March 15, 2023

“Stories from Trenton’s Past” At Trent House Museum

“STORIES FROM TRENTON’S PAST”: The Trent House Association will host an exhibit opening and talk on Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m. at the William Trent House Museum in Trenton.

The Trent House Association will open a new exhibit, “Stories from Trenton’s Past – Immigrant Workers at Roebling Factories,” on Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m. focusing on immigrants who worked in Trenton’s Roebling factories during the first half of the 20th century. At the opening, sociology students from The College of New Jersey will present their research on the lives of some of these workers. The William Trent House Museum is located at 15 Market Street, across from the Hughes Justice Complex, in Trenton. Space in the Trent House Visitor Center is limited and pre-registration for this free program is required at

Like Trenton today, Trenton in the early and middle decades of the 20th century was the destination for immigrants seeking jobs and a better life. The John A. Roebling & Sons company employed many immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe in their factories. The discovery of boxes of worker records opened a window on their lives. Students from The College of New Jersey will present their research exploring why the nationality of immigrant workers was recorded as hyphenated American — such as Italian-American — in some cases but not in others. The lives of two workers born in Italy will be illustrated and examples of how the Roebling records can be used in classrooms to make the history of immigration to the United States come alive will be shared.

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