AND another NOTE: This just in from Harry Schaeffer, organizing volunteer of the volunteers who work at Whitall House, Red Bank Battlefield:
Nathaniel Philbrick will be speaking at 11am on March 23rd in the Student Center on Rowan’s Campus. The title of the lecture is: “From Plymouth Rock to the Little Bighorn: Leadership in American History.”
NOTE: Just added today, Tuesday, March 22, 2011, this info from Loretta Kelly, head preservationist at White Hill:
White Hill's Archaeological dig starts on May 27th and runs on consecutive Saturdays until July 2nd. The address is 217 4th St. Fieldsboro, NJ. You can contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
On Saturday, March 26, I'll be driving down to Hancock House in Salem County for a favorite event, the re-enactment of the battle at Hancock House, also called a "massacre" because, in fact, the Loyalist Militia, under the command of, I think it was Major Simcoe, that attacked the Tavern in the middle of the night, slaughtered the sleeping patriots. This was one of the many skirmishes that took place in the struggle to gain control of the 'breadbasket' that was Salem County during the Revolutionary War.
Fields were burned, cellars and barns were raided, by both sides, and it was also the place where the famous Cattle Drive of Mad Anthony Wayne took place. It's a fine event and one of my favorite parts of it is the spinner who works in the old out building. She has home-dyed yarns and is both knowledgeable and interesting on Colonial fabric. She made me want to learn to spin!
Tomorrow, I'll be sending out checks to two upcoming events with great anticipation of a good time: #1Burlington County Historical Sites Related to the Civil War - tour, Saturday, May 21, 2011. The registration deadline is May 10, but I'm not taking any chances that it may be filled up. The link for more info is www.BurloCoHistorian.com and you should save this link anyhow because they have so many great events!
#2The Outdoor Club of South Jersey annual trip to Washington D.C. on May 7. It's worth the membership fee to go on this trip, but also, they have so many excellent hike trips, bike trips, kayak trips and other events in this club, you should check it out. The trip costs $30 and the bus lets you off in front of the SMithsonian. You're on your own (which I like) and since this year is the sesqui-centennial of the Civil War, you may want to go to the American History Museum. Last year, my friends and I very much enjoyed the new Early Man exhibit at the Natural History. We had a long itinerary but ended up spending the entire day there, it was that interesting.
I just received an e-mail from Linda Stanton about the May 15 Classic Car and Decoy show with a musical performance from Jim Albertson at Batsto. You can be sure that I'll be there. And since I'm on the subject of Linda Stanton, she is to be congratulated along with everyone else who made this year's Lines in the Pines one of the BEST! Valerie Vaughan sang along with a British friend, Branwell Taylor, Paul Schopp and Dr. Robt. Emmons gave a very interesting presentation, "A Distant Memory: The Rusty Trail of the Blue Comet." Authors (such as Nelson Johnson of Boardwalk Empire), were there signing books, artists had paintings and photographs on display, and there was something for everyone. It was held at Frog Rock Golf and Country Club.
The historic houses will be opening their doors for events again within the next couple of months after a long quiet winter for most of them.
Today was the first of the new spring session of the Sewing Guild of the Whitall volunteers. Joyce Stevenson kindly offered her expertise to those of us who are trying to make our own Colonial clothes. Don't get me wrong, I actually buy most of mine from Sue Hueskin, and in fact a week ago, I bought two new short gowns and aprons, but I'm sewing my own short gown, the old fashioned way, by hand, just for the experience.
The Whitall House officially opens again for tours on April 6 at 1:00, but the History and Conversation Club will have its first meeting there April 1st.
Robert Fischer Hughes will host the regular meeting of the Griffith-Morgan House group at 7:30 on the site of the house which is off River Road in Pennsauken, 243 Griffith Morgan Lane. Check out this site for more information on the house - http://historiccamdencounty.com/
He sent me an e-mail that Professor Howard Gillette will present a lecture, "Between Justice and History" on May 5, at 5:30 p.m. at the Rutgers/Camden campus, 326 Penn St.
Betsy Ross will be visiting the Indian King Tavern on May 14, www.indiankingfriends.org, and the address is 233 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033, 856-429-6782.
Hope to see you at one or all of these places! Jo Ann