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Thursday, August 25, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/27/16 - 8/28/16

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Saturday, August 27 - Morristown, Morris County
Discovering Morristown's Revolutionary Past

Meet by The Alliance statue group, which depicts Washington, Lafayette, and Hamilton on the Morristown Green for this ranger led hike. The hike ends at Washington's Headquarters Museum and the Ford Mansion at Morristown National Historical Park. Hike participants are encouraged to then visit the  museum or take a guided tour of the Ford Mansion.

This guided hike will weave together the stories of the Continental Army's winter encampments of 1777 and 1779-80 in and around Morristown. Stops will include the Presbyterian Cemetery, the Schuyler-Hamilton House, and the Ford Mansion. This is a great way to discover how historic sites hidden in plain sight all connect to a common story of Morristown's significance during the Revolutionary War. 

Meet at the Alliance Statue Group on the Morristown Green. The tour will start at 10:00 am and end at 11:30. This program is FREE and admission to the the Ford Mansion and Washington Headquater's Museum is FREE in honor of the National Park Service's 100th birthday. The Washington's Headquarters Museum/Ford Mansion is located at 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-539-2016 x210 or visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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Saturday, August 27 - Byram Township, Sussex County
Waterloo Canal Heritage Day
Children Friendly Event

Come visit Waterloo Village between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm for a day in this historic Morris Canal town. Enjoy boat rides on the Morris Canal, Smith's Store - a furnished canal-era store with hands-on activities, blacksmithing, see the operating gristmill, seamstress shop, carpenter's shop, take guided tours of 1859 Methodist Church, the Canal Museum - with exhibits and videos, and guided walking tours of the village. Admission is free but there is a $5 per car parking fee. Waterloo Village is located at 525 Waterloo Road, Byram, NJ. For more information, call 973-292-2755 or visit www.canalsocietynj.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 8/26/16 - 8/28/16

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Colonial Philadelphia's Powel House

Colonial Philadelphia's Powel House

A few weeks ago we ventured across the Delaware River to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to visit two beautifully restored historic homes maintained by the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks. Within walking distance of one another, each tells the story of upper class colonial Philadelphia but from a very different perspective. Dr. Philip Syng Physick's house tells of the medical innovations developed in Philadelphia while the Powel House, the subject of this week's article, tells the story of its political side prior to and after the American Revolution.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Rutgers-Camden Fall 2016 Historic Preservation Classes - Register Now

Rutgers-Camden Historic Preservation Classes - Register Now
Fall 2016 Registration Now Open!

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the National Historical Preservation Act. There is no better time to learn the processes and techniques of historic preservation. Now history enthusiasts and scholars, practitioners, and other interested members of the public can do just that using the living classroom of Camden, New Jersey and nearby Philadelphia, as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers University–Camden launches its new Historic Preservation Continuing Education Program in September.

The non-degree, non-credit program is designed for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the vocabulary and discipline of historic preservation. The program will offer an array of classes, as well as full- and half-day workshops. Experienced, working professionals will lead all of the classes and workshops, providing a realistic perspective on how the tangible remains of the past can be integrated within current environments.

Organization of the Week: The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks

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 and beyond.

This week, I am featuring the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks. This organization, founded in 1931 by Frances Anne Wister and others, maintains four properties in the Philadelphia area: Powel House, Physick House, and Grumblethorpe in Philadelphia and Historic Waynesborough in Paoli. Their mission is to "inspire people to engage with history by preserving our unique historic sites and by providing related historical, educational and cultural programming."

The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks relies on donations and members to continue its mission. For more information on tours, events, and exhibits hosted by the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks or to volunteer, please visit www.philalandmarks.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.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/20/16 - 8/21/16

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
Want to submit an event? Use our event submission form.


Saturday, August 20 - Wharton, Morris County
Wharton Canal Day Music & Craft Festival
Children Friendly Event

The Wharton Canal Day Music & Craft Festival is an old-time country fair that celebrates the Morris Canal and its contributions to the development of the communities along its banks. The festival is now in its 40th year. Come to a day of free family fun featuring unique craft and fine art items from 150 vendors. Learn about local history by taking a guided Morris Canal walking tour provided by the Canal Society of NJ and view the newly restored Lock 2 East of the Morris Canal. Visit a Civil War encampment or learn the art of blacksmithing. Experience life on the canal first-hand on a free boat or kayak ride. Take a hayride on the canal towpath or enjoy a free pony ride. The Wallaby Tales Traveling Zoo will delight children of all ages. View the high energy of Roller Derby competition or lay back and enjoy listening to 10 of New Jersey's best musical performers on two stages. The festival is held at Hugh Force Canal Park, 170 West Central Avenue, Wharton NJ from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, rain or shine. For more information, visit www.canalday.org.

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Saturday, August 20 - Ocean Grove, Monmouth County
Ocean Grove Postcard Show

The Historical Society of Ocean Grove invites you to its 25th Annual Ocean Grove Summer Postcards, Antiques, Collectibles, and Jersey Shore Memorabilia Show on Saturday at the Auditorium Pavilion and surrounding grounds directly across from the Great Auditorium. Show hours will be 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is free.

This popular summer event is one of a number of annual fund-raising events to benefit and support the public programs and ongoing research projects of the very active Historical Society of Ocean Grove.

A variety of quality dealers will be set up to provide lots of buying opportunities for the beginning collector or the advanced collector. At this show there is always something for everyone at affordable prices. Postcard collecting is one of America's fastest growing hobbies and is, in fact, the third most popular of all hobbies trailing only stamps and coins. For more information, call 732-774-1869 or visit www.oceangrovehistory.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 8/19/16 - 8/21/16

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Find something neat at an estate sale? Let us know!
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Exploring the History of High Bridge, NJ

Exploring the History of High Bridge, NJ
Written by William Honachefsky Jr.

The relatively small borough of High Bridge, located in the foothills of Hunterdon County, New Jersey, would, on its face, appear little different or unique from any other 30,000-plus municipalities nationwide. However, beneath the town's bucolic features lies a history that has helped shape the destiny of the United States—if not the world.

The saga began as early as 1664, when James, Duke of York conveyed the portion of the land that eventually became New Jersey to Sir George Carteret and Lord John Berkeley, friends and advisors to the king of England and the court of Charles II. Lord Berkeley eventually sold his half to Quakers Edward Byllynge and John Fenwick in 1674, hence dividing the territory into West Jersey and East Jersey.
Thomas Street Bridge over C.R.R., High Bridge, NJ.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

"High Bridge" August 2016 Giveaway