NJSAA Events


This event will be held at the Monmouth County Library Homepage (125 Symmes Dr, Manalapan, New Jersey 07726)

July 18, 2017 

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Join NJSAA at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters when we welcome Joanne Rajoppi as she discusses her new book.


Three million husbands, fathers, sons, uncles and brothers marched to war between 1861 and 1865. Of that number, nearly 750,000 never returned home. For Mary Ann Hamilton of New Jersey the conflict separated her from her husband and three sons. Her beloved youngest ultimately perished in battle and her war-wounded husband lingered in pain at home before finally dying. Rendered economically helpless, a woman like Mary Ann with young children—including a daughter considered “insane” at the time—eked out a living as best she could.


Northern Women tells the story of the perseverance and stamina of women facing an altered world, many of whom were confronted by widowhood, burdened with returning soldiers addicted to alcoholism or drugs, or strained by the care of men suffering from post-traumatic stress. The story of the Hamilton family relates the legacy as well as the dreams and hopes that these women left their children in the context of a rapidly evolving America—the new Federal pension system, the westward migration, industrialization and the start of the modern business culture—all of which opened new careers for women leading to their eventual emancipation at the start of the twentieth century.


Joanne Hamilton Rajoppi, a former journalist, is a history aficionado. She chronicled the military service of her great-grandfather during the Civil War in her book "New Brunswick and the Civil War: The Brunswick Boys in the Great Rebellion" based on the letters he wrote to his family. She followed the story with the Hamilton women after the war writing "Northern Women in the Aftermath of the Civil War: The Wives and Daughters of the Brunswick Boys."


A contributor of "Meet Your Revolutionary Neighbors: Crossroads of the American Revolution," she also has authored several pamphlets and calendars detailing the history of New Jersey. She is a trustee and officer of the Union County Historical Society and serves as the Union County Clerk. She is a former mayor of her hometown and an advocate for women running for office. She wrote "Women In Office: Getting There and Staying There" as a guide to assist women who aspire to public office.



October 19, 2017

3 PM - 5:30 PM


Please join NJSAA as we welcome Dr. David Blake when he discusses his book, "Liking Ike: Eisenhower, Advertising, and the Rise of Celebrity Politics" on Thursday, October 19.

Dr. Blake is in the Department of English at The College of New Jersey.

The lecture will begin at 4:15 pm in the Pane Room, first floor Alexander Library (around the corner past the circulation desk), 169 College Avenue. Business meeting will be at 3 pm. Both the meeting and the panel are open to the public. Parking is available in lots 26, 30 & College Avenue Deck without permits.



December 7 

3 PM - 5:30 PM


Annually, the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance accepts nominations for materials published in the field of New Jersey studies for its Author Award. Come hear a panel of this year's winners discuss their books in the following categories:
  • Non-fiction scholarly 
  • Non-fiction popular 
  • Reference category
  • Edited Works category

The awards are meant to recognize works that reflect a new understanding of New Jersey's history and culture, demonstrate evidence of original research in the application of New Jersey resources and/or reveal new insights into a topic.


Panel will begin at 4:15 pm in the Pane Room, first floor Alexander Library (around the corner past the circulation desk), 169 College Avenue. Business meeting will be at 3 pm. Both the meeting and the panel are open to the public. Parking is available in lots 26, 30 & College Avenue Deck without permits.



Past Events


  • Frank J. Esposito and Donald Lokuta, authors, of "Victorian New Jersey - Photographs by Guillermo Thorn from the Kean University Collection." 
  • Robert McGreeveyThe College of New Jersey, "Trenton's Early Civil Rights Activists" (co-hosted with the Trenton Free Public Library)
  • Phillip Papas, Union County College, "Renegade Revolutionary: The Life of General Charles Lee
  • Jean Soderlund, Lehigh University, "The Lenape Indians and Colonial West Jersey"
  • Brian Regal, Kean University, "The Jersey Devil: The Real Story"
  • John Delaney, Princeton University Library, “Nova Caesarea: A Cartographic Record of the Garden State, 1666-1888”
  • Bob Vietrogoski, Rutgers University, George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences, “How New Jersey’s Governors Created the State Medical Education System”
  • Joanne Hamilton Rajoppi, author, “The Brunswick Boys in the Great Rebellion”
  • Raymond Frey, Centenary College, “The History of Centenary College in Hackettstown”
  • Gary Saretzky, Monmouth County Archives, "Photographers of Middlesex County" and “New Jersey’s Civil War Photographers”
  • Lucia McMahon, William Paterson University, “Mere Equals: The Paradox of Educated Women in the Early American Republic”
  • Bill Marsh, Monmouth University, “Why Lincoln Lost New Jersey Twice”
  • Gordon Bond, author, “My Patron: The Friendship of James Parker and Benjamin Franklin”
  • John Fea, Messiah College, “Philip Vickers Fithian: An 18th Century Jersey Boy”
  • Maxine N. Lurie, Seton Hall University, "17th Century New Jersey"

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