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Saturday, January 27, 2018

300TH'S 2018 HERITAGE SERIES: WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE!

"WATER, WATEEVERYWHERE!"

THE HUNTERDON 300TH IS PROUD TO PRESENT AN EXTENSIVE EXPLORATION OF THE HISTORY AND HERITAGE OF HUNTERDON COUNTY WITHIN THE THEME OF WATER!  NOT ONLY IS THERE A FULL YEAR OF TALKS AND LECTURES, BUT ALSO A BOAT TRIP ON THE DELAWARE, A CANOE TRIP ON THE D&R CANAL, A BUS TOUR WITH LUNCH TO WALK THE CANAL, A MOVIE ABOUT THE ROUND VALLEY RESERVOIR AND A TALK AND TOUR OF THE RED MILL WATER WHEEL! 

AND OF COURSE, THERE WILL BE A COUPLE OF SPECIAL, OUT OF THEME TALKS STARTING WITH OUR FIRST TALK IN FEBRUARY IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH, AND ENDING ON VETERANS DAY WEEKEND, WHICH MARKS THE 100TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF WORLD WAR I, WITH A SPECIAL TALK ON HUNTERDON DURING THE GREAT WAR -- OUR SOLDIERS, OUR CITIZENS, AND THE AMERICAN RED CROSS.

CURRENT EVENTS:  WE ARE TAKING RESERVATIONS

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27:  "SLAVERY IN HUNTERDON":  Join County Historian Stephanie Stevens as she discusses the history of slavery in Hunterdon County.  This talk is a revival of one she gave for us in 2014 during Hunterdon's Tricentennial.  Hunterdon County Library Main Branch, 7 pm.  Free.  Refreshments follow.  Reservations recommended.  
https://www.eventbrite.com/o/hunterdon-tricentennial-committee-4941158677
or call (908) 788-2030.

SUNDAY, MARCH 4TH:  "IN THE BEGINNING, THERE WAS WATER":  A light and fun look at an elemental subject and how profoundly it influenced the development of our county and state.  Join Marilyn Cummings for this overview of water in New Jersey and Hunterdon County since the beginning of time!  This talk sets the stage for our entire year’s worth of programs on ‘Water, Water Everywhere!'  A must-see presentation for both adults and students alike who plan to attend any of our other programs... or even if you don't!  2 pm.  Main Branch of the Hunterdon County Library.  Free.  Reservations recommended.  Refreshments follow.
https://www.eventbrite.com/o/hunterdon-tricentennial-committee-4941158677  or call (908) 788-2030.

TUESDAY, APRIL 3RD:   "SETTLEMENT AND RIVER TRADE ALONG THE DELAWARE RIVER IN THE PRE-CANAL PERIOD":  During the 18th century and well into the 19th century, Durham boats -the boat best known for its use by General George Washington’s troops to cross the river before the Battle of Trenton in 1776- piled the middle and upper Delaware  to transport the region’s products to urban markets in exchange for goods not available locally.  Join historic preservation expert Dennis Bertland in a talk that is based on a research project that he conducted for the Knowlton Township Historical Commission for the Ramseysburg Homestead, a historic site in Warren County associated with early settlement and trade along the Delaware.   Hunterdon County Library Main Branch.  7 pm. Free. Refreshments follow.  Reservations recommended.
https://www.eventbrite.com/o/hunterdon-tricentennial-committee-4941158677
or call (908) 788-2030.

The presentation is based on a research project, I conducted for the Knowlton Township Historical Commission

TUESDAY, APRIL 17:  "SIX 19TH CENTURY BRIDGES TO PENNSYLVANIA":   
Joe Donnelly from the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission will present this informative and interesting talk about the bridges that join Hunterdon to Pennsylvania, some free, some toll, all of which were at one time in private hands.  7 pm.  Main Branch of the Hunterdon County Library.  Free. Reservations recommended.  Refreshments follow. 
https://www.eventbrite.com/o/hunterdon-tricentennial-committee-4941158677
or call (908) 788-2030.


