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Local History, Genealogy & Special Collections Programs
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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. View all of our previously recorded programs on the Library's Local History YouTube playlist.

Genealogy Club:
The Genealogical Collections of the Elizabeth Public Library

Presented by Aimee Fernandez-Puente
Saturday, August 7, 2021
10:30am via Zoom

REGISTER HERE

This Genealogy Club program is presented by Aimee Fernandez-Puente, the Supervisor of the Local History & Special Collections Department at Elizabeth Public Library. Aimee will discuss the different genealogical collections at EPL from their general Genealogy Reference collection to genealogical records of local families, and everything in between. She will also provide a “Sneak peek” at the Department’s new reading room.  

 

 

Saturday Morning History Chat:
The Grotesque 10:
Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges & Universities

Presented by Mathew Duman, photographer & author
Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 10:30am via Zoom
REGISTER HERE

Armed with only a camera, a sense of humor and a host of frequent flyer miles, Mathew Duman embarked on a “grotesque safari”, traveling to 10 universities around the country to photograph the unique grotesques and gargoyles roosting on their academic buildings. Mathew found that this type of sculpture makes its home within a style of architecture known as Collegiate Gothic which was popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries. He has collected his findings in his book called: “The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges and Universities “and presents a selection in this illustrated lecture, giving you a taste of the variety of ornament, history and humor these campuses have to offer.


The Grotesque 10 schools are: Princeton University, The City College of New York, Duke University, Northwestern University, Yale University, Trinity College in Hartford, Ct., Bryn Mawr College, The University of Chicago, The University of Pennsylvania, and Washington University in St. Louis.


2021 Program Calendar - All Programs Are FREE
Programs are Co-hosted with the Plainfield Historical Society / Drake House Museum
Date Programs Learn More & Register
June 5
10:30am
The Discovery of a Masterpiece Not recorded
June 11
10:30am
The Home Archivist: Preserving Born Digital Photos Watch the Recording
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.

Not recorded

July 10
10:30am

Saturday Morning History Chat: "In the Shadow of The Honeymooners: a personal story of comedy writer Walter Stone Jr." presented by Nancy Piwowar Not recorded
August 7
10:30am
The Genealogical Collections of the Elizabeth Public Library
presented by Aimee Fernandez-Puente (EPL)
Register Here
August 14
10:30am
Saturday Morning History Chat: "The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges & Universities” presented by Mathew Duman Register Here
September 4
10:30am
Plainfield Library Genealogy Club Presents: "Deemed a Runaway: Black Laws of the North" presented by Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist. 

Register Here
September 18
10:30am
Saturday Morning History Chat: "A Proud Heritage: the African American Presence and Contribution in the Sourland Mountain Region and Surrounding Area" presented by authors Beverly Mills and Elaine Buck Register Here
October 2
10:30am
Plainfield Library Genealogy Club Presents: "Genealogy Resources for Puerto Rican Family History" presented by Luis Ariel Rivera Register Here
October 9
10:30am
Saturday Morning History Chat: Historian and Genealogist, Teresa Vega Register Soon
October 23
10:30am
Saturday Morning History Chat:Ghosthunting in NJ and NY – Updated” presented by L’Aura Hladik Hoffman, NJ Ghosthunters

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
November 6
10:30am
Plainfield Library Genealogy Club Presents: "Tips for Interviewing Relatives" with Stephanie Call (NEHGS) Register Here
November 13
10:30am
Saturday Morning History Chat: T.B.A.  
December T.B.A.  

 

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