SCHEDULED LECTURES - 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014 - "John Woolman: Conscience of Quakerism, Apostle of Abolition"- 7:30 p.m. - Leisuretowne History Club - Laurel Hall, Soutampton
Thursday, January 23, 2014 - "African American Sites of Burlington Coiunty "- 7:00 p.m. - Rancocas Nature Center, Rancocas Road, Westampton.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - "Burlington County Trivia - Unusual People Places & Things " - 11:30 a.m. - Indian Spring Questers - regular meeting - private home
February 9 - 16, 2013 - Vacation - Florida.
Saturday, February22, 2014- Symposium at Dr. James Still Education Center, Medford "Relationships and Community Building" - Panel member. - 1:00 p.m. -Panel, using Dr. Still's own thoughts expressed in his autobiography.
February 23 through March 3, 2014ediscocwe CUBA - a Collette Vacations Caribbean Cultural RExperience
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - "The Pinelands and the American Revolution " - Annual Pinelands Short Course - 8:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. Pinelands Short Course, Stockton State College, Pomona, NJ - Sponsored by the NJ Pinelands Commission. http://www.nj.gov/pinelands
Monday, March 10, 2014 - "Notable Women of Burlington County " - 7:00 p.m. - Daughters of the American Revolution - at the Mt. Holly Lyceum/Library, High St., Mount Holly.
Tuesday, March 28, 2014 - Burlington County & the American Revolution- 7:30 P.m. - Easton Bible Church Covered Dish dinner - Easton Bible Church, Fostertown Rd., Hainesport, NJ (Dinner - 6 p.m.)
Saturday, April 12, 2014 - Notable Women of Burlington County- 2:00 P.m. - Virtua Hospital "After Hope" group.
April 24-May 1 - London-Paris
Saturday, May 17, 2014 - New Views Bus Tour: African American Sites of Burlington Co. - all Day - Starting at Smithville - Incl. Medford Ed. Ctr. and Timbucktoo.
June 25-July 11 , 2014 - China
July 7-19 - Farm Fair
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(Completed 2013 talks in light grey)
Monday, January 14, 2013 - "History of Smithville" - Leisuretowne History Club - 7:30 p.m. Laurel Hall, Leisuretown.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - "Literary Burlington County." 12:00 noon. - Friends of the Burlington County Library - Annual Meeting. Burlington County Library, Woodlane Rd., Westampton.
Friday, January 25, 2013 - "Burlington County Trivia" Unusual Persons, Places and Curiosities in the History of Burlington County." 7:30 p.m. - Easton Bible Church, Fostertown Road, Lumberton.
Saturday, January 26, 2013 - "William Penn and the Quaker Influence on West Jersey." 9:30 a.m. - Sons of the American Revolution, West Deptford Library, Deptford, NJ.
Sunday, February 17, 2013 - "Burlington County Trivia - Unusual Persons, Places and Curiosities in the History of Burlington County." 2:00 p.m. - Burlington County Historical Society, High St., Burlington, NJ
Saturday, February 23, 2013 - Panel Moderater at a Conference on Dr. James Still. 9:00 a.m., Medford Leas, Medford, NJ.
Saturday, March 2, 2013 - Historians' Roundtable. Auditorium of the Burlington County Library System, 5 Pioneer Blvd., Westampton, NJ. Open Forum, plus Presentation by Joe Laufer: "The Burlington County Library System: A History - 1921-2013 - More than Just Books". 10:00 a.m. until Noon. Free - Open to the Public. Registration at www.bcls.lib.nj.us. Click on "Events".
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 -"Burlington County and the Civil War" - Civil War Sesquicentenary. " - New Jersey Society of Pennsylvania. 12:30 - Doubletree Suites, Friendship Road, Mt. Laurel, NJ
Saturday, March 23, 2013- Pinelands Short Course - "The New Jersey Pinelands and the Revolutionary War: munitions production, espionage, hideout, and British Military Target." Burlington County College, Pemberton Campus. Rt. 530, Pemberton. 2 presentations of this topic. Schedule availabe at http://www.nj.gov/pinelands.
Sunday, March24, 2013 -"Burlington County Trivia - Unusual Persons, Places and Curiosities in the History of Burlington County" - Browns Mills Improvement Association. 2:00 p.m. Browns Mills Fire House, Browns Mills.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 -Mt. Holly Baptist Seniors "The Burlington County Library System: A History - 1921-2013 - More than Just Books". 12:00 noon.
Tuesiday, April 9, 2013 - "Burlington County Trivia" Unusual Persons, Places and Curiosities in the History of Burlington County." 7:00 p.m. - Mount Laurel Historical Society, Farmers Hall, Mt. Laurel-Hainesport Road, Mt. Laurel.
