OUR RIGHTS TOO! Overlooked Women of Color in the Fight for Women’s Rights

26 February 2024

“Get two for the price of one.” The February 27th meeting of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood is on the cusp of February-March.  February celebrates “Black History Month” and March celebrates “Women’s History Month.” This program covers both Black and Women’s History:  2 for 1. This meeting features the return of popular storyteller Carol Simon Levin with her program called “Our Rights Too!” Emphasizing the overlooked role played by women of Color, Levin tells the long fight for women’s rights. She shares the stories of Phillis Wheatley, the enslaved woman who wrote a poem in honor of George Washington, noted abolitionists and women’s speakers Maria W. Stewart & Sojourner Truth and Native American activists Zitkala-Su to name a few. Come to this special meeting to learn about more women of all colors and creed who fought for women’s rights and women’s lives. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday,February 27th  at the Shady Rest Country Club, 820 Jerusalem Rd. (at the corner of Plainfield Avenue) in Scotch Plains.

In addition to performing lively historic portrayals, Levin is the author of Remembering the Ladies: From Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates, which profiles 69 women—well-known and unknown—who worked tirelessly for women’s rights in America. She holds a bachelor’s degree focusing on women’s history and history of technology from Cornell University and a master’s degree in library services from the University of Arizona. She is also the founder of the website tellingherstories.com.

The upcoming meeting is free and all are welcome. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the presentation. For questions, please email Info@HistoricalSocietySPFNJ.org or call 908/322-6700 Extension 230.

Irene Hatton Has Passed On To Her Heavenly Reward

10 January 2024
It is with great sorrow that we tell of the passing of longtime member Irene Hatton. She was in charge of tending our formal garden at the Osborn Cannonball Museum for many years and did many other activities in the group as well. Viewing will be this Thursday January 11th 2024 from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home on South Avenue Fanwood New Jersey along with a combined viewing and service on Friday at 9:00 a.m. at Memorial. Her daughter Lynn tells us she requested that donations in her memory be made to the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood.
The Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood
P.O. Box 261
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Further information can be found at the Memorial Funeral Home website.

Osborn Cannonball House Museum open house and Christmas party

28 November 2023

Renate Maroney in Christmas decorate colonial kitchen wearing winter dress.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Come one! Come all!

You are invited to the Osborn Cannonball House for the annual open house and Christmas party on Sunday, December 3rd, 2023 from 2pm to 4pm. Located at 1840 Front St in Scotch Plains. Join us for hot mulled cider along with goodies to eat. Featured is our Victorian Christmas tree and 1800s winter clothing display. Join us for caroling around our restored 1885 Mason and Hamlin reed pump organ. Costumed guides will conduct tours. The museum will be closed for January and February. It will reopen Sunday, March 3rd in the New Year.

For more information email Info@HistoricalSocietySPFNJ.org or call 908-322-6700 Extension 230.

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