Jan. 12th (Thurs.) "New Jersey and the War of 1812"
Historical Society Board member, Brian Murphy will be presenting this program. He states that this war, now largely forgotten, is sometimes called the "Second War for Independence" and it had a great impact on the citizens of New Jersey. Brian will share his research on one Infantry Regiment in particular which was trained and commanded by New Jersey's own Zebulon Pike, a noted western explorer. In addition, he will have on display period letters, documents, and artifacts which will help to connect us in a very human way to some people from our state, who lived through this difficult period of our history.
Feb. 9th (Thurs.) -"Homesteading Skills 101-Bread n' Butter Making"
A tasting session of rich sweet cream butter on thick, nutritious whole grain bread and a sample of real buttermilk, is how this program is billed. Mmmmmm, homemade bread and butter.
We'll be guided through the processes of converting cream to butter using an antique paddle butter churn, and the stages of whole wheat grain becoming leavened bread. We may even have an opportunity to grind and knead!
There will be some nutritional information delivered about the importance and benefits of natural whole grains, with a sample of grains from all over the world, and a description of how they are used.
The presenter, Jane Chrysostom, has had a lifelong interest in women?s pioneer history and especially the era of early American homesteading development. She?ll include us as she demonstrates her knowledge of the practical use of these vital historic skills.
March 9th (Thurs.) Famous New Jersey-ites" by Rick Busciglio
This will be a special photo and musical presentation that salutes the great ?Jersey-ites? ? the nationally and world famous people who were born, raised or settled in New Jersey.
Rick Busciglio, a retired broadcast executive, radio and TV host, television advertising executive, aficionado of film and music nostalgia, and a resident of Chester, is the presenter of this interactive program.
From Jack Nicholson to Thomas Edison, Lou Costello to Tom Cruise? need we say more? You can check out Rick Busciglio?s web site at www.memory-lane.org for a sneak preview.
April 13th (Thurs.) "Bloomery Forges of the New Jersey Highlands"
Joseph Macasek, a director of the Canal Society of NJ and author of the "Guide to the Morris Canal in Morris County," will present an illustrated slide lecture to explain the history and technology of New Jersey's Bloomery Forges.
The presentation will extend beyond the more well known discussions of the iron furnaces that once operated in places such as Ringwood and Mt. Hope, to explore the more primitive, yet innovative Bloomery Forges that produced iron directly from iron ore.
These forges were so successful that as many as 60 forges operated at one time, and over 120 sites have been identified. The forge men refined their art into what came to be called a Jersey Bloomery, or the American Bloomery Process, which became widely used in other areas. May 11th (Thurs.)
June 8th (Thurs.) July 13th (Thurs.)
August 20th (Sunday) – Annual Meeting & Picnic (Sorry ~ Members Only!) Reason to Join! 1pm-4pm Place and details to be announced.
September 14th (Thurs.) "A VISIT WITH LOUISA MAY ALCOTT" Famous as the author of Little Women and other books for young people,
Louisa May Alcott was a fascinating character. Her life was formed in the
intellectual and philosophical hotbed of nineteenth century Concord,
Massachusetts -- home of Emerson, Thoreau, and Hawthorne.
October 12th (Thurs.) Matt Little - Get in the spirit of Halloween as raconteur Matt Little relates the folklore, legends, and little known facts about local sites, events, and people from the area's past.
November 9th (Thurs.) - Author Gordon T. Ward - details his 1800-mile journey by canoe and bicycle to revisit places explored by Lewis and Clark as they searched for the Northwest Passage.
December 3rd (Sunday) – Annual Christmas Party (Sorry ~ Members Only!) 1pm-4pm The party will be held in the circa 1812 home of Brett and Kimberly Lawless, 860 Old Chester Gladstone Road in Chester. Remember to bring your favorite finger foods - either an appetizer or dessert. Traditional holiday punch will be provided. RSVP to De Dilley at 908-879-5036 by Nov. 24th.
Chester Historical Society PO Box 376 ~ Chester, NJ07930 (908) 879-2761