SCHEDULE of Events & Lectures
Summer 2016 thru August 2017

PDF calendar file to follow

The buildings at Historic New Bridge Landing are only open for special events. The grounds are open dawn to dusk.
Summer Site Invasive Clean Up:
Saturday, July 2, 2016
8:00 - 10:00 am

The Buildings and Grounds Committee of the Bergen County Historical Society will hosting a site wide clean up on July 2nd. Meet at the Campbell-Christie House and areas will be assigned. The Building and Grounds Committee of the Bergen County Historical Society and the Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission will be hosting this event on Saturday, July 2nd, 8 am to 10 am.

This work will occur outdoors so bring gloves, clippers and boots. We'll be tackling the identification and removal of non-native plants, organizing the garden, and getting ready for the Vintage Base Ball game. Groups are welcome, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ.

Walking Tour of HNBL by
Kevin Wright
Saturday, July 2, 2016
11:00 am

Relatives in town this weekend? Show them 18th century Bergen County!

Walking Tour of Historic New Bridge Landing with historians Kevin Wright, James Smith and Todd Braisted. In uniform, Todd will give a musket demonstration. Begin at the Campbell-Christie House Saturday, July 2 at 11 am. See site map below.

Admission: $10 adults, $7 children, BCHS members free. (Become a member and support our efforts!)

Take the train to New Bridge Landing train stop or free parking is available. Campbell-Christie House, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ.

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

BCHS EVENT:
Vintage Baseball at New Bridge Landing
Saturday, July 9, 2016, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Love baseball? Love history? Step back into yesteryear when the Bergen County Historical Society hosts an old-time game in the meadow at Historic New Bridge Landing in River Edge. Featuring the Flemington Neshanocks verses the Brooklyn Eckfords.

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 students, BCHS members free.

Enter at the corner of Hackensack Avenue & Main Street. Lickety Split Ice Cream Truck and Grizzly Bob Hot Dog Cart are scheduled for area in front of the Campbell-Christie House, the gift shop will be open with new items. Short walking tours by BCHS interpreters available. New Bridge baseball scorecard available with each ticket, limited quantities.

 
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.


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.

Link to the BCHS Vintage Baseball poster - share it - help spread the word.

Souvenir scorecard handout, while supplies last.
BCHS EVENT:
Calico Frolic
Saturday, July 16, 2016, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Bergen County Historical Society
invites persons of all ages and accomplishments to the 2016 Calico Frolic, A Summer Celebration of
Early American Country Dancing
July 16, 2016, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Steuben House at Historic New Bridge Landing • 1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ
General admission: $15 • Bergen County Historical Society members: $12
MC Denise Piccino and the Tricorne Dancers
Music by Anne and Ridley Enslow
-- All dances will be taught --
-- Instruction on basic steps and movements provided prior to the start of the dance -- Colonial and Early American dress happily admired, but not required—bring your dancing self!

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
7:30 pm

Topic: The Bridge That Saved a Nation:
The story of the New Bridge, 1745-1955

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 Historical 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. With over 30 years of experience, historian Kevin Wright, together with guest presenters on specific topics, addresses the basics of historical interpretation. This month, Kevin discusses both the history and the technology of the New Bridge. How did it facilitate the prosperity of New Bridge Landing? What exactly happened on November 20, 1776, to make this small span the key to America’s survival? How did the current bridge function in its heyday? Come to learn the story you thought you knew about the structure at the heart of our site and develop its interpretation for future events. Please meet at the bridge, adjacent to the Steuben House.

contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

BCHS EVENT:
Countdown to America’s 250: The Protest and Repeal of the Stamp Act
Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Stamp Act was passed by Parliament in March of 1765 to help raise revenue to pay for soldiers being quartered in the 13 Colonies as a result of the British victory in the Seven Years War or more commonly known as the French and Indian War. It placed a tax on all paper products, newspapers, marriage licenses and even playing cards, proving to be wildly unpopular in the colonies.

On March 18, 1766, the Stamp Act was repealed due to protests from the colonists themselves and a growing understanding of what it means to be British American colonists.

The Bergen County Historical Society is excited to announce the first, in a series of events called “Countdown to America’s 250: The Protest and Repeal of the Stamp Act” and will take place on August 13th.

This will be a one day event at Historic New Bridge Landing with lectures providing a background of events leading up to the Stamp Act and its later repeal, along with the role that Liberty Pole, a neighborhood in Englewood, played in the American Revolution. How did that area get its name? As a sign of protest or defiance, a liberty pole was actually erected in Englewood. Our event will be capped off by the raising of a new liberty pole at Historic New Bridge Landing.

