Bergen County Historical Society
 SCHEDULE of Events & Lectures
Summer 2015 thru Fall 2015
Historic New Bridge Landing is only open for special events
A partial list of events with details: See below.

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Download the pdf for an event schedule for the year or pick hard copy up at the site when we're open.

Lantern Tour of New Bridge Landing
August 19, 2015, Wednesday, 7:00 pm.

Meet at the Campbell-Christie House for a guided tour of three historic homes and battleground in the American Revolutionary War. Refreshments in the Black Horse Tavern at the conclusion.

Adults: $10, Students, 6-22 years old: $7 (under 6 - free), BCHS members free. Suggest wear long pants and walking shoes.

Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. See map below. Gift shop open at tour end.

Grounds Clean Up:
Saturday, August 22, 2015
8:00 am

Grounds cleanup, meet at the Campbell-Christie house area. The Building and Grounds Committee will be hosting a "Fall Cleaning" on Sept 19th from 8 am to 11 am (weather permitting). This work will occur outdoors so bring gloves and boots. We'll be tackling the removal of non-native plants and cleaning up the site for a busy event season. For further details, contact James Smith at bchs1902@gmail.com.

The School of the Loyalist
August 28–30, 2015, Historic New Bridge Landing, River Edge, New Jersey

The 4th Battalion, New Jersey Volunteers and the Bergen County Historical Society are once again pleased to be hosting The School of the Loyalist, a weekend of academic presentations, workshops, research and interpreting geared towards the Loyalist living history community.

Historic New Bridge Landing, nestled along the Hackensack River, was the home to both Loyalist Captain John Zabriskie, whose house still stands there, and the property of Lieutenant Colonel Abraham Van Buskirk. The site of no less than ten battles, skirmishes and encampments during the war, it is a fitting place for Loyalist interpreters and reenactors to gather and hone their craft.

Loyalist living history groups will go through drill instruction, field exercises and a number of camp activities, including an authentic field hospital display. Academic lectures, tours and presentations on Loyalist topics will round out the weekend. Details and a list of presenters and groups will be made available as they are firmed up.

Come visit this important piece of North American history, and make your connection to the past!

Those interested in attending should contact Todd W. Braisted at IVBNNJV@aol.com.

MORE INFO ABOUT THE EVENT

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
7:30 pm

For anyone interested in the public presentation of Historic New Bridge Landing, either as an exhibit docent, greeter, or living-history interpreter in period dress, the Bergen County Historical Society will sponsor a School of Historical Interpretation to hone communication skills and provide insight into the material culture of the past. With over 30 years of experience, historian Kevin Wright addresses the Basics of Historical Interpretation.

Featured this month: The Demarest house, or Paulison Millhouse. History and tour with Kevin Wright. contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

Bergen Lecture Series:
Hollywood on the Hudson and Fort Lee
Sept 17, 2015, Thursday, 7 pm

Although motion pictures were invented in West Orange, and most local film producers soon made their headquarters in New York City, Bergen County played its own role in the history of American silent film.  First popular as a location site (DW Griffith shot nearly one hundred nickelodeon-era shorts here), the first permanent studio, in Englewood Cliffs, was built in 1910.  Others soon followed, and within a few years Fort Lee and the surrounding communities housed the first great concentration of motion picture studios in the United States.  How this happened, and why this success seemed to unravel so quickly in the 1920s, will be the subject of an illustrated lecture by Rutgers University Professor Richard Koszarski, author of Hollywood on the Hudson and Fort Lee: The Film Town.

Meet in the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661. Refreshments available at the free Thursday lecture series.

Reporters and film executives (including Mack Sennett and Thomas Ince) observe construction of the new Willat stages in Fort Lee, July 31, 1914.
Grounds Clean Up:
Saturday, September 19, 2015
8:00 am

Grounds cleanup, meet at the Campbell-Christie house area. The Building and Grounds Committee will be hosting a "Fall Cleaning."

This work will occur outdoors so bring gloves and boots. We'll be tackling the removal of non-native plants and cleaning up the site for a busy event season. For further details, contact James Smith at bchs1902@gmail.com.

Baronfest, A Birthday Celebration of Major-General Baron von Steuben
Sept 20, 2015, Sunday, 1-5 pm.
Takes place at his Jersey Estate, Historic New Bridge Landing.
This is the only extant building he owned. Experience an 18th century Tavern. All 3 Jersey-Dutch houses & Barn scheduled to be open. Beer garden, music by the Teutonic Knights, Food Trucks.

Beer by Brix Brewing, Little Ferry, Sanducci's of River Edge, Tropical Scoops. Pony Rides available in the Meadow.

Location: Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main St., River Edge, NJ
Date & Time: Sunday, Sept 20, 2015, 12 noon to 5 pm
Cost: Adult Admission | $10. Students 6-22 yrs old | $7, BCHS members free. Under 6 - free but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Please have Photo ID out for Beer Garden. Credit cards accepted, exact cash line will move faster. Have photo ID out for review. BCHS is a 501 c3 non-profit volunteer organization. See HNBL site map below. Download Event Flyer.

