HOPEWELL VALLEY: Book launch fetes lives of revolutionary heroes

Learn about local soldiers who fought for American independence and meet author, educator and local historian, Larry Kidder, as he speaks about his research and signs his latest book, “A P

   Learn about local soldiers who fought for American independence and meet author, educator and local historian, Larry Kidder, as he speaks about his research and signs his latest book, “A People Harassed and Exhausted,” on Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at Pennington Presbyterian Church, 13 S. Main St., Pennington.
   The event is presented by the Hopewell Valley Historical Society. Books will be available for purchase.
   The First Hunterdon Militia Regiment was composed of men from what are now Trenton, Ewing, Lawrence and Hopewell. The men from this regiment were continually called on to defend the state throughout the period 1775-1783. Their story is told for the first time in Mr. Kidder’s new book. His lecture will describe what he learned, using primary sources, about the challenges associated with fighting a war for independence, while also trying to survive economically as farmers, craftsmen, and merchants.
   Mr. Kidder will present case studies of some of the soldiers from Hopewell Township, including those buried in the historic cemetery adjacent to the church, which has a rich colonial history.
   Mr. Kidder is a retired history teacher, who taught for seven years in Ewing Township and 32 years at The Hun School of Princeton. For the past 25 years, he has been a volunteer interpreter and historian for the Howell Living History Farm in the Pleasant Valley section of Hopewell Township.
   He also is the author of the award-winning “The Pleasant Valley School Story: A Story of Education and Community in Rural New Jersey.”
   For more information on this event, email hvhist@aol.com.