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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

3 TALKS ADDED!: HUNTERDON AND 9/11; MEET A 2017 WEST JERSEY PROPRIETOR; REVOLUTIONARY WAR GHOSTS


THE HUNTERDON 300TH IS VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE ADDITION OF THREE NEW TALKS TO OUR FALL LINEUP!  RESERVATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED AND ARE REQUIRED FOR TWO OF THE ADDED EVENTS.

GET TICKETS VIA OUR WEBSITE WWW.HUNTERDON300TH.ORG OR BY CALLING US AT (908) 788-2030:

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH:  AWOSSAGAME GROVE: HUNTERDON COUNTY AND 9/11:  September 11, 2001 will never be forgotten, but few in Hunterdon County are aware of Awossagame Grove and its connection to that terrible day.

This grove is dedicated to the residents of Hunterdon County who were lost on September 11th, 2001. “Awossagame” is the Lenape word that means “heaven” or “a sacred place.” Twenty trees were planted in the grove shortly after the tragedy, but at the time the number of victims had not been confirmed. Later, sixteen of the trees were dedicated, one for each county resident lost. A stone monument reads “To plant a tree is to trust in the future.” Five Arrowwood Viburnum bushes planted in the grove represented the five points of the Pentagon. Four benches along the riverbank symbolize the four planes that were lost that tragic day.

As the United States' War on Terror enters its 17th year, join former Freeholder Marcia Karrow for a walk into the grove to learn about the symbolism and history of the grove as we remember the horrific event of terrorism on American soil and Hunterdon County's outreach to our victims' families.

47 KICENIUK ROAD, ANNANDALE, NJ 08801

Awossame Grove is part of the Sunnyside Picnic Area.  Please note that to get to the grove, you will have to walk approximately 2/10 of a mile and that there are no restroom facilities are available.

3 guided tours with limited space are available:  10 am, noon and 2 pm.  When ordering your tickets at our webside (on Eventbrite), please make sure you select your preferred time.

Free.  RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15TH:  WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A WEST JERSEY PROPRIETOR IN 2017:  Join David Reading, a direct descendant of Governor John Reading (his Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great Grandson to be exact!) for a most interesting talk on the West Jersey Proprietors, the original owners of half of New Jersey, including Hunterdon County.  New Jersey was divided in 1686 (called the Keith Line after the surveyor who drew it) and West and East Jersey were created.  Each side was controlled by a trustDavid was JUST elected to the West Jersey Proprietors!  Yes, they still exist!!  He will give a little history of the early history of the Proprietors and why a council of them formed and what they did in their early history and end with what they are doing now.

Main Branch of the County Library.  2 pm.  Free.  Refreshments follow.  Reservations recommended.

JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN!
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24TH:  THE SPIRITS OF 1776:  NEW JERSEY GHOST STORIES OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION:  Psychic Jane Doherty has visited many New Jersey Revolutionary War sites including Spy House in Port Monmouth, Proprietary House in Perth Amboy and others.  She will share her personal revelations and psychic connections in these places as well as tell the stories of other haunted 18th century Revolutionary War sites such as the Tennant Church in Manalapan and the Flanders Hookerman Tavern in Flanders.

A fun, educational and creepy pre-Halloween night talk as the Psychic discusses why there are hauntings in these places!

7 pm.  Main Branch of the County Library.  Free.  Refreshments Follow.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.

RESERVATIONS NOW ALSO BEING ACCEPTED ON THESE FOLLOWING FALL PROGRAMS -- 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH:  The Effect of the American Civil War on an Agricultural Community:  While the Civil War ended in 1865, it affected the country for many decades to follow. This presentation by John Allen demonstrates this, focusing on East Amwell Township,  a typical farming community in the County. It draws examples and conclusions from many available sources, including the 1870 Federal Census, the 1890 Federal Veterans Census, and John Kuhl’s very thorough book “Hunterdon County in the Civil War".  Free.  Route 12 County Library, Flemington.  7pm.  Refreshments follow.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD:  Cemetery Cemener with the Hunterdon Historical Society:   The Evolving Burial Practices for Our Mortally Wounded:  Sponsored by the Hunterdon County Historical Society and the 300th Committee, this year’s seminar and meet and greet, “Hunterdon County at War:  The Home Front” will explore the question fo how our fallen heroes were honored or neglected, handled or mishandled from the Revolutionary War to World War I. 


Morning lecturers include local historians Charles Fisher, John Kuhl, John Allen and Brian Armstrong.  Lunch provide by Jersey Mike’s will follow.  Afternoon
Afternoon activities include:

·         Veteran Cemetery Tour led by the HCHS Cemetery Committee;
·         Civil War Letters Revealed (shared by Ray Simonds and Leslie Leith);
·         WWI Commemoration: the 100th year anniversary of US involvement.

10:30 am to 2 pm.
Flemington Presbyterian Church, 10 East Main Street, Flemington, NJ 08822. 
$10 Registration fee; includes lunch.

Register by mail or visit www.hunterdon300th.org.  Mail checks made payable to HCHS Cemetery Committee to HCHS Cemetery Committee, 114 Main St, Flemington NJ 08822.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH:  Civil War Weapons and Armaments:  Civil War expert John Kuhl is back.  This time he will be displaying and discussing Civil War weapon and armaments.  More details to follow. 7 pm.  Main Branch of the County Library.  Free.  Reservations recommended.  Refreshments Follow. 



TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10TH: The French and Indian War in Hunterdon County:  The Old Barracks Museum in Trenton is best known for its Colonial architecture and variety of uses during the Revolutionary War, especially when it housed both British and Hessian soldiers during the Battle of Trenton on January 2, 1777.  But originally the Barracks was built by the British in 1758 during the French and Indian War in direct response to petitions  from residents who were tired of having to host soldiers in their homes.  At the time it was built, it was the second largest public building in New Jersey. 

