This is New Jersey is presented in recognition of the 350th anniversary of the state in 2014. It was in 1664 that the Duke of York acquired this land located between the Delaware River and the Atlantic Ocean, and named it after the Isle of Jersey.
With This is New Jersey, the Newark Public Library commemorates this important anniversary. We also honor the memory of John T. Cunningham, a historian who dedicated his life to writing about the history of New Jersey and a true friend in so many ways to the Newark Public Library.
Cunningham died in 2012 at the age of 96. His first book about New Jersey was published in 1953, and many more followed. After his death, Cunningham’s family generously donated his papers to the Newark Public Library. These materials are now housed in the Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center.
George A. Bradshaw. Coalport, Trenton, 1885, c. 1930. Etching. Special Collections Division, Newark Public Library.
Interspersed throughout this exhibit are quotes from Cunningham's books. Each one is used to illustrate a different era of the state's history. Images and works of art are from the Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center and the Special Collections of the Newark Public Library.
The New Jersey Center for the Book will host their inaugural event for 2014, recognizing New Jersey's 350th anniversary, at the Newark Public Library.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Main Library, Centennial Hall
Essex County storytellers, the Mythmakers, start the day with "350 Years of New Jersey History in Music and Story." This folkloric journey spanning New Jersey's history from the original Lenape
people, through the Dutch, the American Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, and into the 21st
century will be presented through stories and music. Children will delight in tales such as "Lenape
Rainbow Crow" and "The Battle of Trenton" and in songs such as "Yankee Doodle," "Free at Last," and Thomas Edison's first recording, "My Name is Mr. Phonograph," accompanied by the banjo, lyre,
bodhran, and musical washboard.
Award–winning children's author, Trinka Hakes Noble, will be on hand to talk about her books. Her most recent, The Legend of the Jersey Devil, is a spellbinding tale about the origins of this mythic creature thought to live in the mysterious Pine Barrens. In Ms. Noble's book, The People of Twelve
Thousand Winters (2012), ten–year–old Walking Turtle of the Lenni Lenape tribe lives with his family in a small village alongside the Passaic River in the early 1600s before Europeans settled on America's shores.
The Navesink Maritime Heritage Association will provide a summary of their program presented in 2013,
"Searching for Land and Religious Freedom in Monmouth County: a Symposium on Land and Sea."
Tours of the exhibit will be offered.
Newark through the Ages, a talk by Elizabeth Del Tufo, longtime Newark resident, popular city tour guide, and President of Newark's Preservation and Landmarks Committee. Following her talk, the New Jersey
Center for the Book will showcase twelve award–winning public library programs they have selected for
2014 that will salute the state's 350th anniversary.
All of the events will take place at Newark’s Main Library at 5 Washington Street and are free and open
to the public. For more information call 973–733–7800.
The Newark Public Library receives general operating support from the New Jersey Historical Commisssion.
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