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Feb 6 talk on Crossroads of the Revolution

February 6, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Please join us on February 6th from noon to 1 p.m. to hear Larry Kidder talk about the Crossroads of the Revolution from his book of the same name.

Historian and author, William “Larry” Kidder will talk about Trenton during the time period from 1774-1783. Trenton and its people played many roles during the American Revolution in addition to just the two battles at Trenton. This talk focuses on those other roles that made Trenton, in the words of its people, “so necessary a post, so much a thoroughfare.” George Washington spent much of the war in New Jersey, along with his Continental Army, and Trenton became a focal point for the activities necessary to keep that army in the field and local people supported it through their actions, including serving in the local militia.

Mr. Kidder received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, served four years of active duty in the US Navy and is a retired high school history teacher who taught for forty years in both public and private schools. For close to 30 years, he has volunteered at the Howell Living History Farm, in Hopewell, New Jersey and have served as an historian, interpreter, and draft horse teamster.

His interest in history led him to the writing of his first book, The Pleasant Valley School Story: A Story of Education and Community in Rural New Jersey, which won the 2013 Scholarship and Artistry Award presented by the Country School Association of America.

His second book, A People Harassed and Exhausted: The Story of a New Jersey Militia Regiment in the American Revolution, published November 2013 tells the story of the First Hunterdon Militia Regiment for the first time.

Other books he has written, contributed to, or edited include Farming Pleasant Valley: 250 Years of Life in Rural Hopewell Township, New Jersey, The American Revolution in New Jersey: Where the Battlefront Meets the Home Front and Meet Your Revolutionary Neighbors. His newest book is the subject of this talk and was released in September 2017.

Kidder has given a number of talks to a variety of civic groups and organizations. He is active in historical societies in Ewing, Hopewell, and Lawrence townships, and is an avid member of the Association for Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM), the Washington’s Crossing Roundtable of the American Revolution, the New Jersey Living History Advisory Council and the Advisory Council for Crossroads of the American Revolution. He works with Crossroads as volunteer coordinator and editor of its Meet Your Revolutionary Neighbors project.

All are welcome! RSVP is appreciated.  Please respond to Cindy Warrick at 609-278-2640 ext. 172 or cwarrick@njstatelib.org.


February 6, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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New Jersey State Library
185 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608 United States
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Cindy Warrick, Sr. Public Information Asst.