FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 28, 2013
Contact: Union County Clerk’s Office, 908-527-4999

Media Contact Only: Tom Plante, 908-527-4746


Learn about the Origin of the Medal of Honor during the Civil War at a Lecture by Andrew Coldren, Nov. 8


ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee invites the public to hear a special lecture by Andrew Coldren, curator of the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia, entitled “A Matter of Honor: The Story of the Medal of Honor in the Civil War,” and view a new display about Union County Civil War Medal of Honor recipients in the Civil War Exhibition at the Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth on Friday, November 8, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

“Union County is honored to have Andrew Coldren speak here about the origin of the Medal of Honor during the Civil War as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1861-65 conflict,” said Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi, chairman of the committee. “We welcome visitors to the Courthouse to learn more about the highest military honor presented to members of the U.S. armed forces and about the experiences of Union County residents during the Civil War.”

Andrew Coldren is responsible for the preservation, cataloging, research and documentation for the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia since 2005. A resident of Glassboro, New Jersey, he also is administrator/curator of the Salem County Historical Society. Mr. Coldren is a graduate of Temple University and earned Master’s degrees from Villanova University in American History and from Drexel University in Library and Information Science. In 2009, he managed the exhibit for the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Festival in Philadelphia and the collaborative exhibit, “Lincoln, Miami, and the American Dream,” with the Historical Society of Southern Florida.

The lecture by Andrew Coldren will be presented in the Courtroom of the Hon. Karen M. Cassidy, Assignment Judge of the Superior Court, at 1:30 p.m. To reserve a seat for the lecture, please call 908-527-4999.

The Civil War Exhibition is on display until 2015 in the rotunda of the Union County Courthouse, 2 Broad Street in historic midtown Elizabeth. The exhibit may be viewed weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The displays will change from time to time. Anyone wishing to loan historical artifacts from the Civil War era for the exhibit can contact committee member Katherine Craig at 908-282-7617. All objects will be secured, locked and acknowledged.


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