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Tewksbury Historical Society’s Annual Meeting and Lecture by Linda Barth on “New Jersey Originals: Technological Marvels, Odd Inventions, Trailblazing Characters and More”

Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 1:00 pm


Odd Inventions, Trailblazing Characters and More

Sunday, March 17, 2019 @ 1 pm – Society Headquarters – Mountainville

The Tewksbury Historical Society will hold its annual membership meeting on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Society Headquarters, 60 Water Street, Mountainville. Refreshments will be served. This meeting was rescheduled from January 20 due to inclement weather.  We’ve rescheduled the Kevin Woyce lecture to the November Covered Dish Supper.

The Society will hold its annual reorganization meeting, at which time the society’s Nominating Committee will present a slate of officers for the positions of Vice-President and Treasurer to be voted upon by the membership at large. The Society’s Treasurer will present a 2018 financial report and Standing Committee Chairs will present their reports on 2018 activities and proposed 2019 plans.

Local historian and author Linda Barth will discuss her latest book, “New Jersey Originals: Technological Marvels, Odd Inventions, Trailblazing Characters and More”, volume two of “New Jersey Firsts and Inventions”.   New Jersey is a state of Innovations – most notably those of Bell Labs and Thomas Edison.  Before World War 1 the soldiers at Fort Monmouth and Camp Evans produced radar and night-vision goggles.  Edible items that have become part of the US pantry are Pork Roll, Mar’s M&Ms, Campbell’s famous Green Bean Casserole, Cook College of Rutgers University’s disease-resistant vegetables and flowers.   Other New Jersey “Firsts” are Lucy the Elephant and the Francis Life Car.  All of these topics will comprise a fascinating and interesting lecture.

Ms. Barth is a longtime fan and lifelong resident of New Jersey.  A former fourth grade school teacher, she focused the children’s attention on the state’s positive aspects – its diverse geography, important history, vast agriculture, industrial accomplishments, etc.    She is the author of several books about New Jersey, both for adults and for children.  Among them are two books on the D & R Canal and “A History of Inventing in New Jersey:  From Thomas Edison to the Ice Cream Cone” for adults and “Bridgetender’s Boy” and “Hidden New Jersey” for children.  With her husband she published “The Millstone Valley Through Time” and “Somerville Through Time”.  She has also contributed to the “Encyclopedia of New Jersey”.

In the event of inclement weather (snow or ice) the meeting will be cancelled. Check the Society’s website at www.tewksburyhistory.net or call 908-832-6734 for more information or to check for any cancellation.


Sunday, March 17, 2019
1:00 pm
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Tewksbury Historical Society Headquarters
60 Water Street
Mountainville Lebanon, NJ 08833 United States
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