SCHEDULE of Events & Lectures
April thru December 2017

PDF Calendar - Link

The buildings at Historic New Bridge Landing are only open for special events. The grounds are open dawn to dusk.
Summer Site Invasive Clean Up:
Saturday, July 2, 2016
8:00 - 10:00 am

The Buildings and Grounds Committee of the Bergen County Historical Society will hosting a site wide clean up on July 2nd. Meet at the Campbell-Christie House and areas will be assigned. The Building and Grounds Committee of the Bergen County Historical Society and the Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission will be hosting this event on Saturday, July 2nd, 8 am to 10 am.

This work will occur outdoors so bring gloves, clippers and boots. We'll be tackling the identification and removal of non-native plants, organizing the garden, and getting ready for the Vintage Base Ball game. Groups are welcome, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ.

Walking Tour of HNBL by
Kevin Wright
Saturday, July 2, 2016
11:00 am

Relatives in town this weekend? Show them 18th century Bergen County!

Walking Tour of Historic New Bridge Landing with historians Kevin Wright, James Smith and Todd Braisted. In uniform, Todd will give a musket demonstration. Begin at the Campbell-Christie House Saturday, July 2 at 11 am. See site map below.

Admission: $10 adults, $7 children, BCHS members free. (Become a member and support our efforts!)

Take the train to New Bridge Landing train stop or free parking is available. Campbell-Christie House, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ.

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

BCHS EVENT:
Vintage Baseball at New Bridge Landing
Saturday, July 9, 2016, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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. Lickety Split Ice Cream Truck and Grizzly Bob Hot Dog Cart are 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.


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.

Souvenir scorecard handout, while supplies last.
BCHS EVENT:
Calico Frolic
Saturday, July 16, 2016, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Bergen County Historical Society
invites persons of all ages and accomplishments to the 2016 Calico Frolic, A Summer Celebration of
Early American Country Dancing
July 16, 2016, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Steuben House at Historic New Bridge Landing • 1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ
General admission: $15 • Bergen County Historical Society members: $12
MC Denise Piccino and the Tricorne Dancers
Music by Anne and Ridley Enslow
-- All dances will be taught --
-- Instruction on basic steps and movements provided prior to the start of the dance -- Colonial and Early American dress happily admired, but not required—bring your dancing self!

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
7:30 pm

Topic: The Bridge That Saved a Nation:
The story of the New Bridge, 1745-1955

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, together with guest presenters on specific topics, addresses the basics of historical interpretation. This month, Kevin discusses both the history and the technology of the New Bridge. How did it facilitate the prosperity of New Bridge Landing? What exactly happened on November 20, 1776, to make this small span the key to America’s survival? How did the current bridge function in its heyday? Come to learn the story you thought you knew about the structure at the heart of our site and develop its interpretation for future events. Please meet at the bridge, adjacent to the Steuben House.

contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

BCHS EVENT:
Countdown to America’s 250: The Protest and Repeal of the Stamp Act
Saturday, August 13, 2016
11 am - 4 pm

The Stamp Act was passed by Parliament in March of 1765 to help raise revenue to pay for soldiers being quartered in the 13 Colonies as a result of the British victory in the Seven Years War or more commonly known as the French and Indian War. It placed a tax on all paper products, newspapers, marriage licenses and even playing cards, proving to be wildly unpopular in the colonies.

On March 18, 1766, the Stamp Act was repealed due to protests from the colonists themselves and a growing understanding of what it means to be British American colonists.

The Bergen County Historical Society is excited to announce the first, in a series of events called “Countdown to America’s 250: The Protest and Repeal of the Stamp Act” and will take place on August 13th.

This will be a one day event at Historic New Bridge Landing with lectures providing a background of events leading up to the Stamp Act and its later repeal, along with the role that Liberty Pole, a neighborhood in Englewood, played in the American Revolution. How did that area get its name? As a sign of protest or defiance, a liberty pole was actually erected in Englewood. Our event will be capped off by the raising of a new liberty pole at Historic New Bridge Landing.

Event Schedule:
11 am – Site opens to the public; Work will begin on carving a "liberty pole".

12 pm – America and the Jerseys in the 1760s Lecture - Jim Smith and Kevin Wright.

1:30 pm – Re-enactors gather at the Black Horse Tavern and discuss their issues with the King, harass effigy of tax collector.

2 pm – Lecture - Liberty Pole in the American Revolution by Todd B raisted.

3 pm – Raising the Liberty Pole! Gather near the barn as we march through New Bridge with the pole and raise it near the Christie Tavern.

4 pm – Site closes to the public / event over.

Again, this will be a first in a series of events at Historic New Bridge Landing over the next decade which will provide the lead up to the American Revolution and the birth of our nation, aptly named Countdown to America 250. Our goal is to provide the different perspectives leading up to this momentous event, with a major focus on the role our County played in the process.

Consider taking the train to HNBL. Trains traveling south & north arrive at the New Bridge Landing Station. Walk one block north & east. Check NJ Transit schedule for updates on the Pascack Valley line. Free parking available. Map & Directions: VISIT HNBL PDF.

Historic New Bridge Landing:  
American Revolutionary War Battleground including 3 Jersey-Dutch Sandstone Houses, Exhibits of BCHS collections, Tavern, Gift shop, Outkitchen & Barn.  $10 adults, $7 students, BCHS members free. (Become a member and support our efforts, $20 individual / $30 household).

NEW EXHIBIT: New Bridge and Maps of the American Revolution. Seven framed and enlarged copies of historical maps (2 in color) showing New Bridge, includes interpretive panels. Shown here: Section of Map of British outposts between Burlington and New Bridge, New Jersey, December 1776. LOC.

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
7:30 pm

Topic: Pots, Pans, and Paintings:
Interpreting the collection pieces in the Steuben House

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, together with guest presenters on specific topics, addresses the basics of historical interpretation. This month, at the request of many of our docents, Kevin and BCHS Museum Collections Chairperson Deborah Powell will conduct an interpretive tour of the artifacts in the Steuben House, with tips and information on presenting its treasures, especially those on the first floor, to visitors. Come with your questions and your notebooks! Please meet at the Steuben House.

contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

BCHS Lecture Series

September 15, 2016 - 7:30 pm
The First Clash: The Stamp Act Crisis in New York City
Jonathan Carriel

Mr. Carriel will speak about the infamous piece of Parliamentary aggression called the Stamp Act. The clash began with Patrick Henry's bombshell - the Stamp Act was unjust and must not be obeyed.  

