Friday, December 27, 2013

Jan. 4th: Preserving and Protecting Hunterdon's Historic Treasures

Join us on January 4th for the kick off to our year-long lecture series.  Although our series covers many topics from the Revolutionary War to the lost dairy farms of Hunterdon, we thought we would start our first lecture of the year in a very provocative way.

At 1 p.m. at the Main Branch of the Hunterdon County Library on Route 12, join Marilyn Cummings to see her visual presentation on a major historical AND historic mapping project she has done for the county.  She began in Delaware Township where she serves as a member of the Historical Society.  She digitized and layered all of the maps she could find, from Lenni Lenape encampments to old roads.  When she finished that in celebration of Delaware's 175th anniversary, she just kept going!  She has now completed the digitization of all of Hunterdon.  Layer upon layer of old maps have been placed on top of each other.  Marilyn will peel these layers apart and demonstrate the powerful capabilities of her mapping project!

After a brief break for refreshments, we shall resume with our only panel discussion of 2014.  The discussion is topical:  the lost and fragile historic treasures of Hunterdon.  The panel will explore buildings and sites no longer there, the top ten most threatened and endangered historic structures, and how one group of intrepid citizens strove to save a major historic site and were successful in that endeavor. 

Panelists and historic preservation experts are Janice Armstrong, Elizabeth Cole and Michael Marguiles.  A question and answer period follows.

This event is free and limited to 100 people; there are 35 seats left.  For tickets, please see our website; limited tickets are also available on Saturday, December 28th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Flemington Choir School, 3 Chorister Place in Flemington. 

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