2019 Tri-County History Fair for Middlesex, Somerset, and Union September 28

Plainfield Public Library is happy to announce the

2019 Tri-County History Fair for Middlesex, Somerset, and Union.

Join your colleagues, friends, and neighbors for a fun day of historical discovery, resource sharing, raffles, and more.

This program is FREE and open to the public.

This year’s program is as follows: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm – Carol Simon Levin, author and storyteller, will present “Reclaiming Our Voice: New Jersey’s Role in the Fight for Woman Suffrage.” Carol will portray Lillian Feickert, president of the New Jersey Woman Suffrage Association from 1912-1920, who lived in both Plainfield and North Plainfield. 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm – Lawrence Hogan, Ph.D., professor emeritus of history at Union County College, will present, “The Best Kept Secret in American Journalism: The Associated Negro Press.” A story of persistence, creativity, and determination, the Associated Negro Press and its founder Claude Barnett delivered national and international news coverage that was remarkable for its substance and scope. Barnett, a Tuskegee Institute graduate, founded the ANP in 1919. Despite limited resources and numerous difficulties, the ANP ran for over forty years. Eventually, the Press was often referred to as “the greatest single power in the Negro race.” This session is sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Public Scholars Program. Between lectures, there will be a free antique appraisal session provided by Winterhill Antiques of Scotch Plains. Registration is requested, but not required. For more information, please contact the Local History Department at (908) 757-1111 ext. 136