Celebrating Black History Month.

Award Winning Program for Excellence in History & Education Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

This program is proudly presented by the Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc., in conjunction with the South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission.

The annual event, held each February in honor of Black History Month, celebrates the contribution and sacrifices of Afro-Americans in the foundation of our nation. The featured presenter is Mr. Joseph Becton, retired National Park Service Interpretive Park Ranger, recognized with the Community Service award for setting a standard of excellence in interpretation and for his role in connecting Americans to our national parks.

Joe Becton - Tory Jack Day 2013

Schedule

Feb
9
Sun
2020
Tory Jack Day with Joe Becton @ The Abraham Staats House
Feb 9 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Tory Jack Day with Joe Becton @ The Abraham Staats House

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An Award-Winning Program for Excellence in History & Education Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

The annual event, held each February in honor of Black History Month, celebrates the contribution and sacrifices of Afro-Americans in the foundation of our nation. The featured presenter is Mr. Joseph Becton, retired National Park Service Interpretive Park Ranger, recognized with the Community Service award for setting a standard of excellence in interpretation and for his role in connecting Americans to our national parks.

Admission is $10; Children 12 & under are free.
***Advance reservations encouraged.***

 

Joseph Becton and Antoine Watts.

Joseph Becton and Antoine Watts.

The Friends of Abraham Staats House and South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, presented the 17th edition of the award winning “Tory Jack Day” program on February 9, 2019. The program, “Music of the Civil War,”, featuring performers Joseph Becton and Antoine Watts, illustrated through words and performance the development of this American art form.

Mr. Becton, retired National Park Service Interpretive Park Ranger and owner of Joe Becton Tours and Historical Services (Certified Master Guide/Assoc. of Philadelphia Tour Guides), is recognized for setting a standard of excellence in interpretation and in connecting Americans to our national parks through narrative and music. Mr. Watts, historical interpreter, performer, and musician, accompanies Mr. Becton in the presentation.

Joe Becton

Joe Becton

The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc., in conjunction with South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, and in partnership with the Women’s Guild of South Bound Brook, presented the 16th edition of the award winning “Tory Jack Day” program on February 10, 2018. Eminent historian Mr. Joseph Becton presented “Music of the Underground Railroad.”, explaining through words and performance about the development of this truly American art form.

Mr. Becton, a retired National Park Service Interpretive Park Ranger, has been recognized with the Community Service award for setting a standard of excellence in interpretation and for his role in connecting Americans to our national parks through wonderful stories and varied media. Mr. Becton now directs Joe Becton Tours and Historical Services and most recently has been proclaimed a Certified Master Guide by the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides.

Following Mr. Becton’s presentation, the public was invited to tour the historic Abraham Staats House. and view an exhibit “The Underground Railroad” presented by local historian and Women’s Guild member, Mrs. Joyce Smith.

Joe Becton presents

Joe Becton

The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc., in conjunction with South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, and in partnership with the Women’s Guild of South Bound Brook, presented its 15th edition of the award winning “Tory Jack Day” program on February 11, 2017. Eminent historian Mr. Joe Becton spoke on the topic “Evolution of the Blues.”

Joe walked attendees through 300 years in the development of this truly American art form. Joe is fluent in guitar, harmonica and singing on this journey. Joe will visit spirituals, minstrel, ragtime, blues, gospel, and jazz. Audience participation is encouraged as musical styles, historic moments, and social movements are brought together.

Mr. Becton, a retired National Park Service Interpretive Park Ranger, has been recognized with the Community Service award for setting a standard of excellence in interpretation and for his role in connecting Americans to our national parks through wonderful stories and varied media. Mr. Becton now is Director of Becton Tours and Historical Services and most recently has been proclaimed a Certified Master Guide by the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides.

Following Mr. Becton’s presentation, the public was invited to tour the historic Abraham Staats House and view an exhibit
“The History of Jazz in Black and White” presented by local historian and Women’s Guild member, Mrs. Joyce Smith.

