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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Do You Know Your New Jersey Architectural Styles?

Do You Know Your New Jersey Architectural Styles?
Written by NJ Historian

New Jersey has always been one of the most ethnically diverse states and when it comes to architecture, it does not disappoint. There are dozens of styles, hybrids of individual styles, and vernacular styles that can be found along highways, in neighborhoods, along the shore, and on backroads. This week, we will take a look at a select few architectural styles found in New Jersey. There are so many styles that we could not incorporate them all into one article! Watch out for Part II in the near future...

Georgian
There are many fine examples of Georgian style homes across New Jersey. The dominant style for domestic construction in the United States from 1700-1776, Georgian architecture grew out of the Italian Renaissance ideals made popular in England by architect Sir Christopher Wren. Georgian architecture gets its name from the succession of English kings named George (beginning in 1715). In the United States the style included innumerable variations on a simple English theme: a symmetrical, two-story house with center-entry fa├žade, combined with the two-room-deep center-passage floor plan. Many of the surviving Georgian style homes are associated with prominent citizens, indicating that in New Jersey, the upper class could afford to construct these large homes.

The Dey Mansion, Wayne, NJ is a fine example of Georgian architecture with a gambrel roof.
Georgian Characteristics:
  • A simple 1-2 story box, two rooms deep, using strict symmetry arrangements;
  • Panel front door centered, topped with rectangular windows (in door or as a transom) and capped with an elaborate crown/entablature supported by decorative pilasters;
  • Cornice embellished with decorative moldings, usually dentil work;
  • Multi-pane windows are never paired and fenestrations are arranged symmetrically (whether vertical or horizontal), usually five across;
  • Roofs can be side-gabled, gambrel, or hipped;
  • Chimneys on both sides of the home;
  • Small 6-paned sash windows and/or dormer windows in the upper floors, primarily used for servant's quarters;
  • Larger windows with nine or twelve panes on the main floors.
The Cornelius Low House, built 1741, Piscataway, NJ.
Examples of Georgian architecture:

Greek Revival
Greek Revival was the dominant style of domestic architecture between 1830 and 1850. Irresistible to the first generation of American-born architects (such as Benjamin Latrobe, Robert Mills, William Strickland, Thomas U. Walter, and Ithiel Town), "Grecian Style" spread across the United States. In addition, guides for carpenter builders by Asher Benjamin and Minard Lafever made the style widely available for imitation. Mahlon Fisher in New Jersey was one of those carpenters, building a number of notable Greek Revival homes in Flemington. The style developed from the classic form of the Parthenon, which inspired the design of Bank of the United States in Philadelphia (1818). The Bank building served as a catalyst, identifying Grecian architecture with economic security. As early as the 1830s, the style spread to nearby New Jersey, with early Greek Revival churches and homes built during that period.

The Doric House, built 1845 in Flemington, NJ is an example of the Greek Revival style.
Greek Revival Characteristics:
  • Pedimented gable;
  • Symmetrical shape;
  • Heavy cornice;
  • Wide plain frieze;
  • Bold simple moldings;
  • Narrow windows around the front door;
  • Many have an entry porch with columns and decorative pilasters.
The Dorf House, built 1845, in Flemington, NJ.
Examples of Greek Revival architecture:
  • Doric House, Flemington, NJ
  • Mead Hall, Drew University, Madison, NJ
  • Lawrence Mansion, Hamburg, NJ

Italianate
The Italianate style began in Europe as part of the Picturesque movement, a reaction against the formal classical ideals in art and architecture that had dominated the previous two centuries. It was inspired by the Italian villas of northern Italy with their characteristic square towers and asymmetrical, open floor plans. The first Italianate houses in United States were constructed in the late 1830s and the style was popularized in the United States by the pattern books of Alexander Jackson Davis in the 1840s as an alternative to the Gothic and Greek Revival styles. However, the style was superseded in popularity in the late 1870s by the Queen Anne style. 
Acorn Hall, built 1853 in Morristown, NJ.
Italianate Characteristics:
  • Low-pitched or flat roofs;
  • Projecting eaves supported by corbels;
  • Imposing cornice structures;
  • Pedimented windows and doors;
  • Arch-headed, pedimented or Serlian windows with pronounced architraves and archivolts;
  • Tall first floor windows;
  • Angled bay windows;
  • Attics with a row of awning windows between the eave brackets;
  • Belvedere or machicolated signorial towers;
  • Cupolas;
  • Quoins;
  • Balconies with wrought-iron railings, or Renaissance balustrading;
  • Balustrades concealing the roof-scape.
Ellarslie (Trenton City Museum), built 1848 in Cadwalader Park, Trenton, NJ.
Examples of Italianate architecture:
Acorn Hall, Morristown, NJ
Ellarslie Mansion, Cadwalader Park, Trenton, NJ
The George Allen House (Southern Mansion), Cape May, NJ

