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October, 2017

Embattled Emblems: Posters and Flags of the First World War
Dates: Friday, October 20, 2017 09:00am - 04:45pm

On the eve of World War I, President (and former Governor of New Jersey) Woodrow Wilson faced the difficult task of transforming the American people into a pro-war populace willing to make supreme sacrifices for the country. Replete with patriotic images and rhetoric, posters used the power of illustration art to raise money for the war effort and induce a changing American mindset towards war. Whereas posters formed a chief source of propaganda on the home front, military flags served a similar purpose on the battlefront. Once overseas, the American Expeditionary Force used the patriotic form of the flag – a ...
Contact: Nicholas Ciotola - nicholas.ciotola@sos.nj.gov
New Jersey State Museum

Trenton, NJ

 

Category: Performances & Creative Exhibition

Over Here: Newark Mobilizes for World War I Exhibit
Dates: Friday, October 20, 2017 09:00am - 05:00pm

“Over Here: Newark Mobilizes for World War I” is an exhibit prepared by Dr. George Robb and will  be at the Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street. Dr. Robb is a widely published historian and Newark resident, and also a professor of history at William Paterson University. This outstanding WWI exhibit, will contain historic photographs, sheet music, pamphlets, posters, and other materials from the Library’s and his personal collections.  It’s well worth seeing!  It will be available for viewing in the Main Library’s third floor gallery from April 6 throughout the rest of the year. For more information contact The Newark Historical Society at NewarkHistorySociety@verizon.net or by calling 973.376.8273.
Contact: Thomas Ankner, 973-733-7775
Newark Public Library

Newark, NJ

 

Category: Museums and Exhibitions

Brothers in Arms: Memories of the Great War
Dates: Friday, October 20, 2017 10:00am - 03:00pm

Liberty Hall Museum will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United States entering with World War I with an exhibit entitled, “Brothers in Arms: Memories of the Great War”, in which the museum will look at the service of Captain John Kean, his brother Congressman, Robert W. Kean, as well as their three Roosevelt cousins, George, John and Philip. The exhibit, using firsthand accounts from their letters and postcards sent home, as well as, photographs and personal objects, will allow visitors to walk in their footsteps as they were sent off to basic training in 1917 to fighting overseas ...
Contact: libertyhall@kean.edu
Liberty Hall Museum

Union, NJ

 

Category: Museums and Exhibitions

Send the Word: New Jersey and the Great War
Dates: Friday, October 20, 2017 10:00am - 05:00pm

Experience New Jersey's World War One history through music, armaments, uniforms and other artifacts. 
Contact: Maribel Jusino-Iturralde, maribel@jerseyhistory.org
New Jersey Historical Society

Newark, NJ

 

Category: Museums and Exhibitions

World War I Centennial: Heaven, Hell or Hoboken
Dates: Friday, October 20, 2017 02:00pm - 07:00pm

The Hoboken Historical Museum opens a new exhibit that focuses on how the city and its residents were transformed after the United States entered World War I. "World War I Centennial: Heaven, Hell or Hoboken," which runs through December 23, will feature silent films of soldiers at the Hoboken port. It will also show government posters meant to promote the local draft registration and urge people at home to buy war bonds, conserve resources and help with the war effort. During that time, Hoboken became the main port for the U.S. Expeditionary Forces headed to Europe. In addition, personal photographs, letters, uniforms ...
Contact: www.hobokenmuseum.org
Hoboken Historical Museum

Hoboken, NJ

 

Category: Museums and Exhibitions

An Unintentional Consequence of WWI: American Religious Pluralism and Jewish Experience
Dates: Monday, October 23, 2017 07:00pm - 08:30pm

The American government entered World War I confident in the knowledge that the United States was a predominantly Protestant country, albeit one which extended religious tolerance to other faiths. By the end of the war, however, the US military and War Department increasingly depicted Judaism and Catholicism as equal partners to Protestantism in the “three faiths of American democracy.” WWI marked a period of critical, although not always intentional, transformations in the ways that American religion was defined and supported by the policies and practices of the government. This talk will explore how these changes came about – who advocated ...
Contact: Pamela Brooks, (908) 322-5007; pbrooks@scotlib.org
Scotch Plains Public Library

Scotch Plains, NJ

 

Category: Education

Readings-Based Discussions: The Home Front
Dates: Thursday, October 26, 2017 07:00pm

Dr. Christopher C. Gibbs, author and U.S. army veteran, will facilitate a reading-based discussion on the American homefront during World War I.  Readings should be done in preparation for the evening and are available at http://ww1america.org/home-front.php. Gibbs is the author of The Great Silent Majority: Missouri’s Resistance to World War I, as well as six crime novels set in the aftermath of the war. He served with the military police in Vietnam, and has taught history at Rutgers, Middlesex County College, and Union County College. Pre-registration is required for this event.
Contact: Pamela Brooks, (908) 322-5007; pbrooks@scotlib.org
Scotch Plains Public Library (Copy)

Scotch Plains, NJ

 

Category: Conferences, Shows & Panels, Performances & Creative Exhibition, Education

Film Screening: Flyboys
Dates: Friday, October 27, 2017 12:00pm - 02:30pm

The Scotch Plains Public Library will show movies about World War I each Friday in October. The fourth film will be Flyboys (PG-13, 140 min).  Inspired by true events, tells the story of the Lafayette Escadrille, a group of American men who volunteered to fight for the French before the U.S. entered World War I and became the country’s first fighter pilots.
Contact: Pamela Brooks, (908) 322-5007; pbrooks@scotlib.org
Scotch Plains Public Library (Copy)

Scotch Plains, NJ

 