Friday, April 12, 2013 -New Gretna Library, "The Burlington County Library System: A History - 1921-2013 - More than Just Books". 12:00 noon.
Thursday, April 18, 2013 - "Creating a Long-Range Travel Plan." 6:00 p.m. - Maple Shade Travel Series, Maple Shade Library, Maple Shade.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - Law Day - Brief Narration on Emanicipation Proclamation as part of larger program - Olde Court House, High St., Mt. Holly - 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM.
Thursday, May 2, 2013 -Burlington County: Crossroads of the American Revolution - Medford Historical Society. 7:30 p.m. Friends Meeting House, Union St., Medford.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - "The Quaker Heritage Trail - Virtual Tour of Burlington County's Quaker Meeting Houses" - County Historian's 2nd Wednesday Series. 7:00 p.m. County Library Auditorium, Westampton. Click here for actual tour information.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 - "Travel Dilemma: Cuba, Puerto Rico or Costa Rica?" 6:00 p.m. - Maple Shade Travel Series, Maple Shade Library, Maple Shade.
Saturday, May 18, 2013 - "New Views Bus Tour of Burlington County's Quaker Meeting Houses." 8:45 until 4:30 - Sponsored by the Friends of the Burlington County Library. Click here for details
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - Conducting Walking Tour of Roebling Village - Private tour sponsored by Roebling Museum - 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - Freeholders Historic Preservation and History Awards Ceremony - 7:00 p.m. at Freeholder's Meeting, Mount Holly.
Saturday, May 25, 2013 - "Burlington County Trivia: Fun Facts and Local Whimsy" 4th Saturday Farmers Market Series - Farmhouse at Burlco Community Ag Center, Moorestown - 10:00 am. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, June 6, 2013 - "A History of and Passport to Sites in Burlington County" - Burlington Co. Republican Women. 7:00 p.m. Pizzeria Uno, Rt. 73, Maple Shade, NJ.
Saturday, June 8, 2013 - Historians' Roundtable.Bordentown Library Open Forum, . 10:00 a.m. until Noon. Free - Open to the Public. Registration at www.bcls.lib.nj.us. Click on "Events".
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - "The Great Mount Holly Fairgrounds and History of the Burlington County Fair" - County Historian's 2nd WednesdaySeries. 7:00 p.m. County Library Auditorium, Westampton.
Thursday, June 13, 2013 -"Travel Stories from a Seasoned Traveler- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" 6:00 PM - Maple Shade Travel Series. Maple Shade Library, Maple Shade.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 -"The New Jersey Pinelands and the Revolutionary War: munitions production, espionage, hideout, and British Military Target." Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Pinelands Heritage Series. Pemberton-Vincentown Road - Carriage House. 7:00 pm.
Saturday, June 22, 2013 - "Mt. Holly Fairgrounds to Lumberton to Springfield - Our County Fair History " 4th Saturday Farmers Market Series - Farmhouse at Burlco Community Ag Center, Moorestown - 10:00 am. Free and open to the public.
June 22-29, 2013 - Vacation
July 17-20, 2013 "History Faire at the Farm Fair" - Visit us at the History tent at the Farm Fair.
Saturday, August 24, 2013 - "Life Along Rancocas Creek " 4th Saturday Farmers Market Series - Burlco Community Ag Center, Moorestown - 10:00 am. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, September 5, 2013 - "Unique Stained Glass of Burlington County" - 7:30 p.m. - Medford Historical Society, W. Union St Quaker Meeting, Medford.
Sunday, September 15, 2013 - "Hobnobbing with Historians " -Arts in the Park - Smithville Park Eastampton - In the tent in area 7 - Local Historical Societies 10:30 a.m. till 4 PM. Also histori tour of Smithville Industrial Village at 12:30 & 2:30 by Joe Laufer.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - "Travel Stories from a Seasoned Traveler: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly " - 7:30 p.m. -Springfield Historical Society - Springfield Twp. Municipal Building.
Saturday, September 21, 2013 - "Historians' Roundtable " - 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon - Red Dragon Canoe Club, 221 Edgewater Ave., Edgewater Park, NJ - Open to the Public. Register at Events Calendar at www.lib.bcls.nj us .
Sunday, September 22, 2013 - "Open House for New Center for Education " - 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. - Bunning Farm, 211 Church Rd., Medford, NJ - next to Dr. Still Office, Crossroads. 1:00 p.m. lecture by Joe Laufer: "Medford Stories Good for Telling". Free and Open to the Public. www.medfordHistory.org.
