EDMUND A. MODERACKI TO SPEAK ABOUT
STAR- SPANGLED BANNER HISTORY
It took 116 years for the Star-Spangled Banner to be officially recognized as our national anthem. Hear the reasons why when the Pascack Historical Society welcomes local historian and author Edmund A. Moderacki who will present, The Star-Spangled Banner: A Military and Musical History, on Sunday, July 23 beginning at 2 p.m. at the Society’s headquarters at 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge.
Admission is free to the barrier-free museum and children are welcome when accompanied by an adult.
In 1873, at the Boston Navy Yard, we see a soldier standing watch over the 40 by 30 foot flag that flew over the 1814 British attack on Baltimore’s Fort McHenry.
The talk will be about the events leading up to the British burning of Washington in 1814, the attack of Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland, Francis Scott Key’s penning of the poem that became The Star-Spangled Banner and the adoption process of the song as our national anthem. Some music will be performed during the talk and a few flags from the Society’s militaria collection will be on display.
Francis Scott Key was a young lawyer and poet in 1814 when he witnessed the savage British attack on Baltimore’s Fort McHenry inspiring him to write a poem that eventually became the Star-Spangled banner. Here are the first few verses in his own handwriting.
Moderacki, a resident of the Township of Washington, who retired as a music teacher in River Vale, received his BA from Montclair State College and an MA from Hunter College (CUNY). He remains active in the musical community as a member of the Bergen County Teen Arts, Music Educators of Bergen County,Inc., conductor of the Waldwick Band and assistant conductor of the Ridgewood Symphony orchestra. He is River Vale’s Municipal Historian and author of the book, Images of America: River Vale and many other historical articles.
Complimentary coffee and homemade cake will be served. A question and answer period will follow Moderacki’s presentation. For further information or directions call 201-573-0307
LEARNING LENAPE LORE AND MASK PAINTING AT MUSEUM
The Lenape Indians who lived in the Pascack Valley hundreds of years ago were excellent storytellers and mask makers.
On Friday, June 23, between 1-3 p.m, children ages 6-10 attended a special cultural enrichment program entitled “A LENAPE LORE CELEBRATION”. During the afternoon they learned Lenape legends and painted masks they took home to share with their families.
NUMISMATIC TREASURES:MUSEUM’S COINS & CURRENCY
The Pascack Historical Society (PHS) will share its unusual collection of coins and currency with the public when it presents, “PHS: Numismatic Treasures” on Sunday, June 11, 2 p.m., 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge. There is no admission cost for the event at the barrier- free museum. Children welcomed when accompanied by an adult.
Guest speaker Paul Turdo has been a River Vale resident for 42 years. He is the PHS’ Curator of Currency, the past president of the Northern Valley Coin Club and presently serves as an officer of the newly formed River Vale Coin and Collectibles Club.
This original eighteen pence note, signed in 1776 by NJ Declaration of Independence signer John Hart, will be one of the items discussed at “Numismatic Treasures” a free lecture about coins and currency at the Pascack Historical Society Museum on Sunday, June 11, 2p.m.
According to the speaker, he will show a variety of the Society’s currency collection, including Colonial and Revolutionary War money including an Eighteen Pence note signed in March, 1776 by John Hart, one of New Jersey’s five signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Recently Turdo discovered a file containing two yellow cardboard tickets, similar to ones you would buy in a raffle today. They turned out to be very rare Sutler Fifty Cts., 11th Mass. Vol. money used by Civil War soldiers to purchase items from traveling vendors (sutlers) that sold needed items not supplied by the government.
Visitors are encouraged to bring currency that they might have questions about. The speaker will be happy to review currency for its historical value but will not give estimates of its value.
A question and answer period will follow the talk. Complimentary homemade coffee and cake will be available. For further information log on to www.pascackhistoricalsociety.org or call 201-573-0307.
