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Plainfield's Drake House Museum: Extended Hours for Veterans Day Weekend

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Wolcott Calkins II with a star, indicating he was a casualty of war Credits: Jennifer Popper
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Credits: Jennifer Popper
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PLAINFIELD, NJ – The Historical Society of Plainfield has announced extended hours during Veterans Day weekend.  The Drake House Museum will be open on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. 

The Board of Trustees invite Veterans and their families, friends, and members of the public to the Drake House Museum to view the current exhibit:  “Plainfield During World War 1.”

This exhibit was curated by Leanne Manna, an honors history major at Kean University.  

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“Plainfield During World War 1” details the lives of the 45 casualties from Plainfield and surrounding areas who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  Former Plainfield Mayor Leighton Calkins lost his only son, Wolcott Calkins II, to the Influenza Pandemic of 1918.

The Wall of Honor includes:  Paul R. Apgar, Patrick H. Breen, Howard J. Breese, Wolcott Calkins II, Edward A. Carty, Collis H. Case, Lucyan Chwalkowski, Daniel A. Compton, Carlos R. Costales, Charles L. Dana Jr., Felix Dinicio, Frank I. Donnelly, Camille DuBois, Willard H. Groff, Marshall Holmes, James F. Hunter, Clarence M. Jeter, James D. Johnson, Martin J. Kane, Arthur Kienzle, Joseph Kusnetz, John J. Larkin, Carl A. Lundstrom, Leon Martel, Arthur F. Mundy, Joseph F. Murray, Ernest J. Neal, James J. Neilsen, Robert Pollock, Russell L. Poucher, Joseph A. Roach, William R. Ross, Louis Rothberg, John W. Schomp, John F. Sharp, Alfred T. Slauson, Courtney N. Starkweather, Harold E. Storr, Harold E. Stow, Herbert L. Terry, Frederick W. Vogel, Irving J. Wahl, Edward T. Walsh, Clarence H. Weber, and James W. Whelan.

This exhibit is made possible by the Historical Society of Plainfield/Drake House Museum.

 

HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF PLAINFIELD

It was at the Drake House that George Washington consulted with his officers during and after the Battle of Short Hills fought over the entire Plainfield area on June 25-27, 1777. On permanent display at the Drake House Museum are three Colonial era rooms--the kitchen, the Queen Anne dining room, and the Washington bedroom. The parlor and the Harberger Library are interpreted as period Victorian rooms.

The Drake House Museum also displays two large paintings by noted Civil War painter Julian Scott, a Plainfield resident and a Medal of Honor recipient.  A National and New Jersey Historic Site, the Drake House Museum is an exciting link to Plainfield’s Revolutionary War history.   

The Drake House Museum is located at 602 West Front Street, Plainfield, New Jersey. Donations are always appreciated.  Onsite parking is available. For directions and more information about the Drake House and the Historical Society of Plainfield, visit www.drakehouseplainfieldnj.org.

Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of Department of State through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, Department of Parks and Recreation; a HEART Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders; the City of Plainfield; the Plainfield Cultural and Heritage Commission; McCutchen Foundation; and the Plainfield Foundation.

 

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