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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.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Get Ready for Halloween with This Spine-Tingling East Amwell Historical Society Program - October 24, 2014

Get Ready for Halloween with This Spine-Tingling East Amwell Historical Society Program
Friday, October 24, 2014

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.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

"Totally Haunted USA: Williamsburg, Virginia" October Book Giveaway

Friday, October 17, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/18/14 - 10/19/14

WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Friday - Saturday, October 17 - 18 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Haunted Hayride at Allaire Village
Children Friendly

Historic Allaire Village, presents Halloween Hayrides on Friday, and Saturday from 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm. The Halloween Hayride starts in front of the General Store and enters the foreboding woods for a trip into Halloween horror. Hayrides are approximately twenty minutes in length and wagons leave every fifteen minutes from the General Store. If you make it through the Hayride alive, take a stroll through our Haunted Village. Scary story-telling will be held in the Carriage House and special Halloween performances will be held in the Allaire Mansion. All are welcome...if you dare! Stop by the Allaire Bakery for hot cider and spooky snacks or visit the General Store and Museum Gift Shop for limited edition Halloween souvenirs and merchandise.

The cost for the hayride is $10 for child under 12 and $15 for adults. Tickets are limited so advance purchase is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Tickets are for sale by calling 732-919-3500 - please have your credit card ready. You can also purchase tickets via PayPal at www.allairevillage.org/tickets.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park, 4265 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.

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Saturday, October 18 - Jersey City, Hudson County
Hudson County History Fair Celebrates NJ’s 350th Anniversary
Family Friendly

The Hudson County History Advocates are hosting a local celebration of New Jersey’s 350th anniversary year with the 2014 Hudson County History Fair on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, at New Jersey City University.

With the theme “Where New Jersey History Began,” the fair will offer a full day of fun for the whole family, with treasure hunts for kids, plus documentary films, workshops and talks by NJ authors and historians. The Fair will take place in the Gilligan Student Union Building’s multipurpose room at 2039 Kennedy Boulevard. Admission is free and free parking is available (entrance on Culver Avenue, just off JFK Boulevard).

During the day, keynote presentations by three well-known authors will be presented on local history. Holly Metz will discuss her award winning book, Killing the Poormaster, about the murder of the Hoboken Poormaster during the 1930s Depression; Steve Hart, will discuss his new book, American Dictators: Frank Hague, Nucky Johnson, and the Perfection of the Urban Political Machine; and John Gomez will discuss his book, Legendary Locals of Jersey City, which outlines the efforts of local community advocates over the last two hundred years.

During the day, talks will be given in various meeting rooms in the Student Center. Cynthia Harris, manager of the New Jersey Room of the Jersey City Free Public Library will give a talk on “Hudson County in Vintage Postcards” showing images of our area from the past. Joseph G. Bilby, noted New Jersey author, will offer a presentation from his bestselling book co-authored by Jim Madden and Harry Ziegler, 350 Years of New Jersey History, From Stuyvesant to Sandy, which will cover highlights and personalities from New Jersey history. Neal Brunson, local attorney and Director of the Afro-American Historical Society Museum of Jersey City, will discuss the African Community in the 1664 settlement of Bergen. Finally, the Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society will offer “Ask Granny”, a basic class on genealogical research which may get you started on the exploration of your own roots. 

At another part of the Fair the Bayonne Historical Society and the Hoboken Historical Museum will be sponsoring three local professional appraisers, Bob West, Leslie Levine, and Mackey Blue Antiques, to provide free appraiser of attendees collectible, so be sure be bring yours along to see if you may have a hidden fortune in your home. 

For more information a full schedule of events, visit www.hchistoryadvocates.org.

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Saturday, October 18 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Blacksmithing & Horseshoeing
Children Friendly

Experiencing  the ring of an anvil, the roar of the forge and the sizzle of hot steel hitting cold water is just part of the fun in store for visitors to Howell Farm, when the blacksmiths fire up their forges.

Throughout the day (10:00 am - 4:00 pm), visitors off all ages can help the blacksmith by turning the crank of his forge blower, adding coal to the fire, and carrying water needed for cooling hot steel. The smithies’ hooks, initialed horseshoes and other items will be for sale. In the barn, farm farriers will be shoeing the farm’s work horses and checking their feet.

Howell Living History Farm represents typical farm life between 1890 and 1910. The farm is operated by the Mercer County Parks Commission. It is located at 70 Wooden's Lane, Lambertville, NJ. For more information. call 609-737-3299 or visit www.howellfarm.com.

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Saturday, October 18 - Shrewsbury, Monmouth County
Family Day at the Allen House
Children Friendly

On Saturday, bring the entire family to the Allen House for a day of fun! From 1:00 - 4:00 pm, tour the Allen House (circa 1710) and then venture outside under the Big Top for historic and modern games, crafts, and activities. Free admission! Will be held rain or shine. The Allen House is located at 400 Sycamore Avenue, Shrewsbury, NJ. For more information, call 732-462-1466 or visit www.monmouthhistory.org.

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Saturday, October 18 - Morris Township, Morris County
Behind the Scenes at Fosterfields: Inside the Carriage House
Children Friendly

On Saturday, take a closer look at the Carriage House at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm and its contents, including the bridles and bits, harnesses, sidesaddles, and carriages. Discover its relationship with the horse barn that was located nearby. Program runs from 2:00 - 2:30 pm. Admission: $6/adult, $5/senior (65+), $4/child (ages 4 -16), $2/child (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, call 973-326-7645 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Saturday, October 18 - Somerville, Somerset County
Images of Somerville's Past - Part IV

Continuing the series of programs entitled "Images of Somerville's Past," James L. Sommerville, III, Adult Services Librarian, will present the fourth program in this series, "Images of Somerville's Past IV: An overview of Commerce and Finance," with the residences of  business leaders, in the regional center from 1883 through 1984 on Saturday from 3:00 - 5:00 pm at the Somerville Public Library branch of the Somerset County Library System, 35 West End Avenue, Somerville.

Derived from business-specific scans of images in the Somerville Library archives, Somerset Messenger-Gazette almanacs from 1883 - 1900, data from selected Somerville City and other Directories from 1899 through 1984, and resources assembled over time, the program's goal is to enlighten and entertain patrons concerning the deep history of their town.

For more information, call 908-725-1336 ext. 10 or visit www.sclsnj.org.

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Saturday, October 18 - Lambertville, Hunterdon County
Flemington Speedway 4th Annual Car Show
Family Friendly

The Flemington Speedway Historical Society's 4th Annual Car Show takes place on Saturday from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm at the Hunterdon County Fairgrounds, Lambertville, NJ, located on Route 179 near its junction with Route 202.

More than 700 automobiles were displayed last year. All types of vehicles are being actively sought by the event organizers, whose goal is to have 1,000 in 2014. Antique, custom, hot rod, and new cars, vintage and modern race cars, small and large trucks, motorcycles, emergency response equipment, military vehicles, tractors and farm equipment - all are welcome.

