Bergen County Historical Society
 SCHEDULE of Events & Lectures
Summer 2013 thru Spring 2014
Historic New Bridge Landing is only open for special events
BCHS DOCENT & INTERPRETER MEETING:
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
7:30 pm

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

Wine Festival at Historic New Bridge Landing
Saturday, August 24, 2013, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

7 NJ Wineries • Live Music • Food
Pre-Event Ticket $20 - Day of Event $25 - Designated Driver $10. Pre sale ends 8-23-2013 at 10 pm.

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The Society is also the custodian of a rich heritage of over 4,000 artifacts and documents covering hundreds of years of our north Jersey history, an outstanding collection in search of a permanent home, for, despite its large population and affluence, Bergen does not have a county-wide historical museum. We seek to build such a facility at the New Bridge site to safely house and display these treasures and make them available to everyone who lives and works here.

To raise funds for this endeavor, on Saturday afternoon, August 24, 2013, with a rain date of the 25th the Bergen County Historical Society will be hosting The New Bridge Landing NJ Wine Festival with the participation of ten New Jersey wineries. Tickets will be $20 ($10 for designated drivers) in advance, $25 at the gate. No refunds.

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Bergen Leads Class of 2014
Monday, September 9, 2013, 3:15 PM – 6:00 PM

The Bergen Leads Class of 2014 will meet in the Steuben House for talks by historian Kevin Wright (4:30 PM) and Phil Dolce, of Bergen County Community College (5:15 PM). Afterwards, attendees have dinner at Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn. Contact: Beanne DeGuzman: 201-489-9454 Ext 112. By registration for Bergen Lead members.

NATURALIZATION CEREMONY:
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
10:30 am

Naturalization Ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 10:30 am at Historic New Bridge Landing.

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

BCHS DOCENT & INTERPRETER MEETING:
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
7:30 pm

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

BCHS LECTURE PROGRAM:
Portrait of a Civil War Marriage
Thursday, September 19, 2013, 7:30 pm

The Civil War was the first time in American history when a large number of men served in the military. While being in the army presented challenges for all soldiers and their families, the experiences of married couples were unique both for the solider and his spouse left at home. Drawing on the letters of William Lloyd of the 33rd New Jersey to his wife Mary back in New Jersey, John Zinn's talk will illustrate these challenges including the differences between the Civil War experience and that of more modern wars.

Currently John serves as Chairman of the Board of the New Jersey Historical Society, the state’s oldest cultural institution and only statewide historical society. He is also the chair of the New Jersey Civil War 150th Anniversary Committee founded to commemorate New Jersey’s important role in that era during the current Sesquicentennial observances. John is the score keeper for the Flemington Neshanock Base Ball Club – one of New Jersey’s two vintage baseball teams. He is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).

LECTURE PROGRAM LOCATION MAP: Unless otherwise noted, all lecture programs are held at the Second Reformed Church, corner of Anderson and Union Streets, Hackensack, NJ on the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm. The public is invited to attend. No fee. Second Reformed Church, 436 Union Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601. Enter door from parking lot, up one flight of stairs, turn right, proceed down long hall, lecture room on right.

Daguerreotype of couple from Vermont.
Baron von Steuben and his Jersey Estate at Historic New Bridge Landing
September 22, 2013, 1-5 PM

The Bergen County Historical Society will honor Major-General Friedrich Wilhelm Baron von Steuben at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201-1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661.

Re-enactors of the Third NJ Regiment (aka Jersey Blues) will demonstrate military dress and skills of the American Revolution. Displaying Jersey artifacts and furnishings, the Steuben and Demarest Houses will be open to visitors. Refreshments and a gift shop are available in the Campbell-Christie House, a restored tavern house dating back to 1774. A Jersey Dutch Out Kitchen will demonstrate culinary arts of the period. At 2 & 4 PM, historian Kevin Wright will speak in the Steuben House on Baron von Steuben and his Jersey Estate, emphasizing his significant contribution to the training and organization of the American army. By donation: $7 for adults, $5 for children, and free for BCHS members.

