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PHOTOGRAPHING THE FIRST LADY: MICHELLE OBAMA, UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

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Big research from small subjects 20

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Unique wedding venues for your special day 26

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| FROM THE PUBLISHER Happy New Year to all of you. Prior to the release of every issue of your magazine, Editorin-Chief Lynn Adams Smith and I do a “page turner” of all of the editorial material that is going into the next issue. As you may have noticed, we alternate the letters that go in the front of the magazine. As luck and timing would have it, this issue is mine to write about. As I looked over the excellent articles that our writers have put together, I kept looking for a theme, something that tied all of the articles together. I looked at family. I looked at education. And then it hit me — this issue should be called The Great Escape! Why? Because every article in this issue deals with a change in the environment from where you and we may be today. Let’s start with our cover and its related story by Anne Levin, and the spectacular photographs of Michelle Obama by her trusted White House photographer, Amanda Lucidon, a Bucks County native. Michelle is a graduate of the great University that shares its name with our town and this magazine. Furthermore, she set a new standard for first ladies in the White House in the modern age. As for escapes, enjoy these photos and appreciate how much better a time that was in our government — just as little over a year ago — than the current finger-pointing, “he said, she said” environment which now dominates our “fire and fury” news every day. February is Black History Month, and you must read Doug Wallack’s story on the history of the Underground Railroad in New Jersey. Talk about escape, this was the most harrowing of all. What many Princetonians do not realize is that the Underground Railroad did come through Princeton and the attic of the Paul Robeson House, at the corner of Green and Witherspoon Streets, was one of the hideaways for fugitive slaves as they worked their way North on the “Railroad.” Teenagers: Listen up! Here is the escape for you — read up on some of the private boarding schools that are in the region. Peddie School, The Hill School, Blair Academy... the list goes on in a great article by Taylor Smith. How cool to have an environment where you can develop in your own personal way with great professional guidance, and yet be close enough to get home for some of mom’s great home cooking. Mac and cheese anyone? Talk about escaping from mom and dad, how about the ultimate escape — a wedding? Our writer Laurie Pellichero does a terrific job of introducing you to some of the most unique wedding venues in the region. Grounds For Sculpture, the Woolverton Inn, Unionville Vineyards, the Lake Valhalla Club, and more each offer a different feel and style for your daughter or son’s wedding. My wife, Barbara, and I will take our daughter Jordan down the aisle this May, and we have come to realize how important the venue and its atmosphere are to the character and theme of your wedding celebrations. Also, I should note that now is the time to be making all of your wedding plans. Bookings are already running into the summer months. Let’s look at escapes for the younger set: Have you heard of the Princeton Baby Lab? Wendy Greenberg gives us a vivid and engaging description of a “playroom” for kids where serious research also goes

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on in studying the way in which young minds enter into our established world through subtle signals they pick up from their environment. One amusing note is when one of the youngsters asked, “Where are the scientists?” Just as wedding plans need to get set now, so do summer camp plans, especially for kids with special needs for whom the escape is both important and yet sensitive. Wendy Greenberg does an excellent job at describing the opportunities and how these special camps meet the particular needs of their short-term communities. My final escape is about maple sugaring, but you don’t need to travel to Vermont to do it. In fact, you just need to escape to Pennington, Lambertville, or Basking Ridge to experience the thrill of tapping sap out of a maple tree, turning it into maple syrup, and enjoying it on your next stack of pancakes. Ilene Dube is a great guide on this escape into the woods to revisit an ancient process of creating a sweet delight. Spring is just around the corner, but now is the time for planning how you will better escape into that warmer environment. Lynn Adams Smith and I wish you many sweet escapes with this issue of your magazine. We hope you enjoy it. Respectfully yours,

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Photographing the First Lady:

Michelle bama, Up Close and Personal By Anne Levin

Photos courtesy of Amanda Lucidon from Chasing Light: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer (Ten Speed Press).

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his past November, photographer Amanda Lucidon spoke at Princeton Public Library about her new book Chasing Light: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer. The large crowd that turned out was no surprise. Princeton is a very blue town in a blue state, and the evening promised a bit of nostalgia for those who miss the days when Barack and Michelle Obama, Malia, Sasha, and their dogs were in the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama tours the Mirror Room in the Italian Pavilion with Mrs. Agnese Landini at the Milan Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy, June 18, 2015. Mrs. Obama led the presidential delegation to the expo, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a discussion with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Freida Pinto, and students at R. S. Caulfield Senior High School in Unification Town, Liberia, June 27, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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By the time Lucidon was hired to follow her in 2013, joining a team olitics aside, Princetonians feel a special affinity with Michelle Obama of five White House photographers, the Obama administration was into its because she spent four very formative years of her life in the town. second term. Mrs. Obama, as Lucidon refers to her, was well established Long before she became first lady, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson in her efforts to support military families, matriculated at Princeton University. support LGBT rights, and get children to She majored in sociology and minored in exercise and eat healthy foods, among other African American studies, graduating cum initiatives. laude with a bachelor’s degree and a thesis Taking pictures of the first lady around entitled “Princeton-Educated Blacks and the White House and in more than 20 the Black Community.” countries across the globe, Lucidon, a Michelle Robinson followed her brother, seasoned journalist, was able to capture her basketball player Craig, to Princeton, in public as well as private moments. The graduating two years after him in 1985. The book is made up of 150 photographs, along Robinsons were raised on the South Side of with stories and personal reflections, from Chicago. They attended public schools and her four years on the job. were the first in their family to graduate “I was always so impressed by how from college. According to a 2008 article much she took on as first lady,” Lucidon in the Princeton Weekly Bulletin, Michelle said of Michelle Obama. “She did so much. Obama’s commitment to public service Even though she had a serious role, there was nurtured at Princeton’s Third World was such a refreshing levity about her. She Center, now known as the Fields Center. Mrs. Obama harvests kale with students in the White House Kitchen Garden, loved to laugh and have fun. And she always She coordinated its after-school program, June 6, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon) took time for everyone, taking pictures with tutored Princeton children, and was active people and having a kind thing to say to them.” in the African American and service organizations on campus. She served It makes sense that many of the photographs in Chasing Light portray on the Third World Center’s governing board. Obama, and the people surrounding her, laughing. She appears to have Obama went on to earn a law degree at Harvard, and spent her early members of her staff in hysterics in one photo; laughing with Oprah legal career working at the Chicago law firm Sidley Austin, where she met Winfrey in another. Additional shots show her making four little girls her husband. She subsequently worked as the associate dean of student giggle in the Diplomatic Reception Room, goofing around with Ellen services at the University of Chicago and the vice president for community DeGeneres, cracking up her husband and a group of Girl Scouts, doubling and external affairs of the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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President Obama, Mrs. Obama, and former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton depart a ceremony commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, August 28, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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The first lady hugs her daughters Sasha and Malia as they visit the Great Wall of China in Mutianyu, China, March 23, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

over during a prank with LeBron James, and joking around with Meryl help them reach their artistic goals. Streep. Raised outside Philadelphia and currently based in Washington, Lucidon There are serious photos, too. In a shot from 2014, Obama listens has won numerous awards for her work. She has been honored by Pictures intently to students who have overcome personal challenges to graduate of the Year International, National Press Photographers Association Best of from high school. In another, from 2016, she embraces an emotional young Photojournalism, and the White House News Photographers Association. girl at a “Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day” event; still another She is currently a photographer, filmmaker, and public speaker. She is also from 2015 portrays her and the president the mother of a young daughter. observing a somber moment of silence At the end of the Obama administration, during a ceremony marking the anniversary staff were invited to have departure photos of the 9/11 attacks. taken with the first lady. Lucidon hadn’t There was no typical day in Lucidon’s seen Michelle Obama since before her life as White House photographer. “You baby, Eden, was born. She brought Eden, had busy days and slow days that could her husband, and her mother with her to the easily become busy days,” she recalled. event. “We could cover all the official events of “Mrs. Obama was excited to meet and the president and first lady. A lot of times hold Eden,” Lucidon writes in the last there were long photo lines, but there would pages of the book. “She asked my mom always be spontaneous moments so you had if she was enjoying her granddaughter. to be ready.” As I watched Mrs. Obama interact with Princeton is one of 12 stops Lucidon has my mother and daughter, it was clear how made on a promotional book tour that began much both women had impacted my life. in October and was scheduled to end in Both had been my mentors, role models, Chicago on February 15. Visiting libraries and sources of strength. I thought about the Amanda Lucidon portrait by Alan Spearman. and schools, she is speaking about the book, resounding effects they would in turn have her work, and the importance of arts education. Lucidon has also been on my own daughter and I felt grateful.” talking to students at Turnaround Arts schools, part of a program founded Chasing Light pays tribute to an era, and to a family. “They really by Michelle Obama and the President’s Committee for the Performing are genuine, humble, compassionate, and grounded,” Lucidon said of the Arts and now run by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Lucidon Obamas. “I think people see that in the images, and that is exactly who is one of 70 turnaround artists across the country working with students to they are.”

