Reception for the Aaron & Harriet Osborn Portraits – Sunday, June 3, 2012, 1PM

25 May 2012

The portraits of Aaron and Harriet Osborn were passed down to Professor Bradner W. Coursen 25 years ago.  He wondered who they were.  In researching his family tree he discovered he was a direct descendent of Aaron Osborn.  Aaron’s grandparents, John & Abigail Osborn (who built the home that is now our museum), lived next door to Aaron. He married Harriet Manning in 1810.  They had 8 children in their brief 17 years of marriage (he died in 1827, she in 1828).  Aaron was the third Postmaster in Plainfield, NJ.

Please join us for the unveiling, and the reception for the Coursen family, at the Osborn-Cannonball Museum located at 1840 E. Front Street in Scotch Plains.  The reception starts at 1:00PM.

The portraits, graciously donated to the museum by the Coursen family, will be unveiled by Aaron and Harriet Osborn’s descendants, two of Professor Bradner W. Coursen’s sons.  Punch and light refreshments fitting of the period of the portraits creation will be served.

The two portraits were painted by the well-known artist Micah Williams. His portraits post-date the War of 1812.  Micah made his own pastel pigments and backed many of his portraits with layers of newspapers.  Both portraits, oil on canvas, are fragile and currently only in fair condition. They require a costly restoration.  Donations are currently being sought for this project.

Please join us in welcoming home Aaron and Harriet Osborn.


Osborn-Cannonball House Museum Open House – Sunday, May 6, 2012 2PM-4PM

26 April 2012

Please join us on Sunday, May 6, 2012, from 2PM to 4PM, at the Osborn-Cannonball House Museum.

A program of dolls dressed in fashions from multiple eras will be featured.  Costumed docents will be on hand to explain the history and origin of the fashions, and in general, about the museum.

The event is open to the public, and there is no charge for admission.


April proclaimed “Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood Month” in the Borough of Fanwood

2 April 2012

At the March, 2012 council meeting in the Borough of Fanwood, Mayor Colleen Mahr, proclaimed April, “Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood” Month in the Borough of Fanwood.

Fanwood Council poses with costumed historical society members

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