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Trenton Downtown Association

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December 2019

December 25 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States
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67th Annual Christmas Day Crossing Reenactment


Free

(Crossing: 1pm) Witness American History Come to Life! Each December,thousands of people gather on the banks of the Delaware Riverto watch the reenactment of George Washington’s daring 1776Christmas night river crossing. During the event, several hundredreenactors in Continental military dress listen to an inspiringspeech by General Washington and then row across the river inreplica Durham boats.

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December 26 @ 9:00 am - December 31 @ 4:45 pm
New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608 United States
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New Jersey State Museum


Closed Monday NEW Featured exhibit: “Preserving the Pinelands: Albert Horner’s Portraits of a National Treasure.” Plus many more galleries in history, art and science.  Free

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December 26 @ 9:00 am - December 31 @ 4:45 pm
New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608 United States
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Planetarium Shows


$5

Planetarium shows include a live demonstration of the sky set to December 25, 1776. Learn about the constellations and planets that occupied the sky on the stormy evening when George Washington crossed the Delaware! All shows are suitable for general audiences. Show schedule: 10:30am “Season of Light”; 11:30am “Laser Holiday Magic”; 1:30pm “CapCOM Go!”  Tickets: $7 adult, $5 child (Closed Monday)

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December 26 @ 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608 United States
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New Jersey State Museum


Free

NEW Featured exhibit: “Preserving the Pinelands: Albert Horner’s Portraits of a National Treasure.” Plus many more galleries in history, art and science. 

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Planetarium Shows

December 26 @ 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608 United States
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Planetarium shows include a live demonstration of the sky set to December 25, 1776. Learn about the constellations and planets that occupied the sky on the stormy evening when George Washington crossed the Delaware! All shows suitable for general audiences. Show schedule: 10:30am “Season of Light”; 11:30am “Laser Holiday Magic”; 1:30pm “CapCOM Go!” Tickets: $7 adult, $5 child.

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December 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Starbucks, 102 South Warren St.
Trenton, United States
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Trenton Battlefield Walking Tour


Free

Starbucks, 102 South Warren St. (Corner of Front St) This 10-block interpretive walk brings to life the events of the two battles of Trenton. Guests are welcome to gather at Starbucks at 9:00am for a question-and-answer session over coffee. The tour begins at 10:00am and includes the historic Trenton Battle Monument, ending up along the Assunpink Creek in Mill Hill Park. Ralph Siegel of Trenton Battlefield Tours will lead the walk with block-by-block, minute-by-minute narrative. Event ends at 12:00pm. Free

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Trenton Battlefield Walking Tour

December 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Starbucks (Corner of Front St), 102 South Warren Street
Trenton, NJ 08608 United States
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This 10-block interpretive walk brings to life the events of the twobattles of Trenton. Guests are welcome to gather at Starbucks at9:00am for a question-and-answer session over coffee. The tour beginsat 10:00am and includes the historic Trenton Battle Monument,ending up along the Assunpink Creek in Mill Hill Park. Ralph Siegelof Trenton Battlefield Tours will lead the walk with block-by-block,minute-by-minute narrative.

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Tours of the Old Barracks

December 26 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack Street
Trenton, NJ NJ United States
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Open for tours. The Old Barracks Museum offers tours that detail Trenton’s role in the 18th century, as well as the details of the Battle of Trenton. Tickets: $10 adults; $8 students and seniors.

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The British Army in North America 1768-1783

December 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack Street
Trenton, NJ NJ United States
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A presentation by Asher Lurie of the Old Barracks Museum describing the true story of the British soldiers and officers sent to defend and maintain the thirteen American Colonies.

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King George and the March of Folly

December 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Trenton Masonic Temple, 100 Barrack Street
Trenton, New Jersey United States
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Literature, media and festivals (including Patriots Week) tend to focus on the triumph of the patriots on our side of the Atlantic. But what was going on in London? Leaders who were arrogant, ignorant and vain put the world’s great superpower on the path to disaster. Patriots Week battlefield guide Ralph Siegel stays indoors for once to offer a presentation on England’s “March of Folly” as explained by Barbara Tuchman.

