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E-Mail: shskarman@yahoo.com
Mail: P.O. Box 312, Sparta, NJ 07871
President: Richard Karman - 973-729-7549
Program Chair: Marjorie Strohsahl - 973-729-5153
Membership Chair: Peter Trusio - 973-670-6502

Meetings of the Sparta Historical Society

MAY 10, 2012 WILL BE THE FINAL MEETING OF THE SOCIETY FOR THIS YEAR.

We will feature films of older members of the Sparta community who have recorded oral histories. Come and see themreminisce about life during the depression, the early days of Lake Mohawk and World War II in Sparta.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS OF THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

MARCH 8, 2012 MEETING

Are you Baroque?

Do you know some Tales of the Vienna Woods?
Perhaps you are Classical, or go for Renaissance, Romantic or Modern?

Whatever the genre, come enjoy a program of “Musical Moments in History or Histeria…and all that Jazz!” on the evening of Thursday, March 8, 2012, when the Sparta Historical Society proudly presents Music Educator Joyce Simmons with her musical history time line, featured at the Sparta Ambulance Building (upper level), 14 Sparta Avenue, Sparta, at 7:30 p.m. The program will follow a short business meeting and light refreshments.

Simmons, a Sparta resident, is a graduate of Marywood University in Scranton, PA and earned her Masters at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She has been teaching and conducting music in both the public and private sector of education for over 40 years, including Felician College in Lodi, and Sussex County Community College in Newton, were she was the Choral Director for a number of years. Simmons has been the Music Director and Organist at her church for the last 19 years.

Admission to this program offered by the Sparta Historical Society is free to all members. Guests are invited to attend for a nominal charge of $1 per student, $3 per adult. Formore information, please contact Program Chairman Marjorie Strohsahl at (973) 729-5153.

If you are interested in learning more about the Society, what it to offer you, its projects and how you may join, please call Membership Chairman PETER TRUSIO at 973-670-6502.


The final meeting for the year will be May 10, 2012 in the Ambulance Building.

MARCH 18, 2010 - 7PM
SHS Meeting: March 18th
The below is our subject for ournext Sparta Historical Society meeting on 3/18. The topic is of broad interest, so please join us and enjoy our shared history.

The Boys of the 20th Maine ? A Personal Journey

One hundred and fifty years ago, boys were choosing sides and "joinin? up" as the War Between The States was about to begin.
Go back in time with guest speaker Valerie Josephson at the next Sparta Historical Society meeting on Thursday, March 18, at 7:30pm.


Ms. Josephson's great grandfather, Mansfield Ham, was a private in the famed 20th Maine. When the War began, he was a 19-year-old farmer who wanted to fight. Ms. Josephson?s research into her family history, census records, and local history helped her see the many issues he likely had to consider, including slavery, patriotism, states' rights, the small farm as an economic unit, and the lack of information. No Internet!


A retired medical editor, Ms. Josephson decided to write a book for young adults, using this research to write a fictional account of her great-grandfather and his best friend, Gus Walker. Her goal for the book was to weave historical materialinto the storyline, creating characters, projecting their feelings about the war, and helping readers feel the hardships the young men endured.

She will talk about her research and her writing; how historicaldatahelped create believable characters who felt they had a duty to preserve their country.
"Who Would Not Be a Soldier! The Boys of the 20th Maine" is her first book.


The Society meets in the lower level of the Sparta Ambulance Squad building at 14 Sparta Avenue. Everyone is welcome andrefreshments will be served.
Admission is free to members; a $2.00 donation is welcomed from non-members.
Contact Ed Fritsch, 973-729-0644, for further information.

If anyone is interested in helping to keep up the association website, please let the leadership know. It is relatively easy and operates as a "wiki" which is almost as easy and composing email. It also allows for a "team" approach to site management. IT is a free site now, but the cost of that is that ads will appear on the site. It would cost about $20/month to have an "ad free" wetpaint site.


JAN 21 2010 - 7PM

Go back in time to early Sparta with Myra Snook, as she shares her “Sparta: Then & Now” slide show plus new research on a little-known section of the township called “Howellsville”. The Sparta Historical Society presents Ms. Snook as guest speaker on Thursday, January 21st at 7:30pm. A lifelong resident of Sussex County with a hands-on interest in its history, MsMillrace - Station Road. Snook worked for 28 years as a Library Media Specialist in the Sparta Public Schools. While there she took photos of old local postcards, then paired them with photos as Sparta looked in the early 1980’s, for teachers to use during the “Our Town” unit in our elementary school curriculum. Ms. Snook’s “Howellsville” research began with noticing the stream running along Sussex Mills Road, and wondering where it was flowing from and where it was going. Her research revealed the origin of the street’s name, and much more. Ms. Snook has a wealth of knowledge to share about Sparta and will be pleased to answer questions, including, “How did Green Road get its name?” She knows, as she worked at Helen Morgan School library with Emily Green. The Society meets in the lower level of the Sparta Ambulance Squad building at 14 Sparta Avenue. Everyone is welcome andrefreshments will be served. Admission is free to members; a $2.00 donation is welcomed from non-members. Contact Ed Fritsch, 973-729-0644, for further information.

