Bergen County Historical Society
 SCHEDULE of Events & Lectures
Summer 2014 thru Spring 2015
Historic New Bridge Landing is only open for special events
BCHS DOCENT & INTERPRETER MEETING:
Wednesday, August 21, 2014
7:30 pm

For anyone interested in volunteering at Historic New Bridge Landing events as a docent, greeter, operations personnel, or living-history interpreter in period dress, the Bergen County Historical Society sponsors the School of Historical Interpretation to hone communication skills, familiarize volunteers with Bergen’s unique history, provide insight into the material culture of the past, and train volunteers in historical presentation. With over 30 years of experience, historian Kevin Wright addresses the Basics of Historical Interpretation with guest presenters to address specific topics. This month’s guest speaker is John Muller, Director of Fort Lee Historic Park, who will introduce the practical basics of eighteenth century cooking and baking. Please meet at New Bridge’s Out-Kitchen behind the Campbell-Christie House. contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

Fauna & Flora of New Bridge
Saturday, August 23, 2014 10 am

Past President and HNBLPC Chairman Mike Trepicchio will lead a walk on the natural surroundings of New Bridge Landing including Brett Park. Native and non-native plants will be featured, their historical significane as well as a background on the historic property. Rain or shine, $5 for non-members.

GROUNDS CLEAN UP:
Saturday, September 6, 2014
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 6th 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.

Baronfest, A Festival of Music, Beer & Food at HIstoric New Bridge Landing Sat., Sept 13, 2014, rain date Sept 14. Come and enjoy the finest that regional craft breweries have to offer together with delicious food from a variety of vendors including food trucks, relax to your favorite songs and originals by 4 New Jersey bands, shop & talk to local artists at their stands, tour three 18th century sandstone houses, and stroll the grounds of Historic New Bridge Landing in River Edge, Washington's HQ in 1780, later home of Major General Baron von Steuben. One 2013 festival reveler was overheard to say, "I feel like I'm on a farm in upstate New York!" -- HNBL is only 7 miles from the GW Bridge in the very heart of Bergen County.

Help raise funds for a Hall of History Museum celebrating Bergen County's storied past.
Take an ad in the Baronfest Journal or Contact Us if you are an Artist who wants to participate.

Location: Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main St., River Edge, NJ
Date & Time: Saturday, Sept 13, 2014, (rain date Sept 14) 12 noon to 5 pm
Cost: $15 - Adult Admission | $10 - Designated Driver and 12 - 20 yrs old. Buy thru PayPal now. Under 12 - Free but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Credit cards accepted, exact cash line will move faster. Have photo ID out for review. BCHS is a 501 c3 non-profit volunteer organization.
The music tent is behind the Demarest House Museum. 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. Spread the word -- print the Baronfest Poster pdf.

Thanks Ale Street News -- for publishing our ad!
Saturday, September 13, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Bergen County Historical Society, Ridgewood Public Library, and other organizations, are sponsoring a seminar on Housing Discrimination in Suburbia: an Historical Perspective. Suburban Bergen County has, historically, been populated by white, Christian and upper income people. This symposium looks at the attitudes, actions and restrictions that are a part of this history and some of the changes made by citizen activism and court decisions. Deed restrictions, intimidation, fair housing, and Mount Laurel will be discussed. Speakers include Phil Dolce, Bergen Community College; Joe Grabas, The Grabas Institute; Joe Suplicki, Ridgewood Village Historian; Lee Porter, Fair Housing Council of Northern New Jersey; Tom Dunn, Mahwah Museum Society; and Carlos Martinez, Unitarian Society of Ridgewood. Seminar will be held at Ridgewood Public Library. For information and registration see http://www.ridgewoodlibrary.org/localhistory/Seminar_2014.htm.

Registration
http://www.ridgewoodlibrary.org/localhistory/pdf/Seminar_Registration.pdf

BCHS DOCENT & INTERPRETER MEETING:
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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

BCHS LECTURE PROGRAM:
Ramapough Mountain Indians: People, Places and Cultural Traditions
Presented by Ed J. Lenik

Thursday, September 18, 2014,
7:00 pm

Author and archaeologist Edward J. Lenik will discuss his most recent book on his exploration of the Indian presence, past and present, in the New York-New Jersey Highlands. This book discusses rock shelters and other archaeological sites he has investigated over the years. He tells the stories of people he has met and people he has heard about. He looks into objects and relates folklore and stories.

Lenik, a regional archaeologist with over 30 years of experience researching and investigating the history of the Highlands, is well known as a lecturer, hike leader and author in northern New Jersey. His dictum, “Search the records before you dig,” has directed him through years of searching archives, libraries, museums and collections seeking references to the continuing Indian presence in the Highlands. He has developed a close relationship with the Ramapough Lenape Nation and has interviewed tribal elders. He has been an avid historical hiker for years, stopping to explore the vanishing evidence of human occupation in the forests of northern New Jersey. His book is based on these primary resources. He also includes data from and discussion of secondary sources.

