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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          CONTACT: Joe Laufer

                                                                                            (609) 267-9660, ext. 5020

DATE: Nov. 5, 2012                                                          Pat Parente

                                                                                            (609) 267-9660, ext. 3081                                                                                                              

            Burlington County Historian Joe Laufer will continue his “Second Wednesday” lecture series on Nov. 14 with a discussion about Historic One-room Schoolhouses of Burlington County in the library headquarters’ meeting room beginning at 7 p.m.

            Drawing on his extensive portfolio of research on local history topics, Laufer launched the new lecture series in October. Sponsored by the Burlington County Library System and held on the second Wednesday of the month in the Westampton facility, the lectures are open to the public and admission is free.

           The November 14 lecture will focus on preserved treasures of early Burlington County public and private education. It will also offer a preview glimpse of the self-guided tour of historic schoolhouses being offered that Saturday by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Jersey and the Burlington County Freeholders. Planned in celebration of National Education Month and offered every other year, the Nov. 17 tour will give visitors access to the historic sites that are seldom open to the public and an opportunity to enjoy interactive activities at each location. This year, seven one-room schoolhouses are being highlighted and Laufer’s illustrated lecture will offer a virtual glimpse of these preserved treasures. The historian will also show how local organizations, primarily historical societies, went to unusual lengths to save these schools from destruction, move them to places of honor, and restore them to show Burlington County’s deep respect and support for education to future generations.

            Meanwhile, on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m., in the spirit of the hype and apprehension associated with the date that falls just before the last day of the Mayan calendar (Dec. 21), Laufer will talk about “Coping with 12/12/12: Halley’s Comet, The Other Portent of Doom.” Laufer will draw on his experiences in 1984/1985 when he was known as “The Comet Man” for his efforts as an educator about the most famous of comets. His talk will mainly focus on the whimsy associated with the return of Halley’s Comet and the superstitions it spawned, leading to the creation of unusual antidotes to ward off exaggerated evil effects of comet dust and the possible destruction of Earth because of the comet’s imagined collision course with our planet.

            Burlington County Library headquarters is located on Pioneer Boulevard in Westampton. Registration for the “Second Wednesday” lecture series” is recommended by going to and clicking on the “events” tab. For more information, go to or call (609) 267-9660, ext. 5020.

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