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Monday, March 7, 2016

MARCH AND APRIL HERITAGE EVENTS IN HUNTERDON

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE HUNTERDON 300TH IS NOW RUNNING ONE OF, IF NOT THE LARGEST HERITAGE LECTURE SERIES IN NEW JERSEY!  THAT'S THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO INSPIRE OUR VOLUNTEERS TO BRING HISTORY TO HUNTERDON ALL YEAR LONG AND LONG PAST THE TERCENTENNIAL OF 2014!

COME CELEBRATE SPRING AND HUNTERDON COUNTY BY ATTENDING ONE OR MORE OF THE EXCITING AND INTERESTING EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTY:

FROM THE HUNTERDON 300TH:  OUR CELEBRATION OF HUNTERDON DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION CONTINUES -- MARCH AND APRIL EVENTS NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS:

MARCH 8TH: HISTORY MAPPING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION IN NJ:   David Munn’s bicentennial publication “Battles and Skirmishes of The American Revolution in New Jersey” was “history mapped” using Google Earth, a free geographic software. Each entry has been located (to the extent possible), and links provided to external websites so the user can access additional content explaining key events, locating monumented and marked sites, and understanding troop movement. The presentation with Historian John Allen provides an historical perspective on the ebb and flow of military events in the 1774 - 1783 time frame in both Hunterdon County and Statewide, demonstrating how to download and use the software, and how to “get the most” from the files that have been created. 7 pm, Main Branch of the Hunterdon Library. Refreshments.  Free.  Reservations Required.


MARCH 12TH  CHILDREN'S CRAFT PROJECT: CORN HUSK TOYS, LENAPE MEDICINE POUCH AND MORE!  Join historian and retired educator, Janice Armstrong and friends for this wonderful hands on morning of making 18th century toys.  These craft projects replicate how toys were made for children during the Revolutionary War and will go home with your child.  Create a toy out of corn husks just like children would have more than 200 years ago!  Make your own Lenape Medicine Pouch to fill with tiny treasures!  All supplies are included.  Children should bring their sense of wonder and creative spirit!  
Limited to 20 children ages 6 to 12 years old.  Free. Kid-friendly, healthy snacks will be available.  Reservations are required for children only; parents are welcomed to stay and do not need a reservation.  Main Branch of the County Library.  10:30 am to 12 noon


MARCH 29TH  MILITARY UNIFORMS AND ARMAMENTS OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR IN HUNTERDON:  Kingwood Township Historian and member of the Daniel Morgan and Hunterdon Militias, Sal DeSapio brings his expertise to a fun "show and tell" of weapons and uniforms that our brave soldiers from Hunterdon County wore.  Historically accurate details and interesting fun facts about the clothing, Sal will model his personal collection of uniforms as well as the muskets he personally uses.   Main Branch of the County Library.  7 pm.
Refreshments follow
(*SORRY, SEARCHING THE SEARCH ROOM IS SOLD OUT!)

APRIL 9TH 18TH CENTURY WALK-IN FIREPLACE COOKING DEMONSTRATION AND LUNCHEON:    After our popular Tavern Tour series of 2014, join us for the "real deal" -- an authentic meal cooked in an authentic 18th century walk-in fireplace and in which guests get to eat in an authentic 1758 cellar kitchen.  Hearth Chef Margaret Quinn will cook the feast right before your eyes and provide a lesson on early American cooking.  Headquarters Farm owner Roger Byrom will provide a discussion about the history and restoration of his beautiful home.  As we lunch, colonial entertainment will be provided by Anne and Ridley Enslow.  Chef Quinn's menu includes stewed beef and root vegetables, homemade bread and a sweet ending.  
Two seatings (11 am to 12:45 pm; and 1:30 to 3:30) limited to 30 guests per serving.  $30 per person
Reservations Required. Headquarters Farm, 51 Sandbrook Headquarters Road, Stockton, (Delaware Township), NJ 08559. Snow/Bad Weather Date:  Saturday, April 16
Payment due upon making reservation; checks payable to the Hunterdon 300th and mailed c/o the Flemington Choir School, 3 Chorister Place, Flemington, NJ 08822 or checks/cash may be dropped through the mail slot.  Please indicate which seating you booked.


APRIL 19TH:  DAILY LIFE IN 1776. WHAT WAS 18TH CENTURY CHARMIN? AND MORE ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS YOU NEVER ASKED!  After launching her own Colonial Sutlery that follows the Colonial military encampments on the East Coast in season since 2007, our speaker, Lady Ellen, has become quite an expert on how life was really lived in 1776.  Lady Ellen appears in her own, hand made fine wear, and embodies the phrase "living history."  She will answer all the questions you were afraid to ask or haven't even thought of.  
Main Branch of the County Library;  7 pm.  Refreshments follow.
Free. Reservations required.