An accompanying flea market and swap meet has grown in parallel with the car show. For those wishing to sell or swap their rides, the designated Car Corral is $20 per vehicle.

Bradshaw Awards of Flemington has produced fifteen People’s Choice and five Lentini Auto Salvage Recognition awards which will be presented in a drive-through awards ceremony at 2:30 pm.

Following the award presentations, Jersey Jerky (“America’s Best Damn Beef Jerky”) will resurrect an old Flemington Fair Speedway tradition: “Purple Night,” a promotion originally conceived by the recently departed flamboyant Flemington Fair President, Paul Kuhl. "Suckerpunch Suzie,” a popular local party band will perform. Purple Night is highlighted by a Flemington Speedway-themed purple costume contest. Three winners will each receive a trophy and $50, the top fifteen participants will each get a T-shirt and a package of America’s Best Damn Beef Jerky: Jersey Jerky.

Spectator Admission is $10.00 per carload, with no additional fee for parking. 2014 Car Show apparel and Flemington Speedway souvenirs will be available for purchase at the FSHS display and information center. No alcohol or pets are permitted. For more information, visit flemingtonspeedwayhistoricalsociety.com.

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Saturday, October 18 - Springfield, Union County
Battle of Connecticut Farms Reenactment
Children Friendly

On Saturday, 200 members of the Brigade of the American Revolution will reenact the Battle of Connecticut Farms at 2:30 pm. The "fighting" will take place where it actually occurred historically (on June 7, 1780) - in front of Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church, 888 Stuyvesant Avenue (corner of West Chestnut), Union, NJ. Following the reenactment, the Church and its adjoining cemetery will be open to the public, thanks to the graciousness of the Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church community. The cemetery contains a mass grave of British and Hessian troops, as well as grave stones dating back to the early 1700s. This reenactment by two hundred soldiers of the Brigade of the American Revolution is part of the 350th Anniversary of Elizabethtown and New Jersey and is made possible in part through a "Heart" Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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Saturday, October 18 - Morristown, Morris County
“Extra Baggage”: The Women and Children of the Continental Army
Children Friendly

Washington lamented that the women and children of the Continental Army - the families of the soldiers - slowed down the army on the march but he knew that many had nowhere else to go. They often got jobs with the military performing essential tasks needed to keep the army going. Learn about the surprising roles that women and children played in the life of the Continental ArmyProgram runs from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm at the Soldier Huts in Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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Saturday, October 18 - Bernardsville, Somerset County
Cross Estate Garden Tour and Demonstrations
Family Friendly

Spend Saturday at the Cross Estate enjoying the beauty of the fall garden in the early 20th century walled formal garden, and surrounding grounds of the Mansion including a magnificent water tower built in 1905. Learn what to plant in the fall and how to get a garden ready for winter with demonstrations on tool cleaning and sharpening, bulb planting, and cutting down and dividing perennials. Garden tours will be available. Get your hands dirty or just take photos! Fun learning experience for the entire family. The program runs from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon at the Cross Estate, site of the New Jersey Brigade Unit of Morristown National Historical Park, at 61 Jockey Hollow Road, Bernardsville, NJ. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit www.crossestategardens.org or www.nps.gov/morr.

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Saturday, October 18 - Cape May, Cape May County
Pumpkin Festival at Historic Cold Spring Village
Children Friendly

It's the spookiest time of the year at the village! Celebrate all things Halloween and autumn at the 23rd Annual Pumpkin Festival. This fun, free event will take place on the grounds of Historic Cold Spring Village on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm (Rain date: Sunday, October 20) and is presented by the Lower Township Rotary Club. Admission is free; guests are encouraged to donate non-perishable goods to the 'Share the Harvest' Food Drive.

Families can enjoy pumpkin painting and games throughout the day. A variety of crafters will sell their wares along the Village’s shell-paved lanes. Vendors will be selling hot dogs, funnel cake, and other snacks. Visit a haunted house at the Village Barn and hop on a fall hayride through the farm. Don't miss the Children's Halloween Parade at 12:00 noon. Please call the Lower Township Recreation Department at 609-886-7880 for parade registration information.

Historic Cold Spring Village is located on Route 9, three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern end of the Garden State Parkway. For more information, call 609-898-2300, ext. 10 or visit the Village www.hcsv.org.

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Saturday, October 18 - Upper Township, Cape May County
AppleFest at the Gandy Farmstead
Children Friendly

Stop by the Gandy Farmstead in Upper Township, NJ on Saturday for their annual AppleFest from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. There will be an Apple Pie Baking Contest judged by 'Johnny Appleseed' and Tyson Merryman, owner-operator of the Tuckahoe Inn. There are separate contests for children and adults. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded. In honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, there will be WWII living history displays. Crafters will be demonstrating old-time traditions with a modern twist. The blacksmith will make decorative items; as will the decoy carvers. At the smoke house, enjoy meat prepared for today's tastes. An alpaca farmer will show how the fleece goes from animal to wool; and a spinner will demonstrate how the wool becomes yarn. Rag-rug making and bee keeping also will be shown. And don't forget live music, apple and autumn inspired food to eat or take home, and the old farm house to tour. Admission and parking a free. The Gandy Farmstead is located at 26 Tyler Road in Greenfield, NJ. For more information, call 609-390-5656 or visit www.uppertwphistory.org.

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Saturday, October 18 - Berkeley Heights, Union County
Archaeological Society of New Jersey Meeting

On Saturday, the Archaeological Society of New Jersey will be meeting at Feltville/The Deserted Village, located in the Watchung Reservation, 9 Cataract Hollow Road, Berkeley Heights, NJ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ilene at ilenebailey36@gmail.com.

Schedule:
*10:00 am - 12:00 noon: Walking Tour of Feltville/The Deserted Village led by Archaeologist Matt Tomaso. Meet at the parking lot on Glenside Ave.
*11:00 am - 12:00 noon: Board Meeting (Masker's Barn)
*12:00 - 12:45 pm: Lunch
*1:00 pm: Opening Remarks and President's Welcome
*1:15 - 1:45 pm: Lecture on Antebellum Archaeology of Two Mill Tenders' Houses in New Jersey: Raddin-Badgeley (Feltville, Berkeley Heights) and the Polhemus House Site (Silverton, Toms River), presented by Matt Tomaso (PS&S Consulting)
*1:45 - 2:15 pm: Mapping the Archive: Drawing Pre-Historic Wessex, presented by David Platt     
*2:15 - 2:45 pm: Break 
*2:45 - 3:15 pm: 17th Century Settlement Systems in Middlesex County, Presented by Mike Gall
*3:15 - 3:45 pm: An Archaeological Discovery of a Woodland Period Site in Gloucester City, Camden County, presented by Adam Heinrich.