SUNDAY, APRIL 29TH:  "LIFE ALONG THE SOUTH BRANCH BETWEEN CLINTON AND FLEMINGTON": Once upon a time, before aquired by our County for parkland, lands along the South Branch were used for various purposes including several summer camps, scout camps, and health camps.  Former Parks Department staff member Doug Kiovsky has researched and published a book about Hunterdon's parks.  Join him for a history of several areas all along water courses of Hunterdon.  Stories will include the history of a few of the famous iron bridges, a businessman's attempt to dam the river for its hydroelectric powers, and the forgotten settlement of Rowland's Mills.  The history of the Arboretum will be included since it was originally George Bloomer's Nursery and a tributary from the property flows into Prescott Brook which then quickly flows into the South Branch. Following the talk, you may want to take a stroll into the Arboretum and enjoy the view.  2 pm.  Hunterdon County Arboretum, Route 31.  Free. Reservations recommended.  Refreshments follow.
or call (908) 788-2030.


FUTURE EVENTS:  PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

TUESDAY, MAY 1:  "THE HISTORY OF SHAD FISHING IN HUNTERDON COUNTY" Steve Meserve, the owner of the Lewis Fisheries, the oldest Shad Fishery in New Jersey, will discuss all things shad -- and just in time before the end of the shad fishing season!  Hunterdon County Library Main Branch.  7 pm. Free. Refreshments follow.  Reservations recommended.

SATURDAY, MAY 12TH (Tentative; Rain Date, SUNDAY, May 20TH):  SPLASH BOAT Trip on the Delaware:  Details to be announced.  $

TUESDAY, MAY 15:  :"DEVASTATION ON THE DELAWARE: THE FLOOD OF 1955":  Author Mary Shafer will be on hand to talk about the destruction along the Delaware following a torential downpour and ice melt that destroyed much of Lambertville and the surrounding area.  Many peoPle in Hunterdon still remember and talk about this catastrophic event.   Hunterdon County Library Main Branch.  7 pm. Free. Refreshments follow.  Reservations recommended.

SUNDAY, June 3RD:  "LAKE SOLITUDE AND THE FORGE":  Union Forge's Mike Gronsky will speak about the history and importance of the Taylor Wharton Forge in High Bridge and the Lake Solitude Dam.   Hunterdon County Library Main Branch.  2 pm. Free. Refreshments follow.  Reservations recommended.

