Friday, September 26, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/27/14 - 9/28/14

WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, September 27 - Haddonfield - Camden County
Centennial Fair
Children Friendly

In honor of their 100th anniversary, the Historical Society of Haddonfield will host the Centennial Fair - a day of Family Fun in the beautiful September Sun! The Fair will be held on the grounds of Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East in Haddonfield, NJ from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm on Saturday. 

Street parking will be available and the Fair will be held on the beautifully landscaped grounds in the rear of the Hall. The festivities will include an abundance of food options from local vendors, including homemade ice cream from Sweet Pea, authentic Mexican from Jalapenos Grill, gluten free treats from Posh Pop Bakeshop, Indian cuisine from Cross Culture, and classic Italian from da Soli Trattoria Rustica.

From 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm, there will be games for kids and the Markeim Arts Center will offer an arts and craft competition for children between the ages of 7 and 9. At 1:30 pm, the air will be filled with the happy sounds of the Haddonfield Pick Up band, playing all the old familiar favorites. At 2:30 pm, the cast of Spelling Bee from the upcoming Haddonfield Plays & Players production will entertain with Broadway selections. And at 4:00 pm, the graceful dancers of Dance Haddonfield will perform a medley of movement for your enjoyment. Throughout the afternoon there will be a carriage available for autumnal rides around Hopkins Pond for a minimal charge.

Be sure to buy your tickets for the "Restaurant Dining Adventure Raffle." Three winners will be drawn with the top prize being a basket full of coupon vouchers for Haddonfield's finest restaurants worth $500. The second and third prizes will have values of $300 and $250. It is a great way to enjoy the wonderful cuisine offered by the eateries in Haddonfield. Tickets are only $10. They will be available for purchase at the Fair. All proceeds benefit the Society.

The Fair begins with a procession from the Haddonfield Library, the Society's original location before they moved to Greenfield Hall on Kings Hwy. The procession leaves the library at 11:30 am led by a Town Crier and volunteers from the Indian King Tavern. All are welcome to join. The event is free. Rain date will be Sunday, September 28, 2014. For more information, call 856-429-7375 or visit www.haddonfieldhistory.org.

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Saturday, September 27 - 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 grist mill, guided tours of 1859 Methodist Church, the Canal Museum - with exhibits and videos, and guided walking tours of the village. 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, September 27 -  Morristown, Morris County
Cara's Cottage
Children Friendly

On Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, visit Caroline Foster’s ‘Temple of Abiding Peace,’ where she entertained friends and enjoyed her nearby garden. Sample light refreshments.

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 27 - Mount Tabor, Morris County
21st Annual Historic House Tour

Travel back in time when you visit Mount Tabor, New Jersey. During the Mount Tabor Historical Society's 21st annual historic House Tour on Saturday, visitors will be able to experience the unique charms of this historic community, founded as a post-Civil War permanent Methodist Camp Meeting ground. This event provides the best opportunity to get an  inside look at more than fifteen Victorian cottages, community buildings, and sites that will be open to the public that day. Special events include a display of heritage quilts as well as an art show featuring resident artists. Box lunches will be available for sale. The self-guided tour will be held rain or shine 11 :00 am - 4:00 pm.

Richardson History House, a small-scale Second Empire Victorian Camp Meeting cottage will be featured on the tour. The History House invites visitors to encounter another era and see what it was like to spend a summer "camp meeting style" in the cottage of J. Smith and Lydia Richardson, a family prominent in the early community. From the original, decorative trompe l'oeil painted wood panel walls to the expansive glass doors we truly believe "these walls can talk!"

Step inside a replica Camp Meeting Tent and sample traditional tent life for yourself. Original camp meetings were considered pilgrimages, and the devout endured the hardships of primitive tents rather than lush accommodations. The interiors of the tents were divided into a front portion used as a parlor, and a back portion used for sleeping quarters. Due to space limitations, furnishings were multi-functional. Camp chairs and rockers also adorned the tents.

