March 25, 2019
Livingston Senior/Community Center (LSCC)
204 Hillside Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
Livingston Historical Society: New Jersey Originals with Linda Barth
Monday, March 25, 2019
Join author Linda Barth as she explores groundbreaking, useful, fun, and even silly inventions and their New Jersey roots at the March meeting of the Livingston Historical Society.
What makes New Jersey so special? In addition to culture, wonderful suburban towns, a high standard of living, strong public schools, a mild climate, mountains and beaches, we must add one more: innovation.
In addition to the creations of Bell Labs and Thomas Edison, New Jersey has innovators and inventors galore. Before and during World War I, the soldiers at Fort Monmouth and Camp Evans produced many innovations—including radar and night vision goggles—that helped the United States win the war. Cook College at Rutgers has produced important, often disease-resistant, vegetables and flowers. Among the edible inventions are pork roll, M&M’s, and the famous Campbell’s green bean casserole. Quirky firsts include Lucy the Elephant and the Francis life car. And just for fun, Barth will talk about some famous and not-so-famous New Jerseyans.
Linda J. Barth has been a fan of New Jersey for a long time. A lifelong resident of the Garden State, Linda has written two books on the D&R Canal and three children’s picture books, Bridgetender’s Boy, Hidden New Jersey, and Alice Paul: Champion of Women’s Rights. She has also authored A History of Inventing in New Jersey: From Thomas Edison to the Ice Cream Cone and New Jersey Originals. With her husband she has published The Millstone Valley Through Time and Somerville Through Time. She has also contributed to the Encyclopedia of New Jersey.
The Livingston Historical Society meets on the fourth Monday of the month, September through April, except for December at the Senior/Community Center. The Public is invited to attend the monthly meetings and programs free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be served.