News & Events - JT Historical Society

 

Current Activities

Previous Activities

 

 

Current Activities

General Membership Meeting
June 9, 7:30pm
Riker Room in the Jefferson Township Library
New Members Welcome


 

Previous Activities

 

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING
There will be a Society meeting Thursday, November 12 at
Camp Jefferson’s Main Lodge beginning at 7:30.
New members welcome.

 

Annual JT Historical Society Pool Party
July 27, 3 pm
Williams' Residence

 

JT Historical Society Program
May 1, 7:30 pm
Camp Jefferson
Author Linda Barth

 

Annual JT Historical Society Meeting / Election of Officers
November 6, 7:30pm
Camp Jefferson

 

Annual JT Historical Society Party
July 27
Williams residence

 

General Membership Meeting
Speaker to be announced
June 5, 7:30 pm
Camp Jefferson

 

President's Tea
June 1, 1-4 pm
Jefferson Township Museum

 

General Membership Business Meeting
March 6, 7:30pm
Camp Jefferson

 

Docent Tea Meeting
February 9
Introduction of 2014 theme: "Little House in the Valley"
  (An homage to literature of the period and NJ 350 year celebration.)

 

Executive Board Meeting
January 9

 

JT Historical Society Museum Open House

September 8, 2013 / 1 - 4 PM

 

 

"Miss Elizabeth's Closet" -- A runway show, champagne reception and luncheon.

September 22, 2013 / 1:30 PM

Casa Bianca, Berkshire Valley Road

Admission by Advance Ticket Purchase ONLY.

 

 

JT Historical Society Annual Meeting

November 7, 2013 / 7:30 PM

Camp Jefferson, Main Lodge, Weldon Road

 

JT Historical Society General Membership Meeting
May 2, 2013 / 7:30 pm

Camp Jefferson, Main Lodge, Weldon Road

 

LOOK FOR US JEFFERSON DAY

July 14, 2012

Museum Breakfast (9:30-10:30) with honored guest, Mayor Russ Felter

PARADE- Costumed JTHS members will be riding in a big red truck directly behind the township officials.

FIELD- The historical society will host a booth on the field throughout the day. Available for sale will be the official township t-shirts.

 

JT Historical Society General Membership Meeting
May 3, 2012 / 7:30 pm

Camp Jefferson, Main Lodge, Weldon Road

 

JT Historical Society General Membership Meeting
April 5, 2012 / 7:30 pm

Camp Jefferson,  Weldon Road

 

 

"Meet the Collector"
March 2, 2012 / 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Jefferson Museum

 

The Jefferson Township Historical Society hosted a reception with avid clock collector Paul Cincotta.  Mr. Cincotta discussed his collection which was on display throughout the museum.

 

 

JT Historical Society General Meeting
March 1, 2012 / 7:30 pm

Camp Jefferson Main Lodge, Weldon Road

 

Program:  "Balloon Handling"

 

 

 

Did you ever want to test your skill at being a balloon handler for one of those large inflatable creatures in a parade?  Well Kitty did!  An exciting account of how the Thanksgiving Day balloons are "handled" was the presentation of the evening. 

Katherine D. Bowers, aka "Kitty" presented the details of her adventures in balloon handling since 2003.

Kitty was born in New York but is a New Jersey resident by choice. Kitty’s charitable work includes the Heart Fund, March of Dimes and the American Diabetes Association. She is an active member not only in her own local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter, but presently holds the office of DAR State Historian for the second time.

Kitty travels extensively and in her spare time conducts house and estate sales. Mix a love of history and life, add a dash of adventure, a sparkling wit, and you have Kitty.

The general membership business meeting began at 7:30 pm with Kitty’s presentation following at 8 pm.

 

JT Historical Society's First Garage Sale
October 15, 2011  / 9 am to 4 pm  (Rain date: October 16, 2011)
11 Greenwood Drive, Milton (Jefferson Township), NJ
Call Carol Keppel at 973-697-5328 or email museumdirector@jthistoricalsociety.org for more information.

 

"More Ghosts of Jefferson Past"
October 6, 2011 / 7:30 pm
A return theatrical presentation of Jefferson Township history as seen through the ghostly eyes of some Jefferson residents of the past.  This presentation, in its second year, was in partnership with the Jefferson Community Players and was held in the Main Lodge at Camp Jefferson, Weldon Road.

 

General Membership Meeting
September 1, 2011 / 7:30 pm
The meeting was held at Camp Jefferson.
New members welcome.
 
General Membership Meeting
December 2, 2010 / 7:30 pm
The meeting was held at Camp Jefferson.  Election of officers was held at this meeting.
New members welcome.
 
General Membership Meeting
November 4, 2010 / 7:30 pm
The meeting was held at Camp Jefferson.  Nomination of officers was entertained at this meeting.
New members welcome.
 
"The Ghosts of Jefferson Past"
October 7, 2010 / 7:30 pm
A Theatrical presentation of Jefferson Township history as seen through the ghostly eyes of some Jefferson residents of the past.  This presentation, in partnership with the Jefferson  Community Players was held at Camp Jefferson, Weldon Road.
 
Museum Breakfast on Jefferson Day

As part of the celebration of Jefferson Day the Historical Society hosted a breakfast at the Museum as a kick off to the day.  Originally referred to as the Mayor’s Breakfast, the township mayor now serves as honorary host.

 

"New Members Evening"
March 4, 2010

The Jefferson Township Historical Society hosted a "New Members Evening" March 4,2010.  New members were welcomed at the spring meeting of the Jefferson Township Historical Society. The meeting was held at Camp Jefferson's Main Lodge, Weldon Road, 7:30 P.M. The JT Historical Society maintains the George Chamberlain House known as the Jefferson Township Museum. This building was recently entered into the State and National Register of Historic Places. The Society also works to preserve and promote the history of the township.

 

The History of Ringling Manor and the American Circus
May 7, 2009

"The Greatest Show on Earth...Ringling Brother, Barnum and Bailey Circus" This is a phrase that has special meaning to Jefferson Township.  Alfred T. Ringling of the famous Ringling brothers lived in a stone and cement mansion in the township from 1916-1919.  Ringling wintered the circus on his large estate nestled between Greenpond and the Bowling Green Mountains.  Leaving the Oak Ridge train station, a parade of circus animals including elephants, leopards and lions were marched down Longwood Road ( Oak Ridge/ Berkshire Valley Road) to the delight of local residents.  Ringling lived  and auditioned circus acts in his mansion.  He also gave lavish parties and hosted famous stars of the era such as Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.  Now known as Ringling Manor the estate is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, New Jersey Register of Historic Places and the Morris County Heritage Commission.  The program will be a power point presentation featuring the history of the circus with photographs rarely seen and historical society's photographs of the construction of the Ringling mansion along with commentary.  There will also be displays of costumes worn by Ringling guests and the society's collection of the original pictures of Ringling's beloved cats along with other artifacts from the Manor.  The Jefferson Township Historical Society invites guests of all ages to join them Thursday, May 7,2009, Camp Jefferson's main lodge, Weldon Road beginning at 7:30 P.M. (access off Route 15).  Refreshments with a circus flare and other surprises are planned.  For additional information contact Christine Williams, 973-697-8675.

 

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