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AL Opdyke_photo 1912 Parade in Trenton looking north to St Marys cathedral on North Warren Street 

(1912 photo by A.L.Opdyke. Parade in Trenton looking towards St. Mary's Cathedral on No. Warren Street

Mercer County's historical heritage is an essential part of our community. The Commission promotes heritage preservation and tourism initiatives, supports projects that explore local and state history, and encourages educational efforts to help make local history accessible for all. One way this is accomplished is through the annual Mercer County History Regrants awarded to local historic sites and societies and other not-for-profit organizations that offer historic programs and events. The History Regrant program is offered with support from, and in partnership with, the New Jersey Historical Commission's CHPP (County History Partnership Program.) 

About Mercer County's History

Mercer County is rich in historical sites and opportunities, because we MAKE history. The area has served as a sacred gathering place for the Lenni-Lenape Indians, as the pivotal turning point of the American Revolution, as an inventive leader in the Nation's early industrial and agricultural booms, and a haven for great thinkers and great ideas. Read an interesting summary of Mercer County's history, written by former Culture & Heritage Commissioner Mary Alice Quigley, or explore your local ancestors on our Genealogy page. Experience living history at the County's Howell Living History Farm, offering year-round programs on 19th Century Mercer County farm life - or visit any of the County's fascinating historic sites.

For more information about the Commission's History programs, please contact Tricia Fagan, at (609) 989-6418 or tfagan@mercercounty.org.

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