Tickets are $20.00 per person in advance, purchased online via PayPal and $25.00 on the day of the tour at the Old Firehouse on Simpson Avenue. Parking will be provided at the Mount Tabor School, located on Park Road, Morris Plains, off Route 53 (GPS: use 864 Park Road, Morris Plains, NJ) where a shuttle bus will be available. Mount Tabor is located in Morris County along Route 53 between Denville and Morris Plains. For more information and advance tickets, visit www.mounttabornj.org or call 973-975-0001.

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Saturday, September 27 - Burlington Township, Burlington County
Civil War Encampment
Children Friendly

Historic West Hill Manor House will hold its second annual Civil War Encampment on Saturday. The 6th New Hampshire Volunteers will demonstrate what camp life was like for the Union soldier and answer any questions about the times and life of a soldier.

West Hill was recently been placed on the State and National Register of Historic Sites for its Federal style architecture. At 2:00 pm on Saturday, there will be a ceremony and unveiling of the National Historic Register plaque.

Activities will be from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at Historic West Hill, 1114 Oxmead Road, Burlington Township, NJ. Admission is $3.00 and includes a tour of the Manor House, whose owners included Susanna Emlen, one of the earliest breast cancer surgery survivors, and Eliza Gurney, friend and correspondent with Abraham Lincoln.West Hill is open to the public on the 3rd Sunday of each month, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 856-768-0312 or visit www.westhillnj.org.

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Saturday, September 27 - Roebling, Burlington County
Roebling Museum Announces 1st Annual Oktoberfest

The Roebling Museum's 1st annual Oktoberfest celebration will be held on the grounds of the museum on Saturday from 3:00 - 7:00 pm. The event will feature music by the South Jersey Pops' Oktoberfest Band and accordionist Dave Burr. There will also be food vendors offering a wide selection of German style foods including potato pancakes and bratwurst.  And, of course, there will be a beer garden, to enjoy a cold draft beverage with your food and music.

Admission on the day of the event is $10 and includes entertainment and admission to the Roebling Museum. Discounted "early bird" tickets are available for $8 online at www.roeblingmuseum.org. Bring your friends to this fun event that is also a funddraiser to help support the educational programs provided by the Roebling Museum.

The Roebling Museum is located on 100 Second Avenue, Roebling, NJ. Parking is available at the back of the museum just off Hornberger Avenue and at the New Jersey Transit River Line Station. Visitors can also take the River Line; the museum is only a short walk from the Roebling stop. For more information, call 609-499-7200 or visit www.roeblingmuseum.org.

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Saturday, September 27 - Morristown, Morris County
Protecting the Commander-in-Chief: 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 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: Free. For more information, call 973-539-2016 ext. 210 or visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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Saturday, September 27 - Pennsauken, Camden County
Living History Day
Children Friendly

On Saturday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, the historic Griffith Morgan House in Pennsauken will host a day of living history! The beautiful hearth of the colonial home will be ablaze as cooking in the manner of our ancestors fills the house with the aromas of history. Skilled crafts people will be carrying on the pastimes that furnished the colonial home with the items of everyday living. Special guest Nicole Salamone will be on-site to talk about medical practices in the colonial home, where wives and mothers ran their era's emergency rooms! She will also bring copies of her historical novella for signing and purchase. Admission and parking are free. Light refreshments will be available. Free tours of the historic home and its museum and library will be offered. The Griffith Morgan House is located on Griffith Morgan Lane, off River Road, near Delair in Pennsauken. For more information, call 856-486-9561.

