History of burial grounds comes alive Sunday

Co-sponsored by Pennington Public Library, Hopewell Valley Historical Society, and The Hopewell Museum, and made possible in part by a New Jersey Historical Commission history regrant from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission Professor Richard Veit will present “Stranger Stop and Cast an Eye”: ​an introduction to New Jersey’s historic burial grounds on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 3 pm by zoom.            

Far from being scary, spooky places, New Jersey’s historic burial grounds are treasure troves of information for historians, genealogists, archaeologists, and art historians. This richly illustrated presentation examines New Jersey historic cemeteries from High Point to Cape May.  It provides a chronological overview of New Jersey’s historic burial places from the colonial period to the present. Exceptional examples of colonial, Victorian, and modern memorials are all presented and discussed.  Audiences leave with a new appreciation for gravemarkers and burial places as important sources of information about local history.

Richard Veit, Ph.D. is Professor of Anthropology and Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University. Veit is a North American historical archaeologist whose research focuses on the Middle Atlantic Region between the late 17th and early 19th centuries. His work focuses on commemoration, symbolism, vernacular architecture, and military sites archaeology.  He has authored or co-authored numerous articles and reviews and eight books including Digging New Jersey’s Past: Historical Archaeology in the Garden State (Rutgers Press 2002), New Jersey Cemeteries and Tombstones History in the Landscape (co-authored by Mark Nonestied, Rutgers Press 2008), and New Jersey: A History of the Garden State (co-authored with Maxine Lurie, Rutgers Press 2012).  In 2007, he was the recipient of Monmouth University’s distinguished teacher award.  He regularly presents on topics relating to historical archaeology and New Jersey history and has been a TED speaker.

Registration RequiredPenningtonLibrary.org/NJBurialGrounds

Save the date for the HVHS and Pennington Library’s next presentation: Women Win the Vote! The Suffrage Fight in Three Acts Tuesday, August 18 at 7pm.

Submitted by the Hopewell Valley Historical Society

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