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February 20th – Talk to observe African-American History Month

Please join us on February 20th from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room to hear a talk on The Unique Legacy of the Manual Training and Industrial School.

Writer and historian, Dr. Connie Goddard will talk about the School and its role in developing African-American youth. Borrowing freely from ideas about education articulated by Booker T. Washington, John Dewey, and W.E.B. DuBois, the Manual Training and Industrial School, Bordentown, N.J., may well have been the only state-supported boarding school for African-American students in the nation. Founded in 1886 by a group of black ministers and taken over by the state a decade later, it thrived until Brown v. Board of Education made its continued existence unconstitutional and some of its practices dated. During the first half of the 20th century though, it offered a unique educational experience that combined academics, preparation for work, and for contributions to the community.

Dr. Goddard, writer and historian of education, has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago; she has taught history and composition at Mercer County Community College, The College of New Jersey, and two state prisons, as well as in Chicago and Romania. Her scholarly interests focus on schooling in colonial America and during the Progressive Era. Currently she is writing about the Chicago’s eminent educator and Dewey colleague Ella Flagg Young, including the latter’s intellectual and pragmatic sympathies with both Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois.

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.


December 27-author talk on NJ Hessians

Please join us on December 27 from noon – 1 p.m. for an author talk with Peter Lubrecht titled, New Jersey Hessians – Truth and Lore in the American Revolution.

During the American Revolution, five thousand of the thirty thousand German troops hired by Great Britain to fight rebellious colonists marched across New Jersey. Though popular legend would cast these individuals called Hessians as cold and vicious mercenaries, many were prisoners of war with little choice. Stories of their exploits still circulate in New Jersey. Join author Peter Lubrecht as he navigates the myth of Hessian troops in New Jersey to separate fiction from fact.

NOTE: This program is part of Patriot’s Week held in downtown Trenton and the surrounding area. Many individuals attended last year’s program at the State Library.  The room has a capacity of 75, please try to RSVP for this event.  You can RSVP to cwarrick@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172.

Sept. 27-New Jersey World War I Monuments

Please join us on September 27, 2017 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room for a talk on New Jersey’s World War I Monuments.  Historian Erik L. Burro will tell us about many of the World War I monuments located throughout the Garden State. This is the second in a series of four talks celebrating the 100th anniversary of World War I.

Various World War I Monuments in N.J.

A historian living in Burlington County, most of Burro’s business career was spent in corporate communications while he simultaneously pursued a host of projects involving research, exhibitions, presentations and dramatizations of state, regional and American history.

Over the past 40 years, Erik has made a variety of appearances as a guest speaker, master of ceremonies for historic site dedications, host for cultural events and a creator and participant in exhibitions on history-related topics. He has several programs he offers and both here and abroad has portrayed various well-known historic characters. He has also made appearances on NPR and the BBC.

In support of the American Centennial Commemoration of World War I he independently researched and photographed the major monuments of the Great War here in New Jersey and surrounding states. He continues to share his findings with the NJ Department of Preservation and his photography is on display at the Rutgers University WWI exhibit in New Brunswick.  He continues to provide support for the Armed Services Heritage Museum, Rutgers Radio’s Veteran’s Hour, the All Veterans Memorial, Mt. Olive, NJ and refurbishment efforts for several doughboy monuments.

Burro is founder of Pennjerdel House, Burlington, NJ, a regional advocacy for increasing public awareness and appreciation of local history and preservation throughout the tri-state area.

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

Sept. 13-Free program: The Fighting Man in the Great War

Please join us on September 13th for the first of four talks to celebrate the 100th anniversary of
World War I.

Reenactor and military collector John Niemiec will discuss a brief history of the events that led to the “war to end all wars” and will display examples of the uniforms and equipment of U.S. and German combatants, along with other memorabilia of the conflict.

Niemiec grew up hearing the stories of veterans of the Great War and reading about the exploits of doughboys and early military aviators, sparking a life-long fascination with the Great War. In his early 20s he began collecting WWI artifacts and uniforms, outfitting himself, and displaying his collection at “soldier shows,” historic sites, and schools.

An active reenactor since 1962 when a high school teacher involved him in a Civil War artillery unit, Niemiec has since expanded into many time periods including the French & Indian War, the American Revolution, WWII and most recently, Ancient Rome.

John served in the US Navy and Marines from 1965 to 1970, including a 13-month tour in Viet Nam. He has recently retired from a 35 year career with the New Jersey Department of Revenue.

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







June 6th Author Talk with David Price on Unsung Heroes of the Ten Crucial Days of the Revolution

Please join us on Tuesday, June 6th from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room to learn about some of the unsung heroes of the Ten Crucial Days of the Revolution.

Author and historical interpreter David Price will share with us about these little-known patriots with a focus on the 10 days between December 25, 1776 and January 3, 1777.

A historical interpreter for the Friends of Washington Crossing Park, Price leads guided tours focusing on the “Ten Crucial Days” of the American Revolution and other historical aspects of Washington Crossing Historic Park in Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Crossroads of the American Revolution Association, the Museum of the American Revolution, the Old Barracks Association, and the Princeton Battlefield Society. David is a magna cum laude graduate of Drew University and holds an M.A. in political science from Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where he was an Eagleton Fellow. Formerly he worked for 31 years as a nonpartisan research analyst in the Office of Legislative Services of the New Jersey State Legislature.