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Saturday, September 27 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Wine Tasting at Paulsdale

Paulsdale Uncorked, the Alice Paul Institute's seventh annual wine tasting, takes place on Saturday from 5:00 - 7:30 pm, at Paulsdale, a national historic landmark. Enjoy food prepared by members of the South Jersey Personal Chef Association, including Tony Barbarics, I Love This Food PCS, Fran Davis, The Flavorful Fork PCS, John Webersinn, Time to Dine PCS, Lisa Cifelli, Dinner in a Snap PCS, Stephanie Hopkins, Cutting Board Creation PCS, LLC, Davis Silverman and David's Culinary Delights, PCS, accompanied by wines donated by Canal's Bottle Stop of Marlton. Dawn Cisler, certified wine specialist and wine educator, will pour wine and answer questions. 

Admission is $60 in advance and $65 at the door. Proceeds support the continued preservation of Paulsdale. Paulsdale is located at 128 Hooton Road, Mt. Laurel. For more information or to register, contact the Alice Paul Institute at 856-231-1885, e-mail info@alicepaul.org, or visit www.alicepaul.org.

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Saturday, September 27 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
1830s Fall Harvest Festival
Children Friendly

Allaire Village Incorporated is hosting its annual 1830s Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Celebrate the season with the villagers! Join in cider pressing, an apple toss, militia demonstrations, horse and wagon rides, children's games, and more! Don't miss the exciting Militia Competition with ax throwing, knife throwing, fire-starting and demonstrations. Face Painting and village activities for children of all ages!

Admission: $5 adults, $3 children 5-12 years. Horse and wagon rides additional $7.50 per adult, $5.00 for children 12 and under.

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 1830s. Allaire Village, Inc. receives no state funding towards the educational programming presented throughout the year, but is strongly supported through private donations, membership fees, fund-raising events, and patronage of their retail stores. 

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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Saturday, September 27 - Flemington, Hunterdon County
Chief Tuccamirgan Fall Festival
Children Friendly

The Samuel Fleming House Museum and Gardens will host the Chief Tuccamirgan Fall Festival on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. The festival will be held on the museum grounds in Flemington, in celebration of Hunterdon County’s Tricentennial.

The Chief Tuccamirgan Fall Festival will feature keynote speaker and Native American Beverly Friend. Activities include a display provided by Woodland Wildlife Refuge, performances by Native American drummers, tours of Samuel Fleming House, various vendors, and games and crafts for kids. A ceremony at Chief Tuccamirgan’s grave site is planned.

Admission to the festival is free. A food buffet and a dessert table will be available for a fee. This will be a day of fun for all ages. The Samuel Fleming House Museum and Gardens is located at 5 Bonnell Street, Flenington, NJ. For more information, visit www.flemingcastle.com.

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Saturday, September 27 - Paterson, Passaic County
6th Annual Passaic County History Fair
Children Friendly

On Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at Lambert Castle, the Passaic County Historical Society will host the 6th annual Passaic County History Fair. This is an exciting opportunity for the  whole family to learn about Passaic County's past, and to gather information for future trips to local historic sites. Admission to the event is free.

Designed to celebrate and teach visitors about the rich history of Passaic County, the history fair will include historical organizations, museums, and genealogical groups from throughout the county. Some of the participants of this year's fair include: the Passaic County Historical Society/Lambert Castle Museum, Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, the American Labor Museum, the Hamilton House Museum, The Paterson Museum, the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society, Hamilton Partnership, the Daughters of the American Revolution, William Paterson University, Heard's Brigade and the Royal Sussex Society.

There will also be presentations from local historians throughout the day, on topics that include the Underground Railroad, the History of the City of Passaic and Paterson's industrial landscape. Teacher credit will be available for those who attend the presentations. Credit will be awarded by the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, please visit their table located in Area G the day of. Several authors on Passaic County history will also be at the fair to talk with visitors and sign copies of their books. In addition, for kids of all ages, you will have a chance to meet Alexander Hamilton, go on a scavenger hunt inside Lambert Castle and participate in Colonial Militia firing drills. Food vendors will also be located on site.

