Made in New Jersey

Celebrating Peace

Ticket to a Ball

Anton Hohenstein's painting of Benjamin Franklin's reception at the Court of France in 1776.

New Jersey has been called the “cockpit of the American Revolution” because of its strategic location between British military headquarters in New York City and the rebel capital of Philadelphia. The battle of Trenton in 1776 is an example of George Washington’s brilliant military strategy and the Battle of Monmouth in 1778 showed that the army and the cause had survived the winter of Valley Forge. When the war ended with the Treaty of Paris in 1783, New Jerseyans celebrated with celebratory balls. This invitation to a victory celebration was sent to Susan Livingston, one of three daughters of Governor Livingston and his wife, Susannah, by the governor himself. There is also a ticket celebrating the end of the War of 1812, sent to the Mrs. Kean.