September 10- Talk on the 1885 State House Fire
September 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
Please join us on Tuesday, September 10 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room of the New Jersey State Library for a talk on The 1885 State House Fire: How Trenton almost lost being New Jersey’s Capital City. New Jersey historian and author, Gordon Bond, will talk about this little known rivalry between Newark and Trenton to be the center of New Jersey’s political life.
On the night of March 20, 1885, a passing police officer noticed flames flickering through the window of the quartermaster General’s office in the State Capitol. Joined by the night watchman, they broke down the doors to discover the northern wing of the building engulfed with the fire continuing to grow. After battling the fire through the cold night, the entire wing was destroyed. After fighting the flames, Trenton found itself fighting to remain the New Jersey Capital as Newark saw an opportunity to seize the prize during the reconstruction.
Gordon Bond is an independent historian, author, and lecturer, and the founder and e-publisher of Garden State Legacy, a free quarterly online magazine of New Jersey history. He is the author of five books on Garden State history with his latest being, Man Failure: The Story of New Jersey’s Deadliest Train Wreck. He is presently working on a book about Thomas Mundy Peterson, the first African-American in the nation to vote under the Fifteenth Amendment.
Bond also runs his own freelance graphic design business. Gordon Bond Designs, and works as an exhibits designer for the Middlesex County Office of Arts and History, Friends of the Abraham Staats House, and the Historical Association of Woodbridge Township. He currently lives with his wife in the Newark area.
All are welcome to this free talk. An RSVP is appreciated. Please respond to Cindy Warrick at email@example.com or 609-278-2640 ext. 172. For other information on events and classes at the State Library visit www.njstatelib.org.