Bridging the Revolution

     The 2016-2017 N.J.C.A.R state project, “Bridging the Revolution,” will raise funds for the Bergen County Historical Society for their new museum and will raise awareness of the New Bridge Landing Site. The goal of “Bridging the Revolution” is to support the Bergen County Historical Society as they build a museum to hold prized artifacts from the New Bridge Landing Site. In addition to the hundreds of artifacts recovered and restored from the time of the American Revolution, there are historical buildings located at the site. Buildings such as the Steuben House, the Campbell Christie House, and the Demarest House, have also been preserved from the time of the Revolutionary War, providing visitors with a rich understanding of the time period. 
The site has also been host to many famous Revolutionary figures, such as General George Washington, General Lafayette, General Steuben, General Cornwallis, Alexander Hamilton, and many other revolutionary personalities. In fact, Thomas Paine noted the New Bridge site in his book, “American Crisis.” 
On November 20th, 1776, General Cornwallis led his troops across the Hudson River to attack American troops that were stationed at Fort Lee. Fort Lee and the surrounding encampments were located between the Hackensack and the Hudson Rivers. The American troops were led in a retreat from Fort Lee, away from the advancing British. From there, the Continental Army crossed over the Hackensack River at New Bridge Landing, the only bridge over the Hackensack River at the time, where they narrowly escaped capture. From there, Washington and his troops continued to retreat through New Jersey, where they eventually made the historic Delaware River crossing. Thus, the New Bridge was nicknamed, “The Bridge That Saved a Nation” because if the Continental Army had not crossed over the New Bridge, they might have been trapped between the Hackensack and the Hudson Rivers. So, the Revolutionary War might have been lost. 
The project is being funded by using a crowd-sourcing website, https://www.crowdrise.com/nj-car-state-presidents-project-2016--2017---bridging-the-revolution
in addition to selling pins and to selling voices for a patriotic basket relating to the project. This basket will include a map of the New Bridge Landing site, books relating to the time period, a visa gift card, in addition to other fun and educational gifts for all ages. 

Thank you for your support of the 2016-2017 State President’s Project!


Journey Through History

 The theme for this year is “Journey Through History” with the goal to raise funds to support historic education and preservation of Liberty Hall Museum. Liberty Hall, in Union, NJ, is a living history museum that presents educational programs offering a journey through the history of one New Jersey family, depicting their activities, food, clothing, transportation and more. The funds raised will support hiring educators to prepare pre- and post- school visit materials to help teachers and school groups, hiring historians to perform document transcriptions and research, and hiring historic educators to develop new events and programs. 

   The 2015-2016 New Jersey State Project is raising funds to directly support Liberty Hall via three separate efforts:  online contributions (www.crowdrise.com/njcar-2015) are being accepted with a prize awarded in March 2016, “Journey Through History” pins (1 for $10 or 3 for $20) are being sold at all local events, and voices are being sold for a Patriotic Clock bearing the slogan “America – Land of the Free Because of the Brave”.  

   Liberty Hall was home to Governor William Livingston. Built in 1772 on 120 acres in Elizabethtown, NJ, this home and property has been extensively altered over the years, yet stands as a historic view into our past. William Livingston served as a member of the First, Second and Third Continental Congress and as a signer of the United States Constitution. In 1776, Livingston became New Jersey’s first governor. In 1811, the Kean family purchased the property and lived in Liberty Hall until 1995. Today, Liberty Hall offers a fascinating Journey Through History by showcasing the experiences of one American family both as a museum and through historic tours and events. [For more information about educational programs at Liberty Hall: www.kean.edu/libertyhall ]

   Visit Liberty Hall at Kean University,1003 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083

Happy Birthday New Jersey!

For the 2014/2015 year, the state theme for the New Jersey C.A.R. is “Happy Birthday New Jersey!” The state project is to publish a children’s book celebrating 350 years of New Jersey history before, during and after it became a state. The story will be told through the eyes of Haddy, the official State dinosaur and oldest resident of New Jersey. The Haddy character was the idea of the State President and the image of the Haddy character was created in conjunction with illustrator Amanda Marie Eilis King. 

  The state project is all inclusive for N.J.C.A.R. members of all ages and is a project all local C.A.R. societies, of all sizes, can embrace. In addition, this project will promote the N.J.C.A.R. through literacy, make history fun and gain the organization publicity by asking each local society to donate a copy of the book to their local library and historical society library. In addition, we will increase awareness of the N.J.C.A.R. to outside groups and organizations.  

