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Step Back in Time at Warren's Library

Warren Twp Library, a branch of the Somerset County Library System, is located at 42 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, NJ 07059. Phone 908-754-5554. Credits: Marcela Dunham

WARREN, NJ - SCLSNJ’s Warren Township Library branch takes a step back in time in February with a selection of programs for adults that highlight history from different perspectives.

On the Table: Supporting the Legacy of Gustav Stickley and Craftman Farms 7 p.m., Wednesday, February 3. Vonda Givens, Executive Director of the Stickley Museum, will explore the past, present, and future of Craftsman Farms, Gustav Stickley’s home and “Garden of Eden,” through the tale of one table set within its elegantly rustic interiors. Join Givens “at the table” and trace its journey over the years as a manifestation of Arts and Crafts ideals, a symbol of early 20th century America, and a representation of Stickley’s vision, supporting the full weight of his legacy. The exhibit "Live, Play, Eat: Around the Table @ Gustav Stickley's Craftman Farms" will be on display until March 6, 2016. Patrons may visit the Stickley Museum for free using SCLSNJ’s Museum Pass Program.

President Who?? 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 16. For most of us celebrating Presidents’ Day, we think of Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Jefferson, but how about the ones we just can’t describe? What do you know about Benjamin Harrison, John Tyler or William Harrison? Historian Rich Rosenthal, president of the North Jersey Civil War Round Table and co-founder of the North Jersey American Revolution Round Table, takes a humorous but informative look at these lesser known presidents.

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President Lincoln’s Greatcoat - 7 p.m., Thursday, February 18. The greatcoat that President Lincoln was wearing on April 14, 1865 had been made by the venerable clothing house of Brooks Brothers as a gift for the president’s second inauguration. Shortly after the president's tragic demise, Mrs. Lincoln gave many of the president's possessions to those who revered him. Mrs. Lincoln’s gift to the faithful doorkeeper would return to Ford’s Theatre in January of 1968, more than a century after the tragic event. But what had happened to the clothes - eventually relics - during the one-hundred-year journey? Author and researcher Reignette Chilton worked for Brooks Brothers for 25 years, and she became fascinated with President Lincoln’s greatcoat especially the mystery and scandal surrounding the historic artifact.

Costume Jewelry: A Stroll through the Decades - 7 p.m., Thursday, February 25. Marilyn Visakay, from Visakay Appraisals, will talk about how culture influenced jewelry design over the past 130 years. She will go through each decade and discuss why and how jewelry changed in style, materials used and attitude. Find out about famous names in costume jewelry such as Trifari, Coro, Lisner and Kramer. Old Lucite, plastic, and Bakelite bangles and pins are quite collectible, and some can be valuable. Learn some tips on identifying the age of costume jewelry and of course, how to care for it. Attendees may bring one piece of costume jewelry that Marilyn will identify or discuss at the end of the talk.

Music & the Oscars– Fabulous Film Scores - 2 p.m., Saturday, February 27. Are you planning to watch the Oscars on February 28? Since sound came to film in the late 1920s, music has been integral to the impact and development of movies. There have been several great composers and scores associated with various films. This talk will highlight three films and three composers: Max Steiner's Gone With the Wind, Leonard Bernstein's On The Waterfront and Bernard Herrmann's North by Northwest. This program will be presented by Dr. Robert W. Butts, who serves as Music Director and Conductor with The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, New York Classical Music Society, Eastern Opera Company, and In Mid Air Productions. These programs, geared toward adults, require pre-registration. Register online by visiting, in person at the Reference desks, or by calling 908-754-5554.

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