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Patriots’ Week Schedule Thursday, December 29, 2011

December 29, 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-12pm Trenton Battlefield Walking Tour: Café Ole 126 S. Warren St. This 10-block  interpretive walk narrates the events of the two battles of Trenton.   Broad and Warren Streets turn back to Queen and King Streets as Washington’s  shivering troops approach from two directions to strike the Hessian forces with  shock and awe. Guests are welcome to gather starting at 9am for an informal  lecture and question and answer session. The tour will be led by Ralph Siegel  of Trenton Battlefield Tours. It is Part 2 of a 3-part tour package covering  the 10-Days Campaign. To reserve call 609-777-1770. (Special Patriots Week Only Pricing) A $3 donation is requested.


10:30am-11:30am Family  Friendly Tour and Scavenger Hunt: State  House 125 West State St               Explore the New Jersey State House and discover all  the things that make this building one of the most important public buildings  in the entire state: beautiful architecture, a rich history, and the dynamic  lawmaking process that occurs throughout the building’s corridors.  At  each stop, a tour guide will share exciting facts and stories.   Afterwards, families will have the opportunity to investigate the room and  uncover the answers to a scavenger hunt.  This tour is appropriate for  families with children 5 through 12 years of age.  Space is limited.   For more information, please call the New Jersey State House Tour office at  (609) 633-2709 Free Admission


11am-12pm Trenton Masonry Talk  by Robert   N. Stutz Masonic Temple Front & BarrackTwo of the three Masonic  Temples built in Trenton  are still in use. Of the many Masonic lodges which formed and met in Trenton from 1787 to 1916, only Mercer Lodge No. 50 still  meets regularly in Trenton.   In addition to Masonic lodges, other Masonic organizations such as York Rite,  Scottish Rite, Tall Cedars, Order of the Eastern Star, the Shriners, Demolay  for boys, and Rainbow for girls were formed and met in Trenton. 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


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-2:30pm Youth Trenton Battlefield Walking Tour: Café Ole 126 S. Warren St. This 10-block youth  centered interpretive walk narrates the events of the two battles of Trenton.  Broad and Warren Streets turn back to Queen  and King Streets as Washington’s shivering troops approach from two directions  to strike the Hessian forces with shock and awe. The tour will be led by Ralph  Siegel of Trenton Battlefield Tours. It is Part 2 of a 3-part tour package covering  the 10-Days Campaign. To reserve call 609-777-1770. (Special Patriots Week Only Pricing) A $3 donation is requested.


1pm-1:30pm Film Screening: Ten Crucial Days: Road  to Liberty: NJ State Museum  Auditorium 205 West State St  In the  dead of night, on December 7, 1776, General George Washington and his  Continental Army found themselves at the end of a long retreat. With the  British in pursuit, the Continental Army gathered all available boats and  escaped across the Delaware River from Trenton  into Pennsylvania.  This NJN special highlights the significance of the Christmas Night Crossing  and the Battle of Trenton. The program covers a key ten day period during the  American Revolutionary War, December 25 to January 3, 1776, often referred to  as the “Ten Crucial Days of the American Revolution”. The events that occurred  during those days are considered by historians as a major turning point in the  American Revolution.  Free Admission


3pm-4pm Patriot Quiz Games:             NJ State Museum  Auditorium 205 West State St. Test your knowledge in colonial  history.  This interactive program will  use the format of popular game shows to both educate and entertain an audience  of all ages.  The program highlights will  include: “Will the Real Alexander Hamilton Please Stand Up?”, “Who Wants to be  a Millionaire?”, “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?”, “Patriot Jeopardy”,  and “Patriot Bingo,” Special guest appearance by George Washington.  Valuable prizes will be provided by the  American Institute for History Education. Free Admission


5pm-6pm Trenton: A Novel; Talk with Authors  John Calu and Dave Hart: Masonic Temple Front & Barrack St.               John Calu and Dave Hart will lead a discussion supported by their new novel  entitled TRENTON, in which the writers envision  a future Trenton  based upon the city’s proud historical past.   The book traces the founding of Trenton  and its crucial role in our nation’s fight for Independence. Part One follows the saga of  John Hart, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, and the struggles of his  family through those turbulent times. The story then fast forwards, in Part  Two, to a contemporary Trenton  marred by riots and civil unrest, besieged by crime and political corruption.  The authors hold out the hope that Trenton can  be revitalized through the emergence of new Latino immigrants, the critical  mass action of its core residents and an appreciation of Trenton’s rich historical legacy. Free Admission


6pm Was Jinnie Jackson Waglum, Trenton’s “Molly Pitcher?”: Old Barracks Museum 101 Barrack St.             Who  was this woman that guided Washington’s troops  from Trenton  through the night to the Battle of Princeton? Tradition holds that she and  Abraham Waglum operated a “House of Entertainment” at the Continental Army’s  Lamberton ferry. Did she ever marry Waglum, as some claim, and was Jackson her maiden name,  or her first husband’s? These and other theories about Jinnie’s and Molly’s  true identities will be explored by John Fabiano, past  president of Allentown-Upper Freehold Historical Society. Admission fee: $8/adult, $6/senior, & $6/child, Old  Barracks Association members free admission.


7:30pm Revolutionary Pub Crawl:             The  tavern in Colonial America was not only a lodging place for travelers, but  where people went to enjoy a drink, get the latest news and discuss politics  and religion.  It was also a place where  history was made.  Years after the  Revolutionary War, the French Arms Tavern in Trenton  served as the capitol of the United    States, and meeting place of the Congress of  the Confederation from November 1 to December 24, 1784. Join us in raising a  glass to these social hubs of the past, the role they played in shaping our  country’s history and their influence on how we socialize today.  For the Revolutionary Pub Crawl we will begin  at the Trenton Marriott (1Lafayette St.), then  head over to  Checkers (14 South  Warren St.), then to Eleven Front Bar and Grill (11 Front St.), Settimo Cielo (17    East Front St.), and end at end at Trenton Social (449 South Broad St).

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