Presidential Comments

There is little that is more important for an American citizen to know than the history and traditions of his country. Without such knowledge, he stands uncertain and defenseless before the world, knowing neither where he has come from nor where he is going. With such knowledge, he is no longer alone but draws a strength far greater than his own from the cumulative experience of the past and accumulative vision of the future.
Excerpt from John Kennedy's (1962) essay "On History"

I cannot but remember the place that New Jersey holds in our early history. In the early Revolutionary struggle, few of the States among the old Thirteen had more of the battlefields of the country within their limits than old New Jersey.… Away back in my childhood, the earliest days of my being able to read, I got hold of a small book…Weem’s "Life of Washington". I remember all the accounts there given on the battle fields and struggles for the liberties of the country, and none fixed themselves upon my imagination so deeply as the struggle here at Trenton, New Jersey. The crossing of the river, the contest with the Hessians, the great hardhips endured at that time, all fixed themselves on my memory more than any single revolutionary event; and you all know, for you all have been boys, how these early impressions last longer than any others. I recollect thinking then, boy even though I was, that there must have been something more than common that those men struggled for; that something even more than National Independence; that something that held out a great promise to all people of the world to all time to come.... Excerpt from Abraham Lincoln's speech to the NJ State Senate, February 21, 1861

Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Association Membership Information

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Upcoming Holiday Events 2011

A Weekend of Special Evening Events:
Fri., Sat.,and Sun. ~ Dec. 16 -18
Music for the Holidays:
Two 18th Century Candlelight Concerts at The Old Dutch Parsonage ~ Dec. 16 & 18.
Linda Russell ~ Friday, Dec. 16 ~ 7:30 p.m. ~
Ms. Russell, well-known for her historic musical interpretation, sings seasonal Songs and Ballads of the Colonial era
and plays period instruments including Hammered Dulcimer, Guitar and Tin whistle.
Seating begins at 7 pm.
Robert Mouland ~ Sunday, Dec. 18 ~ 7:30 p.m. ~
Mr. Mouland plays more than six instruments of the period including English Guitar, Violin, Wire Harp,
Shuttle Pipes, Flageolet and Flute. The Concert includes Popular and Celtic Tunes of the 18th century in the Spirit of Christmas.
Seating begins at 7 pm.
"Eight Nights Before Christmas" ~ Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011
Colonial Christmas Tours at The Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Historic Sites ~ Tours on the Hour from 5 - 8 pm During candlelight tours of The Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage. guides in period clothing explain how Christmas was celebrated in the American colonies. Enjoy the holiday atmosphere of these Colonial-era homes, decorated authentically in the 18th century manner to celebrate the season. Invite friends, family and others to enjoy this unique holiday event! Tours available at 5 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm and 8 pm. Refreshments will be served.
All Events: $10 per person. Advance Reservations Required.
Contact Jim Kurzenberger:
Phone: 908-725-1015 Email:
Site Address &Parking: 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
(Lot across from Circle Floors. There is a short walk to the houses.)