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"New Jersey Before the Revolution: Land and People" - Fall 2014 exhibition in Alexander Library

December 19, 2014
Map of Northeastern North America, c. 1696 (detail)

Map of Northeastern North America, c. 1696 (detail), Nicolaas Visscher II. Courtesy of Rutgers University Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives.

Update:  Please note that the exhibition has been extended until March 13, 2015.

The Rutgers University Libraries invite members of the Rutgers community and the general public to view the fall 2014 exhibition in Special Collections and University Archives - "New Jersey Before the Revolution: Land and People."

The "New Jersey Before the Revolution" exhibition will trace the issues that animated our state's growth during the colonial period, many of which continue to hold our attention today - diversity, economic opportunity, immigration, political turmoil, and religious conflict and cooperation. It will look at the state's early inhabitants - Native Americans, English, Scottish, Dutch, Irish, Germans, Finnish, Swedish, Huguenots, and African Americans - and examine the education, occupations, and values of these groups as well as how they gradually came to work together to build what became the state of New Jersey.

The "New Jersey Before the Revolution" exhibition features rare and unique items from Special Collections and University Archives such as manuscripts, maps, and publications from and about early Dutch and British settlements in New Jersey and the East/West Jersey partition. The exhibition also includes select artifacts that illustrate everyday life in the colonial period from the New Jersey State Museum, the Bucks County Historical Society, the National Society of Colonial Dames of America, and other institutions.

This exhibition and the accompanying programs are part of Special Collections and University Archives' contribution to the statewide celebration marking the 350th anniversary of the establishment of New Jersey as a British colony.

The "New Jersey Before the Revolution" exhibition will be on display in Gallery '50 on the first floor and the Special Collections and University Archives Gallery on the lower level of Alexander Library, on Rutgers' College Ave. campus in New Brunswick. The exhibition will run October 9, 2014 - March 13, 2015. Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and Saturday 1:00 - 5:00 pm during the academic year.

For more information about the exhibition and accompanying programs, please contact Exhibitions Coordinator Fernanda Perrone at hperrone@rulmail.rutgers.edu or 848.932.6154.