Morris County Historical Society Spring Newsletter 2009

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<p>Morris County Historical Society At Acorn HallSPRING 2009</p> <p>Out of the Closet: An Art Collection Revealedwoodblock prints depicting the floating world of geishas and actors. th A charming 19 century oil painting of a peasant girl by Francesco Augero, who exhibited at the National Academy. A collection of miniature portraits on ivory by Morristown artist Gertrude Colles. th Landscapes by 19 century Morristown artist Mabel Olmsted. A series of neoclassical etchings depicting scenes from Greek miniature mythol- A delicateColles by Gertrude ogy.(continued on page 6)</p> <p>Our membership continues to grow! Please welcome the following new members: </p> <p>John Allen Barbara Brown Thomas DiMartino Margaret Findley Elizabeth Hauser Elisabeth Joubert &amp; Annette Mowen Barbara Jutila Joyce Kanigel G. (Chris) Mailander Kate Nitto Mr. &amp; Mrs. Frederick Olex &amp; Family Constance Rooney Lynne &amp; Clifford Taylor Dave &amp; Mary Lynn Townsley Linda WillnerInside this issue: 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 5 6 7</p> <p>A hand-colored print by famed local artist Lucille Hobbie</p> <p>The Morris County Historical Society is inviting the public to come up and see its etchings and paintings and sculptures now on display in Out of the Closet: An Art Collection Revealed. In this newest exhibit at Acorn Hall, the Society is showing off its extensive collection of prints, paintings, drawings, and other artworks, many of which have never been publicly exhibited before. The works represent both local and international artists. Among the featured artworks: th A collection of 19 century Japanese</p> <p>Historical Happenings From the Director Home Garden Club Exhibit Workshop In the Gift Shop Spring Tea Rev. Weekend Yard Sale Be Our Guest Membership</p> <p>Celebration of CulturesGo around the world in an afternoon at Many Lands, One County: A Celebration of Cultural Heritage on Sunday, April 19, from 1 to 5 p.m. The event, co-hosted by the Morris County Historical Society and the Morris County Human Relations Commission, will feature arts, foods, music, dance, and other traditions of the many different peoples who call Morris County home. The event is free of charge and promises to be a day of sharing, learning, and fun for the whole family. Many Lands, One County, will take place at the Student Center at the County College of Morris, 214 Center Grove Road in Randolph. Please use Parking Lot 6. For more information visit</p> <p>PAGE 2</p> <p>SPRING 2009</p> <p>MCHS</p> <p>Historical HappeningsBoonton Historical Society Tuesday, April 14 Celebrate NJ. Linda Barth will present an armchair journey down the byways of New Jersey. 2 p.m. at the Senior Center. Saturday, May 2 Biennial House Tour. Wednesday, May 20 Stories from the Boonton Police Department with Chief Steven Stross. 7 p.m. at the Senior Center. Friday, May 22 Dinner with Sherlock Holmes. Neill Hartley of the American Historical Theatre will portray Holmes. 6:30 p.m. at the Columbia Inn, 29 Route 202, Montville. $40 per person. For additional information: (973) 396-6782 HistoricalSociety.htm brary, 250 West Main Street, Chester. For additional information: (908) 879-2761 Madison Historical Society Thursday, April 16 The James Family, a presentation focusing on D. Willis James, who gave Madison its Public Library, now the Museum of Early Trades &amp; Crafts. 7 p.m. in the Chase Room, Madison Library, 39 Keep Street, Madison. Thursday, May 21 Annual Dinner, featuring Bob Butts and members of the Baroque Orchestra of NJ playing selections from Ballads of NJ in the Revolution. 6 p.m. at the Madison Hotel. For additional information: (973) 377-0722 Ext. 8</p> <p>Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum Saturday, May 9 Victorian Times at Lake Hopatcong. 6 p.m. at The Arlington. For additional information: (973) 398-2616</p> <p>Long Hill Township Historical Society Thursday, April 9 Life in the Slow Lane with Lois Hockenbury. 7:30 p.m. at the Long Hill Township First Aid Squad building, 949 Valley Road, Gillette. Thursday, May 14 Morris County Canal with Dave Phraner. 7:30 p.m. at the Long Hill Township First Aid Squad building, 949 Valley Road, Gillette. Thursday, June 11 Tour Basking Ridge Presbyterian Cemetery by George Fricke. 7:30 p.m. at the Long Hill Township First Aid Squad building, 949 Valley Road, Gillette. For additional information: (908) 647-6456</p> <p>Washington Township Historical Society Friday, April 16 Used Book Sale, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, April 17 Used Book Sale, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, April 18 Used Book Sale, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. WTHS Museum, 6 Fairview Avenue, Long Valley. Sunday, May 17 Historic School Bell Dedication, 2-4 p.m. at the WTHS Museum, 6 Fairview Avenue, Long Valley. For additional information: (908) 876-9696</p> <p>Chester Historical Society Thursday, April 9 New Jersey in the French and Indian War with Douglass Pitchell and Andy Drysdale. 