SCHEDULE of Events & Lectures
October 2017 thru July 2018

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The buildings at Historic New Bridge Landing are only open for special events. The grounds are open dawn to dusk.
BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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 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.

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Harvest Homecoming at Historic New Bridge Landing
Sunday, October 22, 2017, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Come home to history. Visit Bergen County's Premier Historic Site.

At 1:30 pm: Historian & Author Don Hagist will talk on 6 veterans of the American Revoluton through Photos and History in the Steuben House (Book-signing opportunity!). New BCHS exhibit from the collections: Daguerreotypes & Family Trees include folks from the Zabriskie, Christie, Hopper, Berry, Brinkerhoff, Demarest, Ackerman and Lozier families. Photo enlargements of Bergen County from the 1800s looking back at you. Check out Silhouette and Broom making. Pumpkin picking, games, scavenger hunt, cooking in the Outkitchen. Tours in all three 18th century Jersey Dutch sandstone houses that 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. Don't forget the New Bridge Donuts & Cider (hot or cold) in the Tavern. Some people come just for the donuts, seriously. Event flyer.

Admission: Adults $10, Students (12-22 yr) $7. BCHS members - Free. 100% goes to our mission.
HNBL, 1201 Main St., River Edge, NJ. Site map & directions: VISIT HNBL PDF.
Site opened by 30 volunteer historians and interpreters. Free parking is available. NJ Transit is scheduled to have train service back up on the Pascack Valley line out of Secaucus. HNBL is only 7 miles from the GWB. Site map below. No rain date. Info subject to change. Wow!

BCHS Lecture Series
October 26th, 2017, Note: 4th Thursday of the Month
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.

The lecture takes place in the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ.

EVENT:
Mitzvah Day
Sunday, November 5, 2017
10:00-12:00 pm

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Help remove trash and invasive vegetation at Historic New Bridge Landing on UJA Federation’s 20th 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 12, 2017
1 pm

Join us as we commemorate Veterans of WWI. BCHS has ceremony at Veteran Park, Continental Ave, River Edge, NJ.

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.

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

Topic: History’s Voice – Strategies for Interpreting 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 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.

Why do people visit historic sites? What are the elements of successful interpretation? How can BCHS volunteers create a memorable and enjoyable day for our visitors? This month Interpreter and Volunteer Coordinator Kate Reilly addresses these and other issues to help event staff further develop their effectiveness at HNBL. New and veteran volunteers are encouraged to attend.

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

info@bergencountyhistory.org

BCHS Lecture Series

November 16, 2017, 7:30 pm
Hell in New Jersey: The 1926 Wool Workers' Strike in Passaic and Bergen Counties

The strike went from January 1926 through March 1927, and involved more than 15,000 mainly wool workers in New Jersey, who were struggling for higher wages (against a wage cut), for shorter hours, and for better conditions.
Although remembered as the Passaic strike, it also involved workers in wool and worsted plants in nearby Garfield and Clifton, as well as silk dyeing workers in what was then East Paterson. These workers, mainly immigrants from Eastern and Central Europe and Italy (including many women), organized mass pickets and near daily meetings in the face of police violence. Since the American Federation of Labor refused to organize the unskilled textile workers, it was left to the Communist Party to lead the strike. Although the strike was eventually defeated, it came to symbolize the struggle of workers in the anti-union "Roaring Twenties."

Jacob Zumoff is an assistant professor of history at New Jersey City University in Jersey City, NJ. His research focuses on the labor movement in the 1920s and 1930s. His previous book, The Communist International and US Communism, 1919-1929, was published by Brill in 2014. He is currently writing a book on the Passaic textile strike.

The lecture takes place in the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ.

BCHS EVENT:

The 241st Anniversary of the British Invasion & American Retreat from Fort Lee to New Bridge, The Bridge That Saved A Nation.
Saturday & Sunday, November 18 & 19, 2017

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 241st 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 18 and 19, 2017.

