Revolutionary War Examined

Revolutionary War Examined An exhibit and a panel discussion hosted by Camden County College are exploring the role that churches and taverns played in bringing about the American Revolution. “Caught in the Crossfire: Churches, Taverns and Revolution in New Jersey” is the title of a traveling exhibit developed by the New Jersey State Museum and a presentation featuring local historians. Both are being presented by CCC at its Blackwood Campus Library.

The exhibit includes books, photographs, replica models and other materials that reveal how these sacred and secular, public yet unofficial buildings became the venues for the debate and discussion that changed the Colonies’ future. It is on display at the Blackwood Campus Library now through Dec. 16.

The panel discussion will feature Melvin Firth, Gloucester Township historian; Joan Kaitz, author of The History of Gloucester Township and an adjunct professor at CCC; and William Mason, manager of the Indian King Tavern Museum in Haddonfield. Serving as the college’s observance of Humanities Festival Week 2005, which follows the theme of “The Idea of America: New Jersey Helps Define the Nation,” the discussion will highlight activities that occurred in local taverns and Quaker meetinghouses during the period leading up to the Revolutionary War. It will take place in the Blackwood Campus Library beginning at 7pm on Oct. 20.

Admission to both the exhibit and the discussion is free and open to the public, and school groups are invited to attend. In addition, teachers certified in New Jersey and Pennsylvania may earn professional development credit for their attendance at the discussion.

The exhibit is supported by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, Department of State. The Friends of the New Jersey State Museum and the New Jersey Department of State have provided additional support. The panel discussion is funded by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For further details, contact Joan Getaz at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4406, or jgetaz@camdencc.edu.

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Author: Press Release-CCC

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