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Programs and Events

Programs and Events

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Memory, Imagination & History

A memoir discussion, reading & lunch-and-learn


Saturday, November 18, 2023


Stockton University

Campus Center, Board of Trustees Room

101 Vera King Farris Dr.

Galloway, NJ 08205

Forget those who say that history is irrelevant. History is, was, and always will affect our lives in more ways than we may understand. Join Peter Murphy as reads he from his forthcoming memoir Once Upon a Time You Lived in a Castle and discusses how the gas-poisoned trenches of World War I and the blood-soaked sands at D-Day in World War II led to his birth, and how the Troubles in Northern Ireland just before Bloody Sunday almost led to his death. Peter will also ask you to consider your own life through the lenses of history and culture in an optional take-home writing prompt.


The day will also include a lunch-and-learn session. Participants will enjoy a meal while engaging in a conversation surrounding local history and personal narrative. Dr. Thomas Kinsella, the Elizabeth and Samuel Levin Director of the Alliance Heritage Center and the Director of the South Jersey Culture & History Center, will join this conversation.


Peter E. Murphy was born in Wales and grew up in New York City where he managed a nightclub, operated heavy equipment, and drove a taxi. His writing has appeared in hundreds of outlets on both sides of the Atlantic including The New Welsh Reader and The Sun Magazine. He is the founder of Murphy Writing of Stockton University where he runs workshops for writers and teachers in the U.S. and abroad.

This event is free but space is limited. Learn more and reserve your spot here.

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Alliance Chapel Guided Group Tours

Guided group tours of the Chapel at the Alliance Cemetery will be offered periodically. Check back here or like our Facebook page for upcoming dates.

Bluma Book Launch Event Info

Golden Baby, A Dramatic Stage Reading

Felice Lewis Rovner’s one-act play tells the story of Annette G. Bayuk and her firstborn, left behind in Russia. As a young woman, Annette emigrated to America and married Moses Bayuk with whom she had a second family and a happy life, but she always longed to be reunited with her firstborn. This is the story of that reunion. The play was performed before an audience at Stockton University’s Kramer Hall November 2021. A second performance, seen here, was filmed in Stockton’s experimental theatre in January 2022.


This production was directed by Lane McLeod Jackson and produced by the School of Arts and Humanities at Stockton University. Actors include Celine Fleemore as Bluma, Lea Barone as Annette, Paul Nicaro as Moses, and Zion Chrissavian as Moishe.

The Growing American Exhibit

"Growing American: The Alliance Agricultural Colony in South Jersey" is an exhibition curated by the Alliance Heritage Center, the Noyes Art Museum, and the South Jersey Culture & History Center of Stockton University.

It was on display at Kramer Hall in Hammonton, N.J. from October 1, 2021 through February 4, 2022.

Community Partners

We're excited to partner with Murphy Writing of Stockton University to bring the history of South Jersey and the Alliance Colony to their Winter Getaway bookstore! The event will be held from January 12-15, 2024.

If you know an organization or individual who may be interested in helping to sponsor this event, visit Murphy Writing's Partners Page for more info.

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