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From Waterloo to New Jersey: The Bicentennial of King Joseph Bonaparte's Escape to America

October 12 - November 20, 2015

An inscription on a desk owned by Joseph Bonaparte.
The Silva Gallery of Art was pleased to host a landmark exhibition entitled From Waterloo to New Jersey: The Bicentennial of King Joseph Bonaparte’s Escape to America.The exhibition is the first extensive collection of art and artifacts belonging to Joseph Bonaparte to ever be shown.From Waterloo to New Jersey: The Bicentennial of King Joseph Bonaparte’s Escape to America opened on Saturday, October 17. The exhibit was presented in conjunction with Monmouth University.
A coin depicting Joseph Bonaparte.

A symposium on October 17, conducted by Peter Tucci, Esq., and Richard Veit, Ph.D., discussed the two collections thathave been brought together for this exhibition. The Peter Tucci Collection of Joseph Bonaparte Memorabilia contains over 50 original letters and documents from Joseph Bonaparte, as well as furniture, coins, and books with a Joseph Bonaparte provenance.

A white ceramic bowl.The second collection consists of artifacts excavated by archaeologist Richard Veit at the site of Point Breeze, the Joseph Bonaparte estate in Bordentown, N.J. Veit is a professor of anthropology and chair of the History and Anthropology Department at Monmouth University. Tucci, who has been collecting Joseph Bonaparte items for more than 20 years, is chair of the Board of Trustees of The Pennington School.