ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee invites the public to hear a special lecture by Dr. Jonathan Lurie of Rutgers University entitled “Looking at Lincoln: Greatness Transformed,” and view new displays, including a special display case focusing on Lincoln’s presidency, in the Civil War Exhibition at the Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth on Thursday, February 7, beginning at 2:00 p.m.
“Union County is honored to have Dr. Jonathan Lurie speak here about President Lincoln and his leadership during the Civil War as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1861-65 conflict,” said Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi, chairman of the committee. “We welcome visitors to the Courthouse to learn more about our 16th President and about the experiences of Union County residents during the war.”
Dr. Lurie is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Rutgers University (Newark), where he was a Professor of History and Law from 1985 to 2009. He earned degrees from Harvard in History and Social Sciences, and his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin. During his career at Rutgers, Dr. Lurie also was a Visiting Fellow in Law and History at Harvard Law School; an Historian and Archivist to the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces; a Visiting Professor of Law at the United States Military Academy at West Point; and served on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Legal History.
The lecture by Dr. Jonathan Lurie will be presented in the Courtroom of the Hon. Karen M. Cassidy, Assignment Judge of the Superior Court, at 2:00 p.m. To reserve a seat for the lecture, please call 908-527-4999.
The Civil War Exhibition is on display until 2015 in the rotunda of the Union County Courthouse, 2 Broad Street in historic midtown Elizabeth. The exhibit may be viewed weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The displays will change from time to time. Anyone wishing to loan historical artifacts from the Civil War era for the exhibit can contact committee member Katherine Craig at 908-282-7617. All objects will be secured, locked and acknowledged.