Burlington County Lyceum of History & Natural Sciences

Burlington County Lyceum of History & Natural Sciences A museum dedicated to the history of Burlington County. Features exhibits, programs, and events.
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Burlington County, NJ
06/09/2021
Burlington County, NJ

Burlington County, NJ

Burlington County to mark Juneteenth with volunteer cleanup at Dr. James Still Education Center

06/04/2021
Story Time: The Tree Lady

Join us to learn about "The Tree Lady", a true story by H. Joseph Hopkin, about pioneer and activist Kate Sessions. Sessions helped San Diego grow from a dry desert town into a lush, leafy city known for its parks and gardens. This book is about following your dreams, using your talents, and staying strong in the face of adversity. We hope you enjoy "The Tree Lady".

06/02/2021

The June & July Program Guide is online! We are excited for summer and to be bringing back in-person programs! In fact, our first large event will be this Friday evening at Smithville Park with our first Concert in the Park featuring the Sensational Soul Cruisers!
Inside the Program Guide, you'll find programs for all interests and ages. There are fitness programs, hikes, culinary programs, tours of historical sites, the Young Naturalist and Junior Ranger programs, outdoor movies, concerts, overnight camping trips, and much more!
We look forward to seeing you all soon! https://view.publitas.com/p222-7429/program-guide-june-and-july-2021/

05/31/2021
Another wonderful site being preserved in Burlington County!
05/26/2021

Another wonderful site being preserved in Burlington County!

Each year Burlington County presents history and historic preservation awards to members of the community who have helpe...
05/24/2021
2021 History Awards Presentation

Each year Burlington County presents history and historic preservation awards to members of the community who have helped to keep our history alive through programs, education, exhibits, restoration, and more. Tune in as Commissioner Linda Hynes proudly announces the recipients of the 2021 Burlington County History Awards.
https://youtu.be/gO_nBZk6W0M

Each year Burlington County presents history and historic preservation awards to members of the community who have helped to keep our history alive through p...

05/21/2021
Story Time: Rolling Thunder

We hope you will enjoy "Rolling Thunder" by Kate Messner. Just in time for Memorial Day, this poetic story tells of the annual Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom that pays tribute to the men and women of the U.S. armed forces. Following the story, we will be making a "stained glass" craft using red/white/blue tissue paper, black construction paper, scissors, and glue. We hope you will enjoy the story!

In case you missed our walk through Mount Holly, you have the opportunity to view it from the comfort of your own home. ...
05/21/2021
Walk Through History-Mount Holly, NJ

In case you missed our walk through Mount Holly, you have the opportunity to view it from the comfort of your own home. We hope you enjoy! Keep an eye out for more history walks coming this summer!
https://youtu.be/1CaTzD9OWeA

Join museum curator of history, Marisa Bozarth, for a virtual walk along upper High Street, Mount Holly. View the many architectural styles that make up this...

05/19/2021

We are happy to announce that all Burlington County museums and galleries will once again be open Thursday-Sunday effective 5/20! Hope to see you soon 🙂

05/07/2021
Story Time: Seaman's Journal: On the Trail with Lewis and Clark"

In celebration of the Lewis and Clark expedition, join us for "Seaman's Journal: On the Trail with Lewis and Clark" by Patricia Reeder Eubank. Hear the story of the famed expedition through the eyes of Meriwether Lewis's Newfoundland dog, Seaman. The activity will be to create a map of the exhibition. A map can be found in the discussion or you can draw your own. Other supplies needed are crayons and a markers.

04/28/2021

In the next episode of our archive series, we are featuring "A Jay's Wing", a painting by Daphne Allen. At the time this was created, Allen was only 12 years old. The painting is part of the Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Science's Levis collection. Hear how the painting came into the collection, the history behind it, and the story it tells.
https://youtu.be/oKP-269ZB8s

04/23/2021
Story Time: Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library

Learn how Thomas Jefferson's love of books led to the creation of the world's largest library, The Library of Congress, in the book "Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library" by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by John O'Brien. After the story we will be making a bookmark using cardstock, markers, yarn, and scissors. We hope you enjoy learning more about Jefferson and his love of books.

Alice Paul’s mysterious manuscript | Penn Today
04/02/2021
Alice Paul’s mysterious manuscript | Penn Today

Alice Paul’s mysterious manuscript | Penn Today

Heather J. Sharkey and three students transcribed a hand-written manuscript of the doctoral dissertation by Alice Paul, who earned her Ph.D. from Penn in 1912. As part of a virtual symposium, they joined John Pollack of the Libraries to discuss their efforts.

03/29/2021

Be sure to check out our events page. We have a lot of great programs scheduled for the Spring. We are excited to be able to offer in-person programs again on the patio of the Lyceum (weather permitting) and we have added additional times for virtual programs. There is something for everyone! Registration links are in the program description. Hope to see you all soon!

