Like some adventure?

So do I! From discovering strange antiques to visiting historic sites - I love it all!

Where to?

Somerset County, Morris County... even Cape May County!

No Place is too Small...

What may seem minute and insignificant is what makes history!

Redcoats!

Not only do I like to write about history - I love covering events too!

This Place Matters

Help bring awareness to the historic sites in your area.

From historic figures to historic places...

I want to teach America just how significant New Jersey is!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Weekend Estate Sales: 10/31/14 - 11/2/14

WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Rethinking What History is Important: The Reinterpretation of the Israel Crane House

Rethinking What History is Important: The Reinterpretation of the Israel Crane House
Written by NJ Historian

Sometimes local historical societies need to take a step back and reassess their interpretation in order to incorporate new research and discoveries into their exhibitions. As the first and second generation of historical societies founded in the second half of the twentieth century pass the baton to the next generation, there is a shift to include women, minorities, and the recent past into museums. In Montclair, New Jersey, the 1796 Israel Crane House was recently reinterpreted to include the structure's twentieth century use as a YWCA. The newly renamed Crane House and Historic YWCA expands the museum's history to more fully encompass the building's usage and its impact on the local community as a gathering place for young women of mainly African American descent.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Organization of the Week: Montclair 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 Montclair Historical Society. The Society was founded in 1965 to save the 1796 Israel Crane House from demolition. The grassroots effort was successful and the house was relocated from Glen Ridge Avenue to its current location on Orange Road. In 1973, the Society acquired the adjacent 1818 Nathaniel Crane House and moved it approximately 75 feet to the Society's property. Together, both buildings serve the Montclair Historical Society's mission of preservation, education, and sharing by serving as a historic house museum, museum shop, and space for demonstrations, lectures, and classes.

In 1984, the Society expanded by purchasing the adjacent 1896 Clark House to serve as library and administration space. In 1997, the Society acquired the former home of successful Montclair banker Charles Shultz on North Mountain Avenue. This stately home was donated to the Society by Shultz's granddaughter Molly. Known as Evergreens, the house has been virtually unaltered for 100 years and holds an important collection that reflects Charles Shultz’s keen personal interest in science, the arts, and world travel. The home is also host to various changing exhibitions throughout the year.

The Montclair Historical Society relies on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs, special events, and exhibits hosted by the Montclair Historical Society or to become a member or volunteer, please call 973-744-1796 or visit www.montclairhistorical.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.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/25/14 - 10/26/14

WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Friday, October 24 - Ringoes, Hunterdon County
Spine-Tingling Ghost Stories
Children Friendly

When Jim Davidson purchased his historic home in the 1970s, he had no idea what he was getting into. Never mind the usual repairs that come with buying a house. Something else - far more frightening - was going on. The East Amwell Historical Society president wasn’t "afraid of no ghosts" when he moved into the old house on the edge of town. But flying paint cans, screaming voices, and much more changed all that. And had him packing his bags quickly.

What happened? What compelled him to saw a hole through his dining room floor? And what did he find below? To learn the answers and hear other spine-tingling tales, come to the East Amwell Historical Society’s “Ghosts of East Amwell” program on Friday at 7:00 pm in the town’s municipal building, located at 1070 Route 202, Ringoes, NJ. This free event will be an audience participation program, so everyone is encouraged to share their own ghost stories.

No reservations are required, but space is limited. It’s strongly encouraged you arrive early to ensure getting a seat. Attending the meeting will be representatives of PARS - the Paranormal Activity Research Society - who will listen to the stories and select one or two homes to investigate. The group will return to East Amwell and report its findings at a program next year.

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Friday - Saturday, October 24 - 25 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Haunted Hayride at Allaire Village
Children Friendly

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Weekend Estate Sales: 10/24/14 - 10/26/14

WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Ghostly Haunts of Williamsburg, Virginia

The Ghostly Haunts of Williamsburg, Virginia
Written by Bonnie Florek

Williamsburg, Virginia is believed to be one of the most haunted towns in America. Some people believe in ghosts, some do not. There have been many skeptics who have become believers after attending a Spooks and Legends Haunted Tour, however.

The George Wythe House, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Victorian Cameos Lecture at Acorn Hall - October 26, 2014

The Morris County Historical Society Presents:
Victorian Cameos Lecture

Victorian cameos have a timeless quality that distinguishes them from other jewelry. The Morris County Historical Society offers insight into Victorian cameos and their allure during a special lecture on Sunday, October 26 starting at 1:30 pm at Acorn Hall. During the lecture, guest speaker Nancy Cooper, a MCHS volunteer and former Board member, shares her extensive knowledge of Victorian cameos, and will display examples of cameos from her personal collection. Tours of Acorn Hall will be available after the lecture.