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Lake Hopatcong Foundation: Fall programs at the Environmental and Cultural Center

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Part of the mission of the Lake Hopatcong Foundation is to build a sense of community around Lake Hopatcong. 

By Holly Odgers - LHF: One of our efforts toward that goal is the rehabilitation of the historical Lake Hopatcong Train Station and subsequent opening of the Lake Hopatcong Foundation Environmental and Cultural Center.

The purchase of the historical Lake Hopatcong Train Station, in the fall of 2014, turned the page on an exciting new chapter for the Lake Hopatcong Foundation and the entire lake region. Along with the rehabilitation of the historical building, the Foundation will use this facility to continue to build a sense of community by offering a selection of programs open to the public.

Programs are being developed based on a survey that was conducted in 2018. As local history was the area of most interest to those surveyed, we have put together a selection of history presentations for fall 2019.  We hope you will take a journey back in time with us for one or more of these fall programs.

The Rehabilitation of the Lake Hopatcong Train Station

September 12, 2019, 7 pm


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The Lake Hopatcong Station is one of the most iconic buildings in our community, linking us with an era when the lake was a great northeast resort and thousands arrived by train weekly headed for their hotel, campsite, or cottage. The building, located in Landing, has lasting meaning for many lake residents, past and present, and has long been a central part of the history of the lake.

From the purchase of the Lake Hopatcong Train Station by the Lake Hopatcong Foundation in 2014, to its present use as the Foundation’s offices as well as an Environmental and Cultural Center, this program will take you through the four-year rehabilitation process with presentations by Lake Hopatcong Historian and Lake Hopatcong Foundation Chairman of the Board Martin Kane and Principal Historic Preservation Specialist Margaret Hickey from Connolly & Hickey Historical Architects.

Lake Hopatcong Station by Water, Land, and Trolley

October 3, 2019, 7 pm


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Landing was once a transportation hub for Lake Hopatcong where the Morris Canal, Lackawanna Railroad, Morris County Traction Company, and two steamboat lines all converged to deliver passengers to their destinations around the popular resort.

Joe Macasek, President of the Canal Society of New Jersey, and Mike Del Vecchio, President of Tri-State Railway Historical Society will come together to discuss this interesting era while presenting some amazing images from a time when all paths led to Landing!

Native American Stories of the Lenape

November 7, 2019, 7 pm


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Native American stories are often called myths and folklore, but Native People call them the sacred teachings.  The stories of creation — of how things came to be and how we are supposed to act, as well tales of heroes large and small — serve as touchstones for how to live well and to care for the Earth.  Stories of The Animal People invariably end up being stories about all people — our strengths and weaknesses, our needs and feelings, and the ways we act toward one another.  Many of the stories are funny, some are poignant.  They all contain moral teachings intended to guide the conscience of the listener. Rob Aptaker has been telling Native American stories teaching programs on such topics as pre-colonial Lenni Lenape life for over 25 years. More than just a storyteller, he also provides context, shares information about the tribal nation whose story he is sharing, and honors the lineage of those who carried the story to the present day.

Fall programming at the Lake Hopatcong Foundation Environmental & Cultural Center was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH.

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