June 9, 2019, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Juneteenth, an African American celebration marking the end of slavery in the United States, will be the focus of the June program at the Durand-Hedden House in collaboration with the South Orange Maplewood Community Coalition on Race. The afternoon will include dancers, storytelling, a quilt display, musicians, activities for families and children, Civil War Colored Troop reenactors, as well as information about New Jersey’s history of slavery, which continued up until the time of the Civil War, and about voter registration. The event, which takes place from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. is free and open to the public.
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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.