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Saturday - Sunday, October 18 - 19 - East Brunswick, Middlesex County
Candlelight Tours of Chestnut Hill Cemetery
Children Friendly

On Saturday and Sunday evening, costumed reenactors in historic dress will portray former residents that lived and worked in the East Brunswick and Old Bridge areas, with displays and narrative about their life in the Historic Village of Old Bridge. Over 500 Luminaries (candle bags) outline the walking path for the tour. Light refreshments will be available at the end of the tours. 

The tours will take place at Chestnut Hill Cemetery on Old Bridge Turnpike in East Brunswick, NJ between 5:30 and 8:00 pm. Admission fees for this special event are $8.00 for adults and $2.00 for children under 12 years of age. Free parking. It is recommended that you bring your own flashlight. Since this event takes place in a hilly cemetery, it is not recommended for persons with walking problems or for strollers. This is a family-friendly event and children are encouraged. For more information, call 732-257-1508 or visit www.eastbrunswickmuseum.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, October 18 - 19 - Union Township, Union County
Brigade of the American Revolution Encampment
Children Friendly

Join the excitement and experience the final invasion of New Jersey in 1780 with the Brigade of  the American Revolution! Be a part of history as you watch British and American soldiers in the military campaign that became the true turning point of the Revolutionary War! The Brigade of the American Revolution will be encamped on the grounds of Liberty Hall Museum on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Admission to the event is free. Liberty Hall Museum is located at 1003 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ. For more information, call 908-527-0400 or visit www.goelizabethnj.com/350.

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Saturday - Sunday, October 18 - 19 - Across the NJ Shore and Delaware Bay/River
New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge
Children Friendly

New Jersey Lighthouses, museums and life saving stations will host a "Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey" weekend on Saturday and Sunday. The public is invited (and challenged) to visit all participating lighthouses over the weekend and help raise funds for continued lighthouse preservation. 

These majestic beacons have played an important role in New Jersey's history, guarding mariners and protecting our coasts for three centuries. Lighthouses serve as a reminder of American ingenuity while honoring the values of safety and heroism. Visit the lighthouses and museums on the Challenge for an opportunity to step back in time and learn more about our state and nation's maritime history.

Begin the Challenge at any of the eleven participating lighthouses, one museum, and two life-saving stationsNight climbs will be offered at Absecon, Cape May, Sandy Hook, Tinicum, and Tucker's Island Light at Tuckerton Seaport. During the weekend, children 11 and under climb free with an adult. Hours of operation for every participating lighthouse can be found at www.lighthousechallengenj.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, October 18 - 19 - Matawan, Monmouth County
Rose Hill Cemetery Tour

The Matawan Historical Society in conjunction with Rose Hill Cemetery is sponsoring its fourth annual guided walking tour of Rose Hill Cemetery in Matawan, including new stories! Local Historian Al Savolaine will lead the tours, sharing fascinating stories about those buried in the cemetery, including the victims of the Great Matawan fire of 1901, an 1896 gruesome murder, the 1916 shark attack in Matawan, as well as some unusual ghost sightings at the cemetery, considered to be one of the most haunted sites in New Jersey. Tours will be held on Saturday at 10:00 am and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Tours are approximately two hours long. Tickets are $10 per adult, with proceeds benefitting the Burrowes Mansion in Matawan and the beautification of Rose Hill Cemetery. Rose Hill Cemetery is located on Ravine Drive in Matawan. Parking will be available at the cemetery and at the school lot across the street. Tickets can be purchased the day of the tour or by contacting savolaine@hotmail.com.

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Saturday - Sunday, October 18 - 19 - Union County
Four Centuries in a Weekend
Children Friendly

Experience Union County's rich heritage! The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, staff, and volunteers at 26 house museums, historic sites, and history organizations join together to invite the public to come  and discover nearly 350 years of history during the annual "Four Centuries in a Weekend, A Journey Through Union County's History."

The Historic Fanwood Train Station Museum and Westfield's Reeve History & Cultural Resource Center have been added to the weekend event, increasing the number of sites on tour to 26. The two-day, free event is scheduled for 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm.

"Four Centuries in a Weekend" began in 1994 when 16 historic sites and the County of Union organized a weekend event to tell the story of how Elizabethtown of 1664 evolved into the 21 municipalities of today's Union County.

Special family-friendly highlights of Four Centuries in a Weekend include:
  • Liberty Hall Museum will be host to the Union Brigade of the American Revolution Encampment: Liberty Hall Museum will travel back in time as it hosts the Brigade of the American Revolution.
  • Reenactment of the Battle of Springfield at Meisel Avenue Park in Springfield.
  • At the Oswald J. Nitschke House, operated by the Kenilworth Historical Society, meet James Wallace Higgins (portrayed by a historic interpreter),  who designed the first Master Plan for “New Orange” (c.1894),  later renamed Kenilworth.
  • At the Dr. William Robinson Plantation Museum in Clark, the Red Storm Drum & Dance Troupe will be performing - they are historians, dancers, drummers, dancers, flute players, storytellers, and educators of Native American Indian culture.
  • At the Deacon Andrew Hetfield House in Mountainside, renowned collector of Thomas Edison artifacts, Charlie Hummel, will be on-hand with many of his original Thomas Edison inventions and personal items including phonographs, handwritten letters, light bulbs, personal walking cane and more.
Journey on to Boxwood Hall in Elizabeth, the 1772 home of Elias Boudinot, President of the Continental Congress; tour the restored Revolutionary War burial grounds at the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth, the oldest English-speaking congregation in New Jersey; and visit the Caldwell Parsonage at Connecticut Farms in Union, an American Revolutionary site that was home to the "Fighting Parson," James Caldwell and his wife, Hannah.

A visit to Hillside will bring you to the Woodruff House/Eaton Store, built in 1735; and the historic Evergreen Cemetery, a virtual museum of funerary art. In Rahway you'll be welcome at the Merchants and Drovers Tavern, a restored early 19th century hotel, and you can tour the Union County Performing Arts Center, a beautifully restored classic Vaudeville venue.

When you stop at the Dr. William Robinson Plantation in Clark, you'll discover a post-medieval English-style house where Dr. Robinson practiced healing with plants and herbs.

At the Abraham Clark House, home to a signer of the Declaration of Independence, you'll learn about Early American life and the history of Roselle. In the Roselle Park Museum, housed in the Charles E. Stone Store, you'll be standing in the first electrically-lighted store in the world.

Three authentic 18th century farmhouses are open for touring: the Miller-Cory House in Westfield; the Salt Box Museum in New Providence; and the Nathaniel Drake House in Plainfield, which was used as George Washington's headquarters during the Revolutionary War.

Venturing into the Watchung Mountains, you'll find the Deacon Andrew Hetfield House in Mountainside, home to the Hetfield family for 186 years; stroll through the Deserted Village of Feltville-Glenside Park in the Watchung Reservation, an 1845 town created by businessman David Felt; visit the Littell-Lord Farmstead in Berkeley Heights, a reminder of the County's agricultural past; and explore Summit, with its Twin Maples, a stately neoclassical mansion; the Carter House, the city's oldest house, built in the 1740s; and the Summit Playhouse, a Richardsonian Romanesque structure with a 120-seat auditorium.

