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Mercer County 175th anniversary culminates with historic records exhibit
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TRENTON, N.J. — Mercer County celebrated its final program in the yearlong celebration marking the 175th Anniversary of the founding of Mercer County, New Jersey, today with the unveiling of a permanent display of records at the office of Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello.
The permanent display will showcase the earliest maps, election results, and deeds recorded in Mercer County, along with artifacts and relics of Mercer County when it was established in 1838.
“We kicked off our celebration just over a year ago with our first event, ‘Mapping Mercer,’ which explored the history of Mercer County through maps from the Revolutionary War period through present day, and over the course of the year, we conducted tours of historic properties and hosted the ‘Mercer by Architecture’ and ‘Mercer Makes’ symposiums, which were both attended by hundreds of people,’’ said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes.
“Mercer County is lucky to count among its supporters an array of passionate historic and preservation groups,” Hughes added. “I want to thank all those groups for opening up their historic sites, serving as guest panelists at our many events, and joining the celebration by cross-promoting Mercer County’s 175th Anniversary.”
At the final Mercer 175 celebration, the County Clerk offered a glimpse into the treasure trove of documents housed here in the County vaults, documents which tell the stories of our forefathers and mothers who helped build this unique County that is home to our capital and home to our nation’s revolution.
On display now are the deeds of County luminaries and historic figures such as Woodrow Wilson, the 28th U.S. President who also served as Governor of the State of New Jersey and President of Princeton University. Other Mercer residents highlighted will be Albert Einstein, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Aviator Charles Lindbergh, Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Mary G. Roebling, and Actor/Singer Paul Robeson. Representing the elections division will be the 1960 and 1984 presidential election results. The Kennedy and Nixon results will be on display as well as the 1984 presidential results where two very strong women ran as vice presidential candidates: Angela Davis and Geraldine Ferraro.
“It’s been a great year of celebrating our rich history and heritage,” said Hughes. “I am so honored to be County Executive of a place so historically significant to the liberty of these United States of America, and I’ve been honored to be part of this special anniversary programming.”