Saturday, Nov 18 - 7 pm. Reading of The American Crisis at the Bridge, followed by a lecture on Thomas Paine by Past president, Chairman of HNBLSPC, historian & reenactor Jim Smith.

COUNTDOWN TO 250:
Sunday, Nov 19 - 1-4 pm.
Two lectures, 1 pm: Overview of the Townshend Acts by
Jim Smith. 2 pm: Historic Paint Colors by Tina Reichenbacki, independent achictectural conservator. Craftmen & women on shoe making, woodworking, tailoring, blacksmithing. The Jersey Greys will be doing demonstrations. Tours in all three 18th century Jersey Dutch sandstone houses that are connected by an ADA gravel walking path through the historic battleground. Walk across the 1889 Swing Bridge on the Hackensack River and watch for American Eagles and Redtail Hawks. The Westervelt-Thomas Barn will be open depending on temperature. Don't forget the New Bridge Donuts & Cider (hot or cold) in the Tavern. Visit the Out-Kitchen as our cooks prepare seasonal 18th century foods: Butternut Squash Soup, Beef Olive, Whitepot Pudding and the kids can lend a hand at making Homemade Applesauce.

Some of the Society’s treasure of Revolutionary War artifacts are on display. Examine an exhibit on daguerreotypes, Looking Back at You.

Event takes place in Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ. Adults $10, Students (6-22 yr) $7. BCHS members - admission free. One charge both days.

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.

Event takes place in Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ. Adults $10, Students (6-22 yr) $7. BCHS members - admission free. One charge both days.

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.

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, December, 2017

Topic: No session 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 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.

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

info@bergencountyhistory.org

BCHS EVENT:
Sinter Klass Day
Saturday, December 3, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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 3, 2017. 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 34th 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 9, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Tickets for the 34th Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts, featuring Linda Russell & Companie, will also be on sale (if there are any left).

BCHS EVENT:
34th Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts & Tavern Fare • Sat & Sun, Dec 16 & 17, 2017

BCHS celebrates our 34th 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

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:
$34 per person. BCHS members $27.
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.

December 27, 2017
Fifty-Fifty Raffle
Here's your chance to win big and help BCHS out. All proceeds go to the new BCHS Hall of History museum.

The drawing is December 27, 2017, 7 pm.
Please contact Jim Purcell if you wish to purchase a ticket: 201-693-6301 or email jepurcell@optonline.net or leave a message on BCHS answering machine: 201-343-9492

License No: RL 686

BCHS EVENT:
The Society’s Twelfth Night Party
Sunday, January 7, 2018
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 7, 2018. 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 13, 2018
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Come celebrate History & Eagles on the Hackensack River.

Tours of the Historic Steuben House - Eagle Watching - More info to follow. 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.

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 7:30 pm

Topic: A Stitch Time -- Fabrics and Fashion for 18th Century New Jersey

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.

Considering wearing period dress at New Bridge events, but not sure where to begin? Feeling 18th century fashion anxiety? Experienced reenactors Andrea Jenner and Sue Braisted and interpreter Kate Reilly have the solution! Come and explore simple ways to get started with tips on what you’ll need and how to get it, what pitfalls to avoid, and how to look authentic without spending a fortune. Not interested in dressing? Come anyway to learn more about this aspect of everyday life!

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

info@bergencountyhistory.org

BCHS EVENT:
Brigit’s Day and Candlemas at HNBL
Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 1:00-5:00 pm

Selections from BCHS coverlet collection on exhibit.

Demonstration of the 18th century craft of candle-making using authentic materials including lard in the Outkitchen.
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.

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.

Event takes place in Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661. $10 adult, $7 children, BCHS members free.

An individual membership is $20, most of our events are free to BCHS members, some are discounted. Free parking is available or take a train on the Pascack Valley Line from Secaucus via NJ Transit to the New Bridge Landing stop.

