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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. 

 

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.

NJ Tales-March 12 author talk with Gordon Thomas Ward

Please join us on Tuesday, March 12 from noon to 1 p.m., in the Level 2 Reading Room for an author program with historian, singer, songwriter Gordon Thomas Ward entitled New Jersey Tales.

This performance, which includes stories, projected images, and live music, contains some of the very best songs, stories, and ghostly tales that this Grammy-balloted musician, New Jersey troubadour, popular author, celebrated storyteller, and ghost researcher has to offer.

Gordon paints musical portraits that reach out to a person’s emotions and bring the past to life while pointing to a hope-filled future. His listeners are given passports to travel mystical and historical roads. Employing his experience as a teacher, writer, paranormal investigator, storyteller, group facilitator, and radio host, his fans often comment on his knack for quickly establishing a rapport with his audiences through his words and music.

When he’s not composing songs and penning lyrics, Gordon has written prose and is the author of four published books: Life on the Shoulder, A Bit of Earth, Ghosts of Central Jersey, and Tracing Infinity. He writes a regular column for The Black River Journal magazine and hosts a podcast called An Artist’s View. He also lectures on several topics and has presented at historical societies, coffeehouses and libraries as well as for community groups and on stages. He has worked with many musicians including Eric Troyer, The Boxcar Lilies, the trio Huxtable, Christensen, and Hood, as well as David Rimelis, and Dave Shapiro. To find out more about Gordon Thomas Ward, visit his website at http://www.gordonthomasward.com/.

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

 

 

Feb. 19-If These Stones could talk – author talk

In recognition of African American History Month, the State Library will be having authors Elaine S. Buck and Beverly Mills talk about their book, If These Stones Could Talk.

The program will be on February 19th from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room.

Cemeteries have stories to tell. Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills found many stories behind the headstones in the Stoutsburg Cemetery, which is in New Jersey’s Sourland Mountain Region. Offering a unique window into our past, the stories you will hear, collected with diligence and devotion, consecrate the collected lives of a minority Black community in a predominantly White region.

Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills are the founders of Friday Truehart Consultants, named after Beverly’s 4th great-grandfather who was brought to Hopewell from Charleston in the 18th century by his master, Reverend Oliver Hart. His is one of the stories in the book. Both women work closely with K-12 educators from school systems interested in including African American history in their lesson plans and curriculum. They are founding members who serve on the Advisory Board of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum, have been Trustees of the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association for the past 35 years, and are members of the National Council of Negro Women and the Sankofa Collaborative, a resource that will ensure that material and resources relating to African American history will be readily accessible statewide to a broader and more diverse audience. Beverly Mills is the first African American woman to hold the elected position as Councilwoman, Pennington Borough, and Elaine Buck is Church Clerk for the Second Calvary Baptist Church of Hopewell, NJ.

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.

January 23-Author Talk with internationally syndicated columnist Leslie Handler

Join us on January 23 from noon to 1 p.m. at the State Library in the Level 2 Reading Room for a talk entitled, Rats, Mice and Other Things you can’t take to the Bank.

This book is an inspirational collection of essays from humorous to simply human.  Its stories will take you from finding a mouse in the house to the mortgage crisis, from a smile to a chuckle and from a few tears to the feeling of being wrapped in a blanket sipping a warm cup of cocoa on a cold winter’s day.  That’s a lot in one book!

Leslie Handler is a 2015 Society of Newspaper Columnists award winner. She’s an international syndicated columnist with Senior Wire News Service and a frequent contributor to WHYY News, and has written for The Philadelphia Inquirer, ZestNow, Boomercafe, and The Huffington Post. Her first book is Rats, Mice and Other Things You Can’t Take to the Bank. Leslie currently lives smack dab between Philadelphia and New York City with husband Marty, dogs Maggie, Hazel, and Ginger, a collection of fish, said husband’s cockatoo, which she’s been trying to roast for dinner for the last 33 years, and a few occasional uninvited guests. You may follow her blog and read published essays at lesliegoesboom.com.

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.

 

Dec. 26th – Author talk-The Road to Assunpink Creek

Please join us on December 26th from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 reading room for a Patriot’s Week program with author David Price.  The talk is based on his book, The Road to Assunpink Creek: Liberty’s Desperate Hour and the Ten Crucial Days of the American Revolution.

The author looks at the importance of the Battle of Assunpink Creek on January 2, 1777. This encounter has generally received less attention from historians than the other two engagements fought during the “Ten Crucial Days” of the American Revolution; however, an argument will be made during the talk that it was the most pivotal event of those days and perhaps of the entire Revolutionary struggle.

