SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerville library will host several history programs this summer as part of a countywide initiative that will cover a broad range of topics, from George Washington and Thomas Edison to New Jersey's state parks and the Jersey shore.

Other branches of the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey will also host programs throughout the summer.

For more information about these programs and to register, visit http://sclsnj.org/explorehistory.html.

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History of the Jersey Shore

June 9, 7-8:30 p.m.

At SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch, located at 379 S. Branch Road in Hillsborough

Join author and photographer Kevin Woyce for a tour of New Jersey's coastal history.


Presidential Scandals of the 20th Century

June 11, 2-3 p.m.

At SCLSNJ’s Somerville Library branch, located at 35 W. End Avenue in Somerville

June 21, 7-8:30 p.m.

At SCLSNJ Hillsborough Library branch, located at 379 S. Branch Road in Hillsborough

Walter Choroszewski presents an overview of the most interesting scandals linked to the American Presidents of the 20th Century.

 

Lighthouses of New Jersey

June 22, 7-8 p.m.

At SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch, located at 379 S. Branch Road in Hillsborough

The New Jersey Lighthouse Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering appreciation of the history of our lighthouses and to support their restoration and preservation, will give a look into the lighthouses of New Jersey, the Delaware Bay and the New York Harbor region.

Ancient Olympics

June 29, 7-8:30 p.m.

At SCLSNJ’s Peapack & Gladstone Library branch, located at the Municipal Complex on School Road in Peapack

Aug. 6, 2-3 p.m.

At SCLSNJ Bridgewater Library branch, located at 1 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater

This art history presentation by Dr. Michael Norris will explore how this religious event in southern Greece developed over the course of 1,100 years.

 

The Earth Under Our Feet

July 13, 2-3 p.m.

At SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch, located at 1 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater

Join The Morris Museum as they take us on a historical tour of the earth's active crust.

 

Meet Thomas Edison as presented by The American Historical Theater

July 16, 3-4 p.m.

At SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch, located at 1 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater

American inventor, scientist and businessman, Thomas Edison developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world. Learn more about the man who was dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park.”

 

Meet George Washington

July 20, 7-8:30 p.m.

At SCLSNJ's Warren Township Library branch

In celebration of Independence Day, Dr. Michael Norris of Armchair Art Tours will be honoring one of the most important founding fathers in American history. Declared at his death, “First in peace, first in war, and first in the hearts of his countrymen,” George Washington was revered during his own lifetime. Through works of art often drawn from area museums, explore how his peers saw him and how his country remembered him. Dr. Norris is a former museum educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with over twenty years of experience.

 

American Masterpieces

July 23, 2-3 p.m.

At SCLSNJ’s Somerville Library branch, located at 35 W. End Avenue in Somerville

Aug. 10, 2-2:45 p.m.

At SCLSNJ’s Watchung Library branch, located at 12 Stirling Road in Watchung

Artist and photographer Walter Choroszewski will showcase 25 American Masterpieces with interesting biographical backstories and interpretations of these iconic artworks.


Meet Emily Roebling: Bridge Builder in Petticoats

July 26, 3-4 p.m.

At SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch, located at 1 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater

Few people know that a woman helped supervise much of the Brooklyn Bridge’s construction. After her husband was bedridden, Emily Roebling became his liaison to the project – eventually communicating with the engineers and suppliers so well that it was rumored that she had become the Chief Engineer herself. Learn about “the most famous woman in New Jersey” in this program.

 

New Jersey's State Parks

July 27, 7-8:30 p.m.

At SCLSNJ's Hillsborough Library branch, located at 379 South Branch Road in Hillsborough

Explore historic battlefields, lighthouses, abandoned gorges, and undeveloped beaches as we travel through New Jersey's state parks. Author, photographer, and lecturer Kevin Woyce will present a slide show featuring original photography, vintage maps, and historic images.  The presentation will be followed by a discussion and book signing. This program is funded by the Friends of the Hillsborough Library.  

 

The World of Pearl S. Buck

July 28, 1-2 p.m.

At SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch, located at 1 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater

Nancy McElwee, docent and current president of the Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Association, will present an interactive program about the life and legacy of Pearl S. Buck, Pulitzer and Nobel prize winning author of “The Good Earth.”

 

The Titanic: The Story of a Great Ship

Aug. 11, 7-8 p.m.

At SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch, located at 1 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater

This program traces Titanic’s story from its inception through its 1912 loss and its immediate aftermath.

 

Timeline New Jersey

Aug. 13, 2-3 p.m.

At SCLSNJ’s Somerville Library branch, located at 35 W. End Avenue in Somerville

A lecture and visual presentation with Walter Choroszewski's perspective on New Jersey’s history.

 

Meet Clara Barton

Aug. 20, 3-4 p.m.

At SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch, located at 1 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater

Meet  Clarissa "Clara" Harlowe Barton (December 25,1821 - April 12,1912) as portrayed by Alisa Dupuy from The Ladies of History, Historical Productions. Clara Barton was a pioneering nurse who founded the American Red Cross.