Friday, May 2, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/3/14 - 5/4/14

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-five professional artists and artisans from throughout the country. Art mediums include glass, ceramics, decorative and wearable fiber, mixed media, jewelry, furniture, and basketry. 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.

This year's Morven in May jurors were James C. Steward, Director, Princeton University Art Museum; David Rago, Founding Partner, Rago Arts; and Veronica C. Roberts, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Blanton Art Museum (U. of Texas).

The weekend-long event kicks-off on Friday with a Preview Garden Party on Morven's Great Lawn from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. 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.

Tickets for Friday night's Preview Garden Party are available to purchase on Morven's website or by calling 609-924-8144 ext. 113. Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday are available at the door and are $10 per person, $8 for Friends of Morven. Morven is located at 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ. For more information, call 609-924-8144 or visit www.morven.org.

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Saturday, May 3 - Plainfield, Union County
19th Century New Jersey Photographers

Of the approximately 3,000 different photographers who were active in New Jersey before 1900, a substantial number worked in Union County. In a slide lecture, at the Plainfield Public Library, Gary D. Saretzky will profile these pioneers, especially in Elizabeth, Rahway, and Plainfield, and discuss them within the larger context of New Jersey photography in the nineteenth century. Among the photographers to be featured will be Alfred S. Campbell and Guillermo Thorn.

Gary D. Saretzky, archivist and photographer, has worked as an archivist for more than forty years at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Educational Testing Service, and the Monmouth County Archives, where he has been County Archivist since 1994. Saretzky also taught the history of photography at Mercer County Community College from 1977 to 2012 and has served as coordinator of the Public History Internship Program for the Rutgers University History Department since 1994. He is a former Chair of the New Jersey Caucus of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) and a past member of the New Jersey State Historical Records Advisory Board. Under the auspices of the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, he lectures around the state on topics related to the history of photography. Saretzky has published more than 100 articles and reviews on the history of photography, photographic conservation, and other topics, including "Nineteenth-Century New Jersey Photographers," in the journal, New Jersey History, Fall/Winter 2004.

This lecture will be held from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm in the Anne Louise Davis Gallery Room (on the lower level) of the Plainfield Public Library.  The library is located at 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ. For more information, call 908-757-1111 ext. 136 or visit http://www.plainfieldlibrary.info.

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Saturday, May 3 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Sheep Shearing and Revolutionary War Encampment
Children Friendly

Eugene Sheninger of Rockaway Township will highlight the program with sheep herding demonstrations. Sheninger will use Border Collies to work the flock and to introduce visitors to herding techniques at 11:30 am and 2:00, and 3:30 pm.

Keeping with the farm's time period, shearers will use hand shears during the sheep shearing demonstrations. Throughout the day, visitors can meet twin lambs and try their hand at spinning wool. Wool products and natural fleeces will be on display and for sale. Baked goods and lunch fare will be available in the visitor center throughout the day.

In addition to the shearing program, a Revolutionary War encampment will take place from 10:30 am - 3:30 pm at the John Phillips house and property adjacent to the farm, where members of Lamb’s Artillery Company and Daniel Morgan’s Rifle Company will reenact times when the farmers of Pleasant Valley belonged to the patriot militia fighting for America’s independence from England.

Also attending this year is the Hunterdon County Rug Artisans Guild. Hand hooked rugs will be on display and the art of making them demonstrated.

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 3 - Cape May, Cape May County
Book Signing

South Jersey author Janice Wilson Stridick will be greeting members of the public and signing copies of her book, Alice Steer Wilson, Light Particularly, at the Carriage House Gallery Shop at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ, on Saturday from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm.

Alice Steer Wilson, Light Particularly features the artwork of acclaimed artist Alice Steer Wilson (1926-2001), whose paintings of Cape May, NJ have captured the admiration of many. Written by her daughter, the book features "gorgeous images of a seaside village and a woman artist's lifetime love affair with the way light fell on people, places, and things she adored."

Janice Wilson Stridick's writing appears in numerous journals and her book and art reviews have appeared in a variety of publications. In 1992, she launched Southbound Press and served as editor and publisher of The View in Winter, a three-generation work of art and poetry. She has an MFA in writing from Vermont College and has taught writing at Rutgers University and Bucks County Community College.

