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Local History, Genealogy & Special Collections Programs
Check the Library's Event Calendar for all upcoming Library programs

Join the Local History, Genealogy & Special Collections Department staff for our upcoming series of resource programs. Attend tracks on Plainfield History & Reference, Genealogy, and Archival Preservation. The programs will occur on Thursday mornings, but will be recorded for future viewing on the Library's YouTube channel. Attendees of the live programs will have the opportunity to ask questions. All programs are FREE and require registration. See 2021 program calendar below. Please sign up for the Library's e-newsletter to learn about all of our services and programs.

 

The Home Archivist: Digitizing Your Photo Collection
Friday, April 16 at 11:00am via Zoom

Ever wonder how you can preserve your family photos so that they last for generations? Think like an archivist and start digitizing! Join Plainfield Public Library archivist, Sally Weiner, for the next installment of our preservation resource webinar series, where she will help you navigate the ins and outs of scanning, printing, and saving digital versions of your precious memories. There will be ample time for Q&A following the presentation. Register Here

 

2021 Program Calendar - All Programs Are FREE
Programs are Co-hosted with the Plainfield Historical Society / Drake House Museum
Date Programs begin at 10:30am, except where noted Learn More & Register
January 9
Saturday Morning History Chat: "The Electoral College System of Electing a U.S. President” by Larry Bashe Watch the Recording
January 21
11am
Researching the History of Your Plainfield Home Watch the Recording
January 23 Saturday Morning History Chat: "The Same Principal Lives in Us: People of African Descent During the American Revolution” presented by the Museum of the American Revolution (Phildelphia) Not Recorded
January 28 First Steps in Family History Watch the Recording
February 4 Library of Congress: Pursuing Your Family History at the National Library Watch the Recording
February 13 Saturday Morning History Chat: “Langston Hughes: I, Too, Have a Song To Sing!” portrayed by Keith Henley (American Historical Theater)

This history program is supported, in part, by a 2021 History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands (HEART) Grant from the Union County Board of County Commissioners.

Not Recorded
February 18
11am
The Home Archivist: Caring for Your Photo Collection Watch the Recording
February 20
11am
Photojournalism: Black Lives Matter, "A Fight For Change" with Kalani Jimenez Mackson

This arts education program is supported, in part, by a 2021 History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands (HEART) Grant from the Union County Board of County Commissioners.

Watch the Recording
March 6
10:30am
Genealogy Club: NJ Genealogy Resources at Newark Public Library with Tom Ankner, Director, Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center at
Newark Public Library
Watch the Recording
March 13
10:30am
Saturday Morning History Chat: "Female Spies in WWII” presented by Alisa Dupuy

This history program is supported, in part, by a 2021 History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands (HEART) Grant from the Union County Board of County Commissioners.

Not Recorded
March 19
11am
Hidden Black History Resources in Plainfield Public Library Archives View the Exhibit
March 20
10:30am
Saturday Morning History Chat: Songs of the Suffragists: Lyrics of American Feminism from 1850 to 2020, with the League of Women Voters - Berkeley Heights, New Providence, and Summit View the Documentary
March 31
11am
Success Searching Plainfield's Historical Newspapers Watch the Recording
April 8
10:30am
Exploring Your Roots: African American Genealogy at the Library of Congress with Ahmed Johnson Watch the Recording
April 10
10:30am
Saturday Morning History Chat: "Hair Full of Secrets: How hair was worn and the face was painted in the 18th century” presented by Early American Music and Arts

This history program is supported, in part, by a 2021 History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands (HEART) Grant from the Union County Board of County Commissioners.

Recording Not Available
April 16
11am
The Home Archivist: Digitizing Your Photo Collection Register Here
May 6
10:30am
Digital Resources for Local History at Plainfield Public Library Register Here
May 8
10:30am
Saturday Morning History Chat: “Surviving the Winters: Housing Washington’s Army During the American Revolution” presented by Steven Elliott

This history program is supported, in part, by a 2021 History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands (HEART) Grant from the Union County Board of County Commissioners.

Register Here
May 26
10:30am
Discover Death Dates in the Plainfield Area Register Here
June 11
10:30am
The Home Archivist: Preserving Born Digital Photos Register Here
June 12
10:30am
Saturday Morning History Chat: "Eliza Schuyler Hamilton” presented by Alisa Dupuy

This history program is supported, in part, by a 2021 History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands (HEART) Grant from the Union County Board of Commissioners.

Register Here

 

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