Apple Tree House – Past Events

September 25, 2018: Dempsey V. Carpentier: Jersey City’s Million Dollar Fight
It was dubbed the “Fight of the Century.” Jack Dempsey, world heavyweight champion, defending his title against Georges Carpentier, World War I Hero. The match was historic for its prize of $1 million, a first in boxing promotion, and revolutionized sports coverage by an emerging technology known as the radio. Henry Hascup, President of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame and Boxing Historian, will chronicle why Jersey City was chosen as the venue for the championship bout, how the fight changed boxing promotion and the fight’s career impact for Jack Dempsey and Georges Carpentier.

September 13, 2018: The Lenape Indians: Jersey City’s Original Inhabitants
Thousands of years before the first Dutch Settlers arrive to modern-day Jersey City, the Lenape Indian tribe called this land their home. The Lenape Indian tribe had developed their own culture, customs, kinship systems, language, and trade. Andrea Proctor, Resource Interpretive Specialist and Historian at Waterloo Village Historic Site, will lecture about the tribe’s history, importance to early New Jersey, and showcase artifacts from the tribe found from excavations at Waterloo Village.

August 14, 2018: Paulus Hook: Jersey City in the American Revolution
The Battle of Paulus Hook was a daring nighttime raid to recapture a British fort in modern-day Jersey City during the American Revolution. General George Washington approved the raid, but when the Americans arrived at the fort, most of the British and their allies had left. In a unique twist, Dr. Richard Winant will examine the Battle from the British perspective on why they left the fort, the battle’s build up, and subsequent aftermath on the American Revolution.

May 10, 2018: UrbEx101: Investigating Abandoned New Jersey
A special lecture with historian Luke Boyd, as part of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities’ Public Scholars Project on urban exploration, or UrbEx. So much can be learned from the abandoned spaces in our city, including the ethical aspects of UrbEx.

April 24, 2018: A Geographers View of Jersey City
Using old maps, presenter Luke Schray will show how specific places in Jersey City and Hudson County reveal clues to the forces that shaped them and the land features that have disappeared or are difficult to discern after centuries of human intervention. The talk will cover the surprising ways in which landmarks, ranging from Dickinson High School to the Embankment structure to McGinley Square, call our attention to episodes of change that shaped not only Jersey City but also the United States and the earth itself.

March 28, 2018: Peace Be Still: Marching in the Footsteps of the Drum Major
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic 1968 speech at Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church in Jersey City, St. Peter’s University Professor of History Dr. John Wesley Johnson delivers a lecture reflecting on the impact of King’s visit to Jersey City, his role within the Civil Rights Movement in the North, the Poor People’s Campaign, and the lasting effects of King’s legacy within our community.

March 22, 2018: Learning New Jersey One Building at a Time
The New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy and the Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs presented the lecture “Learning New Jersey…One Building at a Time” with Gabrielle Esperdy at the historic Apple Tree House. The lecture focused on the aesthetics, cultural and economic perspectives, and values and meaning behind New Jersey’s ever-changing landscape.

February 2, 2018: Springsteen & His Layered Lyrics
Bruce Springsteen expects attentiveness of his listeners. How do we know this? Over the past 50 years, Springsteen has written songs and created music that have been experienced by countless fans. But many don’t know the extent to which his work has been influenced by the American folk tradition. Through experimental reinterpretation and the creation of new traditions, The Boss has worked within known folk traditions, but at the same time, created new sounds and messages. In this session, participants can learn about some of the works that have influenced one of Jersey’s most celebrated musical artists.