Historically, did you know that:

Slovaks: A predominantly Catholic and Lutheran ethnic group, Slovaks began to settle in New Jersey at the end of the 19th century.

Social Gospel: The social gospel was the basis of a reform movement among Protestant churches and included many social reforms during the progressive era.

Sound recording: New Jersey inventors and entrepreneurs have played an important role in the development of the sound recording industry. Thomas Edison invented the first speaking machine in 1887 in his laboratory in Menlo Park.

Space Farm Museum: The Space Farm Museum in Sussex County has over 500 animals and over 100 different species.

Spanish American War: During the Spanish-American War (April 21 – August 13, 1898), New Jersey liberated four volunteer infantry regiments to the United States Army and two naval reserve battalions to the United States Navy.

Sports: From archery and auto racing to volleyball and Greco-Roman wrestling, New Jersey is home to a variety of school, college, pro, and semi-pro sports.

Bruce Frederick Springsteen: Born in Long Branch, musician and songwriter Bruce Springsteen (September 23, 1949) is recognized as one of the creators of the rock music style of the heart. His career spans five decades.

New Jersey Standard Oil Company: Founded in 1870 and organized in 1882, the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey was one of the largest producers and distributors of petroleum products in the world.

The Joseph Albright column appears on Thursdays in the Jersey Journal.