Morristown & Morris Township Library NEWS Morristown & Morris Township Library NEWS RSS Feed Fri, 22 May 2015 16:05:42 GMT Library Closed For Memorial Day Weekend, Sat., Sun., and Mon. In celebration of Memorial Day the library will be closed Saturday, May 23, Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25. Have a wonderful holiday. Tue, 19 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT Exhibit Honors the 275th Anniversary of the Founding of the Township of Morris 1740-2015 In conjunction with the Mayor and Township Committee of Morris Township and The Historic Preservation Commission of Morris Township, The Morristown and Morris Township Library is hosting an exhibit celebrating the 275th anniversary of the founding of Morris Township. The exhibit will be on display in the second floor, F.M. Kirby Gallery from <strong>April 8 through August 16</strong>. The exhibit is also supported by the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.<p>The colonial legislature of New Jersey created Morris County on March 15, 1739 naming the county, for the Governor of New Jersey, Colonel Lewis Morris (for which the Township and Morristown would later also be named). The county was initially divided into three townships in 1740: Pequannock, Hanover and Morris.&nbsp; Morris Township originally took up half of the county but has been subdivided many times since and now encompasses 15.45 square miles.&nbsp; In its first two hundred years the Township was primarily farmland but this changed drastically over time as much of New Jersey morphed into the &ldquo;urban&rdquo; designation tagged currently with the U.S. Census Bureau.&nbsp; The anniversary exhibit will focus not only on Morris Township&rsquo;s agricultural past, but also its part in the American Revolution and its fame as home to Gilded Age, New York City millionaire mansions.&nbsp; The exhibition will also examine the history of the Township&rsquo;s fire and police departments, The Seeing Eye, the College of Saint Elizabeth and other institutions as well as famous Township residents.&nbsp;</p> <p>People interested in more information about the exhibit are encouraged to contact the Library&rsquo;s North Jersey History &amp; Genealogy Center at (973) 538-3473.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="Beers Atlas of Morris Township, 1868" src="/userfiles/image/morris%20township%20map.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:80px; margin:5px; width:100px" title="Beers Atlas of Morris Township, 1868" /><img alt="Convent Station and College of St. Elizabeth, ca. 1900" src="/userfiles/image/convent%20station.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; height:80px; margin:5px; width:100px" title="Convent Station and College of St. Elizabeth, ca. 1900" /><img alt="George Marshall Allen House, ca. 1920" src="/userfiles/image/george%20marshall%20allen%20house.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; height:59px; margin:5px; width:125px" title="George Marshall Allen House, ca. 1920" /><img alt="Washington Valley School House, ca. 1890" src="/userfiles/image/washington%20valley%20school%20house.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; height:81px; margin:5px; width:100px" title="Washington Valley School House, ca. 1890" /></p> <p>1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Beers Atlas of Morris Township, 1868</p> <p>2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Convent Station and College of St. Elizabeth, ca. 1900</p> <p>3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; George Marshall Allen House, ca. 1920</p> <p>4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Washington Valley School House, ca. 1890</p> <p>Picture credits all courtesy of the North Jersey History &amp; Genealogy Center, The Morristown &amp; Morris Township Library.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT Poem-A-Day Celebrate National Poetry Month with us by reading a Poem-A-Day from the Academy of American Poets. <a href="" target="_blank">Click here to read poems or to sign up to have a poem delivered daily to your email account.</a> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT Library Closed on Easter Sunday The library will be closed on Sunday, April 5 for Easter. Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT Downton Abbey Support Group Meeting Postponed! And Book Lovers' Circle and Savvy Seniors also Postponed Due to the inclement weather on Thursday, March 5, the Library’s Downton Abbey Support Group will be postponed until <strong>Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00 PM.</strong> Please come and join us then! <em>In addition, the Book Lovers' Circle program has been postponed until March 12 and the Computer Savvy Senior class has been postponed until March 12.</em> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT