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Revolutionary Princeton 1774-1783: The Biography of an American Town in the Heart of a Civil War

Revolutionary Princeton 1774-1783: The Biography of an American Town in the Heart of a Civil War

presented by Larry Kidder

Monday, December 13, 2021 at 7 P.M.

THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD ONLINE

We do request a donation to help support the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park in order to participate in this lecture.

Join us on Monday, December 13th as we welcome back to our speaker series Larry Kidder who will be presenting his lecture on his book Revolutionary Princeton 1774-1783: The Biography of an American Town in the Heart of a Civil War.

The story of Princeton between 1774 and 1783 is a microcosm of the struggles faced by ordinary Americans during the Revolution, struggles intensified by Princeton’s geographic location within the State which saw more military activity than most and on a road constantly used to move troops and their supplies. Life in Princeton connected to just about every aspect of the Revolution. The stories of people who lived in Princeton, or who spent time there because of the Revolution, help us better understand the hitherto untold importance of this town beyond the one, well-known, day of battle. This case study of a small New Jersey town located at the crossroads of the Revolution reveals the very human consequences, costs, and benefits of the war experienced by “ordinary” people.

ABOUT LARRY KIDDER

Author William Kidder Larry Kidder is a retired history teacher who taught for 40 years, including 32 years at The Hun School of Princeton. He is a graduate of Allegheny College (BA 1967, MS 1969) and served four years in the US Navy. Larry has been a volunteer historian and historical interpreter for the Howell Living History Farm in Hopewell for over 30 years and has assisted the Princeton Battlefield Society with educational programs and battlefield tours. The author of two books on rural New Jersey history andfour on aspects of the American Revolution in Mercer County, Larry is a frequent speaker throughout New Jersey and the region. He has also been a presenter at conferences on the American Revolution in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New York.

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