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Elton H. L. (Henry Lee) Wade was an amateur photographer who lived in the Middlebush area of Franklin Township for most of his life.  The collection presented in our Lobby and Circulation display cases, is a small sample of the over 2,000 photographs taken by Mr. Wade during his lifetime.  The collection, in the form of photographic negatives, was donated to the Franklin Township Public Library in 2009 by Mr. Wade’s nephew, Robert Zimmermann.

Elton Wade was born on February 11, 1899 in Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey.  He lived for most of his life in the Middlebush area of Franklin Township, Somerset County, New Jersey.  He married Sarah Totten, nicknamed Jane.  Elton worked at the New Brunswick Post Office for 46 years and rose to the position of chief accountant, and later Assistant Postmaster.  He died on May 5, 1980 at the age of 81.

Most of the photographs in this collection were taken by Mr. Wade, although some were taken by family and friends.  The collection captures images of Mr. Wade’s extended family, as well as life in the Franklin Township area.  Mr. Wade also took pictures during vacations and travels around New Jersey and nearby states.

Library staff is working on digitizing the collection, cataloging the photographs, and create exhibits of the photographs for display on the Library’s website.  This is a long term project, and additional photographs will periodically be added to the online collections – and to our physical display in the Historical Room.

The Franklin Township Public Library is delighted to be able to share these photographs that document Mr. Wade’s life and that of the Franklin Township community in the early 20th century.   Please check our online exhibits frequently as new photos will be added monthly!

Please visit the exhibit online and let us know what you think!  Also, if there’s a place, person or object you recognize that we didn’t catch, please let us know!

We also have a Facebook album with some of our favorite Wade photos, so check that out too!

Our thanks to The Fleetwood Museum of Art and Photographica for their loan of three cameras.  These cameras are ones Elton may have used, or are very similar to those he would have used to take his thousands of photographs.

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Elton H. L. (Henry Lee) Wade was an amateur photographer who lived in the Middlebush area of Franklin Township for most of his life.  The collection presented here is a small sample of the over 2,000 photographs taken by Mr. Wade during his lifetime.  The collection, in the form of photographic negatives, was donated to the Franklin Township Public Library in 2009 by Mr. Wade’s nephew, Robert Zimmermann.

Elton Wade was born on February 11, 1899 in Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey.  He lived for most of his life in the Middlebush area of Franklin Township, Somerset County, New Jersey.  He married Sarah Totten, nicknamed Jane.  Elton worked at the New Brunswick Post Office for 46 years and rose to the position of chief accountant, and later Assistant Postmaster.  He died on May 5, 1980 at the age of 81.

Most of the photographs in this collection were taken by Mr. Wade, although some were taken by family and friends.  The collection captures images of Mr. Wade’s extended family, as well as life in the Franklin Township area.  Mr. Wade also took pictures during vacations and travels around New Jersey and nearby states.

Library staff is working on digitizing the collection, cataloging the photographs, and create exhibits of the photographs for display on the Library’s website.  This is a long term project, and additional photographs will periodically be added to the online collections – and to our physical display in the Historical Room.

The Franklin Township Public Library is delighted to be able to share these photographs that document Mr. Wade’s life and that of the Franklin Township community in the early 20th century.   Please check our online exhibits frequently as new photos will be added monthly!

Please visit the exhibit and let us know what you think!  Also, if there’s a place, person or object you recognize that we didn’t catch, please let us know!

Our thanks to The Fleetwood Museum of Art and Photographica for their loan of three cameras.  These cameras are ones Elton may have used, or are very similar to those he would have used to take his thousands of photographs.

Stay connected: Facebook, Twitterblog.

Have you checked out our Franklin Township High School’s students ceramics exhibit in our lobby and Circulation area?   We have pieces from several ceramics classes taught by Finn McNeil, James Ransavage and Matthew Feuer.   They’ve used a variety of techniques, including relief molds, coils, slab, mosaic, and thrown pieces.   Many are freestyle creations coming directly from the students, but one class created models of sculpture gardens after studying the work of the Japanese-American sculptor and landscape architect Isamu Noguchi.   Come in and see the spectacular creations our local students have come up with!

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It’s almost the end of February, which means that Black History Month is, sadly, ending.  However, we want to remind you that information on African American history is available all year long, and should always be remembered.

Since 1926, a version of Black History Month has existed in the United States.  It started as a week, and over time became a month dedicated to making sure that African American/Black history was not overlooked.   Canada and the U.K. also celebrate Black History Month, although the U.K.’s is in October.  It is important to learn and remember all parts of history, since by paying attention to history we can hopefully avoid making the same mistakes as our ancestors. In the spirit of Black History Month, here are some links to great resources on this branch of history.

  • The History Channel
  • Infoplease.com has quizzes, crosswords, and more as well as biographies, etc.
  • AfricanAmericanHistoryMonth.gov is the official site and has good teacher resources
  • TimeForKids has great articles and such for younger audiences
  • The Smithsonian also has some great teacher resources
  • You can also see what kinds of African American History items we have in our catalog.
  • Have you checked our our FDC collection? Located next to the Reference Desk, this collection contains materials concerning African American society and history

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Have you come in to see our newest book display: “It’s All Relative : Authors From the Same Family”? If not, you should and take one of our new “We’re Related” staff pick bookmarks while you’re at it.  Stephen King, Faye Kellerman, and more are on this list.  You’ll be surprised by who’s related!

We’ve gotten in a lot of great new titles throughout the library and tons of great new DVDs! If you missed some of your favorite show last season, we may have it, making it easy to catch up way before you can catch up on Netflix.

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