City Administration Welcomes U.S. Secretary of the Interior to the Capital City
Trenton, N.J. – Mayor W. Reed Gusciora and At-Large Trenton City Councilwoman Jasi Mikae Edwards welcomed U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland to the Capital City for a tour of the Old Barracks Museum and to discuss America250 as well as the importance of preserving historical heritage sites across New Jersey.
The Old Barracks Museum, a U.S. National Historic landmark, housed soldiers of the British Army and is the only remaining colonial barracks in the state; the now state-run historic site and museum is an enduring legacy of the 1776 Battle of Trenton. Located near the New Jersey State House, the Old Barracks Museum is an important legacy of the American Revolution and serves as frequent visitor spot for historical tourists in the Capital City.
Mayor W. Reed Gusciora stated, “I am grateful for U.S. Secretary Haaland visiting the Old Barracks Museum in the Capital City,” said Gusciora. He continued by asserting, “This historic and cultural site will be prominently featured in America’s 250th celebration in 2026. It is important that we preserve this place that was so critical in our nation’s independence. I enjoyed the Secretary’s visit along with our Congresswoman and look forward to our collaboration with the Biden Administration as we prepare for the upcoming the United States Semiquincentennial observation in Trenton.”
The U.S. Department of the Interior protects and manages the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage; provides scientific and other information about those resources; and honors its trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated Island Communities. As U.S. Secretary, Deb Haaland made history when she became the first Native American to serve as a cabinet secretary. She is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna and a 35th generation New Mexican.
At-Large Trenton City Councilwoman Jasi Mike Edwards affirmed, “As a member of Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman's district office team, as a proud Trentonian, and as the first Trenton City Councilperson with Native American heritage, I took great pride in welcoming the trailblazing Secretary of the Interior to the Capital City and I look forward to deepening our connections with federal partners to support continued investment in Trenton.”