Out of Rushmore's Shadow

MANALAPAN – Three days of unusual entertainment and history are being offered at no charge by the Monmouth County Library via link connections to the library’s Upcoming Events page. Wednesday, Feb. 17, author and professional storyteller Lou DelBianco will offer “Out of Rushmore’s Shadow” the Luigi DelBianco Story, at 10:30 a.m. The author will portray and tell the story of his grandfather, the late Luigi DelBianco, the chief carver of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial for four Presidents of the United States. DelBianco will talk about the unsung contributions of his grandfather and will include photos, timelines and primary source documents to bring the story of an earlier generation to life. The National Monument, including sculptures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, was carved in the granite face of the Black Hills of South Dakota between 1927 and 1941. On Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. John Fabiano will present “A Servant Girl at Mrs. Watkins: Molly Pitcher’s Local Origin.” The program, cosponsored by the Monmouth County Historical Association in conjunction with the library, will be presented by the executive director of the Monmouth County Historical Commission as he outlines his current research on the possibility the woman known as Molly Pitcher may well have been a servant in Allentown who added Washington during the Monmouth campaign. Fabiano will bring out the genealogical research, curious mind and clever and old-fashioned detective work that leads him to the possibility of knowing more about the origin of Molly, and how she may have a connection with the Allen House, the Historical Association’s historic building at the historic Four Corners in Shrewsbury. Friday, Feb. 19, at 10:30 a.m. author Jonathan Schilling will present Super Bomb, a story about the organizational conflict and the development of the hydrogen bomb. Schilling will be discussing his own work on the book Super Bomb, written by his late father, Professor Warner R. Schilling and last professor Ken Young. The book, which is non-fiction, relates the events that led up to President Harry Truman’s decision to develop the super hydrogen bomb, as well as give accounts of its aftermath and consequences. Schilling spent five years in order to finalize the work of the two professors and publish it in their honor. All sessions will be conducted on ZOOM and are free of charge to all. Registration and internet access are required and registration must be made through the library's website, www.MonmouthCountyLib.or, under Upcoming Events. Links will be e-mailed the day before each program between 3 and 4p.m..


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