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May 13 talk: The Creation of American Law: The 1790s Supreme Court with Jude Pfister

On May 13 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room, author Jude Pfister will talk about his book, The Creation of American Law: John Jay, Oliver Ellsworth and the 1790s Supreme Court.

May 1st is Law day and so we are recognizing the topic of Law for this May talk. The book by Jude Pfister serves as a history of America’s national law with a look at those–such as John Jay (the first Chief), James Iredell, Busrod Washington and James Wilson–who set in motion not only the new Supreme Court, but also the new federal judiciary. These Founders displayed great dexterity in maneuvering through the political landscape of the 1790s.

Jude M. Pfister, D.Litt. is Chief of Cultural Resources, Morristown National Historical Park. He has been at Morristown since 2004 where he oversees the museum, archival, and library programs. He has been with the National Park Service in the field of historic preservation and cultural resource conservation since 1993. A historian by training, he has experience in a variety of settings impacting many of our nation’s most important historic sites. His professional interests include American constitutional development and the development of American historiography as a separate discipline. He is the author of several books, including America Writes Its History, and Morris County’s Acorn Hall, as well as multiple articles and reviews. His new book The Creation of American Law, on the first decade of the Supreme Court, was published in December, 2018.

All are welcome to this free program. RSVP is appreciated. Please RSVP to Cindy Warrick at 609-278-2640 or cwarrick@njstatelib.org.

April 15 author talk on New Jersey Civil War Photographers with Gary Saretzsky

On April 15 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room, the State Library will host a presentation entitled: ‘Ere the Shadows Fade: New Jersey’s Civil War Era Photographers with Gary Saretzsky. This presentation features several notable examples of New Jersey’s Civil War Era photographers.  The Civil War boosted the photographic trade, and in New Jersey, both soldiers and families demanded more images of loved ones. Numerous new photo galleries opened to meet the demand.   Join us to find out more about New Jersey’s Civil War Era Photographers.

Gary D. Saretzky, archivist, educator, and photographer, was Archivist of Monmouth County (1994-2019). He served as Coordinator, Internship Programs, Rutgers-New Brunswick History Department (1994-2016) and taught the history of photography course at Mercer County Community College from 1977 to 2012. Saretzky has been researching 19th century New Jersey photographers for more than thirty years. He has published more than 100 articles, reviews, and exhibition catalogs on conservation of library materials, history of photography, and other topics and lectures regularly through the Public Scholars Program of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and under other auspices.

All are welcome to this free program. RSVP is appreciated to: Cindy Warrick at 609-278-2640 ext. 172 or mailto: cwarrick@njstatelib.org

March 10 author talk: NJ Women in American Politics with Jim DelGiudice

It’s been 100 years since the 19th amendment was ratified and March is Women’s History Month. This is a great time to hear: From Suffrage to the ERA: NJ Women in American Politics with Jim DelGiudice.

Please join us on March 10th from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room to hear this lecture, which examines a wide-ranging list of colorful individuals in the social context of their times.  In the beginning of the twentieth century, women were outsiders to the American political scene. Today, they have moved into all aspects of public life. New Jersey pioneers–from Alice Paul to Milicent Fenwick–set the stage for the political success of today’s New Jersey women.

Jim DelGiudice, a lifelong Morris County resident, has used his eyes and voice to document the New Jersey scene for more than half his 56 years. His architectural photography for books published by Rutgers University Press twice won him the state’s Historic Preservation Award, and his plays have been produced by such venues as the Bickford Theatre and Kean University. In the millennium year, Jim was cited by both the state and county legislatures for his lifetime contribution to the arts. He is an adjunct assistant professor at County College of Morris, and also lectures frequently at Drew and Columbia Universities, as well as adult and professional groups around the metropolitan area. Most recently, he served as photo editor for A Lifetime with Shakespeare, published by McFarland & Company.

All are welcome to this free program. RSVP is welcomed. Please RSVP to Cindy at cwarrick@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172.  For information on New Jersey State Library classes and other events, please visit www.njstatelib.org events.

 

Dec. 26 for Patriot’s Week-talk on George Washington’s Ten Crucial Days

Please join us on December 26th for a talk during Patriot’s Week.  The program will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room of the State Library with author William “Larry” Kidder and is taken from his latest book, Ten Crucial Days: Washington’s Vision for Victory Unfolds.

