Bergen County Historical Society
 SCHEDULE of Events & Lectures
December 2018 thru August 2019
The buildings at Historic New Bridge Landing are only open for 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.

Veterans Day Wreath Laying Ceremony
Sunday, November 11, 2018
2 pm

Join us as we commemorate Veterans of WWI.

Join us at Van Neste Square, Ridgewood at 2 pm.

Each year the Bergen County Historical Society raises awareness of different monuments throughout the County to raise awareness of these important sites and to remember the men and women who have served. This year join us in Ridgewood, NJ as we participate in American Legion Post #53 Veterans Day Service on Sunday, November 11th at 2:00 p.m. in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square. Photo below is last year in River Edge.

BCHS School of Interpretation & Volunteer Meeting:
Topic: Fire and Ice: Winter Festivals at New Bridge
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7:30 pm

At the darkest time of year, all European peoples, especially those in the more northerly climes, felt the need to break the monotony of cold and night with festivals. Over the centuries, the incorporation of these celebrations into the Christian calendar insured their continuation even into our times. BCHS Volunteer Coordinator and historical interpreter Kate Reilly examines the traditions and practices European settlers continued in the New World (and that we commemorate at New Bridge) in order to bring light into the winter gloom.

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 in the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge,NJ (the house nearest the bridge). No charge.

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 Anniversary of the British Invasion/American Retreat
Sunday, November 18, 2018, 12 pm - 4 pm

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 242nd Anniversary of the "times that try men's souls," the Bergen County Historical Society, will sponsor a day of living history, scholarly presentations and a slice of Bergen County's rich history, in our backyard on November 18, 2018.

Event Schedule 12 - 4 pm

12:30 PM Reading of The American Crisis at the Bridge, by President and Chairman of HNBLSPC, historian & reenactor Jim Smith.

1:00 PM Walking tour of the Zabriskie Tide Mill and its importance to New Bridge - Past President Deborah Powell (please meet at the Von Steuben House)

2:00 PM Military historian, author and Past President, Todd Braisted will look at the role of militia during the American Revolution in Bergen County

3:00 PM Walking Tour of "the Bridge that Saved a Nation" Join Society Vice President, Kate Reilly as she gives a walking for of the historic river crossing and how it was imperative for Washington to cross the Hackensack before he could cross the Delaware.

Tours in all three 18th century Jersey Dutch sandstone houses that are connected by an ADA gravel walking path through the historic battleground site. Walk across the 1889 Swing Bridge on the Hackensack River and watch for American Eagles and Redtail Hawks. Revolutionary War reenactors will be present throughout the site to answer questions and demonstrate life of the common soldier and camp follower. Don't forget the New Bridge Donuts & Cider (hot or cold) in the Tavern. Visit the Out-Kitchen as our cooks prepare seasonal 18th century foods and our resident blacksmith plys his trade.

Some of the Society’s treasure of Revolutionary War artifacts are on display. The gift shop will be open (start thinking about gifts for that history lover) and a book sale will take place.

BCHS EVENT:
Sinterklaas 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. To celebrate the 1st night of Hanukkah which begins on the evening of December 2nd Ariel Woll will light the menorah and explain more about the holiday at 1:30 and 3 pm in the Campbell-Christie House. She will read part of a letter Washington wrote to the Touro Synagogue in Newport, RI, 1790.

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).

We use fresh greens and fruits to recreate period decorations that tell the stories of Christmas. This year we have clear toy candies we poured in antique molds.

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 & 7:45 pm - SOLD OUT
Sunday: 6:00 - SOLD OUT & 7:45 pm

(7:45 pm reservations
FOR SUNDAY ONLY are available)

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
BCHS School of Interpretation & Volunteer Meeting
Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Topic: The Steenrapie (River Edge) Encampment of 1780

As one of the major events of Bergen’s Revolutionary War history, the Steenrapie Encampment brought the American army to present day River Edge and Oradell, and forever tied Washington himself to New Bridge Landing. Join author, military historian, and BCHS Past President Todd Braisted for his presentation on the history, legends, and luminaries that became part of Bergen County in September 1780.


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 in the Steuben House (the house nearest the bridge), 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ. No charge.

