Friday, May 9, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/10/14 - 5/11/14

WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, May 10 - Titusville, Mercer County
10th Anniversary Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair
Children Friendly

Journey back in time and experience five centuries of New Jersey history, all in one location at the Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair in Washington Crossing Park, Titusville, NJ! This is a FREE*, award-winning historical festival for all ages. New Jersey's history comes alive with period music, living history demonstrations, special exhibits, tours, food, and lots of hands-on activities for kids! Special features for 2014 include celebrating the 350th Anniversary of New Jersey and the 10th Anniversary of the Fair, along with open-hearth cooking, the Irun NJ Food Truck Festival, Side-Saddle Demonstrators, Annie Oakley, Thomas Paine, Walt Whitman and Colonial-Era magician "Levram the Great". The day will end with a FREE concert by the New Jersey Army National Guard's 63rd Army Band immediately following the Fair. The Fair will be open on Saturday from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. It will be held rain or shine. There is a parking donation of $8 per vehicle to help defray the cost of the event. The main entrance to Washington Crossing State Park is located at 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ. For more information, visit www.njhistoryfair.org or e-mail historyfair@dep.state.nj.us.

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Saturday, May 10 - Little Egg Harbor, Ocean County
Fred & Ethel Noyes: A Talk

On Saturday, the Tuckerton Historical Society presents "Fred & Ethel Noyes: Founders of Historic Smithville Village, the Rams Head Inn, and the Noyes Museum of Art" presented by Judy Courter. 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, May 10 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Corn Planting
Children Friendly

If you have been wondering how to tell your children about the origin of their corn flakes, corn chips, polenta, tortillas and hush puppies, bring them to Howell Farm for Corn Planting Day.

From 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, farmers will introduce them to some of the earthier facts of farm life by having them help with corn seed selection, fertilizing and planting. Afterwards, children can grind and sift cornmeal for baking, and sample freshly made cornbread. Special maps will be given to participants to guide them to each production area; those who have their map stamped at all areas will be given a bag of freshly ground cornmeal to take home. Participating children must be accompanied by an adult. Throughout the day, farmers will use work horses and circa 1900 equipment to prepare and plant the cornfields.

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. call 609-737-3299 or visit www.howellfarm.org.

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Saturday, May 10 - Lake Hopatcong, Morris County
Lake Hopatcong Block Party
Children Friendly

On Saturday, the Lake Hopatcong Foundation hosts the first Lake Hopatcong Block Party at Hopatcong State Park from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. There will be some 100 antique and craft vendors as well as a multitude of local non-profit groups to tell you a bit more about themselves. Also on hand will be an interesting mix of local food vendors and food trucks. There will be sailing, fishing, boating, and other demonstrations along the lakefront all day. At 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, the Canal Society of New Jersey will host two special walks of the old Morris Canal towpath.  A stage will be set up and there will also be entertainment throughout the day. Admission is free with just the request of a $6.00 per car donation for parking. And yes, the Lake Hopatcong Museum will be open too! For more information, visit www.lakehopatcongfoundation.org.

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Saturday, May 10 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Spring Flea Market at Allaire Village


Allaire Village, Incorporated is hosting a Late Spring Flea Market as a fundraiser on Saturday from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. The event is held in the Show Field of Allaire State Park.  Admission to the Flea Market is $1/adult and children under 12, accompanied by an adult, are free. With more than 100 vendors displaying new, used, and collectible treasures of all types, there will be something for everyone!

Shop all day, visit the on-site food vendor, or spend some time in the picnic area. The General Store and Bakery will also be open at 10:00 am. The rain date for the event will be Sunday, May 11. This event is a fundraiser, benefiting the historic and educational programs presented at the Historic Village at Allaire by the non-profit organization, Allaire Village, Incorporated.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located at 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.

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Saturday, May 10 - Trenton, Mercer County
House Tour of Trenton's Hiltonia Neighborhood

Hiltonia, one of Trenton's largest tracts of residential single family and townhouse homes, will host a house tour on Saturday from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm. This is the second time the homeowners of the expansive and eclectic 91-year-old West Ward neighborhood will open their homes to the public.

