Wash Day Blues

November 16, 2008, 1:00 PM

Speaker Jane Chrysostom, an expert in woman’s pioneer history, will “edutain” visitors in the once essential, now bygone skill of making soap for clothes washing and bathing will describe the fabled beginnings of soap and demonstrate the original process of soap making using a 100-year-old recipe. The public will see the steps of the process of combining natural rendered animal fat with other ingredients to create the chemical reaction called saponification. Ramon Green from Maplewood will be exhibiting samples from his collection of 19th c. irons, tubs and other washday accessories.

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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.

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