Alice Steer Wilson, Light Particularly, is published by Southbound Press of Merchantville, NJ and is available for purchase in the Carriage House Gallery Shop. The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) is a multifaceted not-for-profit organization committed to promoting the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. MAC membership is open to all. For information about MAC's year-round schedule of tours, festivals, and special events, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit MAC's web site at www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday, May 3 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Sherlock Holmes returns to Allaire Village!


Allaire Village presents a dramatic rendition of "Sherlock Holmes and the Speckled Band," written by Arthur Conan Doyle. The performance takes place in the Allaire Village Chapel  Sherlock on Saturday at 7:30 pm. In an exciting performance, Neill Hartley brings to life the tale of Sherlock Holmes, within the candle lit Allaire Village Chapel. A wonderful performance for anyone interested in history, literature, or a fun show for the whole family!The seating is limited to 100, so advanced purchase is recommended. Ticket cost is $15 per person. To purchase tickets or for information, call 732-919-3500 and have your credit card ready. Tickets can also be purchased online via PayPal at www.allairevillage.org/tickets.

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 3 - Trenton, Mercer County
It's Electric! Fun with Franklin's Experiments
Children Friendly

Join us for a day of exploring 18th century science and medicine at The Old Barracks! We are pleased to host Mr. Michael Kochan, who will be in period attire performing experiments of the great Dr. Benjamin Franklin between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm! Our talented and enthusiastic interpreters will also be giving a presentation on 18th century medical theory and practice. This hands-on event is in tandem with Super Science Weekend at The State Museum, and will make for a fun and educational family outing you will not want to miss! Included with the regular cost of admission into the museum. Admission: $8-Adults, $6-Seniors/Students, Free for Members, Active Military Personnel, and children under 6 years of age. The Old Barracks Museum is located at 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ. For more information, call 609-396-1776 or visit www.barracks.org.

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Saturday, May 3 - Lebanon Township, Hunterdon County
Cemetery Tours
Family Friendly

On Saturday, the Friends of Old Swack Church will be conducting tours of the recently cleared Swackhammer Cemetery as part of Hunterdon County's year-long 300th Anniversary celebration. 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 will be the first public tour of the site and presentation on what has been done in the past year to restore the site. Tours of the site will take place from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. The Old Swackhammer Church and Cemetery is located at 108 Anthony Road, Lebanon, NJ.

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Saturday, May 3 - West Creek, Ocean County
A Graveyard Preservation Primer

Join members of the Eagleswood Cemetery Association for a special workshop on the preservation of historic graveyards by Dr. Richard Veit of Monmouth University on Saturday at 9:00 am. Participants will have the chance to roll up their sleeves and put the techniques presented by Dr. Veit into practice at the Eagleswood Township Graveyard as part of this hands-on workshop. Participating organizations who actively care for a graveyard in their community will receive a complimentary copy of A Graveyard Preservation Primer by Lynette Strangstad. Please note that Local History Grant Applicants can earn a total of 2 Bonus Points for attending this workshop in lieu of the postponed Alliance meeting in December. This program will be held at the West Creek Methodist Church, 189 Church St, West Creek, NJ.

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Saturday, May 3 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Farm Chores
Children Friendly

Looking for a fun way to start your day? Come help the staff at Historic Longstreet Farm with their morning chores at the farm on Saturday from 8:00 - 9:00 am. You and your child (age 4 and up) can milk a cow, collect eggs, and feed the animals. The cost is $15 per parent/child pair, $5 per additional person (cash or check only). Be sure to dress warmly! 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 3 - Trenton, Mercer County
Super Science Saturday
Children Friendly

The New Jersey State Museum's 34th annual Super Science Saturday will be held on Saturday at the museum. Be sure not to miss this educational, entertaining, and fun science event! Interact with more than 30 science, technology, engineering, and educational groups from around the region. Participate in continuous demonstrations and hands-on activities. Meet real scientists at the Museum's new Innovation Lab and Learning Center! See Hadrosaurus foulkii - New Jersey's very own state dinosaur!

The day begins at 10:00 am and continues until 4:00 pm. The museum will offer a fascinating array of:
  • Planetarium shows
  • Live Theater programs
  • Continuous Demonstrations
  • Hands-On Activities
  • And much more!
General admission, parking, and hands-on workshops are FREE; there is a discounted ticket cost of $5 per person for Planetarium shows. Planetarium ticket sales begin at 10:30 am and continue until tickets for all shows have been sold. The New Jersey State Museum is located at 205 West State Street, Trenton, NJ. For more information, call 609-292-6464 or visit www.state.nj.us/state/museum.

