The Westfield Memorial Library is pleased to present “The Historical Haunts of Central NJ” by Gordon Thomas Ward on Wednesday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

What ghosts roam within the historic sites and buildings of central New Jersey? How accurate are the traditional stories? From the shadowed woods of the Somerset Hills to the dappled banks of the Delaware River, Historic Haunts delivers a rich mix of factual history and the sound investigation of ghostly phenomena.

A lifelong artist, Mr. Ward’s works have included songs, books, speeches, newspaper and magazine articles, interpretive displays, and poetry. His CD Welcome to the Past contains thirteen, original, acoustic songs in a folk rock style.

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Mr. Ward is the author of Life on the Shoulder: Rediscovery and Inspiration along the Lewis and Clark Trail, a book of original poetry entitled Windows, a timeless meditation on the meaning of childhood's link to history entitled A Bit of Earth, which brings the author back to the land where he spent his childhood with echoes of Wordsworth and Thoreau.

Mr. Ward's many years of experience with the collection of forensic-based evidence to both dismiss and support claims of hauntings, especially in historic locations, led to his book Ghosts of Central Jersey. His most recently published book Tracing Infinity: Bridging the Gap between Earth and Heaven is more spiritual in nature and deals with sensing and experiencing the divine in the world around us.

The author and musician currently resides in northern New Jersey where he continually pursues his other passions for photography, hiking, and running.

This program is free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Call the Westfield Library to see if your library participates.) To register for the program, visit the library’s website at, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908.789.4090 ext 0.

Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”