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

Why Keep Heritage & Tourism Sites Open?


  • Over $2 billion in annual economic impact. - $50 million in state tax revenue generated each year. - Over 100,000 jobs. - 6 million schoolchildren served.
    Source: MidAtlantic Center for Arts, Cape May

  • New Jersey’s non-profit arts industry generates over $1.5 billion each year in economic activity for the State of New Jersey through direct spending by arts groups and related patron spending, including over $36 million in state tax revenue. Historical activities – including rehabilitation of historic properties, heritage tourism, and spending by historic sites and organizations -- generates $580 million each year in economic activity and approximately $14 million in state tax revenue.

  • New Jersey’s non-profit arts industry supports:
    over 80,000 jobs,
    Over 34,000 public events each year,
    17,000 arts-related businesses,
    Over 4 million schoolchildren served by educational programs

    New Jersey’s history museums and organizations support:
    Over 21,000 paid jobs
    65,000 volunteers
    6.4 million visitors annually.

  • New Jersey’s non-profit arts and history industry drives local economies, too! According to a 2007 study conducted by Americans for the Arts, arts activities in Newark and New Brunswick together generate over $214 million in economic activity with nearly 5,500 jobs, and over $8 million in local government tax revenue.

  • New Jersey non-profit arts groups serve over 4 million schoolchildren each year on site and in schools throughout the state. State dollars keep fees affordable for outreach and education programs to benefit the greatest number of students, particularly those in economically disadvantaged areas. These programs are most vulnerable to fluctuations in state support because of their limited income generating potential. History museums and organizations welcome 2 million schoolchildren a year on-site, and a growing number on the internet and through in-school programs.

  • New Jersey’s non-profit arts and history industry is sustained through a dedicated revenue source legislated in 2003, the Hotel/Motel Occupancy Fee. This legislation established a certifiable and renewable source of revenue for arts, history, and tourism promotion. It was passed to create a stable source of state cultural support.

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