The city of Elizabeth, due to its location and revolutionary value, is an important landmark in American History and the founding of New Jersey, dating back to 1664 as the state's original capital is now home to the Crossroads of the American Revolution NJ Statewide signage program. The signage will be unveiled on Monday, Nov. 4th, 2019 at 11am by representatives from the City of Elizabeth, The Elizabeth Destination Marketing Organization [EDMO], the Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, Crossroads of the American Revolution, and the Snyder Academy.
ELIZABETH, N.J., Oct. 31, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The story of the City of Elizabeth's deep Revolutionary War heritage is now being told by two interpretive signs located outdoors on the campus of the historic First Presbyterian Church and burial grounds on Broad Street.
The signage will be unveiled on Monday, Nov. 4th, 2019 at 11am by representatives from the City of Elizabeth, The Elizabeth Destination Marketing Organization [EDMO], the Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, Crossroads of the American Revolution, and the Snyder Academy.
The Elizabeth markers are a vital part of the Crossroads of the American Revolution Association's statewide signage program to create a recognizable brand for more than 200 sites that tell the story of New Jersey's crucial role in the war for independence. Featuring the six-pointed star used in the original United States flag, the signs are designed to make it easier for residents and heritage tourists to locate key Revolutionary-era historic sites and learn more about the state's deep Revolutionary War heritage.
"New Jersey saw more battles and skirmishes during the American Revolution than anyplace else, and families were deeply affected by the many years of conflict that took place at their front door," said Janice Selinger, executive director of Crossroads of the American Revolution. "Crossroads is proud to highlight the many contributions of Elizabeth's Revolutionary notables, especially as we work towards attracting more heritage travelers to discover the state's contributions during the commemoration of the nation's 250th anniversary in 2026."
"As the first capital of New Jersey and home to our first Governor, Elizabeth has played a vital role in our state's and nation's past," said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. "Now residents and visitors can learn about Elizabeth's deep ties with the Revolutionary War through these informative signs and what better place to do so than in front of the City's First Presbyterian Church, where the first Colonial Assembly met in 1668."
"And even until today, the mission of the Snyder Academy of Elizabethtown is to serve the people of Elizabeth and New Jersey as a vibrant center for culture, education, history and economic and social advancement" stated by the Snyder Academy.
The signs were made possible through a generous grant from the Hyde and Watson Foundation.
Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area was established by the U.S. Congress to connect the people and places of New Jersey's rich Revolutionary heritage to inspire community pride, stewardship and civic engagement. The (only National Heritage Area to focus exclusively on the impact of the war for independence on average citizens, Crossroads works with state, local and national partners to promote and enhance the New Jersey's Revolutionary-era historical sites and landscapes. Crossroads has also been designated as the private-sector partner to work with the New Jersey Historical Commission to plan New Jersey's commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the United States.
About the Snyder Academy
Snyder Academy traces its roots to the founding of the city of Elizabeth in 1664 as one of the oldest and most historic sites in New Jersey, serving the city of Elizabeth and Union County for over 350 years. Today, Snyder Academy operates in a newly renovated, 20,000 square foot building adjacent to the First Presbyterian Church and offers a truly unique mix of historic treasures and state of the art facilities. History Snyder Academy seeks to enhance the public's understanding of America's past by telling the story of the people of New Jersey from 1664 through the American Revolution.
About The Elizabeth Destination Marketing Organization
New Jersey's newest tourist destination, Elizabeth is just minutes from NYC, having extensive rich authentic history that is drawing tourists to explore and discover off-the-beaten path. Through EDMO's website and mobile app, the local community and visiting tourists are able to stay "in the know" learning about all there is to do around town in real-time with daily updates on the City's hottest events, historical tours and sites, as well as featuring its diverse culinary cuisine establishments and trending nightlife venues…. And definitely not forgetting to mention, what's made Elizabeth one of top shopping destinations in America, it's high-end indoor outlet shopping mall The Mills at Jersey Gardens. A SIMON property with 200+ stores and 0% tax on clothes and shoes. For more information, please visit https://www.goelizabethnj.com/
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For more information contact:
Jennifer Costa for Elizabeth Destination Marketing Organization (908-220-9643)
Sue Kaufmann for Crossroads of the American Revolution (908-514-8181)
Pamela D.M. Smith for the Snyder Academy (973-951-376)