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LINKS and RESOURCES
To members & friends of the Hackettstown Historical Society:
Back in February Linda Barth gave a presentation on her book, “The Garden State, Where Ideas Grow”. Her presentation was great. I actually got a call from a resident who attended explaining that she was so excited about all the things she learned from Ms. Barth that she was looking into starting an appreciation group to spread the word!
We spend a lot of time and effort getting good speakers for our free programs. Please try and come, they are the 1st Tuesday of the month from September though May at the American Legion 7:30 pm. Who knows, “it could change your life and ideas”.
Our float in the Memorial Day Parade was a hit. This boat was used at the annual Memorial Day services since the 1930s but had not been used since 2008. Kenneth Roehrich donated money that covered the cost of the signs and Greenway Florist donated the flowers used during the parade. Ray Lemasters assembled the float and donated the hardware and lumber to mount the signs. Brian Lemasters provided his trailer and allowed his car to be used to tow it in the parade. More about the boat in this newsletter.
Betsy Browder our treasurer and new trustee Cindy Cassini began accessioning, sorting and storing the textiles at the museum. A big job that for too many years was put on the back burner.
We are in the planning stages for a Lantern Tour of the Old Presbyterian Burial Ground in October. Please consider volunteering for/to help with this important fundraiser.
I am at the museum most Friday during the year, please stop in; I would love to meet you.
A quote I like to use is: “We have history at our house”
Gwen Chaar, President
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE REPORT
We currently have 70 members with 63 in good standing. (see note below)
warmly welcome new members Tanya
Friedman of Hackettstown, Caroline R. Helmuth of
Unless you are a life member, it’s time to renew your annual membership for 2017 if you haven't already done so. If unsure, please check with treasurer Betsy Browder. The levels are $5 for students; $20 for an individual; $35 for a couple/family; $200 for a single lifetime membership; $300 for a couple lifetime
membership. Dues are delinquent after March 15th.
is a renewal form included
with this newsletter to fill out and send with your check, made out to
Hackettstown Historical Society, and mailed to
We hope to see you at our terrific September meeting!
HAPPENINGS AT THE MUSEUM
Our Museum assistant Rich Mesaric, who was with us for a little over two years, has moved on to other employment. The good news is that we have a new assistant through the Pathstone program. Please join in welcoming Lenny Roche. He has been with us for about two months and is busy with archival work. Stop by for a visit and introduce yourself to Lenny.
We have recently received two interesting donations. A collection of factory photographs and literature from the Triumph Machinery Company was brought in by Douglas Heel, a former employee. This Hackettstown company produced mowing attachments for many different brands of tractors and road equipment.
Hackettstown resident donated an album
of photographs of signs from around
We call attention to two major feature displays that will remain in place until November. One is a timeline display of memorabilia and photographs associated with the history of Centenary University.The university is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Another event being marked this year is the 140th anniversary of the Cataract Hose Company No. 1 of the Hackettstown Fire Department. We have assembled an impressive display of Hackettstown Fire Department memorabilia in the Museum collection including a uniform, helmets, medals and more. Please stop by and view these exhibits.
VISIT US ON THE INTERNET
Historical Society news is currently being posted on the internet at:
Hackettstown Historical Society.blogspot.com
Be sure to visit us there.
NEWSLETTER EDITOR NEEDED
An editor is still needed to prepare this newsletter that has been resurrected after a hiatus. In the past it has been issued twice per year, summer and winter. It is not hard as items for the newsletter are typically supplied by the president and membership and archives committees and others who have contributions to make. Please let Ray Lemasters know if you can help.
THE MUSEUM STORE
The History of Hackettstown by Dr. Ernest Dalton.
Union Cemetery Headstone photos, Vol. 1
Hackettstown Postcard views, Vol. 1
Hackettstown Centennial photos
All CDs - $5.00 ($7.00 mailed)
of the beautiful Bailey &
Fowler aerial view of Hackettstown originally printed in 1883. These two map makers are
well known for
producing accurate and highly detailed maps of many
8 x 10 - $10.00
16 x 20 - $25.00
11 x 14 - $18.00
20 x 24 - $40.00
Arrangements can be made to mail these. The three larger ones would be rolled and in a tube. Inquire.
Vintage Hackettstown scenes.
Pack of four $5.00
There are a few vintage postcards available. They are priced individually.
A PIECE OF MEMORIAL DAY HISTORY
In the fall of 2015, a very interesting item relating to the observance of Memorial Day in Hackettstown was donated to the Museum. Some background about Memorial Day is in order before the story continues.
Memorial Day is
an American holiday,
observed each May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in
Decoration Day mourners honored the Civil
War dead by decorating their graves with flowers.
On the first Decoration Day, General James
Garfield made a speech at
first observance of Decoration Day in
Hackettstown took place in 1878 after an editorial in the Hackettstown
in 1877 lamented the fact that the graves of soldiers buried in area
were not being decorated with flowers.
After preparations were made in early 1878, those
place here on May 30, 1878. Heavy
prevented the march to
know as Memorial Day, the observance
honors all veterans who died in all wars and conflicts.
It became an official federal holiday in
1971. The annual
Memorial Day parade in
Hackettstown has become an institution with hundreds of participants
thousands of people lining the parade route from the Post Office to
artifact mentioned at the beginning
of this article is a modest home-made wooden boat about seven feet long. Sometime in the mid 1930s
Frank L. Tynan, a
Hackettstown resident, took it upon himself the construct this simple
boat. It was filled
each memorial day by
ladies who were members of the
The Tynan family donated this important piece of local history to the Hackettstown Historical Society. The Board of Trustees had wanted for some time to have a presence in the Memorial Day parade. The float pictured on a trailer, was part of the 149th parade held her on May 29, 2017.