NEH William Livingston's World
“MakeHistory@Kean: William Livingston’s World” is a three-year project, developing Department of History curriculum around the concept of a History Lab. Using untapped archival resources and facilities of Kean, Liberty Hall Museum and the Liberty Hall Academic Center, undergraduates will generate a portfolio of original historical research to be shared with a broad public through talks, exhibits, websites, lesson plans and other mediums. Students will reconstruct and disseminate the political, intellectual and social worlds of William Livingston, first elected governor of New Jersey, signer of the U.S. Constitution and builder of Liberty Hall, the estate on which Kean University now sits.
The first phase of the project is the re-enactment of a "Revolutionary Wedding," the marriage of Sarah Livingston to John Jay at Liberty Hall in April 1774. The wedding was filmed through the use of 360-degree video. The experience recreates their 18th century world in a contemporary context using Liberty Hall. For more information about the film, visit: https://michaelgravescollege.kean.edu/libertyhall360.