Friday, September 19, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/20/14 - 9/21/14

WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, September 20 -  Morristown, Morris County
Into the Wood(lot)
Children Friendly

On Saturday, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, watch the farmer and draft horses haul a log from a wood lot using special equipment at Fosterfields Living History Farm. Learn how wood is prepared to use as fuel. Enjoy a discovery walk to identify trees on the farm.

Admission: $8 for adults; $7 for seniors (65+); $6 for children ages 4 – 16; and $4 for children ages 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, call 973-326-7645 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Saturday, September 20 - Union Township, Union County
Great Gatsby Party

This Saturday from 7:00 - 11:00 pm, Liberty Hall Museum is throwing the party of the year - A Great Gatsby Party! Come experience the glitz & glamour of the 1920s and attend a party like Jay Gatsby would have thrown! Live music, all you can eat and drink 1920s cocktails, and gambling for only $60.00 per person! Although it is encouraged to come dressed like Daisy Buchanan & Jay Gatsby, it is not required in order to attend this fabulous party! Reservations are required. To register, call 908-527-0400. Liberty Hall Museum is located at 1003 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ. For more information, visit www.kean.edu/libertyhall.

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Saturday, September 20 - Bedminster, Somerset County
Fall Fest
Children Friendly

Celebrate fall at the Jacobus Vanderveer House on Saturday during Bedminster's annual celebration of the season at River Road Park. The house will be open from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm. No admission fee to tour the house. 

Admission this year to the longtime festival will be $5 per person (children 3 and under free), but that money will be split for donations between seven local volunteer community organizations. Those organizations include the Far Hills-Bedminster Fire Department, the Pottersville Volunteer Fire Co., the Far Hills-Bedminster First Aid Squad, the Bedminster Township Parent Teacher Organization, Friends of the Clarence Dillon Public Library, Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House, and the Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster. New games and rides are being planned for this year, including bouncy rides, lots of live music, and new food vendors.

The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 955 Route 202/206, Bedminster, NJ, behind River Road Park. The entrance to the house is via River Road Park. For directions and more information, visit www.jvanderveerhouse.com.

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Saturday, September 20 - 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, September 20 - Tuckerton, Ocean County
Antique Car and Truck Show
Children Friendly

Drive on down to the Tuckerton Seaport on Saturday for the 5th Annual Antique & Classic Car & Truck Show, hosted in conjunction with the Vintage Auto Museum of New Jersey. Over 100 antique and classic cars and trucks will be on display, with judging and an awards ceremony rounding out the afternoon. Prizes will include door prizes, special awards, and club participation award. View cars premiering for the first time. The Mercer Car Model is the featured car as it is the only car designed and built in New Jersey. Raindate is Sunday, September 21. 

There is still time to enter your vehicle. Contact Dave at ddieugnio@comcast.net to enter the show. You can also register the day of the show between 8:00 am and 11:00 am. The registration fee is $15 in advance and $20 the day of show. Awards will be presented at 2:00 pm.

Admission to the show is $5 for adults, $3 for children aged 5-12. Children under 5 are admitted free. Tuckerton Seaport members are also admitted free. Event admission includes access to the Seaport’s 40 acres of family fun, featuring maritime activities, historic and recreated buildings, live animals, a boardwalk, miniature golf course, and exhibits. The 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, September 20 - South Orange, Essex County
Vintage Baseball: The South Orange Villagers vs. the Flemington Neshanock
Children Friendly

South Orange Recreation and the Historic Preservation Commission are presenting a 19th-century baseball game on Saturday starting at 12:00 noon at Cameron Field in South Orange, NJ when the South Orange Villagers play the Flemington Neshanock. This is the 100th anniversary of the field "where legends played." Famous Yankee all-stars Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Whitey Ford played here, as well as several Negro League stars, including Josh Gibson of the Pittsburgh Crawfords. It has also been the venue for many local teams, including Little League, school teams and adult leagues. Period style uniforms and general sponsorship is being generously provided by Ed Ayuso and The Gateway Rental Residences.