The Zabriskie-Steuben House in River Edge is an important historic memorial to the German immigrant who trained and organized the Continental troops. On December 23, 1783, the NJ Legislature presented the use and income of the confiscated estate of Jan Zabriskie at New Bridge to Baron von Steuben on condition he “hold, occupy and enjoy the said estate in person, and not by tenant.” General Philemon Dickinson wrote the Baron, informing him that he could comply with the terms of the gift “by keeping a bed & Servants there & visiting the premises now & then.” In 1786, Steuben leased the mansion and gristmill to Jan Zabriskie, son of its former Loyalist owner, who operated the store and mill in partnership with Steuben’s aide-de-camp, Captain Benjamin Walker. In 1788, the Baron offered to sell his “large well-built stone house, thoroughly rebuilt lately … situated on the bank of the river by which produce can be conveyed to New York in a few hours, and sloops of 40 tons burden may load and discharge along side of the mill.” Ever since, this landmark of Bergen Dutch sandstone architecture has carried the name of the Prussian Inspector-General of the Continental troops.

Established in Elizabeth, NJ, under Col. Elias Dayton in 1776, the Third NJ Regiment saw action at Scotch Plains, Brandywine, and Germantown. Wintering at Valley Forge in 1778, Lt. Col. Francis, of the Third NJ, assisted General von Steuben in drilling the troops. The Regiment fought at Monmouth and Springfield before joining the siege and final victory at Yorktown in 1781.

Walking Tour of HNBL by
Kevin Wright
Sunday, Sept 29, 2013
10:00 am

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

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

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

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

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

No charge.

Ok, twist my arm.

We do accept donations.

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

Help us reach our goal!

BCHS SCHOOL OF INTERPRETATION:
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
7:30 pm (3rd Wednesday)

Meet at the Steuben House.

If you are interested in the public presentation of Historic New Bridge Landing, either as an exhibit docent, greeter, or living-history interpreter in period dress, consider joining our School of Historical Interpretation. Usually meets the third Wednesday of each month. wright@cybernex.net

BCHS LECTURE PROGRAM:
Vintage Baseball from an Umpire's Viewpoint
Thursday, October 17, 2013, 7:30 pm

Sam Bernstein will talk about the general growth of baseball and its New Jersey connections including the contributions of Commodore John Cox Stevens, Alexander Cartwright and Lewis Ward Mudge. We will hear the story of Barney Dreyfuss as a transition from 19th Century to 20th century baseball. This is a fascinating story that will demonstrate how popular the game was from anti-bellum America to the present day.

Short bio: Sam Bernstein is social worker for the Elizabeth Public Schools. He is the author of many published articles in journals and books on the history of baseball. He is a member of the 19th Century Committee of the Society for American Baseball Research. As a 19th Century Umpire and player, Sam has, over the past 15 years, officiated at historical re-enactments of 19th Century baseball games as far away as Seattle, Washington. He has researched the rules and significance of the game and enjoys presenting an accurate recreation of baseball as it was played from 1864-1873. Sam lives in West Orange with his wife Maureen.

LECTURE PROGRAM LOCATION MAP: Unless otherwise noted, all lecture programs are held at the Second Reformed Church, corner of Anderson and Union Streets, Hackensack, NJ on the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm. The public is invited to attend. No fee. Second Reformed Church, 436 Union Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601. Enter door from parking lot, up one flight of stairs, turn right, proceed down long hall, lecture room on right.

AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR ROUNDTABLE
Bergen County:


A struggle behind the lines: the Fishkill Supply Depot

October 22: Revolutionary soldiers and militiamen weren’t able to bivouac, travel, or fight without logistical support. In the Hudson River Valley, troops labored to collect needed weapons and supplies at the village of Fishkill, N.Y. Now researcher Lance A. Ashworth, president of the Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot, works to tell of their little-known but essential service.

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

BCHS EVENT:
Harvest Homecoming
Saturday, October 19, 2013

Peggy Norris will give an illustrated talk on the Zabriskie-Hopper Cemetery (Paramus) in the Steuben House at 1 pm. At 2 pm join Kevin Wright on a walking tour from Historic New Bridge Landing to the French Cemetery in New Milford, (one mile each way).

Click here to see more information about the French Burying Ground including survey of who is buried here.

The cemetery is behind New Milford Boro Hall, 930 River Road, New Milford, NJ. Turn onto Patrolman Ray Woods Drive. The gate to the cemetery is normally locked.

