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Monday, September 29, 2014

Organization of the Week: Friends of Fishkill Supply Depot

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 and beyond.

This week, I am featuring the Friends of Fishkill Supply Depot based in Fishkill, New York. The Friends were formed in 2007 after archaeologists confirmed the location of unmarked Revolutionary War graves on land that was once part of and known as the Fishkill Supply Depot. At least 300 soldiers and possibly as many as 700 to 1,000 remain unmarked in what became a forgotten wooded parcel over time. Today, the land, privately-owned and slated for commercial development, is at risk.

The Friends of Fishkill Supply Depot advocate for the preservation, study, and proper interpretation of the site, which also contains archaeological remains from Supply Depot structures. Since its founding, members of the organization have spoken before the U.S. Congress, rallied behind legislation to amend the Battlefield Protection Act to include the Revolutionary War and War of 1812, and have sponsored various events to raise awareness such as the annual Revolutionary War Weekend and the national Wreaths Across America program.

The Friends of Fishkill Supply Depot rely on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs, research opportunities, and special events, hosted by the Friends of Fishkill Supply Depot or to become a member or volunteer, please e-mail info@fishkillsupplydepot.org or visit www.fishkillsupplydepot.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.

Friday, September 26, 2014

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

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Saturday, September 27 - Haddonfield - Camden County
Centennial Fair
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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
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Weekend Estate Sales: 9/26/14 - 9/28/14

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Batsto Hits the Books! Book Signing October 12, 2014

Batsto Hits the Books!
Book Signing October 12, 2014

The Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc. is pleased to announce it will host the introduction of the new book, Batsto Village: Jewel of the Pines by popular local author Barbara Solem. The Wharton State Forest Visitors Center will be the site of a presentation and book signing by the author on Sunday October 12, 2014 beginning at 1:00 pm.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

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

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Saturday, September 20 -  Morristown, Morris County
Into the Wood(lot)
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Weekend Estate Sales: 9/19/14 - 9/21/14

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

America's Most Decorated Battleship: The USS New Jersey

America's Most Decorated Battleship: The USS New Jersey
Written by NJ Historian

Today America's most decorated and largest battleship floats gracefully in the peaceful waters of the Delaware River in Camden, New Jersey, across from Philadelphia, where she was built over seventy years ago. A source of pride for the New Jerseyans who contributed to her construction, "Big J" as she is commonly referred to as, quickly became one of the nation's most powerful warships and served in that capacity until her final decommissioning after forty-eight years of service in 1991. Since 2001, the USS New Jersey has served as a museum, bringing together the young and old and  veterans and civilians,

The USS New Jersey, BB-62, berthed on the Camden Waterfront.

Monday, September 15, 2014

“Sojourner Truth” Travels Our Way - September 18, 2014

“Sojourner Truth” Travels Our Way
September 18, 2014

Van Harlingen Historical Society presents Dr. Daisy Century, in first-person interpretation, as the former slave Isabella Baumfree, better known as Sojourner Truth. The program, free and open to the public, will be held Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Mary Jacobs Library, 64 Washington Street, Rocky Hill, New Jersey at 7:00 pm. Registration is required. Visit http://somerset.lib.nj.us/maryjacobs.htm or call 609-924-7073. School-age children are welcome. Space is limited.

Dr. Daisy Century as Sojourner Truth. Photo credit: American Historical Theatre

Organization of the Week: Battleship New Jersey

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 Battleship New Jersey. Berthed on the Camden Waterfront across the Delaware River from Center City Philadelphia, the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial is a non-profit historic ship museum that offers guided and self-guided tours daily. Opened in 2001, the Battleship New Jersey allows visitors a variety of ways to experience the ship, including overnight encampments for youth groups and families, special group and student tours, and event rentals.

The ship features museum exhibits, various tours, and programming. But it takes many volunteers to operate and maintain the Battleship New Jersey. Volunteers participate in memorial events onboard the ship, conduct exclusive behind the scenes tours, work with veterans and youth groups, attend specialized lectures and tours, and work with men and women who share a common interest in learning about, studying, and teaching our nation’s naval history. Volunteers can also help maintain the ship's interior and exterior.