Event Schedule:
11 am – Site opens to the public; Work will begin on carving a "liberty pole".

12 pm – America and the Jerseys in the 1760s Lecture - Jim Smith and Kevin Wright.

1:30 pm – Re-enactors gather at the Black Horse Tavern and discuss their issues with the King, harass effigy of tax collector.

2 pm – Lecture - Liberty Pole in the American Revolution by Todd B raisted.

3 pm – Raising the Liberty Pole! Gather near the barn as we march through New Bridge with the pole and raise it near the Christie Tavern.

4 pm – Site closes to the public / event over.

Again, this will be a first in a series of events at Historic New Bridge Landing over the next decade which will provide the lead up to the American Revolution and the birth of our nation, aptly named Countdown to America 250. Our goal is to provide the different perspectives leading up to this momentous event, with a major focus on the role our County played in the process.

Consider taking the train to HNBL. Trains traveling south & north arrive at the New Bridge Landing Station. Walk one block north & east. Check NJ Transit schedule for updates on the Pascack Valley line. Free parking available.

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

NEW EXHIBIT: New Bridge and Maps of the American Revolution. Seven framed and enlarged copies of historical maps (2 in color) showing New Bridge, includes interpretive panels. Shown here: Section of Map of British outposts between Burlington and New Bridge, New Jersey, December 1776. LOC.

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
7:30 pm

Topic: Pots, Pans, and Paintings:
Interpreting the collection pieces in the Steuben House

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 Historical 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. With over 30 years of experience, historian Kevin Wright, together with guest presenters on specific topics, addresses the basics of historical interpretation. This month, at the request of many of our docents, Kevin and BCHS Museum Collections Chairperson Deborah Powell will conduct an interpretive tour of the artifacts in the Steuben House, with tips and information on presenting its treasures, especially those on the first floor, to visitors. Come with your questions and your notebooks! Please meet at the Steuben House.

contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
7:30 pm

Topic: The Drillmaster:
The life and influence of Baron von Steuben

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 Historical 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. With over 30 years of experience, historian Kevin Wright, together with guest presenters on specific topics, addresses the basics of historical interpretation. This month, the presence of Baron von Steuben looms large at New Bridge as we celebrate his birthday at the only extant property he owned. But who was the man, and why did the New Jersey legislature feel indebted to him? How extensive was his influence on the military? Kevin Wright examines the life and legacy of “The Drillmaster” when we gather in the parlor of the Baron’s house.

contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

BCHS Event:
Baronfest, A Celebration of Major General Baron von Steuben at his Jersey Estate
Sunday, September 25, 2016
1- 5:00 pm

The Zabriskie-Steuben House is the only extant building Steuben owned. Experience an 18th century Tavern at the Campbell-Christie House. Tour 3 sandstone houses & barn. Picket-fence Beer Garden, Music.

More info to follow.

Bergen Leads Class of 2016

September 19, 2016. Tenative date.

Naturalization Ceremony:
Thursday, September 29, 2016
10:30 am

Naturalization Ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, September 29, 2016 at Historic New Bridge Landing.

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

River Dell Greater Chamber of Commerce Event at HNBL:
Saturday, October 8, 2016

TBA.

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
7:30 pm

Topic: The Devil’s in the Details:
The logistics of running events at HNBL

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 Historical 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. With over 30 years of experience, historian Kevin Wright, together with guest presenters on specific topics, addresses the basics of historical interpretation.
Because events at New Bridge generally run smoothly, it is easy to be unaware of how much preparation goes in to opening the site to the public, but nerves can frazzle when a vital piece of equipment can’t be located, or one volunteer is filling in for another. Knowing where things are and how things are done is vital. This month, BCHS trustees and officers Kevin Wright, Deborah Powell, Denise Piccino, Linda Masullo, and Beverly Hashimoto will explain their areas of expertise in event execution in a session that will be extremely helpful for our volunteers. Please meet at the Campbell-Christie House.

contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

Harvest Homecoming at New Bridge
Sunday, October 30, 2016
1 - 4:30 pm

Historian Kevin Wright will give an illustrated talk on the Lutheran Church site at New Bridge and the French Burial Ground in New Milford at 1:30 pm in the Steuben House.

The event takes place at HNBL.

