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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.

April 10- talk on New Jersey’s deadliest train wreck- Woodbridge, NJ

Please join us on April 10 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room to learn about New Jersey’s deadliest train wreck.  Gordon Bond of Garden State Legacy will be talking about the event from his book Man Failure, the story of New Jersey’s deadliest train wreck.

From the Garden State Legacy website, “On the drizzly evening of February 6, 1951, the Pennsylvania Railroad commuter train known as ‘The Broker’ derailed in Woodbridge, New Jersey, killing 85 and injuring hundreds in what remains the deadliest railroad accident in the state’s history. Communities all along the Jersey Shore were shaken by the sudden and violent loss of friends.

What happened was self-evident from the mangled railcars and bodies. Why was another matter and would lead investigators to delve deep into the inner workings of the self-proclaimed ‘Standard Railroad of the World.’

Drawn from contemporary accounts, investigation transcripts, and recent interviews with those whose lives were forever changed, Man Failure: The Story of New Jersey’s Deadliest Train Wreck puts the reader at the center of the story – from the gripping human dramas of survivors, rescuers, and families who lost loved ones, to the controversies surrounding the investigations trying to get to the bottom of a tragedy that still haunts those who experienced it. ”

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

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.


Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors

Ever wonder if those war stories about your ancestors are true?  Did your family play a role in America’s fight for Independence?  Were your ancestors in America during the second half of the 18th century?  Please join us in celebrating National Family History Month with an informational session on these topics presented by Katherine Ludwig, librarian at the David Library of the American Revolution located in Washington Crossing PA.   She will present  information on the David Library’s rich and diverse collections, how to use them, and how to go about conducting your research.  Her talk will focus on using the Library’s resources to research family history during the colonial and revolutionary periods.  Please join us for this exciting and highly educational program.


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Dementia Conversations

Don’t wait to have difficult conversations. Invite family, friends, employers and health care professionals to form a care team, communicate with each other, and help you and the person with changes in functioning.  Dementia Conversations is an education workshop offered by the Alzheimer’s Association. This program will offer helpful tips to assist families with difficult conversations related to dementia, including going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans.

Topics covered will include:
• Tips for having difficult conversation around some of the most common issues that arise regarding Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
• The need to plan ahead and build a care team that communicates well in order to reduce the stress that can accompany a disease like Alzheimer’s.
• Connecting with helpful resources to enhance quality of life for everyone involved.
• Hearing from people who are dealing with similar issues.

Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association serving the Greater New Jersey Region

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