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Morris County Historical Society

At Acorn Hall

WW II Weekend June 18-19


SPRING 2011

Please welcome the In conjunction with the Society’s current


following new exhibit, “Over Here and Over There:
members: Morris County’s Role in World War II,”
we are presenting a World War II Week-
• Patricia Arnold end on June 18 and 19 at Acorn Hall.
• Edward The event will run from 11 a.m. to 5
Barsamian p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Mary and Ron on Sunday.
Lucas
Military re-enactors representing both
• Arthur Mierisch
British and American troops will set up
• Gail Stephens camp. They’ll be on hand to interact
with the public and answer questions
about the life of a soldier.
Inside this issue: MCHS volunteer Mick Burgess and his
Attendees will have the opportunity to group, the Irish Guards

Historical Happenings 2 work on a variety of projects to benefit blue jeans, are sent to wounded troops
our troops and veterans. You can make a to let them know their sacrifices are
From the Director 3 square for an Operation Quiet Comfort appreciated. You can also “Knit Your
quilt. These quilts, made of recycled Bit” by knitting or crocheting a
Home Garden Club News 3 (continued on page 4)

Revolutionary Times 4 Fourth Annual Yard Sale May 21


Weekend
Help Our Future – Buy Your Past! We’ve been accumulating a whole new
World War II Weekend 4 inventory of vintage items for our annual sale.
Whether you’re looking for gas sconces, player
Blue Star Museums 4 piano rolls, an antique sink, or just a vintage hat,
you can get a treasure and support the Historical
In the Gift Shop 5 Society. The sale will take place on the front
lawn of Acorn Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (no
MCHS Membership 5
early birds!). This is the Society’s largest fund-
Survey raiser of the year and all proceeds directly bene-
fit MCHS programs and collections care. Please
Kudos 5 note that Acorn Hall will not be open that day.
While we welcome donations for future yard
Be Our Guest 6 sales, we’re currently processing our newest in-
ventory, so please call the office prior to bringing
Membership Form 7 We have vintage books too!
in items.
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Historical Happenings
Boonton Historical Society All programs are held at the Thursday, June 9 – “ Years Gone
Long Hill Township First Aid by in Mt. Tabor.” A panel of
Sunday, May 1 – Yard Sale, Up- Squad, 949 Valley Road. 7:30 long-time residents remembers
per Main Street. Rain date May p.m. Free. the past.
15.
For additional information: All meetings held at The Bethel.
Saturday, May 14 – Walking Tour 908-647-6456 7 p.m. Free.
of the Residential District with www.longhillhistory.org
Harold Johnson. Suggested $5 do- For additional information:
nation includes a 10% discount to Madison Historical Society 973-586-1564
certain Main Street Shops and eat- www.mounttabornj.org
eries. Meets at the Post Office, Wednesday, April 20 – “ A Civil
501 Main Street. War Journal” with Jim Malcolm. North Jersey
Chase Meeting Room, Madison American Revolution
Saturday, June 18 – Walking Tour Public Library. 7 p.m. Roundtable
of the Park with Gail Yorkston.
Suggested $5 donation includes a Thursday, May 19 – MHS An-
Friday, May 13 – “ The Wash-
10% discount to certain Main nual Dinner Meeting with jazz
ington and Rochambeau Route”
Street Shops and eateries. Meets musician Jerry Vezza. Madison
with Robert Selig.
at the Gazebo at Grace Lord Park. Hotel, Convent Station. 6 to 9
p.m.
Friday, June 10 – “ Was Ameri-
Saturday, June 4 – Biennial
For additional information: can Founded as a Christian Na-
House Tour. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
973-377-0722 ext. 8 tion?” with John Fea.
Tickets $20.
www.madisonhistorical
For additional information: society.org Programs meet in the auditorium
973-316-0976 at Morristown National Histori-
www.boonton.org/Community/ Morris Area Genealogy Society cal Park, Washington’s Head-
HistoricalSociety.htm. Tuesday, May 3 – “ British Re- quarters. 7 p.m.
Dover Area Historical Society search” with Susan Fogg Eisen-
dorfer. For additional information:
Sunday, June 12 – Discover Do- NJAmerRevRT@aol.com
ver Day Festival. 12 to 6 p.m. at Tuesday, June 7 – “ Tracing Our www.njhistoryroundtables.org
Crescent Field. British and Dutch Connections”
with Dave Peck. North Jersey
For additional information: Civil War Roundtable
973-361-3525 All programs held at the Morris
www.doverhistoricalsociety.com County Library. 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 28 – Anthony
Long Hill Township For additional information: Pitch, author of They Killed
Historical Society www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Papa Dead. Haggerty Education
~njmags/index.htm Center, Frelinghuysen Arbore-
Thursday, May 12 – “ New Jersey tum. 7 p.m.
Proprietors from 1664” by Bob Mt. Tabor Historical Society
Brandt. Thursday, May 12 – “ Games For additional information:
Victorians Played” with Bonnie- www.njhistoryroundtables.org
Thursday, June 9 – “ History in
Motion” by David Welch. Lynn Nadzeika of the Morris
County Historical Society.
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From The Director


