UNION, NJ - Like history?  The Union Public Library has some interesting events -- relevant to our times -- on tap for October, including 1918 Flu Epidemic in and around New Jersey, the History of the NAACP, Great Moments in Sports History, and Remembering the Ladies: From Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates.

For all programs,  sign up by visiting bit.ly/UPLlive at least one hour in advance. 

1918 Flu Epidemic in and around New Jersey

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Saturday, October 3 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm 

Historian and archivist Michael DiCamillo discusses the arrival and the impact of the “Spanish Flu” which struck New Jersey and the surrounding region in 1918. A contagion that attacked the lungs and spread from person to person swiftly led to quarantines, resistance to quarantines, and unprecedented times 100 years before our current unprecedented times. 

History of the NAACP

Tuesday, October 6 | 2:00-3:00pm

Presented by Ray Daniels, President of the Tri-City NAACP

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is one of the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organizations in the nation. Their mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. Its history is the history of the civil rights movement. Learn about the past and what they are doing today. 

Great Moments in Sports History 

Saturday, October 10 |2:00 pm

Presented by Associate Professor Marc Postiglione 

If the miracle on ice, Ali v Liston, and Jackie Robinson, ring a bell, this program is for you!  If not, discover why they are so important and celebrate other great moments in sports history with the professor who created and leads the Sports Management program at Union County College. 

Remembering the Ladies: From Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates

Wed., Oct. 14 at 2:00-3:15 pm

Carol Simon Levin portrays Abigail Adams — who famously wrote to her husband John asking that the Continental Congress “remember the ladies” when drafting new laws for the new nation. He wrote back that she was “so saucy” and he and the rest of the Congress ignored her pleas completely.  “Abigail” then looks forward in time to tell the stories of some of the courageous and tenacious women of all colors and creeds who fought to enhance women’s political participation — from Dolly Madison to the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote and the pioneering female activists and politicians who’ve worked to extend women’s economic, social, and political rights.Sign up at bit.ly/UPLlive at least one hour in advance.