Annual commemorations of the Ten Crucial Days of the American Revolution move from the Delaware River and the streets of Trenton to the comfort of your home this December. Reflecting social distancing regulations due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Crossroads Heritage Partners are offering online alternatives to the customary public reenactments that draw thousands of spectators every year.
On Christmas Day, Washington Crossing Historical Park will present a pre-recorded reenactment of the historic Christmas night crossing of the Delaware River. Visit the Park’s Facebook page or YouTube channel at 10:00 a.m.
Battle of Trenton Day, December 26, marks the 244th anniversary of the first Battle of Trenton with virtual events celebrating Trenton’s Revolutionary history. Starting at 12:00 noon, enjoy entertaining and enlightening offerings including:
- 12:00 noon. The Trouble with Trenton virtual puppet show, presented by Tucker’s Tales Puppet Theater. Register online for this presentation of everyone’s favorite patriotic puppet show.
- 1:00 p.m. Hogmanay at the William Trent House Museum with performances by John Burkhalter and Donovan Klotzbeacher of the Practitioners of Musick. Ring in the new year a little early with this traditional Scottish tradition. Suggested admission contribution of $10 gratefully accepted; participate by Zoom.
- 2:00 p.m. The Real Story of the Battle of Trenton with the Old Barracks Museum’s Chief of Historical Interpretation, Asher Lurie. Register online.
- 3:00 p.m. Blacks at the Battle of Trenton with Algernon Ward, Jr. of Trenton. Discover the roles of African Americans in the operation of The Old Barracks as a home for soldiers and a military hospital. Register online.
- 5:00 p.m. “Revolutionary Princeton, 1774-1783: The Biography of an American Town in the Heart of a Civil War.” Historian and author Larry Kidder details the lives of those who lived in Princeton during the Revolution. Register online.
- 7:00 p.m. “British Soldiers, American War: Voices of the American Revolution.” Historian and author Don Hagist discusses the training, experiences, and outcomes of British soldiers who fought during the Revolution. Register online.