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here in Princeton can parents take their babies and older siblings to play in a bright space with books, toys, and engaging staff? Playgroup? Toddler gym? Wrong. Welcome to the Princeton Baby Lab, run by a research group in Princeton University’s psychology department. The lab was conceived in 2014, born in May 2015 and has developed nicely in Peretsman Scully Hall, off South Drive next to Roberts Stadium. It even has an endearing baby tiger logo. But while the Baby Lab provides a warm space for families with babies who participate in its studies, it is also a place where researchers are learning how human brains develop in the first several years of life, and how learning and experience support early development. “Early learning is still a mystery,” said co-director Casey Lew-Williams. “We are trying to understand the complexities.”

stops if a youngster is tired, but Kenny finished successfully. Ryann said she heard about the lab from “mommy groups.” Her older daughter showed an interest in science, and she wanted to give her a chance to see science in action. But the area is so much like a playroom, she noted, that her daughter asked “Where are the scientists?” “All three kids love it,” said Ryann, whose husband also was there with the family. “The kids fell in love with everyone here. It is great to help the research. It’s something different for them to do.” The study Kenny participated in will determine whether children react differently to familiar words spoken by different voices. Another recent Baby Lab study found that mothers support babies’ language learning by shifting their vocal timbre. The lab researchers found two distinctly different vocal fingerprints, one directed at babies and the other directed at adults, measured by a computer algorithm. The recent study appeared in the journal Current Biology.

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On a gray day in December, Ryann and her three children visited the lab. Older daughters Lilly and Julie were excited to draw and read stories with a staff member. Some of their drawings from past visits beautify the walls. Tenmonth-old Kenny happily manipulated blocks at a play table. He was there to participate in a study run by postdoctoral researcher Christine Potter. Potter  explores how characteristics such as age, prior knowledge, and memory skills, can change the kinds of information that learners are most likely to perceive and acquire. This study — one of about 10 ongoing studies in the lab — explored Kenny’s ability to learn from different people. Kenny was asked to listen to one speaker saying some familiar words, like dog or bike, and was then tested to see if he could recognize the same words when he heard them spoken by a different voice. During the study, Kenny sat on his mom’s lap while words were spoken over a loudspeaker and a blinking light on a screen caught his attention. He quickly learned that when he looked away, the sounds stopped, allowing Potter to measure what captured his interest. Ryann listened to music on headphones so she would not unconsciously nudge Kenny toward the screen. The study

These are the kind of research studies that lab directors Casey Lew-Williams and Lauren Emberson had in mind when they started the lab — studies that might uncover how babies and young children learn to talk and develop, how they process the world, and, ultimately, how caregivers can best support a child’s development. “The lab started when we were both hired to spark a developmental psychology initiative in 2014,” said Emberson. “We decided to pool resources and establish a combined Princeton Baby Lab that would house both of our individual lab staff and research technology. We worked with an architect to design the space, and have been involved in everything from determining where the walls go to the toys that are in the waiting room.” While many universities have developmental psychology programs, the Baby Lab “is focused on how babies break into the structure of the world,” said Lew-Williams. “To understand the complexity of human behavior, you have to understand how learning begins during infancy.” His research focus is children’s language, how language experience shapes the ability to process language, which in turn shapes development. “The more february 2018 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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enriching, high quality language children hear, the better they are at processing information,” said Lew-Williams, who ran a childhood development lab at Northwestern University. He studies various populations — including children learning two languages and children growing up in poverty — to ask questions about the foundations and important consequences of early learning. “We are starting to fit together pieces of language environments that shape the abilities to learn new words,” said Lew-Williams, himself the parent of young children. The studies also create opportunities for interventions, looking at “what kinds of interventions help in achieving the goals of processing language and the environment.” Emberson was trained at Cornell, where she focused on perception, cognition, and development. At Princeton, she investigates how infants’ visual and auditory perceptual and learning systems work together during new experiences to support development. Lab goals and hopes

The directors hope the lab research “will allow us to understand the powerful and sophisticated learning capabilities that we are born with, and how development can be negatively affected when these basic learning mechanisms are compromised,” said Emberson, whose 3-month-old daughter took part in a study as a newborn. Many of Emberson’s studies use a technique called functional near-infared spectroscopy (fNIRS), an emerging. FDA-approved neuroimaging technology that gives researchers a peek into the infant brain when it is small and records changes in neural activity using safe amounts of infared light. “Our lab is at the forefront of this exciting technique,” she said. “I’ve given talks and workshops about this technology all over the world and work with many other labs to help them adopt this method in their own research.” The technique can expand current knowledge about development, she explained. “We are very limited in the ways that we can study very young infants, but fNIRS allows us to get a peek into how their brains are responding to their experiences and changing starting from birth.” The technique uses light

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reflection, and a comfortable cap specifically designed for young babies. With all the work going on in the Princeton Baby Lab, the research still depends on some traditional ways of recruiting families to participate in studies: flyers and word of mouth at area playgroups, meeting families at the local hospital, Music Together, Facebook, preschools, and gathering places like farmers markets. Part of the community

One non-research goal is to become part of the greater Princeton community. “Fortunately, the experience is a good one, so there are a lot of repeat families,” said Emberson. “We are lucky to have so many awesome families visit us, often many, many times during their child’s or children’s early years,” she said. “I would like our community to know how fun, interesting, and easy it is to participate in research studies in the lab, but also how much we value their involvement. In so many ways, we wouldn’t exist without them. We try to make the experience something that every family enjoys and learns something from.” Participants receive a newsletter to keep them up to date about the studies, as well as a T-shirt, a small stipend, and a children’s book. “Area families seem to value science,” said Casey-Williams. “We frame it as volunteering for a cause. I have heard parents say to their children, “You are going to be a data point in a study!” The hope is that families “learn more about their little ones’ development as well as how research is done and why it is so important,” said Emberson. “Every experience that an infant has changes their brain . . . not to say that parents need to worry about every single moment in their infant’s lives, but rather that they should understand that the richness of their infant’s life is what helps them to develop. Whether it is reading books, going for walks, or having a ‘conversation’ with you, all of these experiences are shaping how their brains develop.” “How can we support children?” asked Lew-Williams. “We want to use our findings to help every kid maximize their potential.” For more about Princeton Baby Lab, call 609.258.6577 or visit the website at www.babylab.princeton.edu.

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A wedding in front of The Nine Muses by Carlos Dorrien at Grounds For Sculpture (Courtesy of Grounds For Sculpture).

