New Jersey’s Municipal Madness, 3/10/21 @ 7 pm

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 7:00 pm via Zoom
Presenter: Mickey DiCamillo, President, Historical Society of Moorestown


New Jersey has 566 municipalities.  In contrast, California has 482.  Why does New Jersey have so many independent towns and subsequently so many municipal governments?  Join professor and archivist Mickey DiCamillo as he explains why New Jersey has divided itself, divided itself again, and almost always refuses to erase its municipal boundaries. Does this subdivision of the state make New Jersey better or worse off? We will discover that the debate is quintessentially American and as old as Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson.

Mickey DiCamillo is an archivist and historian. He has worked for The University of Pennsylvania, The Pennsylvania Historical Society, and currently works at the Hagley Museum and Library, a Smithsonian affiliated research library in Wilmington, Delaware. He has written for the Journal of Film and History, The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, and has given numerous lectures on United States and New Jersey History. He lives in Moorestown, New Jersey where he is president of the community’s historical society.