Northern Meeting of the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey

Saturday, November 2, 2013

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Directions to HNBL

30th Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts tickets will be available for purchase this day.
EVENT:
Mitzvah Day
Sunday, November 3, 2013 10:00-12:00 pm
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Help remove trash and invasive vegetation at Historic New Bridge Landing on UJA Federation’s 15th annual Mitzvah Day. The goal of Mitzvah Day is to involve people in a variety of community service activities throughout northern New Jersey thus enabling them to understand and experience, first hand, the vast network of social service agencies and organizations. Last year, over 1,400 people participated in this wonderful event..

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

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

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

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

BCHS EVENT:
Wreath-laying and ceremony at Civil War Monument, Hackensack Cemetery on Sunday, November 10, 2013.

At 1 pm on Sunday, November 10, 2013, the Bergen County Historical Society will honor American veterans of all wars by laying a lay a memorial wreath at the base of Bergen County's Civil War memorial statue in Hackensack Cemetery, 289-323 Hackensack Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601. The McPherson Post No. 52, Grand Army of the Republic, dedicated a war memorial with the figure of a uniformed soldier, seven feet tall, on October 21, 1892, placing it in a prominent position in the Hackensack Cemetery. The statue is actually cast metal, painted to resemble carved stone.

Attended by several Civil War re-enactors, Bob Costello, portraying Abraham Lincoln, will read the Gettysburg Address during the ceremony in special commemoration of the sesquicentennial of President Lincoln's "few appropriate remarks," made on November 19, 1863, when he joined in the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg, Pa.

AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR ROUNDTABLE
Bergen County:

Peggy Shippen, treacherous beauty!

November 19: Benedict Arnold conspired to reveal the secrets of the rebel stronghold at West Point to British officer John Andre. A critical role in the drama was played by Arnold’s wife, ambitious Peggy Shippen. How much did she know? Did she assist the conspirators? Did she hatch the plot? Lawyer and researcher Stephen H. Case, co-author of Treacherous Beauty, a Shippen biography, will furnish answers.

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

BCHS SCHOOL OF INTERPRETATION:
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
7:30 pm (3rd Wednesday because of Thanksgiving weekend)

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

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

BCHS LECTURE PROGRAM:
Gettysburg in the Civil War
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 7:30 pm

Pat Schuber will discuss the key figures and events of the Battle of Gettysburg on the occasion of its 150th Anniversary Year. This battle is often called the turning point of the Civil War and was largest land battle ever fought in North America. It culminated in the delivery of one of the most famous speeches in American history: Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

As a historian Pat Schuber has led bus tours of Gettysburg. He has served as Bergen County Executive, a commissoner of the Port Authority of NY & NJ, Counsel to a law firm located in Bergen County and volunteers in many civic organizations.

LECTURE PROGRAM LOCATION MAP: Unless otherwise noted, all lecture programs are held at the Second Reformed Church, corner of Anderson and Union Streets, Hackensack, NJ on the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm. The public is invited to attend. No fee. Second Reformed Church, 436 Union Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601. Enter door from parking lot, up one flight of stairs, turn right, proceed down long hall, lecture room on right.

30th Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts tickets will be available for purchase this day.
BCHS EVENT:
237th Anniversary of the British Invasion and American Retreat at Historic New Bridge Landing

Saturday & Sunday, November 23 & 24, 2013

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 237th Anniversary of the “times that try men’s souls,” the Bergen County Historical Society, along with the Third New Jersey Regiment and Fourth Battalion, New Jersey Volunteers, will co-sponsor a weekend of living history and scholarly presentations on November 23 and 24, 2013, at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201-1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661.

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

At 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2013, noted military historian Todd W. Braisted, a Bergen County Historical Society Past President, will give an illustrated talk on Defense of the Hudson, a look at the fortifications and activities of Bergen Neck, Paulus Hook and Fort Lee up to the Retreat. Afterwards, visitors may enjoy light refreshments at the Campbell Christie House, along with living history members portraying the soldiers and followers who took part in the Revolutionary struggle from that time.

Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 24th, members of various living history groups, representing both sides of the conflict, will perform military demonstrations, showing the life and times of the common soldier of the American Revolution. Cooking and baking demonstrations will likewise take place in the Out-Kitchen behind the Campbell Christie House and visitors may tour the historic homes on the site. At 1 p.m. Todd Braisted will speak in the Steuben House on Aftermath: Bergen County, December 1776 to June 1777. Some of the Society’s treasure of Revolutionary War artifacts will be displayed.