He is a past president of the Archaeological Society of New Jersey. He is the author of many books including a series on Indian Rock Art in the northeast and the well-known "Iron Mine Trails" from the NY/NJ Trails Conference.

The Thursday night lectures are at the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661.
New time: Begin at 7:00 pm.

Join us for refreshments.

NATURALIZATION CEREMONY:
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
10:30 am

Naturalization Ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at Historic New Bridge Landing. Time TBD.

BCHS usually 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 28, 2014
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 if rain. Focus of tour subject to change.

No charge.

Hail Specimen of Female Art!
New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework,
1726-1860
October 3, 2014 – March 29, 2015
This landmark exhibition will be the first to focus on the important contribution of New Jersey in the creation of schoolgirl needlework in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. With over 150 works on view, this exhibition will undertake the first survey of schoolgirl needlework completed in the state or by New Jersey girls prior to 1860. This exhibition and accompanying catalogue will create a lasting record of the best known examples. As part of the museum’s mission to showcase the cultural heritage of the Garden State, the curators will bring new light to the needlework done in New Jersey during this important period of American history.

Bergen County is represented, BCHS is loaning an item from the collections.

Exhibit location:
Morven Musem & Garden

BCHS has a newly restored needlework by 12 yr old Jane Lozier Demarest, c.1857 included in the exhibit.

Restoration by Gary McGowan of CPR, paid for by BCHS member donations.

Ok, twist my arm.

We do accept donations.

The Bergen County Historical Society is raising $350,000 to construct a first-rate museum building and library on the Society’s property at Historic New Bridge Landing.

Help us reach our goal!

BERGEN 350:
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Bergen County Historical Society will celebrate New Jersey’s 350th anniversary with a Gala reception and dinner on Wednesday evening, October 15 at The Venetian in Garfield. The event will feature the first Bergen County Legends Awards, which will recognize outstanding individuals whose celebrity or achievements make them “legendary” in the county’s history.

The Bergen350 Committee, formed to plan BCHS sesquarcentennial festivities, will announce details of the gala, awards, and related activities in coming months. Proceeds will benefit the proposed museum building and library to be built at Historic New Bridge Landing.

Visit bergen350.com for more information.

BCHS LECTURE PROGRAM:
TBD
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 7:00 pm

TBD

The Thursday night lectures are at the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661.
New time: Begin at 7:00 pm. Join us for refreshments.

AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR ROUNDTABLE
Bergen County:


TBD

October 28: TBD

Where are meetings held?  The Iron Horse Restaurant, 20 Washington Ave, Westwood, N.J.   Open to the public?  Yes, definitely.   What  time?  Come between 6:00 and  6:30 pm for conversation and fellowship.  Meal?  Optional buffet dinner starting at 6:30 pm and costing $22, including gratuity.   Advance reservations?  Not required.   Admission charges or dues?  None. Questions?  Contact Chairman David Whieldon at 201-967-7692.

BCHS EVENT:
Harvest Homecoming
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Join us for the Grand Re-Opening of the Westervelt-Thomas Barn. 2 - 6 pm

The Long Hill String Band performs. The barn is ungoing a restoration paid for by the Blauvelt-Demarest Foundation. More info to come.

Bring work gloves and tools for cutting brush. Bring a shovel and metal rake for moving wood chips on path. 
Meet at the lot across from the Campbell-Christie House, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ, NUMBER 12 on map.

Pre-register online at www.ujannj.org/mitzvahday or walk-ins must sign up at Solomon Schechter Day School, New Milford. Questions? Contact Alice Blass at 201-820-3948 or aliceb@ujannj.org.

EVENT:
Mitzvah Day
Sunday, November 2, 2014 10:00-12:00 pm
Check back for updates.

Help remove trash and invasive vegetation at Historic New Bridge Landing on UJA Federation’s 16th annual Mitzvah Day. The goal of Mitzvah Day is to involve people in a variety of community service activities throughout northern New Jersey thus enabling them to understand and experience, first hand, the vast network of social service agencies and organizations. Last year, over 1,400 people participated in this wonderful event.

Please visit this link to view more photos from Mitzvah Day at New Bridge Landing.
http://picasaweb.google.com/bruceprince532/MitzvahDayAtNewBridgeLanding

To all the volunteers, a big Thank You!
Also we would like the thank the Boro of River Edge for disposing of the trash picked up.

BCHS EVENT:
Wreath-laying and ceremony at Spanish-American War Memorial, Hackensack Cemetery on Sunday, November 9, 2014.