Children can earn a Time Traveler's Certificate and a Four Centuries Patch by visiting and obtaining a Time Traveler Passport at any of the sites, having it stamped and returning the completed form to the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs. For free copies of the Four Centuries in a Weekend tour booklet, map and further information visit http://ucnj.org/cultural-and-heritage-affairs/four-centuries.

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Saturday - Sunday, October 18 - 19 - Plainfield, Somerset County
John Philip Sousa Exhibit
Children Friendly

The Historical Society of Plainfield will participate in Union County's "Four Centuries in a Weekend, Celebrating New Jersey's 350th Birthday, 1664-2014," on Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm. The Drake House Museum is among the 27 Union County historic sites on tour that will celebrate memorable moments in New Jersey history.

There will be a special exhibit at the Drake House Museum, entitled "Sousa's Historic Concert in Plainfield - 1892." In 1892, John Philip Sousa left the command of the United States Marine Band and formed his own professional concert band. The band made its public debut at the Stillman Music Hall, 216 West Front Street, Plainfield, NJ, on Monday, September 26, 1892. Sousa then toured North America and the world as "The March King" for the next forty years playing over 15,000 concerts. Sousa and His Band brought music to  the people, and Sousa's Band became the model for the growth of community concert bands, high school bands and music education throughout America. He was also a prolific composer, probably best known today for writing "Stars and Stripes Forever."

The exhibit will be on display in the second floor ballroom of the Drake House Museum, and on Sunday at 1:00 pm, the PAAAS Wind Ensemble under the direction of Gregory O. Williams will play patriotic musical selections. PAAAS (Plainfield Academy for the Arts and Advanced Studies) is Plainfield's own performing arts incubator.

All students who visit the Drake House Museum during the Four Centuries in a Weekend celebration will receive a special Sousa "The March King" activity sheet. Please join us in learning about New Jersey and Plainfield history. Self-guided tours will be available anytime on Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm. For more information, call 908-755-5831 or visit www.drakehousemuseumplainfieldnj.org.

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Sunday, October 19 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
The Standardbred Horse
Children Friendly

On Sunday at Walnford, meet Independent Act, known as "Indy" to his friends, a retired trotter. Learn about the beauty, conformation, and intelligence of the standardbred horse. See the historical images of trotters and pacers on exhibit in "The Story of Harness Racing by Currier and Ives" on display in the main house. Admission and parking are free.

While there, visit the large, elegant Walnford home built in 1774, the 19th century gristmill and the farm buildings set in a beautiful landscape. Walnford is located at 62 Walnford Road, Upper Freehold, NJ. For more information, call 609-259-6275 or visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

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Sunday, October 19 - Mahwah, Bergen County
Ichabod Crane, Washington Irving, and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
Children Friendly

On Sunday at the Mahwah Public Library, Neill Hartley will portray Washington Irving, the father of the American short story, bringing you into Irving's world, introducing you to his work, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," the most famous short story ever written. The literary lion narrates his tale and then enters his story, becoming his alter ego, Ichabod Crane. Neill Hartley is a mesmerizing Ichabod Crane: Tall and slim like Ichabod, Neill was also born in upstate New York like Ichabod, teaches voice like Ichabod and rides horses like Ichabod. It's perfect casting. And it makes for a perfectly eerie entertaining event. This program is free and open to the public. The Mahwah Public Library is located at 100 Ridge Road, Mahwah, NJ. For more information, call 201-529-7323.

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Sunday, October 19 - Wantage, Sussex County
Not So Scary Halloween Party
Children Friendly

Enjoy a great day for Halloween Celebrations at the "Not So Scary Halloween Party" at the DAR Elias Van Bunschooten Museum, 1097 Rt. 23, Wantage, New Jersey on Sunday at 1:00 pm. Rain date is Sunday, October 26.

Admission is $6 per child (no charge for adults). Pumpkins, hay maze, fun activities, games, prizes, a haunted barn for kids that like a little spook, a costume contest, food for sale, and much more! This event is even suited for young children.

For recommended advanced registration (family name, number of kids and ages) or more information, please call 973-948-5299 or e-mail melaniej@ptd.net. The Chinkchewunska Chapter of the DAR preserves and restores the house and outbuildings on our property as a living reminder of Sussex County history from the late 1700s to the present. They open their doors mid-May through mid-October for tours on Thursdays and Saturdays in addition to school and group tours by appointment, and host special events throughout the year.

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Sunday, October 19 - Morristown, Morris County
Historic District House Tour: A Walk through Time

On Sunday from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum in Morristown, NJ presents its second biennial Historic District House Tour, sponsored by Millea Bros. Auctions+Appraisals. Participants will have the opportunity to visit eight historic properties - seven private homes and 1810 Macculloch Hall - in one of Morristown's most prestigious Historic Districts, all within walking distance.

Tickets are available online at www.maccullochhall.org, $40 in advance. On Sunday, tickets will be available only at the Museum ($45 for event-day sales). Funds raised from the tour help support the Museum's operations, its public and educational programs, and the preservation and maintenance of its historic building and grounds. Additional information about the Historic District House Tour is available on their web site.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum preserves the history of the Macculloch-Miller families, the Morris area community, and the legacy of its founder W. Parson Todd through its historic site, collections, exhibits, and educational and cultural programs. The Museum is open for house and exhibit tours on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Adults $8; seniors, and students $6; Children 6-12 $4; members and children under 5 are free. For more information, call 973-538-2404 ext. 10 or visit www.maccullochhall.org.

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Sunday, October 19 - Montclair, Essex County
Fall Family Fun Day
Family Friendly

On Sunday, follow the arrow right to the Fall Family Fun Day at the Montclair Historical Society's 108 Orange Road site. 

Activities (which are FREE unless otherwise noted) include:
*1:00 - 2:00 pm: Honey Harvest demonstrations at the gazebo - it will BEE delicious (and honey will be for sale).
*2:00 - 3:00 pm: Lenape Culture - An Introduction to American Indian Life in NJ - a hands-on program led by Beverly A. Friend, of Cherokee heritage/American Indian Council of NJ.
*Hearth-ful Cooking: Vital Restaurant’s Executive Chef/Owner Kwame Williams + open hearth + Montclair Community Farm produce = modern cooing with historic twist.
*Tour the Montclair Community Farms site: feed the chickens!
*Tour the Israel Crane House and Historic YWCA: newly reinterpreted to reflect the house’s significance from 1796 to 1965! Regular admission applies (see below) - Free admission for members. 

Admission to tour the Israel Crane House: $8 per adult and $5 per child for both properties with same day admission. Or come as a family (1 or 2 adults with up to 3 children) for $25. Free admission for members! The Charles Shultz House will be closed this day. For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail mail@montclairhistorical.org, or visit www.montclairhistorical.org.

