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Friday, December 25, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings - 12/26/15 - 12/27/15

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Every Friday - Sunday through January 10, 2016 - West Orange, Essex County
Holidays at Glenmont
Children Friendly

The sights and sounds of the season will greet visitors when they come to Thomas Edison's home in Llewellyn Park during "Holidays at Glenmont." Glenmont will be decorated much as it was while the Edison family lived there. Greenery and red poinsettias will deck the mantles above the fireplaces. Staircases will be ringed with boughs and red ribbon bows and wreaths will hang in every window. In the den, the majestic ten foot tree will be set and the presents underneath will be waiting as if the Edison children Madeleine, Theodore, and Charles, will soon come running down the stairs from their rooms - after they've checked their stockings in the upstairs living room! Family china will be displayed on the dining room table and the scene will be completed with holiday cards that were received by the family.

The Edison home, Glenmont, is located on a fifteen-acre estate in Llewellyn Park, the country's first private residential community. Built in 1880, the twenty-nine room mansion contains the original furnishings and family items used by the Edisons. The estate grounds include gardens, a greenhouse, barn, and the poured concrete garage containing the family's automobiles. Thomas and Mina Edison are buried on the grounds of the estate.

Car passes and tour tickets must be purchased at the Laboratory Complex Visitor Center at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. Admission is $10.00 and includes the Glenmont Estate and the Laboratory Complex. Children 15 and under are free. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x11 or visit www.nps.gov/edis.

Friday, December 18, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings - 12/19/15 - 12/20/15

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Every Friday - Sunday through January 10, 2016 - West Orange, Essex County
Holidays at Glenmont
Children Friendly

The sights and sounds of the season will greet visitors when they come to Thomas Edison's home in Llewellyn Park during "Holidays at Glenmont." Glenmont will be decorated much as it was while the Edison family lived there. Greenery and red poinsettias will deck the mantles above the fireplaces. Staircases will be ringed with boughs and red ribbon bows and wreaths will hang in every window. In the den, the majestic ten foot tree will be set and the presents underneath will be waiting as if the Edison children Madeleine, Theodore, and Charles, will soon come running down the stairs from their rooms - after they've checked their stockings in the upstairs living room! Family china will be displayed on the dining room table and the scene will be completed with holiday cards that were received by the family.

The Edison home, Glenmont, is located on a fifteen-acre estate in Llewellyn Park, the country's first private residential community. Built in 1880, the twenty-nine room mansion contains the original furnishings and family items used by the Edisons. The estate grounds include gardens, a greenhouse, barn, and the poured concrete garage containing the family's automobiles. Thomas and Mina Edison are buried on the grounds of the estate.

Car passes and tour tickets must be purchased at the Laboratory Complex Visitor Center at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. Admission is $10.00 and includes the Glenmont Estate and the Laboratory Complex. Children 15 and under are free. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x11 or visit www.nps.gov/edis.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 12/18/15 - 12/20/15

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings - 12/12/15 - 12/13/15

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Friday, December 11 - Plainfield, Union County
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Children Friendly

The Historical Society of Plainfield invites one and all to the Nineteenth Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday at the Drake House Museum beginning at 6:30 pm. This is a festive evening of Christmas caroling, gift giving, and refreshments. This year's Gingerbread House will once again be generously awarded to one lucky winning family. 

Children are encouraged to participate, as Santa will make a surprise visit, with a gift for every child. In addition to the large Christmas tree in the ballroom, there will be three decorated theme trees in the period rooms of the museum. This program is free to the public. Due to space limitations and safety concerns we are unable to provide space for baby strollers or carriages.

The Drake House Museum is located at 602 West Front Street, Plainfield, NJ. For more information, call 908-755-5831 or visit www.drakehouseplainfieldnj.org.

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Friday, December 11 - Newton, Sussex County
Sussex County Historical Society Annual Holiday Open House

On Friday evening, visit the Hill Memorial Museum and view the oldest building continuously operating as a museum in the State of New Jersey, beautifully decorated for the holidays. The Hill Memorial Building was constructed for the Sussex County Historical Society in 1916 and dedicated June 8, 1917. The open house will take place from 6:30 - 9:00 pm at the Hill Memorial Museum, 82 Main Street, Newton, NJ. Free admission and refreshments. For more information, call 973-383-6010 or visit www.sussexcountyhistory.org.

