7th Annual Greenwich
to be held at Santa’s Workshop
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Sponsored by the Cumberland County Historical Society
A dash of sugar, a pinch of creativity and some good old-fashioned competition will turn Santa’s Workshop into a baker’s paradise at the 7th Annual Greenwich Gingerbread Contest. The entire community— kids, families, youth groups, scout troops, schools and organizations— are all invited to create a gingerbread structure and participate in the contest.
Your creations will be displayed at Santa’s Workshop, located on 884 Ye Greate Street, during “Christmas in Greenwich” on Sunday, December 11, 2016, from noon to 5 p.m. Entries will be judged on overall appearance, originality and creativity, difficulty and detail. Except for the base, the entry must be made completely of edible products. (Note: Edible materials are not limited to sweets!)
To be eligible for the competition, registration is suggested, and your gingerbread structure must be delivered to Santa’s Workshop on Saturday, December 10th, between 9 a.m. and noon.
Call the Cumberland County Historical Society at 856-455-8580 for additional information.
Hearthside Dinners at the Gibbon House
The Cumberland Country Historical Society is excited to announce the return of the Hearthside Dinners! The menu for the dinners will consist of 18th century recipes. Food will be served in the kitchen around the lit hearth at the Gibbon House. The Gibbon House was originally build in ca. 1730 by Nicholas Gibbon, who was a merchant. The large hearth was added after he married his wife in ca. 1740. There will be three dinners: January 28, February 25 and March 25. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. $60 per person. $110 per couple. Reservations required. Anyone interested in attending or those who have inquiries can call 856-455-8580.
Cumberland County Historical Society
2017 Lecture Series at Lummis Library in Greenwich
January 22: Rev. Dr. Kim-Eric Williams will speak on the 17th century New Sweden colony on the Delaware.
February 12: David Veasey will discuss his 2014 book New Jersey Colonial Architecture Told in 100 Buildings.
March 12: "Oystering in the Old Days": Clyde Phillips will discuss the oyster industry of Port Norris.
The Cumberland County Historical Society Receives First Prize in the
Kevin M. Hale Publication Awards
The League of Historical Societies of New Jersey has announced that the Cumberland County Historical Society has won first prize in the Kevin M. Hale Publication Awards for their book Early Wood Architecture of Cumberland County, New Jersey by Joan Berkey. The award is being presented on June 11, 2016, during the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey's Spring Meeting at the Tewksbury Historical Society in Hunterdon County.
The LHSNJ is composed of nearly 250 local historical societies, museums, libraries, historic sites, cultural and heritage commissions, genealogical societies, and other history-related organizations. The Hale Awards were created to mark the achievements of member societies. The award categories include books, booklets, brochures, calendars, DVDs, journals, newsletters, pamphlets and posters.
The Cumberland County Historical Society received grants from the New Jersey Historical Commission: New Jersey Department of State that allowed the Society to hire noted architectural historian Joan Berkey to research and write the book over a four year period, and to publish the hardcover book in August 2015. Berkey spent countless hours examining 51 buildings, focusing on those erected before ca. 1750 and researching the history of heavy timber frame construction to place the buildings in context. The Cumberland County Historical Society is grateful for all of Joan’s efforts to make this amazing publication possible!!
New Book about Cumberland County’s Historic Architecture Available
The Cumberland County Historical Society is proud to announce that its newly-published book, Early Wood Architecture of Cumberland County, New Jersey, is now available for purchase. read more >
In 1905, at the same time plans were being made to erect a monument to commemorate the Tea Burning in Greenwich, the Cumberland County Historical Society was organized as a non-profit corporation. The first recorded meeting of the incorporators of the Cumberland County Historical Society was held in the old Cumberland County Court House on Broad Street in Bridgeton at 2 PM on December 2, 1908.
These Charter Members organized the Society in order to apply to the Board of Freeholders and the State Legislature for funds to erect a monument inGreenwich to the memory of the brave Patriots who burned the tea on December 22, 1774.