EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ —East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) is getting into the Halloween spirit with an upcoming program about the legend of the Jersey Devil on Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00 pm.
According to folklore, the Jersey Devil was the unwanted, cursed thirteenth child of Mother Leeds in the Pine Barrens. The so-called "devil's child" went on to frighten and terrorize South Jersey.
The program is led by Angus Kress Gillespie, who received his B.A. in American Studies from Yale University and his Ph. D from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the host of the television show Old Ways in New Jersey on EBTV.
Throughout the library program, Gillespie will discuss the various accounts of this myth, how they were reported and how the Jersey Devil became a huge part of New Jersey's folklore.
Gillespie currently teaches an introductory course in American Studies at Rutgers University, as well as researching the cultural implications of large-scale civil engineering projects like highways, bridges and tunnels. His 1999 book Twin Towers: The Life of New York City's World Trade Center appeared on The New York Times Bestseller list.
This program is free and open to the public; thanks to a generous sponsorship from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the Friends of the East Brunswick Public Library.
Information about upcoming East Brunswick Public Library events can be found online at www.ebpl.org/calendar.