On Monday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m., the Garwood Public Library will present a free program with authors Richard Veit and Mark Nonestied based on their book, New Jersey Cemeteries and Tombstones: History in the Landscape, published by Rutgers University Press, which received the Authors Award from the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance in 2010.
The presentation is about the cultural history of New Jersey’s historic cemeteries and burial grounds from the 17th century through the dawn of the 21st century. It will provide an understanding of the state’s historic burial places and the gravemarkers they contain.
Richard Veit is Associate Professor in the Department of History and Anthropology at Monmouth University. A historical archaeologist, his research interests include colonial and modern gravemarkers, ceramics, and vernacular architecture. He is the author of Digging New Jersey’s Past: Historical Archaeology in the Garden State (Rutgers 2002), and numerous articles on gravemarkers, historic ceramics, and historical archaeology. He is a member of the Association for Gravestone Studies, and is a conference co-chair for the 2012 Annual Conference in West Long Branch, NJ.
Mark Nonestied has been a staff member with the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission since 1991. He currently serves as the Director of Exhibits and Programs for a historic site in Central New Jersey. He is also a Trustee of the Association for Gravestone Studies and conference co-chair for the 2012 Annual Conference in West Long Branch, NJ. He has lectured widely on New Jersey cemetery topics.
The Garwood Public Library is located at 411 Third Avenue, at the corner of Walnut Street, behind the Lincoln School complex. Registration is required for this event and may be done in person at the Library, by phone at 908-789-1670, or at the interactive calendar page found on their website youseemore.com/garwood.