Fall Programs

Please join us Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 4:30 pm for a presentation by Linda Barth, author and historian, who will discuss “The Delaware & Raritan Canal.”  Did you know that the D & R Canal was one of the nation’s most successful towpath canals, carrying more tonnage in 1866 than the more famous Erie Canal?  Linda will introduce you to the people, the bridges, the locks, and the aqueducts that made the D & R Canal work.  Now the centerpiece of a popular state park, this waterway transported men and supplies between New York and Philadelphia during three wars, while Johnson & Johnson, Roebling, and Fleischmann’s Distillery all had their start along its banks.  Come and learn more about this gem of central New Jersey.  Linda Barth info

“Poets in the Garden” – Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 4:00 pm

The Museum’s beautiful gardens will be the backdrop for a lovely afternoon poetry performance.  This year, Cool Women return to the large lawn.  You might expect the unexpected from Cool Women, a fan favorite when they performed at the Museum in 2006.  Until the ensemble begins a performance, even the members themselves don’t know exactly which poems they will read.  Like jazz musicians, they tune around a basic theme and riff off it, making each reading unique, by turns playful, analytic, joyous, elegiac.  The audience shares in the atmosphere of risk, invention, and surprise. Poets in the Garden info

“Hooray!  It’s Thomas Nast’s 175th Birthday” – Sunday, September 27, 2015, 1 – 4:00 pm

In celebration of Thomas Nast’s birthday, visitors can learn more about the artist and celebrate his big day.  Ryan Hyman, MHHM’s F.M. Kirby Curator of the Collections, will meet visitors in the Main Gallery and answer questions about the exhibit, “Thomas Nast, Unknown Works and American Icons.”  On display are a collection of rarely exhibited, virtually unknown works by the man whose art defined many of America’s most popular icons: Santa Claus, Uncle Sam, the Democratic Donkey, and the Republican Elephant.  Children who visit the Museum can take part in activities to celebrate Mr. Nast’s big birthday.  Children will create their own Nast character mask, decorate a big birthday card for Nast, and enjoy some birthday treats. Thomas Nast Birthday info

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