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

Upcoming talk on Farm to table concept – May 17

Join us to learn about the concept of Farm-to-table, the different ways restaurants provide this experience, and how it can be effective when used through farmers markets and community-supported agriculture.

Chef Darren DeBlasi will share his love for food and the farm to table concept. He graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Finance and French and took a position as Associate Director of a Management Consulting firm. Taking a departure from the corporate world, he worked a grape harvest at a Napa Valley winery. He has a passion for food and is a self-taught home chef who specializes in Restaurant public relations, menu development, social media strategy, food writing and private dining and event planning. He is also a chef at Cecil Creek Farm in Mickleton, NJ, which specializes in the farm to table experience. There he creates 5 or 8 course Farm to Table tasting menus that reflect the growing season and showcase New Jersey’s bountiful Garden State agriculture.

Darren is always busy on the food scene and documents and photographs the Philly Dining Scene and his kitchen creations on twitter at www.twitter.com/PhillyFoodDude and on instagram at www.instagram.com/PhillyFoodDude. He advice on learning and cooking, “Be daring and experimental. . . The key is learning at every step. . . the components of a dish are simple. As you focus on sensibility, seasonality, texture, quality, imagination, flavor, execution, and the enjoyment of the process, you can bring a dish to life.”

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


Lunchtime Program – April 4th – It’s not a chart or a tree, it’s a story!

It’s not a Chart or a Tree, It’s a Story!

Please join us on April 4th for a talk from Maureen Wlodarczyk. Do you wish your family genealogy could be more than a chart or a tree?  Well Maureen will tell us how to breathe life and dimension into your family history to make it a story.  Context is everything in truly knowing the people who came before you and made your life possible.

An author, columnist, genealogist, speaker and admitted history addict, she writes a quarterly genealogy-related column.  The column’s title is “History & Mystery: Perfect Together” and is for the e-magazine Garden State Legacy.  She is also a contributing writer for Irish Lives Remembered, the Ireland-based genealogical e-magazine.  She is an officer and Y_DNA project administrator with the Flannery Clan organization of Dublin, Ireland; and a member of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey, Hudson County Historical and Genealogical Society and the Irish-American Writers and Artists organization.

The event will take place in the Level 2 Reading Room on April 4th from noon to 1 p.m. All are welcome to this free event.  RSVP is appreciated. Please RSVP to Cindy Warrick at cwarrick@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172.

February 7, 2017 – Special Program on the History of the Trent House

flyer for History of the Trent House

On February 7, 2017 the State Library will have a special program on the History of the Trent House.

The 1719 Trent House has had a long history and is the oldest house in Mercer County. The name “Trenton” came from the settlement which William Trent laid out and incorporated. The house has had many different uses throughout its history including being a home for some of New Jersey’s governors, housing Hessians and being a supply depot for Washington’s army.

The presenter of the talk is Samantha Luft who is currently the Museum Manager at the 1719 William Trent House Museum and oversees programming, social media outreach, exhibit design, educational outreach and partnering with outside agencies and consultants for the museum.  Prior to her job as Museum Manager she worked as the Interim Director and a Docent at the same institution. She graduated from Monmouth University with a B.A. in Anthropology and a concentration in Art History. She then went on to Seton Hall and completed her M.A. in Museum Studies with a concentration in Registration.

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

Rediscover the Hidden New Jersey

Please join us on Wednesday, January 11 from noon to 1 p.m. for the free lunch-time program, Rediscover the Hidden New Jersey.

Rediscover the Hidden New Jersey

Author Russell Roberts has put together a treasury of New Jersey stories that celebrates the unique heritage and importance of the Garden State. Included in the 15 chapters of this book are New Jersey Firsts, Celebrated Sons and Distinguished Daughters, Great Storms, Historical Happenings and Ghost Tales and Legends.

Russell Roberts is an award-winning fulltime freelance writer.

Songs of the Revolutionary Era

Presenters Stacy Roth and Bob Dupre of History on the Hoof
Presenters Stacy Roth and Bob Dupre of History on the Hoof

On December 28th the New Jersey State Library will host an event that is part of Patriot’s Week in Trenton.  Patriot’s Week 2016 is from December 26-31st and brings a spotlight to the pivotal role Trenton has played in the Revolution.

Bombardments! Battles! Patriotism! Soldiers and Sailors! Brave Lasses! Sheep! (Yes, an occasional sheep!) Folk singers Stacy Flora Roth and Bob Dupre of History on the Hoof explore the Yankees’ side of the American Revolution through songs, ballads, odes and hymns of the day.

Please join us on December 28th for this free program.  It will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room of the State Library.

All are welcome to this event!  RSVP is welcome.  Please contact Cindy Warrick at mailto:cwarrick@njstatelib.orgor 609-278-2640 ext. 172.

For more information on all of the events of Trenton’s Patriots Weeks visit http://www.destinationtrenton.com/events/patriots-week/ or the Trenton Downtown Association’s facebook page.

Author Talk-NJ Women in World War II

a poster from the World War II era showing the importance of saving different products.

Please join us as we remember NJ Women who helped in the World War II war effort.  Historian and author Patricia Chappine has researched the pivotal roles that were played in World War II by NJ Women.  Among the roles she’ll speak of are real-life Rosie the Riveters, nurses and those who served in the Armed Forces.

victory_job_awm_artv00332This free talk is on November 16 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room of the State Library.

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