Part game, part show, part history lesson, and all fun, the Flemington Neshanock team will play against local volunteers in bare-handed baseball, wearing period uniforms and using rules from 1864. The event will also include a short lesson on the history of the game and a recitation of "Casey at the Bat," as well as a few interesting surprise appearances.

As New Jersey celebrates its 350th anniversary, this event also 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.

The game is free and open to all and there will be an old-style food concession as well. For more information, contact Stephen Schnall, Village Trustee, at sschnall@southorange.org.

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Saturday, September 20 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
Encampment Day
Children Friendly

Outwater's Militia returns for a fourth time to Rockingham on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. There will be musket firings, drills with dummy muskets and an equipment display. In addition, there may be spinning demonstrations and a chance to try the drop spindle, medical equipment on display and a discussion of medical practices in the 18th century.

In addition to Outwaters activities, there also will be basket weaving demonstrated by Deb Buonocore and cooking will be done throughout the day in an outdoor cooking pit. Apiarist Pier Guidi will have an information display about bees, beehives, and honey production. Visitors can try their hand at scrubbing clothes in a wooden tub on a wooden scrubbing bat/paddle or try playing trapball or battledore and shuttlecock with a different kind of bat/paddle. In addition to the encampment, there will be house tours and the museum store will be open for shopping. Light refreshments will also be available.

The event is free, though donations are welcomed! This event is sponsored by the Rockingham Association. Rockingham is located at 84 Laurel Avenue, Franklin Township, NJ. For more information, call 609-683-7132, e-mail rmhistory1783@aol.com, or visit www.rockingham.net.

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Saturday, September 20 - Parsippany-Troy Hills, Morris County
Fall Family Fun Day
Children Friendly

On Saturday, attend Fall Family Day at Craftsman Farms in Parsippany-Troy Hills. Enjoy the biggest family program of the year, included hayrides, pumpkin painting, and live music by the Denville String Band. Children of all ages can try old-fashioned cider pressing and handcrafts such as woodworking, pottery, knitting, and embroidery. The event also features the return of favorite activities like indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts, Balloon Cows and old-fashioned games and races.

Perennial favorite Apple Spice Junction will be on hand with seasonal snacks and box lunches. And kids will enjoy a visit from a Special Guest courtesy of Kids Club THIRTEEN. Inside the Log House, tours will be suspended for the day and families will be invited to stroll through the museum Open House at their own pace.

Craftsman Farms is the former country estate of noted turn-of-the-century designer Gustav Stickley, a major proponent of the Arts and Crafts movement in decorative arts, home building and furnishing styles. Stickley combined the roles of designer and manufacturer, architect, publisher, philosopher, and social critic. He is best known today for his straightforward furniture, sometimes called “mission” or “Craftsman” furniture. Admission: $7 adults without children; $7 children; $5 member children. Free to adults accompanying children. Craftsman Farms is located at 2352 Route 10, Morris Plains, NJ. For more information, call 973-540-0311 or visit www.stickleymuseum.org.

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Saturday, September 20 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Corn Shucking
Children Friendly

A classic scene from America’s past will be recreated at Howell Living History Farm on Saturday when the fields of ripening corn are cut and shocked against a landscape of early fall colors.

Visitors are invited to help farmers arrange corn stalks into "shocks" of about 100 stalks in the field. Cutting and shocking the corn lets the corn continue to dry down, leaving room to bring wagons into the field at harvest time and making it easier to access the ears, some of which are 8 feet off the ground! Visitors may participate in corn shelling, grinding and even sampling cornbread!

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.com.

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Saturday - Sunday, September 20 - 21 - Fishkill, New York
5th Annual Fishkill Revolutionary War Weekend
Children Friendly

For the fifth year running, the Fishkill History Society and the Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot will offer a weekend full of programs commemorating Dutchess County’s many contributions to the American Revolution. While the entirety of the county contributed to the American war effort, Fishkill played a special role in our founding conflict. Host to the 4th New York Provincial Congress in 1776 and home of the primary depot supplying the Continental Army’s entire Northern Department, Fishkill was a pivotal post for American patriots. Fishkill’s oldest churches were also dragooned into the war effort: the First Reformed Church served as a prison for Loyalists while the Trinity Episcopal Church housed a military hospital.

