Bergen County Historical Society
 SCHEDULE of Events & Lectures
October 2018 thru July 2019
The buildings at Historic New Bridge Landing are only open for special events. The grounds are open dawn to dusk.
BCHS School of Interpretation & Volunteer Meeting:
Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 7:30 pm

Topic: Prehistoric Artifacts in Context

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.

How did the early communities survive and even thrive? Primitive technologist Steve Adams relates ancient tools to their functions and tasks and discusses what they tell us about prehistoric economies and cultures. Use-wear and breakage patterns provide windows through which the inferred experiences of Stone Age peoples may be seen. Samples of primitive crafts and technologies will be presented to further flesh out the material culture of the distant past and demonstrate the vast utility of nature's resources. Please meet at the Steuben House (house nearest the bridge). No charge.
Please meet at the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ.

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BCHS Lecture Series
The Nazi Spy from Glen Rock by James Calaski
Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm at Steuben House, River Edge, NJ

James Calaski will speak about Carl Schiphorst, who was the Bergen County unit of the German American Bund. Carl was investigated by the FBI suspected of being a Nazi spy. His presentation covers the German American Bund in general and then the investigation here in Bergen County and Glen Rock specifically. He is a Detective Sergeant with the Glen Rock Police Dept so has a unique viewpoint into the criminal investigation and the Glen Rock angle.

While researching his thesis topic, the German American Bund, he came across documents regarding a resident of Glen Rock named Carl Schiphorst. Schiphorst resided in Glen Rock during the 1930’s and was a leader of the Bergen County Unit of the Bund as well as the target of a 145 page FBI investigation suspecting Schiphorst of being a Nazi agent. For the past several years, D/Sgt. Calaski has been researching Carl Schiphorst, his investigation, internment, and ultimate repatriation to Germany, a story which illustrates the plight of thousands of German families during WWII. D/Sgt. Calaski first presented his findings to the public in conjunction with the Glen Rock Historical & Preservation Society in April 2015 and has been in demand ever since, presenting to numerous libraries and civic organizations throughout Bergen County and NJ. His presentation is continuously updated with new information regarding what became of the Schiphorst family after repatriation and the history of the German American Bund in Bergen County, NJ and beyond.

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

Baronfest, a day of music, beer, and food at Historic New Bridge Landing
Sept 29, 2018, Saturday, 1-5 pm
Celebrate Revolutionary War hero Major-General Baron von Steuben's birthday and greet the Baron in person! Enjoy the finest that regional craft breweries Brix City and Alementary have to offer together with delicious food in a historic village. Relax to music by Long Hill String Band and thrill to Mott’s Artillery demonstrations in The Meadow. Tour three 18th century houses, barn and outkitchen, and stroll the grounds of Historic New Bridge Landing in River Edge where Washington, Lafayette, Hamilton, and, of course, the Baron once walked. Music by Long Hill String Band with clog dancer!

As one past festival visitor remarked, “I feel like I’m on a farm in upstate New York!” but we’re only 7 miles from the George Washington Bridge!
Help us raise funds for a Hall of History Museum celebrating Bergen County's storied past. Family-friendly event, games for kids. Craft beer by Alementary and Brix City and wine available (additional cost) No rain date. Free parking. Help us raise funds for a Hall of History Museum celebrating Bergen County's storied past. Family-friendly event, games for kids. The BCHS Library is selling books and pamphlets that are duplicates or fall outside the scope of our library. Your donation buys a treasure to take home. Come browse at our table.

Location: Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main St., River Edge, NJ
Time: 1 pm to 5 pm
Cost: $15 - Adult Admission, $10 - BCHS member, Designated Driver, and 12 - 20 yrs old
Under 12 Free but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

BCHS School of Interpretation & Volunteer Meeting:
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 7:30 pm

Topic: The Tide Mill at 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.

When Bergen farms served as a breadbasket for New York City, tide mills were an important part of the colonial economy, a necessary link in the chain from field to table for the grains once grown in Jersey. The mill at New Bridge, which preceded both the bridge and the Steuben House by several decades, has long since disappeared, but how did it work and why was it important? In our October session, BCHS Past President and Museum Collection Chair Deborah Powell will explore the story of these vanished, but once vital, structures of Bergen County. Please meet at the Steuben House (house nearest the bridge). No charge.