A wreath-laying and ceremony at Spanish-American War Memorial, Maple Grove Cemetery, New York Cemetery, 535 Hudson Street, Hackensack, NJ.

AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR ROUNDTABLE
Bergen County:

TBD

November TBD:

Where are meetings held?  The Iron Horse Restaurant, 20 Washington Ave, Westwood, N.J.   Open to the public?  Yes, definitely.   What  time?  Come between 6:00 and  6:30 pm for conversation and fellowship.  Meal?  Optional buffet dinner starting at 6:30 pm and costing $22, including gratuity.   Advance reservations?  Not required.   Admission charges or dues?  None. 

BCHS SCHOOL OF INTERPRETATION:
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
7:30 pm (3rd Wednesday because of Thanksgiving weekend)

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. contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

Featured this month: Historian Todd Braisted on "The Military."

30th Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts tickets will be available for purchase this day.

BCHS LECTURE PROGRAM:
BD
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 7:30 pm

TBD

The Thursday night lectures are at the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661.
New time: Begin at 7:00 pm. Join us for refreshments.

31st Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts tickets will be available for purchase this day.
BCHS EVENT:
238th Anniversary of the British Invasion and American Retreat at Historic New Bridge Landing

Saturday & Sunday, November 22 & 23, 2014

The 238th Anniversary of the British Invasion and American Retreat from Fort Lee at The Bridge That Saved A Nation, At 7:00 pm, Saturday, November 22 in Steuben House and 11 AM to 4 PM on Sunday, November 23, 2014, with talk in Steuben House at 1 PM.

On November 20th, 1776, five thousand British, Hessian and Loyalist troops, under command of Lt. Gen. Lord Cornwallis, scaled the Palisades at Lower Closter Dock and marched against Fort Lee. Warned by an alert officer, the American garrison escaped entrapment by safely crossing the Hackensack River at New Bridge, now known as the Bridge That Saved a Nation, and lived to fight another day. To mark the 238th Anniversary of the “times that try men’s souls,” the Bergen County Historical Society, along with the Third New Jersey Regiment and Fourth Battalion, New Jersey Volunteers, will co-sponsor a weekend of living history and scholarly presentations on November 22 and 23, 2014, at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201-1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661.

Tickets cover both Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. $7 adult, $5 children, BCHS members free. Active military and veterans and their families are welcomed free to this event. Please bring appropriate ID.

At 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 22, 2014, noted military historian Todd W. Braisted, a Bergen County Historical Society Past President, will give an illustrated talk on Defense of the Hudson, a look at the fortifications and activities of Bergen Neck, Paulus Hook and Fort Lee up to the Retreat. Afterwards, visitors may enjoy light refreshments at the Campbell Christie House, along with living history members portraying the soldiers and followers who took part in the Revolutionary struggle from that time.

Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 23rd, members of various living history groups, representing both sides of the conflict, will perform military demonstrations, showing the life and times of the common soldier of the American Revolution. Cooking and baking demonstrations will likewise take place in the Out-Kitchen behind the Campbell Christie House and visitors may tour the historic homes on the site. At 1 p.m. Todd Braisted will speak in the Steuben House on Aftermath: Bergen County, December 1776 to June 1777. Some of the Society’s treasure of Revolutionary War artifacts will be displayed.

Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201-1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661. Suggested donation: $7 adult, $5 children, BCHS members free. Ticket covers both days.

31st Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts tickets will be available for purchase this day.

BCHS EVENT:
Sinter Klaas Day at Historic New Bridge
Sunday, Dec 7, 2014, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Enjoy Jersey Dutch holiday treats, refreshments and a visit with Sinter Klaas in the restored tavern in Campbell-Christie House, 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661 from 1 to 4:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 7, 2014. See open-hearth cooking in authentic Jersey Dutch Out Kitchen and tour historic homes. For that special holiday gift, browse unique historical gift shop. At 1:30 P.M., historian, author and BCHS Past President Kevin Wright will give an illustrated talk "A Light in Winter; Holiday Traditions" in the Steuben House.

Tickets for the 31th Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts, featuring Linda Russell & Companie, will also be on sale.

Our gift shop will be open.
Experience History in one of the storied places where it was made! For further info on membership in the Bergen County Historical Society, a non-profit volunteer association, or our museum drive to build a Bergen County Hall of History, visit: http://www.bergencountyhistory.org or call 201-343-9492.

All 3 Jersey Dutch Sandstone buildings will be open, including the Campbell-Christie House, Demarest House Museum and Steuben House at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201-1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661.

Saturday, December 13, 2014
Decorating Historic New Bridge Landing for winter holidays, 10 AM to 4 PM.
BCHS SCHOOL OF INTERPRETATION:
Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014
7:30 pm (3rd Wednesday)

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. contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

Featured this month: "Origins of Christmas, winter solstice celebrations, and midwinter festivals" with historian Kevin Wright.

