Traveling Exhibit Highlights Newspaper History

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CRANFORD—Building on the success of a well-received exhibit of some of the historic newspapers in the collection of Liberty Hall Museum, the Museum and Kean University present a three-panel traveling exhibit featuring reproductions of some of the most-famous headlines in American journalism history.

The exhibit features reproductions of newspapers as old as the Gazette of the United States, published in 1789, and as new as a Star-Ledger headline announcing the victory of Barack Obama in 2008.  The originals of all these newspapers are collected and preserved at Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University.

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The exhibit was co-curated by two former journalists, Terry Golway, who is director of the John Kean Center for U.S. History at Kean University, and Pat Lauro, a journalism professor at Kean.  Libraries and schools are invited to host the exhibit for no charge.  Professor Golway will be available to open the show with a discussion of newspaper history and reflections on his career as a journalist.  The exhibit would enhance classes in English, U.S. History and Journalism.

Professor Golway will introduce and discuss the exhibit at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue, on Tuesday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m.  Admission to the program is free and all are welcome.  The exhibit will then be on display at the Cranford Public Library, 224 Walnut Avenue, from Wednesday, May 12 through Friday, May 28.  Library hours are Monday to Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In the words of celebrated author Pete Hamill, who wrote an introduction for the show, the exhibit “displays newspapers in their glorious heyday.  I hope the young look closely, and realize why they mattered so much.  The presses might stop.  The need for great journalism never will.”

The traveling exhibit consists of three landscape panels, 30” x 40”, and easels supplied by the Museum.  Host sites are encouraged to display the exhibit for at least a week.  They may apply to host the exhibit by calling Professor Golway at 908-737-5989 or by sending an email to tgolway@kean.edu.


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