Upcoming Events at the Meadows

Fireside Chat:   The Last Czarina

Sat. March 17, 2018    2pm    280 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ

Please join us in this commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the assassination of the Russian Imperial Romanov family.

Meet the last Empress of Russia, Czarina Alexandra, as she describes her childhood, her life in Russia, the birth of her children and the tragedy of her son’s illness as well as the downfall of the Romanov Dynasty.

Alisa Dupuy originated “The Ladies of History”, with historical presentations and first person portrayals in 2006 out of her love of the important women in world history. Wearing the clothing of different historical periods, she brings history to life in a lively and fun way. As she says: “History doesn’t have to be boring!” The main goal of The Ladies of History is to make history fun, exciting and memorable for the guests who attend her shows.

This lecture, part of our Fireside Chat series, will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 2-4pm at the Van Liew-Suydam House, 280 South Middlebush Road, Franklin Township, NJ. The fee for attending is $10 at the door and includes light refreshments. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sue Ann Derkach at SueAnnDVought@aol.com.

You may print the flyer for this event (pdf):  Czarina 032018


Second Sundays:  Wyckoff-Garretson Museum House Open Free to the Public

2nd Sunday, Apr-Sep 2018    1-4pm    215 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ

Wyckoff-Garretson House, 1730 and 1805

Wyckoff-Garretson House, 1730 and 1805

The Meadows Foundation announces the opening of the Wyckoff-Garretson Museum House and Carriage Barn, every second Sunday of the month starting in April and going through September.  There will be docents on hand to conduct tours and answer questions about colonial life.  The recently renovated carriage barn features a used book and gift shop.  WG cradle

For our first open house of the season in April, we will have authentic open hearth cooking in the museum house.  In addition, talks and craft demonstrations will be conducted in the conference room, and videos about life in colonial times will be shown in the media room.  The buildings will be open from 1pm-4pm, April through October.  This is a FREE EVENT, so bring family and friends and enjoy an interesting afternoon with us!  Check our calendar for exact dates.

 


Fireside Chat:   Jeannette Pickering Rankin

Sat. April 21, 2018    2pm    209 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ

Born in Montana before it was a state, Ms. Rankin lived a life and left a legacy that greatly impacted women and American history.  Born to a schoolteacher and a carpenter, she helped run the family ranch, graduated high school, attended three colleges, was a lobbyist, a pacifist, an activist in the women’s suffrage movement, and the first woman to hold a national office when the voters of Montana elected her to congress.  Please join us to hear about her fascinating life story.  It’s amazing what one woman can do!

Our guest speaker, Carol Simon Levin, is a Youth Services Librarian, author, storyteller and program presenter based in Bridgewater, NJ. Whether she is impersonating the woman who helped to build the Brooklyn Bridge, telling the amazing stories of early women in aviation, engaging families in a rousing Halloween Hootenany of songs and stories, expanding on the mathematical and artistic possibilities of a simple square, or sharing the story of a dolphin who learned to swim with an artificial tail (along with activities to help children understand what it is like to live with a disability), she always strives to create exciting programs that engage her audience’s interests and expand their horizons.  She has always been particularly fascinated by the history of technology and women’s history.

This lecture, part of our Fireside Chat series, will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 2-4pm at the historic Hageman House, 209 South Middlebush Road, Franklin Township, NJ. The fee for attending is $10 and includes light refreshments. Meadows members in good standing will receive a coupon for $5 off any future Meadows event.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sue Ann Derkach at SueAnnDVought@aol.com.

You may print the flyer for this event (pdf):  Rankin April 21 2018.


Fireside Chat:   Genealogy, NJ and You

Sat. May 12, 2018    2pm    280 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ

Join us for a very interesting and informative afternoon! Ever wonder how to go about researching your family tree? Or finding out more about local history? Ms. Catherine Stearns Medich will show you how! She will review and explain the types of records held at the New Jersey State Archives, and how to access them. Learn about the valuable documents that are just waiting for you!

Our speaker, Catherine Stearns Medich, is a Reference Archivist with the New Jersey State Archives with close to 20 years of public service. She is integral in managing the reference section of the Archives, and assisting users with many, varied collections maintained at the State Archives. Ms. Medich has particular knowledge of the military collections, including the State’s Civil War collections, and the New Jersey State Militia records, which she was also responsible for processing and organizing. Ms. Medich is a graduate of Dickinson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in History, and holds two Master’s Degrees from Rutgers University, in Art History and Library Service.

This lecture, part of our Fireside Chat series, will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 2-4pm at the historic Van Liew-Suydam House, 280 South Middlebush Road, Franklin Township, NJ. The fee for attending is $10 at the door and includes light refreshments. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sue Ann Derkach at SueAnnDVought@aol.com.

You may print the flyer for this event (pdf):  Genealogy May12 2018


Fireside Chat:   Inventing in New Jersey

Sat. June 2, 2018    2pm    209 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ

“A History of Inventing in New Jersey: From Thomas Edison to the Ice Cream Cone” Historian and author Linda Barth will enlighten and entertain you with a presentation based on her fascinating book. New Jersey is more than just the most densely populated state or the fifth smallest. What else do you know about our great state? It’s got seashore, mountains, and lakes. It’s called the Garden State. But this garden doesn’t just grow plants. New Jersey grows ideas…inventive, creative ideas. The nickname could easily be New Jersey, the Invention State. Over the years, many popular, useful, and funny inventions have had their start in New Jersey. We are home to firsts in sports, medical advances, the modern submarine, toys, transportation, electronics, and MANY of your favorite foods! And don’t forget Thomas Edison and his 1,093 patents! You’ll be amazed at what you didn’t know about New Jersey.

