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Morris County Historical Society Newsletter Spring 2011

Morris County Historical Society Newsletter Spring 2011

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In conjunction with the Society’s currentexhibit, “Over Here and Over There:Morris County’s Role in World War II,”we are presenting a World War II Week-end on June 18 and 19 at Acorn Hall.The event will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.on Sunday.Military re-enactors representing bothBritish and American troops will set upcamp. They’ll be on hand to interactwith the public and answer questionsabout the life of a soldier.Attendees will have the opportunity towork on a variety of projects to benefitour troops and veterans. You can make asquare for an Operation Quiet Comfortquilt. These quilts, made of recycled blue jeans, are sent to wounded troopsto let them know their sacrifices areappreciated. You can also “Knit Your Bit” by knitting or crocheting a
SPRING 2011
 WW II Weekend June 18-19
Please welcome thefollowing newmembers:
Patricia Arnold
EdwardBarsamian
Mary and RonLucas
 Arthur Mierisch
Gail Stephens
Historical Happenings 2From the Director 3Home Garden Club News 3Revolutionary TimesWeekend 4World War II Weekend 4Blue Star Museums 4In the Gift Shop 5 MCHS MembershipSurvey 5Kudos 5Be Our Guest 6 Membership Form
Inside this issue:
Morris County Historical Society At Acorn Hall
Fourth Annual Yard Sale May 21
 Help Our Future
 – 
 Buy Your Past!
We’ve been accumulating a whole newinventory of vintage items for our annual sale.Whether you’re looking for gas sconces, player  piano rolls, an antique sink, or just a vintage hat,you can get a treasure and support the HistoricalSociety. The sale will take place on the frontlawn of Acorn Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(noearly birds!).
This is the Society’s largest fund-raiser of the year and all proceeds directly bene-fit MCHS programs and collections care.
 Pleasenote that Acorn Hall will not be open that day.
While we welcome donations for future yardsales, we’re currently processing our newest in-ventory, so please call the office prior to bringingin items.
We have vintage books too!MCHS volunteer Mick Burgess and his group, the Irish Guards
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 Boonton Historical Society
Sunday, May 1 – 
Yard Sale, Up- per Main Street. Rain date May15.
Saturday, May 14 – 
Walking Tour of the Residential District withHarold Johnson. Suggested $5 do-nation includes a 10% discount tocertain Main Street Shops and eat-eries. Meets at the Post Office,501 Main Street.
Saturday, June 18 – 
Walking Tour of the Park with Gail Yorkston.Suggested $5 donation includes a10% discount to certain MainStreet Shops and eateries. Meetsat the Gazebo at Grace Lord Park.
Saturday, June 4 – 
BiennialHouse Tour. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.Tickets $20.
 For additional information:973-316-0976 www.boonton.org/Community/  HistoricalSociety.htm.
 Dover Area Historical Society
Sunday, June 12 – 
Discover Do-ver Day Festival. 12 to 6 p.m. atCrescent Field.
 For additional information:973-361-3525www.doverhistoricalsociety.com
 Long Hill Township Historical Society
Thursday, May 12 – 
“New JerseyProprietors from 1664” by BobBrandt.
Thursday, June 9 – 
History inMotion” by David Welch.All programs are held at theLong Hill Township First AidSquad, 949 Valley Road. 7:30 p.m. Free.
 For additional information:908-647-6456 www.longhillhistory.org 
 Madison Historical Society
Wednesday, April 20 – 
A CivilWar Journal” with Jim Malcolm.Chase Meeting Room, MadisonPublic Library. 7 p.m.Thursday, May 19
 – 
MHS An-nual Dinner Meeting with jazzmusician Jerry Vezza. MadisonHotel, Convent Station. 6 to 9 p.m.
 For additional information:973-377-0722 ext. 8www.madisonhistorical  society.org 
 Morris Area Genealogy Society
Tuesday, May 3 – 
British Re-search” with Susan Fogg Eisen-dorfer.
Tuesday, June 7 – 
“Tracing Our British and Dutch Connections”with Dave Peck.All programs held at the MorrisCounty Library. 6:30 p.m.
 For additional information:www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ ~njmags/index.htm
 Mt. Tabor Historical Society
Thursday, May 12 – 
“GamesVictorians Played” with Bonnie-Lynn Nadzeika of the MorrisCounty Historical Society.
Thursday, June 9 – 
“Years Gone by in Mt. Tabor.” A panel of long-time residents remembersthe past.All meetings held at The Bethel.7 p.m. Free.
 For additional information:973-586-1564www.mounttabornj.org 
 North Jersey American Revolution Roundtable
 Friday, May 13 – 
“The Wash-ington and Rochambeau Route”with Robert Selig.
 Friday, June 10 – 
“Was Ameri-can Founded as a Christian Na-tion?” with John Fea.Programs meet in the auditoriumat Morristown National Histori-cal Park, Washington’s Head-quarters. 7 p.m.
 For additional information: NJAmerRevRT@aol.comwww.njhistoryroundtables.org 
 North JerseyCivil War Roundtable
Thursday, April 28 – 
AnthonyPitch, author of 
They Killed  Papa Dead 
. Haggerty EducationCenter, Frelinghuysen Arbore-tum. 7 p.m.
 For additional information:www.njhistoryroundtables.org 
Historical Happenings
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MCHS
SPRING 2011
 
