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April 2019

Battle of Bound Brook headlines Living History weekend

Visit life in 1777 central New Jersey as the American Revolution comes alive in Somerset County on April 13 and 14! Living historians will reenact the Battle of Bound Brook, 242 years after the original surprise attack of British Crown troops on a small American garrison. While the Abraham Staats House in South Bound Brook is the base of operations, several nearby locations and community groups join in, too.
Throughout the weekend, costumed reenactors will portray typical Revolutionary War soldiers and army life. Visit British and American camps to learn how soldiers prepared for battle, have breakfast with the troops, dance the night away Colonial-style at the Van Horne House in Bridgewater, and more. Tour the Staats House, headquarters to General von Steuben during the Middlebrook Encampment, and hear author Robert Mayers' lecture based on his book "The Bloody Battle of Bound Brook- A Humiliating American Defeat or a Courageous Stand by Outnumbered Patriots?"
Visit our website for information on these activities and more.
Crossroads Annual Meeting highlights progress

More than 50 friends of New Jersey history attended Crossroads' annual meeting at Thomas Edison State University on March 27 to learn more about the organization's 2018 projects and successes. Board Chair Ira Jersey and Executive Director Janice Selinger also reviewed ongoing work toward commemorations of the 250th anniversary of American independence, including a historic sites needs assessment and fundraising goals.
New Jersey Historical Commission Chair Dr. Maxine Lurie highlighted planned work on U.S. history curricula in the state's schools in advance of the 250th anniversary. She noted opportunities to engage diverse communities in our shared heritage and shared findings from her research on the divided loyalties of Revolutionary-era New Jerseyans.
Before the meeting, the Crossroads board elected four new trustees and re-elected eligible trustees to new terms. New trustees include Steve Ayscue, Amy Cradic, Jeff Kaszerman and Victoria Magliacane, while trustees reelected to new three-year terms include John Hardiman, Chris Paladino and Laura Szwak. The board also expressed its gratitude to retiring trustees Linda Kellner and Pat Ryan.

Read more about the annual meeting on the Crossroads website.
Brearley Rev Neighbor Mug
Crossroads membership has its rewards!

Show your love for Revolutionary New Jersey... and support Crossroads' work at the same time!  

Become a member of Crossroads and receive a gift that will help you show the world you're helping to promote our state's deep Revolutionary-era heritage. Choose from one of several membership levels and you'll be eligible to receive premiums including Crossroads license plate frames, Revolutionary Neighbor mugs, books and more!
Visit our membership webpage for more information , and thank you for all you do to support New Jersey's Revolutionary heritage!
Next 250th Information Meeting at Morristown NHP on April 30

Members of New Jersey's history and heritage community are invited to join Crossroads and the New Jersey Historical Commission on April 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the next update session on planning for New Jersey's celebration of the 250th anniversary of the United States. 
This in-person meeting will take place at Washington's Headquarters Museum at Morristown National Historical Park, 30 Washington Place in Morristown.
More information will be available on the Crossroads website as the date approaches.
Registration approaching for Spring Professional Development workshop

Lifestyles, social classes and customs are on the agenda for the next Crossroads professional development conference on May 15 at Howell Living History Farm in Hopewell Twp. It's the latest in our series of workshops to help our Heritage Partners present authentic Revolutionary-era experiences to visitors.
"A Day in the Life of..." will feature farming life, with a keynote speech on the roles of men, women and children on the farm, presented by Cameron Green, formerly of Great Hopes Plantation in Williamsburg. Workshops will include a hands-on field plowing demonstration, English country dancing, 18th century hygiene and colonial-era courtship. We'll also learn about colonial-era crime and punishment.
Registration will open soon - watch our website and Facebook page for more information!
Heritage Partner program offers visibility, skills-building and more!  

Heritage Area Partners are at the core of the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area. While each location and organization tells its own story, together they form a tapestry of experiences that make an indelible mark on our communities and neighbors.
Scores of sites and historic associations across New Jersey are already benefiting from the enhanced visibility that comes with a Heritage Area alliance. The Crossroads team is here to help, whether your site is open seven days a week or not ready to receive visitors.

This month, we're happy to announce three renewing Heritage Partners: 

Contact our Program Manager, Kate Knowles-Brindle by 
e-mail  or by phone at 609-341-3246 for more information,  or visit our  Heritage Partner membership webpage  to join us today!
Get Revolutionary at this month's Heritage Partner events
It's spring, and historic sites all over New Jersey welcome you to make the most of warmer weather and longer days! Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area Heritage Partners invite you to explore Revolutionary New Jersey. The events below are just a small sample of what awaits. Visit our website and Facebook page for even more activities through the month.
Morristown encampment artillery
Grand Encampment at Morristown NHP in Morristown
April 6 and 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Meet the troops as reenactor Continental soldiers and 18th century civilians return to Jockey Hollow to recreate camp life during the American Revolution. Troops drill and compete in period games, cook, repair clothing and demonstrate artillery.  More information .
Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage open house in Somerville
April 7 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Visit George Washington's winter 1779 headquarters, meet new Interpretive Specialist Paul Soltis, view historical souvenirs from New Jersey and beyond. More information.
Candle dipping workshop at the Dey Mansion in Wayne
April 14 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Discover the art of candle dipping with domestic skills interpreter Nichole Gerding in this hands-on workshop... and bring home a candle you've made yourself! Reservations recommended.  More information .
Spring Open House and Re-enactment Weekend at the Gabreil Daveis Tavern in Glendora 
April 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and April 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Tour the tavern and enjoy demonstrations of blacksmithing, campfire cooking, weaving, musket building and more. Plus, games and drills for the kids.  More information .
Board of Trustees
Thomas H. Kean, Honorary Chair ● Ira Jersey, Chair ● Steve Ayscue ● Amy Cradic ● Laura Crowley 
Dale Florio  ●  Seth Hahn  ● John Hardiman ●  Joshua Henne ● Jeff Kaszerman ● Sally Lane   
Victoria Magliacane ● Chris Paladino ● Rocky Peterson  ● Milly Silva  ● Laura Szwak

Crossroads Staff
Janice Selinger, Executive Director ● Tanika Jones, Office Administrator ● Kate Knowles-Brindle, Program Manager ● Sue Kaufmann, Communications Director 
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