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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

12th Annual Colonial Christmas at the Jacobus Vanderveer House Offers Two Weekends of Holiday Festivities

12th Annual Colonial Christmas Offers Two Weekends of Holiday Festivities
November 29 - 30 and December 4 - 7

Holiday shoppers, history buffs and visitors of all ages can celebrate Christmas past and present, when Bedminster’s historic Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum opens its wreath-clad Dutch doors for the 12th annual Colonial Christmas show house and tour Saturday and Sunday, November 29-30 and Thursday through Sunday, December 4-7. Hours are from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm daily (see schedule below). 

“This year, there will be more merchants than ever before, offering unique and creative items for everyone on your holiday gift list both Saturdays and Sundays,” commented Sean Blinn, president of the Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House Board of Trustees.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Organization of the Week: Smithville Conservancy

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

This week, I am featuring the Smithville Conservancy. The Conservancy was founded in 1997 to support the Burlington County Freeholders in their efforts to preserve and restore the once-thriving Village of Smithville, a nineteenth century company town, and to develop the County Park at Smithville. In addition to its fund-raising activities, the Conservancy works to promote interest in Smithville as an historic, cultural, educational, and recreational center. The Board functions in cooperation with the Burlington County Parks Department, the Burlington County Division of Cultural Affairs and Tourism, and the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Their fundraising activities have included the annual Mt. Holly Grand Prix  bicycle race, the Smithville Mystery Dinner Theater, and the Commemorative Brick Fundraiser for the Smithville Visitor Center. The Conservancy was instrumental in helping attain interpretive markers and establishing the visitor center at Smithville.

The Smithville Conservancy relies on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs, special events, and exhibits hosted by the Smithville Conservancy or to become a member or volunteer, please call 609-265-5068 or visit www.smithvilleconservancy.com.

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.



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Friday, November 21, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 11/22/14 - 11/23/14

WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, November 22 - Pennsauken, Camden County
Harvest Celebration at Historic Griffith Morgan House
Children Friendly

The end of harvest and the approach of winter gives us an opportunity to celebrate the seasonal lives lived by our colonial ancestors and the measures they used to prepare for and thrive through the winter's privations! This celebration ahead of Thanksgiving also gives us all the chance to embrace the coming holiday season! The hearth at Griffith Morgan House will be warm with a cooking fire and the aromas will fill the room and the heart! A demonstration of candlemaking will help prepare for the darker days ahead. The revelry will be aided by a visit from the pirate crew of The Sea Dogs who threaten to plunder the feast but will also share lore of the high seas rogues and songs of the bounding main! A sale of fresh baked goods, provided by volunteers and friends, will offer to fill those empty spaces at the Thanksgiving table with deliciousness! Finally, this is the final chance this year to get a tour of historic Griffith Morgan House and its museum and hearken to holidays past as they echo in our historic walls! The program runs from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. The Griffith Morgan House is located at 243 Griffith Morgan Lane, Pennsauken, NJ. For more information, call 856-486-9561 or e-mail griffithmorganhouse@yahoo.com.

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Saturday, November 22 - Fort Lee, Bergen County
Annual Retreat to Victory
Children Friendly

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Weekend Estate Sales: 11/21/14 - 11/23/14

WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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In Living Color: The History of House Paints in America - November 23, 2014

In Living Color: The History of House Paints in America
A November 23 Talk at Durand-Hedden House & Garden

Calling all house-proud Maplewood residents! Need some ideas for paint colors? This profusely illustrated talk at 2:00 pm on Sunday, November 23, 2014 by preservation consultant and Columbia University Professor Janet W. Foster provides a fascinating look at the materials and colors of historic American architecture. Ms. Foster has wide experience in analysis and research on paints and other finishes used to protect and decorate the homes of Americans from the Colonial era to the early 20th century. This year she collaborated with the Board of the Durand-Hedden House to develop its current new color scheme. Learn how the paint history on this particular house provides a great starting point for examining the trends that made architecture in the past both beautiful and fashionable.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Are you Audacious?

Are you Audacious?
Written by Ellen Gullo


Are you audacious?

Let’s consider a life or death situation: which side of the American Revolution do you envision yourself on?

A patriot – a dastardly rebel, risking your life and the safety of your family on the treasonous idea of self-rule?

A loyal subject to the British crown, solemnly devoted to restore peace and order, no matter the price?

Or, would you have chosen neutrality, unable or unwilling to pick a side?

Don’t answer yet.

Monday, November 17, 2014

New Vietnam War Exhibit Now Open Aboard The Battleship New Jersey

New Vietnam War Exhibit Now Open Aboard The Battleship New Jersey

The USS New Jersey’s third commissioning service in 1968 and 1969 during the Vietnam War is distinct because she was the only active battleship in the world at that time. A new exhibit, titled "A Dreadnaught in Vietnam," highlights the exploits of the USS New Jersey during her Vietnam service.

Come explore the battleship’s historic role in Vietnam, including several objects from the personal collection of Admiral J. Edward Snyder, Jr., the battleship’s commanding officer during her Vietnam deployment. Many of these objects have never been on public display.