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River Edge Historical Site Delves Into Stamp Act

The Bergen County Historical Society will host an Aug. 13 program on the Stamp Act.
The Bergen County Historical Society will host an Aug. 13 program on the Stamp Act. Photo Credit: http://newbridgelanding.org/

RIVER EDGE, N.J. -- The Bergen County Historical Society is excited to announce the first, in a series of events called “Countdown to America’s 250: The Protest and Repeal of the Stamp Act.”

The event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main St., River Edge. There will be lectures providing a background of events leading up to the Stamp Act and its later repeal, along with the role Liberty Pole, a neighborhood in Englewood, played in the American Revolution.

The Stamp Act was passed by Parliament in March of 1765 to help raise revenue to pay for soldiers being quartered in the 13 Colonies as a result of the British victory in the French and Indian War. It placed a tax on all paper products, newspapers, marriage licenses and even playing cards, proving to be wildly unpopular in the Colonies. On March 18, 1766, the Stamp Act was repealed due to protests from the Colonists.

The event will be capped off by the raising of a new liberty pole at Historic New Bridge Landing.

For more information, please call (201) 343-9492.

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