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FUNdraising Concert for show "Manuel versus the Statue of Liberty" Saturday March 21st 7-8:30pm

PA3 is pleased to cooperate with playwright Noemi de la Puente *86.  
Noemi, based in Princeton, 
has written a play "Manuel vs the Statue of Liberty",
Inspired by the true story of a Princeton Undergrad (Class of '06) who was an illegal immigrant and got a Rhodes scholarship to study Ancient Literature. The Statue of Liberty is revamping her image. Manuel wants to be a teacher. Thrown into the ring, they fight it out – who is more American? What is American anyway? Latin music and American pop, rock, and gospel infuse the score. No one is spared in this zany political comedy that pulls no punches (pun intended) about immigration.

We hope to organize a PA3 event with Noemi this July.  Watch this space!

In the meantime, Noemi's musician friends Tom and Doug ( will host a FUNdraising concert on Saturday, March 21st from 7 - 8:30 PM at the Arts Council of Princeton Pop Up Studio at the Princeton Shopping Center. 

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3/22 Walk: Trenton to Princeton

Join alumna Sharon Keld as she walks with the Freewalkers across NJ.  She will be doing the first two walks on 3/22 Trenton to Princeton and 4/11 Princeton to New Brunswick along the D&R Canal Towpath.  

For more info about the Freewalkers:

and this event:

Please email Sharon, if you would like to join her.

Happy Walking!

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Walk Trenton to Princeton ( Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM )

Walk Princeton to New Brunswick ( Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM )

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First Friday Lunch - April 3rd, 2015 - Greg Owen '15, Founder, Princeton Institute for Chocolate Studies

Join us for First Fridays, a monthly recurring event for undergraduate and graduate Princeton alumni, graduate students, and parents.  On the first Friday of each month, area alumni and their guests will meet to enjoy a prix fixe luncheon at the Nassau Club in downtown Princeton.  As a special bonus for PA3, a Princeton University PhD candidate will present his/her work to the group in this informal setting.  Topics vary monthly and are always interesting!  Have a look at our impressive roster of previous luncheons.

On Friday, April 3rd, we will be joined by Greg Owen '15, Computer Science major and Founder of the Princeton Institute for Chocolate Studies.  The Institute for Chocolate Studies was founded in fall 2012 to provide high-quality, student-produced chocolate to the Princeton community, inspired by the month Greg spent making chocolate for his high school senior project.  The ICS works out of the University Bakd Shop, located underneath the Rocky-Mathey dining halls.  Come hear Greg talk about his student-run bean-to-bar chocolate factory.

As always, there is sure to be a lively discussion!  Please join us.

Specially priced at $25/person (or $30 if you choose not to pay PA3's annual dues), lunch includes three courses, a complementary beverage (wine, beer, soft drink) and coffee/tea. Pre-registration is preferred.

>> Looking forward to seeing your orange and black! <<

Date: Friday, April 3rd, 2015
Time: 12 noon - 2 pm
Location: Nassau Club, 6 Mercer St, Princeton, NJ
Nassau Club membership is not necessary to attend this event.
Dress is business casual.

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First Friday Lunch - April 3rd, 2015 ( Friday, April 3, 2015 - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM )

Greg Owen '15, Founder of the Princeton Institute for Chocolate Studies, will discuss his venture.

Cost: $25 for dues-paying members; $30 others
Organized by: PA3

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Private Tour of "Versailles on Paper" at Firestone Library

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 beginning at 6:15pm

"Versailles on Paper: A Graphic Panorama of the Palace and Gardens of Louis XIV"

Julie L. Mellby of the Graphic Arts Collection of Firestone Library will lead us on a special tour of the show presently on display in the Main Gallery of Firestone Library.  

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This exhibition, which coincides with the tercentenary of the death of Louis XIV (1638-1715), brings together the finest holdings of Firestone and Marquand Libraries documenting the development of Versailles during the reign of the “Sun King.”

