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Annual Spring Assembly: Invention, Innovation & Industry in Union County, by John Prescott

  • Presbyterian Church of Westfield 140 Mountain Avenue Westfield, NJ, 07090 United States (map)

Each Spring, the History organizations in Westfield come together and present a Spring Assembly which is open to the public. This year, the Westfield Historical Society is organizing the program to be held on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm at the Assembly Room of The Presbyterian Church of Westfield. John Prescott of the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs will present the program: “Invention, Innovation & Industry in Union County”.

     Did you know that Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla were both connected to Union County? You may be surprised to hear that Planes; Trains; Automobiles…..and Submarines are all a part of the rich and diverse History of Union County. Find out about these topics and many more by attending “Invention, Innovation, and Industry in Union County”, a PowerPoint presentation given by John Prescott; the History Programs Coordinator; for the Union County Freeholders Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

     In his role as the History Programs Coordinator for the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, Mr. Prescott has worked with community groups and organizations to develop dynamic and substantive programs to educate the public about the remarkable history of Union County.  John orchestrates Union County’s annual Four Centuries in a Weekend, develops history programs for the public on selected themes, administers grants through the Union County History grant program, counsels organizations on historical activities and educational events and serves as a resource on educational programs.

Earlier in his career, John worked in higher education for 22 years, in a variety of roles in Student Life, at several Colleges and Universities.  John is a member of many History organizations; and currently serves as a Trustee of the Union County Historical Society.  A Union County native, born and raised in Hillside, John currently lives in Springfield.

   The Spring Assembly programs are offered to the public, each Spring, through the efforts of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Westfield Chapter; The Genealogical Society of the West Fields; The Miller-Cory House Museum Volunteers; The Sons of the American Revolution, West Fields Chapter; the Westfield Historical Society; and The Westfield Presbyterian Church.

     The program will begin at 7:30 pm at The Presbyterian Church’s Assembly Hall located at 140 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, NJ. The meeting hall entrance is by the parking lot. Light refreshments will be served following the program.

     For further information, please contact the Westfield Historical Society at (908)654-1794; or