This event is both indoors and outdoors. In the event of rain, the outdoor programming will be cancelled. 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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Saturday, September 27 - Union Township, Union County
Legends and Lore of Old New Jersey
Children Friendly

Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk will amaze visitors with fables, fairy tales and legends including, the harrowing adventures of Governor William Livingston's daughters during the American Revolution on Saturday at Liberty Hall in Union, NJ. The three daughter of the first governor of New Jersey, performed heroically, cleverly and rather ghostly during the American Revolution. These tales will intrigue families and give all a jump! Story times are 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children and seniors.

Liberty Hall is located at 1003 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ. For more information, call 908-527-0400 or visit www.kean.edu/libertyhall.

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Saturday, September 27 - Princeton, Mercer County
The Historical Society of Princeton Celebrates New Jersey's 350th!
Children Friendly

On Saturday, as a part of the Princeton-Area Celebration of NJ's 350th anniversary, the Historical Society of Princeton is pleased to offer free admission at its two historic sites, Updike Farmstead and Bainbridge House. Both museums will be open from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm.

Featured at both locations is Princeton's Portrait, a new exhibition celebrating our town through extraordinary, vintage photographs, many never before exhibited. Drawn from the Society's archives-a visual storehouse of Princeton history-they are an unparalleled view into the past.

At Bainbridge House, located in the heart of Princeton at 158 Nassau Street, the photos feature life in and around town; Nassau Street store owners display their wares; Princeton University students don costumes for a St. Patrick's Day parade; Princeton Borough's first African American police officer, Philip Diggs, poses proudly in uniform. At the Updike Farmstead, situated in the Princeton Battlefield/Stony Brook Settlement Historic District at 354 Quaker Road, different images celebrate the land and a way of life that is largely gone. Farmers toil in the sun; haystacks dot rolling fields; families show off their country homes; a young boy shows off his prized hen.

In addition, at 12:00 noon, a special program on the Ten Crucial Days will be presented at  Updike Farmstead. The events that unfolded in Princeton and Trenton from December 25th, 1776 to January 3rd, 1777 marked the turning point in the American Revolution and played a large role in securing our liberty. For more information, call 609-921-6748 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

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Saturday, September 27 - Princeton, Mercer County
Events at Princeton Battlefield
Children Friendly

Princeton Battlefield Celebrates New Jersey's 350th Anniversary on Saturday as part of the Princeton-Area Historic Sites' NJ 350th Celebration from 11:00 am - 8:30 pm with artillery demonstrations and a National Marine Corps Museum Display. At 4:30 pm there will be music for kids performed by the Ministers of Apollo. At 6:00 pm Shakespeare's Pericles will be performed by the Princeton Shakespeare Co. All events will occur at Princeton Battlefield State Park, 500 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ.

Come out to the Battlefield to celebrate New Jersey's 350th Anniversary and learn about what happened in 1664; and find out why in 1777 the Battle of Princeton was such a crucial turning point in the American Revolution. A town crier will be alerting visitors of different events; the 43rd's Royal Artillery will be giving demonstrations; learn why artillery was so important in this battle; also see displays from the National Marine Corps Museum; along with military encampment demonstrations-cooking, laundry, spinning, herbal medicine and others; musket drilling for kids - learn how a musket works (musket replicas can be borrowed or purchased); ice cream making and tasting for kids; meet General Washington; book signing with author Mark Di Ionno; see Iain Haight-Ashton's collection of antique extra long swords, visit the Old Penster, find out about General Reed at the Young Patriots' Table, take a tour of the Battlefield and the 1772 Thomas Clarke House - witness to the Battle; learn how the Clarke House is being restored; listen to lots of music; display by the Princeton Photography Club; food vendor, a toy soldier vendor, and more.

Plenty of free parking on-site. Admission is free. For more information, including an events schedule for the day, visit www.theprincetonbattlefieldsociety.com or www.visitprinceton.org.

