“Traditions from the Black Forest” will open at the Sparta Historical Society’s Van Kirk Homestead Museum on Sunday, September 23, 2018 from 1-4PM with 2PM talk. This fall exhibit pays homage to the cultural influences from the Black Forest of Germany and Austria.  “Traditions from the Black Forest” explores architecture, cuckoo clocks, meerschaum pipes, magnificent carved plaques and other traditional artistry seen in the early days of Lake Mohawk and other local German communities throughout the Sussex County area.  This exhibit includes artifacts from our own collection as well as local collectors.  The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT also contributed their intricately carved meerschaum pipes for display.

The Sparta Historical Society is located at The Van Kirk Homestead Museum at 336 Main Street (Rte. 517, use Middle School Driveway), Sparta.  Visit and save our website www,vankirkmuseum.org. Our Fall Exhibition, “Traditions from the Black Forest” will open on Sunday, September 23th and will also be shown Sunday, October 7th, 14th, 28th as well as Sunday, November 11th, 25th with closing date of Sunday, December 9th from 1-4 pm with 2pm talk.  Further details or group reservations, call 973-726-0883 or Email: spartahistoricalsocnj@gmail.com. “Utility Funding has been made available in part by the NJ Historical Commission through the County History Partnership Program, as administered by the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council.”