Hermitage History Roundtable
The Hermitage History Roundtable on local and New Jersey history meets at the Hermitage Education & Conference Center at 7:30
pm the last Wednesday of each month from September to May (except
December and unless noted otherwise). The group includes local historians, professors and teachers, and others interested in discussing history. The presentations are most often by people doing research and testing it out with the group and inviting feedback. Members of the group are encouraged to do and present research, but those who are interested in just hearing the presentations and the discussions are also welcome. There is no cost, and professional development credit is available to teachers who lead roundtable discussions.
Hermitage Roundtable - Winter/Spring 2015 Programs
Jan 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm.
Presenter: Kevin Wright
1609: A Country that was Never Lost
Wright reconstructs the native world that Henry Hudson encountered during his fateful voyage of 1609. In so doing, he dispels the fog of nineteenth and twentieth century myths to rediscover the North Americans of the Middle Atlantic Coast. Describing their original homelands and culture in great detail, he brings the panorama of culturally diverse native societies to life.
Feb 25, 2015 at 7:30 pm.
Presenter: Carol Lafond
Knitting For the Cause: WWI Efforts on the Home Front
During the War to End all Wars, men, women, and children picked up knitting needles to provide support to the boys in Europe and for those stationed at home. Knitting groups formed in male college dormitories, in businesses, and in homes throughout New Jersey. Using yarn donated by the Red Cross these groups made the socks, sweater vests, balaclavas and wristlets that were needed for our men in uniform. These small groups sent hundreds of thousands of knitted garments to our fighting forces. Carol displays an example of each of the four items that were the standard patterns provided with the yarn.
March 25, 2015 at 7:30 pm.
Presenter: Todd Braisted
Bergen County in the American Revolution
The American Revolution was fought extensively in Bergen County. From 1776 to 1783, conflict raged from Ramapo to Bergen Point, Moonachie to Closter, and all point in between. Much has been written on the subject, but for as much as you may know, you may not know all of the story. Todd W. Braisted discusses Bergen's war and some little known real facts on the county's revolutionary past. Copies of his latest book, Bergen County Voices from the American Revolution will be available for purchase.
April 29, 2015, 7:30 pm.
Presenters: Carol and Dick Greene
Fred Wehran: High-Flying Pioneer and Entrepreneur
Born in 1899, Fred Wehran lost two fortunes, before finally finding permanent success in the 1940s in the building and operating of Teterboro Airport, which grew into the "busiest privately-owned air freight terminal in the US." Passionate about aviation, he flew for 65 years beginning with early Sopwith Camels and Jennies and ending with a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter. After the airport, he went on to develop Sheppard Lake in Ringwood, Darlington Lakes Country Club (now Darlington County Park) in the 1950s, and 10,000 acres of parkland in Bergen and Passaic Counties. In between, there were other ventures and many civic activities in Mahwah, where he lived with his family at Sun Valley Farm.
May 27, 2015, 7:30 pm.
Presenter: Ree Hopper
Bergen County Diaries and the Women Who Wrote Them, 1829-1891
Martha Ann and Adaline Zabriskie, Charity Ackerman, Maria Ferdon, Elizabeth Ann Campbell, and Lavinia Hopper Dater recorded their own lives and that of their communities and their times.