Horseshoe Crabs: A Fascinating Conservation Story

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

Doors open at 1:00; talk begins at 2:00

If you headed ‘down the Shore’ this summer, you may have noticed a few horseshoe crabs on the beach. These 300-million-year-old living fossils are so valuable that in the 1990s they became the center of competing interests among commercial fisheries, tourism officials, environmentalists, government agencies and pharmaceutical scientists.

New Jersey environmentalist Tedor Whitman of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary will tell us why all fought to determine the use and future of these animals. Fortunately, the fate of the horseshoe crab fell into the hands of a resourceful biological technician and a handful of determined citizens.

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October 20, 2019, 2:00 PM

Theodore Roosevelt Returns

Don’t miss Theodore Roosevelt’s resplendent return to Maplewood on Sunday, October 20, at 2:00 p.m. at Jefferson School sponsored by the Durand-Hedden House. Teddy once roamed the hills and meadows of our town as a boy exploring nature while visiting his Uncle Cornelius’s estate, now the Roosevelt Park section. Expertly played by historic interpreter Joe Wiegand, Theodore Roosevelt will come back to reconnect with Maplewood and vividly share stories of his life, family, and presidency.

Afterwards, light refreshments will be served at Durand-Hedden and there will be an opportunity to mingle with the exuberant 26th President of the U.S. The exhibit on the history of slavery in New Jersey will also be on view. The Country Store will be open until 5:00 p.m.


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