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August 2020

Explore Crossroads outdoors this August!

Consider taking a socially distant jaunt to New Jersey's Revolutionary past this August! Several Crossroads heritage partner sites welcome visitors to their gardens and grounds for small group tours or passive enjoyment. Grab your mask, check the latest COVID-19 guidelines from the state of New Jersey, then get some fresh air and sunshine! 
 
The home of New Jersey's first elected governor, Liberty Hall, offers weekend tours of its magnificent gardens. Reserve your spot today to learn the history of the beautiful flora and fauna behind the mansion. Reservations and masks are required. More information
 
Morven Museum & Garden invites you to tour its lovely restored landscape and gardens, including Annis Boudinot Stockton's Colonial Garden, or take a guided Summer History Stroll of its grounds to discover architecture, gardens and more! Reservations and masks are required. More information
 
Morristown National Historical Park's 27 miles of trails are open for hikes and strolls at the Fort Nonsense, Jockey Hollow and Cross Estate/New Jersey Brigade units. Permanent restrooms remain closed, but portable rest room units are available. More information

Dey Mansion's recently-restored Olmsted gardens offer a chance to see the impact of 20th century design on Revolutionary-era historic sites. While the mansion remains closed to visitors, the grounds are open for quiet contemplation. More information.

Site conditions may change, so be sure to refer to your destination's website before you make the trip. 
Online tours, demonstrations bring Revolutionary NJ to your screen

Sharing New Jersey's Revolutionary heritage may pose a challenge during pandemic, but some of our sites are drawing on 21st century technology to bring their stories to the public.

From the role of drummers in the Revolution to the craftspeople who made the shoes they wear on their feet, historical interpreters at Old Barracks Museum bring 18th century life to your screen through their Facebook Live series. These interactive sessions give viewers the chance to ask questions in real time as interpreters offer an inside look at the Revolutionary-era experiences of soldiers, crafts- and tradespeople and women, just to name a few. Follow their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for the next session.

Historic New Bridge Landing is just one of a dozen historic sites to be featured on America's Summer Road Trip on Saturday, August 1 at 9:00 a.m. Sign up to hear how the site served as a battleground, fort, encampment ground, military headquarters, and intelligence-gathering post, as members of the Bergen County Historical Society lead a tour. 
Revolution NJ update highlights planning structure, more 

The Summer 2020 update session on plans for Revolution NJ, the state's commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the United States, is available for viewing on YouTube.
 
The July 15 session included information on the governance structure for Revolution NJ planning, including the Advisory Council that will assure that programs and activities align with the commemoration's goals and interpretive framework.
 
NJHC board chair Maxine Lurie, PhD presented an insightful discussion on Exploring the American Revolution in New Jersey and Encountering the Unexpected, examples of fighting Quakers, surprising Loyalists who returned, and the costs of being a Patriot.

Be sure to mark your calendar for the next virtual update session, scheduled to be held October 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., via Zoom.
"Linger Longer" session highlights ways to extend visitor experiences
 
Heritage tourism affords New Jersey a great opportunity to advance economic revitalization post COVID-19, but only if sites are ready to host visitors with compelling and valued experiences.
 
"Creating a 'Linger Longer' Experience," Crossroads' July 29 virtual Professional Development workshop, offered practical tools and tips for engaging historic site visitors, with a goal of encouraging travelers to stay in our communities longer and share positive reviews of their experiences on Trip Advisor and other online review sites. Featured speakers included Jeff Vasser, executive director of the NJ Division of Travel & Tourism; heritage tourism expert Cheryl Hargrove; and Mark Nonestied, division head of Middlesex County Division of Historic Sites and History Services.
 
Visit our website for more information, including a video replay and resources to help prepare your site to offer Linger Longer experiences.
 
This program was proudly supported by a grant from Roma Bank Community Foundation.
New Crossroads members, your premiums are on the way!
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Now more than ever, we're grateful for the enduring support of the people,  businesses and foundations who contribute to Crossroads of the American Revolution. Your membership fees help fund a wide range of Crossroads activities and community outreach, including our work to develop and organize professional development sessions for Revolutionary heritage groups statewide.  New and continuing members who joined before July 15 should be receiving their premiums by U.S. Mail soon. 

It's easy to become a Crossroads membership. Just visit the  membership page on our website, select a membership support level and complete the online form. All new members receive a Crossroads of the American Revolution license plate frame, with more benefits for other contribution levels. 
Crossroads of the American Revolution: A Registered Trademark 

CROSSROADS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION is a registered trademark of the Crossroads of the American Revolution Association, the not-for-profit organization that administers the National Heritage Area of the same name.
 
Use of the Crossroads of the American Revolution logo and stylized star is granted by written permission only. For more information, contact Crossroads at info@revolutionarynj.org.
Stay Updated with Crossroads All Month Long

We're working to keep our social media and website updated with the latest information from our Heritage Partners on site and event status during the COVID-19 crisis. We're committed to be your source for rescheduled event dates and site re-openings as we receive them.
 
Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for site news, interesting facts and more throughout the season. 
 
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Thomas H. Kean, Honorary Chair ● Sally Lane, Chair ● Steve Ayscue ● David Capozzi  
Laura Crowley, CPA  ●  Dale Florio  ● Jennifer Godoski ●  Seth Hahn  ● John Hardiman ●  Joshua Henne 
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