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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER HUNTERDON HISTORICAL AND HERITAGE HAPPENINGS

THE HUNTERDON 300TH HOPES YOU HAVE BEEN HAVING A GREAT SUMMER!  

COME SEE US AT THE HUNTERDON AGRICULTURAL AND 4-H FAIR AT THE ROGER EVERITT FAIRGROUNDS (FORMERLY THE SOUTH COUNTY PARK) FROM WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23 THRU SUNDAY, AUGUST 27.  

WE WILL BE IN THE COMMUNITY TENT AND OFFERING SOME GREAT FAIR SPECIALS ON OUR MERCHANDISE INCLUDING OUR 1776 HUNTERDON 
T-SHIRT!  

AT THE FAIR, YOU CAN CHECK OUT OUR TERRIFIC LINE UP OF FALL PROGRAMS AS WE CONTINUE TO EXPLORE HUNTERDON COUNTY'S RESPONSE TO A COUNTRY OR WORLD AT WAR.

RESERVATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED ON THE FOLLOWING FALL PROGRAMS -- GET TICKETS VIA OUR WEBSITE WWW.HUNTERDON300TH.ORG OR BY CALLING US AT (908) 788-2030:

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH:  The Effect of the American Civil War on an Agricultural Community:  While the Civil War ended in 1865, it affected the country for many decades to follow. This presentation by John Allen demonstrates this, focusing on East Amwell Township,  a typical farming community in the County. It draws examples and conclusions from many available sources, including the 1870 Federal Census, the 1890 Federal Veterans Census, and John Kuhl’s very thorough book “Hunterdon County in the Civil War".  Free.  Route 12 County Library, Flemington.  7pm.  Refreshments follow.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD:  Cemetery Cemener with the Hunterdon Historical Society:   The Evolving Burial Practices for Our Mortally Wounded:  Sponsored by the Hunterdon County Historical Society and the 300th Committee, this year’s seminar and meet and greet, “Hunterdon County at War:  The Home Front” will explore the question fo how our fallen heroes were honored or neglected, handled or mishandled from the Revolutionary War to World War I. 

Morning lecturers include local historians Charles Fisher, John Kuhl, John Allen and Brian Armstrong.  Lunch provide by Jersey Mike’s will follow.  Afternoon
Afternoon activities include:

·         Veteran Cemetery Tour led by the HCHS Cemetery Committee;
·         Civil War Letters Revealed (shared by Ray Simonds and Leslie Leith);
·         WWI Commemoration: the 100th year anniversary of US involvement.

10:30 am to 2 pm.
Flemington Presbyterian Church, 10 East Main Street, Flemington, NJ 08822. 
$10 Registration fee; includes lunch.

Register by mail or visit www.hunterdon300th.org.  Mail checks made payable to HCHS Cemetery Committee to HCHS Cemetery Committee, 114 Main St, Flemington NJ 08822.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH:  Civil War Weapons and Armaments:  Civil War expert John Kuhl is back.  This time he will be displaying and discussing Civil War weapon and armaments.  More details to follow. 7 pm.  Main Branch of the County Library.  Free.  Reservations recommended.  Refreshments Follow. 


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10TH: The French and Indian War in Hunterdon County:  The Old Barracks Museum in Trenton is best known for its Colonial architecture and variety of uses during the Revolutionary War, especially when it housed both British and Hessian soldiers during the Battle of Trenton on January 2, 1777.  But originally the Barracks was built by the British in 1758 during the French and Indian War in direct response to petitions  from residents who were tired of having to host soldiers in their homes.  At the time it was built, it was the second largest public building in New Jersey. 

Richard Patterson, the Executive Director of the Old Barracks, will detail the history of early Trenton, Hunterdon County, where residents were required to quarter soldiers during the French and Indian War and Britain's response.  Free.
7pm, Main Branch of the County Library.  Refreshments follow.


SATURDAY OCTOBER 21ST: A Hunterdon Silver Dog-Head Sword and the Civil War within the American Revolution:   Come hear stories of Hunterdon patriots and loyalists discovered while exploring the history of a Revolutionary War sword. Dr. Lawrence Brasher, a native of Morristown and professor at Birmingham-Southern College, will exhibit his heirloom 1775 silver-hilted dog-head sword--the rarest form of Revolutionary War sword--made in Hunterdon County. Only a handful of such swords exist. Larry's research reveals the sword's connections to Trenton silversmiths, Washington's crossing, Scotch-Irish animosities toward England, and the loyalist raid on the Jones Tavern in Lebanon Township (now Clinton). The sword story uncovers shifting patriot-loyalist commitments within local families and the civil war that divided Revolutionary Hunterdon County. This presentation will intrigue anyone who is interested in the Revolution and also anyone who has a family artifact and wonders how it relates to the history of its time. After his talk, Larry will be available to sign copies of his new book about the sword and the Revolution in Hunterdon County.  Free.  North Branch County Library, 2pm.  Refreshments follow.

FROM OUR HERITAGE AND HISTORY PARTNERS:

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH:  Pickling Demo with Susan Plaisted at Bouman-Stickly Museum.  1pm to 4pm.  $5.00 per person.  For more information visit the Readington Museums Website.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 8TH:  19th Century School Visit at Cold Cold Brook School.  1pm to 4pm.  $5.00 per person.  For more information visit the Readington Museums Website.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 28TH:  Barn Dance at Bouman Stickney Museum.
7pm to 9:30 pm.  $5.00 per person.  For more information visit the Readington Museum Website.

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