BCHS EVENT:
31st Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts & Tavern Fare • Sat & Sun, Dec 20 & 21, 2014

BCHS celebrates our 31st Colonial Christmas Concerts, featuring Linda Russell & Companie, in the Steuben House, by reservation. The musical group makes merry with song and stories from years past.

TWO CONCERTS each night:

Saturday, Dec 20: 7:00 & 8:30 pm

Sunday, Dec 21: 6:00 & 7:30 pm.

Concert: $30 per person
(BCHS members $25)

See open-hearth cooking in the Dutch Out Kitchen, browse the Museum Gift Shop and tour the Demarest House. Concerts in the Steuben House is by reservation.

TAVERN FARE: Come before or after your concert for light tavern fare, including soup & herb biscuit, ploughman plate, fruit pie, hot mulled cider and more. Choose from our traditional menu. Enjoy the holidays with friends and family in the setting of an authentic 18th-century Jersey Dutch tavern. Seating limited. Separate cost.

Saturday, Tavern Open: 6 pm to 9 pm.
Sunday, Tavern Open: 5 pm to 8 pm.
Seating limited in tavern. Cash only.

No refunds or exchanges. Suggest wearing walking shoes.

Info & Map for people who have reservations.

Parking in parking area at corner of Main St. & Hackensack Ave., River Edge. New ADA compliant stonedust path connects the 3 houses and parking area! No parking at the Steuben House. See map below.

Holiday decorations are based upon ancient sources, including Jan Steen's 1664 painting, The Visit of St. Nicholas, which depicts a domestic theme familiar in several aspects to modern eyes. Decorations include an ancient Kissing Bough, supposedly of Druidic origin, celebrating the solstice and the birth of the new solar year. Here people may meet under the mistletoe for the blessing of harmony. The origins of other holiday customs are explained, as for example, how in an age before cheap glassware, a piece of toasted bread was dipped into the wassail bowl by one and all to make a festive "toast."

Linda Russell & Co. are featured for the Colonial Christmas Concerts at the Steuben House
A break in between holiday songs and stories in the Steuben House.
A family enjoying light supper in the Black Horse Tavern, Campbell-Christie House. The house was a tavern in the 18th century and that's how we interpret it, minus the alcohol.
Mary is cooking in the Outkitchen located behind the Campbell-Christie House
Sinter Klaus greeted visitors in the Demarest House
Ariel waits for the concerts goers to arrive for a bite to eat.
For a short history on Bogert's Candy Kitchen of Hackensack.

Clear toy candies from antique Bogert's Candy Kitchen molds.

No. 1 - Steuben House (Concerts), No. 6 - Campbell-Christie House (Black Horse Tavern), No. 5 - Demarest House Museum (Sinter Klaus), P - Parking, Christmas Trees available in "E".
BCHS EVENT:
The Society’s Twelfth Night Party
Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 2:00-5:00 pm

Finish your holiday season on a high note by joining the Bergen County Historical Society’s celebration of Twelfth Night at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201-1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661 from 2 to 5 Pm on Sunday, January 4, 2015. Members and guests are invited to bring an old family recipe, favorite food, dessert or drink to share in an afternoon of good fellowship and New Year cheer.

In olden times, festivities surrounding Twelfth Night were the most lavish of the year, featuring a great feast with bonfires, plays, music, dancing and wassailing. The ancient custom of wassailing involved making twelve fires of straw and drinking toasts of cider or ale. A mock king, called the King of Beans, or Lord of Misrule, was elected by lot: The guest who discovered a bean in his or her slice of Twelfth Night Cake was elected sovereign for the revelries. In some places, these kings and queens placed white crosses in the rafters to exclude hobgoblins, witches and bugs for the remainder of the year.

Takes place in Campbell-Christie House, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661.

Member event. Bring a favorite food or drink with ingredient to share.

Google map:
1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ

BCHS SCHOOL OF INTERPRETATION:
Wednesday, January 15, 2015
7:30 pm (3rd Wednesday)

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. contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

Featured this month: President and historian James Smith on "The Interpretive Value of Cultural Landscapes."

BCHS EVENT:
Brigit’s Day and Candlemas at HNBL
Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 1:00-5:00 pm

1:30 pm: Amongst the unique features of the American Revolution was the number of nationalities involved, both in terms of colonists and nation-states.  While the conflict proved a civil war of Americans versus Americans, the same can be said of the Irish.  Irish colonists in America served both Congress and the Crown, native Irish made up a substantial portion of the British Army, Irish regiments served in both the armies of France and Spain, and even led Hessian troops from Germany.  Found out more about this fascinating subject as Todd Braisted leads a presentation on the role of the Irish in the American Revolution.

