Independence Day History Event

PISCATAWAY — Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission and East Jersey Olde Towne Village invite you to celebrate our nation’s independence with Christian Johnson from the American Historical Theatre performing as Charles Willson Peale, perhaps Philadelphia’s most famous portrait painter on Sunday, July 4, from 2 p.m. at the Village, 1050 River Road, Piscataway.  Peale, a contemporary of George Washington, was commissioned in 1780 by Martha Washington to paint our first president.

Patriot, archaeologist, showman, scientist, taxidermist, zoo manager, collector of curiosities, entrepreneur, bridge-builder, pioneer polygrapher, fireplace patentee, Peale searched for truth in his environment and in the lives of the people around him. Caring about his subjects, Peale elicited their stories, their emotions, their truth. This Eyewitness to History recognized that portraits were nonverbal histories, documentaries of people, places and events.


Christian Johnson’s Charles Willson Peale shows us a man who constantly questioned and continuously quested; a great painter who always sought to become an even greater painter. Peale’s world will be revealed and shared through slide projections of his masterpieces.

For more information and to register for this free program, call, 1-732-745-3030. Persons with hearing disabilities may dial 1-732-745-3888 (TTY users only) or 711, the New Jersey Relay Service. East Jersey Olde Towne Village is an accessible site. An Assistive Listening System is in use and available during the program; an American Sign Language interpreter can be provided with a two-week advance request. Wheelchairs are also available upon request for visitors who may need assistance from the parking lot to the program.

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