 The project will be funded by selling voices for your choice of a framed Thomas Kinkade painting called Silent Night or a $100 gift card.

"Progress Digs Up the Past."

This year the New Jersey C.A.R. state theme is "Progress Digs Up the Past." The project is to raise money for the East Jersey Olde Towne Village in Piscataway, New Jersey.

 The money raised during this project will be used for the preserving and interpretation of Revolutionary War artifacts, which were found during the excavation of the Route 18 Widening Project in New Brunswick, in what was the port town called Raritan Landing. The Raritan Landing excavated findings include the remains of house foundations, commercial structures, and associated artifacts dating to the heyday of the community in the middle of the 18th century, to the destruction during the Revolutionary War, and to the rebuilding of the community after the war.

  East Jersey Olde Towne Village is located on River Road on a 12-acre showcase in Johnson Park. The collection includes original, reconstructed, and replicated 18th and 19th century of architecture typical of farm and merchant communities of central New Jersey.

  The village will display the artifacts found at Raritan Landing starting at the end 2013.

"Restoring the Past to Write Our Future"

The theme is derived from the desire to restore the writing desk of Ann Cooper Whitall. In the year 1760, Ann Whitall began to keep a journal. She was 44 years old. She had been married to James for 23 years, and they had nine children. Their home, the centerpiece of their 400 acre plantation at Red Bank still stands overlooking the Delaware River. From the pages of her journal a remarkable woman emerges: stern and disciplined, capable and devout. Ann’s diary contains a fascinating insight into colonial life through the eyes of a peaceful Quaker woman and her family, which for a portion of time, was caught in the events of 1777 and the Revolutionary War along the Delaware River. 

  During the Revolutionary War, the property of James and Ann Whitall was seized to build Fort Mercer. As the Battle of Fort Mercer raged around her, Ann refused to leave her home. The 60 year old mistress of Red Bank remained spinning at her wheel. When a cannon ball crashed through the north gable, Ann moved to the cellar and continued her work. After the battle the wounded soldiers were carried off the battlefield and the Whitall home became a field hospital. Ann used her skill with herbal medicine to tend to all the injured, American and Hessian alike. This legend highlights Ann Cooper Whitall’s remarkable legacy.  

  Ann’s writing desk is on display at the James and Ann Whitall House and is one of three artifacts original to the Whitall home. It is my desire to help restore this desk to its original splendor under the direction of a conservator through the Winterthur Museum.  

"Honoring New Jersey Real Daughters"

The theme for this year's project is "Honoring New Jersey Real Daughters." The goal of this project is to raise funds for the purchase and installation of a DAR insignia marker on the grave-sites of New Jersey's Real Daughters. 

  Real Daughters are first generation daughters of Revolutionary Patriots who were also members of the DAR. All Daughters of the American Revolution are descended from Revolutionary War patriots and soldiers. A Real Daughter was distinguished because she was a DAR member as well as the actual daughter of a soldier or patriot. 

  The DAR Real Daughter Commemoration began in 2007 with the goal of compiling an accurate list of Real Daughters along with their biographical information as well as locating and marking as many Real Daughters graves as possible.

  There are twelve New Jersey Real Daughters who belonged to New Jersey DAR chapters and two who were Members-At Large. There are also five Real Daughters who belonged to DAR chapters from other states but who are buried in New Jersey. Although some of these Real Daughters' grave-sites have already been marked with a Real Daughter plaque, some have not yet received this designation.

  We hope you will support this very worthy project that will recognize and remember New Jersey's Real Daughters and will honor the memory of these very special women and their fathers who helped create this great Nation.