03/24/2021

Another impressive Chesterfield woman in history to celebrate:

Anna Newbold Atkinson Black was born in 1907 in Kentucky to John Atkinson and Anna Black Atkinson, both of whom were born in New Jersey. Anna’s mother descended from the prominent Black family in Chesterfield Township, and after her father’s death in 1911, eight-year-old Anna and her mother moved from Kentucky back to the Black’s ancestral home, “The Locusts”, on Herman Black Road. Anna attended Chesterfield schools and St. Mary’s Academy in Burlington. She married William Tod Black in 1930 at the age of 23.
Anna Newbold Black was active in several county and state history organizations. She was a president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, a director of the Burlington County Historical Association, a director of the Burlington County Cultural and Heritage Commission and was active in the Friends of the Mansion at Smithville.
At the local level, she was on the Chesterfield Township Tercentenary Committee that published the Chesterfield Township Heritage Book in 1964, and a few years later was instrumental in creating the Township’s first Environmental Commission. In 1970, the world celebrated Earth Day for the first time, and shortly after this momentous event, Chesterfield Township passed an ordinance creating the Chesterfield Township Environmental Commission.
Mrs. Black, would invite local leaders to her home on Herman Black Road to discuss how best to involve residents on environmental matters and protect the township’s natural environment. She was a strong advocate for keeping nature unspoiled and loved the forest biota, especially specimen Tulip Poplar and American Beech trees. According to Karl Braun, a current member of the Environmental Commission and someone who remembers Anna Black well, her legacy of kindness for all and her promoting environmental awareness lives on through the continuing efforts of the present Chesterfield Township Environmental Commission.

The next video in our Artifact Highlight series features the catalogue of the Dunn Chinese Collection. Nathan Dunn trave...
03/23/2021
Burlington County Lyceum Artifact Highlight: Dunn's Chinese Collection

The next video in our Artifact Highlight series features the catalogue of the Dunn Chinese Collection. Nathan Dunn traveled to China and collected extensively. He used his collection to bring China to America at his Chinese Museum in Philadelphia. We hope you enjoy learning more about Nathan Dunn and his collection.

In this video series, we take you behind the scenes of the Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences collections. This month features the Dun...

03/19/2021
Story Time: The Curious Garden

Spring is almost here and to celebrate we will be reading "The Curious Garden" by Peter Brown. Hear the story of a young boy who discovers a garden in an usual place. Following the story, join us for our simple Spring craft. You will need construction paper, straws, and scissors. Enjoy!

Most know Clara Barton (1821-1912) as the founder of the American Red Cross. But did you know that she was also a teache...
03/17/2021

Most know Clara Barton (1821-1912) as the founder of the American Red Cross. But did you know that she was also a teacher? Barton obtained her teaching certificate in 1839 at the young age of 17. In 1852, she came to Bordentown where she saw a need for public education. Here, she opened a free school. It was the first free school in New Jersey. Within a year the school grew to 600 students and an additional teacher was hired. The town, realizing the schools potential, raised money to build a new school building, today known as the Clara Barton Schoolhouse. In 1973, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. The Bordentown Historical Society has been working to preserve the schoolhouse and has plans to celebrate Clara Barton's 200th birthday this year!

03/10/2021

Celebrate Chesterfield Herstory!

This is the first of several upcoming Women's History Month posts celebrating women in Chesterfield Township's history.

Crosswicks resident Mary R. Braislin (1860-1937), an early graduate of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, established an elementary school in her home at 442 Ellisdale Road because there was no school at that time for children in Crosswicks. Mary was the sister of Alice Braislin Brick, whose sons Edgar and Charles Brick, became partners in Edgar Brick & Sons Mince Meat company in Crosswicks.
After teaching elementary school in Crosswicks, Mary went on to become a principal in Bordentown’s private Priscilla Braislin School for Girls in 1899.
Mary was one of the first two women to become a member of the Board of Education for the new Crosswicks Public School in March 1907. She went on to become the first School Board Secretary for the Crosswicks School, and was a founding member of the Crosswicks Community Association in 1919.
Research revealed a further indication of Braislin’s academic interests -- she was a “Lifetime Member” of the Maria Mitchell Association, founded in 1902 to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native, astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator, Maria Mitchell. After she discovered a comet in 1847, Mitchell’s international fame led to many achievements and awards, including an appointment as the first American Professor of Astronomy at Vassar College, where she may have crossed paths with student Mary Braislin. Mitchell died in 188

Today we celebrate Esther Jerman Baldwin (1840-1910), known as the "Chinese Champion". Esther was born in Marlton and ed...
03/10/2021

Today we celebrate Esther Jerman Baldwin (1840-1910), known as the "Chinese Champion". Esther was born in Marlton and educated in her family home before attending Pennington Seminary where she graduated with honors in 1859. The following year, she became a teacher of mathematics, Latin, and French in Virginia. She retuned home to Marlton at the start of the Civil War because her sympathies were with the North. Esther married Stephen Baldwin, a missionary, and soon traveled to China. Here she became supervisor of day schools and a class of women who traveled reading the Bible to their county-women. While traveling, she saw the need for medical women in China and supported the first hospital for women and children in Foochow, China. She also translated writings from English, Latin, and French into Chinese. In 1900 she returned to the United States due to ill health, and settled in New York. Her she wrote her only book, "Must the Chinese Go?" advocating for the proper treatment of the Chinese. Throughout her adult life, Esther Baldwin labored to bring about a better understanding between China and the United States. She passed away at home in Brooklyn on February 26, 1910.

