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

Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Association Membership Information

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Elected Official Addresses & Sample Letter

April 2008

Dear (Elected Official):
I am writing to voice my opposition to the proposed closing of the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage in Somerville on June 30, 2008 as part of the State of New Jersey’s current budget cuts. The site is of historical significance to our country and to New Jersey’s place in American history.


I am requesting your support to keep the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage open.


Your Name & Address


Governor Jon S. Corzine
Office of the Governor
PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625

Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson
Department of Environmental Protection
401 E. State Street
7th Floor, East WingP.O. Box 402Trenton, NJ 08625-0402
phone: 609-292-2885, fax: 609-292-7695

State Legislative District 16: Bedminster, Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Bound
Brook, Branchburg, Bridgewater, Far Hills, Hillsborough, Manville, Mendham, Millstone, Montgomery, Peapack Gladstone, Raritan, Rocky Hill, Somerville, South Bound Brook

District Office: 36 East Main St.
Somerville, NJ 08876 (908) 526-3600

Assemblyman PETER J. BIONDI
District Office: 1 East High Street
Somerville, NJ 08876
(908) 252-0800

Assemblywoman DENISE COYLE
92 East Main St., Suite 401
Somerville, NJ 08876 (908) 218-4059

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