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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Gallery talk at Drake House Sunday

Gallery talk at Drake House will highlight contributions of Tracy family,
whose son Evarts designed the 1903 Muhlenberg buildings.
The Historical Society of Plainfield will host a gallery talk Sunday afternoon, featuring highlights of the contributions of the Tracy family to Plainfield's history and achievements. The talk will cast more light on some of the materials in the current exhibit on Muhlenberg Hospital and the campaign to have the 1903 Muhlenberg buildings included in Preservation New Jersey's 2011 'Most Endangered' list.

Board member Nancy Piwowar will deliver the talk, which will include information about the family, which had New England Puritan roots.

A son, Evarts Tracy, became an architect and designed the 1903 buildings on Randolph Road that were part of the 'new' Muhlenberg campus, as well as the old Plainfield police station at the foot of Cleveland Avenue and East Fourth Street (now being used as a day care center).

Martha Tracy, MD, ca. 1921
from 'Certain Samaritans'.

A daughter, Martha, was a pioneering female physician, medical school administrator and tenacious advocate for women's medical education (see more here).

Historical Society president Eloise Tinley notes that 2011 marks the 90th anniversary of the society's rescue of the Nathan Drake farmstead from demolition. After purchasing the property, it was deeded to the City of Plainfield to provide a museum for its citizens, with the Society as the operating agency.

The society is requesting a $5 donation for the gallery talk.

Evarts Tracy's buildings, outlined in red,
have been obscured by later additions.

The Tracy Family, Forgotten Plainfield Historical Figures

Presented by Nancy Piwowar

June 12
:00 PM

The Drake House is at the foot of Plainfield Avenue at West Front Street
Parking in the museum's lot and on the street

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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