October 21, 2018, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
As an industrial state, NJ is no stranger to industrial toxins. In recent decades, we have been home to over 140 Superfund cleanup sites administered by the Environmental Protection Agency. Historically, three NJ industrial toxins-–-mercury, radium, and asbestos-–-have their own harrowing stories to tell.
May 6, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
A fascinating field trip into the past. Over the centuries many families in our community have chosen this venerable cemetery as their final place of rest. It consists of 92 picturesque acres in Montclair, Orange and West Orange. We will learn about Rosedale’s history and some of its nationally known occupants such as Governor Charles Edison, painter George Inness, architect Charles F. McKim, champion bicyclist Frank Kramer and industrialist Samuel Colgate.
November 15, 2015, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
As the City of Newark prepares to celebrate its 350th Anniversary in 2016, join us for a presentation by Elizabeth Del Tufo, President of the Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee and one of Newark’s best-known civic activists and ambassadors. As the nation's third oldest city, much of America’s history can be seen in the streets of Newark from its founding through the years of immigration and migration, industry and commerce, the unrest of the 60's to its present role as it readies to take its place as a destination city, proud of its rich history and promising future.
June 7, 2015, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
How unforgettable - the pleasures of savoring a peach ice cream sundae on a summer day at Gruning’s ice cream parlor in South Orange Village or sharing a deluxe chocolate ice cream soda with a friend at The Top in Maplewood after school. Did you have a favorite Gruning’s treat? Visit Durand-Hedden for a relaxed afternoon of fun recalling these adored institutions that were a center of social life and enjoyment for the two towns.
May 18, 2014, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
These ideas grew right here in New Jeresy: the phonograph, the light bulb, patent leather, malleable iron, steam locomotives, Hilton Strawberries, the very first drive-in theater, the first cultivated blueberry, ice cream cones, M&Ms, Bubble Wrap, the boardwalk, the Band-Aid, and even professional baseball itself. At 2pm author Linda Barth will be our guide as we present The Garden State: Where Ideas Grow and explore ground-breaking, useful, fun, and even silly inventions and their New Jersey roots. We will also celebrate our state’s 350th anniversary with a birthday cake.
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.
The earliest residents of the Maplewood-South Orange area were The Lenapes -- Native Americans who once populated Mid-Atlantic coast from New York Bay to Delaware Bay.
The Revolutionary War Battle of Springfield, in June 1780, took place little more than a stone's throw from Maplewood's borders. Although it has been little noticed by historians, it was a crucial turning point of the War for Independence.
February 11, 2007, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Long before the police station and fire department were located beside Memorial Park following Maplewood's incorporation, the area had been the site of farms and a variety of mills, including the Phoenix Paper Mill.
November 19, 2006, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Historian Charles McSorley will will present a slide talk on
October 29, 2006, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Find out the story of Maplewood's renowned apples and cider mills. The Crowell Cider Mill is the most well known. It stood near the current site of Columbia High School and was a popular institution for one hundred years.
April 10, 2011, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
The familiar park with the awesome views to the east on the mountain above Maplewood and nearby towns has far more interesting origins than most hikers and dog-walkers realize.
November 18, 2007, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
The Watchung Mountains, a part of which loom above Maplewood and South Orange as South Mountain Reservation, have played an important part in both political and art history over the past three centuries.
October 17, 2021, 1:00 PM
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.