MUSEUM OPENS HISTORIC PHOTO
ARCHIVES DURING MAY
The doors of the barrier-free Pascack Historical Society museum’s Photographic Center will be wide open every Sunday in May, from 1-4 p.m., when a free admission special exhibit “FROZEN IN TIME: PASCACK PHOTOGRAPHS, 1850-2015” can be viewed by visitors.
The museum, built in 1873, is located at 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge. There is ample on street parking. Free coffee and cake will be served throughout the day.
The photo archive center, named appropriately for its Curator Helen Whalen of Westwood, boasts thousands of antique photos that were steadfastly collected and catalogued by the curator. There are photos from the Civil War forward of people, places, soldiers, buildings, weddings, parades, schools, churches, historic homes, regular homes, landscapes, famous landmarks, stores, graduation pictures, etc. Most of them focus on Montvale, Woodcliff Lake, River Vale, Westwood, Emerson, Township of Washington and Hillsdale. Each town has its own photo books to look through.
During the last decade Whalen has singlehandedly expanded the collection to be one of the largest and best in the area. She will be there every Sunday and invites you to bring your old Pasack Valley photos in to share with her. If she finds any of interest she might ask to make a copy, if you are willing to do that, and incorporate it into the museum’s archives.
REVIEWING U.S. ENTRY INTO WW I
The Pascack Historical Society (PHS) will recognize the one hundredth anniversary of our nation’s entrance into World War One at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 30 at its barrier-free museum, 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge with a talk by Anthony Troncone. Ph.D entitled “To Have the World Made Safe for Democracy”. Admission is free. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend when accompanied by an adult.
In his lecture, Dr.Troncone will discuss the events that led up to our country’s declaration of war against the Central Powers on April 6, 1917, the domestic issues that contributed to American involvement in the war, the impact of President Woodrow Wilson’s reformist agenda in shaping the VersaillesTreaty of 1919, and the continued effects the Treaty has had on today’s world.
A popular speaker at the museum, Dr. Troncone is a professor in the History Department at Dominican College in Orangeburg, New York. He also serves as chair of the PHS Historical Advisory Board of Trustees. He earned his B.A. at Kean University and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Rutgers University. He founded and supervises the Dominican College/PHS Student Intern Program at the museum. This one-of-a- kind, program provides history students an opportunity to volunteer at the PHS museum, while they learn about the many aspects of museum studies and preservation.
In addition, “Over There” a display of WW I military uniforms, equipment and ephemera from the Society’s collection, curated by PHSTrustee David M. Moskowitz, will be available for viewing.
A question and answer session will follow the talk. For further information log onto www.pascackhistoricalsociety.org or call 201-573-0307.
Stones and Bones II
On Tuesday, February 21, a favorite event was reinvented for the indoors as children in grades 1-5 were invited to explore archaeology related activities with their families by becoming archaeologists themselves with a small-scale excavation! Thirteen youngsters were taught the basics of archaeology and then proceeded to prepare their own mini-exhibit of their findings during a fun-filled afternoon.
Dr. Anthony Troncone
Dr. Troncone, who previously spoke to the society about the recent presidential election, will be speaking about the events leading to the United States joining WWI.
Looking for that one special gift for 2017???
The Pascack Historical Society’s latest publication – Pascack Valley Tales II- edited by Katharine P. Randall of Hillsdale, is available for sale at their Museum at 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until noon and Sundays from 1 until 4 p.m. The limited 176-page soft cover book is also available at Shaw’s Book Shop, 267 Center Avenue in Westwood.
The attractively bound book contains more than 70 entertaining and historic stories and photographs about the eight towns (Hillsdale, Westwood, Woodcliff Lake, Emerson, Montvale, River Vale, Township of Washington, Park Ridge) that compromise the Pascack Valley. The text and content is suitable for all ages. Stories range from intriguing tales of local activities during the Revolutionary War to surprising events in the 20th century.
The book costs $20.00 a copy.