"Restoring the Wood Mansion"  

In 1905, at the same time plans were being made to erect a monument to commemorate the Tea Burning in Greenwich, the Cumberland County Historical Society was organized as a non-profit corporation. In 1947, the Wood family of Philadelphia leased the Wood Mansion in Greenwich to the Society for its headquarters.
  From 1959 to 1971 the house was home to the Millville Historical Society, a city in Cumberland County. During the intervening thirty years, the Mansion served as a district office, training site and auxiliary office space for Wawa as the Wood family were the founding fathers of Wawa. The Mansion is a very special place. It has been documented by the Historical American Building Survey. The house caught the eye of HABS staffers in the early 1970's when it was listed as the Wood Mansion (NJ-831), and it is also listed on the Cumberland County Registrar of Historic Structures and Site. The wood Mansion was recently given back to the Millville Historical Society and the Society wishes to restore the home to be period correct. 
  This State President's Project will be to raise funds to purchase a period reproduction sofa and other household items to furnish the Wood Mansion. These items are part of the wish list provided by the Historical Society as they wish to restore the home to its original period of time. Voices will be sold for a four foot wooden chainsaw carving of an eagle perched on a thirteen star American flag. The carving was made by a local man. 


 Vision of the Lyons VA Medical Center
  To be a patient centered integrated health care organization for veterans providing excellence in health care, research and education; an organization where people choose to work; and active community partner and a backup for national emergencies.

  Mission of Lyons Medical Center
  Honor America’s veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well being.

  The Lyons Veterans hospital is located in Lyons, NJ. There are two main campuses, the one in Lyons and one in East Orange. There are also a variety of smaller outpatient satellite campuses around the state. It serves to provide veterans with general medical, psychiatric, and long-term care as well as a full range of medical and surgical subspecialty care. The veterans are cared for by teams of physicians, nurses, therapists and social workers. They work together to develop new programs that not only help the veterans, but serve as models to the rest of the health care field.

  This State President’s Project will be to raise funds to donate a Wii system and games to the hospital for it’s patients use. This item is one that is on the wish list of items that the patients would enjoy using. Voices will be sold on two items to help raise money for the Wii system.

Preserving the Past...Investing in the Future

The project is to preserve the heritage of looking at the american revolution throught the eyes of everyday people...a peaceful Quaker family caught in the events of 1777 and the Revolutionary War along the Delaware River. The property of James and ann Whitall, because of its strategic location, was seized to build Fort Mercer. During the battle of Fort Mercer, Ann Whitall refused to leave her home. After the battle, the wounded soldiers were carried off the battlefield and the Whitall's home became a field hospital. Ann used her skills with herbal medicine to tend all the wounded, American and Hessian alike. Presently, the history of the house is presentled as an oral history by the docents. The State President's project is to purchase museum-quality text panels so all visitors can learn about the Whitall's and their home's remarkable history.


 In 1777, a teenage boy by the name of Jonas Cattell was working in Haddonfield, New Jersey as a blacksmith. On his way hime, he was captured by the Hessians. During the night, Jonas overheard members of the Hessian army make plans to attack Fort Mercer at Red Bank Battlefield near his hometown of Woodbury, New Jersey.

 The next morning the Hessians had no use for Jonas so they released him. What the Hessians did not know was that Jonas was a long distance runner. Jonas sprinted ahead of the hessians through the woods and marshes of South Jersey. When he reached the fort, he informed Colonel Greene about the impending attack on his fort. Colonel Greene ordered all of the soldiers to move the cannons for a land attack. When Col. Von Donop and the Hessians arrived, they were easily defeated thanks to the warning provided by Jonas Cattell.

In honor of the 230th anniversary of the warning that saved Fort Mercer, the 2007/08 New Jersey state project is to raise money to design, make and install permanent road signs to place along the 10 mile commemorative route from Haddonfield to National Park, New Jersey. In addition, our state society will contact every high school cross country coach in the 10 mile area to help find a Jonas Cattell impersonator for the commemorative run on October 14, 2007.

“Unsung Patriots of the Revolution”

 William Wootton, NJCAR State President for 2006/07 selected “Unsung Patriots of the Revolution” for his state theme and his state project was to raise funds to assist the Historical Society of the Rockaways with the restoration of the Ford-Faesch Manor House in Mt. Hope, New Jersey.

 This home was built in 1768 by Colonel Jacob Ford. The Ford family were pioneers in the iron industry establishing the first forge in Morris County in 1710. Because of the valuable iron deposits in Rockaway Township the family purchased much of the area in 1750. The house was leased in 1772 along with associated ironworks to Swiss émigré John Jacob Faesch. These ironworks supplied ammunition and ordinance to General George Washington and the Continental Army during the American Revolution. John Jacob Faesch applied his advanced knowledge of European technology to improve the iron industry.“Unsung Patriots of the Revolution”

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