Four Centuries in a Weekend Museum Opening

13 October 2021

The Osborn Cannonball House Museum will be open October 16th and 17th, 2021 from noon to 5pm as part of “Four Centuries in a Weekend: A Journey through Union County’s History”. Admission is free. Tour this 18th century home and hear the story of how it was hit by Revolutionary War Cannonball Fire. See our “Strength in Women through the Ages” display featuring the history and clothing of the Suffrage Movement in NJ. Learn about Mary Darby, an 18th century Scotch Plains woman who selflessly aided the Revolutionary cause. Costumed docents will give guided tours.

Osborn Cannonball House Museum Open on Scotch Plains Day

30 September 2021

The Osborn Cannonball House Museum will break it’s pandemic slumber to open for Scotch Plains Day, Sunday October 3rd from 11am to 3pm. Come and get a preview of our new exhibit on the women’s suffrage movement. The museum is adjacent to the Town Green at 1840 Front St, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076.

“One Small Step: The Voyages of Apollo”

16 September 2021

In a presentation called “One Small Step: The Voyages of Apollo,” amateur astronomer Alan Witzgall will present a program on the journey of the first manned spaceflight to land on the moon at the September meeting of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 28, at the Shady Rest Scotch Hills Country Club, 820 Jerusalem Rd. (at the corner of Plainfield Avenue) in Scotch Plains.

Witzgall, past president of Amateur Astronomers, Inc., of Cranford, also will review the missions that followed Apollo 11 and discuss reasons to expand space exploration and return to the moon. He will augment his presentation with genuine lunar rocks and other celestial specimens.

The speaker, who earned a bachelor’s degree in earth and planetary science from Kean University, is the recording secretary and chair of the Instrument Qualifications Committee for Amateur Astronomers, Inc. In that capacity, he trains the group’s members in the use of the telescopes at Sperry Observatory on the campus of Union County College and conducts research in astronomy. Witzgall is a senior optician for ESCO Optics in Oak Ridge, New Jersey.

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