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Saturday, February 4, 2017

OUR 2017 SERIES! HUNTERDON AT WAR: THE HOMEFRONT

HAPPY 2017!  THE HUNTERDON 300TH IS CELEBRATING HUNTERDON COUNTY'S 303RD ANNIVERSARY WITH A FASCINATING CALENDAR OF EVENTS STUDYING, EXPLORING AND CELEBRATING HUNTERDON'S HERITAGE AND HISTORY AT HOME IN OUR COUNTY WHILE OUR COUNTRY OR WORLD WAS AT WAR.
                                                                                     Photo courtesy of Ann Marie Queeney

RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE NOW FOR THE FOLLOWING (as always, head to our website, www.hunterdon300th.org, to make all reservations right from our Calendar of Events!)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH: A Proud Heritage:  The African American Presence in the Sourland Mountains and Surrounding Area:  In honor of Black History Month, join Elaine Buck, Beverly Mills and John Buck, the President of the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association, for a very special program of untold sotries about the lives of local African American men and women buried in the Stoutsburg Cemetery including a veteran who fought in the Revolutionary War.  The cemetery is located in what is now Hopewell Township in Mercer County, but was part of Hunterdon (Amwell Township) during the American Revolution.  The history of the Stoutsburg Cemetery will also be discussed which was originally purchased in 1858 by three African American men seeking a burial ground for people of color who could not be buried alongside whites.  This cemetery has been lovingly restored by the current Board of Trustees.  A part of Hunterdon's early history about how enslaved and free people were instrumental in building this region, serving in the military, and now contributing to the economy.  7 pm, Main Branch of the Library; Free.  Reservations strongly recommended.  Refreshments follow.


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: 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. 

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:  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.

DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!  WE SOLD OUT IN 8 DAYS LAST YEAR!

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.

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 4TH:  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.

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
MUSIC OF THE CIVIL WAR
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:

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH:  READINGTON MUSEUMS PRESENT:   A WEAVING DEMONSTRATION:   Domestic historians, Bev Altrath and Arlene Soong, will demonstrate various weaving techniques on assorted 18th c. looms. In the colonial period, household items such as towels, bed linens and blankets, working aprons, sacks, etc., were commonly manufactured at home, while finer fabrics for clothing, draperies and upholstery were imported from overseas via Britain. During the war for independence and for some time afterwards, it was considered one's patriotic duty to use only homespun fabrics for everything, including the newest fashionable clothing. Altrath and Soong concentrate on early weaving techniques, beginning with the medieval and renaissance periods as well as the more "modern" 17th and 18th c. They also showcase their skills by demonstrating hearth cooking, dyeing, period sewing, embroidery and gardening at the Shippen Manor in Oxford, and the MillerCory house in Westfield, NJ. 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.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH:  PLEIN AIR SILENT AUCTION OF ARTISTIC INTERPRETATIONS OF HISTORIC LAMBERTVILLE AND NEIGHBORING RIVER TOWNS: silent Auction benefitting Lambertville Historical Society.  5:30 to 7:30 pm at Rago Arts and Auction Center, Cherry and North Main Streets, Lambertville. $5 suggested minimum entrance donation includes music, beverages hors d'oeuvres. For more information contact www.Lambertvillehistoricalsociety.org or call 609 397 0770.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17; 7 PM:  THE POSTAL HISTORY OF EAST AMWELL: The East Amwell Historical Society presents this talk at at the East Amwell Township Municipal Building, Route 31/202, East Amwell NJ 08551 Cost is $5, and no reservations are required. Proceeds from this event will benefit work on the Clawson House. Wait a minute, Mr Postman! Where have all the post offices gone? Where was and what happened to the Reilleyville Post Office? Where was the Amwell Post Office? These and other interesting postal facts will be discussed by local philatelist Jim Walker discusses the Postal History of East Amwell. Author of the acclaimed 2008 book Postal History of Hunterdon County, Walker will talk about the Swift Sure Stage Line hauling mail along the Old York Road, mail on the Delaware and Raritan Canal and mail even posted on the Black River and Western Railroad line. He’ll also tell you about the great increase in the number of post offices in East Amwell in the mid 1800’s and how their demise came about in the 1900’s. His PowerPoint presentation showing local pictures and postal history from his vast collection will be an interest to all. 

