Tag Archives: New Jersey State Library

Crafting Circle

NJSL Crafting CirclePlease join us on the 3rd Friday of every month for an informal crafting circle where participants can work on their project in the company of other craft enthusiasts.  Share patterns, tips, and tricks or just enjoy a relaxing hour away from the office or home.  There is no fee to participate and no registration is required.

Crafting Circle

NJSL Crafting CirclePlease join us on the 3rd Friday of every month for an informal crafting circle where participants can work on their project in the company of other craft enthusiasts.  Share patterns, tips, and tricks or just enjoy a relaxing hour away from the office or home.  There is no fee to participate and no registration is required.

Crafting Circle

NJSL Crafting CirclePlease join us on the 3rd Friday of every month for an informal crafting circle where participants can work on their project in the company of other craft enthusiasts.  Share patterns, tips, and tricks or just enjoy a relaxing hour away from the office or home.  There is no fee to participate and no registration is required.

Crafting Circle

NJSL Crafting CirclePlease join us on the 3rd Friday of every month for an informal crafting circle where participants can work on their project in the company of other craft enthusiasts.  Share patterns, tips, and tricks or just enjoy a relaxing hour away from the office or home.  There is no fee to participate and no registration is required.

Crafting Circle

NJSL Crafting CirclePlease join us on the 3rd Friday of every month for an informal crafting circle where participants can work on their project in the company of other craft enthusiasts.  Share patterns, tips, and tricks or just enjoy a relaxing hour away from the office or home.  There is no fee to participate and no registration is required.

Crafting Circle

NJSL Crafting CirclePlease join us on the 3rd Friday of every month for an informal crafting circle where participants can work on their project in the company of other craft enthusiasts.  Share patterns, tips, and tricks or just enjoy a relaxing hour away from the office or home.  There is no fee to participate and no registration is required.

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.

 

Crafting Circle

NJSL Crafting CirclePlease join us on the 3rd Friday of every month for an informal crafting circle where participants can work on their project in the company of other craft enthusiasts.  Share patterns, tips, and tricks or just enjoy a relaxing hour away from the office or home.  There is no fee to participate and no registration is required.

Crafting Circle

NJSL Crafting CirclePlease join us on the 3rd Friday of every month for an informal crafting circle where participants can work on their project in the company of other craft enthusiasts.  Share patterns, tips, and tricks or just enjoy a relaxing hour away from the office or home.  There is no fee to participate and no registration is required.

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.

Battleship New Jersey Oral History and Paul Stillwell Collections at the NJ State Library

The New Jersey State Library acquired a copy of the Battleship New Jersey (BB-62) oral history collection in 2014. The collection consists of more than 320 video and audio interviews of U.S. Navy crewmembers, U.S. Marine Corps personnel, other military veterans, and civilians who helped construct or maintain the Battleship New Jersey. The collection is available to historians, researchers, teachers, students, and the general public at the State Library, 185 West State St., Trenton. Researchers are able to search specific topics and then view or listen to the interviews while at the State Library.  A large portion of the collection consists of video interviews of veterans who served aboard the New Jersey during her four commissionings: World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Middle East conflict up through 1991. During these four periods, the Battleship New Jersey earned 19 battle stars to become the most decorated battleship in U.S. history.

The ship is now a museum and memorial permanently berthed in Camden, NJ. Deborah Mercer, curator of the New Jersey Collection at the State Library, said, “You can see and hear the workers describe how they built the Battleship New Jersey and the officers and enlisted men tell in their own words  from their personal memories how they served on the historic battleship.” “This is a one-of-a-kind oral history collection and we are pleased to be able to offer it to researchers and the general public,” said Mary Chute, State Librarian.

Dr. Thomas Banit, Professor Emeritus of history/education at Kean University and founder of the oral history program aboard the New Jersey, and a former Marine officer in Vietnam, stated: “This collection was built . . . with all-volunteer interviewers, videographers, transcribers, abstractors, indexers and historians. The program was initially funded by two grants from the Homeport Alliance, the group responsible for bringing the ship back to New Jersey.  We will continue to interview veterans and add to the collection, which is now considered the largest oral history archive of over 200 historic ship museums in the world.”

Ronald Gottardi, director of the Battleship New Jersey Oral History Program said about this relationship between the Battleship New Jersey and the State Library as it began: “The ship allows the public to visit and experience the physical setting for the history; the State Library will open the ship’s history to researchers, thus helping firmly cement the place of the vessel in its namesake state.” Included with the collection are transcripts and audio tapes of interviews by Cmdr. Paul Stillwell, USNR (ret.), noted naval historian, generated during research on his book, Battleship New Jersey: An Illustrated History,  Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press,  1986. These items are searchable in the BB-62 Oral History database.

Crafting Circle

NJSL Crafting CirclePlease join us on the 3rd Friday of every month for an informal crafting circle where participants can work on their project in the company of other craft enthusiasts.  Share patterns, tips, and tricks or just enjoy a relaxing hour away from the office or home.  There is no fee to participate and no registration is required.