3:30 pm: TBD

Some of the Society’s treasure of Revolutionary War artifacts are on display. All 3 Jersey-Dutch Houses will be open, connected by a gravel walking path through the historic battleground.

Candle making will be demonstrated at the Out Kitchen. A special exhibit of antique lighting devices, ranging from a 2,000-year-old oil lamp to examples of the earliest light bulbs, will be displayed in the Steuben House. Throughout the afternoon, an à la carte menu of seasonal treats, including crepes, mashed potatoes, soda bread and hot cider will be available in the Campbell-Christie House, a restored 18th-century tavern. The Gift Shop will sell handmade Brigid’s Crosses, which Donal O'Riordain, of County Cork, Ireland, weaves from fresh rushes cut from the lakeshore. He learned this ancient folk craft from his grandmother, who made the Crosses as far back as the 1940s. She passed away in 1994, aged 87 years.

Brigit’s Day and Candlemas come midway between the winter solstice and spring equinox, when snowdrops, the first flower of spring, make their appearance, signaling nature’s awakening from winter’s sleep. Candlemas is named for the blessing of candles, used to protect homes and for procession through farm field and orchard. As evidenced by Groundhog’s Day, weather prognostication was commonly practiced in anticipation of spring sowing. Good weather at Candlemas is taken to indicate severe winter weather later. Hence, the saying, “If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, there'll be two winters in the year. Another old English proverb proclaimed, “If Candlemas be fair and bright, winter has another flight. If Candlemas brings clouds and rain, winter will not come again.” Rush crosses, woven for Brigid’s Day, were believed to protect house and livestock from adversity.

Event takes place in Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661. $7 adult, $5 children, BCHS members free. Parking available or take a train on the Pascack Valley Line from Secaucus via NJ Transit to the New Bridge Landing stop.

Item available in our Gift Shop
By early February, midway between winter solstice and spring equinox, peoples of the northern hemisphere watch eagerly for the first harbingers of spring. Ancient Gaels marked the end of the dead quarter of the year and the birth of spring with the festival of Imbolc. The name of this cross-quarter day in the agricultural calendar derives either from the Old Irish, oimelc, meaning, “ewe's milk,” or from imbolg, meaning “in the belly,” referring to pregnant ewes and (metaphorically perhaps) to an expectancy of nature’s rebirth.
by Kevin W. Wright. See Patch article.
BCHS SCHOOL OF INTERPRETATION:
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
7:30 pm (3rd Wednesday)

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. contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

Featured this month: "Stopping by the Wayside: Early American public houses, taverns and inns" with historian Kevin Wright.

BCHS LECTURE PROGRAM:
TBD
Thursday, February 19, 2015, 7:00 pm
 
TBD

The Thursday night lectures are at the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661.
New time: Begin at 7:00 pm. Join us for refreshments.

BCHS EVENT:
WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY AT HISTORIC NEW BRIDGE LANDING
Sunday, February 22, 2015
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

A Country Ball upon the 283rd Anniversary of the Washington’s Birthday will be held at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201-1209 Main Street, River Edge, 07661 on Sunday, February 22, 2015, between 1 and 5 pm.

Eighteenth century dancing will be featured in the Steuben House between 1:30 and 4 PM under Denise Piccino’s direction with Ridley & Anne Enslow providing musical accompaniment on fiddle and hammered dulcimer. Throughout the afternoon, Rodger Yaden will portray General George Washington. Hot cider and crullers will be served in the restored 18th-century tavern in the Campbell-Christie House, where the gift shop is also located. Visitors may also see open-hearth cooking demonstrated in the Out-Kitchen. A tiger-stripe maple bedstead, reputedly used in a local home where George Washington stayed during the 1780 Steenrapie Encampment, is currently on display.

General George Washington made his headquarters in the Zabriskie-Steuben House at New Bridge in September 1780, when Continental troops encamped between Van Saun Park in River Edge and Soldier Hill Road in Oradell.

Jim Smith will be working in the garden (weather permitting) in period clothing, see Jim if you are interested in helping with building and grounds.

All 3 Jersey-Dutch Houses will be open, connected by a gravel walking path. Parking available or take a train on the Pascack Valley Line from Secaucus via NJ Transit to the New Bridge Landing Train stop.

$7 adult, $5 children, BCHS members free.

George Washington at New Bridge
Ridley & Anne Enslow at the Steuben House
The Genealogical Society of Bergen County (GSBC) holds monthly meetings at the Ridgewood Public Library at 125 No. Maple Ave. in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Meetings are at 7 PM. They are free and open to the public. 

For more information, please visit GSBC website at www.njgsbc.org.

AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR ROUNDTABLE
Bergen County:

TBD

February 17, 2015: TBD.