TUESDAY, JUNE 19TH:  "SPRING ACTIVITIES OF THE LENAPE INDIANS IN HUNTERDON":  Jim Wade, former archivist and researcher with the N.J. State Museum, will discuss the significance and importance of the Indian way of life during the spring season. Emphasis will focus on the activities of community fish gathering, hunting and village life. This presentation will also examine the local Indian villages that once existed in the Flemington & southern Hunterdon County area. The program will include a short slide presentation on the spring activities and actual N.J. Indian stone artifacts will be on display.  Free.  Reservations recommended.   7 pm, Main Branch. Refreshments follow.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH: "AND WATERSHEDS BEGAT WATERWORKS":  Following her talk last spring, "IN THE BEGINNING, THERE WAS WATER", Marilyn Cummings follows her theme with this mapping adventure of the amazing watersheds, creeks and brooks of Hunterdon County and the ways they were conquered and harnessed by our settlers of the 18th & 19th centuries.  Join Marilyn Cummings for this wide-ranging look at such topics as ferries, bridges, mills, canals and other remarkable early waterworks.  Fun and informative for both adults and students alike, this is a broad introduction to our fall series of events. 7 pm, Main Branch. Free. Reservations recommended.  Refreshments follow.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH:  "HISTORY OF THE RED MILL" and tour of the Water Wheel with Red Mill Executive Director Paul Muir.  Details to follow. 2 pm, Red Mill Museum, Clinton. Free. Reservations recommended.  Refreshments follow. 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH: "THE HISTORY OF THE READINGTON MILLS":  County Historian Stephanie Stevens is back with us again on her definitive power point on the Readington Mills.   Hunterdon County Library Main Branch.  7 pm. Free. Refreshments follow.  Reservations recommended.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH: "THE HISTORY OF THE RED MILL" AND SPECIAL TOUR OF THE WHEEL HOUSE with Red Mill Museum Executive Director Paul Muir.  Clinton.  2 pm. Free.  Refreshments follow.  Reservations recommended. 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9TH: "THE HISTORY OF THE D&R CANAL":   Canal Historian and Author Linda Barth weaves the story of how the Delaware & Raritan Canal meandered across New Jersey, becoming one of America’s most successful towpath canals, carrying more tonnage in 1866 than even the Erie Canal.  Johnson & Johnson, Roebling, and Fleischmann’s Distillery all had their start along the D&R which now provides people of central New Jersey with both a water supply and an amazing recreational facility. This companion talk is beneficial for all those wishing to join us for our D&R Canal Canoe Paddle on Sunday October 4th or our Bus Tour of the D&R Canal on November 4th.  This talk is free.  Reservations recommended.  Refreshments follow. Hunterdon County Library Main Branch.  7 pm. Free. Refreshments follow.  Reservations recommended.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14TH:  SPECIAL CANOE TRIP ON THE D&R CANAL!  Join us with our guides from the Hunterdon County Parks Department as we do a peaceful paddle on the canal to view the fall foliage and get a taste for the gentle drift of the canal.  A perfect trip for those who have never canoed before.  We start our day by staging cars at the Prallsville mill and end the paddle there for a box lunch.  After lunch, you can stay for a tour and talk about the Mill or head on your way.  $25 covers the trip and lunch!  Reservations are required.  Limited space, so please book early.  Payment due at time of reservation.  9 to 1 pm.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14TH:  TOUR AND TALK AT THE PRALLSVILLE MILL.  Route 29, Stockton.  Free.  Refreshments follow.  Reservations recommended.  

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23RD:  "THE HISTORY OF ROUND VALLEY RESERVOIR":  County Historian and author of the book "Beneath These Waters" returns for the spell binding tale of politics, intrigue, crime, and loss as the government seized private property.   Hunterdon County Library Main Branch.  7 pm. Free. Refreshments follow.  Reservations recommended.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH:  BUS TOUR OF THE D&R CANAL WITH LUNCHEON AT THE LAMBERTVILLE STATION.  With the foliage down, join canal expert Linda Barth for a day of exploration and good views!  Our deluxe coach bus will bring us down Route 29 where we will pop on and off the bus for short walks to see stunning views of the Delaware and learn the secrets of the canal.  Details to follow.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH:  SPECIAL VETERANS DAY TALK:  "HUNTERDON COUNTY 100 YEARS AGO DURING THE GREAT WAR":  Veterans Day was once called Armistice Day and celebrated the end of World War I - the Great War.  Hunterdon County sent troops and rallied behind them in many ways including making the Red Cross an important part of daily life.  Join Marcia Karrow as she follows up last year's talk on Hunterdon at War - the Daily Life of Hunterdon County During World War I with a look at our county's support for the war and the recruitment of our soldiers. Hunterdon County Library Main Branch.  2 pm. Free. Refreshments follow.  Reservations recommended. 

THE HUNTERDON 300TH IS PLANNING ADDITIONAL EVENTS AND TALKS FOR OUR WATER THEMED YEAR!  PLEASE WATCH FOR FUTURE E-NEWSLETTERS AND OUR CALENDAR AT WWW.HUNTERDON300TH.ORG.

