Bergen County Historical Society
 SCHEDULE of Events & Lectures
Summer 2015 thru August 2016
Historic New Bridge Landing building are only open for special events. The grounds are open dawn to dusk.
A partial list of events with details: See below.

We're working on a website redo.

Download the pdf for an event schedule for the year or pick hard copy up at the site when we're open.

Lantern Tour of New Bridge Landing
August 19, 2015, Wednesday, 7:00 pm.

Meet at the Campbell-Christie House for a guided tour of three historic homes and battleground in the American Revolutionary War. Refreshments in the Black Horse Tavern at the conclusion.

Adults: $10, Students, 6-22 years old: $7 (under 6 - free), BCHS members free. Suggest wear long pants and walking shoes.

Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. See map below. Gift shop open at tour end.

Grounds Clean Up:
Saturday, August 22, 2015
8:00 am

Grounds cleanup, meet at the Campbell-Christie house area. The Building and Grounds Committee will be hosting a "Fall Cleaning" on Sept 19th from 8 am to 11 am (weather permitting). This work will occur outdoors so bring gloves and boots. We'll be tackling the removal of non-native plants and cleaning up the site for a busy event season. For further details, contact James Smith at bchs1902@gmail.com.

The School of the Loyalist
August 28–30, 2015, Historic New Bridge Landing, River Edge, New Jersey

The 4th Battalion, New Jersey Volunteers and the Bergen County Historical Society are once again pleased to be hosting The School of the Loyalist, a weekend of academic presentations, workshops, research and interpreting geared towards the Loyalist living history community.

Historic New Bridge Landing, nestled along the Hackensack River, was the home to both Loyalist Captain John Zabriskie, whose house still stands there, and the property of Lieutenant Colonel Abraham Van Buskirk. The site of no less than ten battles, skirmishes and encampments during the war, it is a fitting place for Loyalist interpreters and reenactors to gather and hone their craft.

Loyalist living history groups will go through drill instruction, field exercises and a number of camp activities, including an authentic field hospital display. Academic lectures, tours and presentations on Loyalist topics will round out the weekend. Details and a list of presenters and groups will be made available as they are firmed up.

Come visit this important piece of North American history, and make your connection to the past!

Those interested in attending should contact Todd W. Braisted at IVBNNJV@aol.com.

MORE INFO ABOUT THE EVENT

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
7:30 pm

For anyone interested in the public presentation of Historic New Bridge Landing, either as an exhibit docent, greeter, or living-history interpreter in period dress, the Bergen County Historical Society will sponsor a School of Historical Interpretation to hone communication skills and provide insight into the material culture of the past. With over 30 years of experience, historian Kevin Wright addresses the Basics of Historical Interpretation.

Featured this month: The Demarest house, or Paulison Millhouse. History and tour with Kevin Wright. contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

Bergen Lecture Series:
Hollywood on the Hudson and Fort Lee
Sept 17, 2015, Thursday, 7 pm

Although motion pictures were invented in West Orange, and most local film producers soon made their headquarters in New York City, Bergen County played its own role in the history of American silent film.  First popular as a location site (DW Griffith shot nearly one hundred nickelodeon-era shorts here), the first permanent studio, in Englewood Cliffs, was built in 1910.  Others soon followed, and within a few years Fort Lee and the surrounding communities housed the first great concentration of motion picture studios in the United States.  How this happened, and why this success seemed to unravel so quickly in the 1920s, will be the subject of an illustrated lecture by Rutgers University Professor Richard Koszarski, author of Hollywood on the Hudson and Fort Lee: The Film Town.

Meet in the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661. Refreshments available at the free Thursday lecture series.

Reporters and film executives (including Mack Sennett and Thomas Ince) observe construction of the new Willat stages in Fort Lee, July 31, 1914.
Grounds Clean Up:
Saturday, September 19, 2015
8:00 am

Grounds cleanup, meet at the Campbell-Christie house area. The Building and Grounds Committee will be hosting a "Fall Cleaning."

This work will occur outdoors so bring gloves and boots. We'll be tackling the removal of non-native plants and cleaning up the site for a busy event season. For further details, contact James Smith at bchs1902@gmail.com.

Baronfest, A Birthday Celebration of Major-General Baron von Steuben
Sept 20, 2015, Sunday, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Takes place at his Jersey Estate, Historic New Bridge Landing.

The Zabriskie-Steuben House is the only extant building Steuben owned. Experience an 18th century Tavern at the Campbell-Christie House. Tour 3 sandstone houses & barn. Picket-fence Beer Garden, Music by the Teutonic Knights, Pony rides in the Meadow (for children). Come have your photo taken with Steuben. Bob Gleason of the American Historical Theatre will be interpreting Baron von Steuben. Illustrated talk on Steuben at 2:30 pm by historian Kevin Wright. Reenactors from the 3rd NJ will be at New Bridge to answer questions about military life in the 18th century. Beer by Brix City Brewing of Little Ferry, they'll have a table selling t-shirts. German fare by Paul's Pig Roast. Also food by Sanducci's of River Edge and Tropical Scoops. Admission: Adults $10, Students (6-22 yr) $7. BCHS members admission free. Beer (12 oz) $5 - Photo ID required. Cash line moves faster. Bring your Baronfest stein or buy for $5. Food, beer & pony rides - additional cost. Free parking is also available in the NJ Transit parking lot at the New Bridge train stop (for this event) or take the train on the Pascack Valley line. Walk one block north to Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ. HNBL is only 7 miles from the GWB. Site map below. No rain date. 100% goes to our mission. Download the updated event flyer. Permit number 21276.

Bergen Leads Class of 2016

September 21, 2015

Naturalization Ceremony:
Thursday, September 24, 2015
10:30 am

Naturalization Ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, September 24, 2015 at Historic New Bridge Landing.

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

Walking Tour of HNBL by
Kevin Wright
Sunday, Sept 27, 2015
10:00 am

Experience history in one of the storied places where it was made!
The tour will cover the history of New Bridge Landing featuring Brett Park on the Teaneck side of the Hackensack River.

