Farmstead Arts presents lectures on a variety of topics including history, preservation and the arts.

Lectures are held in one of our beautiful galleries in the historic Farmhouse at Farmstead Arts.  This intimate environment invites the listener into the heart of the narrative, creating an informative and entertaining experience for all.  A reception is held after each lecture with refreshments and an opportunity to meet and talk with the presenter.


Somerset Tech:
Stories of Personalities and Technologies From Somerset County

Sunday, February 25, 2018
2:00 pm in the Farmhouse
Featuring Jim DelGiudice 

Gerald Pearson
Gerald Pearson

As far back as the days of Lord Stirling and his astronomical observations, Somerset County, NJ has seen technological innovation. Frank Lloyd Wright built homes here; Gerald Pearson, inventor of the solar panel, made his home right at the Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead; and American Cyanamid, the country’s first diversified chemical corporation, had a huge presence in Bound Brook and Bridgewater. In this lecture Jim DelGiudice will examine some of the little-known history and personalities which have made Somerset such a unique county.

Jim DelGiudice

Jim DelGiudice

Jim DelGiudice  has used his eyes and voice to document the New Jersey scene for more than half his 58 years. His architectural photography for books published by Rutgers University Press and his lectures at Drew University have won him a share of the state’s Historic Preservation Award three times. In the millennium year Jim was cited by both the state and county legislatures for his lifetime contribution to the arts. Most recently, he served as photo editor for A Lifetime with Shakespeare, published by McFarland & Company. An adjunct assistant professor at County College of Morris as well as an adjunct at Columbia University, Jim enjoys presenting talks to adult and professional groups around the metropolitan area.

“Jim’s appearance is always a high point of the semester.”
Andrew Scott Dolkart
Director, Historic Preservation Program, Columbia University
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation

“You can find information that is new, unexpected, and well-researched in all of Jim’s lectures. Our patrons look forward to new programs.”
Debbie Maynard
Director, Pequannock Twp. Public Library

“Our members thoroughly enjoyed Jim’s talk. It inspired many to do further reading on the subject.”
Ginny Pasternak
Somerset Hills Branch, AAUW


Pickets & Persistence, War Service & Women’s Suffrage
American Women’s Fight to Win the Vote

Pictures and Persistence
Sunday, March 25, 2018
2:00 pm in the Farmhouse
With Carol Simon Levin

Living History Presenter Carol Simon Levin portrays Jeannette Rankin,
America’s first female member of Congress, telling the intertwined stories of women’s suffrage activism, war service, and the political calculus that finally brought the support of President Wilson, the U.S. Congress, and state legislatures to achieve passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.


Carol Simon Levin

Carol Simon Levin is a Youth Services Librarian, author, storyteller and program presenter based in Bridgewater N.J.  

Whether she is impersonating the woman who helped to build the Brooklyn Bridge, telling the amazing stories of early women in aviation, engaging families in a rousing Halloween Hootenany of songs and stories, expanding on the mathematical and artistic possibilities of a simple square, or sharing the story of a dolphin who learned to swim with an artificial tail (along with activities to help children understand what it is like to live with a disability), she always strives to create exciting programs that engage her audience’s interests and expand their horizons.

She has always been particularly fascinated by the history of technology and women’s history.  For  more information on her Telling Her Stories  presentations, check out the website tellingherstories.com.


Lectures are held in the Farmhouse at Farmstead Arts
450 King George Road, Basking Ridge, NJ

The farmhouse is wheelchair accessible.  Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services may make a request by sending an E-mail to admin@farmsteadarts.org in advance.

This program is made possible, in part, by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State through the State/County History Partnership Program Grant, and administered in Somerset County by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.