What was the Stamp Act?  Why was it created?

How was it received in America?  How did Americans plan for its scheduled implementation?  Why and how did the protests, begun in Virginia and Massachusetts, and universal throughout the colonies, climax in New York City?  What was the upshot of the protests?

Could the American Revolution have begun ten years earlier as a result? 

Jonathan Carriel has a B.A. & M.A. in History, New York University.  He is currently serving as Secretary-Treasurer of the American Revolution Round Table-New York.  He served as Co-Chairman, Committee for the 250th Anniversary of the New York City Stamp Act Protests (Autumn 2015).

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

Bergen Leads Class of 2016

September 19, 2016. Tenative date.

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
7:30 pm

Topic: The Drillmaster:
The life and influence of Baron von Steuben

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, together with guest presenters on specific topics, addresses the basics of historical interpretation. This month, the presence of Baron von Steuben looms large at New Bridge as we celebrate his birthday at the only extant property he owned. But who was the man, and why did the New Jersey legislature feel indebted to him? How extensive was his influence on the military? Kevin Wright examines the life and legacy of “The Drillmaster” when we gather in the parlor of the Baron’s house.

Meet in the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661.

contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

Naturalization Ceremony:
Thursday, September 29, 2016
10:30 am

Naturalization Ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, September 29, 2016 at Historic New Bridge Landing.

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

Kevin W. Wright passed away October 13, 2016 surrounded by his family.

Kevin was a passionate lecturer and author, championing the history of NJ, particularly Bergen and Sussex Counties. His 30 years of writing covered Hudson's encounter with the New World inhabitants, the Morris Canal, the iron industry, histories of Newton, NJ, preservation, New Bridge and numerous articles and presentations as well as museum and interpretive planning. He retired in 2008 as a Regional Historic Preservation Specialist for the Park Service in the DEP. His leadership at Historic New Bridge Landing transformed the site into a heritage destination.

As volunteer President of the Bergen County Historical Society, he advocated for a new museum building at Historic New Bridge Landing, which is currently in the planning stages on BCHS property. He recently met with the barn building company and site engineers to proceed with the building that will preserve Bergen County's artifacts.

Survived by his wife of 40 years, Deborah Powell, and their children, Ivan, Benjamin, and Anna, as well as his siblings, Colleen, Patrick, and Pegeen Wright and his mother, Teresa Mullen Wright.

Memorial service was held on Sunday, October 16, 2016.

We are determined to carry out his goals for New Bridge including the new museum building, please join us in making a donation in his memory to help carry this project that meant so much to him over the finish line.

Memorial donations in celebration of his passion and life's work may be made to the BCHS Museum Fund, PO Box 55, River Edge, NJ 07661. PAYPAL or BCHS, PO Box 55, River Edge, NJ 07661-0055 -- D. Powell

Fundraising Event at HNBL:
Saturday, October 15, 2016
4 Great Bergen County Chambers of Commerce
FAMILY FUN FAIR
Fundraiser for the new Museum Building
October 15, 2016 - Noon to 5:00 pm

Craft Breweries: Alementary - Brix City - Cricket Hill
Food Trucks: Pizza & Desserts
Two Live Bands & DJ

Children's Activities: Giant Tumble Balls - Petting Zoo - 3 pm Hands-on-Class by River Edge Police Dept, how to fold a 30 ft American Flag

All 3 houses including the Steuben House and barn open for tours

The Bergen County Historical Society with The Greater Paramus Chamber of Commerce, The Greater Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce, The Greater River Dell Chamber of Commerce & The Greater Hackensack Chamber of Commerce

Admission: Adults $15, Students (12-20 years) $10, BCHS members $10, Children (under 12 years) Free. More Info: 201-660-0071. PDF FLYER

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
7:30 pm

Topic: The Devil’s in the Details:
The logistics of running events at HNBL

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, together with guest presenters on specific topics, addresses the basics of historical interpretation.
Because events at New Bridge generally run smoothly, it is easy to be unaware of how much preparation goes in to opening the site to the public, but nerves can frazzle when a vital piece of equipment can’t be located, or one volunteer is filling in for another. Knowing where things are and how things are done is vital. This month, BCHS trustees and officers Kevin Wright, Deborah Powell, Denise Piccino, Linda Masullo, and Beverly Hashimoto will explain their areas of expertise in event execution in a session that will be extremely helpful for our volunteers. Please meet at the Campbell-Christie House.

Meet in the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661.

contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

BCHS Lecture Series

October 20, 2016 - 7:30 pm
Architecture of Bergen County
Part One

Deborah Powell will give historian Kevin Wright's illlustrated talk, A Historial Primer and Practical Guide to Bergen County's Domestic Architecture 1640-1940. We're working on a publication based on this history.

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

Harvest Homecoming at New Bridge
Sunday, October 30, 2016
1 - 5:00 pm

Photographic tombstone exhibit includes Bergen County tombstone rubbings and photo exhibit. Activity for children includes take-a-away rubbing of a brass plate. PUMPKIN PICKING. Free pumpkin to the first 75 children. Musket demonstrations and interactive Rev War map showing obstacles facing Washington. Make a corn husk doll.

Historic New Bridge Landing:  
American Revolutionary War Battleground including 3 Jersey-Dutch Sandstone Houses, Exhibits of BCHS collections, Tavern, Gift shop, Outkitchen & Barn. (The barn closed in cold weather)  $10 adults, $7 students, BCHS members free. (Become a member and support our efforts, $20 individual / $30 household).

HNBL, 1201-1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ. Site map below. Harvest Homecoming PDF.

All 3 sandstone houses, including the Steuben House, a state historic site, are connected by an ADA compliant 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. Walk one block north & east. By car, HNBL is only 7 miles from the GWB.

Refreshments including cider donuts will be available (additional cost). Some folk come just for the cider and cider donuts!

EVENT:
Mitzvah Day
Sunday, November 6, 2016
10:00-12:00 pm

Check back for updates.