Things are progressing with our ongoing preservation of Acorn Hall. This winter we completed our His-
toric Preservation Plan, outlining the priorities for the continuing care of our beloved home. We are
grateful to the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund for funding this important work and to
our members who helped raise the matching funds. Connolly & Hickey completed the Preservation
Plan, which replaces a number of out-of-date documents.

Moving forward, we have identified the priorities that we will work on first.

Our first priority is to address the exterior of Acorn Hall. Time takes a toll and some of the decorative
woodwork, particularly on the second floor, needs to be repaired and/or replaced. The roof over the gift
shop has been leaking this winter and needs to be repaired. To better insulate the house and thus reduce
energy costs, we will begin to install interior custom storm windows. Numerous other small details,
such as replacing broken window hardware, need to be addressed.

We have applied for a grant to fund a Historic Landscape Survey of Acorn Hall. Historic landscape
preservation is relatively new in the world of historic preservation. Museum professionals have begun to
realize that the story of a historic site doesn’t stop at the four walls, but must be taken a step further. The
survey will evaluate existing plant material and site features, make recommendations for the rehabilita-
tion of the landscape within the appropriate historical period, make recommendations for its manage-
ment, and address consideration of how the landscape can be used as an educational tool.

Finally, we will address structural issues in the Carriage House. Stabilizing the building is the first step
towards better utilization of the building. Part of our long-range plan is to renovate the Carriage House
so that we can use it for a large meeting space, accessible restrooms, and collections storage.

Meanwhile, we will still be working to produce the high-quality programs and exhibits that our visitors
and members have come to expect. We are especially proud of our current World War II exhibit. I hope
you will take the time to come by and visit soon. Nothing is possible without the support of our mem-
bers.

— Bonnie-Lynn Nadzeika

Home Garden Club News


Wednesday, Mary 18 area. He will show pictures of Save the Date!
each garden with access infor-
Master Gardener Bill Moran mation and his own rating sys- The Home Garden Club’s
will present “From Great Es- tem. The program is free of popular “Fashionably Late”
tates to Public Gardens” at 1 charge and all are welcome. Garden Tour will return this
p.m. at the Haggerty Education year on September 17, 2011.
Center at the Frelinghuysen Ar- Six memorable gardens will
boretum. The program will fo- be included. Visit
cus on gardens that are within a www.homegardenclub.org
short driving distance from our for more info.
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Revolutionary Times Weekend Returns


Morris County’s ety’s exhibit “Over The exhibit focuses on how
third annual Here and Over There: county citizens, military and ci-
“Revolutionary Morris County’s Role vilian alike, helped the Allies
Times Weekend” in World War II” will achieve victory. On display are
is April 15-17. be open from 1 to 4 on uniforms, medals, photographs,
Acorn Hall will Friday, April 15, and 1 documents, other objects, and
spotlight those to 4 on Sunday, April riveting oral histories.
who fought in the 17 (closed Saturday).
20th century to Admission is free to For a complete list of Revolu-
preserve the free- active or retired mili- tionary Times Weekend events
doms won in the tary personnel present- visit www.nps.gov/morr.
American Revo- ing a valid military ID
lution. The Soci- card.