Where are meetings held?  The Iron Horse Restaurant, 20 Washington Ave, Westwood, N.J.   Open to the public?  Yes, definitely.   What  time?  Come between 6:00 and  6:30 pm for conversation and fellowship.  Meal?  Optional buffet dinner starting at 6:30 pm and costing $22, including gratuity.   Advance reservations?  Not required.   Admission charges or dues?  None. 

BCHS SCHOOL OF INTERPRETATION:
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
7:30 pm (3rd Wednesday)

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. contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR ROUNDTABLE
Bergen County:

TBD

March 24, 2015: TBD

Where are meetings held?  The Iron Horse Restaurant, 20 Washington Ave, Westwood, N.J.   Open to the public?  Yes, definitely.   What  time?  Come between 6:00 and  6:30 pm for conversation and fellowship.  Meal?  Optional buffet dinner starting at 6:30 pm and costing $22, including gratuity.   Advance reservations?  Not required.   Admission charges or dues?  None. 

BCHS LECTURE PROGRAM:
March 27, 2015 TBD


The Thursday night lectures are at the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661.
New time: Begin at 7:00 pm. Join us for refreshments.

The Building and Grounds Committee will be hosting a "Spring Cleaning" on March 28th 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.
BCHS EVENT:
Under the Shad Moon
Chwame Gischuch • Lenape New Year
Sunday, March 29, 2015, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

What was Bergen County like in 1664? The Bergen County Historical Society celebrates the Lenape New Year, Chwame Gischuch, at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201-1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661 on Sunday, March 29, 2015, from 1 to 5 pm.

Historian Kevin Wright will speak on the Peach War of 1655 at 1:30 & 3:30 pm in the Steuben House.

Throughout the afternoon, Bob Wills, of the Sunrise Trading Post, will share his knowledge of Lenape foods, herbs and customs, showing and selling reproduction trade items.

The first Dark Moon after the Long Moon marks the arrival of Chwame gischuch, the Shad Moon, and the New Year of the ancient Sanhicans and Minisinks, locally known as the Hackensacks and Tappans. Native peoples returned from their winter villages, gathering at the narrows of the great streams in places such as Acquackanonck (Garfield) and Aschatking (New Bridge), to set their fykes and weirs and catch smelt and shad as these fish ran up the rivers in great numbers.
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All 3 Jersey-Dutch Houses will be open, connected by a gravel walking path. Parking available or take a train on the Pascack Valley Line from Secaucus via NJ Transit to the New Bridge Landing Train stop.

$7 adult, $5 children, BCHS members free.

Takes place at Historic New Bridge Landing,
1201-1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ.

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BCHS EVENT:
Authors' Day at Historic New Bridge Landing
Sunday, April 12, 2015,
11 - 3:30 pm

Authors' Day at Historic New Bridge Landing

All 3 Jersey-Dutch Houses will be open, connected by a gravel walking path. The path recreates the relationship - chatting distance - between the road and the early houses of Bergen County. Wear walking shoes/boots. Free parking is available or take a train on the Pascack Valley Line from Secaucus via NJ Transit to the New Bridge Landing Train stop. $7 adult, $5 children, BCHS members free, covers both days.
Most of our events are free to members or are a reduced price, like at the Holiday Concerts in December. HNBL, 1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ.

100% of your donation goes to our mission. BCHS is a 501 (c)(3) all-volunteer organization.

BCHS SCHOOL OF INTERPRETATION:
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
7:30 pm (3rd Wednesday)

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. contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org
The Thursday night lectures are at the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661. Our apologies for the confusion.
New time: Begin at 7:00 pm, refreshments in beginning.
BCHS LECTURE PROGRAM:
April 17, 2015 
TBD

TBD.

AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR ROUNDTABLE
Bergen County:

TBD

April 28, 2015: TBD.

Where are meetings held?  The Iron Horse Restaurant, 20 Washington Ave, Westwood, N.J.   Open to the public?  Yes, definitely.   What  time?  Come between 6:00 and  6:30 pm for conversation and fellowship.  Meal?  Optional buffet dinner starting at 6:30 pm and costing $22, including gratuity.   Advance reservations?  Not required.   Admission charges or dues?  None. 

BCHS EVENT:
Battleground Tour of New Bridge
Saturday, May 2, 2015 • 10 am
Meet at the Steuben House

On Saturday, May 2, 2015, historians and authors Todd Braisted and Kevin Wright will conduct a Battleground Tour of New Bridge, starting at 10:00 am in the Steuben House.

The tour ends at the Campbell-Christie House for refreshments and gift shop.

Wear walking shoes/boots. Bring binoculars to view the many birds and critters at New Bridge.

Free parking is available or take a train on the Pascack Valley Line from Secaucus via NJ Transit to the New Bridge Landing Train stop. Meet at the Steuben House, Number 1 on the map. Rain or shine.