Saturday, September 28, 2013 - "Burlington County's One-Room Schoolhouses " 4th Saturday Farmers Market Series - Farmhouse at Burlco Community Ag Center, Moorestown - 10:00 am. Free and open to the public.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - "The Great Mount Holly Fairgrounds " - 12:00 noon - Mount Holly Rotary - Charlies' Other Brother, Westampton.
Friday, October 4, 2013 - "Unique Stained Glass of Burlington County" - 6:30 p.m. - Friday Nighter's Club, First Presbytyrean Church, Moorestown.
Sunday, October 20, 2013 - "Remarks at Reopening of the Burlington Quaker Meeting House & Center for Conference" . 1-4 pm, 340 High St., Burlington - RSVP for Open House - www.Burlmhcc.org/contact-us/
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - "Burlington County Trivia - Unusual People Places & Things " - 12:30 p.m. - Tabernacle Old Timers - Tabernacle Old Squad Building, Hawkin Rd., Tabernacle, off Rt. 206.
Saturday, October 26, 2013 - "Pinelands Panorama - a Virtual Tour of the Pines " 4th Saturday Farmers Market Series - Farmhouse at Burlco Community Ag Center, Moorestown - 10:00 am. Free and open to the public.
November 1 through November 13, 2013
International Tour: Best of Portugal, the Azores and Madieros Island
SMITHVILLE CONSERVANCY WEBSITE
There is a website dedicated exclusively to the history of the H.B. Smith Industrial Village. It was created for the Smithville Conservancy and features very detailed historical data about this historic site.
Visit www.SmithvilleConservancy.org to experience this introduction to Burlington County's first public park steeped in history. There are lots of pictures there, too.
UNDERGROUND R.R. MUSEUM CREATES WEB SITE : Executive Director Louise Calloway of the Underground Railroad Cafe, Art Gallery and Educational Center, 16-18 East Union St., Burlington, which boasts of an excellent Museum on the subject, has its own website: http://ugrrburlington.webs.com
STEAMBOATS ON THE DELAWARE
Between June 2, 2007 and August 26, 2007, the Office of Cultural Affairs and Tourism conducted 14 Riverboat tours on the Delaware River, attracting 1,179 passengers. The original idea was to conduct only two tours. However, once the word got out, telephone calls requesting tickets became overwhelming, to the point that many who desired tickets were unable to get them. The boat held only 100 people. The tour started at the Oneida Boad House on the Promenade in The City of Burlington, and proceeded south on the Delaware to "Andalusia", the Biddle Mansion on the Pennsylvania shore across from Delanco. Paul Schopp and Joe Laufer shared the narration, pointing out the historic sites and mansions along the way. The tour lasted approximately 2 hours. Currently, a private River Boat is docked at the Burlington City wharf -- partly a result of the success of the County tours of the summer of 2007.
expectations and is a welcome addition to Burlington County's historical landmarks.
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The Burlington County Office of Tourism has published three leaflets based on three of Joe's most popular lectures. Joe served as a consultant for the projects.
"Quaker Meetinhouses of Burlington County" is a 12 page multi-flold which highlights the location of 10 active Friend's Meetings and 7 former Meetinghouses.
"Notable Women of Burlington County" provides an overview of 15 prominent women of Burlington County whose lives influenced world events far beyond the confines of Burlington County.
"One Room Schoolhouses in Burlington County" lists, illustrates and describes 17 Burlington County One-Room Schoolhouses scattered throughout Burlington County
A fourth leaflet, "Tour Guide of African American Historic Sites of Burlington County", created by Black History expert Giles Wright, is also available through the Office of Cultural Affairs and Tourism.
COUNTY BELL CAST OVER 250 YEARS AGO
We are fortunate in Burlington County to have the "County Bell", which hangs in the tower of the historic Court House on High Street in Mount Holly, as one of our historic keepsakes, both because of its symbolism and its direct connection with significant county events. It relates directly to two of our most historic towns, Burlington and Mt. Holly; it is our link with our country’s struggle for independence, and has always been associated with our court system, which champions the basic rights of our citizens. Therefore, for Burlington Countians, it is as significant as the Liberty Bell is for all Americans.
The "County Bell" was cast in England in 1755 (only four years after the "Liberty Bell" was commissioned by the Pennsylvania Legislature to celebrate the 50th anniversary of William Penn's Charter of Privileges for Pennsylvania*). The Burlington County Bell was first used at the early court house in Burlingtron City, and while there, in 1776, rang the news of our contry's independence. It was in 1797 that the bell was transferred to the belfry of the Court House at Mount Holly, where it remains till this day.
*After its arrival in Philadelphia from England, the Liberty Bell was melted down and recast twice, and the final version wasn't hung and used until June, 1753 -- which makes the Liberty Bell only about 2 years older than the County Bell.
See article on the County Bell in the Courier Post, Friday, December 31, 2005