hen it comes to choosing the perfect wedding venue, your dream wedding. Known for its historic setting, the Inn takes pride in providing one size definitely does not fit all. Fortunately, an intimate, romantic location. “We consider it an honor and a privilege when whether you want an intimate ceremony at a couples choose The Bernards Inn as their wedding reception venue,” said Joshua vineyard, farm, or the shore, or a large-scale celebration in an elegant ballroom, New Barbee, general manager of the Inn. Jersey is home to many unique spots that are sure to provide just the right fit for your The Bernards Inn offers multiple rooms to host your wedding. The downstairs special day. Silver Vault and Wine Pantry showcases the preserved history of the Inn, and is the For loves of art and nature, Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton (www. perfect space for an intimate wedding. The spacious Fenwick Ballroom upstairs fits groundsforsculpture.org; 609.586.1303) is beautiful in every season and showcases the criteria for those looking to hold a traditional ceremony and reception with a more than 270 contemporary sculptures sited spacious dance floor. on 42 acres of horticultural wonder. It offers In addition to the venue spaces, The a wide variety of spacious, flexible facilities Bernards Inn offers 20 guest rooms, including to meet ceremony and reception needs, both a bridal and grooms’ suite; first-class amenities; inside and outdoors, including the sculpture top-rated cuisine; and a dedicated event gardens, the recently-expanded Seward planning staff. Johnson Center for the Arts, and the Zagat“Our dedicated team is focused on rated Rat’s Restaurant. providing exceptional service and unparalleled “Grounds For Sculpture is a glorious attention to detail to ensure your Bernards Inn location for a wedding,” said Coby Greenwedding is a joyous lifetime memory,” said Rifkin, director of marketing communications, Barbee. “It is tremendously rewarding to be a Grounds For Sculpture. “Making your vows in part of one of a couple’s happiest moments.” a picture-perfect setting surrounded by nature Located in Stockton, the Woolverton Inn and contemporary works of art is unique and (www.woolvertoninn.com; 609.397.0802) memorable. We’re honored to share in one of has a 40-plus year heritage of providing fine the most important days in a couple’s life.” hospitality. In fact, it was ranked among the top “With Grounds For Sculpture and Rat’s 10 bed and breakfasts in the U.S. by BnB.com Restaurant, you have an interesting setting in its most recent survey. Weddings and events based in two different worlds,” added Kathleen The Reeds at Shelter Haven (Courtesy of The Reeds at Shelter Haven; facing-page are a part of that heritage as the Inn lends itself Newman, director of catering, STARR photo by MLE Pictures) perfectly to hosting celebrations — from small, Catering Group at Grounds For Sculpture. “Lush gardens of simplicity, romance, and intimate gatherings to larger receptions of up to 200 guests. beauty with unique horticultural designs nestled in a venue with such rich history. The “Most of our larger events are held between May and October to take advantage of contemporary feel of the galleries versus the whimsical fun, relaxed atmosphere of the beautiful grounds, which offer a variety of options at which to locate ceremonies, Rat’s. It is a truly inspirational venue where food and art converge.” cocktail parties, and formal or casual dinners as well as after-parties,” said owner Nestled in the quaint town of Bernardsville, The Bernards Inn (www. Mary Passalacqua. bernardsinn.com; 908.766.0002) is a luxury boutique hotel with a renowned Weddings at the Woolverton can be individually tailored to meet the vision of restaurant, an award-winning wine selection, and an array of elegant sites to host each couple. Options include a ceremony in the Horseshoe Garden adjacent to the FEBRUARY 2018 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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historic 1792 stone Manor House. Cocktails hours can take place on the patio or front party!). For the ceremony, the lawn behind the mansion provides picturesque view porch, or on the Great Lawn beneath the shade of towering magnolia and sycamore of the Home Vineyard, the original estate vineyard of the winery. The ceremony and trees high atop the Delaware River. Dinner receptions are hosted in a secluded corner reception can also be held in several other unique areas, including the post-and-beam of the property, and catered with a four-course gourmet dinner beneath a beautiful tent winery floor, the stone-walled Cave Room with wine barrels, or under a twin highatop a permanent wood platform. peak tent on the new brick patio adjacent to the winery. The 3,200-square-foot tent is “We typically hold our weddings outdoors,” said Passalacqua, who added that complete with twinkle lights, chandeliers, and optional palladium window siding for smaller events can be hosted in the Manor House during late fall, winter, and early chilly evenings. spring. “Each of these spaces provides a special atmosphere and a wedding venue unlike Wedding weekends at the Woolverton Inn any other,” said General Manager John Cifelli. provide a unique opportunity for family and “The wine is pretty good, too — Unionville was friends to reunite and spend quality time together named one of Food & Wine magazine’s Top 500 before, during, and after the wedding. “We wineries in the country for 2017, and we are a encourage our wedding clients to feel as if they leading producer on the entire East Coast.” were hosting the wedding in their own home, The land of Unionville itself is a rich without the stress, handing over the planning and patchwork of American history,” added Cifelli. execution to our competent staff and vendors so “George Washington led his troops over much of that they can really enjoy this special occasion,” the area, and camped nearby on the grounds that said Passalacqua. now nourish some of our finest vines.” Couples getting married on a Saturday Channeling the charm of the outdoors typically reserve all 14 guest rooms for both Friday and infused with modern, rustic elegance, and Saturday evenings. Overnight guests receive the Lake Valhalla Club in Montville (www. a full three-course Woolverton country breakfast lakevalhallaclub.com; 973.334.3190) offers a on Saturday and Sunday mornings. During the lakeside setting surrounded by a canopy of serene wedding weekend couples also have full use of trees and majestic mountaintops to celebrate your the property, which provides the possibility to Woolverton Inn (Courtesy of Woolverton Inn) big day, or any other special occasion. have a rehearsal dinner onsite on Friday evening Serving members and the public since the that can be catered in a variety of ways — from food truck picnics to something more 1930s, Lake Valhalla Club’s English Tudor clubhouse provides the backdrop for formal. guests to enjoy a memorable dining experience with the personal touch of dedicated If you would like the dramatic backdrop of a vineyard, Unionville Vineyards in hospitality specialists. The vintage-chic ballroom with two grand stone fireplaces and Ringoes (www.unionvillevineyards.com; 908.788.0400) provides an idyllic setting on floor-to-ceiling windows affords up to 225 guests panoramic views of the lake. an 89-acre preserved farm winery nestled in the pastoral hills of Hunterdon County. At Lake Valhalla Club, only one wedding at a time is held to ensure every detail The stately 1858 Farmhouse Mansion makes for a charming space to prepare for is met and hosts and their guests feel the care and attention that their special event your special day (and provides a hideaway to steal a few private moments during the deserves. Not only can the award-winning venue craft specialty cocktails, if you have FEBRUARY 2018 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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a sweet tooth be sure to ask about the bonfire and s’mores service. “No request is too small. No ask is too big. We aim to make your day one you will never forget,” said Claudio Beltrami, food and beverage manager at the Lake Valhalla Club. “We have a family-forward philosophy that puts our guests’ needs above all, giving you a warm, welcoming environment.” From the vibrant colors of the fall foliage to the winter wonderland of freshly fallen snow, this four-seasons venue offers the opportunity for picture perfect moments at every turn. Lake Valhalla Club is a 108-acre gem hidden in the mountains of northern New Jersey, yet just a stone’s throw away from New York City and major highways. For those who prefer a shore wedding, The Reeds at Shelter Haven in Stone Harbor (www.reedsatshelterhaven.com; 609.368.0100) combines casual elegance and coastal chic with natural surroundings to create a backdrop that is unlike any other. The Reeds is a year-round luxury boutique hotel and resort located directly on the bay, and is just steps from the beach. It features 37 distinctively-designed guest rooms and was recently voted one of Condé Nast Traveler’s “World’s Best Hotels.” One of the Jersey Shore’s most exclusive destinations, it offers many options for couples on their wedding day. Favorites include intimate sundeck ceremonies with gorgeous sea views, bayside cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the covered veranda extending to the landscaped outdoor lounge, and dinner and dancing the the open-air ballroom for up to 220 guests. “The Reeds’ Sweet Grass Ballroom is the ultimate celebration space for you, your entire wedding party, and guests,” said Julie Yeager, executive director of sales and marketing for The Reeds at Shelter Haven. “Wall-to-wall sliding glass spans the bayside view, allowing the opportunity to open your space to the outdoor veranda and provide an ‘indoor/outdoor’ feel with a full view of the sparkling harbor. The incredible fireplace also blends with the indoor-outdoor concept. The ballroom is simply spectacular, and provides the perfect backdrop for your special day.” If you want to celebrate on a working farm and also help support the community, The Barn at Gravity Hill (thebarnatgravityhill.com; 917.592.1755) is available for weddings and other events. Located minutes from the Delaware River in the historic Lambertville/New Hope area, the renovated 1740s barn overlooks farm fields, animal pastures, and the surrounding preserved park. It was designed as an intimate, indoor/ outdoor space where guests can experience the beauty of the farm and enjoy the rustic elegance of the climate-controlled space. Windows have replaced the barn door, providing a panoramic view of the farm and surrounding park.

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Gravity Hill Farm was founded in 2005 as a small family farm, dedicated to teaching about nature—and nurturing—through organic farming and raising animals. Its owners wanted to create a farm rooted in their community, and of service to that community. After ten years as a market farm, Gravity Hill leased its growing fields and market to Roots to River Organic Farm, so that the family can spend more time on education and community-building projects at the farm. The Barn can accommodate 80 guests, and capacity with a tent is 120. The venue also features five bedrooms including a bridal suite, a gentlemen’s lounge with a pullout couch, five bathrooms, an updated kitchen, a large stone fireplace, and sweeping views. “Your event helps make it possible for us to host community and education-based organizations in a space that would otherwise be unaffordable,” said the owners of The Barn at Gravity Hill. “The important work of these organizations benefits our entire community.” A unique estate at the heart of a preserved 230-acre working farm, The Inn at Fernbrook Farms (www.innatfernbrookfarms.com; 609.298.3868) features a threestory 1750 Georgian Manor House with seven guest rooms as well as nine acres of lawns and gardens, and outdoor hearth, a summer house, and a gazebo, providing multiple venues for a picturesque wedding. “We are a unique venue for couples and families looking for something different,” said owner Susie Kuser. “This is a very special place that has been in our family for more than 100 years. The mansion has been preserved in time, and our grounds are truly one of a kind, offering a variety of rustic and elegant spots where you may choose to have your ceremony, cocktail hour, or reception.” Kuser emphasized the impeccable service provided at the Inn, and noted that resident chef Christine Wendland won the “Bangin’ Backyard” episode of Food Network’s Chopped on July 4. The food at the Inn is all made from scratch using seasonal ingredients, many grown right on the farm. Weddings at Fernbrook are all-inclusive, and their team will work with you to create the wedding you have envisioned. “You get the complete Inn,” said Kuser. “From 11 o’clock on the morning of your wedding day to 10 o’clock the following day, the Inn is all yours. The ideas are endless at Fernbrook, so dream big and we will make it happen.”

