Lectures

Farmstead Arts presents lectures on a variety of topics including history, preservation and the arts.

Lectures are held in one of our beautiful galleries in the historic Farmhouse at Farmstead Arts.  This intimate environment invites the listener into the heart of the narrative, creating an informative and entertaining experience for all.  A reception is held after each lecture with refreshments and an opportunity to meet and talk with the presenter.


 

 Registration is closed. Event is at full capacity.

“Crazy Daisy: Juliette Gordon Low,
Intrepid Founder of the Girl Scouts”

March 31, 2019 at 3:00pm

By Carol Simon Levin

Ms. Levin impersonates Juliette Gordon Low and tells how an impulsive, nearly-deaf, eccentric and fun-loving transatlantic socialite founded an inclusive movement that has empowered tens of millions of American girls.

Carol Simon Levin is a librarian, author, storyteller and program presenter based in Bedminster N.J.  Whether she is impersonating the woman who helped to build the Brooklyn Bridge, telling the amazing stories of early women in aviation, engaging families in a rousing Halloween Hootenany of songs and stories, expanding on the mathematical and artistic possibilities of a simple square, or sharing the story of a dolphin who learned to swim with an artificial tail (along with activities to help children understand what it is like to live with a disability), Carol Simon Levin always strives to create exciting programs that engage her audience’s interests and expand their horizons.


 

REVOLUTIONARY TEA:
an 18th Century Tea Experience

Sunday, April 28, 2019, at 2pm

By Stacy Roth

Stacy cooling the Tea by
Andrew Wilkinson

Why was tea so important in the lives of 18th-century people that fashion-conscious families posed for portraits with their tea sets? Did Great Britain lose her American Colonies over “the cup that cheers?” Find out in this unusual costumed presentation of tea lore, history, songs, poetry, living history display and demonstration.

Stacy Flora Roth is a freelance museum educator, public speaker, vocalist, and performance artist whose specialty is educational presentations on themes in American History. Ms. Roth approaches her subjects from many angles: incorporating activities, reproduction objects, music, storytelling, roleplay, demonstrations and other techniques. She is a native of New Jersey and a lifelong enthusiast of state history, ignited from a fascination with the American Revolution that began in the 4th and 5th grades.

Through her company, History on the Hoof, she currently offers programs on the social history of tea, period songs, the experiences of Revolutionary War heroine Mary Hays McCauley (Molly Pitcher), and the Homefront during WWII.  She is a popular speaker on the roster of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities’ Public Scholars Project (formerly the Horizons Speakers Bureau).

Ms. Roth holds a BA in History from Kean University, an MLS from Rutgers School of Library and Information Studies, and an MA from the University of Pennsylvania in American Civilization. Following graduation from the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Roth studied Visitor Behavior and Museum Education through a fellowship at Rutgers SCILS.

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Lectures are held in the Farmhouse at Farmstead Arts
450 King George Road, Basking Ridge, NJ
ADMISSION IS FREE, DONATIONS ARE APPRECIATED


The farmhouse is wheelchair accessible.  Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services may make a request by sending an E-mail to admin@farmsteadarts.org in advance.

This program is made possible, in part, by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State through the State/County History Partnership Program Grant, and administered in Somerset County by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission

 

Upcoming Events

  • Rehearsal - Importance of Being Earnest
    March 28, 2019|7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Funding has been made possible, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through funds administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State / County Partnership Local Arts Program.

 

Farmstead Arts Center, 450 King George Road, Basking Ridge, New Jersey 07920

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Office Hours: Monday - Wednesday 9 am – 1 pm
Farm House (open to the public): Monday - Wednesday 11 am – 1 pm
Gallery Hours (when there is a show in progress):
Same as the Farm House hours plus Sundays 1 pm – 4 pm (unless there is a concert or other event)

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