Annual House & Light Tour
December 17th, 2023
3-6pm House Tour
5-8 Lights Tour
$10/ Per Person
Tickets Can be purchased at the Lummis Library
981 Ye Greate Street
2024 Speaker Series
Warren & Reba Lummis Library
981 Ye Greate Street
Greenwich, NJ 08323
January 28, 2024
“Tribal Rights are Important Rights”: The Origins, Travails, and Impact of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribe V. The State of New Jersey
Brianna Dagostino, MA
Dagostino’s published thesis details the history of her tribe and how modern-day racism over Indian casino gaming has affected not just her tribe but indigenous nations all throughout Turtle Island.
Brianna Dagostino is one of the Cumberland County Historical Society’s docents at the Alan Carman Prehistoric Museum. Brianna is also a part of the local Nanticoke Lenni Lenape Tribal Nation of South Jersey. Throughout Brianna’s life, her main goal has been to always spread the knowledge and culture of her people and their existence on Lenapehoking land. Throughout Brianna’s academic career, she has been able to create an Indigenous studies minor program at Montclair State University, has been around the East Coast giving presentations to universities, museums, and schools, and has recently completed her Master’s degree in Indigenous studies. Currently, Brianna is a high school history teacher and an employee at the Cumberland County Historical
February 25, 2024
“Man’s Best Frenemy”
“Man’s Best Frenemy” will unpack how Cumberland County reacted to rabies and the wild dogs that were accused of spreading the disease. Rabies has been a threat to humans since the dawn of our existence — so why was there such an uptick in fear in the late 19th century?
Tia Antonelli is a graduate student at Villanova University, currently pursuing her Master’s degree in History. She works at the Cumberland County Historical Society both as an Administrative Assistant at the Lummis Library and a Docent at the Gibbon House.
March 24, 2024
Crap: A History of Cheap Stuff in American
Dr. Wendy A. Woloson
Woloson tells the history of crap from the late eighteenth century up through today, exploring its many categories: gadgets, knickknacks, novelty goods, mass-produced collectibles, giftware, variety store merchandise. As Woloson shows, not all crap is crappy in the same way—bric-a-brac is crappy in a different way from, say, advertising giveaways, which are differently crappy from commemorative plates. Taking on the full brilliant and depressing array of crappy material goods, the book explores the overlooked corners of the American market and mindset, revealing the complexity of our relationship with commodity culture over time.
Wendy A. Woloson is a professor of history at Rutgers University-Camden and the author, most recently, of In Hock: Pawning in America from Independence through the Great Depression, also published by the University of Chicago Press, and co-editor of the collection Capitalism by Gaslight: Illuminating the Economy of 19th-Century America.