The Van Wyck Homestead, located at 504 Route 9 in Fishkill, just south of the I-84 intersection, will host the major programs for this event. Reenactors portraying soldiers of New York regiments will offer demonstrations of camp life, military drill, and musket and cannon firing throughout the day. Tours of the Van Wyck House and the Continental Army Cemetery will be offered several times throughout each day. Period trade demonstrations including blacksmithing and bread baking in the reconstructed bread oven (only one of its kind in southern New York) will be ongoing. A special court martial demonstration will occur at 1:00 pm each day in concert with house tours. This event is free and open to the public, from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm each day. For more information, visit www.fishkillsupplydepot.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, September 20 - 21 - Freehold, Monmouth County
Living History Encampment
Children Friendly

Bring the family for a weekend filled with historic fun! Encampment at the Monmouth County Historical Association is a two day event exhibiting the lives of Union and Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. This event includes period dancing, cooking, doll making, rifle drills, games, and more!

On Saturday, the hours are 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and on Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is free. The event will be held at the Monmouth County Historical Association, 70 Court Street, Freehold, NJ. Parking is available across the street at the Monmouth County Courthouse. For more information, call 732-462-1466 or visit www.monmouthhistory.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, September 20 - 21 - Byram Township, Sussex County
Highlands Festival at Waterloo
Children Friendly

The Highlands Festival at Waterloo is a two day long celebration of New Jersey's home-grown music, food, art, crafts, history and entertainment! Taking place on Saturday and Sunday, the Highlands Festival at Waterloo promises to be a weekend of fun for all ages. This zero waste event will feature two stages to showcase New Jersey Performers. It is produced by the New Jersey Highlands Coalition. The hours on Saturday are 10:00 am - 9:00 pm and 10:00 am - 6:00 pm on Sunday.

The main stage will feature non-stop performances from the best of New Jersey’s homegrown bands. At the gazebo stage there will be solo, acoustic, and children’s performers. There will be a local food court  with vendors utilizing local, naturally grown food and a chefs’ showcase with cooking demonstrations and tastings by New Jersey chefs, featuring local food.

Enjoy guided tours of Waterloo Village and the rides on the canal. The New Jersey Canal Museum will be open, in addition to Smith’s Store, Rutan Cabin, the Blacksmith Shop and the Gristmill. Interpretive tours of Waterloo’s recreated Lenape Village will be available. A juried art show featuring spectacular two-dimensional visions of Highlands natural resources by New Jersey artists. A photography workshop where you can learn how to photograph the natural world with renowned nature photographer Dwight Hiscano.

Experts on local, environmental and sustainable issues will hold workshops throughout the weekend in addition to local vendors who offer services, products and solutions for living sustainably. Through interactive displays and demonstrations, non-profit groups will showcase their work and explain how their efforts help to heal and transform the world into a better place.

Tickets pricing: Advance single day pass $15, 2-day passes $25. At the gate, $25 for a single day and $40 for 2-days. Children ages 12 and under are free. There is a $5 parking fee per car at the gate. To purchase advance tickets, click here. Waterloo Village is located at 525 Waterloo Road, Byram, NJ. For more information, visit www.highlandsfestivalatwaterloo.org.

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Sunday, September 21 - Heislerville, Cumberland County
East Point Lighthouse Open House

The historic East Point Lighthouse, built in 1849, will be open to visitors to tour and climb on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. East Point Lighthouse is located at the end of Lighthouse Road in Heislerville, NJ. For more information, call 856-785-9927 or visit www.eastpointlight.info.