Meet at "the Bridge that Saved a Nation" by the Steuben House. Rain or shine.

Invitation by the Friends of the Hackensack Greenway Through Teaneck and the BCHS.

Map search: 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ.

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

No charge.

BCHS Lecture Series
Around the World in 1909
October 15, 2015, Thursday
7 pm

Brick Township author, Lisa Begin-Kruysman, will discuss her latest title Around the World in 1909: Harriet White Fisher and Her Locomobile (American History Press) on Thursday evening, October 15th.

Around the World in 1909 chronicles the remarkable journey of the fiery and intrepid New Jersey anvil industrialist, Harriet White Fisher, who set her sights on experiencing the world in a motor car. In July of 1909, after purchasing a state-of-the art Locomobile, Fisher embarked on an incredible journey accompanied by her driver, Harold Brooks, British butler Albert, Italian maid Maria, and a young Boston bull terrier named Honk-Honk.
During the course of their 13-month long, 22,000 mile voyage, Fisher and her companions explored remote corners of the earth where no man, woman or domesticated house pet had ever ventured. Whether camping in the wilds of India, or relaxing in the posh palaces owned by royal dignitaries, this brave band of unlikely travelers met new challenges during each leg of their trip. Called the Anvil Queen, Woman Ironmaster, Princess from the Land of Promise, A Lady of Great Consequence, and the Female Napoleon, wherever Harriet went, she and her loyal entourage captured the curiosity and imagination of a fascinated public, attracting legions of fans and friends and opening the minds, hearts and highways on four continents.

Meet in the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661. Refreshments available at the free Thursday lecture series.

Grounds Clean Up:
October 17, 2015, Saturday
8:00 am until about 11 am

Grounds cleanup, meet at the Campbell-Christie house area. The Building and Grounds Committee will be hosting a "Fall Cleaning."

This work will occur outdoors so bring gloves and boots. We'll be tackling the removal of non-native plants and cleaning up the site for a busy event season. For further details, contact James Smith at bchs1902@gmail.com.

Harvest Homecoming at New Bridge
October 18 2015, Sunday
1 - 5:00 pm

Picket-fence Beer Garden - Pumpkin Picking in the Meadow - Music by the River Acoustic Band. The band will be in the barn.

Beer by Brix City Brewery, Bergen County's new brewery. Food includes Barbecue vendor, Pretzels and cider donuts.

Historian Kevin Wright speaking on “History of the Pumpkin” at 2:30 pm.

All 3 Jersey-Dutch Sandstone Houses, outkitchen and barn are scheduled to be open.

Historic New Bridge Landing:  
American Revolutionary War Battleground featuring 3 Jersey-Dutch Sandstone Houses including the Steuben House, a state historic site, the Westervelt-Thomas Barn, Exhibits, Tavern, Gift shop & Working Outkitchen. Walk the Bridge that Saved a Nation.  $12 adults, $8 students (6-22 yrs),
BCHS members free.

Beer 12 oz $5, Beer and food addtional cost.

HNBL, 1201-1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ. Audio updates: 201.343.9492

The houses are connected by a gravel walking path. Observe much wildlife.

Free parking available or take a train on the Pascack Valley Line from Secaucus via NJ Transit to the New Bridge Landing Train stop. Note: price and lecture time.

Click here for the
Harvest Homecoming Brochure

Permit number 23545

Picket-fence Beer Garden - Pumpkin Picking in the Meadow Beer from Brix City Brewery - Food includes the New Bridge Cider Donuts & Pretzels.

Pumpkin Picking,
included for the first 100 children.

River Acoustic Band will be playing out in the Westervelt-Thomas Barn at Historic New Bridge Landing
Ok, twist my arm.

We do accept donations.

The Bergen County Historical Society is raising funds to construct a first-rate museum building and library on the Society’s property at Historic New Bridge Landing.

Help us reach our goal!

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
7:30 pm

Topic: Basics of Interpretation and the Visitor Experience
For anyone interested in volunteering at Historic New Bridge Landing events as a docent, greeter, operations personnel, or living-history interpreter in period dress, the Bergen County Historical Society sponsors the School of Historical Interpretation to hone communication skills, familiarize volunteers with Bergen’s unique history, provide insight into the material culture of the past, and train volunteers in historical presentation. Why do people visit historic sites? What do they want to gain from the experience? How can the New Bridge volunteer create a day that will be remembered and enjoyed? This month, historian Kevin Wright, with over thirty years experience of bringing history alive for the public, will address these issues and provide event staff with insights to improve their work at HNBL. This is a very valuable session for all our event personnel. Please meet in the Steuben House.

contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

Retreat to Victory Staff Ride
October 24, 2015 - SOLD OUT

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

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

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

When: Saturday, October 24, 2015. 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

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

Cost:
$90, all inclusive, for non-members
$80, all inclusive, for Bergen County Historical Society members

EVENT:
Mitzvah Day
Sunday, November 1, 2015
10:00-12:00 pm

Check back for updates.

Help remove trash and invasive vegetation at Historic New Bridge Landing on UJA Federation’s 18th annual Mitzvah Day. The goal of Mitzvah Day is to involve people in a variety of community service activities throughout northern New Jersey thus enabling them to understand and experience, first hand, the vast network of social service agencies and organizations.

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

Veteran's Day Wreath-laying & Ceremony
Sunday, November 8, 2015
1:00 pm

Location:
Captain John Outwater's grave, Commerce & 720 Washington Ave, Carlstadt. Borders a mini-mart & service station.

In Honor of Veteran's Day, the Bergen County Historical Society, will continue its tradition of raising awareness of important Veteran accomplishments and markers throughout Bergen County. This year, we recognize Captain John Outwater and other unsung hero's of the American Revolution.

