Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) applauded an announcement by Governor Chris Christie today that the Bordentown Friends Meetinghouse has been approved for a $50,000 Capital Preservation Grant by the New Jersey Historic Trust.
The New Jersey Cultural Trust was created about 12 years ago as a public/private partnership to help ensure a stable and healthy nonprofit cultural industry in New Jersey that is sustainable even in the toughest of economic times. The Trust provides grants to support capital projects, endowments and institutional and financial stabilization of arts, history and humanities organizations in New Jersey. Funding for the grant comes from interest earned on the Cultural Trust Fund, which is a permanent investment fund.
“I could not have been more pleased to learn of this announcement by the Governor. The location of the Bordentown Friends Meetinghouse has been the meeting place of area Quakers for over 300 years. It is a significant part of the history of Burlington County and serves as an important reminder of the noteworthy contributions Quakers have made to our society over the past hundreds of years.
It is vitally essential that we work together to preserve and protect New Jersey’s cultural history, even in fiscally challenging times. I am so thankful that the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor continue to invest in our county’s historic district,” said Allen.
Of note, those interred in the burial grounds behind the building include founder of Bryn Mawr College Joseph Taylor, printer Isaac Collins, and missionary Stephen Grellet.