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Friday, February 27, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 2/28/15 - 3/1/15

NJ WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, February 28 - Morristown, Morris County
Meet the Local Author: James Gigantino

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 2/27/15 - 3/1/15

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dinner and a Lighthouse: Concord Point, Maryland

Dinner and a Lighthouse: Concord Point, Maryland

In July 2014, Mr. History Girl and I were driving back to New Jersey from our summer trip which included visits to Historic Jamestowne, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Mount Vernon, the Pope-Leighey House, and a few other sites. One last unexpected stop came mere hours before crossing the border back to New Jersey in Havre de Grace, Maryland. In what was just a normal stop at a diner for dinner turned into dinner and a lighthouse! Driving into town, Mr. History Girl saw signs for a lighthouse. He is a huge fan of lighthouses and since were were in the neighborhood, he said we might as well take the opportunity before us and at least stop by. So always up for visiting a new site, I agreed!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Donation to Federici Conservation Project - Passaic County Historical Society

Donation to Federici Conservation Project
Passaic County Historical Society

The Passaic County Historical Society is happy to announce that it is a step closer to achieving the goal of restoring its collection of original works by Paterson sculptor Gaetano Federici. At an assembly held at the Academy of Health Science (HARP) on February 11, 2015 Paterson art teacher Kathy Benevento made a donation to the project in the name of her (HARP) students. Benevento’s contribution will be used in conjunction with funds provided by the Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College (through a general operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State) to restore two small statuettes of Federici’s Nathan Barnert.

Teacher Kathy Benevento (right), with curator Heather Garside  (center) and one of Benevento's students, Mahmoud Hammad. Photograph courtesy of the Passaic County Historical Society.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Organization of the Week: The Friends of Concord Point Lighthouse

Every Monday, I highlight a non-profit related to history or the arts, a historical society, preservation group or friends group whose main objective is to promote the historical and artistic history of New Jersey and beyond.

This week, I am featuring The Friends of Concord Point Lighthouse. Founded in 1979, the organization dedicated itself to the preservation and promotion of the historic Concord Point Lighthouse and Keeper's Dwelling in Havre de Grace, Maryland. The lighthouse had been decommissioned in 1977 and given to the city of Havre de Grace. It fell into disrepair and was subject to vandalism and theft prior to the organization taking over. Since 1979, the Friends have worked to restore and maintain the lighthouse, the surrounding grounds, and the two-story keeper's dwelling across the street. The restored keeper's dwelling houses exhibits and meeting/office space for the organization which opens the lighthouse seasonally from April through October.

The Friends of Concord Point Lighthouse rely on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs and special events hosted by the Friends of Concord Point Lighthouse or to become a member or volunteer, please call 410-939-3213 or visit www.concordpointlighthouse.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, February 20, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 2/21/15 - 2/22/15

NJ WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, February 21 - Erma (Lower Township), Cape May County
Forgotten Warriors Vietnam Museum
Children Friendly

Join the Friends of the World War II Lookout Tower on Saturday at 12:00 noon for a guided tour of the Forgotten Warriors Vietnam Museum on Forrestal Road at the Cape May Airport, Erma (Lower Township), NJ.

Museum staff will give a tour of the museum, weather permitting. Rain/snow date is Saturday, February 28. Parking is available at the airport and admission is free. Adults are asked to bring a young person with them so the group can advance one of its primary goals, which is developing in the younger generation an understanding and appreciation of not only Cape May's important role in World War II, but of the traits of patriotism, loyalty, and self-sacrifice so characteristic of the people of these war years.

The World War II Lookout Tower (Fire Control Tower No. 23), located on Sunset Boulevard, was used for spotting enemy ships during World War II and aiming guns for nearby coastal artillery fortifications. MAC restored the tower in 2008-09 and opened it to the public in April, 2009. Family members can honor loved ones through memorial plaques mounted permanently at the site. An All Veterans Memorial was dedicated at the Tower on May 19, 2012 and is open throughout the year for quiet contemplation.

Sponsored by the Friends of the World War II Tower, an affinity group of the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). MAC is a multifaceted not-for-profit organization committed to promoting the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. For information about MAC's year-round schedule of tours, festivals, and special events call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday, February 21 - Paterson, Passaic County
Images of America: Prospect Park

Thursday, February 19, 2015

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 2/20/15 - 2/22/15

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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