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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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.