Annual WINE & CHEESE PARTY – Dec 6, 2015

An Exceptional Opportunity!
Our Annual 
WINE & CHEESE PARTY

for Members and Their Friends 

at the
1854 James Van Zandt Mansion – 
newly restored home to 
SAVE-A Friend To Homeless Animals
December 6th  3-5 pm

$25/person includes $5 donation to SAVE

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1010 Route 601, Skillman, NJ just north of Route 518

 This magnificent Italianate Villa style house, built in 1854 by lawyer and gentleman farmer, James Van Zandt, was a tribute to his stature in the community. The elegant three-story spiral staircase and domed ceiling are elaborate features. 

Abandoned in recent times, the property was purchased by the founder of Friends of Homeless Animals. The group merged with SAVE and searched for a new center, to provide larger administrative space and a state-of-the-art adoption facility for 25 dogs and 75 cats.

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Please RSVP by December 1st to

VHHS, Box 23, Belle Mead, NJ 08502

609.466.0141 or info@vanharlingen.org

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May in Montgomery’s Township Tours Celebrate VHHS 50th Anniversary – May 30, 2015 – Reserve by May 22nd!

VHHS - web mill oldVan Harlingen Historical Society’s annual May in Montgomery is famous for all sorts of “turns in the road.” No one event is the same, and this year’s May 30th event, in celebration of the society’s 50th anniversary, is no different. Indeed there are lots of turns in the road, literally.

On Saturday, May 30th, two separate bus tours for the east and west sides of the township will see the development and change in Montgomery through lively narration and visits to preserved villages, buildings and landscapes, including stops at historic sites. Each bus will take a maximum of 30 passengers with a narrator on board to provide all the tidbits of lore and legend.

The buses leave from Harlingen Reformed Church, Route 206, Belle Mead, NJ. The western section tour will depart at 10:00 a.m. and the eastern section will depart at 2:00 p.m. Each tour costs $20 for VHHS members and $25 for non-members. Tours are approximately two hours long. Lunch is not provided but may be purchased locally. Restrooms will be available at the church.

Along the east side tourists will be driven by the lovely Victorian homes of Rocky Hill, once part of the township and, walk through Opie’s Mill converted into a charming home and visit the antiques-filled miller’s cottage across the way. Learn when and why Rocky Hill seceded from Montgomery and what Rev. War patriot was abducted from his dinner table and marched up River Road by the British. Another stop will be the Montgomery Farm Museum to see the antique tool and implement collection of our by-gone agrarian era with demonstrators on hand.

Eastern Tour Non-Members:$25


Eastern Tour Members:$20

On the west side, tourists will step inside the delightful living-history, one-room 1853 Bedensville schoolhouse, visit the historic 18th century Jochem Gulick farm house, and travel through pastoral country side and rolling hills of the Sourlands, into the charming village of Blawenburg, to the site of the original Skillman Village, to the forgotten Stoutsburg, to the Van Zandt Mansion, and of course Harlingen village.

Western Tour Non-Members:$25


Western Tour Members:$20

Reservations must be received/paid in advance by May 22nd, either online by Shopping Cart using PayPal or by mail sending a check together with a completed reservation form: VHHS reservation form

Fares are not refundable unless replacement tourists are drawn from a waiting list. 

Purchasers will be notified if seats are unavailable. No paper tickets will be issued. For further information call 908-359-2642.

 

Montgomery As It Was – May 7, 2015 at 7:00 p.m at Mary Jacobs Library

Presented by VHHS Historians

Judy Peters and Jessie Havens

Mill Pond

Many factors combined through time to make this area what it is today. Villages, churches, farming, mills, schools, railroads, local organizations, politics businesses, landscapes and architecture. A fascinating collage illustrated by the VHHS image collection.
Free and open to all. Registration is suggested. Call 609-924-7073 ext 4.

“Governor Livingston, I Presume”; a Visit from New Jersey’s First Governor! – 10/15/14

Celebrate 350 Years of History in
Our Great State
with a Visit from
New Jersey’s First Governor!

 Governor Livingston

“Governor Livingston, I Presume” 
Wednesday, October 15th at 7:00 pm
at
Historic Harlingen Church
Route 206, Belle Mead, NJ 08502
Born in 1723 Livingston was a member of the first and second Continental Congresses. In 1776, he left Congress to command the New Jersey militia, and later that year he was elected the first governor of our state.

 

Brought to life by Bob Gleason, also of the American History Theater. Since 1980, Bob Gleason has presented programs featuring nearly 150 historical figures, stretching over 2000 years of history. 

 
School-age children welcome! Free and open to all! 
Funded through a grant from the NJ Council for the Humanities, a state partner of National Endowment for the Humanities.

“Sojourner Truth” Will Arrive at Mary Jacobs Library – 9/18/14

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Dr. Daisy Century as Sojourner Truth

On Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm, presenting in first person interpretation, Dr. Daisy Century of American History Theatre brings former slave, abolitionist, suffragette Sojourner Truth to life. The program will presented September 18, 2014 at Mary Jacobs Library, 64 Washington St., Rocky Hill at 7:00 pm.

