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New Jersey’s Dollar Princesses

August 16 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am


Melissa Ziobro, Specialist Professor, Monmouth University

The topic of American women and royal marriage has been popularized since British Prince Harry wed American actress Meghan Markle in 2018- but did you know that marriages between American women and European nobles once happened by the hundreds? During the Gilded Age, wealthy American heiresses married impoverished European nobles by the score. The marriages secured social status for “new money” American families often slighted by the established elites in their own country; while the infusion of American dollars allowed the impoverished nobility across the Atlantic to continue to maintain the lifestyles to which their families had been accustomed for generations. There were literally hundreds of these marriages, some more famous than others- including several featuring brides with roots in NJ. Join Monmouth University Professor Melissa Ziobro as we discuss these so-called “dollar princesses” of the Gilded Age. (includes light refreshments)

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August 16
10:30 am - 11:45 am
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