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Celebrate 350 Years of NJ History at East Jersey Olde Towne Lecture Series

September 12, 2014
​The Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission is proud to present two historical lectures at East Jersey Olde Towne Village to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the founding of New Jersey.

The first lecture, “The Excavations of Raritan Landing,” will be delivered by Rebecca Yamin, Ph. D, at 2 p.m. Sept. 21. This talk explores Raritan Landing, a once-thriving port community in New Jersey’s 18th and early 19th century history that is located in present-day Piscataway Township. Yamin has been researching Rartian Landing since the site’s excavation in the 1970s. Her lecture will be combined with East Jersey Olde Towne’s permanent archeological exhibit, “Raritan Landing: A Forgotten Past,” to create a fully realized look at New Jersey’s early days of trade and community. 
On Sept. 28, the second lecture, “William Franklin: Last Royal Governor of New Jersey,” will be delivered by Sheila Skemp at 2p.m. The lecture details the life of William Franklin, the illegitimate son of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin. William Franklin’s tumultuous relationship with his father, his tenure as Governor in pre-Revolutionary New Jersey from 1763 to 1776, and much more will be discussed. 
“This anniversary is a time for everyone in our State to enjoy together,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee. “I hope many people from Middlesex County and beyond will attend this event and others like it. By learning our State history, remembering it, and contributing to this legacy through our own lives, we make sure that what it means to be part of New Jersey can never be lost.”
Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios was equally enthusiastic: “Our history allows us to truly appreciate and enjoy the great state we live in. This series is just one of many ways in which Middlesex County will mark this landmark anniversary, and we’re proud to have these lecturers share their knowledge with the County.”
Both lectures will be held at East Jersey Olde Towne Village, 1050 River Road, Piscataway. Admission is free, but registration is required. To register, please call 732-745-4489.

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