HISTORIANS’ ROUNDTABLE SEPTEMBER 21, 2013
Constitution Week Proclamation Southampton Township – Tue. Sept. 17, 2013 Roberta Schontz – DAR Regent – Col. Thos. Reynolds Unit
AGENDA Welcome to Edgewater Park- Brief overview of Local History Introduction of participants (brief announcements about forthcoming programs and projects). "Who's Speaking Where?" program updates from website. Update on Discussions with Freeholders and Mary Pat Robbie since May 8, 2013 meeting, concerning allocation of Open Space funds for Historic Preservation and related history projects. Transfer of Burlington Co. Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences from Mt. Holly to Burlington County - Ceremony on August 23. .
6. Discussion about Mission , Programs and Exhibits at the Lyceum • 7. Debriefing on History Faire at the Farm Fair – 2013. • 8. Update on Underground Railroad Exhibit/Museum at Smithville. • 9. History tent at “Arts in the Park”, September 15, 2013 at Smithville Park. • 10. Suggested schedule of future Roundtable Meetings and locations for Fall, 2013 and Winter, 2014. • 11. Adjournment.
Coopertown Meeting – 1802; 1806 Located at the intersection of Cooper Street and Route 130 in Edgewater Park. Not exclusively a Quaker Meeting House, it was used by Quakers in 1901, and records show that the Society of Friends contributed a sum to erect the horse shed. The constitution of the meeting provides: “That any sect or creed should have the right to worship there, provided they believed in the Divinity of Jesus Christ and should be forever free.” Currently used as headquarters for the Riverfront Historical Society.
Beverly National Cemetery, Bridgeboro Rd. in Edgewater Park • Began as one-acre plot in 1863; added to in 1936, 37, 48 and 51 • 147 Union soldiers buried there – 10 of them unknown. • Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. • 64.6 acres; 48,533 veterans
Civil War Soldier At Rest Beverly, NJ The statue of the Civil War Union Soldier at rest was once located in Beverly National Cemetery, a few miles away in Edgewater Park on Mt. Holly Road. Prior to 1957, the statue, atop a pillar, stood in the center of the first circle inside the gates of the Cemetery, which places it very near the Civil War burials, located immediately on the left as you enter the gates.
The 23rd New Jersey Volunteers came from Burlington County and served in the Civil War from September 1862 to June 1863. In April, 1863, Colonel Grubb unveiled a blue flag with the coat of arms of the state of New Jersey to the Yahoos – a gift from the children in the Sunday schools of Burlington County that many members of the regiment attended (“The Sunday School Army”).
Grubb as he looked in 1862-1863. Blue NJ flag on right was given to the Yahoo’s by the Sunday School classes of Burlington County.
23rd New Jersey Volunteer Infantry (9-month enlistees) Battle of Salem Church Spotsylvania County, Virginia May 3 – 4, 1863
E. Burd Grubb organized the annual reunions of the Yahoos at his “Grassmere” estate in Edgewater Park.
EDGEWATER PARK TWP. North side of Cooper St. near River Line
2. Self introductions and brief announcements of "What's happening in your neck of the woods?"
Ticket Information Paulsdale Uncorked! 6th Annual Wine Tasting Alice Paul Institute Tickets - $65.00 Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 5:00 to 7:30 pm
MOUNT HOLLY December 14 - Saturday - 10 AM - 4 PM . Battle of Iron Works Hill Re-enactment
BREAKING NEWS! 25TH ANNUAL PINELANDS SHORT COURSE MOVING FROM BCC TO STOCKTON STATE COLLEGEFOR 2014 SATURDAY MARCH 8, 2014 To be held in Stockton’s Campus Center and in the newly opened Unified Science Center. www.nj.gov/pinelands
Update: Barbara Solem Stull ATSION MANSION TOURS: SUMMER 2013 . The address of Atsion is 744 Route 206, Shamong, NJ 08088.
