For much of the eighteenth century, First Presbyterian was the center of intellectual and social life in Elizabeth. Rev. Higgs wants to return the church to prominence by making its history a featured attraction in Elizabeth's revitalization efforts.
|"The Academy," Elizabeth, NJ|
I am happy to say that I have signed on as a historical consultant for this project. After spending a day with Higgs last spring at Messiah College, I am convinced that this project can go a long way toward revitalizing a New Jersey city in decline. I am even more excited about the role that history will play in these efforts. The New Jersey Historical Commission is also excited. They have provided additional funding for the project and my work with it. This is public history at its best and I am thrilled to be a part of it all.
|"Give 'em Watts boys"|