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Events for Thursday October 13, 2016

By the Book

By the Book: A Morning Book Club

Thursday October 13, 2016
10:00 AM
Please join us as we discuss Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra. Two doctors risk everything to save the life of a hunted child in this majestic debut about love, loss, and the unexpected ties that bind us together.

Internet for Seniors

Internet for Seniors

Thursday October 13, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Seniors and other beginners will learn some basic Internet terminology and will become adept at maneuvering through the web by clicking on links, typing addresses, and using Explorer’s navigational tools. Three week class. Registration required and begins on September 12. Please call 973-538-2592 to register or for more information.

Anniversary Program

200 Years of Newspapers: 'Dewey Defeats Truman’ and other Historic Newspapers of the American Presidency

Thursday October 13, 2016
7:00 PM
Historian and Morris County Historical Society board member Pete Tamburro discusses his personal collection of original newspapers highlighting many famous political events.

Certainly newspapers have played a large role in hindering and helping candidates reach the highest office, but they have also acted as an historical record of the times as well as an opinionated measuring stick of everyone who graced the Oval Office.  Tamburro will show off his original copy of the famous “Dewey Defeats Truman” from The Chicago Tribune, Samuel Tilden’s 19th century election “win” versus Rutherford Hayes (the latter actually became President) and other famous newspapers of political events throughout history.  His collection ranges from Washington’s presidency through Barack Obama and features the first appearances of the Elephant and Donkey used for the two major political parties (drawn by Thomas Nast, for whom our North Jersey History & Genealogy Center has a collection) as well as reports of the assassination of President Kennedy and the deaths of Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt and others.


Mr. Peter J. Tamburro, Jr. has joined the Morris County Historical Society’s Board of Trustees. A life-long resident of Morris County, a distinguished educator, author of Gateway to Morris, a history of East Hanover, and author of several chess publications, Mr. Tamburro taught U.S. History in Morris County for 32 years. He was named New Jersey’s Outstanding Teacher of History in 1990, was awarded the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellowship in World History at Princeton University in 1991, and held a Council for Basic Education Fellowship in World History in 1993.

He served on historic commissions in East Hanover and Long Valley, and now lectures throughout New Jersey on local history, the U.S. Constitution, and public policy matters. He received a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, and a M.A.T. from The College of New Jersey. Pete is a U.S. Army veteran with three sons.

The library is collaborating with The Morris County Historical Society, in recognition of this presidential election year, to present this program, the fourth in the Historical Society’s Jeanne Watson Memorial speakers’ series.  What makes the program unique is that Mr. Tamburro will share the original newspapers from the four centuries elections were held in that he has collected for years, including the most famous of them all—the “Dewey Defeats Truman” Chicago Tribune paper. These newspapers will then be displayed at Acorn Hall in November.

Library Centennial LogoHas it really been 100 Years?

In 1916, the cornerstone of a new Library building was laid along Miller Road and South Street, overseen by local philanthropist Grinnell Willis after a disastrous fire that burned the Library & Lyceum just blocks away.  Thus, we are spending a year celebrating our building’s 100th anniversary!  Although library service in Morris Township and Morristown actually started right after the Revolutionary War (and continued with the Library and Lyceum throughout the 19th Century), our current “old wing” of the library dates to its grand opening in October of 1917.  Join us as we host a whole year of programs––sponsored generously by the Friends of the Library––that are tied into our anniversary and celebrate all sort of things that are 100 years old!

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