White Hill Mansion Fieldsboro The "White Hill Mansion" was the 18th Century home of the American patriots Robert and Mary Field. An early activist for the American cause, Field was to die shortly after the Revolution began, leaving his wife alone to protect her young family through the ravages of war. More than once her home was occupied and she was frequently interrogated for her alleged patriotic activities. As a result of the British army's capture of Philadelphia in the fall of 1777, most of the American navy, which had been stationed on the Delaware, became trapped upstream. For lack of a better place to moor, the vessels stood at the foot of White Hill in the spring of 1778, near the Field landing. In early May word reached the area that a detachment of British ships was sailing up the river to seize the American fleet and the inhabitants of this tiny community, acting under orders, took the only course open to them to prevent the seizure. When the British reached White Hill on 6 May 1778 they found the riverfront ablaze-local patriots having put the torch to each and every vessel.
3. Who’s Speaking Where • PEACHFIELD • BURLINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY • SOUTHAMPTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY • ALICE PAUL INSTITUTE • COUNTY HISTORIAN • MEDFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY • PRISON MUSEUM • WHITESBOG PRESERVATION TRUST
PEACHFIELD - NJ COLONIAL DAMES • 2013-2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS – • FIRST SUNDAY AND ONCE IN-A-WHILE WEDNESDAY PROGRAMS • . • To commemorate the 350th anniversary of New Jersey, we have selected the theme, "Traveling New Jersey History via the Turnpike" for this year's First Sunday at Peachfield program series. • -September 18 - Wednesday - 7 PM - Program TBA • -September 22 - Sunday - 2 pm - Program: "Governor Livingston, I Presume?" • -October 6 - Sunday - 2 PM - Program: Molly Pitcher • -October 26 - Saturday - 2 PM - Program: Edgar Allen Poe • -November 2 - Saturday - 10 AM - Program: Open Hearth Cooking Workshop • -November 3 - Sunday- 2 PM - Program: Alexander Hamilton • -November 24 - Sunday - 2 PM - Program: Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration • -December 11 - Wednesday - 11 AM or 2 PM - Holiday at Peachfield House Tour • -December 8 - Sunday - 2 PM - Holiday Tea • -December 14 - Saturday - 10 AM - 4 PM - Battle of Iron Works Hill at the Old Schoolhouse • Check Peachfield Website for details and costs.
BURLINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY SUNDAY LECTURE SERIES 2013-14 AT THE CORSON POLEY CENTER Behind 457 High Street, Burlington - 2-4 PM - Q & A Period and Refreshments follow. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOUTHAMPTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY – 2013 -14 FIRST MONDAY MEETINGS – OLDE TOWN HALL, 25 PLUM ST.7:30 PM Program Chairman: Joe Laufer Email: info@BurlcoHistorian.com Fall, 2013 September 9 : Dick Sherran - NEWS HOUND - From Halfball in South Philly to TV News. Former Philadelphia TV newsman and author of a memoir published by ComterQ Publishing in Margate. October 7 : Carol J. Cunningham Suplee - Burlington County Author and Journalist - Stories of Willingboro Township. November 4 - Valerie M. Josephson: Author of Stirring Times: The Lives of New Jersey's First Civil War Surgeons with focus on Vincentown's Elija Birdsall Woolston, MD. December 2: Dennis McDonald: Photographer, Burlington County Times - A Pictorial History of Medford.
