Bergen County Historical Society
 SCHEDULE of Events & Lectures
December 2019 thru part of 2020
The buildings at Historic New Bridge Landing are only open for events.
The grounds are open dawn to dusk.

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 EVENT:
WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY AT HISTORIC NEW BRIDGE LANDING
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
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
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
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
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
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 cooks 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. Joe is broom-making in the barn. Jim the Blacksmith is working his trade at the site.

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
April 17, 2019, 7:30 pm, Wednesday
This event is back on.

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. Meet in the Steuben House, 1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. No charge.

BCHS Lecture Series
The Water Crisis of 1876
April 25, 2019, Thursday, 7:30 pm

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. No charge. 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 Saturday, 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. Jim the Blacksmith is working his trade at the site. Children's activity, ask at the gate.

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 Lecture Series
Countdown to America 250 - Dutch Church in Early America
Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Steuben House, River Edge, NJ

by James Hart Brumm, Director, The Reformed Church Center, The Seminary Archives & the Theological Writing Center, General Editor, the Beardslee Press, New Brunswick Theological Seminar.

While the Dutch were the first Europeans to settle in New York and New Jersey, beginning their New Netherland colony in 1619 and starting the oldest Protestant church with a continuous ministry in North America in April of 1628, they lost their colony to the British in 1664. The Dutch settlers, living and worshiping under English rule, an ocean away from their mother church, eventually felt pressures of culture and language, but they couldn’t agree on how to respond. This is the story of a theological dispute, built around a strange Latin word (Coetus) and a weird Dutch word (Conferentie), which became a public battle that shaped people who helped shape New Jersey.

James Hart Brumm is a minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Reformed Church in America (RCA), serving as director of the Reformed Church Center, director of the Theological Writing Center, Seminary Archivist, and general editor of Beardslee Press for New Brunswick Theological Seminary. He also currently serves as General Editor of The Historical Series of the Reformed Church in America, and has edited and contributed essays to four volumes in the 100-volume series. In addition to writing and teaching about the history of the RCA, Brumm is the author of approximately 350 hymn texts, many of which are published in collections available from Wayne Leupold Editions. He lives in Highland Park, NJ, with his wife, Kathleen, who is an RCA minister as well as a composer.

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

Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony
Monday, May 27, 2019
10:00 am

Join us as we commemorate General Enoch Poor at his grave site at the First Dutch Reformed Church in Hackensack, followed by a cemetery tour by historian Pat Schuber.

Building & Grounds Spring Cleanup.
June 1, 2019, 8:00 - 11:00 am

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, June 1, 8 am to 11 am.

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

BCHS Annual Dinner, Awards, Election & Presentation
June 13, 2019
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BCHS EVENT
Lantern Tour. Celebrate our Country's Birthday on the grounds its Independence was forged.
July 2, 2019, Tuesday at 7:00 pm at Steuben House, River Edge, NJ

Historian Jim Smith leds the lantern tour of Historic New Bridge Landing.

Meet at the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ.

$12 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)
Site opened by knowledgable volunteer historians and interpreters. Event info updated as available.

BCHS Vintage Baseball - July 13, 2019, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Flemington Noshanocks vs. Enterprise Club of New Bridge
(Note change of date)

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 versus the New Bridge Enerprise teams.

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. Additional food cost.

Between games, watch for Casey at the Bat or take a walk through time on a short tour of Historic New Bridge Landing’s grounds led by one of our interpreters. Be sure to bring a hat, blanket or chair, and sunscreen. Dogs on a leash are welcome outside (please be considerate of other visitors). Enjoy games, ice cream, and hot dogs.

Enter at the corner of Hackensack Avenue & Main Street. 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.

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

Topic:

Todd Braisted speaks on the Bergen Militia

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.

Summertime Tours
Sunday, July 21, 2019
1:00 - 5:00 pm

Museum site open for tours. Visit Bergen County's Premier Historic Site. 2 pm tour on the "Bridge that Saved a Nation" with Vice President Kate Reilly and 3:00 pm walking tour of the core area of Historic New Bridge Landing by Past President Deborah Powell.

