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.
Lurie holds a BA from Alfred University, a MA from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. She has taught at Marquette University, Rutgers University, and Seton Hall University (from which she retired in 2010). An Early American historian, she has taught and written about New Jersey history for twenty-five years. She is the author and editor of numerous publications, including co-editing with Peter Wacker and Michael Siegel Mapping New Jersey (2009), which tells the history of the state through new and historical maps. Most recently, she co-edited with Richard Veit New Jersey: A History of the Garden State (2012).
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