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Vol. LXIII, No. 47
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
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(Photo Courtesy of the Historical Society of Princeton)
YOUNG HISTORIANS: Fifth-graders from Montgomery Lower Middle School learn about Princeton’s immigrant history as tour guide Dick Eiger kicks off a new Historical Society walking tour featuring the histories of Irish, Italian, South Asian, and Guatemalan immigrants.

Princeton Immigrants’ Past Comes Alive in Historical Society Walking Tour of Town

Dilshanie Perera

A new Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) walking tour launched last week reveals palpable traces of the past in the everyday.

Focusing on the histories of Irish, Italian, South Asian, and Guatemalan immigrants in Princeton, the tour takes area students on a walk around town and has them consider familiar spaces in novel ways.

Joint Public Hearing on Consolidation Goes Smoothly; Arts and Transit Area Fine-Tuned

Ellen Gilbert

Discussion of the University’s plans for an “arts and transit” neighborhood and passage of an ordinance concerning the Shade Tree Commission highlighted Monday evening’s Township Committee meeting.

Prior to the meeting, a joint public hearing with the Borough Council on the filing of an application to create a Local Option Municipal Consolidation Study Commission drew only a few comments, all of them pro-consolidation.

Environmental Commission to Launch Energy Audit Project, Leaf Management

Dilshanie Perera

A Leaf Management Committee that will address leaf collection and storm water management in the Borough and the Township was created during last week’s Princeton Environmental Commission (PEC) meeting. The group also plans to launch a Home Energy Audit Project in collaboration with Sustainable Princeton.

Concerns about flooding and leaf disposal efficiency spurred the creation of the committee, which will analyze the most effective methods by which to collect leaves.

Who Knew What and When Did They Know It? Michael Gordin Looks at Cold War Uncertainties

Ellen Gilbert

It seems apt that Michael Gordin’s book Red Cloud at Dawn: Truman, Stalin, and the End of the Atomic Monopoly opens with William Blake’s poem “The Tyger.” A “fearful symmetry” truly is at the heart of this new volume by the Princeton University Professor of History and Director of the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies.

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