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Sunday, September 21 - Andover, Sussex County
Open House

The Historical Society of Andover Borough cordially invites you to visit the Andover Museum on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Come experience Andover's important historic significance. A wide array of artifacts and other historic memorabilia highlighting Andover's rich diversified history are visually displayed in the museum. These displays include Andover's history of iron ore mining and processing, the railroad, dairy farming production, and the everyday life and people of this significant community and Andover's important contributions to the growth of Sussex County, Northern New Jersey, and America.

The Andover Museum is open to visitors from 1:00 - 4:00 pm on Sunday. It is located upstairs in the Andover Borough Municipal Building at 137 Main Street/Route 206, Andover Borough, NJ. There is ample parking located behind the building and the museum entrance is on Smith Street.

The museum is open to the public. For additional information please call 973-786-7833 or e-mail historyandovernj@aol.com.

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Sunday, September 21 - Morristown, Morris County
Restoring the Wick House
Children Friendly

Did you know people lived in the Wick House until 1933? Thanks to the Civilian Conservation Corps the house has been transformed to an original appearance. Join a Park Ranger at the Wick House to discover the ways in which the C.C.C. restored the Wick House and farm. Program at 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 pm at the Wick House at Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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Sunday, September 21 - Boonton, Morris County
Transportation Heritage Festival
Children Friendly

The United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey will host its Third Annual Transportation Heritage Festival at the Boonton Yard, west of the New Jersey Transit station at 100 Morris Avenue, Boonton, NJ on Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Guests will be welcome to enjoy presentations in the Lackawanna freight house outside the yard, and see informational booths and souvenir tables outside. Inside the yard, the URHS will be selling lunch including hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks, and many other snacks and treats for you to enjoy while you spend a few hours enjoying their collection of trains and railroad equipment.

In addition to dozens of classic vehicles that will be on display, much of the railroad equipment will be open to go inside. This includes a coach, executive private car, baggage car, and our world-famous Hickory Creek & 43 private rail cars. Kids and adults will love the opportunity to walk through the inside of and sit at the controls of a real diesel locomotive. Purchase lunch at the event, enjoy the live music, and make a family afternoon out of your visit to the yard!

Free parking will be available at 100 Frontage Street, Boonton, NJ. A vintage bus will shuttle visitors between the Plane Street Parking Lot and the festival. Admission to the event is a donation of $5 per person or $10 per family. For more information, visit www.urhs.org.

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Sunday, September 21 - Walpack, Sussex County
Walpack Historical Society 30th Anniversary


Join the Walpack Historical Society as it celebrates its 30th anniversary on Sunday starting at 1:00 pm at the Walpack M.E. Church, Walpack Center (within the  Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area), Sussex County, NJ. Walpack Township dates to October 26, 1731. The name comes from a corruption of the Lenape Native American word "wahlpeck," which means "turn-hole," an eddy or whirlpool. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. For more information call 973-948-4903.



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Sunday, September 21 - Raritan, Somerset County
John Basilone Parade
Children Friendly

Join the residents of Raritan Township on Sunday for the annual parade in honor of former resident John Basilone. John Basilone (November 4, 1916 – February 19, 1945) was a United States Marine Gunnery Sergeant who received the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Guadalcanal, where he and two other men held off 3,000 enemy troops after the rest of their unit was killed or wounded. Although he could have lived on his laurels on war bond tours, he chose to go back to the Pacific, and was killed on the first day of fighting on Iwo Jima. He would have received a second medal of honor for his actions there, destroying a Japanese blockhouse while his unit was pinned down. However, there was no precedent for a double Medal of Honor recipient, so he posthumously received a Navy Cross.

The John Basilone Museum in the Raritan Library will be open on Sunday from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. The parade will begin at 1:00 pm on Somerset Street in Raritan, NJ. Immediately after the parade there will be a ceremony at the Basilone statue on Somerset Street. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.basiloneparade.com or www.basiloneparade.com/schedule-2014.htm.

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Sunday, September 21 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
The Excavations of Raritan Landing

To commemorate the 350th Anniversary of the founding of New Jersey, the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission welcomes Rebecca Yamin on Sunday at 2:00 pm at East Jersey Olde Towne Village in Piscataway, NJ.

