City celebrating role as U.S. capital in 1784

City celebrating role as U.S. capital in 1784

by L.A.Parker / The Trentonian / November 06, 2009

Trenton 20th-year Mayor Doug Palmer speaks yesterday outside of the Old Barracks to announce the start of a two-month celebration of Trenton’s role as United States capital in 1784. (Trentonian Photo/GREGG SLABODA)

TRENTON — City and state leaders kicked off a two-month celebration yesterday with a news conference highlighting Trenton’s brief role as the capital of the United States in 1784.

The 225th anniversary commemoration will run through Dec. 24 and will include numerous activities coordinated by Trenton 1784—The Nation’s Capital committee.

“Most people know that Trenton played a pivotal role in the Revolutionary War. This event offers the city of Trenton another opportunity to celebrate our rich history,” Mayor Doug Palmer said.

“Trenton serving as the nation’s capital was one of many key moments for our city. While some U.S. towns embellish or even fabricate their roles in U.S. history, ours is authentic. We’re the real deal.”

Palmer joined city, county and state leaders at The Old Barracks in downtown Trenton.

Activities planned for the two-month celebration include a multicultural event to be hosted by the “I Am Trenton Community Foundation” on Nov. 7; a lecture by Diane Windham Shaw, archivist at Lafayette College, on “Lafayette The Abolitionist” on Dec. 10; a “Trenton Tavern Trek” celebrating the city’s rich tavern heritage on Dec. 18, along with Revolutionary-themed meals and menus at area restaurants, and an array of activities at area house museums and Revolutionary-era sites.

The press conference marked the official launch of the Web site, which features information about Trenton 1784—The Nation’s Capital events and activities, as well as 54 people, places and things significant to Trenton at that time.

Representative Rush Holt, Gov. Jon Corzine, Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells, Assemblyman Reed Gusciora and Palmer are honorary co-chairs.

“For two months 225 years ago, Trenton was the center of the American political universe and the home to some of our nation’s greatest minds. It’s unfortunate that so few Americans, even New Jerseyans, know about this,” Holt said.

“I am delighted to join the Crossroads of the American Revolution and members of our community to celebrate this moment in the history of Trenton, our state, and our nation.”