MR. FRANK ELD, PRESERVATIONIST AND AUTHOR TO VISIT THE GIBBON HOUSE
On Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 3 P.M., the Cumberland County Historical Society is honored to invite you to the Swedish Granary, just behind the 1730 Gibbon House in Greenwich, New Jersey to hear Mr. Frank Eld, a preservationist and author of the 2013 book, Finnish Log Construction: The Art. Standing in front of the Swedish Granary, he will speak about the Granary and the strong possibility that it was built by colonial-era Finns. Using his prized ax and other tools, he will also demonstrate Finnish log construction techniques. Frank comes from a family of proud Finnish migrants to Long Valley, Idaho. He has worked in his specialty since the 1970’s, preserving 19th century Finnish log buildings in the open-air museum in Roseberry, Idaho, that he helped found and which belongs to the Long Valley Preservation Society.
There is no charge for the lecture but Mr. Eld will have his fascinating book - full of information and photos - for sale for $25. In the case of rain, the lecture will take place on the following day, Sunday, April 27th at 3 P.M.
We are very happy to have this celebrated preservationist explore this aspect of the Swedish Granary. For details, call Joe Mathews or Warren Adams at the Lummis Library in Greenwich at 856-455-8580.
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.
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