Queen Anne
The Queen Anne style is difficult to define, encompassing a wide range of architectural elements and borrowing and combining features from multiple stylistic traditions. The initial inspiration came from England, but developed into something uniquely American between 1880 and 1910. American architect Henry Hobson Richardson (1838-1886) designed the first Queen Anne home in the United States in 1874, the Watts-Sherman House in Newport, Rhode Island. The style also gained popularity as a result of exposure at the Philadelphia Exposition of 1876. No one building exhibits all the varied elements and features associated with the Queen Anne style but you can spot any number of details on any particular building to classify it as being built in the Queen Anne style.

The Strauss Mansion, built 1893, in Atlantic Highlands, NJ.
Queen Anne Characteristics:
  • Fine brickwork varied with terracotta panels, or tile-hung upper stories, with crisply-painted white woodwork, or blonde limestone detailing;
  • Oriel windows, often stacked one above another;
  • Irregular floor plans;
  • Corner towers, turrets;
  • Asymmetrical fronts and picturesque massing;
  • Applied features such as brackets, roof cresting, and ornamental chimneys;
  • Bay windows, often cut away from upper stories;
  • Deeply shadowed entrances;
  • Broad porches.
Kuser Mansion, built 1892, Hamilton, NJ.
Examples of Queen Anne architecture:
Strauss Mansion, Atlantic Highlands, NJ
Joseph Leedom House, Cape May, NJ
Kuser Mansion, Hamilton, NJ


Arts & Crafts
The Arts and Crafts style, also known as the American Craftsman style was embraced and championed in the United States by Gustav Stickley. It encompassed architecture, furniture design, and the decorative arts. The Arts and Crafts Movement prevailed between the dominant eras of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, or approximately the period from 1910 to 1925. 

The Log House at Craftsman Farms, built 1911 in Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ.
Arts & Crafts/American Craftsman Style Characteristics:
  • Low-pitched roof lines, gabled or hipped roof;
  • Deeply overhanging eaves;
  • Exposed rafters or decorative brackets under eaves;
  • Front porch beneath extension of main roof;
  • Tapered, square columns supporting roof;
  • 4-over-1 or 6-over-1 double-hung windows;
  • Hand-crafted stone or woodwork;
  • Mixed materials throughout structure.
Craftsman style home, built 1919 in Mountain Lakes, NJ.
Examples of Arts and Crafts architecture:
  • Craftsman Farms, Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ
  • Homes in the Livingston Manor section of Highland Park, NJ
  • Homes in the Borough of Mountain Lakes, NJ.

Doo Wop
The Doo Wop style was conceived out of the mid-century modernism of the 1950s and 1960s and is only found in Wildwood, New Jersey. This style is known as Googie or Populuxe in Los Angeles, South Florida, and other small pockets of areas that have flamboyant mid-century architecture. The term "doo wop" alludes to the Wildwoods’ heyday as an early rock ’n’ roll venue. The island resort's architecture built during this era reflected the spirit of the people: brash, bold and boastful, and the popular culture of the times. The dense building fabric presented a varied and exaggerated spectacle of designs, all competing for the passing motorists' attention. Angular elements, space-age imagery, tropical themes and colors, with neon signage, combined to form a sensational display that can still be seen in the Wildwoods today. Many new buildings constructed in the Wildwoods today try to incorporate the Doo Wop style in their signage and on the facade of the buildings and are considered Neo-Doo Wop (WaWa, Subway, and Walgreens are all examples).

