NJSAA Events

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Alexander Library Rutgers University

169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

Join the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance on Tuesday, October 22nd for a showing of the new documentary film "Farming in the Millstone Valley" at 4:15pm. There will be a discussion afterwards with filmmaker Brad Fay. It will be shown in the Pane Room, first floor of the Alexander Library, Rutgers-New Brunswick, 169 College Avenue. The NJSAA business meeting will precede the film at 3pm and both are free and open to the public.

The Millstone Valley of central New Jersey, settled by Dutch farmers three centuries ago, helped New Jersey earn its Garden State nickname, and became the breadbasket of a booming New York City metropolis. That story, culminating in today’s farm-to-table movement, is told in this 35-minute film.

It is based on a historic account by Jessie Lynes Havens of Montgomery Township, and made by the Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition of Rocky Hill, in association with the Van Harlingen Historical Society of Montgomery. It is also made possible, in part, by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State through the State/County History Partnership Program Grant, and administered in Somerset County by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

Brad Fay is currently board president of the Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition, which is the sponsor of the Millstone Valley National Scenic Byway in the central New Jersey counties of Somerset, Mercer, and Middlesex. He is past president of the Van Harlingen Historical Society of Montgomery. He shares screenwriting credit on the film.

If you are working in New Jersey studies and would like to present your current research, please contact program coordinator Laura Poll at lmpoll84@gmail.com.

Past Events

  • Carla Cielo, historic preservation consultant, "Domestic Outbuildings of Northwest Central New Jersey"
  • William Kroth, president of the Sterling Hill Mine Museum in Sussex County , "Great Zinc Mines of Sussex County"
  • Eleonora Dubicki, reference and instruction librarian at Monmouth University, "Carnegie Libraries in New Jersey, 1900-1923" (co-hosted with the Union County Cultural & Heritage Commission)
  • Catherine Hudak, educator at Morris Hills Regional District, "The Ladies of Trenton: Women's Political and Public Activism in Revolutionary New Jersey" (co-hosted with the Alice Paul Institute)
  • Sandra Moss, M.D., past-president of the Medical History Society of New Jersey and the American Osler Society, "1916 Polio Epidemic"
  • Dr. David Blake, Department of English at The College of New Jersey, "Liking Ike: Eisenhower, Advertising, and the Rise of Celebrity Politics"
  • Joanne Rajoppi, former journalist, "Northern Women in the Aftermath of the Civil War" (co-hosted with the Monmouth County Library Headquarters)
  • Frank J. Esposito and Donald Lokuta, authors, of "Victorian New Jersey - Photographs by Guillermo Thorn from the Kean University Collection."
  • Robert McGreevey, The 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"