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American Revolutionary War Sites
The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry's
THe American Revolutionary War in New Jersey
Campaign Plan

The following is a brief listing of current initiatives and programs that are part of the
New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry's "American Revolutionary War in New Jersey Campaign Plan," which was launched in 1998 with the printing of a promotional poster and
A Revolutionary Time: The Guide to New Jersey's American Revolutionary War Trail

The goal of the campaign is to help communicate and promote the importance of
New Jersey's American Revolutionary War sites and to provide an ongoing
mechanism to further refine and garner support for our valuable historic resources.

Wayside Interpretive Exhibits
The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry is currently developing interpretive
exhibits for each of its 20 American Revolutionary War sites, which are being designed to help educate visitors about the site's historical significance and its relationship to other Revolutionary War sites statewide. A standard orientation wayside exhibit will include a map and an overall explanation of New Jersey's Revolutionary War sites.

A Driving Guide and Map to New Jersey's Revolutionary War Trail
The New Jersey Division and Forestry
recently completed The Crossroads
of the American Revolution: A Driving and Map to New Jersey's Revolutionary
War Trail
. The Driving Guide highlights 51 sites across New Jersey where visitors can retrace the footsteps of the Continental Army and learn more about the state's pivotal role in securing America's independence.

Partnership Opportunities



225th Anniversary of the American Revolution Celebration Commission

Lead Organization: New Jersey Department of State, The 225th Anniversary of the American Revolution Celebration Commission
Noting that the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence occured in 2001, the Governor created the Commission to work with local and county government and with historical, civic, veterans, and other organizations throughout New Jersey to properly highlight the state's heritage and its contributions to the cause of American liberty. A special observance will be planned for September 3, 2008 to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Paris, formally ending the American Revolutionary War. The Commission will plan, promote and coordinate state-sponsored commemorative programs and activities for the anniversary in 2008. The Commission will present an initial report to the Governor within one year of its organization then annually by January 1 with a final report on December 31, 2008. The commission will consist of 23 members including: Secretary of State; Adjutant General; commissioners of departments of Education, Environmental Protection and Community Affairs; chair of the NJ Historic Trust; president of the NJ Historical Society; chair of the NJ Council on the Arts; nine members of the public to be appointed by the Governor; and four members of the Legislature (two from each party) to be appointed by the Senate President and Speaker of General Assembly.

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New Jersey's Crossroads of the American Revolution Celebration Commission

Lead Organization: National Park Service
In order to capture this unusual wealth of history and natural resources concentrated specifically in Central New Jersey, an effort is being made to establish the state's first National Heritage Area-Crossroads of the American Revolution. The basis for establishing the Crossroads National Heritage Area is to develop an integrated plan that will help interpret New Jersey's role in the American Revolutionary War, preserve the region's biodiversity, provide public recreational opportunities, help maintain farming as a viable occupation in the region, and retain the aesthetic character of the landscape. In addition to helping to preserve and promote the state's historic sites administered under the Division of Parks and Forestry, the project provides an opportunity to advance the Governor's open space initiative through Green Acre's purchase of key "heritage area" properties. Under the National Park Service's lead, both the Division of Parks & Forestry and Green Acres have been actively participating on a steering committee organized to support this important initiative.

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