Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 1:30 PM: The Garden State: Where Ideas Grow
Speaker: Linda Barth, author of A History of Inventing in New Jersey: From Thomas Edison to the Ice Cream Cone
Commemorating the 350th anniversary of the founding of New Jersey, join us for a talk by New Jersey history author Linda Barth as she explores groundbreaking, useful, fun, and even silly inventions and their New Jersey roots.
Many people are familiar with Edison’s “invention factory” in Menlo Park, where he patented the phonograph, the light bulb and many more innovations. Yet many other ideas have grown in the Garden State, too. New Jerseyans brought sound and music to movies and built the very first drive-in theater. In addition to the first cultivated blueberry, tasty treats like ice cream cones and M&M’s® are also Jersey natives. Iconic aspects of American life, like Bubble Wrap®, the boardwalk, the Band-Aid®, and even professional baseball itself started in New Jersey. Life would be a lot harder without the vacuum cleaner, plastic, and air-conditioning, and many other important advances in medicine and surgery were developed here. New Jersey inventors and innovators have changed the lives of people around the world.
Linda will have copies of her book for sale after the meeting.
Come at 1:30 pm for snacks and to socialize. After announcements, the program will start promptly at 1:45 pm. After the meeting, everyone is welcome to join us for an early dinner at 4:00 pm at the Somerset Diner, 1045 Easton Ave, Somerset.
**NOTE: We collect nonperishable, unexpired food items for donation to the Franklin Twp Food Bank at every meeting. There are collection bins at the library where we can add our items.
Franklin Township Library
485 DeMott Lane
Somerset, NJ 08873
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1045 Easton Avenue
Somerset, NJ 08873
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 7:00 PM: Monthly Dinner
Come out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow humanists and atheists in your area! Always an interesting conversation and new participants are always welcome. If you're new, just tell the staff you're with the meetup group.
If you know you're coming in advance, please RSVP for the event on Meetup or Facebook. Use one of the links to the right.
1337 Route 1 South
North Brunswick, NJ
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