Janet W Foster, architectural historian, preservationist, and author, based in Morris County will discuss the "future that is past", particularly Architectural Modernity in Chatham and New Jersey in general on Sunday, November 15 at 4 pm.

At the dawn of the 20th century, even the name of the era connoted an embrace of modernity and the future.  The “future that is past” is now a ripe area for study and for understanding what went right and what went wrong as people grappled with enormous demographic and technological change fifty to one hundred years ago.  The little village of Chatham and its surrounding rural area developed into a prosperous suburban community, losing industry and agricultural uses, but gaining a more diverse population that could support more local businesses, services, and cultural institutions.  What modernity looked like in the suburbs of New Jersey generally, and in Chatham in particular, is the focus of a free lecture hosted on Zoom by the Chatham Historical Society. The link to join in the Zoom program is:

Meeting ID: 825 8646 9047

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Foster has been researching and teaching about New Jersey’s wonderful, diverse, amazing architecture and built environment for many years.  She was a founder and teacher in the Drew University Historic Preservation Certificate Program, and also served as the Assistant Director for the Urban Planning & Historic Preservation programs at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation from 2002-2012.  She has published books on New Jersey’s pattern book architecture and on the national style, the Queen Anne. She remains active in the New Jersey historic preservation community as the Chair of the Madison HPC, board member and recent past Chair of the New Jersey Historic Trust, and as a member of the NJ State Review Board.