SUNDAY, MARCH 5TH:  READINGTON MUSEUMS PRESENT AN OPEN HEARTH COOKING DEMONSTRATION:  Connie Unangst returns to the Readington Museums and will cook root vegetables and preserved foods using the home’s original open hearth. Throughout the program, Unangst will share techniques, demonstrate proper fire maintenance, and discuss receipt (recipe) translations. Unangst, who has been involved in the Domestic Arts of the Colonial Era, has provided educational, instructive and entertaining programs to the public. She has presented at locations such as: Pottsgrove Manor, the John Joseph Henry Home, Historic Jacobsburg, the Indenhoffen Farmstead, the Mercer Museum, New Hope Historical Society, and Washington Crossing Historic Park. 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.  

FRIDAY, MARCH 10TH; 7 PM:  EARLY RECREATION:  ENJOYING THE SOURLAND REGION:  The East Amwell Historical Society presents this talk at the East Amwell Township Municipal Building, Route 31/202, East Amwell NJ 08551 Cost is $5, and no reservations are required. At a time when there were social and economic changes – and landscapes in the area were also changing, people began interacting with the natural world in different ways. The Sourland region became a popular destination for city folks, hunters, hikers and nature lovers alike. These social changes and other fascinating stories about early recreation will be the topic of a presentation by Jack Koeppel. Koeppel’s program, Early Recreation: Enjoying the Sourland Region, is drawn from a collection of 700 photographs (originally 4” x 5” glass plates) discovered in an old home in Pennington, NJ. 

FRIDAY, MARCH 17TH AT 7PM:  GHOST HUNTING IN EAST AMWELL:  The East Amwell Historical Society presents this event at the  Amwell Township Municipal Building, Route 31/202, East Amwell NJ 08551 Suggested donation $10. No reservations are required. Come to town hall early as seating is limited. East Amwell Historical Society Historical Society News The Paranormal Activity Research Society of New Jersey (PARS) has been ghost hunting in East Amwell, and are ready to share their spooky discoveries with you. PARS members will show you the tools of their trade -- cameras, K2 meters, REM-Pods and more. Then they'll tell you about their visit to the Clawson House before discussing one of the most haunted homes they've ever investigated: a 1760 farm house in East Amwell. They will play for you the eerie audio voices and a conversations that occurred while no earthly being was in the room, and then show you what they captured on camera. Don't miss this fascinating program! 

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.


Saturday, December 17, 2016

PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR ALL FAITHS! HUNTERDON JEWISH LIFE BOOK, CALENDARS & MORE!

New Book by Stephanie Stevens is Out!
The Journey, an account of the origins of Jewish life in Hunterdon County, has just been published by the Hunterdon 300th Committee. The 36-page volume is the ninth local history book by County Historian Stephanie Stevens.
The book may be purchased for $5 EXCLUSIVELY at the Readington Library, 255 Main Street in Whitehouse Station until 2017. Hours there are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 am to 5 pm; Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 8 pm; and on Saturday from 9 am to noon.
Beginning in 1885, hundreds of thousands of Jewish people were liberated from a life of serfdom under the Russian Tsars by a wealthy German humanitarian, Baron Maurice de Hirsch, who sponsored their immigration to America. The first Jewish family came to Hunterdon in 1908. Ms. Stevens recounts their poignant story and those of all who followed them into new lives as American farmers and tradesmen. She also details their contributions to our community and includes many historical photographs.

Ms. Stevens reports her brief overview “seeks to place the history of our original Russian Jewish brethren into the context of Hunterdon’s diverse population. Over the years, the histories of the Dutch, Germans, and English, have evolved. Now we add the Russian Jewish immigrants to the great quilt pattern known as America.”



TAVERN CALENDAR FOR SALE! 
  Stunning two year calendar featuring nationally renowned watercolorist Dan Campanelli's artwork of his interpretation of 26 different tavern signs found during the American Revolution. Dan and his wife, Marty, both respected historians, researched the histories of each tavern which appear near the signs. Spiral bound 2017-January, 2019 calendar, $12 each; 2 or more $10 each.  AVAILABLE AT THE HUNTERDON COUNTY MAIN BRANCH AND NORTH BRANCH.




HISTORIC HUNTERDON T-SHIRT FOR SALE!






