|Sat., Sept. 23, 2017
Fourth Annual Cemetery Cemenar
“Hunterdon County at War: The Home Front …what do you do with a dead solider?”
|Sponsored by the Hunterdon County Historical Society and the 300th Committee, this year’s seminar and meet and greet, “Hunterdon County at War: The Home Front” will explore the question through history and time, “What do you do with a dead solider?” (quote from character played by Jimmy Stewart in the 1965 movie “Shenandoah”).
Multiple speakers will discuss burial practices for the War dead including embalming methods and social customs beginning with the Revolutionary War through the Civil War and WW1.
John Allen will open the lectures with a broad overview of past burial practice for war dead, tracing how America has evolved from “bury him where he falls” to “bring him home so he can rest in American soil, at Federal expense” Brian Armstrong will speak about WWI. John Kuhl will be address the American Civil War as treatment of the dead evolved with embalming advances and changing sensitivities. Charlie Fisher will speak about embalming and burials of war dead. These lectures will be followed by a 30 minute lunch, and the session will end with tours held in the Flemington Presbyterian Church graveyard where there are burials of veterans from most wars in which the United States was involved.
The seminar will be held at the Flemington Presbyterian Church, 10 East Main Street, Flemington. Registration is required-$10. Registration opens soon- check back often.
|Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017
“An Afternoon at the Archives”
Saturday, October 7 from 3:00-6:00 pm. – Join the professional staff and trustees of the Hunterdon County Historical Society for “An Afternoon at the Archives.” Featuring wine tasting, light-fare and music followed by curator tours of the special collections housed in the Society’s state-of- the-art archive building. Gathered since the Society’s inception in 1885, on view will be paintings, textiles, rare maps, Civil War artifacts, manuscripts and more!
Archives, 67 River Road, Raritan Township. $40 members and $50 non-members. Rain or shine. First fifty registrants receive an etched wine glass and choice of tour times: 3:30; 4:15; 4:45, 5:15 by calling 908-782-1091. Help us raise the funds to maintain our valuable collections to preserve Hunterdon County’s heritage for the next 132 years! Thanks to our sponsors: Northfield Bank, Mendham Garden Center, Printech, Rutgers Nursery, ShopRite of Hunterdon and Wine Hut.
|Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
Workshop “Using the Collections of the Hunterdon County Historical Society”
|Explore the fascinating holdings of the Historical Society Archives and learn how to use them in an evening workshop taught by the Society’s manuscript curator, Don Cornelius. Registration by phone 908-782-1091 will open in September for this Thursday workshop to be held at the Society headquarters and library, 114 Main Street, Flemington.|
|Fall Membership Meeting and Lecture-open to the public
November 12, 2017
|All About our Now Preserved Parchments. Tessa Gadomski of the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is travelling from Philadelphia to be the guest speaker at the Society’s annual fall membership meeting on Sunday, November 12, @ 2:00 p.m. Following an introduction on the history of the Society’s 1744-1758 parchments, Oaths of Allegiance and Oaths of Fealty, Ms. Gadomski will explain the conservation methods used to preserve these rare documents.
Held at the Presbyterian Church 10 East Main Street, Flemington. No advanced registration required.