Historic New Bridge Landing:  
American Revolutionary War Battleground including 3 Jersey-Dutch Sandstone Houses, Exhibits of BCHS collections, Tavern, Gift shop, Outkitchen & Barn. (The barn closed in cold weather)  $10 adults, $7 students, BCHS members free. (Become a member and support our efforts, $20 individual / $30 household).

HNBL, 1201-1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ. Site map below. VISIT HNBL PDF.

All 3 sandstone houses, including the Steuben House, a state historic site, are connected by an ADA compliant 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. Walk one block north & east. By car, HNBL is only 7 miles from the GWB.

Refreshments including cider donuts will be available (additional cost). Some folk come just for the cider and cider donuts!

EVENT:
Mitzvah Day
Sunday, November 6, 2016
10:00-12:00 pm

Check back for updates.

Help remove trash and invasive vegetation at Historic New Bridge Landing on UJA Federation’s 19th 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.

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

Veteran's Day Wreath-laying & Ceremony
Sunday, November 8, 2016
1:00 pm

Location:
Tenative. 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.

Retreat to Victory Staff Ride
November 12, 2016

Join members of the Bergen County Historical Society as historians Kevin Wright and Todd Braisted trace the path of the 1776 British Invasion of Bergen County and the historic retreat of Washington’s Army from Fort Lee, successfully enabled by the crossing at New Bridge Landing! Faced with entrapment between two rivers and the British, follow in the footsteps of George Washington, Nathanael Greene, and Thomas Paine as they raced westward, one step ahead of Lord Cornwallis and 5,000 of King’s George’s troops.

Ride in comfortable style aboard a 28 seat chauffeured motor coach as we travel to the British landing spot along the Hudson, view the area along the Palisades where the British troops were spotted by an intrepid lookout, tour Fort Lee Historic Park, visit Monument Park (the site of the actual fort,) and the Liberty Pole, the crucial road junction that was nearly the scene of a climactic battle in American History! Top it all off with a delicious lunch at one of Fort Lee’s finest restaurants!

Seats are extremely limited! Attendees should dress comfortably and wear shoes suitable for a small bit of walking.

When: Saturday, November 12, 2016. 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

Where: Meet at Historic New Bridge Landing,
1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661

Cost:
TBD

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
7:30 pm

Topic: New Bridge in the American Revolution

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 Historical 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. With over 30 years of experience, historian Kevin Wright addresses the basics of historical interpretation with guest presenters to address specific topics. As we approach the anniversary of the Retreat of November 20, 1776, military historian Todd Braisted will talk about the vital role our site played in “the times that tried men’s souls” when the road to independent nationhood lay across a small wooden bridge, and passions between loyalists and patriots split friends and families. Please meet in the Steuben House.

contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

BCHS EVENT:
The 240th Anniversary of the British Invasion & American Retreat
Saturday & Sunday, November 19 & 20, 2016

The 239th Anniversary of the British Invasion & American Retreat from Fort Lee to New Bridge, The Bridge That Saved A Nation.

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 240th Anniversary of the "times that try men's souls," the Bergen County Historical Society, along with Outwater's Militia and Fourth Battalion, New Jersey Volunteers, will co-sponsor a weekend of living history and scholarly presentations on November 19 and 20, 2016.

More info to follow.

Adults $10, Students (6-21 yr) $7. BCHS members admission free. Refreshments including cider donuts will be available.

Free parking is available or take the train on the Pascack Valley line to "New Bridge Landing" train stop. Walk one block north to Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ. HNBL is only 7 miles from the GWB.

The BCHS 1776 Invasion & Retreat map with routes in color and newly discovered information is available for sale in our gift shop at the event. 24" x 18" in color on 10 pt card stock.

BCHS EVENT:
Sinter Klaas Day at Historic New Bridge
Sunday, Dec 4, 2016
1:00 - 4:00 pm
OPEN HOUSE - No 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 4, 2016. 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.

Ariel Woll will light the first candle on a menorah for Hanukkah

Tickets for the 33rd Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts, featuring Linda Russell & Companie, will also be on sale (if there are any left).

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 10, 2016
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org
Tickets for the 33rd Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts, featuring Linda Russell & Companie, will also be on sale (if there are any left).

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
7:30 pm

Topic: Between the Wars: Growth and Prosperity at 1760s 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 Historical 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. With over 30 years of experience, historian Kevin Wright, together with guest presenters on specific topics, addresses the basics of historical interpretation. This month, Kevin examines how trade and the outcome of the French and Indian War affected the affluence of the Zabriskie family and New Bridge Landing in the decade before the American Revolution. Please meet at the Steuben House.

contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

BCHS EVENT:
33rd Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts & Tavern Fare • Sat & Sun, Dec 17 & 18, 2016

BCHS celebrates our 33rd Colonial Christmas Concerts, featuring Linda Russell & Companie, in the Steuben House, by reservation.

Two Concerts each night:
Saturday: 7:00 and 8:30 pm

Sunday: 6:00 and 7:30 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, Tavern Open: 6 pm to 9 pm.
Sunday, Tavern Open: 5 pm to 8 pm.
Come before or after your concert for light tavern fare. Seating limited.

Concert: $32 per person. BCHS members $25.
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.

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."

For a short history on Bogert's Candy Kitchen of Hackensack.
Clear toy candies from antique Bogert's Candy Kitchen molds.

Linda Russell & Co. are featured for the Colonial Christmas Concerts at the Steuben House
BCHS EVENT:
The Society’s Twelfth Night Party
Sunday, January 8, 2017
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 8, 2017. 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.

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
7:30 pm

Topic:

This is a very valuable session for all our event personnel. Please meet in the Steuben House.

contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

BCHS EVENT:
Ladies Ramble
Sunday, January 29, 2017
1:00 - 4:30 pm

Selections from BCHS quilt collection on exhibit. Quilter demonstrations.

Quilts are considered both a creative and utilitarian household craft. The quilt exhibit will celebrate the contributions of women artists in Bergen County.

Check back for updates or sign up for our email blasts. (contact us at info@bergencountyhistory.org

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
7:30 pm

Topic: Stopping by the "Wayside: Early American public houses, taverns and inns" with historian Kevin Wright.

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 Historical 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. With over 30 years of experience, historian Kevin Wright addresses the basics of historical interpretation with guest presenters to address specific topics.

info@bergencountyhistory.org

BCHS EVENT:
WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY AT HISTORIC NEW BRIDGE LANDING
Sunday, February 19, 2017
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.

Dance mistress Denise Piccino and the Tricorne Dancers will give three 45-minute public performances in the Steuben House at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 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 military life. 

So celebrate the 285th 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. $10 adult, $7 children, BCHS members free.

Historic New Bridge Landing:  
American Revolutionary War Battleground including 3 Jersey-Dutch Sandstone Houses, Exhibits, Tavern, Gift shop & Outkitchen. (Barn closed in cold weather)  $10 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.

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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 Historical 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. With over 30 years of experience, historian Kevin Wright addresses the basics of historical interpretation with guest presenters to address specific topics.

info@bergencountyhistory.org

Building & Grounds Spring Cleanup.
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 8:00 - 11:00 am

Meet at the Steuben House and areas will be assigned. The Building and Grounds Committee of the Bergen County Historical Society and the Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission will be hosting this event on Sunday, April 24th, 8 am to 11 am.

This work will occur outdoors so bring gloves and boots. We'll be tackling the removal of non-native plants and cleaning up debris on both sides of the Hackensack River. Groups are welcome, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

BCHS EVENT:
Under the Shad Moon, Chwame Gischuch • Lenape New Year
Sunday, March 19, 2017, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

The Bergen County Historical Society celebrates Under the Shad Moon, Chwame Gischuch, the Lenape New Year, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main Street, River Edge 07661.

More info to follow.


BCHS EVENT:
Battleground Tour of New Bridge
Saturday, April 8, 2017,
10 am

Walk in the footsteps of History. Historians and authors Todd Braisted and 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.

Historic New Bridge Landing:
American Revolutionary War Battleground. $10 adults, $7 children, BCHS members free.
HNBL, 1201-1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ.
Parking available or take a train on the Pascack Valley Line from Secaucus via NJ Transit to the New Bridge Landing Train stop.
Check our website for event updates | www.bergencountyhistory.org | contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org | 201.343.9492.

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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 Historical 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. With over 30 years of experience, historian Kevin Wright addresses the basics of historical interpretation with guest presenters to address specific topics.

info@bergencountyhistory.org

Authors: Make a reservation for Author’s Day at Historic New Bridge Landing, Sunday, May 7, 2017.

We are seeking authors on local history, American history and historical fiction.
Questions? Contact D.Powell. or Authors: Download the reservation form.
Authors' Day at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661, on Sunday, May 7, 2017, 1 to 5 pm. Authors will have books available for purchase and signing in the Steuben House. Titles cover Native Americans and early explorers, the Revolutionary War, town histories, biographies, and more, including several authors of children’s books.

