08 May 2009

New Jersey's moment in world history

OK, so maybe this isn't New Jersey's ONLY big moment on the world stage, but it is on the short list.

There is going to be a public NJN RECEPTION AND SPECIAL SCREENING of Bonaparte’s Retreat a new film by Eric Schultz Friday, May 15th at 5
pm. Bordentown Branch Library, 18 East Union St., Bordentown, NJ.

Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited so please reply by May 12th online at njn.net or call (800) 882-6622.

Bonaparte’s Retreat tells the story of Joseph Bonaparte, Napoleon’s older brother, who escaped to America after Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo, and settled in Bordentown, N.J. An influential diplomat, at one time King of Naples and of Spain, and among his brother’s closest advisors, Joseph came to love the freedoms of America but decried its lack of culture. For over 17 years, he lived in a magnificent estate on the Delaware River, where he designed elaborate gardens, entertained the leading figures of the day, surrounded himself with the largest, most important collection of European fine and decorative art in America and helped to shape the cultural tastes of our new country.

Funding for this State of the Arts special was provided by the N.J. State Council on the Arts, the N.J. Council for the Humanities, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Bonaparte’s Retreat airs on NJN Friday May 22 at 8:30 pm. Encore performance Wednesday May 27 at 11:30 pm.

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