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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Spring 2018 Historic Preservation Workshops at MARCH

Spring 2018 Historic Preservation Workshops at MARCH
Spring 2018 Continuing Education Courses


Now that Groundhog Day and the Super Bowl are behind us, spring cannot far behind--even if the groundhog did see his shadow. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rutgers-Camden will be offering three historic preservation workshops, beginning March 10. Registration is open now. All workshop attendees will receive a discount on registration for our fall 2018 class, Introduction to Historic Preservation. Whether you are interested in learning about preservation at the local level, how to fix up your old home, or how to preserve and interpret historical landscapes, we have something for you!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 2/24/18 - 2/25/18

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, February 24 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
George Washington's Birthday

Come celebrate George Washington's 286th birthday at Rockingham on Saturday. While Washington will be present only in spirit (and in the form of a wonderful life-sized mannequin in an exactingly recreated uniform), visitors who tour his last wartime headquarters will learn about his life and times, before, during and after his careers as commander of the Continental Army and first president of the United States.

Find out more about this iconic symbol of our country; learn why he is more important than just a means to sell cars on Presidents' Day! After the tour, enjoy cake and punch in Rockingham's kitchen.

Tours will be offered from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm on the hour and, possibly, half-hour if needed. (The last tour will be at 3:00 or 3:30 pm, accordingly). Because the size of tours will be limited, reservations will be necessary to guarantee admittance. Please call 609-683-7132 for reservations. A donation of $5 is suggested.

Please note that the regular history of the house will not be emphasized during these special tours, but visitors are always welcome to visit the house on another day for a normal tour. Washington, commander in chief for the Continental Army during the American Revolution, stayed at Rockingham from late August to early November in 1783. It became his final wartime headquarters when the Treaty of Paris was formally signed while he resided there.

Rockingham is located on Rte. 603 (Laurel Ave./Kingston-Rocky Hill Rd.), one mile north of Route 27 in Kingston and one mile south of Route 518 in Rocky Hill.  For more information, call 609-683-7132 or visit www.rockingham.net.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 2/23/18 - 2/25/18

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Antiques & Vintage Collectibles
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Friday & Saturday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday

Thursday, February 15, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 2/17/18 - 2/18/18

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Saturday - Monday, February 17 - 19 - Morristown, Morris County
Grand Opening of the Discover History Center at Morristown National Historical Park
Family Friendly Event

Morristown National Historical Park and the Washington Association of New Jersey are pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the Discover History Center and the completion of the Military Gallery at Washington’s Headquarters Museum on Presidents Day weekend, February 17-19, 2018. The result of nearly a decade of work, the new Discover History Center (DHC) is a $2.2 million dollar project for the 21st-century. The Washington Association and its fundraising efforts included gifts from members, friends, and corporations, contributing $1.8 million dollars to the project, enabling its completion.

The immersive, interactive, exhibits will engage visitors of all ages with hands-on and multi-media experiences to explore the stories of Morristown, the Continental Army, General Washington, and Continental Congress during the years that “tried men’s souls.”

The galleries feature many never-before seen artifacts, interactive activities geared towards children and adults, and five new videos to experience. Visitors can step into the footsteps of a Continental soldier for inspection, lift a musket to feel its weight, and walk past snow drifts and into a re-created log hut. On the museum’s main level, the military gallery now features an interactive timeline of the Revolutionary Era. A redesigned mini-theater provides space for the park’s introductory film, uniform signage, and audio-description and listening devices ensure accessibility for all visitors to the museum.

The official opening ceremony will be Saturday at 10:00 am in the Washington’s Headquarters Museum Auditorium, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ.

The weekend will feature a variety of activities in addition to the new exhibits: 
* The Ford Mansion, used by General Washington as his headquarters, will be open for self-guided tours. Visitors may enjoy colonial toys, games, and riddles in the mansion.
* In the Museum, representatives from the Washington Association, Crossroads of the American Revolution, Morris County Tourism Bureau, and the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts will have special exhibits and make presentations each day.
* Musician Linda Russell will perform the hammered dulcimer, playing historic music of the time period.
*The 2nd New Jersey Regiment, Helms' Company reenactment group will represent the soldiers who camped at Morristown, and have a variety of uniforms, weapons, and equipment on display. 
* Photo-Artist Xiomaro will discuss a new exhibit of his work on display in the museum. Gallery walks will take occur each day at 1 pm, and a selfie station is available.