Rebecca Yamin will present a lecture on Raritan Landing. Raritan Landing was a diverse, thriving port community from the 1700s through the mid-1800s. Located along River Road and Landing Lane in present day Piscataway, it virtually disappeared from the landscape by the 20th century. One of the clues of its existence is the Cornelius Low House, or the Middlesex County Museum, the home of a prosperous Raritan Landing merchant. First discovered in the 1970s because of a sewer project, subsequent archaeological digs and years of in-depth research have revealed one of the most significant excavation sites in New Jersey’s history. A permanent exhibit located at East Jersey Olde Towne Village entitled: Raritan Landing, Uncovering a Forgotten Past has been created as a result of years of hard work and analysis. Through hundreds of never-before-exhibited artifacts, images and interactive displays, the history of a lost Colonial port community is brought to life in this landmark exhibit.

Rebecca Yamin, Ph.D. was a principal archaeologist with John Milner Associates, Inc. from 1992 to 2011. She specialized in urban archaeology and has conducted extensive research in the Five Points neighborhood of New York City and in Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park. She is the author of Digging in the City of Brotherly Love: Stories from Philadelphia Archaeology (2008). She wrote her dissertation on pre-Revolutionary trade in New Jersey, focusing on Raritan Landing and is one of a few that have been involved in the study of Raritan Landing since the 1970s.

East Jersey Olde Towne Village is located at 1050 River Road (within Johnson Park) in Piscataway, NJ. This program is free of charge but please call 732-745-4489 to register.

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Sunday, September 21 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Cornbread Contest & Corny Jokes
Children Friendly

Do you make the best cornbread? Bake a 9 x 13" pan and bring it to Walnford at 1:00 pm along with a printed copy of your recipe. Judging will be done by your peers and our experts. Visitors may sample and judge the entries from 2:00 - 3:00 pm and copies of the newest edition of the Walnford Cornbread Cookbook will be given to each baker. Ribbons will be awarded at 3:00 pm.

From 2:00 - 3:00 pm, the staff at Walnford will be all ears for your favorite corny joke! They will read the family friendly entries and judge the winner by laughter. A suitable trophy will be awarded to the winning joke.

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, Upper Freehold, NJ. For more information, call 609-259-6275 or visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

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Sunday, September 21 - Montclair, Essex County
Tour the Charles Shultz House

On Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, step back through 100 years of history and visit the 1896 Charles Shultz House at 30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ. Having been home to three successive generations of the Shultz family, the house is a near perfect time capsule, representing an accurate record of late nineteenth century Montclairion society. Unlike other examples of late nineteenth century residences in Montclair, Evergreens retains nearly all of its original architectural detail, furnishings, and mechanical systems. Admission is $8/adult; $5/child and senior; $25/family. For more information, call 973-744-1796 or visit www.montclairhistorical.org.

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Sunday, September 21 - 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, call 973-326-7645 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Sunday, September 21 - Paterson, Passaic County
The Story of Paterson's Silk City Diners

On Sunday at 2:00 pm in Lambert Castle (home of the Passaic County  Historical Society) Clifton native Michael Gabriele will present "Manufacturing Roadside Landmarks: The Story of Paterson's Silk City Diners." This lecture will explain how the Paterson Vehicle Company contributed to the New Jersey diner phenomenon with their Silk City Diners. General museum admissions apply - Adults $5.00; Senior Citizens (65+) $4.00; Children ages 5-17 $3.00; and Children under age 5 - free.

Gabriele is author of The History of Diners in New Jersey and co-curated Passaic County Historical Society's current exhibit, "Pancakes, Patties and Pies...the History of the Silk City Diner Company of Paterson," which will be open until October 5, 2014 There will be time for visitors to explore the exhibit before or after the lecture.

