Drama in the Archives
Land expert Joseph Grabas takes a close look at the stories behind the records at the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 pm at the Strauss Mansion, 27 Prospect Circle in Atlantic Highlands.
In 1664 the Wild West began at the Jersey shoreline. During the next two hundred years, land rights were transferred by purchase, force and deception. Land riots and border wars, property disputes, and legal loopholes are reflected in legal documents . This history is explored by title expert Joseph Grabas, who has spent the last 36 years exploring the not-so-dry and dusty state archives.
Grabas finds Lenape chiefs, orphan children, silk merchants and war heroes in the records books, and tells their fascinating, often poignant or funny stories of the pursuit of happiness and property in the making of New Jersey.
Joseph Grabas is a nationally certified land title professional, founder of the Grabas Institute for Continuing Education, and founding Trustee of the New Jersey Land Institute. A Monmouth University graduate and trained historian and genealogist, he has spent over thirty-six years researching real property records in New Jersey, and lectures widely on topics related to title matters, historical land records and NJ colonial slavery and emancipation.
Joe is a Commissioner on the Monmouth County Historical Commission, a visiting lecturer at Monmouth University and serves on the NJ Tidelands Resource Council. His historical research focuses on Historic Land Titles, the history of the NJ Land Recording System, Free African American communities in Monmouth County, NJ, Colonial & State Boundary development and the Colonial and Antebellum history of New Jersey.
Mr. Grabas will speak at the monthly meeting of the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society, Wednesday September 16 at 7:30 pm at the Strauss Mansion. The meeting is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.