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Patriots’ Week Schedule Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

December 28, 2011

Wednesday,  December 28th, 2011

10am-3pm State House Civics Tours  (Tours occur at the top of every hour) 125 West State Street             Explore  the New Jersey State House, where the laws that affect all New Jersey residents are made. This tour  takes visitors through this beautifully restored historic building—listed on  both the national and State registers of historic places.  Along the way,  learn about the legislative process and the art and architecture of the State  Capitol. For more information, please call the New Jersey State House Tour  Office at (609) 633-2709. Free Admission


10am-3pm Masonic Temple Tours: Front & Barrack St. If  you haven’t been inside the Masonic   Temple on Barracks,  here’s your chance! Walls and arches of Botticino marble, a floor of Travertine  marble with brass insets with Masonic symbols, an allegorical painting of  Justice, Fortitude, Prudence and Temperance. And that’s just the foyer! Free  Admission. Tours  at the top of every hour


10am-5pm Old Barracks Museum Tours: 101  Barrack St. Visit the historic Old Barracks museum, where the soldiers  fighting during the Revolutionary War called home.  Every 30 minutes the Crossroads  of the American Revolution National Heritage Area will screen the films “New Jersey – Crossroads of the American Revolution:  Footsteps, Fort Lee, Washington Crossing, Wintering in Morristown and the Battle of Monmouth.”  At the top of every hour the film “Ten Crucial  Days” will be featured. Guided tours of the Barracks begin hourly. Admission  fee: $8/adult, $6/senior, & $6/child, Old Barracks Association members free  admission.


10am-11am Civil War Flag Unveiling: NJ State Museum Flag Gallery 225 West State St. First Floor                           Patriotism  characterized not only the men and women of the Revolution, but also those who have fought and  died on battlefields throughout all of American history. Visit the NJ State   Museum for a gallery talk  and ceremony unveiling the latest rotation of               historic flags from  the NJ Civil War Flag Collection, one of the largest collections of its kind in the nation. Free Admission


11am & 1pm Laser Nutcracker Special 3D Planetarium  Show: NJ State Museum Planetarium 205 West State St.             This entertaining  show captures the joyous spirit of the season with spectacular effects and  brilliant laser light.  In addition to  the classical music from Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet, the program includes  Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and other favorites. The  Planetarium will also have a 10 minute live demonstration of the sky set to  December 25, 1776. Learn about the constellations and visible planets that  occupied the sky on the stormy evening when George Washington crossed the Delaware. Suitable for  general audiences.  General admission: $7  adult; $5 child (twelve and under) Visit www.newjerseystatemuseum.org or  call 609-292-6464


11:30am-1pm Hidden Treasures Tour of the  State House State House, 125 West State Street             Join  us for a behind-the-scenes peek at the New Jersey State House, one of the  oldest continuously operating capitol buildings in the nation.  From  timbers that date back to 1792 to contemporary art rarely seen by visitors,  this tour will take you from the basement to the attic and everywhere in  between.  The tour will be conducted by State House Tour Office staff and  Ian C. Burrow, Vice President and Principal Archaeologist at Hunter Research  Inc.  Space is limited.  To make a reservation please call the New Jersey State House Tour  Office at (609) 633-2709. Free Admission


12pm-1pm The Fifes & Drums of the Old Barracks   Concert Masonic Temple Front & Barrack             Music  in the theater used in the theater of war. The Fifes & Drums of the Old  Barracks will perform music by Purcell, Handel, Grétry and more.  A  Sonata for Two Flutes by Telemann featuring John Lane and Andrew  Wierzbowski, Echo Piece from the Fairy Queen by Purcell, Presidents March by  Philipe Phile and Marches from the period by anonymous  composers.  Narration will be provided by Richard Patterson, Executive  Director of the Old Barracks Museum.  Reservations Required. Reserve at (609)396-1776. Admission: $10/adult,  $5/child.


12:00pm-4:30pm 1719 William Trent  House Tour: Market St. &  William Trent Place The 1719 William  Trent House will be open for tours each afternoon dressed for the holiday  season. The theme of the Trent House Tours is Life under British Rule. Hot  chocolate and cookies will be served to visitors to the complex throughout the  week.  Enjoy a special musical feature; harpsichord  performance played by Carl Nittinger.  If  you like, bring a bag lunch to eat while enjoying the melodic sounds waft  through the house. Suggested donation $3 Visit www.williamtrenthouse.org or call 609-989-3027 or 609-989-0087.


1pm-2pm Cultural and Spiritual Impact of the  Revolution on Native American Culture Lecture: Quaker Meeting House 142 East Hanover The Revolution would have far reaching impact for all people on the  North American Continent. A Native American, Pastor John Norwood, of the  Nanticoke-Lenape, will speak to the Cultural and Spiritual Impact of the  Revolution on Native American Culture. Presentation will be followed by Questions and  Discussion. Free Admission


1pm-1:30pm Film Screening: Morristown: Where  America Survived: NJ State Museum  Auditorium 205 West State St  In 1779  George Washington brought over 10,000 troops to Morristown, New Jersey, where  they struggled to survive the worst winter in recorded history with the  American Revolution hanging in the balance.  Morristown’s  significance as a safe haven for Washington  and his troops has been overlooked for too long.  But it is time to take a  new look at the story. (This film is based on the John T. Cunningham’s book  “The Uncertain Revolution.”  (Note: For more stories on South Jersey agriculture visit the Pretty Big Things:  Stories of New Jersey History exhibition on the Museum’s 3rd floor.)  Free Admission


1pm- 2pm Tadeusz Kosciuszko: Hero of Two  Revolutions by Dr. Joseph E. Wroblewski Masonic Temple Front & Barrack    St. Colonel  Tadeusz Kosciuszko, a brilliant European trained military engineer helped  design the defenses on the Delaware River, played a crucial role in the  American victory at Saratoga, made West Point an impassable obstacle for the  British on the Hudson River and finished the war as a front line commander in  the Southern Theater of Operations. Kosciuszko remained a devoted believer in  freedom for all people whether they were serfs in Europe, African slaves or  Native Americans in America. Free  Admission


3pm-4pm Slavery during the American  Revolutionary War: NJ’s Perspective on it’s Enslaved Africans talk led by Baye Kemit, Ed.M, Principal of The Garvey  School/Egun Omode Shule and adjunct Professor of African-American History: Quaker  Meeting House 142 East Hanover St.               The American Revolution was a  celebratory time for every American, except for the enslaved African. This  workshop examines the lives of the enslaved Africans and the contradictions  with the United States  constitution. Emphasis will be placed on slave life in New Jersey as it relates to the American  Revolution.  Free Admission

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