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March 2019

New Jersey's Revolutionary Women: Facing War's Impact at Home

When armed combatants reached their communities during the American Revolution, the lives of New Jersey women changed forever. Their husbands, sons and brothers gone to war, women were left to manage their households and protect family and farm. They and their families faced the possibility of looting, occupation and worse until the troops left. What's more, their own political beliefs meant less under the law than their husbands' did, and they sometimes suffered the consequences.
Every woman's situation was unique, and our Revolutionary Neighbors were no different.  After her Patriot family fled New York City for Bergen County, Helen Kortright Brasher 's home was burned to the ground by British troops.   Margaret Morris used her apothecary skills to help people on all sides of the conflict.  Still debated today, Hannah Caldwell 's death in the Battle of Connecticut Farms became a rallying cry for the fight for independence. 

The legend of Molly Pitcher gets an up-close look with programs and events at or near Monmouth Battlefield this month, sponsored by the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield. Find out more about her battle experiences on March 17 and continue with a presentation her post-battle life on March 21. Then, on March 24, join a caravan at Monmouth Battlefield State Park to visit several sites that have been thought to be the sight of Molly's well. More information.  
Visit our website during Women's History Month to meet our female Revolutionary Neighbors and their wartime experience in New Jersey.  
Crossroads, Partners Preserve Bridgewater Middlebrook Encampment/W3R Site

A Bridgewater site that was part of the Middlebrook Encampment will be forever preserved through a multi-partner deal that included Crossroads' contribution of New Jersey Green Acres acquisition funding. The transaction for the 36-acre tract marks the third such deal for Crossroads and highlights our work to preserve historic landscapes in accord with our Management Plan approved by the National Park Service. 

According to historian Dr. Robert A. Selig, the tract is one of the few sections of the Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Trail where modern visitors can see what an 18 th  century road layout would look like. 

Read more about the site and plans for the future on our website .
Hold the Date for Crossroads' Annual Meeting - March 27

Learn more about Crossroads' achievements in 2018 and our plans for 2019 at our annual meeting on March 27 at 1:00 p.m. at Thomas Edison State University, 101 W. State Street, Trenton, NJ. Get an update on Revolutionary New Jersey and network with other history and heritage enthusiasts!
We're planning an informative session, including an update on Crossroads' work with the New Jersey Historical Commission on the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution.
We look forward to seeing you there! Please RSVP on our website.
250th Site Evaluation Project Bids Due on March 12

Proposals are due on March 12 from professional teams seeking to be selected to evaluate New Jersey's Revolutionary War-era historic sites. This project is the first step in  assessing improvements needed to prepare sites for additional visitation during the 250th anniversary of the United States. The scope of the project described in the request for proposals issued by Crossroads also includes recommendations on potential sites for one or more New Jersey Revolutionary War visitor centers.

Representatives from several firms participated in a bidders' conference on February 19 at the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton. Questions and answers from that session are available on the Crossroads website  
Maple sap
Maple syrup: a Revolutionary New Jersey treat!

Who doesn't love a stack of pancakes dripping with authentic maple syrup? This tasty treat has been harvested in America for centuries as a sweetener, and here in New Jersey, it's said that Lenape natives shared the practice with early English and Dutch settlers.

A growing number of New Jersey parks and historic sites are hosting events in March to show you just how maple sap makes its way from tree trunk to bottle!  

Visit these sites to track this popular breakfast treat from sugarbush (a series of trees tapped for sap) through to harvesting and boiling down to syrup.

Howell Living History Farm - March 2.  More information.
Washington Crossing State Park - March 2, 3, 9 and 10. Registration and more information.
Heritage Partner program offers valuable benefits, discount  

More than 140 Revolutionary War-related historic sites, historical societies and heritage organizations in New Jersey benefit from their membership as Crossroads Heritage Partners. Marketing support for events and tours, information about potential grants, and networking opportunities with other organizations throughout the state are just some of the advantages of membership.

This month, in a special limited time offer, new and renewing heritage partners can buy a two-year partnership and get the third year at no additional cost. The deal is valid for groups of all sizes, including destination marketing organizations and convention and visitors bureaus. This "pay for two, get one free" offer will expire on March 31.
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
Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area Heritage Partners invite you to explore Revolutionary New Jersey. Visit our website and Facebook page for even more activities through the month.
A Constitutional Debate: Thomas Jefferson vs. Alexander Hamilton at Woodbridge Middle School in Woodbridge
March 6 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson (Steven Edenbo) and Alexander Hamilton (Eben Kuhns) debate major questions pondered at the start of American government, including state vs federal authority and the people's voice in government. Reservations and more information.
"Crossroads of the Revolution: Trenton, 1774-1783" at the Burlington County Lyceum in Mount Holly
March 12 at 7:15 p.m.

The American Revolution Round Table of South Jersey hosts author and historian Larry Kidder as he shares Trenton's contributions before and after the winter 1776-77 battles that helped turn the tide of the war.  More information .
Pat Sanftner
In the Revolutionary Style at the Durand-Hedden House in Maplewood
March 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Clothing historian Pat Sanftner will reveal the high style changes that took place in the 1700s in Europe and then the American Colonies, and the fashion mavens who made them, using four period- clothing changes and 100 illustrations.   More information .
Hancock House monument
241st Anniversary Hancock House Massacre at the Hancock House State Historic Site in Hancocks Bridge
March 23 and 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Meet Judge Hancock, watch musket and drill demonstrations, learn the story of foraging British troops and the local militia, and tour the house where the fateful 1778 massacre took place.  More information .
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Thomas H. Kean, Honorary Chair ● Ira Jersey, Chair ● Laura Crowley  ● Dale Florio  ●  Seth Hahn  ● John Hardiman ●  Joshua Henne ● Linda Kellner ● Sally Lane  ● Chris Paladino ● Rocky Peterson ● Patrick Ryan 
● 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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