Bergen County Historical Society
 SCHEDULE of Events & Lectures
Summer 2014 thru 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.

GROUNDS CLEAN UP:
Saturday, October 4, 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 October 4th 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 vines, painting, fixing fence posts and cleaning the buildings. For further details, contact James Smith at bchs1902@gmail.com.

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 celebrated New Jersey’s 350th anniversary with a Gala reception and dinner on Wednesday evening, October 15 at The Venetian in Garfield. The event featured the first Bergen County Legends Awards, which recognized outstanding individuals whose celebrity or achievements make them “legendary” in the county’s history. Over 350 people attended! Photos on our FaceBook page.

The Bergen 350 Committee, was formed to plan BCHS sesquarcentennial festivities and awards. Proceeds will benefit the proposed museum building and library to be built at Historic New Bridge Landing.

bergen350.com has more information about the committee.

Bergen Legends for 2014:

Bergen 350 Sponsors:
BCHS EVENT VOLUNTEER MEETING:
Introduction to New Bridge
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 
(Note change to the 4th Wednesday of the month)
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, Kevin will present an Introduction to New Bridge, an overview of this historic site and a wonderful foundation for further study. A must for new volunteers and a great refresher for the veteran! Please meet at the Steuben House.
BCHS LECTURE PROGRAM:
Bergen County's Potential as a Heritage Destination
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7:00 pm

Are we there yet? Providing memorable experiences in storied places.
And maybe some jobs.

Having spoken directly to at least 425,000 tourists over the past 37 years, historian and author Kevin Wright will use his experience in historic interpretation, historic site administration, and interpretive planning, to discuss how to provide meaningful and memorable experiences at our most storied places. His presentation, Are We There Yet? will spotlight the cultural and economic value of heritage tourism, noting the particular challenges we face in New Jersey, including bureaucratic intransigence and the lack of qualified management and effective investment in an infrastructure of hospitality. While noting that Morristown National Park pumps about $16 million into the local economy and supports nearly 200 jobs in service industries, nevertheless Valley Forge has nearly six times as many visitors as Morristown and generated four times as much in visitor spending.
 
We have the history, so why aren't we there yet? 

Wright gave this presentation to 250 business leaders at Bergen Lead's Spring 2013 event at the Stony Hill Inn, Hackensack. 

The Thursday night lectures are at the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661, No. 1 on map below. Usually the 3rd Thursday of the month.
 
Afterwards, please join us for refreshments.
No fee. BCHS Monthly Lectures & Events are listed on our website, updates are frequent.

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

The Westervelt-Thomas barn, built in 1889 and moved to BCHS land in the 1950’s, has undergone a restoration funded by the Blauvelt Demarest Foundation. The project was based on original photographs.

2:00 pm: Site Opens

2:15-3:00 pm: Tim Adriance will give a presentation on the barn restoration and barn history (Steuben House)

3:15-4 pm: Long Hill String Band
1st Performance (Steuben House)

4:00 pm: Official Ribbon Cutting (Barn)

4:45-5:30 pm: Long Hill String Band
2nd Performance - (Steuben House)

Visit Andrea J. and Michele D. cooking in the outkitchen. Jim the Blacksmith will be set up behind Campbell Christie House. All three houses will be open including the Westervelt-Thomas Barn. Handmade limberjacks made by Manfred are available in the giftshop. Our favorite cider donuts, mulled cider and coffee/tea are availble for purchase in the Campbell-Christie House.
Event schedule subject to change.

Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661.

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

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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 17th 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,
12 noon.

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

Several hundred people attended the dedication in the New York (Maple Grove) Cemetery in Hackensack on May 31, 1909, of the first monument erected by any Spanish-American War veterans’ camp in the United States. Little Belle Burroughs, a daughter of Lieutenant A. B. Burroughs, unveiled the monument, which was topped by a small cannon captured in the Philippines, the ceremony being witnessed by members of the Major John Engel Camp, S. W. V. of Hackensack.

BCHS EVENT VOLUNTEER MEETING:
Soldiers of the Revolutionary War
Wednesday, November 19, 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 as we honor our service veterans, military expert Todd Braisted will examine the lives of the common soldiers of the American Revolution; join us for an exploration of what kind of men fought across Bergen during the times that tried men’s souls. Please meet at the Steuben House.