The Sea Gull Motel, Wildwood, NJ
Doo Wop Characteristics:
  • Glass walls which bring to mind the jet-age airports of the period;
  • Movement in architecture is expressed through forward thrusting, pointed building parts;
  • "Tiki" architecture, with samplings of thatched roofs, plastic palms, and bean-pole torches;
  • Boomerang rooflines, jutting facades, and zig-zagging balconies and railings;
  • Kidney-shaped in-ground pools;
  • Colonial revival and Americana styling;
  • Lots of neon lights.
Caribbean Motel, built 1958 in Willdwood, NJ.
Examples of Doo Wop architecture:
  • Caribbean Motel, Wildwood, NJ
  • Bel Air, Wildwood, NJ
  • Waikiki, Wildwood, NJ

Monday, April 21, 2014

Organization of the Week: New Jersey Historical Society

Every Monday, I highlight a non-profit related to history or the arts, a historical society, preservation group or friends group whose main objective is to promote the historical and artistic history of New Jersey.

This week, I am featuring the New Jersey Historical Society. Founded in 1845, the New Jersey Historical Society is a state-wide, private, non-profit historical museum, library, and archives dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the rich and intricate political, social, cultural, and economic history of New Jersey to the broadest possible audiences. They are the oldest cultural institution in the state. Through exhibitions, publications, and programming, the Society examines who and what we are, what it means to live and work in New Jersey, what contributes to New Jersey's distinct identity, and what are the unique contributions New Jerseyans make to the region and the country.

The New Jersey Historical Society’s collections include a wide variety of diverse materials. Museum collections include costumes, furniture, paintings, prints, ceramics, glass, tools, and much more. The library collections contain manuscripts, reference books and rare books, photographs, maps, broadsides, pamphlets, mass-produced prints and other materials that document the cultural and historical heritage of New Jersey from the colonial era through the 20th century. They form the largest and finest collection of New Jersey-related material in existence.

The New Jersey Historical Society relies on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs, special events, and exhibits hosted by New Jersey Historical Society or to become a member or volunteer, please call 973-596-8500 or visit www.jerseyhistory.org.

If you are a member of a non-profit organization or know of one that you would like to see featured on this site, please let us know in the comments or send an e-mail to kelly@thehistorygirl.com.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Antique Items of the Week: 4/20/14 - 4/27/14

Antique Items of the Week!
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Direct Sale Items
If you have any questions, need additional photos, or are interested in any of the items below, please send an e-mail to kelly@thehistorygirl.com. Payment via PayPal and all items will be shipped via regular U.S. mail.

Book Sale:
His Sombre Rivals - 1883 with beautiful signature within dated '98 - $3
The Confessions of an English Opium Eater - 1913 - $3
The Pilgrims Progress - Probably early 1900s - $3
Musings on the Way - 1900 - $3
That Lass O'Lowries - 1914 - $3
Geography Primer - Printed 1906 - $8
Life and Works of Washington Irving - Late 1880s $20
Wee Winkles & Wideawake - Published 1905 - $5

Railroad Memorabilia Sale

August 17, 1947

1934

1891

Lot of Ten Railroad Train Tickets
Two tickets from Sunday, Jan. 3 / One from Friday, Jul. 26 (no year) - Philadelphia Transit Co.
Three from Cumberland Division (all January, no year) - Philadelphia Transit Co.
One from NY State Railways, dated August 25, 1934
One from Erie Railroad Co., NY to Port Jervis, November 27, 1938
One from Erie Railroad Co., NY to Port Jervis, November 25, 1952
One from Erie Railroad Co., NY to Port Jervis, January 15, 1953
 $25.00
Shipping: $1.00


 Erie Railroad Company
6 unused "Telegraph Report of Automatic Block Signals"
 $10.00
Shipping: $2.75


25 Vintage Model Railroader & Model Railroad Craftsman Magazines
1963 & 1964
Pick-up only!
$20.00



If you are interested in any of these items, please e-mail kelly@thehistorygirl.com

Friday, April 18, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/19/14 - 4/20/14

WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, April 19 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Allaire Village's Easter Egg Hunt with 10,000 Eggs!
Children Friendly

Celebrate Easter at Allaire Village! On Saturday, from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm, join us for an Allaire Village Easter Egg Hunt with 10,000 Eggs! Eggs will be hidden all over the village; the hunt begins after registration/check-in. Eggs are first-come, first serve. Activities will include the Grand Easter Egg Hunt, visits from the Easter Bunny, games, crafts, and more! Visitors are welcome to bring a homemade bonnet or make one at Allaire and participate in an Easter Bonnet contest! The Bonnet Parade will begin at 2:00 pm at the side of the General Store. Join us in this fun event for the entire family!