The tour will feature a variety of homes situated on tree-lined avenues bordering the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park and Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Cadwalader Park. A special feature of this year's tour will be an open house at Ellarslie Mansion in Cadwalader Park. The centerpiece of the park, Ellarslie Mansion, is an Italianate villa built in 1848 that now houses the Trenton City Museum. The museum's many collections will be open to view during the tour.

Established in 1923, Hiltonia is a community of 315 homes located near Route 29, three miles from downtown. The beauty of the neighborhood is in the diversity of its housing stock, from fieldstone Tudors and brick Dutch colonials to mid-century modern ranches, California contemporaries, and attached townhouses. The diversity and quality of the housing allows buyers at a variety of price points to purchase in the neighborhood - very rare today. Developer Samuel Hilton designed the neighborhood with large lots for the city's wealthier professionals and attached townhouses (semis) were first built as workers' cottages to provide the funding needed to jump start the rest of the development.

Tour tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event. They can be purchased online at www.hiltoniahousetour.org or advance ticket locations: Classics Used and Rare Books, 4 West Lafayette, Trenton, NJ or The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, Cadwalader Park, Trenton (off of Parkside Avenue).

For information, call 609-672-7455, visit www.hiltoniahousetour.org, e-mail info@hiltoniahousetour.org.

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Saturday, May 10 - Madison, Morris County
Family Fun Day
Children Friendly

Join the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts for a day of family fun and a craft activity on Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Family Fun Day is held every second Saturday of the month. Advance registration recommended - call 973-377-2982 x12. Regular admission applies: museum admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, students & children (ages 6 and up) and FREE for Members & children (ages 5 and under). Family maximum admission $13.00. The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street, Madison, NJ. For information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit www.metc.org.

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Saturday, May 10 - Scotch Plains, Union County
Family Genealogy Day

On Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, the Scotch Plains Public Library will host programs on tracing family genealogy. At 1:00 pm, members of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society will present a program on African American genealogy, including coverage of 19th century records. At 3:00 pm, Catherine Medich from the New Jersey State Archives will speak about using the Archives to trace Civil War-era New Jersey residents and soldiers. This program is presented in conjunction with Civil War 150,  featured in the Library’s gallery from April 28 through May 17, 2014. Utilizing letters, personal accounts, and images, this exhibition traces major events during the Civil War through the eyes of soldiers, presidents, freedmen, and families.

Registration is strongly recommended, as space is limited. It will be held at the Scotch Plains Public Library, 1927 Bartle Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ. For more information, call 908-322-5007 x204 or visit www.scotlib.org.

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Saturday, May 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 per person.

Paulsdale is located at 128 Hooton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ. 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, May 10 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
350 Years of New Jersey History Book Talk

The Meadows Foundation invites you to a Fireside Chat with Joe Bilby, who will discuss the new book, 350 Years of New Jersey History on Saturday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the historic Van Wickle House. The Van Wickle House is located at 1289 Easton Avenue, Somerset, NJ. Admission: $10.00 donation. For more information, call 732-828-7418 or visit www.themeadowsfoundation.org.

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Saturday, May 10 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Quilting Demonstration
Children Friendly

Stop by Longstreet Farm to see how quilting was done during the Victorian era. Free. 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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Saturday, May 10 - Morris Plains, Morris County
Family Fun & Games at Craftsman Farms
Children Friendly

The Stickley Museum hosts its second annual Family Fun & Games program on Saturday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm! The day’s activities are built around the theme “My Home” and will include bilingual components. Children of all ages will be invited to explore and learn about homes of all kinds, including the Stickley family’s home, the Log House at Craftsman Farms.

They will once again partner with PBS Kids Club THIRTEEN, a family membership at PBS THIRTEEN. Curious George appearances throughout the day will be a highlight for children and adults alike. Curious George activities will encourage children to explore the world around them.

The North Cottage will once again be the site of story time readings of the classic children’s book The Best Nest by P.D. Eastman and Curious George: A Home for Honeybees, in both English and Spanish!

