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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Women Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court - May 3, 2017

Women Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

On Wednesday, May 3 at 7:00 pm in Lambert Castle, the Passaic County Historical Society welcomes back Trish Chambers, as she presents "Women Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court." Four magnificent women have achieved the position of Supreme Court Justice to date. Join Trish Chambers Productions in a fascinating introduction to these accomplished jurists. This program also introduces the audience to the traditions and history of the Supreme Court. The program is free to the public and follows a business meeting of the Historical Society.

The four women who have served on the Supreme Court of the United States. From left to right: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (Ret.), Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Justice Elena Kagan in the Justices' Conference Room, prior to Justice Kagan's Investiture Ceremony on October 1, 2010.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Wool Days Spring Festival Celebration - April 29 and 30, 2017

Wool Days Spring Festival Celebration
Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, 2017

Monmouth County Historical Association will host the Wool Days Spring Festival program at Holmes-Hendrickson House, 62 Longstreet Road, on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 from 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm. In addition to the traditional Wool Days festivities, MCHA had added expanded programming and events this year for families to enjoy.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/22/17 - 4/23/17

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, April 22 - 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, April 22 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Luck O’ The Farm: Irish Farmhands and House Servants
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday at Fosterfield's Living Historical Farm, have fun learning about the Irish culture with food, dance, and music. Help the Irish farmers with spring planting and barnyard chores. At The Willows, give a hand to the Irish servants with the annual spring-cleaning. It is definitely not easy! This program runs from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors (65+); $4 for children ages 4 – 16; and $2 for children ages 2 and 3. FREE for children under age 2 and Friends members with a current membership card. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is located at 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, visit www.morrisparks.net.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 4/21/17 - 4/23/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Diggers' Delight
Piscataway, NJ  08854
10:00 am - 2:00 pm Friday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm Saturday

Thursday, April 13, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/15/17 - 4/16/17

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Saturday, April 15 - Mount Tabor, Morris County
"Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire"

On Saturday, attend "Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire," at the Bethel in Trinity Park, Mount Tabor. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the program starts at 7:30 pm. Accredited actress Michele  LaRue, in period costume, will portray a fictional speaker in this witty, satiric monologue written by pro-suffragist Marie Jenny Howe in 1912.

Many women fought against the vote in the early 1900s, but none with more charm, prettier clothes, and less logic than the fictional speaker. "Women suffrage is the reform against nature," declares Howe's unlikely, but irresistibly likable heroine. Reviewers have called this production "wicked" in its wit, and have labeled Michele LaRue's performance "side-splitting."

LaRue is a professional actress who tours nationally with a repertoire of shows by turn-of-the-previous-century American writers. The production is directed by Warren Kliewer for New Jersey's The East Lynne Co., which he founded in 1980 to revive American plays and literature of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Invite your friends and neighbors for this treat provided by funding from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. This program is co-sponsored by the Mount Tabor branch of the Parsippany library. 

Park at the post office at 26 Simpson Avenue, Mount Tabor, NJ and walk up the pedestrian path to the Bethel. For information, call 973-625-8548.

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Saturday, April 15 - West Orange, Essex County
Thomas Edison National Historical Park Fee Free
Children Friendly Site

Have you ever wanted to visit Thomas Edison's West Orange Laboratory and home, Glenmont? Admission to Thomas Edison National Historical Park is waived the weekend of April 15 - 16 in honor of National Park Week. Passes for Glenmont must be picked up at the Laboratory Complex Visitor Center at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x11 or visit www.nps.gov/edis.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 4/14/17 - 4/16/17

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Diggers' Delight
Teaneck, NJ  07666
9:00 - 5:00 pm Friday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Insanity and Women in New Jersey

Insanity and Women in New Jersey
By Joanne Rajoppi


New Jersey has a mixed report card in its history and treatment of mental illness. In her travels throughout New England 19th century social advocate Dorothea Lynn Dix chronicled the state of the “insane.” In her 1843 report to the Massachusetts legislature Dix stated that insane persons were “in cages, closets, cellars, stalls, pens! Chained, naked, beaten with rods and locked into obedience.”

Many people considered “ill” in the head and depressed were simply locked away in attics or basements by their families or warehoused in almshouses to waste away and die. Although founded with good intentions (before the rise of hospitals) almshouses were often places of horror where little or no care was provided to the indigent.

New Jersey Lunatic Asylum, Trenton, circa 1860.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/8/17 - 4/9/17

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Saturday, April 8 - Princeton, Mercer County
The Magic and History of Marquand Park

In 1953, the Marquand family donated 17 acres of their estate, Guernsey Hall, to the municipality of Princeton to serve as an arboretum and passive recreation park. Once part of a 30-acre farm owned by Judge Richard Stockton Field, Marquand Park is home to more than 150 different tree specimens, some dating back over 170 years!

Join Bob Wells, Associate Director of Arboriculture at Morris Arboretum, and Roland Machold, former Marquand Park Foundation board member, as they share the history of the property and highlight the native and exotic trees in the collection on Saturday at 11:00 am. The tour will last approximately one hour. Tickets are FREE, but registration is required, as space is limited.

Starting location: Marquand Park parking lot on Lover's Lane between Stockton and Mercer Streets. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-921-6748 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

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Saturday, April 8 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Tour Paulsdale

Paulsdale is open to the public for Second Saturday Tours at 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm. Paulsdale is the birthplace of Quaker suffragist Alice Paul. Tours include a 15-minute DVD presentation about Alice Paul's life and work and a walk around the porch where visitors learn about the Paul family's daily life in the house, the restoration of the house, and its present day use as a girl's leadership center. No registration is required, but large groups are encouraged to call ahead. Tours are $5.00 per person.

Paulsdale is located at 128 Hooton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ. For information about group tours or future tour dates, contact the Alice Paul Institute at 856-231-1885, e-mail info@alicepaul.org, or visit www.alicepaul.org.