HISTORY AND HERITAGE EVENTS FROM OUR PARTNERS AROUND OR ABOUT HUNTERDON COUNTY


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH:  "THE DARK SIDE OF THE SOURLANDS":  Presented by the East Amwell Historical Society featuring Jim Davidson.  Bewitching tales include stories about bootleggers, bandits, unsolved mysteries, and bloody murders!  Hillbilly Hall, 203 Hopewell-Wertsville Road, Hopewell, NJ. $10 donation.  

Saturday, February 24th:  11 am to 2 pm.  The Sourland Conservancy and Stoutsburg Cemetery Association present their 3rd Annual Gospel Brunch.  Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 80 West Broad Street, Hopewell. Proceeds benefit the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (originally part of Hunterdon County).  Adults $35; children 8-12 $20; under 8, free.  Space is limited.  Buy your tickets at ssaamuseum.org/brunchticketsales/html

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

BIG HOLIDAY SALE AND JIM DAVIDSON TALK! AND MORE!


THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9TH:  300TH'S HOLIDAY FUN SALE AND MORE AT THE MAIN BRANCH!!  

Join us for our annual holiday blow out sale, live music, refreshments, rope making machine for fun home made bracelets, and a chance to win a fabulous 300th basket of gifts!  Sale items include t-shirts, books, blank note cards and more!  10 am to 2 pm.  Main Branch of the Hunterdon County Library, 314 Route 12, Flemington.

JUST IN TIME FOR YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING!! OUR WOVEN THROWS ARE BACK!!

The perfect gift for your Hunterdon friend, parent, child, college student, or "BFF" who moved out of town.  The Hunterdon County Tricentennial Commemorative Woven Throw is 100% cotton and made in the USA.  Beautiful woven pictures of 9 of Hunterdon's most famous and beautiful landmarks including the Historic Courthouse in Flemington, Zion Lutheran Church in Oldwick, the Red Mill in the Town of Clinton, Reynold's Tavern in Union Township, Governor Reading's Home in Raritan Township and many more. 

The border proudly displays all 26 of our municipalities and the center depicts the County Seal and 300th's flourishing Ribbon proclaiming 300 Years of History from 1714 to 2014. Available in Navy Blue. Each throw comes with a brochure describing the history of each structure and provides both address and GPS coorinates so you can visit them.  Other woven throws of equal or lesser quality sell for twice our price of $35!  We price these to sell because we want everyone to have one!!


THE HUNTERDON 300TH'S LAST PROGRAM FOR THE YEAR -- OUR POIGNANT CONCLUSION TO OUR LOOK AT HUNTERDON AT WAR: THE HOMEFRONT:  

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12TH:  GOLD STAR MOTHERS PILGRIMAGE OF 1930 TO THE WORLD WAR I AMERICAN GRAVES IN FRANCE:  Join Jim Davidson for a new talk about the poignant story of Hunterdon County Gold Star Mothers going to France to see the graves of their sons who paid the ultimate sacrifice during World War I.  A fitting conclusion to our year of studying Hunterdon County dealing with war. Reservation recommended.  Free.  Main Branch County Library.  7pm.  Refreshments follow.

PROGRAMS FROM OUR HERITAGE PARTNERS:

NOW THRU DECEMBER 10TH:  RED MILL MUSEUM  VILLAGE FESTIVAL OF TREESThe Red Mill Museum Village will host its 8th annual Festival of Trees through December 10th.  This annual holiday favorite features trees, wreaths and centerpieces decorated by community members, local organizations and businesses.  Over 30 decorated items will be on display in our famous Red Mill.  Contact Marie Salthouse at 908-735-4101 x100.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14TH:  WINTER WALKS IN FLEMINGTON WITH THE HUNTERDON HISTORICAL SOCIETY:  The Hunterdon County Historical Society announces winter walking tours through Flemington beginning at the decorated Doric House Museum at the Society’s headquarters @ 114 Main Street in Flemington on Thursday, December 14 @ 1:30 pm.
Led by heritage educator, Janice Armstrong, the tours will begin at the Society’s Doric House, decked out for the holidays by the Community Garden Club and the Garden Club of Hunterdon Hills. The walking tour will last about an hour.
Ms. Armstrong will highlight the beautiful Greek Revival and Victorian architecture in homes and businesses, as well as detail the fascinating history of Flemington’s lesser explored side streets. Tours will walk from the Doric House, down Main Street and continue to Mine and Park Avenues to cover some interesting local history before returning to tour the Doric House Museum. A suggested donation of $5 per person will benefit the Historical Society. Pre-registration is suggested and can reserve a space, but guests may show to see if they can be accommodated.