This unique sage colored t-shirt features a map of Hunterdon County in 1776 on the back.  Hunterdon County included Trenton as well as the New Jersey landings for Washington's crossings in the winter of 1776-1777.  The front logo proclaims 240 Years of Independence, celebrating 1776 thru 2016.  Sizes small thru XL: $15; Size 2XL: $17. AVAILABLE AT THE HUNTERDON COUNTY LIBRARY MAIN BRANCH AND NORTH BRANCH.

FLAGS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION BLANK NOTES FOR SALE



Beautiful blank note cards featuring 8 different flags of the American Revolution.  Each card features a history on the back and stunning color on the front.  Envelopes included in a boxed set of 8.  Small (4x6) OR Large (5x7) $12.  AVAILABLE AT THE HUNTERDON COUNTY MAIN BRANCH AND NORTH BRANCH.

A SPECIAL SALES ITEM: SELLING OUT FAST!  LIMITED STOCK:  THIS ITEM HAS HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE AND IT IS PERFECT FOR THE HOLIDAYS FOR YOU AND ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT ARE IN OR HAVE MOVED OUT OF HUNTERDON COUNTY.


On sale now:  Union Hotel Brass Holiday Ornaments!  Beautiful rendition of the Union Hotel in a pretty little box perfect for gift giving or storing your own ornament.  This nationally recognized historic treasure (the REAL hotel, NOT the ornament) may be demolished to make way for a new hotel.  The keepsake is a wonderful way to celebrate Hunterdon's history with your friends and loved ones who have moved out of county.  A perfect price point for gift giving at $20.  You can find the ornaments on sale at the Stangl Market Saturdays in Flemington and by contacting the Friends of Historic Flemington via their website at friendsofhistoricflemington.com or on Ebay.  There are only a limited number of ornaments, so please purchase early!  fyi, your blogger got 10 so if you are in a pinch, email at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!  OUR CALENDAR IS BUILDING! SEE SOME OF OUR 2017 EVENTS ON OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.HUNTERDON300TH.ORG!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

END OF YEAR EVENTS PLUS OUR HOLIDAY "BITS AND PIECES SALE"!!!

WE'RE WINDING DOWN OF OUR YEAR CELEBRATING 240 YEARS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION AND EXPLORING HUNTERDON COUNTY DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR.  WE HAVE 3 EVENTS TO GO, AND THERE IS MORE HERITAGE EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTY.  

ALSO, SPECIAL SALES EVENTS HAPPENING IN DECEMBER:  

OUR BITS AND PIECES SALE -- SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 BEGINNING AT 1 PM AT THE MAIN BRANCH OF THE HUNTERDON COUNTY LIBRARY.  WE HAVE BEEN CELEBRATING 300+ YEARS OF HUNTERDON COUNTY AND NOW WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF THIS AND A LITTLE BIT OF THAT FROM 3 YEARS OF SELLING OUR FUNDRAISING MERCHANDISE.  STOP BY FOR FANTASTIC DEALS ON BOOKS, CARDS, AND MORE!  ROCK BOTTOM PRICES ON OUR OLDER MERCHANDISE INCLUDING OUR AMAZING COFFEE TABLE BOOK, HUNTERDON IN MY HEART.  DURING THIS SALE ONLY, BUY 3 FOR $100!!  ORIGINALLY $50 EACH.  THAT'S 30% OFF THE COVER PRICE AND YOU WON'T FIND IT CHEAPER ANYWHERE OR AT ANYTIME THAN DECEMBER 3RD! AND WE'LL HAVE OUR FABULOUS 2 YEAR CALENDAR FEATURING ARTWORK AND HISTORIES OF SOME OF HUNTERDON'S 18TH CENTURY TAVERNS AVAILABLE AS WELL! A GREAT GIFT ITEM PRICED RIGHT AT $12 EACH OR 2 OR MORE FOR $10 EACH!

COUNTING DOWN TO 2017:  TWO GREAT TALKS, ONE GREAT TAVERN TOUR TO GO!

Tuesday, November 29th:  THE ARCHITECTURAL AND INDUSTRIAL HISTORY OF 18TH CENTURY CLINTON TOWNSHIP:  CLINTON WAS A HUB OF BOTH PATRIOTISM TO AMERICA AND LOYALTY TO THE CROWN!  The Honorable Paul J. Muir will delve into the industrial evolution and economic growth of Clinton with a focus on the area surrounding what is now known as the Red Mill Museum Village where he serves as Executive Director.  Michael J. Margulies, AIA of Eclectic Architecture, will discuss the Clinton settlement and architectural evolution with a focus on the early Germanic settlement associated with the 1759 Vought House.  An amazing dynamic duo of speakers for this talk on early north Hunterdon County and the Patriots and Loyalists who settled and lived there.  Main Branch of the County Library, 7 pm,  Free (reservations recommended), Refreshements follow.


