Dec. 26 - 31, 2019
Selected historical events for Patriots Week, featuring HVHS members
Ten Crucial Days Bus Tour
Saturday, December 21, 2019 and Friday, December 27, 2019 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park
All-day bus tour through Washington Crossing, Trenton, and Princeton hosted by historical interpreters Roger Williams and Larry Kidder.
67th Annual Christmas Day Crossing Reenactment
Wednesday, December 25 , 2019 - 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park
George Washington’s Ten Crucial Days
Thursday, December 26, 2019 - 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
New Jersey State Library
Talk by author Larry Kidder.
Signs of the Times
Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Mill Hill Park
Walking tour by Richard Hunter from Mill Hill park to Petty’s Run.
Battles of Trenton Reenactments
Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 11:00 am and 3:00 pm
11 AM: First Battle of Trenton Reenactment at the Battle of Trenton Monument
3 PM: The Battle of the Assunpink (also known as the Second Battle of Trenton) in Mill Hill Park
The Old Barracks Museum
Narrated by author Larry Kidder.
Experience the Battle of Princeton
Sunday, December 29, 2019 - 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Princeton Battlefield State Park
Presentation and interpretation by author Larry Kidder.
Wed., Dec. 4, 2019 - 7 pm
** Hopewell Train Station ** 2 Railroad Place, Hopewell NJ
Free and open to the public
Local enthusiast Doug Dixon will introduce the Hopewell Valley History Project, a new volunteer effort to collect and organize the important sources of our local heritage in digital form, to share online for open and convenient access (HopewellHistoryProject.org).
So are you interested in exploring the history of your house, your neighborhood, your town, your forebearers? The good news is that there's lots of information available on various sites online, and we also are blessed with a variety of institutions that are collecting and archiving local materials.
But how and where do you get started? How do you figure out the fundamentals, so that you then can dig in deeper? This is the genesis of the Hopewell Valley History Project, which already has posted over 100 key references (including historic e-books and photos, maps and aerial images, and municipal tax maps), along with research guides that provide overviews of the available materials and references for future research.
Doug Dixon is an independent technology consultant and writer, specializing in Web technology, databases, and digital media. He previously was a product manager and software developer at Intel and Sarnoff. Doug is a board member of the Hopewell Valley Historical Society, and is managing the new HVHS website, along with the Hopewell Public Library website. He also developed the Hopewell-Events.com site that provides consolidated listings of upcoming featured events at local non-profits.
Sponsored by the Hopewell Public Library
Sun. Dec. 1, 2019 - One Chilly Sunday Afternoon -- Two Welcoming Town Traditions.
Hopewell Museum, 28 E. Broad Street - 1 - 4 pm
Join Museum staff and trustees for a wonderful holiday tea and tour at the newly reimagined Museum. NEW! Children's activity booklets!
Hopewell Public Library, 13 E. Broad Street - 1 - 3 pm
Drop by the Red Library to enjoy homemade goodies and conversation with staff, volunteers, board members, Friends, and other patrons. NEW! Children's Program at 1 pm with Lily Bunny and Suki (Registration required at 609-466-1626).
Tues., Nov. 19 , 2019 - 7- 8 pm
Hopewell Branch, Mercer County Library, 245 Pennington-Titusville Rd., Pennington, NJ 08534
Free and open to the public
This talk tells the story of the battles of Trenton and Princeton that took place between December 25, 1776 and January 3, 1777 and why they are so important in the history of the American Revolution. In many ways the talk focuses on the people of New Jersey, especially Hopewell Township, and how their lives were influenced by the events discussed. The talk is based on Mr. Kidder’s research for his recent book entitled The Ten Crucial Days: Washington’s Vision for Victory Unfolds (The Knox Press).
Mr. Kidder is a retired history teacher who has been involved as a volunteer historian and public speaker for many years with several New Jersey historic sites and historical societies, including the Hopewell Valley Historical Society (Past President). He is the author of three books on the Revolution as it affected people in today’s Hopewell, Lawrence, and Ewing Townships and the city of Trenton.
Co-sponsored by the Hopewell Branch of the Mercer County Library, Hopewell Valley Historical Society, and the Hopewell Museum. Registration requested.
Sun., Sept. 29 , 2019 - 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Titusville Presbyterian Church, 48 River Drive, Titusville, NJ
The Annual Meeting will open with a business meeting for HVHS. Members will be asked to vote on a slate of officers and new trustees. After the business meeting, Pam Cain will present a program based on her experience conducting the Historical Society’s House Lineage program in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Her presentation will discuss her methodology for doing the research, with examples, and include some of her interesting findings. The HVHS “house plaques” on more than 100 Hopewell Valley properties were a direct result of Pam’s research.
Pam's research was a valuable help in the preparation of the book, Hopewell: A Historical Geography by Richard Hunter and Richard Porter, published by Hopewell Township in 1990. She also did the main body of the research to help in placing the historic Hunt Farmstead, owned by Mercer County, on the Historic Register. She did numerous walking tours of Pennington for local groups and the grammar school. Her work has been used by the Friends of the Pennington Library and the Friends of the Hopewell Library in the preparation of their house tour brochures in recent years. - Download PDF brochure
Bring a guest. Refreshments will be served.
Sun., Sept. 22, 2019 - 3 pm
The Pennington School, Wesley Forum, Kenneth Kai Tai Yen Humanities Building
Photo essay author Mike Thomsen will share stories and photos from Pennington during the 1940s and 1950s. Thomsen grew up at 25 East Welling Avenue, arriving in Pennington with his family in 1946, at the age of 4. He has written a photo essay filled with reminiscences about his experiences growing up in Pennington. Co-sponsored by the Hopewell Valley Historical Society, Hopewell Museum & Pennington Public Library. Click here for free tickets. - Download PDF brochure