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rinceton University freshman Jack Aiello credits a special New Jersey camp for giving him the confidence to climb the Himalayas with the challenges associated with type 1 diabetes. Despite the unpredictable effect elevation can have on metabolism, his blood sugar numbers stayed under control. In a blog on the camp website he wrote, “Eight summers of living with peers and counselors who have diabetes have given me a tremendous amount of knowledge and confidence in managing diabetes...Camp gave me counselors who spent weeks camping in the wilderness, friends who cycled thousands of miles competitively, and dozens of role models and friends who always kept their diabetes under control—not the other way around.” Now as a counselor at Camp Nejeda in Stillwater, he cultivates the same type of empowering community that supported him as a camper. Nejeda is one of the many camps for youths with special medical issues or disabilities that are available to families who decide that camp is the best way to spend time during the summer. Camp Nejeda, celebrating its 60th anniversary next year, is among the camps in the tri-state area that support a growing population who might benefit from a camp that is focused on their needs. While there is no “official” list of camps for campers with special issues, there is information for parents from medical and advocacy organizations, and, of course, an internet replete with information.

GOOD NEWS: MANY OPTIONS A spokesperson from the American Camp Association (ACA), New York and New Jersey chapter, says the right camp probably exists for the family who is willing to explore the options. “If a family is interested in sending their child with special needs to camp, the good news is there are many options, both private and nonprofit,” says Renee Flax, a camper placement specialist. The ACA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and enhancing the quality of the summer camp experience. It is the only independent

accrediting organization reviewing camp operations in the country, based on the health, safety, and risk management aspects of a camp’s operation, and collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at the camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. “There are both day and overnight camps for children and adults with varying special needs including mild, moderate, or severe disabilities,” says Flax. “There are special needs camps for children beginning as toddlers through adulthood for children with developmental and intellectual disabilities, diabetes, cancer, Asperger’s syndrome, and many other special needs. There are also camps that offer inclusion programs as well.” When seeking a camp, “It’s important to be up front and honest about your child’s needs with the camp director to ensure the camp is equipped to properly care for your child,” says Flax.

“A HOME AWAY FROM HOME” At Camp Nejeda, one of the goals is to provide a traditional camp experience. “This is a place where the campers are just like everyone else and wearing an insulin pump or injecting insulin is not a big deal,” says Jennifer Passerini, director of development. Camp Nejeda is for campers with type 1 diabetes — a chronic condition in which the pancreas does not produce the insulin needed to allow glucose to enter cells to produce energy. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure. Director Bill Vierbuchen says the residential camp offers a zip line, archery, canoeing — basically what any camp would offer and more. There is also blood sugar testing and counting carbs. The 72-acre camp in Stillwater includes programs on nutrition and diabetes management. Campers come for one- or two-week sessions, most from the tristate area, many from Mercer, Morris, and Somerset counties. Most campers return year after year. It is one of five independent nonprofit camps in the country for type 1 diabetes. Camp Nejeda also offers two summer day camps, one in New York City and one in Deptford. FEBRUARY 2018 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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“It’s a home away from home,” says Passerini. “The kids just want to fit one-on-one program in. The psychological and social aspect of living with a chronic disease is often overlooked. Think about managing the disease for 24 hours a day, seven days a Another camp for a very specialized group is Camp Quality USA New Jersey, for week.” children with cancer. At Camp Quality, says Executive Director Al Passy, every Counselors are all alumni. “The value of having counselors with type 1 camper is paired with a companion throughout their stay at camp and throughout diabetes is that the campers find positive role models. the year. The camp’s origins are in Sydney, Australia Seeing the counselors successfully managing their and the New Jersey residential camp is one of 15 in the diabetes is empowering,” added Passerni. country. Camp Quality is a typical camp with baseball, Campers are referred by pediatric endocrinologists, campfires, swimming, and a full range of summer camp school nurses, and those who work with the specific activities and recreational programs. The volunteerpopulation. The specialized medical staff includes 15 driven and community-funded nonprofit is held for nurses and a pediatric endocrinologist. A third-year one week during the summer, and runs on the gifts of family practice resident from Hunterdon Medical donors and supporters. A gala is held each April, notes Center is present as well. Campers have opportunities Passy, to help fund programs throughout the year. for hands-on learning, such as how blood glucose Camp Quality New Jersey operates from a site levels may be affected by an adrenaline rush from rented from the Newark YMCA’s Camp Linwood the zip line, or how insulin doses are calculated based MacDonald in Sussex County. The campers, ages 5 to on food intake, stress levels, and physical activity. A 17, are in remission with their cancer. knowledgeable camp staff is crucial for the campers’ “We run a one-on-one program,” Passy says. “Each well-being. child has his or her own companion and they keep A camp like Nejeda, a stand-alone nonprofit, in touch during the year. There is a three-day winter does not survive without charitable support. “It is not camp for teens in February and two family days that research, but it has immediate impact on the campers include the companions and the camper families.” The today,” says Passerini. Donations help keep camp fees medical staff includes volunteers from CentraState, St. low, and provide scholarships pay the cost for many. Peters University, and Robert Wood Johnson hospitals New Jersey Camp Jaycee, an ARC of New Jersey in New Jersey. residential summer camp for children and adults with “Parents welcome the experience for their kids to intellectual disabilities, also takes pride in offering Camp Quality New Jersey Camp Director Kait DeGennaro, be like other kids,” he says. “They truly appreciate the and Executive Director Al Passy. a comfortable camp experience. Its new director, camp. The children come back more mature and more Maureen Brennan, says, “Camp Jaycee becomes ‘a able to handle their challenges. They are among other home away from home’ for not only many of our campers, but also for our staff. children with the same illness, and out of hospital settings. Basically, they have Both come from all over to enjoy the activities and outdoors.”   a lot of fun!”

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Most parents will search the internet for appropriate camps, but Ari Segal, director of the overnight Camp Lee Mar in Lackawaxen, Pa., has this advice: “Speak to the camp director, but also speak with the family of a current camper. Most camps are happy to refer.” Segal is only the second owner of the 66-year-old Lee Mar, but when he had his own child with special needs six years into his directorship, his mission became more clear. While running a camp for children with mild to moderate neurological disabilities has challenges, such as special diets and the need for a low camper to staff ratio (1:3 in some instances), “seeing the pleasures that the children get out of camp is a real joy,” he says. “They don’t want camp to end.” Lee Mar offers an academic and speech program. The staff will follow Extended School Year goals (agreed upon in meetings with school districts), and Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals. Some, but not all, school districts may help with camp tuition if a camper is considered to be maintaining year-long goals. The seven-week program gives campers, who come from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and around the world, time to acclimate. It also offers the Living Independently Functional Education (LIFE) program, which takes campers to supermarkets, banks, and into the community, and readies them for independent living. The camp is for ages 7 to 21, but alumni with disabilities often consider vacations through The Guided Tour, Segal’s travel and vacation program for adults with disabilities.

Some camps welcome neurotypical campers or siblings alongside their campers with special needs. Mane Stream therapeutic riding camp in Oldwick is an inclusive summer day camp for children with special needs, their siblings, and their typically developing peers. The activities, mostly based on horses and riding, promote independence, self-confidence, team building, and socialization while allowing each camper to explore and discover new skills, according to its website. Rebecca Wanatick, manager of community inclusion and program services for the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, which covers Essex, Morris, Sussex, Somerset, and Union counties, noted that two area Jewish community center day camps offer inclusion to campers with disabilities: Camp Deeny Riback in Flanders and Camp Yachad in Scotch Plains. Many in the camp field, like Wanatick, will answer questions and guide parents. Parents who are looking for a camp can call her and she will ask about their needs, whether they want indoor or outdoor, and “work with a family on what their child would need to be most successful in a camp setting.” The camps, by their nature, meet social/emotional goals on a daily basis.   “There are absolutely more options,” she says. “More overnight camps, and more camps open to including campers with disabilities. Inclusion benefits everyone, not just the campers with special needs, and reflects our diverse world.”

