Speaker Series

Initiated in February 2012, the Speaker Series presents a broad range of topics of interest to Franklin Township and Hunterdon County residents. The talks are scheduled for 7:30 on the first Thursdays of March, June, September, and November at Faith Chapel Wesleyan Church, 43 Lower Landsdown Road in Franklin Township, Hunterdon County. If using a GPS, enter Annandale as the town or 08801 as the zip code. There is ample parking, admission is free, and light refreshments are served.

Check back for details on future talks. We welcome your suggestions for speakers and topics; please send them to us at contactus@ruralawareness.org

Upcoming topics

  • Revolutionary War Folklore in Stories and Song, singer/songwriter Gordon Thomas Ward – Thursday, September 7
  • Prehistoric Stone Tools and Their Uses, amateur archeologist Erich Zeh – Thursday, November 7

Previous topics

  • Jersey! Then…Again, author Maureen Wlodarczyk – Thursday, May 4
  • Habits and Habitats of New Jersey’s Black Bears, naturalist Tom Sheppard – Thursday, March 2, 2017
  • These Old Houses: An Introduction to Tree-Ring Dating and Other Methods for Dating Historic Structures, anthropologist Richard Veit, Ph.D. – November 3, 2016
  • The Garden State: Where Ideas Grow, author Linda Barth – September 1, 2016
  • Hunterdon Revolutionary War Folklore in Stories and Song, author and singer-songwriter Gordon Thomas Ward – June 2, 2016
  • Owls of Hunterdon, naturalist Tom Sheppard – March 3, 2016
  • Of Two Different Minds: Gender Communication, management communications speakers Thomas C. Maddux, DVM, and Linda Merry Maddux, DVM – November 5, 2015
  • Coexisting with Coyotes, naturalist Tom Sheppard – August 27, 2015
  • All Roads Lead to Pittstown, historian Stephanie Stevens – July 30, 2015
  • George Washington’s Indispensable Men, author Arthur S. Lefkowitz – April 2, 2015
  • Antique Tools of New Jersey, historic tool enthusiast Bob Garay – February 5, 2015
  • Honoring Hunterdon’s 300th Anniversary: Birds in Hunterdon County in the 1700’s and Today, naturalist John DeMarrais – November 6, 2014
  • Archaeology and the Delaware Indians: A 12,000-Year Odyssey, anthropologist Richard Veit, Ph.D. – June 5, 2014
  • New Jersey’s Landscapes and the Geology That Made Them Possible, geologist Michael Pollock – April 3, 2014
  • Ghosts of Hunterdon County, historian Jim Davidson – February 6, 2014
  • New Jersey’s Changing Weather Patterns, climatologist David Robinson – November 7, 2013
  • 12 Theories of Who Kidnapped the Lindbergh Baby, historian Jim Davidson – September 19, 2013
  • Hiking in Hunterdon County, author Sue Dziamara – June 6, 2013
  • Railroading in Hunterdon County, historian Frank Curcio – April 4, 2013
  • Hunterdon from Above, land history researcher Mike McCann – February 7, 2013
  • The History of Round Valley, historian Stephanie Stevens – September 6, 2012
  • Indian Trail Trees, environmentalist Anna Maria Caldara – June 7, 2012
  • Quilts Uncovered: History of Quilting in America, quilt historian Judy Grow – April 5, 2012
  • Birds of Franklin Township, naturalist John DeMarrais – February 2, 2012