Benevolent Patriot: The Life and Times of Henry Rutgers- spring exhibition
Revolutionary War officer, New York State legislator, brewer, and noted philanthropist Henry Rutgers
(1745-1830) is celebrated in the Spring 2010 exhibition in Special Collections and University
In 1825, the Board of Trustees of Queens College in New Brunswick, NJ changed the school’s name to
Rutgers College in honor of Henry Rutgers. One year later, Rutgers gave a generous donation of a bond
and a bell to the college. Less well known is Henry Rutgers' prominence in New York City as one of
the wealthiest landowners in Manhattan. His contributions included service during the Revolutionary
War and later in the New York State legislature, as well as support to religious and educational
institutions. These activities, and other aspects of his domestic and public life, are highlighted in
an exhibition curated by Rutgers' archivists at Special Collections and University Archives
The exhibition will feature historic maps, documents, and illustrations as well as personal artifacts
that illuminate the history of Henry Rutgers and New York during the Revolutionary War and Early
National periods. The exhibition also tells the story of our continued fascination with Colonel Henry
and features contemporary photographs by Rutgers alumna Heather Morrison of the neighborhood and sites
related to him on the Lower East Side.
The exhibition opening reception on February 15th will include a presentation of in-depth historical
research on Henry Rutgers by Dr. David Fowler, and presentations by Rutgers Professor of History Paul
G. E. Clemens, University Archivist Tom Frusciano, and Rutgers University President Richard L.
McCormick. The reception will be held at 5:00 pm in the Scholarly Communication Center, on the 4th
floor of Alexander Library, on Rutgers' College Ave. Campus in New Brunswick.
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