Friday, November 8, 2013

Weekend Historical Happenings: 11/9/13 - 11/10/13

WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Friday - Sunday, November 8 - 10 - Harding Township, Morris County
30th Annual Antiques Show and Sale

The Harding Township Historical Society is sponsoring its 30th annual Antiques Show and Sale at the Tuni-Elicks House, 16 Village Road, in New Vernon, NJ on Friday evening, Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. The Friday evening opening is a preview party and sale with historic wines and hors d'oeuvres open to the membership of the Harding Township Historical Society and to the general public from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at a suggested donation of $35. The 26 dealer show held within the historic house and adjoining tents is focused on American antiques of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries but also includes oriental rugs and a clock restoration dealer, an antique print dealer, fabrics, and antiquarian books and local history books.

Parking is free. Harding Township is just west of Morristown, using exit 33 of I-287. New Vernon is a section of Harding Township and the Tunis-Elicks is one of the oldest continuing farm houses in the community. Admission is $6.00 per adult ($5.00 with this announcement). For more information, call 973-292-3661.

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Saturday, November 9 - Lebanon Township, Hunterdon County
Cemetery Cleanup
Family Friendly

On Saturday beginning at 9:00 am, The Friends of Old Swack Church and cemetery grounds in Lebanon Township are sponsoring a cleanup of the grounds. Originally built in 1844, the church closed in 1894 and the grounds have been neglected, abandoned, and overgrown for years. Beginning in early 2013, the Friends of Old Swackhammer Church have been cleaning the grounds. This end-of-summer cleanup will involve weed whacking, raking, cutting down the tree saplings that have grown over the summer, and putting down weed killer. The Old Swackhammer Church and Cemetery is located at 108 Anthony Road, Lebanon, NJ. Please bring weed whackers, rakes, shovels, gloves, clippers, and any other tools that you think may be helpful in clearing the grounds. Tell your friends and family about this opportunity to preserve a New Jersey historic site!

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Saturday, November 9 - Glassboro, Gloucester County
Open House and Guest Speaker

The Heritage Glass Museum in Glassboro, NJ will be open on Saturday from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Guest speaker Paul Stankard will give a presentation entitled "A Fifty Year Love Affair with South Jersey Glass Tradition" at 1:00 pm. The Heritage Glass Museum is located at 25 East High Street, Glassboro, NJ. For more information, call 856-881-7468 or visit www.heritageglassmuseum.com.

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Saturday, November 9 - Morristown, Morris County
Soldier's Knapsack
Children Friendly

Have you always wondered what types of things soldiers carried throughout the war? Join a Park Ranger at the Wick House to discover what would have been inside a soldier's  knapsack. Program runs continuously from 1:30 - 4:00 pm in the Wick House at Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. http://nps.gov/morr

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Saturday, November 9 - Little Egg Harbor, Ocean County
NJ Cranberry Shipping Labels

On Saturday, the Tuckerton Historical Society presents "New Jersey Cranberry Shipping Labels" presented by Nancy Headley. Come see and hear about the history of New Jersey cranberry labels. This presentation will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, 35 Leitz Blvd., Little Egg Harbor, NJ. For more information, call 609-294-1547.

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Saturday, November 9 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Tour Paulsdale
Children Friendly

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 Road, 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, November 9 - Westfield, Union County
Treasures and Trinkets Tag Sale

The Westfield Historical Society is having a "Treasures and Trinkets" tag sale on Saturday from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm where you'll find a variety of collectible items at rock bottom prices. The sale will support the efforts of the Westfield Historical Society to further enhance its history and preservation activities at the Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center. Included in the sale are holiday decorations, stemware, crystal, serving trays, jewelry and other household items and bric-a-brac. Spend the morning to find those hidden treasures for the upcoming holidays and help support the Westfield Historical Society's mission, which is to preserve, interpret and encourage interest in history, Westfield, and its residents through educational efforts and community outreach programs. The Westfield Historical Society is located at 314 Mountain Avenue Westfield, NJ. For more information, call 908-654-1794 or visit www.westfieldnjhistory.com.

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Saturday, November 9 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Cider Making
Children Friendly

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but pressing them, peeling them and "stomping" them can be healthy too...as you’ll find by visiting Howell Farm on Saturday.

