||News from the
Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
One benefit of membership is receiving
Ironworkings, a periodic newsletter. Some issues have been posted
on the Ironworkings
4/10 - Article from The West Milford Messenger
about our April Living History Weekend: www.strausnews.com/articles/2010/04/23/west_milford_messenger/news/3.txt
9/09 - FOLPI receives the 3rd Place
Award in the Civic Association category at West
Milford's 175 Anniversary Parade. Members marched in the parade behind
our banner dressed in clothing of the 18th and 19th centuries.
11/07 - Interpretive
signs have been installed along the Hasenclever Iron Trail thanks
a grant from the N.J.
Recreational Trails Program and the work of
8/05 - FOLPI is awared a $7500 General
Operating Support Grant from the NJ
Historical Commission for fiscal 2005 -2006.
5/05 - Changes to the Bylaws have been
proposed and will be voted on at the Annual Meeting.
Read them at www.LongPondIronworks.org/bylaw_proposal05.htm.
Approximately a ¾ mile portion of
the Hasenclever Iron Trail is currently closed to the public in the area
of Peter's Mine. See the Trail Closure Page
for details or call Ringwood State Park at 973-962-7031 x0.
- 11/04 - FOLPI has received a $24,000 grant from the New
Jersey Historic Trust to develop a comprehensive site management plan.
FOLPI will provide a match of $8,000. The money will fund the hiring of a
professional consultant to create a management plan that will include condition
assessments, a preservation plan, and a phased plan for the stabilization
and restoration of structures within the Historic District.
The grant is a major step forward as well as an acknowledgement
of all that FOLPI has done on behalf of the Long Pond Ironworks Historic
District. As one of our members notes, this is the first time we applied
for the grant, and we received it. That rarely happens.
- 11/14/04 - Excerpts from the
November edition of Ironworkings are available.
- 4/26/03 - Excerpts from the
April edition of Ironworkings are available.
- 1/15/03 - Vistit Long Pond Ironworks via the Virtual
- 9/20/02 - Pages about the Ironmaking
Demonstration in June were posted to the Website.
- 6/30/02 - Although no pigs were formed from iron flowing
from our experimental furnace, iron was
made at Long Pond for the first time in more than 120 years!
- 4/24/02 - The domain name "www.LongPondIronworks.org"
has been registered by the group and the site is activated. Email now goes
- 12/02/01 - After a busy season, Long Pond is
"closed for the winter." Museum visits can be arranged by organized groups
and schools. The "Defending the Hudson" exhibit
will be moving to the West Point
Visitor Center to open in Spring, 2002.
- 3/9/01 - Don't miss the Grand Opening of the "Defending
the Hudson" exhibit in the Museum, Sunday, April 1.
- 2/01 - The Long Pond Photo Gallery is now online.
- The Long Pond Ironworks Museum
announces a special exhibit in memory of George P. Sellmer,
a longtime Friend who passed away in July. Among his many notable contributions
to local history, George documented and researched the Long Pond waterwheels
with Ronald J. Dupont. Their work was used as the blueprint for the North
Wheel's reconstruction by Rondout
Woodworking in the early 1990s. FOLPI will be forever grateful for the
time and energy George devoted to the Historic District, and for the guidance
and generosity he showed to us over the many years he belonged to the Friends.
- Web videographer JsD'Angelo has provided us
with 3 panoramic images of the Long Pond site. For a virtual view of Long
Pond click here.
- In response to numerous requests for information
about "Hasenclever's Germans," an article excerpted from Whatever Happened
to Peter Hasenclevers Germans? The Highlander, vol. 34, no. 88 (1998) has been
added to our site.
- Archeologist Ed Lenik was at
the Visitors Center/Old Country Store to sign copies of his
new book, Indians of the Ramapos: Survival, Persistence &
Presence. Indians of the Ramapos
Book Signing on Sunday, March 5, 2000. Published by the North
Jersey Highlands Historical Society, which is sponsoring the book
signing, Leniks Indians of the Ramapos brings together research
in many disciplines concerning the thousands of years of human occupation
of the Ramapos.
The book is also available for $13.00, plus $3.00 per copy for shipping, from
the NJHHS, c/o Edward Lenik, Sheffield Archaeological Consultants, Butler,
NJ 07405. Makes checks payable to the NJHHS.
- Friends who volunteered staffing
the Long Pond Ironworks Museum during its first season were honored at a reception
in the Old Country Store on November 18, 1999. New volunteers are welcome
and needed when the museum reopens on Saturday, April 8, 2000.
- A new Executive Committee was
elected at the July, 1999 business meeting. Beth Timsak is
our new Vice President and Sue Deeks is filling the Recording
Secretary slot vacated by Beth, who served in the position for many years.
- The Wheel Shed project has
been completed and both the restored North Wheel and the
stabilized South Wheel are protected from the elements. Wheelwright
Jim Kricker of Rondout
Woodworking rotated the restored wheel to ensure it remains in good condition.
- A project is in the design stage to rebuild
the retaining walls between the waterwheels and the riverbank. (Completed
- At the June, 1999 Annual Meeting,
past FOLPI Presidents Steve Gross and Martin Deeks were presented
with plaques commemorating their tireless service in forwarding the goals
of the group. Current President Rob Sparkes made special
note of Steve's vision and efforts at keeping the organization moving in its
early years. Rob highlighted Martin's work in bringing the Museum project
- The project tracking descendants of Peter Hasenclever's
ironworkers (brought over from Germany in the 1760s) is making great strides.
Sue Deeks presented a program on her research at the Annual
Meeting on June 10th. For information or to become involved in the
project, leave a message on the FOLPI Information Line, (973)
657-1688 or send an email.
- The FOLPI Information Line
has been changed to (973) 657-1688. The change was necessary
with the phone being moved to the Long Pond Ironworks Museum, located in the Old Country Store. Having the phone
on-site will enable us to operate more effectively and efficiently. It also
improves safety for visitors and volunteers alike.
- The 1999 Spring "Behind the
Bushes Tour" was held on March 13 with more than 50 FOLPI members and
guests from other historical groups participating.
- The Long Pond Ironworks
Museum Grand Opening was
held on Saturday, October 24, 1998. The museum was open on Saturdays and most
Sundays April through mid-November, 1999. It will reopen for the Y2K season
on Saturday, April 8, 2000.
- A state grant will enable a signage project
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