Born Isabella Baumfree, the slave from a small town north of New York City changed hands several times, sold by one brutal owner to another just as harsh. In 1826 she escaped her cruel owners, only to have an epiphany and became a devout Christian, renaming herself Sojourner Trtuth and becoming a traveling preacher. In 1850, Sojourner began speaking on women’s suffrage, believing the causes of abolition and women’s rights to be intertwined and equally important.

Dr. Daisy Century has had acting in her blood a long time. However, trained as a teacher, Dr. Century’s undergraduate work is in science and she holds a PhD from Temple University, also in Science Education. This naturally talented teacher and actor has continued to inspire through her thoroughly-researched, dramatically intense portrayals.

This event is funded through a grant from the NJ Council for the Humanities. Pre-registration required. Call the Mary Jacobs Library at 609-924-7073 or visit: somerset.lib.nj.us/maryjacobs.htm

Back By Popular Demand! Sourlands: Special Place and People – 6/23/14

Sourland Mountain: Special Place/Special People
VHHS President and Archivist Judy Peters will host her really fun program with photos and stories of the many famous people (Including Gen. Washington, Lindbergh, Dylan and many more famous and infamous characters) who once spent time in the hidden hills. Did you know Nobel prize-winner O’Neil escaped to the Sourlands when expelled from Princeton as a freshman?

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This program will be presented Monday June 23rd, 7PM

At the Hillsborough Public Library (908) 369-2200

Two Great Programs in April: Sourland Mountain: Special Place/Special People-4/10/14 & Sourland Murders and Mysteries-4/30/14

 


In partnership with Montgomery Friends of Open Space, Sourland Conservancy and Mary Jacobs Library, VHHS celebrates the history and mystery of the Sourland Mountains.


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April 10th
Sourland Mountain: Special Place/Special People

VHHS President Judy Peters will host a fun program with photos and stories of the many famous people who once spent time in the hidden hills. Did you know Nobel prize-winner O’Neil escaped to the Sourlands when expelled from Princeton as a freshman?

 April 30th
Sourland Murders and Mysteries
A dramatic reading by Darlene Prestbo of the Sourland Actors Guild, as she relates the lore and legend of the many mysterious happenings on the mountain. There are sensational stories of murders of anger, theft, jealousy and vengeance dating to the 19th and 20th centuries. Fascinating stuff!
Both programs are presented 7PM at the Mary Jacobs Library
Come enjoy the fun leading up to May in Montgomery !!!

Bald Eagles, Our National Bird: Back from the Brink of Extinction – 3/19

What did Benjamin Frankin really mean when he said of the bald eagle, “He is a Bird of bad moral Character… Besides he iseagle photo a rank Coward”? Find out the answer and more on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Mary Jacobs Library at 7:00 pm when Van Harlingen Historical presents, “Bald Eagles, Our National Bird: Back from the Brink of Extinction.”

After a brief history lesson explaining the legend of the turkey vs. the bald eagle, Maria Grace, Education and Outreach Manager at Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, will discuss the efforts taken to protect bald eagles and their successful resurgence in New Jersey. These magnificent birds with wing-spans of 8 feet are found in our own area with nests as close by as Princeton and Manville. They also are the stars of a yearly eagle family “show” thanks to a hidden camera at Duke Farms in Hillsborough.

Born and raised in NJ, Maria shares rare wildlife stories with people of all ages. She received her BS in Environmental Studies from Stockton College and her MA in Environmental Education from Montclair State University. She lives in the Sourland Mountains, the largest contiguous forest in central Jersey. Her programs are always fun and informative.

Bald Eagles, Our National Bird is free and open to the public. School-age children are welcome. Space is limited. Register on-line at Mary Jacobs Library somerset.lib.nj.us/maryjacobs.htm or call 609-924-7073. The library is located at 64 Washington Street, Rocky Hill, NJ.

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Dr. Daisy Century as Sojourner Truth


CANCELLED and Will Be Rescheduled
On Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm, presenting in first person interpretation, Dr. Daisy Century brings former slave, abolitionist, suffragette Sojourner Truth to life. The program will presented February 13, 2014 at Mary Jacobs Library, 64 Washington St., Rocky Hill at 7:00 pm.

Born Isabella Baumfree, the slave from a small town north of New York City changed hands several times, sold by one brutal owner to another just as harsh. In 1826 she escaped her cruel owners, only to have an epiphany and became a devout Christian, renaming herself Sojourner Trtuth and becoming a traveling preacher. In 1850, Sojourner began speaking on women’s suffrage, believing the causes of abolition and women’s rights to be intertwined and equally important.

Dr. Daisy Century has had acting in her blood a long time. However, trained as a teacher, Dr. Century’s undergraduate work is in science and she holds a PhD from Temple University, also in Science Education. This naturally talented teacher and actor has continued to inspire through her thoroughly-researched, dramatically intense portrayals.

This event is funded through a grant from the NJ Council for the Humanities. Pre-registration required. Call the Mary Jacobs Library at 609-924-7073 or visit: somerset.lib.nj.us/maryjacobs.htm