Outwater's Company of Bergen County Militia was created "when the Hessians were taken at Trenton, a spirit of resistance seemed to revive amongst the peoples, a Company was then formed at Hackensack out of the inhabitants who remained true to Whig principles .... the company chose the Officers of John Outwater ... Captain, Adam Boyd Lieut, Abraham Allen Ensign." (From the Pension Application of David Bogert). During the course of the American War for Independence, Outwater's Company was one of many Bergen Militia Companies that
patrolled the "Neutral Ground," attempted to prevent Loyalist Raids and trading with New York City, gathered intelligence, performed guard duty of prisoners and involved in numerous military actions in Bergen County.

In December 1780, the NJ State legislature commissioned the company Outwater's Company, New Jersey State Troops, seen as a cut above ordinary militia, due to longer military service and more intensive
military duties. Following the War, Captain John Outwater was an early leader in NJ and the formation of Bergen County under the new form of government. Outwater, would be elected to the NJ State Assembly. As a New Jersey Assemblyman it was said he co-sponsored an amendment to the 1797 election law which continued the right of women to vote in state and municipal elections.

The last election won by Outwater for the Assembly was in 1815. Other post war offices held by Outwater were:
- Bergen County Freeholder (1786)
- Bergen County Justice (1791-1794)
- Council Member, Village of Hackensack (1796-1807)
-
Justice of the Court of Common Pleas (1800).

Information researched by Robert J. Shanahan, Jr, Esq., founder of the recreated Outwater's Militia.

Please join us for this important remembrance event.
A special honor guard from the recreated Outwater's Militia Company will be present along with members of the Carlstadt Historical Society.
BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
7:30 pm

Topic: New Bridge in the American Revolution
For anyone interested in volunteering at Historic New Bridge Landing events as a docent, greeter, operations personnel, or living-history interpreter in period dress, the Bergen County Historical Society sponsors the School of Historical Interpretation to hone communication skills, familiarize volunteers with Bergen’s unique history, provide insight into the material culture of the past, and train volunteers in historical presentation. With over 30 years of experience, historian Kevin Wright addresses the basics of historical interpretation with guest presenters to address specific topics. As we approach the anniversary of the Retreat of November 20, 1776, military historian Todd Braisted will talk about the vital role our site played in “the times that tried men’s souls” when the road to independent nationhood lay across a small wooden bridge, and passions between loyalists and patriots split friends and families. Please meet in the Steuben House.

contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

BCHS Lecture Series
History of the Meadowlands
November 19, 2015, Thursday
7 pm

Kevin Wright, HIstory of the Meadowlands, from glacial morass to cultural landform.

Illustrated talk.
Wright first began writing about the Meadowlands in 1988 when he wrote a research paper from mainly primary sources and created a 5-panel pre-history to history exhibit for the NJ Meadowlands Commission. The Hackensack Meadowlands: Prehistory and history, 1988.

Meet in the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661. Refreshments available at the free Thursday lecture series. Pictured here: Hackensack Meadows by Jasper Cropsey

BCHS EVENT:
The 239th Anniversary of the British Invasion & American Retreat
Saturday & Sunday, November 21 & 22, 2015

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

On November 20th, 1776, five thousand British, Hessian and Loyalist troops, under command of Lt. Gen. Lord Cornwallis, scaled the Palisades at Lower Closter Dock and marched against Fort Lee. Warned by an alert officer, the American garrison escaped entrapment by safely crossing the Hackensack River at New Bridge, now known as the Bridge That Saved a Nation, and lived to fight another day.

To mark the 239th Anniversary of the "times that try men's souls," the Bergen County Historical Society, along with Outwater's Militia and Fourth Battalion, New Jersey Volunteers, will co-sponsor a weekend of living history and scholarly presentations on November 21 and 22, 2015.

Saturday:
7:00 pm. Reading of the "American Crisis" on the Bridge by Lantern, followed by a Lecture in the Steuben House. "The Times That Try Men's Souls: The 1776 British Invasion of New Jersey." by Todd Braisted.

Sunday:
Site opens 11 am, with varied events throughout the site
- 11:00 am. George Washington will discuss these "trying times"
- 11:30 am. American Troops begin to assemble to defend the bridge
- 12:00 pm. Skirmish at the Bridge - A reenactment of the rear guard engagement that occurred at New Bridge during the retreat
- 1:30 pm. Lecture at the Steuben House by historian Todd Braisted "That almost totally revolted County of Bergen: November 1776 - July 1777."
- 2:00 pm. Children's Drill - Demarest House

Don Post and 18th century medical interpretation.

Sunrise Trading Post will be at the site wih reproductions available for purchase.

EVENT POSTER - PDF

New Bridge site map below.

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

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

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

BCHS EVENT:
Sinter Klaas Day at Historic New Bridge
Sunday, Dec 6, 2015
1:00 - 4:00 pm
OPEN HOUSE - No charge

Enjoy Jersey Dutch holiday treats, refreshments and a visit with Sinter Klaas in the restored tavern in Campbell-Christie House, 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661 from 1 to 4:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 6, 2015. See open-hearth cooking in authentic Jersey Dutch Out Kitchen and tour historic homes. For that special holiday gift, browse unique historical gift shop. At 1:30 P.M., historian, author and BCHS Past President Kevin Wright will give an illustrated talk "A Light in Winter; Holiday Traditions" in the Steuben House.

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

Tickets for the 32nd Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts, featuring Linda Russell & Companie, will also be on sale (if there are any left).

Our gift shop will be open.
Experience History in one of the storied places where it was made! For further info on membership in the Bergen County Historical Society, a non-profit volunteer association, or our museum drive to build a Bergen County Hall of History.

BUY YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE AT HNBL! LIMBERJACKS, DECORATIVE POTTERY & MORE IN THE GIFT SHOP.

