.The Friends of the Library have received a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities to offer this live dramatic production that recounts the legend of “Molly Pitcher” (Mary Hays McCauley), the heroine of the 1778 Battle of Monmouth Courthouse – and explores the daily lives of the “women of the army” who followed their husbands to war during the American Revolution. Molly reminisces about when she accompanied her husband through summer battles and winter encampments from Valley Forge to Monmouth to Morristown. Relating her tales of firing a cannon in the heat of battle to trudging “behind the baggage,” she provides a glimpse into what it was like to be a “camp follower” in the days when American independence was a dream rather a certainty.
Presenter: Stacy Roth - Historical Interpreter and Educator
Stacy F. Roth, of "History on the Hoof," is a freelance historical interpreter, educator, vocalist, and musician (with a background in museums, libraries, archives, and material culture) who combines her talents to create multi-layered presentations that make history accessible and engaging. She holds a BA in History from Kean College of NJ, an MA in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MLS from Rutgers. Ms. Roth is the author of Past Into Present: Effective Techniques for First-Person Historical Interpretation (University of North Carolina Press, 1998).
The New Jersey Council for the Humanities provides the Public Scholars Project to libraries and other institutions who increase educational opportunities to the general public. Each year, the Council subsidizes at least 200 high-quality public humanities programs for host organizations throughout the state, providing opportunities for New Jersey communities to explore history, values, culture, and beliefs, and to engage in key questions with the support of a scholarly perspective. The fees were paid for by the Friends of the South Brunswick Public Library.
You can visit the Council's Calendar of Events to find where other similar programs are being held through-out the state this year: https://njhumanities.org/events/month/ .
Program suitable for adults and middle and high school students studying the American Revolution. Light refreshments will be served.
Meeting Room A/B