Friday, May 3, 2013

Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/4/13 - 5/5/13


WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Friday - Sunday, May 3 - 5 - Princeton, Mercer County
Morven in May

Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton presents Morven in May: A Celebration of Art, Craft and Garden on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. One of New Jersey's most anticipated spring rituals, Morven in May welcomes a select group of twenty professional artists and artisans from throughout the northeast region of the U.S.  Art mediums include glass, ceramics, decorative and wearable fiber, mixed media, jewelry, furniture and fine art. Along with an array of beautifully crafted art objects displayed in gallery-style booths, under a grand tent on the museum's Great Lawn, Morven will offer for sale a distinct collection of heirloom perennials and unique annuals.

The weekend-long event kicks-off on Friday with an early-evening preview garden party from 6:30 - 9:00 pm. The show then opens to the public for two days of art and garden treasure hunting.  All proceeds from Morven in May help fund the museum's collections and exhibitions, historic gardens, and educational programs.

Artist and book publisher, Wendy Hollander, will be the special guest speaker at this year's Morven in May. On Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm, Ms. Hollander will present a program about delicious and nutrient-packed foods that grow rampant in fields, forests, and backyards. Her three-year foraging adventure has taken Wendy from field to forest, to the drawing studio, and into the kitchen. Wendy Hollander is the illustrator and co-author of Foraging and Feasting, a combination field guide and cookbook scheduled to be published in June, 2013. The program is free with art show admission.

Sponsors for this year's Morven in May include, Rago Arts and Auction Center; Callaway Henderson Sotheby's International Realty; PNC Wealth Management; Saul Ewing, LLC; Biltmore Capital Advisors; PrincetonScoop; Munich RE; Masterminds Agency; Contemporary Graphics; and Jack Morton Exhibits.

Preview Garden Party tickets are available by calling the museum at 609-924-8144 x 113. Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday public sale hours are available at the door and are $10 per person, $8 for Friends of Morven (no ticket necessary for plant sale). www.morven.org

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Saturday, May 4 - Somerset County
Bus Tour

Join the Heritage Trail Association as they visit the home and laboratory of the man  called the Wizard of Menlo Park - Thomas Alva Edison. As a young unknown inventor, Edison moved to the tiny village of Menlo Park in 1876 and in the space of six years patented about 400 inventions that revolutionized the world, as well as the process of inventing.

The first stop will be at Edison's West Orange laboratory complex and it will include a visit to Edison's mansion - Glenmont. On the return trip, the tour will visit Grover Cleveland's birthplace and museum in Caldwell, NJ. There is no entrance fee at the Grover Cleveland site.

The bus tour is scheduled to leave the Van Horne House in Bridgewater at 9:00 am and return at 3:00 pm. The tour is $20 per person, which includes only transportation. The entrance fee at the Edison laboratory is $7.00 for adults over 16. Audio tour device rental, which is highly recommended, is an additional $5.00.

For seniors with an Interagency Senior Pass (Formerly called: Golden Age Passport), there is no entrance fee and the audio tour device is $2.50. A senior with a pass can admit three additional people for free. The price of the lifetime Interagency Senior Pass is $10 and may be purchase at the site on the day of the tour. The lifetime pass is valid for entrance fees at all other National Parks. 

Lunch is not included, so plan to bring a snack.  Advanced reservations are required.  Call 732-356-8856 for reservations or sign up at www.heritagetrail.org. The tour start from the Van Horne House , 941 East Main Street, Bridgewater (across from Patriots Ballpark). Parking behind the Van Horne house is limited, but free parking is available behind the Target store at the southeast corner of the lot adjacent to the back of the house.

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Saturday, May 4 - River Edge, Bergen County
Steenrapie Encampment Lecture/Tour

Join Todd Braisted, a past-president of the Bergen County Historical Society as he examines over five years of conflict in the heart of Bergen County on Saturday. New Bridge was the scene of numerous battles, skirmishes and encampments throughout the American Revolution, some of the most fought-over real estate of the war. This year’s tour will center around the 1780 Steenrapie Encampment, when George Washington and 13,000 to 14,000 of his men set up camp at and near New Bridge, in hopeful preparation of an attack on New York City that could end the war!

