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.

“Sojourner Truth” Will Arrive at Mary Jacobs Library

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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

Both Chimneys Repaired at the Gulick House

Both chimneys have received significant repair as well as the wall along Route 601. In addition the peak on the east side was painted professionally since our volunteers were not eager to reach that high! Total repairs since February 2011 including the new furnace, roof and chimney work totaled $28,000. Thanks to a grant from the 1772 Foundation administered by NJ Historic Trust and help from Silvi Companies, our landlord, the cost to VHHS was about $16,000. Thank you to all our loyal donors for your help! We could not have made these necessary repairs without you.

Family-oriented program to be held at the Montgomery Farm Museum

On Sunday afternoon October 7th. noted historian and teacher,

Clarissa Dillon, Ph.D


Historian and teacher, Clarissa Dillon, Ph.D

Clarissa Dillon, Ph.D. will host a family-oriented program at the Montgomery Farm Museum. Clarissa’s doctorate in History is from Bryn Mawr College. She has been doing hands-on activities since 1973. Her programs have included Colonial cooking and early American pastimes for children.

Check back later for more information about her VHHS program.  To learn more about Dr. Dillon’s current classes and publications please visit her at:  http://www.clarissadillon.info/index.html