Friday, November 9, 2012

Weekend Historical Happenings: 11/8/12 - 11/9/12

WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, November 10 - Princeton, Mercer County
Wreath Laying at Princeton Battlefield

"Follow the Revolution" to the Princeton Battlefield State Park. Meet at the Columns on Saturday at 12:00 noon. We will gather at Princeton Battlefield State Park to offer our respects to veterans of all generations and to our fallen soldiers at the Battlefield Park. A memorial wreath will symbolize our commitment to restoration of the soldiers' gravesite and to the park itself. This will be the commencement of the Princeton Battlefield Society fundraising campaign for restoring the gravesite. Additional information will be presented about the gravesite and the plan to restore it. Princeton Battlefield is located at 500 Mercer Road, Princeton, NJ 08543. For more information, call Brian at 908-295-3732.

Event Schedule:
12:00 noon - Gathering
12:15 pm - Laying the wreath 
12:30 pm - Articulation of Project Restoration Plans
1:00 pm - Tour of the park to review future plans.

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Saturday, November 10 - Madison, Morris County
Family Fun Day

Visit the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts for lots of family fun and a craft activity on Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Advance registration recommended, call 973-377-2982 x12. Regular Admission. 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 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street in Madison, just two blocks from the Madison train station. For information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit www.metc.org.

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Saturday, November 10 - Flemington, Hunterdon County
Book Talk & Signing

Celebrate the release of the new book,New Jersey's Lindbergh Kidnapping and Trial on Saturday at 2:00 pm. The day will start with a program by author James Davidson and a question and answer session at the historic Hunterdon County Courthouse, located at 75 Main Street, Flemington. Immediately following will be a book signing by the author at the Hunterdon County Historical Society, 114 Main Street, Flemington. The book is a stunning visual tour of the historic events surrounding the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh Jr., the massive police investigation led by the New Jersey State Police, and the circus-like trial and execution of Bruno Richard Hauptmann.

This event is hosted by the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission and the Hunterdon County Historical Society. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Admission is free. www.hunterdonhistory.org

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Saturday, November 10 - Princeton, Mercer County
Woodrow Wilson Centennial Walking Tour

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Woodrow Wilson's election as President of the United States with a walking tour of places in Princeton that were a part of Wilson's life as a student, faculty member and President of the University on Saturday at 2:00 pm. The tour guide will use these buildings and houses as focal points in a narrative on the influences of Wilson's early life and education that shaped his character, ambitions and goals for his time as President of the United States. $7 adults; $4 children. To register, call the Historical Society of Princeton, (609) 921-6748, x102, or e-mail eve@princetonhistory.org.

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Saturday, November 10 - Seacaucus, Hudson County
The Smith-Bennett Murder Case Book Talk

Sayreville, New Jersey author Maureen Wlodarczyk will speak about her new book "Canary in a Cage: The Smith-Bennett Murder Case," the third in her trilogy of true family stories of the 19th century on Saturday at the Secaucus Public Library at 11:00 am. 

In 1878, a Jersey City policeman is found bludgeoned and stabbed to death in his own bed, supposedly while his young wife lay beside him unaware. Suspicion immediately falls on the wife and her suspected teenage paramour. Did a twenty-something Jersey girl and farmer’s daughter turn city-girl killer? Canary in a Cage is historical fiction based on the true story of Officer Richard Harrison Smith whose wife Jenny Woolley Smith was accused of his murder, arrested and faced the hangman’s noose along with a local boy hopelessly infatuated with her. Twenty years later, Jorden Lang, a young newspaper reporter at the time of the murder, retells the story of the sensation that surrounded the killing and multiple trials and reveals a long-concealed secret confided by the accused wife during a jailhouse encounter.

Wlodarczyk writes a twice-monthly local history column, “Hudson Then...Again,” for the River View Observer of Hudson County and a quarterly genealogy related column, “History & Mystery — Perfect Together,” for the e-magazine Garden State Legacy. Her first book, “Past-Forward: AThree-Decade & Three-Thousand- Mile Journey Home,” is the story of her search for her grandmother’s ancestral Irish roots. Her second, “Young & Wicked: The Death of a Wayward Girl,” is the true story of star-crossed Irish-American lovers who both became petty criminals in the Bowery in 1893.

The Secaucus Public Library is located at 1379 Paterson Plank Road, Secaucus. Sponsored by the Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society. www.hudsoncountynjgenealogy.org

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Saturday, November 10 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Tour Paulsdale


Paulsdale is open to the public for Second Saturday Tours at 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm. Paulsdale is the birthplace of Quaker suffragist Alice Paul. Tours include a 15-minute presentation about Alice Paul's life and work and a guided tour of the first floor of the property where visitors learn about the Paul family's daily life in the house and its present day use as a girl's leadership center. Tours are $5.00

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

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Saturday - Sunday, November 10 - 11 - Cranford, Union County
Veterans' Day Display

The Cranford Historical Society will have a Veterans' Day Display to "Honor All Veterans" at the Hanson House, 38 Springfield Avenue in Cranford on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. They will have an Army truck and tank outside and inside the house there will be a display of some uniforms and artifacts from the following wars: Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I & II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Please join Cranford in honoring all the brave men and women who fought to protect our country. On Sunday only, the Crane-Phillips House Museum is located at 124 North Union Avenue in Cranford will be open from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. For further information, please call the Historical Society's office at 908-276-0082 or visit www.cranfordhistoricalsociety.org

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Saturday - Sunday, November 10 - 11  - Mullica Hill - Gloucester County
Military Memorabilia Exhibit

In honor of Veterans Day, George Armstrong will be presenting Military Memorabilia of WWI and WWII at the Harrison Township HIstorical Society's Old Town Hall Museum in Mullica Hill on Saturday, November 10, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm and  Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission is free.