David Price holds degrees in political science from Drew University and Rutgers University – New Brunswick, and was a nonpartisan research analyst with the New Jersey Legislature for 31 years. He is a historical interpreter at Washington Crossing Historic Park in Pennsylvania, and conducts guided interpretive tours at this Registered National Historic Landmark and site of the Continental Army’s crossing of the Delaware River in 1776. He focuses on the “Ten Crucial Days” of the American Revolution and other historical aspects of the park.

In addition to his newest book, David is the author of Rescuing the Revolution: Unsung Patriot Heroes and the Ten Crucial Days of America’s War for Independence. He is a member of various national and local organizations relating to the Revolutionary War and lives in Lawrence Township, NJ.

This event is part of Trenton area Patriot’s Week celebration. 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. If you have questions, please contact Cindy Warrick at cwarrick@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172.

 

July 18-author talk on Lost Amusement Parks of the New Jersey Shore

Please join us on July 18th from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room of the State Library for a talk from author Rick Geffken on Lost Amusement parks of the New Jersey shore.  For this talk he will be concentrating on more of North Jersey, which includes Point Pleasant, Asbury Park, and Highland Beach.

The Jersey Shore has always attracted people seeking relief from summer heat and humidity. By the end of the 19th century, the 120-mile-long coastline of New Jersey was dotted with amusement parks featuring all types of rides and fast-food emporiums. James Bradley in Asbury Park and William Sandlass Jr in Highland Beach created mass entertainment for hundreds of thousands of people. However, their seaside recreation centers along with others that had endured for years are just fond and fading memories today.

Author Rick Geffken has written numerous articles on Monmouth County history and has spoken throughout the state on Monmouth County historical topics. He has appeared on the New Jersey Cable TV show, Family Historian as well. The book Lost Amusement Parks of North Jersey was co-written with George Severini.

Geffken is Past-president and a Trustee of the Jersey Coast Heritage Museum at Sandlass House and is a member of the Monmouth County Historical Association.

He is currently retired as a sales executive for Hewlett-Packard and other positions as well as being a retired U.S. Army officer and Vietnam veteran. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Peter’s University and a Master’s Degree from Montclair State University.

All are welcome. RSVP is appreciated. Please respond to Cindy Warrick at cwarrick@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172.

May 22-Author talk on Northern Women in the Aftermath of the Civil War

Please join us on Tuesday, May 22 (rescheduled from March 21) from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room for a talk to observe Women’s History month: Northern Women in the Aftermath of the Civil War with author Joanne Rajoppi.

Joanne Hamilton Rajoppi, a lifelong resident of New Jersey, is an author and former journalist. A history aficionado, she chronicled the military service of her great-grandfather during the Civil War and based her book New Brunswick and the Civil War: The Brunswick Boys in the Great Rebellion on the letters he wrote to his family. She followed the story with the Hamilton women after the war writing Northern Women in the Aftermath of the Civil War: The Wives and Daughters of the Brunswick Boys. The book chronicles the lives of the wives and daughters of her great-great grandfather, a Brunswick Boy, and their struggles to cope with disabled or missing husbands and sons who fought in the war.

A contributor to Meet Your Revolutionary Neighbors: Crossroads of the American Revolution, Rajoppi also has authored several pamphlets and calendars detailing the history of the region.

She is a trustee and officer of the Union County Historical Society. During the Civil War Sesquicentennial she established and chaired a four-year revolving exhibit in the historic Union County Courthouse. She serves as the Union County Clerk and is a former mayor of her hometown.

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.

April 25- rescheduled from March 7-author talk -Lakewood’s General Hospital #9- 1918-1919

Please join us for this talk on General Hospital # 9.  It’s been 100 years since the end of World War I and so we have a talk on how this hospital effected different changes in medical roles and medical rehabilitation. We’ll look at how this institution played a large part in establishing Vocational Rehabilitation of Disabled Veterans.

Our speaker for this program, Nicholas Wood is a historian who enjoys researching places and happenings that are located in Ocean County, his home area. The rediscovered history of General Hospital #9 fits into a larger effort to identify and record Ocean County’s participation in the Great War.

In 1918, the Lakewood Hotel was turned into General Hospital #9, a military hospital in Lakewood, New Jersey. The medical institution served approximately 5,500 convalescing soldiers during and after the Great War. It served a great part in establishing Vocational Rehabilitation of Disabled Veterans. It also addressed the changing roles of nurses, tensions around segregation and other assorted progressive issues.

Nicholas Wood, a graduate of the University of Maine and the Coopertown Graduate Program, is a Program Development Specialist at the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission. He is responsible for administering the regrant programs, database management, assisting with the Teen Arts Festival and other programs, and providing direct technical assistance. Prior to his appointment with the Commission, Mr. Wood worked for the Jersey Shore Folklife Center at Tuckerton Seaport.

All are welcome! RSVP is appreciated to Cindy Warrick at 609-278-2640 ext. 172.