- September 29, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
September 29, 2018
Clifford Zink -Discussion and Book Signing – The Roebling Legacy
We Are Building As Well As We Know How: The Legacy of Charles Roebling
When 21-year old Charles Roebling joined the family business in 1871 it had about 100 employees, and when he died on October 5, 1918, it employed some 8,000. Charles’s passion was building as well as he knew how, and his impressive legacy is manifest today in the monumental Roebling Works in Trenton and in Roebling Village, one of America’s finest company town’s.
Spanning 200 years, the story of the Roebling family and their bridge engineering and wire rope business chronicles a legacy of innovation, endurance, and exceptional achievement in America’s history. Through landmark achievements like the Brooklyn Bridge—the “universal symbol of New York” – and the great cables on the George Washington and Golden Gate Bridges, the Roeblings and thousands of their employees in Trenton and Roebling, NJ, helped shape modern life, and they also built one of America’s best company towns—“a model in every respect.” In this session, participants will discover how this high profile New Jersey family influenced life then and life today
The lecture is included with museum admission ($6 for Adults, $5 for seniors 62 and older and children 6-12, Free for museum members.) Seating is limited, so please call the museum at 609/499-7200 to reserve your space. This Public Scholars Project program is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, an independent non-profit organization and state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
About Clifford Zink:
Clifford Zink explores and interprets architectural, industrial, engineering and landscape history. An award-winning author, he has an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and in 2011 he received the 2011 John A. Roebling Award from the Society for Industrial Archeology’s Roebling Chapter for an outstanding contribution to documenting or preserving the industrial heritage. Also, his book “The Roebling Legacy” received the 2012 NJ Author’s Award in Popular Non-fiction from the NJ Studies Academic Alliance.