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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Springtime Visit to the Warren County Historical Society

A Springtime Visit to the Warren County Historical Society
Written by NJ Historian

Belvidere, New Jersey looks much like it did in the second half of the nineteenth century. A community almost untouched by time, it has retained a good portion of its Victorian architectural stock. Newer homes and buildings built within the historic district have been sensitive in design and massing to compliment the older homes and businesses. Just a few blocks from the Warren County Court House is an 1848 Federal style brick townhouse, which houses artifacts and records for communities throughout Warren County.


Monday, April 28, 2014

The Morris County Historical Society Mother’s Day Event: Brilliant Cut Glass Lecture and Dessert Reception

The Morris County Historical Society Mother’s Day Event
Brilliant Cut Glass Lecture and Dessert Reception

Let Mom know just how special she is by treating her to a memorable Mother’s Day at Acorn Hall on Sunday, May 11 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The Morris County Historical Society (MCHS) is pleased to host Patricia Sanftner for a special lecture on American Brilliant Cut Glass at 1:30 pm, followed by a dessert reception in Acorn Hall’s extraordinary dining room. Tours of Acorn Hall are also included in the cost of admission. Ms. Sanftner is the guest curator for the new MCHS exhibit “Sharp Edges, Brilliant Cut Glass through the Centuries” opening early May through June 8, 2014. Seating is limited and reservations are suggested. Please call 973-267-3465 for more information. The Oak Leaf Gallery gift shop is also available with a wide assortment of unique gifts for Mother’s Day and all occasions. 

Admission to the Mother’s Day event is $10.00 for MCHS members, $15.00 for non-MCHS members, and children under age 12 are free. The admission price may be applied toward membership with the MCHS.

The Morris County Historical Society, founded in 1946, is a member-supported, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Its headquarters, Acorn Hall, is an Italianate Villa mansion open to the public on Wednesdays and Thursdays (11:00 am - 4:00 pm) and Sundays (1:00 - 4:00 pm). For more information, call 973-267-3465 or visit www.acornhall.org.

Organization of the Week: Warren County Historical & Genealogical Society

Every Monday, I highlight a non-profit related to history or the arts, a historical society, preservation group or friends group whose main objective is to promote the historical and artistic history of New Jersey.

This week, I am featuring the Warren County Historical & Genealogical Society. Founded in 1931, the Warren County Historical & Genealogical Society was founded on the premise to preserve the history of Warren County and protect its historic sites from all types of encroachments. Since then, the Society has promoted the collection, preservation, and dissemination of Warren County's history.

The Society maintains a museum in an 18148 Federal brick townhouse in the Belvidere Historic District for the exhibition of county artifacts and memorabilia as well as a resource center for public education and research including genealogy. The Society holds various tours and lectures throughout the year on various subjects.

The Warren County Historical & Genealogical Society relies on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs, special events, and exhibits hosted by Warren County Historical & Genealogical Society or to become a member or volunteer, please call 908-475-4246 or stop in on a Sunday afternoon between 2:00 and 4:00 pm.

If you are a member of a non-profit organization or know of one that you would like to see featured on this site, please let us know in the comments or send an e-mail to kelly@thehistorygirl.com.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Antique Items of the Week: 4/27/14 - 5/4/14

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/26/14 - 4/27/14

WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, April 26 - Haddonfield, Camden County
Training Day at the Indian King Tavern

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Weekend Estate Sales: 4/25/14 - 4/27/14

WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Collectible Ephemera

Quality Furniture

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Do You Know Your New Jersey Architectural Styles?

Do You Know Your New Jersey Architectural Styles?
Written by NJ Historian

New Jersey has always been one of the most ethnically diverse states and when it comes to architecture, it does not disappoint. There are dozens of styles, hybrids of individual styles, and vernacular styles that can be found along highways, in neighborhoods, along the shore, and on backroads. This week, we will take a look at a select few architectural styles found in New Jersey. There are so many styles that we could not incorporate them all into one article! Watch out for Part II in the near future...

Georgian
There are many fine examples of Georgian style homes across New Jersey. The dominant style for domestic construction in the United States from 1700-1776, Georgian architecture grew out of the Italian Renaissance ideals made popular in England by architect Sir Christopher Wren. Georgian architecture gets its name from the succession of English kings named George (beginning in 1715). In the United States the style included innumerable variations on a simple English theme: a symmetrical, two-story house with center-entry fa├žade, combined with the two-room-deep center-passage floor plan. Many of the surviving Georgian style homes are associated with prominent citizens, indicating that in New Jersey, the upper class could afford to construct these large homes.