The Battleship New Jersey relies on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs, special events, and exhibits hosted by Battleship New Jersey or to become a member or volunteer, please call 866-877-6262 or visit www.battleshipnewjersey.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.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/13/14 - 9/14/14

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Saturday, September 13 - Byram Township, Sussex County
Waterloo Canal Heritage Day
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Weekend Estate Sales: 9/12/14 - 9/14/14

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The Architecture and Gardens of Mount Vernon

The Architecture and Gardens of Mount Vernon
Written by NJ Historian

Along the banks of the Potomac River, not far from Alexandria, Virginia is a stately home set on a rise. This home, with a commanding view of the Potomac and the shores of Maryland on the opposite bank, is one of our nation's most sacred historic sites, the home of our nation's first President, George Washington. Since becoming President in 1789, visiting Mount Vernon has become a rite of passage for Americans who idolize and respect this beloved leader.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

East Amwell Historical Society to Offer Walking Tour of Ringoes

East Amwell Historical Society to Offer Walking Tour of Ringoes
September 20, 2014

The East Amwell Historical Society invites you to take a guided tour through downtown Ringoes and learn all about its history on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

The tour will cover more than 200 years of Ringoes history from the arrival of the area’s first settlers to the 1930s. Learn about the town’s rich colonial history and walk in the footsteps of the Sons of Liberty who gathered at Ringo’s Tavern to debate independence and the Marquis de Lafayette who visited here on multiple occasions during the American Revolution. You’ll also learn about the impact of the railroad on the community and what the village looked like a century ago.

The tour will include stops at the Joseph Inslee Tavern, the home of Dr. Cornelius Larison and the Kirkpatrick Memorial Presbyterian Church.

The Henry Landis House where the Marquis de Lafayette convalesced during the American Revolution. The home was built in 1750.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Organization of the Week: Mount Vernon Ladies' Association

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 and beyond.

This week, I am featuring the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association. Founded in the late 1850s, the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association was the first national historic preservation organization and is the oldest women's patriotic society in the United States. The organization was founded when Louisa Bird Cunningham was traveling on the Potomac River and passed by Mount Vernon, the former home of George Washington. She was struck by its dilapidated appearance, and fearing that it would soon be lost due to lack of upkeep, Cunningham wrote a letter to her daughter Ann Pamela Cunningham. In the letter, Cunningham commented that if the men of the United States would not save the home of its greatest citizen, perhaps it should be the responsibility of the women. After convincing John Augustine Washington III to sell the property, Cunningham and the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association raised $200,000 to purchase the mansion and two hundred acres. The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association took over operation of the estate in 1860.

Today, the Association maintains a headquarters on the Mount Vernon property, and consists of a Regent, or chairman, and thirty trustees, or Vice Regents, who represent their home states. Mount Vernon is open to the public 365 days per year.

The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association receives no federal or state financial aid and relies solely on admission fees, revenues from food and gift sales, and donations from foundations, businesses, and individuals to continue its mission. For more information on programs, special events, and exhibits hosted by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association or to become a member of Mount Vernon, please call 703-780-2000 or visit www.mountvernon.org/become-a-member.

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.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Washington Rock Video

Washington Rock
Green Brook, New Jersey

Friday, September 5, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/6/14 - 9/7/14

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Saturday, September 6 - Morristown, Morris County
African American Patriots
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Did you know that more than 5,000 African Americans served in the Continental Army? Join a Park Ranger at the Wick House to learn about the contributions of these patriots to American independence and the complicated choices they faced about liberty and freedom. Programs at 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm at the Wick House in 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 6 - Titusville, Mercer County
Eyewitness Images From the American Revolution

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Weekend Estate Sales: 9/5/14 - 9/7/14

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Crossing the Hudson: Historic Train Terminals and Piers

Crossing the Hudson: Historic Train Terminals and Piers
Written by Hector Luis Aponte III

The Historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal
Built in 1889 by architectural firm Peabody & Stearns, the C.R.R.N.J. Terminal (Communipaw Terminal) was the gateway for many immigrants arriving from Ellis Island. Many used the terminal to migrate into New Jersey or venture to the west coast to start their new life as American citizens. By the turn of the century, the station accommodated between 30,000 and 50,000 people per day on 128 ferry runs and 300 trains. By 1914, the Central Railroad of New Jersey expanded the train shed to twenty tracks and platforms, and was considered the largest ever built. The train sheds were designed by American Engineer Lincoln Bush.


The Historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal, Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ.
Photo: Hector Luis Aponte III

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Five Artists That Didn't Become Famous Until After They Died

Five Artists That Didn't Become Famous Until After They Died 
Written by Ana Lopez

While most artists don’t produce great work just for a claim to fame, it is certainly a perk that many strive for. Unfortunately, not all artists are able attain it in their lifetimes. Here are five well-known artists that only became famous after their deaths.

1. El Greco
While this artist studied under Titian, the most renowned painter of his day, El Greco did not reach his fame until well after his death in 1614. In the mid-16th century, the multi-talented painter, sculptor, and architect painted religious subjects that consisted of tortured elongated features and figures; work that was considered unusual during the Spanish Renaissance. It was these paintings that lost him favor among his contemporaries, but helped establish his status in the 18th century. A compilation of El Greco’s most famous paintings may be found here.

Portrait of Giorgio Giulio Clovio, circa 1570.