Elizabeth Forum 100 Years
On May 24, The Historical Society of Elizabeth conducted a forum on the city’s past and present in the Elizabeth Public Library. Students from Winfield Scott School No. 2, Joseph Battin School No. 4, John E. Dwyer Technology Academy, Elizabeth High School – Frank J. Cicarell Academy, Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr. Health and Public Safety Academy, and Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy participated in a discussion focused on Elizabeth in both 1917 and 2017, comparing what life was like during these two periods of time, including the concept of community, the impact of immigrants and of World War I on the community’s function and day-to-day living, and the process of civic engagement within the city shaping the development of local civic organizations.
Panelists included Director of History Program John Prescott from the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, President of The Historical Society of Elizabeth Kenneth G. Ward, and Elizabeth Rotarians William Mealia and Jim Duffy.
Elizabeth Board of Education President Stanley Neron and Manager of the Elizabeth Public Library Local History and Special Collections Department Aimee Fernandez-Puente welcomed attendees, provided the introduction to the event, and introduced the panelists.