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Monday, August 19, 2019

4-H FAIR AND OUR SEPTEMBER EVENTS ARE LIVE!

COME AND VISIT THE HUNTERDON 300TH, OTHER HISTORIC ORGANIZATIONS, AND COUNTY AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT GROUPS IN THE COMMUNITY TENT AT THE HUNTERDON AGRICULTURAL AND 4-H FAIR FROM WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21ST THRU SUNDAY AUGUST 25TH!  

FAIR SPECIAL:  WE HAVE SOLD 3 DIFFERENT T-SHIRTS SINCE 2014 -- WEAR ANYONE OF OUR T-SHIRTS TO THE FAIR, OR PURCHASE OUR "ROCK THE COUNTY/COUNTY-WIDE TOUR 2019" T-SHIRT ($15) AND GET 20% OFF ANY OF OUR SALES MERCHANDISE (PAPERBACK BOOKS EXCLUDED) -- THIS OFFER IS GOOD ONLY AT THE FAIR!


   NOW TAKING RESERVATIONS FOR THESE                    TALKS, TOURS AND EVENTS:                    


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD:  BOOK LAUNCH PARTY AND TALK!  "STARS OVER NEW JERSEY WITH AUTHOR JOHN KUHL:  We are so excited to host Civil War Historian and author John Kuhl's book launch party of his newest book Stars Over New Jersey!  Co-authored by Dr. David Martin, this coffee table worthy book has the biographies of 285 New Jersey related generals, admirals and commodores.  

Join us for the party at 6:30 pm and John's talk at 7:30 and celebrate another amazing historical work by this Hunterdon County treasure!
ww.eventbrite.com/e/book-launch-party-john-kuhls-stars-over-nj-biographies-of-285-nj-related-generals-admirals-and-tickets-68215352957

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH:  WALKING TOUR OF GLEN GARDNER:  Join us for this walking tour in historic Glen Gardner, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year!  10 am.
Limited to 20 people.  

Reservations required.  Meeting location will be given to those who make reservations.  Rain or shine.  A Wait List will be maintained.  If you are closed out of this event and wish to be on our Waiting List, please email us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us or call (908) 788-2030 and leave a message.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-of-glen-gardner-tickets-68216823355

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH:  WALKING TOUR OF SERGEANTSVILLE:  This village was established at a crossroads and had a tavern by 1780.  It went by a rather unattractive but descriptive name during its early history!  Come find out what it was and why it was called that.  It has since grown into the charming place it is today… and boasts one of the finest inns in the area -- stay after the walk and enjoy a great lunch there!  
10:00 am; Rain Date:  September 15, 10:00 am

Limited to 15 people.  

Reservations required.  Meeting location will be given to those who make reservations.  Rain or shine.  A Wait List will be maintained.  If you are closed out of this event and wish to be on our Waiting List, please email us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us or call (908) 788-2030 and leave a message.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-of-sergeantsville-tickets-69329262691

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH:  WALKING TOUR OF COKESBURY:  We’ll tour the village that is almost equally divided between Clinton and Tewksbury Township’s and was named for two Methodist bishops, Thomas Coke and Francis Asbury.  We’ll tour the Cokesbury Methodist Church, which remains the focal point of the hamlet, as well the Cokesbury Cemetery.  We’ll see the former Cokesbury Reformed Church, which had formed by a group of Methodists who were mad at the then current leadership back in the 1800s.
1pm.  Tour length:  75 minutes.  There is no rain date for this event.  Should it rain, the talk will be moved indoors for a Virtual Tour.
Free but are Reservations Required.
Meeting locations will be disclosed to people with reservations only.
Walk limited to 30 people. 

