Personalities

Meet Eleanor Roosevelt: The Early Years

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.

Theodore Roosevelt Returns

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.

Nancy Drew, Who Knew? The Maplewood Connection

March 18, 2012, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

No, the long running, mega popular girl detective book series that has inspired countless women over the decades, including Hillary Clinton and Sandra Day O’Connor, did not take place in a town called Maplewood (though it very well could have.) But Harriet Adams, the daughter of entrepreneur Edward Stratemayer who created the character Nancy, as well as those of other juvenile adventurers such as the Hardy Boys, happily made her home on North Terrace for over 60 years.

Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie Londonberry’s Extraordinary Ride

March 22, 2009, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Author Peter Zheutlin vividly retells the story behind his popular book about his audacious great-grand-aunt who became part of what a newspaper called

Teddy Roosevelt’s Life and Times and His Ties to Maplewood

November 19, 2006, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Historian Charles McSorley will will present a slide talk on

Next Event

December 15, 2019, 1:00 PM

Gingerbread House Contest, ‘Jolly Old St. Nick’ & Holiday Shopping

Come one, come all to the Durand-Hedden House’s holiday event. View a merry medley of gingerbread houses, make a paper ornament, enjoy treats and shop at the Country Store. Kids, teens, families, scouts, adults and professionals are welcome. Interested in being a contestant? Enter by December 14. Children can also visit with our Victorian Santa on the 15th – be sure to have your camera ready.


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