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting:
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
7:30 pm
(note change to second Wednesday)

Topic: The Origins of Christmas, Solstice, and Mid-Winter festivals
For anyone interested in volunteering at Historic New Bridge Landing events as a docent, greeter, operations personnel, or living-history interpreter in period dress, the Bergen County Historical Society sponsors the School of Historical Interpretation to hone communication skills, familiarize volunteers with Bergen’s unique history, provide insight into the material culture of the past, and train volunteers in historical presentation. With over 30 years of experience, historian Kevin Wright addresses the basics of historical interpretation with guest presenters to address specific topics. If you’ve ever wondered why we kiss under mistletoe, decorate Christmas trees, or give presents at the holidays, come hear Kevin’s presentation on the origins and development of our winter celebrations—it’s not always what you think. Please meet in the Steuben House. (note change to second Wednesday)

Tickets for the 32nd Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts, featuring Linda Russell & Companie, will also be on sale (if there are any left).

contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org

Decorating Historic New Bridge Landing:
Saturday, December 12, 2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org
Tickets for the 32nd Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts, featuring Linda Russell & Companie, will also be on sale (if there are any left).

BCHS EVENT:
32nd Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts & Tavern Fare • Sat & Sun, Dec 19 & 20, 2015

BCHS celebrates our 32nd Colonial Christmas Concerts, featuring Linda Russell & Companie, in the Steuben House, by reservation.

Two Concerts each night:
Saturday: 7:00 - SOLD OUT, only 8:30 pm - Available. Info updated 12-17, 6:41 pm

Sunday: 6:00 & 7:30 pm - Both shows SOLD OUT.
We have a few seats left for the Saturday 8:30 show. 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. Choose from soup & herb biscuit, poughman plate, fruit pie, hot mulled cider and more. Additional cost.

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

Concert: $32 per person. BCHS members $25.
Mail check to BCHS, Holiday Events,
PO Box 55, River Edge, NJ 07761 with date & time or PayPal for convenience or purchase at events at Campbell-Christie House.

Specifiy 1st & 2nd choice of time.
Include your email address and/or phone number for confirmation.

No refunds or exchanges.
Suggest wearing walking shoes.

Holiday decorations are based upon ancient sources, including Jan Steen's 1664 painting, The Visit of St. Nicholas, which depicts a domestic theme familiar in several aspects to modern eyes. Decorations include an ancient Kissing Bough, supposedly of Druidic origin, celebrating the solstice and the birth of the new solar year. Here people may meet under the mistletoe for the blessing of harmony. The origins of other holiday customs are explained, as for example, how in an age before cheap glassware, a piece of toasted bread was dipped into the wassail bowl by one and all to make a festive "toast."

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

A family enjoying light supper in the Black Horse Tavern, Campbell-Christie House. The house was a tavern in the 18th century and that's how we interpret it, minus the alcohol.
Linda Russell & Co. are featured for the Colonial Christmas Concerts at the Steuben House
BCHS EVENT:
The Society’s Twelfth Night Party
Sunday, January 3, 2016
2:00-5:00 pm

Finish your holiday season on a high note by joining the Bergen County Historical Society’s celebration of Twelfth Night at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201-1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661 from 2 to 5 Pm on Sunday, January 3, 2016. Members and guests are invited to bring an old family recipe, favorite food, dessert or drink to share in an afternoon of good fellowship and New Year cheer.

In olden times, festivities surrounding Twelfth Night were the most lavish of the year, featuring a great feast with bonfires, plays, music, dancing and wassailing. The ancient custom of wassailing involved making twelve fires of straw and drinking toasts of cider or ale. A mock king, called the King of Beans, or Lord of Misrule, was elected by lot: The guest who discovered a bean in his or her slice of Twelfth Night Cake was elected sovereign for the revelries. In some places, these kings and queens placed white crosses in the rafters to exclude hobgoblins, witches and bugs for the remainder of the year.

Takes place in Campbell-Christie House, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661.

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting -
School of Interpretation
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
7:30 pm
For anyone interested in the public presentation of Historic New Bridge Landing, either as an exhibit docent, greeter, or living-history interpreter in period dress, the Bergen County Historical Society will sponsor a School of Historical Interpretation to hone communication skills and provide insight into the material culture of the past. With over 30 years of experience, historian Kevin Wright addresses the Basics of Historical Interpretation. Wright will give an “Introduction to Historic New Bridge.”
 
Takes place at Historic New Bridge Landing, Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ.

BCHS EVENT:
Brigit’s Day and Candlemas at HNBL
Sunday, January 24, 2015 - 1:00-5:00 pm

Canceled due to blizzard to hit New Jersey

1:30 pm: Historian Kevin Wright will give an illustrated talk on “18th Country Taverns, a practical guide to Early American Hospitality.” Zabriskie-Steuben House.

3:00 pm: Ardis Cavin on Celtic harp with story and song. Zabriskie-Steuben House.

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

Some of the Society’s 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. $10 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.

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting -
School of Interpretation
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
7:30 pm
For anyone interested in the public presentation of Historic New Bridge Landing, either as an exhibit docent, greeter, or living-history interpreter in period dress, the Bergen County Historical Society will sponsor a School of Historical Interpretation to hone communication skills and provide insight into the material culture of the past. BCHS president and historian Jim Smith on Cultural Landscapes: Featuring a presentation on the Ackerman-Zabriskie Tidemill at New Bridge.

Pictured here is a painting of the tidemill and Zabriskie-Steuben House from early 1800s.
 
Takes place at Historic New Bridge Landing, Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ.

BCHS Lecture Series

Thursday, February 18, 2016, 7pm
Keeping Warm in Colonial New Jersey

Illustrated talk, Bergen County Historical Society, Steuben House, Historic New Bridge Landing,
1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ

In the mid-18th century, Peter Kalm, a naturalist and agricultural economist, left Sweden to explore America on behalf of the great Swedish scientist, Carl Linnaeus. During the two winters that Kalm spent in New Jersey, he was astonished to find that the weather here was no milder than in his Northern homeland -- and that the "houses were no warmer than barns." Thanks to his friendship with Benjamin Franklin, Kalm himself could stay warm by a Franklin stove. In this talk, historian of science Karen Reeds will draw on Kalm's sharp-eyed observations of American material culture and natural history to consider the ways early New Jerseyans kept from freezing to death.

