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Announcing two new books on John Cotton Dana and the Newark Museum

 Blog written by Dr. William Peniston, Newark Museum Librarian

On Thursday, November 18 at 4 pm meet author Carol G. Duncan, who will be signing her book "A Matter of Class" during the Holiday Shopping Spree.

A Matter of Class: John Cotton Dana, Progressive Reform, and the Newark Museum

  by Carol G. Duncan (Periscope Publishing, 2010).

This highly original book tracks Dana’s career from its beginnings in the Denver Public Library to his move back East, where he met stiff opposition to his plans for a “museum of service” — his term for the alternative museum he envisioned. Using her incomparable knowledge of the history of museums, Carol G. Duncan, Professor Emerita of Art History at Ramapo College of New Jersey, assesses Dana’s conflicts with influential supporters of the arts, first in Springfield, Massachusetts, and then, for almost three decades in Newark, New Jersey.

 No previous book has reconstructed Dana’s role in the Progressive Movement or been more perceptive about his fiery personality and vision of modernity. A Matter of Class is, as well, an astute guide to the social and political agendas still mixed into the public offerings of our museums and libraries.

Made in Newark: Cultivating Industrial Arts and Civic Identity in the Progressive Era by Ezra Shales (Rutgers University Press, 2010).

In this book, Ezra Shales, who teaches at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, describes a turbulent industrial city at the

Ezra Shales, author of "Made in Newark: Cultivating Industrial Arts and Civic Identity in the Progressive Era" will speak and sign copies of the book on Friday, November 19 at 4 pm. This event takes place during the Holiday Shopping Spree.

dawn of the twentieth century and the ways it inspired the library’s and the museum’s outspoken director, John Cotton Dana, to collaborate with industrialists, social workers, and educators, on experimental exhibitions in which cultural literacy was intertwined with civics and consumption. Local artisans demonstrated crafts, connecting the cultural institution to the department store, school, and factory, all of which invoked the ideal of municipal patriotism. Today, as cultural institutions reappraise their relevance, Made in Newark explores precedents for contemporary debates over the ways the library and museum engage communities, define heritage in a multicultural era, and add value to the economy.

Both authors will be speaking and signing books during the Newark Museum’s Holiday Shopping Spree, November 17 through 21, 2011.

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November 15, 2010 at 4:38 pm 1 comment

Newark Museum’s Engelhard Court Goes WIFI

Have you stopped and taken a look at people around you lately? There’s usually a cell phone in hand, or somebody is texting away.  In today’s day and age staying connected  is the norm, whether it is keeping in contact with friends on facebook , or passing information on with the 140-character tweeting phenomena, or plainly surfing the Web.

This past week, the Newark Museum unveiled its new-and FREE-WIFI connection in the Engelhard Court, and the IT department is busy hooking up the connection in the Dreyfuss Memorial Garden. 

Jazz in the Garden runs every Thursday from July 1-29, 12:15 to 1:45 pm.

Just imagine taking a lunch break and listening to Jazz in the Garden, while emailing a friend about the concert? (Check out the dates and performers for this year’s 2010 Jazz in the Garden.) 

Having a wireless connection is beneficial for both visitors and staff.  A unique place to have a business lunch meeting could be in the Engelhard Court.    For college students, grab a cup of coffee and study in either the garden or court.   Having another place to study or work could spur on creativity. With its affordable cafe prices and inspiring works of art, the Museum setting beats any dorm  or conference room any day.

The Museum is open Wednesday through Friday, noon to 5 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 5pm.  The cafe is open from 12 pm to 3 pm.  So, what to do on Monday and Tuesday? Hm, just schedule the meeting for Wednesday, and definitely take advantage of a library.  Founder John Cotton Dana would also appreciate that.  See you in Engelhard Court with laptops in hand!

May 11, 2010 at 2:06 pm 1 comment

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