Events

MEMORIAL DAY and Its Origins in the Civil War

14 May 2019

Scotch Plains & Fanwood:

Do you know when Memorial Day became a National Holiday? Do you know who proposed May 30 as the day to celebrate or memorialize soldiers? What was the difference between the North (Union States) and the South Confederate States? What is the significance of Waterloo, NY? If you know the answers to these and other questions on the Holiday you will do well on the quiz to be given at the monthly meeting of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood on Tuesday evening May 28th. Afterwards we encourage people to talk about their memories of Memorial Day parades and celebrations as well as family members who served in the military. Pictures are encouraged.

This program takes place on Tuesday evening May 28th beginning at 7:30PM, at the Shady Rest Scotch Hills Country Club located at 820 Jerusalem Road (and corner of Plainfield Avenue) in Scotch Plains. It is free and open to all. Please bring your family and friends. Fellowship and refreshments follow the meeting.

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The Great Depression

21 April 2019

Please mark your calendars for our April monthly meeting on Tuesday evening April 23rd.

Last month one of our high school members presented an incredible program on World War II. And this month another of our high school members will be presenting another incredible program on the Great Depression. Michael Cao will focus on the relief efforts as well as giving an overview of the impact of the Depression.

Prohibition overlapped the Depression so we are staging our meeting room as a Speakeasy. Feel free to come in Gatsby-style clothing….or your old clothes/hobo outfit.

Date: Tuesday evening April 23rd
Time: 7:30PM
Place: Shady Rest at Scotch Hills Country Club

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During WWII In Scotch Plains and Fanwood

13 March 2019

Scotch Plains & Fanwood:

Who can remember the Vera Lynn song:

We’ll meet again
Don’t know where
Don’t know when
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day
Keep smiling through
Just like you always do
‘Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away

If you can’t remember this song which lifted the spirits of the English, no doubt your grandparents or maybe your parents can. This song was popular in England in the dark days of the Battle of Britain.

Against this background, a history buff whose grandparents’ generation would have experienced WWII will be giving a general overview of the war and its effects on American society at the monthly meeting of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood on Tuesday evening March 26th. He has collected the thoughts of townspeople who survived it, having gleamed a lot of information from personal interviews. Ryan Theis is our young history buff. He has resided all his life in Scotch Plains and currently attends Oratory Prep School in Summit. He has been a member of the Historical Society since 2017.

This fascinating program takes place on Tuesday evening March 26th, beginning at 7:30PM, at the Shady Rest Scotch Hills Country Club located at 820 Jerusalem Road (and corner of Plainfield Avenue) in Scotch Plains. It is free and open to all. Please bring your family and friends. Fellowship and refreshments follow the meeting.

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