Gingerbread House Contest, ‘Jolly Old St. Nick’ & Holiday Shopping

December 15, 2019, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Come one, come all to the Durand-Hedden House’s holiday event. View a merry medley of gingerbread houses, make a paper ornament, enjoy treats and shop at the Country Store. Kids, teens, families, scouts, adults and professionals are welcome. Interested in being a contestant? Enter by December 14. Children can also visit with our Victorian Santa on the 15th – be sure to have your camera ready. The creative entries of the Gingerbread House competition will be on display as well at the Hilton Library from December 17 through January 12, 2020.

Holiday shopping at the Durand-Hedden Country Store

The Country Store has special inexpensive gifts for family, friends and teachers, while benefiting the Durand-Hedden House. The historic-themed selection includes such items as early American children’s games and toys, facsimile documents, quill pens and ink, pictorial history books about Maplewood, historic cookbooks, cookie molds, tin lanterns, vintage views of local landmarks on wooden blocks, reproductive decorative items and ceramics, local honey and Original 1910 Chocolate Fudge Sauce. Also available are the original Doors of Maplewood poster, Smile: A Pictorial History of Olympic Park, 1887-1965 and the new acid-free reproduction of the charming 1931 Map of Maplewood.

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Next Event

May 17, 2020, 1:00 PM

Honoring the Hard-won Fight for Votes for Women

This year marks the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the U.S. Join us to see an exhibit on the 70-year struggle for woman’s suffrage in New Jersey and the nation. Learn about the many women, White and African American, who fought to make it happen. Meet NJ activist and suffragist Alice Paul (interpreted by Alisa Dupuy), and see a 1913 vintage suffragist’s dress. The League Women Voters will be on hand to talk about their work since 1920 to expand voter access.


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