The Doric House is open free of charge for visitors to view its collections and holiday decorations from 12 until 3:00 on December 3. (Street parking is no longer available after 4:00 pm to make way for Flemington’s holiday parade.) The Doric House is also open each Thursday in December prior to Christmas: December 7, 14 and 21 from 12-3:00 pm.

For more information and for possible weather cancellations, call the Society @ 908-782-1091 and check for updates and details at the Society’s website. The Hunterdon County Historical Society received an operating support re-grant from the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission, with funds from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the department of State. 
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THE HUNTERDON 300TH PROUDLY ANNOUNCES OUR HISTORY AND HERITAGE THEME FOR 2018:  "WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE!"  Join us for a year of exploring the many facets of how water has affected Hunterdon's history -- from the migration of the Europeans using the Delaware and Raritan Rivers, to the Great Flood of '55, to Lenape encampments along the rivers, to our historic mills and ferries, the importance of the D&R Canal, the history of the reservoirs and so much more. A year of fun events, trips and talks. Our program of events will be coming out by early February.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER: TALKS, HOLIDAY SALE AND OUR THEME FOR 2018!


OUR WOVEN THROWS ARE BACK!! Just in time for your holiday shopping!  The perfect gift for your Hunterdon friend, parent, child, college student, or "BFF" who moved out of town.  The Hunterdon County Tricentennial Commemorative Woven Throw is 100% cotton and made in the USA.  Beautiful woven pictures of 9 of Hunterdon's most famous and beautiful landmarks including the Historic Courthouse in Flemington, Zion Lutheran Church in Oldwick, the Red Mill in the Town of Clinton, Reynold's Tavern in Union Township, Governor Reading's Home in Raritan Township and many more. 

The border proudly displays all 26 of our municipalities and the center depicts the County Seal and 300th's flourishing Ribbon proclaiming 300 Years of History from 1714 to 2014. Available in Navy Blue. Each throw comes with a brochure describing the history of each structure and provides both address and GPS coorinates so you can visit them.  Other woven throws of equal or lesser quality sell for twice our price of $35!  We price these to sell because we want everyone to have one!!

LAST FIVE 300TH "Hunterdon at War:  The Home Front" TALKS FOR 2017!  

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 14TH:  AMERICA'S PAST TIME IN IN HUNTERDON:  THE HUNTERDON TRI-COUNTY LEAGUE:  Baseball was America's greatest past-time, especially during war.  In fact, our soldiers played baseball between battles during the Civil War.  Baseball 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.  Free. Reservations recommended.  Main Branch of the Hunterdon County Library.  7 pm.


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH:  THE 1918 INFLUENZA EPIDEMIC IN HUNTERDON COUNTY:  Join Hunterdon native and World War I historian, Brian Armstrong for a rivetting talk about the Influenza that overtook our Armed Forces during the great war and how it affected Hunterdon County as it invaded our local communities and brought the war and the perils of the great war home.  Main Branch of the County LiBrary, 2 pm.  Free.  Reservations recommended.  Refreshments follow.

