June 19, 2022, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
The Durand Hedden House & Garden Association and the South Orange Maplewood Community Coalition on Race will once again co-host Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom at Durand-Hedden House & Garden and the surrounding Grasmere Park on Sunday, June 19, from 1pm to 5pm.
Activities will take place primarily outdoors and will include several well-known African-American historical reenactors, including Daniel Carlton, Teretha Jones, and Daisy Century. Face painting, games, storytelling, and crafts will be offered for children. Attendees will enjoy outdoor musical performances. A local chef, artisans, and booksellers will offer items for purchase.
Visitors can view the exhibit, Slavery in New Jersey: A Troubled History, which provides historical context for Juneteenth and the history of enslaved people in New Jersey. The book based on the exhibit, written by Durand-Hedden President Gail R. Safian and designed by John Branigan, earned the Kevin M. Hale Publications Award from the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey. The book was also chosen by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation as the basis for its curriculum section on slavery in New Jersey, part of a larger curriculum it developed for middle and high school students on African American history.
Admission to the program as well as to the house and exhibit is free; donations welcome. Registration is required.
March 13, 2022, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Join Durand-Hedden on Sunday, March 13, at 2pm for an engaging and informative opportunity to hear the stories of Sojourner Truth, Suffragist and Abolitionist, as interpreted by Dr. Daisy Century. The event will take place at The Woodland, 60 Woodland Rd in Maplewood. Doors open at 1pm.
November 14, 2021, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
From 1777 to 1912, the American flag had no standard design. At 2 pm, J. Richard Pierce will help Durand-Hedden House visitors understand how the evolution of the flag’s design illuminates the personal and historical stories of our nation. Proof of vaccination and masks required for everyone’s safety.
November 11, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Durand-Hedden will observe the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice of World War I with an expanded exhibit on the newly rediscovered stories of the eight young men who lost their lives and for whom there is a memorial in Memorial Park, the efforts at the home front, and how the use of propaganda, including posters by nationally known artists, promoted patriotism. Reenactors will provide opportunities to learn about the lives of soldiers in the Great War, hear music of the period played by an authentically attired drum and bugle corps, and be persuaded by actress Theda Bara to buy war bonds.
September 30, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Learn how plants played a role in the outcome of the Civil War - on the battlefield and the homefront in both the North and the South. Audiences are often surprised to see how many "Civil War" plants they are already growing, and the haunting historic images create a compelling tale of interest to history lovers as well as gardeners.
November 19, 2017, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Durand-Hedden will observe the centennial year of America’s involvement in World War I with an exhibit on the newly rediscovered stories of the eight young men who lost their lives and for whom there is a memorial in Memorial Park and opportunities to learn about the lives of soldiers in the Great War, hear music of the period played by an authentically attired drum and bugle corps, and be persuaded by actress Theda Bara to buy war bonds. Young visitors will be able to participate in interactive activities such as creating their own persuasive patriotic propaganda for the war and making red paper poppies which symbolize remembrance.
March 5, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Inspiring actress and educator, Dr. Daisy Century of the American Historical Theater, will vividly portray Harriet Tubman, the well-known escaped slave, American abolitionist, humanitarian, and armed Union scout and spy during the Civil War. Tubman was a remarkable woman who found freedom for herself and then made sure others were brought to freedom.
Jefferson School, 518 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood
May 15, 2016, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Back by popular demand, the Third New Jersey Regiment re-enactment group returns to Grasmere Park surrounding the Durand-Hedden house to set up a living history camp for visitors. The well-known reenactors will accurately demonstrate 18th century military and civilian life activities include tent building, military drills, musket firing, natural dyeing, and weaving. They will also offer the opportunity to examine military and domestic accoutrements and equipment.
March 20, 2016, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Did you ever wish you had known Eleanor Roosevelt? You will swear you have this day as Rene Goodwin of the American Historical Theater portrays Mrs. Roosevelt during the years before her husband Franklin becomes President. In the Public sphere Eleanor Roosevelt exuded a zest for life and carved out a career and reputation as First Lady by championing the equality of people of all nations. Through her efforts the world began to look anew at human rights.
The performance will take place at The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road.
October 25, 2015, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Rich in history and wide in appeal, the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers will perform traditional American Indian dance and music from tribal groups found throughout the United States.
May 3, 2015, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Did you know that a key event of the American Revolution happened right on the doorstep of Maplewood/South Orange? In fact the Battle of Springfield in 1780 is seen by many as a turning point in the War for Independence. To see some of the nearby battle-related sites yourself, put on your walking shoes and join Durand-Hedden for a moderately paced 1-mile “history hike”.
At a time when America is beginning to realize that it lags far behind many other countries in electing women to positions of political leadership, it is appropriate to consider the long, dark history of women’s suffrage in our nation.
The 6th Regiment U.S. Colored Troop was organized near Philadelphia in 1863. Fifty-two of the 1,272 members of the 6th Regiment were born in New Jersey. The regiment took part in crucial engagements in Petersburg and Richmond, but its greatest battle was at New Market Heights.
The year 2003 marked the 100th anniversary of three of the best-known makes of automobiles in the United States: Cadillac, Buick and Ford.
October 20, 2019, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Don’t miss Theodore Roosevelt’s resplendent return to Maplewood on Sunday, October 20, at 2:00 p.m. at Jefferson School sponsored by the Durand-Hedden House. Teddy once roamed the hills and meadows of our town as a boy exploring nature while visiting his Uncle Cornelius’s estate, now the Roosevelt Park section. Expertly played by historic interpreter Joe Wiegand, Theodore Roosevelt will come back to reconnect with Maplewood and vividly share stories of his life, family, and presidency.
Afterwards, light refreshments will be served at Durand-Hedden and there will be an opportunity to mingle with the exuberant 26th President of the U.S. The exhibit on the history of slavery in New Jersey will also be on view. The Country Store will be open until 5:00 p.m.
May 5, 2013, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Gain fascinating new insights into Thomas Jefferson, both the man and the politician at this presentation by local resident Jan Lewis, one of the country’s foremost Jeffersonian scholars.
February 24, 2013, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
On March 31, 1870, Perth Amboy resident Thomas Mundy Peterson dropped a ballot into a box. It was a simple action that took, perhaps, all of a second or two. Yet, in that moment, Peterson made history as the first African-American to vote under the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
March 9, 2008, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
This lecture and slide demonstration uses humorous and not so humorous picture postcards and memorabilia to offer insight into how American woman were regarded as the struggled to win the right to vote.
November 19, 2006, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Historian Charles McSorley will will present a slide talk on
March 13, 2011, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Maplewood author, former journalist and director of the John Kean Center for American History at Kean University, Terry Golway will introduce this exhibit, which features reproductions of some of the most famous headlines in American journalism history, some as old as 1789 and others as recent as 2008.
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.