SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Author and lifelong South Plainfield resident Richard Veit, Ph.D., will discuss his new book Envisioning New Jersey – An Illustrated History of the Garden State at the South Plainfield Public Library on Sunday, Dec. 4.

The discussion, which is being sponsored by the South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission, will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the library’s multipurpose room. Light refreshments will be served and copies of Envisioning New Jersey will be given away in a free raffle. Advance registration is required.

Co-authored along with Maxine Lurie and published by Rutgers University Press in September 2016, Envisioning New Jersey is a 340-page book featuring 650 images – including paintings, photographs, documents and maps – depicting New Jersey’s history from prehistoric times to the present.

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Veit is professor of anthropology and chair of the department of history and anthropology at Monmouth University where he teaches courses on archaeology, historical archaeology, New Jersey history, Native Americans, and historic preservation.

In 2002, he published South Plainfield (Images of America), a 128-page work that provides a detailed account of the borough’s past through vintage photographs and historical text and is currently working a second volume of that book. Additionally, Dr. Veit is the author of Digging New Jersey’s Past: Historical Archaeology in the Garden State; the co-author of New Jersey Cemeteries and Tombstones: History in the Landscape (Mark Nonestied), New Jersey: A History of the Garden State (with Maxine Lurie), and The Archaeology of American Cemeteries and Gravemarkers (with Sherene Baugher); and the co-editor of the Historical Archaeology of the Delaware Valley (with David Orr).

Veit is president of the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference and also serves on the New Jersey Historical Commission and on the boards of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology, Crossroads of the American Revolution, and the Archaeological Society of New Jersey.

The Dec. 4 book discussion is free and open to the public, however, pre-registration is required. To secure a spot, contact the South Plainfield Public Library at (908) 754-7885.

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