Presidential Comments

There is little that is more important for an American citizen to know than the history and traditions of his country. Without such knowledge, he stands uncertain and defenseless before the world, knowing neither where he has come from nor where he is going. With such knowledge, he is no longer alone but draws a strength far greater than his own from the cumulative experience of the past and accumulative vision of the future.
Excerpt from John Kennedy's (1962) essay "On History"

I cannot but remember the place that New Jersey holds in our early history. In the early Revolutionary struggle, few of the States among the old Thirteen had more of the battlefields of the country within their limits than old New Jersey.… Away back in my childhood, the earliest days of my being able to read, I got hold of a small book…Weem’s "Life of Washington". I remember all the accounts there given on the battle fields and struggles for the liberties of the country, and none fixed themselves upon my imagination so deeply as the struggle here at Trenton, New Jersey. The crossing of the river, the contest with the Hessians, the great hardhips endured at that time, all fixed themselves on my memory more than any single revolutionary event; and you all know, for you all have been boys, how these early impressions last longer than any others. I recollect thinking then, boy even though I was, that there must have been something more than common that those men struggled for; that something even more than National Independence; that something that held out a great promise to all people of the world to all time to come.... Excerpt from Abraham Lincoln's speech to the NJ State Senate, February 21, 1861

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

4/23 Camp Out at the Capitol

Camp Out at the Capitol/Rally at the State House

  • Trenton
    Wednesday, April 23, 2008
    12:30 pm

    Message from Preservation New Jersey

    Budget Cuts to Close or Reduce Accessibility to State Historic Sites.

    Visitation, interpretive programs threatened, local economies endangered. The Administration's proposed budget cuts in the DEP Parks & Forestry division will result in complete closure of or significantly reduced public access to historic sites all over the state. At a time when heritage tourism has finally been recognized as a vital economic development tool, it is short-sighted to be closing these major historic attractions and further depressing local economies.

    We need to resolve our budget issues in other ways not by closing our historic sites!
  • Ringwood Manor - reduced hours
  • Monmouth Battlefield - closed
  • D&R Canal State Park - Interpretive services will be suspended.
  • Washington Crossing State Park - 40 percent reduction in interpretive staff resulting in significantly reduced hours of operation at the Clark House at Princeton Battlefield State Park, the Johnson Ferry House and the museum
  • Indian King Tavern (Haddonfield), administered by Brendan Byrne State Forest, will be closed
  • Round Valley, Wallace House/Old Dutch Parsonage and park office closed
  • Fort Mott State Park - Hancock House, park office and other historic sites

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