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June 1, 2009

Re:  New Jersey’s 345th Birthday Party

Dear Mayor:

Governor Jon Corzine, Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells, and Commissioner of Education Lucille Davy are sponsoring an informative, free public celebration for all New Jerseyans -- children, parents, teachers, mayors and anybody with a love of our state.

Outstanding students and teachers will be saluted for their achievements in the field of history. Examples of student history video documentaries and projects will be shown. Two priceless historical documents will be on display:  The actual June 24, 1664 royal grant that established New Jersey and a rare, original copy of the Declaration of Independence printed July 4, 1776.  (The Declaration is currently on a national tour made possible by the National Student/Parent Mock Election, the Pearson Foundation, and the non-profit youth voter registration organization Declare Yourself.  The Declaration of Independence original copy is owned by Norman Lear, founder of Declare Yourself, and the national tour is being underwritten by the Pearson Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the education and technology company Pearson.)

Special tours will be offered of the State Museum, the State House, the State Archives, and the World War II memorial. The fife and drum corps of the Old Barracks will perform. Guests will be treated to a 345th birthday cake

When:             Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 2:00 PM
Where:           New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street, Trenton
Admission:     Free and open to the public

RSVP by calling 609-777-0881. For more information, call 609-984-0902

Parking is available at the State House garage adjacent to the State Museum.  For directions visit and

Please share this with other individuals in your municipality that may be interested in it.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director




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