COUNTY HISTORIAN JOE LAUFER Sunday, September 22, 2013 - "Open House for New Center for Education " - 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. - Bunning Farm, 211 Church Rd., Medford, NJ - next to Dr. Still Office, Crossroads. 1:00 p.m. lecture by Joe Laufer: "Medford Stories Good for Telling". Free and Open to the Public. www.medfordHistory.org. Saturday, September 28, 2013 - "Burlington County's One-Room Schoolhouses " 4th Saturday Farmers Market Series - Farmhouse at Burlco Community Ag Center, Moorestown - 10:00 am. Free and open to the public. Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - "The Great Mount Holly Fairgrounds " - 12:00 noon - Mount Holly Rotary - Charlies' Other Brother, Westampton. Friday, October 4, 2013 - "Unique Stained Glass of Burlington County" - 6:30 p.m. - Friday Nighter's Club, First Presbytyrean Church, Moorestown. Sunday, October 20, 2013 - "Remarks at Reopening of the Burlington Quaker Meeting House & Center for Conference" . 1-4 pm, 340 High St., Burlington - RSVP for Open House - www.Burlmhcc.org/contact-us/ Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - "Burlington County Trivia - Unusual People Places & Things " - 12:30 p.m. - Tabernacle Old Timers - Tabernacle Old Squad Building, Hawkin Rd., Tabernacle, off Rt. 206. Saturday, October 26, 2013 - "Pinelands Panorama - a Virtual Tour of the Pines " 4th Saturday Farmers Market Series - Farmhouse at Burlco Community Ag Center, Moorestown - 10:00 am. Free and open to the public. November 1 through November 13, 2013 - International Tour: Best of Portugal, the Azores and Madieros Island
MEDFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY - 2013 First Thursday - 7:30 p.m. - Medford Friends Meeting House, 14 Union St., Medford Program Chairperson: Janet Jackson Gould: 609-654-6485 email@example.com Website: www.medfordhistory.org - click on "Events" for program details. Thursday, September 5, 2013 - UNIQUE STAINED GLASS OF BURLINGTON COUNTY - By Joe Laufer, Burlingtn County Historian. Thursday, October 3, 2013 - JOHN & ABIGAIL ADAMS, A LOVE STORY - By Glenn W. LeBoeuf Thursday, November 7, 2013 - MARK TWAIN - By Robert Billbrough (impersonation) Thursday, December 5, 2013 - SONGS OF THE SEASON - By Charlie Zahm
BURLINGTON COUNTY HISTORIC PRISON MUSEUM LECTURES AT THE MT. HOLLY LYCEUM OF HISTORY & NATURAL SCIENCES 307 High St., Mt. Holly Wednesday September 18 at 2pm OR Thursday September 19 at 6:30pm - Murder in Mount Holly : The story of Wesley Warner and Lizzie Peak. Perhaps the most well-known crime in Mount Holly , Lizzie Peak was brutally murdered in September of 1894. Come learn what role Mount Holly played in the crime, what drove the killer to commit such a crime and the aftermath. The lecture will take place at the Mount Holly Lyceum of History and Sciences ( 307 High St. Mount Holly). Wednesday October 16 at 2pm OR Thursday October 17 at 6:30 pm -Haunted Happenings- Hear stories of the paranormal surrounding the Historic Burlington County Prison Museum and Mount Holly Library. Both have a long history of being haunted, some even claiming the Prison Museum to be one of the most haunted placed in America . The lecture will take place at the Mount Holly Lyceum of History and Sciences ( 307 High St. Mount Holly). Please choose from one of the two dates. Wednesday November 13 at 2pm OR Thursday November 14 at 6:30pm - Fun at the Burlington County Prison - A lighthearted presentation on the unexpected “fun” that took place at the Historic Burlington County Prison. Learn how prisoners celebrated holidays, games they played, etc. The lecture will take place at the Mount Holly Lyceum of History and Sciences ( 307 High St. Mount Holly). Registration is required for all three programs. To register please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609-265-5476.