Meet at the Steuben House. Tour ends at the Campbell-Christie House for refreshments and gift shop. Rain or shine. Donation: $7 adult, $5 children, BCHS members free. New Bridge Landing is located at 1201-1209 Main Street River Edge, NJ. www.bergencountyhistory.org

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Saturday, May 4 - Newton, Sussex County
Day of History

Sussex County's annual Day of History will be held from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm on Saturday in the gymnasium at Sussex County Community College (SCCC), 1 College Hill Road Newton, NJ.

In observance of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, this year’s event, co-sponsored by Sussex County Historical Society, the New Jersey Herald and SCCC, focuses on life in Sussex County during the Civil War years (1861 to 1865). Over 20 history exhibitors will tell the story of their community during these years. Re-enactors from the 27th and 15th New Jersey Veteran Volunteers will set up camp outside of the main entrance to the college gymnasium. The Third New Jersey Veteran Volunteers will have a display table inside the gym with information about their unit’s history. At both locations army recruiters will be on the look-out for people to sign up for wartime service. Musician Bucky Dent will play music of this time period.

Ron Mishkin, Sterling Hill Mining Museum, was an underground miner in Franklin Mine and will give a presentation focusing on the history and dangerous environments in metal and coal mines. Ruth Walker, of the Vernon Township Historical Society, will give a presentation about the Black Creek archaeological site, which had been at the center of controversy for several years, and is now a protected site with a rich history.

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Saturday, May 4 - Morristown, Morris County
Derby Day at Acorn Hall

Join the Morris County Historical Society for a day of 'Hats, Horses, and Mint Juleps' as they celebrate the lives of 19th-century suburban working horses and the Victorian roots of the Kentucky Derby in its first 'Derby Day!' The day will feature pony rides, a petting pony, an exhibit focused around the lives of 19th-century horses in Morristown in the Carriage House, crafts, traditional derby-day fare, stick horse races, door prizes, a 'Parade of Hats' exhibit in Acorn Hall, and special themed items available in the gift shop. Admission for the day is $10 Adults/Seniors, $7 Students, and Free for Children under 12. There may be additional costs for specific activities. Acorn Hall, the headquarters of the Morris County Historical Society, is an 1853 house remodeled in the Italianate Villa style in 1860. Widely recognized for its authenticity, Acorn Hall is open regularly on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and is located at 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For directions or additional information call 973-267-3465 or visit www.acornhall.org

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Saturday - Sunday, May 4 - 5 - Matawan, Monmouth County
Burrowes Mansion Tours and Plant Sale

The Matawan Historical Society will be participating in the countywide historical tour weekend sponsored by the Monmouth County Historical Commission on Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm.  Free guided tours of the Burrowes Mansion, located at 94 Main Street, Matawan, NJ will be conducted on both days and light refreshments will be served. In addition, the Society will be hosting a "Plant Sale" with all proceeds going toward the restoration of the exterior of the Burrowes Mansion. The Georgian-style mansion, built in 1723, was prominently featured in a skirmish during the Revolutionary War when a company of New Jersey Royal Volunteers attempted to capture Major John Burrowes, Jr., who was able to escape through a back window. To learn more about this event or to lend your support call 732-492-6069 or e-mail ms23689@aol.com.

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Saturday - Sunday, May 4 - 5 - Monmouth County
Weekend in Old Monmouth

The Monmouth County Historical Commission's annual self-guided tour of historic sites and museums will be held on its usual first weekend in May, this year Saturday, May 4 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday, May 5 from 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m. Historic sites and museums of every description are featured on the tour. Five sites are new this year, including the Red Bank Woman's Club, the Roosevelt Historic District, the Old Yellow Meeting House, the oldest house of worship structure in the county, the Keyport Fire Museum and Education Center, the only fire museum in Monmouth County and the spectacular National Historic Landmark Woodrow Wilson Hall at Monmouth University, the former second Shadow Lawn mansion. All admission fees are waived for the weekend. The free tour book may be picked-up at the participating sites or previewed at http://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?id=3464.