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Saturday, May 3 - Montclair, Essex County
Historic Walking Tour of Upper Montclair Business District

What building in Upper Montclair displays the words of a 17th-century mathematician chiseled in stone? What parking lot was designed by the Olmsteds? Where did Margaret Sanger and Eleanor Roosevelt speak out? Helen Fallon and Lisanne Renner, answer these questions and chronicle the development of the area from rural settlement to burgeoning suburban town. Tour will be held on Saturday from 10:30 am - 1:00 pm. Reservations required. Please call 973-744-1796 to register. $5 suggested donation. Rain date, Sunday, May 4 at 11:30 am. Meet at the Upper Montclair Train Station south porch, 275 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair, NJ. Sponsored by the Montclair Historical Society and Friends of Anderson Park. For rain date confirmation or day-of-event queries call 973-495-9589. For more information, visit www.montclairhistorical.org or e-mail info@friendsofandersonpark.com.

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Saturday, May 3 - Princeton, Mercer County
Celebrate National Photography Month at Updike Farmstead

On Saturday, the Historical Society of Princeton's Updike Farmstead will be open from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Bring a camera to capture the incredible beauty of this historic site, surrounded by acres of preserved farmland. Browse the museum galleries, which include "A Morning at Updike Farmstead: Photographs by the Princeton Photography Club" and the "Ten Crucial Days Portfolio from The Queenston Press."

Ever wonder how to preserve and store your photograph collection? Want to surprise Mom, Dad, or Grandparents with a special gift? At 12:00 noon, Jim Lee of Image Arts will give a presentation about the preservation and restoration of photographs, negatives and slides. The program is free with museum admission of $4.00. One Princeton card holders save $1 off admission; there is no charge for Historical Society of Princeton Members.

Updike Farmstead, a community resource offering education, timeless beauty and wonder, is open the first Saturday each month, from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. It is located at 354 Quaker Road Princeton, NJ. For more information, call 609-921-6748 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

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Saturday, May 3 - River Edge, Bergen County
Battleground Tour of New Bridge

Walk in the footsteps of history. Historian and author Kevin Wright will conduct a Battleground Tour of New Bridge, starting at 10:00 am in  the Steuben House. The tour ends at the Campbell-Christie House for refreshments and an opportunity to browse the gift shop. A red oak tree will be planted at Historic New Bridge Landing to commemorate the 350th Anniversary of the Founding of New Jersey in 1664.

Wear walking shoes. Bring binoculars to view the many birds and critters at New Bridge. Tour will be held rain or shine. Admission: $7 adults, $5 children, BCHS members free. Join today and support our efforts. Historic New Bridge Landing is located at 1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. For more information, call 201-343-9492 or visit www.bergencountyhistory.org.

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Saturday, May 3 - Morristown, Morris County
African American Patriots
Children Friendly

Did you know that 5,000 African Americans served in the Continental Army? Join a Park Ranger at the Wick House to learn about the roles these patriots played while fighting for our independence. Programs at 2:00, 3:00, and 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 3 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Spring Crafters' Market

Allaire Village is hosting its Art in the Park Event and the Annual Spring Crafters' Market on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on the grounds of The Historic Village at Allaire. Admission to the event is $2 for adults and children under 12 are admitted free. Join us for a day of art & craftsmanship where artists display their works on the grounds of Allaire Village! Kids can also display their art in a special contest!

Children between the grades of 5 and 12 can enter our "New Jersey's 350th Year Anniversary" art contest and have their art displayed at our event! Children can draw or paint their favorite moment, historical figure, or place that celebrates NJ history! Entries will be judged and winners will receive prizes at the Craft Market! For more information on how to enter, please call 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.

Exhibits by local craftspeople and artisans include demonstrations and feature everything from museum-quality pieces to "country crafts", handicrafts and home-made "bric-a-brac." Food and beverage service will be available. Rain date is Sunday, May 4.

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, Inc. Patrons to the Crafters' Market will wish to visit the restored 1830's iron-manufacturing community now known as The Historic Village at Allaire. The General Store/Museum Gift Shop and Bakery will be open for shopping and refreshments.

