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Celebrate Black History Month with us at the Abraham Staats House

Tory Jack Day

2007 Award Winning Program for Excellence in History & Education
Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission

Jack, a slave in the Abraham Staats household during the American Revolution,
reputedly supported the patriots by spying on the British.

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“Evolution of the Blues”
Saturday, February 11, 2017

 

Joe Becton


Tory Jack Day Flyer

 

The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc., in conjunction with South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, and in partnership with the Women’s Guild of South Bound Brook, is proud to present its
15th edition of the award winning “Tory Jack Day” program.

In honor of Black History Month, the annual event, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., celebrates the contribution and sacrifices of Afro-Americans in the foundation of our nation. This year's featured presenter is Mr. Joseph Becton.

 

Mr. Becton
, a retired National Park Service Interpretive Park Ranger, has been recognized with the Community Service award for setting a standard of excellence in interpretation and for his role in connecting Americans to our national parks through wonderful stories and varied media. Mr. Becton now is Director of Becton Tours and Historical Services and most recently has been proclaimed a Certified Master Guide by the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides.


Presenting the “Evolution of the Blues”, Joe will walk us through 300 years in the development of this truly American art form. Joe is fluent in guitar, harmonica and singing on this journey. Joe will visit spirituals, minstrel, ragtime, blues, gospel, and jazz. Audience participation is encouraged as musical styles, historic moments, and social movements are brought together.

Mr. Becton will present at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at the historic Abraham Staats House, located at 17 Von Steuben Drive, South Bound Brook, 08880. Seating begins at 10:30 a.m. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.
Note: Seating is limited.

 

Following Mr. Becton’s presentation, the public is invited to tour the historic Abraham Staats House. and view an exhibit
“The History of Jazz in Black and White”
presented by local historian and Women's Guild member, Mrs. Joyce Smith.


The tours will end with the house closing at 3 p.m.

 

For more information on Mr. Becton go to http://www.jobecton.com/jbhistory.htm

 

 


 

Previous Tory Jack Day Programs


 

 


“African Soldiers in the American Revolution”
Saturday, February 13, 2016

 

Joe Becton

 

As part of its annual “Tory Jack Day” program celebrating Black History Month, the South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, in conjunction with The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc., and in partnership with the Women’s Guild of South Bound Brook, will present eminent historian Joe Becton.  The event will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Mr. Becton will speak on the topic “African Soldiers in the American Revolution” at 11:00 am on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016
at the historic Abraham Staats House, located at 17 Von Steuben Drive, South Bound Brook, 08880.
The house will open and seating begins at 10:30 a.m. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.


Mr. Becton
, a retired National Park Service Interpretive Park Ranger, has been recognized with the Community Service award for setting a standard of excellence in interpretation and for his role in connecting Americans to our national parks through wonderful stories and varied media. Mr. Becton now is Director of Becton Tours and Historical Services.

 

Following Mr. Becton’s presentation, the public is invited to tour the historic Abraham Staats House and view an exhibit presented by local historian and Women's Guild member, Mrs. Joyce Smith entitled
“And They Still Raised, Quilts of Slavery”.

The exhibit and tours will close at 3 p.m.

 

For more information on Mr. Becton go to http://www.jobecton.com/jbhistory.htm

 

 


“150th Commemoration of the Ending of the Civil War”
Saturday, February 7, 2015

 

15th Amendment Poster

Joe Becton

2015 Tory Jack Photo Album
(page down for previous events)

As part of its annual “Tory Jack Day” program celebrating Black History Month, the South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, in conjunction with The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc., and in partnership with the Women’s Guild of South Bound Brook, will present eminent historian Joe Becton.  The event will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Mr. Becton along with fellow Civil War Reenactor Alfonso McCray will speak on the topic
“150th Commemoration of the Ending of the Civil War”

at 11:00 am on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015
at the historic Abraham Staats House, located at 17 Von Steuben Drive, South Bound Brook, 08880.
The house will open and seating begins at 10:30 a.m. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.
Mr. Becton, a retired National Park Service Interpretive Park Ranger, has been recognized with the Community Service award for setting a standard of excellence in interpretation and for his role in connecting Americans to our national parks through wonderful stories and varied media. Mr. Becton now is Director of Becton Tours and Historical Services.

 

Following Mr. Becton’s presentation, the public is invited to tour the historic Abraham Staats House and view an exhibit entitled “Significant Documents in Afro-American History” written after the Civil War during the Reconstruction Era presented by local historian and Women's Guild member, Mrs. Joyce Smith. The featured document is the 15th Constitutional Amendment granting all citizens the right to vote. The exhibit and tours will close at 3 p.m.

 

For more information on Mr. Becton go to http://www.jobecton.com/jbhistory.htm

 


“Music of the Civil War”
Saturday, February 8, 2014

 

Joe Becton

2014 Tory Jack Day Photo Album
(page down for previous events)

As part of its annual “Tory Jack Day” program celebrating Black History Month, the South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, in conjunction with The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc., and in partnership with the Women’s Guild of South Bound Brook, will present eminent historian Joe Becton.  The event will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Mr. Becton will speak on the topic “Music of the Civil War” at 11:00 am on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at the historic Abraham Staats House, located at 17 Von Steuben Drive, South Bound Brook, 08880.
The house will open and seating begins at 10:30 a.m. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.


Mr. Becton
, a retired National Park Service Interpretive Park Ranger, has been recognized with the Community Service award for setting a standard of excellence in interpretation and for his role in connecting Americans to our national parks through wonderful stories and varied media.

 

Following Mr. Becton’s presentation, the public is invited to tour the historic Abraham Staats House and view an exhibit on the contributions of blacks to our national heritage, presented by local historian and Women’s Guild member, Mrs. Joyce Smith. The exhibit and tours will close at 3 p.m.

 

For more information on Mr. Becton go to http://www.jobecton.com/jbhistory.htm

 


“African-America Officers in the Civil War”
Saturday, February 9, 2013

 

Joe Becton

2013 Tory Jack Day Photo Album
(page down for previous events)

As part of its annual “Tory Jack Day” program celebrating Black History Month, the South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, in conjunction with The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc., and in partnership with the Women’s Guild of South Bound Brook, will present eminent historian Joe Becton. 

 

He will speak on the topic “The African-America Officers in the Civil War” at 11:00 am on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at the historic Abraham Staats House. Mr. Becton, a retired National Park Service Interpretive Park Ranger, has been recognized with the Community Service award for setting a standard of excellence in interpretation and for his role in connecting Americans to our national parks through wonderful stories and varied media.

 

Following Mr. Becton’s presentation, the public is invited to tour the historic Abraham Staats House and view an exhibit on slavery and the contributions of blacks to our national heritage, presented by local historian and Women’s Guild member, Mrs. Joyce Smith. Tours will end at 4 pm

 

For more information on Mr. Becton go to http://www.jobecton.com/jbhistory.htm


“History Speaks”
Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Musical Program at 11:30 am
Doors open at 11:00 am
Open for Exhibit and House Tours 12:15 pm ~ 2:00 pm

2012 Tory Jack Day Photo Album
(page down for previous events)

As part of its annual “Tory Jack Day” program celebrating Black History Month, the South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, in conjunction with The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc., and in partnership with the Women’s Guild of South Bound Brook, will present the program, "History Speaks", a 45-minute program narrated by Dr. Beverly Y. Murdock. The program captures Black History honored on U.S. Black Heritage Commemorative Stamps through poetry, music, song and dance.  Click on the Flyer image to see more information.

Tory Jack Day Flyer for 2012

 

Following the program, local historian Joyce Smith will display her collection of African-American artifacts. Smith’s exhibit offers a comprehensive look at black history and culture in America. Included this year is a complete collection of U.S. Black Heritage Commemorative Stamps

 

In addition, the public is invited to tour the historic Abraham Staats House.  Tours will end at 2 pm
The program, exhibit and tours are free to the public.   Donations are welcome
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Special Note:
The collection by Mrs. Smith will be on display at the Abraham Staats House during the month of February.   The House will be open for tours, free of charge, on Saturday, February 18th and 25th from 11 am to 2:00 pm. 
 

 

“Songs of the South” by the Voices of Tory Jack
Saturday, February 12, 2011

Musical Program at 11:00 am

Open for Exhibit and House Tours 12:00 pm ~ 2:00 pm

2011 Tory Jack Day Photo Album
(page down for previous events)

 

As part of its annual “Tory Jack Day” program celebrating Black History Month, the South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, in conjunction with The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc., and in partnership with the Women’s Guild of South Bound Brook, will present a musical program, "Songs of the South" by the Voices of Tory Jack. A medley of spiritual songs and narrative, the program describes the aspirations, hopes, and struggles of free and enslaved African-Americans during the formative years of our nation.  

 

Following the musical program, local historian Joyce Smith will display her collection of African-American artifacts. Smith’s exhibit offers a comprehensive look at black history and culture in America.  

 

In addition, the public is invited to tour the historic Abraham Staats House.  Tours will end at 2 pm.  The program, exhibit and tours are free to the public.   Donations are welcome.

