New Jersey State Library Offering Four Author Talks to Commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I

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Wednesday, September 13 – The Fighting Man in the Great War – Reenactor and military collector John Niemiec will discuss events that led to World War I and display uniforms, equipment and memorabilia of the conflict.


Wednesday, September 27 – New Jersey World War I Monuments – Historian and researcher Erik Burro will share stories about many of the World War I monuments located throughout the Garden State.


Tuesday, October 17 – Women of Peace and Preparedness: The Use of Motherhood and Maternalism in World War I – Author and professor of English at Centenary Uiversity, Lisa Mastrangelo will be talking about the rhetoric used during the time of war to keep women from being active on the World War I fronts. Motherhood and Maternalism were used by media and government to urge them to stay home and take care of the children here. This is taken from her paper: The Rhetoric of Maternalism: The Use of Motherhood as a Trope in World War I.


Wednesday, November 15 – New Jersey’s Role in World War I: Sabotage Target and Key State in the War Effort – author of the fiction thriller, Over Here, James Hockenberry will describe the events around the Black Tom Island explosion and other key incidents in New Jersey like the Henry Ford Peace Mission and the destruction of the Kingsland plant.

Each talk will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room of the Library. 

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