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No appearances on Oprah for me (darn!) but I do get to do a few book signings and a couple dozen lectures a year. Unless they are open to members only, I'll post those events here in case you are in the neighborhood and would like to chat, or have me autograph a book for you.

If you are the program chairman for an organization that has a serious interest in New Jersey history, you might consider inviting me as a speaker. I'm really very entertaining and knowledgeable (modest, too). But here's the caveat—I have been disappointed when there's only a few people in the audience; it's just not worth the day I usually spend preparing to find only a dozen or so show up, so please don't call unless you typically have 25+ in attendance. Especially if your group is more than 25 miles from Phillipsburg.

I normally do a 55 minute slide show (actually it's a PowerPoint show, which requires a LCD projector), but I'm used to speaking without any slides where the equipment is lacking. In those cases I often bring some very large prints or charts, and sometimes I've prepared a well-illustrated handout that helps people follow along when I speak of Greek Revival or pediments or the Shingle style of architecture popular among late-nineteenth century upscale congregations.

I charge a $100 honorarium, basically to cover the many incidental costs of preparing a slideshow, travel and so on.


Links                     

www.njchurchscape.com
    (you probably came here from this website)

http://sites.google.com/site/cumberlandchurchscape/
     ( a wiki that makes it easy for viewers to add content; devoted exclusively to Cumberland County, NJ)

http://flag07.googlepages.com/home
    
(random images and notes about Phillipsburg)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCax71xy1KA&feature=related
    (an interview about a 2007 photographic trip to the Southwest -- some background on me)

http://www.roseberryhomestead.org
   (restoration of a 1750-1770 stone manor - why I'm not keeping the NJChurchscape up-to-date every month)

http://phillipsburghistory.org
   (the website of the Phillipsburg Area Historical Society - I'm a regular contributor)


Lectures                  

January 18, 2009          Tewksbury Township Historical Society

February 19, 2009         Monroe Township   Women's Guild of the Rossmoor Community Church

April 16, 2009               Easton Library

June 16, 2009              Phillipsburg Area Historical Society

July 6, 2009                 Warren County Land Preservation public hearing - Roseberry house

September 21, 2009      Middletown Historical Society

September 28, 2009      Livingston Historical Society

October 12, 2009         Lehigh Valley Genealogical Society

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April 15, 2008
Get to know local churches
Posted by Craig Turpin/Somerset Reporter
Categories: Somerset County

You may know the significance of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church, the Mount Bethel Meeting House or the Reformed Church of Neshanic, but what about the other historic churches in the area? Frank Greenagel will present the facts and the photographs of the many historic churches of Somerset County at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at the Van Horne House in Bridgewater. He is the author of "Historic Churches of Somerset County, New Jersey," which shows 59 churches built in the county before 1900 are still standing. Greenagel explains their beginnings, identifies their architects and compares them with other historic churches throughout New Jersey.

The author has completed six books on the religious architecture of New Jersey and is currently working on two more, one on Monmouth County churches and one on Mercer County churches. His goal is to do a volume for each of New Jersey's 21 counties with a complete inventory of the state's religious structures from the 18th and 19th centuries


Book signings                

October 5, 2008     Easton, PA     Quadrant Book Mart     11 am

October 10, 2009   Manalapan      Monmouth County Archives & History Day