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Special Exhibits

Current Exhibit    February 25, 2014 to February 13, 2015
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION IN NEW JERSEY:
Where the Battlefront Meets the Homefront
This exhibit explores the experiences of New Jersey residents during the American Revolution, and how their lives were affected by the war.    

The New York City based British campaigned across New Jersey, capturing Philadelphia only to be pushed back by the Continental Army.  The Continental Army kept winter quarters three times in New Jersey, while both fleeing and pursuing the British across the state. New Jersey residents saw their towns switch from Loyalist to Patriot control repeatedly, and were exposed to military life throughout the war.  Regardless of political affiliation,New Jerseyians endured many of the same harsh conditions:  destruction of property, lack of winter supplies, and extended militia service.  Conditions were even more perilous in  ‘neutral territory,’ the no-man’s land of Bergen County and other shoreline communities that could not be held by the British or Americans and contained large populations of warring Loyalists and Patriots.  In these regions, the Revolutionary War resembled a civil war more than an international war.

  Exhibit Lectures  (Sunday unless noted)
  Advance registration is recommended for all - call 973-377-2982 x13
   Admission $7 for Non-Members, $3 for Members, $5 for Seniors and Students
March 30, 2014  at 2 PM
A Loyalist Farmstead in a World Turned Upside Down
Presented by Donald Sherblom, PhD
Learn about the Vought family and the new roles played by the Vought women during the war.

April 13, 2014 at 2 PM
With No Means of Support to Subsist On: Wealth & Poverty in Revolutionary Monmouth County, NJ
Presented by Michael Adelberg
Explore the degree to which the economic landscape changed in New Jersey after the Revolutionary War.

April 27, 2014 at 2 PM
Cook Like a Soldier
Presented by Carolina Capehart
Join food historian Capehart as she digs into a soldier’s diet during the Revolutionary War.  Learn about the typical
daily rations, what soldiers received and ate, how it was cooked and how it has changed over time.
EXHIBIT RECEPTION TO FOLLOW. ADMISSION FREE.

May 4, 2014 at 2 PM
Slavery and Abolition in Revolutionary NJ
Presented by James J. Gigantino, PhD
This lecture will examine the impact of the American Revolution on New Jersey African Americans, free and enslaved.

June 1, 2014  at 2 PM
New Jersey's Early Iron and Salt Industries
Presented by Eleanor H. McConnell
Examine the early iron industries and salt production in New Jersey, and how they were affected by the American Revolution.

July 13, 2014 at 2 PM
‘A Nest of Tories’: The American-vs-American Battle of Fort Lee 1781
Presented by Todd W. Braisted
The American Revolution was as much a civil war as anything else. This lecture focuses on Fort Lee and its strong Loyalist claims.


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