The Easter Egg Hunt is $5 per person, children under age 3 admitted free! Check-in begins at 11:30 am. Hunt begins at 12:00 noon! Pre-registration is recommended - to register call 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located at 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.

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Saturday, April 19 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Henhouse Visits
Children Friendly

On Sunday, Howell Living History Farm will open its henhouse to children and other visitors who want to meet newly hatched chicks, collect eggs from nest boxes and learn how to candle and grade eggs from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.

There is no charge to participate, but collectors will have the option of "paying" for their eggs by helping farmers grind feed.

Howell Living Farm represents typical farm life between 1890 and 1910. The farm is operated by the Mercer County Parks Commission. It is located at 70 Wooden's Lane, Lambertville, NJ. For more information. call 609-737-3299 or visit www.howellfarm.org.

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Saturday April 19 - Whippany, Morris County
Easter Bunny Express
Children Friendly

New Jersey's Original Easter Bunny Express celebrates its 22nd continuous year of operation in 2014. Celebrate the return of spring and the Easter holidays with a ride on the Whippany Railway Museum's Easter Bunny Express. Our Special Easter Train Ride ensures a fun outing for the kids...and the entire family.

During each excursion, the Easter Bunny makes his way through the train and visits with the children onboard. The  Bunny's helpers follow along, giving the kids a special Easter gift. Be sure to bring your camera and take pictures of the kids with the Easter Bunny, so they can always remember their day onboard the train! Our kid-friendly hobos and clowns will also be on each train to entertain the children with tricks and jokes.

The 10-mile, 45-minute round trip excursion from Whippany to Roseland and return is a thrill for the children as they enjoy what for many will be their very first train ride...and they can also learn about and experience the history of New Jersey's rich railroad and transportation heritage. Riders will have time onboard the train to enjoy the spring weather and the excitement during the ride.

The Whippany Railway Museum's Easter train is the original excursion of its type in the North Jersey area - since 1992 our Easter Trains have been complete sell-outs, and seeing the excited faces of the children as they climb aboard the train ensures an afternoon of family fun. Passengers can combine the thrill of riding our Springtime Streamliner along with touring the museum site, with its outstanding collection of historic railroad locomotives, rolling stock, operating model train layouts, and vintage farm tractors.

In addition to the regular coaches that make up the train, make your day Extra Special by purchasing limited tickets for a nostalgic Easter ride aboard the museum's elegant 1927-era Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ) 'Club Car' Jersey Coast. The car has the look and feel of a private club with individual leather chairs, mahogany interior accented with stained glass, built-in tables and period ceiling fans. The Jersey Coast, recalls the 1930s when the CNJ operated its deluxe coach train, The Blue Comet, between Jersey City and Atlantic City, NJ. The striking, authentic exterior paint scheme of cream and blue reminds one of a comet streaking through space. It is the only car of its type operating in New Jersey.

So round up your family and friends and climb aboard for some great Easter fun and laughter! Ordering tickets is fast and easy! Trains depart at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm, rain, snow, or shine. The Whippany Railroad is located at 1 Railroad Plaza, at the Intersection of Route 10 West & Whippany Road in Whippany, NJ. Train fare: Adults: $14.00, Children (under 12): $9.00, Infants (1 year and under): Free.

To order tickets and for more information, visit www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net or call 973-887-8177. The Whippany Railway Museum, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit Operating Heritage Railroad that is staffed by volunteers. Donations from the public help to keep the museum operational, but funds are still required to support this unique New Jersey treasure. Proceeds from the train rides further enhance the Museum's mission and its historic preservation efforts.

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Saturday - Sunday, April 19 - 20 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Walnford in Bloom
Children Friendly

The majestic redbud tree, rows of daffodils, and a variety of wildflowers offer a burst of color. Weather permitting, admire nature’s fresh attire this weekend while you picnic or fish by the creek, explore the historic buildings, and watch the mill in operation; Walnford offers something to delight all ages.   