Tory Jack

Joe Becton, “African Soldiers in the American Revolution”

As part of its annual “Tory Jack Day” program celebrating Black History Month, the South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, in conjunction with The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc., and in partnership with the Women’s Guild of South Bound Brook was held on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. Eminent historian Mr. Joe Becton spoke on the topic “African Soldiers in the American Revolution.”

Mr. Becton, a retired National Park Service Interpretive Park Ranger, has been recognized with the Community Service award for setting a standard of excellence in interpretation and for his role in connecting Americans to our national parks through wonderful stories and varied media. Mr. Becton now is Director of Becton Tours and Historical Services.

Following Mr. Becton’s presentation, the public was invited to tour the historic Abraham Staats House and view an exhibit presented by local historian and Women’s Guild member, Mrs. Joyce Smith entitled “And They Still Raised, Quilts of Slavery.”

As part of its annual “Tory Jack Day” program celebrating Black History Month, the South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, in conjunction with The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc., and in partnership with the Women’s Guild of South Bound Brook was held on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Eminent historian Mr. Joe Becton, along with fellow Civil War Re-enactor Alfonso McCray, spoke on the topic “150th Commemoration of the Ending of the Civil War.”

Mr. Becton, a retired National Park Service Interpretive Park Ranger, has been recognized with the Community Service award for setting a standard of excellence in interpretation and for his role in connecting Americans to our national parks through wonderful stories and varied media. Mr. Becton now is Director of Becton Tours and Historical Services.

Following Mr. Becton’s presentation, the public was invited to tour the historic Abraham Staats House and view an exhibit entitled “Significant Documents in Afro-American History” written after the Civil War during the Reconstruction Era presented by local historian and Women’s Guild member, Mrs. Joyce Smith. The featured document is the 15th Constitutional Amendment granting all citizens the right to vote.

As part of its annual “Tory Jack Day” program celebrating Black History Month, the South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, in conjunction with The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc., and in partnership with the Women’s Guild of South Bound Brook was held on Saturday, February 8, 2014. Eminent historian Mr. Joe Becton spoke on the topic, “Music of the Civil War.”

Mr. Becton, a retired National Park Service Interpretive Park Ranger, has been recognized with the Community Service award for setting a standard of excellence in interpretation and for his role in connecting Americans to our national parks through wonderful stories and varied media.

Following Mr. Becton’s presentation, the public was invited to tour the historic Abraham Staats House and view an exhibit on the contributions of blacks to our national heritage, presented by local historian and Women’s Guild member, Mrs. Joyce Smith.

As part of its annual “Tory Jack Day” program celebrating Black History Month, the South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, in conjunction with The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc., and in partnership with the Women’s Guild of South Bound Brook was held on Saturday, February 9, 2013. Eminent historian Mr. Joe Becton spoke on the topic “The African-America Officers in the Civil War.”

Mr. Becton, a retired National Park Service Interpretive Park Ranger, has been recognized with the Community Service award for setting a standard of excellence in interpretation and for his role in connecting Americans to our national parks through wonderful stories and varied media.

Following Mr. Becton’s presentation, the public was invited to tour the historic Abraham Staats House and view an exhibit on slavery and the contributions of blacks to our national heritage, presented by local historian and Women’s Guild member, Mrs. Joyce Smith.

Tory Jack Day 2012As part of its annual “Tory Jack Day” program celebrating Black History Month, the South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, in conjunction with The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc., and in partnership with the Women’s Guild of South Bound Brook was held on Saturday, February 11th, 2012. “History Speaks” was a 45-minute program narrated by Dr. Beverly Y. Murdock. The program captures Black History honored on U.S. Black Heritage Commemorative Stamps through poetry, music, song and dance.

Following the program, local historian Joyce Smith displayed her collection of African-American artifacts. Smith’s exhibit offers a comprehensive look at black history and culture in America. Included was a complete collection of U.S. Black Heritage Commemorative Stamps.