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

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

BCHS EVENT:
Sinter Klaas Day at Historic New Bridge
Sunday, Dec 8, 2013, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Enjoy Jersey Dutch holiday treats, refreshments and a visit with Sinter Klaas in the restored tavern in Campbell-Christie House, 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661 from 1 to 4:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 8, 2013. See open-hearth cooking in authentic Jersey Dutch Out Kitchen and tour historic homes. For that special holiday gift, browse unique historical gift shop. At 1:30 P.M., historian, author and BCHS Past President Kevin Wright will give an illustrated talk "A Light in Winter; Holiday Traditions" in the Steuben House.

Tickets for the 30th Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts, featuring Linda Russell & Companie, will also be on sale. Saturday, 7 pm concert is sold out.

Our gift shop will be open. Live Christmas trees are available for purchase by Northern Border Christmas Trees and Wreaths.

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

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

BCHS SCHOOL OF INTERPRETATION:
Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013
7:30 pm (3rd Wednesday)

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

BCHS EVENT:
30th Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts & Tavern Fare • Sat & Sun, Dec 21 & 22, 2013

BCHS celebrates our 30th Colonial Christmas Concerts, featuring Linda Russell & Companie, in the Steuben House, by reservation. The musical group makes merry with song and stories from years past.

TWO CONCERTS each night:

Saturday, Dec 21: 7:00 & 8:30 pm
Saturday, Sold out.

Sunday, Dec 22: 6:00 & 7:30 pm.
Sold out.

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

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

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

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

No refunds or exchanges. Suggest wearing walking shoes.

PayPal link for concert tickets
2013

Info & Map for people who have reservations.

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

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

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

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

No. 1 - Steuben House (Concerts), No. 6 - Campbell-Christie House (Black Horse Tavern), No. 5 - Demarest House Museum (Sinter Klaus), P - Parking, Christmas Trees available in "E".
BCHS EVENT:
The Society’s Twelfth Night Party
Sunday, January 5, 2014 - 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 5, 2014. Members and guests are invited to bring an old family recipe, favorite food, dessert or drink to share in an afternoon of good fellowship and New Year cheer.

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

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

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

Google map:
1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ

BCHS SCHOOL OF INTERPRETATION:
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
7:30 pm (3rd Wednesday)

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

BCHS EVENT:
Brigit’s Day and Candlemas at HNBL
Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 1:00-5:00 pm

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

3:30 pm: Harpist Ardis Cavin will give 45-minute performance of Irish ballads in the Steuben House.

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

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

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

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

Item available in our Gift Shop
By early February, midway between winter solstice and spring equinox, peoples of the northern hemisphere watch eagerly for the first harbingers of spring. Ancient Gaels marked the end of the dead quarter of the year and the birth of spring with the festival of Imbolc. The name of this cross-quarter day in the agricultural calendar derives either from the Old Irish, oimelc, meaning, “ewe's milk,” or from imbolg, meaning “in the belly,” referring to pregnant ewes and (metaphorically perhaps) to an expectancy of nature’s rebirth.
by Kevin W. Wright. See Patch article.
BCHS SCHOOL OF INTERPRETATION:
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
7:30 pm (3rd Wednesday)

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

BCHS LECTURE PROGRAM:
The Andover Ironworks, Come Penny, Go Pound
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 7:00 pm
 
Historian Kevin Wright will speak on his latest book, The Andover Ironworks, Come Penny, Go Pound, recently published by History Press. Soon after Philadelphia merchants William Allen and Joseph Turner founded a company in 1758 to exploit New Jersey’s largest hematite deposit, Andover Furnace and Forge processed metal “esteemed of the best quality of any in America,” which was proven “from experiments, made both in England and America, to be proper for every use to which iron can be converted, and equal to the Swedish for making steel.” Its product was so singular that American military artificers wrested control from Loyalist owners in 1778 “as the Iron made at the Andover Works only will with certainty answer the Purpose of making Steel.” This is the largely untold story of the places and personalities that once made Andover iron so widely coveted. Through high hopes and disappointments, this frontier industrial outpost endured thirty-five years before labor costs, competition from cheap imports, careless consumption of woodlands and difficulty in transporting its products to market finally extinguished its fires. Today, only recycled eighteenth-century stone mills and mansions at Andover and Waterloo in Sussex County, New Jersey, testify to the combination of rich ore, abundant waterpower and seemingly endless forests that long ago attracted teamsters, woodcutters, charcoal burners, miners, molders and smelters to the Appalachian Highlands of New Jersey.

