Join speakers Guy Sterling and Ezra Shales for a discussion on the Newark Industrial Exhibition of 1872. Halfway through its rise as one of America’s industrial giants, Newark put together an event America had never seen before – a showcase of locally-made products, including some by Thomas Edison and other leading inventors of the day. Initially feared as a risky undertaking, the Newark Industrial Exhibition of 1872 was so impressive that it brought the president of the United States to Newark to marvel at its display of goods. Praise for the exhibition spread Newark’s reputation as a major manufacturing center far and wide and ushered in an era of similar events. It also helped convince Newark to get serious about modernizing into a city not only worthy of the acclaim but one that could keep pace in an increasingly competitive world market. Its impact resonates to this day.