The Society is also featuring a special Fall exhibition, "Digs and Discoveries."

Old Town Hall is located at S. Main St. (Rt. 77) and Woodstown Rd. (Rt. 45) in the heart of the Mullica Hill Historic District.  www.harrisonhistorical.com

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Sunday, November 11 - Absecon, Atlantic County
Lenni Lenape Presentation

Absecon Lighthouse, New Jersey's tallest, will celebrate American Indian Heritage Month with a special presentation by Lenni Lenape Indian Dick "Quiet Thunder" Gilbert on Sunday. The artifacts exhibit will be available for viewing from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm, and Mr. Gilbert's formal presentation will take place at 1:00 pm. Mr. Gilbert will present tools and methods for how Absecon Island was used by American Indians for summer hunting, fishing, trapping, and agriculture prior to European contact. Mr. Gilbert, a believer in traditional Lenni Lenape ways, will discuss the human species relationship with the land. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the origins of Absecon Island and the indigenous culture who inhabited it. "Quiet Thunder" is a full-blooded, 7th generation Lenni Lenape Indian. There is no charge for the program, as funding has been provided in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts, Department of State, administered by Atlantic County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs. Those wishing to make a donation to Absecon Lighthouse may do so at the door. Refreshments will be served. For information call 609-449-1360 or visit www.abseconlighthouse.org.

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Sunday, November 11 - Roxbury, Morris County
Silas Riggs Saltbox House Open House

On Sunday between 1:00 and 4:00 pm, the Roxbury Historical Trust will host an open house at the eighteenth century Silas Riggs Saltbox House, the historic King House and the King Store Museums. The sites are located at 213 Main Street in the Ledgewood Village section of Roxbury Township. Tours are free and historic interpreters will be on hand. For more information, call Marge at 973-584-6931 or Richard at 973-584-7903. www.roxburynewjersey.com

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Sunday, November 11 - Madison, Morris County
The Out-of-Place Child: The State's Right to Intervene in Private Affairs

Join the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts on Sunday at 2:00 pm as Diane Marano  examines the legal history of child indenture in New Jersey and the state's legal right to intervene for the 'benefit' of the child. Advance registration recommended, call 973-377-2982 x13. Regular Admission. Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, 9 Main Street, Madison, NJ 07940. www.metc.org

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Sunday, November 11 - Lyndhurst, Bergen County
New Veteran Exhibit

From a 1917 shell casing retrieved after the act of sabotage known as the "Kingsland Explosion" to a small flag that was flown at the Radwaniyah Palace Complex in Baghdad, Iraq, several artifacts are on display at the Little Red Schoolhouse Museum as the Lyndhurst Historical Society honors Americans who served our country - both on the frontlines and on the home front. The new exhibit, "Coping with Conflict: America at War," officially opens on Veterans' Day, Sunday, November 11, 2012 and continues through August 2013.
The exhibit is free and open to the public, though a donation to the society would be appreciated. The Little Red Schoolhouse Museum is open on the second and fourth Sundays of every month from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 201-804-2513, and your call will be returned.

The Lyndhurst Historical Society was established in 1984 in an effort to preserve the 1893 schoolhouse, located at 400 Riverside Avenue, on the corner of Fern Avenue, in Lyndhurst, NJ. The Historical Society is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of local historical sites and the promotion of community pride in our history and traditions. For more information about the Lyndhurst Historical Society visit www.lyndhursthistoricalsociety.org

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Sunday, November 11 - Jersey City, Hudson County
Veterans' Day Tribute

The Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery will "Honor our heroes" on Sunday at at 1:00 pm with a beautiful military and musical tribute. This is a FREE event with audience participation. The Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery is located at 435 Newark Avenue, Jersey City. Call 201-707-0738 or 973-204-9888 for more information. www.jerseycitycemetery.org

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Sunday, November 11 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
History of Film: 1890-1960

View the exhibit "Lights! Camera! Action! History of Film: 1890-1960" at the 1741 Cornelius Low House Museum in Piscataway. The museum is open Sunday afternoons from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The exhibit will run through December 31, 2012.

The Cornelius Low House, built in 1741, was the home to its namesake and is only one of two remaining buildings from historic Raritan Landing. This high-style Georgian mansion is listed on the National Register and operated by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission. Admission to the museum is FREE. The museum is located at 1225 River Road, Piscataway, NJ . For more information, visit
http://www.co.middlesex.nj.us/culturalheritage/museum1.asp

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

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