The reopened National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey in Sea Girt is a featured attraction on the tour. Their main gallery has been completely redone since Hurricane Sandy and tells the story of New Jersey's military, from colonial times to the present, in a chronological manner, using uniformed mannequins, small arms, and artifacts.

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Saturday - Sunday, May 4 - 5 - Parsippany, Morris County
Reenactment at the Livingston Benedict House

Each year in the spring a living history event is presented at the 250 year old Livingston Benedict House on Old Parsippany Road. This year’s event will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 - 5:00 pm each day.

Thirty-seven years after the American Revolution, the United States was divided about declaring war. The War of 1812, two hundred years ago now, was supposed to be “over in two weeks”, and it was said our armies would be greeted as “liberators” of Canada. After two and a half years of fighting, the burning of Washington, DC, and the Battle of New Orleans, the war ended inconclusively, but with US control of lands west of the Mississippi and the end of Native American dreams of their own independent country.

Interesting stories linking Parsippany and Troy to this war will be presented. The house will be open for tours, and costumed volunteers will present stories of people who lived in Parsippany two hundred years ago. The kitchen will feature hearth cooking. The barn will be open as well and there will be demonstrations of old-time crafts and children’s activities.

Governor William Livingston and his family lived in the house during the Revolutionary War, and it has been owned by members of the Benedict family since 1857. For more information, call 973-887-2455. To find the Livingston Benedict House, look for Governor Livingston Park on Parsippany Road. From Route 46 or Route 202, turn right at the light and go down the dead end road. From Lake Parsippany, turn left.

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Sunday, May 5 - Trenton, Mercer County
Riverview Cemetery: Out and About the City of Trenton

"Riverview Cemetery: Out and About the City of Trenton" will visit the gravesites of notable Trenton residents who championed the efforts behind many of its monuments, historic sites, and oldest municipal parks. These include the Abbott Farm, Broad Street Bank, Cadwalader Park, Mercer County Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Old Barracks, Roebling Monument, Trent House, Trenton Battle Monument, Trenton Country Club, Washington Monument, and even the "shaky bridge."

The tour will begin at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion at 2:00 pm for a brief orientation and then leave by car to Riverview Cemetery. The walking tour will cover about one mile and participants are reminded to wear comfortable shoes. General admission is $10 at the door and free for members of the Trenton Museum Society

Richard A. Sauers is cemetery historian at Riverview Cemetery. He has presented his research, which reflects interests in the histories of monument companies, "white bronze" grave markers, and the memorialization of victims of accidents and disasters, to the American Culture Association, Association for Gravestone Studies, Far-West Popular/American Culture Association, Folklore Studies Association of Canada, and Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association. He is currently co-chair of the Death in American Culture area of the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association, and a member of the Cemeteries and Gravemarkers area of the American Culture Association, Potteries of Trenton Society, and Trenton Museum Society. For more information, contact the Trenton Museum Society at 609-989-1191 or tms@ellarslie.org. www.ellarslie.org  

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Sunday, May 5 - Moorestown, Burlington County
Historic Walking Tours

The Moorestown Improvement Association is hosting a Historic Walking Tour Series on Sunday at 1:00 pm on East Main Street. Rain date is May 19. The guided walk will begin and end on the corner of Zelley and Main Streets.

The walk will highlight historic sections of Main Street starting with the first water tower in Moorestown and leading out of town. The tour features more than 200 years of history. Discover hidden gems, hear stories about how Moorestown grew. The tour will highlight buildings architecture and contributions to the town over the years. The tour is approximately 90 minutes long. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle.

Tour fees will be collected the day of the event. For members the ticket fee is $5, $15 for nonmembers and 2013 membership. Moorestown Improvement Association family membership and the tour is $20. To preregister for the event email your name and phone number to miatour@bunnarch.com.
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Sunday, May 5 - Montclair, Essex County
Historic House Tours

Step back through 200 years of American history at Montclair's historic properties. While at the Orange Road site (108 Orange Road, Montclair), visit their chickens on the farm and watch Carolina Capehart cook over the open hearth. At the North Mountain site (30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair), take a look at the decoration changes the Montclair Historical Society made to better reflect how the Shultz family lived. Both sites are open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission: $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! Call 973-744-1796 for information or email mail@montclairhistorical.org. www.montclairhistorical.org.

