Join The League of New Jersey Historical Societies, as the Summit Historical Society co-hosts their fall membership meeting on Saturday, November 4. The League of New Jersey Historical Societies, represents more than 250 local organizations from Mahwah to Cape May.
The meeting will begin at 9am at co-host Calvary Episcopal Church, located at 31 Woodland Avenue in Summit, with remarks from League President Jane McNeill and Summit Historical Society President Patricia E. Meola. This will be followed by a welcome from Summit Mayor Nora Radest and an overview of the history of Calvary by Rector Matthew T.L. Corkern. After a short League business meeting, the mid-morning coffee break will feature music from Kenneth Davis, the church’s organist and choirmaster.
Following the musical interlude, Madison’s architectural historian and historic preservation consultant, Janet W. Foster*, will give the keynote speech “This Happened Here…but it’s hard to see now.” Janet will use examples of the successful use of historic preservation to promote local history as well as not-so-successful examples will be used in this illustrated lecture. “History can live in documents, illustrations, artifacts and in oral traditions,” Foster said, “and it can even live in buildings, designed landscapes and urban spaces. But keeping the physical form of the building environment as both a useful, well-maintained thing AND as a repository for a history of people, places and things has proven to be a significant challenge. What are the barriers and the pitfalls in linking history and building preservation? Can preservation serve as a way to raise awareness of local history, as a way of engaging new audiences, and as a tool for local reinvestment and community planning?”
A catered lunch with a choice of sandwiches will be provided in Calvary’s Parish Hall, while attendees have the opportunity to network with colleagues and fellow volunteers from each of New Jersey’s 21 counties. In the afternoon, there will be self-guided tours within Summit, featuring the 1741 Carter House (home of the Summit Historical Society), the Summit Playhouse, the Reeves-Reed Arboretum, the Summit Diner and the nearby historic horse trough, as well as the city's retail district, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Driving directions will be provided.)
The cost of the meeting is $25 which includes continental breakfast, all talks and programs, lunch, snacks, a goody bag and afternoon self-guided afternoon tours. Click here to see the agenda plus the registration form, directions, and a lovely article about the joys of Summit. To register for the meeting, fill out the registration form (on page 2) then mail the form and your check made out the Summit Historical Society to the address provided. Registration is due by Oct. 28th. For questions please call 908-277-1747.
*Janet Foster has more than 30 years of experience with New Jersey’s buildings. She did graduate work at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation and later was its Associate Director for the Urban Planning & Historic Preservation Programs. She continues as an adjunct professor in the Historic Preservation Program and has published numerous articles and books focused on New Jersey architecture, among them Building By the Book: Pattern-book Architecture in New Jersey and The Queen Anne House: America’s Victorian Vernacular. Foster lives with her husband in a Queen Anne-style house they restored.