Help remove trash and invasive vegetation at Historic New Bridge Landing on UJA Federation’s 19th 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.

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

Veteran's Day Wreath-laying & Ceremony
Sunday, November 6, 2016
1:00 pm

Location: Veterans Memorial Park, 2 East Franklin Turnpike, Ho-ho-kus, Meet at the clock in the park across the street.

In Honor of Veteran's Day, the Bergen County Historical Society, will continue its tradition of raising awareness of important Veteran accomplishments and markers throughout Bergen County.

In Honor of Veteran's Day, the Bergen County Historical Society in conjunction with the Washington Elm VFW Post 192 and Ho-Ho-Kus Shade Tree Commission, will continue its tradition of raising awareness of important Veteran accomplishments and markers throughout Bergen County. This year, the Bergen County Historical Society will hold its ceremony in Veterans Memorial Park on Franklin Turnpike in Ho-Ho-Kus, adjacent to the boulder marking the route of Washington and his troops, erected by the Daughters of the Revolution in 1913. Our purpose is to honor the veterans of all wars. The secondary purpose is to mark and honor the American Revolutionary War battleground in downtown Ho-Ho-Kus. Charity Berry provides an interesting account of the once famous Washington Elm in Ho-Ho-Kus. She reportedly died at 110 years of age in 1848 and her obituary claimed, "Her husband was Captain of a Militia Company in active service, and who aided in driving British troops from Hoppertown.—Generals Washington and Lafayette together dined with her one day under the shade of a stately elm tree near her door, a circumstance she was fond of relating.” While the accurracey does present challenges, it is an early reference to a stately elm along the road, such as the famed Washington Elm that stood next to the Tavern Under the Elms, and which is believed was cut down around 1936. According to Ho-Ho-Kus historian Sue F. Hudson, the Ramapo Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution placed the inscribed boulder to honor this ancient tree on May 30, 1914. After the tree was felled, it was relocated to its present position in the Old Borough Hall Park across the street. Military Historian, Author and Past Bergen County Historical Society President, Todd Braisted, will also speak on the actions at Hopperstown on the actual hallowed ground in Ho-Ho-Kus.
The Bergen County Historical Society will also be donating a Princeton Elm Tree to Ho-Ho-Kus to be planted near the original site. This species has been resistant to the Dutch Elm disease and two such trees were planted at Historic New Bridge Landing State Park over three years ago. Future generations of those living in Ho-Ho-Kus, or driving by on the old Franklin Turnpike, will once again be able to enjoy the shade of a stately elm, like Charity Berry and General George Washington.

BCHS Staff Ride
British Invasion Part II
November 12, 2016

CANCELLED

BCHS Staff Ride is limited to 34 seats

On November 20, 1776, war came to Bergen County. Five-thousand British, Hessian and Provincial Forces under Lieutenant General Charles Lord Cornwallis ascended the Palisades from the lower Closter landing and threatened to trap Fort Lee’s garrison on Bergen Neck. Still smarting from the loss of nearly three thousand men days earlier at Fort Washington, only the timely notice of an alert officer, and a certain bridge crossing the Hackensack saved the army from a second disaster in less than a week. 

Join historians Kevin Wright and Todd Braisted as they lead you through some of the forgotten places integral to the invasion and the birth of our country.  This year’s itinerary includes the area of downtown Fort Lee where the actual fort and garrison stood, travel north to the top of the Palisades where King George’s men scaled and dragged cannon up a treacherously steep incline and then to Liberty Pole, the crossroads that held the key to victory or defeat.

You will travel along the routes in style in a chartered mini-bus, leaving from Historic New Bridge Landing at 10:30 AM and returning at 3:30 PM.  A lunch, complete with appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert will be served at Griffin’s Restaurant in Cresskill.

Cost for the entire package is $85.00 for members of the Bergen County Historical Society, $95.00 for non-members.  Space is extremely limited, so please make your reservations quickly!  Each previous staff ride has sold out, and we anticipate another full bus this year, so don’t miss out!  Please arrive at the Steuben House by 9:30 AM on November 12th orientation and background.

We look forward to traveling the streets of history with you!

When: Saturday, November 12, 2016. 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. (Bus leaves at 10:30 am)

Where: Meet at Historic New Bridge Landing,
1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661

Cost:
BCHS members: $85 (Become a member)
Non-members: $95
Plus PayPal convenience charge

Staff Ride pdf

Make a reservation: PAYPAL

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
7:30 pm

Topic: New Bridge in 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 Kevin Wright addresses the basics of historical interpretation with guest presenters to address specific topics. As we approach the anniversary of the Retreat of November 20, 1776, military historian Todd Braisted will talk about the vital role our site played in “the times that tried men’s souls” when the road to independent nationhood lay across a small wooden bridge, and passions between loyalists and patriots split friends and families. Please meet in the Steuben House.

contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

BCHS Lecture Series

November 17, 2016 - 7:30 pm
Architecture of Bergen County
Part Two

Deborah Powell will give historian Kevin Wright's illlustrated talk, A Historial Primer and Practical Guide to Bergen County's DOmestic Architecture 1640-1940.

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

BCHS EVENT:
The 240th Anniversary of the British Invasion & American Retreat
Saturday & Sunday, November 19 & 20, 2016

The 240th Anniversary of the British Invasion & American Retreat from Fort Lee to New Bridge, The Bridge That Saved A Nation.

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 240th Anniversary of the "times that try men's souls," the Bergen County Historical Society, along with the Brigade of the American Revolution, will co-sponsor a weekend of living history and scholarly presentations on November 19 and 20, 2016.

Saturday - 7 pm Reading of the American Crisis at the Bridge

Followed by Todd Braisted, Author, Military Historian and Past President of the Bergen County Historical Society, will discuss espionage of the American Revolution.


Sunday - Event Run Time 10 am - 3 pm

10:00 am site opens to Public

10:15 am British Troops march to and establish "camp" at Lower Brett Park

10:15 am American forces will establish pickets throughout New Bridge Landing

10:30 am Meat Ration (Soldiers will be issued their meal near the camp kitchen)

11:15 am - Continental Troops that are not on picket, begin forming on the front lawn of the Steuben House. There will be a brief welcome of the public at Steuben House, begin to cross the bridge, staying on the sidewalk.

