Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Lecture at Farmstead Arts on Sunday, February 25th, at 2 PM

Somerset Tech: Stories of Personalities and Technologies from Somerset County

WHEN: Sunday, February 25th, at 2 PM
Farmstead Arts, 450 King George Road, Basking Ridge, NJ
ADMISSION: free, donations accepted. Registration is available at

Gerald-Pearson-high  resAs far back as the days of Lord Stirling and his astronomical observations, Somerset County, NJ has seen technological innovation. Frank Lloyd Wright built homes here; Gerald Pearson (right), inventor of the solar panel, made his home right at the Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead; and American Cyanamid, the country’s first diversified chemical corporation, had a huge presence in Bound Brook and Bridgewater. In this lecture Mr. DelGiudice will examine some of the little-known history and personalities which have made Somerset such a unique county.

Jim-DelGiudice-high resJim DelGiudice has used his eyes and voice to document the New Jersey scene for more than half his 58 years. His architectural photography for books published by Rutgers University Press and his lectures at Drew University have won him a share of the state’s Historic Preservation Award three times. In the millennium year Jim was cited by both the state and county legislatures for his lifetime contribution to the arts. Most recently, he served as photo editor for “A Lifetime with Shakespeare,” published by McFarland & Company. An adjunct assistant professor at County College of Morris as well as an adjunct at Columbia University, Jim enjoys presenting talks to adult and professional groups around the metropolitan area.

The lecture will be held in one of our beautiful galleries in the historic farmhouse at Farmstead Arts.  The lecture will be followed by a brief reception, providing an opportunity to meet and talk with Mr. DelGiudice.

Further information can be found at or by contacting Director Kathy Harris at 908-636-7576 or by email:

The farmhouse is wheelchair accessible.  Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services may make a request by sending an e-mail to in advance.

This program is made possible, in part, by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State through the State/County History Partnership Program Grant, and administered in Somerset County by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.