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Local History & Genealogy Workshops.

The Local History Department offers a variety of programs and workshops. Check the Library's Event Calendar for upcoming sessions. All workshops will be marked with a lavender box Local History Event in the Event Type field. The Plainfield Public Library is an ADA-accessible facility.

All classes are free. Space is limited. Advance registration is required for some programs.
Register in person; by phone at (908) 757-1111, ext. 136; or email us at localhistory[@]

Genealogy Workshop: Using the Find My Past Database
An introduction to the online database
Find My Past, available for only one year at the Plainfield Public Library. Class size is limited to 12. Basic computer skills are required.
October 12, 2016
10 am to noon
Job Lab

Registration Required


Tri-County History Fair: Somerset, Middlesex, and Union Counties
Join colleagues, friends, and neighbors for a fun day of historical discovery, resource sharing, free antique appraisals, raffles, and more.

All activities will be indoors and are free to the public.

October 22, 2016
10 am to 4 pm
Lower Level

Registration Required for Antique Appraisals


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the Hessians
Civil War Historical Reenactor and Lecturer, Michael Jesberger, presents a program on one of America's oldest short stories based on real accounts that took place in the Hudson Valley of New York during the American Revolution.

This event is free and open to the public. All ages welcome!

October 25, 2016
7 to 8 pm
ALD Room



NARA Virtual Genealogy Fair
The National Archives is hosting a two-day, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast. We will be showing this webcast for interested patrons. October 26th schedule will run from 10 am to 3 pm; October 27th schedule will run from 10 am to 2 pm. Class size is limited to 12

October 26 & 27, 2016
10 am start time
Room 5

Registration Required

View Schedule
(external link)

Read All About It!
Learn about our database, Historical Newspapers from the Northeast via Explore newspaper articles and clippings for help with genealogy, history and other research. Class size is limited to 12.

November 16, 2016
10 to 11:30 am
Job Lab

Registration Required


"Gotcha!": Snapshots That Made History.
In this guest lecture, photojournalist Jim DelGiudice will look at some of the accidentally historic photographs that not only changed history, but have become the icons by which we remember great events.


November 17, 2016
7 to 8:30 pm
ALD Room



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