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Learning to Appreciate the Pine Barrens from Elizabeth White

The Wikipedia entry for Elizabeth C. White goes something like this: “Elizabeth Coleman White (October 5, 1871 – November 11, 1954) was a New Jersey agricultural specialist. She grew up on her father’s cranberry farm in Pemberton Township, Burlington County, New Jersey and developed an interest in commercial agriculture. In 1911, she became interested in […]

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A Certain Gratitude: William Carlos Williams

New Jersey has long been a seedbed of great American poetry. The writer often referred to as “The Poet of the American Revolution,” Philip Freneau, was graduated by Princeton and spent his last 30 years living in Monmouth County. Recently, three New Jersey residents received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry within a four-year period (C.K. […]

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Magical Mud, Microbes, and Methane

Photo Credit: The photo accompanying this blog is courtesy of Robert H. Barth and was taken during a re-enactment of the Washington-Paine experiment on the Millstone River on Nov. 5th, 2008 (the 225th anniversary of the event). Editor’s Note: In the summer of 1783, the final peace to end the War for Independence was being […]

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The City of Alexander Hamilton’s Dreams

Cities are sometimes built on our dreams, and in the United States, a shared dream of promise called millions here to build great cities we have inherited from their labor and hope. I’d like to imagine Alexander Hamilton, like so many other immigrants, standing as a young man with nightmares behind him and limitless dreams […]

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A “Mountain Climbing” Canal in the Spirit of New Jersey Innovation

The Morris Canal could only have happened in New Jersey. Iron in the state’s northern hills attracted the attention of entrepreneurs and industrialists of a state that was in the vanguard of the American industrial revolution. However, connecting sources of New Jersey iron with the coalfields of northeastern Pennsylvania and the manufacturing centers and markets […]

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