CRANFORD—On Oct. 16, Union County College will celebrate Founders’ Day with events on its Cranford campus located at 1033 Springfield Avenue. This event is free and open to the public.
This year’s celebration will kick off at 10:30 a.m. in the Victor M. Richel Student Commons with a Founders’ Day Lecture given by Dr. Clement Price, who will present “Public History As Civic Duty”. Price’s lecture will examine the deepening importance of the work of public historians and the resonance of their labors in the civic sphere.
Following the lecture will be a response to Price’s remarks from members of the History Department on the place of public history at the community college.
From 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., the celebration will continue with the Annual Founders’ Day Concert by Kevin Kane, who will present, “As American as Apple Pie: Traditional and Original American Folk Songs”. His performance will include American History in songs about heroes and hangings, rascals, gamblers and ghosts, sinners, saints and the trains they road and loved.
The celebration will wrap up from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. with the Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Franklin Roosevelt Maple Tree led by the Cranford Fire Department Bag Pipers as everyone proceeds to the UCC History Grove, located near the Sperry Observatory. At 1:15 p.m. in the History Grove, members of the UCC History Club will read a series of poems that speak to and about history.
In addition, as part of the day’s focus on public history, an exhibit on the history of Black baseball that was part of the debut exhibits at the new Yankee Stadium Museum will be on display in the Richel Commons. As well, exhibit items depicting the history of UCC will also be on display. Local area historical societies will be on hand to share information on the history of their towns.
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