LECTURE LOCATION CHANGE:
For this month we are holding the lecture in the Steuben House, 1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ, 7 PM.

BCHS EVENT:
WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY AT HISTORIC NEW BRIDGE LANDING
Sunday, February 23, 2014
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, 1201-1209 Main Street, River Edge, 07661 on Sunday, February 23, 2014, between 1 and 5 pm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Topic: "Records of St. Malachy's Home in Brooklyn"
When: February 24, 2014, 7pm
Where: Ridgewood Public Library, 125 N. Maple Ave., Ridgewood, NJ
  
The featured speaker in February is Joseph Coen C. A., an archivist at the Brooklyn Roman Catholic Diocese. He has been researching the records of St. Malachy’s Home, an orphanage in the Brooklyn Diocese and will speak about the results of his research. He envisions the talk being partly an overview of the history of the home and partly a case study of the kinds of records found in the orphanage’s client records.

AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR ROUNDTABLE
Bergen County:

The Battle of Princeton: New revelations

February 25, 2014: Archeologist Wade Catts co-authored a major new study of terrain and 130 battle accounts that provides a more accurate sequence of military movements in the engagement. He will explain how attack and counterattack at Princeton, after Trenton, were critical to the cause in the early days of Revolution.

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

BCHS SCHOOL OF INTERPRETATION:
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
7:30 pm (3rd Wednesday)

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

AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR ROUNDTABLE
Bergen County:

A heroic stand at Fort Montgomery

March 25: Heavily outnumbered, 700 rebels stoutly resisted British and German troops before fleeing from the twin forts perched above the Hudson River near Bear Mountain. Relating and picturing that tragic story will be Grant Miller, Historic Site Manager at Fort Montgomery, which features a visitor center.

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

BCHS LECTURE PROGRAM:
March 27, 2014 (4th Thursday of March)
Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age
W. Bernard Carlson, PhD
Professor and Chair, Dept. of Engineering and Society, University of Virginia


In his new biography, "Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age", former Smithsonian Institution and Lemelson Center fellow Bernie Carlson places the legendary Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla within the cultural and technological context of his time and focuses on his inventions as well as the creation and maintenance of his celebrity. Drawing on original documents from Tesla's private and public life – including collections at the National Museum of American History - Carlson shows how he was an "idealist" inventor who sought the perfect experimental realization of a great idea or principle, and who skillfully sold his inventions to the public through mythmaking and illusion. This major biography sheds new light on Tesla's visionary approach to invention and the business strategies behind his most important technological breakthroughs.

The Thursday night lectures are at the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661. Our apologies for the confusion.
New time: Begin at 7:00 pm, refreshments in beginning.

The Building and Grounds Committee will be hosting a "Spring Cleaning" on March 29th from 8 am to 11 am (weather permitting). This work will occur outdoors so bring gloves and boots. We'll be tackling the removal of non-native plants and cleaning up the site for a busy event season. For further details, contact James Smith at bchs1902@gmail.com.
BCHS EVENT:
Under the Shad Moon
Chwame Gischuch • Lenape New Year
Sunday, March 30, 2014, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

What was Bergen County like in 1664? The Bergen County Historical Society celebrates the Lenape New Year, Chwame Gischuch, at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201-1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661 on Sunday, March 30, 2014, from 1 to 5 pm.

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

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

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

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

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

Paint Pots on display
BCHS EVENT:
Battlefield Bus Tour
Saturday, April 5, 2014

Saturday, April 5th! The Bergen County Historical Society will host a Battlefield Staff Ride of the 1780 British Raids on Hackensack, Paramus and Hopperstown. Tour the original battle sites in comfort via chartered minibus, while historians Kevin Wright and Todd Braisted narrate the exciting events of the War of Outposts. The tour will include lunch and refreshments at the historic Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern before returning to Historic New Bridge Landing. Program will run from 9:30 to 3:30 with optional tour of New Bridge afterwards. Space is extremely limited.

$95 Non-members, $85.00 Members (plus $1.00 paypal surcharge).

