WARREN, NJ - Local history is always a big draw for SCLSNJ’s Warren Township Library branch patrons. Over the next few weeks, four history programs are bound to attract local history buffs to the library, with a selection of programs that highlight a variety of events and famous characters spanning from the American Revolution to WWII.
The Lusitania: 100th Anniversary and its Ties to a Famous NJ Congresswoman: 2 p.m., June 20. To historians and trivia lovers May 7, 1915 is the day a German U-Boat torpedoed the Lusitania, a British luxury liner. To Millicent Fenwick it was the day she lost her mother, Mary Hammond, who was among the nearly 1,200 passengers and crew killed, including 128 Americans. While the sinking of the Lusitania had worldwide reverberations it altered the life of 5-year-old Millicent. During this presentation, Washington DC resident Amy Schapiro, author of Millicent Fenwick: Her Way will tell the dramatic story of the Lusitania’s final voyage and why Millicent Fenwick’s parents were making the trans-Atlantic journey. Author Amy Schapiro has appeared on C-Span/BookTV, NPR, WOR, and WABC.
Daniel Morgan: Unsung Hero of the American Revolution: 7 p.m. June 30. It was said that General Daniel Morgan, born in Hunterdon County, NJ, and his Rifle Corps of sharpshooters played a decisive role in Revolutionary War victories, as they could hit targets out to 200 yards. Author, actor and re-enactor Bill Chemerka, dressed in period costume, will highlight Morgan's life and contributions to the nation’s War of Independence. As a member of Morgan's Riflemen Company re-enactment group, Bill Chemerka spoke at the unveiling and dedication of Morgan's plaque in New Hampton, NJ two years ago.
Manhattan Bridges: 7 p.m. July 14. Manhattan’s first bridge, the wooden King’s Bridge, opened in 1693. Today, 20 bridges link the island to the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx, and to New Jersey. Author and photographer Kevin Woyce will be back at the library for another program combining local history and photography. Kevin will tell the stories of how and why the most famous bridges were built, including the High Bridge of the Croton Aqueduct, the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg, Queensboro, and Triborough Bridges, and the George Washington Bridge. The program is illustrated with original photographs and historic images of Manhattan’s iconic bridges—past and present—and of the city they helped to shape.
Somerset County World War II Hero John Basilone: His Life: 7 p.m. July 21. There's nothing ordinary about John "Manila John" Basilone's life. One of WW II's most celebrated heroes, John Basilone grew up Raritan, Somerset County. He is the only United States Marine to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, and posthumously received the prized Navy Cross. Raritan celebrates John Basilone's life, with a yearly parade in September, commemorating the day of his return on leave from the Pacific, wearing the Congressional Medal of Honor. John R. Pacifico and Peter Vitelli, organizers of the annual John Basilone Memorial Parade in Raritan, will discuss Basilone's life from his childhood in Raritan, to the Battle of Guadalcanal to his death two years later in Iwo Jima. The talk will be illustrated with a slide show put together by local author Bruce Doorly, author of a monograph about John Basilone's life.
These programs are free and open to the public but registration is required. Register online by going to SCLSNJ.org. Events/Programs or by calling SCLSNJ's Warren Twp Library branch at 908-754-5554 ext 64. The Warren Twp Library, a branch of the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey, is located at 42 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, NJ 07059. SCLSNJ has 10 library branches and two reading stations in Somerset County. Visit SCLSNJ.org to learn more about all of the programs and resources available throughout the System.