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Reader says we “need to be proactive rather than reactive ” in Historic Preservation

photo 11th of May 1647 – Peter Stuyvesant arrives in New Amsterdam

” Anyone who had $275k to purchase and was willing to shell out over $10k in taxes a year could have had this house. It’s been for sale for over a decade until a sheriff’s sale. Why didn’t the BCHS step in before it was falling apart? If they care about the historic homes, they need to be proactive rather than reactive and fight before the new, legal owner(s) buys one of these properties. “

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Historic Van Zile House on Midland Park / Wyckoff Border Leveled

May 11th, 1647 – Peter Stuyvesant arrives in New Amsterdam to replace Willem Kieft as Director-General of New Netherland, the Dutch colonial settlement in present-day New York City.

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Midland Park NJ, according the Bergen County Historical Society , stone houses of Bergen County, an endangered species with no protection? .

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400th Anniversary Commemorating the First Documented Arrival of Africans in Colonial America

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New Bridge Landing NJ, August 2019 marks the 400-year anniversary of the documented arrival of the first Africans arriving in colonial English America. Dr. Evelyn McDowell and Camile Amadio will discuss one of the women captives, Angela, and lead into a presentation about women, quilting, and slavery. We will briefly review the history of early colonial quilting and discuss the significance of quilting in the African-American community. We will end our talk with a discussion of the 400-year Commemoration Quilt Project currently underway and sponsored by Sons & Daughters of the United States Middle Passage. We will leave time for a hands-on demonstration of the block used for the commemorative quilting project. The talk begins at 1:30 pm in the Steuben House. The whole museum site is open for tours.

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