Upcoming Talks

February

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Harriet Beecher Stow:  Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Dominion of Conscience

February 16 at 1 pm

This first person presentation done by Kim Hanley of The American Historical Theatre brings Harriet Beecher Stow to life.   In 1852 she published her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly. This empathetic depiction of life for African Americans under slavery reached millions in the United States and the United Kingdom.  The emotionally charged stories of Uncle Tom, Eliza, and Little Eva helped move the conscience of the country to the great and imperative cause of Abolitionism.  It energized anti-slavery forces in the American North, while provoking widespread anger in the pro-slavery South.  It is alleged that when she met Abraham Lincoln, he told her “So you are the little woman that wrote the book that started this great war.”

This program will be held at the Burlington County Lyceum, 307 High Street, Mount Holly.

Refreshments will be served.

This program is funded by the New Jersey Council for Humanities.  

March

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Vulture Culture:  A Face Only a Mother Could Love

Friday, March 1 at 6:30 pm

  

These birds, who communally roast during the winter, are a common sight in our town. They can be seen gliding through the sky, doing amazing aerial feats as they land in trees to roost, and warming themselves on chimneys. Few birds have stirred more controversy in the communities where they live, yet these harmless scavengers perform an important role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem that benefits everyone. Come join the Mount Holly Environmental Committee and the Lyceum Association to learn about the natural and cultural history of turkey vultures and meet one up close and personal. 

This program will be held at the Burlington County Lyceum, 307 High Street, Mount Holly.  


March

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Alice Paul:  New Jersey's Heroine for Equality

March 16 at 1 pm

Alice Paul was one of the most influential women in America, leading the final fight   for women’s suffrage and championing equal rights for women through most of the 20th century. Yet most people are unaware of the pivotal role this Mount Laurel native played in procuring the political rights American women now enjoy. This presentation and discussion explores Alice Paul’s life, her roots in the New Jersey Quaker community, and her work for women’s rights in the U.S. and around the world.

This program will be held at the Burlington County Lyceum, 307 High Street, Mount Holly.   

Refreshments will be served. 


April

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The Beauty of Boxwood

April 20 at 1 pm

Boxwood has been used in America since colonial times in gardens.  What was its purpose?  Why was it so popular?  In this presentation garden historian, Alicia McShulkis, will discuss its American history and its past uses in the landscape.  

This program will be held at the Burlington County Lyceum, 307 High Street, Mount Holly.  

Refreshments will be served.   

May

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Battle of Petticoat Bridge

May 18 at 1 pm 

June

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Beautiful Butterflies and Crazy Caterpillars

June 15 at 1 pm

Discover the world of some of our most beloved insects: the butterflies.  This presentation will focus on behaviors, defenses, life cycles, and natural history of butterflies and caterpillars in Burlington County.  The slide show includes  photographs of butterflies (adults and caterpillars) representing each of the five families found in our Burlington County Parks.  Presented by Jennifer Bulava, Burlington County Park Naturalist.

This program will be held at the Burlington County Lyceum, 307 High Street, Mount Holly.