Lambert Castle 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, September 21 - Westampton, Burlington County
Colonial Samplers of Burlington County

On Sunday from 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm, the Colonial Dames of New Jersey will display colonial samplers at their September Showcase at Peachfield. These samplers were stitched by Burlington County residents in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Tours of Peachfield will be available at 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm. Reservations are recommended. 

Admission is free but free-will donations are welcome in support of the museum. The program takes place at Peachfield, the Headquarters of The National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Jersey, 180 Burrs Road, Westamption, NJ. For more information, call 609-267-6996 or visit www.colonialdamesnj.org.

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Sunday, September 21 - National Park, Gloucester County
Living History Encampment
Children Friendly


On Sunday, the Whitall House will be hosting the West Jersey Artillery Company and the First Delaware Regiment who will offer a live canon demonstration as well as a living history encampment. Come meet a gunsmith and see him in action, meet a field surgeon, and learn about Revolutionary medicine, and grab those ear plugs for the firing of the canon! The event is from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm and the Whitall House will be open for tours. The Whitall House is located at Red Bank Battlefield, 100 Hessian Avenue, National Park, NJ. For more information, call 856-853-5120 or visit www.whitall.org.

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Sunday, September 21 - Maywood, Bergen County
Historic Train Station Open House & Annual Railroad Day

Children Friendly


The Maywood Station Museum located at 269 Maywood Avenue, Maywood, NJ will be open on Sunday from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm. Stop by and help them celebrate their 10th anniversary! There will be tables with railroad and model railroad items for sale and numerous exhibits and displays. Admission is free - donations welcome.

The Maywood Station Historical Committee preserved the 1872 New York, Susquehanna & Western (NYS&W) railroad station in Maywood and operates it as a museum with a mission to preserve the railroad and cultural heritage of Maywood through restoration and preservation, historical awareness, archiving and interpretation, museum open houses, meetings and special events. For more information, visit www.maywoodstation.com.

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Sunday, September 21 - Union, Union County
Rahway Valley Railroad Presentation

Richard King, a railroad historian with expertise in short and obscure rail lines, will speak on Sunday at 2:30 pm at the Caldwell Parsonage in Union, NJ. King's presentation will be on the Rahway Valley Railroad - only 11.8 miles long - which operated in Union from 1904 until its abandonment in 1992. Coincidentally, the release date of his new book, Just a Short Line: The Story of the Rahway Valley Railroad (Volume 1: History of the Line, 1897-1950), will also be released September 21.

The Caldwell Parsonage is located at 909 Caldwell Avenue, Union, NJ. For more information, call Barbara La Mort at 908-687-0048 or visit www.uniontwphistoricalsociety.webs.com.

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Sunday, September 21 - Maplewood, Essex County
Everything Old is New Again

Rediscover Durand-Hedden House, Maplewood’s historic house museum, which was freshly painted over the summer and transformed. It is now wearing a new “old” color scheme of straw, dark green and maroon, which represents the era 1865-1880. Find out about the work that was done and the techniques used for this startling change.

Go on to stroll Durand-Hedden’s picturesque grounds, Maplewood Township’s Grasmere Park. Explore the Herb Garden, a project of the Maplewood Garden Club created in 1979 to enhance the House. This year, a new group of volunteers, under the leadership of landscape designer Judy Halesky, have planted, weeded, and watered this lovely horticultural gem. Be sure to treat yourself to a taste of mint pesto with vegetables and an herbal tea.

Visitors will also be able to peruse the exhibit, “The Maplewood Theater: Its Forgotten Saga,” which explores the ever-changing 87-year history of the Maplewood Theater, spanning silent films, vaudeville, talkies, live theater, neighborhood cinema, and the current multiplex.

The Country Store will be open and featuring historic-themed treasures, many at discounted prices: mini school slates, early American children’s games, books and toys, facsimile documents, quill pens and ink, historic cook books, cookie molds, tin lanterns, hand blown blue birds, reproductive decorative items and ceramics, and more. The hard-to-find original Doors of Maplewood poster and Smile, the history of Olympic Park, will also be available.