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3:  THE SKIRMISH AT GEARY'S RIDGE:  Loyalist Geary massacred by Hunterdon Militiamen?  Dragoons racing over hills?  Did this little event really scare the Big Bad British from invading Hunterdon?  Join Historian, author and subject matter expert Charles "Chip" Riddle for a riveting tale of patriotism, arrogance and murder.  Main Branch of the Hunterdon County Library, 2pm, 314 Route 12, Flemington, NJ 08822, Free! Reservations recommended, Refreshments follow.

DECEMBER 10, SATURDAY, 11:30 am:  TAVERN TOUR AT THE HISTORIC GLEN GARDNER INN, NOW HUMPHREY'S TAVERN, MAIN STREET, GLEN GARDNER.  We love our Tavern Tours!  If you are a Tavern Tourista, come and join us at 11:30 am in Glen Gardner on Saturday, December 10th for a period-style 4 course meal in this historic inn.  Humphrey's Tavern was originally Eveland's Tavern and has been operating as a public establishment since the 18th Century.  The only other restaurant in 2016 Hunterdon County that can make the same claim is The Pittstown Inn.  If the Perryville Inn reopens, it will also be able to make this historical culinary claim.  The Humphreys Tavern Tour menu includes:

1st course: Gourd Soup from the 1839 Dutch American Cookbook;
2nd course: Three Sisters Native Salad - corn, beans, squash, baked american cheddar;
3rd course: Choice of entree:
Stewed Beef and Baked Bread - Confessions and trials of a housekeeper c. 1839
Guinea Fowl Pie
Vegetarian Pasta Option (not historical)
4th course: Cherry Cobbler 
  
Not only will you get a fabulous meal in a really beautiful renovated 18th century inn, but you also get TWO talks!  First, tavern owner Michael Keller will give a chat on the history of the inn and second innkeeper, E. Humphrey (who purchased it from the Evelands) as well as his renovations and restorations.  Second, you'll hear a talk of the history of the area by Glen Gardner historian Ruth Otey.  If we time this right and you make reservations at the North Branch of the County Library, Anne and Ridley Enslow, historical musicians, are playing the music heard during a Colonial Christmas at 2 pm, see below for more information.  The Tavern Tour is $40 per person all inclusive of tax and service.  You can spend a wonderful, colonial afternoon getting in the holiday spirit!

AROUND THE COUNTY WITH MORE HERITAGE AND HISTORY:

A SPECIAL SALES ITEM: LIMITED STOCK:  THIS ITEM HAS HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE AND IT IS PERFECT FOR THE HOLIDAYS FOR YOU AND ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT ARE IN OR HAVE MOVED OUT OF HUNTERDON COUNTY.


On sale now:  Union Hotel Brass Holiday Ornaments!  Beautiful rendition of the Union Hotel in a pretty little box perfect for gift giving or storing your own ornament.  This nationally recognized historic treasure (the REAL hotel, NOT the ornament) may be demolished to make way for a new hotel.  The keepsake is a wonderful way to celebrate Hunterdon's history with your friends and loved ones who have moved out of county.  A perfect price point for gift giving at $20.  You can find the ornaments on sale at a special Gift Market December 3rd and 4th at 123 Main Street (the corner of Main and Mine), Flemington, and beginning this weekend, at the Stangl Market on Saturdays (Flemington), at Teaberry's Tea Room, Main Street, Flemington, and by contacting the Friends of Historic Flemington via their website at friendsofhistoricflemington.com.  There are only a limited number of ornaments, so please purchase early!

EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTY:


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 AND SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4TH:  13th Annual Tewksbury Christmas Antique Show sponsored by the Tewksbury Historical Society:  
55 antique dealers from NJ, NY, PA & CT selling primitives and antiques Old Turnpike School 173 Old Turnpike Road Califon NJ 07830, Sat. Dec. 3 10 am to 4 pm; Sun. Dec. 4 11 am to 3 pm.  Admission:  $ 8 per person.  Food available for purchase.