Animal Experiences, an entertaining and educational live-animal program will be a special feature of this event, with families invited to reserve a spot at one of three 30-minute programs. 

While focused on family fun, this program will also encourage children to consider concepts that Gustav Stickley held dear, like the value of nature and the meaning of home. The program will also include scavenger hunts both indoors and out to encourage a fun exploration of the Log House and the beautiful natural environment in which it is set. Admission: $10 children; $5 adults; Free to Members at Dual/Family level and higher. The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms is located at 2352 Route 10 West, Morris Plains NJ. For more information, call 973-540-1165 or visit www.stickleymuseum.org.

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Saturday, May 10 - Morristown, Morris County
Women of the House
Children Friendly

Join a Park Ranger at the Wick House and discover the role women played in helping a family survive in the 18th Century. Program runs continuously from 1:30 - 4:00 pm at the Wick House at Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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Saturday, May 10 - Montclair, Essex County
Historic Walking Tour of Anderson Park

Discover how this Olmsted-designed Essex County park was created a century ago and how it shaped Upper Montclair and led to the formation of other Montclair parks. Also hear about efforts to rejuvenate the landscape of this park, on the National Register of Historic Places. Admission to the tour is free. Meet at the boulder at the park's northeast entrance, 274 Bellevue Avenue, east of North Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ at 10:30 am. Light rain does not cancel, but heavy rain reschedules to Sunday, May 11 (Mother’s Day), at the same time. For more information, call 973-477-7207, e-mail lisanne@friendsofandersonpark.com,  or visit www.friendsofandersonpark.com.

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Saturday, May 10 - Oradell, Bergen County
Saving the Historic Blauvelt Mansion

JoAnn and Paul Young have heard from CareOne, responding to their request for a meeting about the future of the Blauvelt Mansion, and before they make those plans, they want to know that they have people who are standing with them in trying to preserve the Blauvelt Mansion for use by the families of Oradell and Bergen County.  

Please come to the Blauvelt Art Museum, on the grounds of the Mansion, on Saturday, at 12:30 pm to show your support for our cause. JoAnn and Paul will tell you what has happened in the past year and what they hope will happen in the future.

Please make your presence known so they can call on you in the future. Hopefully, the press and others will be there to take a photo of the crowd that has gathered to help save Oradell's iconic historical site. The Blauvelt Art Museum is located at 699 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell, NJ. For more information, call 201-262-7814 or 201-247-6843.

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Saturday, May 10 - Maywood, Bergen County
Railroad Talk

On Saturday, Maywood Station Museum Director Ed Kaminski will be presenting a slideshow at the New York, Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society membership meeting at 7:00 pm at the Maywood Public Library auditorium, 459 Maywood Avenue, Maywood, NJ. The slideshow will feature photographs of a variety of subjects taken through the years at different locations during his career in the railroad industry. Two of his books - Maywood - The Borough, The Railroad, and The Station and The New York, Susquehanna & Western Railroad in New Jersey will be available the event and Ed will be available to sign copies. Books will be specially priced at $18 each or both for $35. All proceeds will go towards further preservation and maintenance of the historic Maywood Station Museum. The event is open to the public and all are welcome.

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Saturday May 10 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Quilting Demonstration
Children Friendly

On Saturday, step back in time to see how quilting was done during the Victorian era. 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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Saturday - Sunday, May 10 - 11 - Atlantic City, Atlantic County
Mother's Climb Absecon Free All Weekend!
Children Friendly

Looking for a memorable way to tell Mom she's the light of your life? Then bring her to Absecon Lighthouse on Saturday or Sunday, because dear old Abby is treating Mothers to a free climb. Moms who show their "I Climbed" card at nearby Tony Boloney's Pizza afterward will receive a free slice of pizza as a reward. Hours of operation both days are 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, with the last climb at 3:30 pm. Parking on-site is free and dogs are welcome on leashes. First lit in 1857, Absecon Lighthouse is New Jersey's tallest lighthouse and the country's third tallest lighthouse. 

