NJSAA Events

Lecture - 1916 Polio Epidemic

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 3 PM - 5:30 PM

Archibald S. Alexander Library - Pane Room
169 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901


Please join NJSAA as we welcome Sandra Moss, M.D., when she discusses the 1916 polio epidemic on Tuesday, February 6.

Dr. Moss is a general internist who practiced for many years in central New Jersey. She has published over thirty articles about the history of medicine in a variety of publications, and has spoken before local, state, and national history organizations. Her research focuses on 19th century medicine in New Jersey. Dr. Moss is past-president of the Medical History Society of New Jersey and the American Osler Society, an organization for clinician historians.

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 lecture are open to the public. Parking is available in lots 26, 30 & College Avenue Deck without permits.



Tuesday, April 17 at 3 PM - 5:30 PM

Archibald S. Alexander Library - Pane Room
169 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Please join us when we welcome our 2017 winners of the NJSAA Teaching Award, Mary Rizzo, and the Paul A. Stellhorn Award for Undergraduate Papers, Thomas Federowicz and Samuel Fogelgaren..

Dr. Rizzo teaches at Rutgers-Newark and will discuss "Place, Community and Public Humanities." Thomas Federowicz of Rutgers-New Brunswick will discuss, “Scarlet Knights, Red Crusade: An Analysis of the Great Red Scare at Rutgers-New Brunswick.” Samuel Fogelgaren of The College of New Jersey, will discuss “The Fight to Save the Last Frontier’: Exclusionary Zoning and Environmental Protection at the Pequannock Watershed, 1975-1985.” 

The presentations will begin at 4:15 pm, preceded by the business meeting at 3 pm. Both are open to the public and will be held in the Pane Room, first floor of Alexander Library. Parking is available in lots 26, 30 & College Avenue Deck without permits.


Lecture - Ladies of Trenton

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 6:30 PM - 8 PM

Alice Paul Institute
128 Hooten Rd, Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054


NJSAA and the Alice Paul Institute will welcome Catherine Hudak on Wednesday, June 27, 6:30 pm when she discusses "The Ladies of Trenton: Women's Political and Public Activism in Revolutionary New Jersey".

Using the Ladies of Trenton as a case study, Ms. Hudak will discuss the extent and forms of women's public and political activism in the early national period, and the pivotal roles women played in the formation of the vibrant political culture that emerged in late 18th century America.

The Ladies of Trenton were a group of elite New Jersey women who re-fashioned gender roles for women and entered male-dominated spaces of politics and print culture by organizing a fundraising campaign to assist the Continental Army and a public tribute honoring newly-elected President George Washington.

Catherine Hudak is an educator at Morris Hills High School in Rockaway, N.J. He holds a master's degree in history from William Paterson University.

The talk is free and open to the public and will take place at the Alice Paul Institute at Paulsdale in Mount Holly. Please see their website for more information and directions http://www.alicepaul.org/



Lecture - Carnegie Libraries in New Jersey

Thursday, August 9 at 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Elizabeth Public Library
11 S Broad St, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07202


Please join the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance and the Union County Cultural & Heritage Commission at the Elizabeth Public Library for a presentation by Eleonora Dubicki on "Carnegie Libraries in New Jersey, 1900-1923." Elizabeth Public Library is one of only 20 Carnegie Libraries of the original 36 left in the state that still operates as a public library.

This presentation is part of a summer series about the Carnegie Libraries. On Wednesday, June 13th at 6 pm, there will be a panel of representatives from 5 Union County Carnegie Libraries: Cranford, Elizabeth, Plainfield, Summit and Westfield. An exhibit about the construction and 1912 opening of the Elizabeth Public Library will be on display July 2-28th. All events are free and open to the public.

Carnegie libraries constructed in the early 1900s through the philanthropy of Andrew Carnegie played a significant role in transforming the library movement from subscription libraries for special interest groups to free public libraries with services accessible by all. Of the 1,412 communities in the United States to build Carnegie libraries, 29 communities in New Jersey benefited from this program. This presentation based on a research project draws primarily on original correspondence between New Jersey communities seeking library building funds and Andrew Carnegie. The letters supporting funding applications create a unique demographic and economic snapshot of New Jersey communities during the early 1900s when the Carnegie libraries were erected in the state. 

Eleonora Dubicki is a reference and instruction librarian at Monmouth University. She has published two books and more than a dozen articles on topics in the field of library and information science. The primary focus of her research is on information literacy and information seeking behaviors. She holds an undergraduate degree in American Studies from Douglass College and a MLS and MBA from Rutgers University.



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

  • 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 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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