All Lectures Are Held at the Harrington Park Library, 10 Herring Street, Harrington Park, New Jersey 07640 7:30 P.M. - 2nd Floor
All are welcome!
"The Art of Today - The History of Tomorrow!"
A Legacy Project of the HPHS for the 350th Anniversary of the
State of New Jersey
To increase the interest of our community in the arts, to assist all who wish to make an artistic contribution, and to bring the artist and the community-at-large together in a mutually beneficial relationship. To develop, promote, and coordinate the arts at the community level as an expression of Harrington Park’s talents, needs, resources, and aspirations under the auspices of the Harrington Park Historical Society.
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We hope you will join us for our ten lecture series on various history subjects that range from local to the far away on interesting historical topics. We meet the first Monday of every month, except July and August, in the Harrington Park Public Library, 2nd floor, at 7:30 P.M.
Typically our meetings include a top notch speaker, question and answer segment, followed by a reception where you can greet our guest and enjoy some refreshment. Our lecture series is open to everyone and we do not charge a fee to attend.
In addition to our lectures the Society maintains and preserves two historic cemeteries in Harrington Park, namely; the Perry Cemetery, and the Old Burying Ground. The Perry Cemetery is a small family burial ground located on what was the farm of David Perry (1809-1871). The Old Burying Ground cemetery is part of the land apportioned to Garret Huybertsen Blauvelt, son of one of the original sixteen grantees of the Tappan Patent approved by the Governor of New York in 1686. Although there are believed to be earlier ones, the first known burial was in 1722 and the last in 1905.
The Harrington Park Historical Society is pleased to announce Mr. Gordon Bond, author, historian, and founder of Garden State Legacies will be their guest lecturer on March 6, 2017. Mr. Bond’s presentation entitled “My Patron: The Friendship of Benjamin Franklin and James Parker” will begin at 7:30 P.M. in the Harrington Park Library located at 10 Herring Street in Harrington Park.
This talk explores what many historians have called probably Franklin’s most important partnership outside Philadelphia, and how it grew into a lifelong friendship between the two men and their families.
When a teenaged James Parker ran away from his apprenticeship with New York printer William Bradford, he ended up in Philadelphia, where he found work in the print shop of Benjamin Franklin. It was the start of a lifelong relationship. Franklin would bankroll Parker’s print shops, secure for him government positions, and even help him avoid a jail cell. Parker referred to Franklin as “my Patron.”
Born in Woodbridge, New Jersey, Parker would play an important role in New York in the sociopolitical evolution of the press in the fraught years leading up to the American Revolution. He established New Jersey’s first permanent print shop and (at Franklin’s behest) Connecticut’s first newspaper.
“My Patron” explores Parker’s career and the sometimes complicated relationship between the men and their families set against the backdrop of a brewing revolution.
All lectures are free and open to the public, and the Society welcomes everyone to attend. After a Q & A a reception will follow. For more information about the Society’s activities, please contact Gerri Gibney at 201 768-2615.
Photo by Dr. Davis Ross
March 30, 2017 - 7:00 P.M.
The Arts Council of Harrington Park presents “Guitars of the Americas” featuring: Tomas Rodriguez with Enrique Lopez (guitar, tres) and guest artist Manuel Alejandro Carro (percussion).
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 31 Lynn Street, Harrington Park, New Jersey. Street. Free - Light reception will follow, including a mix and mingle with the artists.
April 3, 2017 - 7:30 P.M.
Speaker: Dr. Jude Pfister, Chief of Cultural Resources, Morristown National Historical Park, Author, Historian
Topic: “Becoming George: The George Washington Manuscript Collection at Morristown National Historic Park”
April 29, 2017 – Special Event – “Heritage Weekend”
Saturday – “History Day” 10:00 A.M. – Noon. - Boro Hall - An Exhibition of Town History. Society Collects Artifacts and Papers. Sunday activities planned.
Special Exhibit: "Harrington Park and Its Neighbors in WW1"
Upcoming Lectures and Activities
March 6, 2017
"My Patron: The Friendship of Benjamin Franklin and James Parker"
Gordon Bond is the ePublisher of www.GardenStateLegacy.com, a free quarterly online magazine dedicated to New Jersey history. As an independent historian and author, he has written many New Jersey related articles and four books, including; James Parker: A Printer on the Eve of Revolution (Garden State Legacy, 2010) and North Jersey Footnotes: Tangential Tales from Garden State History. He is presently working on a book about the 1951 Woodbridge, New Jersey train wreck. Other areas of research include New Jersey’s folk grave marker traditions and leading a team proposing an archeological exploration of the Thomas Mundy Peterson house site in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.
A proud native of the Garden State, Mr. Bond lives with his wife, Stephanie M. Hoagland and their two cats in Union Township, New Jersey. He also runs his own freelance graphic designs business, Gordon Bond Designs.