June 5, 2016, 1:00 PM
The American Flag carries great meaning at this time, at home and throughout the world. The oldest and largest flag company in the United States, the Annin Flagmakers, which dates back to 1847, has its headquarters in Roseland, New Jersey. It is known for its custom hand sewn (versus printed) flags and not only produces the American flag, but those of the 50 States as well as of most of the countries overseas. At 2:00 p.m., in honor of Flag Day, Joe Vallone, the retired manager of the Annin plant in Verona, will speak on the histories of the American flag and the Annin Flagmakers and how the flag is produced. Flag Day (upcoming on June 14) is a commemoration of the adoption of the U.S. flag by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777. Mr. Vallone will give out flags and literature as part of his presentation on the 5th.
Visitors can also catch the exhibit, From Farm to Suburb: The Birth of College Hill, which explores the evolution of a section of Maplewood from a dairy farm to a popular neighborhood of 300 houses. Out in the carriage house the Country Store will be selling historic-themed treasures: early American children’s games, books and toys, facsimile documents, quill pens and ink, historic cook books, cookie molds, tin lanterns, reproduction decorative ceramics, vintage photos, hiking sticks and more. The hard- to-find original Doors of Maplewood poster and Smile, the history of Olympic Park, will also be available. At 4:15 p.m. there will be a brief Annual Meeting for Durand-Hedden House and Garden Association members.
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Slavery in New Jersey: A Troubled History is an illustrated 40-page book that traces the evolution of slavery in New Jersey, which began with Dutch settlement in the seventeenth century and continued through the end of the Civil War.