May 19, 2019, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Researching your family history and authenticating names, dates and places is only the starting point to rediscovering your ancestors. Join genealogist and author Maureen Wlodarczyk at 2:00 p.m. to learn how to take a family tree chart and layer on historical context (social, economic, religious, military and other aspects) of the times in which your ancestors lived in order to give dimension to their lives, struggles and experiences. Maureen uses her own NJ Irish family in her Power Point talk to illustrate how adding “flesh” to our ancestral “skeleton” brings our forebears alive. She will provide handouts and welcome questions.
April 28, 2019, 1:00 PM
The Essex County Hand Spinners Guild will demonstrate the magical art of spinning fibers into yarn on hand spindles and spinning wheels, some antique or traditional in appearance, and some contemporary that have a modern look. Weavers will also demonstrate how cloth is made on a variety of looms. Visitors will also be invited to try their hands at spinning and weaving.