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Sunday, May 5 - Maywood, Bergen County
Historic Train Station Open House


The Maywood Station Museum located at 269 Maywood Avenue, Maywood, NJ will be open on Sunday from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm.

The Maywood Station Historical Committee preserved the 1872 New York, Susquehanna & Western (NYS&W) railroad station in Maywood and operates it as a museum with a mission to preserve the railroad and cultural heritage of Maywood through restoration and preservation, historical awareness, archiving and interpretation, museum open houses, meetings and special events. For more information visit www.maywoodstation.com.

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Sunday, May 5 - Bedminster, Somerset County
Pluckemin Cantonment Presentation

The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House invite the public to a presentation on the Pluckemin Cantonment and a preview of the Digital Virtual Cantonment on Sunday at 1:00 pm at the Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum in Bedminster, NJ. Professors and students from Washington College will showcase an interpretive project using the latest digital technology to tell the fascinating story about Somerset County's central role in the American Revolution. Stewart Bruce, historical geographer and Geographic Information Systems Program Coordinator, and Dr. John Seidel, Director, Center for the Environment & Society and lead archaeologist on the Pluckemin Archaeological Project will present a 3D visualization of the Pluckemin Artillery Cantonment, site of the Continental Artillery's 1778-79 winter quarters and America's first military training academy. 

General Henry Knox commanded the Pluckemin Cantonment, which is considered by historians to be America's first military training academy, during his stay at the Jacobus Vanderveer House during the Revolutionary War in 1778-79. The Cantonment was located where the Hills of Bedminster residential community is sited today. Created and narrated by scholars and students from the Center for Environment and Society at Washington College using archaeological data, historical records and sophisticated mapping software, the 3D visualization shows buildings that once existed (officers' quarters, soldiers' quarters, blacksmith's shop, tin smith's shop, etc.) as well as tools and daily activities of life on this site. The presenters will describe the development of the preliminary virtual replica of the Cantonment as well as plans for a more detailed 3D visualization, which would serve as the centerpiece for interpreting one of America's most significant lost Revolutionary War treasures.

The presentation is intended for audiences 14 and up. There is no charge for admission, but registration is requested by calling 908-212-7000, ext. 404. The Jacobus Vanderveer House will be open until 4:00 pm on Sunday for tours. For more information and a sneak peek at how history meets high-tech in telling the story of Pluckemin's long lost military academy,  visit www.jvanderveerhouse.com.

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Sunday, May 5 - Morristown, Morris County
Post-Baroque Music

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is delighted to welcome back family descendent Adriane Post to perform "Post-Baroque: The early string quartets of Haydn, Beethoven and Boccherini" with the Diderot String Quartet on Sunday at 4:30 pm. Ms. Post is the great-granddaughter of Dorothea Miller Post, who was the last family member to live at Macculloch Hall. Dorothea was born at the family home in 1878 and lived there until she died in 1947. Adriane Post performs on the violin that Dolly, as Dorothea was known, received as a gift from her brother. The 18th-century violin was thought to be one of the best he could find for her in New York at the time. The instrument appeared in many chamber music parties and performances at Macculloch Hall. Passed down through the Post family, Adriane now uses this violin as a baroque instrument, as it would have been used during the early part of its life, before her great grandmother updated it for "modern" use.

Adriane Post can be heard across the US with ensembles such as Apollo's Fire, Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society, Washington National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, and as co-concertmaster and soloist with New Trinity Baroque. Adriane received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin Conservatory, and her Master of Music as part of the inaugural class of Juilliard's Historical Performance program. For her performance at Macculloch Hall, Adriane will perform with her group, The Diderot String Quartet, highlighting repertoire of the early string quartet, a new musical genre expanded in the classical period (1750-1820). The group will perform three quartets spanning the Galante and Viennese Classical styles, culminating in the dramatic genius of young Beethoven.

