TEWKSBURY, NJ - Brian Armstrong, independent historian, researcher and author, will speak at the Tewksbury Historical Society's annual meeting Jan. 19 at Society Headquarters in the Mountainville section of Tewksbury at 1 p.m. 

The meeting is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Armstrong will trace the development of prohibition in New Jersey - how it happened, its enforcement problems and its ultimate repeal. Its unforeseen consequences - the increased size of government and the development of organized crime - will be addressed.

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Armstrong lectures throughout the state about local New Jersey history, including Women's Suffrage and the 10th Amendment, World War I and the Spanish Influenza.  He is co-author with Stephanie Bartz and Nan Whitehead of the Arcadia Book, South River. 

He authored "The Franklin Park Tragedy. A forgotten Story of Racial Injustice in New Jersey." He writes for the Bar Harbor Historical Society, Bar Harbor, Maine, where his mother's family lived for several hundred years. His current book about the resort town is scheduled to be released in 2021. 

Born in Flemington, he grew up in Stanton and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from American University in Washington, DC.  He served as the president of the South River Historical & Preservation Society for 10 years and is the current vice president, Central Region, for the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey.  An avid collector of U.S. presidential election memorabilia, he is a member of American Political Items Collectors (APIC).

In the event of inclement weather, the meeting will be canceled. Visit www.tewksburyhistory@earthlink.net for details.