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North Jersey History Center Online Exhibits

Introduction

The North Jersey History and Genealogy Center of the Morristown and Morris Township Library celebrates the 100th anniversary of women achieving the right to vote in the United States. We have chosen to commemorate this milestone by highlighting the accomplishments of the women who once lived and worked in Morristown, Morris Township and Morris County at large; specifically those who made positive contributions in a variety of fields to their community. 

Our first digital exhibit explores a number of topics starting with the suffrage movement, with special attention paid to former Morristown resident Julia Sampson Hurlbut. Shortly after the vote was gained, Morristown benefitted from the work of dedicated female doctors and African-American women nurses. The town has also been home to African-American educators, the first Major of the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve, and a Gilded Age gentleman farmer’s philanthropic daughter, to name a few. 

Women of Morris County Collage

Clockwise from bottom left: Ethel Harper, Julia Sampson Hurlbut, Caroline Foster, Felicia Jamison, Elivra Dudley