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CU SOCIAL: History of Down Jersey Speaker Series

Join CU Maurice River for a speaking series on the unique history found throughout the Maurice River basin. This series is designed to teach about the cultural aspects that make our region the remarkable resource that we enjoy. Topics that will be covered include the Lenape origins in the region, the developments of the oyster industry, the watershed’s conservation history, and the seafaring culture and ship captains of days gone by.

Our first speaker is Ty Gould, president of the Native American Advancement Corps, pictured. Each installment of the speaking series over 2023 will be held at the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts (RRCA), 22 N. High St., Millville, at 6:30 p.m. beginning on Thursday, February 16, at 6:30 p.m.

Tyrese A. Gould Jacinto, of Bridgeton, New Jersey, is a member of the Nanticoke Lenape Nation. Born on September 27, 1963, in Bridgeton, she is the daughter of Phyllis and Chief Mark “Quiet Hawk” Gould, who was among a core group in the 1970s that initiated the modern-day structure of the ancient family. Ms. Gould was, therefore, immersed in family life from an early age.

In her current role as president and CEO of Native American Advancement Corp., Tyrese is returning to her roots. Tyrese is a businesswoman who has more than 30 years of experience in administration, financial business management, and business creation. She is a visionary entrepreneur in the financial services industry who is passionate about financial literacy through education. Tyrese also serves as an appointed member of the Department of Community Affairs’ and the State of NJ DEP Environmental Justice Advisory Council. In her presentation, Ty will speak on the origins of the Lenni-Lenape within the watershed and Cumberland County. Native American Advancement Corps. and New Jersey Conservation Foundation have also partnered on a grant for the preservation of the land the makes up the Cohanzick Nature Reserve, and big plans are in the works for that land in 2023 and beyond!

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Next speaker in the series will be CU Maurice River Board President Jane Morton Galetto, who will discuss the history of conservation efforts within the Maurice River watershed on April 20.