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December 2019

Occupation and Surprising Victory: December in Revolutionary NJ!

New Jerseyans faced dark days in December 1776, as General George Washington and the Continental Army retreated across the young state, British and Hessian forces following not far behind. Their daring crossing of the Delaware back to New Jersey on Christmas started a chain of events leading to victory, refreshed morale and a renewed sense of purpose in the early days of 1777.
 
Share in the experience this December, starting on British Occupation Day at the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton. On December 7, reenactors of the 17th Regiment of Infantry will portray the daily lives of the British soldiers who used those very living quarters 243 years ago. 

Later in the month, be sure to make plans to witness the reenactment of the Crossing of the Delaware River! While the Christmas Day Crossing is a perennial favorite, the December 8 rehearsal, complete with speech from General Washington himself, is gaining in popularity, too. Visit Washington Crossing Historic Park at both events, and be sure to look for the Crossroads table.

The Battles of Trenton and a full slate of Revolutionary stories and activities are on tap for Patriots Week, December 26-31! Learn about the role of African Americans in the Revolution, watch as Washington's officers compel troops to stay beyond their soon-to-expire enlistments, dance the night away at a Colonial Ball and more. Plus, visit Princeton Battlefield State Park on December 29 for a special program on the January 3, 1777 Battle of Princeton.
 
Check out the Patriots Week  website  for the full schedule of events - there's something for everyone! 
    
Crossroads Signage Unveiled in Elizabeth

The city of Elizabeth's deep Revolutionary War heritage is now being told by two interpretive signs that were unveiled on November 4 at the historic First Presbyterian Church and burial grounds.
 
These markers are the latest in Crossroads' statewide signage program to create a recognizable brand for the scores of sites that tell the story of New Jersey's crucial role in the war for independence. Featuring the six-pointed star used in the original United States flag, the signs are designed to make it easier for residents and heritage tourists to locate key Revolutionary-era historic sites and learn more about the state's deep Revolutionary War heritage.
 
Read more about these new signs, hear remarks from Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage and more on Crossroads' website

The signs were made possible through a generous grant from the Hyde and Watson Foundation.
    
Welcome Crossroads' new Program Manager, Amy Osterhout

Please join us in welcoming Crossroads' new Program Manager, Amy Osterhout. As Crossroads' primary liaison to our Heritage Partners, she'll also take the lead on planning our professional development workshops. Amy will also be working on greater visibility for heritage partners on our website, with an enhanced resource section and news features.  

A native of Marlton, Amy comes to Crossroads with a strong background in American history studies, public history and programming. She worked at institutions ranging from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) and the Independence Seaport Museum while earning her Masters in American History from Rutgers Camden and a Bachelors in History from Rowan University. Read more about her background on our website. 
Revolution NJ Logo Contest winner to be announced December 28 

Join Crossroads, the New Jersey Historical Commission and participating designers on December 28 as we announce the winning entry in the  Revolution NJ logo contest. The event will take place at the Douglass House in Trenton's Mill Hill Park at 3:00 p.m.

The Revolution NJ logo will appear on promotions for the events, projects and programs planned for the state's exploration of 250 years of United States history. The winning designer will receive a $1,500 prize. Watch the Crossroads website for more details.
Mark Your Calendar: Next 250th Update Session on January 8

The next quarterly update session for Revolution NJ, the state's commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the United States, will be held on January 8, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Co-hosted by Crossroads and the New Jersey Historical Commission, this session will be held online via Go-To-Meeting and conference call to enable as many people as possible to attend without having to travel to a central meeting site during the winter months.
 
To participate online, use the following URL: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/983011613
To participate by phone, dial: 1 (312) 757-3121
Access code for both: 983-011-613
 
Please RSVP your planned attendance to Sue Kaufmann at SKaufmann@RevolutionaryNJ.org. More information will be available on the Crossroads website as the event date nears.
    
Support Crossroads today!

More people than ever are connecting to their Revolutionary spirit in New Jersey, thanks to your support. Your generosity has made it possible for the Crossroads of the American Revolution to help our Heritage Partners to educate and entertain friends, families, students and teachers about the amazing people, places and events of the state's rich 18th century heritage.
 
The nation will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution in less than a decade. We're working with the New Jersey Historical Commission and our partners to shine a spotlight on New Jersey and our contributions to the founding of our nation, and we need your support to make the most of this rare opportunity.
 
Be a part of it! Enlist in Crossroads with a year-end gift by visiting the  giving page  on our website. And thank you for your continued support.
Check Our Online Media for Upcoming Events
 
With so much going on in Revolutionary New Jersey, there's no reason to stay home! Visit  our  website and Facebook page  to find  scheduled activities, lectures and more at our heritage sites statewide. 

At home or on the road, your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop device are a great pathway to experience the 18th century in New Jersey! 
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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

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Janice Selinger, Executive Director ●  Sue Kaufmann, Communications Director 
Amy Osterhout, Program Manager ● Roseann Butterfield, Office Administrator

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