WOMEN IN HISTORY - March 21st
Shirley Nugent and Mary Lou Mathis presented what life was like, both work and play, for different generations of Tuckerton women including Leah Blackman, Sarah Thompson, the Price sisters, and Jennie Pharo. Parts of their diaries and other writing were read and discussed. Barbara Bolton (photo on right) spoke on the Suffragette movement and Women throughout America's wars from the Revolution to the present. The program ended with members of the audience speaking about a woman who was a positive influence in their lives.
VOICES IN THE PINES - April 25th
Karen Riley joined us with an informative and entertaining talk about her favorite subject, the New Jersey Pine Barrens. She presented an overview of her new book, "Voices in the Pines" which highlights and tells a story about a variety of Pine's people she was privileged to interview. Both her interesting and colorful speaking and writing style make the people come alive.
ANTIQUE TOOLS - May 16th
Carl Bopp spoke on the common wood plane, its manufacture and use from the mid 1800's through the early 1900's. He talked about specific plane makers in Philadelphia and the various trades that used the wide variety and sizes of handmade planes produced. Of particular interest were the many coopers (barrel makers) in Philadelphia who used the wooden plane to produce barrels, specifically for the brewery industry. Carl shared some of his wood plane collection, pointing out the name of the plane maker stamped in the wood of each piece of their work and the practice of each carpenter to, often, carve their name and date of acquisition into the plane. Photos of the cooper industry in Philadelphia were also shared. Questions were answered and various old tools brought by listeners were identified.
WORLD WAR II - June 13th
Bob Buchanan gave a slide presentation of photos he took in various campaigns throughout Northern Africa and Europe during World War II. The audience was able to share their personnel war-time experiences.
POSTCARDS FROM MANAHAWKIN TO NEW GRETNA - July 18th
Russel Mathis, Mary Lou Mathis, and Pete Stemmer spoke on the history of post cards from Manahawkin to New Gretna and how they can be a help to historians and genealogists. Many examples of actual postcards were presented in addition to a slide show of many local area postcards. Audience members were able to share postcards from their personnel collections.
THE HISTORY OF PARKERTON, N.J. - August 15th
The history of Parkertown was discussed by Betty Shinn, Barbara Bolton, Shirley Nugent, and Pete Stemmer, followed by the official release of the Tuckerton Historical Society's new publication, "The History of Parkertown, N.J."