May 6, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
A fascinating field trip into the past. Over the centuries many families in our community have chosen this venerable cemetery as their final place of rest. It consists of 92 picturesque acres in Montclair, Orange and West Orange. We will learn about Rosedale’s history and some of its nationally known occupants such as Governor Charles Edison, painter George Inness, architect Charles F. McKim, champion bicyclist Frank Kramer and industrialist Samuel Colgate. Not to be missed on the tour will be more locally known celebrities such as Nelson Crawford Durand, a collaborator with Thomas Edison on the light bulb, and grandson of Henry Durand, Edward C. Balch, the developer fondly known as “The Father of Maplewood”, and Edward Arcularius, the township clerk in the 1920s and street namesake.
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September 30, 2018, 1:00 PM
Learn how plants played a role in the outcome of the Civil War - on the battlefield and the homefront in both the North and the South. Audiences are often surprised to see how many "Civil War" plants they are already growing, and the haunting historic images create a compelling tale of interest to history lovers as well as gardeners.