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History and archaeology of Hunterdon County: A special collaborative event

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – The Archaeological Society of New Jersey (ASNJ) in collaboration with the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission is hosting a virtual speaker series on Sunday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. centered on Hunterdon County’s history and archaeology.

The guest presenters include:

  • Smoking with the Ancestors: Chief Tuccamirgan’s Pipe, An Investigation and Analysis
    presented by Richard Veit, Monmouth University
  • “The Landscapes of the “Invisibles”: American Indians and African Americans on Sourland Mountain’
    presented by Ian Burrow
  • Invisible Sons: The Unknown Stories of Residential School Students Sent to New Hampton
    presented by Gina Sampaio and Robbie-Lynn Mwangi
  • Suspected Indian-burial vaults in Hunterdon County, New Jersey
    presented by Greg Herman

The speakers will collectively share underrepresented and lesser-known stories of the past, from the lifeways of Native Americans and the vital role of African American communities in shaping the region, to an unexpected connection with the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. This special event is free to attend, but registration is required, and space is limited.

Commissioner Matt Holt, liaison for the Cultural & Heritage Commission, said, “Having this opportunity to learn about the diverse aspects of Hunterdon County and the region’s heritage is important. Sharing that knowledge with the public ensures that county history is passed down to the next generation.”

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The ASNJ is a volunteer-led non-profit organization formed in 1931 to encourage and promote the study of archaeology in New Jersey and disseminate information to members and the public. The society holds annual meetings, conducts field activities, and publishes quarterly newsletters and bulletins featuring local research articles.

The Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission is actively engaged in collaborative efforts to broaden and diversify programs and audiences for New Jersey history.

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