Note: Seating for this program is on a first come, first served basis. Once the room capacity of 75 individuals is reached, no further attendees will be admitted. ID is required as you enter the State Library because it is part of the Capitol Complex. A driver’s license or some type of picture ID is appropriate to use.

Between December 24, 1776 and January 3, 1777, George Washington was faced with a number of critical decisions. The actions he formulated would play a major role in either bringing the American Revolution to a crushing defeat or reviving hope for its eventual success. This talk examines those decisions to understand how the battles of Trenton and Princeton prevented an early end to the war for independence and reversed American despair during the “times that tried men’s souls.”

Mr. Kidder received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, served four years of active duty in the US Navy and is a retired high school history teacher who taught for forty years in both public and private schools. For close to 30 years, he has volunteered at the Howell Living History Farm, in Hopewell, New Jersey and has served as an historian, interpreter, and draft horse teamster.

His interest in history led him to the writing of his first book, The Pleasant Valley School Story: A Story of Education and Community in Rural New Jersey, which won the 2013 Scholarship and Artistry Award presented by the Country School Association of America.

His second book, A People Harassed and Exhausted: The Story of a New Jersey Militia Regiment in the American Revolution, published November 2013 tells the story of the First Hunterdon Militia Regiment for the first time. Other books he has written, contributed to, or edited include Farming Pleasant Valley: 250 Years of Life in Rural Hopewell Township, New Jersey, The American Revolution in New Jersey: Where the Battlefront Meets the Home Front, Crossroads of the American Revolution – Trenton 1774-1783 and Meet Your Revolutionary Neighbors. His newest book is the subject of this talk and was released in January, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Warrick at 609-278-2640 ext. 172 or cwarrick@njstatelib.org. 

 

November 8th author talk- Second Platoon: Call Sign Hades

On Friday, November 8 from noon to 1 p.m., the New Jersey State Library will present an author talk in recognition of Veterans Day and the Marine Corps’ birthday. Captain Mark A. Bodrog will take the talk from his book Second Platoon: Call Sign Hades.

“The war in Afghanistan is considered to be America’s longest and least talked about war,” Bodrog shares.Bodrog’s true story memorializes not only his men, but also the brave and the bold few still fighting to preserve America and the American way of life. Bodrog will describe the experiences of his platoon, one of two selected by his battalion to fully integrate with the Afghanistan National Army Soldiers to create a combined action company (CAC) capable of conducting counterinsurgency operations throughout their area of operations and adjacent battle spaces.

Bodrog further comments, “As a platoon commander, it was my honor, duty, and privilege to write this memoir for my men. They are heroes in every aspect, and their stories should never be forgotten.” He also points out that this is for all those who have fought for America.

Captain Mark A. Bodrog, a native New Jerseyan, received his B.A. in criminal justice from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in Quantico, Va. He has served two combat deployments to the Helmand Province, Afghanistan with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment in support of both Operation Enduring Freedom 10.1 and 11.2. His personal awards include letters of appreciation, a certificate of commendation, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Combat Action ribbon, two sea service deployment ribbons, the navy meritorious unit Commendation Medal, the NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Navy Unit Commendation, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Navy Unit Commendation, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals, the National Defense Service Medal and the NJ Distinguished Service Medal.

All are welcome to this event. RSVP is appreciated. Please RSVP to Cindy Warrick at cwarrick@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172. For other information on events and lunchtime classes at the State Library visit www.njstatelib.org.

September 10- Talk on the 1885 State House Fire

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 cwarrick@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172. For other information on events and classes at the State Library visit www.njstatelib.org.

 

July 17 author talk on The Jersey Shore: National Treasure

Please join us on Wednesday, July 17th from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room for an author talk with Dominick Mazzagetti on The Jersey Shore: The Past, Present and Future of a National Treasure.

In his book, Mazzagetti provides a modern re-telling of the history, culture, and landscapes of this famous region from the 1600s to the present as seen through a legal lens. In the 1800s, The Jersey Shore, from Sandy Hook to Cape May became a national resort and it contributes enormously to New Jersey’s economy today. In 2012 much of the shore was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, but the state came together to rebuild and to restore its economic health. The book is divided into chronological and thematic sections including 1765-1850: The Rise of Resorts; Shipwrecks, Lifesaving and Lighthouses; Fires, Storms, and War; and The Twenty-First-Century Shore.

Mazzagetti graduated from Rutgers University-Newark and went on to study law. He served as law secretary to the chief justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court and as Deputy and Acting Commissioner of Banking in the administration of New Jersey Governor Tom Kean.

