13 2019

Where America Shopped for Value:   The Sears Roebuck Story

10:30AM - 11:50AM  

JCC of Middlesex County 1775 Oak Tree Road
Edison, NJ 08820

Contact Esther Fendrick

Founded by Richard Warren Sears and Alvah Curtis Roebuck in 1893, what became America’s mightiest mail order and department store chain, Sears Roebuck survived 125 years of change in the marketplace. At one time selling items ranging from auto parts to prefabricated houses (with everything including the kitchen sink) the question remains: can it survive the 21st century in its bankrupt, lessened state.

Jim DelGiudice picked up a camera on graduating from the Newhouse School in 1979 and has been documenting the local scene ever since. A lifetime New Jersey resident, Jim served as primary photographer for two books about New Jersey architecture for Rutgers Press. He has lectured variously as an adjunct at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, Drew University’s Historic Preservation Certificate Program, County College of Morris, and New Jersey City University. Jim has won a share of the NJ Historic Preservation Award three times and in 2000 was cited by both the state and county legislatures for his lifetime contribution to the arts. Since 2013 his Judson Lecture Series has reached out to more than 400 adult and professional groups around the metropolitan area.