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 February 19, 2018, 7:30 pm – Program: New Jersey’s Colonial Architecture Told in 100 Buildings. Learn more about our state’s rich and diverse architectural heritage at this meeting. Author David Veasey will give a talk on his latest book, entitled “New Jersey’s Colonial Architecture Told in 100 Buildings.” The discussion will include a substantial number of buildings remaining from our colonial past; including the Royal Governor’s Mansion in Perth Amboy, the still functioning Black Horse Inn in Mendham, Nassau Hall at Princeton University, Washington’s Headquarters in Morristown, and the famous Sandy Hook Lighthouse. Colonial New Jersey was one of the most diversely populated colonies in the country, and this diversity shows in the styles and building traditions used in that period. These stylistic elements were a precursor for 19th Century architecture, and they continue to inspire and influence building design today. David Veasey, an experienced journalist, writer and public speaker has written three books on aspects of New Jersey history.
Monday March 20, 2018 – Program: Presentation on Victorian Women, plus Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser for the national VSA Summer School scholarship fund.
Monday April 17, 2018 – Program: Bloomfield Through Time. Richard Rockwell documents Bloomfield’s turn-of-the-19th-century residential architectural patterns and the building and remodeling trends that influenced the Bloomfield we know today. The presentation will include rarely seen historic photographs digitally restored from negatives from the Nathan Russell Collection archives at the Glen Ridge Public Library juxtaposed with contemporary scenes.
Monday May 15, 2018 – Program: Annual Preservation Award Meeting, location t.b.a.
Monday June 19, 2018 – Program: Annual Garden Party, location t.b.a.
Monday October 18, 2018 – Program: 19th Century Religion