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Sunday, October 19 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
6th Annual History Ghost Walk
Children Friendly 

On Sunday, the Ocean Township Historical Museum will hold its sixth annual History Ghost Walk, featuring spirits from the Township's past who will "return" to fill us in on times long gone. This year ghosts tell tales of some of the Township's most interesting residences and bring the museum's newest exhibit ("The History of Houses") to life. The walk begins at 5:30 pm.

The actors portraying our ghosts include talented amateurs (many students) and a few professionals. They have studied the history they "channel" and deliver performances that both delight and inform. Some are stationed along the outside walk; others perform at a party inside. It is a ghost walk designed to delight, not fright--and well, yes, to share some history, too.

The event has two parts.
1) Outside, guests are guided along the path east of the Woolley House to meet and interact with the first group of this year's spirits. Here's a sampling: The young Woolley sisters, Eden's daughters, "come back" to tell of growing up in the Woolley House in 19th century Ocean Township. Then there's Thomas Potter, one of the Township's founding fathers, materializes to talk about his first "home" here - a cave dug into a stream bed in the 17th century!

2) Inside, Ghost Walk guests join a party in the former Haupt family mansion (now the Library's Terner Gallery). Here they get a glimpse of the glamorous lives of the wealthy Haupts, owners from 1931 to 1964 of the 40-plus-acre Stucile Farm where the Museum, Township Library, and Human Resources building stand today.

The Haupts entertained the rich and famous of their day. Our ghosts bring imagined highlights of their parties to life. Hal Wallis, famed Hollywood producer, was a family friend and frequent guest. Our party features a fantasy sequence with two of his most memorable stars - the charismatic Dean Martin and the very young Elvis! The fun ends with a nostalgic look back on life at Stucile Farm--and tasty refreshments for all. 
The Ghost Walk is known to sell out. Call the museum at 732-531-2136 to make your reservation. Come shop at Museum Store, enjoy free refreshments, and spend a fun and informative Sunday afternoon. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children. Rain date is Sunday, October 26. The Terner Gallery, in the Ocean Township Library, is located at 701 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ. For more information and to register, call  732-531-2136 or visit www.oceanmuseum.org.

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Sunday, October 19 - Hammonton, Burlington County
Country Living Fair
Children Friendly

The Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc. will hold its Annual Country Living Fair at Historic Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest on Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be no admission and no parking fee.

The committee has invited over 100 exhibitors to participate in this quality day-long event. Visitors will have an opportunity to see and purchase a variety of country, Colonial and Victorian crafts. They will also be able to meet talented crafters demonstrating their artistry in a wide assortment of materials. Pre-World War II cars will be on display. Old-time steam engines, antiques, and pony rides will help make this an event of special interest to people of all ages. The Renegade Cloggers will again perform during the day. Several quilting groups will be raffling their handmade quilts. It is hoped that Smokey Bear will make an appearance to celebrate his 70th birthday. Local service organizations will sell a variety of foods and drinks.

Various 4-H groups will be available to display their animals and discuss their experiences as a member of a 4-H club. Animal rescue groups will bring various breeds of dogs hoping to be adopted. In addition to pony rides, children will be able to enjoy the petting farm animals of Barnyard Friends from Dorothy, New Jersey.

Batsto is located in the Pinelands of Burlington County, South Jersey approximately 7 miles east of Hammonton on Route 542 and about 15 miles west of Exit 50 on the Garden State Parkway. Further information may be obtained by calling the Batsto Visitor Center at 609-561-0024 or visit www.batstovillage.org.

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Sunday, October 19 - Mahwah, Bergen County
Mahwah Museum Gallery Talk

On Sunday at 1:15 pm, as part of the celebration of NJ350, Tom Dunn, Director of Archives and Museum Trustee, will lead a gallery talk entitled “Inventors in the Neighborhoods of Mahwah.” The talk will take place in the upstairs Gallery of the Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ. The talk is free with Museum admission.

Based upon the records of the U.S. Patent Office and the archives of the Museum, this program will look at the accomplishments of inventors such as Robert Armstrong Smith, Howard Avery and Charles Ellis of East Mahwah, Fitzwilliam Sargent of the Depot; Edward Gorcyca of West Mahwah; and Henry O. Havemeyer of the Ramapo Valley. Reservations are suggested as seating is limited.

The Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike, is open on Wednesdays and weekends from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and is featuring the exhibit “Neighborhoods of Mahwah: 1913-2013” and “Les Paul in Mahwah.” The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is open weekends from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission to the Museum is $5 for non-members, and free to members and children. For more information, call 201-512-0099 or visit www.mahwahmuseum.org.

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Sunday, October 19 - Walpack, Sussex County
Van Campen Day
Children Friendly

On Sunday from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm, the National Park Service and the Walpack Historical Society will present Van Campen Day at the Van Campen Inn.

The day will include costumed reenactors and colonial crafts such as spinning, woodworking, blacksmithing, chair caning, lacemaking, and apple pressing for cider. A parade led by the Colonial Musketeers Fife & Drum Corps of  Hackettstown will march north on the Old Mine Road at 12:30 pm to the marker memorializing John Rosenkrans, Colonel of the Sussex County Militia during the fight for independence. There, Gerald De Groat of the Sons of the American Revolution, Colonel John Rosenkrans Chapter, will speak on the life of Walpack's local hero. 

Myra Snook, historian, will lead a short hike at 1:30 pm from the Inn to the Shapanack, Clark, and slave cemeteries and the site believed to be Fort Shapanack, aka Fort John, headquarters for a string of forts along the frontier during the French and Indian War. Most of the forts were little more than fortified farmhouses. Some of these forts were again pressed into use during the Revolution.

Costumed guides will provide tours of the inn throughout the day. The inn boasts some of the finest woodwork and hardware of its period and is believed to have been built in the 1740s.

The Walpack Historical Society's book, Summer Knights Revisited, written by Robert Brandt, will be for sale for the first time. Brandt will be available to autograph his book, stories of his summers spent working as a farmhand at the Knight farm on the Old Mine Road in Walpack during the early 1950's. The book explores day-to-day life on the farm in great detail as well as the layout of the farm outbuildings. Today, only the Knight farmhouse remains.

This event is free and open to the public. Coffee and donuts will be available. The Van Campen Inn is located on the unpaved section of Old Mine Road, Walpack Township,  NJ within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Van Campen Day is free and the public is invited. For more information, call 973-948-4903.

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Sunday, October 19 - Raritan Township, Hunterdon County
“Dvoor Farm: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” Walking Tour

Enjoy a stroll around the historic Dvoor Farm and learn about its history and the Hunterdon Land Trust’s present and future plans for the property at Sunday's Farmers’ Market. The Land Trust will also unveil its new free mobile app, an interactive map that anyone can download to explore all the organization’s preserves and share information about Hunterdon County’s best and most beautiful places. Viewers can add information about hiking or biking trails, wildlife, parking areas and local eateries, and share that information with their Facebook friends.