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Revolutionary Pub Crawl

December 26 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Checkers 14 South Warren Street, 14 South Warren Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08608 United States
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Join a period pub crawl of downtown Trenton watering holes andrestaurants. Attendees must mention the PASSCODE: MERCER,to receive your wristbands and ticket at the door for a special giveaway.Colonial dress attire is welcomed and encouraged — we want you to puton your best because we will be judging the best-dressed person for acolonial giveaway!START AT CHECKERS

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“Trenton’s Historic Legacy: The Old Barracks and the Trenton Battle Monument”

December 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Riverview Cemetery, 870 Centre Street
Trenton, NJ United States
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A presentation highlighting the early efforts to save the Old Barracks by the city’s Daughters of the American Revolution chapter and the work of the Trenton Battle Monument Association in creating the Trenton Battle Monument followed by a walking tour of the gravesites of some of the civic-minded men and women associated with these endeavors. Limited to 20 participants, $10 per person children under 12 free. historian.riverviewcemetery@gmail.com or 267-201-3655.

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Signs of the Times

December 27 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Mill Hill Park (Corner of Broad & Front Streets), 165 E. Front Street
Trenton, New Jersey United States
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Join Richard Hunter on a walking tour from Mill Hill park to Petty’s Run and explore the signs that detail the downtownneighborhood’s rich history. Dr. Hunter led the team that conceived and designed these informative signs. 

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“Elias Boudinot IV: The Continental Army’s First Commissary General of Prisoners” lecture by Joseph E. Wroblewski

December 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Trenton Free Public Library, 120 Academy Street
Trenton, New Jersey United States
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After the successful invasion of NYC and surrounding areas by the British during 1776 and the thousands of American prisoners taken, George Washington called upon Congress to set up a centralized authority to deal with the handling of prisoners of war. This presentation will detail the many problems that Boudinot encountered while he held this position coming from both the British and the Continental Congress. Lecture is held in the Community Room. Onsite and street parking available.

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Brother David Brearley: The Most Important Founding Father That We Don’t Know

December 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Trenton Masonic Temple, 100 Barrack Street
Trenton, New Jersey United States
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Unheralded by many, he quietly reposes in an obscure churchyard in the most historic precinct of Trenton. Unknown to most, he was a pivotal co-creator of the government of the United States. He was Brother David Brearley, Freemason, the most important founding father that we don’t know. Sponsored by New Jersey Freemasons Grand Lodge Museum and History Committee.

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Trenton Masonic Museum Exhibition and Discussion

December 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Trenton Masonic Temple, 100 Barrack Street
Trenton, New Jersey United States
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Partake of over 230 years of epic Masonic history in New Jersey. View a rich and wide variety of Masonic symbols, attire, documents, artifacts, and esoterica. Learn about Masonic culture, organization, traditions, and more. Sponsored by New Jersey Freemasons Grand Lodge Museum and History Committee. (Doric Room Second Floor)

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The Colonial Ball

December 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack Street
Trenton, NJ NJ United States
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The Colonial Ball is your chance to mingle with the soldiers of the Battle ofTrenton and learn their favorite dance steps! You’ll be whisked away into the past as you learn the dance steps from Sue Dupre while John Burkhalter and Ridley and Anne Enslow perform music. Refreshments will be served. Advanced tickets required. $25.00 Non-member, $20 Member.

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Trenton Battlefield Walking Tour

December 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Starbucks, 102 South Warren St.
Trenton, United States
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Starbucks, 102 South Warren St. (Corner of Front St) This 10-block interpretive walk brings to life the events of the two battles of Trenton. Guests are welcome to gather at Starbucks at 9:00am for a question-and-answer session over coffee. The tour begins at 10:00am and includes the historic Trenton Battle Monument, ending up along the Assunpink Creek in Mill Hill Park. Ralph Siegel of Trenton Battlefield Tours will lead the walk with block-by-block, minute-by-minute narrative. Event ends at 12:00pm. Free

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“Out with the Old, In with the New: New Sweden and The American Revolution” Lecture by Erick Burro

December 30 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Trenton Free Public Library, 120 Academy Street
Trenton, New Jersey United States
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This talk will discuss South Jersey’s earliest colonial settlements in the Delaware Valley, which began as the New Sweden Colony by Peter Minuit, a former Dutch governor of New Amsterdam, on behalf of the Kingdom of Sweden, and their part during the American Revolution. An accompanying exhibit of photographs documenting places of this early period of colonial New Jersey history will be on display in the library’s Mezzanine Gallery during the month. Lecture is held in the Community Room. Onsite…

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