The Dey Mansion, Wayne, NJ is a fine example of Georgian architecture with a gambrel roof.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Organization of the Week: New Jersey Historical Society

Every Monday, I highlight a non-profit related to history or the arts, a historical society, preservation group or friends group whose main objective is to promote the historical and artistic history of New Jersey.

This week, I am featuring the New Jersey Historical Society. Founded in 1845, the New Jersey Historical Society is a state-wide, private, non-profit historical museum, library, and archives dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the rich and intricate political, social, cultural, and economic history of New Jersey to the broadest possible audiences. They are the oldest cultural institution in the state. Through exhibitions, publications, and programming, the Society examines who and what we are, what it means to live and work in New Jersey, what contributes to New Jersey's distinct identity, and what are the unique contributions New Jerseyans make to the region and the country.

The New Jersey Historical Society’s collections include a wide variety of diverse materials. Museum collections include costumes, furniture, paintings, prints, ceramics, glass, tools, and much more. The library collections contain manuscripts, reference books and rare books, photographs, maps, broadsides, pamphlets, mass-produced prints and other materials that document the cultural and historical heritage of New Jersey from the colonial era through the 20th century. They form the largest and finest collection of New Jersey-related material in existence.

The New Jersey Historical Society relies on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs, special events, and exhibits hosted by New Jersey Historical Society or to become a member or volunteer, please call 973-596-8500 or visit www.jerseyhistory.org.

If you are a member of a non-profit organization or know of one that you would like to see featured on this site, please let us know in the comments or send an e-mail to kelly@thehistorygirl.com.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Antique Items of the Week: 4/20/14 - 4/27/14

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/19/14 - 4/20/14

WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, April 19 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Allaire Village's Easter Egg Hunt with 10,000 Eggs!
Children Friendly

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Weekend Estate Sales: 4/18/14 - 4/20/14

WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bog Iron in the Company Town of Allaire

Bog Iron in the Company Town of Allaire
Written by NJ Historian

Once a prosperous and important hub of industry, Allaire Village in Farmingdale, New Jersey was an early company town. Since the late-1950s, it has transformed into a well-known historical site, enthralling visitors from throughout the state and country and giving them the opportunity to experience this restored community first-hand by interacting with costumed interpreters representing townspeople performing daily chores and crafts or visiting with tradesmen such as blacksmiths and bakers.

The remains of the blast furnace at Allaire Village.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Organization of the Week: Allaire Village, Inc.

Every Monday, I highlight a non-profit related to history or the arts, a historical society, preservation group or friends group whose main objective is to promote the historical and artistic history of New Jersey.

This week, I am featuring Allaire Village, Inc. Allaire Village, Inc. is a non-profit educational and historic preservation organization working in a unique partnership with the State of New Jersey. It is the goal of Allaire Village, Inc. to promote historic preservation while educating the general public on life at the Howell Works Company, an early 19th Century iron producing community, and on the life of James Peter Allaire, a prominent 19th Century marine engine manufacturer. This group is responsible for the daily operation of the Village buildings, exhibits, and programming to engage visitors, while at the same time is involved in phases of the development, restoration, preservation, interpretation of the Historic Howell Works within Allaire State Park.

Allaire Village, Inc. relies on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs, special events, and exhibits hosted by Allaire Village, Inc. or to become a member or volunteer, please call 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.

If you are a member of a non-profit organization or know of one that you would like to see featured on this site, please let us know in the comments or send an e-mail to kelly@thehistorygirl.com.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Antique Items of the Week: 4/13/14 - 4/20/14

Antique Items of the Week!
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Direct Sale Items
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MD Potatoes

Book Sale:
His Sombre Rivals - 1883 with beautiful signature within dated '98 - $3
The Confessions of an English Opium Eater - 1913 - $3
The Pilgrims Progress - Probably early 1900s - $3
Musings on the Way - 1900 - $3
That Lass O'Lowries - 1914 - $3
Geography Primer - Printed 1906 - $8
Life and Works of Washington Irving - Late 1880s $20
Wee Winkles & Wideawake - Published 1905 - $5

Railroad Memorabilia Sale


Erie Railroad Time Table
August 17, 1947
$10.00
Shipping: $1.25


June 24, 1944


The Standard Railroad of the South
January 1922
There is a tear in the one page (see third photo).
Pages are not stapled but show no evidence of a staple ever existing.

