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Thursday, December 14, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 12/16/17 - 12/17/17

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Friday - Saturday, December 15 - 16 - Wall Township, Monmouth County
Christmas Lantern Tour
Children Friendly Event

The weather is cold, but the scent of Christmas is in the air! Come celebrate the holidays with a stroll through Allaire's lantern lit village, and learn about Christmas in 1836! 

Music, history and a little bit of theater, the Historic Village at Allaire should be your new (or continuing) holiday tradition. Advance purchase recommended. $15.00 per person (not recommended for children under 5 as it is a walking tour and strollers are not permitted in buildings). Group rates are available to parties over 25 individuals, please call the office to book your group tour 732-919-3500.

Spaces are limited, so advanced ticket purchasing is highly recommended! Lantern tours begin at 5:00 pm and leave the visitor center every 15 minutes until 8:00 pm. This year to help keep everything moving smoothly, we are selling timed tickets to access the historic village for the Lantern Tours. Tours will still be on a first come, first serve basis. The tours take about 90 minutes to complete and are both indoor and outdoor.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park at 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. Tickets are available at the gate or can be purchased through their web site. For more information, call 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 12/15/17 - 12/17/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Diggers' Delight
South Plainfield, NJ  07080
10:00 am - 2:00 pm Friday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm Saturday

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Urban / Rural: Landscapes of Passaic by William P. Campbell (1943-1992) Exhibit at Lambert Castle

Urban / Rural: Landscapes of Passaic by William P. Campbell (1943-1992) Exhibit at Lambert Castle
December 13, 2017 through March 25, 2018

The Passaic County Historical Society would like to announce the opening of its newest exhibit Urban / Rural: Landscapes of Passaic by William P. Campbell (1943-1992). This exhibit is a career spanning retrospective, featuring the landscape paintings of local artist William P. Campbell (1943-1992). A Paterson native formally trained at Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts and the School of Fine Arts at William Paterson College, Campbell spent his life painting the landscapes of Northern New Jersey, while working as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service in Passaic.

Dundee Rail Yards, Passaic  1963. Image courtesy of the artist's family.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 12/9/17 - 12/10/17

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Every Friday - Sunday through January 7, 2018 - West Orange, Essex County
Holidays at Glenmont
Children Friendly

The sights and sounds of the season will greet visitors when they come to Thomas Edison's home in Llewellyn Park during "Holidays at Glenmont." Glenmont will be decorated much as it was while the Edison family lived there. Greenery and red poinsettias will deck the mantles above the fireplaces. Staircases will be ringed with boughs and red ribbon bows and wreaths will hang in every window. In the den, the majestic ten foot tree will be set and the presents underneath will be waiting as if the Edison children Madeleine, Theodore, and Charles, will soon come running down the stairs from their rooms - after they've checked their stockings in the upstairs living room! Family china will be displayed on the dining room table and the scene will be completed with holiday cards that were received by the family.

The Edison home, Glenmont, is located on a fifteen-acre estate in Llewellyn Park, the country's first private residential community. Built in 1880, the twenty-nine room mansion contains the original furnishings and family items used by the Edisons. The estate grounds include gardens, a greenhouse, barn, and the poured concrete garage containing the family's automobiles. Thomas and Mina Edison are buried on the grounds of the estate.

Car passes and tour tickets must be purchased at the Laboratory Complex Visitor Center at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. Admission is $10.00 and includes the Glenmont Estate and the Laboratory Complex. Children 15 and under are free. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x11 or visit www.nps.gov/edis.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 12/8/17 - 12/10/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Collector's Home
Union, NJ 07083
10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Friday & Saturday

Thursday, November 30, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 12/2/17 - 12/3/17

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Every Friday - Sunday through January 7, 2018 - West Orange, Essex County
Holidays at Glenmont
Children Friendly

The sights and sounds of the season will greet visitors when they come to Thomas Edison's home in Llewellyn Park during "Holidays at Glenmont." Glenmont will be decorated much as it was while the Edison family lived there. Greenery and red poinsettias will deck the mantles above the fireplaces. Staircases will be ringed with boughs and red ribbon bows and wreaths will hang in every window. In the den, the majestic ten foot tree will be set and the presents underneath will be waiting as if the Edison children Madeleine, Theodore, and Charles, will soon come running down the stairs from their rooms - after they've checked their stockings in the upstairs living room! Family china will be displayed on the dining room table and the scene will be completed with holiday cards that were received by the family.

The Edison home, Glenmont, is located on a fifteen-acre estate in Llewellyn Park, the country's first private residential community. Built in 1880, the twenty-nine room mansion contains the original furnishings and family items used by the Edisons. The estate grounds include gardens, a greenhouse, barn, and the poured concrete garage containing the family's automobiles. Thomas and Mina Edison are buried on the grounds of the estate.

Car passes and tour tickets must be purchased at the Laboratory Complex Visitor Center at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. Admission is $10.00 and includes the Glenmont Estate and the Laboratory Complex. Children 15 and under are free. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x11 or visit www.nps.gov/edis.

Celebrate the Holiday Season at Durand-Hedden

Celebrate the Holiday Season at Durand-Hedden
Victorian Santa visit and Gingerbread House contest 12/10/17; entries due 12/9/17

Celebrate the season at the Durand-Hedden House & Garden on December 10, 2017 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm with gingerbread houses, a paper ornament activity, treats and shopping. Gingerbread House Contestants must enter by December 9, 2017. Visit www.durandhedden.org for details and to enter. Kids, teens, families, adults and professionals are welcome. Note that we have a Little Ones category this year. Children can also visit with our Victorian Santa on the 10th – be sure to have your camera ready.

The creative entries of the 2017 Durand-Hedden Gingerbread House competition will be on display as well as on December 16 and 17 (at the Country Store) and at the Hilton Library December 19 through January 18, 2018.

Holiday shopping at the Durand-Hedden Country Store
The Country Store has special inexpensive gifts for family, friends and teachers, while benefiting the Durand-Hedden House. The historic-themed selection includes such items as early American games, books, and toys, facsimile documents, quill pens and ink, historic cookbooks, cookie molds, tin lanterns, reproductive decorative items and ceramics, local honey and Original 1910 Chocolate Fudge Sauce. Also available are the original Doors of Maplewood poster, Smile, the history of Olympic Park, and the new acid-free reproduction of the charming 1931 map of Maplewood.

About Durand-Hedden House and Garden
Durand-Hedden House is dedicated to telling the history of the development of Maplewood, New Jersey and the surrounding area in new and engaging ways. It is located in Grasmere Park at 523 Ridgewood Road in Maplewood, New Jersey. For more information, call 973-763-7712, visit www.durandhedden.org, and visit them on Facebook.


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NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 12/1/17 - 12/3/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Mahwah, NJ 07430
9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

"All Aboard…Trains!" Exhibit at the Gloucester County Historical Society Museum - Now Through March 30, 2018

All Aboard…Trains! Exhibit at the Gloucester County Historical Society Museum
Now Through March 30, 2018

All Aboard…Trains!, our new exhibit at the Gloucester County Historical Society Museum, will be a hit for the whole family! The main attraction will be the running train displays throughout the museum. Also featured will be the extensive Tyco Train collection which was once the private collection of the Tyler family, founder of Tyco. Railroad memorabilia from throughout the years will also be on display, in addition to vignettes from Victorian times to the 1950’s. The museum will be decked out for the holiday season as well.