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Symposium on Early American Stoneware at The New Jersey Historical Society


The New Jersey Historical Society, in collaboration with the Potteries of Trenton Society, will host a day-long symposium on the early stoneware potteries in New Jersey and New York on Saturday, March 6, 2004 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Historical Society’s headquarters at 52 Park Place in downtown Newark, NJ.

Seating is limited; early registration is strongly recommended.

The day-long symposium of lectures and a panel discussion will explore the genesis and early growth of the American stoneware industry in the Northeast in the 1700s, from its transformation as an Anglo-Saxon tradition into an American industry.

Speakers will include:

· William Liebeknecht, Principal Investigator at Hunter Research, Inc., will provide an overview of 18th century New Jersey stoneware production, with special emphasis on the Cheesequake potters.

· Brenda Springsted, an historic archaeologist, will review her work on the Kempel potters of Ringoes, NJ.

· Richard Hunter, President and principal archaeologist of Hunter Research, Inc., will discuss the 18th-century Richards stoneware pottery in Trenton based on recent archaeological excavations at the pottery’s site.

· Meta Janowitz, Material Specialist with URS Engineering, will discuss the information gleaned from archaeological excavations on the stoneware potteries that dotted lower Manhattan.

· Ulysses Dietz, curator of decorative arts at the Newark Museum, will lead a panel of curators and collectors exploring how public and private collecting can lead to new appreciation of the forces that nurtured this early industry.

Panelists will include: Margi Hofer, curator of decorative arts at the New-York Historical Society; Bill Ketchum, a popular writer on ceramics history; and Dan Bruhns, a long-time collector and scholar of early stoneware in the NJ-NY region.

For more information, contact Patricia Madrigal, President of the Potteries of Trenton Society, at 609-695-0122 (M-Th, 8:30-4:00) or visit the POTS website, www.PotteriesofTrentonSociety.org. The website includes further information on the speakers and a registration form to download and send in with the registration fee of $20 for POTS and NJHS members; $25 for non-members. Registration includes continental breakfast and closing reception.

The New Jersey Historical Society is located just one block from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and easily accessible from Newark’s Pennsylvania Railroad and Bus Station, the New Jersey Turnpike, or the Garden State Parkway. See the NJHS website for more information on traveling by public or private transportation: www.jerseyhistory.org.

The Potteries of Trenton Society received a mini-grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State, to help fund this program.

The New Jersey Historical Society, founded in 1845, is a state-wide, private, non-profit historical museum, library, and archives dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting the rich and intricate political, social, cultural and economic history of New Jersey.

The Potteries of Trenton Society, founded in 1999, is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to accumulating data on Trenton’s vast pottery industry, interpreting the data, and distributing the results through its website, publications, and public programs.

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