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PSE&G to host gala at historic plaza
NJN’s Kent Manahan and McCarter & English L.L.P. being honored

(September 28, 2005 – Newark, N.J.) - The New Jersey Historical Society announced today that it will hold a gala on Friday, October 14, 2005, to celebrate 160 years of chronicling and celebrating New Jersey’s history.

The gala will be held at PSE&G’s historic plaza, the site of the energy company’s long-standing headquarters in Newark, New Jersey. The event will be co-chaired by Ralph Izzo, president & chief operating officer, PSE&G; and Jeffrey M. Peek, chairman & chief executive office, CIT Group Inc.

“It’s hard to imagine that 60 years before electricity, The New Jersey Historical Society was gathering around lamps and candles, studying the history of this great state,” said Ralph Izzo. “Having just celebrated our 100th anniversary, PSE&G has long played an important role in New Jersey’s growth. For more than a century, we have worked to make the state a better place to live and work, and we’ll continue to contribute toward its future success.“

The honorees at the gala will be Kent Manahan of NJN News, and McCarter & English L.L.P. Kent Manahan, senior anchor of NJN News, has been chronicling history as it happens and bringing her unique perspective to the New Jersey story for two decades. She has established a reputation for commitment to excellence in broadcast journalism and dedication to her viewers. The law firm of McCarter & English L.L.P., is also celebrating a milestone of 160 years. They are the oldest and largest New Jersey law firm, continuing to provide nationwide legal service with over 350 attorneys.

“It’s wonderful that one of our honorees, McCarter & English, was founded by the father of Thomas McCarter, who happens to be the founder of PSE&G,” said Jeffrey Peek. “How satisfying to be surrounded by and be a part of such enriching history – past and present.”

The October 14th black tie affair will be hosted by renowned broadcast journalist and author, Bill Moyers. A silent auction will be held, wherein all proceeds will benefit The New Jersey Historical Society’s educational programs, museum exhibitions, and library collections. Tickets are $500 each, and anyone interested in additional details should call Haley Peele, (973) 596-8500 ext. 254 or e-mail.

In addition, the exhibition, Transit Drivers, Honeymooners, Midwives: Collecting and Telling New Jersey Stories - Celebrating NJHS’ 160th Anniversary, will preview during the gala and will open to the public the following day, Saturday, October 15. A public reception celebrating the exhibition will also be held on Thursday, November 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Historical Society, 52 Park Place, Newark, New Jersey. Admission to the public reception is free.

The New Jersey Historical Society 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 to the broadest possible audiences. Founded in 1845, they are the oldest cultural institution in the state. Through exhibitions, publications, and programming, they examine what it means to live and work in New Jersey, what contributes to New Jersey's distinct identity, and what are the unique contributions New Jerseyans make to the region and the country.

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