Monmouth County Archives and History Day – October 3, 2015

October 3, 2015, 9am-3pm

Monmouth County Library HQ
125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ 07726
RSVP required for tour of Monmouth County Archives

Archives Day 2014-39_long_viewThe event includes a History Forum, 62 exhibit tables hosted by history organizations, awards presentations, and a history game with prizes, as well as a tour of the Monmouth County Archives, for which reservation is required. Attendees will be able to view the exhibit, “New Jersey in Focus: The World War I Era, 1910-1920,” which will be on view in the library’s gallery for the month of October, after which it will be hung in the hallway outside the Archives office on the lower level of the building.

Also during the week preceding the main event:

Tuesday, September 29, 2pm, movie, WWI era, “The Water Diviner”

Wednesday, September 30, 9:30-11:45am: Seminar, Newspaper Photo Collections in New Jersey
Sarah Hull, Plainfield Public Library (Courier News)
Gary D. Saretzky, Monmouth County Archives (Red Bank Register)
Boris Von Faust, Passaic County Historical Society (Paterson Evening News)

Wednesday, September 30, 1-2:30pm: Lecture by Joe Grabas, “Monmouth County Land Holdings”

Thursday, October 1, 2pm, movie, WWI, “Lawrence of Arabia: The Battle for the Arab World”

Complete program and details

Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam – Ongoing Exhibit, 2014

markingtimeOctober 3, 2014 – May 26, 2015

Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd. and Walnut St.
$13.50 (museum admission)

Developed by Art and Lee Beltrone, founders of the Vietnam Graffiti Project, this exhibition presents the stories of American soldiers bound for Vietnam in the late 1960s. The stories are depicted through writing and artwork left on troopships’ bunks, capturing the era’s politics, military pride, humor and anti-war sentiments. The exhibition will feature canvasses with connections to the PA/NJ/DE region.

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The Place of Pennsylvania – Ongoing Exhibit, 2014

HSPpennaMapTuesday, 10/14/2014 – Friday, 11/7/2014

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Free and open to the public.

Pennsylvania has long been known as the Keystone State, and not without cause. Its history and culture have been shaped by its place—geographically and otherwise.

In conjunction with the Pennsylvania Historical Association annual meeting, HSP will display selections from its collections that look at Pennsylvania as a place, whether geographical, political, or imagined. Included will be items that depict the “place” of Pennsylvania in its region(s) (mid-Atlantic, Ohio Valley, Great Lakes, Northeast, etc.), the nation, and the world as well as Pennsylvania places, large and small, throughout the commonwealth’s history.

Hours exhibit on view (10/14/2014 – 11/7/2014)
Tuesday: 12:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 12:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday: 12:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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Fated Sky: The Textuality of Time & Space – Ongoing Exhibit, 2014

FatedSkySept. 22, 2014 – Feb. 14, 2015, Monday – Saturday, 9am-5pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department
1901 Vine Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA
No registration required

What people see in the heavens has, through the ages, been connected with religion, time and science. This exhibition presents that broad spectrum, in print and manuscript, from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment.

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Born of the Bard: Works Inspired by Shakespeare – Ongoing Exhibit, 2014

john drew petrucioOct. 10 – Dec. 21, 2014, Monday – Saturday 9-5, Sunday 1-5

Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street, West Hallway Gallery, 1st floor, Philadelphia, PA
No registration required

This exhibition highlights the myriad ways that Shakespeare, both the man and his works, have inspired artists of all kinds: performers, musicians, filmmakers, writers, visual artists, and more. Through items like movie posters, novels, programs, and photographs, visitors can see the vast impact Shakespeare has had on cultural heritage around the world.

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Tour of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Rare Book Department – Ongoing Exhibit, 2014

elkinsroom_lgEvery Monday to Saturday at 11am

Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department
1901 Vine Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA
No registration required

A public tour of the Rare Book Department has been in operation since 1949. Rare book librarians on staff provide a basic introduction to the history of the book using the items from the collections, including cuneiform tablets, a section of a papyrus scroll, a medieval manuscript and a leaf from a Gutenberg Bible. The tour also includes a visit to our Elkins Room, the actual library of a former Free Library Trustee who was also a prominent book collector.

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50th Anniversary Celebration of Lloyd Alexander’s “The Book of Three” – October 11 and Ongoing Exhibit, 2014

lloydalexanderEvent on October 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm in the Montgomery Auditorium
Exhibit on view all October, Monday – Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm in the Rare Book Department

Free Library of Philadelphia,
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA
No registration required

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of “The Book of Three,” the first book in Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles, the Rare Book Department is displaying a small exhibition of archival material relating to its creation and publication.

Philadelphia native Lloyd Alexander wrote more than 40 books for children and young adults, including the “exciting, highly imaginative, and sometimes profound” (New York Times) fantasy series The Chronicles of Prydain. In 1995, he donated his papers to the Children’s Literature Research Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

On October 11, at 1pm in the Montgomery Auditorium, bestselling fantasy author Tamora Pierce will lecture on Lloyd Alexander, followed by a discussion with Alexander’s goddaughter Sharyn November, senior editor at Viking Children’s Books and Editorial Director at Firebird Books.

A screening of “The Black Cauldron” will follow the lecture and discussion.

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The Moon Reader – Ongoing Exhibit, 2014

LCP_MoonReaderSeptember 4 – October 10, 2014, 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Library Company of Philadelphia

1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107


Philadelphia artist Teresa Jaynes, The Moon Reader. An artist project hosted by VCP at LCP at The Library Company of Philadelphia.

Created by Philadelphia artist Teresa Jaynes, The Moon Reader is inspired by 19th-century primers in the Michael Zinman Collection of Printing for the Blind at The Library Company of Philadelphia. The multimedia installation, comprised of two artists’ books (in Moon type and in Braille and large print) and an audio file, invites participants to learn to read Moon, an embossed reading code for the blind invented by blind educator William Moon in 1845. The Moon Reader will serve as a literal and figurative meeting place where the tactile experience is primary and accessible to almost everyone. The activity – deciphering, translation, and finally comprehending – will be a quiet act of discovery. Visitors will be invited to learn to read Moon and interpret ideas about sight in ways that elicit curiosity, humor, and empathy. Afterwards, readers may post comments on The Moon Reader Facebook page where they can also learn more about William Moon and the artist’s creative process.

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