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.

Lecture Series 2018-19

“The Life, Assassination, and Death of James A. Garfield”

Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 2pm

By Glenn LeBoeuf

Death of General James A. Garfield (Lithograph by Currier & Ives - Library of Congress)

“The Death of James A. Garfield” Lithograph by Currier & Ives (Library of Congress)

The dramatic story of the life and assassination of war hero and 20th American President James A. Garfield.  LeBoeuf will tell the story of the agonizing final months of Garfield’s life, from the mortal wound inflicted by an assassin’s shot on July 2nd, 1881 to Garfield’s death on September 19th in Elberon NJ.  Learn, among other things, how 19th century medical practices contributed to the President’s demise.

Glenn W. LeBoeuf is a lifelong student of military history. A graduate of Monmouth University, he taught social studies for several years before becoming a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor with Garden State Securities, Inc. in Red Bank, N.J. 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 is also a noted authority on the life and character of Abraham Lincoln and is a sought after speaker by law firms, historical societies and library associations. He lives in the Atlantic Highlands N.J.

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“The Story of Alexander Hamilton”

Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 2pm

By Nolan Asch

Alexander Hamilton Wickimedia Commons

Alexander Hamilton (Wickimedia Commons)

Summit resident Nolan Asch is one of only seven official national Alexander Hamilton Advocates designated by the Alexander Hamilton Awareness (AHA) Society. AHA was one of the historical consultants Lin Manuel Miranda used in creating the 2015 musical hit Hamilton. Asch will discuss Hamilton’s life from birth to death and highlight crucial US institutions that still exist today that were founded or co-founded by Hamilton. Mr. Asch is a 1971 graduate of Columbia University (Hamilton’s school) with a minor in History.

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

March 31, 2019 at 3:00pm

By Carol Simon Levin

Crazy Daisy 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.

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REVOLUTIONARY TEA: an 18th Century Tea Experience

Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 2pm

By Stacy Roth

200 px stacy roth tea by andrew wilkinson

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.

Lectures are held in the Farmhouse at Farmstead Arts
450 King George Road, Basking Ridge, NJ

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.