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October 2019

Revolutionary  New Jersey offers Spooky Fun in October!

Ghost walks, performances and more bring spooky fun to Crossroads' Heritage Partner sites in October. Bring the kids or come on your own, costumes or regular clothes, and find a new way to explore New Jersey's Revolutionary heritage. Just make sure to make your reservations soon - you don't want to get shut out!
 
Was that a ghost you saw? You might run into the spectre of an 18th century sailor at the Haunted Seaport in Tuckerton. A guided ghost walk along Greenwich's historic Ye Greate Street is bound to bring up several scary spirits. And Liberty Hall welcomes you to discover your own ghost story during a candlelight tour of the home of Governor William Livingston.
 
What happens when a film crew is haunted by the story they're trying to present? Watch a family-friendly take on a classic tale as East Jersey Old Town Village hosts ReThink Theatrical's original production, Sleepy Hollow.  
 
These are just a few of the many Halloween events at our partner locations. We're adding more events all the time, so visit our website often for special events throughout the season!
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Friends, Historic Figures Commemorate NJ Revolutionary Heritage

Rev. John Witherspoon returned to Princeton in late September to welcome guests to his estate, Tusculum, for an evening to commemorate New Jersey's Revolutionary heritage.
 
Nearly 100 guests gathered in the estate's stone barn to learn more about Crossroads' work, state and national planning efforts for the upcoming 250th anniversary of the U.S. Featured speakers included U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission Executive Director Frank Giordano and actor Ian Kahn, who portrayed George Washington in the television series TURN: Washington's Spies.
 
Our thanks to Tusculum's current owners, Meredith Asplundh and Tim Gardner, for hosting the evening, as well as our sponsors and guests! Visit our website for more photos and details.
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Road Trip through the Revolution at County History Events   

October offers a bonanza for road-tripping history fans in New Jersey! Regional and county-wide open house events in Camden, Somerset, Sussex and Union Counties offer heritage travelers and state residents a convenient way to explore the state's Revolutionary heritage and enjoy fall foliage. 

Participating sites open their doors to visitors for guided tours, reenactor demonstrations, kids' activities and more, with history that ranges from the 17th century to the present day. Don't miss the chance to explore the stories in your own county or a distant one, all part of Revolutionary New Jersey!
Design the Logo for the 250th in New Jersey! 

Attention, all New Jersey graphic designers and artists! The New Jersey Historical Commission and Crossroads of the American Revolution seek a signature logo to embody Revolution NJ, the state's initiative to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the United States.
 
The logo will be used across the state and nation to promote Revolution NJ events, projects, and programs planned to explore 250 years of United States history. The winning logo designer will receive a $1,500 cash prize.
 
Interested? Find contest rules and more information on the Discover New Jersey websiteThe deadline for submission is 3:00 p.m. on November 25. The selected logo will be publicly presented during Patriots Week in Trenton on December 28. 
Fall 250th Update Highlights Progress on NJ Planning

The Fall  update on New Jersey's commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the United States was held October 2 at the Historic Hunterdon County Courthouse in Flemington. 

Attendees learned about progress on state and national semiquincentennial efforts, including an upcoming survey of New Jersey social studies education, listening sessions with key groups, and the ongoing assessment of the state's Revolutionary-era historic sites. Shawn McBurney of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission also briefly described his work as liaison between the federal body and state organizations working on the 250th. 

A replay of the meeting is available here . Our next update session is scheduled for January 8 and will be held on Go-to-Meeting. Further details will be announced in our December newsletter.
Professional Development Workshop Slated for January

Watch your email for information on our next Crossroads Professional Development workshop - Inclusive Interpretation - scheduled for January 24 at Historic Morven in Princeton.
 
During this day-long session, experts will explain how sites can broaden the histories they tell to include a larger part of the population. Local sites will also share their experiences in bringing this broader, richer heritage to light. The workshop is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Historical Commission.
 
This session will take the place of the October and November sessions tentatively announced earlier this year. As always, Crossroads Heritage Partners will receive advance notice to register.
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! 
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

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Janice Selinger, Executive Director ●  Sue Kaufmann, Communications Director 
● Roseann Butterfield, Office Administrator

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