7 p.m. at the Chester Public Library, 250 West Main Street, Chester. Thursday, May 14 New Jersey and the Civil War with the 33rd Regiment New Jersey Volunteer Infantry re-enactors. 7 p.m. at the Chester Public Li-</p> <p>SPRING 2009</p> <p>PAGE 3</p> <p>MCHS</p> <p>From the DirectorMarch 2009 marked my tenth year at the Morris County Historical Society. The historian in me cannot let this anniversary pass without comment, so Id like to take this opportunity to share my reflections with you. The thing that stands out most to me is the great joy I have taken in being associated with the Society and in the people I have had the opportunity to meet. Society truly is the key word in this organization. Members, volunteers, interns, staff, and board members are really the living heart of MCHS. I can think of so many members who have become dear friends I look for their presence at events the way you look forward to seeing a favorite relative at the holidays. Volunteers, both those who have been at Acorn Hall since I began and those who are relatively new, are a constant source of inspiration. We have been tremendously lucky in attracting truly talented young people as interns, and I have enjoyed not only working with them, but watching them graduate and continue on their careers. Staff member Debra Westmoreland will celebrate her ten-year anniversary this fall and I cannot imagine the Society without her. I can honestly say that all of the various members of the staff have contributed in their own way to the Societys development. Right now we have a quartet of women at MCHS, each with her own special strength, and although each of us is so very different, we are like parts of an automobile engine it takes the work of each one to move that car forward. Finally Id like to recognize the trustees, especially those who have been there since the beginning, who took a chance that an inexperienced yet eager young woman could have what it takes to lead a venerable organization into a new century. Thank you to everyone who has made the last ten years seem like a brief moment in time. There are far too many of you to list by name, but know that I value each of you and your contributions. I look forward to celebrating more anniversaries with you, and with new friends, in the future. Bonnie-Lynn Nadzeika</p> <p>Home Garden ClubThe Pinelands Traveler Ghost Towns, Bogs, and LegendsWednesday, May 20 1 p.m. Frelinghuysen Arboretum Michael Fowler, a noted speaker, author, photographer, and professor at Burlington County College, will speak.</p> <p>Bus Trip to Stonecrop Gardens, Cold Spring, N.Y.Thursday, June 18 The bus will depart from the Frelinghuysen Arboretum at 8 a.m. A tour of the wonderful gardens at Stonecrop will be followed by lunch at Hudson House. The bus returns to the</p> <p>Arboretum at about 4:30 p.m. For tickets contact Gail Avery at 973-541-0278 or at</p> <p>PAGE 4</p> <p>SPRING 2009</p> <p>MCHS</p> <p>Fonts to Frames Workshopagencies in Morris County. The program will be held on Wednesday, April 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the Morris County Cultural Center, 300 Mendham Road, Morris Township. Participation is free of charge but is limited to persons affiliated with volunteer-run organizations in Morris County. Reservations are required and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limit of two participants per organization. For additional information or for reservations contact the Morris County Historical Society at 973-267-3465. MCHS staff members BonnieLynn Nadzeika and Debra Westmoreland and MCHC administrator Carrie Fellows will provide tips and tricks to help small organizations make the most of their time and money when mounting exhibits. They will demonstrate tools and tips for creating text panels that look like a million bucks for only a few bucks. They will discuss sources for inexpensive frames and small exhibit cases, and show how simple and affordable materials from the local hardware store can be used to create low-cost display panels and partitions.</p> <p>The Morris County Historical Society and the Morris County Heritage Commission are sponsoring Fonts To Frames: Exhibit Design and Installation on a Budget, a workshop for staff and volunteers at small, volunteer-run museums and historical</p> <p>In the Gift ShopBunnies and chicks have hopped into the Oakleaf Gallery gift shop, a sure sign that Spring is on its way! Theres a lovely selection of items that are perfect for Easter baskets or hostess gifts. Most items are under $10 and several are under $5, so you can pick up a treat without breaking the bank. New to the shop is a selection of Victorian-themed items for home and office. There is a beautiful porcelain bedside water carafe decorated with roses. Perk up your desk with a mouse pad featuring roses, an English cottage, or vintage correspondence. Organize with style with bookshaped boxes decorated with vintage seed packets or Jazz Age beauties. If economic concerns are forcing you to cut back on gift giving, the shop at Acorn Hall has a solution. Instead of a commercially printed card, give the gift of Acorn Hall. Beautifully printed cards featuring a historic image of Acorn Hall are $6 and give the receiver a free visit to Acorn Hall. For just a few dollars more than a store-bought card, its sure to brighten someones day! The shop accepts all major credit cards. Members always save 10%, so every day is a sale day! Every purchase benefits MCHS programs.