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November 2019
Fort Lee retreat

Retreat to Victory Commemorated this Month in Revolutionary NJ

In November 1776, General George Washington made the difficult decision to abandon Fort Lee on the Hudson River, following the British capture of Fort Washington in New York. Leaving much of their supplies and artillery behind, the Continental Army begin a harrowing withdrawal across New Jersey, all while the British Army remained on their heels. Conditions for the Continental Army looked bleak, and journalist Thomas Paine, traveling with them, famously described the period as "the times that try men's souls."
 
Discover more about this crucial part of the Revolution at two Bergen County sites that commemorate the retreat this month.  
 
On November 23, Fort Lee Historic Park marks the Times that Try Mens' Souls with reenactments of 18th century life and battle, as well as demonstrations of weapons of the era and a march to Fort Lee Monument Park. Return the following day for an artillery demonstration. More information.

On November 24, Historic New Bridge Landing presents a day of living history and scholarship, including a reading of Paine's "The Crisis," a talk on the site's strategic importance during the retreat, and insights on the contributions of the county's Loyalist soldiers during the Revolution's Southern campaign, and more. More information.
    
Enjoy a Taste of History - November 3

Fans of the culinary arts will love a Taste of History at Pomona Hall on November 3! Chef Walter Staib will appear at a special screening of his Emmy-Award winning program during a special event hosted by Crossroads and Camden County Historical Society (CCHS).
 
Pomona Hall, a 1726 brick mansion operated by CCHS, was recently a production location of A Taste of History, and guests at the Nov. 3 event will enjoy Chef Staib's commentary on the evolution of Colonial American cuisine. The series offers viewers a glimpse into the life of the founders of our country and prominent historical figures through the foods and recipes they prepared. The $30 admission includes the viewing and talk, along with a DVD and samples from A Taste of History's pastry chef Diana Wolkow. Signed copies of Chef Staib's A Taste of History Cookbook will also be available for purchase. Tickets and more information are available at the event website
Design the Logo for Revolution NJ - the State's 250th Commemoration! 

The deadline for entries in the Revolution NJ logo contest is fast approaching! Don't miss out on your chance to have your design appear on the 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 and will be announced on December 28, during Patriots Week in Trenton.
 
Submit your entry by November 25 at 3:00 p.m. The contest is open to all New Jersey residents and students attending New Jersey schools. Visit the  Discover New Jersey website for logo guidelines, contest rules and eligibility
Save the date: Jan 24 Heritage Partner Professional Development in Princeton

Many of New Jersey's Revolutionary-era sites have untold history that will attract new visitors and give past visitors a reason to return. Mark your calendar to learn more at "Sharing Untold Stories," Crossroads' next Heritage Partner Professional Development workshop, to be held January 24 at Morven in Princeton. 

This session will equip site volunteers and staff with the tools to uncover the full spectrum of their site's past, and ways to share those histories with visitors. Learn from experts in the field who've researched and developed inclusive interpretive programming.
 
As always, Crossroads Heritage Partners will receive advance registration notice, so watch your email for more information!
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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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