For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran

America’s First Female Spy Reveals Her Secrets at Georgian Court

Lakewood, N.J., Feb. 14, 2008—Join “Anna Smith Strong,” America’s first female spy, as she reveals the secrets of the Revolutionary War’s Culper Spy Ring, on Thursday, March 6, at 6:00 p.m., as part of Georgian Court University’s Conversations across Time series. Be part of this theatrical reenactment by St. George Productions of Medford, New York, and let the story of America’s first female spy take you into the unknown corners of history.

During the Revolutionary War, General George Washington conceived a daring plan to defeat the British. He gathered a clandestine group of seven Patriots who formed the Culper Spy Ring. From New Jersey to New York to Long Island, the Culper Spy Ring secretly acquired vital military movements and covertly conveyed the information to the general. Anna Smith Strong, whose husband was captured by the Redcoats, joined the Culper Spy Ring to ensure his safe return home.

Mrs. Strong used her laundry as a code to indicate when the information could be delivered to the next agent. When an agent was hidden in one of six local coves, Mrs. Strong would hang her black petticoat on her clothesline. She indicated which of the six coves by hanging up handkerchiefs along with the black petticoat.

The performance will take place in the Little Theatre on GCU’s Lakewood campus. Tickets are $5 per person in advance, $10 per person at the door; and free to the GCU community with ID. Reservations are required; for these or more information, please contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge and at Coastal Communiversity in Wall and Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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