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Local author recognized by Washington Crossing Chapter of SAR


The Washington Crossing Chapter Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) held its Washington’s Birthday dinner meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at the Continental Tavern in Yardley.

Revolutionary War author and historical interpreter Larry Kidder was the guest speaker. He is author of nine books about Colonial life, five focusing on the American Revolution in the Mercer and Bucks County area. He gave a talk titled “Washington’s Crossings during December 1776.”

The presentation was based on both his book titled “Ten Crucial Days: Washington’s Vision for Victory Unfolds” and new information from his current research on the almost daily crossings in December 1776. Those stories will bring new light to the famous crossing on Christmas night that led to the Battle of Trenton. Mr. Kidder is writing a new book based on this research.

Kidder was honored by the chapter at the dinner meeting with the SAR Bronze Good Citizenship Medal. The medal and certificate were awarded by Chapter President Bob Reiser and First Vice President Steven Ware for his outstanding work in supporting the SAR’s goals and objectives. His work promotes the historical and accurate story of the Crossing and the following 10 crucial days of the American Revolution.

Kidder has been instrumental in furthering the chapter’s primary goal: that of the careful perpetuation and accurate teaching of the crossing and the stories of local Revolutionary War patriots.

As a founding member of the non-profit Kidder helps narrate full-day bus tours of Ten Crucial Days sites. Mr. Kidder has over 35 years of volunteer service to the Howell Living History Farm. He has been president of two local historical societies, is a consultant at four local historical sites, a contributor to projects for Crossroads of the American Revolution and is a tour guide at Princton Battlefield.

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