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General Meeting

November 15, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Larry Kidder, Author and Speaker on History

Author Larry Kidder discusses his new book and also life in towns, like Newtown, during and after the American Revolution

Larry Kidder states,
“Each of my projects represents something that I wish someone had written a book about because I wanted to know about it. In each case, I decided to research and write the book that I wanted to read. My current interests fall into two main areas. First, the history of the Pleasant Valley area in northwest Hopewell Township, New Jersey. Second, topics relataing to the American Revolution history of what is today Mercer County, New Jersey. In all cases I am interested in how people’s lives were affected by the changes and events taking place around them and over which they often had little or no control.”

Mr. Kidder’s curiousity has led to the publishing of his many books on the area and the American Revolution. He will discuss his new book entitled “Revolutionary Princeton- Biography of an American town in the heart of a civil war”. Kidder will also discuss what life was like in towns like Newtown during and after the war, with residents working with and affected by various groups on both sides of the conflict.

The war for independence was not an easy time for local communities, with Patriots and Tories living amongst each other. Kidder combines social history with better know military and political history to give us a sense what it was like to live in Newtown then.

Larry Kidder is a graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. He taught history for forty years, including 32 years at the Hun School of Princeton. Mr. Kidder is a member of the Washington Crossing American Revolutionary War Round Table, serves on the New Jersey Living History Advisory Council and the Crossroads of the American Revolution Advisory Council and many other organizations. He is an author and speaker and has written a book on “The Ten Crucial Days” among many other titles. Additonal information about Mr. Kidder can be found at:


November 15, 2021
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Half-moon Inn (Court Inn)
105 Court St
Newtown, PA 18940
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(215) 968-4004


The Newtown Historic Association

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