First Sunday Lectures


Hidden Historic Figures of New Jersey’s Past

Highlighting both legendary and living figures in New Jersey’s history, this season’s First Sunday Lectures will feature 60-minute presentation with speakers in Peachfield’s Great Room. Select presentations will highlight one individual, while others will recognize a group of individuals in New Jersey’s past. Light refreshments follow each presentation. Admission is $15 per person, and registration is required. Admission is free for members of the Friends of Peachfield, who must call or email us to reserve, as seating is limited. Interested in joining the Friends of Peachfield? Visit our Support page to learn how to join.

October 2, 2022, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Emily Warren Roebling

Dr. Lynne Calamia, Director of the Roebling Museum, will visit Peachfield to share a presentation on Emily Warren Roebling, her efforts in founding the Old Barracks Museum and her participation as a Colonial Dame in New Jersey during its founding.

*CANCELED*
Stay tuned for more information on a rescheduled date.

Portrait of Emily Warren Roebling by Carolus-Duran, Brooklyn Museum

November 6, 2022, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
William Mumler and Victorian Spirit Photography

William Mumler claimed he took photographs of spirits together with their living family members in the 19th century. Some Victorians felt he truly was channeling spirits of the dead, skeptics called him a fraud
who took advantage of grieving families. Dr. Jennifer Janofsky of Rowan University will guide us through the strange Victorian practice of spirit photography and Mumler’s sensational 1869 court case.

Examples of William Mumler’s “Spirit Photography,” including a portrait of Mary Todd Lincoln with the “spirit” of Abraham Lincoln (Left).

February 5, 2023, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Dr. James Still, The Black Doctor of the Pines

Samuel Still, of the Dr. Still Historic Office and Education Center, will discuss the legacy of his ancestor, Dr. James Still, a 19th century herbalist and medical doctor practicing in South Jersey, known as the “Black Doctor of the Pines.”

Engraved portrait of Dr. James Still reproduced in his 1877 autobiography

March 5, 2023, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Miriam Harker

Known for more than her infamous tea parties, Mrs. Harker was first-and-foremost a preservationist. Peachfield’s staff and volunteers will share Mrs. Harker’s activism, leadership and connections to historic preservation in Burlington County.

April 2, 2023, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Caspar Wistar & Wistarburg Glass

Cara Caputo, Manager of Interpretation and Public Outreach at Wyck Historic House in Philadelphia, will share a presentation on Caspar Wistar and the Wistarburg Glass Works.

Sample of Wistarburg Glass, courtesy of the Wyck Historic House and Garden, Philadelphia, Pa.

May 7, 2023, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Princeton’s Clarke Family

William Krakower of the Princeton Battlefield State Park, will share the history of Princeton’s Clarke family and their infamous legacy in the state.