Friday, November 1, 2019

November Events at Morven Museum & Garden

WHERE: Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, New Jersey

New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra Salon: Mythos

WHEN: Sunday, November 10, at 3:00 p.m.
$10; Free for Friends of Morven, Series $25; Free for Friends of Morven

Additional Series Dates:
Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

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Members of the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra musicians present NBCO@Morven, a three-part series of uncommon chamber music pieces connected by a common theme. All events will take place in Morven’s Stockton Education Center. Short works are mixed with lively and informative discussions with the orchestra's conductor Mark Hyczko. The program on November 10, 2019 is “Mythos”, which will explore works inspired by ancient myths and legends. The salon on January 25 is called “Extended Techniques”, which features works that explore unusual approaches to writing for instruments. The concluding salon on May 9, 2020 is “Life/Death”, which explores music written at momentous occasions in the composers' lives. Light refreshments will be served throughout.

Tickets for individual, as well as the entire concert series, are available.

Rago Valuation Days at Morven Museum & Garden

WHEN: Tuesday, November 12 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Lauren Della-Croce, Specialist, Jewelry; and Gina Tomasello, Specialist, Decorative Arts

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Unused heirlooms are a source of financing for vacations, tuition or more, better jewelry. Why not discover what the jewelry you’ll never wear is truly worth? Lauren Della-Croce, Specialist in Rago's Fine Jewelry department, will be at Morven Museum and Garden to share her expertise. She will be joined by Mick Byers who will offer appraisals of fine art. Valuations are free. Call for a scheduled appointment from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. or, if you prefer, drop by between 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. when no appointment is necessary.

Should you choose to sell, Rago will donate a percentage of that sale to Morven Museum and Garden. For more information, or to schedule your appointment, contact Robin Daum at 609-397-9374, ext. 119 or email

Barbara Oberg and Martha King Discuss Women in the American Revolution

WHEN: Wednesday, November 13, at 6:30 p.m, doors open at 6:00 p.m.
$10; Free for Friends of Morven

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What was life like for women in the era of the American Revolution? Join us to find out from the editor and an author of an essay on Morven’s Annis Boudinot Stockton in the recently released Women in the American Revolution: Gender, Politics, and the Domestic World. Editor Barbara B. Oberg, Senior Research Scholar in the Department of History at Princeton University, will provide insights into the book’s creation as well as how the essays enrich our understanding of women in the Revolution beyond traditional narratives. Martha King, Senior Editor, Papers of Thomas Jefferson at Princeton University Library, will give a short talk on Annis Boudinot Stockton, based on her essay in the book. The book’s essays focus on individuals (Sarah Bache, Phillis Wheatley) as well as the impact of war on social or commercial interactions between men and women. The book will be available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments provided.

Dreaming of Utopia: Roosevelt, New Jersey

WHEN: Opening Reception November 14, at 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Exhibition open from November 15, 2019 to May 10, 2020

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Morven Museum & Garden explores the history and culture of Roosevelt, NJ from an experimental immigrant community in the 1930’s to present-day artist colony.  More than 100 objects from 25 collections are shown together for the first time in Dreaming of Utopia: Roosevelt, New Jersey, on view November 15, 2019 through May 10, 2020.

Working with the New Deal Resettlement Administration, Russian immigrant Benjamin Brown established the town, originally named Jersey Homesteads, in 1937. It was a community of Jewish garment workers who escaped city tenements to breath fresh air, farm the land, and operate a cooperatively-owned garment factory and shop.

Jersey Homesteads’ flat-roofed buildings, designed by architect Alfred Kastner with his assistant Louis Kahn, were built on half-acre lots that backed onto communal green spaces and woods. The emphasis on nature was inspired by the “Garden City” movement in which modern cities were designed around a central park. After the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945, the town was renamed in his honor.

After the communal collaborative farm and factory failed, Roosevelt attracted artists who addressed issues still very much relevant today: civil rights, economic equality, immigration, labor issues and fair pay, the right to free speech, peace and justice.

Included in this exhibition, guest co-curated by Ilene Dube, are works by legendary artists Ben and Bernarda Bryson Shahn, Jacob Landau, Gregorio Prestopino, Liz Dauber, Rex Goreleigh, Louise and Edwin Rosskam, Sol Libsohn, David Stone Martin and his son, Stefan Martin, Robert Mueller, as well as contemporary artists Jonathan Shahn, Ani Rosskam, Bill Leech and many others.


Liza & Schuyler Morehouse
Lisa & Michael Ullmann
Rago Arts & Auction Center
Kalkin Family Foundation

This exhibition was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
Morven Museum & Garden received a project grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State

Roosevelt String Band Concert: The Pete Seeger Songbook

WHEN: Sunday, November 17, at 2:00 p.m.
$10; Free for Friends of Morven

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New Jersey’s Roosevelt String Band presents “The Pete Seeger Songbook," songs that Pete Seeger wrote and recorded, including "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?", "Turn, Turn Turn," "We Shall Overcome,": and many more. The band features David Brahinsky, now living in Princeton on guitar and vocals, Joe Pepitone, from Brooklyn on bass, Nancy Wilson from Ewing, NJ on vocals and Paul Prestopino from Roosevelt (the sole member of the Roosevelt String Band still residing in Roosevelt), on at least 4 or 5 string instruments and vocals.

Ticket price includes same-day Museum admission.