11:30 am - Rear guard arrives at New Bridge, action begins in Lower Brett Park

12:15 pm - Rations issued, lunch at the camp kitchen

1:00 pm - Children's Drill (Outwater's Militia) - in front of the Demarest House

1:30 pm Lecture - Todd Braisted - IVNJV Formation and history of the unit

2:15 pm - A call to arms:recruitment of the loyal inhabitants in Bergen County

3:00 pm Site closes to the public, safe travels

(On going site events - Retreat to New Bridge, Laundry impression near the kitchen, pickets, 18th century music demonstrations).

Adults $10, Students (6-22 yr) $7. BCHS members - admission free. Refreshments including cider donuts will be available.

Free parking is available or take the train on the Pascack Valley line to "New Bridge Landing" train stop. Walk one block north to Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ. HNBL is only 7 miles from the GWB.

The BCHS 1776 Invasion & Retreat map with routes in color and newly discovered information is available for sale in our gift shop at the event. 24" x 18" in color on 10 pt card stock.

BCHS EVENT:
OPEN HOUSE THIS EVENT - No admission charge

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 4, 2016. See open-hearth cooking in authentic Jersey Dutch Out Kitchen. All three Jersey-Dutch sandstone houses are open for tours. For that special holiday gift, browse unique historical gift shop. We have a children's cornhusk angel ornament workshop throughout the afternoon.

Reservations for the 33rd Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts, featuring Linda Russell & Companie, will also be on sale (one show is sold out). PAYPAL purchase now.

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 & MORE IN THE GIFT SHOP.

MORE EVENT INFO ON EVENT PAGE

Decorating Historic New Bridge Landing:
Saturday, December 10, 2016
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org
Tickets for the 33rd Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts, featuring Linda Russell & Companie, will also be on sale (if there are any left).

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
7:30 pm

Topic: Between the Wars: Growth and Prosperity at 1760s New Bridge

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, together with guest presenters on specific topics, addresses the basics of historical interpretation. This month, Kevin examines how trade and the outcome of the French and Indian War affected the affluence of the Zabriskie family and New Bridge Landing in the decade before the American Revolution. Please meet at the Steuben House.

contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

BCHS EVENT:
33rd Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts & Tavern Fare • Sat & Sun, Dec 17 & 18, 2016

BCHS celebrates our 33rd Colonial Christmas Concerts, featuring Linda Russell & Companie, in the Steuben House, by reservation.

Two Concerts each night:
Saturday: 6:00 and 7:45 pm
Sunday: 6:00 and 7:45 pm
(Many thanks to all those who came to the sold out event. Many thanks to our trained volunteer staff)

Gift shop, Out-Kitchen & Demarest House OPEN.

TAVERN FARE: The Black Horse Tavern in the Campbell-Christie House will be open for light tavern fare. Additional cost.

Saturday & Sunday the Tavern is Open:
5 pm to 8 pm.
Come before or after your concert for light tavern fare. From 8 pm - 9:30 pm we will be serving desserts. Seating limited.

Concert:
$32 per person. BCHS members $25.
Mail check to BCHS, Holiday Events,
PO Box 55, River Edge, NJ 07761 with date & time or PayPal or purchase at events at Campbell-Christie House.

Specifiy 1st & 2nd choice of time.
Include your email address and/or phone number for confirmation.

PAYPAL LINK FOR RESERVATIONS

No refunds or exchanges.
Suggest wearing walking shoes.

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

For a short history on Bogert's Candy Kitchen of Hackensack.
Clear toy candies from antique Bogert's Candy Kitchen molds.

Note: We made the concert times the same for both evenings this year.

BCHS EVENT:
The Society’s Twelfth Night Party
Sunday, January 8, 2017
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 8, 2017. 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.

BCHS EVENT:
Historic New Bridge Landing, Where Eagles Fly
Saturday, January 14, 2017
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Come celebrate History & Eagles on the Hackensack River.

Tours of the Historic Steuben House - Eagle Watching - Powerpoint by Don Torino "Return of the Bald Eagle" - Illustrated Talk "History of the Meadowlands" by BCHS Past-Presidents Kevin Wright & Deborah Powell, given by Deborah Powell - Talk by HNBLPC Chairman Jim Smith on "How BCHS saved the Steuben House & New Bridge Landing." Refreshments available in the Steuben House.

This event is no cost to the public - Sponsored by the Bergen County Audubon Society and the Bergen County Historical Society. POSTER

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
7:30 pm

Topic:

This is a very valuable session for all our event personnel. Please meet in the Steuben House.

contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

BCHS EVENT:
Brigit's Day & Ladies Ramble
Sunday, January 29, 2017
1:00 - 4:30 pm

Selections from BCHS quilt collection on exhibit. Quilter demonstrations & Exhibits by the Brownstone Quilters and Peaceful Valley Quilters.

House Tours - Candlemaking - Exhibits of Artifacts - Children's Activities - Refreshments in the Tavern

Quilts are considered both a creative and utilitarian household craft. The quilt exhibit will celebrate the contributions of women artists in Bergen County.

Historic New Bridge Landing:  
American Revolutionary War Battleground including 3 Jersey-Dutch Sandstone Houses, Exhibits of BCHS collections, Tavern, Gift shop, Outkitchen & Barn.  $10 adults, $7 students, BCHS members free. (Become a member and support our efforts, $20 individual / $30 household).

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BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
7:30 pm

Topic: Whom Do You Trust? Espionage in 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. Espionage during the Revolutionary War has recently become a popular topic; this month, historian and BCHS Past President Todd Braisted will separate fact and fiction in his presentation on the Revolution’s spy networks in our own backyard—or in the case of the Zabriskie-Steuben House, our own front porch! Please meet at the Steuben House.

This innovative training program was first created by historian Kevin Wright.

BCHS Lecture Series
The Extraordinary Stories of the Presidential Deaths

February 16, 2017 - 7:30 pm

Louis L. Picone is an author and historian whose specialty is Presidents and places. He is the author of The President Is Dead! The Extraordinary Stories of the Presidential Deaths, Final Days, Burials, and Beyond... (Skyhorse Publishing, 2016) and Where the Presidents Were Born: The History & Preservation of the Presidential Birthplaces (Schiffer Publishing, 2012). Louis has served on the board of the Roxbury Historic Trust and is a member of the Authors Guild and Mensa International. In June 2016 Louis was invited to speak at the international conference "U.S. Presidents and Russian Rulers" at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. He has traveled to all fifty of the United States to visit presidential historic sites and is currently working on a Masters in History at William Patterson University. He resides in Roxbury, New Jersey.
 
