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Monday, October 9, 2017

GHOSTS, INDIANS, PROPRIETORS: HUNTERDON HISTORICAL AND HERITAGE CELEBRATIONS!

LOOKING FOR SOME UNUSUAL HISTORY CHATS?  LIKE WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE A WEST JERSEY PROPRIETOR IN THE 21ST CENTURY? DO THE PROPRIETORS STILL WEAR WIGS AND RUFFLES LIKE THE 17TH CENTURY FOUNDERS?  

OR HOW ABOUT SOME SPOOKY EVENTS JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN?  

DON'T LIKE RATTLING BONES?  HOW ABOUT RATTLING YOUR OWN BONES AND DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY AT EITHER AN OLD FASHIONED BARN DANCE WITH SQUARE DANCING OR LEARNING TO DO THE LINDY HOP?

OCTOBER IN HUNTERDON IS FILLED WITH CELEBRATIONS OF MUNICIPAL HISTORY, HOUSE TOURS, AND LOTS OF FREE HISTORY TALKS.  PLEASE CHECK OUT THE FABULOUS AND BUSY OCTOBER HISTORY AND HERITAGE EVENTS BELOW!

OCTOBER EVENTS FROM THE HUNTERDON 300TH:  

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.


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 trusT.  David 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. 

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 discuss the 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.

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.


A SNAP SHOT OF THE HUNTERDON 300TH'S NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER CALENDAR -- RESERVATIONS WILL BE OPEN LATER THIS WEEK!  

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH:  AMERICA’S PAST-TIME IN HUNTERDON:  THE TRI-COUNTY BASEBALL LEAGUE.  THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM SEPTEMBER 12TH.  7 pm; Main Branch of the County Library.  Free.  Reservations recommended.  Refreshments follow.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH THE SPANISH FLU IN HUNTERDON:  2 pm; Main Branch of the Hunterdon County Library.  Free.  Reservations recommended.  Refreshments follow.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH: 100 YEARS AGO: HUNTERDON DURING WORLD WAR I.   
7 pm; Main Branch of the Library.  Free.  Reservations recommended.  Refreshments follow. 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3RD BETHLEMHEM TOWNSHIP DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLULTION:    2 pm; Bethlehem Township Municipal Building, 405 Mine Road, Asbury, NJ 08802.  Free.  Reservations recommended.  Refreshments follow. 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12TH:  HUNTERDON’S WORLD WAR GOLD STAR MOTHERS:  7 pm; Main Branch of the County Library.  Free.  Reservations recommended. Refreshments follow.


EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTY FROM OUR HISTORY AND HERITAGE PARTNERS:

Friday, the 13th!  BOO!  Haunted Village 2017 at the Red Mill Museum Village in Clinton, NJ:  Infection: Will you make it out without catching the fever?  The famous Haunted Village is back and better than ever for its 27th year. Get tickets now by visiting the Red Mill Museum Village Website

Saturday, October 14th:  “The Heritage of Our Hunterdon County Parks”:  Author Doug Kiovsky was able to combine his knowledge of the county’s parks, open space and historic sites into a volume of written history and photos of historical importance. Serving in the capacity as a county park ranger and historian for many years, Doug says every park has a story to tell. Join us at 1pm at the Lebanon Township Fall Festival to hear Doug under the Historians tent to hear him speak about the county parks located within Lebanon Township including Miquin Woods, Point Mountain, Crystal Springs, Teetertown and the Columbia Trail. Artifacts found on these properties or donated will also be on display. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to hear firsthand how residents came to be surrounded by these county parks!  Friends Memorial Park, Lebanon Township.  