 


Special Note:
The collection by Mrs. Smith will be on display at the Abraham Staats House during the month of February.   The House will be open for tours, free of charge, on Saturday, February 19th and 26th from 11 am to 2:00 pm. 
 

 

“Choosing Sides in the American Revolution”
Saturday, February 13, 2010

Lecture at 11:00 am

Open for Exhibit and House Tours 11:00 am ~ 4:00 pm

2010 Tory Jack Day Photo Album
(page down for photos from the previous events)

 

                                                                                                             

Joe Becton (photo by Tom Buckingham)

 

 

As part of its annual “Tory Jack Day” program celebrating Black History Month, the South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, in conjunction with The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc., and in partnership with the Women’s Guild of South Bound Brook, will present eminent historian Joe Becton. 

 

He will speak on the topic “Choosing Sides in the American Revolution” at 11:00 am on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 at the historic Abraham Staats House. Mr. Becton, a National Park Service Interpretive Park Ranger, has been recognized with the Community Service award for setting a standard of excellence in interpretation and for his role in connecting Americans to our national parks through wonderful stories and varied media. 

 

Members of the First Rhode Island Regiment acted as Honor Guard, providing a musket firing demonstration and was on hand to answer questions and interact with the public. This living history reenactment unit portrays members of the First Rhode Island, an American Revolutionary War military unit comprised largely of free and enslaved African Americans, which served from 1778 to 1783. The unit was commended for its valor during the war.  

 

Following Mr. Becton’s presentation, the public is invited to tour the historic Abraham Staats House.  Included in the tour is an exhibit on slavery and the contributions of blacks to our national heritage, presented by local historian and Women’s Guild member, Mrs. Joyce Smith. Tours will end at 4 pm Suggested donation for Mr. Becton’s presentation is $3 per adult.

 

For more information on Mr. Becton go to http://www.jobecton.com/jbhistory.htm


 

 


Special Note:
The exhibit by Mrs. Smith will be on display at the Abraham Staats House during the month of February.   The House will be open for tours, free of charge, on Saturday, February 20th and 27th from Noon to 2:00 pm. 
 

 

“Samuel Burris Speaks: Conductor on the Underground Railroad”
Saturday, February 14, 2009

11:00 am ~ 4:00 pm

2009 Tory Jack Day Photo Album
(page down for photos from the previous events)

 

 

Joe Becton

 

As part of its annual “Tory Jack Day” program celebrating Black History Month, the South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, in conjunction with The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc., and in partnership with the Women’s Guild of South Bound Brook, will present eminent historian Joe Becton. 

 

He will speak on the topic “Samuel Burris Speaks: Conductor on the Underground Railroad” at 11:00 am on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at the historic Abraham Staats House. Mr. Becton, a National Park Service Interpretive Park Ranger, has been recognized with the Community Service award for setting a standard of excellence in interpretation and for his role in connecting Americans to our national parks through wonderful stories and varied media. 

 

Members of the 3rd Regiment United States Colored Troops Civil War re-enactors will also participate as part of the presentation, and be on hand to answer questions and interact with the public. 

 

Following Mr. Becton’s presentation, the public is invited to tour the historic Abraham Staats House and view an exhibit on slavery and the contributions of blacks to our national heritage, presented by local historian and Women’s Guild member, Mrs. Joyce Smith. Tours will end at 4 pm Suggested donation for Mr. Becton’s presentation is $3 per adult.

 

For more information on Mr. Becton go to http://www.jobecton.com/jbhistory.htm

 


“The Black Soldier in the Civil War”
Saturday, February 9, 2008

 

Joe Becton

 

As part of its annual “Tory Jack Day” program celebrating Black History Month, the South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, in conjunction with The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc., and in partnership with the Women’s Guild of South Bound Brook, will present eminent historian Joe Becton. 

 

He will speak on the topic “The Black Soldier in the Civil War” at 11:30 am on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008 at the historic Abraham Staats House. Mr. Becton, a National Park Service Interpretive Park Ranger, has been recognized with the Community Service award for setting a standard of excellence in interpretation and for his role in connecting Americans to our national parks through wonderful stories and varied media. 

 

Members of the 3rd Regiment United States Colored Troops Civil War re-enactors will also participate as part of the presentation, and be on hand to answer questions and interact with the public. 

 

Following Mr. Becton’s presentation, the public is invited to tour the historic Abraham Staats House and view an exhibit on slavery and the contributions of blacks to our national heritage, presented by local historian and Women’s Guild member, Mrs. Joyce Smith. Tours will end at 4 pm Suggested donation for Mr. Becton’s presentation is $3 per adult.