If you are closed out of this event and wish to be on our Waiting List, please email us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us or call (908) 788-2030 and leave a message.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH:  THE JUTLAND MASSACRE WITH JOHN KUHL:   POSTPONED.  NEW TIME AND DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED THIS FALL.This timely talk falls on National Constitution Day.  The Jutland Massacre, also known as the Siege at Jutland, follows a dark story of illegal trespass, invalid search, and manslaughter in 1926.  With a story-line right out of today's headlines, John Kuhl will relate the tale of a family accused of animal abuse that turned into a shoot out with the nascent NJ State Police.  This event was so big that it took the Lindbergh Kidnapping Case to take if off national headlines.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST:  WALKING TOUR OF ANNANDALE:  Historical Annandale is the settlement located in the center of Clinton Township (State Route 31, Interstate 78 and County Roads 633 & 626).  This village grew as Clinton Station, a depot of the New Jersey Central Railroad.  Named for a town in Scotland, the population reached 380 people by 1880. A fairly dense and well-defined village, it is composed of 12 blocks and approximately 150+ structures.  The one church in town is the Reformed Church, located on the corner of Beaver Avenue and West Street.  The vast majority of the structures are single-family, detached homes dating from 1840-1910. Please join us for a walking tour of our Annandale Village with historian Dennis Bertland as our guest speaker on September 21st.

10 am; Rain Date September 22nd. 
Free bottled water will be available.
Approximately 60 minutes long.
LIMITED TO 20 PEOPLE. 

FREE BUT RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. 
Ticket holders will be provided with the starting location of the tour.
A Wait List will be maintained if you are shut out of this event by emailing us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us or leaving a message at (908) 788-2030.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-of-historic-annandale-tickets-69380164941

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND:  HUNTERDON HISTORY BOWL -- TEAM STEPHANIE STEVENS VS. TEAM JIM DAVIDSON:  FIRST EVER -- BATTLE OF THE HISTORIANS!  Join us for some great fun!  Some of Hunterdon's finest county and local historians battle for glory and for prizes for audience members! We promise that this will be funny, witty, playful and spirited!  Participants (currently signed up) in the frivolity include (in alphabetical order) , Janice Armstrong, Marilyn Cummings, Jim Davidson, Sal DeSapio, Dave Harding, Bill Honechevsky, Jr., Betty Jane Hunt, Lora Jones, John Kuhl, Doug Martin, Carl Molter, Paul Muir, Stephanie Stevens, and Shaun Van Doren.    

2 pm, Main Branch of the County Library (this venue is subject to change if demand for reservations is high).  

There will be an intermission in between two rounds of competition with refreshments during the intermission and after the game sponsored by Costco of Flemington.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH:  THE HISTORIC HAMLETS OF FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP:  Lora Jones, Franklin Township Historian, will take us on a tour through the nine hamlets of Franklin: Cherryville, Sunnyside, Landsdown, Sidney, Grandin, Kingtown, Littletown, and Oak Grove. Starting with the first settlers in the 1720s, she tracks the history of the area, tells some personal stories of its people, and offers  a virtual walking tour of a few dwellings in each hamlet.

7 pm, North Branch of the Library.
Free.  Refreshments follow.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-historic-hamlets-of-franklin-township-tickets-69329902605

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH: WALKING TOUR OF MOUNT AIRY:  A small village with a big heart and one of the most picturesque barns in Hunterdon County. Start the day at the historic Mount Airy Presbyterian Church and continue with a tour of the Mount Airy Cemetery, Historic School Building and various other historic sites as guided by members of the West Amwell Township Historical Society.

10 am  FREE BUT RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. 

Rain date September 29th at 2 pm.
Free bottled water will be available.
LIMITED TO 30 PEOPLE. 

Ticket holders will be provided with the starting location of the tour.
A Wait List will be maintained if you are shut out of this event by emailing us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us or leaving a message at (908) 788-2030.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-of-mount-airy-tickets-69818636421


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH: ALEXANDRIA'S PREVOST HOUSE MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE:  Now known as "The Museum of Local History," the Prevost House tours include displays, photos and artifacts from Alexandria, Frenchtown, Holland Township and Milford. 1100 Milford-Frenchtown Road in Alexandria.
1-4 pm -- FREE.  NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED


COMING THIS FALL AND WINTER:  DOZENS OF ADDITIONAL CELEBRATIONS OF OUR HOMETOWNS AND HAMLETS OVER THE LAST 305 YEARS!:

Tuesday, October 1:  The History of Glen Gardner, 7 pm, Main Branch of the Library
Saturday, October 5:  Walking Tour of Oldwick, 10 am/2pm; if there is rain, the tour will be inside and Virtual
Sunday, October 6:  Walking Tour of Milford 1:30 pm, rain or shine
Thursday, October 10:  The Colonial History of Flemington Borough, 7 pm
Saturday, October, 12:  New Hampton Walking Tour, 10 am; Rain Date:  October 13, 11:30 am
Tuesday, October 15: “Glen Gardner/Irishtown”, 7 pm, Main Branch of the Library
Saturday, October 19:  Flemington Walking Tour, 2 pm; Rain Date:  October 20, 2 pm
Saturday, October 26:  Bus Tour of 26 Municipalities with 3 Stops 9 am to 4:30 pm, details tba
Sunday, October 27:  Walking Tour of Amsterdam, 1 pm
Sunday, October 27: Joseph Turner House Open House, 2 - 5 pm
Saturday, November 2:  Walking Tour of Reaville, 10 am; Rain Date:  November 3, 2 pm
Saturday, November 9:  Walking Tour of Frenchtown – Cemetery, 2 pm; Rain Date:  November 10, 2 pm
Sunday, November 17:  The History of the Hamlet of Wertsville, 2 pm, Main Branch of the Library
Tuesday, December 3:  Lebanon Township's New Hamden Hamlet, 7pm, North Branch of the Library
Saturday, December 14:  The Hunterdon 300th’s Annual Holiday Children’s Historic Crafts and Sale, 10 am to 2 pm, Main Branch of the County Library

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR COOKIE ANGEL, JANICE GROVER, OWNER OF GROVER GLOBAL FOOD MARKETING IN EAST AMWELL, WHO CONTINUES TO PROVIDE IMPORTED COOKIES FOR OUR TALKS.

 A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR     SPECIAL SPONSOR FOR 2019,       
       COSTCO OF FLEMINGTON!       

BACK IN STOCK:  OUR FABULOUS WOVEN THROW:  NAVY BLUE WITH 9 WHITE ICONS OF HUNTERDON HISTORICAL SITES AND ALL 26 OF OUR MUNICIPALITIES LISTED.  STILL OFFERED AT THE 2014 PRICE OF $35.  100% COTTON MADE IN THE USA!  CONTACT THE HUNTERDON 300TH IF INTERESTED.  A GREAT GIFT -- MAKES A GREAT "GOING AWAY TO COLLEGE" PRESENT!  WEAR OUR T-SHIRT TO THE FAIR AND PURCHASE IT FOR ONLY $28!!  

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 22ND: LEBANON TOWNSHIP MUSEUM: MAKE AND PLAY DAY FOR ALL AGES - FROM FIBER TO FABRIC:
This month's Make & Play Day theme is From Fiber to Fabric in honor of our current The Ride to Pleasant Grove: Historic Farm Life  exhibit. Children of all ages along with their caretakers are invited to drop in to the Museum on  Thursday August 22nd any time between 3-7 pm.
During an extensive three-year renovation to his family's Lebanon Township farmhouse, Sal Vuocolo, Jr. began researching its history which resulted in his book, The Ride to Pleasant Grove. The book is part memoir and part historical fiction. Sal and his wife Teresa raised their three girls at the farm as well as a herd of long-wool sheep. Antique farm equipment is on display as well as home spun yarn, spools, spindles and even Sal's favorite sweater vest (knitted by Teresa with wool from Olaf the sheep!)
Have you ever wondered how wool goes from being a sheep's coat to a human's? Come see a spinning demonstration and then create your own fiber art with yarn! Join us inside the air-conditioned comfort of the Museum to learn how to make a bracelet loom from simple household items and make colorful yarn animals to take home!
Email registration is requested but not required. This is not a drop-off event, an adult must stay with the child(ren). To register, please email Gina