NJ Transit is making additional Free Parking available at the train stop parking lot. Train service is available on the Pascack Valley Line to the "New Bridge Landing" stop. HNBL is only one block north-east of the train stop. Beer & Food are an additional cost.

Bergen Leads Class of 2016

Septuember 21, 2015

Naturalization Ceremony:
Thursday, September 24, 2015
10:30 am

Naturalization Ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, September 24, 2015 at Historic New Bridge Landing.

BCHS makes the Campbell-Christie House available for the orientation. The ceremony takes place in the Steuben House.

Walking Tour of HNBL by
Kevin Wright
Sunday, Sept 27, 2015
10:00 am

Experience history in one of the storied places where it was made!
The tour will cover the history of New Bridge Landing featuring Brett Park on the Teaneck side of the Hackensack River.

Meet at "the Bridge that Saved a Nation" by the Steuben House. Rain or shine.

Invitation by the Friends of the Hackensack Greenway Through Teaneck and the BCHS.

Map search: 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ.

Rain or shine, tho inside the Steuben House if rain. Focus of tour subject to change.

No charge.

BCHS Lecture Serices
Around the World in 1909
October 15, 2015, Thursday, 7 pm

Brick Township author, Lisa Begin-Kruysman, will discuss her latest title Around the World in 1909: Harriet White Fisher and Her Locomobile (American History Press) on Thursday evening, October 15th at (Time and location)

Around the World in 1909 chronicles the remarkable journey of the fiery and intrepid New Jersey anvil industrialist, Harriet White Fisher, who set her sights on experiencing the world in a motor car. In July of 1909, after purchasing a state-of-the art Locomobile, Fisher embarked on an incredible journey accompanied by her driver, Harold Brooks, British butler Albert, Italian maid Maria, and a young Boston bull terrier named Honk-Honk.
During the course of their 13-month long, 22,000 mile voyage, Fisher and her companions explored remote corners of the earth where no man, woman or domesticated house pet had ever ventured. Whether camping in the wilds of India, or relaxing in the posh palaces owned by royal dignitaries, this brave band of unlikely travelers met new challenges during each leg of their trip. Called the Anvil Queen, Woman Ironmaster, Princess from the Land of Promise, A Lady of Great Consequence, and the Female Napoleon, wherever Harriet went, she and her loyal entourage captured the curiosity and imagination of a fascinated public, attracting legions of fans and friends and opening the minds, hearts and highways on four continents.

Meet in the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661. Refreshments available at the free Thursday lecture series.

Harvest Homecoming at New Bridge
October 18 2015, Sunday, 1 - 4:30 PM

Kevin Wright speaking on “History of the Pumpkin” at 1:30 pm.

Acoustic River Band will play three sets in the barn.

All 3 Jersey-Dutch Sandstone Houses, outkitchen and barn are scheduled to be open.

Historic New Bridge Landing:  
American Revolutionary War Battleground featuring 3 Jersey-Dutch Sandstone Houses including the Steuben House, a state historic site, the Westervelt-Thomas Barn, Exhibits, Tavern, Gift shop & Working Outkitchen. Walk the Bridge that Saved a Nation.  $10 adults, $7 students (6-22 yrs), BCHS members free. HNBL, 1201-1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ.

Check our website for event updates  | www.bergencountyhistory.org | contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org | audio updates: 201.343.9492

The houses are connected by a gravel walking path. Observe much wildlife. Free parking available or take a train on the Pascack Valley Line from Secaucus via NJ Transit to the New Bridge Landing Train stop.

More info to come
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We do accept donations.

The Bergen County Historical Society is raising funds to construct a first-rate museum building and library on the Society’s property at Historic New Bridge Landing.

Help us reach our goal!

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
7:30 pm

For anyone interested in the public presentation of Historic New Bridge Landing, either as an exhibit docent, greeter, or living-history interpreter in period dress, the Bergen County Historical Society will sponsor a School of Historical Interpretation to hone communication skills and provide insight into the material culture of the past. With over 30 years of experience, historian Kevin Wright addresses the Basics of Historical Interpretation.

Featured this month: Basics of Interpretation & Visitor Experience with Kevin Wright.
contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

