Sunday, September 8, 2013

Mission History: the 300th Hits the Schools

The Hunterdon Tricentennial Committee and the Hunterdon Board of Chosen Freeholders wanted the 300th to be many things to appeal to all of the Hunterdon residents regardless of age.  So we have planned a diverse celebration which will have something for everyone.  This includes dozens of lectures, events, tours, festivals, fireworks and a parade.

But of course, underlying everything is the history of our great county.

We are sure you would not be surprised to learn that most people in Hunterdon County, let alone the State of NJ, are aware that when Washington Crossed the Delaware he landed in Hunterdon County.  Even Wikipedia says Mercer. 

So the Hunterdon 300th figured we gotta getem while they're young!

Beginning this week, one of the Freeholders plus the County Administrator will begin making the rounds to each grammar school's 3rd and/or 4th grade "IN COSTUME" -- that is, in period 1714 attire with a Proclamation passed by the Board of Chose Freeholders challenging the students to become young historians and tasked with the project of doing credible research on a historical topic of their choice. 

A subcommittee of the 300th comprised of several county educators, various county superintendents of schools and the County Superintendent as well as the County Administrator and 300th volunteers comprise an Education group who wrote a curriculum that meets the State's Core Curriculum Standard that challenges and teaches our Hunterdon youth about Hunterdon's history in a very fun way.  An important component is the credible research that the young historians must do.  A number of adult Hunterdon Historians are available for help with that research.

If you visit our website at you will see a new topic at the top of our home page called "Education."  Please visit that site to learn about the school project and the standards required of our students.  We hope this project makes these youngsters into citizens passionate about our county and its history. 

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