Richard Patterson, the Executive Director of the Old Barracks, will detail the history of early Trenton, Hunterdon County, where residents were required to quarter soldiers during the French and Indian War and Britain's response.  Free.
7pm, Main Branch of the County Library.  Refreshments follow.


SATURDAY OCTOBER 21ST: A Hunterdon Silver Dog-Head Sword and the Civil War within the American Revolution:   Come hear stories of Hunterdon patriots and loyalists discovered while exploring the history of a Revolutionary War sword. Dr. Lawrence Brasher, a native of Morristown and professor at Birmingham-Southern College, will exhibit his heirloom 1775 silver-hilted dog-head sword--the rarest form of Revolutionary War sword--made in Hunterdon County. Only a handful of such swords exist. Larry's research reveals the sword's connections to Trenton silversmiths, Washington's crossing, Scotch-Irish animosities toward England, and the loyalist raid on the Jones Tavern in Lebanon Township (now Clinton). The sword story uncovers shifting patriot-loyalist commitments within local families and the civil war that divided Revolutionary Hunterdon County. This presentation will intrigue anyone who is interested in the Revolution and also anyone who has a family artifact and wonders how it relates to the history of its time. After his talk, Larry will be available to sign copies of his new book about the sword and the Revolution in Hunterdon County.  Free.  North Branch County Library, 2pm.  Refreshments follow.

FROM OUR HERITAGE AND HISTORY PARTNERS:


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017:  Solitude House, the Taylor Mansion next to Lake Solitude in High Bridge, will be open Sunday, September 10, 2017, from 1 pm to 4 pm.  This impressive building, dating back to the early 1700s, was expanded and remodeled several times over the years as the needs of its owners changed, bringing it to the impressive Victorian house we see today.  Tours of the second and third floor, where many evidences of these changes can be seen, will be available.
Solitude House was the home of the Taylor family who, for five generations, developed and ran the Taylor-Wharton Iron and Steel Company, which High Bridge was built around.  Exhibits are on High Bridge and the wide range of products produced by this local company over the years, which were shipped to over eighty countries around the world.
Taylor-Wharton produced dredge buckets used to dig the Panama Canal, to mine gold in the West and to mine tin in Southeast Asia.  They made railroad track and pioneered the use of manganese steel for railroad switches called “frogs”.  Seamless high pressure cylinders for industry, the military and the medical field were another important product.    In times of war, the company made items for the military, including shells, tank treads, and doughboy hats.   More recent Taylor-Wharton products include cryogenic tanks for industrial and medical uses and even tanks for beverage carbonization!

On October 14th and 15th, High Bridge will celebrate the 275 year long history of Taylor Wharton in a two-day Foundry Festival, complete with a parade, a street fair, historic house tours, walking tours, historic movie footage and more.   Watch for details as we get closer to the event.

For more information, or if you would like to volunteer to help the High Bridge Cultural and Heritage Committee events and our activities, please contact us at:  heritage@highbridge.org.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH:  Lambertville Historical Society "The Early Days of Base Ball in Lambertville" by Scott Hengst:
Scott “Snuffy” Hengst, a professional researcher, amateur genealogist, and 19th century base ball enthusiast will speak about the origins and early matches of base ball in Lambertville and vicinity.  Hengst lives in Lambertville and spent nearly seven years working at Major League Baseball.  He’s been an active ballist for the Flemington Neshanock Base Ball Club since 2010.  1pm.  Pittore Justice Center, 25 S. Union Street, Lambertville.
For more information visit the Lambertville Historical Society's Website


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH:  Pickling Demo with Susan Plaisted at Bouman-Stickly Museum.  1pm to 4pm.  $5.00 per person.  For more information visit the Readington Museums Website.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8TH:  19th Century School Visit at Cold Cold Brook School.  1pm to 4pm.  $5.00 per person.  For more information visit the Readington Museums Website.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14TH:  High Bridge Celebrates 275 Years of History of Taylor Wharton:  High Bridge will celebrate the 275 year long history of Taylor Wharton in a two-day Foundry Festival, complete with a parade, a street fair, historic house tours, walking tours, historic movie footage and more.  

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15TH:  LINDY HOP TEA DANCE:  Come for the music or come join the dancing!  Learn how to do the Lindy Hop with live music performed by Terry "A" and the Big Band Sound.  This historic dance was made famous in the 1920s.  Saint Paul Lutheran, Route 31, Flemington.  Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door.  Refreshments included.  To order, call (908) 268-6638, or go to Eventbrite.com or FriendsofHistoricFlemington.com.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28TH:  Barn Dance at Bouman Stickney Museum.
7pm to 9:30 pm.  $5.00 per person.  For more information visit the Readington Museum Website.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER HUNTERDON HISTORICAL AND HERITAGE HAPPENINGS

THE HUNTERDON 300TH HOPES YOU HAVE BEEN HAVING A GREAT SUMMER!  

COME SEE US AT THE HUNTERDON AGRICULTURAL AND 4-H FAIR AT THE ROGER EVERITT FAIRGROUNDS (FORMERLY THE SOUTH COUNTY PARK) FROM WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23 THRU SUNDAY, AUGUST 27.  

WE WILL BE IN THE COMMUNITY TENT AND OFFERING SOME GREAT FAIR SPECIALS ON OUR MERCHANDISE INCLUDING OUR 1776 HUNTERDON 
T-SHIRT!  

AT THE FAIR, YOU CAN CHECK OUT OUR TERRIFIC LINE UP OF FALL PROGRAMS AS WE CONTINUE TO EXPLORE HUNTERDON COUNTY'S RESPONSE TO A COUNTRY OR WORLD AT WAR.

RESERVATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED ON THE FOLLOWING FALL PROGRAMS -- GET TICKETS VIA OUR WEBSITE WWW.HUNTERDON300TH.ORG OR BY CALLING US AT (908) 788-2030:

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH:  The Effect of the American Civil War on an Agricultural Community:  While the Civil War ended in 1865, it affected the country for many decades to follow. This presentation by John Allen demonstrates this, focusing on East Amwell Township,  a typical farming community in the County. It draws examples and conclusions from many available sources, including the 1870 Federal Census, the 1890 Federal Veterans Census, and John Kuhl’s very thorough book “Hunterdon County in the Civil War".  Free.  Route 12 County Library, Flemington.  7pm.  Refreshments follow.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD:  Cemetery Cemener with the Hunterdon Historical Society:   The Evolving Burial Practices for Our Mortally Wounded:  Sponsored by the Hunterdon County Historical Society and the 300th Committee, this year’s seminar and meet and greet, “Hunterdon County at War:  The Home Front” will explore the question fo how our fallen heroes were honored or neglected, handled or mishandled from the Revolutionary War to World War I. 

Morning lecturers include local historians Charles Fisher, John Kuhl, John Allen and Brian Armstrong.  Lunch provide by Jersey Mike’s will follow.  Afternoon
Afternoon activities include:

·         Veteran Cemetery Tour led by the HCHS Cemetery Committee;
·         Civil War Letters Revealed (shared by Ray Simonds and Leslie Leith);
·         WWI Commemoration: the 100th year anniversary of US involvement.

10:30 am to 2 pm.
Flemington Presbyterian Church, 10 East Main Street, Flemington, NJ 08822. 
$10 Registration fee; includes lunch.

Register by mail or visit www.hunterdon300th.org.  Mail checks made payable to HCHS Cemetery Committee to HCHS Cemetery Committee, 114 Main St, Flemington NJ 08822.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH:  Civil War Weapons and Armaments:  Civil War expert John Kuhl is back.  This time he will be displaying and discussing Civil War weapon and armaments.  More details to follow. 7 pm.  Main Branch of the County Library.  Free.  Reservations recommended.  Refreshments Follow. 


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10TH: The French and Indian War in Hunterdon County:  The Old Barracks Museum in Trenton is best known for its Colonial architecture and variety of uses during the Revolutionary War, especially when it housed both British and Hessian soldiers during the Battle of Trenton on January 2, 1777.  But originally the Barracks was built by the British in 1758 during the French and Indian War in direct response to petitions  from residents who were tired of having to host soldiers in their homes.  At the time it was built, it was the second largest public building in New Jersey. 

Richard Patterson, the Executive Director of the Old Barracks, will detail the history of early Trenton, Hunterdon County, where residents were required to quarter soldiers during the French and Indian War and Britain's response.  Free.
7pm, Main Branch of the County Library.  Refreshments follow.


SATURDAY OCTOBER 21ST: A Hunterdon Silver Dog-Head Sword and the Civil War within the American Revolution:   Come hear stories of Hunterdon patriots and loyalists discovered while exploring the history of a Revolutionary War sword. Dr. Lawrence Brasher, a native of Morristown and professor at Birmingham-Southern College, will exhibit his heirloom 1775 silver-hilted dog-head sword--the rarest form of Revolutionary War sword--made in Hunterdon County. Only a handful of such swords exist. Larry's research reveals the sword's connections to Trenton silversmiths, Washington's crossing, Scotch-Irish animosities toward England, and the loyalist raid on the Jones Tavern in Lebanon Township (now Clinton). The sword story uncovers shifting patriot-loyalist commitments within local families and the civil war that divided Revolutionary Hunterdon County. This presentation will intrigue anyone who is interested in the Revolution and also anyone who has a family artifact and wonders how it relates to the history of its time. After his talk, Larry will be available to sign copies of his new book about the sword and the Revolution in Hunterdon County.  Free.  North Branch County Library, 2pm.  Refreshments follow.

FROM OUR HERITAGE AND HISTORY PARTNERS:

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH:  Pickling Demo with Susan Plaisted at Bouman-Stickly Museum.  1pm to 4pm.  $5.00 per person.  For more information visit the Readington Museums Website.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 8TH:  19th Century School Visit at Cold Cold Brook School.  1pm to 4pm.  $5.00 per person.  For more information visit the Readington Museums Website.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 28TH:  Barn Dance at Bouman Stickney Museum.
7pm to 9:30 pm.  $5.00 per person.  For more information visit the Readington Museum Website.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

HUNTERDON'S HISTORICAL AND HERITAGE HAPPENINGS FOR JUNE


A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO OUR FRIEND
DAN CAMPANELLI

In 2013, renowned artist Dan Campanelli and his wife Marty walked into an early planning meeting for Hunterdon County's 300th anniversary celebration.  This amazing couple came to offer Dan's talent to aid in fundraising efforts for the 2014 year long event.  It is so unusual for someone to actually offer, without being asked, to help raise money by offering the gift of their art and/or themselves.  But Dan Campanelli was not the usual sort of person -- when he found a cause he felt strongly about, he was all in.  He felt that way about people, too.  

Dan painted the beautiful watercolor "Blue Skies" for us -- a gorgeous painting of the Hunterdon County Historic Courthouse.  Only 300 signed, Limited Edition prints were, or ever will be, produced for sale.  Dan and Marty also generously donated the rights to the image to the Hunterdon Tricentennial Committee, now the Hunterdon 300th.  The original painting of the Historic Courthouse hangs in the Hunterdon County Justice Complex on the corner of Park Avenue and Capner Street in Flemington Borough.  Signed Print Number 1/300 hangs in the Freeholder Meeting Room, both donations by the Hunterdon Tricentennial Committee to the people of Hunterdon County. 