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Friday and Sunday, December 11 and 13 - Brick Township, Ocean County
Christmas Celebration at the Havens Homestead Museum
Children Friendly


The Brick Township Historical Society will hold its annual Christmas celebration at its Havens Homestead Museum, 521 Herbertsville Road, Brick, NJ on Friday from 3:00 - 7:00 pm and on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. This year’s theme is Christmas in the Village,” and docents will give stories from years ago of the different sections of Brick Township. There will be several moving trains on display, and all three buildings on the property will be open. Homemade refreshments will be served. Guests are encouraged to take pictures with the Victorian Santa who will be dressed in royal blue, as Santas years ago often had different colored outfits, such as, green, violet or blue. Each family will receive a gift of one of the society’s Brick Oven cook books. The Lizzie Herbert Gift Shop will feature special seasonal items. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Donation is $5.00 for an adult and children under 12 are free. For more information, call 732-785-2500 or visit www.bricktwphistoricalsociety.com.

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Every Friday - Sunday through January 10, 2016 - West Orange, Essex County
Holidays at Glenmont
Children Friendly

The sights and sounds of the season will greet visitors when they come to Thomas Edison's home in Llewellyn Park during "Holidays at Glenmont." Glenmont will be decorated much as it was while the Edison family lived there. Greenery and red poinsettias will deck the mantles above the fireplaces. Staircases will be ringed with boughs and red ribbon bows and wreaths will hang in every window. In the den, the majestic ten foot tree will be set and the presents underneath will be waiting as if the Edison children Madeleine, Theodore, and Charles, will soon come running down the stairs from their rooms - after they've checked their stockings in the upstairs living room! Family china will be displayed on the dining room table and the scene will be completed with holiday cards that were received by the family.

The Edison home, Glenmont, is located on a fifteen-acre estate in Llewellyn Park, the country's first private residential community. Built in 1880, the twenty-nine room mansion contains the original furnishings and family items used by the Edisons. The estate grounds include gardens, a greenhouse, barn, and the poured concrete garage containing the family's automobiles. Thomas and Mina Edison are buried on the grounds of the estate.

Car passes and tour tickets must be purchased at the Laboratory Complex Visitor Center at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. Admission is $10.00 and includes the Glenmont Estate and the Laboratory Complex. Children 15 and under are free. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x11 or visit www.nps.gov/edis.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 12/11/15 - 12/13/15

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Monday, December 7, 2015

Just a Short Line: The Story of the Rahway Valley Railroad

Just a Short Line: The Story of the Rahway Valley Railroad
Written by Richard J. King

When one considers New Jersey’s rich railroad heritage, images of the Jersey Central, the Lackawanna, the Erie, the Lehigh Valley, the Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines, and the mighty Pennsylvania Railroad come to mind. There are, however, many lesser-known railroads that contributed to the tangled web of rails that once crisscrossed the state. They too were a boon to commerce, and deserve their place in history.

One of these little-known rail lines was the quirky, ostentatious, short, and perseverant railroad known as the Rahway Valley. For ninety-five years, this short line railroad ambled trains down its 11.8 mile long “streak ‘o rust,” built originally to haul golfers to the famed Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, NJ. 

A railroad is only as good as the people who work for it. Dozens of people came and went from the Rahway Valley in its 95 years of operations, but the total number of employees never exceeded twenty-five at any one given time. Many employees were local residents, and oftentimes left the Rahway Valley for greater prospects in the railroad industry. Some, however, stayed with the railroad for decades. In addition to the railroad’s story, the Just a Short Line book series captures the stories of the people who were responsible for the Rahway Valley being as successful as it was. Pictured here are Carl “Cadillac” Nees (master mechanic), George Davis (conductor), Paul Albright (brakeman), Tom “Happy” Mangini (fireman), and Frank “Dirty Neck” Froat. (Richard Fullerton photo, Carstens Publications collection)

Friday, December 4, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings - 12/5/15 - 12/6/15

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Every Friday - Sunday through January 10, 2016 - West Orange, Essex County
Holidays at Glenmont
Children Friendly


The sights and sounds of the season will greet visitors when they come to Thomas Edison's home in Llewellyn Park during "Holidays at Glenmont." Glenmont will be decorated much as it was while the Edison family lived there. Greenery and red poinsettias will deck the mantles above the fireplaces. Staircases will be ringed with boughs and red ribbon bows and wreaths will hang in every window. In the den, the majestic ten foot tree will be set and the presents underneath will be waiting as if the Edison children Madeleine, Theodore, and Charles, will soon come running down the stairs from their rooms - after they've checked their stockings in the upstairs living room! Family china will be displayed on the dining room table and the scene will be completed with holiday cards that were received by the family.