Dr. Reeds’s interest in Peter Kalm stems from her research in Finnish, Swedish, British, and American archives for her 2007 exhibition, Come into A New World: Linnaeus & America, at the American Swedish Historical Museum, Philadelphia, and the New Jersey State Museum, Trenton. With a NJ350 Grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, Dr. Reeds is currently writing a book about Kalm’s observations of colonial New Jersey.

Meet in the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661. Refreshments available at the free Thursday lecture series.

BCHS EVENT:
WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY AT HISTORIC NEW BRIDGE LANDING
Sunday, February 21, 2016
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

A Country Ball upon the Anniversary of Washington’s Birthday will be held at Historic New Bridge Landing.

Dance mistress Denise Piccino and the Tricorne Dancers will give three 45-minute public performances in the Steuben House at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 pm. Ridley & Anne Enslow will provide musical accompaniment on fiddle and hammered dulcimer. Throughout the afternoon, Rodger Yaden will portray General George Washington. Hot cider and crullers will be served in the restored 18th-century tavern in the Campbell-Christie House, where our gift shop is also located. Visitors may also see open-hearth cooking demonstrated in the Out-Kitchen, featuring meal items that General Washington might have eaten during his stay at New Bridge in 1780 and recipes from Martha's cookbook. Re-enactors from the 3rd New Jersey Regiment will demonstrate military life. 

So celebrate the 284th anniversary of Washington’s Birthday at Historic New Bridge Landing, where General George Washington made his headquarters in September 1780, when Continental troops encamped between Van Saun Park in River Edge and Soldier Hill Road in Oradell. A tiger-stripe maple bedstead, reputedly used in a local home where George Washington stayed during the 1780 Steenrapie Encampment, is displayed in the Demarest House. The room in the Steuben House where Washington stayed for ten days during the Steenrapie Encampment is also open for viewing. $10 adult, $7 children, BCHS members free.

Major General Baron von Steuben comes home

In a special ceremony at 12:30 p.m. in the Steuben House, preceding the opening of the ball, the Bergen County Historical Society, joined by special guests, will unveil sculptor Albert Jaeger's three-quarter-sized maquette of Major General Friedrich Wilhelm Baron von Steuben, made in preparation for the bronze statue of Baron von Steuben erected in Lafayette Park in 1910, opposite the White House. Damaged during Hurricane Sandy while stored in an off-site warehouse, this 107-year-old plaster model was repaired by conservator Gary McGowen of CPR, Inc., through FEMA funding secured by the Bergen County Historical Society. 

Event PDF Info has been updated 02-07-2016

Historic New Bridge Landing:  
American Revolutionary War Battleground including 3 Jersey-Dutch Sandstone Houses, Exhibits, Tavern, Gift shop & Outkitchen. (Barn closed in cold weather)  $10 adults, $7 students, BCHS members free. HNBL, 1201-1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ. Site map below. (Become a member and support our efforts, $20 individual / $30 household)

Check our website for event updates  | www.bergencountyhistory.org | contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org | 201.343.9492

All 3 Jersey-Dutch Houses are connected by a gravel walking path. Free parking is available or take a train on the Pascack Valley Line from Secaucus via NJ Transit to the New Bridge Landing Train stop.

BCHS Docent & Interpretation Meeting -
School of Interpretation
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
7:30 pm
For anyone interested in the public presentation of Historic New Bridge Landing, either as an exhibit docent, greeter, or living-history interpreter in period dress, the Bergen County Historical Society will sponsor a School of Historical Interpretation to hone communication skills and provide insight into the material culture of the past. With over 30 years of experience, historian Kevin Wright addresses the Basics of Historical Interpretation. Wright will give an “Cultural Geography: Geology and Land Forms.”
 
Takes place at Historic New Bridge Landing, Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ.
BCHS Lecture Series

Thursday, March 17, 2016, 7pm

How New Jersey’s Governors Created the State’s Medical Education System

In 2015, Seton Hall University and Hackensack University Health Network announced plans to establish a new private medical school on the former campus of Hoffman-LaRoche in Nutley and Clifton. This is the latest development in the recent transformation of medical education in New Jersey.

Bob Vietrogoski, the Head of Special Collections at George F. Smith Library, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, will present a history of medical education in New Jersey – a surprisingly recent history! He will discuss the earlier Seton Hall College of Medicine and Dentistry, the growth of what became the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and the integration of UMDNJ into Rutgers and Rowan Universities in 2013. Throughout this history, New Jersey’s governors have played a pivotal role in creating the state’s medical education system.

BCHS EVENT:
Under the Shad Moon, Chwame Gischuch • Lenape New Year
Saturday, March 19, 2016,** 1:00 - 5:00 pm

The Bergen County Historical Society celebrates Under the Shad Moon, Chwame Gischuch, the Lenape New Year, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main Street, River Edge 07661. At 1:30 p.m. in the Steuben House, Chief Dwaine Perry of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation will make welcoming remarks and Floyd Little Sun Hicks will sing songs of welcome and thanksgiving. At 2:30 p.m., historian Kevin Wright, author of 1609: A Country That Was Never Lost, speak on Tantaqua, Last Sachem of the Hackensacks. He 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. Bob Wills, of the Sunrise Trading Post, will show and sell reproduction trade items representative of the Contact Period.

A special exhibit of Native artifacts from the collections of the Bergen County Historical Society, including pottery, stone and bone tools, found throughout Bergen County over the past several centuries, will be displayed. $10 adult, $7 children, BCHS members free.

**DATE CHANGE FROM WHAT IS PUBLISHED ON THE EVENT CARD

Historic New Bridge Landing:  
American Revolutionary War Battleground including 3 Jersey-Dutch Sandstone Houses, Exhibits, Tavern, Gift shop & Outkitchen. (Barn closed in cold weather)  $10 adults, $7 students, BCHS members free. HNBL, 1201-1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ. Site map below. VISIT HNBL PDF. (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.

