Thursday, July 23, 2015

Celebrate Newark's 350th Anniversary with the Newark History Society

Newark, New Jersey: The City of Newark will celebrate 350 years in 2016, and a variety of programs will be held to commemorate the history of New Jersey's largest city. The Newark History Society will sponsor programs in 2015 and 2016 at the New Jersey Historical Society and at the Chase Room of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, according to Timothy Crist, the organization's president.

On Monday, October 19th, there will be a kickoff for the 350th Anniversary celebration at NJPAC's Chase Room at 6:00pm. There will be presentations about how Newark's 250th and 300th anniversaries were celebrated, and an overview of the plans for the 350th anniversary celebration will be given.

On Monday, November 16th at 6:00pm, there will be a program at the New Jersey Historical Society about music in Newark in the early 1900s. Information about Newark composers Jerome Kern and Ralph Rainger will be shared.

In 2016, there will be programs about the former Jewish community in Newark's Weequahic neighborhood and about how Newarkers reacted to events in the colonial period. 

On June 20th, 2016, there will be a panel discussion called 'Progressives and Reformers: Newark Takes the Lead'. Three panelists will discuss reforms that were made to education, infrastructure, and cultural institutions at the turn of the 20th century. The moderator will be George Robb, and the panelists will be Steven Diner, a former chancellor at Rutgers-Newark, Ezra Shales, a professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Elizabeth Aaron, the principal of Columbia High School in Maplewood.

Each of the five events will be free and open to the public.

The New Jersey Historical Society is located at 52 Park Place and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center is located on Center Street.

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