Absecon Lighthouse is a state-owned historic property administered by the non-profit Inlet Public/Private Association. Located at 31 South Rhode Island Avenue in Atlantic City, NJ it is open to visitors Thursdays through Mondays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 609-449-1360 or visit www.abseconlighthouse.org.

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Sunday, May 11 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Threads of Time
Children Friendly

On Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, watch beautiful patterns appear as threads intertwine on looms at Historic Walnford. From utilitarian rag rugs to intricate coverlets, learn more about the fibers, tools, and techniques used to produce household textiles and clothing in the 18th century. Enjoy this free family activity on Mother’s Day!

While there, visit the large, elegant Walnford home built in 1774, the 19th century gristmill and the farm buildings set in a beautiful landscape. Walnford is located at 62 Walnford Road, 08501. For more information, call 609-259-6275 or visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

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Sunday, May 11 - Morristown, Morris County
Brilliant Cut Glass Lecture and Dessert Reception

Let Mom know just how special she is by treating her to a memorable Mother's Day at Acorn Hall on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The Morris County Historical Society (MCHS) is pleased to host Patricia Sanftner for a special lecture on American Brilliant Cut Glass at 1:30 pm, followed by a dessert reception in Acorn Hall's extraordinary dining room. Tours of Acorn Hall  are also included in the cost of admission. Ms. Sanftner is the guest curator for the new MCHS exhibit "Sharp Edges, Brilliant Cut Glass through the Centuries" opening early May through June 8, 2014. Seating is limited and reservations are suggested. Please call 973-267-3465 for more information. The Oak Leaf Gallery gift shop is also available with a wide assortment of unique gifts for Mother's Day, and all occasions.

Admission to the Mother's Day event is $10 for MCHS members, $15 for non-MCHS members, and children under age 12 are free. The admission price may be applied toward membership with the MCHS.

The Morris County Historical Society is located at Acorn Hall, an Italianate Villa mansion open to the public on Wednesdays and Thursdays (11:00 am - 4:00 pm) and Sundays (1:00 - 4:00 pm). Acorn Hall is located at 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-267-3465 or visit www.acornhall.org.

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Sunday, May 11 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Blacksmithing Demonstration and Music
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. Also, join music man Rich Marzec as he performs songs from the turn of the century on the farm. 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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Sunday, May 11 - Morristown, Morris County
350 Years of New Jersey History Book Discussion

On Sunday, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum welcomes Joseph G. Bilby to discuss his new book, co–written with James M. Madden and Harry Ziegler, 350 Years of New Jersey History, From Stuyvesant to Sandy. His program will be presented in the main gallery at 4:30 pm and is the second to last in a series of programs that take place on the second Sunday of each month through June celebrating the 350th New Jersey Anniversary. Prior to the program visitors may also visit the second floor gallery exhibit “Made in New Jersey: A Celebration of Decorative and Fine Arts” which stars the Museum’s collection of New Jersey stoneware, silver, and artists such as Thomas Nast, A.B. Frost and Edward Kranich.

In “350 Years of New Jersey History” the authors, experienced narrators of the New Jersey saga, provide a year by year chronicle of notable events that mark the Garden State’s fascinating evolution. There are many familiar moments in New Jersey’s history, but what about the Garden State’s lesser known stories - the unsung heroes, villains, and forgotten tales? In this book, the authors uncover the meaning of the “Jersey Blues,” celebrate some of state’s bravest Revolutionary and Civil War soldiers and investigate New Jersey’s most famous ghost. From the inferno that engulfed Asbury Park, to the benevolent side of Frank Hague and the equestrienne who plunged forty feet into a pool of water on horseback in Atlantic City, rediscover these and many other events from New Jersey’s hidden history. Mr. Bilby’s presentation will explore the State’s history as discussed in the book, focusing on a few notable incidents from each century. He will be available to sign and sell books following the program.