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

BCHS EVENT:
The 238th Anniversary of the British Invasion and American Retreat from Fort Lee at The Bridge That Saved A Nation

Saturday & Sunday, November 22
& 23, 2014
Saturday, 7:00 pm Lecture by Todd Braisted
Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm 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.

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 November 20, 1776: The Great Retreat Begins. 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.

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.

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
OPEN HOUSE

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.

BUY YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE AT HNBL! LIMBERJACKS, DECORATIVE POTTERY, DEMAREST STONE SILVER PENDANT & MORE IN THE GIFT SHOP.

George Skic, Long Hill String Band member pictured here on Limberjack.

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 EVENT VOLUNTEER MEETING:
Christmas, the Solstice, and Midwinter Festivals
Wednesday, December 17, 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. If you’ve ever wondered why we kiss under mistletoe, decorate Christmas trees, or give presents at the holidays, come hear Kevin’s presentation on the origins and development of our winter celebrations—it’s not always what you think. Please meet in the Steuben House.
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)

SOLD OUT - Try again next year.

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 (from the Rolling Pin Cafe, Westwood), 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 EVENT VOLUNTEER MEETING:
The Interpretive Value of Cultural Landscapes
Wednesday, January 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. As the New Year begins, explore a unique and colorful way to interpret New Bridge for visitors by using the plants and animals that were part of daily life in 18th century Bergen. History educator and BCHS President Jim Smith will help us make the connections with nature that we often overlook in our interpretation. Please meet in the Steuben House.

With over 30 years of experience, historian Kevin Wright addresses the Basics of Historical Interpretation with guest presenters to address specific topics.

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.

3:00 pm: Harpist Ardis Cavin will perform on Celtic harp.

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.
- Kevin Wright
BCHS SCHOOL OF INTERPRETATION:
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
7:30 pm (3rd Wednesday)

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

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 and author Kevin Wright addresses the Basics of Historical Interpretation with guest presenters to address specific topics. This month Kevin explores how folks traveled through our fair county and the wider world in the days before trains, planes, and credit cards, and what they were likely to find when they stopped for the night. Learn how our own tavern in the Campbell-Christie House would have operated right here in Bergen almost two hundred years ago. Please meet in the Steuben House.

Historic New Bridge Landing, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ.

BCHS LECTURE PROGRAM:
Bellies In The Dust: Political Dissent In New Jersey, 1858-1865.
Thursday, February 19, 2015, 7:00 pm

Kevin Wright gives an illustrated talk on the politics leading up to the Civil War and New Jersey's role in the outcome.

Repudiating a Southern extremist platform at the Democratic National Convention in Charleston, South Carolina, in April 1860, Northern Democrats endorsed candidate Stephen Douglas’ political doctrine of Popular Sovereignty for the Territories. Delegates representing ten states of the Deep South withdrew, blocking Douglas’ nomination.

The Thursday night lectures are at the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661.

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.

Historic New Bridge Landing:  
American Revolutionary War Battleground including 3 Jersey-Dutch Sandstone Houses & Barn OPEN, Exhibits, Tavern, Gift shop & Outkitchen.  $7 adults, $5 children, BCHS members free. HNBL, 1201-1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ.

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

All 3 Jersey-Dutch Houses are 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.

George Washington at New Bridge
Ridley & Anne Enslow at the Steuben House

WASHINGTON BIRTHDAY POSTER
for download

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.

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

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 and author Kevin Wright addresses the Basics of Historical Interpretation with guest presenters to address specific topics. As we approach the native celebration of the Shad Moon, Kevin examines the groups that made up the earlier population of our region, a more complex society than we were taught in school. Join us in the Steuben House to separate fact from fiction as we journey into Bergen’s more distant past.
Shown here, effigy pipe, found in Hackensack, BCHS collections.

Historic New Bridge Landing, Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ.

BCHS LECTURE PROGRAM:
March 19, 2015, 7 pm

The 3rd Americans:
The New York Volunteers, 1776-1783
By historian Todd Braisted

Perhaps no Provincial regiment raised during the American Revolution saw more continual, active service than the New York Volunteers. Raised in the earliest days of 1776, the corps would go on to serve during the New York City Campaign, the Hudson Highlands expedition, the taking and defense of Savannah, the capture of Charleston, Hobkirk’s Hill, Eutaw Springs and innumerable skirmishes along the way. In spite of the name, and its commander’s wishes, the corps not only served in the South but recruited there as well. Learn more about this fascinating band as we discuss their members and history in America’s first civil war.