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4TH: READINGTON MUSEUMS DUTCH CHRISTMAS OPEN HEARTH COOKING:  with Bev Altrath and Arlene Soong; CONTACT THE READINGTON MUSEUMS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10TH:  CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE AGES WITH HISTORICAL MUSICIANS ANNE AND RIDLEY ENSLOW: Anne and Ridley Enslow will present a holiday show that celebrates a colonial Christmas and other midwinter holidays. While dressed in Colonial period clothing, they will perform festive music on violin and hammered dulcimer, along with stories from the period and tales of good cheer at the North County Branch Library on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 pm. Due to popular demand, they have a new CD, To Hear the Angels Sing ​-- Christmas Songs Through the Ages. To celebrate this launch, there will be chocolate chip cookies (nut free) for all, ​and their CDs will be available for $10 each (instead of the usual $20).

Ridley began playing Colonial American music more than 30 years ago while working at Morristown National Historical Park in New Jersey. His interest in music of the period has grown since then. He has made five albums with the noted balladeer Linda Russell and five with his wife, Anne. All of Anne and Ridley’s CDs were conceived initially with educational purposes in mind—to provide an enjoyable history lesson, while also providing entertainment sophisticated enough for adults. Two of these recordings—Music of the American Colonies and Music for Abraham Lincoln—were named Notable Recordings by the American Library Association. The Lincoln CD also received the endorsement of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Their latest recording, Brandy O!, consists of music found in the households of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

Anne began playing Colonial music when she met Ridley. She also played as a regular substitute on Broadway in the orchestra of The Secret Garden. She does most of the duo’s research, which has included hours spent in the Library of Congress, Colonial Williamsburg, the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, Mount Vernon, historical societies and various archives. With rare exceptions, all of their music is drawn from original manuscripts, sheet music and songsters.

North Branch of the County Library, 65 Halstead Street, Clinton, NJ 08809, 2 pm, Free. Reservations required by contacting the County Library (908) 730-6262.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11TH:  Christmas Celebration at the Historic Turner House: 
Please join the Union Forge Heritage Association in celebrating the Holiday Season at the Historic 1760 Jos. Turner House. Come see our history museum decked out in Victorian Christmas style, enjoy a wide variety of food and drink, and experience the joy of Holiday cheer with the company of family and neighbors.
December 11th from 1-5pm
117 Van Syckel’s Road Hampton NJ 08827
Suggested Donation $10 per person
For information contact them at UFHAevents@hotmail.com
Sponsored by the Union Forge Heritage Association



SATURDAY, December 17th:  Tewksbury Historical Society Headquarters & Museum Holiday Sale:  Come purchase that local Tewksbury gift item for that special person:  Tewksbury Afghans in Blue, Cranberry & Red; Tewksbury note cards and post cards; Prints of Tewksbury, Oldwick, Pottersville, Mountainville and Califon; Beers maps of Tewksbury and New Germantown; History books on Fairmount, NJ and New Jersey; 
Tewksbury T-shirts.  9 am to 1 pm. Check out all these items and more on our website www.tewksburyhistory.net.



THE HUNTERDON 300TH IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE OUR 2017 LECTURE AND EVENT SERIES:  "HUNTERDON AT WAR:  THE HOME FRONT."  Join us for a year of exploring what was happening in Hunterdon County at the time our country's major wars were raging, from the the French-Indian War through the War on Terrorism.  How was Hunterdon impacted?   What was Hunterdon's response?  A series that explores war from a different vantage point.  Our full calendar will be announced in January, 2017!

Monday, October 17, 2016

THERE'S ROOM ON THE BUS(ES) AND AT THE TAVERN PLUS MORE HUNTERDON HERITAGE!

WE STILL HAVE ROOM FOR THE BUS AND WALKING TOURS OF BOTH SOUTH AND NORTH COUNTY REVOLUTIONARY WAR GRAVES! AND FOR AN AMAZING MEAL IN ONE OF THE OLDEST, CONTINUOUSLY OPERATING FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS IN OUR COUNTY!  

SPEND A FEW HOURS WITH US, NATURE AND THE HEROES OF 18TH CENTURY HUNTERDON COUNTY WHO FOUGHT FOR AMERICA'S INDEPENDENCE!  Only $10 per person gets you the tour, ride, and snacks!  THESE ARE GOING TO BE WONDERFUL WALKING TOURS WITH FASCINATING STORIES.... WE HOPE YOU'LL CONSIDER JOINING US!

