Outreach Presentations

Let us bring the history to you!

The Historical Society offers a variety of lectures that can be held at your location. HSP has presented at libraries, adult schools, retirement communities, clubs, and other organizations.

Speaker fee:
$100 per program
(additional mileage charge for travel outside a 15-mile radius of our museum.)

For more information, please contact Eve Mandel, Director of Programs and Visitor Services, at eve@princetonhistory.org or (609) 921-6748 x102.

The Life of Albert Einstein
(45-60 minutes)

This enlightening presentation examines the life of the man whose name has become synonymous with “genius.” Learn how a childhood fascination with a compass played a role in the development of the Nobel prize-winning scientist, how he accepted a job in Princeton to escape Nazi Germany and how he used his celebrity to advocate for civil rights and advance world peace.

New Jersey Facts and Firsts
(45-60 minutes)

Created to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the state, this program highlights the Lenape Indians and early European settlers, the development of cities and suburbs, as well as technology and inventions. This fun and interactive presentation includes a multiple choice game to identify N.J. facts, symbols and local celebrities.

Princeton and the American Revolution
(60-90 minutes)

Learn about Princeton’s history and the remarkable events of the “Ten Crucial Days,” which took place in our own back yard, from Christmas 1776 to January 3rd, 1777, and marked the turning point of the Revolutionary War. Hear the story, often spoken in the soldiers’ own words, of the sacrifice, bravery, and perseverance of the Continental soldiers, through unimaginable difficulties, leading to victory and freedom. Participants will feel a new sense of connection to the Princeton area as they learn more about the extraordinary history and culture of their community.

Princeton: Then and Now
(45-60 minutes)

The town of Princeton was settled more than 300 years ago. What has changed over the years, and what has stayed the same? Using images from the Historical Society’s vast photo archive, tour the town from the comfort of your seat and compare images of transportation, shopping, education and historic sites, past and present.

Princeton Cemetery
(45 minutes)

Get into the Princeton spirit with a virtual tour of Princeton Cemetery, referred to as the “Westminster Abbey of the United States.”  Hear the fascinating stories, accompanied by images of the final resting places, of many of Princeton’s prominent citizens, including a U.S. president, vice president, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

The Battle of Brooklyn
(60 minutes)

The Battle of Brooklyn, the largest battle of the American Revolution, took place just 1 ½ months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and was a crushing defeat for the Continental Army. The Revolution could have ended then, if not for favorable weather that allowed George Washington, under the cover of wind and fog, to safely evacuate his 9,500 men. Out of the ashes of this defeat arose the determination and perseverance of the Continental Army and its Commander in Chief; the tide was turned 4 months later when they defeated the Hessians at Trenton on Christmas 1776, changing the course of history.