2016 Historic Lecture Series
Tuesdays in June at 7:00 pm
Lectures are free, donations are appreciated and light refreshments are provided.
June 7th Elizabeth Michaels as Rosie the Riveter: “We Can Do It!”
Rosie the Riveter has been a popular American cultural icon for generations: an inspiring image of a strong, capable woman, rising to the challenge of her era. In times of war, women are often called upon to take on tasks traditionally considered “men’s work” and have shown themselves more than equal to the task. Is it perhaps more difficult for these women to return to their old, traditionally female, roles once the war has ended and the men have returned home? This program examines the difficulties these women experienced at each end of the conflict. This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The program is produced by the American Historical Theater, a nonprofit organization specializing in first-person living history presentations.
June 14th Dave Jones and Arthur J. Higbee: Promising Forecast
Join authors Dave Jones and Arthur J. Higbee for a retelling of their true story of a rescue at sea. Promising Forecast is the true story of five men who start out on a well-planned and exciting deep-sea fishing trip that quickly turns into a harrowing experience. Without any warning, their boat suddenly sinks thirty miles offshore. Shocked and disoriented, they find themselves stranded and helpless in the water for almost nineteen hours with only life-jackets and a strong will to live. Each man reacts as the realities of danger and death confront them. They share their fears, thoughts and feelings while facing challenge after challenge as they struggle to survive this seemingly hopeless situation. Against overwhelming odds, all five men are miraculously rescued and the authors live to tell the tale of their physical, mental and spiritual experiences … and how it has affected their perspectives on life today.After retelling their harrowing tale of rescue, both authors will be available for a book signing.
June 21st Daisy Century as Bessie Coleman: You Too Can Fly
In 1921 Bessie Coleman became the first African American woman to earn a pilot’s license. Never one to let other people define her limitations, she traveled to France to learn to fly when American flight schools refused her because of her race. In later years she shared her experiences with children, encouraging them with the words, you too can fly. This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The program is produced by the American Historical Theater, a nonprofit organization specializing in first-person living history presentations.
June 28th Combat Photographer Erin Kirk-Cuomo
East Coast based photographer Erin Kirk-Cuomo captures the beauty in human interaction. From a couple taking their engagement photos to world leaders discussing wars, she has dedicated her life to telling stories through images. After graduating from the University of the Arts she enlisted in the Marine Corps as a combat photographer. She served in both Iraq and Afghanistan before continuing on to become the Commandant of the Marine Corps personal photographer at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. where she served out the end of her enlistment. After leaving the Marine Corps she was asked to become the lead photographer to the new Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta serving with him for two years and continuing on with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel documenting the daily activity of the Department of Defense and its leadership. Erin now lives in Cape May, New Jersey with her active duty Coast Guard husband Jake.