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Things are progressing with our ongoing preservation of Acorn Hall. This winter we completed our His-toric Preservation Plan, outlining the priorities for the continuing care of our beloved home. We aregrateful to the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund for funding this important work and toour members who helped raise the matching funds. Connolly & Hickey completed the PreservationPlan, which replaces a number of out-of-date documents.Moving forward, we have identified the priorities that we will work on first.Our first priority is to address the exterior of Acorn Hall. Time takes a toll and some of the decorativewoodwork, particularly on the second floor, needs to be repaired and/or replaced. The roof over the giftshop has been leaking this winter and needs to be repaired. To better insulate the house and thus reduceenergy costs, we will begin to install interior custom storm windows. Numerous other small details,such as replacing broken window hardware, need to be addressed.We have applied for a grant to fund a Historic Landscape Survey of Acorn Hall. Historic landscape preservation is relatively new in the world of historic preservation. Museum professionals have begun torealize that the story of a historic site doesn’t stop at the four walls, but must be taken a step further. Thesurvey will evaluate existing plant material and site features, make recommendations for the rehabilita-tion of the landscape within the appropriate historical period, make recommendations for its manage-ment, and address consideration of how the landscape can be used as an educational tool.Finally, we will address structural issues in the Carriage House. Stabilizing the building is the first steptowards better utilization of the building. Part of our long-range plan is to renovate the Carriage Houseso that we can use it for a large meeting space, accessible restrooms, and collections storage.Meanwhile, we will still be working to produce the high-quality programs and exhibits that our visitorsand members have come to expect. We are especially proud of our current World War II exhibit. I hopeyou will take the time to come by and visit soon. Nothing is possible without the support of our mem- bers. — 
Bonnie-Lynn Nadzeika
MCHS
SPRING 2011
Wednesday, Mary 18
Master Gardener Bill Moranwill present “From Great Es-tates to Public Gardens” at 1 p.m. at the Haggerty EducationCenter at the Frelinghuysen Ar- boretum. The program will fo-cus on gardens that are within ashort driving distance from our 
From The Director
Home Garden Club News
area. He will show pictures of each garden with access infor-mation and his own rating sys-tem. The program is free of charge and all are welcome.
Save the Date!
The Home Garden Club’s popular “Fashionably Late”Garden Tour will return thisyear on September 17, 2011.Six memorable gardens will be included. Visitwww.homegardenclub.orgfor more info.

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