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Recent Content

Maxine Lurie Celebrates NJ350 With Talk at Chester Library - 4/29/2014

With Chester Library’s 1860 New Jersey Topographical Map as a focal point, historian Maxine Lurie explores the significance of both the year and the map for N.J. and the nation. In 1860, N.J. was transitioning from an agricultural to industrial economy, the nation was about to engage in civil war, and cartographers were developing new ways to measure and display geographical features. Lurie will use Chester Library’s remarkable wall map to engage in an illustrated discussion of a crucial point in history at the Library on Tuesday, April 29 at 7 pm. Refreshments will be provided.

David C. Munn - Notice of Passing

It is my very sad duty to report the passing of local history scholar and librarian David C. Munn of Gloucester City. Dave died this past Saturday afternoon and his services will be held on Saturday, 19 April 2014 at the Etherington-Creran Funeral Home, 700 Powell Street, Gloucester City, New Jersey. Visitation with his family and friends will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. A service will then be held followed by a commitment service at Cedar Grove Cemetery. A luncheon will complete the day.

Paul W. Schopp

Speakers' Topics Announced for VAF Conference 5/10/14

As previously mentioned, the annual Vernacular Architecture Forum is coming to “Down Jersey.” VAF gathers each year in a different part of North America to learn about local architecture, both traditional and modern. From May 7-10, the VAF will convene at the Seaview Hotel and Conference Center in Absecon, NJ. Saturday, May 10 will be a day devoted to scholarly presentations at Seaview. Topics have been announced for Saturday's paper sessions, running all day from 8:30 am to 5 pm, with three concurrent sessions four times through the day:

20th Century New Jersey:
“Shells of Prosperity: Remnants of Southern New Jersey’s African American Oystering Communities, 1920-1980.”

VAF Conference: Register by April 19!

Registration for this year's annual VAF Conference (Vernacular Architecture Forum) ends April 19.  To see descriptions of the tours, and information for registering, go to this link:




The Shore Tour is already full.


Kate Ogden

Stockton College


Anarchism and Education in New Jersey: The Legacy of the Modern School of Stelton

Dear Colleagues, 

Please join us on April 14, 2014 for a conversation about the history, philosophy, and people of the longest-lasting anarchist colony in American history, once located just off the border of Livingston Campus. The centerpiece of the Ferrer or Stelton colony, the Modern School (1915–1953) was an early and important example of a democratic school, the records of which are held at the Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.

The symposium will be feature alumni of the Modern School as well as talks by scholars and a short film by Robert Rosen, former Dean, UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television.