Linda Barth has been a lifelong resident of the Garden State, a fourth-grade teacher, author, public speaker, historian, docent and caretaker of some of New Jersey’s historical treasures.
She has written two books on the D&R Canal for Arcadia Publishing and two children’s picture books: Bridgetender’s Boy and Hidden New Jersey. A History of Inventing in New Jersey: From Thomas Edison to the Ice Cream Cone was released in 2013. With her husband, she has written The Millstone Valley Through Time and Somerville Through Time. She has also contributed to the Encyclopedia of New Jersey.

This lecture, part of our Fireside Chat series, will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 2-4pm at the historic Hageman Farm, 209 South Middlebush Road, Franklin Township, NJ. The fee for attending is $10 at the door and includes light refreshments. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sue Ann Derkach at SueAnnDVought@aol.com.

You may print the flyer for this event (pdf):  Inventing Jun2 2018


Special Event:  Paranormal Night at the Wyckoff-Garretson Museum House

THREE DATES FOR 2018:

Sat. June 2, 2018    7:30-10:30 pm    215 South Middlebush Rd,Somerset, NJ

Sat. August 25, 2018    7:30-10:30 pm    215 South Middlebush Rd,Somerset, NJ

Sat. October 13, 2018    7:30-10:30 pm    215 South Middlebush Rd,Somerset, NJ

WG Wagon Barn exterior

Wyckoff-Garretson House, 1730 and 1805

Wyckoff-Garretson House, 1730 and 1805

 

 

 

 

 

The historic Wyckoff-Garretson house, circa 1730, is being opened to the public for a ghost hunt!  Come join professional ghost hunters from New Jersey Paranormal, hear about the house’s past, and share in the hunt!  Learn about and use professional equipment, and feel free to bring your own.  Event dates are Saturdays, June 2, August 25 and October 13, 2018, at 7:30pm.  SPACE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 22 PAID REGISTRANTS – SO RESERVE YOUR SPACE ASAP!  $30.00 per person, 18 and over only.  Includes history/tour, Ghost Hunting 101, an investigation and refreshments.  For more information or the registration form (required with payment),  click on the pdf flyer below,  or email Sue Ann Derkach at SueAnnDVought@aol.com.  100% of all donations go toward the restoration and preservation of our historic homes.  The Meadows Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit, all-volunteer organization.

You may print the flyer for these events (pdf):

June Paranormal Night – PanNightWGflyer062018

August Paranormal Night – PanNightWGflyer082018

October Paranormal Night – PanNightWGflyer102018


Franklin Day Festival!

Sat. Date TBA, 2018   Noon-5pm    Colonial Park, Lot C, Somerset, NJ

 

 

 

 

 

Come visit us at our booth – we will have some interesting things to show you!


Weekend Journey Through the Past

Sat.  Oct 13, 2017    10am-5pm    280 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ

Sun.  Oct 14, 2017    12pm-4pm    280 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ

The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, in collaboration with thirty local historical organizations and tourism partners, has designated this weekend “Weekend Journey through the Past.” 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, and 12:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday.  Docents will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.  Light refreshments will be served.


Fireside Chat:  Kid’s Fun Back in the Day

Sat. November 10, 2018    1pm    280 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ

Bring the whole family to participate in this cabin-fever-fixing day of fun! Join us to learn hands-on about the toys and games that colonial children played. Some will be familiar, some will be new to you! This afternoon of hands-on fun is open to everyone, but most appropriate for children 5-99. After an engaging talk, there will be plenty of time for play. Each attendee will also make a game and a toy to keep and take home.

This lecture, part of our Fireside Chat series, will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 1-4pm at the historic Van Liew-Suydam House, 280 South Middlebush Road, Franklin Township, NJ.  The fee for attending is $10 per person at the door and includes light refreshments and all supplies.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sue Ann Derkach at SueAnnDVought@aol.com.  Please send an email to make a reservation to ensure that we have adequate seating and supplies available.

You may print the flyer for this event (pdf):KidsFunNov2018


An Annual Tradition – Sinterklaas!

Sun. Dec 2, 2018    1-4 pm    209 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ

Sinterklaas2015Sinterklaas will be held on Sunday, December 3rd from 1-4 PM at the Hageman House and Barn.  The celebration includes the Van Wickle dancers, in authentic Dutch costumes and wooden shoes performing folk dances from various regions of The Netherlands accompanied by music from those areas, and a description of where each costume originated.

In the house are delicious Dutch treats and drinks for sale, music, activities for the kids, and docents will be on hand to answer any questions you have as you walk around this historic home.  Children prepare for the arrival of Sinterklaas by coloring  pictures of him, making various crafts, and playing Dutch children’s games. Adults may take the opportunity to speak with Jan ten Broeke, our expert on 19th century farm implements and a native of the Netherlands, and examine the display of farming tools from the early days.

The Franklin Madrigals arrive in their Renaissance costumes, and walk two-by-two singing into the barn.  Guests follow and enjoy a concert of ancient European carols.  It is really wonderful to hear their voices ringing through the rafters.

And of course everyone is delighted to see Sinterklaas himself arriving on his horse!  The children hold arches of flowers over him as he proceeds to his red velvet throne in the barn. Then, he speaks to each of the children, to determine who has been good throughout 2017 and deserving of a small goodie bag.