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May 2019

Memorial Day: Honoring those who fought for freedom in Revolutionary NJ

Communities across the United States pause on the last Monday in May to remember those who fought for the freedoms we all enjoy as Americans. Parades, events and ceremonies help us honor the sacrifices our neighbors have made in defense of our nation.
 
Reminders are all around us in New Jersey, embodied in the many opportunities to build a deeper understanding of those who fought right here during the American Revolution. We hope you'll join us in recognizing those who fought for independence in a time when it was anything but guaranteed.
 
On Saturday, May 25, visit Princeton Battlefield State Park as the Princeton Battlefield Society hosts its annual Memorial Day commemoration. See examples of the marching, loading and firing volleys that were part of the January 3, 1777 Battle of Princeton, plus take a tour of the battlefield and visit the Thomas Clarke House that witnessed the pivotal conflict. Bring the kids for a special program just for them. More information
 
On Sunday May 26, visit Monmouth Battlefield State Park for a Memorial Day observance, then explore the grounds and the visitor center to learn more about the longest continuous battle of the American Revolution. More information
 
Visit the First Dutch Reformed Church Cemetery in Hackensack on Memorial Day, May 27, as the Bergen County Historical Society honors Gen. Enoch Poor at his gravesite. Discover the General's story, learn why the New England native is buried in New Jersey, and tour this historic burial ground. More information.

Visit our website for more events as they're added to our events calendar.
    
Reserve your spot today: Spring Professional Development workshop 

Just a few seats are left for Crossroads' Spring Heritage Partner workshop, "A Day in the Life of..." being held on May 15 at Howell Living History Farm in Lambertville. 

Register today  to learn more about farming life in the Revolutionary era, with a keynote speech on the roles of men, women and children on the farm. 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.
 
Don't miss your chance to for this hands-on, informative and fun learning day at the farm!
250th Planning Advances with Selection of Site Assessment Team, more 

Members of the Revolutionary heritage community met at Washington's Headquarters Museum in Morristown on April 30 for a quarterly update on plans for New Jersey's commemoration of the 250th anniversary of American independence.
 
New Jersey Historical Commission Executive Director Sara Cureton and Crossroads Executive Director Janice Selinger updated the assembled group on developments since the January session. Key points were the appointment of Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) to the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission and the selection of the Clarke Caton Hintz/Hunter Associates/HTC Partners team to perform readiness assessments of the state's Revolutionary heritage sites.  Plans are also in the works to form a 250th Campaign Committee to raise the substantial funds needed to prepare our historic sites to welcome more visitors. 

Participants also met NJHC's new Senior Research Associate, Madeleine Rosenberg, who will assess history education in the state's schools, among other projects. 
 
For more information, download a copy of the April 30 presentation and watch the Crossroads and  NJHC websites and social media for updates on the next meeting, scheduled for July 24. Many thanks to our National Park Service partners at Morristown National Historical Park for hosting this quarter's meeting.
    
Revolutionary Spirit Night June 8:            Get your tickets today!

If it's baseball season in New Jersey, you know that Revolutionary fun isn't far behind!
 
On Saturday, June 8, Revolutionary Spirit Night will transport fans back in time to 1777 when the Bridgewater site of the Somerset Patriots' TD Bank Ballpark was the Middlebrook Encampment and the home of thousands of Continental soldiers during the American Revolution.
 
Fans in attendance will hear the roar of an 18th century cannon with Mott's Artillery, witness drills and musket fire by soldiers and militiamen alongside an encampment, see the Queens Rangers on horseback, and take selfies with General George Washington and the 2nd NJ Regiment in front of a replica 18th century row boat like the one used to take Washington across the Delaware on the famed Christmas night crossing!
 
There's much, much more in store, including Heritage Partner exhibits and giveaways. Visit our website for ticket info and more details on everything that's planned.
Heritage Partner Program grows, celebrates renewals

Crossroads Heritage Partners are the organizations and historic sites that bring the Revolutionary New Jersey story alive for visitors from near and far. While they each support a unique facet of our shared heritage, together they form a tapestry of experiences that make an indelible mark on our communities and neighbors.
 
Whether your site is open seven days a week or not ready to receive visitors, Crossroads is here to help with marketing support, professional development opportunities and more.
 
This month, we're very happy to welcome  the Bridge Academy as our newest Heritage Partner.  We're also grateful to announce several renewing Heritage Partners this month:
 

Could your organization benefit from affiliating with Crossroads?  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!
Check our online media, watch your emailbox for upcoming events
 
Watch your emailbox for Crossroads' new mid-month events mailer. This comprehensive listing will include a full four weeks of scheduled activities, lectures and more at New Jersey Revolutionary heritage sites. As summer approaches, it's a great reminder about all the fun and exciting ways to experience life in 18th century New Jersey, like the "Maple Madness" at the DAR Van Bunschooten Museum event on May 20
 
Looking for events in the meantime? Access listings on our  website and Facebook page through your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop device!
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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 ● Tanika Jones, Office Administrator ● Kate Knowles-Brindle, Program Manager ● Sue Kaufmann, Communications Director 
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