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- Mercer County is celebrating its 175th Anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion, events showcasing Mercer County’s rich cultural history will be presented throughout 2013.

Mercer County is an architectural microcosm of the Nation, with great buildings, architects and sites from every historic period of the United States represented: 17th century to the present. As part of the Mercer 175th Anniversary celebration, the County of Mercer and Preservation NJ will present a day-long symposium, Mercer by Architecture, to explore a portion of its long history through its architecture.

Architects, historians, appreciators of history, and lovers of great buildings are all invited to attend on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., on the historic campus of the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville. A Mercer County Open House Weekend will be held that Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10 and 11, as a complement to the symposium event.

The Aug. 9 symposium will begin with breakfast and registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by welcome remarks by Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. At 9:30, W. Barksdale Maynard will deliver the keynote address, “Princeton: America’s Campus – Architecture in History and Context.”

Two programs will follow, the first of which is titled “Architecture of Place: History of Housing in Mercer.” Presenters will include Philip A. Hayden, “Vernacular Farmhouses and Kitchens, Hopewell Township, 1720-1820”; Janet W. Foster, “Patternbook Housing and the Influence of Agricultural Journals in 19th Century Mercer”; and J. Robert Hillier, FAIA, “Architectural Issues in Housing Today.”

The second session, “Architecture of Space: Public Architecture and Mercer,” will take place after lunch. Presenters will include Kate Nearpass Ogden, “Mercer in Context: Some Highlights of County Architecture”; Michael J. Mills, FAIA, “The NJ Capitol Complex”; and Michael Graves, FAIA, “Response and Closing Thoughts.” Meredith Arms Bzdak will serve as moderator throughout the day.

To register for Mercer by Architecture, go to For more information, e-mail or call 609-989-6418.

Future events will take place at locations around the County. Watch the Mercer County 175th Anniversary website for future dates: If you are interested in scanning your historical photographs for the Mercer County collection, information is available on the website. Scanning may also be done at Mercer County’s McDade Administration Building, 640 South Broad St., Trenton, by appointment, 609-989-6597.