The tour begins at 10:30 am in the parking lot behind the Dvoor Farm house. All participants are encouraged to bring their Smartphones or iPads. Anyone can access the interactive map by visiting www.hltcommunitymap.com

During the walk, Land Steward Tom Thorsen will discuss the Dvoor Farm trails, current plans for the land and demonstrate how to properly remove pesky invasive plants. An optional volunteer stewardship event will be held on-site following the walking tour.

Walkers will also explore the property’s history with Director of Outreach and local historian Dave Harding. He’ll point out the location of Chief Tuccamirgan’s wigwam and original settler Johann Philip Cases’s log cabin, according to the most recent evidence, and offer an overview of the historic property’s past roles as a farm, tannery and mining operation. The tour will also spotlight the efforts to preserve this property in the 1990s largely through New Jersey Green Acres funding.

The Land Trust’s Farmers’ Market hosts about 20 local farmers and vendors every Sunday through November 23 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Dvoor Farm, Route 12 circle in Raritan Township, NJ. Every week, shoppers can find a bounty of local grown, organic vegetables, grass-fed beef, artisan breads, cheeses, honey, pies, wine, plants and more. For more information, call 908-237-4582 or visit www.hunterdonlandtrust.org.

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Sunday, October 19 - Andover, Sussex County
Open House

The Historical Society of Andover Borough cordially invites you to visit the Andover Museum on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Come experience Andover's important historic significance. A wide array of artifacts and other historic memorabilia highlighting Andover's rich diversified history are visually displayed in the museum. These displays include Andover's history of iron ore mining and processing, the railroad, dairy farming production, and the everyday life and people of this significant community and Andover's important contributions to the growth of Sussex County, Northern New Jersey, and America.

The Andover Museum is open to visitors from 1:00 - 4:00 pm on Sunday. It is located upstairs in the Andover Borough Municipal Building at 137 Main Street/Route 206, Andover Borough, NJ. There is ample parking located behind the building and the museum entrance is on Smith Street.

The museum is open to the public. For additional information please call 973-786-7833 or e-mail historyandovernj@aol.com.

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Sunday, October 19 - Westampton Township, Burlington County
Showcase Sunday: China Collections

Peachfield's October Showcase will focus on their china collection, featuring the Fish Dish, a Wincanton powdered manganese decorated delftware bowl circa 1738. Also on display will be a 1820-1830 Fitzhugh oval platter, a Nanking platter, and white porcelain cups and saucers.

Tours will be available at 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm. Reservations are recommended.  Admission is free.  A free will donation is welcome in support of the museum.

The program takes place at Peachfield, the Headquarters of The National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Jersey, 180 Burrs Road, Westampton, NJ. For more information, call 609-267-6996 or email colonialdamesnj@comcast.net.

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Sunday, October 19 - Lambertville, Hunterdon County
2014 Autumn House Tour

Visit beautifully restored homes that serve as a model for preservation and soak in the ambiance of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Now in its third decade, the Lambertville Historical Society's Autumn House Tour is a celebrated annual event for fans of history, architecture, interior design-and Lambertville itself! 
Last year, Forbes Magazine cited Lambertville as one of the country's prettiest towns and this summer Travel+Leisure magazine found it to be one of America's quirkiest. Whatever category you put it in, Lambertville is worth seeing - its beautiful homes and tree-lined streets always invite strolling. This year's tour includes five historic homes, some new to the tour, as well as seven additional sites.

The tour is self-guided and this year will be on Sunday from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 on the day of the tour) and may be purchased online at www.lambertvillehistoricalsociety.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Marshall House, 60 Bridge Street (weekends 1:00 - 4:00 pm) or directly from some local merchants (Blue Raccoon, City Market, Homestead Farm Market, Lambertville Trading Company, River Queen Artisans Gallery, Phillips' Fine Wines in Stockton, and Farley's Bookshop in New Hope).

The event is held rain or shine. Free parking and shuttle bus service will be available on the day of the tour. The bus will continuously loop from the Lambertville-New Hope Rescue Squad parking lot behind the headquarters at 70 Alexander Avenue (off of Phillip-Barber Road) on to City Hall every 15 minutes from 10:30 am - 5:15 pm. Visitors can also park in residential areas or at parking meters that are in effect on Sunday from 1:00 -  9:00 p.m. For more information, contact the Society at 609-397-0770, e-mail info@lambertvillehistoricalsociety.org, or visit www.lambertvillehistoricalsociety.org.

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Sunday, October 19 - Lambertville, Hunterdon County
Easy Herb Gardens for Beauty and Flavor

On Sunday at 1:30 pm, Chela Kleiber, a well-known Burpee Specialist, will present "Easy Herb Gardens for Beauty and Flavor" at the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum, Route 29 north of Lambertville, NJ. Ms. Kleiber's extensive experience with herbs will be reflected in her talk on which herbs serve multiple purposes for your kitchen garden and the basic types and uses of herbs. The cost for this program is $5.00 which includes a Q & A, handouts, a tour of the Farmstead Museum and grounds, including the international culinary herb garden, and refreshments. For more information, call Donna at 609-773-0495 or visit www.holcombe-jimison.org.

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Saturdays and Sundays Through October 2014 - Ringwood, Passaic County
Grounds and Garden Tour

Did you ever wonder what all that “stuff” is placed around the grounds at Ringwood Manor? What about all those other buildings on the property? What were they used for? If you have ever been curious about the estate at Ringwood Manor, this tour is for you! The 2 hour guided walking tour will take visitors around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and the cemetery. Historic photographs of the property will also be shown. These free tours meet at 2:00 pm in front of Ringwood Manor every Saturday and Sunday from June - October. It is advised that participants wear walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray and sun block. Steady Rain cancels. No reservations necessary. For more information and to call ahead to confirm a tour, call 973-962-2240. Ringwood Manor is located at 1304 Sloatsburg Road, Ringwood, NJ, within Ringwood State Park. For more information, visit www.ringwoodmanor.org.

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Through October 31, 2014 - Plainfield, Union County
The Charles H. Detwiller, Jr. Architectural Drawings Collection, 1887-2002

The Plainfield Public Library announces a new exhibition in honor of New Jersey's 350th anniversary celebration. The library is displaying never-before seen examples from its collection of historical blueprints that date back to 1887. The 70-piece exhibit consists of wall exhibits and display cases on both levels of the library. The featured blueprints represent thirty-five different sets of drawings by 24 architects. The oldest drawing on exhibit is of the Plainfield Golf Club dating from 1896.

The Charles H. Detwiller, Jr. Architectural Drawings Collection contains over 16,000 sets of drawings, documenting over a century of residential and commercial architecture in the greater Plainfield area. This collection of blueprints that document the growth of a suburban community is unique in the United States.

