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Pulitzer Prize-winning Author David Hackett Fischer to speak at Kean University

UNION, NJ - David Hackett Fischer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian, will discuss New Jersey in the American Revolution at Liberty Hall Museum’s Carriage House on Thursday March 4, at 2 p.m.  Fischer’s talk is free and open to the public.

Fischer’s appearance is being held in conjunction with the exhibit Oh Freedom!, which examines the history of slavery and abolition in New Jersey during the era of American Revolution.Oh Freedom includes documents from the New Jersey State Library and Archives, as well as other sources, and takes a look into the reasons African-Americans fought, their contributions to each side and what happened to them in the war’s aftermath. The exhibit will be on display in the Carriage House from February 1 through March 31. It is free and open to the public during regular museum hours.

Fischer is the Warren Professor of History and University Professor at Brandeis University. Fischer won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for Washington’s Crossing. In addition he is the author of numerous other books on colonial and revolutionary America, including Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America, Paul Revere’s Ride, and most recently Champlain’s Dream.

A related lecture on the role of African-Americans in New Jersey during the American Revolutionary War era will also take place at Liberty Hall on February 25. Dr. Mark Lender, Kean’s interim academic affairs vice president and American Revolutionary period historian, will chair the panel.

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University chronicles more than 200 years of American history. Built in 1772 by William Livingston, New Jersey’s first elected governor, the Victorian style mansion is a treasure trove of historic riches. Along with forgotten letters from Thomas Jefferson, Liberty Hall also houses extensive collections of antique furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston and Kean families.

Liberty Hall is located at 1003 Morris Avenue in Union, New Jersey. It is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays noon to 4 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, call (908) 527-0400, e-mail or visit

This program was made possible by a grant received from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and represents a collaboration among Kean University’s Foundation, the Department of History and Liberty Hall Museum. The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.