A Very Victorian Christmas

13 October 2018

As part of the Union County “Four Centuries in a Weekend” event, join us in celebrating a Victorian Christmas. Learn why people decorate trees, sing carols, send cards, and exchange gifts. How and when did these activities become part of American culture? Many of these customs developed during the Victorian Age.

• Victorian feather tree surrounded by antique toys
• Mannequins dressed in their holiday best
• Enjoy carols played by Dave Bierman on an antique Victorian organ.
Everyone’s invited on Saturday October 20th from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday October 21st from noon to 5pm at 1840 East Front Street in Scotch Plains.





23 September 2018

Scotch Plains & Fanwood: What do we know of the life in the colonial times? The season opener of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains on Tuesday evening September 25, 2018 will be the platform for some of our historians to “show and tell” our Osborn Family and Cannonball museum’s recent acquisitions such as the reflector oven and the bed warmer.

Add your stuff. Bring your antiques, your pictures, your stories and memories to share. You can even try to stump us with unusual items.

This meeting of good cheer and fellowship is FREE and open to everyone. Feel free to bring guests. It starts at 7:30PM on Tuesday evening September 25th at the Shady Rest Scotch Hills Country Club at 820 Jerusalem Road (and corner of Plainfield Avenue) in Scotch Plains. Refreshments follow the meeting.

Meeting – May 22, 2018 – New Jersey: Pre & Post Revolution

17 May 2018

Scotch Plains & Fanwood: Have you ever thought about how New Jersey was created? Perhaps you’ve wondered about how East and West Jersey came to be? Or you’ve considered how life changed for landowners as the American Revolution intensified? The way the state developed before, during and after the revolution, including some of its distinctive features that still remain today, is fascinating. At the monthly meeting of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood on Tuesday evening May 22nd, these significant topics like New Jersey’s role in politics, transportation, trade and agricultural on the eve of the revolution will be explored.

Our teacher and guide for this interesting program will be Jonathan Mercantini. He is the Acting Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Associate Professor of History at Kean University where he has taught since 2007. He also serves as the Co-Director of the History Honors Program. He teaches a wide variety of courses: Colonial and Revolutionary America, Pirates in the Atlantic Work and the Civil War and Reconstruction to name just a few. Prior to his appointment at Kean he taught at the University of Miami and Canisius College. He has also taught at Princeton University. He earned his Ph.D. in American History from Emory University.

Professor Mercantini has numerous major publications. His most recent in 2017 is The Stamp Act of 1765. His current research projects include: Make History @ Kean: William Livingston’s World—an exploration of the 18th Century Atlantic World funded by a Humanities Initiatives Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2014 he worked with the New Jersey Historical Commission to plan activities for the 350th Anniversary of New Jersey. He received Emmy Nominations from the New York Region and the Mid-Atlantic Region for his work on It Happened Here—New Jersey a weekly series on NJ History topics featured on NJ Public TV and online.

This engaging meeting by a popular speaker is made possible by funding from the NJ Council for the Humanities. It is free and open to everyone. The meeting starts at 7:30PM on Tuesday May 22nd at Shady Rest of Scotch Hills Country Club on Plainfield Avenue & Jerusalem Road in Scotch Plains. Refreshments and fellowship follow the meeting.

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