Meetings

Meeting – October 27, 2015 – FDR: An arsenal of democracy

13 October 2015

The date is December 29, 1940.  Franklin Delano Roosevelt has just been re-elected to an unprecedented third term in office.  But the world is in a crisis.  Nazi Germany has blazed the path of destruction across Europe, and America may soon be drawn into war.

Watch this famous moment come to life, as you meet with the President (portrayed by Neill Hartley) just prior to his delivery of the famous “Arsenal of Democracy” speech. Learn what President Roosevelt was thinking, and listen to his plea for the support of our Allies.  Experience first-hand the history that shaped our nation.

Franklin Delano RooseveltNeill Hartley is Franklin Delano in this fully staged historical presentation that will entertain and educate audiences   Following the presentation, there will be time for comments and questions from one of the most influential presidents of all time.

Actor, Director, Spokesperson and Teacher, Neill Hartley earned a Master of Fine Arts from Temple University in Acting and was a faculty member there 1989-2000.  Since 1994 he has been teaching Speech & Voice at the University of the Arts and is a speech and dialect coach for several professional theaters.  As an actor he has performed with Arden Theater, InterAct Theatre and the Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, among others.  Mr. Hartley won a Barrymore Award for Ensemble for 1812 Productions’ Batboy, The Musical.  Neill is also a busy director for theaters, which include Philadelphia Young Playwrights, University of the Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Arcadia University, Isis Productions, the Brick Theater, and the Luna Theater.  He is the Artistic Director of Acting Without Boundaries, which provides large-scale musical opportunities for physically disabled teens and young adults.  Neill also works in commercials, feature films and is a member of AFTRA/SAG/CORE.  Venues that have produced his one-man shows include the Tweeter Center, Academy of Music, Act II Playhouse, Walnut Street Theater Studio 3, Congress Hall, Smithsonian Institution and   the American Glider Council.  Now, thanks to funding by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Neill Hartley will preform as FDR for the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood at our October 27th meeting.

Come to this very special meeting that is open and free to everyone. Hear President Roosevelt plead, “We must be an arsenal of democracy.” This program is extremely timely given the situation with wars in the middle east, eastern Europe and events in the South China Sea as well as the greatest refugee crisis since World War II.

This monthly meeting of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains takes place Tuesday evening October 27th, 2015.  It will be held at the Fanwood Train Station on North and Martine Avenues in Fanwood, NJ. It begins at 8:00PM.  Fellowship and refreshments follow this program, which is produced by the American Historical Theatre and funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

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

Share

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.

Share

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!

Share
« Previous PageNext Page »