If you plan to attend this free talk, please RSVP to Cindy Warrick at cwarrick@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172. For other information on events and classes at the State Library visit www.njstatelib.org.

June 19 author talk-Experiencing the American Revolution in New Jersey

Please join us on June 19th from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room for a talk with William Kidder on Experiencing the American Revolution in New Jersey.

Drawing on his research and editing for the Meet Your Revolutionary Neighbors project of Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area, local historian Larry Kidder tells the stories of a variety of people who experienced the American Revolution. These people come from throughout the state and represent all walks of life and opinions about the Revolution taking place around them. Their stories reveal just how difficult life could be for everyone living in New Jersey that saw more military activity than other states and made so many contributions because of its geographic location in the middle of the thirteen new states.

Mr. Kidder received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, served four years of active duty in the US Navy and is a retired high school history teacher who taught for forty years in both public and private schools. For close to 30 years, he has volunteered at the Howell Living History Farm, in Hopewell, New Jersey and have served as an historian, interpreter, and draft horse teamster.

His interest in history led him to the writing of his first book, The Pleasant Valley School Story: A Story of Education and Community in Rural New Jersey, which won the 2013 Scholarship and Artistry Award presented by the Country School Association of America. His second book, A People Harassed and Exhausted: The Story of a New Jersey Militia Regiment in the American Revolution, published November 2013 tells the story of the First Hunterdon Militia Regiment for the first time. Other books he has written, contributed to, or edited include TEN CRUCIAL DAYS: Washington’s Vision for Victory Unfolds, Crossroads of the Revolution: Trenton 1774-1783, Farming Pleasant Valley: 250 Years of Life in Rural Hopewell Township, New Jersey, The American Revolution in New Jersey: Where the Battlefront Meets the Home Front and Meet Your Revolutionary Neighbors.

Kidder has given a number of talks to a variety of civic groups and organizations. He is active in historical societies in Ewing, Hopewell, and Lawrence townships, and is an avid member of the Association for Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM), the Washington’s Crossing Roundtable of the American Revolution, the New Jersey Living History Advisory Council and the Advisory Council for Crossroads of the American Revolution. He works with Crossroads as volunteer coordinator and editor of its Meet Your Revolutionary Neighbors project.

All are welcome to this free talk. Please RSVP to Cindy Warrick at cwarrick@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172.

May 7-Author talk with Jim Wright on the High Mountain Preserve

On Tuesday, May 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room, the New Jersey State Library will present a talk with Jim Wright on New Jersey’s High Mountain Park Preserve. The talk will include nature shots, aerial photography and archival images. As a bonus, Wright will talk about the secretive Wild Turduckens that live near the summit.

The High Mountain Park Preserve is one of the largest tracts of forested land in New Jersey’s Piedmont Region. With great views of Manhattan, the 1,260-acre preserve, located in Passaic County, offers great spots to hike and enjoy nature.

Author/photographer Jim Wright has written four coffee table books, Jungle of the Maya, Hawk Mountain, In the Presence of Nature, and The Nature of the Meadowlands. For the past 10 years, Jim has written “The Bird Watcher” column for The Bergen Record. He has also written an interactive e-book about Duke Farms’ Bald Eagles and three nature-oriented e-books. In his spare time, Wright also serves as deputy marsh warden of the Celery Farm Natural Area and maintains a nature blog for that area. His photography appears regularly in publications including nature calendars and on nature blogs. Additionally, he serves on the board of the New Jersey chapter of the Nature Conservancy.

Please feel free to join us at this free event. All are welcome. RSVP is appreciated to Cindy Warrick at cwarrick@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172.

April 10-Author talk on the History of New Jersey State Parks

Please join us on Wednesday, April 10th during National Library week to hear about the History of New Jersey’s State Parks.  The talk is with author and photographer Kevin Woyce from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room.

Some of New Jersey’s most exciting history can be found in our more than two dozen state parks. Some park names remind us of our Lenape heritage, others remind us we were the “Crossroads of the American Revolution” and those with abandoned forges still speak of our first great industry. From the top of New Jersey’s highest mountain to our last undeveloped beaches, discover the stories of our parks: who called them home in the past, what happened in and around them, and how and why they were preserved for generations of visitors.

Please feel free to join us at this free event. All are welcome. RSVP is appreciated to Cindy Warrick at cwarrick@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172.