Pathways of History – Tour of Historic Places

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Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 ~ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM & Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 ~ Noon – 4:00 PM

The Pathways of History Historic Places Tour includes 20 historic locations which simultaneously open their doors to welcome visitors. Stop at the D.A.H.S. museum at 55 West Blackwell Street. Dover, to pick up a detailed map and event brochure, then take yourself on a self guided tour visiting as many sites as you wish. Admission is free.

Our D.A.H.S. stop at The Condict House, will include a PowerPoint presentation on Dover’s “Old Home Week,” a display of vintage toys from the 1920’s to 1950’s, DHS Yearbooks from 1917 and 1925 to present, a tour of the museum, and Stan’s famous clam chowder as well as other refreshments.

Organized in 2010 as a way to encourage the public to visit local museums and landmark properties, Pathways has become a popular yearly event attracting hundreds of enthusiastic tour goers. This year’s eclectic collection highlights small, volunteer-run historic properties in Boonton, Boonton Township, Butler, Dover, Florham Park, Kinnelon, Lake Hopatcong, Mine Hill, Montville Township, Mount Tabor, Parsippany, Pequannock Township, Randolph, Riverdale, Roxbury Township and Washington Township.

More details about this exceptional heritage tour can be found on the Pathways website: www.PathwaysofHistoryNJ.com.

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Returning the Museum House to it’s original Brick Facade

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The Museum house was in dire need of painting – with great discussion the Board of Trustees of the Historical Society decided to take the paint off and return the house to it’s original Brick Facade. This should be completed just in time for our Annual Tea!

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Dover Area Historical Society Celebrating 50 Years!

With great pride the Dover Area Historical Society is Celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year!  We are planning a celebration dinner on November 13th at Germania Park, Conger Street, Rockaway Township.

With the many expenses we currently have to keep our Museum House up and running we are looking for businesses, individuals, and families like yours to help defray the costs of this event.   We have a few sponsor levels to choose from and hope that you will be a supporter of Dover’s History by partnering with the Dover Area Historical Society in this event.

*Platinum Level – $ 750.00 –  Table of 8, Name listed in the event program and newsletter, one business card advertisement on our website and a 1 year membership to the Dover Area Historical Society.

*Gold Level – $ 500.00 – 4 Tickets to the event, Name listed in the event program and newsletter, one business card advertisement on our website and a 1 year membership to the Dover Area Historical Society.

*Silver Level – $ 250.00 – 2 Tickets to the event, Name listed in the event program and newsletter, and 1 year membership to the Dover Area Historical Society.

*Bronze Level – $ 100.00 – 1 Ticket to the event, Name listed in the event program and newsletter, and 1 year membership to the Dover Area Historical Society.

Tickets are also available on an individual basis at $ 50.00 per person.

We look forward to hearing from you and hope that you will be able to attend our event and to join us in our 50th Anniversary Celebration!

Please make your checks out to DAHS and mail by October 25, 2016 to: Dover Area Historical Society, PO Box 609, Dover, NJ 07802  ATTN: 50th Anniversary Committee.

The Dover Area Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) organization.

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The Dover Area Historical Society Board of trustees thank you for your continued support.

 

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George Richard’s Building

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One of the oldest and historical buildings is the George Richard’s Building located at the corner of Blackwell and Sussex Streets open in 1869. It was a modern department store, carrying a complete line of stationary, groceries, furniture, hardware, dry goods, shoes and sporting goods.
The store also had a large fleet of attractive red and gold horse drawn delivery wagons, pulled by 2 and 3 horse teams. They did $300,000. a year and were the largest department store in Morris County!
In later years generations knew this building as J.J Newberry Co.
This building is used today as Berkeley College.
Post Card photo is 1930’s circa
George Richards was Dover’s first mayor – 1869-71.