Authors: Make a reservation for Author’s Day at Historic New Bridge Landing, Sunday, April 10, 2016.

We are seeking authors on local history, American history and historical fiction.
Questions? Contact D.Powell. or Download the reservation form.
Authors' Day at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661, on Sunday, April 10, 2016, 1 to 5 pm. Nineteen authors will have books available for purchase and signing in the Steuben House. Titles cover Native Americans and early explorers, the Revolutionary War, town histories, biographies, and more, including several authors of children’s books.

EVENT FLYER PDF

2 PM: Jim Wright, author of “The Bird Watcher” column in the Record, and author of The Nature of the Meadowlands, Duck Enough to Fly, Icky the Hungry Heron and The Ghosts of Allendale, will read from his children’s books.

3:30 PM: Ree Hopper will lead a book discussion on the 2015 historical novel, Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart. This 1914 story is based on the real-life adventures of Bergen County's Kopp sisters who took on a silk baron and won. Ree provided historical research for the book.

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

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

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

Bergen County Historic Preservation Workshop: Linking History and Community.


We have a full-day workshop planned on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Historic New Bridge Landing.

- Preservation Tools in New Jersery by Jonathan Kinney, NJ State Historic Preservation Office

- Historical Primer & Preactical Guide to Bergen County's Domestic Architecture by Kevin Wright

- How to Research the History of a Building by Peggy Norris

- Jennifer Rothschild serves as moderator on 5 person panel.

Breakfast and Box Lunch. Free Invasion & Retreat Map raffle and Battleground Tour.

By reservation only, limited seating. Open to everyone. $30 per person. PDF specifies menu choices.

Download the schedule, menu and signup pdf form.

Or sign up through PayPal.

Attention Bergen County Historic Preservation Commissioners:  This a one-day educational conference is being offered right in your backyard!  With a keynote address by Jonathan Kinney of the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office followed by an architectural primer of Bergen County Architecture by renowned historian Kevin Wright, an afternoon session illuminating historical research by Ridgewood historian Peggy Norris and an panel discussion of historic preservation struggles in Bergen County, this conference will provide attendees with a continuing education experience that is a requirement to maintain CLG status and, most importantly, to assist Commissioners in their work. 

A Certificate of Participation is available if you request it. Please provide the name to go on document to us at this link at the time of registration. Thanks! Deborah Powell

BCHS Lecture Series

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 7pm
Birthplaces of the American presidents

Louis L. Picone will discuss how he first developed an interest in the birthplaces of the American presidents and what led him to write a book about the subject (as well as a second book about where and how they died). He will talk about his travels, how he researched his topics, and will share some fascinating and amusing stories about the Presidential birthplaces. There will also be Q&A session.

Louis L. Picone is the author of Where the Presidents Were Born: The History & Preservation of the Presidential Birthplaces (Schiffer Publishing, 2012) and The President Is Dead!: The Extraordinary Stories of the Presidential Deaths, Final Days, Burials, and Beyond… (Skyhorse Publishing, 2016). Louis has served on the board of the Roxbury, NJ Historic Trust and is a member of the Authors Guild, and Mensa International. He has traveled to all fifty of the United States to visit historic presidential sites and is currently working on a Masters in History at William Patterson University. He resides in Roxbury, New Jersey.

Meet in the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661. Refreshments available at the free Thursday lecture series.
April 24th - Earth Day Spring Clean Up.

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

This work will occur outdoors so bring gloves and boots. We'll be tackling the removal of non-native plants and cleaning up debris on both sides of the Hackensack River. 90 free small trees will be given away to participants (while supplies last) in conjunction with Earth Day. Groups are welcome, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For further details, contact James Smith at bchs1902@gmail.com.

James Smith
President
Bergen County Historical Society
www.bergencountyhistory.org

Free parking in parking area at corner of Main St. & Hackensack Ave., River Edge. ADA compliant stonedust path connects the 3 houses and parking area. No parking at the Steuben House. See map above.

BCHS EVENT:
Battleground Tour of New Bridge
Saturday, April 30, 2016,
10 am

Walk in the footsteps of History. Historians and authors Todd Braisted and Kevin Wright will conduct a Battleground Tour of New Bridge, starting at 10:00 am in the Steuben House. The tour ends at the Campbell-Christie House for refreshments and gift shop.

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

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 7pm
Grand Forage 1778: The Battleground Around New York City
Historian and author Todd Braisted

Todd Braisted will speak on his new book featuring the American Revolution War history of Bergen County.

1778 marked a crucial period in the American Revolution. The French entry into the war forced the British to completely alter their strategy, having to both put down a rebellion and engage their traditional European rival. The unenviable task of carrying out London’s strategy fell upon the new commander in chief in America, Sir Henry Clinton. In the midst of detaching 10,000 of his troops across North America, Britain’s commander led his full army into the field one last time that autumn, gathering supplies, striking at Washington’s advanced posts, and perhaps hoping for one last big push at the full Continental Army itself. Grand Forage 1778 will examine the events surrounding this chaotic yet little-studied period of the American Revolution.

Meet in the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661. Refreshments available at the free Thursday lecture series.

BCHS EVENT:
Pinkster Fest
A Jersey Dutch Celebration of Spring
Sunday, May 22, 2016, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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

Button from BCHS collections
Lost Art Lacers will be demonstrating the fine art of lace-making. (bobbin-lacemaking like the ruff neckpiece Queen Elizabeth wore). Richard and Karen Troncone are demonstrating their craft of bookbinding and custom decorative boxes and displaying handmade miniatures. Selections of buttons and hair jewelry from BCHS collections will be on exhibit.