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 28TH:  HUNTERDON COUNTY DURING 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 before American entered the great war in 1916 and while America was fighting in Europe in 1917.  Hunterdon 300th Chair Marcia Karrow, who has finally dusted off her history major and her "all but Ph.D. in Ancient Art and Archaeology", will provide this whistful look back into Hunterdon life at time long gone.  Free.  Refreshments Follow.  Reservations recommended.  7 pm.  Main Branch of the Library.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3RD:  NORTH COUNTY, ONCE 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.  This informative history of the northern part of our County highlights the important role it played in the American Revolutionary War.  A companion book, written by Chip Riddle and published by the Hunterdon 300th, is now available for sale.  A topic of intestest for anyone interested in the early history of the northern part of Hunterdon County.  2 pm.  Free.  Refreshments follow the talk.  Bethlehem Township Municipal Building.  314 Mine Road, Asbury, NJ  08802.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12TH:  GOLD STAR MOTHERS PILGRIMAGE OF 1930 TO THE WORLD WAR I AMERICAN GRAVES IN FRANCE:  Join Jim Davidson for a new talk about the poignant story of Hunterdon County Gold Star Mothers going to France to see the graves of their sons who paid the ultimate sacrifice during World War I.  A fitting conclusion to our year of studying Hunterdon County dealing with war. Reservation recommended.  Free.  Main Branch County Library.  7pm.  Refreshments follow.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9TH:  HOLIDAY FUN AT THE MAIN BRANCH!!  Join us for our annual holiday blow out sale, live music, refreshments, rope making machine for fun home made bracelets, and a chance to win a fabulous 300th basket of gifts!  Sale items include t-shirts, books, blank note cards and more!  10 am to 2 pm.  Main Branch of the Hunterdon County Library, 314 Route 12, Flemington. 

FROM OUR HISTORY AND HERITAGE PARTNERS:

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH:  HUNTERDON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING:  ALL ABOUT OUR NOW PRESERVED RARE PARCHMENTS:  Teresa Gadomski of the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia will speak about the conservation of he Society's rare Oaths of Allegiance parchments.  
The two related documents, Oaths of Abjuration and Oaths of Fealty, date from 1744-1758 and show how the elected or appointed officials in the colony had to swear that they rejected the authority of the Catholic Church and swear their allegiance to King George II.  They serve as a virtual "who's who" of the county that once stretched into Trenton and include the signature of Jon Hart, a Declaration of Independence signer.  
After a brief introduction on the documents' history and the early period of New Jersey's history as a British colony, Ms. Gadomski will discuss the conservation assessment for such projects and the science behind the processes to conserve both ink and parchment.  Guests will learn the behind the scenes work done by conservators to examine and determine the best methods to preserve historical documents.  The conservation of the documents was funded by a generous grant from the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey who recognized the importance of these truly rare documents.  Ms. Gadomski s a book and paper conservator at the Conservation Center for art & Historic Artifacts.  She has an MS in Art Conservation from Winterthur/University of Delaware, a certificate of Advanced Study in Preservation from Simmons College Graduate School of Library & Information Science, a BA in Art Conservation/Art History from U. of Delaware, and has interned at the Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution Archives, and Harvard's Weissman Preservation Center and was a Kress Fellow at Dartmouth College Library.
Her 50 minute talk will be followed by questions.  Refreshments will be served.  Free.  Flemington Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.  East Main Street, Flemington.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3RD:  DUTCH CHRISTMAS:  OPEN HEARTH COOKING, COLONIAL MUSICIANS AND SINTERKLAAS:  At Bauman Stickney Farmstead.  1pm to 4pm.  Donations requested.  For more information visit the Readington Museums Website

THE HUNTERDON 300TH PROUDLY ANNOUNCES OUR HISTORY AND HERITAGE THEME FOR 2018:  "WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE!"
Join us for a year of exploring the many facets of how water has affected Hunterdon's history -- from the migration of the Europeans using the Delaware and Raritan Rivers, to the Great Flood of '55, to Lenape encampments along the rivers, to our historic mills and ferries, the importance of the D&R Canal, the history of the reservoirs and so much more. A year of fun events, trips and talks. Our program of events will be coming out by early February.
  


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