WHITESBOG PRESERVATION TRUST September 7 - Saturday - Whitesbog Village Tour 1 p.m. -$5 donation/person September 15 - Sunday - Suningive's Gardens - 10 a.m. - Join Mark Szutarski. to learn about Elizabeth White’s unique plant collection and efforts to preserve her gardens. $5 donation/person. reservations requested September 15 - Sunday - Arts in the Park at Smithville Park, Eastampton - Stop by our table to celebrate the cranberry harvest and sample J.J. White’s new blueberry & cranberry honey & jams – products grown and produced here at Whitesbog. Be sure to bring the kids September 21- Saturday - Moonlight Walk - 7 p.m. - $5 donation/person. reservations requested. TBACranberry Industry Bus Tours - $28 - View a modern wet-harvest and learn about the history and cultivation of cranberries in NJ. - Call for dates and times. Space is very limited. October 5 - Saturday - Celebrating Elizabeth White’s Work on her Birthday - 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Join us to recognize Elizabeth White's pioneering contributions to agriculture, and view a modern cranberry harvest. October 19 - Tuesday - Moonlight Walk - 7 p.m. - $5 donation/person. reservations requested. October 20 - Sunday - Living History Tours - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Experience a 1920s cranberry harvest and tour Whitesbog Village with the "Cranberry King" Joseph J. White, his daughter, Elizabeth, and Charles Bekwith, played by historical interpreters. $15 donation per person - Reservations are required.
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR SPEAKERS ON HISTORICAL TOPICS FOR PROGRAM CHAIRPERSONS http://www.burlcohistorian.com/SpeakersBureau.htm BURLINGTON COUNTY LOCAL SPEAKERS' BUREAU Compendium of Speakers on Local Historical Topics Compiled from Recent Public Programs at Various Local Historical Society Meetings. Compliments of Burlington County Historian, Joe Laufer
1. Marisa Bozarth – Mt. Holly Prison Museum Curator – Talks on Ellis Parker (Fabled Chief Detective of Burlington Co., involved in the Lindburgh Case), Burlington County crimes and criminals, and the historic Burlington County prison. 609-265-5476 – email@example.com 2. Jennifer “Jen” Bulava – Naturalist for Burlington County Parks System. Talks on Burlington Co. Parks System, flora and fauna of Burlington County. 609-265-5068 – firstname.lastname@example.org 3. Betsy Carpenter – Author featuring Elias Wright: Teacher, Military Leader (Civil War), Surveyor Extraordinaire – 609-923-7653 – email@example.com 4. Jude del Preore – Burlington County Trial Court Administrator – The Historic 1796 Burlington County Court House, Mount Holly: History, Architecture and Famous Trials. – 609-518-2510 – Donna.Mazzanti@judiciary.state.nj.us 5. Jane Peters Estes – Civil War Historian and re-enactor – The Battle of Gettysburg – Where Were the Women? – 609-526-4299 – firstname.lastname@example.org 6. Mercy Ingraham – “Colonial Open Hearth Cooking” – in period costume. -215-757-4397 – email@example.com - website: www.openhearthcook.com 7. Ian Johns – Revolutionary War re-enactor – Organizer: Battle of Iron Works Hill, Mt. Holly – 609-267-7787 - firstname.lastname@example.org (also available through the Prison Museum, which sponsors the annual re-enactment).
