Genealogy: It’s Not a Tree or a Chart – It’s a Story!

May 19, 2019, 2:00 - 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.

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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