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President's Letter
November 2023


Dear Durand-Hedden Association Members and Supporters,


As we enter 2024, we look forward to an exciting variety of programs throughout the winter and spring.

Many adults recall our Open Hearth Cooking program from their own childhoods, and we are pleased to welcome open hearth cooking expert Margaret Quinn once again, on Sunday, January 21. Be sure to check out the Edible Jersey article about this program.

In honor of Black History Month, we will present a program in conjunction with the South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race called Telling Our Stories, on February 11. At the beginning of January we will post an entry form on the website for those who would like to share their family history and lore. 

For Women's History Month, on March 3, we are honored to host NJ Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, who has served our community in so many ways throughout her career.   


Be sure to check the website for further details.

Each event is made more interesting and exciting by the people who work with us in researching and creating the exhibits (no experience necessary!), as well as visitors of all ages who come to enjoy them and to learn new, intriguing information about the history of our community. There are often activities for children, and the Country Store offers an array of unique gifts and books for everyone.


Please become a member or renew your membership online at Whether you are a new or continuing member, your contributions are critical in helping Durand-Hedden to develop interesting programming and to maintain the House and the collections at our Maplewood archive, the Robert H. Grasmere Local History Center.


If you want to share your time or talents as a volunteer, please write to us at


We look forward to seeing you!

Gail R. Safian

President, Durand-Hedden House Board of Trustees

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