Lot of Ten Railroad Train Tickets
Two tickets from Sunday, Jan. 3 / One from Friday, Jul. 26 (no year) - Philadelphia Transit Co.
Three from Cumberland Division (all January, no year) - Philadelphia Transit Co.
One from NY State Railways, dated August 25, 1934
One from Erie Railroad Co., NY to Port Jervis, November 27, 1938
One from Erie Railroad Co., NY to Port Jervis, November 25, 1952
One from Erie Railroad Co., NY to Port Jervis, January 15, 1953
 $25.00
Shipping: $1.00


 Erie Railroad Company
6 unused "Telegraph Report of Automatic Block Signals"
 $10.00
Shipping: $2.75


25 Vintage Model Railroader & Model Railroad Craftsman Magazines
1963 & 1964
Pick-up only!
$20.00



If you are interested in any of these items, please e-mail kelly@thehistorygirl.com

Friday, April 11, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/12/14 - 4/13/14

WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, April 12 - Maywood, Bergen County
Visit with the Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny will make a visit to the Maywood Station Museum, 269 Maywood Avenue, Maywood, NJ on Saturday from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon during a special Museum Open House. Parents are invited to bring their cameras for a unique opportunity to photograph their children with the Easter Bunny at the historic station museum. The museum features a wide assortment of displays, artifacts and photographs on exhibit and visitors are invited to climb aboard restored Caboose 24542 and view its operating model train layout and additional photographs and displays. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.maywoodstation.com.

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Saturday, April 12 - Lebanon Township, Hunterdon County
Cemetery Cleanup
Family Friendly

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Weekend Estate Sales: 4/11/14 - 4/13/14

WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

We Must Not Forget: A Selection from All my Love, George...

We Must Not Forget
A Selection from: All my Love, George...Letters from a WWII hero
Written by Darla Noble

Over the past few decades our country has been somewhat at odds over our involvement in the fight for freedom for other countries, but that wasn’t the case during World War II. No, not since the years of fighting the tyranny of Nazism and Japan’s thirst for power have we been as united as we were back then.

While we certainly would never want to experience such a time as this again, it is imperative that we not let current and future generations forget that what we enjoy today came at a tremendous cost for others…others who are quickly fading from our population.

All my love, George…Letters from a WWII hero is a must-read in order that we do not forget. The book is a collection of letters written by Army medic, George Burks, to his family from the time he arrived at basic training in 1942 until a week prior to his death in the Battle of Luzon in March of 1945.

George Burks

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Antique Items of the Week: 4/6/14 - 4/13/14

Antique Items of the Week!
Click on each link for the eBay page!
More items always going up.
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Direct Sale Items
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Friday, April 4, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/5/14 - 4/6/14

WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, April 5 - Kingston, Somerset County
Annual Spring Garden Clean-up

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Weekend Estate Sales: 4/4/14 - 4/6/14

WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Having a Blast in Revolutionary New Jersey!

Having a Blast in Revolutionary New Jersey!
Written by NJ Historian

After a long and cold winter, spring is finally upon us here in New Jersey, known as the "Crossroads of the American Revolution." Positioned between Philadelphia, the young nation’s capital, and New York, the British stronghold, no place in New Jersey was spared during the Revolutionary War. In fact, General George Washington and the Continental Army spent more time in New Jersey than any other state over a period of six years. As the warmer months approach, historic sites across the state are gearing up to celebrate New Jersey's 350th anniversary and its themes of diversity, innovation, and liberty. This week, Mr. History Girl and I have assembled five sites associated with the American Revolution in New Jersey that are a must-see for any novice or seasoned history buff in order to get a better understanding of the political, military, and civilian aspects of the Revolutionary War. While there are many, many other sites in New Jersey that witnessed actions (directly and indirectly) associated with the War, we could simply not include them all and it does not detract from their significance and contributions. The National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program lists a total of 296 significant military engagements within the state, in addition to hundreds more skirmishes from 1775 through 1783. This small selection is just a small representation of the sites intertwined in the fabric of New Jersey's Revolutionary history.