250th planning update announces Site Assessment team, progress on initiatives

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 the presentation and watch the Crossroads and NJHC websites and social media for updates on the next meeting, scheduled for July 24 in Camden. Many thanks to our National Park Service partners at Morristown National Historical Park for hosting this quarter’s meeting.