Tickets for Sunday's program go on sale beginning at 1:00 pm on the day of the program. There are no advance sales and will remain on sale until the presentation begins at 4:30 pm. House tours (regular admission applies) take place throughout the afternoon, the last tour ticket is sold at 3:00 pm. The upstairs galleries will remain open until 4:30 pm, with the "Controversies" main gallery exhibit closing at 3:30 pm in preparation for the program. Tickets to hear the  speaker are Adults $8; Seniors and Students $6; Children 6 – 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are admitted free. Speaker tickets include admission to docent-led period room tours for visitors who sign up during the afternoon.

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

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Sunday, May 11 - Morristown, Morris County
Soldier at the Huts
Children Friendly

Learn about the life of a common soldier during the winter encampment at Jockey Hollow and see the clothing, equipment, and weapons that a soldier used as you visit the replica soldier huts of the Pennsylvania Line. Stop by the Soldier Huts from 1:30 - 4:00 pm within Morristown National Historical Park. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-539-2016 ext. 210 or visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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Sunday, May 11 - Morristown, Morris County
Wick House Guest
Children Friendly

Did you know a friend of George Washington spent the winter at the Wick House? Meet a Park Ranger to discover who it was as well as the impacts he made during the revolution and beyond as you the Wick House. Programs at 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm at the Wick House in Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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Sunday, May 11 - 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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Saturdays and Sundays through May 18 - Harrison Township, Gloucester County
Originals: 50 Years of Artistic Expressions

Creativity is the theme of the Harrison Township Historical Society’s newest exhibition at the Old Town Hall Museum entitled "Originals: 150 Years of Artistic Expression." The first floor gallery is filled with paintings, drawings, and folk art from the 19th and 20th centuries, all drawn from the Society’s rich holdings. The exhibition celebrates New Jersey’s 350th anniversary by focusing on the theme of innovation. Many of these works will be on view for the first time.

Folk art dominates the work from the 19th century. An album quilt from Richwood and a remarkable portfolio of sketches by Josiah B. Chester of Ewan, on exhibit for the first time, are highlights.

Twentieth century work includes paintings by Mullica Hill’s Paul Avis Colson, including a tri-partite screen that was recently restored and on exhibit for the first time. Also premiering is a landscape painted by Otto Rick, a German prisoner of war who worked on a farm in Richwood during World War II.

The exhibition is open Saturdays and Sundays, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, March 8 - May 18, 2014 (closed Easter Sunday and Mother's Day). Admission is free. Old Town Hall is located at the intersection of South Main Street and Woodstown Road in the heart of Mullica Hill’s Historic District. For more information, call 856-478-4949; or visit www.harrisonhistorical.com.

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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, call 732-745-4177 or visit http://www.co.middlesex.nj.us/culturalheritage.

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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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Through July 20, 2014 - Montclair, Essex County
A Persistent Passion: The Art of Lora Eberly Ballou

The Montclair Historical Society presents the exhibition "A Persistent Passion: The Art of Lora Eberly Ballou: 1870-1976, Places in a One Hundred Six Year Life" at the Charles Shultz House (Evergreens), 30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ from April 27 through July 20 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm on first and third Sundays of the month. Lora Eberly Ballou was a unique woman who lived during the last quarter of the 1800s in Ohio, then moved to the suburbs of New York City, residing in an elegant home in Montclair, NJ with her husband John Ballou and two daughters, Margaret and Harriet. Ballou's work focuses on an interest and passion for gardening and travel, and depicts many of the places she lived, including a winter scene of Tony's Brook.

Ballou's artwork will be on display at the Montclair Historical Society's Charles Shultz House, an 1896 home that remains virtually untouched. It showcases a time capsule of the Shultz family and lifestyle during the same period when the Ballou family lived in Montclair. This home provides a unique setting for the exhibition, placing Lora Ballou's artwork against the backdrop of a Montclair family active in the community, unveiling similarities in their lifestyles and interests during this period in history. This exhibition is sponsored by Robert M. and Patricia C. Phillips. Robert M. Phillips is the grandson of Lora Ballou. A free public reception will be held on April 27 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm with light refreshments. For additional information or to schedule a private tour, contact the Montclair Historical Society at 973-744-1796, visit www.montclairhistorial.org, or e-mail mail@montclairhistorical.org.