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23:  READINGTON MUSEUMS PRESENTS MIDWIFERY- ON THE FARMSTEAD:
Janine Quimby will discuss colonial midwifery in the 18th century and its impact on literature. Quimby is an English Language Arts teacher at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, NJ. She received her BA in English and Secondary Education and her MA in English from The College of New Jersey, matriculated in Drew University's Doctor of Arts Program, and has earned 30 post-Masters credits in Education. Much of her graduate work focused on the role of midwives and witches in literature. Please register by clicking on: REGISTER FOR MIDWIFERY.
7PM TO 8:30PM

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24TH:  RED MILL MUSEUM TO HOST ANNUAL BLACKSMITH HAMMER-IN:
The Red Mill Museum Village is hosting our annual Blacksmith Hammer-In, in partnership with the New Jersey Blacksmith Association from 10am-4pm on Saturday August 24th.  Tailgating, tool swaps, and demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the day and there will be opportunity to win prizes at an “iron in the hat” raffle drawing.  Have an odd item you’d like a blacksmith to identify?  Bring it in!  New this year: our blacksmiths will be offering one-on-one lessons from 9am-12pm.  Participants must be age 12 or older to take a lesson, and will complete a coat hook project to take home.  Lessons are $25 for half an hour and must be reserved in advance - email Assistant Director Marie Salthouse or 908-735-4101x100 to register.  Visitors can help us raise money for the #SavetheWheel campaign by purchasing a metal dog tag that one of our blacksmiths will personalize just for you!  Burgers, hotdogs and fixing will be available to NJBA members.  Not a member?  Registration to join NJBA will be available that day.  Regular museum admission, free for Museum members. Check out the programs page on our website for more information.


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH:  READINGTON MUSEUMS PRESENTS 18TH CENTURY BEER MAKING:  From teas to toddies and tankards to teacups, domestic historians, Bev Altrath and Arlene Soong, will discuss typical colonial drinks. In addition, historic brewer, Rich 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 it could make you deathly ill. Instead, people, including children, brewed and drank beer. This was a natural jump for immigrants arriving in the New World to bring their tradition of brewing and drinking beer with them. 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. Although, today you will find exotic flavors or seasonal brews, the basic method of beer production has not changed.
This open house program will be held at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead, located at 114 Dreahook Road in the Stanton section of the Readington Township. For GPS, use Lebanon, NJ.1PM TO 4PM
DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE
Visit the Readington Museums Website

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH: HUNTERDON LAND TRUST PRESENTS HISTORIC DELAWARE RIVER SERIES - DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR WITH RICK EPSTEIN
FREE
3 pm.
Downtown Frenchtown Walking Tour with Rick Epstein: Come learn about the town’s early settlement and the importance of the Delaware River, the Great Fire of 1878 and more. Free but please register in advance and to learn where the tour begins by calling 908-237-4582 or email the Land Trust.
Program sponsored by the National Park Service’s Lower Delaware Wild and Scenic Program that explore the outstanding natural, cultural and historical value of the Delaware River, and why it should be protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations
For more information Hunterdon Land Trust Website

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH:  WEST PORTAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY FALL PRESENTATION BY RETIRED HISTORY TEACHER/AUTHOR, LARRY KIDDER: Based on Mr. Kidder's latest  book, "The Ten Crucial Days:  Washington's Vision for Victory Unfolds" -- focusing on the people of NJ, AND, obviously, including Bethlehem Township; and how their lives were influenced by events from December 25, 1776, to January 3, 1777. 
Entry:  $5 donation.
6:30pm at the Bethlehem Township Community Center at 405 Mine Road, Asbury, NJ
Light refreshments.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH:  HUNTERDON LAND TRUST PRESENTS PROHIBITION AND NEW JERSEY WITH BRIAN ARMSTRONG:  We’ll toast the centennial anniversary of Prohibition with this program that discusses the unforeseen consequences of the “noble experiment” and includes some interesting tales from Hunterdon County and surrounding environs.






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