ORGANIZER: Crossroads of the American Revolution
Crossroads of the American Revolution NHA wrote -
New Jersey is the Crossroads of the American Revolution. George Washington spent more time here than in any other state during the Revolutionary War. More battles and skirmishes took place here than anywhere else and the over 300 sites and monuments throughout the state are evidence of that. But, New Jersey's role during the Revolution was more than just wins and losses on the battlefield, it was about the spread of ideas and ideals through impassioned residents who chose to make a difference. And those residents are Crossroads' "Revolutionary Neighbors."
With the help of historians, Crossroads has been able to choose 100 unsung heroes of the American Revolution all hailing from New Jersey. Besides military generals, these “neighbors” are children, slaves, women, Quakers, and many more people whose brave acts of courage helped create this country. We are documenting their stories with biographies, illustrations, maps, links to associated Crossroads sites, education resources related to the “neighbor,” a timeline, and videos.
We recently published our first coffee table-style book featuring illustrative biographies of 25 men, women and children throughout New Jersey that will catch the attention of people of all ages. We are also in process of creating mini videos with each of our "Revolutionary Neighbors" that will be available on our website, RevolutionaryNJ.org, for free to all who want to learn about the history of New Jersey, the Crossroads of the American Revolution, in a fun and interactive way.
It costs $3,500 per neighbor to research, photograph and design a "neighbor." The short term goal is to add five additional neighbors towards Volume 2 and make them available for the start of the new school year.
We believe that by connecting these stories to our historic sites across the state, we will encourage the celebration and discovery of the American Revolution as a way to strengthen the identity and spirit of New Jersey’s historic sites and of our communities.