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.



“FDR and the Women Who Loved Him”

Sunday, February 12, 2017

2:00 pm in the Farmhouse

With historian Glenn LeBoeuf

F.D.R. had a loving yet controlling mother most of his life.  His marriage to Eleanor would exist as a political formality soon enough.  His secretary worshiped him.  His daughter, Anna, adored him despite his failings as a husband to her mother.  Who were the other women who entered F.D.R.’s life in large and small ways? What did he see in them?  What did they see in  a wheel-chair bound president?

As F.D.R. fought polio…elections…the Great Depression and World War II…what solace did these women provide him?

Glenn W. LeBoeuf is a lifelong student of military history. He is an active ‘living historian’ with the 3rd N.J. Vol. Infantry ( www.3rdnj.org ) and has helped organize and run the largest civil war reenactment ever held near Gettysburg in 1998 with over 22,000 participants. Glenn participated in films such as “Glory” (1990) and “Gettysburg” (1993).  Glenn is also a noted authority on the life and character of Abraham Lincoln and for over 25 years, has given talks for Historical Societies, R.O.T.C. classes, Adult Schools, Colleges, Library Associations and Civic Groups. In June 2007 he spoke at the prestigious Civil War Institute, at Gettysburg College.

A graduate of Monmouth University, Glenn taught social studies in New Providence, NJ from 1977-1979. He is currently a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor and Senior V.P. of Wealth Management with Garden State Securities, Inc. in Red Bank, NJ.  He has been assisting individuals, families, corporations, trusts and endowments with Wealth Management, nationwide, for over 26 years. He lives in the Atlantic Highlands N.J.

Glenn can be contacted at glennwleboeuf@msn.com or by calling him at 908-938-5518.


Remembering the Ladies:

From Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates

Sunday, March 12, 2017

2:00 pm in the Farmhouse

Featuring Carol Simon Levin

Ms. Levin portrays Abigail Adams who famously wrote to her husband John asking that the Continental Congress “remember the ladies” when drafting new laws for the new nation, looks ahead to both well-known and lesser-known women from Dolly Madison  to the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, and to pioneering female activists and politicians who’ve worked to extend women’s rights across the spectrum.

Carol Simon Levin is a Youth Services Librarian, author, storyteller and Living History Presenter based in Bridgewater 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), she always strives to create exciting programs that engage her audience’s interests and expand their horizons.

Carol has been particularly fascinated by the history of technology and women’s history.  For  more information on her Telling Her Stories  presentations, check out the website tellingherstories.com.

Lectures are held in the Farmhouse at Farmstead Arts
450 King George Road, Basking Ridge, NJ
Admission is free, donations accepted

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.