                                Dan painting "Blue Skies."  Photo courtesy of Marty Campanelli.

If that wasn't enough, Dan and Marty opened their beautiful historic home to the Hunterdon Tricentennial Committee for an "art party" fundraiser, gave a talk on their amazing research on Hunterdon historic samplers, and, in 2016, Dan painted 26 small watercolors of his interpretation of some of Hunterdon's 18th century taverns. Marty and he researched the taverns' histories and the set of paintings was turned into a 25 month calendar with the 26th painting as the front cover -- yet another fundraiser for the Hunterdon 300th. The calendar covers all of 2017, 2018 and January, 2019.  Poignantly, Marty gave a talk for us last year and read both her and Dan's part as he was in the hospital.  Sadly, this was the last project and last paintings he completed.

We lost Dan after a more than 18 month fight with cancer.  We lost the historian, the artist, and most of all, our friend.  Our condolences and love to Marty.  A June 25th Memorial to celebrate Dan's life will be held at the Quaker Meeting House in Quakertown at 1 pm.  All are welcome.

The Limited Edition of "Blue Skies" will never be produced again and once they are sold out, 300 lucky people will own the only signed and numbered prints of this Campanelli.  There will never be another printing of either the tavern calendar or "Blue Skies" -- just as there will never be another Dan Campanelli. 

Blue Skies Watercolor by Dan Campanelli

If you are interested in acquiring either the Limited Edition print of "Blue Skies" or the two year tavern calendar, please contact us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us.  



THE HUNTERDON 300TH'S JUNE EVENTS:

Amazingly, we still have a few seats left for our spectacular June 10th bus trip to Revolutionary War Trenton -- Hunterdon's County Seat in 1776!  $30 per person includes deluxe coach bus (air conditioned and with rest room); lunch and snacks; entrance fees to the Old Barracks and Trent House; a guided tour around 18th century Revolutionary War sites (both Battles of Trenton, Quaker Friends Meeting House, Historic Churches and graveyards, and the site of the original Hunterdon County Courthouse), two tour guides (Hunterdon County Historian Stephanie Stevens and Old Barracks Executive Director Richard Patterson), and even the tip for the bus driver!  For a full description of the event, see our June calendar at www.hunterdon300th.org.



JUNE 14th:  FLAG DAY:  Ever wonder what happened to the flag raised at Ground Zero by the three firemen on 9-11?  Or the story behind the Flag of Liberation carried by President Franklin Roosevelt during WWII?  Did Betsy Ross in fact make the first flag?  And what were the circumstances that led to the writing of our national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner?  Not only has the flag traveled to outer space, it has climbed the highest peaks on earth, sailed the seven seas and raised the spirits of our fighting men and women during times of war and military conflict. These and other stories connecting the flag to great moments in the American experience are explored in this PowerPoint presentation that pays tribute to some of our nation’s most famous flags and examines the events surrounding their place in history.   Main Branch of the County Library, Route 12, 7 pm.  Free with refreshments.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH FLAG DAY!  Each year, Hunterdon County's chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Old White House - General Frelinghuysen - Colonel Lowrey Chapter, hosts a flag disposal ceremony.  This year's ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 17th at 10 am at the DAR Cemetery and Memorial Park on Route 22 at Washington Drive in Whitehouse Station.  The public is welcome to attend the ceremony and bring flags for disposal, or flags may be dropped off at the Hunterdon County Library, Headquarters Branch, Route 12 and the Flemington United Methodist Church from June 4th thru June 14th.


JUNE 27:  MUSIC FOR ABRAHAM LINCOLN:  In period dress, Ridley and Anne Enslow will perform historic music about Abraham Lincoln, including campaign songs, Civil War tunes, and laments written on the passing of this great American president. The Enslow's will sing and play with  instruments found during the 19th century including the hammered dulcimer and violin. This will be an emotional and moving evening evoking the celebration of election and battlefield victories, tempered by the terrible losses to the nation, families and soldiers. A night not to be missed! 7 pm; Main Branch of the Library. Free. Reservations Recommended. RESERVE YOUR TICKETS NOW. Refreshments Follow. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

"SPRING" UP WITH HUNTERDON HERITAGE AND HISTORY EVENTS!

HAPPY EASTER AND PASSOVER!  
HERE'S WHAT'S UP WITH THE HUNTERDON 300TH:  A BUS TOUR! LIVE MUSIC! AN HISTORICAL FASHION SHOW AND TELL! AND FABULOUS TALKS AND BOOK SIGNINGS!  APRIL, MAY AND JUNE'S EVENTS ARE NOW TAKING RESERVATIONS!

TUESDAY, APRIL 25TH:  THE UNIFORMS OF THE CIVIL WAR:  John Kuhl, author of Hunterdon County in The Civil War, is back as a subject matter expert on the Civil War.  The Home Front and front lines of the Civil War were right here.  John will detail the various uniforms of the Civil War in this fascinating talk and fashion show.  John has spent more than 50 years researching the Civil War.  A passionate collector, John has collected such items as images and memontos, uniform coats worn by injured soldiers, weaponry including muskets and cannonballs.  John is a Trustee of the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association. He is also a founding member and former commander of the 15th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry Association.  In the fall, John Kuhl will be back with a companion lecture on the topic of the armaments of the Civil War.  7 pm, Main Branch of the County Library.  Free; Reservations Strongly Recommended.  Refreshments follow. 