All 3 Jersey-Dutch sandstone houses, including the Steuben House, a state historic site, are connected by an ADA compliant gravel walking path. The Westervelt-Thomas Barn will be open. Take-away kite making project included for children and kite flying in the Meadow if conditions are right.

Historic New Bridge Landing: An American Revolutionary War Battleground including 3 Jersey-Dutch Sandstone Houses, exhibits of BCHS collections, tavern, gift shop, outkitchen & barn.

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.

$12 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)
Site opened by knowledgable volunteer historians and interpreters. Event info updated as available.

Building & Grounds Spring Cleanup.
August 10, Saturday, 2019, 8:00 - 11:00 am

Meet at the Steuben House and areas will be assigned in Brett Park, see Rich Karp and Larry Bauer. The Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission will be hosting this event on Saturday, August 10, 8 am to 11 am.

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

240th Anniversary of the Raid on Paulus Hook
August 17, 2019, Saturday
10:00 - 4:00 pm

Join BCHS & BAR (Brigade of the American Revolution) for this event. Walk where Lighthorse Harry Lee walked. View new exhibits of our American Revolutionary War collections and nine enlarged reproductions of period maps including a recently discovered one. Museum site open for tours, exhibits.

The 240th Anniversary of the Raid on Paulus Hook
August 17th, 2019, 10 am to 3 pm, historic houses open until 4 pm

All roads lead to New Bridge and in the 18th century this was often the case. Due to its proximity in NJ to NYC and sitting at a strategic crossing on the banks of the Hackensack River, New Bridge Landing would be an active piquet post, HQ for George Washington, an information gathering post and the site of eleven skirmishes and engagements during the American Revolution.

You may be familiar with Historic New Bridge Landing and its connection to the Retreat of 1776 by Continental forces from Fort Lee and their first objects, as Thomas Paine mentions was this very pivotal crossing. Yet, the story does not end there. The summer of 1779 would be a year that would show the war was far from leaving the area and heading South. Three major operations unfolded that summer. The first being Stony Point, the Sullivan Expedition, which was meant to end Loyalist and Native American incursions on the frontiers of PA and NY and finally an attack on the British held fortification at Paulus Hook.

Paulus Hook was an impressive fortification that was located in modern day Jersey City, NJ. Surrounded by a swamp, canal with a drawbridge, stockade, multiple blockhouses and soldier’s barracks, it was a formidable location on the banks of the Hudson. Inspired by Anthony Wayne’s daring attack on Stony Point, “Lighthorse” Harry Lee proposed to Washington that a similar attack should occur at Paulus Hook and he was just the guy to lead it. At first, Washington was not sold on the plan but after making accommodations for His Excellency, that plan was set in motion. Lee, his partisans and Continental troops would organize at New Bridge, attacking only with the bayonet. They would heroically take the fortification but not hold it for too long and would have to march back to New Bridge. Along the way, Crown forces would engage Lee’s men between Paulus Hook and New Bridge.

The Bergen County Historical Society, founded in 1902 to preserve Bergen County’s rich history, once again invites the B.A.R. back to Historic New Bridge Landing as we tell this important story. The event will occur on Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 10 am to 3 pm. The event will include a lecture by military historian and past B.A.R commander, Todd Braisted on the actions at Paulus Hook, as well as opportunities to learn how to use a camp kitchen, tailoring your 18th century food to the season and location, construct defensive works and wigwams and drill as light infantry, preparing on the same ground, as Lee’s men did 240 years ago. In the afternoon, the men will muster on the grounds and march out, guided by the local militia, to capture the fort and hopefully avoid any skirmishes. Please check back for a full schedule. Make sure to check out the new map exhibit!

Event takes place at the Steuben House and Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. BergenCountyHistory.org and info@BergenCountyHistory.org.
Free parking or take the train to "New Bridge Landing” train stop. Pictured below: Museum collection committee member Abi Duffy leveling one of the enlargements of nine Rev War maps that show New Bridge.

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.

$12 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)
Site opened by knowledgable volunteer historians and interpreters. Event info updated as available. Event Poster pdf

BCHS School of Interpretation & Volunteer Meeting
August 21, 2019, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. 
(Rescheduled from February 2019)
Topic: History and Architecture of the Campbell-Christie House

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.