A sampling of summer options for those with special needs and/or medical issues: Camp Lee Mar, in Lackawaxen, Pa., is a residential camp for youths ages 7 through 21. 215.658.1708; www.leemar.com Camp Nejeda is a residential camp for campers ages 7 to 15 with type 1 diabetes. 973.383.2611; www.campnejeda.org Camp Quality USA New Jersey is a residential camp for youths ages 5 to 17 whose cancer is in remission. 732.845.1958; www.campqualityusa.org/nj Camp Ramapo, in Rhinebeck, N.Y., is a residential summer camp that serves children ages 6 to 16 who are affected by social, emotional, or learning challenges including children affected

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ummer camps in literature are not easy to track down. One that comes immediately to mind is J.D. Salinger’s Camp Hapworth, from which 7-year-old Seymour Glass pens the longest summer camp letter ever written. The last work by Salinger released for public consumption, “Hapworth 16, 1924,” which runs between pages 32-113 in the June 19, 1965 New Yorker, offers a unique — which is to say Salingeresque — view of camp life at Hapworth Lake in Maine. Then there’s Humbert Humbert’s favorite camper, Dolores Haze. Readers of Vladimir Nabokov’s landmark 1955 novel Lolita and viewers of the 1962 Stanley Kubrick film may recall Lo’s eventful stay at all-girl Camp Q in the Adirondacks, where she is deflowered by the camp mistress’s son Charlie, the only male on the scene. Having never been to a summer camp, my sense of the experience depends on films like Moonrise Kingdom (2012), where two 12-year-old misfits meet at Camp Ivanhoe, fall in love, and survive adult interference. Glimpses of camp life can also be found in the movie version of Herman Wouk’s 1958 best-seller Marjorie Morningstar, which was filmed at the real-life Camp Cayuga, where the heroine of the title, played by Natalie Wood, works as a counselor. Wouk provides a more detailed look at camp life in his first novel City Boy (1948), in which a Jewish kid from the Bronx named Herbie Bookbinder spends a summer at Camp Manitou in the Berkshires. In the 1951 film version, Herbie is transformed into a girl named Betty played by Margaret O’Brien, with the title changed to Her First Romance.

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The place to go online for everything you want or need to know on the subject is Summer Camp Culture (www. summercampculture.com). There I learned that in Anna Kendrick’s memoir Scrappy Little Nobody (Touchstone 2016), the singer and Academy Award-nominated actress writes about the making of Camp (2003), her first film, where she plays Fritzi, “a weird girl with greasy hair and terrible clothes,” who goes from being the nerdy loser to the cut-throat star of Camp Ovation’s production of Company. I also learned from Summer Camp Culture that David Sax’s The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter (PublicAffairs 2016) contains an epilogue about the author’s return visit to Camp Walden in Ontario: “Very little had changed since I left Walden half a lifetime ago. The buildings looked the same; the water had the same metallic taste; the crickets chirped the same staccato tune. Towels and clothes still hung from the front of each cabin’s laundry line, and music blared on loudspeakers throughout camp, announcing the next activity. Boys sprinted from place to place, seemingly for no reason other than they could, and girls made up songs while braiding one another’s hair. Campers still read Archie comics and made macrame bracelets. They even dressed in the same outfits: Teva sandals, baggy Roots sweatpants, college T-shirts. The conversations I overheard could have been plucked from any summer over the past half-century.” NETFLIX CAMPERS

Two summer camp celebrities are appearing in two recent Netflix shows. Noah Schnaap, who still attends Camp Echo Lake in upstate New York, plays Will Byers, the boy who comes back from the Upside Down in season two of Stranger Things. In a video filmed at the camp, where he’s been going since he was 7, Noah thanks the fans who have written him “from all over the world” and talks about having fun playing soccer and baseball and tennis and swimming in the lake. Star of the otherworldly OA, Brit Marling says she was sent home from summer camp because the stories she was telling were scaring her bunkmates. Speaking at the Vulture Festival, she explained, “I was staying at a sleepaway girls camp and the cabin was made of wood with eyes in it. I started telling the other girls in the cabin this ghost story. I told them the knots in the wood were eyes of ghosts and this ground was where there had been a massacre and everyone in the massacre was staring down at us in the eyes of the cabin.” The OA has been renewed for a second season and a third season is planned for Stranger Things. While most summer camp books are geared toward tweens and teens, an exceptions is Sleepaway: Writings on Summer Camp (Riverhead 2005), a collection edited by Eric Simonoff, a onetime literary agent who spent ten straight summers at Joseph & Betty Harlam Camp. The contributors include Margaret Atwood, Ursula K. Le Guin, David Sedaris, ZZ Packer, Kevin Canty, and Gahan Wilson. Mandy Berman’s Perennials (Random House 2017), which The New York Times Book Review hails as “a captivating debut novel,” is

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set at Camp Marigold, where Fiona and Rachel first meet, become friends, and then return six years later as counselors. While Fiona likes being a counselor to 9-year-olds because she can “talk about real things with them: their lives at home and their friends and the things they like to do — ride horses or swim or dance or draw,” Rachel says her girls talk only about boys. The reviewer finds that “Berman skillfully captures the details and rituals of camp. It’s a place where freedom from the roles young people play at home lets them become who they are. And where, for those who return year after year, a girl can retrace her steps, see all the parts of herself past and present, with the occasional glimpse into the future.” Meg Wolitzer’s best-seller The Interestings (Riverhead 2016) has received wide acclaim. According to O, The Oprah Magazine, this “lovely, wise book” begins with the main character an outsider at an arts camp who is “accepted into a clique of teenagers with whom she forms a lifelong bond. Through well-tuned drama and compassionate humor, Wolitzer chronicles the living organism that is friendship.” Letters Home

Typical of the summer camp genre are Abrams paperbacks P.S. I Hate It Here: Kids’ Letters from Camp and the sequel P.S. I Still Hate It Here, both edited by Diane Falanga, a mother of two, who put the books together after receiving her 8-year-old daughter’s letters home from camp. San Diego Family Magazine says, “This collection of kids’ actual letters home brings back all the hilarity

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and homesickness of sleepaway camp. Each image displays children’s creative spelling, their pleading to be picked up or for permission to stay ‘just two more weeks.’ Parents and seasoned campers will enjoy reading this collection and laughing at (or commiserating with) these familiar dilemmas.” Probably the most popular purveyor of the Jewish summer camp experience was Allan Sherman’s hit single “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah” about life at Camp Grenada sung to the tune of Ponchielli’s “Dance of the Hours.” The record reached No. 2 on the 1963 Billboard chart. A typical chorus is: “All the counselors hate the waiters/And the lake has alligators/And the head coach wants no sissies/So he reads to us from something called Ulysses.” The Missing Letter

Still, nothing, absolutely nothing, compares to J.D. Salinger’s vision of life at Camp Hapworth by way of a fabulously wellread 7-year-old channeling Jane Austen and Vivekananda. This literary tour de force in the guise of a letter is a stunning act of imagination in the way it brazenly and joyfully creates its own language and its own voice. Twenty years ago a small publisher was planning to bring it out in book form when the author was scared off by churlish denizens of the lit chat establishment. The world has been promised publication of new work by Salinger sometime before 2020, but so far his heirs have been unwilling to release it.

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BY ILENE DUBE “A s a p r u n i s t h e s w e e t g o o d b y e o f w i n t e r. It is the fruit of the equal marriage of the sun and frost.” — John Burroughs

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Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson drills into a red maple before placing the spile, where the sap flows from the tree.

aine and Vermont may lure visitors with excursions to sugar shacks, and their tourist centers delight children of all ages with boxes of maple leaf-shaped sugary treats, but the joys of maple sugaring can be had without leaving the Garden State. While 75 percent of U.S. maple syrup comes from New York and New England, the maple syrup producing region extends south to Tennessee and west to Minnesota. In New Jersey, there are statewide opportunities to witness maple syrup being made, from tree tapping to sap boiling. On a late fall day, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association Education Director Jeff Hoagland and Education Manager Pat Heaney led a visitor around the Watershed Reserve on Titus Mill Road in Hopewell Township to see some of the maple trees that would be tapped in January. When done properly, tapping maple trees does no harm. Hoagland describes maple sugaring as a celebration bookending the winter solstice. “It’s still winter on the calendar, but we can hear the tree frogs and birds waking.” The Watershed only taps about 12 trees, and for educational purposes only. A maple sugaring hike and brunch will be offered March 3, 9:30-11:30 a.m., during which participants will visit tapped trees, learn about the process to convert maple sap to syrup and see the evaporation station before

indulging in pancakes slathered with syrup from the Watershed Reserve’s trees. Register online at www. thewatershed.org. “We’re bringing science to life,” says Hoagland. “There’s a magical quality to it. People come here for the wonder—we want them to understand the science and the issues, and learn what they can do on their own property. It’s a hands-on immersive experience, identifying the trees, seeing their layers, hearing Native American stories.” One such tale is that the creator gave the maple tree as a sweet gift. At that time, all you had to do was break off a branch and the syrup flowed like honey. But soon the village was in disrepair, the fields were overgrown, and the fires had grown cold. The creator sent an ambassador to find out what had gone wrong and the ambassador found the villagers lying on their backs, drunk with maple syrup. The syrup had fattened them up and they could not move. To teach them a lesson, the creator watered down the sap. Now it would only flow once a year, and in order to harvest it they would need to build buckets from birch bark. They would need to gather wood to make fires to boil the sap. Hoagland, who has been with the Watershed for 33 years, first cooked sap over a wood fire in 1984 for the Watershed’s program on Colonialera techniques. Since then, the process of tapping trees has not changed much, although one year he experimented with a batch of maple sap beer. In the early years, the spile, or spigot for extracting maple, was made from staghorn sumac. Now it is made from metal or plastic. And whereas Native

