Meeting – May 26, 2015 – The stories of two men in the American Civil War

19 May 2015

Captain David C. Pierson and Private Newton Church both served in the American Civil War. However, they have very different memories of those years that reveal untold truths regarding our country and its struggles from 1860 to 1865.  George C. Pierson, a relative of Captain David C. Pierson, will use stories gathered from their diaries and letters home to tell the two men’s point of view at the monthly meeting of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood on Tuesday evening May 26th.  George Pierson is a member of the Historical Society as well as a Professor of Communication Studies at Kean University.  He has long time interests in New Jersey history and genealogy.

This informative program is free. Please join us on May 26th at 8:00PM at the Fanwood Train Station on North & Martine Avenues to “hear” long ago combatants’ stories of the American Civil War. Fellowship and refreshments follow the meeting.

For more information about this event, contact Connie Klock at 908-232-9489.

Meeting – March 24, 2015 – Musical Life in Colonial Williamsburg

24 March 2015

The Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood will present a program on the musical life in colonial Williamsburg by John Burkhalter at its monthly meeting on Tuesday evening March 24th, 2015 at 8:00PM at the Fanwood Train Station located on North and Martine Avenues in Fanwood, NJ.  This program is free and open to the public.  The program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In 18th century Williamsburg the study of music was a subject of serious interest and social refinement.  Harpsichords and other musical instruments were imported for Williamsburg’s town houses and nearby plantations.  The presentations will be based on one of the most important colonial music inventions known, that of “Mr. Ogle, musick master lately arrived in Williamsburg from London.”

John Brukhalter founded a musical organization The Practitioners of Musick, to survey the musical riches of 17th & 18th century Great Britan and Ireland and the Colonial Federal periods in America.  The organization has a library of some 300 items of printed music published in London, Dublin and Edinburg during the course of the 18th century.  Many are rare and several unique.  His colleague, Donovan Klotzbeacher, is the harpsichordist.  He has always been fascinated with early musical instruments such as recorders and harpsichords.  The two have presented their musical program to many historical organizations throughout New Jersey.

Please join us on March 24th to be transported back in time to colonial Williamsburg where a most famous Mr. Ogle will fascinate us with his music mastery. Fellowship and refreshments follow the meeting.

For more information about this event, contact Connie Klock at 908-232-9489 or write to us.  For more information about the Horizons Speakers Bureau please visit http://njch.org/programs/hsb/.

Please note the change of venue for this meeting!

Meeting – February 24, 2015 – Central NJ: Hub of the American Revolution

18 February 2015

Author, historian and storyteller Bob Mayers will lift the veil and revive forsaken local locations at the monthly meeting of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood on Tuesday evening February 24th.  He will discuss his latest book, “The Forgotten Revolution”.  Lesser-known facts about NJ Revolutionary War battles, encampments and troop movements, critical evens will surprise you.  He will revive the forgotten locations of The Short Hills, Pompton, Jockey Hollow, Bound Brook and the march to Yorktown through this area in 1781 with fresh research from original military records and onsite visits.

Bob Mayers is an active member of  A former Human Resources executive he is a graduate of Rutgers University and was an adjunct professor Seton Hall University.  Mayers served as a combat officer in the Navy and Marine Corps.  Besides his new book The Forgotten Revolution, Mayers has a previous published book, “The War Man”, the biography of Corporal John Allison, who fought all eight years of the Revolutionary War.  Mayers’ also authored the Allison/Mayers Family History—The portrait of an American Family that covers 600 years of the family’s history.

Please join us to hear Bob Mayers at this informative meeting. It is free and open to everyone.  The meeting takes place at the Scotch Hills Country Club on Plainfield Avenue and Jerusalem Road in Scotch Plains,  on Tuesday evening, February 24 at 8:00PM. Fellowship and refreshments follow the meeting.

Contact Connie Klock at 908-232-9489 for further information or write to us.

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