Trenton, NJ – The 250th anniversary of the United States is just four years away, and New Jerseyans are invited to offer their ideas for how the state should commemorate it. Revolution NJ, the official planning organization for the 250th is opening a virtual Suggestion Box to gather the best ideas for commemorating this landmark event.
A partnership between the New Jersey Historical Commission and the nonprofit Crossroads of the American Revolution, Revolution NJ is charged by legislation to plan activities and initiatives to commemorate the last 250 years of New Jersey history, beginning with the transformative events of the American Revolution. Starting on April 4, residents can submit ideas through the online Suggestion box at: https://bit.ly/RevNJSuggestions.
“Exploring the past is really much like being a detective,” Historical Commission Executive Director Sara Cureton explained. “There are so many stories from our past that are yet to be examined and fully understood, especially those relating to communities that have been typically underrepresented or ignored. This anniversary provides a unique opportunity to welcome everyone into this exciting process. Investigating the past is an essential tool we all can use to understand ourselves and our world better while working toward the ‘more perfect Union’ previous generations of Americans envisioned.”
Revolution NJ’s themes and goals were developed through a multi-year process involving a diverse and inclusive range of contributors, including historians, educators, government officials, civic leaders and other New Jersey residents. A detailed description is available here: https://nj.gov/state/historical/assets/pdf/2021-rnj-strategic-framework.pdf.
“While we’ve engaged many New Jerseyans from different communities since starting the planning process in 2018, we’re eager to hear the best ideas the public has to share,” said Crossroads Executive Director Janice Selinger.
Do you have an idea for a program, event or activity that should be an official part of Revolution NJ? If so, visit https://bit.ly/RevNJSuggestions. While your idea need not address every theme and goal of the state commemoration, linking to one or more will improve its chances for adoption. Revolution NJ will announce the first batch of officially sponsored programs by July 4, 2022.
Created through state legislation in 2018, Revolution NJ is a partnership between the New Jersey Historical Commission, a state agency, and the nonprofit Crossroads of the American Revolution, Inc. to advance the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution in New Jersey.
NJHC is a state agency dedicated to the advancement of public knowledge and preservation of New Jersey history. Established by law in 1967, its work is founded on the fundamental belief that an understanding of our shared heritage is essential to sustaining a cohesive and robust democracy.
Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area promotes a greater understanding of Revolutionary-era historical sites and landscapes in New Jersey. Working with partners throughout the state, Crossroads connects the people and places of New Jersey’s rich Revolutionary heritage to inspire community pride, stewardship and civic engagement.