Louis will be speaking about his latest book The President Is Dead! The Extraordinary Stories of the Presidential Deaths, Final Days, Burials, and Beyond...
He will discuss how he developed an interest in the deaths of the American presidents and what led him to write a book about the subject. He will talk about his travels, how he researched his topics, and will share some fascinating stories about the presidents’ deaths, burials, and in many cases, reburials, and more. There will also be Q&A session.

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

BCHS EVENT:
WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY AT HISTORIC NEW BRIDGE LANDING
Sunday, February 19, 2017
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

A Country Ball upon the Anniversary of Washington’s Birthday will be held at Historic New Bridge Landing.

Dance mistress Denise Piccino and the Tricorne Dancers will give two one hour public performances in the Steuben House at 1:30 and 3:00 pm. Ridley & Anne Enslow will provide 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 our gift shop is also located. Visitors may also see open-hearth cooking demonstrated in the Out-Kitchen, featuring meal items that General Washington might have eaten during his stay at New Bridge in 1780 and recipes from Martha's cookbook. Re-enactors from the 3rd New Jersey Regiment will demonstrate military life. Activities for Children include: Soldier Drills, Paper Dolls & Scavenger Hunt.

So celebrate the 285th anniversary of Washington’s Birthday at Historic New Bridge Landing, where General George Washington made his headquarters in September 1780, when Continental troops encamped between Van Saun Park in River Edge and Soldier Hill Road in Oradell. A tiger-stripe maple bedstead, reputedly used in a local home where George Washington stayed during the 1780 Steenrapie Encampment, is displayed in the Demarest House. The room in the Steuben House where Washington stayed for ten days during the Steenrapie Encampment is also open for viewing. $10 adult, $7 children, BCHS members free.

Historic New Bridge Landing:  
American Revolutionary War Battleground including 3 Jersey-Dutch Sandstone Houses, Exhibits, Tavern, Gift shop & Outkitchen. (Barn closed in cold weather)  $10 adults, $7 students, BCHS members free. HNBL, 1201-1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ. Site map below. (Become a member and support our efforts, $20 individual / $30 household)

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. 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.

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 7:30 pm

Topic: Bergen’s Sacred Ground: The Revolutionary War Beyond New Bridge

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. While our interpreters may find themselves talking mainly about the Revolutionary War at New Bridge, our visitors often ask questions about what happened in their towns during the RevWar years. This month, historian and BCHS Past President Todd Braisted will field queries about other areas of the county and what battles and skirmishes (if any) took place there. Bring the questions you’ve been asked, or the questions you’ve always wanted to ask about your hometown—this is the opportunity to get answers from an expert!

Please meet at the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ.

BCHS Lecture Series
Thursday, March 16, 2017, 7:30 pm

Petticoats at the Polls: New Jersey Women Fight for the Right to Vote
Even though the Fourteenth Amendment guaranteed every U.S. citizen “equal protection under the law,” strangely, it did not include granting women the right to vote. The Fifteenth Amendment gave the vote to recently-freed black slaves, but not to American women.

This is the story of the long and difficult struggle for women’s voting rights. New Jersey women in particular were very active participants in this struggle. Join Dr. Frey as he retells this story of courage, persistence, and sacrifice as women in our state fought to change the U.S. Constitution to guarantee the right to vote for all citizens. 

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

Dr. Raymond Frey is a Professor of History and the University Historian at Centenary University in Hackettstown, where he has taught for 27 years. Dr. Frey holds an M.A. in Social and Political Philosophy from Fordham University, and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Nineteenth Century Studies from Drew University. He has done post-doctoral work at both Harvard and Yale University. His areas of expertise include American and African American history, New Jersey history, the Truman Administration, and the Progressive Era. The author of three books, including a widely-used textbook on the history of New Jersey, he is currently completing a manuscript on New Jersey in the Progressive Era for Rutgers University Press. He also owns a small horse farm in Lafayette, New Jersey, and is an avid hiker. 

Building & Grounds Spring Cleanup.
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 8:00 - 11:00 am

Meet at the Steuben House and areas will be assigned. The Building and Grounds Committee of the Bergen County Historical Society and the Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission will be hosting this event on Sunday, April 24th, 8 am to 11 am.

This work will occur outdoors so bring gloves and boots. We'll be tackling the removal of non-native plants and cleaning up debris on both sides of the Hackensack River. Groups are welcome, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

BCHS EVENT:
Under the Shad Moon, Chwame Gischuch • Lenape New Year
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

The Bergen County Historical Society celebrates:
Under the Shad Moon, Chwame Gischuch, the Lenape New Year, from 1-5 pm. Saturday, March 18, 2017
Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main Street, River Edge 07661.

At 1:30 pm in the Steuben House, Chief Dwaine Perry and Floyd Little Sun Hicks of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation will open with a song honoring historian Kevin Wright. Wright, long associated with New Bridge, passed away in October. They will follow with a presentation. Seating, first come.

At 2:30 pm Gary McGowan, President/Owner and Principal Conservator of Cultural Preservation & Restoration located in Belvidere, NJ will be giving a presentation on Materials Recovered from the African Burial Ground Project in Manhattan excavated in the early to mid-1990's. He will discuss both the preservation of the site and artifacts related to more than 300 burials from primarily enslaved Africans within the 18th century.

Alyssa Loorya, Principal Investigator/Archaeologist and President of Chrysalis Archaeology, will give an illustrated presentation:

Extreme Makeover: Transforming New York City's Common:
New York's City Hall Park has exhibited three distinct identities since the founding of New Amsterdam. Originally utilized to extend the Dutch tradition of Common lands in the new world it's remote location made it an ideal setting to house unwanted populations in the eighteenth century. Following the Revolutionary War and the ensuing expansion of the city this parcel of land was transformed into the municipal crown of New York City. Archaeology has documented the transformation of these institutional grounds into a gentrified public park and icon of the City.