Today we celebrate Esther Jerman Baldwin (1840-1910), known as the "Chinese Champion". Esther was born in Marlton and educated in her family home before attending Pennington Seminary where she graduated with honors in 1859. The following year, she became a teacher of mathematics, Latin, and French in Virginia. She retuned home to Marlton at the start of the Civil War because her sympathies were with the North. Esther married Stephen Baldwin, a missionary, and soon traveled to China. Here she became supervisor of day schools and a class of women who traveled reading the Bible to their county-women. While traveling, she saw the need for medical women in China and supported the first hospital for women and children in Foochow, China. She also translated writings from English, Latin, and French into Chinese. In 1900 she returned to the United States due to ill health, and settled in New York. Her she wrote her only book, "Must the Chinese Go?" advocating for the proper treatment of the Chinese. Throughout her adult life, Esther Baldwin labored to bring about a better understanding between China and the United States. She passed away at home in Brooklyn on February 26, 1910.

03/05/2021
Story Time: Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors

In honor of Women's History Month, we will be reading "Who Says Women Can't be Doctors" by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Margorie Priceman. The book tells the story of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor. I hope you enjoy.

County Parks System's March Events are Safe, Free and Fun for the Family
03/04/2021
County Parks System's March Events are Safe, Free and Fun for the Family

County Parks System's March Events are Safe, Free and Fun for the Family

March is officially here, and the Burlington County Parks System is back with its monthly program guide. This month, the county parks will host numerous events, both in-person and virtual, that are both safe and free for individuals and families. Are you feeling lucky now that Spring is in the air?....

In honor of Women's History Month we will be highlighting Burlington County women throughout the month. The first is SYB...
03/03/2021

In honor of Women's History Month we will be highlighting Burlington County women throughout the month. The first is SYBILLA RIGHTON MASTERS (1676-1720). Sybilla was the first person residing in the colonies to be granted an English patent. Born in Bermuda, she immigrated to New Jersey in 1687. In June 1712, she traveled to England to pursue patents for two inventions. The first was granted by King George I in 1715 for the process of "Cleaning and Curing the Indian Corn Growing in the Several Colonies of America." This method utilized stamping corn instead of grinding it. This produced what Sybilla called "Tuscarora Rice" which is still popular in America today. It is better known as grits. The patent, however, was issued in her husband's name because women could not receive patents. He husband did, however, put in the patent that it was Sybilla's invention and King George I gave her the credit for it. She also received a patent for a method of weaving straw and palmetto leaves into hats and bonnets. In 1716 she opened her own hat store. Sybilla passed away in 1720 in Philadelphia.

In honor of Women's History Month we will be highlighting Burlington County women throughout the month. The first is SYBILLA RIGHTON MASTERS (1676-1720). Sybilla was the first person residing in the colonies to be granted an English patent. Born in Bermuda, she immigrated to New Jersey in 1687. In June 1712, she traveled to England to pursue patents for two inventions. The first was granted by King George I in 1715 for the process of "Cleaning and Curing the Indian Corn Growing in the Several Colonies of America." This method utilized stamping corn instead of grinding it. This produced what Sybilla called "Tuscarora Rice" which is still popular in America today. It is better known as grits. The patent, however, was issued in her husband's name because women could not receive patents. He husband did, however, put in the patent that it was Sybilla's invention and King George I gave her the credit for it. She also received a patent for a method of weaving straw and palmetto leaves into hats and bonnets. In 1716 she opened her own hat store. Sybilla passed away in 1720 in Philadelphia.

Be sure to check out the next video in our Archive Highlight series where we take you behind the scenes of our collectio...
02/23/2021
Burlington County Lyceum Artifact Highlight: Wax Portraits

Be sure to check out the next video in our Archive Highlight series where we take you behind the scenes of our collections. This month features wax portraits. Learn how the artifact came into the collection, the history behind it, and the story it tells. A new video in the series will be posted each month.
https://youtu.be/mjs8aJwKt40

In this video series, we take you behind the scenes of the Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences collections. This month features was por...

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Be sure to check out our event page for all of the great programs coming up in August.
Lots of fun last night. Join us next Tuesday. Bring your own drinks and snacks.
Beautiful facility and the AFHM is looking forward to our next event on September 18, 2019. 😊
Is there a historian's roundtable? I miss the one the county historian ran.
One of my favorite history topics. Prepare to be amazed.
So interesting visit. Loved the tour. xx