The Edison home, Glenmont, is located on a fifteen-acre estate in Llewellyn Park, the country's first private residential community. Built in 1880, the twenty-nine room mansion contains the original furnishings and family items used by the Edisons. The estate grounds include gardens, a greenhouse, barn, and the poured concrete garage containing the family's automobiles. Thomas and Mina Edison are buried on the grounds of the estate.

Car passes and tour tickets must be purchased at the Laboratory Complex Visitor Center at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. Admission is $10.00 and includes the Glenmont Estate and the Laboratory Complex. Children 15 and under are free. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x11 or visit www.nps.gov/edis.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Two Chances to Watch George Washington’s Annual Delaware River Crossing

Two Chances to Watch George Washington’s Annual Delaware River Crossing
December 13 and 25, 2015

Each December, thousands gather on the banks of the Delaware River to watch the reenactment of George Washington’s daring Christmas Day 1776 river crossing. During the event, several hundred reenactors in Continental military dress listen to an inspiring speech by Washington and then row across the river in replica Durham boats.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Celebrate the Season at Durand-Hedden - December 6, 2015

Celebrate the Season at Durand-Hedden
Gingerbread Houses, ‘Jolly Old St. Nick’ and Holiday Shopping
December 6, 2015

All ages will enjoy the 2015 display of inventive entries to the annual Durand-Hedden Gingerbread House Competition on December 6 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Interested in being a contestant? Enter by December 3. See announcement below and www.durandhedden.org for details and entry form.

Friday, November 27, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings - 11/28/15 - 11/29/15

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Every Friday - Sunday through January 10, 2016 - West Orange, Essex County
Holidays at Glenmont
Children Friendly

The sights and sounds of the season will greet visitors when they come to Thomas Edison's home in Llewellyn Park during "Holidays at Glenmont." Glenmont will be decorated much as it was while the Edison family lived there. Greenery and red poinsettias will deck the mantles above the fireplaces. Staircases will be ringed with boughs and red ribbon bows and wreaths will hang in every window. In the den, the majestic ten foot tree will be set and the presents underneath will be waiting as if the Edison children Madeleine, Theodore, and Charles, will soon come running down the stairs from their rooms - after they've checked their stockings in the upstairs living room! Family china will be displayed on the dining room table and the scene will be completed with holiday cards that were received by the family.

The Edison home, Glenmont, is located on a fifteen-acre estate in Llewellyn Park, the country's first private residential community. Built in 1880, the twenty-nine room mansion contains the original furnishings and family items used by the Edisons. The estate grounds include gardens, a greenhouse, barn, and the poured concrete garage containing the family's automobiles. Thomas and Mina Edison are buried on the grounds of the estate.

Car passes and tour tickets must be purchased at the Laboratory Complex Visitor Center at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. Admission is $10.00 and includes the Glenmont Estate and the Laboratory Complex. Children 15 and under are free. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x11 or visit www.nps.gov/edis.

Friday, November 20, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings - 11/21/15 - 11/22/15

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Saturday, November 21 - Princeton, Mercer County
Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Couple of an Age Exhibit Opening

On Saturday, A. Scott Berg will kick off Morven Museum & Garden's year-long exhibition, Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Couple of an Age. The acclaimed author will deliver a lecture at the McCarter Theatre Center on his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Lindbergh. Berg, a 1971 graduate of Princeton University, is the author of five best-selling books, including Max Perkins: Editor of   Genius, Goldwyn: A Biography, and Wilson.

Tickets are $40 and available through McCarter Theatre Center at www.mccarter.org or by calling 609-258-2787. The exhibition is currently open to the public. Admission is $10; Friends of Morven are Free; Morven Museum & Gardens 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, November 21- Paterson, Passaic County
Native American Indian Heritage Festival
Children Friendly

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 11/20/15 - 11/22/15

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

South River through the eyes of R. Van Dyke Reid

South River through the eyes of R. Van Dyke Reid
Written by Stephanie Bartz

If you're familiar with South River, you probably know that it occupies less than three square miles nestled between the more sprawling expanses of Sayreville and East Brunswick. What you might not know is that until 1898, when it incorporated as a separate borough, South River was part of East Brunswick. The significance of that fact in relation to the South River – Images of America book will become apparent once you learn a little bit more about what's in the book.

Long before there was a South River Historical & Preservation Society, Richard Van Dyke Reid made himself the unofficial historian of South River. From an early age, he created scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, death notices, marriage announcements, and election data. Born in September 1833, his earliest scrapbook entry dates to July 1844. Reid was clearly a curious 10 year old. Those of us interested in South River history are extremely grateful.

