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January 2020

A New Year's Message from our Executive Director

Friends:
 
Happy new year! Crossroads starts 2020 with renewed enthusiasm and energy to support New Jersey's deep Revolutionary heritage. That's much needed energy as we focus attention on the nation's 250th anniversary just six years from now.  
 
This spring we, along with our partner the New Jersey Historical Commission, will announce the findings of our statewide site assessment, the first comprehensive review of 140 historic sites and New Jersey's Revolutionary heritage tourism potential. Researched and analyzed by our expert team from Clarke Caton Hintz, Hunter Research and Hargrove International, the report will include recommendations on the feasibility of possible locations for one or more New Jersey Revolutionary heritage visitor centers. In total, the assessment will help us set fundraising targets to fund needed site improvements and visitor center development.
 
While the 250th work is in process, we continue to support our Heritage Partners with innovative professional development workshops that help them present realistic portrayals of colonial era life as we raise public awareness of New Jersey's extraordinary Revolutionary era heritage. We're hard at work on several Crossroads-branded interpretive signs to be dedicated this year, giving more sites a way to tell their stories to visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We're also reinvigorating our online presence to share Heritage Partner events through our website, RevolutionaryNJ.org, as well as Facebook and Instagram.
 
On behalf of our board and staff, we're grateful for the support of our partners, contributors, funders and the growing number of individuals and families who've become Crossroads members. Through your contributions, you show that New Jersey's Revolutionary heritage is worth promoting and sharing for generations to come.
 
Warmly,
Janice Selinger
Executive Director
    
Tickets Available for Jan 24 Heritage Partner Conference

Register today for Crossroads' next Professional Development Conference, Sharing Untold Stories, to be held on January 24 at Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton, NJ.
 
Designed for historic site volunteers and staff, this workshop will give you the tools to build a deeper understanding of the people who worked and lived at your site. You'll learn from experts in the field who've developed inclusive interpretive programming that has attracted new visitors and given past visitors reasons to return to historic sites.
 
Visit the conference  Eventbrite page for more information and to register.
Winning designer Alex Flannery, Gen. Henry Knox, NJ Historical Commission Exec. Dir. Sara Cureton, Gen. George Washington and Crossroads Exec. Dir. Janice Selinger flank the Revolution NJ logo.
Revolution NJ Logo Unveiled

New Jersey's commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the United States is now represented in a graphic image! The logo, created by graphic designer Alex Flannery, was unveiled on December 28, just after the reenactment of the second Battle of Trenton during Patriots Week.

Flannery's design was the winning entry in a statewide contest for a logo to represent both the anniversary and the future. More than 40 aspiring and professional designers participated in the competition, submitting a total of 60 entries. Judges included historians, marketing professionals and graphic designers.

The Revolution NJ logo will appear on promotions for events, projects and programs planned for the state's exploration of 250 years of United States history. Watch the unveiling and read more on our website
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
Keep up with Crossroads All Month Long

Holiday excitement is past, and many of our Heritage Partner sites are taking a much deserved rest in January, but there's still plenty to discover about Revolutionary New Jersey! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for interesting facts, events and more throughout the winter.   
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 ●  Sue Kaufmann, Communications Director 
Amy Osterhout, Program Manager ● Roseann Butterfield, Office Administrator

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