The VSANNJ meets monthly from September to June. Meetings are normally held on the 3rd Monday of the month at 7:30 pm at the Montclair Women’s Club, 82 Union Street, Montclair, NJ. The Club is handicapped accessible.
Our meetings typically feature a speaker presentation, followed by refreshments and socializing. Speakers are experts in their fields, and their talks (sometimes done in period costume) cover a wide variety of 19th century historic and cultural subjects. Topics have ranged from architecture and the decorative arts to social issues and politics.
Regular meetings are free for members; non-members pay $5 to attend. Our special Garden Party and Christmas Party can each be enjoyed by members and and their guests for just $15.
Monday September 17, 2018 – Program: “Hudson River Lighthouses: An Illustrated History.” Learn fascinating facts when the Victorian Society of America’s Northern NJ Chapter presents an illustrated lecture by Kevin Woyce on his book; Hudson River Lighthouses. Woyce’s talk will take you on a tour of the Hudson River’s lighthouses, past and present –from the long lost lights at Coxsackie and Stuyvesant to New York City’s beloved “Little Red Lighthouse.” Discover how and why these lighthouses were built, and hear the stories of brave men and women who kept them shining. The Hudson River’s first lighthouse was built in 1826 at Stony Point. By the early 1900’s, more than a dozen lighthouses guided ships on the Hudson River past islands and shallows. Seven of them still exist. The program will be illustrated with his original photographs of the lighthouses and landmarks, plus vintage images of historic people, places and events.
Monday October 15, 2018 – Program: “Of Bibles and Bloomers: The Impact of American Religion on Leading Feminists of the Victorian Era.” Historian Cynthia Rogers will give a talk about individual women in the early Women’s Movement and the challenges they faced. The presentation will feature many old photographs and include interesting facts about Lucy Stone who resided in Montclair.
Monday November 19, 2018 – Program: “How the Upper Montclair Business District was Developed in the 19th Century.”