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Morris County Historical Society Newsletter Spring 2011

Morris County Historical Society Newsletter Spring 2011

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Published by: Bonnie-Lynn Nadzeika on Apr 29, 2011
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Morris County Historical Society At Acorn Hall


WW II Weekend June 18-19
In conjunction with the Society’s current exhibit, “Over Here and Over There: Morris County’s Role in World War II,” we are presenting a World War II Weekend 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 both British and American troops will set up camp. They’ll be on hand to interact with the public and answer questions about the life of a soldier. Attendees will have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects to benefit our troops and veterans. You can make a square for an Operation Quiet Comfort quilt. These quilts, made of recycled

Please welcome the following new members:
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Patricia Arnold Edward Barsamian Mary and Ron Lucas Arthur Mierisch Gail Stephens

Inside this issue: Historical Happenings From the Director Home Garden Club News Revolutionary Times Weekend World War II Weekend Blue Star Museums In the Gift Shop MCHS Membership Survey Kudos Be Our Guest Membership Form 2 3 3 4 4 4 5 5

MCHS volunteer Mick Burgess and his group, the Irish Guards

blue jeans, are sent to wounded troops to let them know their sacrifices are appreciated. You can also “Knit Your Bit” by knitting or crocheting a
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Fourth Annual Yard Sale May 21
Help Our Future – Buy Your Past! We’ve been accumulating a whole new inventory 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 Historical Society. The sale will take place on the front lawn of Acorn Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (no early birds!). This is the Society’s largest fundraiser of the year and all proceeds directly benefit MCHS programs and collections care. Please note that Acorn Hall will not be open that day. While we welcome donations for future yard sales, we’re currently processing our newest inventory, so please call the office prior to bringing in items. We have vintage books too!

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Historical Happenings
Boonton Historical Society Sunday, May 1 – Yard Sale, Upper Main Street. Rain date May 15. Saturday, May 14 – Walking Tour of the Residential District with Harold Johnson. Suggested $5 donation includes a 10% discount to certain Main Street Shops and eateries. Meets at the Post Office, 501 Main Street. Saturday, June 18 – Walking Tour of the Park with Gail Yorkston. Suggested $5 donation includes a 10% discount to certain Main Street Shops and eateries. Meets at the Gazebo at Grace Lord Park. Saturday, June 4 – Biennial House 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 Dover Day Festival. 12 to 6 p.m. at Crescent Field. For additional information: 973-361-3525 www.doverhistoricalsociety.com Long Hill Township Historical Society Thursday, May 12 – “ New Jersey Proprietors from 1664” by Bob Brandt. Thursday, June 9 – “ History in Motion” by David Welch. All programs are held at the Long Hill Township First Aid Squad, 949 Valley Road. 7:30 p.m. Free. For additional information: 908-647-6456 www.longhillhistory.org Madison Historical Society Wednesday, April 20 – “ A Civil War Journal” with Jim Malcolm. Chase Meeting Room, Madison Public Library. 7 p.m. Thursday, May 19 – MHS Annual Dinner Meeting with jazz musician Jerry Vezza. Madison Hotel, Convent Station. 6 to 9 p.m. For additional information: 973-377-0722 ext. 8 www.madisonhistorical society.org Morris Area Genealogy Society Tuesday, May 3 – “ British Research” with Susan Fogg Eisendorfer. Tuesday, June 7 – “ Tracing Our British and Dutch Connections” with Dave Peck. All programs held at the Morris County Library. 6:30 p.m. For additional information: www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ ~njmags/index.htm Mt. Tabor Historical Society Thursday, May 12 – “ Games Victorians Played” with BonnieLynn Nadzeika of the Morris County Historical Society. Thursday, June 9 – “ Years Gone by in Mt. Tabor.” A panel of long-time residents remembers the past. All meetings held at The Bethel. 7 p.m. Free. For additional information: 973-586-1564 www.mounttabornj.org North Jersey American Revolution Roundtable Friday, May 13 – “ The Washington and Rochambeau Route” with Robert Selig. Friday, June 10 – “ Was American Founded as a Christian Nation?” with John Fea. Programs meet in the auditorium at Morristown National Historical Park, Washington’s Headquarters. 7 p.m. For additional information: NJAmerRevRT@aol.com www.njhistoryroundtables.org North Jersey Civil War Roundtable Thursday, April 28 – Anthony Pitch, author of They Killed Papa Dead. Haggerty Education Center, Frelinghuysen Arboretum. 7 p.m. For additional information: www.njhistoryroundtables.org




