On Saturday, April 21, hundreds of alumni and friends gathered to dedicate the new Thomas H. Kean Reading Room & Gallery at the Drew University Library. Last year Governor Kean announced that he was donating his personal papers and other materials to Drew so that they would be available for public study and research. Private donations then provided almost $1M to create a facility that offers both design and technology which enhance access to and understanding of the Governor Thomas H. Kean collection.
The Governor Thomas H. Kean collection at Drew consists of records created during Kean’s two terms of office in New Jersey, from 1982-1990, including legislative briefings, speeches, photographs, correspondence, press releases and news clippings. The collection also includes records created during Kean’s term as the tenth president of Drew University from 1990-2005.
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An original mural was commissioned for the new Kean Reading Room & Gallery. The mural captures two major phases of the career of Thomas H. Kean: the left side of the room-length panorama is the artist’s rendering of Mead Hall around 1836, the right side portrays the New Jersey State House from about the same period.
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The day of celebration began with a symposium honoring the work of Governor Kean. Edward McGlynn and Leonard Coleman, Jr. discussed Kean’s statehouse days. Professor emeritus J. Perry Leavell recalled Kean’s presidency of Drew University. Dr. Alvin Felzenberg reflected on Kean’s leadership of the 9-11 Commission. The grand opening of the reading room and gallery was officiated by Dr. Andrew Scrimgeour, Dean of the Libraries, and Dr. Robert Weisbuch, President of Drew University. After cutting the ceremonial ribbon, Governor Kean expressed his appreciation to former colleagues, friends, family and state officials in attendance. The afternoon concluded with a toast to Governor Kean in honor of his birthday which coincided with the dedication.
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