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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.

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.

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.

Crafting Circle

NJSL Crafting CirclePlease note: because of a holiday on the third Friday, we are having the Crafting Circle on the fourth Thursday, April 25. In May, the date is again the third Friday. During this time, we have 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.

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.

Explore PolicyMap

PolicyMap - NJ outline

Check out PolicyMap, a new
digital resource Research Library Spotlightoffered through the New Jersey State Library. Tell a compelling story using maps and data. Support your stakeholders who need location-based information to find local solutions, create new initiatives, prepare grants, or respond to community needs and demands. This service is available for remote access to state employees and Thomas Edison State University staff and students, as well as being available for use onsite in the library to any patron or visitor.

Using data from a variety of sources along with easy to use online mapping tools, researchers can compile customized maps pertaining to demographics, real estate, health, jobs, education and more.

 

 

 

A number of quality of life data sets and data points are also available, which can provide a more intricate profile of communities. Users can generate results that contain state-to-state comparisons or localized results based on counties, zip codes or even census tracts.

 

Data can be layered with up to 3 different data sets. Data points can also be added to give a larger snapshot of local situations.

 

 

In addition to the data sets offered through PolicyMap, users can also upload their own data in order to create customized results. Once a map is created, it can be saved or downloaded or shared with others.

 

PolicyMap provides a variety of training resources including walk through tutorials on popular features. A downloadable (pdf) primer with a summary of all the product’s features is available in addition to recorded webinars that you can watch at your own pace. Ongoing free, live webinars provide guided assistance on particular features.

PolicyMap is a powerful tool that can help drive decisions based on real data, in real places. If you have questions about PolicyMap or other resources available through the State Library’s Research Library, call or visit us. Email Reference Services at refdesk@njstatelib.org or call (609) 278-2640 x 103.

To contact our Law Library email us at reflaw@njstatelib.org or call (609) 278-2640 x 102. Come visit the State Library at 185 W. State Street in Trenton, between the State House and State Museum.

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.

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.