Tag Archives: Research Library

May 13 talk: The Creation of American Law: The 1790s Supreme Court with Jude Pfister

On May 13 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room, author Jude Pfister will talk about his book, The Creation of American Law: John Jay, Oliver Ellsworth and the 1790s Supreme Court.

May 1st is Law day and so we are recognizing the topic of Law for this May talk. The book by Jude Pfister serves as a history of America’s national law with a look at those–such as John Jay (the first Chief), James Iredell, Busrod Washington and James Wilson–who set in motion not only the new Supreme Court, but also the new federal judiciary. These Founders displayed great dexterity in maneuvering through the political landscape of the 1790s.

Jude M. Pfister, D.Litt. is Chief of Cultural Resources, Morristown National Historical Park. He has been at Morristown since 2004 where he oversees the museum, archival, and library programs. He has been with the National Park Service in the field of historic preservation and cultural resource conservation since 1993. A historian by training, he has experience in a variety of settings impacting many of our nation’s most important historic sites. His professional interests include American constitutional development and the development of American historiography as a separate discipline. He is the author of several books, including America Writes Its History, and Morris County’s Acorn Hall, as well as multiple articles and reviews. His new book The Creation of American Law, on the first decade of the Supreme Court, was published in December, 2018.

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

Become A Commercial Drone Pilot

Drones are now essential tools in search and rescue, agriculture, construction, property management, infrastructure inspection, mass transit, public safety, research, environmental protection, port operations, healthcare and much more.   Major business titans like UPS, Google, Walmart, Amazon, Merck, Uber and others have aggressive plans to integrate drones into their operations in the very near future.  Likewise, governments throughout the world are beginning to do the same.

Join Beverlyn Grissom, transportation lawyer and FAA Certified Remote Pilot, for a 45-minute workshop on drone technology applications in government, business, and education.  Determine if you, your department, agency, authority, county, municipality, school board, or business can be better served by the understanding and adoption of drone technology.  Also, learn step-by-step how to train to become a Part 107 FAA Certified Remote Pilot within a matter of weeks.  No prior experience or knowledge about drones is required.  Come in knowing nothing and walk away with a wealth of actionable information.

 

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April 15 author talk on New Jersey Civil War Photographers with Gary Saretzsky

On April 15 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room, the State Library will host a presentation entitled: ‘Ere the Shadows Fade: New Jersey’s Civil War Era Photographers with Gary Saretzsky. This presentation features several notable examples of New Jersey’s Civil War Era photographers.  The Civil War boosted the photographic trade, and in New Jersey, both soldiers and families demanded more images of loved ones. Numerous new photo galleries opened to meet the demand.   Join us to find out more about New Jersey’s Civil War Era Photographers.

Gary D. Saretzky, archivist, educator, and photographer, was Archivist of Monmouth County (1994-2019). He served as Coordinator, Internship Programs, Rutgers-New Brunswick History Department (1994-2016) and taught the history of photography course at Mercer County Community College from 1977 to 2012. Saretzky has been researching 19th century New Jersey photographers for more than thirty years. He has published more than 100 articles, reviews, and exhibition catalogs on conservation of library materials, history of photography, and other topics and lectures regularly through the Public Scholars Program of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and under other auspices.

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

Searching Your Irish Roots

All genealogy research requires special attention to the ethnicity of those individuals you are investigating.  Learning the idiosyncrasies of the language, customs, and record keeping practices of specific nationalities can help assist you in your research.  Casey Zahn will explore how to research your Irish ancestors by highlighting a vast array of resources and strategies, both in the United States and overseas.

 

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Protecting Your Identity and Other Assets

Identity theft is on the rise and the financial consequences of it can be crippling to the victims.  The news is full of large companies, like Equifax and Wawa, where consumers’ personal and financial information was stolen.  This information can be sold to identity thieves in order to steal your money or take out fraudulent loans and credit cards.  While you cannot fully prevent yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your assets.  This free program created the FDIC will cover:

  • Risks to assets and ways to reduce those risks
  • Identify, minimize, and respond to identity theft and fraud
  • Types of insurance and making sure insurance adequately covers risks

 

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Planning for College

Proper planning for a child’s education is a critical part of financial well-being.  With the rising cost of education and the burden of student loans, it is as important as ever to prepare financially for your child’s higher education.  Please join us as Britney Enelow, Financial Advisor from the Credit Union of New Jersey discusses:

  • Understanding college costs
  • Funding college
  • Financial aid
  • Options for decreasing costs

 

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Asset Allocation and Modern Portfolio Theory

Financial well-being is important at all stages of life, especially as we near or enter retirement.  Ensuring that you and your loved ones are financially secured weighs heavily on many people.  Understanding what your assets are and being able to allocate them effectively will help ensure a more stable and financially viable future.  Please join us as we kick off Money Smart Week 2020 with a talk focused on getting the most of our assets.  Laurent “Larry” Metzler will discuss:

  • Planning your investments against interest rate, inflation, and market risks
  • Planning that you don’t outlive your money
  • Utilizing Asset Allocation to plan to meet your short, mid, and long term goals.
  • Putting the financial pieces in place

Laurent “Larry” Metzler, J.D., RFC, is the President of Apogee Financial Services Group, Inc., The Law Offices of Laurent W. Metzler, Innovative College Funding Solutions, LLC, and President of the Moorestown, New Jersey Society for Financial Awareness.  Larry’s entire career has been focused exclusively on financial planning, college planning, estate planning, retirement planning, asset protection and wealth preservation planning, personal and business tax planning, and real estate matters.

