February 12, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
By every measure, superstorm Hurricane Sandy in 2012 was a disaster of epic proportions. The deadliest storm to strike the East Coast since Hurricane Diane in 1955, Sandy killed 37 people and caused more than $30 million in damages in 2012 in New Jersey alone. But earlier centuries had their own major catastrophes. Speaker Alan Siegel brings viewers face-to- face with many natural and human caused calamities between 1821 and 1906 ranging from train accidents to wild uncontrolled fires. He focuses on the bravest individuals in these stories, many forgotten acts of courage in the face of danger.
A lawyer practicing in Chatham, Alan Siegel has published numerous NJ history books, including Smile: A Picture History of Olympic Park, 1887-1965 and Beneath the Starry Flag: New Jersey’s Civil War Experience.
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April 30, 2017, 1:00 PM
Explore how cloth is made at this fun, interactive event. Spinning—twisting fiber like wool into useable thread or yarn—and weaving with the thread to create cloth—date back 1000’s of years. Watch a shearer collect wool by shearing the fleece of two woolly-coated visitors from Kafka Farms. Members of the Essex County Spinners Guild will demonstrate the craft of hand spinning to create yarn and weaving students from Columbia High School’s fiber program will show the basics of how thread is next woven together into cloth.