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Saturdays and Sundays through July 27, 2014 - Ridgewood, Bergen County
A Community's Journey: Our Place in New Jersey History

The Schoolhouse Museum's new exhibit, on display now through July 27, 2014 celebrates New Jersey's 350th anniversary. "A Community's Journey: Our Place in New Jersey's History" showcases the area's evolution over the last three centuries using the themes of liberty, innovation, and diversity.

The Liberty collection highlights uniforms and other war-time memorabilia while the Innovation collection chronicles the history of performing arts in the village including items from the Ridgewood Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, such as a silk wedding kimono worn by Yum Yum in the "Mikado." Also on display are items owned by Ridgewood magician Harry Rouclere. Especially noteworthy is the Diversity collection which tells the story of the African American, Jewish, Irish, and  Korean communities through personal artifacts.

The museum is open Thursdays and Saturdays from 1:00 - 3:00 and Sundays 2:00 - 4:00. The Schoolhouse Museum is located at 650 East Glen  Avenue in Ridgewood, NJ. For more information, call  201-447-3242  or visit www.ridgewoodhistoricalsociety.org.

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Sundays through August 30, 2014 - Cranbury, Middlesex County
"At Long Last...Summer" Exhibit

The Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society is bringing a bit of the seashore to its museum in Cranbury. After a harsh winter, the society is happy to present a new exhibit  at the Cranbury Museum, entitled, "At Long Last...Summer."  Featuring treasures of the sea and seashore, the exhibit includes oil paintings, watercolors, a rare sea glass collection, antique whale bone, shells, Sailor valentines, ephemera, and vintage toys and souvenirs. The exhibit will continue through August 30, 2014. Celebrate summer and join us on Sunday afternoons from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, to view the exhibit! The Cranbury Museum is located at 4 Park Place East, Cranbury. For more information, visit www.cranburyhistory.org.

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Through August 23, 2014 - Haledon, Passaic County
"The Mill Girls" Exhibit

The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark in Haledon, NJ proudly opens the exhibit "The Mill Girls," a unique three-dimensional display that showcases images of three mill girls on large-scale replicas of the wooden bobbins used in early textile mills, by visual artist Donna Berger. The exhibit will be on view through August 23, 2014. 

The Botto House National Landmark, home of the American Labor Museum, is located at 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, NJ. It was the meeting place for over 20,000 silk mill workers during the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike. The Museum's hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and by appointment. For more information, call 973-595-7953, visit www.labormuseum.net, or e-mail labormuseum@aol.com.

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Through August, 2014 - Lyndhurst, Bergen County
Let's Play! An Exhibit of Beloved Toys
Children Friendly

From a china-head doll to a Lionel train, several toys are on display at the Little Red Schoolhouse Museum as the Lyndhurst Historical Society recalls fun times with favorite toys. The new exhibit, "Let's Play! An Exhibit of Beloved Toys," is open now through August 2014.

The exhibit is free and open to the public, though a small 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. The Lyndhurst Historical Society was established in 1984 in an effort to preserve the 1893 schoolhouse, located at 400 Riverside Avenue, Lyndhurst, NJ. For more information, call 201-804-2513 (leave a message) or visit www.lyndhursthistoricalsociety.org.

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Through Sunday, September 14, 2014 - Princeton, Mercer County
Micah Williams: Portrait Artist Exhibition

Traveling portrait artist and New Jersey resident Micah Williams (1782 - 1837) was a prolific artist who has 272 known existing works. His works are represented in many major museums and are highly sought after by folk art collectors. Yet, there has never been an exhibition dedicated solely to the work of Micah Williams. "Micah Williams: Portrait Artist," on loan to Morven from the Monmouth County Historical Association, tells a story about the new America of the 19th century. With over 40 portraits on view, visitors can come face-to-face with the state's nineteenth century farmers, orchard growers, militia officers, politicians, silversmiths, potters, carpenters, and their families.

