Prallsville Mills Announces
2018 Speakers Series
History, art and architecture are themes that run through the Prallsville Mills 2018 Speakers Series. The series kicks off with a special evening with acclaimed New York Times Bestselling author Christina Baker Kline on Thursday, March 1st at 7:30pm.
Kline will discuss her most recent novel, A Piece of the World, which brings to life another little-known part of America’s history: the story of Christina Olson, the complex woman and real-life muse Andrew Wyeth portrayed in his 1948 masterpiece Christina’s World.
An Evening with Christina Baker Kline will also feature a wine tasting by award-winning local winery, Mount Salem Vineyards. Tickets are $40 and include a copy of A Piece of the World. A portion of the proceeds will support The Prallsville Mills. Tickets are available through The Book Garden in Frenchtown, 908-996-2022 or on their website at www.bookgarden.biz/shop. This event is expected to sell out so it is recommended to purchase tickets in advance.
"We are excited to have Kline kick off our Speakers Series for the coming year as part of our ongoing commitment to showcasing informative and entertaining programs so more of the community can enjoy this beautiful and historic complex," said Beth Japchen, Director of the Prallsville Mills. “We are fortunate to have this unique venue that is both a wonderfully preserved piece of our history and a perfect setting to come together for everything from author talks to holiday celebrations.”
Linda J. Barth, author of A History of Inventing in New Jersey: From Thomas Edison to the Ice Cream Cone, will be at the Mills on Sunday, March 25th at 2pm. She will share surprising inventions connected to the Garden State including like Bubble Wrap®, the boardwalk, the Band-Aid®, and even professional baseball.
Historian Stacy Roth will host a Revolutionary Tea: An 18th Century Tea Experience on Sunday, April 15th at 2pm. Why was tea so important in the lives of 18th-century people that fashion-conscious families posed for portraits with their tea sets? Did Great Britain lose her American Colonies over "the cup that cheers?" Find out in this unusual costumed presentation of tea lore, history, songs, poetry, living history display and demonstration.
On Tuesday, June 19th at 7pm Joe Donnelly will lead an interactive presentation - More than You Ever Will Want to Know about the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge. Inextricably linked to its namesake communities, this river crossing's history includes an illegal bank, state receivership, tolls on pedestrians and livestock, a failed trolley line, and nearly a century of public ownership. The bridge's story will be told in pictures and words.
The Delaware River itself will be the focus of a talk by author Hal Taylor on Friday, July 13th at 7pm. The Illustrated Delaware River: The History of a Great American River will discuss the earliest explorers and how they interacted with the native population, and make its way upriver from the Delaware Bay and it's legendary oyster industry, to the ornate Victorian era lighthouses, historic military sites like Fort Delaware on Peapatch Island, Red Bank Battlefield and Fort Mifflin, the industrial giant that was Camden, the first steamboat in the country, the commercial hubs of Burlington and Bordentown with their illustrious residents, the extraordinary triumph of Washington at "Trent Town", the growth of the canals during the industrial revolution, and many more fascinating places and events.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11th at 7pm Joe Macasek will present Doing Business on the Morris Canal. The Morris Canal crossed the northern part of New Jersey connecting New York Harbor at Jersey City with the Delaware River at Phillipsburg. Completed in 1831, this 102-milelong canal was built across the rugged North Jersey Highlands to transport anthracite coal from the mines in Pennsylvania to the growing New York market.
The Prallsville Mills complex in Stockton, NJ, is considered a significant example of early American industrial architecture that was included on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Today, the Mill proudly features cultural and historic events for the entire community.