February 11, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Are you one of our community’s many “house-proud” residents curious about their home’s past? This February nationally known Land title expert and educator Joe Grabas will share tips on the variety of ways to research a house’s history. Techniques range from architectural and archaeological analysis, to newspapers, census and genealogical records, wills, inventories, dendrochronology, liens, obscure sources, such as tavern records, coroner’s reports, bankruptcies, etc. The basics of a house’s story starts with the investigation of county land records to establish what is called the chain of title. Once this is done, homeowners can embark upon other avenues of research. This lively 2:00 p.m. talk will include a Q & A session.
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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.