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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Monday, December 20, 2010

Celebrate George Washington’s Birthday with "the cup that cheers".

The Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Association present on Saturday February 19th, Stacey Roth’s unusual costumed presentation of tea lore, history, songs, poetry, "REVOLUTIONARY TEA"-- one part living history demonstration, and one part tea party. Stacy F. Roth of History on the Hoof brews an engaging program on the role of tea in the lives of 18th century people, and its importance in the colonies on the eve of the War for American Independence (

Roth is an author, museum educator, historian, and information specialist who performs for museums, libraries, schools, civic organizations, and festivals throughout the Delaware Valley and is a popular speaker with the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Ms Roth holds an MA in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MLS from Rutgers University.

Revolutionary Tea will be held in the hall of the Reformed Church at Finderne, Wharton Ave, Bridgewater on Saturday February 19th at 4 pm.

Reservations and a teacup and saucer are necessary. Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased in advance. Make checks payable to the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Association, P. O. Box 225 Somerville, NJ 08876. Include email or phone contact information so that we may confirm your reservation.