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Livingston Public Library to Host "New Jersey: A History of the Garden State," with Dr. Maxine Lurie

The Alternative Press Staff

Thursday, January 16, 2014 • 11:21pm

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Livingston Public Library will host a talk called, "New Jersey: A History of the Garden State," by Dr. Maxine Lurie, in celebration of NJ's 350th anniversary. The year 2014 marks the 350th anniversary of the land grant given by King Charles II to Lords Carteret and Berkeley, who were authorized to form the provinces of East and West Jersey in the colony of New Jersey. Beginning from a parcel of land obtained from the Lenape Tribe by a group called "Elizabethtown Associates," settlers who came from Connecticut and Massachusetts via Long Island began to settle the region and the rest, as they say, is history.

Did you know that New Jersey was once divided into two parts-East Jersey and West Jersey? That streptomycin was first isolated at Rutgers University? Or that the first vote cast by an African American under the Fifteenth Amendment was in Perth Amboy? How about that New Jersey was the site of the first intercollegiate football game? 

Dr. Maxine Lurie, retired Professor of History at Seton Hall University and author of several books on the state of NJ, will talk about New Jersey's pivotal role in the American Revolution, early industrialization and technological developments, NJ’s industry, urbanization, and the growth of shore communities, and much more in the history of our state.

This free program on Thursday, January 23, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., is funded by the Friends of the Livingston Public Library and is open to all. It is appropriate for ages 10 and up.

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