Save Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 3pm for the Kinnelon Library's next author event: Gateways to History, a joint speaking engagement with Jude M. Pfister and Gordon Thomas Ward, whose books and stories focus intensely on New Jersey history.
Here is the official description, to which I have added some details:
Two unique and celebrated historians, storytellers and authors are giving a joint presentation, which will resonate with all who value and enjoy the preservation of a sense of place.
Jude M. Pfister, author of The Jacob Ford Jr. Mansion: The Storied History of A New Jersey Home (Landmarks) and The Fords of New Jersey: Power and Family during America's Founding, will discuss the Ford family of Morris County along with their mansion in Morristown. This family participated and witnessed some of the most trying times of the first century of the American historical pageant. The multi-layered family history is tangibly represented in the multi-floored and memory-laden mansion which stands to this day as a testament to the passage of time and enduring power of place. By understanding the continuity of the family and their approach to the past and the future as they understood it, we are able to listen to more than the echoes of their time; indeed, we can come face to face with them across the centuries.
|The Jacob Ford|
"Jude Pfister has been part of Morristown National Historic Park since 2004 and has been with the Park Service since 1993. His professional interests include American constitutional development; the development of American historiography as a separate discipline; historic preservation and the communication of cultural patrimony to the general public; and understanding the broad scope of historic preservation through the interconnection of cultural resources. He earned his BA from Delaware State University in 1991, his MA from Washington College in 1993 and his doctorate from Drew University in 2007. He is the author of The First Decade of the United States Supreme Court and The Jacob Ford Jr. Mansion: The Storied History Of A New Jersey Home."
Gordon Thomas Ward, author of A Bit of Earth in the Somerset Hills: Growing Up in a Small New Jersey Town and Ghosts of Central Jersey: Historic Haunts of the Somerset Hills, feels that landscapes around us can be truly magical places where the past can be very much entwined with the present. Whether recalling in brilliant detail a rich mix of timeless meditations on the special qualities that make a “hometown” or recounting stories of ghosts that roam within the historic sites and buildings of central New Jersey, this presentation will resonate with all who value and enjoy the preservation of a sense of place.