Over 500 architects are represented, including African-American architect George Ernest Robinson, who was a nationally known architect in firehouse design. Plainfield's Fire Headquarters building, designed by him in 1925, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Preservation of the aging documents began by the library in 1998. The processing of the collection is still ongoing. The cost of microfilming, digitization, and cataloging is entirely supported through grant funding and volunteer assistance. Major funders include The Institute for Museum and Library Services; The New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State; the Plainfield Foundation; and the Friends of the Plainfield Public Library.

The exhibition will run through October 2014 and is free to the public. The Plainfield Public Library is located at 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ. For more information, call 908-757-1111 or visit www.plainfieldlibrary.info.

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Through October 31, 2014 - Trenton, Mercer County
Trenton's Old Barracks Museum Shows Iron Art

The Old Barracks Museum will feature the sculpture of AbOminOg Intl. Arts Collective in an exhibit entitled "Founding the Future: A Continuum of Iron Casting in Trenton with AbOminOg Intl. Arts Collective." The exhibit will run from April 26 to October 31, 2014.

The Old Barracks Museum is pleased to feature the metal sculpture of members of one of Trenton's illustrious artist collectives in an exhibit entitled, "Founding the Future: A Continuum of Iron Casting in Trenton with AbOminOg Intl. Arts Collective." Exhibiting artists include Kate Graves, Aylin Green, Bruce Lindsay, Rory Mahon, Steve Morse, Joanna Platt, Matt Reiley, David  Robinson and Scot Thompson.

This outdoor exhibit is part of the statewide celebrations of the 350th anniversary of the founding of New Jersey by representing the connection between the history that the Old Barracks Museum interprets and AbOminOg Intl.'s focus on the revolutionary industrial material of iron. As the first art installation at the Old Barracks, it will allow the visiting public a new perspective on the relationship between the past and the present in the formation of the future.

The Old Barracks Museum is adjacent to Petty's Run, site of the only excavated Colonial steel furnace in America. Trenton's history of industry, manufacturing and self-reliance is reflected in the AbOminOg Intl. model of collaboration through sweat equity, upcycling crushed iron scrap into sculpture. The essence of the artist collective's cause- to teach and facilitate artists of diverse backgrounds, age groups and skill levels in the creation of cast-metal sculptural artworks within an inspiring, supportive and sustainable setting while positively affecting the community and the art world at large- has remained the same since their inaugural iron pour in a Trenton backyard on December 31, 1999. The Old Barracks Museum is located at 101 Barracks Street, Trenton, NJ. For more information, call 609-396-1776 or visit www.barracks.org.

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Through November 2014 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
New Exhibit - The Story of the Morro Castle
Children Friendly

On Saturday, September 8, 1934, the burning hulk of the disabled luxury liner Morro Castle broke free of its towline and drifted dangerously near Convention Hall to run aground just yards off the Asbury Park beachfront.  The tragedy (at the time the worst in U.S. merchant marine history) made national headlines. It turned local lifesavers into heroes and Asbury into a sightseeing mecca for the next six months.

Eighty years later, the Township of Ocean Historical Museum, located in the Eden Woolley House at the Ocean Township Library complex on Deal Road, opens a mini-exhibit remembering  the Morro Castle.  The highlight of the September 7 opening is a dramatization of a radio interview with fictional Morro Castle survivor Ellen Van Brunt. Imagining a WCAP ("City of Asbury Park") broadcast from Convention Hall, the performance, scheduled for 1:30 pm and repeated at 3:00 pm, brings events to life.

Visit the Eden Woolley House through November to learn the full story of this tragedy. The exhibit will be up through the end of November.

The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is located in the Eden Woolley House, one of the few 18th century structures still in existence in Ocean Township and is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (1:00 - 4:00 pm), Thursday evenings (7:00 - 9:00 pm), and the first and second Sundays of each month (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm). The Museum is located at 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ. For more information, call 732-531-2136 or visit www.oceanmuseum.org.

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Through December 29, 2014 - Woodbury, Gloucester County
Be Prepared:  Scouts of Yesteryear
Children Friendly

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have been a tradition in America for over a century. The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum is presenting a remarkable exhibit with scouting artifacts from over the decades. Numerous uniforms, merit badges, equipment, manuals, and accessories from the 1930’s on are on display.  

The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and the last Sunday of the month from 2:00 - 5:00 pm. Adult admission $5; children 6-18 years $1; children under 6 free. The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum is located at 58 North Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ. For more information, call 856-848-8531 or visit www.rootsweb.com/~njgchs.

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Sundays through January 25, 2015 - Trenton, Mercer County
Form, Function and Fine: Two Hundred Years of American Ceramics

From teacups to chamber sets, New Jersey to California, the Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society presents a new exhibit, providing a sample of American ceramics from the 19th and 20th century. Redware, yellowware, spongeware, and salt glazed crocks will be displayed along with early Lenox and Trenton pottery. Roseville, Stangl, Pfaltzgraff and Homer Laughlin pieces are some of the other American ceramics featured. The exhibit will continue through January 25, 2015. Come to the table and join us on a Sunday afternoon from 1:00 - 4:00 pm to view this exhibit! The Cranbury Museum is located at 4 Park Place East, Cranbury, NJ. For more information, call 609-409-1289 or visit www.cranburyhistory.org.

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Saturdays through December 31, 2014 - Freehold, Monmouth County
Farm: Agriculture in Monmouth County 1600 - 2013 

Monmouth County Historical Association's newest exhibition, "Farm: Agriculture in Monmouth County 1600-2013," is open to the public at the museum in Freehold and will be on display through December 31, 2014. The history of agriculture and farming in Monmouth County has long roots deep in the past, as does New Jersey itself, from earliest days of pre-European settlement, when Lenape Indians harvested corn, squash, and beans to the modern reintroduction  of organic agricultural practices.

Monmouth County Historical Association's exhibition, "Farm: Agriculture in Monmouth County 1660 - 2013," explores and celebrates Monmouth County's vibrant agricultural past, present, and future. The exhibit examines the means by which Monmouth men and women worked with their surroundings to feed themselves, their families, the community, and the rest of America as well. Through artifacts, diaries, letters, maps, paintings, prints, and photographs, Farm will bring Monmouth's rich agricultural history alive. Visitors will appreciate the innovation and diversity of Monmouth farmers, horticulturalists, gardeners, and livestock breeders who overcame challenges and secured the county's reputation as a source of high-quality produce and livestock for more than two hundred years.

The Monmouth County Historical Association's museum is located at 70 Court Street, Freehold NJ. Regular admission to the museum is $5 and $2.50 for students and seniors. Admission is free for members. Museum hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 732-462-1466 or visit www.monmouthhistory.org.     