BCHS Lecture Series

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 7:30 pm
Descendants of enslaved people in colonial America and the United States of America

On February 15, 2017, Dr. Evelyn McDowell, Ph.D. will present a program for the Bergen County Historical Society on the creation of a new lineage society for descendants of enslaved people in colonial America and the United States of America. This organization is called Sons & Daughters of the United States Middle Passage.

The presentation will cover how and why the organization was created. She will share who is eligible, describe its objectives, and talk about its past and future events.

Many African-Americans believe it is impossible or too difficult to trace their lineage; but with new information frequently coming online, it is increasingly possible to go back many, many generations. She will discuss how she used historical records to find her direct lineage to over 35 enslaved ancestors, how connecting to them changed her life, and her pursuit to encouraging others to do the same.

Dr. Evelyn McDowell, Ph.D. is an associate professor of accounting at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. She is founder, charter member, and President of Sons & Daughters of the United States Middle Passage. Dr. McDowell is a member of the Princeton chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She currently researches diversity in the accounting profession and the effect of slavery on tax policy and reporting.

The lecture takes place in the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ.

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 7:30 pm

Topic: Fables & Fallacies – Separating Fact & Fiction

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. This month, a panel of BCHS historians debunk the myths and misunderstandings of American history that are so often repeated—sometimes for generations—in museums, books, and classrooms. Hear the real stories (often more interesting than the myth!) and don’t further the fakery!

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

info@bergencountyhistory.org

BCHS EVENT:
WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY AT HISTORIC NEW BRIDGE LANDING
Sunday, February 25, 2018
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 286th 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 21, 2018, 7:30 pm

Topic: Come to the Party – Manners and Music in 18th Century Society

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.

In an age before LinkedIn or Facebook, professional and social connections happened at a dance, a soiree, or a society salon where the elite—and not so elite—gathered. This month, interpreters and accomplished period dancers Denise Piccino and Sue Braisted explore the decorum and rules of eighteenth century behavior and the part music played in the social rituals of the age.

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

info@bergencountyhistory.org

BCHS EVENT:
Under the Shad Moon, Chwame Gischuch • Lenape New Year
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 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 24, 2018
Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main Street, River Edge 07661.

TBA

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.

Building & Grounds Spring Cleanup.
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 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 7th, 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, April 18, 2018, 7:30 pm

Topic: An Introduction to Historic 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 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, a BCHS historian will present an overview of our historic site as a foundation for further study. A must for new volunteers and a great refresher for the veteran! Please meet at the Steuben House.

info@bergencountyhistory.org


BCHS EVENT:
Battleground Tour of New Bridge
Saturday, April 21, 2018,
10 am - 12:30 pm

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, May 16, 2018
7:30 pm

Topic: Treasures Through Time – The BCHS Collections

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.

For well over one hundred years, the Bergen County Historical Society has been collecting artifacts of the famous and infamous, the exceptional and the everyday. This month, Past President and Museum Collections Chairperson Deborah Powell takes us on a visual tour through centuries of Bergen life via its artifacts. Come and have a taste of what wonders await when our museum is completed! Please meet in the Steuben House.

contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

BCHS EVENT:
Pinkster Fest
A Jersey Dutch Celebration of Spring
Sunday, May 20, 2018, 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. More info to follow.

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:
Monday, May 28, 2018, 10 am

At 10 am on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018, 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.

Summer Site Invasive Clean Up:
Saturday, June 2, 2018
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, June 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.

BCHS Annual Dinner/Meeting
Thursday June 14, 2018

Ramsey Country Club "The Abbey"
More info to follow.

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, June 2018

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

Lantern Tour
Sunday, July 1, 2018
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 7, 2018, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Tenative date & teams.

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. 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 TBA, 2018, 2016, 6:30 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

Summertime Tours
Saturday & Sunday, July & August, 2018, TBA
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.

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.

Bergen County Historical Society