Carved in Stone :Looking at American Art in New Jersey Burial Grounds

Lecture at The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts

Lecture at The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts

 Exhibit Lecture at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts    

Madison, NJ – Join Kate Nearpass Ogden, PhD as she presents, Carved in Stone: Looking at American Art in New Jersey Burial Grounds, at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts on Sunday, January 26th at 2 PM.

Come learn about the varied and important gravestone carvings at Hillside Cemetery in Madison, New Jersey.  Exciting examples include Uzal Ward of Newark, Henry Osborn of Woodbridge, and Noah Norris of Elizabeth.  Their carvings vary from “winged soul” effigies to neo-classical motifs including willows and urns.  Other types and individual stones to be discussed include lambs (for children), a single flower or bud (for young women and girls), Masonic emblems, zinc gravestones, a stone marked “Woodsmen of the World,” and the monument to Naylor and Louisa Harrison, King and Queen of the Romany Gypsies.


Kate Nearpass Ogden is a Professor of Art History at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, where she teaches American art, modern art, and the history of photography.  She received her Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University, New York.  One of her current projects is a special course, Art of New Jersey, in which her students research and write essays for a class website, “The Art & Architecture of New Jersey” (

Advance registration recommended, call 973-377-2982 x13.  Admission $7 for Non-Members & $3 for Members.


Regular Museum admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, students & children, and free for Members.  Family maximum admission $13.00.  The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. and Sunday Noon to 5 P.M. Closed Monday & Major Holidays.  (SUMMER HOURS- July & August, Tuesday – Saturday 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Closed Sunday & Monday)
Housed in a 1900 Richardsonian-Romanesque Revival building listed on the National Register of Historic places, the Museum explores 18th- and 19th-century American history, with a focus on New Jersey.  Drawing on its collection of over 8,000 hand tools and their products, METC uses material culture to interpret the lives and technologies of people who lived and worked before the rise of large-scale industrialization in this country.  The Museum offers visitors of all ages a broad range of changing exhibits, and related programs that address many facets of early American history, craftsmanship, and the diversity of trades performed by men and women.

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts received a General Operating Support Grant from theBorough of Madison, Charles Read Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation and Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.


The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street in the heart of downtown Madison, just two blocks from the Madison train station.  For information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit our website at

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