On this episode of Empire State Engagements, a conversation with author, historian, and mariner Jessica DuLong about her book Saved at the Seawall: Stories from the September 11 Boatlift (Three Hills/Cornell University Press, 2021). [Read more…] about Saved at the Seawall: Stories from the September 11 Boat-Lift
William L. Kidder’s book The Revolutionary World of a Free Black Man: Jacob Francis, 1754-1836 (Self-Published, 2021) tells the story of Jacob Francis of Amwell township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey who was indentured out by his free Black mother to the age of 21.
Five different men “owned his time” during his indenture and each provided a different experience for him. The last man lived in Salem, Massachusetts and Jacob lived there between 1768 and 1775 during the buildup to fighting in the American Revolution. [Read more…] about A Free Black Man’s Revolutionary World: Jacob Francis, 1754-1836
William Shirley was the Royal Governor of Massachusetts, appointed by the King of England. Shirley had been a British official in England serving on negotiating committees with French officials determining boundaries. This had led Shirley to a thorough dislike of the French.
He was very aggressive and had been a stalwart advocate of invading Canada and driving the French out of North America. Shirley had written a strong criticism of the New York Congress for its resistance to an invasion of Canada in 1748. He was upset when New Jersey and Rhode Island refused to cooperate in the invasion because they were not threatened. [Read more…] about The Albany Congress of 1754: Native People, Colonists & the Monarchy
Reclaim The Records has released the New Jersey Geographic Birth Index, 1901-1929.
It’s the first-ever online publication of a twentieth century birth index from the Garden State, with the exception of the 1901-1903 birth index which was released a few years ago. The geographic birth index is a list of births that have been separated by county of birth, and sometimes by a major city within the county, not just a purely alphabetical list. [Read more…] about 1.76 Million New Jersey Birth Records Now Available
Researchers have published the results of their multi-year aerial study investigating six large whale species in the New York Bight, a triangular area of coastal ocean waters between Long Island and New Jersey.
These results provide data on the year-round occurrence of large whales and is expected to help guide conservation efforts to mitigate impacts from anthropogenic threats. [Read more…] about A New Survey of Whales in the New York Bight
The Oreo is over one hundred years old. The delectable cookie with the creme center – a worldwide favorite – traces its origins to New York City.
According to Katherine Martinelli, writing for Smithsonian Magazine, NABISCO was formed in the city of New York in 1890, when some local bakeries merged to form the New York Biscuit Company and located in what is today Chelsea Market. Later, the company merged with rivals in Chicago and became the National Biscuit Company, NABISCO.
This week on The Historians Podcast, researcher and living historian Phil Weaver discusses his new book, The 3rd New Jersey in New York: Stories from The Jersey Greys of 1776. [Read more…] about Stories from the Jersey Greys of 1776
The Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Department of Cultural Affairs launched its fall season with an exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War in Jersey City, New Jersey.
WWI: Beyond Flanders Fields curated by Michelle Vitale, HCCC Director of Cultural Affairs honors New Jersey veterans and features unique military items from the National World War I Museum and Memorial, lectures by distinguished scholars, and interactive displays. [Read more…] about Jersey City World War I Centennial Exhibition Opens
“A Gentleman’s Pursuit: A Symposium on the American Greenhouse” has been set for Saturday, May 12th from 11 am to 4 pm at the Morven Museum & Garden’s Stockton Education Center, 55 Stockton Street in Princeton, New Jersey.
This symposium will explore the glamour and passion surrounding America’s “glass houses” with this expert panel of speakers, including: [Read more…] about Symposium Set On The American Greenhouse
Wendy E. Harris and Helene van Rossum are set to give a lecture on African enslavement among the Dutch Reformed Churches of New York’s Ulster County and New Jersey’s Raritan Valley on Saturday, April 7th at 4 pm at Deyo Hall, 6 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz. [Read more…] about New Paltz: Enslavement Among Dutch Reformed Churches