Meeting – October 25, 2016 – Stories to warm or chill the heart

21 October 2016

The wit and wisdom, humor, horror and humanity of a people are found in their stories.  Compelling storyteller David Emerson retells (and embroiders) the colorful and ancient tales of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall that will “warm, tickle or chill the heart.” With or without a pint in his fist, MacCaffrey spins traditional lore of fairies, ghouls, ne’er-do-wells, tricksters, banshees, heroes and liars, plus original stories with an Irish tine.  In a style reminiscent of a cozy evening by a health at a family gathering, David will enchant us with his stories on Tuesday evening October 25th at the monthly program meeting of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood which begins at 8:00pm.

David Emerson’s career as a storyteller, raconteur and prevaricator par excellence began back in the early 1980’s as a historical character interpreter.  David has fascinated visitors at such prestigious living history museums as Colonial Williamsburg, Plimoth Plantations, Morristown National Park and the Old Barracks Museum.  Striking out as a freelance interpreter in 1996 with partner Stacy Roth, David has become well-known in the mid-Atlantic for portrayals of real people such as George Washington and Davy Crockett and his own story spinning character David MacCaffrey and 19th century sea captain LeLand Emerson.

David has performed for hundreds of museums, festivals, cultural organizations, historical societies throughout the Northeast.  He is proud to be a popular speaker with the New Jersey Council for the Humanities’ Horizons Speakers Bureau which is funding this program for the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood.  David has several film projects to his credit.  He portrayed George Washington in New Jersey Network’s “The Ten Crucial Days” and played the feature role of Sergeant Smith in “The Battle of bunker Hill.”

Everyone is invited to attend this warm but mostly chilling meeting (since it is close to Halloween).   The meeting is free and open to everyone. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the program.  The meeting starts at 8:00PM on Tuesday October 25th.  The meeting is held at the Scotch Hills Country Club located at Plainfield Avenue and Jerusalem Road in Scotch Plains.

For more information about this meeting please write to us.

Osborn Cannonball House Museum open for the 2016 Union County Four Centuries in a Weekend Historic Sites Tour

8 October 2016

As part of the Union County “Four Centuries in a Weekend” event, The Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood will be exhibiting its collection of vintage wedding attire. More than a dozen selections from its collection of vintage wedding dresses and accessories will be on display spanning the decades from the 19th century to the present.

The display may be viewed by the public on Saturday October 15th, 2016from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday, October 16th, 2016 from noon to 5pm at the historic Osborn Cannonball House at 1840 East Front Street in Scotch Plains, NJ.
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Meeting – September 27, 2016 – From Corsets to Calling Cards; Dress and Decorum in Victorian America

26 September 2016

What was the most popular petticoat color in the 1860s?  How does a lady sit on a chair in a hoop skirt?  Which clothing color was highly poisonous to the wearer?  Come to the opening monthly meeting of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood on Tuesday evening September 27th to learn the answers.  Laurie MacDonnell-Gaulke, an actress/storyteller will explore the nuances of Victorian manners and changing fashions in a delightful romp through the Victorian era in America.  Laurie creates historical portrayals of real women with real stories to tell.  Using primary sources whenever possible, she strives to present each character in a historically, culturally and socially accurate manner.

Laurie has a Master’s degree in cultural anthropology; her research skills and her talent as an actress and storyteller bring historical figures to life in an entertaining and educational way.  Participation in WWI re-enacting and vintage dancing along with an avid interest in period etiquette and manners give her the knowledge to ensure that her portrayals are believable as well as entertaining.

Laurie’s credits include performances at William Paterson University, Caldwell College, Military Through the Ages in Williamsburg, Virginia; local chapters of the NJ DAR, Belvidere Victorian Days, the Morris Museum, Fosterfields Living History Farm, statewide historical societies and Women’s Clubs.  During 1996-1997 she was artist in residence at The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum in Springfield, MA.

Everyone is invited to attend this delightful meeting where you are whisked back in time to the Victorian era and participate in an “etiquette academy” run by Miss Charlotte. The meeting is free and open to everyone. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the program.

The meeting starts at 8:00PM on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. The meeting is held at the Scotch Hills Country Club located at Plainfield Avenue and Jerusalem Road in Scotch Plains.

For more information about this meeting please write to us.

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