ALSO, A 4 COURSE MEAL, DOUBLE LECTURE AND EVENT NOT TO BE MISSED - OUR TAVERN TOUR OF HISTORIC HUMPHREY'S TAVERN! 
THIS IS ONE OF ONLY TWO TAVERNS STILL OPERATING SINCE THE 1700S IN 2016 HUNTERDON COUNTY!  IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE OTHER, YOU'LL HAVE TO READ THE DESCRIPTION OF THE TAVERN TOUR BELOW! 

Saturday, November 5th:  Revolutionary War Graves of Hunterdon County, South Bus Tour:  Looking for a story with a good plot? Well, how about a plot with a good story!  Our tour guide, Dave Harding, is a member of the East Amwell and Hunterdon County Historical Societies. Dave has given numerous cemetery and walking tours, and is the author of a self-guided tour of downtown Ringoes.

Guests will park in the baseball field lot on Wertsville Road behind the East Amwell Township Hall building and walk to the East Amwell Township Municipal Building.  The bus leaves from East Amwell Township Hall 9:30 a.m. and will stop at four cemeteries, and one former British officer’s burial site. 

Participants will discover Sons of Liberty, men who shouldered muskets against the British and Hessians, a spy, a key player in George Washington’s legendary crossing of the Delaware River, a pall bearer at Washington’s funeral, a doctor who treated a deathly ill Marquis de Lafayette and more. The tour ends at the site commemorating the Amwell Skirmish where a British cornet, killed in the fight, was once buried.  The approximately 3 ½ hour excursion will also take guests past a number of the county’s revolutionary-era historic sites.

The tour will include some walking to the John Ringo's monument and the Amwell Skirmish site, so wear comfortable shoes. 

Snacks and water included.  $10 PER PERSON -- PLEASE CALL US AT 908 788-2030 TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION.  Limited to 30 Guests.

Saturday, November 12th:  Revolutionary War Graves of Hunterdon County, North Bus Tour: Our adventure starts at the North Branch of the County Library at noon when we will board  our bus to visit three North County cemeteries, each of which is the final resting place of veterans from the American Revolution:  Spruce Run Cemetery, DAR Memorial Park Cemetery and the Bethlehem Presbyterian Cemetery. This will be no ordinary tour, however. Our tour guide, historian John Allen, will discuss not just the soldiers' service, but also of genealogical resources used to track down ancestors, maintaining older burial grounds, including photographing and restoring old headstones, and about the supply function that helped keep soldiers fed, clothed, and armed while in the field, and who was charged with restoring their health when sick or wounded! And learn of the early history of the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church.


Snacks and water will be provided and, at our second stop, the Daughters of the American Revolution will also be on hand with goodies!  

$10 PER PERSON -- MUST BE RECEIVED WITHIN THREE BUSINESS DAYS OF YOUR RESERVATION.  Checks payable and mailed to The Hunterdon Tricentennial Committee, 3 Chorister Place, Flemington, NJ 08822.  Please mark event in your check's memo line.

Limited to 30 Guests.

Tuesday, November 29th:  THE ARCHITECTURAL AND INDUSTRIAL HISTORY OF 18TH CENTURY CLINTON TOWNSHIP:  The Honorable Paul J. Muir will delve into the industrial evolution and economic growth of Clinton with a focus on the area surrounding what is now known as the Red Mill Museum Village where he serves as Executive Director.  Michael J. Margulies, AIA of Eclectic Architecture, will discuss the Clinton settlement and architectural evolution with a focus on the early Germanic settlement associated with the 1759 Vought House.  An amazing dynamic duo of speakers for this talk on early north Hunterdon County and the Patriots and Loyalists who settled and lived there.
Main Branch of the County Library
7 pm  Free
Refreshements follow


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3:  THE SKIRMISH AT GEARY'S RIDGE:  Loyalist Geary massacred by Hunterdon Militiamen?  Dragoons racing over hills?  Did this little event really scare the Big Bad British from invading Hunterdon?  Join Historian, author and subject matter expert Charles "Chip" Riddle for a riveting tale of patriotism, arrogance and murder.  

Main Branch of the Hunterdon County Library, 2pm, 314 Route 12, 
Flemington, NJ 08822

Free!
Reservations strongly recommended. 
Refreshments follow.

