Over the past few months, the Historical Society of Plainfield/Drake House Museum had to pivot due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Museum has been closed since mid-March and on site programs postponed until further notice. However, special programs have resumed in partnership with the Plainfield Public Library Local History Department via Zoom and other internet capable meeting platforms. These virtual programs have been successful, and plans are in the works to continue these virtual programs for the future. Please continue to check the Plainfield Public Library Local History Department website and the Drake House Museum website for programming updates.
Virtual Events 2020
Historical Society of Plainfield/Drake House Museum and Plainfield Public Library SPECIAL PROGRAMS via Virtual (registration required) Program dates are:
Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 10:30 to 11:30 AM via Zoom, "Sojourner Truth," portrayed by Dr. Daisy Century of the American Historical Theatre Company.
Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 10:30 to 11:30 AM via Zoom, "Victorian Christmas Traditions" presented by Alisa Dupuy & The Ladies of History.
Saturday, November 21,2020 - 10:30 to 11:30 AM via Zoom, "Remembering Plainfield's WW1 Soldiers," presented by Nancy Piwowar, President of the Historical Society of Plainfield.
These programs will be via Zoom and are free. Registration is required. You can register by going to the Plainfield Public Library site:http://www.plainfieldlibrary.info/Departments/LH/LH main.html The Historical Society of Plainfield/Drake House Museum is pleased to collaborate with the Local History Department of the Plainfield Public Library to bring virtual programming to the Plainfield audiences during this pandemic time. Molly Banta Lecture Series will resume at the Drake House Museum once thepandemic is over. Molly Banta (1956-2016) was a Trustee of the Historical Society ofPlainfield for over 20 years.
When Women Lost the Vote:A Revolutionary Story, 1776-1807
Saturday, October 17th 10:30 to 11:30 am via Zoom Presented by the Museum of the American Revolution Co-hosted by Plainfield Public Library and the Historical Society of Plainfield / Drake House Museum.
Millions of American women were granted the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which marks its centennial in 2020. But more than a century earlier, white women and free people of color legally held the vote in New Jersey for more than thirty years. Join a Museum Educator for an exciting look at the Museum of the American Revolution’s newest exhibition, When Women Lost the Vote: A Revolutionary Story, 1776-1807. Learn the little-known history of the nation’s first women voters and get a virtual peek at artifacts that tell their stories. This experience also includes a Q&A session. This is a FREE VIRTUAL program. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please email Sarah Hull at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. We are not able to offer online registration
Haunted Transportation: Ghostly Sightings via Air, Land & Sea
Saturday, October 24th 10:30 to 11:30 am via Zoom Presented by the NJ Ghost Hunters Society Co-hosted by the Historical Society of Plainfield / Drake House Museum and Plainfield Public Library
You thought security was a nightmare at the airport! Wait until you hear about the ghostly results of Eastern Airlines flight 401 and phantom planes from Wales to Ohio to Pennsylvania. Prefer rail travel? Think twice! From Gettysburg, PA to Pattenburg, NJ; there are tragic events that still travel along these forgotten rail lines. Long before Princess Cruises, the "Gray Ghost" floated on the ocean waters. Today the Queen Mary is docked in Long Beach, California along with her ghostly passengers. All along the American seaboard lovely lighthouses dot the landscape providing the guiding light to ships in the night and foggy air. However, some lighthouse keepers aren't corporeal, but are still at work keeping the light lit!