FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Have you ever thought about how New Jersey was created? Perhaps you’ve considered how life changed for landowners as the American Revolution intensified? The way the state developed before, during and after the American Revolution, including some of its distinctive features that still remain today, is fascinating. 

At the monthly meeting of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood on Tuesday, May 22, topics like New Jersey’s role in politics, transportation, trade and agricultural on the eve of the Revolution will be explored. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday May 22, at Shady Rest of Scotch Hills Country Club (Plainfield Avenue & Jerusalem Road in Scotch Plains). 

Leading the program will be Jonathan Mercantini, Acting Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Associate Professor of History at Kean University, where he has taught since 2007. He also serves as the Co-Director of the History Honors Program and teaches a wide variety of courses, including Colonial and Revolutionary America. He has also taught at the University of Miami, Canisius College, and Princeton.  He earned his Ph.D. in American History from Emory University. 

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In 2014, Professor Mercantini worked with the New Jersey Historical Commission to plan activities for the state's 350th anniversary celebrations. He also is a past Emmy nominee for his work on It Happened Here—New Jersey, a weekly series on New Jersey history on NJ Public TV.

This engaging meeting is made possible by funding from the NJ Council for the Humanities and is free and open to the public.  Refreshments and fellowship follow the meeting.