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A Ladies Valentine Luncheon

Thursday, February 9, 2017


Navesink Country Club

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Exhibitions at the Museum

From about 1676 to 1952, eight generations of the Hartshorne family resided on their estate at the Highlands called Portland. At its maximum extent, the Portland tract encompassed more than 2,400 acres between the Navesink River and Sandy Hook Bay, including Sandy Hook.

This exhibition tells the story of those individuals through original documents, artifacts, paintings, textiles, silver and furniture owned by the Hartshornes over those three centuries Of special interest are one of the most complete sets of mid-18th century American crewelwork bed hangings known to survive, a silver-headed walking stick owned by Richard Hartshorne, the immigrant, and a large collection of ancestral miniature portraits and daguerreotypes still owned by descendants. Also included is much material on the California Gold Rush, and the West Coast career of Benjamin Minturn Hartshorne (1826–1900), whose fortune transformed Portland from a working farm into a country gentleman’s estate.

The exhibition draws on the collections of Monmouth County Historical Association, the Monmouth County Park System, and the privately held treasures of Hartshorne descendants.   

This program is made possible in part by funding from a New Jersey Historical Commission Grant and sponsorship from Amboy Bank and Investors Bank.

Special Hartshorne Exhibition Programs

A Peek Under the Petticoat. Wednesday, January 11. 10:30 to noon. 
Bernadette Rogoff, Consulting Curator, will change the mannequin's outfit in the gallery. 
Attendance limited to 15. Advance Registration required.
 $20 Members, $25 non-Members.
Call 732-462-1466 x 11 or email pgithens@monmouthhistory.org to register.

Curator's Gallery Workshop.Saturday March 18 10:30 to noon.
Join Curator, Joseph Hammond for an inside look at the exhibition. 
Attendance limited to 15. Registration $10. Call 732-462-1466 x. 11 or email pgithens@monmouthhistory.org to register.


That Memorable Sabbath-Day: The Battle of Monmouth in Drawings, Paintings & Prints explores artistic interpretations of the Battle of Monmouth. The battle was fought on June 28, 1778, a Sunday. During the mid-nineteenth century, as Americans became increasingly interested in their country’s rise to nationhood, depictions of historical events such as the Battle of Monmouth became popular with audiences throughout the eastern United States. Artists––professional and amateur alike––responded by creating drawings, paintings, and prints that brought the battle to life. The Association’s collections include a large number of such works.

This exhibition features a range of interpretations, from grand manner history painting and pictorial records of a documentary nature to scenes of romance, fantasy, drama, and outright caricature––all of which, whether grounded in fact or fiction, helped shape our awareness of what the American historian Benson J. Lossing (1813–91) described as “that memorable Sabbath-day in June, 1778.”


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Taylor-Butler Green House Project 

Boy Scout Owen Doherty, with Troop 201 in Rumson, has selected restoration of the greenhouse at the Taylor-Butler house for his Eagle Scout project. He will clean out and spruce up the overgrown facility, raising funds to cover the replacement of broken window panes and heater as well as the repair of the plumbing system. The restored greenhouse can be enjoyed by local garden clubs who are interested in cultivating heritage plants and herbs.

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