BCHS Lecture Series
The Ladies of Trenton: Women’s Political and Public Activism in Revolutionary New Jersey Featuring educator Catherine Hudak
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7:30 pm at Steuben House, River Edge, NJ
The American Revolution brings to mind men serving in the Continental Army, men signing the Declaration of Independence and men casting and ringing the Liberty Bell, but what about women?
Catherine Hudak will speak on one group of these very important Revolutionary women called “the Ladies of Trenton,” who were a group of elite New Jersey women who refashioned gender roles for women during the early national period. The Ladies of Trenton entered male-dominated spaces of politics and print culture by organizing a fundraising campaign to assist the Continental Army and a public tribute honoring newly-elected President Washington. Hudak’s presentation is filled with primary source documents that demonstrate the active public roles of women during this critical period of nation building in the United States.
Using the Ladies of Trenton as a case study, Hudak’s work examines the extent and forms of women’s public and political activism in the early national period. An analysis of the Ladies of Trenton’s efforts demonstrates the pivotal roles women played in the formation of the vibrant political culture that emerged in late eighteenth century America. These elite, N.J. women had access to rich worlds of social and educational refinement coupled with strong political connections. The Ladies of Trenton used their literacy skills, knowledge of the patriot cause, and high social standings to captivate the nation as they entered male-dominated spaces of politics and print culture.
Catherine Hudak is an educator in Morris County, N.J. In 2001, she earned an undergraduate degree in Special Education from Bloomsburg University, PA. She completed her master’s degree in history from William Paterson University in 2007, where she discovered the Ladies of Trenton. Since then she has been dedicated to furthering her research and sharing the powerful story of these women throughout the state to ensure their position in N.J. and U.S. history.

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

The Real Music of Alexander Hamilton
A Fundraiser for Our New Museum

A Concert of Period Music by Anne and Ridley Enslow
Followed by a Reception of Wine and Chocolate Delicacies

Sunday Afternoon, October 28, 2018
Historic New Bridge Landing, River Edge

The life and times of Founding Father and first Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton has become a subject of fascination for twenty-first century Americans, and the Bergen County Historical Society is proud to present the story of his life in narrative and in the music of his day. What was the hymn he wrote that was published in a St. Croix newspaper? What was the last song he sang before his
fateful duel with Aaron Burr on the Weehawken Palisades? Join us and find out! Sit in the parlor of the Steuben House, where Colonel Hamilton served on Washington’s staff in 1780, and listen to the music and the stories that shaped his life.

Performances at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. will feature the melodic harmonies of Ridley and Anne Enslow, New Bridge favorites, playing the complex hammered dulcimer and a French violin crafted in 1776. In period dress and with authentic instruments, they will transport you to a musicale of Hamilton’s lifetime in the very house where Hamilton worked.

Afterward stroll down to the Black Horse Tavern in the Campbell-Christie House for an hour-long reception of dessert wines and tempting chocolate delicacies.
Speak to certified wine specialist John Eiel to have your wine questions answered, or take a peek in the cozy out-kitchen to step back into Hamilton’s century.

Reservations are required: $50 BCHS Members, $60 Non-members. Limited availability. All proceeds go to the support of the long-awaited and soon-to-be-built museum at New Bridge Landing. Help us put our new museum on a sound financial footing—Secretary Hamilton would approve.
Mail check to BCHS, PO Box55, River Edge, NJ 07661-0055. Specify time and contact info.
PayPal info below.

By Reservation

Mitzvah Day Clean Up:
Sunday, November 4, 2018
10:00 - 12:00 pm

The Buildings and Grounds Committee of the Bergen County Historical Society will host a site cleanup. Meet at the Campbell-Christie House and areas will be assigned.


This work will occur inside and outdoors so bring gloves, clippers and boots. Groups are welcome, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ.

Veteran's Day Wreath Laying Ceremony
Sunday, November 11, 2018
1 pm

Join us as we commemorate Veterans of WWI. TBD

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 School of Interpretation & Volunteer Meeting:
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7:30 pm
BCHS Lecture Series
Thanksgiving: The True Story by Penny Colman
Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:30 pm at Steuben House, River Edge, NJ

Penny Colman will present an illustrated program about the origins of the Thanksgiving that we celebrate today from the 12 competing claims for the first Thanksgiving to football and food.

Penny Colman is the author of award-winning biographies and social histories. Her intriguing topics range from Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front in World War II to Thanksgiving: The True Story. A popular speaker, Penny has appeared on television, radio, including National Public Radio, and on Book TV, C-Span2.

The lecture takes place in the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ. Please join us for refreshments at the conclusion.

242nd Anniversay of the British Invasion/American Retreat
Sunday, November 18, 2018, 11 am - 4 pm

BCHS EVENT:
Sinter Klaas Day
Sunday, December 2, 2018
1:00 pm - 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 2, 2018. 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 pine cone bird feeder and ornament workshop throughout the afternoon.

Reservations for the 35th Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts, featuring Linda Russell & Companie, will also be on sale. See below PayPal link.

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.

Decorating Historic New Bridge Landing:
Saturday, December 8, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Tickets for the 35th Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts, featuring Linda Russell & Companie, will also be on sale (if there are any left).

BCHS EVENT:
35th Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts & Tavern Fare • Sat & Sun, Dec 15 & 16, 2018
BCHS celebrates our 35th 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 below.

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.

Saturday, Dec 15, 2018
Sunday, Dec 16, 2018