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

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

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

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

Traveling by carriage from Newark to view the Passaic Falls in Paterson on June 6, 1797, William Dunlap noted in his diary, “The borders of the Pasaick [River] are colour’d by the Iris now in bloom. On the rocks near the [Great] Falls was the Kalmia [or mountain laurel], the wild Columbine & wood pink. The settlements along the river are Dutch, it is the holiday they call pinkster & every public house is crowded with merry makers & waggon's full of rustic beaus & belles met us at every mile.”
The name of the holiday derives from the Greek word, Pentecost, meaning “fiftieth day,” which originally signified the ancient Jewish celebration of the first fruits of the harvest, arriving seven weeks after Passover. On the seventh Sunday after Easter, Christians commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. The English identified this holiday with the white garments of baptismal candidates, calling it Whitsunday or “White Sunday.” Among the Jersey Dutch, a rose-colored Azalea blossom, known as the “Pinxter blomachee,” was the May bush.

BCHS MEMORIAL DAY WREATH LAYING:
May 30, 2016, Monday, 10 am

At 10 am on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016, the Bergen County Historical Society honors the veterans of all wars with a wreath-laying at the grave of General Enoch Poor in the burial ground of the First Dutch Reformed Church on the Green, 42 Court Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601. Excerpts from chaplain Israel Evans' graveside funeral oration will be read at the ceremony, followed by a tour of the historic cemetery.

Brigadier-General Enoch Poor, of New Hampshire, died at 44 years of age from either typhus fever or diptheria on September 8, 1780, while about 14,000 Continental troops were encamped on "a high Ridge of land in a place called Steenrapie," the old name for the high ground extending from northern River Edge through Emerson. The main cantonment was situated between River Edge Avenue in River Edge to the vicinity of Soldier Hill Road, where Oradell, Emerson and Paramus intersect. While encamped at Steenrapie between September 4 and 20, 1780, the Continental army lost no fewer than twenty-three soldiers to disease. General Poor's body was brought from "Paramus" to the Brower House on Main Street, River Edge, where it was placed in a mahogany coffin for burial in the churchyard of the Dutch Reformed Church-on-the-Green in Hackensack on September 10, 1780. Six generals served as pallbearers while officers of the New Hampshire Brigade followed the coffin, together with officers of the new light-infantry brigade, which General Lafayette assigned to General Poor’s command shortly before his death. General George Washington, who made headquarters in the Zabriskie-Steuben House at New Bridge, marched with other generals in the funeral procession. On July 14, 1825, General Lafayette stopped at General Poor’s grave in Hackensack on his return tour of the United States as the Nation’s Guest and last living Major General of the American Revolution.

Edward Erie Poor, President of the National Park Bank of New York City, decorated General Poor’s grave every Memorial Day between 1864, when he first settled in Hackensack, and his death in 1900. The then newly organized Bergen County Historical Society organized the successful effort effort to construct a monument to General Enoch Poor on the Hackensack Green, gathering contributions of with $1,000 from the State of New Jersey, $500 from the State of New Hampshire, and $500 from the Sons of the Revolution. Emilio Platti sculpted the figure, which Ernest Vatier cast in his Newark foundry. John and William Passmore Meeker, of Newark, N. J., designed the granite pedestal. The  Poor monument was dedicated on Memorial Day 1904.
BCHS EVENT:
The King's Birthday
Saturday, June 4, 2016, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join the Bergen County Historical Society on Saturday, June 4th in its annual celebration of New Jersey’s British Colonial heritage. June 4th each year would be observed as the official birthday of the king, a major celebration throughout the British kingdom.

This year, join members of the Bergen County Historical Society and the 4th Battalion, New Jersey Volunteers as they mark the occasion with on-going musket demonstrations, cooking on a military camp kitchen and other activities.

1:30 pm: BCHS Past-President Todd Braisted will present a program on Major Robert Timpany, New Bridge’s Loyalist schoolmaster and military officer in the Zabriskie-Steuben House. Follow the major’s career from his joining the army’s career at New Bridge to his numerous military engagements in New Jersey, New York and South Carolina until he passed away in Nova Scotia in 1844, at the advanced age of one hundred and two!

All 3 Jersey-Dutch Houses and Westervelt-Thomas Barn are open for the event.

Programs that are geared toward children include military drills with wooden muskets.

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

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

BCHS ANNUAL DINNER, AWARDS & ELECTION
JUNE 16, 2016

Cocktails: 6:30 PM (Cocktails: Cash Bar)
Dinner: 7:00 PM

Sear House
411 Piermont Road, Closter, NJ • 201-292-4612

Historian Todd Braisted will tell us about the May 9, 1779 raid on Closter, “a settlement abounding with many violent rebels, and persecutors of loyal subjects, and who are almost daily affording some fresh instance of barbarity.”

$50 per person

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PDF for download and mail-in

BCHS EVENT:
Walking Tour
Sunday, July 3, 2016

TBD. Availability of volunteers

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

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

Experience the crack of wood against leather, the cheers and jeers of the crowd, and baseball the way great-grandpa saw it, when these reenactor teams play with 19th century rules, equipment, and uniforms in an open field. A great way for the family to enjoy America's game!

Watch for Casey at the Bat at this first big event in The Meadow, make sure to bring a hat, blanket or chair, and sunscreen. Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main Street, River Edge. Admission: $10 adults, $5 students, BCHS members free.

Enter at the corner of Hackensack Avenue & Main Street. Hot dog vendor scheduled for area in front of the Campbell-Christie House, the gift shop will be open with new items. Short walking tours by BCHS interpreters available. New Bridge baseball scorecard available with each ticket, limited quantities.

 
Consider taking the train to HNBL. Trains traveling south & north arrive at the New Bridge Landing Station. Check NJ Transit schedule for updates on the Pascack Valley line. The NJ Transit Train Station Parking Lot, Kinderkamack Rd & Grand Ave., River Edge is available for parking.


