Historic Cold Spring Village will be hosting its annual free spring lecture series, which will kick off Wednesday March 24th at 7pm. The series is held on four consecutive Wednesdays, running until April 14th. Each presentation is held in the Village Welcome Center, unless otherwise noted. Although the Village’s 26 restored historic buildings will not re-open until late May, the grounds will be open for the public to roam. The Spring Lecture series is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission.
Wednesday, March 24th – Women’s Work in Cape May County During the Age of Homespun. Educator Nicola DeSanctis, MA, will examine the important place women held in a family of the early 19th century. Women played a vital role in helping to run a farm home. While men and boys toiled in the fields, a wife and her daughters engaged in a variety of tasks. These tasks where labor-intensive, occasionally dangerous, but always necessary.
Wednesday, March 31st – There’s More to New Jersey than The Sopranos. Dr. Marc Mappen, Executive Director of the NJ Historical Commission, will present his lively new book. Dr. Mappen will look at historic events and incredible personalities that have made New Jersey a major force in entertainment, invention and commerce. The books is filled with hilarious anecdotes and little-known Jerseyana facts and curiosities.
Wednesday, April 7th – The First Resort: Cape May, America’s Original Seaside Town. *Please note, this lecture will be held at Price Hall at Cold Spring Presbyterian Church, 780 Seashore Rd, Cape May. Author Ben Miller regails the story of the City of Cape May. A tale of boom and bust, success and failure, and war and peace. The book, published in commemoration of Cape May’s 400th Anniversary in 2009, will come to life as Miller presents the story.
Wednesday, April 14th – Early American Lighting. Daniel Mattausch, Curator of Lighting at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, will discuss how our ancestors of two centuries ago lit their homes, which consisted of far more than candles! Mr. Mattausch will bring several original examples of Early American lamps and lanterns from the Smithsonian’s collection and explore their history and use.
Jim Stephens, Deputy Director-Education & Interpretation
Historic Cold Spring Village
720 Route 9
Cape May, NJ 08204
(609) 898-2300, ext. 17 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://www.hcsv.org
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