Baronfest, a day of music, beer, and food at Historic New Bridge Landing
Sept 21, 2019, 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, Alementary and Hackensack Brewing have to offer together with delicious food in a historic village. Relax to music by Hudson Woodpile 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.

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 beers 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 and pumpkin picking for kids.
Come see our new exhibit New Bridge in the American Revolution: Artifacts and Maps, includes enlargements of 9 period maps in the Steuben House. One exhibit features the spy Major John Andre.

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. Beer additional cost.
Baronfest 2019 poster pdf.

School of Interpretation and Volunteer Meeting:
September 18, 2019, Wednesday, 7:30 pm 
Topic: The Devil’s in the Details: Running Events at HNBL

Because events at New Bridge generally run smoothly, it is easy to be unaware of how much preparation is needed to open the site to the public. Volunteers not only have to get HNBL ready for ever-increasing visitors, but also have a responsibility to protect centuries-old buildings and artifacts from damage. Everyone knowing where things are and how things are done is vital. This month, BCHS event planners will take both experienced and associate volunteers through the steps of setting up and breaking down the site for public functions in the 2019-2020 event year.

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). No charge.

BCHS Lecture Series
Hessian Savages, Frog-Eating Frenchmen, and Palatine Boors: How Personal Encounters Change Time-Honored Perceptions

September 26, 2019, Thursday, 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.

School of Interpretation and Volunteer Meeting
October 16, 2018, 7:30 pm, Wednesday

Topic: Networking for New Bridge: Promoting BCHS on Social Media

While enterprises of the past depended on word-of-mouth to publicize their activities, today’s operations increasingly depend on word-on-screen. Many of our visitors come because they’ve seen postings about BCHS or HNBL on our own or others’ social media. Law librarian, archivist, and BCHS Secretary Christine George has run the social media accounts for several law schools and professional organizations, and this month will give volunteers insights on how we can better use twenty-first century media to promote the stories of the past.

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). No charge.

BCHS Event:
Calico Frolic
October 19, 2019, Saturday evening

Dance to live music by Ridley and Anne Enslow on fiddle and hammered dulicmer in the historic 18th century home, the Steuben House. Dance mistress Denise Piccino leads the dancers for a delightful fall evening.

Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ

BCHS Lecture Series
October 24, 2019, Thursday

The Un-Development of the Hudson River Viewshed (Part 1) - The History of the Cloisters by Michael Norris

Michael received his BA in classics from the University of California at San Diego and his MA in classics and Ph.D. in art history at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He spent twenty years at the Cloisters Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and has lectured all over the world.

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

Harvest Homecoming
October 27, 2019, Sunday
1:00 - 5:00 pm

With any luck we'll have "The Bridge That Saved a Nation, Bergen County, New Bridge and the Hackensack Valley" by the late historian Kevin W. Wright available for purchase. Kevin was working on the book when he passed away in October 2016.

Museum site open for tours. Visit Bergen County's Premier Historic Site. Presentation by Past President Deborah Powell on the new book, The Bridge That Saved a Nation, Bergen County, New Bridge and the Hackensack Valley by historian Kevin W. Wright. All royalities from the book benefit BCHS.

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

Visit the Out-Kitchen as our cooks prepare seasonal 18th century foods and our resident blacksmith plys his trade.

Historic New Bridge Landing: An American Revolutionary War Battleground including 3 Jersey-Dutch Sandstone Houses, exhibits of BCHS collections, tavern, gift shop, outkitchen & barn.

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.

$12 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)
Site opened by knowledgable volunteer historians and interpreters. Event info updated as available.

Veterans Day Wreath Laying Ceremony
November 10, 2019, Sunday
2 pm

Join us as we commemorate Veterans Day. This year we are meeting at Huyler's Landing in the Palisades Interstate Park as we dedicate a new BCHS Blue Marker. The marker will locate the November 20, 1776 British Invasion site along the Hudson River where 5,000 troops under Cornwallis scaled the approximately 500 ft elevation up the Palisades on a "rough road" and headed for Fort Constitution (Fort Lee) where General Greene and 3,000 American troops were camped.

