Friday, June 27, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/28/14 - 6/29/14

WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, June 28 - Pemberton Township, Burlington County
Whitesbog Blueberry Festival
Children Friendly

Celebrate all things blueberry at this old-fashioned festival on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Enjoy blueberry picking, live country music, lots of children's activities, exhibits, great food, historical presentations and tours, Pinelands artists and crafters, our famous blueberry pie eating contest and lots more. This annual celebration of all things blueberry - the official state fruit of New Jersey - is considered to be one of the finest "old-fashioned" festivals in the tri-state region. The festival features the pioneering work of Whitesbog's own Elizabeth C. White to domesticate the very first blueberry, traditional Pinelands musicians, artists and crafters, fantastic festival food, wagon and walking tours, lectures, living history actors, demonstrations and dozens of children's activities will all be featured at the day-long festival. But the real star of the show is, of course, the blueberries!

Top attractions at the day-long festival include fifty of the Pinelands best crafters and an "artists row" featuring fine art and photography, a Model-T exhibit, Pinelands Antique Engine Association's displays, living history tours, and interactive experiences festival goers can enjoy throughout the day. For the children, activities such as the outrageously fun blueberry pie-eating contest, a hunt for the Jersey Devil, face painting, hands-on crafts, traditional games and blueberry picking, will keep the young ones entertained all day. Live bluegrass music will provide the perfect atmosphere for the festival, which the Burlington County Times has described as "a reminder that good old country life is alive and well" in the region.

The Pinelands, New Jersey's blueberry and cranberry industries and our region's rich history intersect in delicious ways in this corner of the state. History buffs can tour explore Whitesbog's agricultural museum, visit the newly restored Cranberry Research Substation, tour a cottage that depicts what life was like for Whitesbog's workers in the 1920s, and shop in Whitesbog's authentic General Store. Fresh fruit enthusiasts will delight in picking their own blueberries at the celebration. Whitesbog is home to the world's oldest test fields for domesticated blueberries, which will be open at the Blueberry Festival to give people an opportunity to experience firsthand a bit of our State's agricultural history.

Parking is $10.00 per car and $5.00 per person arriving by foot, bike, or bus. All proceeds benefit the Whitesbog Preservation Trust in their continuing efforts to restore and interpret Historic Whitesbog Village and the surrounding Pinelands. Parking is set on the Whitesbog airstrip - a 2-minute drive from the festival grounds. Shuttle buses bring visitors from this remote parking area to the village throughout the day. 

Historic Whitesbog Village is located at 120 North Whites Bogs Road, Browns Mills, NJ. It is located at mile marker 13 on County Route 530 (Pemberton Township). For more information, call 609-893-4646, e-mailwhitesbogpreservationtrust@comcast.net or visit www.whitesbog.org.

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Saturday, June 28 - Bridgeton, Cumberland County
A Visit with George Washington
Children Friendly

Without George Washington, America might have had a Napoleon to lead her troops and then her government. But the General, and future First President, remained faithful to the principles for which he and his country had fought. Leading by example, Washington resigned his commission as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army and then declined a possible third term as President. His well-earned retirement to his beloved Mount Vernon lasted less than 3 years, but he and Martha enjoyed living beneath "fig and vine" together until his death in 1799. On Saturday, enjoy a visit with George Washington at 2:00 pm at the Cumberland County Library, 800 East Commerce Street, Bridgeton NJ. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 856-453-2210.

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Saturday, June 28 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Annual Summer Crafters' Market at Allaire Village

Allaire Village, Inc. is hosting its Annual Summer Crafters' Market on Saturday, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on the grounds of The Historic Village at Allaire, located in Allaire State Park. Admission to the Crafters' Market is Free - Parking is $5/car. Exhibits by over 125 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 is available. The rain date is Sunday, June 29.

