SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Sunday, October 15 at 2pm, the South Plainfield Public Library welcomes local author Richard Veit who will present a program and hold a book signing for his new book, “South Plainfield in the 20th Century”. Located in northern Middlesex County, South Plainfield has a rich and fascinating history. It was first settled by the Lenape and later by immigrants from Scotland, England, and the Netherlands. Mills were built, and by the 18th century, it was home to numerous farms and two hamlets: Samptown and New Brooklyn. During the American Revolution, skirmishes shook the sleepy community. The 19th century brought the arrival of railroads and industry. The 20th century saw South Plainfield transformed. The Lehigh Valley Railroad built an enormous coal storage yard. Spicer Manufacturing opened a factory manufacturing universal joints for early trucks and cars. Harris Steel, a fabricator of steel for bridges and skyscrapers, constructed a sprawling plant in South Plainfield. After World War II, the borough grew by leaps and bounds as new suburban developments replaced farms and fields. Today, South Plainfield is a strong community with a diverse population located at the crossroads of central New Jersey. Come celebrate South Plainfield with Professor Veit and the South Plainfield Public Library! This program is sponsored by the South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission.
Richard Veit, Ph.D. is Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of History and Anthropology at Monmouth University. In 2007 he was the recipient of Monmouth University’s distinguished teacher award. Professor Veit is a North American historical archaeologist whose research focuses on the Middle Atlantic Region between the late 17th and early 19th centuries. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles and reviews and five books including Digging New Jersey’s Past: Historical Archaeology in the Garden State (Rutgers Press 2002), New Jersey Cemeteries and Tombstones History in the Landscape (co-authored by Mark Nonestied, Rutgers Press 2008), and New Jersey: A History of the Garden State (co-authored with Maxine Lurie, Rutgers Press 2012). He regularly presents on topics relating to historical archaeology and New Jersey history and has been a TED speaker. This program presented free, but registration is required. To register, please call the library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.