ZABRISKIE-STEUBEN HOUSE: New exhibits including wampum & tours
CAMPBELL-CHRISTIE HOUSE: Visit the Tavern Keeper - Gift Shop - Refreshments/Tavern Fare
DEMAREST HOUSE MUSEUM: Tours • On exhibit: see a bed George slept in 1780
JERSEY DUTCH OUTKITCHEN: Open Hearth Cooking/ traditional foods
All 3 Houses have Artifacts on Display.
Activities for Children include: Scavenger Hunt w/ prize and corn husk dolls.
Click Here for Event Flyer & Directions

Historic New Bridge Landing: American Revolutionary War Battleground including 3 Jersey-Dutch Sandstone Houses, Exhibits of BCHS collections, Tavern, Gift shop, Outkitchen & Barn. (The barn closed in cold weather) $10 adults, $7 students, BCHS members free. (Become a member and support our efforts!, $20 individual / $30 household).
HNBL, 1201 Main St., River Edge, NJ. Site map below.

All 3 sandstone houses, including the Steuben House, a state historic site, are connected by an ADA compliant 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. Walk one block north & east. By car, HNBL is only 7 miles from the GWB.
Refreshments in the 18th century tavern (additional cost). Some folks come just for the cider and cider donuts!

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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 later shad as these fish ran up the rivers in great numbers. Tantaqua, Last Sachem of the Hackensacks was listed as a native owner of lands surrounding the tidal estuary of the Hackensack River, from Newark Bay northward to New Bridge, in 1668. Tantaqua sold what is now Teaneck, north of Cedar Lane, in 1677 and then resided where the Steuben House was built in 1752 on what was originally known as Tantaqua’s Plain. - Kevin Wright.


BCHS EVENT:
Battleground Tour of New Bridge
Saturday, April 8, 2017,
10 am

Walk in the footsteps of History. Historian and author Todd Braisted 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. $10 adults, $7 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 Docent & Interpretation Meeting:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 7:30 pm 
Topic: An Introduction to BCHS at New Bridge Landing

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. This month, BCHS Past President James Smith will present Introduction to the Bergen County Historical Society at New Bridge, an overview of our historic site, the role the Society played in saving it, and the part it continues to play in its operation and preservation. This is a requirement for new associate volunteers and a great refresher for the veteran!

Please meet at the Steuben House.

BCHS Lecture Series
Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7:30 pm

Occasioned My Move to Verplank: The Attempt to Rescue to Convention Army

Before the British and American armies settled into winter quarters for 1778, Sir Henry Clinton undertook one last mission: a swift strike in the Lower Hudson Valley to rescue the prisoners of war from Saratoga as they passed the Hudson River at King's Ferry with a landing at the important post of Stony Point. Michael J. F. Sheehan will present an illustrated lecture on this brief but exciting episode of the American Revolution, filled with maps, portraits, and excerpts of letters from officers who witnessed the event.

Michael J. F. Sheehan holds a bachelor's degree in History from Ramapo College of New Jersey. He is the Senior Historian at the Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site where he has been for nine years. Michael has spent most of his time studying the American Revolution with a focus on the role of the Hudson Highlands and Lower Hudson Valley, where he has lived his whole life. In his free time, he is currently working on a book about the history of King's Ferry during the American Revolution and he has been playing live traditional Irish music in the Stony Point area for five years. Deeply involved in the Brigade of the American Revolution since 2008, Michael has reenacted and spoken at countless historic sites and societies in New York and New Jersey, and is currently serving as a board member for Lamb's Artillery Company.

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

Authors' Day at Historic New Bridge Landing:
Sunday, May 7, 2017, 1 - 5 pm 
20 authors will have books available for purchase and signing in the Steuben House. Titles cover the Revolutionary War, town histories including walking tour of Teaneck, biographies, and authors of children’s books. Author Donna Thorland will give an illustrated presentation in the Campbell-Christie House at 2:30 pm as well as available before and after in the Steuben House.

A BCHS historian will make accessible the rare 1776-1876 Centennial Bergen County NJ Atlas Book, a large 167 page book. Find your house and town - a magnifying glass available to borrow. Author Donna Thorland will give an illustrated presentation at 2:30 pm in the Campbell-Christie House and will be available the rest of the day in the Steuben House. Last Chance Book Sale. Our discards are your treasures. $1 for 5 books or $2 for a bagful. Local history, United States history, material culture, and much more on the Steuben House porch. Activities for children include making a take-away New Bridge book and scavneger hunt with prize.

Three 18th-century Jersey Dutch sandstone houses on the Revolutionary War battleground open for tours, including the Steuben House (1752), a state-historic site.

Tours in the Westervelt-Thomas Barn: Patriot spies tell Washington that the British will be attacking NYC soon. But he doesn't know where they will attack. Using a 6' x 8' map with soldiers, help him decide where to place the American troops for this important battle to save NYC for the patriots. (Then find out what really happened.) Arifacts include farming equipment, carriages and brick collections.

Refreshments available in our restored eighteenth-century tavern in the Campbell-Christie House (1774), where there is also a gift shop. The Demarest House Museum (1794) is open for tours. Open-hearth cooking demonstrated in the Out Kitchen using 18th century recipes. Stand on the oldest highway swing bridge in NJ, dating to 1889, and contemplate Washington’s retreat across the Bridge That Saved Nation in November 1776.

Experience history in one of the most storied places where it was made! $10 for adults. To encourage readership, students 5-22 yrs old are free for this event. BCHS members free.
HNBL, 1201-1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ. Site map & directions: VISIT HNBL PDF.

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
7:30 pm

Topic: Backstairs at the Steuben House: A Top to Bottom Architectural Tour
 
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. Everyone likes a peek at the “backstage” of things, and this month BCHS Past Presidents Deborah Powell and James Smith, and Trustee Kate Reilly will take you for an attic to cellar tour in the 265-year-old Steuben House (including those parts the public doesn’t see!) for a better understanding of the house that anchors our site. Please meet at the Steuben House.