The Thursday night lectures are at the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661.
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

1:30 pm: Archaeologist and author Dr. Meta Janowitz will give an illustrated talk on Sara Roelofse, a remarkable woman who lived in remarkable times. Born in Amsterdam, she came as a young child to New Netherland (1630) where she came into contact with settlers from many European countries and members of both the Lenape and Iroquois peoples, as well as enslaved Africans. She married at a young age and raised nine children while acting, when the occasion required it, as a translator and cultural mediator between Europeans and Americans. During her lifetime New Amsterdam and New Netherland experienced wars and two changes in government but her family remained intact. We know about her official activities from brief entries in government documents and her domestic life from even briefer accounts in other sources, but we can piece together a picture of her life and influence from these and from artifacts excavated at the site where she and her first husband, Hans Kierstede, and later her daughter Blandina Bayard lived.

Some documents indicate that Oratam, sachem of the Hackensacks gave Sara 2,260 acres in what is now Ridgefield Park, Teaneck and Bogota, NJ. Blandina later established a trading post in Mahwah. Dr. Janowitz participated in the African Burial Ground project in lower Manhattan.

3:00 pm: Chief Dwaine Perry of the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation will speak. Historian Kevin Wright, author of 1609: A Country That Was Never Lost, will follow with an illustrated talk entitled The Peach War of 1655. In keeping with the Lenape New Year, his talk explores a little known chapter in Bergen County history, illuminating the relationship between its Native American inhabitants and Dutch settlers. The talk reviews the events of September 15, 1655, when 64 canoes, carrying 500 warriors from ten Indian tribes, landed on the western shore of Manhattan island, instigating a destructive conflict misnamed the Peach War, which resulted in the death of 50 colonists; the capture of another hundred, mostly women and children; the burning of 28 farms, together with 12,000 schepels of grain, and the loss of nearly 600 cattle. Selections from the Bergen County Historical Society’s collection of local Native American artifacts will also be displayed. The lectures take place in the Steuben House. Event flyer, click here.

Historic New Bridge Landing:
Bergen County's Premier Historic Site
American Revolutionary War Battleground including 3 Jersey-Dutch Sandstone Houses & Barn ALL OPEN, Exhibits, Tavern, Gift shop & Outkitchen. $7 adults, $5 children, BCHS members free.
HNBL, 1201-1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ.

Houses 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.

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

BCHS EVENT:
Battleground Tour of New Bridge
Saturday, April 11, 2015,
10 am

Walk in the footsteps of History. 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.

Historic New Bridge Landing:
American Revolutionary War Battleground. $7 adults, $5 children, BCHS members free.
HNBL, 1201-1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ.

Parking available or take a train on the Pascack Valley Line from Secaucus via NJ Transit to the New Bridge Landing Train stop.

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

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

The Westervelt-Thomas Barn, a Piece of Bergen’s Rural Past
Wednesday, April 15, 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 and author Kevin Wright addresses the Basics of Historical Interpretation with guest presenters to address specific topics. This month’s guest speaker, restoration contractor Tim Adriance, will explain the history, restoration, and significance of the 1889 structure recently reopened at Historic New Bridge Landing, a particularly valuable presentation for those wishing to interpret that building and rural Bergen life. Please meet at the Barn.

Historic New Bridge Landing, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ.

BCHS LECTURE PROGRAM:
April 16, 2015, Thursday

Colonial New Jersey’s Paper Money Regime, 1709-1775: How it worked and why it succeeded.

Farley Grubb is Professor of Economics and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) at the University of Delaware. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 1984 and has been a faculty member at the University of Delaware from 1983 to present. He has also held visiting appointments at the University of Illinois, Harvard University, and Universite Lumiere Lyon 2. He has published numerous articles and books on the transatlantic market for indentured servants and convict labor in colonial America, and on German immigration to colonial America. His current research is on colonial paper money regimes, how the American Revolution was financed with paper money, and the post-revolution reordering of American monetary systems. This current research includes a trio of papers on colonial New Jersey’s paper money regime and provincial fiscal structures. The first of these papers, “Colonial New Jersey’s Paper Money Regime, 1709-1775: A Forensic Accounting Reconstruction of the Data” is forthcoming in Historical Methods (2015).