 

For more information on Mr. Becton go to http://www.jobecton.com/jbhistory.htm

 

Brian & Kathy Faulks

Earl Weeks, Joe Becton, Joyce Smith & Tom Harabin, Pres.FASH



Many thanks to the Women’s Guild of South Bound Brook

for the wonderful luncheon and the beautiful Quilt & History exhibit at the 2008 event.

 

Below are some samples of the quilts that were on display at the Abraham Staats House on

Tory Jack Day 2008 by Joyce Smith and the Women’s Guild of South Bound Brook.

 

"HISTORY MAKING HAND MADE QUILTS: A necessary craft in peace and war"

Provisions was not made to keep either slave or our Black fighting soldiers warm African American women, our invisible heroes stayed up through the night sewing. 

Joyce Smith

Quilted by Cora Smith Ellington, deceased age 95

Quilted by Mary Lee Wilder age 96

Quilted by Mamie Mae Tarver age 100, (April '08 she'll be 101)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilted by Sadie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis age 87

Quilted by Rakuja Abdel-Alim age 24

  Quilted by Viretta Brown deceased age 90

                             

 

“African Soldiers in the American Revolution”
Saturday, February 10, 2007

at the Abraham Staats House

Featuring Mr. Joe Becton and the First Rhode Island Regiment Revolutionary War Living Historians

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of its annual “Tory Jack Day” program celebrating Black History Month, the South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, in conjunction with The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc., and in partnership with the Women’s Guild of South Bound Brook, presented eminent historian Joe Becton. 

 

He spoke on the topic “African Soldiers in the American Revolution” at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007 at the historic Abraham Staats House.   Mr. Becton, National Park Service Supervisory Park Ranger, has been recognized with the Community Service award for setting a standard of excellence in interpretation and for his role in connecting Americans to our national parks through wonderful stories and varied media. Suggested donation for Mr. Becton’s presentation is $3 per adult (over age 12).

 

Members of the First Rhode Island Regiment acted as Honor Guard, providing a musket firing demonstration and was on hand to answer questions and interact with the public. This living history reenactment unit portrays members of the First Rhode Island, an American Revolutionary War military unit comprised largely of free and enslaved African Americans, which served from 1778 to 1783.  The unit was commended for its valor during the war.  

 

Following Mr. Becton’s presentation, the public was invited to tour the historic Abraham Staats House and view an exhibit on slavery and the contributions of blacks to our national heritage, presented by local historian and Women’s Guild member, Mrs. Joyce Smith.   Tours will end at 4 p.m. 

 

 Tory Jack Day” for the students of the Robert Morris School in South Bound Brook was held Friday,  February 9, 2007 with guest speaker Joe Becton.  (Not open to the General Public).

                                                                                                             

Joe Becton (photo by Tom Buckingham)

 

 

“History Through Jazz”
Saturday, February 11, 2006

First Baptist Church, Franklin Street, South Bound Brook, NJ 08880          

 

 

 

 
 

                   Joe Becton                 (photo by Pat Migliore)

 

      Joyce Smith  (photo by Pat Migliore)

 

               

Featuring Mr. Joe Becton and the First Rhode Island Regiment Revolutionary War Living Historians

As part of its annual “Tory Jack Day” program celebrating Black History Month, the South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, in conjunction with the Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc., and in partnership with the First Baptist Church, presented eminent historian Joe Becton.  He spoke on the topic “History Through Jazz” at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 11, 2006 at the First Baptist Church, Franklin Street, South Bound Brook, NJ 08880. Supervisory Park Ranger Joe Becton is recognized with the Community Service award setting a standard of excellence in interpretation.  Connecting Americans to our national parks through wonderful stories and varied media is one of the most important missions of the National Park Service. Members of the First Rhode Island Regiment acted as Honor Guard providing a musket firing demonstration and will be on hand to answer questions and interact with the public.  

From 2-4pm the public was invited to tour the historic Abraham Staats House and view an exhibit by Mrs. Joyce Smith.  It is entitled “The History of Jazz in Black and White” and complements the presentation of Mr. Becton.             

     

 


Saturday, February 12, 2005

First Baptist Church, Franklin Street, South Bound Brook, NJ 08880          

 

 

 

Award received for Tory Jack Day

 

 

  The Friends of Abraham Staats House has won important recognition!  The Somerset County Historic Preservation & History Awards Committee has chosen us for an award for History Education for Tory Jack.  We were honored on May 7, 2007 at the Somerset County Historic Courthouse, Somerville where we were presented with the award.   


The Friends of Abraham Staat NJHC Grant

 

The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc. received an operating support grant
from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State


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