Newark, King of Jewelry: The Rise & Fall of a Great Industry 1850-1950

October 27, 2013, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Maplewood resident and Newark Museum curator Ulysses Dietz will speak on Newark’s emergence as the greatest center of fine gold jewelry production in the USA between 1830 and 1850. As the industry grew, up to the onset of the Great Depression, it developed into a complex network of businessmen, craftsmen and designers. James Madison Durand, who grew up in the Durand-Hedden House, became one of the city’s most successful jewelry manufacturers. Mr. Dietz’s talk, beginning at 1:30 pm, is based on an exhibition and book produced at the Newark Museum in 1997. The Museum has the most important collection of Newark-made jewelry and precious metal objects in the nation.

Please note that the location of this program has been moved to the Burgdorff Center, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood. The side door near the Community Room will open at 1:00 p.m., and the talk will begin at 1:30 p.m. Afterward light refreshments will be served and “The Glitter and The Gold” catalog and Country Store items will be available for sale.

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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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