Understanding the History of Racism in Princeton: An Exploration Through Archives

Date(s) - September 30, 2020
7:00 pm

Join the Historical Society of Princeton’s Curator of Collections and Research, Stephanie Schwartz; Executive Director, Izzy Kasdin; and members of the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society for a conversational exploration of ten historic documents from Princeton. Over Zoom, participants will examine each document, reading it closely, getting to know its historical context, and understanding how it illuminates the history of racism in America, as it played out in Princeton. Documents will touch on histories of slavery, discrimination, school and housing segregation, and resistance, revealing the origins of the ongoing struggle for equity, diversity, and inclusion. This is a guided investigation of the archival remains of Princeton’s past, shining a light on the historical process as well as how and what stories are preserved. Come ready to explore, ask questions, and discuss.
An access link for the talk will be emailed to all registrants two days prior to the program. As this is a discussion-based program, space is limited. For this reason, a second session will be offered on October 7, 2020 (Sign up here). Note: The same program will be offered on each date. Please only register for one of the two sessions. More dates will be added if needed. Sessions will not be recorded.
This program is the second in a series co-sponsored by the Historical Society of Princeton, the Princeton Public Library, and the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society. View the recording of the 9/23 Understanding Princeton’s African-American History: An Exploration Through Places here.
Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in HSP programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.                        


This event is fully booked.