World War II Weekend, cont’d

scarf to be distributed at veter- We’ll turn up the music on Sat- Of course, you can tour “Over
ans’ hospitals. Cash donations urday afternoon! Simone from Here and Over There” and see
will be accepted for the United Swinging with Simone in Mont- Acorn Hall decked out to reflect
Way’s Front Line Fund, directly clair will demonstrate swing the daily life of a household dur-
supporting Morris County’s ac- dancing. Take a lesson and hit ing World War II, like food ra-
tive military families. the dance floor. Students from tioning and scrap drives.
the Community Theatre Per-
Elinor Levy, PhD, will be on forming Arts School will sing Admission is $6 for adults, $5
hand to discuss how you can two sets of 1940s-era hits. for seniors, and $3 for students.
record your own family stories Children under 12, MCHS
and how you can contribute to Learn how civilians supported members, and active military
the Library of Congress Veter- the war effort through victory and veterans with ID are free.
ans’ History Project. Oral histo- gardens. The Society’s own vic- Visit www.acornhall.org or visit
ries are part of the exhibit. tory garden will be planted on us on Facebook for more event
the front lawn of Acorn Hall. details.

Blue Star Museums


Acorn Hall is participating in and science museums — in all one million children have at
the Blue Star Museums pro- 50 states and the District of Co- least one parent deployed. This
gram, and will offer free admis- lumbia are participating. program offers these families a
sion to all active-duty military chance to visit museums this
personnel and up to five mem- Blue Star Museums was started summer when many will have
bers of their immediate families as a partnership among Blue Star limited resources and limited
from Memorial Day, May 30, Families, the National Endow- time to be together.
through Labor Day, September ment for the Arts, and museums
5, 2011. across America to offer free ad-
mission to families with a parent
More than 1,000 museums — or spouse serving combat duty in
children’s, fine art, historical, the Middle East. Approximately
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In the Gift Shop


looking for a special occasion Finally, there’s a basketful of
gift or just a treat for yourself, charming Easter items, and
you’ll find something to please. once the Easter Bunny has
hopped away, we’ll have a va-
New items include gifts for gar- riety of items related to our
deners — floral pins and jew- World War II exhibit. Patriotic
elry, stationery, and garden mug pins featuring flags, eagles,
snack sets. Forget paper bags — and red, white and blue are
carry your lunch in a flowery available at a range of prices.
insulated tote, just $7.50. A wide Paper dolls in fashions of the
range of jewelry is available, period will delight younger
The Society’s Oakleaf Gallery from silver rings to genuine folk. There are also copies of
gift shop is filled to the brim of stone and sterling pendants, spe- The Monuments Men book, as
new merchandise. If you’re cially priced at $16. featured in the exhibit.

The Survey Says...


In 2010 the Society received a We also want to know about The survey can be completed
grant from the New Jersey Cul- people who attend our programs on-line at
tural Trust to fund a member- but choose not to join. http://
ship study. We would like to www.surveymonkey.com/s/
know more about our members. This survey is critical as we con- AcornHall-MCHSsurvey. No
What do you perceive to be the tinue to work on our next strate- internet access? Please call the
value of membership? Do you gic plan. We urge you to take the office at 973-267-3465 and
belong to other local history or- time to complete the survey. we’ll send you a paper copy.
ganizations? What can we do to This isn’t just a survey, it’s your
better serve our members? vote. Be sure to make it count.

Thank You, Thank you!


The following people have con- The staff sends a huge “thank den Club of Morristown and
tributed to our annual campaign you” to all our volunteers, who Liz Pierce. More than 300:
since our last newsletter. We ap- donated more than 1,600 hours Diane Freedman and Tom
preciate their kind support. of service to the Society last Thornton. Special thanks also
year! Putting in more than 25 go out to the students of Mont-
Cam Cavanaugh (in memory of hours were Veronica An, gomery Academy, the employ-
Kemper Chambers) Stephanie Damiano, Meg Imbri- ees of MoreTrench, and the
Lois E. Collins, The Artist on the ale, Victoria Lin, Linda members of our Board of Trus-
Green Nadzeika, QiQi Song, and the tees for the time they’ve de-
Stacey Denno young ladies of Villa Walsh voted to Acorn Hall this past
Heather Emelander Academy. More than 50: Betsy year. Each and every one of
Ann Granbery Cooper and Harvey Turner. your contributions has helped
Judy Powelson More than 100: Marilyn Jaeger, to make Acorn Hall’s pro-
Pat & Kathy Weir Vivi Klesch, and Ron Ouellette. grams and exhibits possible.
Susan Wilder More than 200: the Home Gar- You’re the best!
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Be Our Guest Returns