TUESDAY, MAY 9TH:  THE JOURNEY:  THE IMMIGRATION OF EUROPEAN JEWS TO HUNTERDON COUNTY: Join Hunterdon County Historian Stephanie Stevens for a talk on turn of the 19th Century Hunterdon and how a people caught up in the turmoil of Europe immigrated to America and found peace in Hunterdon County.  The story of egg farms, merchants and faith.  Stephanie will be available to sign her newest book, published by the Hunterdon 300th, following the talk.  Main Branch of the Hunterdon County Library; 7 pm.  Free.
Refreshments follow.  Reservations recommended. 

SUNDAY, MAY 21ST:  HUNTERDON'S FIRST COUNTY SEAT: THE EARLY HISTORY OF TRENTON:  Join historian Larry Kidder for a detailed history of 18th and early 19th century Trenton.  This settlement was a major player in the French-Indian War and the American Revolution -- it's major infrastructure crossed our county and made Hunterdon one of the most important places during the Revolution.  Larry has been researching this topic for some time and his new book on the subject is being published in late Spring, 2017.  The Hunterdon 300th has Larry for his first talk AND book signing!  You don't want to miss this real treat!  2 pm.  Main Branch of the County Library.  Free;  Reservations Strongly Recommended;  Refreshments Follow.

SATURDAY JUNE 10TH:  HUNTERDON TAKES BACK (REVOLUTIONARY WAR) TRENTON BUS TOUR  BACK BY POPLULAR DEMAND!  RESERVATIONS WILL BE TAKEN IN EARLY APRIL:  DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!  WE SOLD OUT IN 8 DAYS LAST YEAR!  Join us for a unique opportunity to tour Hunterdon County's original County Seat -- Trenton.  This all day bus tour will be guided by two of the best Revolutionary War story tellers around:  our own County Historian and author Stephanie Stevens and the Executive Director of the Old Barracks, Richard Patterson. 

Our deluxe coach, equipped with both a restroom and air conditioning, leaves the East Amwell Municipal Building promptly at 9:30 am (please arrive by 9:15 am) and arrives at our morning stop, the Old Barracks.  During the French and Indian War in 1758, the Old Barracks was constructed by the colony of New Jersey in direct response to petitions from local residents complaining about compulsory quartering of soldiers in their homes.  Throughout the Revolutionary War, British prisoners of war were held in the Officers' House, 4 companies of the Second New Jersey Regiment of the Continental Line were raised here, and in 1777, the Barracks became an army hospital.  At the beginning of the month of December, 1776, British and Hessian troops occupied Trenton, and briefly stayed in the Barracks prior to the Battle of Trenton.  Loyalists also arrived, seeking protection from the soldiers and were believed to be staying at the Barracks when Washington marched into Trenton on the morning of December 26th. 

Following both a guided tour and private time to view the exhibits, lunch will be provided in a private room at the Barracks.  You are free to eat outside on the picnic tables or inside.  
The bus will then bring us to the Trent House built on an estate of 300 acres around 1719 by William Trent for whom Trenton was named.  During the American Revolution, Hessian soldiers occupied the houses.

Later, the then owner of the property, Dr. William Bryant, was thrown out of the house because he was a Tory sympathizer.  It became a supply depot for Washington's army.  Tours are timed, so while some of us enjoy dessert, others will enjoy guided tours of the house and vice versa.


Once back on the bus, Richard and Stephanie will guide our bus around Trenton to see the best and most important Revolutionary War sites including the site of the Battle of Trenton and the location where the original Hunterdon Courthouse stood -- notably the site where, on July 8, 1776, the first reading of the Declaration of Independence occurred in New Jersey.  We will visit historic churches, graveyards and the Quaker Meeting House while Richard and Stephanie share some great stories, banter and tales about Trenton, Hunterdon County's Revolutionary War history.  We will begin to head back to OUR Hunterdon County around 4 pm. 

$30 all inclusive day trip includes deluxe coach, two amazing tour guides, all your admissions, lunch, snacks, tip!  Once you have ordered your ticket(s) from Eventbrite, please send your check to confirm your reservation(s) to The Hunterdon 300th, 3 Chorister Place, Flemington, NJ, 08822. 

 Your payment MUST BE RECEIVED within 3 days of reserving your seats for the tour or your ticket(s) will be released.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14TH:  FAMOUS FLAGS THROUGHOUT AMERICAN HISTORY -- IN HONOR OF FLAG DAY:  It's Flag Day and the Hunterdon 300th is proud to bring back our favorite Vexillologist, Richard Pierce.  In this talk, Richard has prepared new research on some of the most famous flags throughout American History. More details to follow.  7 pm; Main Branch of the Library.  Free.  Reservations Strongly Recommended.  Refreshments Follow.

TUESDAY, JUNE 27TH:  HISTORY THROUGH MUSIC:  THE CIVIL WAR:  In period dress, Ridley and Anne Enslow will perform historic Civil War songs played on instruments found during the 19th century.  The Enslow's last played this concert for us in March of 2014.  It was a very emotional and moving evening of music that evoked the pain, the boredom and the patriotism of the American Civil War.  A night not to be missed!  7 pm; Main Branch of the County Library.  Free.  Reservations Recommended.  Refreshments Follow.

FIND ALL OF OUR EVENTS PLUS OUR HERITAGE PARTNER'S EVENTS, ON OUR CALENDAR  AT WWW.HUNTERDON300TH.ORG.  FOR TICKETS TO ANY HUNTERDON 300TH EVENT, PLEASE CLICK ON THE EVENT'S "GET TICKETS NOW" LINK OR CALL US AT (908) 788-2030.

OUR SPECIAL PARTNERS' SPRING EVENTS ARE HERE!

