Sunday, January 5, 2014

February's Events: All Available & All Free!

February's Fabulous Tricentennial events are now live on our website

It's National Black History Month, the Birthday month of a famous North Hunterdon Revolutionary War Loyalist to the Crown and the birthdays of two of our favorite presidents!  Although we have no specific event this month celebrating President Washington, with the importance of the Revolutionary War in Hunterdon County, you'll find many events regarding George Washington's endeavors here throughout our calendar of events.

National Black History Month brings us 2 lectures and a major event.

County Historian Stephanie Stevens will offer her expertise on the History of Slavery in Hunterdon County on February 1st.  The following week on the morning of February 8th, Glenn Hooper, the Flemington Presbyterian Church Historian will give a more micro approach and explore slavery in the County Seat and also tell the tale of the last man hung in Hunterdon County.  Cemetery expert and historian Leslie Leith will, weather and conditions permitting, take tours out to the slaves' graves at the church.

At the end of the month, on Saturday night, February 22nd, New York singer and actor Derrick McQueen will entertain us with the great Baritone Paul Robeson's repertoire.  Held at the Flemington Presbyterian Church with its large seating capacity and wonderful acoustics, 350 attendees will get a treat to the ears and the eyes in the spectacularly beautiful and historic church.

February is also Lincoln's birthday.  Join us on February 12th for a lecture by author and historian Dominick Mazzagetti on Lincoln's stop in Trenton on his way to his inauguration.  Although not in Hunterdon County at that time, Trenton had been a very important part of Hunterdon County. 

Finally, we also celebrate the life, times and architecture of the Vought Family of Clinton Township.  February 27th would be the 300th birthday of Christopher Vought.  We have a 3 part series held on consecutive Saturday afternoons, the first (February 8th) with historical architect Michael Marguiles on the architecture of the house, which, weather and conditions permitting, will include a tour of the grounds and the amazing house with features unique in the United States, the second with Vought expert Don Sherblom (February 15th) on John Vought's life, and the third (February 22nd) with historian Chip Riddle on the interesting loyalists and patriots of the times -- come to one or come to all! 

All Tricentennial events require reservations that may be made on line via our website's links or by coming to the Flemington Choir School, 3 Chorister Place in Flemington on any Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets subject to availability on a first come, first served basis, but limited tickets are guaranteed available at the Choir School on the first Saturday after tickets go live on the internet.  For questions or for further information regarding ticket availability email the 300th at or call 908-788-2030.

Other events on the February calendar include a recital of music celebrating the 100 year old Austin Pipe Organ at the Flemington Presbyterian Church.  This event appears on our calendar in partnership with the Church and does not require reservations. 

There are also two municipal events, Tewksbury Township Historical Society's Open House and East Amwell Township Historical Society's production of a Dramatic Dialogue between Silvia Dubois and Doctor Larison.  Watch our website for further information for this event.

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