ICONS OF AMERICAN CULTURE:
HISTORY OF NEW JERSEY DINERS
September 8 – December 31, 2016
When was the last time you ate at a diner? If you are like millions in New Jersey, the answer is not too long ago. Dubbed “the land of diners,” New Jersey’s highways and main streets are dotted with silver airstreams and neon signs of the classic American diner. Moreover, New Jersey was and still is the diner manufacturing industry’s hub. This exhibition explores the rich history of the Garden State’s favorite casual eatery through classic photographs and historical artifacts.
Image: Mark Oberndorf, Lyndhurst Diner, Oil on linen, 2009.
PROHIBITION FROM FLAPPERS TO BOOTLEGGERS
September 18 – December 11, 2016
Jersey Spirits will explore how local figures boldly produced, smuggled, and sold alcohol in New Jersey during a period when such practices were Constitutionally banned. Featured personalities include New Jersey governors, gangsters, bootleggers, temperance lobbyists, and suffragettes. The exhibition will also delve into the moral, religious, and political sentiments that shaped America’s “noble experiment” and how the horrors of excessive drinking and the cry for social reform fueled the Temperance and Suffragist Movements.
Visitors will experience the Prohibition era through artifacts, photographs, and propaganda materials that depict the battle between the Wets and the Drys. Jersey Spirits will showcase fashions of the Roaring 20s from flapper dresses to hairstyles to cigarette holders. In addition, the exhibition will include a survey of contraband cocktails and authentic barware and flasks. Music, dance, literature, and films of the era will also be featured.
Image: George Gonzales’ restaurant & bar, River St. near Newark St. during prohibition, 1929, Hoboken Public Library.