Exciting news!

Announcing…the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Association website!  

As we reported at our last annual meeting, in 2014 we applied for a mini grant for the development of a website.  We were successful in that effort and received a project grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.  We have been working very hard on developing it with David Bell e-Designs and we invite you to visit http://www.wallacehouseassociation.org
to check it out!  Keep checking back on it as it is still a work in progress and more materials will be added.

 

FOR REVIEW BY MEMBERS & FRIENDS

Minutes of the 2013 Annual Membership Meeting of the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Association.

 

November 23, 2013; 4pm Site Office/Assembly Room

 

In attendance: Carol K, David H, Marge S.,Marguerite B, John F and 9 other members

 

Preservation Specialist/Curator: Jim Kurzenberger

 

Special Guest Speaker:  Ed Wroblewski, Ed. D.

 

Carol K called the meeting to order and introduced members of the Board.

 

Minutes. Marge S had previously emailed and mailed the minutes from the 2012 Annual Meeting to the group and asked that they be approved as sent, the Board having previously review them in February. Approved to file on voice vote.

 

Treasurer’s Report. Marguerite B briefly reported on income and expenses to date, as well as balances thru Oct 31, 2012 on our investment fund.  The fourth quarter reports will not be available until after Dec. 31.  The Association spent $3.358.47 this year.  This included operating funds for our organization and programs. We also provided support for the site in the amount of $2,400 in the past year.  The funds going directly to the Wallace House included purchase of the spit-jack clock reel for the kitchen fireplace and funds for woodwork in the Wallace House Kitchen Cabinet Reconstruction from our Preservation Fund.  Funds spent on programs included our contribution of refreshments to the Five Generals President’s  DayTour sponsored by The Heritage Trail Association in February and today’s speaker. The 2013 opening balance of our Investment fund was $5,077.53.  The ending balance as of Oct 31, 2012 was $5,228.21. The fund has not realized any significant growth in the last year, and Marguerite proposed that the Board consider switching funds. She will report on some options at the next Board meeting.

 

Jane K was absent but sent a membership report. There were 40 paid members in 2013.  Donations last year above and beyond dues enabled us to contribute to the “Kitchen Cabinet Reconstruction”.

 

Jim K reported briefly on the status of the above project which is nearing completion. The roof repairs at ODP were completed early last year.  He announced an ambitious program of events next year, starting with a Twelfth Night event.  The kitchen cabinets are expected to be installed by this time.  The annual holiday event at the sites, this year “Three Days Before Christmas”, Sunday, Dec 23rd.

 

Carol K updated the group about the Board’s plan to design and seek funding for a website for our organization which will not only advertise our group but augment the limited information available about the history of the sites on the NJ Park Service website.  We were not able to apply for NJ Historical Commission Mini-grant as originally planned because the Commission canceled the December submission date, due to an excess of grants received to date and the limited funding pool. The Board will proceed to seek funding from other sources, or apply in the new fiscal year.

 

Carol asked Dr. Wroblewski to update the group on the plans for NJ’s 350 Anniversary year as Mr. Wroblewski is a member of the planning committee. He provided the sites with two posters about the Anniversary and announced the following: The kick-off event is being held New Year’s Eve at the Count Basie Theater and website NJ350.com is already operational.  The themes for the year are: Innovation, Diversity, Liberty.

 

The next meeting will be arranged before George Washington’s birthday via email. Dues/Donation Request letters will go out on or about Feb. 1.

 

 Meeting adjourned 4:40 for Dr. Wroblewski’s talk, “The Queen’s Ranger’s: Britain’s First American Regiment.

 

Marge Sullivan, Secretary of the Board

SAVE THE DATE : SATURDAY NOVEMBER 15 2014

The Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Association will hold its Annual Meeting on Saturday, November  15, 2014, approximately 3pm.  The brief meeting will immediately follow a program on the colonial bake oven at 2 pm.

Members will receive additional information in the regular mail.  New members will also be welcome at this time.

 

2013 Annual Meeting of WHODPA


The Queens Rangers”
Saturday, November 23rd, 4pm-6pm 

At the Old Dutch Parsonage, Somerville, New Jersey
 

The Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Association will host:
Joseph Wroblewski, Ed. D.
Member of the N.J. Historical Commission’s Committee planning for the observance of the 350th Anniversary of the founding of New Jersey.
During the American War of Independence 1775-83 the British Army authorized the raising of a number of regiments from the colonial population who remained loyal to the Crown. Colonel Robert Rogers, a celebrated officer in the earlier French-Indian War, formed the Queen’s Rangers in New York in August 1776. It was named in honor of Queen Charlotte the wife of King George III. Rogers, due to personal problems, resigned and eventually the Regiment came under the command of an Englishman, Major John Simcoe. The Queen’s Rangers fought in the pitched battles of Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth and continued to be engaged in patrols, skirmishes and raids throughout the Delaware Valley from Philadelphia and Bucks County to across the river from Salem in Southern New Jersey; on to Perth Amboy and Springfield in North Jersey.
In 1780 the Rangers were transferred to the Southern Theater of Operations and were present at the British surrender at Yorktown. Following the surrender at Yorktown, the Regiment eventually took up land grants in New Brunswick (Canada) and were later reconstituted to help build what is now Toronto. The Regiment survives today as part of the Canadian military as the Queen’s York Rangers, and is still practicing their original function as a reconnaissance unit. Learning about this unique group of Americans, who remained loyal to the King during the War of Independence, should prove to be both thoughtful and interesting.
A brief business meeting will precede Dr. Wroblewski’s talk.
Members and guests welcome.  Site parking at 71 Somerset Street
New members welcome at this time.

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING

The 2010 Annual Meeting of the Wallace House and the Old Dutch Parsonage Association
convenes on:
Sunday afternoon, November 7th
2:00 pm

At: The Old Dutch Parsonage
Parking at 71 Somerset Street
Somerville, N J.
Current, Former, and New Members Welcome
Brief Business Meeting
Presentation by:
Donald J. Peck, Author of
“A Spirited War: George Washington and the Ghosts of the Revolution in Central New Jersey”

SAVE THE DATE: 2009 Annual Meeting

To all current and former members and contributors to the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Association (formerly “The Friends of….”) and any individual interested in supporting the sites on Washington Place:

The annual meeting of our membership will be held on:

December 3, 2009

At The Visitor’s Center, 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ

Time: 7:30pm

Those wishing to renew their membership may due so at this time. New members always welcome.