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From Conquest to Identity:
New Jersey and the Middle Colonies in the Seventeenth Century

Thursday, 27 March 2014

5:15 pm – 7:00 pm
Reception: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

New Jersey State Museum Auditorium
205 W. State Street
Trenton, New Jersey

Friday, 28 March 2014

8:45 am - 5:00 pm
Thomas Edison State College
101 West State Street
Trenton, New Jersey

The New Jersey Historical Commission, New Jersey State Museum, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Kean University, and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities are pleased to present From
Conquest to Identity: New Jersey and the Middle Colonies in the Seventeenth Century

This program will consider a wide range of social, political, and historical perspectives and offer an opening presentation by award-winning journalist Mark DiIonno. Mr. DiIonno will kick off the event with his Thursday evening lecture entitled Liberty, Privacy and the Media.

On Friday, a series of panels on the topics of Empires and Communities, Memoirs and Legacies, and Confluences and Adaptations will be offered by leading historians.

The conference is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required for on-line access to the pre-circulated papers. For more program information and to register visit McNeil Center for Early American Studies.

Mark Di Ionno
Mark Di Ionno is a lifetime newspaperman and a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist in news commentary, primarily for his work on Hurricane Sandy. He is also a four-time winner of the New Jersey Press Association’s first-place award for column writing. His columns appear regularly in The Star-Ledger, and its online partner,

Di Ionno is the author of three award-winning nonfiction books that include New Jersey’s Coastal Heritage, and A Guide to New Jersey’s Revolutionary War Trail which received the New Jersey Academic Alliance Award. Backroads, New Jersey was named among the most notable New Jersey books (1995–2005) by the New Jersey Center for the Book.

Di Ionno's first novel and most recent publication is The Last Newspaperman, which along with the Revolutionary War book, where placed on NJ 350’s “101 Greatest New Jersey Books."

Read more about The Last Newspaperman.