Women’s History to be Celebrated at Local Libraries this March
(Somerset County, NJ: February 17, 2017) This March, Somerset County Library System of New Jersey’s libraries will celebrate Women’s History Month with a variety of programming.
“SCLSNJ is celebrating Women’s History Month with a series of programs that will highlight the great strides and accomplishments made by women in the past century,” said Marcela Dunham, SCLSNJ’s system programming coordinator. “We are thrilled to offer a great variety of programs to take place at several of our library branches. From a famous photojournalist who grew up a few steps away from our Bound Brook Library branch, to women in art and literature, to two shows performed by professional artists portraying the lives of a Jersey Shore vaudeville artist and the most famous female aviator, there is something for everyone.”
SCLSNJ’s Women’s History Month Programs
The Triangle Factory Fire: Women, Labor, and the Workplace, 1911 and Today
March 4, 2-3 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch, located at 1 Vogt Drive in Hillsborough
And March 22, 7-8 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Mary Jacobs Memorial Library branch, located at 64 Washington Street in Rocky Hill
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911, which claimed the lives of 146 garment workers, was one of the deadliest industrial disasters in American history. This lecture and discussion on women, labor, and the workplace will be presented by Dr. Carl Lindskoog, Assistant Professor of History at Raritan Valley Community College.
SCLSNJ recommended read: “The Museum of Extraordinary Things: A Novel” by Alice Hoffman
Women Novelists of the 19th Century
March 9, 7-8 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch, located at 379 South Branch Road in Hillsborough
Jessica Brent, Ph.D. will explore the history of women’s writing and the rise of the woman writer in 19th century England, focusing on Jane Austen, the Brontë sisters, and George Eliot (the pen name of Mary Ann Evans).
SCLSNJ recommended read: “Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart” by Claire Harman
Women of New York
March 11, 2-3 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Warren Township Library branch, located at 42 Mountain Boulevard in Warren Twp.
Historian and NYC tour guide Marty Schneit will detail the history of 14 women who made significant contributions to New York and the world at large at a time in United States history when full equality for women was not yet recognized.
SCLSNJ recommended read: “The Women Who Made New York” by Julie Scelfo
Women of the 1916 Easter Rising
March 13, 7-8 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch, located at 1 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater
Maureen Murphy Quinn will speak about the brave and resourceful Irish women who were part of the 1916 Easter Rising.
SCLSNJ recommended read: “1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion” by Morgan Llywelyn
Determined Spirit: The Story of Amelia Earhart
March 18, 2-3 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Manville Library branch, located at 100 South 10the Avenue in Manville
Actress and historian Monica Hoffman will perform as Amelia Earhart in a one woman show that reveals the life and legacy of the world’s most celebrated female aviator.
SCLSNJ recommended read: “Amelia Earhart: The Thrill of It” by Susan Wels
Women in Art and Women Artists presented by The Newark Museum
March 18, 2-3 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch, located at 1 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater
This program will look at the way women were portrayed in art from Egyptian times to the Gilded Age when art was mostly created by men. The rise of women artists will also be discussed.
SCLSNJ recommended read: “Women Artists: An Illustrated History” by Nancy Heller
Margaret Bourke-White: “The Eyes on Russia” Photographs
March 21, 7-8 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Bound Brook Memorial Library branch, located at 402 East High Street in Bound Brook
In 1930, Margaret Bourke-White, the famous photojournalist who grew up in Bound Brook a few steps away from the Library, became the first foreign photographer after the Russian Revolution to photograph with permission of the Soviet government. This slide lecture presented by Gary Saretzky will trace her transformation from an industrial photographer to an artist with a social conscience, whose left-wing associations in the 1930s came back to haunt her during the McCarthy era. This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
SCLSNJ recommended read: “Reporting Under Fire: 16 Daring Women War Correspondents and Photojournalists” by Kerrie Logan Hollihan
From Vaudeville to the Jersey Shore
March 27, 7-8 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s North Plainfield Memorial Library branch, located at 6 Rockview Avenue in North Plainfield
Heather Mac Donald will portray celebrated actress Mabel Fenton as she relives this bygone era with music, memories and a demonstration of the “Pie in the Face” gag that both she and her actor-husband, Charles Ross, originated over a century ago.
SCLSNJ recommended read: “Remarkable Women of the New Jersey Shore: Clam Shuckers, Social Reformers and Summer Sojourners” by Karen L. Schnitzspahn
About Somerset County Library System of New Jersey
Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) partners with you to connect, to explore, to share and to discover. Together we enrich lives, expand knowledge and strengthen communities. SCLSNJ branches can be found in Bridgewater, Bound Brook, Hillsborough, Manville, North Plainfield, Peapack & Gladstone, Rocky Hill at Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, Somerville, Warren Township, and Watchung. Additionally, there are two SCLSNJ reading stations in Branchburg and Washington Valley. Visit SCLSNJ.org for further information about library services offered at SCLSNJ.