During the three-day opening event, free timed tickets will be issued to visitors for entrance into the Discover History Center exhibit at the museum information desk on a first come, first serve basis. Visitors may enjoy the other activities while waiting for their timed admission into the exhibit.

The museum will also be open on Tuesday, February 20th and will then resume its normal weekly visitor hours of Wednesday-Sunday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm. During museum operating hours, guided tours of the Ford Mansion are available by timed tickets available at the museum information desk. Admission to the Washington’s Headquarters Museum and Ford Mansion tours is free to the public.

Morristown National Historical Park is located at 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-539-2016 x-210 or visit www.nps.gov/morr.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 2/16/18 - 2/18/18

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Antiques & Vintage Collectibles, China, Porcelain, & Much More!
Wayne, NJ 07470
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm Sunday

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Greystone's Legacy: Topic of Upcoming Talks at Morris County Historical Society - 2/18/18 and 3/11/18

Greystone's Legacy: Topic of Upcoming Talks at Morris County Historical Society
Sunday, February 18, 2018 and Sunday, March 11, 2018

The evolution of the Preserve Greystone movement and its impact on preserving other Kirkbride buildings nationwide will be the focus of a talk by authors Rusty Tagliareni and Christina Mathews at Acorn Hall on Sunday, February 18, at 2:00 pm. The program is sponsored by Morris County Historical Society (MCHS).

Thursday, February 8, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 2/10/18 - 2/11/18

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Saturday, February 10 - South Bound Brook, Somerset County
Tory Jack Day 2018

The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc., in conjunction with the South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, and in partnership with the Women's Guild of South Bound Brook, is proud to present its 16th edition of the award winning "Tory Jack Day" program.

The annual event in honor of Black History Month celebrates the contribution and sacrifices of Afro-Americans in the foundation of our nation. This year’s feature presenter is Mr. Joseph Becton. 

Mr. Becton, a retired National Park Service Interpretive Park Ranger, has been recognized with the Community Service award for setting a standard of excellence in interpretation and for his role in connecting Americans to our national parks through wonderful stories and varied media. Mr. Becton now directs Joe Becton Tours and Historical Services and most recently has been proclaimed a Certified Master Guide by the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides.

Presenting the “Music of the Underground Railroad,” Joe will explain through words and performance about the development of this truly American art form. 

Mr. Becton will present at 11:00 am on Saturday at the historic Abraham Staats House located at 17 Von Steuben Lane, South Bound Brook, NJ. Seating begins at 10:30 am. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

Following the presentation, the public is invited to tour the historic Abraham Staats House and view an exhibit entitled “The Underground Railroad” presented by local historian and Women's Guild member, Mrs. Joyce Smith.  The building will close at 3:00 pm.


For more information, call 732-469-3198, e-mail info@staatshouse.org, or visit www.staatshouse.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 2/9/18 - 2/11/18

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Vintage Clothing, Jewelry, & Much More!
Bayonne, NJ 07002
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday

Thursday, January 25, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 1/27/18 - 1/28/18

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Saturday, January 27 - Montague Township, Sussex County
Winter Festival
Family Friendly Event

Bring the whole family for a day of winter fun at High Point State Park. Activities will include winter-themed crafts, a story corner, guided winter hike, sing-along, hot cocoa and cookies by the fire, winter weather program, sled dogs, curling, snowshoeing, and ice-fishing demonstrations (conditions permitting). Please park in the gravel lot and walk up to the Interpretive Center.

The New Jersey Dog Sled Club will attend and present an education program and sled dog demonstration.

The Plainfield Curling club will share their love of curling on Lake Marcia so be sure to stop by for a demonstration and to tryout the sport for yourself.
  
Interpretive Center:
Bird Feeder & Winter Themed Crafts for Children
Cookies & Cocoa by the Fireplace
Storytime & Sing Along
Guided Winter Hike
Snowshoeing*
New Jersey Sled Dog Club Education Program & Demonstration

Lake Marcia:
Plainfield Curling Club Demonstration*
Ice Fishing Demonstration*
(*Ice and snow conditions permitting)

Snow Date: Sunday, January 28, 2017. These programs will be held at the High Point State Park Interpretive Center and Lake Marcia. This event is FREE but a donation of $5 or more per family appreciated. For more information, visit www.friendsofhighpointstatepark.org.