Past Events & Activities in 2021

MARCH 17, 2021: WHY WENCH BETTY'S STORY MATTERS-THE MURDER OF A NJ SLAVE IN 18784, a Zoom public presentation by Sue Kozel

The gripping story of Wench Betty, an enslaved woman in Western Monmouth County, tells a horrible history of enslavement.  Wench Betty was murdered in 1784 for defying her owner's commands. The subsequent court proceedings for her murderer were also held that year.

Using court documents, coroner’s reports, and slaveowners’ records, our presenter, Sue Kozel will take us along on her investigation. This presentatio will look at the workings of race, gender, and power during and after the Revolutionary War - a time when powerful New Jerseyans were pulled between Revolutionary ideas of freedom and liberty, and the cruel realities of its legalized system of slavery..

This program is supported by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities through the “NJ Women Vote: The 19th Amendment at 100” initiative. NMHA proudly presents it during Women’s History Month.


FEBRUARY 17, 2021: A HISTORICAL JOURNEY ACROSS RARITAN BAY, a public Zoom presentation with John Schneider.

John Schneider, a noted local historian and author, will take us on a journey around Raritan Bay, that large body of water that has long been the entryway to the interior of the East Coast and the ports of New York and New Jersey.

Through photographs, stories, and short video clips, John will take us on a historical journey around the Bay and the waterways which surround it. From the dinosaurs that roamed the area, to mysterious shipwrecks and dubious lighthouses, John will tell us what he has learned.



JANUARY 27, 2021: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, a Zoom public presentation by the President and Trustees

Board Trustees discussed our many successes in 2020 in spite of COVID-19, and Rik van Hemmen, President, looked forward into 2021 with our plans and activities.


A pictorial narrative of NMHA's events and activities in 2020 and plans for 2021 HERE.

The president's End-of-Year letter HERE.

List of Trustees HERE.






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