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The Roebling Legacy–presented by historian and author Clifford W. Zink
June 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Historian and author Clifford W. Zink will present an illustrated program on The Roebling Legacy at the Kingston Historical Society’s Spring Meeting. Spanning 200 years, the story of the Roebling family and their bridge engineering and wire rope business chronicles a legacy of innovation, endurance, and exceptional achievement during a time of industrial revolution and technological advancement in America’s history. Through landmark achievements like the Brooklyn Bridge – the “universal symbol of New York” – and the great cables on the George Washington and Golden Gate Bridges, the Roeblings and thousands of their employees in Trenton and Roebling, NJ helped shape modern life, built one of America’s best company towns – “a model in every respect” – and created America’s first sports car, the Mercer Raceabout. The program is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and all are welcome.
Clifford Zink is a historic preservation consultant who explores and interprets architectural, industrial, engineering, and landscape history. Author of seven books that have won six awards, he has an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. In 2011 he received the 2011 John A. Roebling Award from the Society for Industrial Archeology’s Roebling Chapter for an outstanding contribution to documenting or preserving the industrial heritage. His book The Roebling Legacy received the 2012 N.J. Author’s Award in Popular Non-Fiction from the N.J. Studies Academic Alliance.