November 18, 2007, 1:00 PM
The Watchung Mountains, a part of which loom above Maplewood and South Orange as South Mountain Reservation, have played an important part in both political and art history over the past three centuries. Mark Di Ionno, Star-Ledger columnist and author of three books about New Jersey, will discuss the role the mountains served in the American Revolution and how, a few decades later, they captured the imagination of some artists of the burgeoning Hudson River School, including Asher B. Durand of Maplewood, and Worthington Whittredge, who lived in Summit.
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Slavery in New Jersey: A Troubled History is an illustrated 40-page book that traces the evolution of slavery in New Jersey, which began with Dutch settlement in the seventeenth century and continued through the end of the Civil War.