DECEMBER 10, SATURDAY, 11:30 am:  TAVERN TOUR AT THE HISTORIC GLEN GARDNER INN, NOW HUMPHREY'S TAVERN, MAIN STREET, GLEN GARDNER.  We love our Tavern Tours!  If you are a Tavern Tourista, come and join us at noon in Glen Gardner on Saturday, December 10th for a period-style 4 course meal in this historic inn.  Humphrey's Tavern was originally Eveland's Tavern and has been operating as a public establishment since the 18th Century.  The only other restaurant in 2016 Hunterdon County that can make the same claim is The Pittstown Inn.  If the Perryville Inn reopens, it will also be able to make this historical culinary claim.  The Humphreys Tavern Tour menu includes:

1st course: Gourd Soup from the 1839 Dutch American Cookbook;
2nd course: Three Sisters Native Salad - corn, beans, squash, baked american cheddar;
3rd course: Choice of entree:
Stewed Beef and Baked Bread - Confessions and trials of a housekeeper c. 1839
Guinea Fowl Pie
Vegetarian Pasta Option (not historical)
4th course: Cherry Cobbler 
  
Not only will you get a fabulous meal in a really beautiful renovated 18th century inn, but you also get TWO talks!  First, tavern owner Michael Keller will give a chat on the history of the inn and second innkeeper, E. Humphrey (who purchased it from the Evelands) as well as his renovations and restorations.  Second, you'll hear a talk of the history of the area by Glen Gardner historian Ruth Otey.  If we time this right and you make reservations at the North Branch of the County Library, Anne and Ridley Enslow, historical musicians, are playing the music heard during a Colonial Christmas at 2 pm, see below for more information.  The Tavern Tour is $40 per person all inclusive of tax and service.  You can spend a wonderful, colonial afternoon getting in the holiday spirit!


AROUND THE COUNTY WITH MORE HERITAGE AND HISTORY:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH:  WHEN THE CIRCUS CAME TO TOWN - FLEMINGTON DURING THE LINDBERGH KIDNAPPING TRIAL:  Lindbergh enthusiast and Flemington native James Davidson’s newest talk is sure to be a crowd pleaser!  Davidson says, “This talk is not about Lindbergh, nor Hauptmann nor Hauptmann’s guilt or innocence. It is about all the crazy things that happened in town and in the courtroom.” He promises a richness of revelations and never-before-seen pictures taken in Flemington during the trial.

Davidson starts his talk in October of 1934 when Bruno Hauptmann was picked up in the Bronx passing marked ransom money associated with the Lindbergh kidnapping. He was charged with the murder of the Lindbergh baby and extradited to New Jersey to stand trial at the Hunterdon County Seat in Flemington. No one then could conceive the circus that was to come.

Flemington was expecting some sort of a spectacle, but not the 50,000 people who descended on the town the first weekend. The courtroom, which was open to the public, was trashed; camera flashbulbs were piled high in the streets; rooms were rented for outrageous prices, and the Union Hotel had to add 37 people to its staff.  Famous writers and radio personalities, Broadway and movie stars, political figures and just plain common folk came from all over the world to see – and be seen – in Flemington. The most famous bar in the world, “Nellie’s Bar”, named after Flemington’s most famous dog, opened in the Union Hotel. People stood all night in sub-zero temperatures to get a trial ticket, which became worth its weight in gold. Movie cameras were sited all over town and secretly in the courtroom. Three airports were set up outside of town. Direct cables, even to London, were strung to broadcast the latest news.

James Davidson co-authored the Arcadia Publishing book, New Jersey’s Lindbergh Kidnapping and Trial, with Mark Falzini of the New Jersey State Police Archives. He is currently working on a new book documenting the five-month “circus” when Bruno Hauptmann was jailed in Flemington. A popular and engaging speaker on Lindbergh and also on ghosts in Hunterdon, Davidson is the East Amwell Township Historian and is a member of the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission. 7:00 pm in the Historic Hunterdon County Courthouse.

