"Lincoln & Olden: The President and the Governor"
Exhibit | February 22 to May 31, 2017
The exhibit ‘brings to life’ through historic letters, photographs and artifacts, two distinguished leaders, Governor Charles Olden, who built Drumthwacket in 1835, and President Abraham Lincoln. Both statesmen are elected to office at a time when the country, divided over the issue of slavery, is on the precipice of Civil War. Olden sees in Lincoln, “an honest man after his own heart,” who will restore the Federal Government to “its pristine purity and vigor.” The Governor, likewise, is described by contemporary John Y. Foster as a man “of incorruptible integrity, of inflexible loyalty and of indomitable will”. Together, one will steward a nation and the other a state through the deadliest war on American soil.
Sincere appreciation is extended to the following donors for generously sharing their collection:
Donald L. Ackerman | Civil War & Native American Museum | Historical Society of Princeton | Private Collection | Bette Olsen Pfeiffer | Rail Splitter Archives, New York City | Bruce L. Sirak |
The Morris Museum | New Jersey State Archives | Monmouth County Historical Association | Kenneth and Nancy Ritchey | The Forbes Collection | The Newark Museum | Heather Olden Wright-Ernst
Annual East Egg Hunt for Children with Special Needs
Hosted by the Governor and First Lady and the Drumthwacket Foundation, the Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Children with Special Needs is held every Spring. Pony rides, carnival games, bounce houses, art project, face painting and of course the egg hunt make for a memorable day. The Foundation sincerely appreciates the following vendors and individuals who donate their time and talent to ensure the event’s success:
- The Liberti Family - Drown the Clown
- The Zoller Family - Pretzels on Parade
- Dennis Schifter - Aardvark Amusements
- Bristol-Myers Squibb
Chez Alice Catering, Entenmann’s, Fabulous Foods, Halo Farm Inc., House of Cupcakes, Jacques Fine Catering, Mars, Inc. McCaffrey’s Market, Saker ShopRite of Lawrenceville, Sweet Works, Sherwin Williams, Stop & Shop and the Montgomery Girl Scouts and Montgomery Boy Scout Troop 46
Please note: The event is for special needs children ages 3 to 8 and their families. You must have an invitation code to register. If you are a parent or caregiver of a child with special needs who is between the ages of 3 and 8 but do not have an invitation code, please call or email the Foundation at email@example.com for assistance.
Hosted by The Governor and Mrs. Christie and chaired by Laurence M. Downes, Chairman and CEO, New Jersey Resources Corporation and Foundation Trustee, the Foundation’s annual gala was held on June 10, 2015. Guests sampled delicious tastings prepared by New Jersey’s finest chefs while listening to the music of The Leslie Ford Group. In lieu of a gala thank you gift, the Foundation is donating A History of Inventing in New Jersey by Linda Barth to fourth grade teachers who visit Drumthwacket as part of the Foundation's Discover Drumthwacket field trip program. In 2015, the Foundation developed in partnership with NJ teachers, the on-line learning module "Eureka! Invention & Innovation in New Jersey". The S.T.E.M. aligned module was inspired by Abram Spanel, the last private owner of Drumthwacket who held more than 2000 patents at the time of his death in 1985 and is available to schools at no cost.
The Foundation sincerely appreciates the following chefs and owners for generously donating their services:
Bayshore Bistro | Drew Araneo~ Executive Chef
Due Mari | Bill Dorrler ~ Executive Chef
Eno Terra | Joseph Voller ~ Executive Chef
Gennaro's Restaurant & Catering | Benjamin Brault ~ Executive Chef
Highlawn Pavillion | Mitchell Altholz ~ Executive Chef
Kuzina by Sofia | Sofia Karakasidou ~ Chef/Owner
Milford Oyster House | Ed Cross ~ Executive Chef
Roots Steakhouse | Travis Keuhlen ~ Executive Chef
The Ryland Inn | Anthony Bucco ~Executive Chef
Attended by Governor and Mrs. Christie in addition to former NJ Governors, the Governors Luncheon hosted by the Foundation raises funds to support the foundation’s programming and operations.
The Foundation sincerely acknowledges the Hilton at Short Hills for donating the luncheon.