Americans used dugout tulip trees for buckets and gourds, metal buckets are used to gather sap. It takes about 40 years for a tree to reach the point at which it can be tapped healthily, estimate Hoagland and Heaney. While climate change may alter the timing of the sap run (see below), Hoagland says you know the tree is ready when you see the buds open—that’s when the sugar has gone back up into the tree. Below freezing temperatures at night and above freezing during the day cause the expansion and contraction that moves the sugar up. “It used to be at the end of February to mid-March—now it can be as early as January,” says Hoagland. “The dramatic change in climate makes the tree more vulnerable to predators such as tent caterpillars and gypsy moths.” Landscape design has evolved for maple sugaring. “Everyone who built houses in the 18th and 19th centuries planted a beautiful shade tree over it,” says Hoagland. There are two such maple trees on the former residence on the Watershed Reserve, but after 20 years of continuous tapping, these trees are being given a break. “You can do three taps a year without doing harm to the tree,” says Heaney. “That’s the industry standard.” Drilling is done on the south side of the tree, where the sap has warmed in the sun. The tree will heal within two years, adds Heaney. The yellow-bellied sapsucker—“nature’s driller”—is another sign that it’s time to tap the tree. Squirrels, meanwhile, scurry to the end of the branches to get what everyone else has missed. “We all live happy together,” says Hoagland. FEBRUARY 2018 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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Photograph courtesy of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association

A solitary hiker explores the trails on the 950-acre Watershed Reserve during a frosty winter day.

“We’re the greedy ones with the big drill,” adds Heaney. At the Watershed, the sap is boiled into syrup on the cook stove in the new Education Center. “It’s a great wallpaper remover,” jokes Hoagland of a process that yields a tremendous amount of steam. “With two burners going, you can set off the alarm—and then feel rain coming from the ceiling. We open the windows and clouds form.” Pictures of the classical sugar house show it with plumes of steam evanescing from the windows. Before the Civil War, when no other sweeteners were grown in the U.S., maple sugar was a big industry. Native Americans made maple sugar, which has a longer shelf life—maple syrup requires refrigeration. When cane sugar, a more cost-effective sweetener, began to be imported from the Caribbean, maple sugar production took a nose dive. Other trees, such as birch and black walnut, can also be tapped for syrup but may not be to everyone’s taste, says Hoagland. And trees such as the invasive Norway maple produce a sap with undesirable characteristics, according to the Cornell University website.

FROM STARCH TO SUGAR The sugar maple is first choice for making maple syrup as there is more sugar in the sap compared to other species, such as red or silver maple, meaning it will take less sap to produce a gallon of syrup. In the fall, maple trees re-absorb

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chlorophyll, but they don’t let it go to waste—the color that you see is the pigments that aren’t reabsorbed. Trees with higher sugar content tend to have the brighter foliage in the fall. The sugar maple tree stores starch in its trunk and roots before winter; the starch is then converted to sugar that rises in the sap in the spring. Freezing nights and thawing days make for heavy sap flow. The trees are tapped by boring holes into their trunks and collecting the exuded sap. The sap is then boiled to evaporate much of the water, leaving the concentrated syrup. The sap must be filtered before boiling, then again halfway through the boiling process to remove bark, ants, moths, and debris. Maple sap becomes maple syrup at 219 ¼ degrees. A natural sweetener, maple syrup is touted as being healthier than processed pancake syrups such as Log Cabin or Aunt Jemima. Maple syrup contains naturally occurring minerals such as calcium, manganese, potassium, and magnesium, according to the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association (an organization that exists to promote maple sugar). Like broccoli and bananas, maple syrup is a natural source of beneficial antioxidants, which have been shown to help prevent cancer, support the immune system, lower blood pressure, and slow the effects of aging. Maple syrup is more nutritious than other sweeteners, packing one of the lowest calorie levels, and has been shown to have healthy glycemic qualities. In addition, researchers have found that pure maple syrup contains phenolic

compounds, commonly found in plants and agricultural products such as blueberries, tea, red wine, and flaxseed. Some of these compounds may benefit health in significant ways (see charts). Maple syrup can also be used as a skin tonic, according to Maine Maple Producers, which claims that maple syrup can help to lower skin inflammation, redness, blemishes, and dryness. Combined with milk or yogurt, rolled oats, and raw honey and applied as a mask, the mixture can hydrate skin while reducing bacteria and signs of irritation. And the amber-colored liquid is not just for pancakes and waffles. Maple syrup can be substituted for sugar in baking, and is used to flavor everything from bacon to chicken, salmon, and carrots. On a less-than-sweet note, climate change is negatively impacting maple sugaring. As temperatures have climbed, the tapping season in New York and New England starts about eight days earlier and ends 11 days earlier than 50 years ago, according to Princeton-based Climate Central. Higher temperatures mean less sugar in the sap, and so more sap per gallon of syrup is required. During hot periods outside of winter, the sugar within the sap can be reduced by 40 percent. A century ago, 80 percent of global maple syrup production was based in the U.S., with 20 percent in Canada. Those figures are now reversed, with climate change likely playing a role, along with advances in sap collecting and Canadian subsidies.

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Photographs courtesy of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association

The Watershed's Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson explains to captivated youngsters how the maple sap will be boiled down into syrup.

Once collected, the maple sap is continuously boiled down for hours to reduce it into sweet maple syrup as participants wait in eager anticipation during a previous spring brunch.

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NUTRITIONAL VALUE FOR VARIOUS SWEETNERS

MAPLE SUGAR FACT SHEET

% of Recommended Daily Value in mg per 1/4 cup or 60 ml portion.

Maple Syrup

Corn Syrup

Honey

Brown Sugar

White Sugar

Manganese Riboflavin Zinc Magnesium Calcium Potassium

95 37 6 7 5 5

0 1 0 0 0 0

4 2 2 1 0 1

2 0 0 2 4 1

0 1 0 0 0 0

Calories

216

220

261

216

196

Sugaring Weather

SOURCE: Canadian Nutrient File, 2007 (Health Canada) and US Food and Drug Administration Nutrient Database.

In New Jersey, maple sap begins to flow when the nights fall below freezing and the days warm to above freezing. During this time you may also see icicles, a sign of sugaring weather. Generally, the season lasts three to four weeks followed by spring.

ANTIOXIDANT VALUE FOR COMMON FOODS

ORAC Value 100g of Fresh Product

Broccoli, raw

Native Americans were the first to discover that sap from the maple tree tastes sweet. They collected the sap to drink, marinate their meat, and boil down to crystallized maple sugar. They did not make maple syrup because it was difficult to store, but they were able to use the crystallized sugar all year long. Early European settlers who arrived in New England learned this process from the Native Americans. Thomas Jefferson enjoyed maple sugar so much that he planted a grove of sugar maples at Monticello, his home in Virginia.

ORAC Value per serving

Sugar Content

1,362

Broccoli, raw

Banana, raw

879

Banana, raw

1/2 cup (46g)

627

Carrot, raw

666

Carrot, raw

1 (72g)

480

Maple Syrup

600

Maple Syrup

1/4 cup (60 ml/80g)

480

Cabbage, raw

508

Cabbage, raw

1 medium (123g)

415

Tomato, raw

337

Tomato, raw

1/2 cup (85g)

268

Cantaloupe

315

Cantaloupe

1/2 cup (37g)

188

1 medium (118g)

1,037

SOURCE: USDA Database for the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) of Selected Foods. Maple syrup antioxidant results from Brunswick Laboratories USDA certified facility.

3. Collect the sap as soon as possible so it can be processed before it spoils. 4. Boil sap until it is reduced from two percent sugar and 98 percent water to 67 percent sugar and 33 percent water. 5. Bottle and enjoy the finished syrup. Maple Syrup Grades The grading system for syrup was established by the USDA based on color. Grade A Light Amber Flavor: Mild, most delicate maple flavor Time: Made earlier in the season when the weather is colder Use: Maple candy and maple cream Grade A Medium Amber Flavor: Easily discernible maple flavor Time: Made after the sugaring season begins to warm

You can make syrup from the sap of any maple tree, but the sugar maple (Acer saccharum) produces sap with the greatest sugar content—up to two percent. Other maple trees have one percent or less. The sap is boiled in an evaporator, a special stove used for making maple syrup. The syrup is done when the sugar content is 67 percent.

Use: Most popular grade of table syrup

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1. Tap a maple tree that is at least 10 inches in diameter. Tap on the sunny south side of the tree. 2. Hang a bucket by hammering a spile with an attached hook into the hole.