</p> <p>SPRING 2009</p> <p>PAGE 5</p> <p>MCHS</p> <p>Spring Teaday, May 9, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Attendees will enjoy three courses of scones, finger sandwiches, and desserts. In addition to enjoying tasty treats in a beautiful setting, guests will have the opportunity to view two exhibits at Acorn HallOut of the Closet: An Art Collection Revealed and A Revolutionary Centennial: 1776-1876. There will also be a short presentation about the birth of the nineteenth century womens movement at a ladies tea party. The Oakleaf Gallery will be open throughout the event. Reservations are required and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis, so call today! When making your reservation please be sure to let the staff know about seating requests or if you need a vegetarian plate. Tickets are $25 for MCHS members and $30 for non-members. Checks, cash, or credit cards are accepted.</p> <p>Calling all tea lovers! The Society is once again hosting a traditional sit-down tea at Acorn Hall. The Spring Tea will be held on Satur-</p> <p>Revolutionary Weekend comes to MorristownAs part of the Morristown-wide April Revolutionary Weekend, the Morris County Historical Society is displaying an exhibit of souvenirs, publications, and other artifacts relating to Americas 1876 Centennial. A Revolutionary Centennial: 1776-1876 will be on display at Acorn Hall during special hours on Friday, April 24 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Sunday, April 26 (1 to 4 p.m.) as well as during regular public hours until May 10. The exhibit is included in the price of a tour of Acorn Hall. MCHSs headquarters, Acorn Hall, wasnt built until 1853, well after the American Revolution. But the Halls inhabitants like the rest of America in 1876 would have been caught up in the patriotic fervor that swept the young nation celebrating its 100th birthday. The special exhibit will include such items as textiles printed with colonial themes, Frank Leslies Illustrated Weekly magazines from 1876, souvenirs from the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, and a bustle gown worn to Centennial festivities.</p> <p>Yard SaleMCHS will be holding a yard sale fundraiser at Acorn Hall on Saturday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (no early birds, please!) This years sale will feature a wide variety of goods, including vintage records, books, clothing, toys and games, antiques, and household items. Volunteer Diane Freedman will also be featuring a selection of vintage jewelry. You can help us, not just by buying, but by donating items to the sale. We are especially in need of additional antique and vintage items. If youre cleaning out an attic and come across vintage clothing, linens, luggage, or whatever, contact us about selling it to benefit the Society. A few of the items may even end up being added to our collection. Youll get some usable space back, and the Society will get some much needed income. Its a win for everyone! If you would like to donate items to the sale, please contact the Society at 973-2673465. All items must be dropped off two weeks prior to the sale. Acorn Hall will not be open to the public during the sale. No one will be allowed entrance to the sale prior to 10 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the Societys programs.</p> <p>PAGE 6</p> <p>SPRING 2009</p> <p>MCHSOut of the Closet Continued(from page one)</p> <p>Mid-19th century folk art portraits of Charles and Clarissa Byram Thompson of Mendham. Hand-colored prints and a seaside painting by 20th century Morris County artist Lucille Hobbie. A Victorian marble Venus.</p> <p>vide a visual tour of Morris Countys past. The exhibit would not have been possible without the contributions of two individuals. MCHS intern Mary Hauser-Kropa has devoted countless hours to photographing and documenting the Societys art collection. Through her efforts this will be the first MCHS exhibit to be featured online. While seeing the exhibit in person is ideal, having an on-line version will allow the Societys work to reach an even broader audience. The catalog can viewed at Phil Fico of The Connoisseur Fine Arts in Bernardsville did</p> <p>While this exhibit may seem like a departure from the Societys traditional exhibitions, it will still be firmly rooted in history. Not only do the pieces selected reflect the tastes and values of nineteenth and twentieth century America, many of the featured works were done by Morris County artists and pro-</p> <p>restoration work on 19 pieces from the Societys collection. Most importantly, he did restoration work on the Thompson family portraits and the Francesco Augero Pea...</p>


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