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Saturday, September 27 - Princeton, Mercer County
Morven Museum & Garden Celebrates NJ 350th Anniversary!
Children Friendly

Morven Museum & Garden will offer FREE admission on Saturday to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the founding of New Jersey with a colonial chamber music concert and archaeology discovery day!

Archaeological Discovery Day 
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Come experience the thrill of the dig for a day of historical discovery! The archaeologists from Hunter Research are currently conducting an archaeological study of Morven's grounds in pursuit of clues to Morven's past. Recently, they came across a 19th century greenhouse created by Commodore Robert Stockton.

Interpretive Tours by Archaeologists
11:30 am and 3:00 pm
Join archaeologists on a tour of the 19th century greenhouse site and the rest of the property. No reservation required.

Hands-on Archaeological Experience 
Morning Session: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm 
Work side-by-side with the archaeologists to excavate selected greenhouse areas and screen for the recovery of artifacts.
Afternoon session: 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Emphasis will be on photography and mapping of the site and cleaning, identification and preliminary documentation of the artifacts. 
Reservations are required and space is limited. Must be 16 or over.
Call 609-924-8144 x106 or e-mail msheridan@morven.org

Colonial Chamber Music Concert
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
No registration required
Join us for a delightful afternoon concert that will feature the chamber music enjoyed by colonial Americans, the patriots who founded the new Republic, and the earliest presidents who governed the new nation. The program will include a rich and diverse selection of Jefferson's, Franklin's and the Washington's favorite music, as well as a "chamber air set for harpsichord" composed by Francis Hopkinson. The concert will be performed by The Practitioners of Musick, with Donovan Klotzbeacher on the harpsichord and John Burkhalter on the recorder player.

Morven Museum and Garden is located at 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ. For more information, call 609-924-8144 or visit www.morven.org.

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Saturday, September 27 - Princeton, Mercer County
Shakespeare's Pericles at Princeton Battlefield

Watch Shakespeare's Pericles on Saturday from 6:00 - 7:15 pm at the Clarke House at Princeton Battlefield State Park. This play is being directed by Sam Kessler, a member of the Princeton Shakespeare Company, as a special production by his own theatre company. With General George Washington's appreciation of theater and music as a way to distract the troops at the time of the American Revolution, it seems particularly fitting to put on Pericles at Princeton Battlefield State Park as one of Shakespeare's earliest comedies - one that isn't put on too often but has a great mythic, although complicated storyline. It also seems like a befitting way to celebrate Shakespeare's 450th Anniversary. In the storyline there is a riddle, a famine, a shipwreck, a jousting contest where Pericles wins the hand of a girl named Thaisa, a great storm, during which Thaisa dies in childbirth, but unknown to Pericles, Thaisa survives. Time passes, Pericles becomes a king, his wife, in another place, becomes a priestess, and separately, the daughter also grows up. Then the daughter, named Marina, is threatened with murder, seized by pirates and sold to a brothel. Marina refuses to give up her honor and the men leave the brothel seeking virtue in their own lives. After more events, Pericles, wife and daughter are all reunited. The play ends with the moderator summing up what has happened and concluding that it was their virtue that saved them.

Please bring a lawn chair, flashlight, and a VERY warm jacket. This event is free. Rain date is Sunday, September 28, 2014. Princeton Battlefield State Park is located at 500 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ. For more information, visit www.theprincetonbattlefieldsociety.com or www.visitprinceton.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, September 27 - 28 - Pennsville, Salem County
10th Annual Historic Soldiers Weekend
Children Friendly

Historic Soldiers Weekend is a historical encampment, featuring reenactors, and their equipment, from every American conflict, spanning from the French and Indian War to the Vietnam War. In some instances, both sides of the conflicts will be present, such as the Revolutionary War loyalists and "redcoats", Civil War confederate units, and WWII German infantry units. 