 

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FlapJack Fundraiser at Applebee’s

 

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A flapjack fundraiser to benefit the Dover Area Historical Society Scholarship Fund will be held on Saturday, April 30, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Applebee’s 435 Route 46 East, Dover/Rockaway.  Tickets cost $10.00, valid for the flapjack event only.  The meal includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and a beverage (coffee, tea, juice or soda).  Two  $500.00 scholarships will be given to Dover High School seniors who plan to attend either a four year or two year university or college.  For further information and tickets, call Phyllis at 973-366-4276.

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Monthly Program – March 15, 2016

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Dover Area Historical Society’s March 15, 2016 program will feature a Power Point “The Dover Cadets” narrated by Vice President Stan Schoonmaker.  The presentation will start at 7:00 pm at The Museum House, 55 West Blackwell Street, Dover.  The Dover Cadets were organized in 1938 by Dick H. Peer and were in existence until 1969.  The Cadets became a well known and respected drum and bugle corps through out the tri-state area.  They participated in the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City and returned to the 1964 World’s Fair playing at the New Jersey Pavilion.

In 1952, the Dover Cadets took second place at an American Legion convention, becoming one of the top five drum corps in the United States.  Two years later, they won first place in the Eastern Circuit Championship.  In their blue and beige uniforms, they marched in many firemen’s parades over the decades, creating many memories for spectators and members alike.  On July 4, 1949, the Cadets led off a parade in Dover where the temperature reached 102 degrees!

Come and view many historic photos on display at the Museum House. Listen to past Dover Cadet members relate their experiences of being a cadet.  For further information, call 973-361-3525 or visit www.dovernjhistory.org

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DHS Monthly Program – Dover’s Postcard History

The Dover Area Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on February 16 at the Museum House, 55 West Blackwell Street, starting at 7:00 p.m.  DAHS Vice President Stan Schoonmaker will present a Power Point “Dover’s Postcard History”.  For further information, call 973-361-3525 or visit our website www.dovernjhistory.org

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DHS Museum House upcoming Program – “The Dover Queen”

The Dover Area Historical Society will meet on January 19 at the DAHS Museum House, 55 W. Blackwell St. starting at 7:00 pm. The program will feature a showing of the film “Dover Queen”, The main character of the movie is not known as this was a promotional film which was produced in 1940 by the Chamber of Commerce.

According to DAHS Museum Curator, Rick Kelly, viewers will take a tour of Dover during the early 1940’s. A young lady arrives at the Dover Train Station and is greeted by a large number of the town’s residents. Leaving the station, she joins the Dover Fire Department, the Dover High School Band, town dignitaries and townspeople marching to the Dover Post Office on Sussex Street. Here she receives a “Key to Dover” presented by Mayor John Roach. Then she travels to Jackson Lumber Yard in Rockaway and returns to visit many businesses and stores in Dover such as Roof Chevrolet, Hedden Oil Company, the Presbyterian Church, the Dover Fire Department. etc. The “Dover Queen” even enjoys an ice cream soda with Dover High School students at the local malt shop! This is a MUST SEE film about Historic Dover in 1940.

To learn more about the “Dover Queen”, plan to attend this program. Refreshments will be served. For additional information, call 973-361-3525 or visit www.dovernjhistory.org

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Holiday Open House

The Dover Area Historical Society will hold its annual Holiday Open House on Wednesday, December 16 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Museum House, 55 W. Blackwell Street.  Tours of the Museum House will be available.  Refreshments will be served.  For further information, call 973-361-3525 or contact www.dovernjhistory.org

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“Disasters of Dover” Presentation on Friday, November 13 at Dover Community Center

The Dover Area Historical Society will present “Disasters of Dover” on Friday, November 13 at the Dover Community Center (formerly the Sacred Heart Gym), 37 North Essex Street, Dover, starting at 7:30 pm.  Learn about the only recorded train and canal boat accident, the Blizzard of 1914, the 1926 Lake Denmark explosion, the Hercules explosion of 1940, the A&P store fire, the Park Union Lumber Yard fire, Hurricane Irene flooding and other Dover “disasters”.  Suggested donation:  $3.00 to $5.00.  Refreshments will be available for purchase. For additional information, call 973-361-3525 or contact www.dovernjhistory.org

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