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 3 - Morristown, Morris County
Mrs. Hamilton Returns!
Children Friendly

Join Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, wife of Alexander Hamilton, on a tour of the Ford Mansion! Find out who concocted a plan to bring them together in Morristown and how they conducted their courtship. Explore Hamilton's incredible and lasting contributions to the American Revolution and to the fledgling republic! Programs at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm at the Ford Mansion, within Morristown National Historical Park. Cost: $4 per adult. For more information, call 973-539-2016 ext. 210 or visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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Saturday May 3 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Embroidery Demonstration
Children Friendly

On Saturday, step back in time to see the delicate craft of embroidery in action. This free event runs from 12:00 noon - 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 3 - 4 - Hancocks Bridge, Salem County
Civil War Weekend

The Friends of the Hancock House in cooperation with the state Department of Environmental Protection, and the Division of Parks and Forestry will sponsor a living history Civil War weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

The Union forces will be encamped on the grounds of the Hancock House, ancestral home of Civil War nurse, Cornelia Hancock. In the Hancock House will be displays of period clothing, jewelry and personal objects of area residents.

A staff member will be on hand to help visitors find their Civil War ancestors, and The Piney Hollow Drifters will be in Baker’s Tavern playing period music. There will also be exhibits dedicated to open hearth cooking and cannons and mortars. This event is free and open to the public.

The event will run from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Saturday and from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on Sunday. The Hancock House is located at 3 Front St, Hancocks Bridge, NJ.

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Saturday - Sunday, May 3 - 4 - 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 3 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday, May 4 from 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m. The tour includes 45 sites and each illustrates a piece of local history. Historic sites and museums of every description are featured on the tour. 

The tours also represent several historic themes:

  • Shore: While the tour includes sites on the north, (Sandy Hook), central (Ocean Grove) and southern shores, (National Guard Militia Museum) the drive along the shore is one of the best ways to feel and appreciate Monmouth County's relationship to the Ocean.
  • Faith: Architectural gems of each of the last three centuries, 18th century Christ Church in Shrewsbury, 19th century All Saints Memorial in Middletown and 20th century St. Catharine's in Spring Lake. In addition, Old Tennent Church in Manalapan is closely tied to the Battle of Monmouth and the Friends Meeting House in Shrewsbury represents one of the oldest worship traditions in Monmouth County.
  • The Revolutionary War: The Revolution is visited here, not only the major sites in the Monmouth Battlefield area, but in lesser known places such as the Burrowes Mansion in Matawan, Marlpit Hall and the Murray Farm, both in Middletown.
  • Military: There is Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook, the most heavily fortified installation on the East Coast for much of the 20th century, the National Historic Landmark Monmouth Battlefield in Manalapan and one of the more fascinating, but lesser known museums, the New Jersey National Guard Militia Museum in Sea Girt with museum exhibits and fighter aircraft and tanks.
  • Preservation: Marlpit Hall in Middletown was the first restored house museum in the region, dating from its 1930s opening.
Other elements on the tour also include lighthouses, Victorian homes, agriculture, industry, education, and science. All of the sites contributed to the importance of preservation and history throughout Monmouth County.

All admission fees are waived for the weekend. The free tour book and map may be picked-up at the participating sites or previewed at http://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?id=3464.

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Saturday - Sunday, May 3 - 4 - 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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Sunday, May 4 - Burlington City, Burlington County
"The Blueberry Girl," the story of Elizabeth Coleman White

On Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, join the Burlington County Historical Society as author Paula Newcomer tells the story of Elizabeth White, the woman who tamed the wild huckleberry and created the blueberries we know today. Program includes a Q&A session after the lecture with light refreshments. The program will be held at the Corson Poley Center at the Burlington County Historical Society, 454 Lawrence Street, Burlington City, NJ. Admission: $5 per adult. Free parking on High Street or at the Burlington County Historical Society’s parking lot at 454 Lawrence Street. For more information, call 609-386-4773, e-mail burlcohistsoc@verizon.net, or visit www.burlingtoncountyhistoricalsociety.org

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Sunday, May 4 - Lambertville, Hunterdon County
Open House at the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum
Children Friendly

Stop at the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum on Sunday for an open house from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. All members and guests are encouraged to come and see what has been accomplished in the farm shop and the 1711 House. There are several new items on display; a milk bottling machine, large flour/dough/bread box, and a lantern display. From 1:00 - 2:00 pm, there will be demos in the Wood Shop and Garden Room on the second floor of the Old Barn. From 2:00 - 4:00 pm, there will be tractor demonstrations, antique cars, trucks and lawn tractors on the grounds. In the 1920 Machine Shop the Hit & Miss Engine will be running the belt driven machinery. A second Hit & Miss engine will be running in front of the barn. Adults and children can play games like the Game of Graces and Bilbo Catcher. Make your own hand-dipped candles, design and create your own bracelets on our rope machine. All the buildings will be open for touring. Ben, our blacksmith, will be on hand doing demos. Free admission. Free soda, coffee, and cookies. The Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum is located at 1605 Daniel Bray Highway (Rte. 29), just north of Lamberville, NJ. For more information, call 609-397-2752 or visit www.holcombe-jimison.org.

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Sunday, May 4 - Morristown, Morris County
Soldiers of the Wick House
Children Friendly

Various officers of the Continental Army stayed at the Wick House during the American Revolution. Join a Park Ranger at the Wick House to discover who some of these men were and their achievements during the war. Programs at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 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 4 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
Raritan Landing...Uncovering a Forgotten Past

Through hundreds of never-before exhibited artifacts, images, and interactive displays, the history of a lost Colonial Port Community is brought to life in this landmark exhibit at East Jersey Olde Towne Village. There will be free handouts of archaeological literature, historic vignettes, period music, refreshments, and much more at our opening celebration. East Jersey Olde Towne Village is located at 1050 River Road, Piscataway. Exhibit open from 1:30 - 4:00 pm. Free of charge but registration required. To register, please call 732-745-4489 or 732.745.3888 (for TTY users only) or the NJ Relay System 711. For more information, visit www.co.middlesex.nj.us/culturalheritage.

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Sunday, May 4 - Montclair, Essex County
Historic House Tours
Family Friendly

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! For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail mail@montclairhistorical.org, or visit www.montclairhistorical.org.

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Sunday, May 4 - Madison, Morris County
Slavery and Abolition in Revolutionary New Jersey

On Sunday at 2:00 pm, James J. Gigantino, PhD will present a lecture on Slavery and Abolition in Revolutionary New Jersey. This lecture will examine the impact of the American Revolution on New Jersey African Americans, free and enslaved. Admission $7 for Non-Members, $5 for seniors and students & $3 for Members. Advance registration recommended - please call 973-377-2982 x14. 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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Sunday, May 4 - Westfield, Union County
A Mother's Day Message in a Bottle
Children Friendly

Did you know that the earliest known sender of a message in a bottle was a Greek philosopher in 310 B.C. who was testing ocean currents? Or that Queen Elizabeth used them to send spy reports? On Sunday, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, the Miller-Cory House museum will feature a program entitled “A Mother’s Day Message in a Bottle.” 

The program includes fascinating stories, in history and in fiction, about this unusual way of communicating. Children will have the opportunity to create their own “message in a bottle” for a unique Mother’s Day gift.

Also included are limited tours of the colonial era farmhouse. In the museum’s Frazee Building, members of the Cooking Committee will prepare dishes over the open-hearth fire using authentic colonial methods and seasonal ingredients. 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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Sunday, May 4 - Union Township, Union County
Thomas Edison at Peachfield

On Sunday at 2:00 pm, Bob Gleason of American Historical Theatre will present Thomas Edison. Learn about the inventor's life, inspirations, and inventions. Edison was dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park." Less known is his brilliance as a business pioneer. Edison's inventions changed the world. This first-person presentation includes time for questions and answers and is followed by light refreshments.

Admission: $5 per person and members of Friends of Peachfield admitted free. The program takes place at Peachfield, the Headquarters of The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Jersey, 180 Burrs Road, Westampton, NJ. For more information, call 609-267-6996 or e-mail colonialdamesnj@comcast.net.

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Sunday, May 4 - Jefferson Township, Morris County
Open House
Children Friendly

The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlin House, will have an  open house on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. This month's exhibit will continue the theme "Little House in the Valley" with an emphasis on the parallels between the two families of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the  Chamberlains. Costumed docents will give tours of the museum. Admission is free.

The Jefferson Township Museum is located at 315 Dover-Milton Road, Jefferson Township, 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, call 973-208-8601 or visit www.jthistoricalsociety.org.

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Sunday, May 4 - South River, Middlesex County
Open House

Stop by the South River Historical & Preservation Society on Sunday from 1:30 - 3:30 pm and view exhibits on all aspects of Borough history including: schools; churches and houses of worship; local businesses and organizations; daily life; events and celebrations; and more. While you are there, see the cemetery located behind the building, ask questions, drop off donations, or exchange hometown stories with the docents. The museum is located at 64-66 Main Street, South River. For more information, visit http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njsrhps/museum.html.

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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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