Category: Performances & Creative Exhibition, News and Media
November, 2017

Facilitated Discussion: Coming Home
Dates: Thursday, November 02, 2017 07:00pm

Ryan Harty, U.S. army veteran, will facilitate a reading-based discussion on Coming Home. Harty is currently serving as the Operations Officer for the 1st Squadron, 102d Cavalry Regiment stationed in Westfield and deployed in 2008-2009 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Readings should be completed in preparation for the evening and are available by going to http://ww1america.org/coming-home.php; advanced registration is required.
Contact: Pamela Brooks, (908) 322-5007; pbrooks@scotlib.org
Scotch Plains Public Library (Copy)

Scotch Plains, NJ

 

Category: Performances & Creative Exhibition, Education

New Jersey and the Great War - New Jersey Historical Commission Public History Conference
Dates: Friday, November 03, 2017 - Saturday, November 04, 2017

The New Jersey Historical Commission will mark the World War I Centennial and the 100th Birthday of Fort Dix with a full day of presentations and activities to be held at the Joint Base Maguire Dix Lakehurst, or what was established in 1917 as Camp Dix. This historic base, which was one of sixteen military training facilities created that year to support the war effort, continued to provide training to thousands of men and women throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, including approximately 227,000 between 2001 and 2015. The event will include tours and presentations on New Jersey ...
Contact: www.history.nj.gov
Joint Base MDL

Joint Base MDL, NJ

 

Category: Commemoration & Memorial Events

Pack Up Your Troubles: The Music of the Great War
Dates: Thursday, November 09, 2017 10:30am

DESCRIPTION: Featuring the award-winning baritone John Brancy and pianist Peter Dugan, A Silent Night will engage visitors in discussion about and songs from the Great War. A sample of the artists’ new collaboration can be found: http://www.igg.me/at/a-silent-night Limited bus funding is available for Ocean County schools to send students on a first come, first serve basis.
Contact: Nicholas Wood: 732.929.4779 (NWood@co.ocean.nj.us)
Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College

Toms River, NJ

 

Category: New Jersey

Reception for Veterans & 52 Reasons to Love a Vet Gallery Exhibit
Dates: Thursday, November 09, 2017 07:00pm - 09:00pm

As the Scotch Plains Public Library's World War I and America programming draws to a close, graphic designer Ella Rue discusses how her family's experience was the impetus for the founding of a non-profit serving veterans.  A reception that honors veterans and celebrates the "52 Reasons to Love a Vet" exhibit will follow her talk. 
Contact: Pamela Brooks, (908) 322-5007; pbrooks@scotlib.org
Scotch Plains Public Library (Copy)

Scotch Plains, NJ

 

Category: Performances & Creative Exhibition, Museums and Exhibitions

A Silent Night: A WWI Centenary Tribute in Song
Dates: Friday, November 10, 2017 07:00pm

DESCRIPTION: Description: Reprising their performance for a general audience, the award-winning baritone John Brancy and pianist Peter Dugan will perform a selection from their upcoming album, A Silent Night: A WWI Centenary Tribute in Song.  A sample of the artists’ new collaboration can be found: http://www.igg.me/at/a-silent-night Tickets can be purchased by calling the box-office: (732) 255-0500
Contact: Venue Box Office: 732.255.0500
Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College (Copy)

Toms River, NJ

 

Category: New Jersey

New Jersey's Role in World War I: Sabotage Target and Key State in the War Effort
Dates: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 12:00pm - 01:00pm

Author of the fiction thriller, Over Here, James Hockenberry will describe the events around the Black Tom Island explosion and other key incidents in New Jersey like the Henry Ford Peace Mission and the destruction of the Kingsland plant.
Contact: Deborah Mercer, dmercer@njstatelib.org
New Jersey State Library

Trenton, NJ

 

Category: Education

Black Tom Island
Dates: Friday, November 17, 2017 07:00pm

Based on an actual incident that took place in Jersey City in 1916, Black Tom Island explores the first documented terrorist attack on American soil through the lens of a fictionalized Slovak immigrant and his wife who may or may not be involved in the attack. Free; reservations required. Please call 908-737-7469, email ticket@kean.edu, or visit http://www.premierestagesatkean.com/current-shows to reserve. Miron Student Center Little Theatre  1000 Morris Avenue Union, NJ 07083
Contact: ticket@kean.edu or 908-737-7469
Miron Student Center Little Theatre

Union, NJ

 

Category: Conferences, Shows & Panels, Performances & Creative Exhibition

Black Tom Island
Dates: Saturday, November 18, 2017 03:00am - 05:00pm

Based on an actual incident that took place in Jersey City in 1916, Black Tom Island explores the first documented terrorist attack on American soil through the lens of a fictionalized Slovak immigrant and his wife who may or may not be involved in the attack. Free; reservations required. Please call 908-737-7469, email ticket@kean.edu, or visit http://www.premierestagesatkean.com/current-shows to reserve. Miron Student Center Little Theatre  1000 Morris Avenue Union, NJ 07083
Contact: 908-737-7469, ticket@kean.edu
Miron Student Center Little Theatre

Union, NJ

 

Category: Conferences, Shows & Panels, Performances & Creative Exhibition

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The State of New Jersey

Contact: NewJersey@worldwar1centennial.org

 

New Jersey World War I
Centennial Partners

New Jersey Historical Commission
sara.cureton@sos.nj.gov

New Jersey Historic Preservation Office
doug.mcvarish@dep.nj.gov

New Jersey State Museum
nicholas.ciotola@sos.nj.gov

New Jersey State Archives
veronica.calder@sos.nj.gov

Rutgers University
rbecker@rulmail.rutgers.edu

New Jersey National Guard Militia Museum
http://nj.gov/military/museum/contact.html