Highlighting local schoolgirl needlework from 1762 – 1860

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The Threads That Bind Us

A Cumberland County Collaborative Schoolgirl Needlework Exhibition

The Cumberland County Historical Society cordially invites you to an upcoming sampler exhibit to be held at the c. 1730 Gibbon House in Greenwich on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 12 Noon to 5 P.M. The Threads That Bind Us, a sampler exhibit highlighting local schoolgirl needlework from 1762 – 1860, will include samplers from area museums and private collections.

Two of the Cumberland County Historical Society's samplers are part of the current Hail Specimen of Female Art! exhibition at the Morven Museum and Garden in Princeton, New Jersey. In addition to welcoming our local "Jersey girls" home, the May 16th exhibit will highlight early female education. Dan and Marty Campanelli, co-curators of the Morven exhibit, will be on-hand to deliver their lecture entitled "So Education Forms the Mind." This lecture will be held at the Lummis Library in Greenwich at 2 P.M.

As part of the research gathered for the Morven exhibit, the Campanelli's discovered a common pattern among the early Cumberland County samplers, tagging them the "compartmented samplers of Cumberland." Through this exhibit, we hope to bring forth new discoveries and to join them with the known examples in an effort to further this important research. We hope you will join us and be a vital part of The Threads That Bind Us county-wide!


(Includes light lunch, sampler exhibition catalogue and lecture by Dan & Marty Campanelli)

Make checks payable to the CCHS and mail to:

CCHS – Sampler Exhibit

PO Box 16

Greenwich NJ 08323

DEADLINE TO RSVP: Friday, May 8, 2015

QUESTIONS? Call Linda at 856-690-1018 or Barbara at 856-451-6945

All proceeds will be used for sampler conservation/restoration.

Sitting Pretty: The Cumberland County Historical Society's Ware Collection on Exhibition in Princeton

The Cumberland County Historical Society (CCHS) is proud to have several pieces from our collection included in Morven Museum & Garden's upcoming exhibit "Of the Best Materials and Good Workmanship: 19th Century New Jersey Chairmaking." This exhibition will be held from April 23, 2015 through October 18, 2015.  Objects from the CCHS's collection that are being highlighted in the exhibition center on the renowned Ware family of South Jersey. There were nineteen Wares who, over four generations, engaged in chairmaking from the late-18th century until the 1940s. The Society's 1894 Maskell Ware and Family Lithograph will be on exhibition along with the ca. 1840 companion portraits of Maskell and Hannah Ware.  Three of the CCHS's slat-back, rush seated chairs created by Dan, Reuben and George Ware will be on exhibition. The Society's Ware-type child's two-slat rocking potty chair with finials and rush seat is sure to be an exhibition favorite.

Morven's exhibit "will explore the craft of chairmaking in New Jersey from the late 1790s to the end of the nineteenth century, an era when chairmakers worked actively in virtually every corner of the Garden State, from large cities and towns to small crossroads communities. Hundreds of craftsmen are known today through census records, business directories, account books, and research conducted by furniture students and local historians....Thirty-five examples of documented New Jersey chairs will show the range of seating furniture produced in all parts of the state, and will be joined by chairmaking tools and equipment, portraits, photographs, advertisements, and plates from sales catalogs."

Curator Joseph W. Hammond will give a gallery talk on May 14 and September 17. Space is limited. To make your reservation call 609-924-8144 x 106, email or register online at

Thanks to Morven Museum & Garden for helping the CCHS to once again be a part of their exhibition. Join us at Morven for an opening reception on April 22, 2015, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

For more details about this interesting exhibition, visit Morven Museum & Garden's website



By Jim Bergmann

The Broad Street Cemetery Association invites you to join them on Memorial Day at the Old Broad Street Church and Cemetery in Bridgeton, New Jersey on May 25, 2015 from noon to 3:30 P.M. This will be the last celebration honoring the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. This program will feature Beck's Band playing Civil War music.

"The Beck's Band: Philadelphia Brigade Band is a Civil War-era, brass band with nearly 30 members who appear in authentic uniforms and play both period and reproduction instruments. The group performs the same military and social music that was played to entertain the troops, console loved ones who lost family members or welcome home weary soldiers during the Civil War."

The program starts at noon with a "PIC-NIC" on the church lawn followed by a program in the church which will include special stories about some of the 300 Civil War veterans buried in the cemetery. There will also be a reading of the names of all these veterans and the regiments in which they served.

There will be displays of Civil War buttons, uniforms and a special quilt honoring all of the Civil War veterans in the cemetery.

The program will conclude with a cannon salute, the VFW Post No. 1795 Honor Guard and Taps.

Also available will be a synopsis of the book, Civil War Veterans Buried in Broad Street Cemetery—Their Regiments and Individual Stories. The book will be ready for purchase later in 2015.

Members of the BSCA hope to see you on Memorial Day. For more information, call 856-332-0008.

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About the Cumberland County Historical Society

The office of the Cumberland County Historical Society is located in the Warren and Reba Lummis Genealogical and Historical Library, located at 981 Ye Greate Street, Greenwich, New Jersey 08323.

Office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Library is open for research on Wednesday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4 pm. Click here for more details.

The telephone number is 856-455-8580 or please visit our website at Our email address is

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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