Re-enactment units will be camping out for the weekend at Historic Fort Mott, living as their ancestors did. Journey back in time to give yourself and your children, students and guests a chance to see, hear and touch real history through the life of a typical soldier during the French & Indian War, Civil, World Wars and beyond. This event is free to the public. Fort Mott is located at 454 Fort Mott Road, Pennsville, NJ. For more information, visit www.historicsoldiersweekend.com.

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Saturday - Sunday, September 27 - 28 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
NJ 350 Events

Rockingham Historic Site will offer events on Saturday and Sunday conjunction with the Princeton-area celebration of New Jersey's 350th anniversary. The first program incorporates one of the statewide celebration themes - liberty - and the second program embraces New Jersey's early Dutch connection. Both programs will be held in the newly completed Dutch barn on the property.

On Saturday, a Revolutionary Tea will be presented at 1:00 pm by Stacy Roth of History on the Hoof. Why was tea so important in the lives of 18th century people that fashion-conscious families posed for portraits with their tea sets? Did Great Britain lose her American colonies over "the cup that cheers"? Find out in this unusual costumed presentation of tea lore, history, songs, poetry, living history display, and demonstration, including a bit of trivia on how tea played a role in George Washington's first introduction to Rockingham. The program lasts approximately one hour and will be followed by light  refreshments, including teas available during the 18th century.

On Sunday. the Practitioners of Musick will present a program at 3:00 pm featuring Dutch music of the 17th century. It will celebrate not only the founding of New Jersey in 1664, but also the Dutch heritage of John Berrien, New Jersey colonial Supreme Court Judge and 18th-century owner of Rockingham. The concert, with harpsichord and English flute, will include a presentation on the history of the music.

Both programs are free. Rockingham is located at 84 Laurel Avenue (Rte. 603) in Kingston, Franklin Township, 1 mile north of Rte. 27 in Kingston, and 1 mile south of Rte. 518 in Rocky Hill. For more information, call 609-683-7132 or visit www.rockingham.net.

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Saturday - Sunday, September 27 - 28 - Tuckerton, Ocean County
32nd Annual Ocean County Decoy & Gunning Show
Children Friendly

Join the Tuckerton Seaport as they celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the show during this exciting two day event highlighting the culture of the area! Demonstrations, contests, seminars, crafters, carvers, over 300 waterfowling exhibitors and vendors, food, refreshments, a decoy auction, music, entertainment, and lots of fun. Dock Dog Competition as featured on ESPN! Two great locations: Tip Seaman County Park and Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum. This event is free to the public! The show is open each day from 7:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Admission to the show is free. The Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum is located at 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ. A free shuttle bus will be available to take visitors between Tip Seaman County Park and the Seaport. For more information, call 609-296-8868 or visit www.tuckertonseaport.org.

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Sunday, September 28 - 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, September 28 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
1890s Harvest Home Festival
Children Friendly

An old-fashioned country fair reminiscent of the 1890s will be held at Historic Longstreet Farm on Sunday from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. It takes visitors back in time when neighbors gathered to accomplish work, harvest, and spend time socializing and enjoying each others company. It calls not only for the exhibition of the best products that have been grown and the best needlework that has been done in the community, but also for games, athletic contests and similar features of recreational or educational value. Experience old-fashioned fun as it was a century ago with wagon rides, games and live entertainment. See craft demonstrations that will inspire you to start a new hobby or career. Enter one of many competitions ranging from needlework to baked goods to homegrown vegetables. Each person entering in a competition will have a chance to win a prize ribbon.

Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. For more information, call 732-946-3758 or visit  www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

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Sunday, September 28 - Ridgewood, Bergen County
20th Century Fashion

Join the Ridgewood Historical Society at the Ridgewood Public Library on Sunday for a look at women’s fashions from the 1900s through the 1960s, presented by Vicky Herbert and Sheila Brogan. Travel through time looking at the major historical events of the period and the changing fashions. A lovely collection of dresses and accessories from the Schoolhouse Museum will be showcased as well as a discussion of hemlines and waistlines, purses, hats, bathing costumes, motoring clothes, and more. Program will begin at 2:00 pm. Admission is free. The Ridgewood Public Library is located at 125 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. For more information, visit www.ridgewoodhistoricalsociety.org.

