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Please join us for this upcoming event, Greystone Park in the 21st Century-
A magnificient public heirloom, the pride of the nation in the 19th century...underfunded and stigmatized in the 20th century...Now, the subject of a 21st century re-use feasibility study...Its days as a hospital are over. How can we use this opportunity wisely? What current and future needs can we fulfill with this enormous stone building? What are some of the limitations on its re-use? What are the benefits? What are the costs? Please join us for a free public presentation and discussion. Light refreshments will be served.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 • 7:30-8:30pm
The Morris County Library Public Meeting Room
30 East Hanover Avenue, Whippany, NJ 07981
Saturday, May 11th - The NJ State History Fair
Sunday, September 8th, 2013 - A presentation at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum on courtsey of the Friends of Frelinghuysen Arboetum (FOFA). Speakers will be Joel Flagler (horticultural therapy) and Carla Yanni (19th Century Asylums). We will also be presenting in the Arboretum's gallery for the month of August
If you would like Preserve Greystone to make a presentation at your facility, library, event or meeting please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• We will be featured at the Madison Library Summer Seminar on Thursday July 19th at the Madison Library Please note that this is a morning event. It is free, and open to the public.
• Visitors to the NJ State History Fair on May 12th enjoyed great weather, and Preserve Greystone’s volunteer table staff were pleased by the enthusiastic support of taxpayers from all over the State, demonstrating that the future of this State-owned public heirloom is not just a concern of Morris County residents. Our efforts have been supported even by out of state residents, who recognize that letting this enormous treasure go to waste would be a cultural and environmental disaster for everyone.
• We celebrated our third anniversary on Thursday April 19th, at our annual meeting. Preserve Greystone was born on Earth Day, and the enormous stone Kirkbride Building might be the greenest building in New Jersey. On Saturday April 21st, we had a table at the Denville Earth Day and Green Fair, and on Saturday April 28th we had two tables: at the 6th annual Earth Day Fair in Kinnelon(sponsored by Kinnelon Conserves) and at the Earth Day Celebration in Lewis Morris Park, Morris Township.
• We kicked off this new round of public events with a presentation and discussion at the Morristown Women's Club on April 17th,.
• On Dec. 8that the Morristown Library, we presented Holidays at Greystone: A Celebration of Humanity. Local music legend and longtime Greystone Park music therapist Grover Kemble discussed mental health treatment, the culture of care, and the spirit of humanity with Rev. Peg Mesinger (Greystone's Head Chaplain from 1975 - 2000) and preservation scholar Sue Shutte. You can see pictures and read about it here.
• On Sunday, Nov. 13th, Preserve Greystone volunteers addressed the Historical Society of Chatham Township in the old Mount Vernon Schoolhouse. Chatham Twp. will become the first local historical society to become an organizational member of Preserve Greystone since Governor Christie's big announcement that the State would provide some funds to assess and remediate Greystone Park. Welcome aboard!
• On Friday Nov. 11th, Preserve Greystone made a presentation to the Mt. Lakes area branch of the American Association of University Women ( AAUW ) Also presenting to the Mt. Lakes AAUW was The Morristown Historical Society at Acorn Hall.
• On Oct. 12th, Preserve Greystone volunteers addressed the Warner-Lambert/Pfizer Senior Partners Group on Route 53 in Morris Plains. Several dozen attended this daytime event, and a lively question and answer session ensued after the formal program.
• Sept. 17th participants enjoyed great weather, great food, and great music at the Ayres/Knuth Farm Foundation's 13th annual Fall Farm Festival. Preserve Greystone was on hand with an information booth, joining the Foundation in it's work to "Preserve the Past for the Future"
The Foundation also used the opportunity to collect canned goods and pet foods for Hurricane Irene Relief in Denville.
• June 13th at the Parsippany Library, Sue Shutte reprised A Renewed Look at the Asylum in the town where Greystone Park is located.
The Parsippany Historic Preservation Advisory Committee lists,"Preserving and re-using historic buildings at Greystone Park." among its many worthy goals. The committee is working on different options for preserving the historic structures, balancing concerns for historic resources, green space and cost.
• Preserve Greystone Trustees and friends of the organization attended the NJ Historic Preservation Conference,"Preservation Looks Forward," June 3rd, in West Long Branch. Even in the magnificent setting of Monmouth University's Wilson Hall, participants were wowed by Preserve Greystone's exhibit showcasing the craftsmanship and attention to detail in Greystone Park's Kirkbride building.
• Nearly the entire town of Mountain Lakes, NJ is an historic district, and Memorial Day, May 30th, saw us there for Mt. Lakes Day 2011, with a busy Preserve Greystone information table. 2011 is Mt.Lakes' Centennial year. Congratulations!
• On May 7th, Preserve Greystone had a busy table at the State History Fair, in Allaire State Park, Farmingdale, NJ PG volunteers demonstrated early occupational therapy handcrafts, and nearly 100 participants signed our petition.
• Preserve Greystone received a warm welcome at the Kinnelon Conserves on April 9th, andat the Denville Green Fair on April 29th, demonstrating the abundant common ground between historic restoration and green renovation.
• Preserve Greystone kicked off a Spring round of public events with "A Renewed Look at the Asylum," at Restyle/Renewin Denville on March 16. Historic preservation scholar Sue Shutte took attendees on a fascinating virtual tour of Greystone's glorious beginnings, and offered a tantalizing look at the possibilities for adaptive re-use of this public heirloom. Though not well publicized, the event was well attended - and well received! You can read about it here.