The exhibition will also debut Morven's newest acquisition: a pastel portrait of Commodore Robert Field Stockton (1795-1866) completed by Micah Williams around 1821. Stockton was a third-generation resident of Morven, head the Pacific Fleet and a U.S. Senator. With this exhibition, the portrait makes its return to the walls at Morven. "Micah Williams: Portrait Artist" exhibition will be on display at Morven through September 14, 2014.

Morven Museum & Garden is a museum and public garden located at 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ. A National Historic Landmark, Morven was the home to Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, as well as the former Governor's mansion of New Jersey. Public Hours: Wednesday - Friday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 609-924-8144 or visit www.morven.org.

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Through October 31, 2014 - Trenton, Mercer County
Trenton's Old Barracks Museum Shows Iron Art

The Old Barracks Museum will feature the sculpture of AbOminOg Intl. Arts Collective in an exhibit entitled "Founding the Future: A Continuum of Iron Casting in Trenton with AbOminOg Intl. Arts Collective." The exhibit will run from April 26 to October 31, 2014. A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Old Barracks Museum.

The Old Barracks Museum is pleased to feature the metal sculpture of members of one of Trenton's illustrious artist collectives in an exhibit entitled, "Founding the Future: A Continuum of Iron Casting in Trenton with AbOminOg Intl. Arts Collective." Exhibiting artists include Kate Graves, Aylin Green, Bruce Lindsay, Rory Mahon, Steve Morse, Joanna Platt, Matt Reiley, David  Robinson and Scot Thompson.

This outdoor exhibit is part of the statewide celebrations of the 350th anniversary of the founding of New Jersey by representing the connection between the history that the Old Barracks Museum interprets and AbOminOg Intl.'s focus on the revolutionary industrial material of iron. As the first art installation at the Old Barracks, it will allow the visiting public a new perspective on the relationship between the past and the present in the formation of the future. Commemorative iron medallions will be poured by the group at the Old Barracks Museum on June 21st.  Leading up to this spectacular event, a free public reception and opportunity to meet the artists and view the outdoor sculpture is scheduled for Saturday.

The Old Barracks Museum is adjacent to Petty's Run, site of the only excavated Colonial steel furnace in America. Trenton's history of industry, manufacturing and self-reliance is reflected in the AbOminOg Intl. model of collaboration through sweat equity, upcycling crushed iron scrap into sculpture. The essence of the artist collective's cause- to teach and facilitate artists of diverse backgrounds, age groups and skill levels in the creation of cast-metal sculptural artworks within an inspiring, supportive and sustainable setting while positively affecting the community and the art world at large- has remained the same since their inaugural iron pour in a Trenton backyard on December 31, 1999. The Old Barracks Museum is located at 101 Barracks Street, Trenton, NJ. For more information, call 609-396-1776 or visit www.barracks.org.

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Through December 29, 2014 - Woodbury, Gloucester County
Be Prepared:  Scouts of Yesteryear
Children Friendly
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have been a tradition in America for over a century. The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum is presenting a remarkable exhibit with scouting artifacts from over the decades. Numerous uniforms, merit badges, equipment, manuals, and accessories from the 1930’s on are on display.  

The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and the last Sunday of the month from 2:00 - 5:00 pm. Adult admission $5; children 6-18 years $1; children under 6 free. The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum is located at 58 North Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ. For more information, call 856-848-8531 or visit www.rootsweb.com/~njgchs.

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Through February 13, 2015 - Madison, Morris County
The American Revolution in New Jersey
Children Friendly

New Jersey spent much of the American Revolution as a theater of war. A new exhibit at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, "The American Revolution in New Jersey: Where the Battlefront Meets the Homefront," explores the rarely told story of New Jersey's farmers, women, and tradesmen and their actions during the war. Topics discussed include the local civil wars that erupted between revolutionaries and loyalists, the multiple roles that women took on as their men went off to war, and how civilian life was affected by the regular presence of troops. The exhibit will be open until February 13, 2015. 

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 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sunday from 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 more information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit www.metc.org.

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













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