The Durand-Hedden House is located at 523 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood, NJ. For more information, e-mail info@durandhedden.org or visit www.durandhedden.org.

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Sunday, September 21 - Denville, Union County
A Gathering to Reminisce

On Sunday, longtime “Union Hillers”, Howard Squire, Richard Kellett, and Edith Caskey Miner reminisce about growing up in the Union Hill section of Denville in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. Come enjoy an afternoon of reflection and refreshments as our guests. Sponsored by the Ayres/Knuth Farm Foundation. This program will run from 1:30 - 3:30 pm at the Union Hill Presbyterian Church, Cosman Hall, 427 Franklin Road, Denville, NJ.

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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 September 20, 2014 - Orange, Essex County
Looking at the Age of Edison Through the Witness Trees of Glenmont
Children Friendly

A joint program of the Rhode Island School of Design (RSID), the National Park Service (Witness Tree Project), and ValleyArts, this exhibition entitled "Transformed: Looking at the Age of Edison Through the Witness Trees of Glenmont" will be on display at the ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery, 580 Forest Street, Orange NJ from Thursday, August 28 through Sunday, September 21, 2014. Historic Trees, felled by Hurricane Sandy at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange, have been transformed by RISD students into objects of art that entice viewers to think more deeply about history. The Gallery is open Thursdays 5:00 - 7:30 pm; Saturdays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; Sundays 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm and by appointment.  Admission is free. For more information, call 973-736-0550 ext. 50.

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Through Sunday, October 5, 2014 - Paterson, Passaic County
The History of the Silk City Diner Company of Paterson Exhibit

On exhibit through Sunday October 5, 2014 in Lambert Castle, home of the Passaic County Historical Society, view "Pancakes, Patties, and Pies...the History of the Silk City Diner Company of Paterson." The humble origin of American diners can be traced back to 1872. Since then, diners have evolved to become an iconic representation of the American lifestyle. This type of dining, with its comfort foods, distinct architecture, and unique aesthetics has captivated the appetites and imaginations of generations. In this exhibit, learn how the Paterson Vehicle Company contributed to this phenomenon with their  Silk City Diners. Exhibit co-curated by Clifton native and author Michael Gabriele. Visitors can access the exhibition during regular museum hours (Wednesday-Sunday). General museum admissions apply.

Admission: Adults $5.00, Senior Citizens (65+) $4.00, Children ages 5-17 $3.00, and children under age 5 and members of the Historical Society are free. Lambert Castle is located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson, NJ. For more information, call 973-247-0085 or visit www.lambertcastle.org.

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Through Sunday, October 12, 2014 - Trenton, Mercer County
"Before There Was Trenton" Exhibit

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. 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 talk, call 609-989-1191, e-mail tms@ellarslie.org, or visit www.ellarslie.org.

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Through October 31, 2014 - Plainfield, Union County
The Charles H. Detwiller, Jr. Architectural Drawings Collection, 1887-2002

The Plainfield Public Library announces a new exhibition in honor of New Jersey's 350th anniversary celebration. The library is displaying never-before seen examples from its collection of historical blueprints that date back to 1887. The 70-piece exhibit consists of wall exhibits and display cases on both levels of the library. The featured blueprints represent thirty-five different sets of drawings by 24 architects. The oldest drawing on exhibit is of the Plainfield Golf Club dating from 1896.

The Charles H. Detwiller, Jr. Architectural Drawings Collection contains over 16,000 sets of drawings, documenting over a century of residential and commercial architecture in the greater Plainfield area. This collection of blueprints that document the growth of a suburban community is unique in the United States.

Over 500 architects are represented, including African-American architect George Ernest Robinson, who was a nationally known architect in firehouse design. Plainfield's Fire Headquarters building, designed by him in 1925, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Preservation of the aging documents began by the library in 1998. The processing of the collection is still ongoing. The cost of microfilming, digitization, and cataloging is entirely supported through grant funding and volunteer assistance. Major funders include The Institute for Museum and Library Services; The New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State; the Plainfield Foundation; and the Friends of the Plainfield Public Library.

