Mercer County's historical heritage is an invaluable and important part of our community. The Commission promotes heritage preservation and tourism initiatives, supports projects that engage community members and visitors in exploring local and state history, and encourages educational efforts that help to make local history accessible, engaging and alive to County citizens and visitors, alike.
Through a partnership between the NJ Historical Commission/Department of State and Mercer County's Cultural and Heritage Commission, the County offers both General Operating (GOS) and Special Projects (SP) grants to historical organizations in the county. GOS grants are available only to non-profit historical sites and groups. The SP grants are available to any County-based nonprofit community organizations, local government entities, schools or libraries offering local historic programming. See the History Regrant guidelines for more information on eligibility requirements.
The Commission's part-time Historic Outreach Specialist is available to assist potential grant applicants. The Commission also hosts a variety of technical assistance workshops that are open to all Mercer County non-profit organizations, libraries, schools, local governmental entities, and individuals interested in local history programming. Historic groups and sites are also encouraged to utilize the Commission's free newsletter and e-distribution system to help "get the word out" about their public history programs.
Through the years, whether serving as a sacred gathering place for the region's Lenni-Lenape Indians, or the turning point of the Revolution, or inventive leader in the young nation's agricultural and industrial booms, or in bringing great thinkers and great thoughts to the public arena, Mercer County and its communities have continually made history. A great summary of Mercer County's history, written by past Commissioner Mary Alice Quigley, is available on the County's website. Also available is a Genealogy page with suggestions for local resources if you're doing a genealogical search. If you're interested in living history, you should also check out the County's Howell Living History Farm which offers visitors year-round programs in 19th Century Mercer County farmlife.
For an historical timeline for the County, additional resources about the history of any of Mercer's thirteen municipalities, the County's historical educational institutions, and many other areas of local and regional historic interest, click on the links to the right.
For more information about the Commission's History programs, please contact Tricia Fagan, the Commission's Historic Outreach Specialist, at (609) 989-6418 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE: We try to keep links and information as up to date as possible. If you come across a "dead" link while surfing this site, please notify us at the email above. If you know of additional local history sites, information or links that you think should be considered for inclusion, please forward them as well.