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

EARTH DAY:
The Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission will be hosting its first "Spring Cleaning event at Brett Park" in conjunction with Earth Day on Saturday, April 25th from 8 to 11 am
(weather permitting). This work will occur outdoors so bring gloves, clippers and boots. We'll be tackling the removal of non-native plants, vines, maintaining trails and removal of litter. All are welcome to attend this exciting day of service. Please meet in front of the Steuben House at 8 am to receive your assignment for the day. For further details, contact the Teaneck Representative to the H.N.B.L.P.C., Larry Bauer at: larry@bauer-printing.com

About the Commission: The Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission was established in 1995 by New Jersey State law N.J.S.A. 13:15B-1-5 to tie together the stakeholders, (Bergen County Historical Society, Blauvelt Demarest Foundation, Borough of River Edge, Borough of New Milford, Teaneck Township, County of Bergen, and the NJDEP), to act in good faith, for the purpose of coordinating and implementing all federal, State, county, municipal, and private development policies and other activities relating to the historic preservation and recreational use of the property under the commission’s jurisdiction. In 2009, the New Jersey Legislature again amended the law to transfer the administration of the State lands and building from the NJDEP Division of Parks and Forestry to the Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission.

BCHS EVENT:
Authors' Day
Sunday, May 3, 2015 • 12- 5 pm

We have 19 Authors signed up!

Historians and 3 children book authors. Books available for purchase. Book signings, speak with the authors about their publications. Local, American Revolution, US and NJ history represented.

All 3 houses, the barn and out-kitchen will be open. The site is connected by a gravel walking path. Bring binoculars as many birds are attracted to the area. Click here for the PDF EVENT POSTCARD.

History Press is scheduled to participate.

Visit Andrea cooking in the out-kitchen, check out the tours in all three houses.

Authors - one title noted: Authors and one title noted: Walter Andariese - Hilltop to Hilltop in 1840 - Signals Across New Jersey, Lisa Begin-Kruysman - Around the World in 1909: Harriet White Fisher and Her Locomobile, Todd Braisted - Bergen County Voices from the American Revolution, John Delaney - Nova Caesarea: A Cartographic Record of the Garden State, 1666-1888, Mary Donohue - The Revolutionary War at New Bridge Landing, Glenn Corbett - Great Paterson Fire of 1902, Carol Greene - Ramapough Chronicles, Don Hagist - British Soldiers, American War, Lenny Hort - Life of Washington, Susanne Banta Harper - Secrets in Wax, Kathryn Livingston - YIN, YANG, YOGINI: A Woman's Quest for Balance, Strength & Inner Peace, Dr. Peter Lubrecht - Butterfly Boys in the Civil War: The Hussars of the Union Army, Bill Neumann - Rutherford, A Brief History, Jeffrey B. Perry, The Invention of the White Race, Alice Rigney - Images of Tenafly, Alison Ruth - Starlight Black & the Misfortune Society, Stuart Schneider - Ghosts in the Cemetery, Dr. Ronald P. Verdicchio - Images of America: Prospect Park, Kevin W. Wright - 1609, A Country that was Never Lost.

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Historic New Bridge Landing:
Bergen County's Premier Historic Site.
American Revolutionary War Battleground featuring three 18th c. Jersey-Dutch Sandstone Houses including the 1752 Zabriskie-Steuben House - all OPEN for this event, exhibits, artifacts, tavern, gift shop & working out-kitchen. $7 adults, students/children are free for this event, BCHS members free. HNBL, 1201 Main St., River Edge, NJ. Authors will be located in the Zabriskie-Steuben House (No. 1) on HNBL map.

Sorry, no alcohol at this tavern! Light refreshments are available in the Black Horse tavern (No. 6 on map), some people come just for the donuts!

Free parking is available at corner lot, Main St. & Hackensack Ave., River Edge (P on map - see below) or take a train on the Pascack Valley Line from Secaucus via NJ Transit to the New Bridge Landing Train Stop . Walk one block northeast to HNBL.

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 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. Naturally dyed eggs for Pinkster in the Out Kitchen. Pinkster cake, strawberries & cream, doughnuts and lemonade will be served in the restored 18th century tavern in the Campbell-Christie House. Throughout the day members of the 3rd New Jersey will be doing demonstrations. Spinning demonstration in the Demarest House Museum by Michelle Greene..Garden tours.

More info to follow on children's games we'll be featuring.

