175th Anniversary Mercer County (1838 - 2013)

At the opening reception for the Mapping Mercer Exhibit at The Gallery at Mercer County Community College are, from left, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes, MCCC President Dr. Pat Donohue, and Mercer County Freeholder Andrew Koontz.

At the opening reception for the Mapping Mercer Exhibit at The Gallery at Mercer County Community College are, from left, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes, MCCC President Dr. Pat Donohue, and Mercer County Freeholder Andrew Koontz.
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TRENTON, N.J. - Mercer County will officially kick off a yearlong celebration of its 175th Anniversary year with “Mapping Mercer,” an exhibition of historic and contemporary maps that trace some of the history of this region. The exhibit will be on display at The Gallery at Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, from Jan. 23 through Feb. 14, 2013.

On display for the first time since the early 1930s will be two of the County’s Master Plan maps. Other featured maps include Victorian bird’s-eye view maps of Hightstown, Hopewell Borough and Trenton, a 1719 map of “Pensilvania, New-Jersey, New-York, and the Three Delaware Counties,” and the last official map of New Jersey (1833) before Mercer became a County in 1838.

Two gallery lectures will be offered in The Gallery in conjunction with the exhibit. The first, “Planning and Engineering Today,” will take place on Thursday, Jan. 31, at noon. Featured speakers are Donna Lewis, Director of the County’s Planning Division, and Paul Pogorzelski, Township Administrator/Engineer, Hopewell Township.

The second talk will feature Maxine Lurie, Ph.D., and Michael Siegel, Editor and Cartographer, respectively, of the book “Mapping New Jersey: An Evolving Landscape.” They’ll discuss their book and the power of maps in telling a complex story on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at noon.

Programs that focus on different aspects of the County’s history will be offered throughout 2013 as part of the 175th Anniversary celebration.

“Of course, perhaps our greatest resource is the public,” said County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “Some of the greatest historical treasures have been found in the basements and attics of our residents. If you have photos or objects of historical significance to Mercer County, we urge you to submit them through our easy-to-use contact forms, so the community can share in these precious memories of events long past.”

The exhibition and all events are free and open to the public. For more information about Mercer County’s 175th Anniversary celebration, go to www.mercer175.org. For more information about The Gallery at MCCC, go to www.mccc.edu/gallery or contact The Gallery at gallery@mccc.edu or 609-570-3589.
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