David Library hosting two American Revolution lectures in June

The spring lecture series presented by David Library of the American Revolution will conclude with two lectures in June. On Sunday, June 1st at 3:00, the Library will present “Devils, Cannibals, and the Ghost of General Wolfe: The Visual and Material Culture of the Violent and the Macabre in the American Revolution” by Zara Anishanslin, Ph. D., and on Thursday, June 26th at 7:30pm, “Lord Dunmore: The Extraordinary Life of a Royal Governor in Revolutionary America” by James Corbett David, Ph. D.

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Walking tour describes history of Tyler Hall and Gardens

by June Portnoy

There’s a hidden gem at Bucks County Community College in Newtown. On the campus stands Tyler Hall, a 60-room mansion surrounded by formal gardens.

On Wednesday, April 2nd, the college’s Social Science Club invited the public to a walking tour of this formal baronial estate led by Professor Emeritus Lyle Rosenberger. He began the tour by quoting his friend, a professor at Oxford University, stating, “Buildings and gardens are a reflection of the values of the people who built them.”

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Newtown Creek Coalition completes new five-year strategic plan

by June Portnoy

This past January the Newtown Creek Coalition (NCC) adopted a new strategic plan for 2014 through 2019 that will support its mission to “improve, protect and preserve the Newtown Creek and to encourage appropriate use of this natural and historic resource by the community.”

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Learn the Address

To help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, documentarian Ken Burns, along with numerous partners, has launched a national effort to encourage everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the speech.  People from all across the country are participating in this historic effort including the Cambridge School.

As part of this national effort, THE ADDRESS, a 90-minute feature length documentary by Ken Burns, will air on April 15th at 8pm on PBS.   The film focuses on The Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont, where students with learning differences practice, memorize, and recite the Gettysburg Address.  In its exploration of the Greenwood School, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.

The Cambridge School, the only school invited to participate in NJ, has partnered with the Greenwood School to help further the national conversation about learning differences through a contest for its middle school students.

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Adult Programs at the Township Library

Adult Spring Programs at the Township Library of Lower Southampton begin in March. Here’s what’s coming up:

* AARP Safety Driving Program for seniors in March. This class is a one-day refresher course. In order to be eligible for this class you must have taken an AARP Safety Driving Course within the last three years. You must bring proof that you took the class, such as a copy of your class certificate or your insurance bill. You must be a licensed driver 55 years or older to participate. You are also required to bring a pen or pencil and your current driver’s license to the class. The fee for this program is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. The class will be held on Tuesday, March 18th from 12:30 to 5:00pm. If you have any questions or want to register, you can call Mr. Paul Strenge at 215-355-1037. The library will not be taking reservations for this class.

* A Military Fashion Show featuring military uniforms of early American forces and foes. Re-enactor Michael Jesberger will present an educational program on the various military attire and equipment worn by our early American fighting men and their foes. Complete with reproduction clothing, headgear and equipment, this program will inform and show you how the military uniform evolved from the pre-Revolutionary War militias to the soldiers of the American Civil War. This program will take place on Thursday, March 20th at 7:00 pm. Registration has begun for this class.

* “FDR: An Arsenal for Democracy” -  The date is December 29th, 1940. Franklin Delano Roosevelt has just been reelected to an unprecedented third term in office. But the world is in crisis. Nazi Germany has blazed the path of destruction across Europe, and America may soon be drawn into war. Visit the library and watch this famous moment come to life, as you meet with the President just prior to his delivery of the famous “Arsenal of Democracy” speech. Learn what President Roosevelt was thinking, and listen to his plea for the support of our Allies. Experience firsthand the history that shaped our nation. Actor Neill Hartley of the American Historical Theatre will portray FDR. This program will take place on Thursday, March 27th at 7:00pm. Registration begins on Monday, March 3rd.

You can register that the Library Information Desk or by calling the library at 215-355-1183 x104. The Township Library is located at 1983 Bridgetown Pike in Feasterville.

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Does anyone know opening date of original Centre Bridge?

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission has a question that it hopes history enthusiasts in Bucks or Hunterdon Counties may be able answer: What was the specific date or month in 1814 when the original covered, timber Centre Bridge opened between Solebury Township, and the former Amwell Township, N.J.?

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David Library of the American Revolution

The David Library of the American Revolution is a specialized research library dedicated to the study of American history circa 1750 to 1800. The Library is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm, admission free.

Although the David Library serves the scholarly community and offers Fellowships to Ph.D. candidates and post-doctoral researchers, its unparalleled and comprehensive collections are available to anyone with any interest in any aspect of the Revolutionary era. Browsers are welcome!

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Solebury Township Historical Society

The Solebury Township Historical Society is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the interpretation and preservation of the historical and cultural resources in the township through research, advocacy and education. The township is rich in its historic architecture, industrial and cultural heritage and notable residents. The society seeks to expand the appreciation of our past and the understanding of how our heritage affects the quality of life of current and future residents.

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Newtown Historic Association, Inc.

The Newtown Historic Association (NHA), incorporated in 1964, is an organization dedicated to the preservation of Newtown’s historic heritage. The 250+ member group meets at the Half Moon Inn (Court Inn), located at Court Street and Centre Avenue, at 8:00pm on the third Monday of almost each month.

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Historic Summerseat

Few homes in America have been owned by, or occupied by such important people of the 18th century as Summerseat. Summerseat was General George Washington’s Headquarters in Decembers 1776 and owned by two signers of both the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution, Robert Morris and George Clymer.

During Washington’s time there, Summerseat was owned by Thomas Barclay who would become America’s first consul overseas and who also negotiated America’s first Treaty with foreign nation, Morocco.

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