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Come Ernest Home-seekers: Ethnic Settlements in the Pines

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Hammonton, NJ 08037

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Stockton University’s Kramer Hall, The Noyes Museum of Art, and the South Jersey Culture and History Center have collaborated in an effort to raise awareness of South Jersey’s long-standing cultural diversity, cultivated through successive waves of immigration and migration. Come Earnest Home-seekers: Ethnic Settlements in the Pines,” presented by Mark Demitroff, an Adjunct Instructor of Geology at Stockton University, and will take place on Wednesday, October 25 at 12PM. Large tracts of desolate land became accessible for development schemes when railroads began to crisscross the Pine Barrens during the mid-nineteenth century. Immigrants, beckoned by dubious promises of prosperity and independence, settled upon modest garden plots offered at bargain prices. This presentation commemorates the meaning of place for German, Italian, and Jewish settlers who sought security by taming an impoverished wilderness while overcoming social intolerance. Mark grew up on a Pinelands poultry farm. He widely lectures and publishes on land-surface processes, past permafrost, and Pine Barrens geography. Mark serves on the boards of the US Permafrost Association and the South Jersey Culture and History Center, and is a member of the West Jersey Historical Round Table.

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