Rep. Norcross Announces $150,000 to Highlight South Jersey’s Role in the American Revolution
CAMDEN, NJ – Today, U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) announced that the Camden County Historical Society (CCHS) has been awarded a $150,000 Battlefield Interpretation Grant by the National Park Service (NPS). This new grant program funds projects that use technology to bring the stories of sites of armed conflict alive for modern audiences.
The funding will be used by CCHS for its Camden County American Revolution Mobile Audio App and Signage Trail Project to highlight the lesser-known stories of the American Revolution in Southern Jersey. Thirty-nine historical places in New Jersey will be marked by signs that link to the audio app, creating a trail of the locations of battles, skirmishes, troop movements, and related sites of interest in Camden County.
“As we approach America’s 250th birthday, the Camden County Historical Society is making sure we remember the pivotal role Camden County played in our fight for independence,” said Congressman Donald Norcross. “This funding will allow the Camden County Historical Society to tell the story of how South Jersey fits into the larger story of the American Revolutionary War. I am proud to have supported this funding and look forward to the educational and tourism opportunities the new trail will create for local and visiting families.”
“Located across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, Camden County often gets overlooked for the critical role it played in the ‘Forage War’ and the British evacuation of Philadelphia,” said Chris Perks, President of the Camden Historical Society. “This project is aimed to highlight South Jersey’s impact on the Revolution and the 39 sites in Camden County that contributed to America’s success. This project will also attract our share of the millions of visitors and conventioneers that will be converging on Philadelphia for America’s 250th celebrations.”
“This grant money from the National Park Service will assist the Camden County Historical Society and the Commissioners to continue to build a bridge back to the Revolutionary War and our contributions to it for our residents and the region,” said Camden County Commissioner Jeff Nash. “Throughout the course of the war for independence, Camden County played an important role that we can now amplify and illuminate through an audio and trail project. Furthermore, this grant will provide a more in-depth and substantive accounting of our participation in the war as we prepare for the 250th anniversary of this nation.”
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