Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man

Mark Your Calendar!
Walter Stahr, author of a new biography of William H. Seward entitled Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man, will give a talk and sign his book on October 14 in Florida, NY.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

26th Annual Highlands Archaeological and Historical Conference



MORNING HIKE: 9:30 AM TO 11:30 AM at SHEPHERD LAKE SECTION OF RINGWOOD STATE PARK, NJExploring the ruins of Windcap at Hilltop Farm.  Meet at 9:30 AM in the SHEPHERD LAKE parking lot, assembling near the foot of Mansion Road at the Chapel of St. Luke the Physician.  We will hike up Mansion Road to the ruins of Windcap and on our return look at ruins of various related buildings and the incursion of the Tennessee Gas pipeline, built in the mid 20th century and now proposed for expansion.  Good Hiking shoes required.  Guided hike led by Nancy L. Gibbs, historian, NJHHS.

AFTERNOON PROGRAM: 1:00 TO 4:00pm at Sterling Forest State Park, Lautenberg Visitors Center, Lower Level Carol Siri Johnson, Ph. D., NJHHS, presiding

1:00 PM-1:25 PM: “An Analysis of Pigments from Wall Paintings in Dutchess Quarry Cave Number One.”  Kevin Olsen, Montclair State University, Eric Dratch and Edward J. Lenik, Inc. Orange Co. Chapter, NYSAA.

1:25 PM-1:50 PM “A Cluster of Stone Tools on the Lower Hudson.” John Phillips, Inc. L. A. Brennan Lower Hudson Chapter, NYSAA

1:50 PM-2:15 PM “Summer Indians: Native American Inspired Activities in U.S. Children's Camps.” Susan Scher, LCSW


2:30 PM-2:55 PM “Iona Island: Native Americans, Dutch, Viticulture, Amusement Area, U.S. Navy Munitions Depot.” Donald (Doc) Bayne, President, F.S.F.

2:55 PM-3:20 PM “Nazis in the Highlands.”  Tom Riley, Retired Bloomingdale, NJ educator, Adjunct Professor, Sussex County College

3:20 PM-3:45 PM “Industrial Scenes Along the Hudson.” Charles G. Berkemeyer, NJHHS

1:00 PM-4:00 PM BOOK ROOM
Program Chair: Edward J. Lenik, R.P.A., Inc. O.C.C., NYSAA, ASNJ & NJHHS

Meeting Facilities courtesy of Sterling Forest State Park, Jeff Hutchinson, Park Manager.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Chapter member: Ed Lenik's RAMAPOUGH MOUNTAIN INDIANS takes First Prize!

Ed Lenik's  RAMAPOUGH MOUNTAIN INDIANS takes First Prize 

Ringwood, NJ.  The North Jersey Highlands Historical Society (NJHHS), a Ringwood Manor State Park Friends group, is pleased to announce that RAMAPOUGH MOUNTAIN INDIANS: PEOPLE, PLACES AND CULTURAL TRADITIONS, written by archaeologist Edward J. Lenik, was awarded First Prize in the book category of the 2011 Kevin M. Hale Annual Publications Awards from the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey. The criteria for the award are : 
  • Significance of research
  • Time and effort that went into work
  • Quality of sources
  • How much does this add to our knowledge of the subject?
  • Clarity of presentation
  • Quality of illustrations
  • Editing
RAMAPOUGH MOUNTAIN INDIANS: PEOPLE, PLACES AND CULTURAL TRADITIONS, released in October 2011, is  a companion volume to INDIANS IN THE RAMAPOS: SURVIVAL, PERSISTENCE AND PRESENCE, written by Mr. Lenik and published in 1999 by NJHHS.  The new book was edited and designed by Nancy L. Gibbs, NJHHS secretary.  In this volume, Lenik draws on history and archaeology to discuss people, places legends, stories and objects that testify “We are Still Here.”

Edward J. Lenik is a regional archaeologist whose research interest firmly is placed on the human history of the northeastern United States and Atlantic Canada.  He is a past president of the Archaeological Society of New Jersey.  He is the author of many books including a series on Indian Rock Art in the northeast and the well-known IRON MINE TRAILS from the NY/NJ Trails Conference.

The North Jersey Highlands Historical Society, found in 1954, is dedicated to collecting and communicating the history of the North Jersey Highlands region from prehistoric Native America to the present.  

The League of Historical Societies of New Jersey, founded in 1966, is composed of over two hundred twenty organizations. Most of the organizations in the league are local historical societies, but it also includes statewide societies and related institutions, county agencies, museums, libraries and archival groups, historic preservation agencies, and a variety of other organizations.