FRIDAY, APRIL 21ST:  THE CENSUS THAT TAKES YOU BACK TO THE HERITAGE OF THE TOWNSHIP DURING 1870:  presented by the East Amwell Historical Society.  7 pm.  East Amwell Municipal Builidng.  This intriguing presentation focuses on the movers and shakers of East Amwell nearly 150 years ago.  Presented by John Allen.  $5.00 donation goes to support the Clawson House restoration.  No reservations are necessary.

SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND:  THE ELDER STATESMEN OF RARITAN TOWNSHIP:  HENRY KUHL, DON SHUMAN AND RICHARD STOTHOFF "THE HISTORY OF GROWTH IN RARITAN TOWNSHIP":   presented by the Raritan Township Local Historians Committee.  Saturday, April 22nd, 9 to 11 am at the Raritan Township Municipal Building, One Municipal Drive, Flemington, NJ.  Refreshments.  For further information, please call (908) 797-3291.

FRIDAY, MAY 5:  "WHEN THE CIRCUS CAME TO TOWN" WITH JIM DAVIDSON:  7 pm, Hunterdon Central High School Little Theatre:  Lindbergh and East Amwell Historian, Jim Davidson gives a talk that is neither about the Lindbergh Kidnapping Trial nor about Bruno Hauptmann's guilt or innocence.  It is about all the crazy things that happened in Flemington and in the courtroom.  He promises a richness of revelations and never-before-seen pictures taken in Flemington during the trial.  Suggest donation $10 to the Friends of Historic Flemington.

SATURDAY, MAY 6:  HISTORIC WALKING TOUR OF DOWNTOWN FLEMINGTON:  following a rally to save the historic downtown.  1 to 4 pm:  Historic Downtown Flemington is one of the 11th most endangered historic places in America on the 2016 National Trust for Historic Places List.  According to National Trust President and CEO, Stephanie Meeks, "As a testament to Flemington's proud history as a county seat and home of the 'Trial of the Century,' the Union Hotel and its adjacent historic buildings should be an integral part of Flemington's future."  Flemington's unique history is threatened by development that would demolish the now-shuttered Union Hotel along with three other adjacent buildings listed on the National Register of Historic.  Free.

Sunday May 7th:  Readington Museums Presents Eighteenth Century Ice Cream:  Susan McLellan Plaisted MS RD CSP LDN, presents ice cream making from harvesting ice to moulding (molding) of ice cream. For this demonstration, ice cream will be made in a reproduction 18th century sabotiere. Documented flavors of the 18th century will be reproduced using original receipts (recipes). Plaisted is the Proprietress of Heart to Hearth Cookery, a food history business based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She offers demonstrations of 17th century through 19th century Colonial American and European cooking methods, practices, and receipts (recipes), as well as pre-European-contact and post-European-contact Native American foodways. Plaisted is a founding member, past president, and past newsletter editor of the Historic Foodways Society of the Delaware Valley, a member of Culinary Historians of New York, The Colonial Chocolate Society, and was active in Past Masters in Early American Domestic Arts. In addition, she is a member of the Food History Committee of both ALHFAM (Association of Living History Farms and Museums) and IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals).  Bouman-Stickney Farmstead, 114 Dreahook Road, Lebanon NJ 08833. This program runs continuously from 1 to 4 pm.  Donations welcomed. 
For more information please visit the Readington Township Museums website or call 908-236-2327.

















Saturday, March 18, 2017

HUNTERDON AT WAR:  THE HOME FRONT

                                                                                     Photo courtesy of Ann Marie Queeney


RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE NOW FOR THE FOLLOWING: 



TUESDAY, MARCH 28TH:  The International Geophysical Year, Pictures from Antarctica:  The International Geophysical Year lasted from July 1, 1957 to December 31, 1958 and marked the end of a long period during the Cold War when scientific exchange between the East and the West had ceased.  Hunterdon County author and historian, John Kuhl, was in the Navy during this period and was aboard a ship in Antarctica -- talk about a Cold War!  A historian even then, John recorded his voyages via both camera stills and movie reels.  Never seen by the public, John will be playing these incredible films and pictures via a powerpoint presentation while describing his adventures in one of the most hostile and wild places on the planet!  7 pm, Main Branch of the Library.  Free.  Reservations strongly recommended.  Refreshments follow.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5TH: THIS TALK HAS BEEN MOVED TO SEPTEMBER 12TH.  AMERICA'S PAST-TIME IN HUNTERDON:  THE TRI-COUNTY BASEBALL LEAGUE

TUESDAY, APRIL 25TH:  THE UNIFORMS OF THE CIVIL WAR:  John Kuhl, author of Hunterdon County in The Civil War, is back as a subject matter expert on the Civil War.  The Home Front and front lines of the Civil War were right here.  John will detail the various uniforms of the Civil War in this fascinating talk and fashion show.  7 pm, Main Branch of the County Library.  Free; Reservations Strongly Recommended.  Refreshments Follow. 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!  MORE UPCOMING EVENTS FOR 2017 EXPLORING HUNTERDON COUNTY WHEN OUR COUNTRY WAS AT WAR:

TUESDAY, MAY 9TH:  THE JOURNEY:  THE IMMIGRATION OF EUROPEAN JEWS TO HUNTERDON COUNTY: Join Hunterdon County Historian Stephanie Stevens for a talk on turn of the 19th Century Hunterdon and how a people caught up in the turmoil of Europe immigrated to America and found peace in Hunterdon County.  The story of egg farms, merchants and faith.  Stephanie will be available to sign her newest book, published by the Hunterdon 300th, following the talk.  Main Branch of the Hunterdon County Library; 7 pm.  Free.
Refreshments follow.  Reservations recommended. 

SUNDAY, MAY 21ST:  HUNTERDON'S FIRST COUNTY SEAT: THE EARLY HISTORY OF TRENTON:  Join historian Larry Kidder for a detailed history of 18th and early 19th century Trenton.  This settlement was a major player in the French-Indian War and the American Revolution -- it's major infrastructure crossed our county and made Hunterdon one of the most important places during the Revolution.  Larry has been researching this topic for some time and his new book on the subject is being published in late Spring, 2017.  The Hunterdon 300th has Larry for his first talk AND book signing!  You don't want to miss this real treat!  2 pm.  Main Branch of the County Library.  Free;  Reservations Strongly Recommended;  Refreshments Follow.

SATURDAY JUNE 10TH:  HUNTERDON TAKES BACK (REVOLUTIONARY WAR) TRENTON BUS TOUR  BACK BY POPLULAR DEMAND!  RESERVATIONS WILL BE TAKEN IN EARLY APRIL:  DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!  WE SOLD OUT IN 8 DAYS LAST YEAR!  Join us for a unique opportunity to tour Hunterdon County's original County Seat -- Trenton.  This all day bus tour will be guided by two of the best Revolutionary War story tellers around:  our own County Historian and author Stephanie Stevens and the Executive Director of the Old Barracks, Richard Patterson. 

Our deluxe coach, equipped with both a restroom and air conditioning, leaves the East Amwell Municipal Building promptly at 9:30 am (please arrive by 9:15 am) and arrives at our morning stop, the Old Barracks.  During the French and Indian War in 1758, the Old Barracks was constructed by the colony of New Jersey in direct response to petitions from local residents complaining about compulsory quartering of soldiers in their homes.  Throughout the Revolutionary War, British prisoners of war were held in the Officers' House, 4 companies of the Second New Jersey Regiment of the Continental Line were raised here, and in 1777, the Barracks became an army hospital.  At the beginning of the month of December, 1776, British and Hessian troops occupied Trenton, and briefly stayed in the Barracks prior to the Battle of Trenton.  Loyalists also arrived, seeking protection from the soldiers and were believed to be staying at the Barracks when Washington marched into Trenton on the morning of December 26th. 

Following both a guided tour and private time to view the exhibits, lunch will be provided in a private room at the Barracks.  You are free to eat outside on the picnic tables or inside.  
The bus will then bring us to the Trent House built on an estate of 300 acres around 1719 by William Trent for whom Trenton was named.  During the American Revolution, Hessian soldiers occupied the houses.

Later, the then owner of the property, Dr. William Bryant, was thrown out of the house because he was a Tory sympathizer.  It became a supply depot for Washington's army.  Tours are timed, so while some of us enjoy dessert, others will enjoy guided tours of the house and vice versa.

Once back on the bus, Richard and Stephanie will guide our bus around Trenton to see the best and most important Revolutionary War sites including the site of the Battle of Trenton and the location where the original Hunterdon Courthouse stood -- notably the site where, on July 8, 1776, the first reading of the Declaration of Independence occurred in New Jersey.  We will visit historic churches, graveyards and the Quaker Meeting House while Richard and Stephanie share some great stories, banter and tales about Trenton, Hunterdon County's Revolutionary War history.  We will begin to head back to OUR Hunterdon County around 4 pm. 

$30 all inclusive day trip includes deluxe coach, two amazing tour guides, all your admissions, lunch, snacks, tip!  Once you have ordered your ticket(s) from Eventbrite, please send your check to confirm your reservation(s) to The Hunterdon 300th, 3 Chorister Place, Flemington, NJ, 08822. 

 Your payment MUST BE RECEIVED within 3 days of reserving your seats for the tour or your ticket(s) will be released.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14TH:  FAMOUS FLAGS THROUGHOUT AMERICAN HISTORY -- IN HONOR OF FLAG DAY:  It's Flag Day and the Hunterdon 300th is proud to bring back our favorite Vexillologist, Richard Pierce.  In this talk, Richard has prepared new research on some of the most famous flags throughout American History. More details to follow.  7 pm; Main Branch of the Library.  Free.  Reservations Strongly Recommended.  Refreshments Follow.

TUESDAY, JUNE 27TH:  MUSIC OF THE CIVIL WAR: In period dress, Ridley and Anne Enslow will perform historic Civil War songs played on instruments found during the 19th century.  The Enslow's played this concert for us last in March of 2014.  It was a very emotional and moving evening of music that evoked the pain, the boredom and the patriotism of the American Civil War.  A night not to be missed!  7 pm; Main Branch of the Library.  Free.  Reservations Recommended.  Refreshments Follow.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH:  AMERICA'S PAST-TIME IN HUNTERDON:  THE TRI-COUNTY BASEBALL LEAGUE: Baseball was America's greatest past-time, and was a special distraction as Hitler rose to power in the 1930s.  By 1937, baseball fan and attorney, Wesley Lance, future Judge, Senator and Acting Governor, founded a baseball league comprised of Hunterdon, Warren and Northampton, PA counties.  This league existed for about 4 decades!  Senator Lance's son, James W. Lance, Esq., a baseball aficionado and keeper of the family's baseball history, recounts the story.  Refreshments follow.  7 pm at the Main Branch of the County Library.  Free.  Reservations strongly recommended. 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD:  CEMETERY SEMINAR WITH OUR GREAT PARTNER, THE HUNTERDON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY:  Details to be announced.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH:  CIVIL WAR WEAPONS AND ARMAMENTS:  Civil War expert John Kuhl is back.  This time he will be displaying and discussing Civil War weapon and armaments.  More details to follow.   7 pm; Main Branch of the Library.  Free.  Reservations Strongly Recommended.  Refreshments Follow. 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15TH:  THE WAR OF 1812:  Join Delaware Township Historian Emerita Marfy Goodspeed for new research that reveals a Hunterdon connection to the War of 1812! More details to follow.  2 pm; Main Branch of the Library.
Free.  Reservations Strongly Recommended.  Refreshments Follow.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH:  BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION:  Mayor and historian Paul Muir hosts this event at the Bethlehem Municipal Building's Courtroom.  Our favorite retired Social Studies teacher and Bethlehem resident, Chip Riddle, provides his wonderful story telling about the area and its importance during the 18th century -- Bethlehem once encompassed today's Kingwood Township, Alexandria Township, Frenchtown, Milford, Union Township, the Town of Clinton, Franklin Township, Hampton Borough, Bloomsbury, and Glen Gardner.  Bethlehem Township Municipal Building, 405 Mine Road, Asbury, NJ 08802; 2 pm.  Reservations strongly recommended.  Refreshments follow.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH:  100 YEARS AGO:   AMERICA'S ENTRANCE INTO WORLD WAR I:  With the 100 year anniversary of America's entrance into World War I, no lecture series on the Home Front would be complete without a look at what was happening in Hunterdon County from 1914 through 1918. New research done by Hunterdon 300th Chair Marcia Karrow who has finally dusted off her history major and her "all but Ph.D. in Ancient Art and Archaeology".
More details to follow.  7 pm;  Main Branch of the Library.  Free.  Reservations Strongly Recommended.  Refreshments Follow. 

TALKS AND EVENTS IN THE WORKS:
GROWING UP IN HUNTERDON DURING WWII
HISTORIC TAVERN TOUR
HUNTERDON AND THE VIET NAM ERA
FRENCH-INDIAN WAR IN HUNTERDON COUNTY
HUNTERDON DURING THE KOREAN WAR
AND MORE!


For Reservations:  
www.hunterdon300th.org 
or call us at (908) 788-2030

HISTORY AND HERITAGE EVENTS FROM OUR PARTNERS:

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29TH:  HISTORY OF HIGH BRIDGE:  Local Historian William Honachefsky will present his 130+ slide power point talk followed by a book signing of his new local history via historic postcards of High Bridge North Branch of the County Library, Clinton. 7 pm.  

SATURDAY, APRIL 1: HOW TO RESEARCH THE HISTORY OF YOUR OLD HOUSE:  The Hunterdon County Historical Society announces an afternoon workshop in cooperation with Hunterdon County history blogger, researcher and house history expert Marfy Goodspeed on Saturday, April 1 from 11:00- 12:30 pm.   The workshop will be held at the Society’s headquarters and library located at 114 Main Street in Flemington. 
Marfy Goodspeed is known for her Goodspeed Histories, a New Jersey history and genealogy website and for her business, Goodspeed House Histories.  A resident of Hunterdon County since 1976, Marfy has been exploring and sharing the County’s history for decades. The session will cover how to begin the research of your home with the resources that are available at the Society’s library in addition to other regional repositories. Marfy will take the participants on a step- by- step approach to uncovering the history of an individual’s property through general histories, deeds, wills, newspaper articles and much more!
The workshop is free for members of the Historical Society with a $5.00 program fee for non- members. Registration is required as space is limited.  Participants may register by calling or e-mailing the Hunterdon County Historical Society.  Please visit their website or call 908-782-1091.

SUNDAY, APRIL 2ND:  READINGTON MUSEUMS PRESENT RUG HOOKING: Lucy Walsh will demonstrate the basic technique of pulling wool strips through a Monk’s cloth backing, draped over a frame. Walsh will have sample rugs and hooking materials on display. Guests will be invited to try their hand at hooking, as well as learn the history and the inspirations for designing rugs. Walsh is a fiber artist living in Clinton, New Jersey, and has been creating hand-crafted hooked rugs in the traditional style since 1990. She says, “My rugs are all original designs, and are born from a spark somewhere in my head or heart. A central theme and vision establish a design concept, recalling a time, place, person or emotion unique to that experience. The goal is to capture a subject that has a special meaning to me, and which is aesthetically pleasing to others. Before long a story emerges in wool.” Recent collections include ‘story rugs’ which tell tales of real-life or imaginary events. The recently completed, “Orphan Train”, was displayed at the reunion of Orphan Train descendants in Little Falls, MN. Lucy’s rugs have been featured on websites, fairs and rug hooking publications. “Spirit Bear” was selected to be included in the 2012 Rug Hooking Magazine’s Celebrations® book recognizing nationally known fiber artists. Bouman-Stickney Farmstead, GPS address: 114 Dreahook Road, Lebanon NJ 08833.  Phone 908-236-2327.  This program runs continuously from 1 to 4 pm.  Donations welcomed.

SUNDAY, MAY 7TH:  READINGTON MUSEUMS PRESENT EIGHTEENTH CENTURY ICE CREAM:  Susan McLellan Plaisted MS RD CSP LDN, presents ice cream making from harvesting ice to moulding (molding) of ice cream. For this demonstration, ice cream will be made in a reproduction 18th century sabotiere. Documented flavors of the 18th century will be reproduced using original receipts (recipes). Plaisted is the Proprietress of Heart to Hearth Cookery, a food history business based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She offers demonstrations of 17th century through 19th century Colonial American and European cooking methods, practices, and receipts (recipes), as well as pre-European-contact and post-European-contact Native American foodways. Plaisted is a founding member, past president, and past newsletter editor of the Historic Foodways Society of the Delaware Valley, a member of Culinary Historians of New York, The Colonial Chocolate Society, and was active in Past Masters in Early American Domestic Arts. In addition, she is a member of the Food History Committee of both ALHFAM (Association of Living History Farms and Museums) and IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals)  Bouman-Stickney Farmstead, GPS address: 114 Dreahook Road, Lebanon NJ 08833.  Phone 908-236-2327.  This program runs continuously from 1 to 4 pm.  Donations welcomed.