Rutgers-Camden Spring Historic Preservation Continuing Education Classes
Classes begin February 16, 2017
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers University–Camden’s new continuing education program begins its spring semester in February. This program is a non-degree, non-credit program that is open to anyone interested in historic preservation: members of historic preservation commissions, town planners, historic site administrators and volunteers, owners of old or historic buildings, town planners, architects, engineers, attorneys, students, and anyone else with an interest in preserving our built environment. Offerings include full-scale courses as well as one-day and half-day workshops.
Saturday, January 28 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County Annual Ice Harvest Children Friendly Event Each year at Howell Farm the program season opens with the annual ice harvesting event. This event recreates a slice of Pleasant Valley life that was an important winter job each year. The ice cut in January or February would typically supply the farmers throughout the year when stored in an efficient ice house such as ours. During the program, visitors help farmers cut, chop and shave ice, fill an ice house, and make ice cream. Conditions permitting, visitors can also join the harvest crew on the frozen pond and take a turn using an "ice saw." Ice ponds were important to the farmers of New Jersey in the 1890s and a state law prohibited ice skating on ponds from which ice was gathered. What if, against the prediction of "The Old Farmer's Almanac," there is no ice on the pond? The work still goes on, as it probably would have a century ago when farmers faced with warmer winters filled their ice houses with commercial ice. This may have happened in the winter of 1899 when the Hopewell Herald noted in late February that in the Titusville area, which includes Pleasant Valley, not a pound of ice had been gathered so far that winter, even though the Delaware River had been lightly frozen for more than a week. Often in the 1890s ice harvesting began in late December or early January. On January 4, 1893 the Hopewell Herald reported that Pleasant Valley resident Hart Lewis had nearly filled his ice house the previous week with ice about six inches thick. He had cut the ice on "Parkhill's creek", really on Moore's Creek on the Parkhill farm, only a hundred yards or so from today's Howell Farm. A warming trend could ruin the ice harvest, though, and Mr. Lewis lost several loads of ice due to rains on Sunday when he failed to haul away the ice he cut on Saturday. Apparently Mr. Parkhill was letting him cut ice where the creek flowed through his property. Farmers without a creek or pond on their property often made this kind of arrangement. Two years later it was noted that Pleasant Valley resident Hart Larue began his New Year by beginning to fill his ice house on January 2. Like Mr. Lewis, though, he cut more ice than he could haul to the ice house and left it on the creek. The next day saw a thaw and rain and he had to work quickly to save his blocks of ice before the creek rose and washed them away. Howell Living Farm represents typical farm life between 1890 and 1910. The farm is operated by the Mercer County Parks Commission. It is located at 70 Wooden's Lane, Lambertville, NJ. For more information. call 609-737-3299 or visit www.howellfarm.org.
Saturday, January 21 - Somerville, Somerset County
Somerville Architecture: An Aesthetic and Practical Overview On Saturday from 2:30 - 3:30 pm, attend a program entitled, "Somerville Architecture: An Aesthetic and Practical Overview" at the Somerville Library. Attendees will learn the techniques that will enable them to discover the back-stories of their homes in Somerville, which in many cases will give them the knowledge to properly and appropriately care for their dwellings. Also included will be a survey of notable architectural styles present in Somerville, with a selection displayed that epitomizes the most prominent styles. Resources will be available to take away. The Somerville Library is located at 35 West End Avenue, Somerville, NJ. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Durand-Hedden Offers Taste of History at Annual Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration
Sunday, January 22, 2017
In an annual tradition spanning 35 years, visitors have gathered around Durand-Hedden’s 18th century hearth and experienced how Maplewood residents of long ago cooked, ate, and kept warm during the long winter months. On January 22 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Durand-Hedden is pleased to welcome a new cook to its kitchen.
Saturday, January 14 - Cape May, Cape May County Cape May In World War I Learn about the role of Cape May in World War I during this Power Point presentation by MAC Education Director Robert Heinly that celebrates the centennial of the war, including a presentation on Naval Section Base Nine, Camp Wissahickon, the Bethlehem steel munitions facilities, and the use of the Hotel Cape May as a hospital. Admission is free. This program will be held Saturday at 1:00 pm at the Cape May Lutheran Church, 509 Pittsburgh Avenue, Cape May, NJ. Sponsored by the Friends of the World War II Tower, an affinity group of the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, contact Bob Heinly at 609-224-6032 or visit www.capemaymac.org. -----------------------------------
Saturday, January 14 through Sunday, April 9 - Cape May, Cape May County
Moore History: The Story of William J. Moore of Cape May The Center for Community Arts (CCA) once again presents an exhibit in association with the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) that highlights and illuminates African-American life and history in Cape May and the surrounding region. This year's exhibit, in the Carroll Gallery of the Emlen Physick Estate, is entitled "Moore History: The Life and Works of William J. Moore." The CCA History Committee has selected important original documents, objects, and photographs of Mr. Moore's long and honored life. William J. Moore was principal of the segregated West Cape May Elementary Annex school for 52 years, inspiring many of his students to go on to college and careers. He served as the executive of Cape May Golf Club and then the pro at Cape May Tennis Club, which was named in his honor at his 100th birthday. He raised nine children with his wife, Susie (Smothers) Moore, and founded the William J. Moore Scholarship Fund.
Saturday, January 7 - Princeton, Mercer County The Ravages of Princeton Children Friendly Event On Saturday, reenactors from His Majesty's 17th Regiment of Infantry will "occupy" Princeton's Morven, the residence of Declaration of Independence signatory, Richard Stockton. In a program called "The Ravages of Princeton," these impressively accurate historians will conduct a series of programs highlighting the activities of the British troops who occupied Princeton during the weeks leading up to the famous battle at the Stony Brook Quaker Settlement, just south of the village. The program, which will run from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at different locations in Princeton will include a squad of six of His Majesty's troops that will patrol Nassau Street, loyalist civilian reenactors will urge the townsfolk to take Oath of Allegiance to the King, soldiers will prepare food by fire, a British officer will be depicting the British military justice system, and how convicted soldiers were punished. Refugees, escaped slaves and other displaced civilians will then drift into camp at Morven. A full schedule is available on the web site of the Princeton Battlefield Society, www.pbs1777.org. The program will begin at the Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St, Princeton, NJ 08540 at 10:00 am.
Twelfth Night Concert at the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage
Friday, January 6, 2017
On Friday, January 6, beginning at 7:30 pm, balladeer Linda Russell will perform historic holiday music at the Old Dutch Parsonage historic site.
Usher the new year in and celebrate like it’s 1778! For most American colonists, Christmas Day was not a major holiday. But over the course of the following twelve days, leading up to Twelfth Night on January 6, there were great feasts, church services, dances, games, and other entertainment. Join balladeer Linda Russell as she explores the tunes and traditions of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Playing the hammered and mountain dulcimers, penny whistle and guitar, Linda sings and plays the carols, dance tunes and drinking songs of the past, interspersed with Yuletide poems, recipes and stories of the season.