Mary Tanner Lecture
October 13, 2019
Lawrence Township Municipal Building
Topic: "The Influenza Pandemic of 1918: Its Story and Lasting Impact"
Speaker: Dr. Rita King, professor of biology, The College of New Jersey
Dr. King teaches microbiology and the history of disease at The College of New Jersey. Her talk covers the origin, spread, and continuing issues presented by the virus. What have we learned, and what don't we know? Are we prepared for the next pandemic?
In 2003, Lawrence Historical Society established the Mary Tanner Lecture Series in honor of one of Lawrence Township’s most active community organizers.
As a member of the Society’s Board of Trustees, Mrs. Tanner was instrumental in the effort to raise money and public support for the restoration of the 1761 Brearley House.
A dedicated lifelong learner, Mary earned a Ph.D. in American History from Radcliffe College, an M.A. in American History from Mills College and a B.A. from the University of Vermont. She taught history at various locations before settling in Lawrence, where she taught at Mercer County Community College and began her lengthy term of community service.
Mrs. Tanner was the first woman elected to Lawrence Township Council, serving from 1976-1981. She was also active in many Lawrence Township charities.
Previous Mary Tanner Lectures
2018 - No lecture held
2017 - Mary Walton, "Shaming Woodrow Wilson: Alice Paul's Battle for Democracy In A World At War"
2016 - Ian Burrow, "Three Houses, Three Thousand Years: Archaeological Discoveries at the Brearley House"
2015 - Brooke Hunter, “The Rise and Fall of Prohibition in Lawrence”
2014 - Dan Druckenbrod, “Aldo Leopold’s Big Woods: 100 Years of Environmental History in Lawrenceville”
2013 - John Fea, “New Jersey Presbyterians and the American Revolution”
2012 - Larry Kidder, “Maidenhead Patriots in the First Hunterdon Militia Regiment: 1775-1783”
2011 - Brooke Hunter and Roderick A. McDonald, “Contesting Slavery, Confronting Freedom: Slavery and Emancipation in New Jersey”
2010 - Maxine N. Lurie and Michael Siegel, “Mapping New Jersey”
2009 - Richard W. Hunter and Howard L. Green, “The Curious Career and Fateful Future of the Delaware and Raritan Canal”
2008 - Harold M. Tanner, “The United States, China, Taiwan: The Historical Background of a Potential Conflict”
2007 - Gordon Wood, “Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founding Fathers Different”
2006 - Adm. Paul Edward Tobin Jr., “Victory from Defeat”
2005 - Tom Kindre, “The Boys from New Jersey”
2004 - James M. McPherson, “The Global Effects of the American Civil War”