D&R Greenway Events

Lenape Storytelling with Barbara Bluejay Michalski

Lenape Storytelling
with Barbara Bluejay Michalski
Sunday, January 28
2:00 pm–4:00 pm

Wintertime is when indigenous peoples gather to tell stories.
Bluejay advised D&R Greenway on messaging for the Discovery Center.
She is Chief, Keeper of Culture, Storyteller and Public Speaker
for the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania. Her intention is
“to educate the public on the Lenape Nation, stressing how we should
take care of Mother Earth and letting them know we are still here!”

Join us to hear stories about the First People of Point Breeze.

Please email us at info@drgreenway.org to RSVP and let us know
if you would like to attend!

Bluejay and Uma Cinnamon in the Peoples Room at The Discovery Center

Admission to the Discovery Center at Point Breeze is free.
A suggested donation of $10 provides the donor with a souvenir magnet
and supports programs and exhibits.

DIRECTIONS: GPS to Divine Word Missionaries, 101 Park Avenue, Bordentown


The Discovery Center was created by D&R Greenway Land Trust in a renovated historic home that belonged to Joseph Napoleon Bonaparte’s gardener in the early 1800s. The house is open Saturdays and Sundays, noon-4:00 pm, with exhibits about the history, land and people of Point Breeze, including the Lenape and Bonaparte.

Display case in the Natural World Room at the Discovery Center at Point Breeze includes tree core samples among Native American and bird exhibits.
Historic Map showing location of historic trees at Point Breeze

Layers of history are represented at the Discovery Center. Visitors learn the preservation story and about the land’s Lenape inhabitants in the Peoples Room. The Crown Jewels Gallery showcases special features of Point Breeze, seen as the “crown jewels” that can be found on the land, in reference to Bonaparte’s escape as King of Spain from where he is reputed to have taken the Crown Jewels to support his lifestyle in exile. Climbing a staircase to the second floor, visitors pass beneath an Italian glass chandelier that symbolizes Joseph and his brother Napoleon Bonaparte’s Italian ancestry and birth on the island of Corsica. In the Walk Through Time Room, visitors view an 1819 painting of Jospeh Bonaparte, thanks to the family of Louis Mailliard, his lifelong confidant and Secretary. Turing to the Natural World room, stories focus on nature and the Delaware River, including the nearly extinct sturgeon and birds seen by John James Audubon and ornithologist Charles Lucien Bonaparte.

 

The Discovery Center at Point Breeze with a new welcoming sign and flags commemorating the Lenape Nation and Joseph Napoleon Bonaparte
The Original People Flag, designed by Eric Labacz, will welcome visitors to the Discovery Center at Point Breeze

All are welcome to discovery!

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About D&R Greenway Land Trust:  D&R Greenway Land Trust is an accredited nonprofit that has reached a new milestone of over 22,000 acres of land preserved throughout central New Jersey since 1989. By protecting land in perpetuity and creating public trails, it gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. The land trust’s preserved farms and community gardens provide local organic food for residents of the region—including those most in need. Through strategic land conservation and stewardship, D&R Greenway combats climate change, protects birds and wildlife, and ensures clean drinking water for future generations.

D&R Greenway’s mission is centered on connecting land with people from all walks of life. Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages and www.drgreenway.org to learn about the organization’s latest news and in-person and virtual programs. D&R Greenway Land Trust, One Preservation Place, Princeton NJ 08540.  The best way to reach D&R Greenway staff is by sending an e-mail to info@drgreenway.org or by calling D&R Greenway at 609-924-4646.

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