Since the opening of the 1719 William Trent House Museum seventy-seven years ago, the Trent House Association has continuously provided programming and funding support for the Museum. The THA, a non-profit organization, was purposefully founded alongside the Museum as its perpetual caretaker. While the Trent House and its grounds are owned and maintained by the City of Trenton, the Museum is almost solely operated by the THA.
Through the generous support of our donors, the THA is able to develop and execute varied programs, events, interpretive aids and exhibits. We are actively engaged in ongoing research regarding the history of the Trent House and its residents—as well as the actions and events which formed that history—and we are committed to enhancing public knowledge and understanding of that history with our findings.
In 2016, thousands of visitors toured the Trent House Museum, attended events, participated in programs and contributed to the THA’s collaborative efforts with other organizations and businesses in our community. Here are just some of the highlights of this year, made possible through our donors:
• We worked with Hunter Research to scan the Trent House grounds using Ground Penetrating Radar. The surveys showed the discovery of a building foundation close to the House, which may have been the original homestead of Mahlon Stacy, who sold the land to William Trent.
• As we have done since 2013, we hosted the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County’s annual summer camp. This program provides an experiential outdoor learning experience to dozens of underprivileged children from local organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club and YMCA.
• Continuing the success of our monthly lecture series, we hosted ten lectures this year on various subjects, including the paintings owned by Joseph Bonaparte which once hung inside the Trent House and the experiences of George Washington and the Trenton area during the American Revolution.
• We doubled the number of our family events this year and increased both the quality of our programming and community awareness of these events. Hundreds of children attended our Ice Cream Social, Apples & Archaeology Day, Colonial Kids Day, Camp Trent and the Ghosts at the Trent Tour.
• We expanded our collaborative efforts with other local organizations. This year, we participated in Artworks’ Art All Day, where several artists displayed their work inside the Museum during the event. Our own William Pedrick painting, depicting the sale of land from Stacy to Trent, is currently on loan for an exhibit at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie. Another new collaboration was with Princeton University’s PACE Center for Civic Engagement, through which several students volunteered for a day at the Trent House Museum. We also hosted two interns this year.
Beginning in 2017, the THA will commence planning for the 2019 celebration of the 300th Anniversary of the Trent House. With your support, we hope to not only continue our full roster of events and programs, but also increase our community outreach and use of the site as a living historic resource. If you have personally found value in our events and programs, or if you value the continued preservation of this important historic site, please consider donating to our Annual Fund. All donations are tax-deductible.
Thank you so much, we appreciate your support!
If you prefer to mail a check, please include this form with your donation: Trent House Association Annual Fund Donation Form