Mercer County Executive and Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted a celebration of American History MonthFull size photo

From left: Richard Patterson, Faith Stern, Herb Stern, and County Executive Brian Hughes pose with a photo montage of the late Gail Stern.

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TRENTON, N.J.-Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and members of the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted a celebration of American History Month today in Room 211 of the County Administration Building.

In his opening remarks, Hughes focused on the importance of preserving history for future generations, and the duty of government to support historical resources in its constituent communities.  "There can be no greater priority," said the County Executive, "than funding our local museums and historical organizations.  We need to keep these resources alive and thriving so that future generations can learn the lessons of history."

Hughes and the Freeholders presented an award to Richard Patterson, Director of the Old Barracks Museum, a cherished historical site in the heart of Trenton that has dedicated itself for many years to the preservation of colonial and Revolutionary history in the County.  The Old Barracks conducts educational programs all year round, delighting residents with reenactments of important events in American colonial history and showcasing artifacts from the Revolutionary era.

Special recognition was given to the late Gail F. Stern, longtime Executive Director of the Historical Society of Princeton, accomplished museum administrator and curator, and expert on the history of a diverse array of ethnic groups in the United States.  Stern's parents, Herb and Faith, joined with newly appointed Historical Society of Princeton Executive Director Erin Dougherty to accept Ms. Stern's award.