Arts & Entertainment

Press Releases

Civil War 150 Exhibit Opens at the Scotch Plains Public Library- April 30-May 17

Credits: American Library Association Public Programs Office

Scotch Plains Public Library is proud to be among the 50 U.S. libraries selected to host Civil War 150

Utilizing letters, personal accounts, and images drawn from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, this exhibition traces major events during the Civil War through the eyes of soldiers, presidents, freedmen, and families.  Visitors will come to understand how people dealt with the end of slavery, the nature of democracy and citizenship, the human toll of Civil War, and the role of a president in wartime. In conjunction with this exhibition, there will be programs and speakers related to the issues of the Civil War.  For additional info, visit

Civil War 150 programming  this week:

Sign Up for E-News

Thursday, May 1 at 7pm - The Women, Who Were They?   Dr. Linda Caldwell Epps will present a  program examining the changing role of women in society as a result of the Civil War.  From nursing on the fields of battle to running the home front, women were becoming more active public participants in American life, yet were denied the emancipation being offered at the conclusion of the war to the former slaves.  How did suffrage rise from this conflict? 

Born and raised in Elizabeth, Dr. Epps is a lifelong resident of New Jersey and a career educator. She earned degrees from Rutgers and Seton Hall , and her doctorate from Drew University. A past-president of the New Jersey Historical Society, she is the current president and CEO of 1804 Consultants, an organization that works for the advancement of not-for-profit educational and cultural institutions.

Saturday, May 3 at 2pm - Songs of the Civil War: History and Myth.  Chuck Winch and Lisa Wilkins perform songs of the era to explore how popular music relected the sentiments and events of the time.  This program is funded by the Horizon Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Civil War 150 is a national traveling panel exhibition organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America.  Civil War 150: Exploring the War and Its Meaning through the Words of Those Who Lived It, has been made possible in part through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.  Programming, emphasizing  a theme of “conflicted times,” is funded through the generosity of the Friends of Scotch Plains Public Library. 

Registration is strongly recommended, as space is limited:                  

908.322.5007 ext. 204


TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Sinai or Sanctuary?



And in the beginning, G‑d was homeless, and so G‑d asked His people to set Him up with some digs. Where does it say that? Well, nowhere, actually. But it does say that G‑d instructed Moses to tell the people, “They shall make for Me a Sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.”

Now the question is, was G‑d really homeless? ...

Former Cranford Mayor Endorses Nick Scutari for Democratic Chair

February 17, 2018

Dear Editor:

Having Senator Scutari lead the (Democratic) party would certainly put Cranford in a good position for resolving the issues we face such as gun control, flood mitigation and public safety.

Union County is made up of urban and suburban communities, that we need to protect. The stronger our communities are, the stronger the diversity and our being connected will be.

Senator ...

Being Alone on Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2018

Valentine’s Day is a day filled with Hallmark cards, chocolate covered strawberries, red roses and special dining.  It’s a day to express our love and affection to those close to us.  Some of us have expectations that this day will be blissful, we may even receive that diamond ring that represents engagement or marriage.

Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful time if ...

Girls Basketball: Union Catholic Will Play In Game To Support Childhood Cancer

February 18, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union Catholic varsity girls basketball team is honored to be playing in the Gold-Out game at Bernards High School for the third straight year, a game that will raise money and awareness for Childhood Cancer.

The event, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m, is called the “Gold-Out’’ game because gold is the awareness color for Childhood Cancer.

Upcoming Events


Sun, February 18, 3:00 PM

Lawton C. Johnson Middle School , Summit

New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra Free ...

Arts & Entertainment

Tue, February 20, 1:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Book Club @ Scotlib: The Japanese Lover by Isabel ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Tue, February 20, 6:00 PM

UCEDC, Cranford

Next Level Business Planning

Business & Finance