Directions will be provided by accessing Henry Hudson Drive. Wear walking shoes.

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. Photo below is a previous year in River Edge.

School of Interpretation and Volunteer Meeting:
November 20, 2019, 7:30 pm, Wednesday

Topic: Two Centuries at New Bridge Landing: A History of the Zabriskie-Steuben House

The stone mansion at the narrows of the Hackensack River not only “saw more of the American Revolution than any house in America,” but it also witnessed the busy trade along the Hackensack River, the coming of the railroads, the transition from an agrarian Bergen to one of industry and commerce, and the final transition of the river valley from farmland to suburbia. Luminaries of the Revolution—Washington, Hamilton, Lee, von Steuben, Lafayette—all crossed its threshold, but so did the solid Bergenites of the Gilded Age, as well as a multitude of twentieth century schoolchildren. This month, come and hear the story of an American treasure from one of the people who actually lived there, BCHS Past President and current Collections Chair Deborah Powell.
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). No charge.
BCHS Lecture Series
November 21, 2019, Thursday
The Un-Development of the Hudson River Viewshed (Part 2) - A Snapshot of the History of the Palisades Interstate Park by Eric Nelsen
Eric earned his BA from Montclair State University. He has worked at the Palisades Interstate Park since 1992 and as a Historical Interpreter since 1998.

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

243rd Anniversary of the British Invasion/American Retreat
November 24, 2019, Sunday, 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 243rd 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 24, 2019.

Event Schedule 12 - 4:30 pm

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

1:15 pm: Past President Deborah Powell (please meet at the Steuben House) will give a brief talk on the new book Bridge That Saved a Nation, by the late historian and Past BCHS president Kevin W. Wright. All royalities benefit BCHS.

1:30 pm: Marta Black will be joining us to exhibit two prints of Washington and Greene and speaking on the prints and General Nathanael Greene in the Southern Campaign.

3:00 pm: Military historian, author and Past President, Todd Braisted "To Drive the Rebels out of the Country or Make them own them Own George Their Master." Bergen County Loyalists in the Southern Campaigns, 1779-1782.

The IV Battalion, NJ Volunteers will be on site demonstrating. 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.

The Society’s treasure of Revolutionary War artifacts are on display in the Steuben House. There is an exhibit of 9 period maps that show New Bridge in the American Revolution. The gift shop will be open (start thinking about gifts for that history lover.)

Decorating Historic New Bridge Landing:
December 7, 2019, Saturday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

info@bergencountyhistory.org
Tickets for the 36th 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:
Sinterklaas Day
December 8, 2019,
Sunday
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 8, 2019. 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 36th Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts, featuring Linda Russell & Companie, will also be on sale. PayPal link to follow.

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! New Book on New Bridge available for sale. LIMBERJACKS, DECORATIVE POTTERY & MORE IN THE GIFT SHOP.

BCHS EVENT:
36th Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts & Tavern Fare • Sat & Sun,
Dec 14 & 15, 2019

BCHS celebrates our 36th Colonial Christmas Concerts, featuring Linda Russell & Companie, in the Steuben House, by reservation.

Two Concerts each night:
Saturday:
6:00 & 7:45 pm
Sunday: 6:00 & 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.

PAYPAL LINK 2019

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.

BCHS VOLUNTEER & INTERPRETATION MEETING:
No meeting in December due to our holiday activities schedule

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. It also provides an opportunity for prospective participants to ask questions and learn about volunteering with BCHS. Most sessions are held in the Steuben House. Check the events schedule for future topics and dates in upcoming months.

Kate Reilly
Volunteer Coordinator
Vice President
Bergen County Historical Society
bchs.volunteers@aol.com

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

Our forebears at New Bridge lived closer to nature than we do today, and both the native and cultivated plants in the area were an important influence in their lives. What trees and plants did they find here in the1700s, and what did they introduce? How can we restore the “look” of eighteenth century New Bridge? Park Commission Chairperson and BCHS President Jim Smith will address these issues as well as showing volunteers how they can use the natural world around us to interpret history at our site.

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