APRIL 26TH:  HUNTERDON'S REVOLUTIONARY WAR HISTORY THRU ART:  THE TERCENTENNIAL MURAL PANEL 1:  Join Hunterdon County Historian Stephanie Stevens for an in-depth look at some of Hunterdon's most important icons and persons from the American Revolution as we look at Panel 1 of the mural tryptich painted by local artist Paul Jennis and commissioned by the Hunterdon Tricentennial Committee and Hunterdon Culture & Heritage Commission in celebration of Hunterdon's 300th anniversary in 2014.  Images that Ms. Stevens will discuss include Daniel Bray, John Hart, Daniel Morgan, the Trenton Barracks and the Battle of Trenton, the Flintlock musket and pistol, and much more.
7 pm; Main Branch of the County Library.  Meet in the meeting room; we will view the mural at the Circulation Desk.  Refreshments follow.
Free. Reservations required. 

APRIL 30TH:  CHILDREN'S CHAT AND PLAY:  A CHILD'S LIFE IN THE DAYS OF GEROGE WASHING AND GAMES OF THE 18TH CENTURY:  Karen Larsen, the Executive Director of the Samuel Fleming Museum, will travel back with your children to the 1700s where they will learn about what children did in the Colonies WHEN they had time to play.  Attendees will have the opportunity to play with the kinds of toys and games that were commonly used
300 years ago.  Main Branch of the County Library; 9:30 am to 11:30 am.
Limited to 20 children ages 6 to 11.
Healthy snacks available.
Free.  Registration required for children only.  Parents are welcomed to attend and do not have to register.


FROM OUR WONDERFUL PARTNERS AROUND HUNTERDON COUNTY:

MARCH 11TH History Mapping the American Revolution in New Jersey presented by John Allen, Historical Preservationist and EAHS Committee Member David Munn’s bicentennial publication “Battles and Skirmishes of The American Revolution in New Jersey” was “history mapped” using Google Earth, a free geographic software program. Each conflict event has been located (to the extent possible). The program then provides links to external websites which provide the user with access to additional content explaining key events, locating sites which include markers and/or monuments, and an understanding of troop movement. John Allen's presentation brings a fresh historical perspective on the ebb and flow of military events in the 1774 - 1783 timeframe in Hunterdon County and Statewide. The demonstration includes ‘how to’ download and use the software, and getting the most from the files that have been created.East Amwell Township Municipal Building, Rt 202 South, Ringoes, NJ
Doors open at 6:45pm, Presentation starts at 7:00pm 
Contact the East Amwell Township Historical Society for registration and additional information

APRIL 3:  Colonial Beer Brewing at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead
Historic Brewer, Rich Wagner, will be on hand to demonstrate Colonial Beer Brewing, at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Throughout the afternoon, Mr. Wagner will show the step-by-step process of turning water and grain into beer. For hundreds of years, folks in Europe knew better than to drink the water, as everyone knew water could make you deathly ill. Instead, they brewed and drank beer, including children. So, it was a natural jump for immigrants arriving in the New World to bring their tradition of brewing and drinking beer here. Much of the beer was brewed at home, until breweries could be established in larger towns and cities. Today, there is a resurgence in interest in home brewing. Though today you will find exotic flavors or seasonal brews, the basic method of beer production has not change. Contact the Readington Museumsat: 908-236-2327 orvia email for additional information

APRIL 16 AND 17:  Clawson House Update and Open House Planned
Work at the Clawson House is on hold for the winter. The Township and Historical Society are hoping to raise $150,000 this year to put on a new front porch, finish the rear of the building with an addition and new entrance, and repair the flooring on the first floor.  Work is anticipated to start in the summer. In the fall of 2015 we completed Phase II which was rebuilding and securing the basement. The house again will be open to the public to see the progress we have made on Saturday and Sunday, April 16th and 17th.  More information is forthcoming.
Contact the East Amwell Township Historical Committee

April 28:  MEET ABIGAIL ADAMS as Portrayed by Kim Hanley
Hosted by the Friends of the Red Mill  Abigail Smith Adams was an educated upper class woman whose well-articulated opinions on government, politics and life in general were sought by at least two American presidents: her husband President John Adams, and her son President John Quincy Adams.
She is probably best remembered for her letter asking her husband to “remember the ladies” when enacting new laws. She asked him to limit the power of husbands over their wives by asking husbands to become friends of their wives to protect them, rather than empowering husbands to act as masters over their wives, and thereby continuing to abuse them.
Kim Hanley began interpreting Abigail with American Historical Theater in 1997. She has appeared at the White House Visitors Center, National Archives, National Portrait Gallery, and many institutions.
Cost is $55 per person by April 14th.
Send a check to "Friends of the Red Mill" at: https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gifThe Red Mill, 56 Main Street, Clinton New Jersey 08809.  For information call Marie 908-735-4101 ext. 100 or visit the Friends of the Red Mill Website