Join Durand-Hedden on Sunday, October 25, for an afternoon of dance, history, and American Indian culture. The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers will perform traditional American Indian dance and music from tribal groups found throughout the United States including the Robin Dance, Fish Dance, and Smoke Dance of the Iroquois; the Contest Dance of the Winnebago; the Fancy Shawl Dance; the Old Style Traditional Warrior Dance of the Kiowa and the Hoop Dance.
Wonderfully presented with descriptive narration, Thunderbird Dancers’ programs are among the most compelling anywhere. There will also be time for questions and for photographs. Doors open at 1p.m.; performance begins at 2 p.m. The location will be on the grounds of Grasmere Park behind the Durand-Hedden House. The event is free, but donations are welcome.
You can also stroll through the Maplewood Garden Club Herb Garden, full to the brim with fascinating, useful, and decorative herbs. And check out the Country Store’s historic-themed treasures: early American games, books, and toys; facsimile documents; quill pens and ink; historic cook books; cookie molds; tin lanterns, reproductive decorative items and ceramics; and more, such as the hard-to-find original Doors of Maplewood poster, Smile: A Pictorial History of Olympic Park, 1887-1965, and the new acid-free reproduction of the charming 1931 Map of Maplewood.
Durand-Hedden House is dedicated to telling the history of the development of Maplewood and the surrounding area in new and engaging ways. It is located in Grasmere Park at 523 Ridgewood Road in Maplewood. Durand-Hedden House and Garden is an historic house museum that finds interesting ways to explore our community’s fascinating past – through nature, architecture, music, food, social life, local history, reenactments and participatory activities – and to spotlight the “treasures” in our own backyards. Its aim is to make history exciting and relevant for all ages.
The Durand-Hedden House is an historic house museum owned by the Township of Maplewood and managed by a non-profit association of citizen trustees. Its purpose is to preserve, restore and interpret the historic Durand-Hedden House and grounds and related collections. It is dedicated to providing diverse educational exhibits and programs that foster the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the heritage and development of the Maplewood area and surrounding towns from the time of its original settlement in the late 17th century to the late 20th century.
By creating an environment in which history can come alive, the Durand-Hedden House has attracted the interest and participation of a wide variety of individuals and groups over the years. They have made donations and loans of antique furniture, textiles and other objects, have volunteered their services as educators and workers, and have contributed the funds to present compelling programs. And most important, they have come to participate and learn. Highlights of programs have included demonstrations on the 18th century loom by a local teacher, carving of oars and a rake from an ash tree that fell on the property; concerts by local and regional artists,; a visit from a highly respected actor playing George Washington, and an annual Muster by re-enactors of Revolutionary and Civil War brigades.