In honor of Vineland's 160th anniversary, one of our favorite guest speakers, Mark Demitroff, will offer a presentation at the museum and on the Internet about Vineland's history. Mark, a geologist who teaches a class on the history of the Pine Barrens at Stockton University, always offers an engaging talk so we hope you will join us. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for further details!
Our first Vintage & Variety Yard Sale, held on June 5, proved to be a success despite the heat. It will likely become an annual event but we're considering moving it to September when the weather is a little cooler. We are grateful to all of the vendors and visitors who helped make the day a success!
Author Rick Geffken presented our first virtual program during Black History Month based on his new book, "Stories of Slavery in New Jersey." We were delighted to find that more than fifty people from throughout the United States and Canada attended the event. We are currently planning our next program so check back with us soon. Autographed copies of Geffken's book are available for sale at the museum for $22.
Visitors to the museum will see a new exhibit this year devoted to the anniversary celebrations that once dominated local life. It seems that Vineland residents loved to party and, each year, the anniversary provided them with an opportunity to stage parades, dances, dinner parties, concerts and more to celebrate the founding of what would become an extremely important town. The elegant poster seen here at left was one of the many distributed throughout the region to show that Vineland celebrated in style (although we're still wondering about that seven nights of frolic...). We hope that you will come out to enjoy the exhibit and learn more about Vineland's past.
This unusual piece of medical equipment, currently on exhibit at the museum, was invented in the 1930s by Dr. Dinshah P. Ghadiali of Malaga. It reportedly cured illness by using different colored lights that were shown on the affected part of the body. Although considered controversial by traditional medicine , many people purchased the device and declared it to be helpful.