Bartles Papers

New Access for the Bartles Papers I Long time patrons of the HCHS manuscript collections are undoubtedly familiar with the Bartles Papers. The Bartles Papers, Collection No. 34, are one of the most widely used collections in our archives, as well as being one of our largest collections. The collection …

Holiday Glamour Gleams On Doric House Tours

The 1845 Greek Revival Doric House Museum at 114 Main Street in Flemington opens its doors for holiday tours on Sunday, December 7, the day of Flemington’s parade. House tours are from 1:00 to 4:00pm; the parade starts at 5:00pm. The Doric House, maintained by the 129-year-old Hunterdon County Historical …

Fun in the Field

Sometimes, archivists emerge from our dim repositories and make field trips in order to secure the accession of culturally valuable historical materials. The HCHS Archives team has been enjoying a road trip for the past several weeks! For several consecutive Monday evenings, the archival volunteers have been working in the …

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Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726-1860 October 3, 2014 – March 29, 2015 Morven, New Jersey’s Cultural Museum, is hosting a landmark exhibition to be the first to focus on the important contribution of New Jersey in the creation of schoolgirl needlework in the eighteenth and …

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Holiday Glamour Gleams On Doric House Tours

November 23, 2014 Uncategorized Comments Off

pine conelefttopThe 1845 Greek Revival Doric House Museum at 114 Main Street in Flemington opens its doors for holiday tours on Sunday, December 7, the day of Flemington’s parade. House tours are from 1:00 to 4:00pm; the parade starts at 5:00pm.

The Doric House, maintained by the 129-year-old Hunterdon County Historical Society, also will be open on the following weekend, December 13 and 14 during the same hours. There is no charge. Holly Trail ticket holders will tour the house on December 5 and 6.

Although the imaginative holiday décor adds much to both the inside and outside of the house, guests will have more to see than just beautiful decorations created by the Community Garden Club of Hunterdon based in Whitehouse and the Hunterdon Hills Garden Club of High Bridge. The high-style Greek Revival house is aglow with new interior paint. There is also a new exhibition space opened on the second floor with an exciting display of special-occasion clothing and textiles from the Society’s collection, selected by Textile Curators Judy Grow and Lynn Burtis.

Both the new paint and the exhibition space were made possible by grants from the Hunterdon County Historic Preservation Trust and The Astle-Alpaugh Family Foundation, respectively.

Architect/ Builder Mahlon Fisher (1810-1874) built the house as his own private residence. The Society restored it and moved there in 1972. Now a museum, it is furnished with authentic antiques appropriate to the period, many of them made in Hunterdon.

Press on the Morven Exhibit

October 14, 2014 Events Comments Off

The Morven Exhibit “Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726-1860.” is a huge success. Check out the press from the Princeton Magazine, NJ.com and The Princeton Sun. The exhibit runs October 3, 2014 – March 29, 2015. For all the details, visit Morven.org.

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August 7, 2014 Events Comments Off

Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726-1860

October 3, 2014 – March 29, 2015

Morven Needlework 2014 imageMorven, New Jersey’s Cultural Museum, is hosting a landmark exhibition to be the first to focus on the important contribution of New Jersey in the creation of schoolgirl needlework in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. With over 150 works on view, this exhibition will undertake the first survey of schoolgirl needlework completed in the state or by New Jersey girls prior to 1860. This exhibition and accompanying catalogue will create a lasting record of the best known examples. As part of the museum’s mission to showcase the cultural heritage of the Garden State, the curators will bring new light to the needlework done in New Jersey during this important period of American history.

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A featured sampler of the Morven exhibition was created by Armenia Hutchinson and owned by the Hunterdon County Historical Society. The sampler is pictured inside Dan & Marty Campanelli’s book A Sampling of Hunterdon County Needlework: the motifs, the makers & their stories*. Dan and Marty are guest curators at Morven.

There will be a free preview party on Thursday, October 2nd, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm to see the exhibit and have refreshments.

For more information and directions, contact the Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street | Princeton, New Jersey 08540 | 609.924.8144.

 

 

*Copies of A Sampling of Hunterdon County Needlework: the motifs, the makers & their stories are available for purchase at the HCHS Store (just CLICK here).

Fun in the Field

July 31, 2014 Archives Comments Off

Sometimes, archivists emerge from our dim repositories and make field trips in order to secure the accession of culturally valuable historical materials.

HCHS counterattackThe HCHS Archives team has been enjoying a road trip for the past several weeks! For several consecutive Monday evenings, the archival volunteers have been working in the barn of Mr. Carl Cathers, of Stockton, NJ. Carl is a longtime Stockton resident who has made a habit of collecting and preserving historical records of interest concerning Stockton, NJ, and its people. His barn is full of historically important documents, research, photographs, genealogy, clippings, maps, and ephemera. We have been sorting, evaluating, and boxing almost 50 cubic feet of historically relevant materials he has collected. When we are finished, Mr. Cathers will donate the entire historic collection to the Hunterdon County Historical Society so that it may be preserved for the future historians of Hunterdon County.

archive_pictureThe collections, so far, cover three principle areas of interest. The first is the material that Carl has collected about Stockton itself, including photographs, organizational notes, records of clubs and businesses, and clippings and stories about the town over a long period of time. The second area is a group of records that were left to Carl from Austin Davison, another longtime Stockton area resident, who was an artist, painter, and also a local historian. The third group of records is the personal papers of Anne Elstner Matthews, the star of stage and radio (the actress who portrayed Stella Dallas in the long running radio soap opera) who settled in Stockton and owned the River’s Edge restaurant for many years.

Any one of these collections would make a fine and valuable addition to the HCHS Archives, but the fact that all three are coming to us is a great windfall.The Society has to thank Mr. Cathers, both for his appreciation of and contribution to local history, but also for his remarkable forethought. When approached by the Society, and confronted with the concept of donating his collection, Mr. Cathers considered the importance of his materials and their impact on future genealogists and historians, and decided to donate the collection while still intact and entire. The Society would also like to thank Marfy Goodspeed, longtime Society member and historian who alerted us to the presence of the Cathers Collection and facilitated our contact.

HCHS archivistAlthough the collection that Carl has assembled is an outstanding and unusual example, it is not alone. There are probably collections that are similar in content (if not in scope!) in the homes of many local historians throughout the county. Sadly, many of these collections are never preserved. Without provision for the destination of these collections of papers in a will or other document, the collections are often dispersed, misplaced, or worse, outright destroyed.

Therefore, if you own or have knowledge of interesting and important collections of historical material, and want them to be preserved in a well-equipped and professionally organized archive for future generations, don’t be shy! Let the HCHS know about these collections, and perhaps we can make arrangements to make a field trip to your neck of the woods! As you can see, we love field trips!

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Funding has been made possible in part by:
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The Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and
The New Jersey Historical Commission through funds administered by
The Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission.
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