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Friday, May 19, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/20/17 - 5/21/17

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Friday - Saturday, May 19 - 20 - Vineland, Cumberland County
Vineland Founder's Day
Family Friendly Event

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Preservation New Jersey's 2017 10 Most Endangered Historic Places List Announced

Preservation New Jersey's 2017 10 Most Endangered Historic Places List Announced
Thursday, May 18, 2017

In recognition of National Preservation Month, Preservation New Jersey, Inc. (PNJ) announced its annual list of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in New Jersey on the front steps of the State House in Trenton, New Jersey at 10:00 am on Thursday, May 18, 2017. PNJ was joined by the advocates for this year’s endangered historic places at a rally to support New Jersey’s threatened cultural and architectural heritage.

The 10 Most Endangered Historic Places program spotlights irreplaceable historic, architectural, cultural, and archaeological resources in New Jersey that are in imminent danger of being lost. The act of listing these resources acknowledges their importance to the heritage of New Jersey, and draws attention to the predicaments that endanger their survival and the survival of historic resources statewide. The list, generated from nominations by the public, aims to attract new perspectives and ideas to sites in desperate need of creative solutions.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Coastal Defense Weekend at Fort Hancock - May 19 - 21, 2017

Coastal Defense Weekend at Fort Hancock
Friday, May 19 - Sunday, May 21, 2017

Three events this weekend at Sandy Hook, part of Gateway National Recreation Area in Monmouth County, New Jersey. This weekend is held in conjunction with NJ SeaGrant’s Ocean Fun Days.

Friday, May 19, 2017
Harbor Defense Lantern Tour – “Turn the Clock Back to May 1943 and You Are There”
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Join members of the Army Ground Forces Association as they return to May 1943 and take you on a 2 mile lantern tour that will take you to the Battery Potter, Mortar Battery (Harbor Defense Command Post), the Sandy Hook Proving Ground and Battery Gunnison/New Peck – all part of Fort Hancock’s storied past! Your guides will be the volunteers who restore, preserve and interpret Battery Gunnison/New Peck for the National Park Service. Walking is mostly on roads and on the asphalt Multi-Use Path (MUP). Meet at 6:30 pm at Bldg. 28, the Fort Hancock Museum (former Post Guardhouse) located in the Fort Hancock Historic Post. The tour will end at Battery Gunnison/New Peck and then return to the Museum. This tour is free and all are welcome!


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Saturday, May 20, 2017
5 mile Historic Hike of Fort Hancock – “Turn the Clock Back to May 1943 and You Are There"
12:00 noon - 5:00 pm
Want to see fortifications normally closed to the public? Want to learn more about the history of Fort Hancock during the World War II era? Combine both on a moderate-paced 5 mile hike. Join members of the Army Ground Forces Association as they return to May 1943 and take you on a five mile historic hike walking tour of selected fortifications and forgotten locations of Fort Hancock’s storied past! Your guides will be the volunteers who restore, preserve and interpret Battery Gunnison/New Peck for the National Park Service. Walking is off-road, in sand and near beaches, and on the asphalt Multi-Use Path (MUP). Meet at 12:00 noon at Battery Gunnison/New Peck in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Park in Parking Lot G (for Gunnison Beach, off Atlantic Drive in the Park). The Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground National Historic Landmark District encompasses the entire Sandy Hook Peninsula.

Register online at http://www.armygroundforces.org/HistoricHike.html. Attendees must register and pay at this website.

The fee is $15 and covers the cost of a 1940’s-theme light picnic and raises funds to support restoration and preservation work by the Army Ground Forces Association at Fort Hancock. Tour attendance is limited, so be sure to register soon! The registration page also contains historic documents for you to download and learn about global happenings and activities specifically at Fort Hancock in May 1943.


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Sunday, May 21, 2017
Coast Defense Day Battery Gunnison/New Peck in World War II
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Volunteers from AGFA in WWII uniform bring Battery Gunnison/New Peck and its 6-inch guns to life, as if they were in final modernization and activation in May 1943. Learn about Army Harbor Defense Operations, the interior battery vintage electric system, and Fort Hancock Army medical support in May 1943. Visitors can participate in loading the guns, tracking ships, learn artillery math and experience soldier life. Either take the Ocean Fun Days bus (for schedule visit http://njseagrant.org/education/special-events/oceanfun-days) or park in the Gunnison Beach parking lot and walk over to Battery Gunnison/New Peck.
This event is free and all are welcome!