This performance will take place in conjunction with the current exhibit in the main gallery at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum  entitled "A Fine Collection: Treasures from the Vault," showcasing vivid examples of the antique Oriental rug collection, complemented by textbook examples of fine porcelain, silver, glass and furniture collected by Museum founder, W. Parsons Todd.  "A Fine Collection" has a perimeter layout in the first floor gallery which leaves the center of the room open for a series of speakers and musical programming. Tickets for Sunday's program will go on sale at 1:00 pm on Sunday. No advance sales. A separate ticket ($12) is required for the musical program; discounted ($10) for members, seniors, students and those who purchased a Museum tour ticket that afternoon. House tours (regular admission applies) take place throughout the afternoon. The last tour leaves at 3:00 pm. On program days, the upstairs galleries will remain open until 4:30 pm, but the "A Fine Collection" exhibit will close at 3:00 pm in preparation for the program.

For more information, call 973-538-2404 ext. 10, or visit www.maccullochhall.org. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960.

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Sunday, May 5 - Jefferson Township, Morris County
Open House

The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlin House, will have an open house on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Costumed docents will give tours of the museum. Admission is free. The theme this month will be to invite new members to join the Historical Society, take a tour of the Museum, shop in Miss Elizabeth's Shoppe, and have refreshments. This month's exhibit features vintage accessories such as hats, gloves, artificial floral corsages, feathers, shoes, scarves, fans, etc.  The Museum gardens will be beginning to bloom for your enjoyment.

The Jefferson Township Museum is located at 315 Dover-Milton Road, Jefferson, NJ. Visit Miss Elizabeth's Shoppe located in the original kitchen of the museum, where small antiques, collectibles, handmade, handcrafted and seasonal items will be offered for sale. For further information, visit www.jthistoricalsociety.org

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Sunday, May 5 - Lambertville, Hunterdon County
Opening Weekend at the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead

Sunday is Opening Day for the 2013 season at the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum, 1605 Daniel Bray Highway (Route 29), Lambertville, NJ. All members and guests are encouraged to come and see what has been accomplished in the farm shop and the 1711 House. They have several new items on display: a milk bottling machine, large flour/dough/bread box, and lantern display. The farmstead plans to bring ALL the TRACTORS out and have them driven around for all to see. This year they have one additional tractor that has been added to their collection, a Farmall 300 donated by Fred Rynerson. The open house will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Free admission. Anyone with an antique tractor or car is encouraged to bring it for everyone's enjoyment. There will be a Good Old Fashioned Social Time at 3 o'clock. If you like, bring a dessert to share. The Farmstead will supply beverages and hand-cranked ice cream. For more information, call 609-397-2752 or visit www.holcombe-jimison.org.

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Sunday, May 5 - Montgomery, Somerset County
May in Montgomery

May in Montgomery is the Van Harlingen Historical Society's annual fundraiser and celebration of the area's heritage and the arrival of spring. On Sunday, the society will host "Spring at the 1752 Gulick House" from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at 506 Route 601, at the corner of Dutchtown-Harlingen Road. VHHS members are excited to show off the new cedar-shake roof at the 260-year old stone Dutch farmhouse, thanks to the financial assistance from the 1772 Foundation Grant Program, administered by the NJ Historic Trust. Visitors will enjoy the peaceful grounds, refreshed landscaping, and the newly reorganized archives of historic maps, journals, genealogy, photos and local artifacts. Bring school-aged children as well to learn a bit about Montgomery's rich Dutch and Colonial past. Refreshments will be served. For more information, e-mail info@vanharlingen.orgwww.vanharlingen.org

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Sunday, May 5 - Washington Township, Morris County
275 Years of Music in the Valley

The Middle Valley Community Center and the Washington Township Historical Society will host the May event for Washington Township's 275th Anniversary.  "275 years of Music in the Valley" will be an entertaining musical journey from the earliest hymn to songs actually performed in the Long Valley Inn. This concert will include samples from 1738 through today. Performances by Andy and David Goessling, Evan Lane and others will lead the audience on an interesting and humorous musical tour of Long Valley as heard through the ears of musicians. The program will be held on Sunday at 3:00 pm at the lovely and historic Middle Valley Community Center (also known as The Chapel) which is located at the corner of Route 513 (West Mill Road)  and Middle Valley Road. Parking is available in a lot just past the Community Center and will be marked. In lieu of tickets, donations for the MVCC will be accepted at the door. Donations are used for restoration for the building and events held at The Chapel. 