From The Director
Things are progressing with our ongoing preservation of Acorn Hall. This winter we completed our Historic Preservation Plan, outlining the priorities for the continuing care of our beloved home. We are grateful to the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund for funding this important work and to our members who helped raise the matching funds. Connolly & Hickey completed the Preservation Plan, 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 decorative woodwork, particularly on the second floor, needs to be repaired and/or replaced. The roof over the gift shop has been leaking this winter and needs to be repaired. To better insulate the house and thus reduce energy 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 to realize that the story of a historic site doesn’t stop at the four walls, but must be taken a step further. The survey will evaluate existing plant material and site features, make recommendations for the rehabilitation of the landscape within the appropriate historical period, make recommendations for its management, 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 step towards better utilization of the building. Part of our long-range plan is to renovate the Carriage House so 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 visitors and members have come to expect. We are especially proud of our current World War II exhibit. I hope you will take the time to come by and visit soon. Nothing is possible without the support of our members. — Bonnie-Lynn Nadzeika

Home Garden Club News
Wednesday, Mary 18 Master Gardener Bill Moran will present “From Great Estates to Public Gardens” at 1 p.m. at the Haggerty Education Center at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. The program will focus on gardens that are within a short driving distance from our area. He will show pictures of each garden with access information and his own rating system. 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 this year on September 17, 2011. Six memorable gardens will be included. Visit www.homegardenclub.org for more info.


ety’s exhibit “Over Here and Over There: Morris County’s Role in World War II” will be open from 1 to 4 on Friday, April 15, and 1 to 4 on Sunday, April 17 (closed Saturday). Admission is free to active or retired military personnel presenting a valid military ID card.


Revolutionary Times Weekend Returns
Morris County’s third annual “Revolutionary Times Weekend” is April 15-17. Acorn Hall will spotlight those who fought in the 20th century to preserve the freedoms won in the American Revolution. The SociThe exhibit focuses on how county citizens, military and civilian alike, helped the Allies achieve victory. On display are uniforms, medals, photographs, documents, other objects, and riveting oral histories. For a complete list of Revolutionary Times Weekend events visit www.nps.gov/morr.

World War II Weekend, cont’d
scarf to be distributed at veterans’ hospitals. Cash donations will be accepted for the United Way’s Front Line Fund, directly supporting Morris County’s active military families. Elinor Levy, PhD, will be on hand to discuss how you can record your own family stories and how you can contribute to the Library of Congress Veterans’ History Project. Oral histories are part of the exhibit. We’ll turn up the music on Saturday afternoon! Simone from Swinging with Simone in Montclair will demonstrate swing dancing. Take a lesson and hit the dance floor. Students from the Community Theatre Performing Arts School will sing two sets of 1940s-era hits. Learn how civilians supported the war effort through victory gardens. The Society’s own victory garden will be planted on the front lawn of Acorn Hall. Of course, you can tour “Over Here and Over There” and see Acorn Hall decked out to reflect the daily life of a household during World War II, like food rationing and scrap drives. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3 for students. Children under 12, MCHS members, and active military and veterans with ID are free. Visit www.acornhall.org or visit us on Facebook for more event details.

Blue Star Museums
Acorn Hall is participating in the Blue Star Museums program, and will offer free admission to all active-duty military personnel and up to five members of their immediate families from Memorial Day, May 30, through Labor Day, September 5, 2011. More than 1,000 museums — children’s, fine art, historical, and science museums — in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are participating. Blue Star Museums was started as a partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and museums across America to offer free admission to families with a parent or spouse serving combat duty in the Middle East. Approximately one million children have at least one parent deployed. This program offers these families a chance to visit museums this summer when many will have limited resources and limited time to be together.




In the Gift Shop
looking for a special occasion gift or just a treat for yourself, you’ll find something to please. New items include gifts for gardeners — floral pins and jewelry, stationery, and garden mug snack sets. Forget paper bags — carry your lunch in a flowery insulated tote, just $7.50. A wide range of jewelry is available, from silver rings to genuine stone and sterling pendants, specially priced at $16. Finally, there’s a basketful of charming Easter items, and once the Easter Bunny has hopped away, we’ll have a variety of items related to our World War II exhibit. Patriotic pins featuring flags, eagles, and red, white and blue are available at a range of prices. Paper dolls in fashions of the period will delight younger folk. There are also copies of The Monuments Men book, as featured in the exhibit.

The Society’s Oakleaf Gallery gift shop is filled to the brim of new merchandise. If you’re

The Survey Says...
In 2010 the Society received a grant from the New Jersey Cultural Trust to fund a membership study. We would like to know more about our members. What do you perceive to be the value of membership? Do you belong to other local history organizations? What can we do to better serve our members? We also want to know about people who attend our programs but choose not to join. This survey is critical as we continue to work on our next strategic plan. We urge you to take the time to complete the survey. This isn’t just a survey, it’s your vote. Be sure to make it count. The survey can be completed on-line at http:// www.surveymonkey.com/s/ AcornHall-MCHSsurvey. No internet access? Please call the office at 973-267-3465 and we’ll send you a paper copy.