8. Valerie Josephson – Author, “New Jersey’s First Civil War Surgeons” – email@example.com web site: www.civilwarsurgeonsmemorial.org. 9. Joe Laufer – Burlington County Historian – Variety of topics on Burlington County People, Places and Things. (40 topics listed on web site: www.BurlcoHistorian.com under “Local History”). Also International Travelogues as world traveler – 609-859-4042 – firstname.lastname@example.org. 10. Dennis McDonald – Photo Journalist with Burlington County Times – Author - Historic Pictures of Medford. – email@example.com 11. Millicent Moore – Whitesbog Preservation Trust, Member and Volunteer – Elizabeth White, Her Roots: The Fenwicks of Fenwick Manor. – 609-873-4646 – firstname.lastname@example.org 12. Margaret Riccardelli – Retired – Foreign Service and US Dept. of State – World Traveller – “Journey Along the Silk Road” Travelogue. 609-388-4860 - email@example.com 13. Coles Roberts – Farm Stories and folklore of Burlington County – 609-859-2240 – firstname.lastname@example.org 14. Stacy Flora Roth – Soldiers without Guns: Women Defense Workers of WWII – History on the Hoof, re-enactor. – 609-239-2706 - email@example.com 15. Paul W. Schopp – Historian – Railroads, Steamboats on the Delaware and Rancocas, Underground Railroad, Burlington County History, Timbuctoo, Dr. James Still – Black Doctor of the Pines – 609-462-4572 – firstname.lastname@example.org
16. Albertine Senske, Archivist, Whitesbog Preservation Trust - J.J. White, the Man and His Legacy. – Contact through Whitesbog - 609-873-4646 – email@example.com 17. Dick Sherrin – Veteran Philadelphia TV Reporter and Broadcaster –Author: “News Hound – From Halfball In South Philly to TV News” – 609-410-1009 – Richclave@aol.com 18. David Smith - Lockheed Martin Engineer and Researcher: “Rancocas Stud Farm to Helis Stock Farm – A Jobstown Legacy” – 267-496-4707; 609-752-0109 - firstname.lastname@example.org 19. Barbara Solem Stull – Author, “Ghost Towns & Other Quirky Places in the N.J. Pine Barrens” – Tour organizer at Atsion Mansion, Shamong – 609-268-3566 – email@example.com 20. Carol Suplee – Author, Journalist – formerly with Burlington County Times “The Stories of Willingboro Township” – 609-518-5808 – firstname.lastname@example.org 21. Larry Tigar – President of Mt. Holly Historical Society – “Mount Holly – Then and Now – In Pictures” also the churches of Mt. Holly. 609-261-4786 – email@example.com 22. Regan Young – Mt. Holly Architect and Volunteer Citizen – RYEBREAD Architects. “Looking for a New Jersey Architecture.” 609-265-2652 – firstname.lastname@example.org 23. Clifford W. Zink – Author: “The Roebling Legacy” – The Story of the Roebling Family and the Company Town of Roebling. 609-924-4833 – Cwzink@gmail.com http://www.burlcohistorian.com/SpeakersBureau.htm
3. Open Space Funds for History? • Report on Meeting of Joe Laufer and Paul Schopp with Freeholder Director Joe Donnelly and Resource Conservation Director Mary Pat Robbie on May 8, 2013, concerning allocation of Open Space funds for Historic Preservation and related history projects.
5. Freeholders Finalize deal with Mt. Holly and Purchase Former Library, creating History Center for all of Burlington County. Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences 307 High St., Mt. Holly
Dedication of the Burlington County Lyceum of History and Science at Mount Holly - August 23, 2013 Click here for Link to Burlington County Times article Reporting on Event. Click here for Courier Post article Reporting on Event Click here for South Jersey Edition of Phila. Inquirer article & pictures Message delivered by Joseph M. Laufer, Burlington County Historian at Event
Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences, 307 High Street, Mt. Holly. King George III first chartered the Mt. Holly Library in 1765 as the Bridgetown Library and for a time during the nineteenth century the institution also carried the dual name of The Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Science. It is the fifth oldest library in New Jersey. The present Georgian style building dates to 1830 and once served as the mansion of James Langstaff, a wealthy farmer. It became the library’s first permanent home in 1957. King George III of England 1738-1820
Debriefing: • 3 rd Annual “History Faire at the Farm Fair” JULY 17-20, 2013 • Hours? – Evenings only? (5 or 6 pm. Till 10?) • Staffing of exhibits? - bring your own tables (commitment!) • Interactive Exhibits preferred (examples: Yahoos; Childrens’ History Center) • Themes with related exhibitions (Old Fire Trucks, pumpers (eg. Springfield) • Costumed Docents from historic sites (eg. Smithville) • Assist with preliminary genealogical research via computer, etc. • Other ideas…..?