 

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Introduction to Proposal Writing

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher?

This introductory class will provide you with an overview of the basics of writing a grant proposal for foundation funding.

It will include:

  • The basic elements of a grant proposal
  • The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal
  • How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no

 

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Activate and Communicate

Learn and practice how to use mindfulness techniques to improve your communication skills both in and outside of the workplace. Discover all the tools available to improve your communication skills and get tips on how to lead effectively by mastering the choices you have to deliver your message and, more importantly, hear the messages of others. Nonprofit Consultants, Strategists, and Authors, Grace-Anne Alfiero, MFA, and Danielle Rottenberg, M.Ed. will provide the audience with hands-on experiential methods, videos and role-play activities to utilize on-site and take back to staff-members.

In this presentation session, participants will:

  • List and learn all types of workplace communications
  • Begin work on breaking down communication gaps
  • Practice Mindfulness
  • Engage in a Tension/Release activity
  • Engage in Breathwork for Better Communicationexercise
  • Learn the difference between Active Listening vs. Mirroring and when to use each method
  • Practice Active Listening, Mirroring and other methods of active communication

As President and CEO of Arts In Action Consulting Firm, Grace-Anne Alfiero, MFA supports several USA-based and international NGOs with grant writing, strategic planning, communication, and revenue-building projects. Grace co-authored the Amazon Bestseller- Activate Your Life, 30 Transformational Exercises from Coaches Around the World and now travels the country to provide a series of five transformational presentations and workshops on communication, time management, team-building, compassion fatigue and finding joy on your career path.

 

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Publishing Your Genealogy for Amateurs

A popular way to memorialize and share genealogical research is through publishing.  However, the road to publication can be confusing and daunting.  Please join us as Lew Mexler, Caryn Alter, and Stephen Cohen, discuss their experiences regarding publishing genealogical research and stories.  Lew Mexler will focus on his father-in-law’s memoir and his collaboration with academic colleagues while Caryn and Stephen will discuss their genealogy workbook titled What’s in a Name? A Young Person’s Jewish Genealogy Workbook, which serves as a wonderful guide for budding genealogists in terms of writing and publishing your work.

Lew Meixler is currently the Chair of the Jewish Genealogy Club of Mercer County and has given two previous talks on Genealogy at the State Library.

Caryn Alter and Stephen Cohen, both longtime genealogy enthusiasts, are founding members of the Mercer County Jewish Genealogy Society at Beth El Synagogue.  Professionally, Caryn is a registered dietitian and has done freelance writing; Steve has a PhD in chemistry, and is a writer, calligrapher, and occasional choral-music arranger. He is the co-author of America’s Scientific Treasures (2nd ed.), due out this Fall from Oxford University Press.

 

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Author talk: Finding Kate: The Unlikely Journey of 20th Century Healthcare Advocate Kate Macy Ladd

Join us on March 25, 2020 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room to hear about Kate Macy Ladd. The Gilded age is dominated by figures such as Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Vanderbilt and we can hear and read of them easily. However, their wives and daughters often lived behind closed curtains and were only seen on the society pages.  While Kate Macy Ladd, standard oil heiress, seems to be one of these women, a deeper look at her life reveals a woman who was fiercely committed to the welfare of ordinary people and who ultimately became a medical philanthropist with her creation of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.

Author Meryl Carmel will share with us from her book, Finding Kate: The Unlikely Journey of 20th Century Healthcare Advocate Kate Macy Ladd. She will reveal one woman’s life of faith, charity and resilience.

Meryl Carmel is a writer, historian, and nature lover. She was wholly unprepared for the perfect storm that developed when her three lifelong interests collided in 2007, never anticipating that her visit to the Somerset County Park called “Natirar” would lead to ten years of research in pursuit of the little-known story of New Jersey philanthropist Kate Macy Ladd. In her journey to find Kate Macy Ladd, Meryl became involved in the FINDING of Kate’s living descendants as well as the descendants of some of her most devoted employees.

An enthusiastic gardener and explorer, the author is a former teacher, curriculum specialist, and museum director with degrees from Beloit College and Edgewood College in Wisconsin and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her graduate studies emphasized the roles and contributions of American women in our nation’s past.

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

New Jersey Makers Day 2020

NJ Makers Day is a celebration of all things “Making” at libraries all throughout New Jersey.  From science experiments, to computers, to arts and crafts, NJ Makers Day aims connect people from all walks of life through the fun and learning of making and creativity.  Please join the NJ State Library on Friday, March 20 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm for this year’s Makers Day and take part in any or all of the following events:

  • Make Your Own Chocolate Covered Pretzels
  • Virtual Reality Escape Room
  • Paper Fans
  • 3D Pen Drawing
  • Make Your Own Marinades
  • Blowing Bubbles
  • Make Your Own Buttons
  • Cricut Cutter – Swooping Bird Mobile Sculpture by The NJ State Museum

Come and get inspired from the event.  We will have a display of hand-selected books related to making and crafting that will be available for check out.

The goal of establishing NJ Makers Day is to enhance community engagement and develop connections among New Jersey residents by collaborating with multi-type libraries, museums, small businesses and others to promote and explore new opportunities for entrepreneurship, innovation and hands-on learning experiences. For overall state happenings, visit the NJ Makers Day website.

RSVP’s are appreciated but not required. Please direct RSVP’s and questions to Andrew Dauphinee at 609-278-2640 ext. 155 or via email at adauphinee@njstatelib.org.