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Sunday, September 28 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
Lecture on William Franklin

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

Skemp will present a lecture on William Franklin. Born an illegitimate son of the venerable Founding Father and scientific innovator Benjamin Franklin, William was appointed as Royal Governor of the Province of New Jersey, with the help of Ben's connections to the Royal Court. William's biological mother and birthday remain one of American history's great mysteries. Appointed Royal Governor of New Jersey, he arrived there in February 1763. He would serve his Royal Majesty, King George the III, until he was arrested in June of 1776, one month before the Declaration of Independence was signed.  Skemp will explore William's personality, his political philosophy and the troubled relationship with his father Benjamin Franklin. 

Sheila Skemp, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus at the University of Mississippi. Her book-length publications include, William Franklin: Son of a Patriot, Servant of a King (Oxford, 1990); Benjamin and William Franklin: Father and Son, Patriot and Loyalist (Bedford, 1994): Judith Sargent Murray: A Brief Biography with Documents (Bedford, 1998); and First Lady of Letters: Judith Sargent Murray and the Struggle for Women's Rights (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009). 

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 28 - Princeton, Mercer County
Black Soldiers in the American Revolution

On Sunday at 5:00 pm, author and historian Arthur Lefkowitz will present "Black Soldiers in the American Revolution" in the Princeton Public Library Community Room. This lecture is a part of the Princeton-Area Historic Sites' NJ 350th Celebration. The lecture will be the final event in the weekend-long activities at the six-historic sites, plus the Princeton University Art Museum.

Mr. Lefkowitz's books have received numerous awards. His books include The Long Retreat; George Washington's Indispensable Men; The American Turtle Submarine, The Best Kept Secret of the American Revolution; and Benedict Arnold's Army, The 1775 American Invasion of Canada. The American Turtle Submarine was favorably reviewed in The New York Times Book Section. His latest book, Benedict Arnold in the Company of Heroes is the story of the lives of the American patriots who served under Arnold and how he influenced them. A member of the Board of Governors of the American Revolution Round Table, Mr. Lefkowitz has lectured extensively for the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the National Park Service, the Fraunces Tavern Museum, and has taught American history at Middlesex County College.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Princeton Public Library and the Princeton-Area Historic Sites and was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. For more information, visit www.visitprinceton.org.

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Sunday, September 28 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
The Forgotten Revolution

On, Sunday, join the Heritage Tail Association to hear author Robert Mayers discuss his latest book, The Forgotten RevolutionThe book focuses on battlefields, encampments and sites of many critical events of the American Revolution that have been lost or neglected by history. Many of the sites were places where our forefathers fought and died, but are unmarked, shrouded in mystery, distorted by mythology and unknown even to local people. Man-made changes to terrain have obscured many of these sites and this work revives these forsaken locations with fresh research from original military records and onsite visits.

Bob Mayers’ quest for these sites took many unexpected turns. Analysis of obscure sources ignored by earlier writers yielded many surprises and unknown details. Little known British Hessian and Loyalist accounts often reveal more than the details we have traditionally accepted as authentic.

Robert A. Mayers is a storyteller, in the best sense of the word, and a dedicated and proficient genealogist. The combination of talents serves him well as an author. Mayers, who lives in Watchung, published one book, The War Man, in 2009, about Corporal John Allison, who fought all eight years of the Revolutionary War. Two years later, Mayers’ second book, Allison/Mayers Family History — The Portrait of an American Family, is now on book shelves and a third is in the works.

This free event will be held at historic Van Horne House, 941 East Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ across from the Patriots Ballpark. Free parking is available behind Target and at the ballpark. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information and to register, call 732-356-8856, or sign up online at www.heritagetrail.org.

