Bergen County Historical Society
 SCHEDULE of Events & Lectures
Through part of 2020

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The buildings at Historic New Bridge Landing are only open for events.
The grounds are open dawn to dusk.
SCHOOL OF INTERPRETATION & VOLUNTEER MEETING
January 15, 2020, Wednesday, 7:30 pm
Topic: TBA


For anyone interested in volunteering at Historic New Bridge Landing events as a docent, greeter, operations personnel, or living-history interpreter in period dress, the Bergen County Historical Society sponsors the School of Interpretation to hone communication skills, familiarize volunteers with Bergen’s unique history, give insight into the material culture of the past, and train volunteers in historical presentation. It also provides an opportunity for prospective participants to ask questions and learn about volunteering with BCHS. Please meet at the Steuben House (the house nearest the bridge). No charge.

Brigid’s Day, Candlemas at Historic New Bridge Landing
Are the days too frigid and the nights too long for you at this time of year? Is darkness depressing and the cold’s in your bones? One solution is a trip to the tropics, but if that doesn’t fit your schedule, come celebrate Brigid’s Day and Candlemas at Historic New Bridge Landing along the Hackensack River in River Edge on Sunday, January 26, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Escape the winter blues as people did for over a thousand years in celebrations of warmth, light, and music. Sit in the main room of the 267-year-old Steuben House and tap your feet to Irish music played by The Racket River Girls. With fiddle, guitar, concertina, and harmonious vocals, they’ll transport you back to old Ireland; you’ll swear you smell the peat fire! (Performances are at 1:30 and 3:30).

We are rolling out new exhibits in the Steuben House featuring BCHS’s collections of New Netherland and Jersey-Dutch artifacts including artifacts we received from the George Way estate. Several items, for example a large trivet, are marriage relics featuring hearts. George Way was a collector of 16th and 17th century material culture, Jonathan Friedman benefited BCHS with several objects after Way’s passing.
Make sure to stop by the Out-Kitchen to see how candle-making was done; drop in the tavern for some seasonal refreshments or a peek at the treasures in the gift shop. Wee ones with you? They can make an authentic brideog (a Brigid’s Day doll) from cornhusks or fashion an Irish Brigid’s Cross from reeds. As always, the eighteenth century stone houses will be open with knowledgeable interpreters to help you understand the lives of earlier Bergen residents.

Admission: $12 adults; $7 students 6-22 yrs; BCHS members free! (Take an annual membership and support preserving Jersey’s past: $20/individual, $30/household). Free onsite parking 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. HNBL is only 5.6 miles from the GWB. HNBL, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ. BergenCountyHistory.org

SCHOOL OF INTERPRETATION & VOLUNTEER MEETING
February 19, 2020, Wednesday, 7:30 pm
Topic: History & Architecture of the Campbell Christie House

Park Commission Chairperson and BCHS President Jim Smith and Past President Deborah Powell will discuss.

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, give insight into the material culture of the past, and train volunteers in historical presentation. It also provides an opportunity for prospective participants to ask questions and learn about volunteering with BCHS. Please meet at the Steuben House (the house nearest the bridge). No charge.

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 milita. The George and Martha Centennial Quilt is on exhibit for this event.

So celebrate the 288th 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.

Historic New Bridge Landing:  
American Revolutionary War Battleground including 3 Jersey-Dutch Sandstone Houses, Exhibits, Tavern, Gift shop & Outkitchen. (Barn closed in cold weather)  $12 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.

MARCH TO THE VOTE:

March 22, 2020, Sunday, 1-5 pm

BCHS Lecture Evening
March 26, 2020, Thursday, 7:30 pm
Topic: Spirits in Stone: The secrets of Megalithic America: Decoding the Ancient Cultural Stone Landscapes of the Northeast by Glenn Kreisberg

The lecture takes place in the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ. No charge. Please join us for refreshments at the conclusion.
Shad Moon

April 19, 2020, Sunday

Admission: $12 adults; $7 students 6-22 yrs; BCHS members free! (Take an annual membership and support preserving Jersey’s past: $20/individual, $30/household). Free onsite parking 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. HNBL is only 5.6 miles from the GWB. HNBL, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ. BergenCountyHistory.org

Pinkster

May 17, 2020, Sunday

Admission: $12 adults; $7 students 6-22 yrs; BCHS members free! (Take an annual membership and support preserving Jersey’s past: $20/individual, $30/household). Free onsite parking 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. HNBL is only 5.6 miles from the GWB. HNBL, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ. BergenCountyHistory.org

SCHOOL OF INTERPRETATION & VOLUNTEER MEETING
May 20, 2020, Wednesday, 7:30 pm
Topic: Interpretation of Cultural Landscapes: Using Nature At New Bridge

Our forebears at New Bridge lived closer to nature than we do today, and both the native and cultivated plants in the area were an important influence in their lives. What trees and plants did they find here in the 1700s, and what did they introduce? How can we restore the “look” of eighteenth century New Bridge? Park Commission Chairperson and BCHS President Jim Smith will address these issues as well as showing volunteers how they can use the natural world around us to interpret history at our site.

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, give insight into the material culture of the past, and train volunteers in historical presentation. It also provides an opportunity for prospective participants to ask questions and learn about volunteering with BCHS. Please meet at the Steuben House (the house nearest the bridge). No charge.
BCHS Annual Dinner, Awards, Election & Presentation
June 11, 2020, 6 pm to 10 pm
Stoney Hill Inn
Hackensack, NJ
Save the date, more info to come