BCHS Lecture:
May 18, 2017, 7:30 pm

14 to 21 August 1781: The Week that shook the World

On 14 August 1781, George Washington received news that Admiral de Grasse and his fleet were on their way to the Chesapeake rather than New York as Washington had hoped. Three days later, the first American forces were on their way to Virginia. By 21 August, few if any allied forces were left around White Plains.The presentation will look at the logistics of coordinating the movements of more than 7,500 men and their thousands of animals over the Hudson River into Bergen County and across New Jersey on three distinct parallel routes to Princeton and Trenton. Without any interference from Sir Henry Clinton in New York City.

Bio:
Dr. Selig is a historical consultant who received his Ph.D. in history from the Universität Würzburg in Germany in 1988. He is a specialist on the role of French forces under the comte de Rochambeau during the American Revolutionary War and currently serves as project historian to the National Park Service for the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail Project.

     As part of this project he has researched and written historical and architectural site surveys and resource inventories on the W3R for thirteen of the fourteen states along the route and is currently working on the report for the State of New Hampshire. He has also served as Project Historian for numerous ABPP projects such as the Battles of Princeton, Green Spring, Spencer's Ordinary, Red Bank, Bennington, Hubbardton and Paoli.  

     In 2011, the French government honored his research and publications on the contributions of France to, and her role in, the American War of Independence by making him a Chevalier de l’ordre des palmes académiques. 

BCHS EVENT:
Pinkster Fest
A Jersey Dutch Celebration of Spring
Sunday, May 21, 2017, 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 during the country dances. Ridley and Anne Enslow are featured on fiddle and hammered dulcimer. Naturally dyed eggs for Pinkster in the Out Kitchen. Artist Tina Stonefield Ishihara will be exhibiting selections of her work in the Steuben House. Ishihara will be demonstrating a traditional 7 layer Dutch method style of painting of the late Kevin Wright. Plans include donating the painting to BCHS upon its completion.

Lost Art Lacers will be demonstrating the fine art of lace-making. (bobbin-lacemaking like the ruff neckpiece Queen Elizabeth wore) An antique lace-making pillow from the BCHS collections will be on exhibit.

Pinkster cake, strawberries & cream, doughnuts and lemonade will be served in the restored 18th century tavern in the Campbell-Christie House. Tour the kitchen garden.

Popular programs that are geared toward children include a very large-scale, hands-on NJ map with figurines - try and figure out solutions to geographical challenges facing Washington and Cornwallis' troops and scavenger hunt with prize. New games are planned.

Historic New Bridge Landing:  
American Revolutionary War Battleground including 3 Jersey-Dutch Sandstone Houses including the Zabriskie-Steuben House (a state-historic site), exhibits, tavern, barn, gift shop & outkitchen.  $10 adults, $7 students, BCHS members free.
HNBL, 1201-1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ. Site map & directions: VISIT HNBL PDF. (Become a member and support our efforts, $20 individual / $30 household)

Check our website for event updates, events subject to change  | www.bergencountyhistory.org | contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org | 201.343.9492

All 3 Jersey-Dutch Houses are connected by a gravel walking path. Free parking is available or take a train on the Pascack Valley Line from Secaucus Junction via NJ Transit to the "New Bridge Landing" train stop in River Edge.

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 MEMORIAL DAY WREATH LAYING:
May 29, 2017, Monday, 10 am

At 10 am on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017, 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.

Brett Park Spring Cleanup.
Saturday, June 3, 2017, 8:00 - 11:00 am

Meet at the Steuben House and areas will be assigned. The Building and Grounds Committee of the Bergen County Historical Society and the Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission will be hosting this event on Saturda, June 3rd, 8 am to 11 am.

This work will occur outdoors so bring gloves and boots. We'll be tackling the removal of non-native plants and cleaning up debris on both sides of the Hackensack River. Groups are welcome, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

NO MEETING THIS MONTH

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.

info@bergencountyhistory.org

Reservations due by June 6, 2017 - PAYPAL LINK - PDF LINK
Lantern Tour
Sunday, July 2, 2017
7:00 pm

Celebrate our Country's birthday on te grounds its Independence was forged. BCHS Past President Jim Smith leads a lantern tour of Historic New Bridge Landing. Mee at the Campbell-Christie House. 7:00 pm.

$10 adults, $7 students, BCHS members free.
HNBL, 1201-1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ. Site map & directions: VISIT HNBL PDF. (Become a member and support our efforts, $20 individual / $30 household)

BCHS EVENT:
Vintage Baseball at New Bridge Landing
Saturday, July 8, 2017, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Vintage Baseball returns to Historic New Bridge Landing!
Come be a part of this new Bergen County tradition as we celebrate return of the beautiful game to New Bridge, a beautiful green space in the heart of Bergen County.

Saturday, July 8, 2017, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
This year the Flemington Neshanocks take on the NY Mutuals. Experience base ball being played using 1863 rules in a historic setting! More details to follow!

Consider taking the train to H.N.B.L. Trains traveling south & north arrive at the "New Bridge Landing" Station. Check NJ Transit schedule for updates on the Pascack Valley line. Free Parking.

Event takes place in the Meadow at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661. This event: Adults -$10, Students-$5, BCHS members FREE. Join and support our efforts.

No raindate. This is our 5th Year of Vintage Baseball at New Bridge. Hot Dogs, Pop Corn & Ice Cream Truck. New Bridge scorecard with admission. Click here for poster.

BCHS EVENT:
Calico Frolic
Saturday, July 15, 2017
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Bergen County Historical Society
invites persons of all ages and accomplishments to the 2017 Calico Frolic, A Summer Celebration of
Early American Country Dancing

Dance Mistress Denise Piccino invites Persons of All Ages and Accomplishments to a Calico Frolic celebrating early 19th-century country dancing celebrating St. Swithin’s Day. In times past, people watched for rain on St. Swithin’s Day (July 15), because the weather on that day was supposed to continue for the next 40 days. Watch or join in old-fashioned country dancing to the Musical Accompaniment of Ridley and Anne Enslow on fiddle and hammered dulcimer. Instruction on basic steps will precede the dance. Period dress is welcome, but not required. Refreshments provided.
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Admission: $15 donation per person; $12 for members

Steuben House at Historic New Bridge Landing • 1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
7:30 pm

Topic: Keys to the Past: The Resources of the BCHS Library
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 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. A tremendous source of information on Bergen’s past is in the Society’s own library, located in Hackensack. Need to research something about county history for your interpretation of New Bridge? Have a personal project or genealogy? Just love to peruse old photos, post cards, or maps for a peek at Bergen’s past?