Richard Van Dyke Reid, born in South River in September 1833, had a varied career in the community. Among the positions he held were teacher, merchant, census enumerator, secretary of the board of public health, assistant postmaster, and superintendent of the Methodist Episcopal Sunday school. His portrait was taken in New Brunswick in March 1898 by a Mr. Dickinson.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

28th Annual Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique: November 7 - 29, 2015

28th Annual Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique
November 7 - 29, 2015

From November 7th through November 29th at Lambert Castle (home of the Passaic County Historical Society) at 3 Valley Road, Paterson, NJ, the Passaic County Historical Society will be presenting the 28th annual Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique. Open Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, enjoy shopping through this year’s assortment of festive holiday gifts, jewelry, seasonal decorations, crafts, collectibles, and gourmet food in the historic atmosphere and ambience of Lambert Castle.

Photo by Thomas Garside.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings - 11/14/15 - 11/15/15

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Saturday, November 14 - Mt. Laurel, Burlington County
Alice Paul: In Pursuit of Ordinary Equality: Exhibit Grand Opening

Join the Alice Paul Institute for the official grand opening of the Institute's first exhibit. Presentations starting at 1:00 pm include a brief talk with exhibit curator Kris Myers, who discusses the process of putting together the Alice Paul Institute's first exhibit at Paulsdale.

Historian and Alice Paul biographer Dr. J. D. Zahniser talks about how she assisted the addition of the Amelia R. Fry Collection to the Alice Paul archives and the pieces on display she found most interesting when writing her book, Alice Paul Claiming Power (Oxford University Press 2014).

Admission is free. Paulsdale is located at 128 Hooten Road, Mt. Laurel, NJ. To register, e-mail programs@alicepaul.org  or call 856-231-1885. For more information, visit www.alicepaul.org.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Monmouth County Historical Association's Newest Exhibition Expanded for the Second Time

Monmouth County Historical Association's Newest Exhibition Expanded for the Second Time

The Beautiful Childhood Portraits from the Permanent Collection exhibition, has been expanded for the second time since it first opened at the Monmouth County Historical Association Museum, Curator Joseph Hammond announced this week.

The exhibition features not only portraits of the children of local families from the 19th century but also several selections of children’s furniture, also from the Museum collection, including high chairs, sleighs, and rocking chairs designed specifically for children.

Mary Eleanor Van Mater painted by Harvey Jenkins in Keyport, NJ, 1849

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Durand-Hedden Presents "Newark through the Ages" - November 15, 2015

Durand-Hedden Presents Newark through the Ages
November 15, 2015

As the City of Newark prepares to celebrate its 350th anniversary in 2016, join Durand-Hedden for Newark through the Ages, a presentation prepared by Elizabeth Del Tufo, President of the Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee and one of Newark’s best-known civic activists and ambassadors.

Friday, November 6, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings - 11/7/15 - 11/8/15

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Saturday, November 7 - Bloomfield, Essex County
Morris Canal Hike through Bloomfield

Join The Historical Society of Bloomfield, NJ (HSOB) on Saturday for a three-mile hike following the path of the Morris Canal through Bloomfield and a bus ride to additional sites where the canal is still intact. Space is limited. Reservations are required. $5.00 donation requested to cover the cost of the bus and hand-outs. To reserve a space, send an e-mail to MorrisCanal@gmail.com.

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Saturday, November 7 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
19th Century Woodworking Demonstration
Children Friendly

Thursday, November 5, 2015

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 11/6/15 - 11/8/15

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Friday, October 30, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings - 10/31/15 - 11/1/15

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Saturday, October 31 - Tewksbury, Hunterdon County
1st Annual Fall Tag Sale

The Tewksbury Historical Society will hold its 1st Annual Fall Tag Sale on Halloween, Saturday, October 31, from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, rain or shine, at the Oldwick Carriage House, 5 James Street in the village of Oldwick. Stop by to peruse the eclectic array of items for sale, including antiques, fine bone china, furniture, Christmas items, HH items, hand-made rugs, outdoor furniture, hundreds of books, including a full set of Hardy Boys books and much, much more. Get a free cup of coffee or cider as well as lots of candy for the kids. For more information, call 908-832-6734 or visit www.tewksburyhistory.net.

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Saturday, October 31 - Chester, Morris County
A Miller's Halloween
Children Friendly

Thursday, October 29, 2015

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 10/30/15 - 11/1/15

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Lawrenceville to Screen “The Winter Patriots: The Battles of Trenton and Princeton”

Lawrenceville to Screen “The Winter Patriots: The Battles of Trenton and Princeton” 
October 29, 2015

The Lawrenceville School is pleased to present a screening of “The Winter Patriots: the Battles of Trenton and Princeton” on October 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the School’s Woods Memorial Hall Heely Room (2500 Main Street, Lawrenceville, NJ). No tickets are necessary for this free event, open to the public.