BCHS EVENT:
Historic New Bridge Landing, Where Eagles Fly
Sunday, January 20, 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Please note, due to the impending weather the weekend, the 3rd Annual Eaglefest at Historic New Bridge Landing has been cancelled. Ultimately, it is never fun to have to cancel an event, especially when we get to meet so many great people enjoying history and nature together! However, public safety is our #1 concern and think it best that everyone stays at home. Stay safe and warm Bergen County!

BCHS EVENT:
Brigid’s Day and Candlemas at HNBL
Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 1:00-5:00 pm EVENT POSTER PDF

Selections from BCHS needlework collection on exhibit.
2:00 pm illustrated talk by representative from the Delaware Valley Historic Sampler Guild in the Steuben House.
The guild awarded BCHS a grant to conserve a pair of needlework.

Demonstration of the 18th century craft of candle-making using authentic materials including lard in the Outkitchen.

Brigid’s Day and Candlemas come midway between the winter solstice and spring equinox, when snowdrops, the first flower of spring, make their appearance, signaling nature’s awakening from winter’s sleep. Candlemas is named for the blessing of candles, used to protect homes and for procession through farm field and orchard. As evidenced by Groundhog’s Day, weather prognostication was commonly practiced in anticipation of spring sowing. Good weather at Candlemas is taken to indicate severe winter weather later. Hence, the saying, “If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, there'll be two winters in the year. Another old English proverb proclaimed, “If Candlemas be fair and bright, winter has another flight. If Candlemas brings clouds and rain, winter will not come again.” Rush crosses, woven for Brigid’s Day, were believed to protect house and livestock from adversity.

See the wonderful exhibit of the Society’s Needlework and Samplers. Selections of our treasure of Revolutionary War artifacts are on display. All 3 Jersey-Dutch Houses will be open, connected by a gravel walking path through the historic battleground.

Event takes place in Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661. $12 adult, $7 children, BCHS members free.

An individual membership is $20, most of our events are free to BCHS members, some are discounted. Free parking is available or take a train on the Pascack Valley Line from Secaucus via NJ Transit to the New Bridge Landing stop.

2:00 PM Lecture in the Steuben House:
Sampler Makers: Preserving Their History
will be presented by Patricia A. Hrynenko, who is a founding member of the Delaware Valley Historic Sampler Guild. The Guild began in 2000 with 13 founding members. As the Guild is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary, it has grown to over 100 members. Delaware Valley Historic Sampler Guild is a nonprofit, educational needlework association with a purpose to promote and teach the art of historic and contemporary sampler making, the study of sampler history, and contribute to the preservation of antique needlework samplers. The Guild has awarded numerous conservation grants to preserve the history of girlhood embroidery. Mrs. Hrynenko is the Museum Collections Coordinator for the Gloucester County Historical Society located in Woodbury, New Jersey. Among her many duties, is the stewardship of the Sampler Collection; there are 60+ samplers in this collection and, many outstanding examples of not only needlework but also family historical value. Recently documented as the youngest sampler maker in New Jersey, is an 1823 sampler wrought by 5 year old Sarah Elizabeth Carney. Mrs. Hrynenko's personal mission is to chart the collection, conduct genealogical research for each sampler maker, conservation of the collection, and tell the stories of these young ladies.

BCHS School of Interpretation & Volunteer Meeting
Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
CANCELED DUE TO SNOW PREDICTION. It will be rescheduled.

Topic: History and Architecture of the Campbell-Christie House with Jim Smith and Deborah Powell

One of the busiest places at New Bridge is the Campbell-Christie House, which serves as our tavern today just as it did two hundred years ago in its original location. This pre-Revolutionary War house has served as both a home and a business, as well as the birthplace of an important New Jerseyan. Come and hear HNBLPC Chairperson and BCHS President Jim Smith and BCHS Past President and Museum Collection Chairperson Deborah Powell discuss the history, architecture, and people of this bustling hub of Historic New Bridge Landing.

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. This month, please meet in the Campbell-Christie House (the house nearest the parking lot). No charge.

BCHS EVENT:
WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY AT HISTORIC NEW BRIDGE LANDING
Sunday, February 24, 2019
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 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 military life. Activities for Children include: Soldier Drills, sewing take-away project & scavenger hunt. The Needle to Cloth Exhibit of BCHS Girls Samplers & Needlework. The George and Martha Centennial Quilt is on exhibit for this event.

So celebrate the 287th 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. EVENT POSTER

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.

BCHS Lecture Series
Women's Fierce Fight for the Vote by Penny Colman
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Steuben House, River Edge, NJ

Penny Colman will present an illustrated program about Women's Fierce Fight for the Vote.

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.

BCHS School of Interpretation & Volunteer Meeting
Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Topic: Hearth, Home and Liberty: The Bergen Militia in the Rev War by historian Todd Braisted. Canceled and will be rescheduled.

The Revolutionary War conjures up images of gallant Continental soldiers in blue uniforms, but the local militias of the thirteen states also played a part in furthering the cause of independence while defending their homes against the British invaders. Who were the people who made up the militia in our county, and what was their involvement in the fight on our home ground? Author and military historian Todd Braisted will explain the role of Bergen’s own fighting men in this month’s session.

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 in the Steuben House (the house nearest the bridge), 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ. No charge.

BCHS EVENT:
400th Anniversary
Commemorating the First Documented Arrival of Africans in Colonial America
Sunday, March 24, 2019
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

August 2019 marks the 400-year anniversary of the documented arrival of the first Africans arriving in colonial English America.

We commemorate the anniversary at Historic New Bridge Landing:

1:30 - 2:45 pm: Dr. Evelyn McDowell will discuss one of the women captives, Angela, and her voyage from Angola to Point Comfort, VA in 1619 and lead into the significance of this voyage into the America's descent into slavery. The talk ends with author and artist Janelle McDowell speaking briefly about the new coloring book project the SDUSMP is co-sponsoring and on educational opportunities that the book offers.
Takes place in the Steuben House.

3:00 pm: Author, educator, and artist Janelle McDowell will talk about her new coloring project featuring Crispus Attucks, Phillis Wheatley, Washington Crossing, and other colonial figures and places of significance to African-American and American history. Children are invited to join in coloring their favorite illustration.
Takes place in the Campbell-Christie House.

3:00 pm: Dr. McDowell will speak about the 400-year Commemoration Quilt Project currently underway and sponsored by the Sons & Daughters of the United States Middle Passage. We will leave time for a hands-on demonstration of the block used for the commemorative quilting project. We will briefly review the history of early colonial quilting and discuss the significance of quilting in the African-American community. Visitors are invited to bring their own quilts to share.
Takes place in the Steuben House.

1:00-3:00 pm: Take-away cross-stitch project for children in the Campbell-Christie House.

New to view: Two bills of sale for two enslaved persons (dated 1792 and 1804) are on exhibit. BCHS collections.

The BCHS sampler and needlework exhibit is available to view.

Bios:
Dr. Evelyn Aniton McDowell, Ph.D.,
is the President of the Board of Directors and a founder of Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage (SDUSMP). She is also an Associate Professor of Accounting at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. She has traced her lineage to 38 people enslaved in the United States mainly from Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Princeton Chapter.

Janelle McDowell, a graduate of George Washington University, English teacher in Seoul, South Korea. She has a passion on educating African-American history. She conducted lecture series "The History of Racism," where she taught Korean students about slavery, myth of race, and the dangers of racism. She has been working for Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage as an associate researcher while working on her debut historical science fiction novel. She can trace her ancestry to over 38 enslaved people of African descent.

Camile Amadio was born in Brooklyn, NY and graduated from Rider University. She is a retired professional chef, married 48 years, and an award-winning, avid quilter. She won first place blue ribbons at the Peddlers Village Quilt Competition and the Mancuso Tristate Competition, third place in Newtown Quilters Quilt Show, and exhibited in the American Quilt Association International Show. She is a 2nd generation Italian-American and the granddaughter of immigrant textile workers. Camile is the ad hoc, Co-chair of the SDUSMP 400-year Commemoration Quilt Project.

The whole museum village is open for tours. Tours in all three 18th century Jersey Dutch sandstone houses that are connected by an ADA gravel walking path through the historic battleground site. Barn open, weather permitting. Walk across the 1889 Swing Bridge on the Hackensack River and watch for American Eagles and Redtail Hawks. Walking tour at the bridge, weather permitting. Don't forget the New Bridge Donuts & cider (hot or cold) in the Tavern. Visit the Out-Kitchen as our cooks prepare seasonal 18th century recipes.

Some of the Society’s treasure of Revolutionary War artifacts are on display. 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).

BCHS Lecture Series
In Reduced Circumstances: Loyalist Women and British Government Assistance, 1779-1783
Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Steuben House, River Edge, NJ

By historian and author Todd Braisted.

The American Revolution took its toll on soldier and civilian alike, causing displacement, destruction of personal property, separation and simple want of the basics such as food and clothing. While Congress and the States covered the vast amount of the countryside, those seeking British protection were often crammed into small garrison cities such as New York and Charleston. For women on their own, the struggle was very difficult, having to rely on either their own labor or seek government assistance. What was life like for these people, and what was their background before the war as compared to the circumstances they then faced?

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

BCHS EVENT:
Under the Shad Moon, Chwame Gischuch • Lenape New Year
Sunday, April 14, 2019, 1:00 - 5:00 pm - Earth Day
The whole village is open for tours.

The Bergen County Historical Society celebrates:
Under the Shad Moon, Chwame Gischuch, the Lenape New Year, from 1-5 pm. Sunday, April 14, 2019
Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main Street, River Edge 07661. EVENT FLYER WITH MORE INFO

2:00 pm: Primitive Technologist Steve Adams will give a talk on The Material Culture of Prehistory. Adams will talk on the use of stone tools; their manufacture (flintknapping), forms for different functions, re-usage/resharpening sequences, the 'waste flake' pile of expedient tools and the changing stone tool forms through time.
He will discuss the working of plant fiber; its manufacture, the different native species used, the impressively large range of purposes and functions it served, its 'invisible' nature as an organic medium which does not preserve well as an artifact, its foundational value as having 'tied' together the prehistoric world, etc. the selection of local plants would also anchor it in the location and the event. He will demonstrate flintknapping.
This talk will offer an informed glimpse into the 'hardware' of prehistoric peoples - not just those of the New Bridge region, but internationally - this is part of every person's ancient lineage.

Selections from the BCHS Native American collections are on exhibit. Visit the outkitchen where reenactors will be cooking over a fire.

The outkitchen cookks are preparing dishes using native ingredients: a planked shad (a fish native to the Hudson and Hackensack Rivers and why we celebrate this event) cooked over the fire, wild rice with cranberries and blueberries dish and corn bread.
Learn about the Three Sisters: corn, beans and squash along with native nuts foraged locally and displayed in Native American made baskets along with a Makak - bark container used for holding maple sugar.

The event includes planting activities for children. There's broom-making in the barn.

** The African Burial Ground project began in 1991. During excavation work for a new federal office building workers discovered the skeletal remains of the first of more than 400 men, women and children.

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) $12 adults, $7 students, BCHS members free. (Become a member and support our efforts!, $20 individual / $30 household).
HNBL, 1201 Main St., River Edge, NJ. Site map below.

All 3 sandstone houses, including the Steuben House, a state historic site, are connected by an ADA compliant gravel walking path. Weather permitting the Westervelt-Thomas Barn will be open. 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 in the 18th century tavern (additional cost). Some folks come just for the cider and cider donuts!

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The first Dark Moon after the Long Moon marks the arrival of Chwame gischuch, the Shad Moon, and the New Year of the ancient Sanhicans and Minisinks, locally known as the Hackensacks and Tappans. Native peoples returned from their winter villages, gathering at the narrows of the great streams, in places such as Acquackanonck (Garfield) and Aschatking (New Bridge), to set their fykes and weirs and catch smelt and later shad as these fish ran up the rivers in great numbers. Tantaqua, Last Sachem of the Hackensacks was listed as a native owner of lands surrounding the tidal estuary of the Hackensack River, from Newark Bay northward to New Bridge, in 1668. Tantaqua sold what is now Teaneck, north of Cedar Lane, in 1677 and then resided where the Steuben House was built in 1752 on what was originally known as Tantaqua’s Plain. - Kevin Wright.

Shown above, rare drawing from David DeVries of Native Americans from Edgewater, NJ, 1655.

BCHS School of Interpretation & Volunteer Meeting
Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Topic: Campfires and Cook Pots: 18th Century Kitchens

Since the eighteenth century, few aspects of local life have changed as much as the kitchens of Bergen County. Then and now, Bergenites love a good meal, but the means of getting it on the table, and sometimes the foods themselves, were very different in 1780. Join kitchen interpreters Patty Daurizio and Andrea Jenner as they explain the history and methods of our Out Kitchen and discuss a unique feature of HNBL, the outdoor Camp Kitchen, a soldier’s hearth away from home.