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. Admission to the Village is free for Craft Market patrons.  This will be a great day of fun for the craft, nature, and history enthusiast in your family. Authentically-clad volunteer museum interpreters, artisans, and craft demonstrators including carpenters and blacksmiths, present the story of the historic buildings and of the people who lived and worked there over 175 years ago. 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, June 28 - Princeton, Mercer County
Vintage Baseball Game
Children Friendly

The Historical Society of Princeton's 5th annual Vintage Baseball game will be held at Greenway Meadows Park (275 Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ) on Saturday. This FREE double-header starts at 11:00 am! Part game, part show, part history lesson and ALL fun, the Flemington Neshanock and the Diamond State Club of Delaware will play competitive matches of bare-handed baseball, wearing period uniforms and using rules from the nineteenth century. The event will also include a short lesson on the history of the game and a recitation of "Casey at the Bat" by Brad "Brooklyn" Shaw.

As New Jersey celebrates its 350th anniversary in 2014, this event commemorates the state's role in baseball history: Hoboken's Elysian Fields was the location of the first officially recorded game of organized baseball, on June 19, 1846, when the New York Nine beat the New York Knickerbockers, 23-1. This free event is sponsored by the Historical Society of Princeton. For more information, call 609- 921-6748 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

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Saturday, June 28 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Wheat Harvest and Ice Cream Party
Children Friendly

On Saturday, the most scenic of Howell Living History Farm's harvesting operations will take place when farmers cut and shock this year's crop of "winter wheat". Drawn by 3 big horses clad in medieval-looking fly nets, Cyrus McCormick's "reaper-binder" will chatter through waves of ripened grain, cutting and bundling it into sheaves. The public is invited to watch, photograph, or work with the harvest crew. Visitors can taste homemade wheat bread throughout the day. Freshly ground wheat flour will be available for sale.

The public is also invited to enjoy an old fashioned "ice cream party." Featured activities include music, wagon rides, games and contests, a children’s craft program and lots of ice cream making and eating. Ice cream making will begin and visitors are invited to help draw and grind ice from the Farm's ice house. The first batch of homemade ice cream will be ready for dipping at 12:00 noon.  Ice cream sodas and sundaes will be served until 3:30 pm.

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 28 - Hardwick, Sussex
Old Fashion Independence Day Celebration Millbrook Village
Children Friendly

Celebrate the two hundred thirty-eighth anniversary of our independence at the 10th Annual Independence Day Celebration at Millbrook Village on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Join the townsfolk in the parade down Main Street at 1:00 pm and gather at the green in front of the general store for a patriotic speech given by one of our local celebrities. Make a hat and a flag, bring your tin whistle or drum, wear you patriotic clothes and enjoy yourself. Got an instrument? Bring it along and help liven things up. Enter the watermelon eating contest after the parade for some refreshing fun. Everyone is invited to the frolic; kids of all ages are welcome! There will be lots of things going on throughout the village all day. Old time games for the kids and tours of the village and demonstrations all around town. You'll find it fun and interesting. Bring a picnic lunch and relax in the shade for a spell. Meet a new friend, learn about our history and take in the experience of a quieter time. The event is presented by the Millbrook Village Society in cooperation with the National Park Service. The event will be held rain or shine. Food is not available at the site, so plan accordingly. Restroom and picnic facilities are available. As usual, everything is free of charge and is family oriented.

Millbrook Village is located in the Delaware Water Gap NRA, a vast U.S. National Park Service resource located of on both sides of the Delaware River between Matamoras, PA and Belvidere, NJ. For more information and directions, call 908-537-2544 or 973-875-3461 or visit www.millbrooknj.com.

