October 4, 2021
Speaker: Eric Nelsen, Historian, Author
Topic: “A Civil War Story of the Men and Their Families from Alpine who Served the Union – Part II"
The Harrington Park Historical Society is pleased to welcome back good friend and historian Eric Nelsen as their guest lecturer on Monday, October 4, 2021, 7:30 P.M. at the Harrington Park Library located at 10 Herring Street in Harrington Park. Mr. Nelsen’s lecture is entitled “A Civil War Story of the Men and Their Families from Alpine who Served the Union Part II.”
The American Civil War is the most studied and written about episode in United States history; there are books, articles, movies, courses, documentaries on the major and minor battles, the leaders of the time, the generals who conducted the war, the social upheavals in the north and the south, and so it goes. So what did the people of Alpine (as it was to become known) where the Palisades Interstate Park is located have to do with this well documented war?
Eric Nelsen, Director of the Kearney House, a 19th century tavern and homestead, located in the Park has been researching this question to enhance the knowledge base of this distinctive area to learn more about the men who volunteered to serve the Union in the Civil War. Eric describes this new program he has developed;
“I can honestly say this talk is unlike any I’ve worked on before, and I’m having a hard time coming up with a simple description, but here goes: I’ve been looking at the group of men who volunteered from Alpine (as it was to become known) to serve the Union in the Civil War. As my starting point, I’ve used the plaque the town would later place for them, which lists nine men. I’ve been able to put together biographical details for each, who they were before and after the war, and what their service consisted of. But I’ve also found at least half a dozen men who served from Alpine who are not on the plaque—including Charles Conklin, who grew up at the Kearney House, a grandson of Mrs. Kearney’s. In starting to piece together the stories of all these men, I’ve also begun to gain new insights into the unique community they hailed from—and the families they left behind.”
Mr. Nelsen’s talk is an ambitious project, which in his always thorough and engaging style will sure to delight, engage, and educate his audience. The Harrington Park Historical Society invites everyone to hear the second part of this maiden voyage of this presentation, given on October 4th at 7:30 P.M.
November 1, 2021
Speaker: Doc Bayne, Historian, Educator
Topic: "History of Iona Island”