For information and questions, e-mail info@armygroundforces.org or visit www.armygroundforces.org.


These events are a fundraiser for a Park volunteer historical association, the Army Ground Forces Association (AGFA), which is preserving, restoring and interpreting Fort Hancock’s history during World War II. AGFA is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization and an official park partner organization. See details of AGFA’s work at Battery Gunnison/New Peck at www.armygroundforces.org.

About Gateway National Recreation Area: www.nps.gov/gate

About Sandy Hook, the Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground National Historic Landmark District: www.nps.gov/gate/learn/historyculture/sandy-hook-places.htm


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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Spring Concert at the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage: Songs of Nature - May 21, 2017

Spring Concert at the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage: Songs of Nature
Sunday, May 21, 2017

On Sunday, May 21, beginning at 1:30 pm, balladeer Linda Russell will perform historical music at the Old Dutch Parsonage historic site in Somerville, New Jersey.

Celebrate the arrival of spring with songs of the American colonies! When colonists first set foot in the New World, they found a rich, raw landscape that appeared untamed. Colonists saw nature as beautiful and yet a source of danger, a savage wilderness. Join balladeer Linda Russell as she performs music celebrating nature’s harmonies with poetic depictions of birds and flowers, but also human struggles with nature’s perils. Playing the hammered and mountain dulcimers, penny whistle and guitar, Linda sings and plays ballads, love songs, dance tunes, and working songs written in early America and brought over from the Old World.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/13/17 - 5/14/17

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, May 13 - Princeton, Mercer County
Stony Brook Walking Tour

Before there was a "Princeton," six Quaker families established a community on the fertile ground along Stony Brook. This hike explores the lives of the early settlers and the community they established, while following a portion of the trail George Washington took from Trenton to the Princeton Battlefield.


Admission: $5 per person and includes farmhouse museum admission. Tours begin at the Updike Farmstead farmhouse, 354 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ at 2:00 pm and ends at 3:30 pm. Space is limited. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-921-6748 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

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Saturday, May 13 - Manalapan, Monmouth County
Spirits of the Jerseys State History Fair - CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
Children Friendly Event and Site

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 5/12/17 - 5/14/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Amazing Clocks & Antiques
Short Hills, NJ 07078
9:40 am - 2:00 pm 
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

'Let's Go Shopping! Victorian Consumer Culture' is theme in 2017-2018 for guided tours of Cape May's 1879 Emlen Physick Estate

'Let's Go Shopping! Victorian Consumer Culture' is theme in 2017-2018 for guided tours of Cape May's 1879 Emlen Physick Estate
Now Through April 2018

Learn about the tremendous changes in how Americans shopped during the Victorian era during guided tours of the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, New Jersey beginning April 28, 2017 and continuing through April 2018.

American consumerism took off during the Victorian era because there were more people with more money purchasing more goods that were advertised more widely and available more cheaply than ever before.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/6/17 - 5/7/17

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Saturday, May 6 - Princeton, Mercer County
Princeton University Walking Tour

This popular tour explores the phenomenal architecture on the Princeton University campus, dating from 1756 to the present. Buildings on this two mile walk include the Georgian-style Nassau Hall, collegiate gothic marvels, and extraordinary contemporary designs, including the Frank Gehry-designed Lewis Library, the Stadium, the Icahn Laboratory, and the brand-new Princeton Neuroscience Institute/Psychology facility.

Admission: $10 per person. Tour begins at Palmer Square's Tiger Park, Princeton, NJ at 10:00 am and ends at 12:30 pm. Space is limited. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-921-6748 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

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Saturday, May 6 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
A Quilting Bee
Children Friendly Site

Stitch yourself in to history at our quilting bee. Novices as well as those comfortable working with needle and thread are welcome to participate. Working together sharing stories and needlework tips, a quilting bee creates a sense of community as warm and lovely as the quilt. Stop by during this free program from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

While there, visit 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.