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Saturday, June 28 - Morris Township, Morris County
Meet the Irish Servant and Cook at the Willows
Children Friendly

On this guided tour, discover the life of the domestic help at the Foster home, known as The Willows at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm. Help the maid with household chores and see what the cook has prepared using the wood stove. Program runs from 1:00 - 2:00 pm. 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 28 - Morristown, Morris County
Washington’s Life Guards
Children Friendly

During the winter of 1779 - 1780, General George Washington had at his disposal an elite corps of 250 men for his personal security and for protection of his personal papers. Service in the Life Guards was an honor and unlike most regiments made up of soldiers from a single state, the Life Guard was selected from men representing all 13 states. Join a park ranger on a short walk to see where these men lived and learn about the role this unit played at Morristown and in the rest of the war. Programs at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm at the Washington's Headquarters Museum within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: $4 per adult. For more information, call 973-539-2016 ext. 210 or visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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Saturday, June 28 - Byram Township, Sussex County
Waterloo Canal Heritage Day
Children Friendly

Come visit Waterloo Village between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm for a day in this historic Morris Canal town. Enjoy boat rides on the Morris Canal, Smith's Store - a furnished canal-era store with hands-on activities, blacksmithing, see the operating gristmill, guided tours of 1859 Methodist Church, the Canal Museum - with exhibits and videos, guided walking tours of the village, and the Hoboken 9 Vintage Baseball Club will be playing baseball using the 1845 rules of the game. Admission is free. Waterloo Village is located at 525 Waterloo Road, Byram, NJ. For more information, call 973-292-2755 or visit www.canalsocietynj.org.

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Saturday, June 28 - River Edge, Bergen County
Invasive Plants and Gardening

Join members of the Bergen County Historical Society on Saturday as Members of the Buildings and Grounds Committee tend to Historic New Bridge Landing. Find out how to identify and deal with invasive species, learn more about the new native trees planted over the past year and their care, along with maintaining the gardens. If you are interested in helping out, bring gloves and sturdy shoes. They will begin at 8:00 am in front of the Campbell Christie House and will finish by 11:00 am. Historic New Bridge Landing is located at 1201-1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. For more information, visit www.bergencountyhistory.org.

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Saturday, June 28 - Bordentown, Burlington County
History in Bloom Annual Garden Tour

On Saturday, visit historic Bordentown for the Bordentown Historical Society's annual Garden Tour from 2:00 - 5:00 pm. The tour is held rain or shine and includes private and public gardens highlighting Bordentown's past. Tickets are $10.00 and will be available the day of the tour at the Friends Meeting House, 302 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown City, NJ. For more information, call 609 298-9181 or visit www.bordentownhistory.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, June 28 - 29 - Cape May, Cape May County
28th Annual Quilt and Fiber Arts Show
Children Friendly

Historic Cold Spring Village is featuring all things fiber arts at the 28th annual Cape May Quilt and Fiber Show on Saturday and Sunday. Sponsored by the Chatlos Foundation, the event will be held from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm both days and will feature demonstrations and vendors of quilting, textiles, knitting, crocheting, lace making, basket weaving, broom making, wool dyeing, sheep shearing and more. Visitors are invited to take part in a “yarn bombing,” the newest expression of public art, which will be held at the Village Gazebo. Guests are encouraged to knit or crochet a section.

On Saturday, visitors may vote for their favorite quilts in the Welcome Center at the Viewer’s Choice Quilt Show, and on Sunday continue to enjoy the display and see the winners. A rare wedding quilt, c. 1714, handmade by Cape May Countian Sarah Spicer, will be on display in the Welcome Center for its annual appearance. The quilt was restored in 2012 through a grant from the Cape May County Culture and Heritage Commission.

Regional vendors are attending with quilting and sewing fabrics, yarn, baskets, supplies, and equipment to help inspire the creation of an heirloom project. The Corson-Hand House, home to fiber arts demonstrations at the Village, will feature use of the “Great Wheel” which will be used along with wool preparation and dyeing. Bobbin lace making and tatting will also be demonstrated by a fourth generation artisan. Seasoned knitters and newcomers to the craft alike will learn from these discussions and demonstrations.

Opened in 2012, the Needle Arts Coop, located in the Villages Octagonal House, serves as a learning center for interactive lessons and information on handmade crafts and skills. Take-home kits and supplies will be available for purchase along with specialty items made by local and Village artisans.

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 28 - 29 - Tuckerton, Ocean County
Roots Music Festival

The Tuckerton Seaport is thrilled to host the Roots Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Kick back for two great days of music, wine tasting, food, crafters, vendors, demonstrations, and activities. Live roots music from The Billy Walton Band, Ryan & the Blue Hearts, James Day & The Fish Fry, Steve Guyger, The Keystone Swingbillies, Snake Brothers, Home Cookin’, and Zydeco-a-Go-Go. 

Uncork some fun and enjoy a perfect afternoon of wine tasting from some of NJ’s finest wineries, including Di Matteo, Tomasello, and Valenzano. Complimentary wine glass included. Try free samples from the barbecues of the best local cooks and vote for your favorite. General admission: $20 day / $15 members; 2 day combo pass $30 / $25 members. 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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Sunday, June 29 - Morristown, Morris County
Neighbor’s Tour: Washington Slept Here (and so do I!)

This behind-the-scenes tour is especially for people from the greater Morristown area. Learn basics about the history of the site, how the park was established and is managed, and why people come from all over the world to see a corner of the world that you call home. Space is limited to 20 people, first-come, first served, and reservations are not accepted. Tour from 10:00 - 10:45 am at the Ford Mansion within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: $4 per adult. For more information, call 973-539-2016 ext. 210 or visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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Sunday, June 29 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Roots of Root Beer
Children Friendly

Health inducing tonic or sweet refreshment? Either way root beer has a history as long and varied as the many ingredients used to create its unique flavor. Drop-in on Sunday to sample our brew, see how many ingredients you can identify, and raise your glass to a bit of family-friendly history from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

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

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Sunday, June 29 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
The History of Houses and the Things That Make Them Home

Since prehistoric times, where we live has been about much more than shelter (think of those cave paintings). A new exhibit explores just how our human instinct to nest has played out in the structures we inhabit and the stuff we put in them. "The History of Houses and the Things that Make Them Home" opens Sunday in the Richmond Gallery of the Eden Woolley House / Township of Ocean Historical Museum.

The new exhibit examines the influences on the design and content of the American home - from the traditions early settlers brought with them, to the availability of materials, to the transforming power of technology. It takes guests on a virtual house tour, revealing room by room how things have changed and how those changes have shaped our lives.

What is home? It's where the heart is and there's no place like it. Beyond shelter, our homes express our tastes, values, and social status. Our neighborhoods abound with homes that illustrate the point, and the new exhibit asks us to see our familiar surroundings in a new light. It reveals the lineage of familiar house styles--colonial, neoclassical, Victorian, and modern, for example. It explains that the colonists of the new world built houses in the style of the old. That the founding fathers, all men of the Enlightenment, adapted the designs of Greeks and Romans whose rationality they admired. That the clutter and ornamentation of the Victorians expressed their fascination with goods made possible by the Industrial Revolution and made available by the railroads. And that twentieth century architects rejected Victorian fussiness in favor of designs that challenged old assumptions and took advantage of new technologies and building techniques.

House design is just the beginning. The exhibit takes us inside, room by room. For all but the rich, our earliest homes were one-room dwellings. The very concept of a single-purpose room (living, dining, bathing, etc.) is relatively new. And even in early multiple-room houses, people moved from room to room more in pursuit of sunlight and warmth than specific activity. In effect, all rooms were "living rooms."

Revolutionary new technologies - indoor plumbing, central heating, and electric light, in particular - made room specialization practical. The bathroom, bedchamber, dining room, library, and parlor emerged as distinct spaces in ways that both reflect and influence life style.

Take the living room (aka parlor, drawing room, sitting room, and salon). It has come full circle. As parlor, it was a room often reserved to receive visitors. In time, it became the place where the family "withdrew" to gather around the piano - later the radio and then television. Today, the "great room" has assumed that role and in many homes, the living room is again a more formal space reserved for entertaining guests.

The exhibit makes that case that every house has a story, every room has a history. "The History of Houses and the Things that Make Them Home" will be up through June 2015. The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (1:00 - 4:00 pm), Thursday evenings (7:00 - 9:00 pm) and the first and second Sundays of each month (1:00 - 4:00 pm). The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is located at 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ. For more information, please call 732-531-2136 or visit www.oceanmuseum.org.

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Sunday, June 29 - Montclair, Essex County
True Colonials: A Narrated Bus Tour

True colonials – that is, houses built when New Jersey was a colony – are the subject of this bus tour on Sunday. Mike Farrelly leads us through Montclair and neighboring communities to discuss our oldest housing stock and the people who settled New Jersey. The tour will be begin at 1:00 pm and end at 3:00 pm. Ticket price: $30 for non-members, $25 for members. Registration required. The bus departs from 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. After the bus tour at 3:00 pm, there will be self-guided touring of the Crane House and refreshments. For more information and to register, call 973-744-1796, e-mail mail@montclairhistorical.org, or visit www.montclairhistorical.org.

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Sunday, June 29 - Clinton, Hunterdon County
Guided Tour Day of Mill and Quarry
Children Friendly

This summer, the Red Mill Museum Village in Clinton, NJ is offering monthly guided tours of the Red Mill and Quarry. These tours will take place on the following Sundays at 2:00 pm: June 29, July 13 (Mill building only), August 24, and September 14. The cost of the tour is included in general admission at 2:00 pm.

Admission to the mill and quarry site is $8 adults, $6 seniors, military, and veterans, $5 children 6-12, and free for Museum Members and Children under 6. Free municipal parking available nearby. The Red Mill Museum Village is located at 56 Main Street, Clinton, NJ. For more information, call 908-735-4101 or visit www.theredmill.org.

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Sunday, June 29 - Morristown, Morris County
New Jersey Book Signing

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (MHHM) is celebrating the 350th anniversary of New Jersey with book signings by authors whose work explores aspects of the state's history. On Sunday, they welcome Maxine N. Lurie who will be available to sign and sell books 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.

Dr. Lurie is the editor of New Jersey: A History of the Garden State, which presents a fresh, comprehensive overview of New Jersey's history from the prehistoric era to the present. The findings of archaeologists, political, social, and economic historians provide a new look at how the Garden State has evolved from the rich Native American heritage and complex colonial history through industrialization, urbanization, and the growth of shore communities the rise of suburbs, the concomitant decline of the state's cities, growing population density, and changing patterns of wealth. Contributors mine new and existing sources to incorporate fully scholarship on women, minorities, and immigrants. All chapters are set in the context of the history of the United States as a whole, illustrating how New Jersey is often a bellwether for the nation.

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 29 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
1836 Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate America's Independence at The Historic Village at Allaire! 1836 marks America's 60th anniversary as a country and the historic villagers will be holding celebrations from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm on Sunday! Join us for a day of speeches, toasts, music, games, and more! Tour the historic buildings and homes, talk with our interpreters and be sure to visit the Bakery and General Store (both open 10:00 am). This will be a day filled with family fun! There will be a $5 parking fee for this event.

Allaire Village, Incorporated is licensed by the State of New Jersey to operate the 40-acre, Historic Village at Allaire, the site of James P. Allaire's Howell Iron Works Company in the 1830's. The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park, 4265 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 29 - Trenton, Mercer County
Before There Was Trenton Gallery Talk

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 through 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 29 - Ogdensburg, Sussex County
Mineral Collecting at Sterling Hill
Children Friendly

On Sunday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, collect minerals at the Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg, NJ. Collecting is allowed on the Mine Run dump and in the Passaic pit and "saddle" areas. This event is open to the public. Bring sturdy footwear, a strong hammer (carpenter's claw hammers not allowed), and eye protection. A dark room with a shortwave ultraviolet light is provided on-site for inspection of fluorescent minerals. Fees: $5 admission plus $1.50 per pound for any minerals taken. Fee does NOT include the mine tour. Age requirements: 7 years and older on the Mine Run dump; 13 and older elsewhere. The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is located at 30 Plant Street, Ogdensburg, NJ. For more information, call 973-209-MINE or visit www.sterlinghillminingmuseum.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 - LAST WEEKEND
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 - LAST WEEKEND
"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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