2009-08-27 / Front Page

Roosevelt featured in new exhibit

Explore Roosevelt's past through photography, oral history, lecture, and documentary at the Monmouth County Library this fall.

The exhibit "Monmouth County in the Great Depression," on view in the Manalapan library for the month of October, will feature information about Roosevelt when it was known as Jersey Homesteads, as well as S.S. Morro Castle.

Besides Jersey Homesteads, the exhibit will also feature other Works Project Administration (WPA) projects, through documents and photographs from the Monm outh County Archives, New Jersey State Archives, Newark Public Library and other repositories.

Established in 1936 by the Department of the Interior of the federal government, Jersey Homesteads was designed as an agricultural industrial cooperative community, one of the WPA projects President Franklin Delano Roosevelt commissioned to deal with the social and economic woes caused by the Great Depression.

The Jersey Homesteads portion of the library exhibit includes photographs taken in the 1930s by Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee and Arthur Rothstein, accompanied by excerpts from oral histories on file at Rutgers University Special Collections with Roosevelt residents such as Bernarda Shahn and excerpts from Edwin Rosskam's book on Roosevelt. Also included in the exhibit are documents from the archives at Rutgers and the Monmouth County Historical Association.

On Oct. 7, photo-historian and Monmouth County Archivist Gary Saretzky will give a lecture on the late Edwin and Louise Rosskam, who lived in Roosevelt for many years. Although the lecture is free, registration is requested to facilitate planning.

Archives and History Day on Oct. 10 will feature a keynote address on Monmouth County in the Great Depression by Professor Mark Wasserman of Rutgers University. Wasserman will speak at 11:30 a.m., and registration is not required.

The Archives and History Day event also includes a showing of the 2008 video "Jersey Homesteads in the Architectural Vanguard." Roosevelt resident Ben Johnson, who wrote, produced, narrated, co-directed and co-edited the film with Roosevelt resident Fletcher Grayson, of Graymedia, will introduce the video screening at 1:30 p.m.T

he library is located at 125 Symmes Drive in Manalapan. For directions, see the Monmouth County Archives website at http://www.visitmonmouth.com/archives.

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