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Message in a Bottle: Wistarburgh Glass Teaching Resource (Target Age: Elementary School)

Glassmaking requires an important raw material, sand — something southern New Jersey has in abundance. Not surprisingly, this region of the state became a center of glassmaking by the early eighteenth century after a German immigrant named Caspar Wistar founded the United Glass Company near Alloway, NJ in 1739. Wistarburgh Glass. NJ 350

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The Voice of Jersey: Frank Sinatra Teaching Resource (Target Age: Middle/High School)

Frank Sinatra is among the twentieth century’s most iconic and popular performers. While his incomparable style drew on several influences, including Bing Crosby’s crooning, trombonist Tommy Dorsey’s breath control, and blues singer Billie Holiday’s rhythmic swing, he is principally credited with the concept of singing colloquially, or treating lyrics as personal statements and handling melodies […]

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William Carlos Williams: The Poet of Paterson Teaching Resource (Target Age: Elementary/Middle School)

In his book, “Something Urgent I Have To Say To You”: The Life and Works of William Carlos Williams, Herbert Leibowitz writes, “you are never far from Rutherford in any of Williams’s poems.” Influenced by his working class patients of New Jersey, Williams inspired generations of poets. William Carlos Williams. NJ 350

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Washington at Morristown: “So Hard a Winter” Teaching Resource (Target Age: Elementary School)

In late November of 1779, General George Washington decided that the Continental Army would return to a familiar location for winter camp. He chose Morristown, NJ where they had spent the winter of 1776 to 1777 after their historic victories in Trenton and Princeton. Morristown made strategic sense for a number of reasons. This first […]

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The Petticoat Politicians of 1776: New Jersey’s First Female Voters Teaching Resource (Target Age: Elementary & Middle School)

In May of 1776, anticipating independence, the Constitutional Convention sent out instructions that each state devise a new governmental structure. In response, New Jersey’s legislature broke new ground when it drafted a state constitution that not only gave the note to men who met certain property requirements, but also gave it to some women, African-American, […]

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