BCHS museum and library collections comprise the greatest survival of significant Bergen Dutch artifacts and documents in the public domain. Many objects are on view at Historic New Bridge Landing. BCHS first began collecting the material culture of Bergen County beginning in 1902 at our founding. Some artifacts are thousands of years old from the first people to live in Bergen County. We have strengthened our American Revolution and Dutch Collections recently with significant donations. Paintings, pottery, china, needlework, quilts, coverlets, furniture including three kasten on the site, locally made Hackensack Valley cupboards and chairs.
The large Hopper's Tavern sign with Jefferson's portrait, a 30" square silk thread and painting inset mourning art of Washington and a watercolor & ink of Cybele in her Chariot by a woman from Oradell were on loan to the Museum of the American Revolution.
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By James Van Dyke. Pastel on newspaper. 27-1/2" x 22-1/2". 2 brothers on view at the Steuben House.
(copied by R Struckman 1939)
Whereas Claus, A Negro man, for the purchase
of whom I have agreed with Richard Tyerson
of Pompton, has lived with me four weeks
on Trial, and is so well satisfied with the usage
he has received, that he declares that were he
sure to be always treated in the same way, he
would like to live with me all his Life. Now
as the Usage he has received is no other than I have
always held, and will ever hold to an honest & in-
dustrious Slave who behaves well, as he has done during
the above Trial: and as it appears to me that the fears
he has of being ever afterwards liable to be treated with
unmerited severity, have been infused into his mind
by mischievous people, I am induced from a desire
of removing such fears, and quieting the mind of the
said Slave, to promise, that is the paid Claus shall
within a year from the Date hereof, show just & suf-
ficient Cause to complain of ill usage, I will sell him
within six months after such Complaint, for the
money I am to give for him and Expenses I may
be at on his Account.
The Sum to be paid for the above Claus is £81.17 shillings
The newspaper clipping reads: ‘Another Revolutionary Relic Gone. On the 21st last, a colored woman living in the family of James Paulison, at New Bridge, died at the advanced age of ninety-eight years. She was born a slave in the Paulison family, at the old homestead below the village of Hackensack, where she lived until emancipated in 1840, after which she resided in the family of James Paulison. She retained a vigorous mind until near her death, and her recollections of Revolutionary times were very vivid.’
The Bergen Democrat, March 24, 1871. The article does not give her name.
Date: 1869. Fabric: cotton. Size: 70"x 86.5".
Elizabeth Bogert, daughter of Mattheus Bogert and Maria Demarest, was born July 25, 1811. She married Peter D. Haring (1807-1864) at Tappan on July 5, 1828. She died December 21, 1890. An inventory of her estate listed a silk bed quilt (worth $10) and six bed quilts ($6). By her will, Betsey Haring of Harrington Township left an "album qult" to her daughter Anna Marie Onderdonk; "one crazy worsted quilt" her son Samuel B. Haring; a "silk quilt" to son Albert Z. Haring; a "diamond quilt" to granddaughter Lydia Haring; a "star quilt" to granddaughter Carry Doniker; a "curtain quilt" to grandson Newton; and a "calico quilt" to grandson David.
From Ladies Ramble, Quilts from the collections of the Bergen County Historical Society.
Written & Researched by Kevin Wright.
Bergen Dutch ladder-back chairs surrounding three-piece Hepplewhite dining table on Jacquard woven carpet, (probably NJ).Note: The way the Steuben house looked at one time.