Virtual History Programs
Hauntings in Burlington County: Ever wonder what inmates still linger in their cells at the Historic Prison Museum? Are H.B. and Agnes Smith still enjoying their mansion at Smithville? And what happened to a young member of the Langstaff family that she is still playing at the Lyceum? Just in time for Halloween, hear stories of paranormal activity at three of Burlington County’s historic sites, the Prison Museum, Smithville Mansion, and the Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences.
Spring in Smithville Village: A look at Historic Smithville Park in the springtime.
The Mysterious Widow of Mount Holly: She has been described as the widow who saved a Revolution, but no one knows her name. A Hessian officer in 1776 described her as “…the exceedingly beautiful young widow of a doctor…” But is that really a clue to who she was, or a clue to whom she wanted them to believe she was? The famous Widow of Mount Holly did indeed aid the Revolution, though it is doubtful she knew to what extent. The existence of this widow was only discovered in 1979 with the publication of Johann Ewald’s personal diary written during the Revolution. Join Eric Orange as he unveils the identity of the widow.
A Jay's Wing: In the next episode of our archive series, we are featuring "A Jay's Wing", a painting by Daphne Allen. At the time this was created, Allen was only 12 years old. The painting is part of the Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Science's Levis collection. Hear how the painting came into the collection, the history behind it, and the story it tells.
A Walk Through History: Mount Holly: Join museum curator of history, Marisa Bozarth, for a virtual walk along upper High Street, Mount Holly. View the many architectural styles that make up this historic district. Along the way, you will hear stories of former inhabitants and events that took place in town. We hope you enjoy discovering this local gem.
Burlington County Lyceum Artifact Highlights
A Modern Mephistopheles: In this video series, we take you behind the scenes of the Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences collections. This month features "A Modern Mephistopheles", a book in the collection rarely seen by the public. Learn how the artifact came into the collection, the history behind it, and the story it tells.
The Catalogue of the Dunn Chinese Collection: Nathan Dunn traveled to China and collected extensively. He used his collection to bring China to America at his Chinese Museum in Philadelphia. We hope you enjoy learning more about Nathan Dunn and his collection.
Burlington County Artifact Highlight: War Ration Book and Coins: In the latest episode of our archive series, we are featuring war ration books and tokens. The ration books were issued between 1942 and 1945 as a way to conserve goods such as sugar, gas, and even shoes. Hear the history behind these books, how they were used, and the story it tells.