The techniques used on the Farm to make apple cider, applesauce, and apple pie are healthfully reminiscent of those used a century ago, when people - not motors - powered the cranks, handles and other appliances used to process food.  From 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, visitors to this 130 acre working farm can sample the work, fun, and tastes of a circa-1900 apple harvest.

Visitors of all ages will be invited to use the Farm's old fashioned presses, peeler-corers, and "stomper-strainers" to help farmers process apples. For the hungry, there will be apple pie and other apple treats. 

Howell Living Farm represents typical farm life between 1890 and 1910. The farm is operated by the Mercer County Parks Commission. It is located at 70 Wooden's Lane, Lambertville, NJ. For more information or to register for the program, call 609-737-3299. www.howellfarm.org

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Saturday, November 9 - Cranford, Union County
Salute to Cranford's War Veterans

The Cranford Historical Society will have a "Salute to Cranford's War Veterans" display on Saturday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. The exhibit will be displayed at the Hanson House located at 38 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, NJ. There will also be army vehicles on display outside.

This exhibit is intended as a tribute to Cranford men and women who have served our country with honor.  We are grateful to all the men and women who served in all the American wars so we can enjoy the freedom we have in this country today.

Admission is free. For more information, call 908-376-0082 or visit www.cranfordhistoricalsociety.com.

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Saturday, November 9 - Freehold, Monmouth County
Open Hearth Cooking
Children Friendly

The Monmouth County Historical Association invites the public to enjoy Open Hearth Cooking Demonstrations at Covenhoven House on Saturday between 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm. Come and observe eighteenth-century-style cooking over the open hearth and experience colonial life as you tour the house.  Visitors will be invited to sample treats made from authentic "receipts" provided by the hearth cooks, Glenn May and Susan Luczu.

A special fall menu has been prepared by Ms. Luczu in honor of the fall harvest season and includes corn fritters, roasted root vegetables, red cabbage and ham, apple tart, and beer batter bread.

Guests will be able to take guided tours of this landmark house built in 1752 for William and Elizabeth Covenhoven. The Covenhoven House later served as headquarters for British General Sir Henry Clinton before the Battle of Monmouth in June of 1778.

Admission is free - bring the family! Covenhoven House is located at 150 W. Main Street in Freehold near the Rt. 9 overpass. Parking is available at Grace Lutheran Church at the corner of West Main Street and Business Route 33. For more information, call 732-462-1466 or visit www.monmouthhistory.org.

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Saturday, November 9 - Madison, Morris County
Family Fun Day
Children Friendly

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, NJ 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 9 - Trenton, Mercer County
Art All Day

Visit the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton to see nationally renowned realist painter, Trenton's own Mel Leipzig, working on a new painting on-site in the Museum's 2nd floor fine art galleries.  Mr. Leipzig will be working from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. 

At 2:00 pm, join the museum's Curator of Fine Art Margaret O'Reilly on a gallery walk through the galleries housing "American Perspectives: The Fine Art Collection." This installation highlights the diversity of voices and visions found in 19th through 21st century American art. This extraordinary collection features many of the artists most important to the development of an American art aesthetic.

The New Jersey State Museum, located at 205 West State Street in Trenton, NJ is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 am - 4:45 pm. The Museum is closed Mondays and all state holidays. The NJ State Museum has a “suggested” admission fee. For more information, visit www.statemuseum.nj.gov or call the recorded information line at 609-292-6464. On weekends, free parking is available in lots adjacent to and behind the Museum. Please visit www.trentonparking.com for a number of options for parking in downtown Trenton during the week.

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Saturday, November 9 - Harrison Township, Gloucester County
Gallery Talk

On Saturday at 2:00 pm, the Harrison Township Historical Society will present a gallery talk about their exhibit "Under the Sea: Our Prehistoric Past" featuring guest curator, Shirley S. Albright. This new installation showcases the diversity of prehistoric faunal life inhabiting the ancient ocean that covered Harrison Township, through over sixty fossil specimens, an introductory video, and activities for families.