Nine historic sites and museums cultures. home to the Murtogh D. Guin-
in Morris County are inviting ness Collection of mechanical
the public to “Be Our Guest” on Fosterfields Living musical instruments and auto-
Sunday, May 15, noon to 5 p.m., Historical Farm mata.
in celebration of National Tour- 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown
ism Week. Participating institu- www.morrisparks.net Morristown National Historical
tions will waive their usual ad- A restored working dairy farm Park/Washington’s
mission fees during those hours portraying life in the early 20th Headquarters
(guests are encouraged to con- century through costumed living 30 Washington Place,
tribute a non-perishable food history, farming, and domestic Morristown
item for the Interfaith Food Pan- skills demonstrations, and tours www.nps.gov/morr
try or a cash donation to the of the Foster family’s circa 1852 A national park preserving sites
Front Line Fund supporting Gothic Revival house. of the Continental Army’s en-
Morris County’s active military campment and the headquarters
families in lieu of the normal Historic Speedwell of General George Washington
entry fee). While members can 333 Speedwell Avenue, during the winters of 1777 and
always visit Acorn Hall for free, Morristown 1779–80.
here’s a chance to tour some www.morrisparks.net
other historic sites in the area. The “Birthplace of the Tele- Museum of Early Trades &
The event is sponsored by the graph,” telling the story of the Crafts
Morris County Alliance for Vail family and its role in the 9 Main Street, Madison
Tourism. For more information, early days of the Industrial www.metc.org
see www.morristourism.org or Revolution and in the develop- A museum exploring 18th- and
call 973-631-5151. ment of the telegraph through 19th-century American history,
hands-on exhibits, guided tours, with a focus on New Jersey,
Participating sites: and special event weekends. drawing on its collection of over
8,000 hand tools and their prod-
Acorn Hall Macculloch Hall ucts to interpret the lives and
68 Morris Avenue, Morristown Historical Museum and Gardens technologies of people who
www.acornhall.org 45 Macculloch Avenue, lived and worked before the rise
Headquarters of the Morris Morristown of large-scale industrialization
County Historical Society and a www.maccullochhall.org in this country.
Victorian Italianate mansion An elegant historic house and
decorated largely with furnish- decorative arts museum with 10 The Stickley Museum at
ings from the two families who period rooms and four exhibit Craftsman Farms
lived there between 1853 and galleries, two of which are de- 2352 Route 10-West,
1971; it also has changing ex- voted to the country’s largest Morris Plains
hibits and a garden. collection of cartoonist Thomas www.stickleymuseum.org
Nast’s works. A National Historic Landmark,
Community Children’s Museum this 1911 log house is the former
77 East Blackwell Street, Dover Morris Museum home of turn-of-the-century de-
www.community 6 Normandy Heights Road, signer Gustav Stickley, a major
childrensmuseum.org Morristown proponent of the American Arts
A hands-on museum for chil- www.morrismuseum.org and Crafts movement in home
dren six months to 10 years, fo- A museum dedicated to art, sci- building and furnishing.
cusing on art, science, and world ence, theater, and history, and
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Membership
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MEMBER, YOU WILL RECEIVE A RENEWAL REMINDER IN THE MAIL WHEN YOUR MEMBERSHIP
IS COMING DUE. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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Board of Trustees Hours
Acorn Hall: Mon. and Thurs.
Barbara Benedict 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Learned T. Bulman Office: Mon. to Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Robert H. Donaldson
Heather Emelander This newsletter is published quarterly by
David G. Holdsworth the Morris County Historical Society, headquartered at
Steven. K. Johnson Acorn Hall, 68 Morris Avenue,
Jeanne Kappel Morristown, NJ 07960-4315
Gregory C. Kurlander Phone: 973-267-3465 Fax: 973-267-8773
www.acornhall.org
The mission of MCHS is to discover, preserve,
and make known the history of Morris County
through exhibits, programs, publications,
and preservation advocacy.
MCHS receives operating funds from
the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders,
the F.M. Kirby Foundation,
and the New Jersey Historical Commission.

President of the Board — David G. Holdsworth


Director — Bonnie-Lynn Nadzeika
Curator — Debra Westmoreland
Find us on Facebook! Outreach Coordinator — Karen Ann Kurlander
Search for “Acorn Hall.” Education Coordinator — Carie Levin

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Morristown, NJ 07960-4315
68 Morris Avenue
At Acorn Hall
HISTORICAL SOCIETY
MORRIS COUNTY