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Sunday, September 28 - Union, Union County
Walking the Victory Trail

Beginning at 1:00 pm on Sunday, members of the Union Township Historical Society and guests will hike the third and final leg (3 miles) of the Victory Trail, from Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church to Springfield Presbyterian Church. The Trail commemorates the successes of local militia and the Continental Army in preventing the Redcoats and Hessians from reaching their goal with such victories as the Battle of Connecticut Farms (now Union) and the Battle of Springfield. The historic urban trail was reinaugurated on November 12, 2011, by the Patriots’ Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America, who completed the entire 12-mile trek in a single day. Non-members are invited to participate. For more information, call Barbara La Mort at 908-687-0048 or visit www.uniontwphistoricalsociety.webs.com.

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Sunday, September 28 - Jersey City, Hudson County
Constitution Day
Children Friendly

Celebrate the 226th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution at the Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Sunday. Meet Your elected representatives, sign the Constitution, take photos with our "Founding Fathers," view exhibits, art crafts, walking tours of the cemetery and live local musical performances by The Sensational Country Blues Wonders, Twiddlin' Thumbs, Chrissy Roberts, The Penniless Loafers, Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes, Sea of Otters, Universal Rebel, and Plastiq Passion! Renowned artist and sculptor Grigory Gurevich, Founder of Arts on the Hudson, will offer two special "Clay Head Sculpture" workshops for both children and adults at 1:00 and 2:30 pm.

A $10.00 per adult and $5 per child donation is asked to help the volunteers operate and preserve the historic cemetery. The Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery is located at 435 Newark Avenue, Jersey City. It is a 5 to 10 minute walk from either the Grove Street or the Journal Square PATH Stations. For more information, call call 201-707-0738 or 973-204-9888 or visit www.jerseycitycemetery.org.

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Sunday, September 28 - Stillwater Township, Sussex County
9th Annual Fall Festival
Children Friendly

The Historical Society of Stillwater Township's 9th Annual Fall Festival will be held on Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Stillwater Township School, 904 Stillwater Road, Stillwater Township, NJ. It will feature hayrides, pumpkin picking, games, an apple pie contest, and more. Live entertainment and refreshments will be available throughout the day.

The Historical Society of Stillwater Township is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It is the mission of HSST to foster and promote an interest in Stillwater area history through the education and preservation of family information, local cemetery records, artifacts, sites and structures and to maintain an historical and genealogical library and museum. For more information, call 908-698-4143.

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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 and 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 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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Saturdays through December 31, 2014 - Freehold, Monmouth County
Farm: Agriculture in Monmouth County 1600 - 2013 

Monmouth County Historical Association's newest exhibition, "Farm: Agriculture in Monmouth County 1600-2013," is open to the public at the museum in Freehold and will be on display through December 31, 2014. The history of agriculture and farming in Monmouth County has long roots deep in the past, as does New Jersey itself, from earliest days of pre-European settlement, when Lenape Indians harvested corn, squash, and beans to the modern reintroduction  of organic agricultural practices.

Monmouth County Historical Association's exhibition, "Farm: Agriculture in Monmouth County 1660 - 2013," explores and celebrates Monmouth County's vibrant agricultural past, present, and future. The exhibit examines the means by which Monmouth men and women worked with their surroundings to feed themselves, their families, the community, and the rest of America as well. Through artifacts, diaries, letters, maps, paintings, prints, and photographs, Farm will bring Monmouth's rich agricultural history alive. Visitors will appreciate the innovation and diversity of Monmouth farmers, horticulturalists, gardeners, and livestock breeders who overcame challenges and secured the county's reputation as a source of high-quality produce and livestock for more than two hundred years.

The Monmouth County Historical Association's museum is located at 70 Court Street, Freehold NJ. Regular admission to the museum is $5 and $2.50 for students and seniors. Admission is free for members. Museum hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 732-462-1466 or visit www.monmouthhistory.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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