While there, visit the large, elegant Walnford home built in 1774, the 19th century gristmill and the farm buildings set in a beautiful landscape. Walnford is located at 62 Walnford Road, 08501. For more information, call 609-259-6275 or visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

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Saturday - Sunday, April 19 - 20 - Camden, Camden County
Battleship New Jersey
Children Friendly

Tour the Battleship! Open every day, including Easter Sunday, from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm. Climb inside the legendary 16-inch gun turret, check out the bridge, experience a simulated tomahawk missile launch in the Combat Engagement Center and learn how the crew lived aboard this floating city! Battleship New Jersey is located at 62 Battleship Place, Camden, NJ. For more information, call 856-966-1652 or visit www.battleshipnewjersey.org.

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Sunday, April 20 - Morristown, Morris County
Impact of War
Children Friendly

The American Revolution impacted the lives of both soldiers and civilians. Learn how the war impacted the lives of the various people staying in the Ford Mansion during the winter of 1779 - 1780 on a guided tour of the house. Program at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm at the Ford Mansion, within Morristown National Historical Park. Cost: $4 per adult. For more information, call 973-539-2016 ext. 210 or visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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Other sites open Easter Weekend:

*The New Jersey State Museum and Planetarium will be open on Saturday ONLY from 9:00 am - 4:45 pm. The museum is located at 205 State Street, Trenton, NJ. Suggested donation $5. For more information, call 609-292-6300 or visit www.state.nj.us/state/museum.

*The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms in Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ is open for tours on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Explore the Log House at Craftsman Farms, Gustav Stickley’s rustic country estate and a National Historic Landmark. Largely restored to its 1910 - 1917 appearance. The Log House at Craftsman Farms is the only home Stickley designed and built for his own use. Admission: $10 Adults, $5 Seniors and Students, $4 Children (up to age 12), and free for members, and children age two and under. Craftsman Farms is located at 2352 Route 10 West, Morris Plains, NJ. For more information, call 973-540-1165 or visit www.stickleymuseum.org.

*Ringwood Manor in Ringwood State Park is open for public tours on Saturday and Sunday, starting every hour from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, with the exception of the 12:00 noon hour. Ringwood Manor is located at 1304 Sloatsburg Road, Ringwood, NJ. For more information, call 973-962-7031 ext. 0 or visit www.ringwoodmanor.org.

*The Cape May Lighthouse will be open Saturday and Sunday. 215 Lighthouse Avenue, Cape May, NJ. Open 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Admission: $8 for adults; $3 for children (ages 3-12). For more information, visit www.capemaymac.org.

*The World War II Lookout Tower in Cape May will be open on Saturday and Sunday. 756 Sunset Blvd, Cape May, NJ. Open 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Admission: $6 for adults; one child (ages 3-12) FREE with paying adult; $3 each additional child; $2 for active and retired military (with valid ID). For more information, visit www.capemaymac.org.

*The Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City will be open from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm on Sunday. The Absecon Lighthouse is located at 31 South Rhode Island Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ. For more information, call 609-449-1360 or visit www.abseconlighthouse.org.

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Sunday, April 20 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Easter Sunrise Service at Allaire

On Sunday at 6:00 am, Allaire Village, Inc. will be co-sponsoring an Easter Sunrise Service at the Allaire Chapel. The service will be held in the Historic Village Chapel. Admission is free (donations gladly accepted). The service will be co-sponsored by Rev. Steven Kengeter of the Pierce Memorial Presbyterian Church. This service is presented free of charge by Allaire Village Incorporated and the Churches of the Farmingdale-Howell Council of Churches. All are welcome to attend the service.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located at 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.

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Saturdays and Sundays through May 18 - Harrison Township, Gloucester County
Originals: 50 Years of Artistic Expressions

Creativity is the theme of the Harrison Township Historical Society’s newest exhibition at the Old Town Hall Museum entitled "Originals: 150 Years of Artistic Expression." The first floor gallery is filled with paintings, drawings, and folk art from the 19th and 20th centuries, all drawn from the Society’s rich holdings. The exhibition celebrates New Jersey’s 350th anniversary by focusing on the theme of innovation. Many of these works will be on view for the first time.

Folk art dominates the work from the 19th century. An album quilt from Richwood and a remarkable portfolio of sketches by Josiah B. Chester of Ewan, on exhibit for the first time, are highlights.

Twentieth century work includes paintings by Mullica Hill’s Paul Avis Colson, including a tri-partite screen that was recently restored and on exhibit for the first time. Also premiering is a landscape painted by Otto Rick, a German prisoner of war who worked on a farm in Richwood during World War II.

