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Joseph R. Klett, executive director of the New Jersey State Archives in Trenton and resident of Hopewell Borough, will present a lecture focusing on “New Jersey’s Colonial Landscape” at the Hopewell Museum, 28 E. Broad St., Hopewell, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 15.
Mr. Klett will discuss both the geography and ancient boundary lines of old New Jersey, as well as archival sources for the colonial period.
The talk is based on his monograph, “Understanding New Jersey’s Geography in the Proprietary Period,” which was published as a special issue of The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey to celebrate the New Jersey 350th anniversary in 2014. It won last year’s Donald Lines Jacobus Award from the American Society of Genealogists for scholarly contribution to the field of genealogy, nationally.
According to a website, “Donald Lines Jacobus, FASG (1887-1970) of New Haven, Conn., was widely regarded among genealogists as the dean of American genealogy during his lifetime.” He established the New Haven Genealogical Magazine in 1922. This became The American Genealogist 10 years later.
Mr. Klett also will discuss a colonial case study focusing on the Hopewell area.
The May 15 presentation is one of many events planned this year to celebrate Hopewell’s 125th anniversary of incorporation, which took place in 1891.