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. This month, please meet in back of the Campbell-Christie House (the house nearest the parking lot). No charge.

BCHS Lecture Series
The Water Crisis of 1876
Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Steuben House, River Edge, NJ

Presented by Kevin Olsen

New Jersey has long depended on surface water for much of its potable water supplies. The 1876 Annual Report of the State Geologist features detailed discussions of the state’s water resources and provides valuable insights into what was then known about pure water and public health. By 1876 the links between pure water and health were well established but the underlying pathology was only dimly understood. In 1876 the New Jersey Geological Survey was forced to find ways of measuring the disease-causing potential of a water supply without actually knowing exactly how diseases were transmitted. This task was given special urgency because in the summer of 1876 a committee of the northern New Jersey mayors requested the aid of the State Geologist in identifying new sources of water supply. Searching for an alternative source of supply, Geological Survey chemists analyzed water samples from wells and rivers throughout the region. Based on these results the Geological Survey recommended the upper Passaic River basin as the new source of domestic water. The Geological Survey recommendations of 1876 lead directly to the construction of reservoirs in northern New Jersey. Today there are 13 major reservoirs in with a combined storage capacity of 76.2 billion gallons.

Kevin Olsen is the Instrumentation Specialist on the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department’s support staff at New Jersey’s Montclair State University. As an historian Kevin has published a number of papers related to chemical history and New Jersey’s maritime history.

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

Building & Grounds Spring Cleanup.
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 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 27, 8 am to 11 am.

This work will occur outdoors so bring gloves and boots. Bring tools, water.

BCHS School of Interpretation & Volunteer Meeting
Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Topic: The Bergen Dutch, A Lasting Legacy

We may picture them as quaint folks in wooden shoes, but they owned Bergen County for only a few decades, and yet their influence on our geography, language, celebrations, holidays, food, and attitudes is still felt four hundred years later. Who were the Jersey Dutch, and how did their story become the foundation of the metropolitan area? Join Museum Collection Chair and Past BCHS President Deborah Powell when she explores the dynamic impact of Bergen’s first European settlers.

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 in the Steuben House. No charge.

BCHS EVENT:
Pinkster Fest
A Jersey Dutch Celebration of Spring
Sunday, May 19, 2019, 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 & 3:00 pm with a participation session during the country dances. Ridley and Anne Enslow are featured on fiddle and hammered dulcimer. In the outkitchen cooks will be naturally dyeing eggs for Pinkster and making oliebollen, Dutch Donuts. This event features fun children’s games. The 3 houses including the Steuben House a state-historic site and the barn are open for tours.

Final weekend for our Needle to Cloth: Girls Samplers and Needlework exhibit, exhibit located in the Steuben House. Deborah Powell, BCHS past president and Museum Collection Chair, will be giving an illustrated talk on the Jersey Dutch at 2:30 pm. Broom making in the barn. Pinkster cake and raspberry punch are available in the Campbell-Christie House Tavern along with other refreshments.

All 3 Jersey-Dutch sandstone houses, including the Steuben House, a state historic site, are connected by an ADA compliant gravel walking path. Weather permitting the Westervelt-Thomas Barn will be open. 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.

Historic New Bridge Landing: An American Revolutionary War Battleground including 3 Jersey-Dutch Sandstone Houses, exhibits of BCHS collections, tavern, gift shop, outkitchen & barn. $12 adults, $7 students, BCHS members free. (Become a member and support our efforts!, $20 individual / $30 household).
HNBL, 1201 Main St., River Edge, NJ. 

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 Annual Dinner & Award Meeting
Thursday June 13, 2019
BCHS Lecture Series
Hessian Savages, Frog-Eating Frenchmen, and Palatine Boors: How Personal Encounters Change Time-Honored Perceptions

Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Steuben House, River Edge, NJ

by Robert A. Selig
Americans struggled with the question of how to deal with the foreigners the American War of Independence brought to their country, both the Hessian soldiers hired by England as well as the Germans arriving with the French Army in 1780. These troops in turn had neither training nor experience on how to react to the various ethnic groups already living in the nascent United States uprooted by the war. In the course of that war, however, personal contacts eroded, at least in the short term, decades-old as well as more recent prejudices toward these, mostly German, foreigners to the degree that thousands elected to desert and remain in America.

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