Albright, who recently retired as Assistant Curator of Natural History at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, will discuss how the fossil discoveries at 19th century local marl mining operations attracted the attention of pioneering paleontologists from Philadelphia and beyond.  Many natural history museums across the United States include fossils found in Harrison Township.

In addition to fossils from the New Jersey State Museum, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia, and private collections, the exhibition also discusses the area's geology and native stone deposits with photos of buildings constructed of limonite, or Jersey sandstone, that survive in the area from the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Harrison Township Historical Society's Old Town Hall Museum is located at 62-64 South Main Street, Mullica Hill, NJ. The Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, through December 14, 2013.  For more information, call 856-478- 4949 or visit www.harrisonhistorical.com.

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Sunday, November 10 - Ewing, Mercer County
Ewing Revolutionary War Soldiers and their Final Resting Places

The Ewing Township Historic Preservation Society Presents a Revolutionary War Program entitled "Ewing Revolutionary War Soldiers and their Final Resting Places" on Sunday beginning at 2:00 pm at the Ewing Presbyterian Church, 100 Scotch Road, Ewing, NJ.

Ewing resident, historian, and author Larry Kidder will present the stories of local militia men. After, the group will walk across the street to the Ewing Presbyterian Cemetery to see the grave markings of Howell, Carle, Green, Reeder, Scudder, Moore, Tindall and more!

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.ethps.org

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Sunday, November 10 - Morristown, Morris County
Continental Marines
Children Friendly

Marines have been around even longer than the Declaration of Independence itself. Join a Park Ranger at the Wick House to discover the role these soldiers played in Morristown and throughout the war. Program at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm in the Wick House at Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. http://nps.gov/morr

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Sunday, November 10 - Hackensack, Bergen County
Wreath-Laying and Ceremony
Children Friendly

Please join the Bergen County Historical Society for a wreath-laying and ceremony at the Civil War Monument, located in the Hackensack Cemetery on Sunday. At 1:00 pm, the Society will honor American veterans of all wars by laying a lay a memorial wreath at the base of Bergen County's Civil War memorial statue in Hackensack Cemetery, 289-323 Hackensack Avenue, Hackensack, NJ.

The McPherson Post No. 52, Grand Army of the Republic, dedicated a war memorial with the figure of a uniformed soldier, seven feet tall, on October 21, 1892, placing it in a prominent position in the Hackensack Cemetery. The statue is actually cast metal, painted to resemble carved stone. 

Attended by several Civil War re-enactors, Bob Costello, portraying Abraham Lincoln, will read the Gettysburg Address during the ceremony in special commemoration of the sesquicentennial of President Lincoln's "few appropriate remarks," made on November 19, 1863, when he joined in the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg, PA.

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Sunday, November 10 - Ledgewood, Morris County
Museums at Drakesville 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 973-927-7603 or visit www.roxburynewjersey.com.

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Sunday, November 10 - Morris Township, Morris County
Thanksgiving Harvest Home and Armistice Observance
Children Friendly

Step back in time and celebrate Thanksgiving and Armistice Day in 1918 at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Begin by following the enticing aromas to The Willows and Farmhouse kitchens where a Thanksgiving feast is being prepared. While the harvest has been gathered, there is still much to do on the farm. Help husk corn, saw the wood that is needed for winter heating and cooking, and make animal food with the one-cylinder gasoline engine operation. Be sure to take a horse-drawn wagon ride around the farm, watch a side-saddle riding demonstration, visit the farm animals, and assist with egg collection. The Armistice, or cease fire that officially stopped the carnage of WWI, went into effect in Europe on November 11, 1918, at 11:00 am. Over the years, Armistice Day, later named Veterans Day, has honored the men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces. On this day before Veterans Day, gather outside The Willows, the Foster family home, at 2:00 pm for a special tribute to veterans. 

Admission: $6/adult, $5/Senior (65+), $4/child (ages 4 to 16), and $2/child (ages 2 and 3). Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is located at 73 Kahdena Rd, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-326-7645 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Sunday, November 10 - Bedminster, Somerset County
Adams v. Jefferson Debate

The role of government is debated in the news every day. On, Sunday, visitors to Bedminster’s historic Jacobus Vanderveer House will have an opportunity to hear what our country’s founding fathers had in mind during a debate between actors portraying John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm. The Jacobus Vanderveer House will be open for tours from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

John Adams was pivotal to the American Revolution, devoting his legal talents to the cause of freedom and liberty. His bulldog tenacity and political acumen served him well as Washington’s Vice President, as the U.S. Surgeon General and as the second President of the United States.