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

100% of your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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

BCHS EVENT:
Calico Frolic
Saturday, July 16, 2016, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More updates to follow
Thank BCHS 2015-2016 Sponsors: Marsha Demarest - Terrie O'Connor, A. Macchione Brothers Construction, Jim P. Purcell - Allstate Insurance Agency, American Legion Post 226, American Legion Post 272, Marilyn Rizarri Quintana - Center for Medical Nutrition Therapy, Coach House Restaurant Diner and Kuiken Brothers Company.
Aug 19, Wed Lantern Tour. Meet at the Campbell-Christie House at 7 PM. Wear long pants & walking shoes.
Aug 22, Sat Grounds Clean-up. Bring tools, water.
Aug 28-30 School of the Loyalist. The 4th Battalion, New Jersey Volunteers and the Bergen County Historical Society are once again pleased to be hosting The School of the Loyalist, a weekend of academic presentations, workshops, research and interpreting geared towards the Loyalist living history community. $10 adult; $7 child. Two day pass: $15 Ad; $10 ch. BCHS members, free.
Sept 16, Wed School of Interpretation, 7:30 PM . The Demarest house, or Paulison Millhouse. History & Tour with Kevin Wright
Sept 17, Thurs BCHS Monthly Lecture: Richard Koszarski, Silent Film in Bergen County.
Sept 19, Sat Grounds Clean-up. Bring tools, water.
Sept 20, Sun Baronfest, A Celebration of Major-General Baron von Steuben at his Jersey Estate, Historic New Bridge Landing, ?1 - 5 PM. Featuring Teutonic Knights, Beer Garden at 18th c. Tavern, Tour Historic Homes. Pony rides, food trucks $10 ad; $7 ch; BCHS members free.
Sept 21, Mon Bergen Leads Class of 2016 (41 attendees)
Sept 24, Thurs Naturalization Ceremony at 10:30 AM
Sept 27, Sun HNBL Walking Tour with Kevin Wright for the Friends of the Hackensack River Greenway through Teaneck, 10 AM
Oct 15, Thurs BCHS Monthly Lecture: Lisa Begin-Kruysman, Around the World in 1909: Harriet White Fisher and Her Locomobile.
Oct 18, Sun Harvest Homecoming, 1 - 4:30 PM Kevin Wright speaking on “History of the Pumpkin” at 1:30 pm. Acoustic River Band in the barn.
Oct 21, Wed School of Interpretation, 7:30 PM. Kevin Wright on the “Basics of Interpretation and the Visitor Experience.”
Oct 24, Sat Staff Ride, Fort Lee. By reservation.
Nov 1, Sun Mitzvah Day, 10 AM - 12 noon.
Nov 8, Sun Wreath-laying and Ceremony at Captain John Outwater’s grave, Commerce & Washington Ave, Moonachie, NJ.
Nov 18, Wed School of Interpretation, 7:30 PM Historian Todd Braisted on “New Bridge in the American Revolution.”
Nov 19, Thurs BCHS Monthly Lecture: Kevin Wright, History of the Meadowlands, From glacial morass to cultural landform.
Nov 21 & 22 The 239th Anniversary of the British Invasion & American Retreat from Fort Lee to New Bridge, The Bridge That Saved A Nation. Saturday: 1 PM to 4 PM. 2 PM Lecture. At 7:00 PM, Reading of the American Crisis. Sunday: 11 AM to 3 PM. Skirmish at the Bridge at 12 noon. 1 PM Lecture. Children's drills.
Dec 6, Sun Sinter Klaas Day 1 - 4 PM. Open House.
Dec 9, Wed School of Interpretation, 7:30 PM . “Origins of Christmas, winter solstice celebrations, and midwinter festivals” with historian Kevin Wright.
Dec 12, Sat Decorating Historic New Bridge Landing for winter holidays, 10 AM - 4 PM
Dec 17, Thurs (?) Life Members & Special Donors Tour
Dec 19 & 20 The 32nd Anniversary of Colonial Christmas Concerts in the Steuben House at Historic New Bridge Landing. By reservation.
Jan 3, 2016, Sun Twelfth Night BCHS Member Party 2 -5 pm
Jan 20, 2016, Wed School of Interpretation, 7:30 PM. Kevin Wright on “Introduction to Historic New Bridge.”
Jan 24, Sun Brigit’s Day and Candlemas, 1 - 5 pm on 45-minute musical performances in the Steuben House at 1:30 and 3 PM
Feb 17, Wed School of Interpretation, 7:30 PM “President and historian James Smith on “Cultural Landscapes: Tide Mills.”
Feb 18, Thurs Lecture - TBA
Feb 21, Sun A Country Ball upon the 283rd Anniversary of Washington’s Birthday, 1- 5 PM.
Mar 16, Wed School of Interpretation, 7:30 PM Kevin Wright on “Cultural Geography: Geology and Land Forms”
Mar 17, Thurs Lecture - TBA
Mar 20, Sun Chwame Gischuch: Under the Shad Moon, 1 - 5 PM.
April 10, Sun Authors’ Day at Historic New Bridge Landing.
April 20, Wed School of Interpretation, 7:30 PM
April 21, Thurs Lecture - TBA
Aprill 30, Sat Battleground Tour of New Bridge, at 11:00 am. Begin at the Steuben House with historians Todd Braisted and Kevin Wright.
May 18, Wed School of Interpretation, 7:30 PM
May 19, Thurs Lecture - TBA
May 22, Sun Pinkster, a Jersey Dutch Celebration of Spring, 1 - 5 PM, with lawn games: croquet, bowling and beanbag toss.
May 30, Mon Memorial Day Wreath - Laying at General Enoch Poor’s Grave at the First Dutch Reformed Church in Hackensack at 10 AM, followed by cemetery tour.
June 4, Sat King’s Birthday
June 15, Wed School of Interpretation, 7:30 PM
June 16, Thurs Annual Dinner and Meeting of the Bergen County Historical Society
July 9, 2016 (?) Vintage Base Ball at Historic New Bridge Landing.
July 16, Sat Calico Frolic for St. Swithin’s Day, 6:30 - 9:30 PM. Watch or join in old-fashioned country dancing to the Enslows.
July 20, Wed School of Interpretation, 7:30 PM
Aug 13, Sat Raising the Liberty Pole: Repeal of the Stamp Act and Countdown to America 250.