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New Jersey 345th Birthday Celebration

Office of the Secretary of State
Department of State
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Trenton, NJ 08625



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Contact: Press Office

June 23, 2009

New Jersey 345th Birthday Celebration State to be Honored with Visit of Rare Original Copy of Declaration of Independence for Student Mock Election Participation

WHO: Governor Jon S. Corzine (invited)
Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells, Esq.
Department of Education Commissioner Lucille Davy

WHAT: Two priceless historical documents will be on display: The actual June 24, 1664 royal grant that established New Jersey and a rare, original copy of the Declaration of Independence printed July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, on loan. The visit of the Declaration of Independence will commemorate New Jersey Day and the efforts of students at 900 schools who participated in a nationwide mock election in November.

The National Student/Parent Mock Election, along with nonprofits the Pearson Foundation and Declare Yourself, selected New Jersey schools as national winners for participating in the 2008 mock election.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 24, 2009
*Fife and Drum Processional to begin at 1:45 p.m. from 225 W. State to Museum
Program to begin at 2 p.m.

WHERE: New Jersey State Museum
205 West State Street, Trenton, NJ

DETAILS: On June 24, 1664, a royal grant issued by King Charles II's brother, James, Duke of York established an English colony named New Jersey on the land bounded by the Delaware River, the Hudson River, and the Atlantic Ocean.

On July 4, 1776, representatives of the thirteen American colonies created a new nation they called the United States of America. With the Declaration of Independence, the colony of New Jersey became a state within the new American nation.

§ 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.

§ 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.