The exhibition is open Saturdays and Sundays, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, March 8 - May 18, 2014 (closed Easter Sunday and Mother's Day). Admission is free. Old Town Hall is located at the intersection of South Main Street and Woodstown Road in the heart of Mullica Hill’s Historic District. For more information, call 856-478-4949; or visit www.harrisonhistorical.com.

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Through June 30, 2014 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
Got Work? Exhibit

View the exhibit "Got Work? New Deal/WPA in New Jersey" at the 1741 Cornelius Low House Museum in Piscataway. The museum is open Tuesday - Friday, 8:30 - 4:00 pm and Sunday afternoons from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The exhibit will run through June 30, 2014.

The Cornelius Low House, built in 1741, was the home to its namesake and is only one of two remaining buildings from historic Raritan Landing. This high-style Georgian mansion is listed on the National Register and operated by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission. Admission to the museum is FREE. The museum is located at 1225 River Road, Piscataway, NJ. For more information, call 732-745-4177 or visit http://www.co.middlesex.nj.us/culturalheritage.

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Through June 2014 - Morristown, Morris County
"Controversies: The More Things Change..." Exhibit


Currently on display at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is an exhibition about topics that helped shape our world. "Controversies: The More Things Change..." opens new territory for the Museum, presenting challenging subject matter that may not be suitable for casual dinner conversation. This new exhibit explores topics that helped shape our world through local history events which had national significance: medical experimentation, immigration, and the right to die.

"Controversies: The More Things Change..." inspires people to consider, even reconsider, the ways in which they think about these important, frequently debated issues. The exhibit explores local history events which had national significance: the 1833 Antoine LeBlanc murder trial and public execution; the immigration issues of the late nineteenth century as depicted by political cartoonist Thomas Nast, a Morristown resident, and the 1976 Karen Ann Quinlan "right to die" case.

The museum is making a major departure in exhibit presentations with "Controversies."  Where most exhibits typically provide detailed information about the objects on view, "Controversies" offers limited information about the objects, essentially forcing personal thought, and inspiring discussion, about the areas represented.  Each object and concept in the exhibit represents a part of New Jersey's history - specifically Morris County's history. The ideas expressed through the historical objects in the exhibit, however, are not confined to New Jersey boundaries- the significant concerns raised by the important and controversial issues showcased in this exhibit continue to be debated throughout the United States and the world.

"We wanted to give our visitors a chance to participate in an exhibit in a new way - to have a reaction without being guided by the institution's interpretation of what the objects represent, which labels typically provide," said Executive Director Carrie Fellows. Instead, curator's books of supplementary information will be available within the exhibit, should the visitor want to learn more, drawn from primary sources like news articles, contemporary commentary, and images. Visitors are encouraged to leave comments about the themes presented.

The exhibition was inspired when Fellows and Ryan C. Hyman, the Museum's curator, heard Burt Logan, Executive Director of the Ohio Historical Society speak at a conference about the organization's groundbreaking "Controversy: Pieces You Don't Normally See" exhibit, and its sequel, "Controversy 2: Pieces We Don't Normally Talk About". During his talk, Mr. Logan strongly encouraged other museums to adapt the concept and develop similar exhibits. Inspired by the presentation, Hyman and Fellows began discussing how they might create an exhibit using themes from the Morris area's rich history.

"Controversies: The More Things Change..." will be on view during Museum touring hours through June 2014. Please note the subject matter may not be suitable for all audiences. Visitor discretion advised. Recommended for visitors 12 years of age and older.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum preserves the history of the Macculloch-Miller families, the Morris area community, and the legacy of its founder W. Parsons Todd through its historic site, collections, exhibits, and educational and cultural programs. The Museum is open for house and exhibit tours on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The last tour leaves at 3:00 pm. Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 - 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are free.  For more information, call 973-538-2404 ext. 10 or visit www.maccullochhall.org. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is located at 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ.

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Saturdays and Sundays through July 27, 2014 - Ridgewood, Bergen County
A Community's Journey: Our Place in New Jersey History

The Schoolhouse Museum's new exhibit, on display now through July 27, 2014 celebrates New Jersey's 350th anniversary. "A Community's Journey: Our Place in New Jersey's History" showcases the area's evolution over the last three centuries using the themes of liberty, innovation, and diversity.

