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Author Linda J. Barth: “New Jersey Originals: Technological Marvels, Odd Inventions, Trailblazing Characters and More”

May 28, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This program is rescheduled from Tuesday, February 12.

What makes New Jersey so special? In part: innovation. In addition to Bell Labs and Thomas Edison, New Jersey has spawned many innovators and inventors. In this presentation, author and retired teacher Linda Barth will speak about the inventions of Bell Labs and Edison, in addition to other valuable, brilliant, and quirky creations. The work of soldiers at Fort Monmouth and Camp Evans—including radar and night vision goggles — helped the United States win World War II. Cook College at Rutgers has produced important, often disease-resistant, vegetables and flowers. Among the edible inventions are pork roll, M&M’s, and the famous Campbell’s green bean casserole. Quirky firsts include Lucy the Elephant and the Francis life car. And just for fun, Linda will highlight some famous and not-so-famous New Jerseyans.

Linda Barth has been a fan of New Jersey for a long time. As a fourth-grade teacher, she tried to focus students’ attention on the positive aspects of our state: its diverse geography, history, agriculture, industry, and famous firsts and inventions. A lifelong resident of the Garden State, Linda has written two books on the D&R Canal for Arcadia Publishing and two children’s picture books: “Bridgetender’s Boy” and “Hidden New Jersey. A History of Inventing in New Jersey: From Thomas Edison to the Ice Cream Cone, published by the History Press, was released in 2013. With her husband she has published “The Millstone Valley Through Time” and “Somerville Through Time.” She has also contributed to the Encyclopedia of New Jersey.


Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


May 28, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Community Room – First Floor
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
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