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Countdown to America 250 – Dutch Church in Early America

by Bergen County Historical Society

New Bridge landing NJ, The Countdown to America250 continues tonight! We welcome James Hart Brumm as he speaks on

“Feuding in Dutch and Latin in an English Land.”

Please stop by the Von Steuben House and join us!

Tonight at 7:30 PM – 9 PM
Bergen County Historical Society
1201-5 Main St, River Edge, New Jersey 07661

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Bergen County Historical Society‎ Pinkster Fest – A Jersey Dutch Celebration of Spring

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New Bridge Landing NJ, Experience history in one of the storied places where it was made!

\Pinkster is celebrated with a Maypole Dance at 1:30 & 3:00 pm with a participation session during the country dances. Ridley and Anne Enslow are featured on fiddle and hammered dulcimer. In the outkitchen cooks will be naturally dyeing eggs for Pinkster and making oliebollen, Dutch Donuts. This event features fun children’s games. The 3 houses including the Steuben House a state-historic site and the barn are open for tours.

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Bergen County Historical Society : The Bergen Dutch, A Lasting Legacy

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New Bridge Landing NJ, Join the Bergen County Historical Society School of Interpretation Event!

The Bergen Dutch, A Lasting Legacy
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Steuben House, River Edge, NJ

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Bergen County Historical Society Promotes Preservation in all 72 Communities in Bergen County

H Gelfand, Bergen County Historical Society Historic Preservation Committee

Replying to “Anonymous arm chair Monday morning quarterback , who promotes overdevelopment and high density housing”:

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Bergen County Historical Society : The Water Crisis of 1876 ,Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Steuben House, River Edge, NJ

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New bridge landing NJ, Bergen County Historical Society is  hosting a lecture on : The Water Crisis of 1876 ,Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Steuben House, River Edge, NJ

Presented by Kevin Olsen

New Jersey has long depended on surface water for much of its potable water supplies. The 1876 Annual Report of the State Geologist features detailed discussions of the state’s water resources and provides valuable insights into what was then known about pure water and public health. By 1876 the links between pure water and health were well established but the underlying pathology was only dimly understood. In 1876 the New Jersey Geological Survey was forced to find ways of measuring the disease-causing potential of a water supply without actually knowing exactly how diseases were transmitted. This task was given special urgency because in the summer of 1876 a committee of the northern New Jersey mayors requested the aid of the State Geologist in identifying new sources of water supply. Searching for an alternative source of supply, Geological Survey chemists analyzed water samples from wells and rivers throughout the region. Based on these results the Geological Survey recommended the upper Passaic River basin as the new source of domestic water. The Geological Survey recommendations of 1876 lead directly to the construction of reservoirs in northern New Jersey. Today there are 13 major reservoirs in with a combined storage capacity of 76.2 billion gallons.

Kevin Olsen is the Instrumentation Specialist on the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department’s support staff at New Jersey’s Montclair State University. As an historian Kevin has published a number of papers related to chemical history and New Jersey’s maritime history.

The lecture takes place in the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ. No charge. Please join us for refreshments at the conclusion.

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Bergen County has 192 Sandstone Houses listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places

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New Bridge Landing NJ, Bergen County has 192 Sandstone Houses listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places as “Stone Houses of Bergen County, Thematic Resource.”

These houses really say “Bergen County”, this very distinctive building type is not known to be found anywhere else in the world. 
(Okay, there are examples in Rockland County)

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Governor Phil Murphy Puts Focus on Historic Preservation Tax Credit as Part of Incentives Reform Package

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PATERSON NJ, the Bergen County Historical Society says, “This could be a game changer when it comes to historic preservation in NJ. Saving historic structures that provide communities their identities makes sense.”

On a street lined with former silk mills, only blocks away from the Great Falls of Paterson, Governor Phil Murphy detailed a new historic preservation tax credit program as part of his vision for incentives reform. The Historic Preservation Tax Credit will serve to revitalize and fully realize the potential of New Jersey’s storied cities and towns.

“50 Spruce Street is one of hundreds, if not thousands of similar buildings in our state that have vast unfulfilled potential and can be restored to their former glory and repurposed for modern day use,” said Governor Murphy. “Historic preservation tax credits have helped other states preserve and utilize their historic buildings. These beautiful structures are often hidden in plain sight and are waiting for the right investor. We are here to help with that.”

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Coldest Winter During the American Revolution

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Ridgewood NJ, from the Bergen County Historical Society :
As the cold weather breaks, a look back to one of the coldest winters during the Revolution, the winter of 1780.

1 February 1780. The coldest winter in human memory, something we can relate to this year, continued in Bergen County. Loyalist spies continue their detailed observations on the surrounding countryside, both to avoid surprise in New York City, and to look for opportunities for the British to strike at Washington’s isolated outposts, such as the one in Paramus…

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Bergen County Historical Society Presents Sinterklaas Day!

photo The Feast of St. Nicholas by Jan Steen 1665

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River Edge NJ, Enjoy Jersey Dutch holiday treats, refreshments and a visit with Sinter Klaas in the restored tavern in Campbell-Christie House, 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661 from 1 to 4:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 2, 2018. See open-hearth cooking in authentic Jersey Dutch Out Kitchen.

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UPDATE: Bergen County Historical Society Retreat Weekend, today, from 12 pm to 4

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New Bridge Landing NJ, from the Bergen County Historical Society , Good morning Bergen County! The snow is gone and Historic New Bridge Landing will be open today November 18, Sunday, from 12-4 pm as we bring to life one of the important stories that occurred on this hallowed ground.

On November 20th, 1776, five thousand British, Hessian and Loyalist troops, under command of Lt. Gen. Lord Cornwallis, scaled the Palisades at Lower Closter Dock and marched against Fort Lee. Warned by an alert officer, the American garrison escaped entrapment by safely crossing the Hackensack River at New Bridge, now known as the Bridge That Saved a Nation, and lived to fight another day.

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