Grade A Dark Amber Flavor: Strong maple flavor Time: Made later in the season as the days get longer and warmer Use: Table and baking Grade B

Time: Last syrup made in the season Use: Baking (Source: NJ DEP)

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Vermont is the largest producer in the United States, generating about five and a half percent of the global supply. It takes 30-50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup.

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Maple syrup is boiled even further to produce maple cream, maple sugar, and maple candy. It takes one gallon of maple syrup to produce eight pounds of maple candy or sugar. A gallon of maple syrup weighs 11 pounds. Usually a maple tree is at least 30 years old and 12 inches in diameter before it is tapped. As the tree increases in diameter, more taps can be added – up to a maximum of four taps. Tapping does no permanent damage, and only 10 percent of the sap is collected each year. Many maple trees have been tapped for 150 or more years. Each tap will yield an average of 10 gallons of sap per season, producing about one quart of syrup. The maple season may last eight to 10 weeks, but sap flow is heaviest for about 10-20 days in the early spring. (Source: mobile-cuisine.com, provided by Pam Podger, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association)

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The Canadian province of Quebec is by far the largest producer, responsible for about three-quarters of the world’s output; Canadian exports of maple syrup exceed $141 million USD per year.

Samples of maple syrup for dipping into with tasty pancakes are available for hungry hikers at the brunch.

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With no change in greenhouse gas emissions rates, Climate Central estimates that tap season may start 30 days earlier by 2100.

SWEET SOURLAND FARMS Charlize Katzenbach, Princeton University Class of 1971, farms the property she grew up on in Hopewell Township. At Sweet Sourland Farms, Katzenbach has a few hundred sugar and red maples on tap. She uses a wood-fired evaporator in the sugar house to make about 50 to 100 gallons of pure maple syrup a year, depending upon weather conditions. Sap is collected with a tubing on a vacuum system at sundown each day, and boiled at night. Katzenbach and her wife, Bru, experienced their first taps at Howell Farm more that 30 years ago. After seeing a demonstration there, the Katzenbachs purchased a spile, the tapping device used to direct sap from the tree into a collecting vessel, and gave it as a birthday gift to a friend who had 150 maples on his property. When the friend relocated to New Mexico, the Katzenbachs acquired his stainless-steel evaporator machine. Over the years, the Katzenbachs have refined the process by which the sap is collected, using tubing and a vacuum pump to bring it uphill to a tank in the sugarhouse that Charlize built for the purpose. The multi-chambered evaporator converts the sap to syrup, powered by waste wood from the farm’s sawmill.

The maples on the 27-acre farm, which was featured in the documentary Sourlands, are indigenous to the area. Some are hundreds of years old, some are 40 to 50 years old. Sweet Sourland Farms sells its maple syrup, but suggests visiting the other farms listed to view the operation. Sweet Sourland Farms, 90 LambertvilleHopewell Road, Hopewell; www.localharvest.org/ sweet-sourland-farms-M22027.

HOWELL LIVING HISTORY FARM Sign up for maple sugaring at Howell Living History Farm, where there are 150 maple trees for tapping, and you’ll be put to work cutting firewood for sap boiling—the first step in preparing for a sugaring operation. Participants will keep warm by sawing wood with a two-person saw and splitting wood with a wedge and hammer, and will learn about varieties of wood and their use for fuel, buildings, fencing, and/or tools. They will also learn to identify a sugar maple tree, tap the tree, and taste the sap, if it is flowing. Visitors may also load some of the sap on a horse- or oxen-drawn wagon to take back to the farm for boiling in an evaporator. Then, using wheat grown on the farm, participants can help grind and sift flour and take a turn churning butter. Learn about the conveniences of a circa-1900 kitchen while you sample a pancake topped with homemade butter and maple syrup. Howell Living History Farm, 70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville; www.howellfarm.org.

Additional Maple Sugaring Options Include: Environmental Education Center Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge; www.somersetcountyparks.org. A 90-minute program is conducted at the Sugar Shack, a halfmile hike from the EEC. Participants are advised to dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Boots are recommended as the trails can be wet, muddy, and/or covered by snow. 

Duke Farms Maple Sugaring Celebration at Duke Farms, 1112 Duke Parkway West, Hillsborough; www.dukefarms.org.

Tenafly Nature Center Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Avenue, Tenafly; www.tenaflynaturecenter.org/MapleSugaring. Discover the history of syrup making and how technology has changed the way sap has been gathered over the centuries. Sessions are one hour long throughout late winter—check website for schedule. 

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Uniquely Distinguished Boarding Schools By T ay l o r S m i t h The boarding school experience is unique to each individual student and school. For some, the setting or architecture may be a defining feature — encouraging students, faculty, and alumni to dream big. For other institutions, traditions hold a special place in the heart of each graduate — a perpetuation of history, pride, and scholarly achievements. While some of the schools described here believe in the importance of a single-sex high school education, all of them hope to instill in their students a passion for collaboration. Perhaps one of these high schools is well-suited to your family. 64 |

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Avon Old Farms School Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Conn., is known for many things, including brotherhood, scholarship, integrity, sportsmanship, and stunning architecture. In 1913, Miss Porter’s School graduate Theodate Pope Riddle, one of Connecticut’s first licensed female architects, purchased 3,000 acres of land in an area known as “Old Farms.” It was Riddle’s intention to build Avon Old Farms in the “distinctive Cotswold Tudor style.” The materials used to construct the school were gathered from quarries, fields, and forests on site. Riddle is said to have remarked on the construction: “Beauty of material and authentic design, yes, but imagine the boys trooping in with muddy boots from the farm and you will see the reason for stone floors and excellently strong and simple furniture!” Nestled in bucolic Farmington Valley, Avon is located 20 minutes from Hartford, Conn.; two hours from Boston, and two and a half hours from New York City. A largely self-contained campus, visitors are almost always struck by the community’s emphasis on nature and the co-mingling of the academic experience within a natural setting. This perspective harkens back to Riddle’s own intention to create a school “where students live and learn amongst nature.” In addition to the architecture, the influence of English secondary school traditions are evident in the current school curriculum and traditions. The unusual school mascot, the Winged Beaver, reflects the school’s motto Aspirando et Perseverando, which translates to aspiring and persevering. The wings of aspiration represent the soaring flight of an eagle and perseverance is symbolized in the diligence of a beaver. Learn why Avon Old Farms School is considered to be the top private all-boys boarding high school in Connecticut at www.avonoldfarms.com.

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The Hill School Founded in 1851, The Hill School is a coeducational, college preparatory, boarding and day school for grades 9-12 and postgraduates in Pottstown, Pa. Known as “The Family Boarding School” for its emphasis on a strong sense of campus community, The Hill was the first boarding school in the United States where students and faculty lived together. Small class sizes, small group meetings with advisors, weekly chapel services, and sit-down meals are meant to foster friendships amongst students and faculty members. Family Night occurs every Tuesday night within the dormitories. Abandoning the normal study routine for one evening, students participate in games, activities, and general dorm bonding. Oftentimes, dorm parents will provide “hall feeds” and dining options on Family Night. Other noted traditions are The Hill School vs. Lawrenceville School rivalry, which extends back to 1887, making it the fifth oldest high school sports rivalry in the United States. Emphasis is also placed on formal academic dress code; boys are required to wear a coat and tie to class and girls must wear a blazer and collared Oxford shirt. Just prior to commencement, soon to be male graduates receive a Hill School tie and girls are given a Hill School scarf at the Alumni Association Induction Brunch. After the completion of the commencement ceremony, the newly-appointed graduates leap into The Dell, the on-campus pond. Female faculty members and sixth form girls gather for the Sixth Form Tea on the Sunday before graduation. The familial atmosphere extends beyond the campus to The Hill School’s alumni network. As noted on its website, more than 30 percent of current Hill students have a legacy connection to the school. Regional alumni events are held throughout the year, encouraging strong friendships among Hill students even long after they have graduated. The yearly Reunion Weekend occurs every June and attracts Hill families from around the world as they “come home” to The Hill community. Experience campus life for yourself at www.thehill.org.

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Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Conn. was founded in 1843 by Sarah Porter. An impressive scholar, Porter was tutored by Yale professors and mastered four languages in addition to teaching herself Hebrew in her 80s. The school’s enrollment grew quickly, in part due to the support of Farmington area fathers who wanted to educate their daughters in the liberal arts. By the 1880s, Miss Porter’s School had risen to national prominence and boasted nearly 100 young women as students. Miss Porter insisted that her students were well-rounded, which extended from academia to physical exercise (a novel idea at the time). Girls were encouraged to familiarize themselves in tennis and horseback riding, along with history, botany, Latin, arithmetic, reading, spelling, geology, and astronomy, to name a few. The modern-day Miss Porter’s School describes its mission as “educating young women to become informed, bold, resourceful, and ethical global citizens. We expect graduates to shape a changing world.” Founder Sarah Porter stated, “They came as girls; they left as women.” With such a long history of encouraging and educating young women, Miss Porter’s has produced many notable alumnae, including Fulbright Scholar Award recipients, White House fellows, and Academy Award-nominated directors and screenwriters. Additional internationally-known alumnae include Jackie Kennedy, Lily Pulitzer, and Gloria Vanderbilt. At last count, the number of boarding students is 212, while the number of day students is 113. The alumnae number approximately 5,990 worldwide. Learn more at www.porters.org.