SOLD OUT

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

BCHS EVENT:
War of Outposts
Saturday & Sunday, April 12 & 13, 2014,
Saturday, 11 - 4:00 pm
Sunday, 11 - 3:30 pm

"The War of Outposts," hosted by the Bergen County Historical Society, Outwater's Militia and the IV NJ Volunteers will take place on April 12th and 13th, 2014. This event will feature re-enactors from both sides of the conflict and will bring to life the running battles that criss-crossed Bergen County during March and April of 1780, saw the burning down of the County Court House, and saw two important conflicts at New Bridge, due to its strategic location.

Historic New Bridge Landing and the Steuben House saw more action during the American Revolution than any other surviving home in America. It is also the original location of the final battle during the 2 day incursion into New Jersey by Crown Forces in March, 1780.

Battle reenactments will occur both days. 18th Century medical display and sutlers will be located in the Steuben House. Children will get the chance to experience what it was like to be a Continental or British Soldier, with special drills at 2pm on Saturday and 11:30 on Sunday. Children can also participate in a Historical Scavenger Hunt.

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

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

BCHS SCHOOL OF INTERPRETATION:
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
7:30 pm (3rd Wednesday)

For anyone interested in the public presentation of Historic New Bridge Landing, either as an exhibit docent, greeter, or living-history interpreter in period dress, the Bergen County Historical Society will sponsor a School of Historical Interpretation to hone communication skills and provide insight into the material culture of the past. With over 30 years of experience, historian Kevin Wright addresses the Basics of Historical Interpretation. wright@cybernex.net
The Thursday night lectures are at the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661. Our apologies for the confusion.
New time: Begin at 7:00 pm, refreshments in beginning.
BCHS LECTURE PROGRAM:
April 17, 2014 
Millionaires' Row on the Palisades
Eric Nelsen from the Palisades Park Commission

Beginning in the 1860’s, wealthy New Yorkers “discovered” the Palisades and built grand estates along its brow. This continued into the 20th century, until the building of the Palisades Interstate Parkway. Historical interpreter Eric Nelsen of the Palisades Interstate Park has put together a photographic “tour” of the estates as they stood in the 1920’s, along with photographs taken today to show what has become of them.

AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR ROUNDTABLE
Bergen County:

High-tech steel, reshaping industry and rebellion

April 22: The emerging nation craved steel for its weapons and tools, and producing it fell to the craftsmen of Andover Furnace, in northwestern New Jersey. Researcher and historian Kevin Wright, former president of the Bergen County Historical Society, will draw from his new book to delineate the successes and failures.

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

BCHS EVENT:
Battleground Tour of New Bridge
Saturday, May 3, 2014 • 10 am
Meet at the Steuben House

On Saturday, May 3, 2014, historian and author Kevin Wright will conduct a Battleground Tour of New Bridge, starting at 10:00 am in the Steuben House.

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

A Red Oak tree will be planted at Historic New Bridge Landing to commemorate the 350th Anniversary of the Founding of New Jersey in 1664.

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

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

$7 adult, $5 children, BCHS members free

BCHS LECTURE PROGRAM:

May 15, 2014, Thursday

A History of Route 80—and the Interstate Highway System
Many New Jerseyans frequently—and some daily—drive on Route 80. Over 40 years have now passed since its opening in 1973. How and why was it built? How did interstate highways change the face of America and New Jersey? Travel along with Dr. Raymond Frey as he explores the history of President Eisenhower’s dream of a national interstate highway system, and how it dramatically transformed our everyday lives.

Raymond Frey, Ph.D.
Professor of History, College Historian

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

BCHS EVENT:
Pinkster Fest
A Colonial Celebration of Spring
Sunday, May 18, 2014, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Experience history in one of the storied places where it was made! Pinkster is celebrated from 1 to 5 PM at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201-1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661, on Sunday, May 18, 2014, with a Maypole Dance at 1:30 & 3 pm with a participation session at the end of each performance. Ridley and Anne Enslow are featured on fiddle and hammered dulcimer. A Pinkster Ode will be read and a short history of the holiday given in the Steuben House at 2:30 PM. We'll be dying eggs for Pinkster in the Out Kitchen. Pinkster cake, doughnuts and lemonade will be served in the restored 18th century tavern in the Campbell-Christie House. Through out the day members of the 3rd New Jersey will be doing demonstrations. Spinning demonstration in the Demarest House Museum, with a little fiber and a spindle, you too can participate in this oldest of alchemies.

