All programs start at 2 pm unless otherwise noted
Saturday, November 10, 2018 – “Let’s Talk Quilts” at 7 PM
Friday, December 7, 2018 – Twenty-Second Annual Tree Lighting at 6:30 PM.
Legend of Sleepy Hollow 1792- October 28
2-4 PM Presented by storyteller/re-enactor Alisa Dupuy. This history program is made possible in part by a 2018 HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Tastefully Simple Party- November 3
You are invited to attend a Tastefully Simple party on November 3rd at 2:00 pm. We are going to enjoy tasting different products, play some games, have fun and just hang out! Please feel free to bring a friend or two along, the more the merrier. Please let us know if you can make it by October 31, to ensure we prepare enough samples for everyone. You can RSVP by replying to this e-mail or by calling (908) 755-5831. If you are unable to attend, you may still purchase delicious Tastefully Simple products and support the Drake House by clicking here. A portion of all sales go to support the Drake House Museum and the Historical Society of Plainfield. What is Tastefully Simple? The name says it all! Tastefully Simple features high-quality, signature flavors and ingredients that create a wow for you and make your time in the kitchen so much more enjoyable.
Let's Talk Quilts- November 10
7 PM Given by Susan Jerome, Collections Manager at the University of Rhode Island Textile and Costume Collection.
Ms. Jerome will discuss some of the definitions and ideas surrounding the word “quilt.” How has the term evolved through time? Learn about textile history and how technological changes in producing fabric influenced the production of quilts and the use of time during the 19th century. The audience is encouraged to bring one quilt or a quilted object with them for discussion.
Susan Jerome earned her MS degree from University of Rhode Island Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design. She is also a principal of CT Quilt Works, focusing on textile conservation and restoration. Prior to continuing her education, she worked for a number years at Mystic Seaport Museum.
This history program is made possible in part by a 2018 HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and by the Historical Society of Plainfield/Drake House Museum. Seating is limited and is on a first-come first-serve basis. Light refreshments will be served. Members: free and non-members: donations are always appreciated
Twenty-Second Annual Tree Lighting
Centennial of World War One
Photo: Ernest Brooks
From 2013 to 2019, the World War One Centennial Commission will commemorate the centennial of the Great War, also known as "the War to end all wars."
The Historical Society of Plainfield will participate in the commemoration of World War One by helping the World War One Centennial Commission identify the monuments located within the City limits that are dedicated to World War One and its veterans.
The City of Plainfield has a number of World War One monuments including: Plainfield Veterans' Memorial Monument, World War plaque at the steps of City Hall, World War One Honor Roll tablet located inside City Hall, flagpole monument on Watchung Avenue, flagpole monument at St. Mary's Church, memorial tablet located inside Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, and Plainfield High School memorial tablet. It is interesting to note that the War Memorial Flagpole monument at Watchung Avenue is listed in the Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum. The artist was Gaetano Cecere (1894-1985).
The Historical Society is requesting the assistance of the Public to identify any other World War One monuments or memorial tablets that may be located at churches, parks, or other places. Pictures will be taken and descriptions will be written, and then submitted to the World War One Centennial Commission. If you know of any other World War One monuments or tablets, please supply your information to the Drake House Museum firstname.lastname@example.org or call (908) 755-5831.
The Historical Society is planning a future exhibit about World War One and the impact of the War on the City. Plainfield lost a number of young men, and the Historical Society has a notebook which contains information about 45 of these casualties of war. Former Mayor Leighton Calkins lost his only son. Many of these men died from the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919, and the City of Plainfield also suffered great losses from the Influenza Pandemic. One of Plainfield's World War One surviving veterans was Evarts Tracy, the pioneering camouflage officer of the World War One. Tracy was also a member of the architectural firm that designed the 1903 buildings of Muhlenberg Hospital.