February 26, 2024 – Monthly Meeting – General Public Welcome!

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Self-portrait of F. Luis Mora

F. Luis Mora: An American Master in Perth Amboy

Presented by John Kerry Dyke
Perth Amboy city historian and filmmaker John Kerry Dyke will present his documentary on the art and legacy of F. Luis Mora (1874-1940) – commercial artist, easel painter, muralist, and portrait artist. Mora’s works appeared on the front cover of major news publications and magazines throughout the first three decades of the 20th century. His paintings are on display in numerous museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian.

Born in Uruguay, Mora was raised in Perth Amboy where he married his childhood sweetheart, Sophia Compton, daughter of the Perth Amboy Mayor. He became the first Hispanic member of the National Academy of Design in 1906. Today he is regarded as “America’s First Hispanic Master.” 

7:00 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall, First Presbyterian Church,
600 Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge, NJ

March 25, 2024 – Monthly Meeting – General Public Welcome!

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Clara Barton, An American Icon

Presented by Bonnie L. Goldman, Esq.  
Clara Barton may be best known for her nursing experiences during the Civil War and for founding the American Red Cross, but guest speaker Bonnie L. Goldman will also share many other inspiring things about the life of this American icon. We will learn about her childhood and teaching experiences, along with restoration efforts on the public schoolhouse that Clara Barton established in Bordentown, New Jersey.

Bonnie L. Goldman, Esq., retired Presiding Judge of the Municipal Courts of Burlington County, has also served as an Assistant Prosecutor, a Certified Criminal Attorney, and a Municipal Court Judge in Mercer and Monmouth Counties. She is currently co-president of Bordentown Historical Society.  

7:00 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall, First Presbyterian Church,
600 Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge, NJ

April 22, 2024 - Monthly Meeting – General Public Welcome!

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New Jersey in the Gilded Age

Presented by Melissa Ziobro
Director of Public History at Monmouth University  
What was life like in New Jersey in the late 1800s? Economic changes and disparities between the haves and the have nots; powerful and influential families achieving wealth and celebrating it as never before. Join us as Professor Ziobro shares stories of life in the Garden State during this period that Mark Twain labeled “The Gilded Age.”  

7:00 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall, First Presbyterian Church,
600 Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge, NJ

April 26, 2024 - Annual Spaghetti Dinner & Tricky Tray

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