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

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

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

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

BCHS SCHOOL OF INTERPRETATION:
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
7:30 pm (3rd Wednesday)

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

BCHS MEMORIAL DAY WREATH LAYING:
May 26, 2014, Monday, 10 am

At 10 am on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, 2014, the Bergen County Historical Society honors the veterans of all wars with a wreath-laying at the grave of General Enoch Poor in the burial ground of the First Dutch Reformed Church on the Green, 42 Court Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601. Excerpts from chaplain Israel Evans' graveside funeral oration will be read at the ceremony, followed by a tour of the historic cemetery.

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

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

AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR ROUNDTABLE
Bergen County:

A farmer-clergyman learns to embrace revolt

May 27: Philip Vickers Fithian, from south Jersey, was a Presbyterian, lifelong student, philosopher, and diarist. His views led to serving as a chaplain in the rebel army and witnessing the Battle of Long Island. The book author-presenter is Dr. John Fea, Professor of History at Messiah College, Grantham, Pa.

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

Annual Meeting & Election • Ho-Ho-Kus Inn on June 22, 2014 • 1:00 – 3:00 PM • $49 per person

The Bergen County Historical Society invites its members and special guests to the Society’s Annual Meeting, June 22nd from 1 - 3 PM at the historic Ho-Ho-Kus Inn, located at the intersection of Maple Ave. and the Franklin Turnpike in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ. The menu will focus on the Inn’s traditional brunch fare including locally sourced and seasonally sustainable ingredients.
Mail check to BCHS, PO Box 55, River Edge, NJ 07661 or PayPal.

Wine Festival at Historic New Bridge Landing. A Celebration of the Wines of New Jersey
Cancelled: June 14, 2014. Rain Date: June 15, 2014. Sign up for BCHS email blasts about our events.

Despite the popularity of the event last August we had to cancel this event due to the unavailability of wineries for this date. We are going to try again for 2015.

Vintage Baseball at New Bridge Landing
July 5, 2014, Saturday, 11 am DoubleHeader
Date confirmed.

Love baseball? Love history? Step back into yesteryear when the Bergen County Historical Society hosts an old-time game with the Brooklyn Eckford & Fleminton Neshanock in the meadow at Historic New Bridge Landing in River Edge.

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

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

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

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


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

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

Calico Frolic at Historic New Bridge Landing

Upon a Summer's Night

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 6:30 - 9:30 pm.
Note time change.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please take partners! The Bergen County Historical Society invites the public to a Calico Frolic at 6:30 PM on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at the Steuben House, Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201-1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661. Watch or join in old-fashioned country dancing to the musical accompaniment of Ridley and Ann Enslow on fiddle and hammered dulcimer. Dance Mistress Denise Piccino will instruct eager beginners in basic steps and movements at the start of the evening. Dancing continues until 9:30 PM, when guests may partake of lemonade, light refreshments.

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

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

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

Fauna & Flora of New Bridge

Saturday, August 23, 2014 10 am

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

BCHS SCHOOL OF INTERPRETATION:
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
7:30 pm (3rd Wednesday)

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

Baronfest, A Festival of Music, Beer & Food at HIstoric New Bridge Landing Sept 13, 2014, rain date Sept 14. Visitors will be able to enjoy the finest that regional craft breweries have to offer together with delicious food from a variety of vendors, relax to your favorite songs and originals by 4 NJ bands, local artists with their crafts, tour 3 original 18th century houses, and stroll the grounds of Historic New Bridge Landing in River Edge, Washington's HQ in 1780, later home of Major General Baron von Steuben. As one 2013 festival visitor remarked, "I feel like I'm on a farm in upstate New York!" -- this historic setting is only 7 miles from the GW Bridge. Help raise funds for a Hall of History Museum celebrating Bergen County's storied past.
Location: Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main St., River Edge, NJ | Time: 12 noon to 5 pm
Cost: $15 - Adult Admission | $10 - Designated Driver and 12 - 20 yrs old. Buy thru PayPal now Under 12 Free but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Baronfest Poster pdf.
The music tent will be behind the Demarest House Museum. NJ Transit is making Free Parking available at the train stop parking lot. Train service is available on the Pasack Valley Line to "New Bridge Landing" stop. HNBL is only one block north-east of the train stop. Beer & Food additional cost.
BERGEN 350:
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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

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

Anyone interested in joining the Bergen350 Committee is invited to let us know at contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org.

Visit bergen350.com for more information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org
www.bergencountyhistory.org