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Lindbergh kidnapping trial subject of upcoming talk


Local historian Jim Davidson will give a presentation on events that hit the sleepy Borough of Flemington, N.J., like a tsunami during the six weeks in the winter of 1935 when the so-called Trial of the Century, the Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial, played out in the historic County Courthouse.

The presentation, “When the Circus Came to Town,” will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Hunterdon Central Regional High School’s Little Theater on Junction Road in Flemington.

From the first weekend of the trial when 50,000 people descended upon Flemington and trashed the courthouse, to the comings and goings of some of the era’s most recognized movie stars, reporters and radio personalities on hand for the spectacle, to the escapades of “Nellie,” the stray dog that became famous when reporters covering the trial adopted her as a mascot, attendees will be treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the stories behind the trial, as well as dramatic highlights of the trial itself.

Davidson taught history at Hunterdon Central Regional High School. He has served as president of the East Amwell Historical Society, as a member of the township’s Preservation Committee, and as driving force behind the East Amwell museum. He also served 15 years on the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

A lifelong Hunterdon County resident, Davidson is an avid collector of Lindbergh memorabilia and is a noted author on the Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial, on Anne and Charles Lindbergh, and on the trial’s impact on Flemington Borough.

Admission is $15 with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit Friends of Historic Flemington. Purchase tickets at or by contacting Joanne Braun at 908-268-6638.