His sharp legal mind enabled him to frame key precepts for the emerging United States, but Adams shrewdly recommended that Thomas Jefferson write the Declaration of Independence in order to secure southern support. Adams wrote the Massachusetts Constitution, which served as the model for the United States Constitution, advocating three equal branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. He encouraged an end to slavery and promoted education for both men and women.

Actor Joe Doyle portrays Adams with intelligent confidence and artistic honesty.

Thomas Jefferson was an American titan who led by charisma and conversation. The first United States Secretary of State, the second Vice President, and the third President, Jefferson was most proud of penning the Declaration of Independence, founding the University of Virginia, and shepherding the Statute of Religious Freedom.

Actor Steve Edenbo offers his audience Thomas Jefferson’s gifts with eloquence in a performance that engages and inspires.

The Adams-Jefferson debate is free, but registration is suggested. The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 955 Route 202/206, Bedminster, NJ, behind River Road Park. The entrance to the house is via River Road Park. For more information and to register, call 908-396-6053 or visit www.jvanderveerhouse.org.

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Sunday, November 10 - Park Ridge, Bergen County
World War II in Italy

Former County of Bergen Executive William "Pat" Schuber, Esq., of Oradell will speak about "World War II in Italy: The Forgotten War", on Sunday at 2:00 pm in the barrier-free Ellen Berdais Hall at the Pascack Historical Society, 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge, NJ. 

Admission is free. Schuber, is a senior lecturer at the School of Administrative Science at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He lectures frequently on government, law, military history, historical leadership, ethics, communication and conflict resolution. He has written many scholarly articles and co-authored books on topics of  history leadership and Homeland Security. He is a Captain in the US Army Reserve (Retired). His travels have taken him all over the world to many historical military sites including, Italy.

According to Schuber, the decision by the US to invade Sicily and Mainland Italy was one of the most controversial decisions of WWII. In addition it is one of the most unappreciated. American and other Allied soldiers endured severe hardships but never wavered in their commitment to liberate Italy from Nazi control.  Salerno, Anzio, the Rapido River  and Monte Cassino resonate today as scenes of some of the fiercest and bravest actions by American servicemen during the entire war. Under command of the complex, Mark W.Clark, American soldiers became increasingly proficient in the profession of arms and with the liberation of Rome in June 1944, ultimate victory became all but inevitable.

Complimentary coffee and cake will be served. A question and answer period will follow Schuber's presentation. For more information, call 201-573-0307 or visit www.pascackhistoricalsociety.com.

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Sunday, November 10 - Pemberton Township, Burlington County
Whitesbog Quarterly Lecture and Museum Tour

Join Pine Barrens botanist and historian, Ted Gordon, for an interpretive tour of the recently established Cranberry/Blueberry Museum at historic Whitesbog Village on Sunday from 1:00 - 2:30 pm. On display will be old photographs, hand tools (some primitive, e.g., dibbles, turfing cleavers, a 1880s snap harvesting scoop), Hayden cranberry separators or bounce machines, and a stunning collection of colorful "Eatmor" cranberry shipping labels. Gordon will relate the fascinating history of these cranberry brand labels that are treasured by collectors.

Also on display will be a dump car and a "donkey" engine that once transported sand to the bogs on narrow gauge rails. Sanding is a practice that helps to rejuvenate the cranberry vines. 

Admission to the lecture and tour is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Reservations requested.  All proceeds benefit the Whitesbog Preservation Trust in their continuing efforts to restore and protect Historic Whitesbog Village and the surrounding Pinelands. The program will be held at Historic Whitesbog Village, 120 Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills (Pemberton Township), NJ, one mile west of Route 70 on County Route 530 at mile maker 13. For more information, call 609-893-4646 or visit www.whitesbog.org.


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Sunday, November 10 - 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. A wide variety of artifacts, photographs and exhibits featuring railroad and local history will be on display in the museum. Also, climb aboard Caboose 24542 and see its operating model train layout and additional displays. The just-released Maywood Station Museum 2013 Holiday Ornament will also be available.  Admission is free.

