Sparta Historical Society’s Van Kirk Homestead Museum spring exhibit, “Life Along the Wallkill” will be open only two more days from 1-4pm with 2pm talk. This spring exhibit encompasses the story of Sparta and its historic relationship to the Wallkill River.  The exhibit illustrates the continuum of this relationship from the eighteenth into the twentieth centuries through artifacts, photographs, animal mounts pertaining to the natural environment, native inhabitants and settlers including the businesses, railroads, and industries that served the growing community.    The Sparta Historical Society and Van Kirk Homestead Museum are grateful for the many donors who have contributed to this history since the homestead opened in September 2014.  Rare photos and artifacts comprise a large part of the exhibit while most of the wildlife mounts have come from the Bruce Museum, Greenwich CT.   

On Sunday, June 10th, our 2PM guest speaker, George Nixon, has been watching odonates (dragon & damsel flies) for over 10 years.  In the past, he ran weekly field trips for a club he founded called JOE (Jersey, Odonate Enthusiasts) during flight season to find different species.  More recently, he has done surveys for The Nature Conservancy and several of their preserves.  His talk, “Dragonflies & Damselfies: The Other White Meat”, will explain their natural history and how to identify different species.

On Sunday, June 24th, FINAL DAY OF EXHIBIT, our 2PM guest speaker, is Joel A. Murphy from Delaware Highlands Conservancy from Hawley, PA.  He will discuss the resident/transient eagle population in the Tri-State area.  As eagle spotter and counter for more than 12 years, he maintains counting spots January – March and helps preserve lands from excess develop which are integral to the come back of the Bald and Golden Eagle.       

The Sparta Historical Society is located at The Van Kirk Homestead Museum at 336 Main Street (Rte. 517, use Middle School Driveway), Sparta. It will reopen Sunday, July 8th with our new summer arts Exhibition called “Sussex County Views:  The Art of Toni Chaplin” and will be open every second and fourth Sunday through August 26th from 1-4 pm with 2PM informal talk by the artist. 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.”