The exhibition will run through October 2014 and is free to the public. The Plainfield Public Library is located at 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ. For more information, call 908-757-1111 or visit www.plainfieldlibrary.info.

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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.

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.

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 November 2014 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
New Exhibit - The Story of the Morro Castle
Children Friendly

On Saturday, September 8, 1934, the burning hulk of the disabled luxury liner Morro Castle broke free of its towline and drifted dangerously near Convention Hall to run aground just yards off the Asbury Park beachfront.  The tragedy (at the time the worst in U.S. merchant marine history) made national headlines. It turned local lifesavers into heroes and Asbury into a sightseeing mecca for the next six months.

Eighty years later, the Township of Ocean Historical Museum, located in the Eden Woolley House at the Ocean Township Library complex on Deal Road, opens a mini-exhibit remembering  the Morro Castle.  The highlight of the September 7 opening is a dramatization of a radio interview with fictional Morro Castle survivor Ellen Van Brunt. Imagining a WCAP ("City of Asbury Park") broadcast from Convention Hall, the performance, scheduled for 1:30 pm and repeated at 3:00 pm, brings events to life.

Visit the Eden Woolley House through November to learn the full story of this tragedy. The exhibit will be up through the end of November.

The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is located in the Eden Woolley House, one of the few 18th century structures still in existence in Ocean Township and 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 pm - 4:00 pm). The Museum is located at 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ. For more information, call 732-531-2136 or visit www.oceanmuseum.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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Sundays through January 25, 2015 - Trenton, Mercer County
Form, Function and Fine: Two Hundred Years of American Ceramics

From teacups to chamber sets, New Jersey to California, the Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society presents a new exhibit, providing a sample of American ceramics from the 19th and 20th century. Redware, yellowware, spongeware, and salt glazed crocks will be displayed along with early Lenox and Trenton pottery. Roseville, Stangl, Pfaltzgraff and Homer Laughlin pieces are some of the other American ceramics featured. The exhibit will continue through January 25, 2015. Come to the table and join us on a Sunday afternoon from 1:00 - 4:00 pm to view this exhibit! The Cranbury Museum is located at 4 Park Place East, Cranbury, NJ. For more information, call 609-409-1289 or visit www.cranburyhistory.org.

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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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1st and 2nd Sundays through June 2015 - 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" is on display in the Richmond Gallery of the Eden Woolley House / Township of Ocean Historical Museum.

The 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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Through June 2015 - Morristown, Monmouth County
The Civil War through the Eyes of Thomas Nast


Before radio, TV, or the Internet, there was political cartoonist Thomas Nast. Nast illustrated battles, Union and Confederate troop movements, and their activities throughout the Civil War. He also captured the poignancy of those back home, who worried about their family members in combat. Nast covered both the home and battle fronts; his work was the main source of information about the war for many people. His illustrations in publications like "Harper's Weekly" brought the information about what was happening into the homes of the American public, the way mass media does today. Like all media agents, he not only depicted what was happening by reporting on the events taking place, but also created propaganda by trying to stir emotions and support for the Union side. Mounted to commemorate the final year of the Civil War Sesquicentennial (2011-2015), this second floor exhibit will include a number of these stirring images. "The Civil War through the Eyes of Thomas Nast" opens September 7, 2014­ and will be on exhibit through 2015.

Thomas Nast (1840-1902) is one of the most recognized names in the world of political cartoons.  Often called the father of American political cartooning, Nast's images remain popular today.  His well-known depictions of the Democratic donkey and Republican elephant, conceived more than 100 years ago, continue to represent both parties.  Uncle Sam and Columbia, two of his favorite figures to draw, are still recognized as symbols for the United States of America.  His spirit lives on through his iconic representations of Santa Claus. The classic images which Nast popularized of the jolly old elf still appear on a variety of surfaces each year during the holiday season, and Nast's Civil War images of battlefront and home front were powerful tools for bringing the war into people's homes.

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

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

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