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Sun, Apr 16


Historic New Bridge Landing

Chwame Gischuch, Under the Shad Moon

Chwame Gischuch celebrated when the Shad run in the rivers. The event features 2 presenters.

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Chwame Gischuch, Under the Shad Moon
Chwame Gischuch, Under the Shad Moon

Time & Location

Apr 16, 2023, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Historic New Bridge Landing, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661, USA


About the Event

Join the Bergen County Historical Society as we celebrate Chwame Gischuch: Under the Shad Moon, The Lenape New Year on Sunday April 16th, 2023, 1 pm-4:30 pm at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main St, River Edge NJ.

Imagine a distant time when highways were footpaths, the only flights in the sky were flown by animals, and rivers were crystal clear, as we ponder the Prehistoric lifeways of our ancestors and particularly of the place we now call New Bridge Landing.

Observe the methods by which everyday tasks were anchored in Nature, when a good living came directly from animal, vegetable and mineral resources.  Watch wild plants being processed into twine and hear the crack of rocks being fractured and shaped into tools with antler, wood, and other stones.

Primitive technologist Steve Adams offers a discussion and demonstration of the hardware which provided for food, clothing and shelter with comfort in Pre-Contact cultures.  These ancient technologies were relevant and common for the majority of human history and are part of the legacy of ancestries around the globe.  Discussion will be welcome during this open-air presentation.

Check out Arthur Kirmss as he demonstrates the Native American and colonial craft of wampum making. Arthur called in sick.

The Society’s collections in the Steuben House. Selections from BCHS’s extensive Native American collection is on exhibit including wampum


The Steuben House, the Demarest House Museum and the Westervelt-Thomas Barn will be open for tours. The Campbell-Christie House is scheduled for for repairs to the exterior and a new roof but we have a delay so visiters can tour the Campbell-Christie House and enjoy refreshments including donuts, cornbread, and lemonade throughout the day.   

Check out broom making in the barn. Our cooks in the outkitchen are featuring shad and corn. Children can make a cornhusk doll to take home and take part in the scavenger hunt with a prize. You can always duck into one of the houses when the weather is iffy.

Admission: $12 adults, $7 students, BCHS members free. Free parking available on site. Email,  or call 201-343-9492 and leave a message.


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