A BSB Gallery Exhibit featuring artworks inspired by Trenton’s Patriots’ Week and historical narratives of American Patriotism.
In commemoration of Patriots’ Week, Trenton’s celebration of its historic role in the Revolutionary War, the Trenton Downtown Association is pleased to present an exhibition displaying both modern interpretations and historic works of art discussing the revolutionary time period and American patriotism.
“Revolutionary Resolve” combines artwork provided by various organizations throughout the City of Trenton, alongside modern artworks submitted by local artists.
Participating Artists: Billy Dee, Kevin Hogan, Rob Keephart, Phillip McConnell, Jeff Stewart, Andrew Wilkinson
Featured below are the organizations we partnered with to make this exhibit possible.
1719 William Trent House
This 1923 painting by William E. Pedrick – “Mahlon Stacy Signing Deed of Property to William Trent” – was recently found in the attic of the Trent House Museum’s Visitor Center. Trent’s purchase of 800 acres for his plantation at the Falls of the Delaware and the construction of his manor house there in 1719 were early steps in the establishment of “Trent’s Town.” The repair and restoration of this painting are fitting goals for the Museum as it celebrates the 300th anniversary of the House’s construction. The Trent House Association is seeking contributions toward this goal, which can be made at www.williamtrenthouse.org or by sending your check to the Association at 15 Market Street, Trenton, NJ 08611. All contributions will be gratefully acknowledged in our newsletter and contributors of $100 or more will be invited to the unveiling of the restored painting.
William Trent built his country estate north of Philadelphia, in New Jersey, at the Falls of the Delaware River about 1719. It is a large, imposing brick structure, built in the newest fashion of the time. An “allee” of English cherry trees led from the entrance down to the ferry landing. Nearby, there were numerous outbuildings as well as grist, saw and fulling mills along the Assunpink Creek. In 1720 Trent laid out a settlement, which he incorporated and named “Trenton.”
During the American Revolution, the Trent House was occupied by Hessian forces and played a prominent role in several battles fought at Trenton during December of 1776. Later, Dr. William Bryant, the owner of the property, was expelled for his Tory sympathies. Colonel John Cox, a wealthy Philadelphia patriot and Deputy Quartermaster General of the Continental Army, acquired the house and turned the grounds into a supply depot for Washington’s army.
After extensive restoration, the Trent House opened as a museum in 1939. Today it is owned and maintained by the City of Trenton, and operated by the Trent House Association. The William Trent House is a designated National Historic Landmark and is listed in both the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
The Old Barracks Museum
Throughout the Revolutionary War, the Barracks was used for a variety of purposes by both the British and the Americans. British prisoners of war were held in the Officers' House, four companies of the Second New Jersey Regiment of the Continental Line were raised here, and in 1777 the Barracks became an army hospital under Dr. Bodo Otto, who oversaw smallpox inoculations for the Continental Army. Diseases killed more soldiers than combat during the Revolutionary War, and was the biggest threat to the Continental Army. This was the first mass medical treatment in the Western Hemisphere, and the Barracks is one of the only surviving structures used for that purpose.
The Barracks, and Trenton, are most known for the events of December 1776. At the beginning of the month, British and Hessian troops occupied Trenton, and briefly stayed in the Barracks prior to the Battles of Trenton. Colonists, loyal to the English king, also arrived, seeking protection from the soldiers, and were believed to be staying at the Barracks when Washington and his troops marched into Trenton on the morning of December 26th. After the miraculously successful Battles of Trenton and Princeton, the Americans returned to Trenton in January 1777 and made use of the now empty Barracks, primarily as the aforementioned hospital.
Today the Old Barracks preserves the history of this iconic building, while educating the public through daily interpretation of the site, unique programming and a full calendar of special events. We welcome over 12,000 school children a year, from every county in the State who "Meet the Past" and learn about 18th century life in New Jersey. The Old Barracks Museum welcomes visitors from across the state as well as around the world. The building has been a museum for over a century, and has frequently been used as a symbol for the state of New Jersey.
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The Trenton Free Public Library is home to Trentoniana, an enormous local history and genealogy collection containing books, photographs, films, oral histories, scrapbooks, business records, personal papers, maps, newspapers, and ephemera that help researchers explore the rich history of the City of Trenton, New Jersey.
The Trentoniana Department of the Trenton Free Public Library educates, enriches, and empowers the citizens of the City through the collection, preservation and presentation of historical and cultural materials significant to local history and the lives of its residents.
As a special collection of the Library, Trentoniana furthers the Library’s educational and informational missions, making these resources available to the widest possible audience for study, inspiration, and enjoyment. Trentoniana promotes the study and appreciation of regional and national history through educational programming, publications, special exhibits, and research services.
Mural Archives on Loan From Illia Barger
Barger has studied at Bennington College, Vermont, and she holds a B.F.A. from Cooper Union in New York. In 2016/17 her work was featured at the James A.Michener Art Museum in "The Death of Impressionism? Disruption and Innovation in Art". In 2016, she received recognition for her artistic contributions through her murals in Mercer County.
Barger’s work has been featured in many publications including The Huffington Post, The New York Times,The New York Times Magazine, The Jazz Times, Philadelphia Magazine, Princeton Magazine, New Jersey Life, Saveur, The Trentonian, The Trenton Times.
As well as her paintings, Barger has executed murals both private and public. Her most recent large-scale work (2016), After the Crossing is located on East Hanover Street in Trenton and measures 25' x 25'. Additionally, The Winds of Change is located on Warren Street. She executed the mural Continuum, measuring 25 ft. x 45 ft., (2012) in downtown Princeton and a mural for Capital Health Hospital in Hopewell NJ, Poppies (2011), which measures 11 ft. x 32 ft. Her largest mural, commissioned by the EDC, is in the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn, NY (1993) and measures 35 ft. x 150 ft.
On Loan From Sally Lane’s Private Collection
Trenton local Sally Lane has provided several pieces from her private art collection. Lane has been active in the Trenton community over the years. She has resided on the Trenton Historical Society and currently works as the Director of Special Projects at Thomas Edison State College.