Mary Tanner Lecture

October 20, 2022

7:00 pm

In Person 

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Lawrence High School Auditorium


Topic: "Archaeology and the Delaware Indians a 12,000 Year Odyssey"

Speaker: Richard Veit, Ph.D. 


Lecture about the Delaware Valley and the rich culture that inhabited the Eastern shores of the United States. Richard will guide us through the period prior to the settlement of the colonies and during our most turbulent times. Join us for a evening of learning through time!

Mary Tanner

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

2019 - Dr. Rita King, "The Influenza Pandemic of 1918: Its Story and Lasting Impact"

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”