2017 is the 100th anniversary or the U.S. entry to World War I. To commemorate that date, a number of our events this year, including our annual tea, Pathways of History, the Hurd Park Walking Tour, etc. have had themes related to World War I. If you missed any events, come see our collection of memorabilia and publications, view our newest DVD highlight Dover during WWI, and see a movie from that time period. Our entire collection of DVD’s including historical topics related to Dover and Dover High School yearbooks will be available for a small donation. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome!
Lake Hopatcong Foundation will hold a benefit for the Lake Hopatcong Train Station Renovation on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at St. Jude’s Church Paris Hall, 40 Maxim Drive, Hopatcong from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. BYOB, $35.00 per person. Join them for an evening of food and fun for a great cause! The evening will feature an old-fashioned beefsteak dinner catered by Hap Nightingale, which includes sliced beef tenderloin on fresh cut bread, salad, French fries, ice cream sundaes, coffee, tea and soft drinks. There will be a short presentation about the station, a basket raffle with lots of exciting prizes, & more. For more info or tickets, , go to their website, http://LakeHopatcongFoundation.org/beefsteak or call 973 663.2500.
On Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10:00AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 12:00 noon until 4:00 PM, for the eighth year in a row, 20 historic sites in northern Morris County will be open so your family can experience a warm welcome and an enlightening historical experience. Begin the tour at any point, pick up a map and brochure and visit as many sites as you wish. Our museum, the Condict House, 55 West Blackwell Street, Dover will offer a tour, Power Points, lots of memorabilia supporting the theme, World War I, which commemorates the U.S. entry into WWI 100 years ago. Stan’s famous clam chowder and other snacks will be available. Event is free. All are welcome! Go to www.PathwaysofHistoryNJ.net for a complete list of historic sites which will be open.
Please join us for our Tenth Annual Tea! This year’s theme is “Dover During World War I”. Donation – $20.00. Limited number of tickets still available….Call Phyllis at (973) 366-4276 for a reservation.
Saturday, September 30 –
Put on your Walking Shoes!
Please join our curator, Rick Kelly, for a walking tour of Hurd Park on Saturday, September 30, 2017….see the Jackson Brook, the Doughboy statue, and hear about the history of this area of Dover. Meet at the Park Heights Avenue corner of the Park. Walk begins at 12:00 noon and will last about 1 1/2 hours. Narration in Spanish available for those who are more comfortable speaking Spanish. Rain or shine, all are welcome, event is free.
Get out of the heat and join us for a museum visit and some ice cream. We’ll be open from 2:00pm until 4:00pm. Admission free. All are welcome.
Our walking tours are back! Get out you walking shoes because two are planned for the near future. On Saturday, July 15, at 10:30am our enthusiastic museum curator, Rick Kelly, will lead a tour of the historic sites and buildings downtown, starting at the Dover Public Library across from the JFK Park, which was the turning basin for the canal boats in times past. Rick will tell you about the canal and guide you along Bergen Street to St. John’s Church, the train station, and Stone Academy, then onto Blackwell Street to see and hear about the George Richards building, Mansion House, Baker Theater and the Memorial site. After a short break at the Museum House, you’ll see the Presbyterian Church, walk to Bassett Highway to learn about the Ulster Iron Works, venture down to the Post Office, visit the Dover Dogs, Central Railroad, Dutton Hotel, and back to the library. Tour will last about 1 hour 3o minutes to 2 hours. Rain date is July 22. Tour is free, all are welcome! A tour of Hurd Park, the Jackson Brook and the Doughboy is scheduled for Saturday, Sept 30. Watch for more info about that one. We hope you can join us to learn more about Dover’s historic past.
Please join us on Sunday, July 9 to see photographs by our photographer and curator, Rick Kelly. The museum will be open from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. See Rick’s work, tour the museum and enjoy some light refreshments. All are welcome!
Enjoy an afternoon of music by pianist Henry Shapiro. Tour the museum or just relax and enjoy the ambiance. Henry is now 96 years young. He began playing piano at age 5 and started playing professionally at age 13. By 16 he had his own big band and played at many dance clubs in Northern New Jersey and around Lake Hopatcong. He studied jazz improvisation and music theory in NYC until his studies were interrupted by World War II. After serving in the South Pacific as a Captain in the Army Air Corp., he worked in his parents retail store in Dover before opening his own stores in Franklin and Sparta. He also continued his music career on nights and weekends until moving to Florida over 30 years ago. He played in clubs and restaurants along the Florida Gulf coast until returning to Morris County three years ago. He still performs regularly in various venues in Morris County, including the Upstream Grill in Jefferson Twp., next to the very spot where he first played professionally 83 years ago. We hope you can join us for a delightful afternoon.
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!