Thank You, Thank you!
The following people have contributed to our annual campaign since our last newsletter. We appreciate their kind support. Cam Cavanaugh (in memory of Kemper Chambers) Lois E. Collins, The Artist on the Green Stacey Denno Heather Emelander Ann Granbery Judy Powelson Pat & Kathy Weir Susan Wilder The staff sends a huge “thank you” to all our volunteers, who donated more than 1,600 hours of service to the Society last year! Putting in more than 25 hours were Veronica An, Stephanie Damiano, Meg Imbriale, Victoria Lin, Linda Nadzeika, QiQi Song, and the young ladies of Villa Walsh Academy. More than 50: Betsy Cooper and Harvey Turner. More than 100: Marilyn Jaeger, Vivi Klesch, and Ron Ouellette. More than 200: the Home Garden Club of Morristown and Liz Pierce. More than 300: Diane Freedman and Tom Thornton. Special thanks also go out to the students of Montgomery Academy, the employees of MoreTrench, and the members of our Board of Trustees for the time they’ve devoted to Acorn Hall this past year. Each and every one of your contributions has helped to make Acorn Hall’s programs and exhibits possible. You’re the best!




Be Our Guest Returns
Nine historic sites and museums in Morris County are inviting the public to “Be Our Guest” on Sunday, May 15, noon to 5 p.m., in celebration of National Tourism Week. Participating institutions will waive their usual admission fees during those hours (guests are encouraged to contribute a non-perishable food item for the Interfaith Food Pantry or a cash donation to the Front Line Fund supporting Morris County’s active military families in lieu of the normal entry fee). While members can always visit Acorn Hall for free, here’s a chance to tour some other historic sites in the area. The event is sponsored by the Morris County Alliance for Tourism. For more information, see www.morristourism.org or call 973-631-5151. Participating sites: Acorn Hall 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown www.acornhall.org Headquarters of the Morris County Historical Society and a Victorian Italianate mansion decorated largely with furnishings from the two families who lived there between 1853 and 1971; it also has changing exhibits and a garden. Community Children’s Museum 77 East Blackwell Street, Dover www.community childrensmuseum.org A hands-on museum for children six months to 10 years, focusing on art, science, and world cultures. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown www.morrisparks.net A restored working dairy farm portraying life in the early 20th century through costumed living history, farming, and domestic skills demonstrations, and tours of the Foster family’s circa 1852 Gothic Revival house. Historic Speedwell 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown www.morrisparks.net The “Birthplace of the Telegraph,” telling the story of the Vail family and its role in the early days of the Industrial Revolution and in the development of the telegraph through hands-on exhibits, guided tours, and special event weekends. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum and Gardens 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown www.maccullochhall.org An elegant historic house and decorative arts museum with 10 period rooms and four exhibit galleries, two of which are devoted to the country’s largest collection of cartoonist Thomas Nast’s works. Morris Museum 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown www.morrismuseum.org A museum dedicated to art, science, theater, and history, and home to the Murtogh D. Guinness Collection of mechanical musical instruments and automata. Morristown National Historical Park/Washington’s Headquarters 30 Washington Place, Morristown www.nps.gov/morr A national park preserving sites of the Continental Army’s encampment and the headquarters of General George Washington during the winters of 1777 and 1779–80. Museum of Early Trades & Crafts 9 Main Street, Madison www.metc.org A museum exploring 18th- and 19th-century American history, with a focus on New Jersey, drawing on its collection of over 8,000 hand tools and their products to interpret the lives and technologies of people who lived and worked before the rise of large-scale industrialization in this country. The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms 2352 Route 10-West, Morris Plains www.stickleymuseum.org A National Historic Landmark, this 1911 log house is the former home of turn-of-the-century designer Gustav Stickley, a major proponent of the American Arts and Crafts movement in home building and furnishing.





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Board of Trustees Barbara Benedict Learned T. Bulman Robert H. Donaldson Heather Emelander David G. Holdsworth Steven. K. Johnson Jeanne Kappel Gregory C. Kurlander

Hours Acorn Hall: Mon. and Thurs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Office: Mon. to Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. This newsletter is published quarterly by the Morris County Historical Society, headquartered at Acorn Hall, 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960-4315 Phone: 973-267-3465 Fax: 973-267-8773 www.acornhall.org The mission of MCHS is to discover, preserve, and make known the history of Morris County through exhibits, programs, publications, and preservation advocacy. MCHS receives operating funds from the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the F.M. Kirby Foundation, and the New Jersey Historical Commission. President of the Board — David G. Holdsworth Director — Bonnie-Lynn Nadzeika Curator — Debra Westmoreland Outreach Coordinator — Karen Ann Kurlander Education Coordinator — Carie Levin

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MORRIS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY At Acorn Hall 68 Morris Avenue Morristown, NJ 07960-4315


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