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June 19 author talk-Experiencing the American Revolution in New Jersey
June 19, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
Please join us on June 19th from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room for a talk with William Kidder on Experiencing the American Revolution in New Jersey.
Drawing on his research and editing for the Meet Your Revolutionary Neighbors project of Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area, local historian Larry Kidder tells the stories of a variety of people who experienced the American Revolution. These people come from throughout the state and represent all walks of life and opinions about the Revolution taking place around them. Their stories reveal just how difficult life could be for everyone living in New Jersey that saw more military activity than other states and made so many contributions because of its geographic location in the middle of the thirteen new states.
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 TEN CRUCIAL DAYS: Washington’s Vision for Victory Unfolds, Crossroads of the Revolution: Trenton 1774-1783, 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.
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 to this free talk. Please RSVP to Cindy Warrick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172.