Lawrence Historical Society

Lawrence Township NJ

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Annual Meeting

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2017 Annual Meeting

February 19, 2017
Lawrence High School



What Did We Learn and When Did We Learn It?
The History of Public Education in Lawrence Township

Presenter:  Dennis Waters,  Lawrence Township Historian
Two hundred years ago the world of Lawrence Township schoolchildren was nothing like it is today. But many of the education questions their parents faced sound familiar: where should schooling happen, who should be educated, and who should pay for it? At this free public lecture, you will learn how different generations of Lawrence citizens answered these questions and how our public schools coped with rapid suburbanization and a changing society. Plus you’ll take a visual tour of all of the schools, past and present.
The lecture will be proceeded by a brief business meeting and followed by the annual Lawrence Township birthday cake.
Last Updated on Monday, 13 February 2017 12:12

NJ 350 Articles

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New Jersey 350

The State of New Jersey is celebrating 350 years in 2014.  As part of this celebration, The Lawrence Historical Society has published a set of seven articles about Lawrence history.  In addition to appearing in this space, printed copies will be made available at society events and public buildings in the township.  The 2014 articles are marked NEW below.  The articles toward the bottom of the list are reprints of a set done in 1964 as part of the New Jersey 300 celebration.  These articles were made possible through a grant from the Mercer County Culture and Heritage Commission.

Lewisville Road and African American History

Pole Farm: When Lawrence Was A Transatlantic Communications Hub

300 Years of History Along Route 206

How Lawrence Township Became a Suburb

Lawrence Township Street Names

Federal City Road

Prohibition Enforcement In Lawrence Township

The Lawrenceville School: Highlights of a Century and a Half

Maidenhead: The Early Days

Lawrence Township Minute Records: Yesterday and Today

Lawrence Township Revolutionary Highlights

The Smith Homesteads

Town Hall: Past-Present-Future


Last Updated on Sunday, 04 September 2016 00:47

Lawrence Township Revisited

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Lawrence Township Revisited coverLawrence Historical Society's new book, Lawrence Township Revisited, is now available.  Part of Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series, the book contains over 200 photographs illustrating the past 150 years of township history.  A wide variety of subjects are covered in the book, including schools, businesses and neighborhoods.  A must-have for all history buffs, Lawrence Township Revisited also makes a great gift.  All profits from the book will support Lawrence Historical Society's programs and upkeep of the Brearley House and Port Mercer Canal House.


Order your copy today and help support Lawrence Historical Society.  Copies can be purchased at the Brearley House for $22 each or you may select to have your copy mailed to you.  To place a mail order, select the number of copies you wish to order from the drop-down below and click buy now.  If you don't have a PayPal account, you can check out as a guest by clicking the Don't Have a PayPal Account link on the check-out screen.  Shipping and tax included.


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D&R Canal Concert - "Barging Ahead: Channeling Songs of the D&R Canal"

Sunday, April 9 at 2pm

Lawrence Headquarters Branch, Mercer County Library System

LHS and The Friends of the Lawrence Library are co-sponsoring a concert by Westminster Choir College students, who will be performing songs related to the canal and the time period of its hay day.  Refreshments will be served.


Brearley House Tours

March 4, April 1, May 6 - Saturday, 10:00am to noon

March 19 and May 21 - Sunday, 2:00pm to 4:00pm