Bergen 350 Sponsors:
Aug 19, Wed Lantern Tour. Meet at the Campbell-Christie House at 7 PM. Wear long pants & walking shoes.
Aug 22, Sat Grounds Clean-up. Bring tools, water.
Aug 28-30 School of the Loyalist. The 4th Battalion, New Jersey Volunteers and the Bergen County Historical Society are once again pleased to be hosting The School of the Loyalist, a weekend of academic presentations, workshops, research and interpreting geared towards the Loyalist living history community. $10 adult; $7 child. Two day pass: $15 Ad; $10 ch. BCHS members, free.
Sept 16, Wed School of Interpretation, 7:30 PM . The Demarest house, or Paulison Millhouse. History & Tour with Kevin Wright
Sept 17, Thurs BCHS Monthly Lecture: Richard Koszarski, Silent Film in Bergen County.
Sept 19, Sat Grounds Clean-up. Bring tools, water.
Sept 20, Sun Baronfest, A Celebration of Major-General Baron von Steuben at his Jersey Estate, Historic New Bridge Landing, 1 - 5 PM. Featuring Teutonic Knights, Beer Garden at 18th c. Tavern, Tour Historic Homes. Pony rides, food trucks $10 ad; $7 ch; BCHS members free.
Sept 21, Mon Bergen Leads Class of 2016 (41 attendees)
Sept 24, Thurs Naturalization Ceremony at 10:30 AM
Sept 27, Sun HNBL Walking Tour with Kevin Wright for the Friends of the Hackensack River Greenway through Teaneck, 10 AM
Oct 15, Thurs BCHS Monthly Lecture: Lisa Begin-Kruysman, Around the World in 1909: Harriet White Fisher and Her Locomobile.
Oct 18, Sun Harvest Homecoming, 1 - 4:30 PM Kevin Wright speaking on “History of the Pumpkin” at 1:30 pm. Acoustic River Band in the barn.
Oct 21, Wed School of Interpretation, 7:30 PM. Kevin Wright on the “Basics of Interpretation and the Visitor Experience.”
Oct 24, Sat Staff Ride, Fort Lee. By reservation.
Nov 1, Sun Mitzvah Day, 10 AM - 12 noon.
Nov 8, Sun Wreath-laying and Ceremony at Captain John Outwater’s grave, Commerce & Washington Ave, Moonachie, NJ.
Nov 18, Wed School of Interpretation, 7:30 PM Historian Todd Braisted on “New Bridge in the American Revolution.”
Nov 19, Thurs BCHS Monthly Lecture: Kevin Wright, History of the Meadowlands, From glacial morass to cultural landform.
Nov 21 & 22 The 239th Anniversary of the British Invasion & American Retreat from Fort Lee to New Bridge, The Bridge That Saved A Nation. Saturday: 1 PM to 4 PM. 2 PM Lecture. At 7:00 PM, Reading of the American Crisis. Sunday: 11 AM to 3 PM. Skirmish at the Bridge at 12 noon. 1 PM Lecture. Children's drills.
Dec 6, Sun Sinter Klaas Day 1 - 4 PM. Open House.
Dec 9, Wed School of Interpretation, 7:30 PM . “Origins of Christmas, winter solstice celebrations, and midwinter festivals” with historian Kevin Wright.
Dec 12, Sat Decorating Historic New Bridge Landing for winter holidays, 10 AM - 4 PM
Dec 17, Thurs (?) Life Members & Special Donors Tour
Dec 19 & 20 The 32nd Anniversary of Colonial Christmas Concerts in the Steuben House at Historic New Bridge Landing. By reservation.
Jan 3, 2016, Sun Twelfth Night BCHS Member Party 2 -5 pm
Jan 20, 2016, Wed School of Interpretation, 7:30 PM. Kevin Wright on “Introduction to Historic New Bridge.”
Jan 24, Sun Brigit’s Day and Candlemas, 1 - 5 pm on 45-minute musical performances in the Steuben House at 1:30 and 3 PM
Feb 17, Wed School of Interpretation, 7:30 PM “President and historian James Smith on “Cultural Landscapes: Tide Mills.”
Feb 18, Thurs Lecture - TBA
Feb 21, Sun A Country Ball upon the 283rd Anniversary of Washington’s Birthday, 1- 5 PM.
Mar 16, Wed School of Interpretation, 7:30 PM Kevin Wright on “Cultural Geography: Geology and Land Forms”
Mar 17, Thurs Lecture - TBA
Mar 27, Sun Chwame Gischuch: Under the Shad Moon, 1 - 5 PM.
April 10, Sun Authors’ Day at Historic New Bridge Landing.
April 20, Wed School of Interpretation, 7:30 PM
April 21, Thurs Lecture - TBA
May 1, Sat Battleground Tour of New Bridge, at 11:00 am. Begin at the Steuben House with historians Todd Braisted and Kevin Wright.
May 18, Wed School of Interpretation, 7:30 PM
May 19, Thurs Lecture - TBA
May 22, Sun Pinkster, a Jersey Dutch Celebration of Spring, 1 - 5 PM, with lawn games: croquet, bowling and beanbag toss.
May 30, Mon Memorial Day Wreath - Laying at General Enoch Poor’s Grave at the First Dutch Reformed Church in Hackensack at 10 AM, followed by cemetery tour.
June 4, Sat King’s Birthday
June 15, Wed School of Interpretation, 7:30 PM
June 16, Thurs Annual Dinner and Meeting of the Bergen County Historical Society
July 9, 2016 (?) Vintage Base Ball at Historic New Bridge Landing.
July 16, Sat Calico Frolic for St. Swithin’s Day, 6:30 - 9:30 PM. Watch or join in old-fashioned country dancing to the Enslows.
July 20, Wed School of Interpretation, 7:30 PM
Aug 13, Sat Raising the Liberty Pole: Repeal of the Stamp Act and Countdown to America 250.