$7 adult, $5 children, BCHS members free

BCHS LECTURE PROGRAM:

May 21, 2015, Thursday

TBD

The Thursday night lectures are at the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661.
New time: Begin at 7:00 pm. Join us for refreshments.

BCHS EVENT:
Pinkster Fest
A Colonial Celebration of Spring
Sunday, May 17, 2015, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Experience history in one of the storied places where it was made! Pinkster is celebrated from 1 to 5 PM at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201-1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661, on Sunday, May 17, 2015, with a Maypole Dance at 1:30 & 3 pm with a participation session at the end of each performance. Ridley and Anne Enslow are featured on fiddle and hammered dulcimer. A Pinkster Ode will be read and a short history of the holiday given in the Steuben House at 2:30 PM. We'll be dying eggs for Pinkster in the Out Kitchen. Pinkster cake, doughnuts and lemonade will be served in the restored 18th century tavern in the Campbell-Christie House. Through out the day members of the 3rd New Jersey will be doing demonstrations. Spinning demonstration in the Demarest House Museum, with a little fiber and a spindle, you too can participate in this oldest of alchemies.

All 3 Jersey-Dutch Houses will be open, and are connected by a gravel walking path. The path recreates the relationship - chatting distance - between the road and the early houses of Bergen County.

Free parking is available or take a train on the Pascack Valley Line from Secaucus via NJ Transit to the New Bridge Landing Train stop. $7 adult, $5 children, BCHS members free. Join today.

Traveling by carriage from Newark to view the Passaic Falls in Paterson on June 6, 1797, William Dunlap noted in his diary, “The borders of the Pasaick [River] are colour’d by the Iris now in bloom. On the rocks near the [Great] Falls was the Kalmia [or mountain laurel], the wild Columbine & wood pink. The settlements along the river are Dutch, it is the holiday they call pinkster & every public house is crowded with merry makers & waggon's full of rustic beaus & belles met us at every mile.”

The name of the holiday derives from the Greek word, Pentecost, meaning “fiftieth day,” which originally signified the ancient Jewish celebration of the first fruits of the harvest, arriving seven weeks after Passover. On the seventh Sunday after Easter, Christians commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. The English identified this holiday with the white garments of baptismal candidates, calling it Whitsunday or “White Sunday.” Among the Jersey Dutch, a rose-colored Azalea blossom, known as the “Pinxter blomachee,” was the May bush.

BCHS SCHOOL OF INTERPRETATION:
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
7:30 pm (3rd Wednesday)

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. contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

BCHS MEMORIAL DAY WREATH LAYING:
May 25, 2015, Monday, 10 am

At 10 am on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015, the Bergen County Historical Society honors the veterans of all wars with a wreath-laying at the grave of General Enoch Poor in the burial ground of the First Dutch Reformed Church on the Green, 42 Court Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601. Excerpts from chaplain Israel Evans' graveside funeral oration will be read at the ceremony, followed by a tour of the historic cemetery.

Brigadier-General Enoch Poor, of New Hampshire, died at 44 years of age from either typhus fever or diptheria on September 8, 1780, while about 14,000 Continental troops were encamped on "a high Ridge of land in a place called Steenrapie," the old name for the high ground extending from northern River Edge through Emerson. The main cantonment was situated between River Edge Avenue in River Edge to the vicinity of Soldier Hill Road, where Oradell, Emerson and Paramus intersect. While encamped at Steenrapie between September 4 and 20, 1780, the Continental army lost no fewer than twenty-three soldiers to disease. General Poor's body was brought from "Paramus" to the Brower House on Main Street, River Edge, where it was placed in a mahogany coffin for burial in the churchyard of the Dutch Reformed Church-on-the-Green in Hackensack on September 10, 1780. Six generals served as pallbearers while officers of the New Hampshire Brigade followed the coffin, together with officers of the new light-infantry brigade, which General Lafayette assigned to General Poor’s command shortly before his death. General George Washington, who made headquarters in the Zabriskie-Steuben House at New Bridge, marched with other generals in the funeral procession. On July 14, 1825, General Lafayette stopped at General Poor’s grave in Hackensack on his return tour of the United States as the Nation’s Guest and last living Major General of the American Revolution.

Edward Erie Poor, President of the National Park Bank of New York City, decorated General Poor’s grave every Memorial Day between 1864, when he first settled in Hackensack, and his death in 1900. The then newly organized Bergen County Historical Society organized the successful effort effort to construct a monument to General Enoch Poor on the Hackensack Green, gathering contributions of with $1,000 from the State of New Jersey, $500 from the State of New Hampshire, and $500 from the Sons of the Revolution. Emilio Platti sculpted the figure, which Ernest Vatier cast in his Newark foundry. John and William Passmore Meeker, of Newark, N. J., designed the granite pedestal. The  Poor monument was dedicated on Memorial Day 1904.

AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR ROUNDTABLE
Bergen County:

TBD

May 26: TBD

Where are meetings held?  The Iron Horse Restaurant, 20 Washington Ave, Westwood, N.J.   Open to the public?  Yes, definitely.   What  time?  Come between 6:00 and  6:30 pm for conversation and fellowship.  Meal?  Optional buffet dinner starting at 6:30 pm and costing $22, including gratuity.   Advance reservations?  Not required.   Admission charges or dues?  None. 

Wine Festival at Historic New Bridge Landing. A Celebration of the Wines of New Jersey
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Vintage Baseball at New Bridge Landing
July , 2015, Saturday, 11 am DoubleHeader
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Love baseball? Love history? Step back into yesteryear when the Bergen County Historical Society hosts an old-time game with the Brooklyn Eckford & Fleminton Neshanock in the meadow at Historic New Bridge Landing in River Edge.

Experience the crack of wood against leather, the cheers and jeers of the crowd, and baseball the way great-grandpa saw it, when these reenactor teams play with 19th century rules, equipment, and uniforms in an open field. A great way for the family to enjoy America's game!

Watch for Casey at the Bat at this first big event in The Meadow, make sure to bring a hat, blanket or chair, and sunscreen. Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main Street, River Edge. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children, BCHS members free.

Enter at the corner of Hackensack Avenue & Main Street. Hot dog vendor scheduled for area in front of the Campbell-Christie House, the gift shop will be open with new items including a BCHS t-shirt. Cooks will be in the outkitchen. Short walking tours by BCHS interpreters available. Refreshments available: Two food trucks will be on-site.

 
Consider taking the train to HNBL. Trains traveling south & north arrive at the New Bridge Landing Station. Check NJ Transit schedule for updates on the Pascack Valley line. The NJ Transit Train Station Parking Lot, Kinderkamack Rd & Grand Ave., River Edge is available for parking.


Event takes place in Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661.

100% of your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

BCHS SCHOOL OF INTERPRETATION:
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
7:30 pm (3rd Wednesday)

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. contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

Calico Frolic for St. Swithin’s Day at Historic New Bridge Landing

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 6:30 - 9:30 pm.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please take partners! The Bergen County Historical Society invites the public to a Calico Frolic at 6:30 PM on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at the Steuben House, Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201-1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661. Watch or join in old-fashioned country dancing to the musical accompaniment of Ridley and Ann Enslow on fiddle and hammered dulcimer. Dance Mistress Denise Piccino will instruct eager beginners in basic steps and movements at the start of the evening. Dancing continues until 9:30 PM, when guests may partake of lemonade, light refreshments.

Period dress (late 18th, early 19th century) is welcome, but not required. $15 per person and $12 for BCHS members.

Experience History in one of the storied places where it was made! For further info on membership in the Bergen County Historical Society, a non-profit volunteer association, or our museum drive to build a Bergen County Hall of History contact us at:
contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

Parking in HNBL parking lot by blue entrance sign. The Steuben House parking lot has been removed.

BCHS EVENTS:
Our events generally take place at Historic New Bridge Landing. The Steuben House and Campbell-Christie House are open for special events. 1201 & 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ. DIRECTIONS

BCHS LECTURE PROGRAM: Unless otherwise noted, all lecture programs are held now held at the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ.

ROUNDTABLE MEETING:
Where are meetings held?  The Iron Horse Restaurant, Westwood, N.J.  Open to the public?  Yes, definitely.  What time?  Come between 6:30 and 7:00 PM for conversation and fellowship.  Meals?  Optional dinner starting at 7:00 PM and costing $20, including gratuity.  Advance reservations?  Not required.  Admission charges or dues?  None.  Questions?  Contact Chairman David Whieldon at 201-967-7692.
20 Washington Avenue, Westwood. Westbound Washington Avenue just west of Broadway and the railroad tracks.

The Bergen County Historical Society, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) volunteer organization, was founded in 1902 to develop public appreciation for Bergen County's remarkable history, especially through the preservation and study of its material culture. We are the only historical association to focus on the Bergen County as a whole, from its prehistory to the present day. Our museum collections are presently on display in a limited basis at Historic New Bridge Landing. Public programs include educational events, placement of informative roadside historical markers, museum exhibits, monthly lectures, library collection, website and message board. We are the largest landowner at HNBL. We are not a government agency and receive no public operating grants, we rely on private donations and membership.

Mailing address:
Bergen County Historical Society
PO Box 55
River Edge, NJ 07661-9998

Location:
1201-1209 Main Street
River Edge, NJ 07661

contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org
www.bergencountyhistory.org