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Sunday, May 5 - Morristown, Morris County
The East Indies in the American Revolution


Celebrate Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month and find out about the role of Asia and the islands of the Pacific in the American Revolution as you encounter one of Washington’s aides on a Ford Mansion tour. Learn about the China Trade, war in India and the ongoing exploration of the Pacific by Captain Cook. Programs will be held at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm at the Ford Mansion within Morristown National Historical Park. Cost: $4.00 per adult. 

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Sunday, May 5 - Bridgeton, Cumberland County
Boardwalk Empire Presentation

Save the Library! is delighted to invite the public to an illustrated presentation by Nelson Johnson at 4:00 pm on Sunday at the Bridgeton Free Public Library, 150 East Commerce Street, Bridgeton, NJ. Mr. Johnson is a historian and author of "Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City," the book that inspired the popular HBO series. "Commodore" Kuehnle and Nucky Johnson are just two of the colorful real-life characters Mr. Johnson came to know through his research, and he will share stories and insights into South Jersey's most boisterous city.

In addition, Mr. Johnson will discuss some of the themes in his more recent book, "The Northside: African Americans and the Creation of Atlantic City." Atlantic City could never have developed into the foremost resort in America without the African-American population that made it all possible. In return, the city provided opportunities for the talented and the ambitious, but even in "The World's Playground," life was challenging when the seasonal nature of most jobs led to "three months of hurry and nine months of worry." Despite the hardships encountered, Atlantic City became an African-American cultural center that in some aspects rivaled Harlem.

The presentation will be followed by a reception and a book signing; both of Mr. Johnson's books will be available for purchase. Tickets are $15, and all proceeds will go towards Save the Library!'s fund to support the library's changeover to the new computer system. Tickets are available at the library and at Gallery 50, and both Mr. Johnson's books are in circulation at the library.

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Sunday, May 5 - Paterson, Passaic County
The Sweet Sixteens of Classical Music

Lambert Castle will be the setting for “The Sweet Sixteens of Classical Music” concert on Sunday at 7:00 pm. The concert will feature a trio of young and highly talented performers on cello, violin and harp joined at times by soprano vocalist, saxophone and piano. The music will feature pieces by Bach, Mozart, Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Leonard Bernstein, Mark Summer, Eugene McBride...and more. Lambert Castle is located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson, NJ.
Tickets will be $15 at door and all proceeds will entirely benefit the Lambert Castle. www.lambertcastle.org

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Through June 30, 2014 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
Got Work? Exhibit

View the exhibit "Got Work? New Deal/WPA in New Jersey" at the 1741 Cornelius Low House Museum in Piscataway. The museum is open Tuesday - Friday, 8:30 - 4:00 pm and Sunday afternoons from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The exhibit will run through June 30, 2014.

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

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Sunday, May 5 - Westfield, Union County
Mother's Day Floral Craft for Children

Mother’s Day and flowers – a perfect combination! On Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, the museum will present “Mother’s Day Floral Craft for Children.” Children can make a colorful bouquet of festive tissue paper flowers and a Mother’s Day card for that special someone, as well as listen to storytelling. Tours and open hearth cooking demonstrations are included.

The museum’s gift shop will be open, offering a variety of colonial toys, crafts, books and educational materials. Admission: Adults/Children age 13 and older: $3.00; Children age 3 to 12: $2.00; Under age 3: free. The Miller-Cory House Museum is located at 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield. For more information, call 908-232-1776 or visit www.millercoryhouse.org

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Sundays through July 28, 2013 - Cranbury, Middlesex County
Wedding Display

The Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society's temporary exhibit entitled "The Look of Love - Bridal Fashions of the Twentieth Century" features wedding gowns, dresses and accessories from 1901 though the 1990s. A large collection of photographs, cards, wedding gifts, and assorted ephemera that span the century will also be on display. The Cranbury Museum is located at 4 Park Place East, Cranbury. www.cranburyhistory.org

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

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