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.   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 them.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14TH: Union Forge Heritage Association - From Forges to Factories 
Celebrating the hisotry and legacy of the Historic 1742 Union Iron Works of Hunterdon County Presentations, Movie and more...
2pm to 4pm.  $10 per person.  Union Forge Heritage Association
117 Van Syckel's Road,  Hampton, NJ

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14TH: Haunted Village 2017 at the Red Mill Museum Village in Clinton, NJ
Infection: Will you make it out without catching the fever?
The famous Haunted Village is back and better than ever for its 27th year. 
Get tickets now by visiting the Red Mill Museum Village Website


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.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15TH:  Lambertville Historical Societies 35th Annual Autumn House Tour:  Self-guided walking tour inside historic homes and sites iin the City of Lambertville.  11am to 5pm.  $25 in advance,  $30 day of tour.
www.lambertvillehistoricalsociety.org

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15TH: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.   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 them.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21TH:  Barn Dance at Bouman Stickney Museum:  

7pm to 9:30 pm.  Put on your dancing shoes for Readington Museum's bi-annual barn dance!  The dance will be held in the 18th century Wade-Wyckoff Barn at the Bouman Stickney Farmstead, 114 Dreahook Road, in the Stanton section of Readington Township.  This family friendly event is a wonderful way to have fun with the entire family as no experience is necessary.  Caller Betsy Gotta will give easy to follow instructions before each dance so even a beginner will be able to dance the night away.  There is a suggested donation of $5.00 per person and $2 per child.  For more information visit the Readington Museum website.

Saturday, October 21st: Haunted Village 2017 at the Red Mill Museum Village in Clinton, NJ   Infection: Will you make it out without catching the fever?  The famous Haunted Village is back and better than ever for its 27th year. Get tickets now by visiting the Red Mill Museum Village Website

Saturday, October 21st:  East Amwell Historical Society Open House at the Clawson House, 12-3pm.  FREE!  Everyone is invited to check out the historic Federal-style home built around 1800 and see the incredible improvements made the last year.  East Amwell Historic Society members will give tours of the house and discuss its past.  Displays will invite visitors to view the artifacts from the Edward Quick Collection, the Grace Cronce Collection and from the Clawson House as well as artifacts and memorabilia preserved by the East Amwell Historic Society.  Refreshments will be served.  

The house is located at 1053 Old York Road and fronts the Marion F. Clawson Park.  EAHS has made tremendous progress with the building over the past summer with the exterior completed, a handicap ramp installed and rough electric, plumbing and heating, and air conditioning installed. The final push to finish the building Phase V will be getting underway in November.  Once the building is completed, it will be the home of the East Amwell Township Museum, headquarters of the East Amwell Historic Society, and a local history research library.

Sunday, October 22nd:  East Amwell Historical Society Open House at the Clawson House, 12-3pm.  FREE!  Everyone is invited to check out the historic Federal-style home built around 1800 and see the incredible improvements made the last year.  East Amwell Historic Society members will give tours of the house and discuss its past.  Displays will invite visitors to view the artifacts from the Edward Quick Collection, the Grace Cronce Collection and from the Clawson House as well as artifacts and memorabilia preserved by the East Amwell Historic Society.  Refreshments will be served.

The house is located at 1053 Old York Road and fronts the Marion F. Clawson Park.  EAHS has made tremendous progress with the building over the past summer with the exterior completed, a handicap ramp installed and rough electric, plumbing and heating, and air conditioning installed. The final push to finish the building Phase V will be getting underway in November.  Once the building is completed, it will be the home of the East Amwell Township Museum, headquarters of the East Amwell Historic Society, and a local history research library.

Friday October 27th:  Haunted Village 2017 at the Red Mill Museum Village in Clinton, NJ:  Infection: Will you make it out without catching the fever?  The famous Haunted Village is back and better than ever for its 27th year. Get tickets now by visiting the Red Mill Museum Village Website



Saturday, October 28th Haunted Village 2017 at the Red Mill Museum Village in Clinton, NJ:  Infection: Will you make it out without catching the fever?  The famous Haunted Village is back and better than ever for its 27th year. Get tickets now by visiting the Red Mill Museum Village Website


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.