Sunday Program To Focus On Architecture, History Of 18th And 19th Century Churches

PISCATAWAY – The Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission invites you to historic East Jersey Olde Towne Village for a program on 18th and 19th century churches in New Jersey.

On Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. join local and regional historian and photographer, Frank L. Greenagel for a program discussing the growth and development of churches in the 18th and 19th centuries.

During the two centuries, churches grew in size and refinement as rural and small town congregations experienced growth in affluence and taste.

Economic, social and cultural factors explain why the churches look the way they do, from simple wooden-frame and brick meetinghouses to sophisticated Gothic Revival designs in stone.

Dr. Greenagel has focused for more than 12 years on church architecture and history in New Jersey and is the author of nine books and numerous articles for magazines, scholarly journals and other publications.

This free program will take place at The Village in East Jersey Olde Towne Village at 1050 River Road in Piscataway.

“I commend The Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission for offering such a diverse array of programming,” said Freeholder Charles E. Tomaro, chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee. “It really strengthens our cultural and historical offerings.”

Middlesex County Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano said: “Middlesex County is very proud of our unique and diverse history. By celebrating this history we enrich our own lives and those of future generations.”

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 System. The Village is fully accessible. An Assistive Listening System will be in use during the program. Wheelchairs are available for visitors who may need assistance from the parking lot to the program.

Village programs are funded in part by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

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