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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.

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[@]

The Rest of the Story
Notable genealogist Judy G. Russell will present, "The Rest of the Story: Going beyond the record to tell the rest of the story: how to find it, when to tell it, and when to keep it to ourselves."

September 10, 2016
10:30 am to noon
ALD Room

Registration Required

Leonard Bethel, Author Lecture & Signing
Local Author Rev. Dr. Leonard Bethel will speak about his latest book, "The Hornes of Plainfield: A Hermeneutical View of African American Life." Westry Horne, deceased, was a highly respected New Jersey educator who was a former teaching assistant for W.E.B. DuBois.

September 24, 2016
1 to 3 pm
ALD Room

Registration Requested
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, antique appraisals, hourly raffles, and more.

Morning speaker: Joe Grabas at 10:30 am
Mr. Grabas will speak about historical property ownership in our tri-county area.

Free Antique Appraisals by Winterhill Antiques from Noon to 2:00 pm w Pre-Registration Required

Afternoon speaker: Richard Veit at 2:00 pm
Mr. Veit will speak about historical gravestones and markers in our tri-county area.

There will be two raffle grand prizes of AncestryDNA testing kits!
The prizes are generously sponsored by Innovative Document Imaging (IDI). Visit the IDI table to learn about your digital preservation options.

All activities will be indoors and are free to the public. Additional free activities will be announced. The Plainfield Public Library is an ADA-accessible facility.


October 22, 2016
10 am to 4 pm
Lower Level
ALD and Courtyard


Registration Required for Antique Appraisals



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