Learn About America’s Beginnings On July 4

PISCATAWAY – Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission and East Jersey Olde Towne Village invite you to celebrate our nation’s independence with Bob Gleason from the American Historical Theatre performing as Baron von Steuben, on Monday, July 4, at 2 p.m. at the Village, 1050 River Road, Piscataway.

The afternoon will begin with Commission Staff Douglas Aumack, dressed in 18th century style clothing, reading the Declaration of Independence, followed by a portrayal of Baron von Steuben by Bob Gleason.


Frederick von Steuben, a Prussian-born aristocrat, played a key role in turning America’s soldiers into a true army. After years of successfully serving in European armies and through a glowing letter of recommendation from Benjamin Franklin, Baron von Steuben was hired by George Washington to come to America in 1777 to coordinate his troops. Though he spoke no English and found the American military organization very different from Europe, von Steuben persevered. He created new firing regulations and a training program, much like what is used today. Baron von Steuben and George Washington were at the Indian Queen Tavern, located then in New Brunswick, on the evening of December 5, 1783.

For more information and to register for this free program call 1-732-745-3030.

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