This is the place to do it! Librarians Lucille Bertram and Peggy Norris will explain the resources we have and then give attendees time to explore the library’s treasures.

Please meet at the Ciarco Learning Center of Bergen Community College at 355 Main Street in Hackensack (at the corner of Main and Passaic Streets; enter the building from the adjacent parking lot). We will begin in Room 130 at 7:30 p.m. before moving to the library itself (both rooms are on the entry floor).

info@bergencountyhistory.org

Summertime Tours
Sunday, July 23, 2017
1:00 - 4:00 pm

Museum site open for tours. Visit Bergen County's Premier Historic Site. Begin at the Steuben House, number 1 on the map below.

$10 adults, $7 students, BCHS members free.
HNBL, 1201-1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ. Site map & directions: VISIT HNBL PDF. (Become a member and support our efforts, $20 individual / $30 household)
Site opened by knowledgable volunteer historians and interpreters. Event info updated as available.

Summertime Tours
Saturday, August 12, 2017
1:00 - 4:00 pm

Museum site open for tours. Visit Bergen County's Premier Historic Site. Begin at the Steuben House, number 1 on the map below.

$10 adults, $7 students, BCHS members free.
HNBL, 1201-1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ. Site map & directions: VISIT HNBL PDF. (Become a member and support our efforts, $20 individual / $30 household)
Site opened by knowledgable volunteer historians and interpreters. Event info updated as available.

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
7:30 pm

Topic: TBA
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 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.

info@bergencountyhistory.org

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
7:30 pm

Topic: TBA
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 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.

info@bergencountyhistory.org

Brett Park Fall Cleanup.
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 8:00 - 11:00 am

Meet at the Steuben House and areas will be assigned. The Building and Grounds Committee of the Bergen County Historical Society and the Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission will be hosting this event on Saturda, June 3rd, 8 am to 11 am.

This work will occur outdoors so bring gloves and boots. We'll be tackling the removal of non-native plants and cleaning up debris on both sides of the Hackensack River. Groups are welcome, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

BCHS Lecture:
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7:30 pm.
Note date change to 4th Thursday.

Painting America’s Portrait
During his September 28, 2017 talk at the Bergen County Historical Society, James Thompson, author of Painting America’s Portrait – How Illustrators Created Their Art and its sequel, Painting America’s Portrait – How Illustrators Created America, will commemorate two of Bergen County’s greatest artists. Harvey Dunn lived and worked in Leonia and Tenafly nearly forty years. During this time, Dunn established himself as one of America’s greatest artist-storytellers, one of its best fine artists, and art teachers.
Among his notable works, which Mr. Thompson will highlight, are the war scenes he produced as a Captain in the American Expeditionary Force. He spent much of his timein France with the troops on the front lines. No other artist did a better job capturing the drama of those moments and the bravery of those men than Captain Harvey Dunn. The brave men who served with Captain Dunn won “the war to end all wars” one hundred years ago—in November 2018.
Harry Townsend spent only a couple years in Leonia before relocating the north of France where he continued his training and career until the outbreak of the war. He returned then to New York where he joined the artist legion formed by Charles Dana Gibson to help Uncle Sam “sell the war” to the American People. When the War Departments decided to send a unit of illustrators to France with the AEF, Gibson recommended his talented French-speaking colleague. Captain Townsend join his old neighbor a fellow Pyle-student, Harvey Dunn as a pictorial record keeper of American heroism during the Great War. Mr. Thompson will illustrate his comments on these and related topics with a set of color slides. Copies of Painting America’s Portrait will also be available for sale.

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

BCHS Event:
Baronfest, A Celebration of Major General Baron von Steuben at his Jersey Estate
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 1 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us for a birthday celebration of Major General Baron von Steuben's birthday at his Jersey Estate. The Zabriskie-Steuben House is the only extant building in the US that Steuben owned.

Picket-fence beer garden with Brix City and Alementary Craft Breweries. Mott's Artillerary will be firing a cannon. Music by Long Hill String Band. The Steuben House and Demarest House and Campbell-Christie House are open for tours. The three Jersey Dutch sandstone houses are located along the Hackensack River. Walk across the 1889 Swing Bridge, watch for American Egrets and Great Blue Herons. The Westervelt-Thomas Barn will be open, check out broom-making. Free Pumpkin Picking. Family fun event. More info to follow.

Admission: Adults $15, Students (12-22 yr) $7. BCHS members - only $10. Beer (12 oz) $5 - Photo ID required. Cash line moves faster. 100% goes to our mission.
HNBL, 1201 Main St., River Edge, NJ. Site map & directions: VISIT HNBL PDF.
Site opened by volunteer historians and interpreters. Free parking is also available or take the train via the NJ Transit to the New Bridge train stop on the Pascack Valley line. Walk one block north to Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ. HNBL is only 7 miles from the GWB. Site map below. No rain date. Info subject to change.

100% goes to our mission!

October 26th, 2017
Camp Merritt
Howard Bartholf

Howard Bartholf will present a program on the history of Camp Merritt New Jersey for the Bergen County Historical Society on October 26th 2017.

The presentation will cover the period from the beginning of construction in August 1917 to the official final closing of the base in July of 1920 and the status of what was the encampment from its closing to present day.

He will share with us interesting facts regarding how the site was selected, how and from whom the land was acquired, and the changing size and scope of the base as the war progressed. Of the over 1 million soldiers and nurses who went through Camp Merritt both going to and returning from the battlefields of France and Belgium, Bartholf will share some of the stories of notable individuals who passed through the gates.

In addition, Mr. Bartholf will touch upon the devastating effect of the flu epidemic that ravaged the camp and the history behind the monument that marks the geographic center of the once thriving and vibrant military encampment. He will also share his over sixty-year journey into recording the history of Camp Merritt and his family’s personal involvement with the camp.

Join us as we retrace the marching footsteps and endeavor to hear the drum rolls of those men in khaki as they passed through America’s great portal to the Great War.
Free parking in parking area at corner of Main St. & Hackensack Ave., River Edge. ADA compliant stonedust path connects the 3 houses and parking area. Some street parking. See map above.

More info to follow on our event calendar.

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