Historian To Deliver Founders’ Day Lecture At Union County College

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CRANFORD – Union County College will celebrate its annual Founders’ Day Celebration Monday, Oct. 17, at the College’s Cranford campus. A series of events will be held throughout the day, beginning at 10:15 a.m.

The Annual Kenneth C., MacKay Founders’ Day Lecture will be given by renowned scholar, historian and novelist, Thomas Fleming. He will present, “George Washington: A Forgotten Great President” at 7 p.m. in the Roy Smith Theater. His presentation will be preceded at 6:45 p.m. with American Music on the new college organ.

The day’s events mark the 78th anniversary of the college and will begin at 10:15 a.m. with a presentation by noted re-enactor Sam Goodyear, who will perform, “A Conversation with John Adams.” His performance will recreate the scene at Peacefield on July 4, 1826 when John Adams celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

The Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony in the College’s Historic Tree Grove will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will be led by the Cranford Fire Department Bag Pipers. This will be followed by a picnic in the Tree Grove, if weather permits, featuring the menu served by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to the King and Queen of England at Hyde Park in 1939. Mrs. Roosevelt is considered the College’s first donor and President Roosevelt Union County College’s Founding Father. Music during the lunch will be provided by folk singer, Kevin Kane and the winners of the Founders Day Art and Poetry Contests will be announced. If the lunch cannot be held outside, it will be relocated to the Richel Student Commons.

Historical Societies from throughout Union County will have their information on display from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Victor M. Richel Student Commons. In addition, a special exhibit entitled, “Alexander Hamilton and the Making of Modern America” will be on display in the Richel Commons and the Kenneth MacKay Library throughout the month of October.

All events are free and open to the public. The College’s Cranford campus is located at 1033 Springfield Avenue. For directions or additional information on Union County College, visit www.ucc.edu.

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