On Wednesday, May 10 at 7 p.m., the Westfield Memorial Library presents “The Roebling Legacy.” The program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.
The Roebling family is one of the most important families of New Jersey, whose legacy began with John A. Roebling’s birth in 1806 and spanned the continent. The Roeblings built the Brooklyn Bridge – the “universal symbol of New York” – and the great cables on the George Washington and Golden Gate Bridges.
The John A. Roebling’s Sons Company produced wire rope and wire products that helped shape modern life and provided livelihoods for tens of thousands. The Roeblings also created America’s “first sports car” and built one of America’s best company towns – “a model in every respect.” Roebling Mills in Trenton now serve new uses, and the Roebling Museum in Roebling, NJ, celebrates the remarkable legacy.
Lecturer Clifford Zink is an historian and preservation consultant based in Princeton. In 2011 he received the John A. Roebling Award from the Society for Industrial Archaeology’s New York-New Jersey Chapter for an outstanding contribution to documenting or preserving the industrial heritage of the greater New York-New Jersey area.
Mr. Zink has an MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He has served as consulting curator at the Roebling Museum and wrote and directed its orientation film, “Roebling Stories.” He is the author of seven books that have received six awards, including the N.J. Studies Academic Alliance’s 2012 Author’s Award in popular non-fiction for The Roebling Legacy.
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