Historic New Bridge Landing: Bergen County's Premier Historic Site. American Revolutionary War Battleground featuring 3 Jersey-Dutch Sandstone Houses including the Zabriskie-Steuben House and the Westervelt-Thomas Barn - all OPEN for this event, tours, exhibits, artifacts, tavern, gift shop & out-kitchen. $7 adults, $5 students, BCHS members free. HNBL, 1201-1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ. The houses are connected by a gravel walking path.

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. NJ Transit

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)

Healthcare During The American Revolution

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 and author Kevin Wright addresses the Basics of Historical Interpretation with guest presenters to address specific topics. Join us this month when guest speaker and registered nurse Don Post brings us back to the days when the garden was your pharmacy and bleeding was the standard of care in a presentation on the healing arts, a fascinating aspect of eighteenth century daily life. Please meet in the Steuben House.

Historic New Bridge Landing, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ.

BCHS LECTURE PROGRAM:
May 21, 2015 

Owning New Jersey: Finding History in the Land Records.

New Jersey’s land records and deeds are an unlikely source for a thrilling tales, but often reveal little-known, fascinating history. From the very first Deed from the Duke of York 350 years ago to the War between NY & NJ over the state’s boundaries, the land records document the development of New Jersey as a Colony and a State. The County Clerk’s records and various archives hide heroes and rogues, millionaires and the working class struggling to obtain their piece of the American dream…Land of their own. Join land title expert Joseph Grabas as he combs through these all-but-forgotten stories of the pursuit of happiness and property in early New Jersey.

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

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.
BCHS Lecture by
Historian & Author Jeffrey B. Perry

THE INVENTION OF THE WHITE RACE: THE ORIGIN OF RACIAL OPPRESSION IN ANGLO-AMERICA
Saturday, June 20, 2015, 10 AM

Lecture location:
CIARCO LEARNING CENTER
355 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601

“When the first Africans arrived in Virginia in 1619, there were no ‘white’ people there; nor, according to the colonial records, would there be for another sixty years.”
Perry discusses Theodore W. Allen’s work—a full-scale challenge to “The Great White Assumption.” This is the root of a new approach to American history, one that challenges the master narratives we teach.


More Information:

www.jeffreybperry.net & www.bergencountyhistory.org

No charge to attend, open to the public.

Link to the Lecture Poster - share it - help spread the word.

BCHS SCHOOL OF INTERPRETATION:
Wednesday, June 24, 2014 (4th Wednesday)
7:30 pm
Featured This Month:
The Campbell-Christie House—Home and Tavern
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 and author Kevin Wright addresses the Basics of Historical Interpretation with guest presenters to address specific topics. This month, Kevin will discuss the history and architecture of the Campbell-Christie House, moved to New Bridge in the 1970s from New Milford and the center of so much of BCHS’s activities today. Come learn its story and get the information to answer visitors’ questions. Please gather at the Campbell-Christie House and note that we are meeting on the fourth Wednesday this month.
Vintage Baseball at New Bridge Landing
July 11, 2015, Saturday, 11 am DoubleHeader

Love baseball? Love history? Step back into yesteryear when the Bergen County Historical Society hosts an old-time game in the meadow at Historic New Bridge Landing in River Edge. Featuring the Flemington Neshanocks verses the Brooklyn Eckfords.

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 students, 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. Short walking tours by BCHS interpreters available. New Bridge baseball scorecard available with each ticket, limited quantities.

 
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.

Link to the BCHS Vintage Baseball poster - share it - help spread the word.

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

Featured This Month: Stopping By the Wayside: Early American Public Houses, Taverns, and Inns. (A reprise)
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 and author Kevin Wright addresses the Basics of Historical Interpretation with guest presenters to address specific topics. Last February, weather made it difficult for many to attend the presentation on early taverns and travel, so this month Kevin will again address the topic. Come and explore how folks traveled through our fair county and the wider world in the days before trains, planes, and credit cards, and what they were likely to find when they stopped for the night. Learn how our own Black Horse Tavern in the Campbell-Christie House would have operated right here in Bergen almost two hundred years ago. Please meet in the Steuben House.

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.

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. Check back for more info as it becomes available.

MORE INFO ABOUT THE EVENT

Baronfest, A Birthday Celebration of Major-General Baron Von Steuben at his Jersey Estate, Historic New Bridge Landing. September 20, 2015. More Info to Follow.

AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR ROUNDTABLE
Bergen County:

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 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