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Founded in 1848 in Blairstown, N.J., Blair Academy has decided to amplify its forward-thinking and collaborative philosophy with the opening of the state-ofthe-art Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration (CIC). Designed to stir the imaginations of Blair’s students, CIC is home to the Fine Arts and Technology departments. The open-air architectural design boasts a Collaboration Forum, two media labs, art and ceramics studios, a maker space, and fully-outfitted technology classrooms. The layout enables groups of all sizes to convene for academic work and guest presentations. For example, CIC plays host to Blair’s famous Society of Skeptics lecture series. Individual students will also be able to pursue hands-on problem solving in the areas of the arts and technology, the goal being that these imaginative exercises will engage, inspire, and propel Blair students into college and beyond. Discover more at www.blair.edu.

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Peddie School The Signature Experience program at the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J. enables juniors and seniors to design their own program of independent research under the guidance of faculty mentors. Students have the freedom to fully immerse themselves in a subject matter of their choice, culminating in publicly sharing with the school-wide community what they have discovered. The Language Signature Experience takes the study of Chinese, French, Latin, or Spanish out of the classroom and into the world at large. For example, Elizabeth DeMoine ’18 used her Signature Experience to offer free swimming lessons to low-income Spanish speakers in her area. DeMoine’s Spanish language skills enabled her to connect with and instruct members of the Hightstown community, fusing her love of Spanish, swimming, and teaching. The Research Science Signature Experience can take on any form that a student wishes, from researching child development to genetics or computer programming, all within a professional laboratory setting that is above and beyond what is typically available to a high school student. Cait Barrett ’17 chose to study zebrafish alongside graduate students in the Mullins Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. Students with a passion for writing may be interested in pursuing a Creative Writing Signature Experience. Juniors and seniors will have access to Philadelphia and New York City, visiting professional writers, faculty advisors, electives, and guidance in submitting their novels, short stories, plays, poetry, or creative nonfiction for publication. Peer review and public readings are also a part of this intellectual experience. At the end of their coursework, Peddie students will have a substantial portfolio of original work. Recent Signature Experiences also include original coursework in the fine arts, performing arts, robotics, Asian studies, and scientific study. Another option for Peddie students is to pursue a Signature Experience the summer before their

senior year. A faculty director will work with an individual student during the winter and spring to develop the logistics of an independent course of summer study. Peter Le ’17 chose to travel to Uganda to develop and produce videos for a nonprofit organization that educated Ugandan youth on topics ranging from health to politics. As a result, Le learned to improvise, think on his feet, and see projects through from start to finish. “The whole point of the Signature Experience program is to teach you to work independently. That’s also the whole point of a Peddie education,” according to the school. Schedule a visit and tour at www.peddie.org.

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The Road to Freedom TRACING THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD IN NEW JERSEY

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he Underground Railroad has long captivated the American popular imagination; as a nation in turmoil struggled to reckon with its moral realities, this network of safe houses and volunteers conveying fugitive slaves to free states and Canada was a beacon of grassroots resistance, an instance of interracial cooperation, and the setting of countless tales of individual and collective courage. New Jersey played an important role in the Eastern portion of the Underground Railroad’s operations. Its location between the Underground Railroad hubs of Philadelphia and New York City, as well as its nearness to the slave states of Maryland and Delaware, made New Jersey a crucial stretch along the northerly routes of escaped slaves.

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Tracing the routes of the Underground Railroad is often a matter of careful historical guesswork. The “station masters” or “conductors” who ran safe houses were understandably reluctant to record much information about their operations in case they were exposed. As a result, there are now both homeowners who mistakenly believe that their house’s cellar was once a hiding place for freedom-seeking runaway slaves, as well as homes, churches, and businesses whose present residents are completely unaware of the historical significance of the buildings they occupy.

FIFTEEN FUGITIVE SLAVES ARRIVING IN PHILADELPHIA ALONG THE BANKS OF THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER IN JULY 1856.

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Much of what we know about the Underground Railroad routes in New Jersey comes from William Still (1821-1902), an African-American abolitionist originally from Burlington County, who is often called “The Father of the Underground Railroad” for his efforts in assisting as many as 800 fugitive slaves. After the Civil War, in 1872, Still published an account of his work as an Underground Railroad conductor entitled The Underground Railroad Records— a rich, first-hand account later used by many historians to understand the logistical workings of the Underground Railroad, including, most extensively, Wilbur Siebert. Siebert’s 1899 study The Underground Railroad from Slavery to Freedom indicates that, while several overlapping routes crossed New Jersey, the main one was what he called the Philadelphia Line, which lead fugitive slaves from Philadelphia to Camden, along the Delaware River to Burlington and Bordentown, and then northeast toward New York City along a variety of paths. The Underground Railroad stations were often homes maintained by free blacks, Quakers, or

churches—particularly A.M.E. (African Methodist Episcopal) congregations. Conductors would receive fugitives; provide them with food, clothing, and shelter; and protect them from slave catchers before directing or sometimes escorting them to their next stop. Fugitives typically traveled by night, going only as far between stations as they could travel before daylight. Most traveled alone—by foot, horse, wagon, boat, train, or whatever means of transportation was available to them. The work of Underground Railroad conductors was dangerous and required a high degree of secrecy. Over time, their work has accrued a number of popular misconceptions. There is little evidence, for instance, that conductors or station masters hung coded quilts from the windows of their homes to indicated their status as stations (This would have been extremely risky). Likewise, the use of code songs to indicate stations seems to be more myth than historical fact. And while many safe houses would have had hiding places for fugitive slaves, few if any would have the tunnels that are commonly believed to

have existed. Constructing tunnels would have posed a huge expense for station masters with no clear added benefit. The Underground Railroad was, after all, neither underground nor a railroad. New Jersey was home to more than 80 all-black communities that served both as way stations for fugitive slaves as well as places where many of them settled down, taking comfort in their safety in numbers. Mainly in the Western and Southern portions of the state—nearer to the Quaker influence of Philadelphia—these towns included Snow Hill (present-day Lawnside), Springtown, Marshalltown, and Timbuctoo. Christopher Barton, a member of the anthropology department at the University of Memphis, was the principal investigator for the Timbuctoo Discovery Project while completing his Ph.D. at Temple. The interdisciplinary project, which began in 2009, drew on historical records, anthropology, archaeology, and oral histories collected from the descendants of Timbuctoo residents. It gave rise to a body of research that forms a complex case study of the g all-black village.

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Timbuctoo Tiim m mbu buctoo bu cttooo w was aass ffounded oouundded ed ccirca i ca ir ca 11825, 825, 82 5, iin n th tthe he wa wake ake ke of the hee 11804 88004 New Neew Je N JJersey ers rsey ey yG Gradual raadu radu duual al A al Abolition boli bo oli lition tiion on A Act, ct, ct and at its peak was home to roughly 125 residents. Barton argues that the new research on Timbuctoo complicates the conventional historical narratives of interracial harmony along the Underground Railroad. Timbuctoo was located less than two miles from Mount Holly, which Barton writes was “a Quaker community described as one of the most ardent opponents to slavery in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries,” but while the residents of Timbuctoo certainly benefited from this proximity and from Quaker abolitionist efforts, they were for the most part not welcomed into the Quaker community. Free blacks and escaped slaves who applied for membership in the Religious Society of Friends (the Quaker Church) were routinely denied. What’s more, the area’s involvement in Underground Railroad activities was spearheaded and maintained principally by the black community—not the Quakers, as is commonly believed. But, as Barton notes, “History is rewritten by the victors,” so perhaps this smoothing over of historical tensions should come as no great surprise to us. Linda Caldwell Epps, a historian and former president of the New Jersey Historical Society, believes that New Jerseyans need a fuller accounting of their state’s historical relationship with slavery more broadly. We tend to be ignorant of that history or turn away from it, she says. While many people assume that, as a Northern state, antebellum New Jersey shared in the

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attitudes of Pennsylvania and New York, New Jersey actually had surprisingly strong Southern sympathies. New Jersey voted against Abraham Lincoln in the presidential elections of 1860 and 1864, opposed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and was the last Northern state to fully abolish slavery—an event that came to pass only with the 1865 ratification of the 13th Amendment. In the Gettysburg College Journal of the Civil

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