The Liberty collection highlights uniforms and other war-time memorabilia while the Innovation collection chronicles the history of performing arts in the village including items from the Ridgewood Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, such as a silk wedding kimono worn by Yum Yum in the "Mikado." Also on display are items owned by Ridgewood magician Harry Rouclere. Especially noteworthy is the Diversity collection which tells the story of the African American, Jewish, Irish, and  Korean communities through personal artifacts.

The museum is open Thursdays and Saturdays from 1:00 - 3:00 and Sundays 2:00 - 4:00. The Schoolhouse Museum is located at 650 East Glen  Avenue in Ridgewood, NJ. For more information, call  201-447-3242  or visit www.ridgewoodhistoricalsociety.org.

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Through August, 2014 - Lyndhurst, Bergen County
Let's Play! An Exhibit of Beloved Toys
Children Friendly

From a china-head doll to a Lionel train, several toys are on display at the Little Red Schoolhouse Museum as the Lyndhurst Historical Society recalls fun times with favorite toys. The new exhibit, "Let's Play! An Exhibit of Beloved Toys," is open now through August 2014.

The exhibit is free and open to the public, though a small donation to the Society would be appreciated. The Little Red Schoolhouse Museum is open on the second and fourth Sundays of  every month from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. The Lyndhurst Historical Society was established in 1984 in an effort to preserve the 1893 schoolhouse, located at 400 Riverside Avenue, Lyndhurst, NJ. For more information, call 201-804-2513 (leave a message) or visit www.lyndhursthistoricalsociety.org.

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Through Sunday, September 14, 2014 - Princeton, Mercer County
Micah Williams: Portrait Artist Exhibition

Traveling portrait artist and New Jersey resident Micah Williams (1782 - 1837) was a prolific artist who has 272 known existing works. His works are represented in many major museums and are highly sought after by folk art collectors. Yet, there has never been an exhibition dedicated solely to the work of Micah Williams. "Micah Williams: Portrait Artist," on loan to Morven from the Monmouth County Historical Association, tells a story about the new America of the 19th century. With over 40 portraits on view, visitors can come face-to-face with the state's nineteenth century farmers, orchard growers, militia officers, politicians, silversmiths, potters, carpenters, and their families.

The exhibition will also debut Morven's newest acquisition: a pastel portrait of Commodore Robert Field Stockton (1795-1866) completed by Micah Williams around 1821. Stockton was a third-generation resident of Morven, head the Pacific Fleet and a U.S. Senator. With this exhibition, the portrait makes its return to the walls at Morven. "Micah Williams: Portrait Artist" exhibition will be on display at Morven through September 14, 2014.

Morven Museum & Garden is a museum and public garden located at 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ. A National Historic Landmark, Morven was the home to Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, as well as the former Governor's mansion of New Jersey. Public Hours: Wednesday - Friday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 609-924-8144 or visit www.morven.org.

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March 30, 2014 through October 26, 2014 - Woodbury, Gloucester County
Be Prepared:  Scouts of Yesteryear
Children Friendly

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have been a tradition in America for over a century. The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum is presenting a remarkable exhibit with scouting artifacts from over the decades. Numerous uniforms, merit badges, equipment, manuals, and accessories from the 1930’s on are on display.  

The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and the last Sunday of the month from 2:00 - 5:00 pm. Adult admission $5; children 6-18 years $1; children under 6 free. The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum is located at 58 North Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ. For more information, call 856-848-8531 or visit www.rootsweb.com/~njgchs.

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Through February 13, 2015 - Madison, Morris County
The American Revolution in New Jersey
Children Friendly

New Jersey spent much of the American Revolution as a theater of war. A new exhibit at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, "The American Revolution in New Jersey: Where the Battlefront Meets the Homefront," explores the rarely told story of New Jersey's farmers, women, and tradesmen and their actions during the war. Topics discussed include the local civil wars that erupted between revolutionaries and loyalists, the multiple roles that women took on as their men went off to war, and how civilian life was affected by the regular presence of troops. The exhibit will be open until February 13, 2015. 

Regular Museum admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, students & children (ages 6 and older), and free for members and children under 6. Family maximum admission $13.00. The Museum is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street in Madison, NJ just two blocks from the Madison train station. For more information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit www.metc.org.


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Some event listings courtesy of the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey