Friday, June 20, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/21/14 - 6/22/14

WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, June 21 - Jersey City, Hudson County
"Twelfth Night" Performance
Children Friendly

On Saturday evening at 7:00 pm, enjoy a special benefit performance by the Hudson Shakespeare Company of "Twelfth Night" at and for The Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery, located at 435 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ.

Seating is limited so feel free to bring a comfy lawn chair or blanket! Suggested donation of $10 per adult and $5 for children/seniors at entrance gate. For more information, call 201-707-0738 or visit www.jerseycitycemetery.org.

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Saturday, June 21 - Clinton, Hunterdon County
Agro-Industry Day
Children Friendly

Visit the Red Mill Museum Village and enjoy old time tractors, engines, and trucks on Saturday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Try your hand at milling activities on each floor of the Red Mill to learn how the Red Mill once used water power to turn an elephant's weight in millstones to grind grain for food. Enjoy tons of family activities from cow milking and butter churning to old time ice cream making and weaving. Sit in on a presentation on the topic of early agriculture and industry. Enjoy elements of a farmers market and meet organizations from the agrarian community. Explore the Museum's historic buildings and quarry and meet a blacksmith working in the forge. Even participate in a strawberry rhubarb pie competition either as a taster or by submitting your own strawberry rhubarb creation! If you'd like to be part of the competition by submitting a pie, e-mail programs@theredmill.org or call 908-735-4101.

Admission to the program is $9 adults, $7 seniors, military, and veterans, $6 children 6-12, and free for Museum Members and Children under 6. Free municipal parking available nearby. For more information, call 908-735-4101 or visit www.theredmill.org.

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Saturday, June 21 - Montclair, Essex County
Restoration Fair
Family Friendly

Meet craftsmen who can make your restoration project come to life! The Fair includes free workshops, activities for kids, and music as part of Make Music Montclair Day. Admission is free and no registration required. The event will be held from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. The rain date is Sunday, June 22 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Free Workshops include: 1) Researching Your House's History at 10:00 am with Barton Ross, Preservation Architect and Planner. 2) Historic Tax Credits at 12:00 noon with Jim Robbins, Historic Redevelopment; Manager, Garden Vista Ballroom. 3) 100+ years of Kitchen and Bath Design at 2:00 pm with Jane Eliasof, Executive Director, Montclair Historical Society. For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail mail@montclairhistorical.org, or visit www.montclairhistorical.org.

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Saturday, June 21 - Hoboken, Hudson County
Vintage Baseball Game
Children Friendly

This Saturday, celebrate the 168th anniversary of baseball with a commemorative vintage baseball game at Hoboken High's JFK stadium at 1:00 pm. Cheer the Hoboken Nine Vintage Base Ball Club versus the Flemington Neshanock! The teams play baseball using 19th century rules and 19th century equipment. Entrance at Jefferson and 10th Streets in Hoboken, NJ. Free admission. Sponsored by the Hoboken Historical Museum. For more information, call 201-656-2240 or visit www.hobokenmuseum.org.

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Saturday, June 21 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Dairying
Children Friendly

On Saturday, between 10:00am and 4:00 pm, visitors to the 130-acre Howell Living History Farm can meet milking goats, and help farmers make cheese, butter and ice cream. Activities will take place throughout the day:  cheese making, ice cream making and butter making.  Goat milking demonstrations and bottle feeding baby goats will also take place.

Howell Living History 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, June 21 - East Amwell, Hunterdon County
East Amwell Historical Society to Explore Grave Matters

Looking for a story with a good plot? Well, how about a plot with a good story?

If so, you won’t want to miss the East Amwell Historical Society’s Cemetery Tour on Saturday. The History Bus will be rolling out to visit five cemeteries: four in East Amwell and one in neighboring Hopewell. Discover the story of these cemeteries and learn about some of the people buried at these sites.

The historical society will offer morning and afternoon sessions of this tour with the bus leaving from the town hall parking lot. The morning session begins at 10:00 am and the afternoon at 2:00 pm. Tickets cost $15 per person. To reserve a seat on the bus, e-mail Pauline Seramba at pseramba@hotmail.com or call 908-797-9024. 

The tour features stops at St. Andrews, Larisons Corner, Pleasant Ridge and North Hill cemeteries. Participants will learn about such famous locals as Penelope Stout, Gov. John Reading, and Capt. John Schenck, who led the local militia against a British raid in Hunterdon County just prior to George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River in Dec. 1776.

The last stop on the tour will be at the Stoutsburg Cemetery located in the Sourland Mountains. This cemetery dates back to the 1700s and is the final resting place for numerous African-American residents and veterans who served in wars dating back to the American Revolution. The oldest marked grave belongs to Private William Stives who fought with the 3rd New Jersey Regiment during the American Revolution and wintered with Washington at Valley Forge.

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Saturday, June 21 - Morris Township, Morris County
Behind the Scenes: Inside the Creamery
Children Friendly


During National Dairy Month tour the creamery at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm. See what rooms were used for milk and butter processing and as a bunkhouse for workers. The building has limited accessibility. Admission: $6/adult, $5/senior (65+), $4/child (ages 4 -16), $2/child (2 and 3). FREE for children under age 2 and Friends members, with a current membership card. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is located at 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Saturday, June 21 - Morristown, Morris County
Dying to Change
Children Friendly

Ever wonder why the Continental Army chose brown to be the color of their uniforms and why French troops' uniforms were blue? Come to the Wick House to see how people in the 18th century colored their world. Programs at 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 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 - Sunday, June 21 - 22 - Cape May, Cape May County
Paranormal Pursuits Weekend
Children Friendly

Interested in ghost hunting? Like learning about the supernatural and spooky? Visit Historic Cold Spring Village for its ‘Paranormal Pursuits’: Spiritualism in the 1800s weekend event to be held on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. In addition to experiencing the Village’s 26 restored, historic buildings dating from 1691 - 1912, guests can enjoy various workshops, demonstrations and tours which highlight the study of spiritualism and the paranormal.

Local paranormal investigation groups, including Truth Paranormal Investigators of South Jersey, will share the findings of their investigation at the Village and demonstrate their ghost hunting equipment in the Welcome Center throughout the weekend. Guests can also explore the Village’s own paranormal past and present during a ghost walk led by longtime Village staff member, Shirley Stefanovicz, at 12:30 and 3:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. At various buildings throughout the Village, Stefanovicz will detail the supernatural experiences had by Village staff members as well as the evidence of ghostly presences discovered by visiting mediums and psychics. Sunday will also feature a special guest, the Pennsylvania-based paranormal research team Lights Out. They have appeared on Animal Planet’s paranormal television series "The Haunted" and will be available for a question and answer session as well as a demonstration of their paranormal evidence, including findings from the Village.

Additional programs will include readings of palms, tarot cards and runes for guests, eerie folk storytelling, a Q&A session with a local psychic medium and hands-on divining rod demonstrations. Dr. William B. Gahn will give demonstrations of phrenology, a 19th century field of science that held that the bumps on your head explained your character traits. On Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm, HCSV Deputy Director for Education and Interpretation Jim Stephens will lecture on the lively practice of spiritualism in the 1800s.

Historic Cold Spring Village is located at 720 Route 9, three miles north of Cape May City and four miles south of Rio Grande. Admission during the season is $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. Unlimited free admission is available with Village membership. As a member of the national Blue Star Museums program, Historic Cold Spring Village is proud to offer free admission to active duty military personnel and up to 5 family members. The Village Nature Trail at Bradner's Run is open to the public for free self-guided tours. For more information, call 609-898-2300, ext. 18 or visit www.hcsv.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, June 21 - 22 - Morristown, Morris County
Civil War Invades Morristown
Children Friendly

Step onto the battlefields of the American Civil War and into the lives of those involved at the Civil War Weekend at Historic Speedwell. The reenactors will lead activities throughout the eight-acre site, presenting the daily lives of soldiers, such as authentic cooking, dress, and general setup. Enjoy musket drills, artillery drills, the daily mail call, bayonet drills, and a staged skirmish. Marching drills include period instruments as soldiers proudly go into battle. Cover your ears as the massive period cannon takes aim and fires! Enjoy learning about the basics of battlefield medicine for soldiers who suffered injuries or disease. Visit the medical area where re-enactors care for the 'wounded.' Historic Speedwell is open from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on Sunday. Historic Speedwell is located at 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-285-6550 or visit www.speedwell.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, June 21 - 22 - Tuckerton, Ocean County
Baymen's Seafood and Music Festival
Children Friendly

Enjoy delicious Jersey  fresh clams, crabs, scallops and shrimp from the finest local seafood purveyors at the Tuckerton Seaport on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm each day! Crafters, vendors, music, food, beer garden, family activities, demonstrations, boat rides, boat builders and decoy carvers. Speak with commercial fishermen to learn about occupations on the bay or take a clam shucking class. Entertainment by local favorites Motts Creek Pickers (Saturday) and the Billy Walton Band (Sunday)! Listed as one of the best outdoor festival by NJ Monthly Magazine. Presented by the Jersey Shore Folklife Center. General admission: adults $8, seniors $6, ages 5-12 $5, under  five free and Seaport members free. Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum is located at 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ. For more information, call 609-296-8868 or visit www.tuckertonseaport.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, June 21 - 22 - Trenton, Mercer County
Iron Pour and Sculpture Exhibition
Children Friendly

The Old Barracks Museum features Trenton's arts collective AbOminOg Intl. as they ignite their cupolette furnace and pour medallions commemorating the 350th anniversary of New Jersey statehood on Saturday and Sunday. The grounds of the Old Barracks Museum will open at 7:00 pm and the iron pour begins at dusk on Saturday. Limited-edition medallions can be reserved ahead and will become available for purchase on Sunday. This once-in-a-lifetime event is free and open to the public.

AbOminOg Intl.'s outdoor molten iron pour will run concurrently with Art All Night, the signature celebration of creativity hosted by Artworks Trenton. Together these two events provide an amazing opportunity to showcase the current state of the arts in this formerly industrial city. The process of pouring these commemorative medallions at this site connects the history that the Old Barracks Museum interprets, and AbOminOg Intl.'s focus on the revolutionary industrial material of iron. As the first art happening at the Old Barracks Museum, it will allow the visiting public a new perspective on the relationship between the past and the present in the formation of the future. It will also be a spectacular cinematic event, offering molten drama and sparkling lights in the shadow of the New Jersey Statehouse's golden dome.

The Old Barracks Museum is adjacent to Petty's Run, site of the only excavated Colonial steel furnace in America. The domestic production of iron was a critical factor in assuring our nation's independence. Trenton's history of industry, manufacturing and self-reliance is reflected in the AbOminOg Intl. model of collaboration through sweat equity and up-cycling 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.

Also on view in the Old Barracks garden is 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", on view through October 31, 2014. Exhibiting artists include Kate Graves, Aylin Green, Bruce Lindsay, Rory Mahon, Steve Morse, Joanna Platt, Matt Reiley, David Robinson and Scot Thompson.  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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Saturday - Sunday, June 21 - 22 - Manalapan, Monmouth County
Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Monmouth
Children Friendly

Bring your family to the Battlefield Saturday or Sunday and travel back in time to the 1770s. Two armies will be preparing to do battle. Continental Army soldiers retrained at Valley Forge are itching to show off their new skills, while a British-German-Loyalist Army hopes to crush the rebels and restore good government. Come early for a full day of living history. The army encampments will welcome visitors beginning at 9:00 am each day. Watch soldiers clean their muskets while their women prepare what may be their men’s last meal. Some officers may be drilling their men while others plan for the battle and yet others play cards. If someone is accused of cheating, there may be a duel. Keep track of your children or they may be drafted into one of the armies! The camp closes at 4:30 pm on Saturday and 3:00 pm on Sunday.

The weekend is sponsored by the reenactment community, the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield, and the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry. The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield will be requesting an $10 per vehicle donation to defray the costs of the weekend. The main entrance/visitor center at Monmouth Battlefield is located at 16 Business Route 33, Manalapan, NJ. For more information and  a full listing of the weekend's events, visit www.friendsofmonmouth.org.

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Sunday, June 22 - West Cape May, Cape May County
Antique and Fine Crafts Fair

Come browse among the many dealers at the Antiques and Fine Crafts Fair on Saturday (rain date Sunday) in West Cape May  at Wilbraham Park, Broadway and West Perry streets, from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Free admission and free parking. Sponsored by the Greater Cape May Historical Society. Proceeds benefit the Colonial House Restoration Fund. For more information, call 609-898-1236 or 267-649-7914 or visit www.capemayhistory.org.

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Sunday, June 22 Trenton, Mercer County
NJ350: A Capital Celebration
Children Friendly

New Jersey is celebrating its 350th birthday, and you’re invited! On Sunday from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm a family festival called NJ350: A Capital Celebration will take place at the Capital Complex in Trenton with an array of arts and history activities and attractions for people of all ages, as well as food and beverages from local vendors. The event is the first of its kind and festivities will span the length of the Capital Complex, from the State Museum to the Old Barracks, including the State House.

“The arts and history are so tightly interwoven in the fabric of Trenton that a family festival here on the Capitol Complex should be both a fun and fitting celebration of New Jersey’s 350th birthday,” remarks Christian Martin from the Trenton Downtown Association (TDA). The TDA fills an instrumental role in the planning and implementation of the day which also includes vendors from their regular Farmer’s Markets in addition to specially invited food trucks offering traditional festival menus.

Festival offerings include a customized line-up of live, outdoor theater and music performances, specialized history tours, exhibitions, and interactive programming at the State House, the NJ State Museum, the State Archives, Petty’s Run, and the Old Barracks Museum.  On-site for the day will be the acclaimed New Jersey Hall of Fame Mobile Museum, and a NJ 350 Film Series at the State Museum auditorium will feature great New Jersey films and filmmakers from Thomas Edison to Zach Braff.  A highlight of the afternoon is a must-see State House Rotunda exhibition of the original 1664 land grant – or New Jersey’s birth certificate - that created our state as we now know it.

Between 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm, meet Governor Livingston in the Senate Chambers at the State House. At 2:30 pm, enjoy a visit with Benjamin Franklin at the NJ State Library. Both programs are free and open to the public.

This event will be held rain or shine. For more information and a detailed list of the day’s programs and performances, visit www.officialnj350.com.

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Sunday, June 22 - Tewksbury, Hunterdon County
Lecture and Walking Tour of Mountainville

Tewksbury Historian Shaun C. Van Doren will hold a lecture on the history of Mountainville, followed by a guided walking tour on Sunday beginning at 1:00 pm. This lecture and tour are part of the 300th celebration of Hunterdon County. Advance registration is required for the walking tour. The tour will be cancelled in the event of rain however the lecture will still be held. The lecture will be at the Mountainville Meeting Hall, 60 Water Street, Mountainville, NJ. To register for the tour please call 908-832-6734 or email tewksburyhistory@earthlink.net and provide your name, phone or email and number in your party.

Come spend an afternoon in the hamlet of Mountainville. First enjoy brunch or a cup of coffee at Mountainville Expressions, then listen to an informative lecture on how Mountainville was founded, what life was like over 100 years ago, what businesses were thriving and who were some of the people who lived there as well as the origins of the mysterious Hell Mountain. Then take a walk on Water Street and Main Street to view the beautifully restored homes and unique architecture, and learn some more about the history of past residents and life living there.

There is a suggested $5 donation for those going on the tour with all proceeds going to the Tewksbury Historical Society. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www.tewksburyhistory.net.

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Sunday, June 22 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
The Historic Wedding of Maria Allaire

Allaire Village hosts the "Wedding of Maria Allaire" on Sunday at 1:30 pm in the Historic Allaire Village Chapel. Maria Haggerty Allaire was the second daughter born to James and Frances Allaire and in June of 1836, she was married to Thomas Andrews, Manager of the Allaire Works in New York City. The Villagers will be recreating this festive day and hope you will join in the celebrations! Couples can also register to be a part of our Vow Renewal Ceremony!

Following the ceremony in the church, visitors and the wedding party will move to the Village Green for wedding cake and a Village Frolic. The wedding cake is provided courtesy of a local bakery. Admission for Maria Allaire's Wedding is free and there is a $5 parking fee.

Other activities throughout the day include 19th century games, cooking demonstrations, music and dancing, craft demonstrations, historic building tours, and more! The Village will be open to visitors from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm, the General Store and Bakery both open at 10:00 am.

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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Sunday, June 22 - October 12, 2014 - Trenton, Mercer County
Before There Was Trenton - Exhibit Opening

This year New Jersey observes the 350th Anniversary of its political establishment in 1664. To commemorate the event, the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie in Cadwalader Park is hosting a display of items related to the mid-1600s - before there was a place called Trent's-town. "Before There Was Trenton," on view from June 22 to October 12, 2014 is curated by Trenton Museum Society Trustee David Bosted and son Nicholas Bosted. 

An informal gallery talk about the display will be given by the co-curators on Sunday, June 29th at 2:00 pm.  A formal lecture, "Before There Was Trenton" will be given by the curators on Sunday October 12, at 2:00 pm, on the last day of the display. 

Prior to 1664, New Netherland was a colony founded by the Dutch on the east coast of North America. The Dutch colony extended from Hartford, CT in the east to Albany, New York, in the north to Delaware in the south, encompassing parts of what are now the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut and Delaware. The New Netherland colony included three major Rivers: Nord (North River, now the Hudson River), Sud (South River, now the Delaware River) and the Versche (Fresh) River (now the Connecticut River). The English wrested control of the colony from the Dutch in 1664, turning its capital, New Amsterdam, into New York City.

The Dutch colonial efforts were mostly directed toward trade with Native Americans. However, their permanent settlements in some cases caused conflict with native peoples as well as with several other European powers, especially England, Sweden and France. 

Beaver pelts were especially sought after for the fur trade. Marten, fox, otter and mink were also bartered.  In 1624 (the year New Amsterdam was first settled), Dutch settlers shipped 1,500 beaver and 500 otter skins to Europe. Thereafter, the fur trade grew enormously under the Dutch. Fort Orange (now Albany) and New Amsterdam (now New York City) were the centers of the fur trade, reaching deep into the Lenni Lenape and Mohawk tribal territory, and promoting contact between the Dutch and the Native peoples.

"Before There Was Trenton" recalls that early period of exploration, contact and settlement. Among the items on display are items highly valued in the fur trade: hand-forged trade axes, knives and other metal tools; easily transportable and popular trading commodities like the red "white heart" glass trade beads made in Venice; objects reflecting Dutch nautical exploration and the fur trade; and Lenni Lenape stone tools from the Delaware Valley as well as early agricultural items. Tobacco, another highly desirable trade commodity, is represented in the display by early tobacco pipes. Because tobacco was so expensive, the 17th century pipe bowls were small, holding only a pinch of tobacco.

The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie is located in Cadwalader Park in Trenton, NJ. For more information about the exhibit or the talks, call 609-989-1191, e-mail tms@ellarslie.org, or visit www.ellarslie.org.

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Sunday, June 22 - Ringwood, Passaic County
Preserving Native American Heritage

American Indians lived in the Ramapo Mountains for thousands of years prior to the coming of European settlers and they are still here. Indian settlements have been documented through the Highlands region by archaeological excavations most recently within the basin of the nearby Monksville Reservoir and at the Springhouse Rock Shelter in Sloatsburg, NY.

On Sunday, bring your Native American artifacts and have them identified and authenticated by Ed Lenik, archaeologist and author of several books on the Ramapough Mountain Indians, rock art, and Indians in Bear Mountain State Park, N.Y. Lenik will provide the public with a free authentication of artifact collections and answer questions about Indian culture history. This program will be held in the Coffee Shop at Ringwood Manor State Park, 1304 Sloatsburg Road, Ringwood, NJ from 1:00 - 5:00 pm. For more information, call 973-962-2240 or visit www.ringwoodmanor.org.

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Sunday, June 22 - Morristown, Morris County
A Preservation Story
Children Friendly

Did you know that a family lived in the Wick House until 1933? Thanks to restoration work done by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's, the house was restored to its 18th century appearance. See pictures of the restoration work as a park ranger narrates the story of the preservation of this historic house. Programs at 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 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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Sunday, June 22 - Paterson, Passaic County
Music at the Castle: A Welcome to Summer

On Sunday at 4:00 pm on the north lawn at Lambert Castle (home of the Passaic County Historical Society), the Clifton Community Band will present "Music at the Castle: A Welcome to Summer." Founded in 2002 and directed by Robert D. Morgan, the Clifton Community Band is a traditional concert band (brass, woodwinds, and percussion). The band appears in the area and around the state, performing a variety of music including classical, pop, big bands, and marches. Admission to the concert is free but donations are requested. Parking at the Castle is limited and will be first come, first serve. Other off-site parking will be available. Please bring your own seating. In the case of inclement weather, call to confirm that the concert has not been cancelled.

This performance is a part of the 2014 Lambert Castle Concert Series. Featuring local musicians and a variety of musical genres, all concerts are performed in the beautiful atmosphere that is Lambert Castle.

The Passaic County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was founded to cultivate interest among individuals and the community-at-large in the rich history of Passaic County. To this end our museum in Lambert Castle showcases examples of the County's cultural and artistic diversity, as well as examples of the County's natural, civil, military, and ecclesiastical history. The society also maintains a library and archive, which houses manuscripts, books and photographs of historical and genealogical interest. Lambert Castle, home to the Society, is located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ. For more information, call 973-247-0085 or visit www.lambertcastle.org.

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Sunday, June 22 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Smocking Demonstration
Children Friendly

On Sunday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to take a step back in time to watch a smocking demonstration. Smocking is an embroidery technique used to gather fabric so that it can stretch. Before elastic, smocking was commonly used in cuffs, bodices, and necklines in garments where buttons were undesirable. See this delicate craft in action. The 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, June 22 - Morristown, Morris County
A History of Mount Tabor and Book Signing

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum in Morristown is celebrating the 350th anniversary of New Jersey with book signings by authors whose work explores aspects of the state’s history. On Sunday, Beth Shaw will be available to sign and sell the book Images of America: Mount Tabor to museum visitors during touring hours, 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Visitors may also wish to 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.

Ms. Shaw will be available to discuss this book that she co-authored with Mount Tabor Historical Society members Michelle LaConto Munn, David Jones, Andy Pillsbury, Carol Pillsbury and Lori Brown. The Society took on the challenge of organizing a special collection of images for the Images of America book as a way of sharing the history of Mount Tabor with all area residents, past and present. Mount Tabor is a detailed collection of some of the photographs, maps, and brief histories of this nearly 140-year-old community. The book offers a unique and organized look into the past lives of early Mount Tabor residents and founding families, from the early days of the establishment of the Camp Meeting Association through the transformation of the tent communities into cottage dwellings. Tucked in the heart of Morris County, an enclave of charming Victorian homes and unique public buildings clustered along narrow, hilly streets, the town pays homage to its distinctive past and embraces the community spirit of its founders. One of New Jersey's earliest permanent Methodist Camp Meeting grounds, Mount Tabor embodied the austere evangelical fervor of 1869. As early as 1891, the religious summer colony expanded its recreational activities, and by 1912 Mount Tabor was more summer resort than religious retreat. After World War II, most of the 350 cottages were converted to year round use, and Mount Tabor has become a viable community within Parsippany, welcoming people from all religions and backgrounds. Today, the unpretentious charm of its humble beginnings permeates the quaint community, and modern residents, like their forebears, are drawn to the rich spiritual heritage of good will and the delightful cottages that invite fellowship.

Regular museum admission includes meeting with the author, house tours, and gallery visits between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. Admission: Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 – 12 $4. Members and children under 5 admitted free. Speaker tickets include admission to a docent-led period room tour for visitors who sign up during the afternoon. The last tour ticket is sold at 3:00 pm. 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, June 22 - Walpack, Sussex County
More on Pleasant Valley

On Sunday at 1:00 pm, the Walpack Historical Society will present "More on Pleasant Valley" by Myra Snook, historian. Myra's talk will include information on the Van Horn family, Nicholas Tillman (stonemason), John Dimon, and their activities in the Tillman's Brook area. The presentation will be held at the Walpack M.E. Church, Walpack Center within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Sussex County, NJ. It is free and open to the public. For more information call 973-948-4903.

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Sunday, June 22 - Raritan Township, Hunterdon County
Taverns of New Jersey at Farmer's Market

On Sunday, Historic Preservation Planner Dennis Bertland will discuss taverns in New Jersey from the early American period of 1780-1830 in the Dvoor Farm House, 111 Mine Street, Raritan Township, NJ beginning at 10:00 am. Come learn about some of the colonial era’s favorite meeting places and their important role in our nation’s early years. The event is free and open to all. Reservations preferred - please call 908-237-4582 or e-mail dave@hunterdonlandtrust.org. The Hunterdon Land Trust's Farmers’ Market is open Sunday from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm featuring about 20 farmers and vendors offering local produce, meats, cheeses, bread, wine and more. For more information, visit www.hunterdonlandtrust.org.

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Saturdays and Sundays Through October 2014 - Ringwood, Passaic County
Grounds and Garden Tour

Did you ever wonder what all that “stuff” is placed around the grounds at Ringwood Manor? What about all those other buildings on the property? What were they used for? If you have ever been curious about the estate at Ringwood Manor, this tour is for you! The 2 hour guided walking tour will take visitors around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens & landscape features, the out-buildings, and the cemetery. Historic photographs of the property will also be shown. These free tours meet at 2:00 pm in front of Ringwood Manor every Saturday and Sunday from June - October. It is advised that participants wear walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray and sun block. Steady Rain cancels. No reservations necessary. For more information and to call ahead to confirm a tour, call 973-962-2240. Ringwood Manor is located at 1304 Sloatsburg Road, Ringwood, NJ, within Ringwood State Park. For more information, visit www.ringwoodmanor.org.

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

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

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