Three 18th-century Jersey Dutch sandstone houses on the Revolutionary War battleground open for tours. Refreshments served in restored eighteenth-century tavern in the Campbell-Christie House (1774), where there is also a gift shop. Open-hearth cooking demonstrated in Out Kitchen. Stand on the oldest highway swing bridge in NJ, dating to 1889, and contemplate Washington’s retreat across the Bridge That Saved Nation in November 1776.

Experience history in one of the most storied places where it was made! $10 for adults.

To encourage readership, students 5-22 yrs old are free for this event. BCHS members free.

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
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 Historical 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. With over 30 years of experience, historian Kevin Wright addresses the basics of historical interpretation with guest presenters to address specific topics.

info@bergencountyhistory.org

BCHS EVENT:
Pinkster Fest
A Jersey Dutch Celebration of Spring
Sunday, May 21, 2017, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Experience history in one of the storied places where it was made!
Pinkster is celebrated with a Maypole Dance at 1:30 & 3 pm with a participation session during the country dances. Ridley and Anne Enslow are featured on fiddle and hammered dulcimer. Naturally dyed eggs for Pinkster in the Out Kitchen.

Lost Art Lacers will be demonstrating the fine art of lace-making. (bobbin-lacemaking like the ruff neckpiece Queen Elizabeth wore) An antique lace-making pillow from the BCHS collections will be on exhibit.

Pinkster cake, strawberries & cream, doughnuts and lemonade will be served in the restored 18th century tavern in the Campbell-Christie House. Tour the kitchen garden.

Popular programs that are geared toward children include a very large-scale, hands-on NJ map with figurines - try and figure out solutions to geographical challenges facing Washington and Cornwallis' troops and scavenger hunt with prize. New games are planned.

Historic New Bridge Landing:  
American Revolutionary War Battleground including 3 Jersey-Dutch Sandstone Houses including the Zabriskie-Steuben House (a state-historic site), exhibits, tavern, barn, gift shop & outkitchen.  $10 adults, $7 students, BCHS members free.
HNBL, 1201-1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ. Site map & directions: VISIT HNBL PDF. (Become a member and support our efforts, $20 individual / $30 household)

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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 Junction via NJ Transit to the "New Bridge Landing" train stop in River Edge.

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 MEMORIAL DAY WREATH LAYING:
May 29, 2017, Monday, 10 am

At 10 am on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017, 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.

Brett Park Spring Cleanup.
Saturday, June 3, 2017, 8:00 - 11:00 am

Meet at the Steuben House and areas will be assigned. The Building and Grounds Committee of the Bergen County Historical Society and the Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission will be hosting this event on Saturda, June 3rd, 8 am to 11 am.

This work will occur outdoors so bring gloves and boots. We'll be tackling the removal of non-native plants and cleaning up debris on both sides of the Hackensack River. Groups are welcome, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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 Historical 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. With over 30 years of experience, historian Kevin Wright addresses the basics of historical interpretation with guest presenters to address specific topics.

info@bergencountyhistory.org

BCHS ANNUAL DINNER, AWARDS & ELECTION
Thursday, June 15, 2017

TBA

BCHS EVENT:
Vintage Baseball at New Bridge Landing
Saturday, July 8, 2017, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

TBA.

 
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.


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

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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 Historical 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. With over 30 years of experience, historian Kevin Wright addresses the basics of historical interpretation with guest presenters to address specific topics.

info@bergencountyhistory.org

BCHS EVENT:
Calico Frolic
Saturday, July 15, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Bergen County Historical Society
invites persons of all ages and accomplishments to the 2017 Calico Frolic, A Summer Celebration of
Early American Country Dancing
July 15, 2017, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Steuben House at Historic New Bridge Landing • 1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ
General admission: $15 • Bergen County Historical Society members: $12
MC Denise Piccino and the Tricorne Dancers
Music by Anne and Ridley Enslow
-- All dances will be taught --
-- Instruction on basic steps and movements provided prior to the start of the dance -- Colonial and Early American dress happily admired, but not required—bring your dancing self!

Free parking in parking area at corner of Main St. & Hackensack Ave., River Edge. ADA compliant stonedust path connects the 3 houses and parking area. Some street parking. See map above.

More info to follow on our event calendar.

Bergen County Historical Society