Recently I helped co-author an article about the 1918 Influenza pandemic for "New Jersey Studies" Summer 2022 edition. I am available to speak on the subject - in fact I have a presentation on Nov. 9. If you are interested in attending, or scheduling your own presentation (for either a group of adults or children), please contact me here. Many thanks!
(Photo above courtesy of the Library of Congress' American National Red Cross photograph collection: Mrs. Brown in the clutches of influenza.)
Read about the Jersey Devil 👿, a refurbished life-saving station 🌊, a mysterious urn ⚱, age-old remedies for new problems 🦪, and where famous pets ended up 🐔 in this week's "Rock Solid History News Digest!"
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In this week's "Rock Solid History News Digest," read about a new trail 👣, local indigenous history 🔥, a long-forgotten canal 🛶, a girl’s tragically short life 🥃, and an ancient peacock carving 🦚! (photo courtesy of @essexenviroctr)
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In this week's "Rock Solid History Weekly Digest," learn about a really old NJ schoolhouse 🏫, the slave trade in the Meadowlands 🚷, the history of Broadway ⭐🎬, a neat shrimp boat 🦐🚢, and an ancient fridge 🧊...
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Learn about very old trees 🌳, a trip to Thomas Edison’s museum 💡, a small museum’s expansion 🏠, a crazy castle 🏰, and where chickens (or eggs) came from 🐔🥚 in this week's "Rock Solid History News Digest" for kids & families. Sign up above to get the full newsletter with stories & weekly events.
(Photo above courtesy of nps.gov and photo below courtesy of .bishopcastle.org)
In this week's digest, read about a new use for a historic stadium ⚾, bringing a burial ground to life 👫, a church that turned 100 🎂, telling NYC’s story through artifacts 🍜, and mysterious lost Legos 🧱! Click the button above to sign up for more - family-friendly events and special issues!
Jackals are bringing baseball back to once crumbling N.J. stadium
By Richard Cowen for nj.com (photo above by Parkerjh)
Elizabeth church resurrects stories of African American ancestors on burial grounds
By Shaylah Brown for NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Orthodox parish in Bayonne celebrates 100 year anniversary
By Daniel Israel for Hudson Reporter
An archaeological history of New York built on everyday artifacts
By Eve Glasberg for Columbia News
Archaeology adrift? A curious tale of Lego lost at sea
By Joe Flatman for The Past (photo below courtesy of Tracey Williams)
On Friday September 23. author Veronica Ditko will be holding an afterschool program for children grades K-2 at the North Haledon Public Library located in North Haledon, NJ. Entitled "Rock Solid Fun." Ms. Ditko tells about local history through rocks.
Ms. Ditko will present a little-known story involving a French princess and a locally-found gem, as well as playing a fun guessing-game about local historical hotspots the kids will surely recognize.
Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP. See the announcement here:
Learn about a shockingly valuable painting 🖌, fun places to visit 🚗, a motel-filled town 🏨, history beneath highways 🚘, and a lost stone town 🏰 in this week's "Rock Solid History News Digest!" Every week, the digest shares stories that take you from the Garden State to around the world, learning cool things about history. Click the button above to sign up and get even more.
Paterson Millionaire Catholina Lambert unknowingly owned painting by Da Vinci
By Darren Tobia for Jersey Digs (photo above of Leonard DaVinci)
Best field trips to take in the NJ area
By NJ Family
The one small town In New Jersey with more historic motels than any other
By Kim Magaraci for Only In Your State
Archaeological finds reveal our stories before highways get built
By Jenni Bergal for Stateline/PEW Trusts
Long lost origins of Zanzibar’s stone town discovered
By Shanti Escalante-De Mattei for ARTnews (below photo courtesy of UNESCO)
Join author Veronica Ditko at the Incorporated Orange County Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association's (IOCCNYSAA) Sept. 16 meeting. Ms. Ditko, who is also Chapter VP, will be presenting “Recent Archaeological Research About the Pfahlbauer” at 7:30pm (on Zoom).
Also known as the Pile Dwellers / Lake Dwellers of Europe, these people lived from Neolithic to Bronze Ages. What is curious about them is that they decided to live on stilted houses in lakes (and currently represent more than 100 UNESCO World Heritage sites!), yet they also farmed the land.
Ms. Ditko will explore the possible reasons why and how they lived, based on archaeological findings, as well as what ended their way of living. (UNESCO photo above of recreated village in Lake Constance, Germany.)
See announcement here: http://ioccnysaa.blogspot.com/
RSVP by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
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