"Lincoln & Olden: The President and the Governor"
Exhibit | February 22 to May 31, 2017
The exhibit ‘brings to life’ through historic letters, photographs and artifacts, two distinguished leaders, Governor Charles Olden, who built Drumthwacket in 1835, and President Abraham Lincoln. Both statesmen are elected to office at a time when the country, divided over the issue of slavery, is on the precipice of Civil War. Olden sees in Lincoln, “an honest man after his own heart,” who will restore the Federal Government to “its pristine purity and vigor.” The Governor, likewise, is described by contemporary John Y. Foster as a man “of incorruptible integrity, of inflexible loyalty and of indomitable will”. Together, one will steward a nation and the other a state through the deadliest war on American soil.
Sincere appreciation is extended to the following donors for generously sharing their collection:
Donald L. Ackerman | Civil War & Native American Museum | Historical Society of Princeton | Private Collection | Bette Olsen Pfeiffer | Rail Splitter Archives, New York City | Bruce L. Sirak |
The Morris Museum | New Jersey State Archives | Monmouth County Historical Association | Kenneth and Nancy Ritchey | The Forbes Collection | The Newark Museum | Heather Olden Wright-Ernst
Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Children with Special Needs
Hosted by the Governor and First Lady and the Drumthwacket Foundation, the Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Children with Special Needs is held every Spring. Pony rides, carnival games, bounce houses, art project, face painting and of course the egg hunt make for a memorable day. The Foundation sincerely appreciates the following vendors and individuals who donate their time and talent to ensure the event’s success:
- The Liberti Family - Drown the Clown
- The Zoller Family - Pretzels on Parade
- Dennis Schifter - Aardvark Amusements
- Bristol-Myers Squibb
Entenmann’s, Halo Farm Inc., House of Cupcakes, Jacques Fine Catering, Mars, Inc. McCaffrey’s Market, Saker ShopRite of Lawrenceville, Sweet Works, Sherwin Williams, Stop & Shop and the Montgomery Girl Scouts and Montgomery Boy Scout Troop 46
Please note: The event is for special needs children ages 3 to 8 and their families. You must have an invitation code to register. If you are a parent or caregiver of a child with special needs who is between the ages of 3 and 8 but do not have an invitation code, please call or email the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Hosted by The Governor and Mrs. Christie and chaired by Laurence M. Downes, Chairman and CEO, New Jersey Resources Corporation and Foundation Trustee, the Foundation’s annual gala was held on June 21, 2016. Guests sampled delicious tastings prepared by New Jersey’s finest chefs while enjoying Drumthwacket's beautiful gardens and listening to music provided by NJPAC’s Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens (WFJFT) program
The Foundation sincerely appreciates the following chefs and owners for generously donating their services:
The Bernards Inn | Corey Heyer ~ Executive Chef
FiIN, A Seafood Experience | Demetrios Haroniz, Executive Chef
Kuzina by Sofia | Sofia Karakasidou ~ Executive Chef
The Manor | Mario Russo ~ Chef de Cuisine
Roots Steakhouse | Travis Keuhlen ~ Executive Chef
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse | Jason Hensle, Sous Chef
Salt Creek Grille | Luis Estrada~Executive Chef
Seasons 52 | Tyler Roatch, Executive Chef
Attended by Governor and Mrs. Christie in addition to former NJ Governors, the Governors Luncheon hosted by the Foundation raises funds to support the foundation’s programming and operations.
The Foundation sincerely acknowledges the Hilton at Short Hills for donating the luncheon.