John Stenger, Oral History

In this video, Dr. John Stenger shares his discovery of his family connection to glassmaking and the founders of Glassboro, NJ. Dr. Stenger also shares his surprising experiences in West Virginia as a glassmaker, his enlistment into the Army where he was stationed in Japan shortly after World War II, and his work as a teacher and as an environmental activist in Lewes, Delaware where he courageously saved Cape Henlopen State Park from development.

This oral history was created for the Glassboro Memory Mapping Project, a collaborative digital scholarship project exploring cultural and historical geography, public history, memory, and placemaking in Glassboro, New Jersey. The project is being developed through an innovative partnership between Rowan University’s Cultural Geography Honors Course, Rowan University Libraries Digital Scholarship Center (DSC), the Glassboro Historical Society, and the Heritage Glass Museum.

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Disclaimer: The Rowan University Libraries presents this oral history interview as a historical document reflecting the recollections and opinions of the interviewed subject as reported to the interviewer. The Rowan University Libraries does not attest to the factual accuracy nor endorses the opinions expressed herein. Please note that every effort has been made to present the interviewee’s own words. However, this recording may include minor edits such as deleting false starts, adjusting audio, or to provide context or clarification of facts or experiences.

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