Horseshoe Crabs: A Fascinating Conservation Story

September 15, 2019, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Doors open at 1:00; talk begins at 2:00

If you headed ‘down the Shore’ this summer, you may have noticed a few horseshoe crabs on the beach. These 300-million-year-old living fossils are so valuable that in the 1990s they became the center of competing interests among commercial fisheries, tourism officials, environmentalists, government agencies and pharmaceutical scientists.

New Jersey environmentalist Tedor Whitman of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary will tell us why all fought to determine the use and future of these animals. Fortunately, the fate of the horseshoe crab fell into the hands of a resourceful biological technician and a handful of determined citizens.

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May 17, 2020, 1:00 PM

Honoring the Hard-won Fight for Votes for Women

This year marks the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the U.S. Join us to see an exhibit on the 70-year struggle for woman’s suffrage in New Jersey and the nation. Learn about the many women, White and African American, who fought to make it happen. Meet NJ activist and suffragist Alice Paul (interpreted by Alisa Dupuy), and see a 1913 vintage suffragist’s dress. The League Women Voters will be on hand to talk about their work since 1920 to expand voter access.

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