“Remembering the Ladies: From Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates”:Lecture and Book Signing
Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2:00 PM
In honor of Women’s History Month, the Historical Society of Plainfield will be hosting a lecture and book signing given by Carol Simon Levin, author and story teller. Levine will be portraying Abigail Adams who famously wrote to her husband, John, asking the Continental Congress to “remember the ladies” when drafting laws for the new nation. First lady Adams came to Plainfield in 1800, when she visited the troops at the Union Camp, and now her spirit will be making a return visit to Plainfield. Join us for an afternoon of remembering the ladies and all they have done and continue to do for our nation. Refreshments will be served. Members are free and non-members, donations are always appreciated. Seating is limited and on a first-come first-served basis.
Centennial of World War One
Photo: Ernest Brooks
From 2013 to 2019, the World War One Centennial Commission will commemorate the centennial of the Great War, also known as "the War to end all wars."
The Historical Society of Plainfield will participate in the commemoration of World War One by helping the World War One Centennial Commission identify the monuments located within the City limits that are dedicated to World War One and its veterans.
The City of Plainfield has a number of World War One monuments including: the Plainfield Veterans' Monument at City Hall and the World War One bronze tablet located inside City Hall; the flagpole monument on Watchung Avenue; flagpole monument at St. Mary's Church; Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church memorial tablet; and Plainfield High School memorial tablet. It is interesting to note that the War Memorial Flagpole monument at Watchung Avenue is listed in the Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum. The artist was Gaetano Cecere (1894-1985).
The Historical Society is requesting the assistance of the Public to identify any other World War One monuments or memorial tablets that may be located at churches, parks, or other places. Pictures will be taken and descriptions will be written, and then submitted to the World War One Centennial Commission. If you know of any other World War One monuments or tablets, please supply your information to the Drake House Museum firstname.lastname@example.org or call (908) 755-5831.
The Historical Society is planning a future exhibit about World War One and the impact of the War on the City. Plainfield lost a number of young men, and the Historical Society has a notebook which contains information about 45 of these casualties of war. Former Mayor Leighton Calkins lost his only son. Many of these men died from the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919, and the City of Plainfield also suffered great losses from the Influenza Pandemic. One of Plainfield's World War One surviving veterans was Evarts Tracy, the pioneering camouflage officer of the World War One. Tracy was also a member of the architectural firm that designed the 1903 buildings of Muhlenberg Hospital.