Cumberland County Historical Society 2017 Lecture Series at Lummis Library in Greenwich
January 22: Rev. Dr. Kim-Eric Williams will speak on the 17th century New Sweden colony on the Delaware.
The New Sweden colony on the Delaware began in 1638 and officially ended in 1655 when the Dutch under Peter Stuyvesant defeated them. Despite this defeat, many Swedes and Finns stayed and continued to settle and multiply throughout the Delaware watershed, including in South Jersey. Rev. Kim-Eric Williams is well-qualified to speak on the history of New Sweden. He is the Historian of the Swedish Colonial Society; translator for the multi-volume series, “Colonial Records of the Swedish Churches in Pennsylvania"; Curator for the Augustana Museum at the Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia; and Archivist at the Lutheran Archives Center in Philadelphia. He lectured on Swedish at the University of Pennsylvania for 15 years and has no fewer than three ancestors from the New Sweden colony. A graduate of Muhlenberg College and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, he has served as pastor in New Jersey and Sweden.
February 12: David Veasey will discuss his 2014 book New Jersey Colonial Architecture Told in 100 Buildings.
New Jersey's wide variety of 17th and 18th century extant architecture will be the focus of an illustrated talk by author David Veasey. New Jersey often doesn’t get due credit for its contributions to colonial and early American life, including its rich and diverse architectural heritage. This diverse architecture reflects its early settlers who were the most varied in all the colonies, except perhaps for New York City, coming from The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, France, Ireland, Scotland, and a number of English regions, with each group bringing their building traditions with them. Cumberland County buildings in Veasey’s talk and book are: Deerfield Presbyterian Church, Deerfield; Fairfield Presbyterian Church, Fairfield; Potter’s Tavern, Bridgeton; Gibbon House, Greenwich; Swedish Granary, Greenwich; Richard Wood Store, Greenwich; Caesar Hoskins Log Cabin, Mauricetown, and Governor Howell Plantation, Shiloh.
Mr. Veasey was raised in Chatham, Morris County, has spent most of his life in New Jersey. and now lives in Morris Plains. He has a long-time interest in the state's architecture, including its lighthouses, about which he wrote the book Guarding New Jersey's Shore Lighthouses and Life-Saving Stations. He also wrote the well-received book, New Jersey Then & Now. He has a BA from Drew University and an MA from New York University. He has worked his entire career as a writer and journalist, publishing articles about New Jersey for The New York Times, and on Madison Avenue, the United Nations, and finance.
March 12: "Oystering in the Old Days": Clyde Phillips will discuss the oyster industry of Port Norris.
Most of Clyde Phillips’ life was centered on boats for the oyster trade on the Maurice River and Delaware Bay. He is the last in a long line of oystermen. He worked early on in his father's oyster business, later for Dorchester Shipyard, and was the last foreman and Master Boat Builder at the old Del Bay Shipyard in Leesburg. Later yet he was the research vessel captain for what became the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory at Bivalve. He also served as the minister at several Methodist Churches in South Jersey. His specialty outside the ministry is the boats of the oystering trade, and his lifelong hobby has been the history of sailing boats and ships with his specialty being the sailing craft of the Chesapeake Bay. He will discuss the oyster industry generally by means of personal recollections and welcomes questions during his presentation. A question/answer period will close the program.
Light refreshments served. Lectures are free, though donations are encouraged to defray expenses. We will try to reschedule in case there is inclement weather. For further information, call Lummis Library at 856-455-8580.