Sparta Historical Society's Classic Car Show

Sunday, Oct. 22, at Middle school parking lot

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  • Old beauties like this will be on display Photo courtesy of the Sparta Historical Society

SPARTA — Sparta Historical Society invites all to check out vintage cars that will be on display as part of its 2nd Annual Invitational Classic Car Show. While last year’s theme was “Cars you don’t see on Rt. 80,” this year’s theme is “Fabulous Four Doors.” This car show will take place 11am – 4pm, Sunday, October 22, 2017 in the parking lot of Sparta Middle School at 336 Main Street. Admission is free and food will be available for purchase.

There will be about 50 antique and classic cars at the show. Attendees can expect to see a 1917 Willys, 1949 Mercury, 1966 Cadillac, 1960 Chrysler Imperial (photo) and much more. Although no judging or trophies will be given away, the popular “People’s Choice” award will be back for attendees to vote for their favorite auto.

The Van Kirk Homestead Museum will also be open for those who wish to visit its fall exhibit called “Princess White Deer: A Woman, A Mohawk and A Legend” with a 2PM talk. Esther Deer, known as Princess White Deer, was grand-daughter of a hereditary chief and a most successful and talented Mohawk entertainer. She is forever associated with Sparta as she dedicated Lake Mohawk in 1927. In addition to many never before seen original professional photographs from Princess White Deer’s personal collection, loaned by her niece Sylvia Goodleaf Trudeau, and guest curator’s Patricia Galperin’s personal collection, there will be additional memorabilia such as playbills, ship manifests, and travel documents; and personal objects ranging from toiletries to performance blankets used by both Princess White Deer and her father, Chief James Deer.

Wonderful examples of Mohawk bead work, that were made by family, and Mohawk baskets will be on display. Mohawk history and the role the Deer family played, as well as their activism for Native and American causes will also be featured.

The Sparta Historical Society is located at The Van Kirk Homestead Museum at 336 Main Street (Rte. 517, use Middle School Driveway), Sparta. It will be open second and fourth Sunday, November 13th , November 26th and closing Sunday, December 10th with the Homestead all dressed up for the holidays. Further details or group reservations, call 973-726-0883 or Email:

Technology Funding has been made available in part by the NJ Historical Commission through the County History Partnership Program, as administered by the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council.

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