The evening is sponsored by the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission. Admission is free; no reservations are required.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH - HISTORIC FLEMINGTON WALKING TOUR and DISCUSSION -- FREE! Main Street, Flemington has recently been named one of the eleven Most Endangerd Historic Places in the United States by the National Trust for Historic Preservation! Historic Downtown Flemington is blessed with an exceptional architectural quality and variety, yet is threatened by a redevelopment plan that will demolish four large historic structures in the middle of Main Street.  Learn what the loss of the Union Hotel and the three large buildings to the Hotel's South may mean to the Hunterdon County Seat as well as the entire county and region while also imagining a vibrant Downtown Flemington and Main Street with re-purposed historic buildings thoughtfully combined with new construction that respects and is in scale with the rest of the town and that follows Flemington's approved 2015 Master Plan.  Learn about the 2014 TerraNoble Plan, commissioned by the Flemington BID, that thoughtfully addresses the Borough's long term need for smart development including housing, recreation and cultural activities while celebrating Flemington's historic architecture.  Enjoy some live music and take a guided walking tour of Historic Main Street with Historic Architect Chris Pickell.  Live music begins around noon at the Historic Courthouse on Main Street and talk begins at 12:30 pm.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH:  FULPER AND STANGL POTTERY - A COLORFUL GLAZING HISTORY:  Jon Kornacki and Peter Meissner will detail the rise and decline of the Fulper and Stangl potteries in Flemington and the world renowned utilitarian and art pottery created in Hunterdon County from 1857 until the 20th century. The lecture will be held at Presbyterian Church, 10 East Main Street in Flemington. The event is free and open to the public!  Messrs. Kornacki and Meissner are both long-time collectors and researchers of the Fulper and Stangl Company. Mr. Kornacki has been published in the Journal of American Art Pottery Association and focuses his research on Fulper art pottery, most especially Fulper’s lamps, the subject of his latest comprehensive book. 
Mr. Meissner is the country’s leading authority on early Stangl artware.  He has written dozens of articles for the Stangl/Fulper Collector’s Club for which he has served both as president and vice-president. The talk will last about 50 minutes, followed by questions and refreshments will be served. For more information about theHunterdon County Historical Society visit their web site 

DECEMBER 4TH: READINGTON MUSEUMS DUTCH CHRISTMAS OPEN HEARTH COOKING:  with Bev Altrath and Arlene Soong; CONTACT THE READINGTON MUSEUMS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10TH:  CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE AGES WITH HISTORICAL MUSICIANS ANNE AND RIDLEY ENSLOW: Anne and Ridley Enslow will present a holiday show that celebrates a colonial Christmas and other midwinter holidays. While dressed in Colonial period clothing, they will perform festive music on violin and hammered dulcimer, along with stories from the period and tales of good cheer at the North County Branch Library on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2pm. Due to popular demand, they have a new CD, To Hear the Angels Sing ​-- Christmas Songs Through the Ages. To celebrate this launch, there will be chocolate chip cookies (nut free) for all, ​and their CDs will be available for $10 each (instead of the usual $20).

Ridley began playing Colonial American music more than 30 years ago while working at Morristown National Historical Park in New Jersey. His interest in music of the period has grown since then. He has made five albums with the noted balladeer Linda Russell and five with his wife, Anne. All of Anne and Ridley’s CDs were conceived initially with educational purposes in mind—to provide an enjoyable history lesson, while also providing entertainment sophisticated enough for adults. Two of these recordings—Music of the American Colonies and Music for Abraham Lincoln—were named Notable Recordings by the American Library Association. The Lincoln CD also received the endorsement of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Their latest recording, Brandy O!, consists of music found in the households of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

Anne began playing Colonial music when she met Ridley. She also played as a regular substitute on Broadway in the orchestra ofThe Secret Garden. She does most of the duo’s research, which has included hours spent in the Library of Congress, Colonial Williamsburg, the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, Mount Vernon, historical societies and various archives. With rare exceptions, all of their music is drawn from original manuscripts, sheet music and songsters.

North Branch of the County Library, 65 Halstead Street, Clinton, NJ 08809, 2 pm, Free. Reservations required by contacting the County Library (908) 730-6262.

THE HUNTERDON 300TH IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE OUR 2017 LECTURE AND EVENT SERIES:  "HUNTERDON AT WAR:  THE HOME FRONT."  Join us for a year of exploring what was happening in Hunterdon County at the time our country's major wars were raging, from the the French-Indian War through the War on Terrorism.  How was Hunterdon impacted?   What was Hunterdon's response?  A series that explores war from a different vantage point.  Our full calendar will be announced in January, 2017!