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The Illustrated Delaware River: The History of a Great American River

The history of the settlement of the Delaware Valley starts not at the beginning of the river, but at its end. It was the original Route 1 – a highway that brought modern civilization to a pristine wilderness. At an upcoming event at the Prallsville Mills in Stockton, they’ll talk about the earliest explorers and how they interacted with the native population, and make our way upriver from the Delaware Bay and it’s legendary oyster industry, to the ornate Victorian-era lighthouses, historic military sites like Fort Delaware on Peapatch Island, Red Bank Battlefield and Fort Mifflin, the industrial giant that was Camden, the first steamboat in the country, the commercial hubs of Burlington and Bordentown with their illustrious residents, the extraordinary triumph of Washington at “Trent Town”, the growth of the canals during the industrial revolution, and many more fascinating places and events as we make our way northward, finally ending our journey in the Catskill Mountains of New York State.

Hal Taylor has been a graphic artist for over 30 years, spending much of the last four researching, writing and creating artwork for his first book, “The Illustrated Delaware River: The History of a Great American River.” It’s a lovingly told travelogue that traces the entire length of the Delaware through 400 plus years of history, filled with 140 orginal illustrations. Updates, links and events are always available on the book’s FaceBook page: www.facebook.com/illustrateddelawareriver/ Hal began his career as a typographer, which led to original hand lettering and logo design, as well as a stint teaching graphic design at Drexel University in Philadelphia. In the process, he created a library of over seven different original type designs which are available at a variety of online sources including fonts.com and myfonts.com. Always considering lettering as a form of illustration, it was a logical transition to explore the field, which resulted in designing and illustrating over one hundred books for Townsend Press, a nationally recognized publisher of academic material and classic literature. His work has also been displayed at the prestigious Philadelphia Sketch Club, the oldest artist’s club in the Western Hemisphere. Incorporating a love of history, his latest projects are writing and illustrating two more books about the colorful and fascinating people, places, and past of the Delaware Valley. Hal makes his home in historic New Jersey.
Attend the fascinating discussion on July 13, 2018 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

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Shad’Toberfest Canceled

 
As you may have heard, Lambertville was devastated by flooding from Ida.
 
We decided to cancel Shad’Toberfest. This decision was not made lightly. However, we could not burden the already stressed infrastructure of the City. The festival brings thousands of visitors to Lambertville and that burden would not help our City right now.
 
The need in Lambertville is great with over half the homes in the City affected by Hurricane Ida’s unprecedented flooding.
 
There are some people that will spend a year getting their house back to a livable condition and some who will never return to their beloved homes because of the severe damage they sustained. In light of this tragedy, we are working on a fundraiser to benefit those flood victims hit hardest by Hurricane Ida. Stay tuned for details.
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