Wednesday, January 1, 2014

We're having a party! New Jersey turns 350.

What gift do you get someone for their 350th birthday? If the someone is the state of New Jersey, it's a yearlong party, which is exactly what's being planned by historic and cultural organizations all around the state.

Why now, and why the big deal? On June 24, 1664, the English Duke of York granted the lands that would become our state to Sir George Carteret and John Berkeley, Lord of Stratton. From that simple real estate exchange has evolved an extraordinary place whose people have made countless contributions to every arena of humanity.

Throughout the year, organizations around the state will be hosting a variety of events and exhibits celebrating our heritage, with three distinct themes you often see highlighted in Hidden New Jersey stories: Innovation, Diversity and Liberty. We'll continue to emphasize those aspects of our state throughout the year, along with announcements of supporting events, when possible, on our Facebook page. And, as always, we'll look forward to your suggestions and comments.

Here's to a great 2014 and a memorable New Jersey 350th!

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