Past Historic Speaker Talks
February 24, 2022 - Guest Speaker, Rutherford Borough Historian, Rod Leith, spoke on the topic of The Life and Home of Lafayette and Harriet Hoage who are believed to be the first African-American family to settle and own their own home in Rutherford in 1868, Lafayette was born a slave, but gained freedom and actually fought in the Union Army in the Civil War. He came to Rutherford to work as a coachman for the Iveswold family. And the family owned their home at 127 Donaldson Avenue until the mid 1930s. The Meadowlands Museum collections include a number of items from the original house. To listen to this zoom talk click the link below .
May 20, 2021 - in connection with the Rutherford Historic Preservation Committee, Scott T. Hanson talked on on "Historic Houses for Contemporary Lives."
April 20, 2021 - Robert Montgomery, "Rocks and Minerals of the Meadowlands Area"
March 16, 2021 - Peggy Norris, "Stitches in Time: Quilts 1800-1976"
February 18, 2021 - Rod Leith and Della Rowland, “William Carlos Williams—the Doctor and the Poet”.
Nov. 24, 2020 - Danielle Morrin, “A Stitch in Time: Clothing & Textiles of the Meadowlands,1890 to 1915."