Join PA3 for this special visit to see a unique part of history.
Julie has many stories to tell us!

Wine/soft drinks and snacks will be served.

6:15pm - Arrive at Main Gallery of Firestone Library
6:30pm - Tour begins
7:30pm - Event ends

Registration preferred by email to 
Participation is free - Payment of PA3 Dues is encouraged.

"This exhibition documents the contemporary representation of Versailles through a multifaceted array of prints, books, maps, medals, and manuscripts. It highlights in particular those elements that today survive only on paper: ephemeral festivals; short-lived creatures (courtiers, animals, flowers); fragile groves and fountains too costly to maintain; and once celebrated masterpieces of art and architecture that were irrevocably destroyed or altered. The “paper Versailles” is quite different from the one that millions of tourists visit every year and affords many unusual and surprising glimpses into a largely lost world."

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Private Tour of "Versailles on Paper" ( Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM )

Private tour of "Versailles on Paper" led by Curator Julie Mellby of the Graphic Arts Collection at Firestone Library

Location: Firestone Library
Cost: No charge.
Organized by: PA3 & Graphic Arts Collection at Firestone Library

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RECAP First Friday Lunch - January 2015

Jane Manner, Fourth Year Graduate Student in the History Department discusses federal bailouts and the Great Fire of NYC in 1835

           Jane Manners, now in her fourth year of graduate study at Princeton History Department, made a presentation on January 9, 2015, at the Nassau Club in Princeton on her dissertation research. She already has a B.A. and a J.D. from Harvard. Early in her legal study, she developed an interest in legal history.

          Financial bailouts by the federal government are generally seen as a phenomenon that only appeared in the 1980s, but a much earlier instance can be found in the congressional reaction to a devastating fire that occurred in Manhattan on December 16-17, 1835, that leveled approximately seven hundred buildings on twenty-three blocks. The damage amounted to $20,000,000 at a time when the total value of real property in Manhattan was estimated at $400,000,000.

          Merchants affected, including two former secretaries of the treasury, asked congress for assistance. Among other forms of relief, they requested the remission of import duties on the goods that had been destroyed and for additional time for paying future import duties.

          At the time, merchants posted bonds for duties, and most federal revenues were from customs duties. Initially, congress ignored appeals for the remission of duties, although it agreed to the extension of the period for payment to four years. Then, in the summer of 1838, congress enacted a remission of duties for the goods that had been destroyed.

          This bailout was highly paradoxical, owing to the general aversion of the ruling Jacksonians to providing governmental assistance to business or, indeed, involving government with business at all.

          Although not stated precisely in those words, the argument that made the difference was that the New York City merchants were "too big to fail," because of the impact that such an event would have had on the national economy. Thus, the "common good" of the national economy was at stake. Congress received numerous petitions from business people in all parts of the United States. The term "relief" was commonly used to describe the nature of the remission, not "charity," which would have been unpersuasive in view of the prevailing ideology in the early 19th century.

          Opponents of the remission of duties turned the argument on its head by arguing against what they viewed as favoritism to one part of the country.

Critics of the proposal also noted that not a single Manhattan business had failed as a result of its fire losses.

          President Andrew Jackson signed the remission legislation, but beyond that not much is known about his view of the matter. Exploring this topic is an aspect of Ms. Manners dissertation research.

          During the extensive discussion that followed her presentation, she was asked about foreign involvement in the affair, because. European investment was vital to the economic development of the United States during the 19th century. Ms. Manners replied that owing to the failure of all the insurance companies in New York City, merchants had to seek insurance outside the city, including foreign insurers. She noted, too, that New York City effectively loaned $6,000,000 to its insurance companies.

          One member of the audience suggested that this is the story of a skillful campaign to win unmerited advantages.

          Another question related to a possible connection of the controversy over "relief" to Manhattan merchants to the Panic of 1837. Ms. Manners stated that the 1835 fire and its associated problems were mentioned frequently in bankruptcy filings under the Bankruptcy Act of 1841.

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