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 .

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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"  

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March 16, 2021 - Peggy Norris, "Stitches in Time: Quilts 1800-1976"


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February 18, 2021 - Rod Leith and Della Rowland, “William Carlos Williams—the Doctor and the Poet”.

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Nov. 24, 2020 - Danielle Morrin,  “A Stitch in Time: Clothing & Textiles of the Meadowlands,1890 to 1915."

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