Program Promises Glimpse At 17th Century Local History

JAMESBURG – County residents will be able to learn about 17th Century local history this weekend by attending a presentation given by a college professor.

Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission welcomes Dr. Marshall Becker at The Lodge in Thompson Park, 1701 Perrineville Road, Jamesburg/Monroe from 2 – 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. Professor Becker’s lecture will discuss the lives of the early traders and colonists who came to southern New Jersey, whether Dutch, Swedish or English, and their close ties to the “original people” who had been here for thousands of years.

How these peoples interacted in the 17th Century, and what changes took place in each of their cultures are revealed by recent historical and archaeological studies. This illustrated lecture looks at these interactions which set the stage for the development of the state and also for the migration of some American Indians west into Pennsylvania.

Marshall Joseph Becker (Professor Emeritus, West Chester University) has studied the native peoples of the Delaware River and Delaware Bay regions for more than 40 years. He received three degrees from The University of Pennsylvania where he was trained in all four fields of anthropology. He now applies multiple anthropological approaches in understanding the Lenape (Delaware Indians) and their neighbors.

Becker has published over 200 articles on the Lenape and other Native Americans in scholarly as well as popular journals. Becker’s research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, The American Philosophical Society, the National Geographic Society and the Social Science Research Council.

For more information and to register for this free program, call 1-732-745-4489. Persons with hearing disabilities may dial 1-732-745-3888 (TTY users only) or 711, the New Jersey Relay Service. The lodge is an accessible site. An assistive listening system is in use and available during the program.

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