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, November 10 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Blacksmithing Demonstration
Children Friendly

On Sunday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to take a step back in time to watch blacksmiths perform their craft. They will be shaping iron into everyday products. Blacksmiths were as common as an auto mechanic in towns and on farms of the 1890s. This free event runs from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. For more information, call 732-946-3758 or visit  www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

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Sundays Through November 30, 2013 - Lakehurst, Ocean County
Pittis - Doctor - Mayor - Postmaster

The Borough of Lakehurst Historical Society announces a special exhibit about an important resident - "PITTIS - Doctor - Mayor - Postmaster". Dr. Pittis was the local physician for Lakehurst and Manchester from the turn of the 19th century until World War II.  He  would make house calls all the way to Whiting in his horse-drawn buggy. Later in life, he became a physician at the Jersey City Medical Center. Dr. Harold Pittis was the son of Thomas Kearn Pittis and Susan  null Henrietta Collins.  Harold was the fourth of ten children; eight brothers and one sister, all from Plainfield, New Jersey.

Dr.  Harold received his MD in 1901 from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, where he met his wife Ruth. He and Ruth were married on January 8, 1900 at St. Mark's Church in Malone, New York. In the 1910 census, Dr. Pittis was living on Union Avenue, Lakehurst, with his wife and son Harold, who had received his MD from McGill University in 1937.

Dr. Harold Pittis was not only the town physician, but also Lakehurst's first postmaster, beginning in November 1918. He was reappointed twice and served until August 16, 1929. He financed the construction of the first post office. 

The museum is open Wednesdays and Sundays from 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm. The Lakehurst Historical Society Museum is located at 300 Center Street, Lakehurst, NJ. For more information, call 732-657-8864 or click here.

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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 http://www.co.middlesex.nj.us/culturalheritage.

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Through February 2014 - Madison, Morris County
Ghosts, Ghouls, & Gravestones Exhibit
Children Friendly Site

The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts presents "Ghosts, Ghouls, & Gravestones: The Trades of Burial," which will examine the progression of the burial trade. Passing away from this world was once a family affair, but over time, the process spread through the social and economic ties of the community. By 1900, a robust funeral industry had developed that saw to a family's every need. The exhibit will also explore the strict protocols that dictated mourning and the artistry in gravestones.

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 - 4:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street in Madison, NJ 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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Through Sunday, February 23, 2014 - Trenton, Mercer County
Historic Maps of the Garden State Exhibit
Children Friendly Activities

Often overlooked as a decorative art form, maps are ideal artifacts for exploring New Jersey history. Stories of New Jersey’s social, economic, military, environmental and political history – as well as the state’s role in the history of American transportation – can be told through the visual splendor of the Garden State’s historic maps.

Opening on September 7 and running through February 23, 2014, “Where in the World is New Jersey? Historical Maps of the Garden State” is comprised of nearly 100 maps depicting the colony and state of New Jersey from 1635 through 1950 on display at the New Jersey State Museum.

This unprecedented exhibition provides the visitor with an introductory survey of historical maps depicting the colony and state of New Jersey from 1635 until 1950. The nearly 100 maps on display – most of which are original hand-colored copperplate engravings or chromolithographs – come from the collections of four public institutions – the New Jersey State Museum, State Archives, State Library, and Special Collections and University Archives at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. They were selected for their rarity, their ability to convey aspects of New Jersey history, and their artistic merit – underscoring the dual role of maps as both works of art and utilitarian tools essential to the human experience. 

The New Jersey State Museum, located at 205 West State Street in Trenton, NJ is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 am - 4:45 pm. The Museum is closed Mondays and all state holidays. The NJ State Museum has a “suggested” admission fee. For more information, visit www.statemuseum.nj.gov or call the recorded information line at 609-292-6464. On weekends, free parking is available in lots adjacent to and behind the Museum. Please visit www.trentonparking.com for a number of options for parking in downtown Trenton during the week.

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Through December 14, 2013 - Harrison Township, Gloucester County
Under the Sea: Our Prehistoric Past
Children Friendly

The Harrison Township Historical Society's fall exhibition, Under the Sea: Our Prehistoric Past is on display through Saturday, December 14, 2013.

