Bob Gleason introduces us to Thomas Paine, the mouthpiece of the Revolution. A firebrand who traveled the world to speak out against injustice, Paine wrote in “The American Crisis” that “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Outspoken, controversial, articulate and committed to social equality, Bob Gleason’s Thomas Paine is certain to spark discussion and evoke spirited discussion.
Kim Hanley will portray America’s “little miss sure shot”, Annie Oakley. Oakley was the star act in Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show, but she also championed women’s rights and other philanthropic causes. Come learn about her fascinating life both on and off the stage.
Jane Peters Estes will present a tongue-in-cheek look at death and dying in the Victorian era. Her program delves into the mourning customs of the period, covering everything from the dying words of famous individuals to headstone epitaphs. Although the topic may be “deadly”, many portions of the program are humorous.
Mercy Ingraham, an open hearth cook, will prepare a spring dinner for a Dutch colonial family. Visitors will come away from the experience with an enhanced knowledge of food preparation and an increased respect for the efforts our ancestors made in their daily lives.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see America’s pastime played according to 19th century rules. Dressed in period uniforms and using period equipment, the Hoboken Nine will be playing the Elizabeth Resolutes.
Susan McLellan Plaisted is the proprietress of Heart to Hearth Cookery, a food history business based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Susan will interpret & demonstrate Lenape cordage & net making techniques of catching & drying shad from the Delaware River.
Robert Mouland Performs
Robert Mouland is a rare musician - a combination of performer, historian and storyteller who uses period instruments and clothing to educate and entertain in a variety of settings with an unparalleled authenticity. Come and enjoy the music from America’s war for independence & discover that it consists of far more than “Yankee Doodle”. For example, George Washington’s favorite marching tune was actually a dance melody called Jamaica.
Meet Molly Pitcher – Heroine of the Battle of Monmouth
Stacy Flora Roth, of History on the Hoof, will portray Molly Pitcher (nee Mary Hays). “Molly” willreminisce about the days when she accompanied her husband through summer battles & winter encampments from Valley Forge to Monmouth to Morristown. Relating her tales of firing a cannon in the heat of battle to trudging "behind the baggage," she provides a glimpse into what it was like to be a "camp follower" in the days when American Independence was a dream rather than a certainty.
Meet the General who led the 1776 Christmas Crossing of the Delaware. David B. Emerson, of History on the Hoof, will once again portray General George Washington. Emerson will present two programs during the day and stroll among visitors throughout the Fair. Emerson was featured as George Washington in New Jersey Network's "Ten Crucial Days."
Walt Whitman, America’s Good Grey Poet
Darrel Blaine Ford, who has been studying Walt Whitman for the past 74 years, will bring him to life as he portrays this iconic figure of American literature. Listen to “Walt” as he recites his poetry. Learn about his life and his experiences during the Civil War. Discover his home in Camden, NJ – the only home he ever owned and where he died in 1892. See why Whitman is often called America’s greatest poet.
Levram the Great
Back for a second year, Levram the Great will delight audiences with his funny antics and sleight of hand. He is a simple-minded Colonial Conjurer who claims to have traveled the world and performed for the heads of state (as well as their feet)!