Disaster! Stories of Destruction and Death in 19th Century New Jersey

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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Next Event

October 17, 2021, 1:00 PM

The Forgotten Victory: The Battle of Springfield of 1780

Come to the Durand-Hedden House on Sunday, Oct. 17 to learn about the critical Revolutionary War battle of 1780 that was fought just down the road from here, in Vauxhall, the Short Hills, Springfield and Connecticut Farms (Union).

Historian John Kieser will bring to life this often-overlooked conflict, in which the New Jersey militia held off the British and prevented them from getting to Washington’s troops in Morristown.

House and Country Store open 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Presentation at 2:00 pm

Proof of vaccination and masks required.


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