This new installation, which features rare fossil specimens on loan from the New Jersey State Museum, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, and private collections, explores how fossil discoveries at 19th century marl mining operations around Mullica Hill attracted the interest of such notable early paleontologists as Yale's Othniel Marsh and Philadelphia's Charles Lyell, Timothy Conrad and William Gabb. As guest curator, Shirley S. Albright, retired Assistant Curator of Natural History, New Jersey State Museum has written, the historic significance of the classic Mullica Hill fossil locality cannot be underestimated. The exhibits show the diversity of  prehistoric faunal life inhabiting the ancient ocean that covered Harrison Township, as well as Pleistocene fossils transported southward by melting glaciers.

The exhibition also discusses the area's geology and native stone deposits with photos of buildings constructed of limonite, or Jersey sandstone, that survive in the area from the 18th and 19th centuries.

With over sixty specimens, an introductory video, and activities for children in the gallery and to take home, Under the Sea offers insights into the area's ancient past for the entire family, and admission is free.

The Harrison Township Historical Society's Old Town Hall Museum is located at 62-64 South Main Street, Mullica Hill, NJ. The Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, through December 14, 2013.  For more information, call 856-478- 4949 or visit www.harrisonhistorical.com.

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Through June 2014 - Morristown, Morris County
"Controversies: The More Things Change..." Exhibit


Currently on display at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is an exhibition about topics that helped shape our world. "Controversies: The More Things Change..." opens new territory for the Museum, presenting challenging subject matter that may not be suitable for casual dinner conversation. This new exhibit explores topics that helped shape our world through local history events which had national significance: medical experimentation, immigration, and the right to die.

"Controversies: The More Things Change..." inspires people to consider, even reconsider, the ways in which they think about these important, frequently debated issues. The exhibit explores local history events which had national significance: the 1833 Antoine LeBlanc murder trial and public execution; the immigration issues of the late nineteenth century as depicted by political cartoonist Thomas Nast, a Morristown resident, and the 1976 Karen Ann Quinlan "right to die" case.

The museum is making a major departure in exhibit presentations with "Controversies."  Where most exhibits typically provide detailed information about the objects on view, "Controversies" offers limited information about the objects, essentially forcing personal thought, and inspiring discussion, about the areas represented.  Each object and concept in the exhibit represents a part of New Jersey's history - specifically Morris County's history. The ideas expressed through the historical objects in the exhibit, however, are not confined to New Jersey boundaries- the significant concerns raised by the important and controversial issues showcased in this exhibit continue to be debated throughout the United States and the world.

"We wanted to give our visitors a chance to participate in an exhibit in a new way - to have a reaction without being guided by the institution's interpretation of what the objects represent, which labels typically provide," said Executive Director Carrie Fellows. Instead, curator's books of supplementary information will be available within the exhibit, should the visitor want to learn more, drawn from primary sources like news articles, contemporary commentary, and images. Visitors are encouraged to leave comments about the themes presented.

The exhibition was inspired when Fellows and Ryan C. Hyman, the Museum's curator, heard Burt Logan, Executive Director of the Ohio Historical Society speak at a conference about the organization's groundbreaking "Controversy: Pieces You Don't Normally See" exhibit, and its sequel, "Controversy 2: Pieces We Don't Normally Talk About". During his talk, Mr. Logan strongly encouraged other museums to adapt the concept and develop similar exhibits. Inspired by the presentation, Hyman and Fellows began discussing how they might create an exhibit using themes from the Morris area's rich history.

"Controversies: The More Things Change..." will be on view during Museum touring hours through June 2014. Please note the subject matter may not be suitable for all audiences. Visitor discretion advised. Recommended for visitors 12 years of age and older.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum preserves the history of the Macculloch-Miller families, the Morris area community, and the legacy of its founder W. Parsons Todd through its historic site, collections, exhibits, and educational and cultural programs. The Museum is open for house and exhibit tours on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The last tour leaves at 3:00 pm. Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 - 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are free.  For more information, call 973-538-2404 ext. 10 or visit www.maccullochhall.org. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is located at 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ.

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

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