PAST MEETINGS

Paulinskill ViaductSept. 17 Meeting:
Wonders in Our Backyard
Did you know that in the early 1900's, Sussex County had a high-speed rail line to Pennsylvania? And to build it, a local school was buried under tons of rock while the children cheered?

The Sparta Historical Society is proud to announce that the Sussex County Historian, Wayne McCabe, will be the guest speaker at their next meeting on Thursday, September 17th at 7:30pm. Railroad buffs, engineers, and Sussex and Warren County residents will enjoy viewing slides and hearing about the construction of the Lackawanna Cutoff, an engineering marvel built between 1909 and 1912.

Despite the mountainous terrain, the engineers of the Cutoff were determined to build a straight, level, 28-mile rail line between Stanhope, NJ, and Slateville, PA. To achieve this, they built 73 bridges, viaducts, and culverts, plus the stupendous Pequest Fill.

The largest concrete bridge in the world at that time, the Paulins Kill Viaduct, is an awesome section of the Cutoff. With 7 arches, it is over 1100 feet long with a maximum height of 115 feet. Although reinforced concrete is very common today, 100 years ago no one had dared to employ it to the extent that the Cutoff contractors did.

The Cutoff also includes the 1,000-foot long Roseville Tunnel, dug out of rock with only manpower & a few steam shovels.

The Society meets in the lower level of the Sparta Ambulance Squad building at 14 Sparta Avenue. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served. Admission is free to members; a $2.00 donation is welcomed from non-members. Contact Ed Fritsch, 973-729-0644, for further information.

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May 21 Meeting:
Tracks Across America : The Transcontinental Railroad Experience one of the greatest construction projects in America at the next Sparta Historical Society meeting on Thursday, May 21st at 7:30pm. Building a railroad across the United States required ingenuity, courage, and thousands of men. Driven by the dream of linking the United States from the Atlantic to the Pacific, in the 1860’s two rival railroad companies raced to complete the Transcontinental Railroad. Battling the Rocky Mountains, avalanches, Indian attacks, and the barren Great Plains , the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads got the job done in record time. Join Dr. Raymond Frey as he retells this amazing American story, almost 140 years to the day the railroad opened for through traffic. Dr. Frey is Professor of History at Centenary College in Hackettstown, where he has taught for the last 19 years. He is the recipient of three major teaching awards, including the 2008 New Jersey Historical Commission Award of Recognition. Dr. Frey has appeared in two television documentaries about New Jersey history, including an episode of "The History Detectives" about Thomas Edison, produced by PBS. Please join us in the lower level of the Sparta Ambulance Squad building at 14 Sparta Ave. For members in good standing, the event is free; a $2 donation is appreciated from non-members. Refreshments will be served. Contact Ed Fritsch for more information: 973-729-0644.

The Society meets in the lower level of the Sparta Ambulance Squad building
at 14 Sparta Avenue. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served.
Admission is free to members; a $2.00 donation is welcomed from
non-members. Contact Ed Fritsch, 973-729-0644, for further information.

Sincerely,
Bob Corbo
bobcorbo@mindspring.com
973 600-1587

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SOME THINGS TO DO IN SUSSEX COUNTY


See more information about what to do with your time see the link above.
In SUMMER -- Don't forget the famous New Jersey State Fair
and Sussex County Farm and Horse Show !!!


New Jersey State Fair HistoryThe history of the New Jersey State Fair - Sussex County Farm and Horse Show was prsented at our last meeting. See more pictures in our Photo Gallery.


Peter Randazzo and Lois Pellow of the Farm and Horse Show Preservation Committee showing film clips and photos of early shows. Their presentation has drawn lively responses when presented to other groups in Sussex County.

This started as a small horse show in 1936, and now has the honored distinction of being the State Fair of New Jersey.
Fee Free to Members

Shown: Marjorie Strohsal, Peter Randazzo, Lois Pellow and Ed Fritche..



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Veteran Interviews in APRIL

The below video will be added to new page I am making on the site called "FEATURES" This is a little about the Van Campen Inn on OLD MINE ROAD by the Delaware River. Our local historical figure - Leanord Peck talks in the second half of the feature. More of these kinds of features are free to watch at ME3TV.org .




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