FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 11, 2008

CONTACT: Seb D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tom Plante, 908-527-4746

 

Learn about Lenape Culture at Trailside, Jan. 25

lenape at trailside

Mountainside – Visitors are encouraged to stop by Trailside Nature and Science Center to learn all about the Lenape, or “original people,” who occupied areas of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware more than 10,000 years before the European colonists. Adults, ages 18 and older, can visit Trailside on Friday, Jan. 25 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. to learn about Lenape artifacts, crafts, clothing and beliefs with Beverly Friend, a woman of Lenape descent. This adult program requires pre-registration as space is limited. For additional information about the Lenape lecture or for information about upcoming programs and special events at Trailside, please call
908-789-3670 or visit us on the web
at www.ucnj.org/trailside.

Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

 

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to offer a lecture for adults, ages 18 and older, on Lenape culture. The lecture will take place at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside on Friday, Jan. 25 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

The Lenape, or “original people,” occupied the lands of New Jersey, South Eastern New York, Eastern Pennsylvania and Northern Delaware for more than 10,000 years before European colonization. Their lifestyle was simple yet comfortable and in harmony with the environment.

“The Lenape knew how to survive on this land, before the colonists arrived,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board. “It is of great interest to all of us to learn of their knowledge, skills and arts.”

This lecture will present a variety of authentic artifacts, crafts and clothing to explain Lenape daily life, beliefs, history and creative expression. Beverly Friend, a woman of the Lenape culture, will lead this interesting presentation in authentic dress. The program is made possible in part by funding from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. There is no fee, but donations are requested. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. Doors open 15 minutes prior to the program.

For additional information on this workshop or for a complete brochure of Trailside’s adult workshops and other special events for the 2008 winter season please call 908-789-3670
or visit our website at www.ucnj.org/trailside.

Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.