The Donald B. Palmer Museum of the Springfield Free Public Library will hold an opening reception from 1:00–4:00 PM on Sunday, November 18, to welcome the public to a new exhibit, "Over There and Over Here: Springfield, New Jersey and the World during the Great War."
As a special event, the reception will feature a lecture about New Jersey’s role during World War I by the award-winning New Jersey historian and author Joseph G. Bilby.
Mr. Bilby has written extensively about New Jersey’s military history plus a broad range of other aspects pertaining to the state. He co-authored (with James M. Madden and Harry Ziegler) Hidden History of New Jersey at War, published by History Press in 2014. A more recent book, New Jersey: A Military History, was published by Westholme in 2017. His latest book, The Rise and Fall of the KKK in New Jersey, co-authored with Harry Ziegler, is due for publication by History Press in 2019.
Mr. Bilby currently serves as part-time Assistant Curator of the New Jersey National Guard and Militia Museum in Sea Girt and in 2013 was awarded the New Jersey Civilian Meritorious Service Medal by the state’s Division of Military and Veterans Affairs for his work in dealing with the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy which devastated the museum. In 2018, he was award the Richard J. Hughes Prize by the New Jersey Historical Commission for his lifelong contributions to the study of New Jersey history.
The museum exhibit and lecture is made possible in part by a 2018 HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.