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Through February 13, 2015 - Madison, Morris County
The American Revolution in New Jersey
Children Friendly

New Jersey spent much of the American Revolution as a theater of war. A new exhibit at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, "The American Revolution in New Jersey: Where the Battlefront Meets the Homefront," explores the rarely told story of New Jersey's farmers, women, and tradesmen and their actions during the war. Topics discussed include the local civil wars that erupted between revolutionaries and loyalists, the multiple roles that women took on as their men went off to war, and how civilian life was affected by the regular presence of troops. The exhibit will be open until February 13, 2015. 

Regular Museum admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, students & children (ages 6 and older), and free for members and children under 6. Family maximum admission $13.00. The Museum is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street in Madison, NJ just two blocks from the Madison train station. For more information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit www.metc.org.

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Through March 29, 2015 - Princeton, Mercer County
Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726-1860

This landmark exhibition will be the first to focus on the important contribution of New Jersey in the creation of schoolgirl needlework in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. With over 150 works on view, this exhibition will undertake the first survey of schoolgirl needlework completed in the state or by New Jersey girls prior to 1860. This exhibition and accompanying catalogue will create a lasting record of the best known examples. As part of the museum’s mission to showcase the cultural heritage of the Garden State, the curators will bring new light to the needlework done in New Jersey during this important period of American history.

Organized geographically, the exhibition will feature works from every region of the state. Although many elaborate and important examples of New Jersey needlework will be featured in the exhibition, the curators have also included more modest examples that highlight other aspects of the educational environment, social class and familial situation experienced by young girls in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In some cases, the exhibit will reunite, for the first time, needlework created by the same girl; sisters; cousins; schoolmates and other close relations.

The exhibition will feature loans from across the country including needlework completed in every New Jersey County (accounting for the numerous re-organizations of New Jersey counties in the nineteenth century). In presenting examples from every part of the state, the exhibition will distill the educational environment that existed in New Jersey from Cape May to Sussex. The exhibition will also compile an accurate picture of girls academies and the instructresses who taught at them.

The exhibition will occupy 1,709 square feet in five galleries within the second floor of the Morven mansion. This exhibition also coincides with the 350th anniversary of New Jersey and extensive state-wide celebration and programming.

The title of the exhibition is borrowed from a needlework stitched by Trenton-born Anne Rickey (1783-1846) “Hail Specimen of Female Art” was stitched onto her sampler in 1798. Anne Rickey was the daughter of Quaker merchant, John Rickey (1751-1829) and his wife Amey Olden (1757-1849).

Morven Museum and Garden is located at 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ. For more information, call 609-924-8144 or visit www.morven.org.

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1st and 2nd Sundays through June 2015 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
The History of Houses and the Things That Make Them Home

Since prehistoric times, where we live has been about much more than shelter (think of those cave paintings). A new exhibit explores just how our human instinct to nest has played out in the structures we inhabit and the stuff we put in them. "The History of Houses and the Things that Make Them Home" is on display in the Richmond Gallery of the Eden Woolley House / Township of Ocean Historical Museum.

The exhibit examines the influences on the design and content of the American home - from the traditions early settlers brought with them, to the availability of materials, to the transforming power of technology. It takes guests on a virtual house tour, revealing room by room how things have changed and how those changes have shaped our lives.

What is home? It's where the heart is and there's no place like it. Beyond shelter, our homes express our tastes, values, and social status. Our neighborhoods abound with homes that illustrate the point, and the new exhibit asks us to see our familiar surroundings in a new light. It reveals the lineage of familiar house styles--colonial, neoclassical, Victorian, and modern, for example. It explains that the colonists of the new world built houses in the style of the old. That the founding fathers, all men of the Enlightenment, adapted the designs of Greeks and Romans whose rationality they admired. That the clutter and ornamentation of the Victorians expressed their fascination with goods made possible by the Industrial Revolution and made available by the railroads. And that twentieth century architects rejected Victorian fussiness in favor of designs that challenged old assumptions and took advantage of new technologies and building techniques.

House design is just the beginning. The exhibit takes us inside, room by room. For all but the rich, our earliest homes were one-room dwellings. The very concept of a single-purpose room (living, dining, bathing, etc.) is relatively new. And even in early multiple-room houses, people moved from room to room more in pursuit of sunlight and warmth than specific activity. In effect, all rooms were "living rooms."

Revolutionary new technologies - indoor plumbing, central heating, and electric light, in particular - made room specialization practical. The bathroom, bedchamber, dining room, library, and parlor emerged as distinct spaces in ways that both reflect and influence life style.

Take the living room (aka parlor, drawing room, sitting room, and salon). It has come full circle. As parlor, it was a room often reserved to receive visitors. In time, it became the place where the family "withdrew" to gather around the piano - later the radio and then television. Today, the "great room" has assumed that role and in many homes, the living room is again a more formal space reserved for entertaining guests.

The exhibit makes that case that every house has a story, every room has a history. "The History of Houses and the Things that Make Them Home" will be up through June 2015. The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (1:00 - 4:00 pm), Thursday evenings (7:00 - 9:00 pm) and the first and second Sundays of each month (1:00 - 4:00 pm). The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is located at 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ. For more information, please call 732-531-2136 or visit www.oceanmuseum.org.

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Through June 2015 - Morristown, Monmouth County
The Civil War through the Eyes of Thomas Nast


Before radio, TV, or the Internet, there was political cartoonist Thomas Nast. Nast illustrated battles, Union and Confederate troop movements, and their activities throughout the Civil War. He also captured the poignancy of those back home, who worried about their family members in combat. Nast covered both the home and battle fronts; his work was the main source of information about the war for many people. His illustrations in publications like "Harper's Weekly" brought the information about what was happening into the homes of the American public, the way mass media does today. Like all media agents, he not only depicted what was happening by reporting on the events taking place, but also created propaganda by trying to stir emotions and support for the Union side. Mounted to commemorate the final year of the Civil War Sesquicentennial (2011-2015), this second floor exhibit will include a number of these stirring images. "The Civil War through the Eyes of Thomas Nast" opens September 7, 2014­ and will be on exhibit through 2015.

Thomas Nast (1840-1902) is one of the most recognized names in the world of political cartoons.  Often called the father of American political cartooning, Nast's images remain popular today.  His well-known depictions of the Democratic donkey and Republican elephant, conceived more than 100 years ago, continue to represent both parties.  Uncle Sam and Columbia, two of his favorite figures to draw, are still recognized as symbols for the United States of America.  His spirit lives on through his iconic representations of Santa Claus. The classic images which Nast popularized of the jolly old elf still appear on a variety of surfaces each year during the holiday season, and Nast's Civil War images of battlefront and home front were powerful tools for bringing the war into people's homes.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum preserves the history of the Macculloch-Miller families, the Morris area community, and the legacy of its founder W. Parsons Todd through its historic site, collections, exhibits, and educational and cultural programs. The Museum is open for house and exhibit tours on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The last tour leaves at 3:00 pm. Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 - 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are free. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-538-2404 ext. 10 or visit www.maccullochhall.org.

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Some event listings courtesy of the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey