friends of the Livingston Public Library.