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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! OUR CALENDAR IS BUILDING! SEE SOME OF OUR 2017 EVENTS ON OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.HUNTERDON300TH.ORG!