The film was produced by George Washington’s Mount Vernon with support from the F.M. Kirby Foundation. Rob Shenk, senior vice president for visitor engagement at Mount Vernon, was instrumental in the creation of the film and will be available for a question-and-answer session after the screening.

Friday, October 23, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings - 10/24/15 - 10/25/15

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Friday - Saturday, October 23 - 24 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Haunted Hayride at Allaire Village
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Thursday, October 22, 2015

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 10/23/15 - 10/25/15

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A House for More Than One Kind of President: Hollybush Mansion

A House for More Than One Kind of President: Hollybush Mansion

Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey is a growing campus. New academic buildings and housing is going up as the University increases enrollment. However, tucked away along the edge of the sprawling campus is a stone house with manicured gardens and lawns. The oldest building on the campus, the former Whitney Mansion, now called Hollybush Mansion, is significant locally and globally. Once a private home to a well-known south Jersey glassmaking family, it is now partially restored and tells the story of the community's founding and the formative years of the normal school at Glassboro, but also the important meeting between two world leaders which took place there in 1967.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Durand-Hedden Presents Thunderbird American Indian Dancers - October 25, 2015

Durand-Hedden Presents Thunderbird American Indian Dancers
October 25, 2015

Join Durand-Hedden on Sunday, October 25 for an afternoon of dance, history, and American Indian culture. The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers will perform traditional American Indian dance and music from tribal groups found throughout the United States including the Robin Dance, Fish Dance, and Smoke Dance of the Iroquois; the Contest Dance of the Winnebago; the Fancy Shawl Dance; the Old Style Traditional Warrior Dance of the Kiowa and the Hoop Dance.

Friday, October 16, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings - 10/17/15 - 10/18/15

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Friday - Saturday, October 16 - 17 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Haunted Hayride at Allaire Village
Children Friendly

Thursday, October 15, 2015

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 10/16/15 - 10/18/15

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Monday, October 12, 2015

Constance Kopp and the Story Behind "Girl Waits With Gun"

Constance Kopp and the Story Behind "Girl Waits With Gun"
Written by Amy Stewart

I live in Eureka, CA, which is exactly 3,027 miles away from Bergen County. But for the last three years, I’ve spent most of my waking hours thinking about Wyckoff, Hackensack, and—eight miles closer to home—Paterson.

It started with a single newspaper clipping from 1915. I was doing research about something else entirely, but—like so many Internet searches—I took a wrong turn and ended up reading about Constance, Norma, and Fleurette Kopp, three sisters who lived in Wyckoff and found themselves on the receiving end of some criminal mischief. The criminal in question was Henry Kaufman, owner of a silk dye factory in Paterson. He ran his car into a buggy they were driving and refused to pay for the damages. The conflict escalated until they were getting kidnapping threats, shots fired at their house, and all kinds of harassment and intimidation.

The oldest sister, Constance, went to Bergen County prosecutor John Courter for help. He wasn’t interested in the case, but Sheriff Robert Heath was. Heath issued revolvers to the sisters, and they went after Kaufman together.

"Gems of South Orange" House Tour - October 17, 2015

"Gems of South Orange" House Tour
October 17, 2015

Six gracious and distinctive 20th-century homes will be on view in the 2015 "Gems of South Orange" House Tour presented by the South Orange Historical and Preservation Society on Saturday, October 17th.

The popular event, expected to attract 400-600 visitors, affords an opportunity to see not only the handsome exteriors but also to examine beautiful interior architecture, d├ęcor, and collections. Homes will be available for viewing by ticket-buyers from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

"Girl Waits With Gun" October Book Giveaway

Friday, October 9, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings - 10/10/15 - 10/11/15

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Friday - Saturday, October 9 - 10 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
The Chilling Re-Telling of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

Allaire Village is presenting a dramatic rendition of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"written by Washington Irving and performed by Neill Hartley. The performance takes place in the Allaire Village Chapel on Friday and Saturday, at 7:30 pm.

In an exciting performance, Neill Hartley, brings to life the tale of the Headless Horseman, within the candle-lit Allaire Village Chapel. You will be transported back to a time before television, radio, CDs, and electricity. The seating is limited to 100 for each performance, so advanced purchase is recommended. Only ticket-holders will be admitted to the performances. Ticket cost is $20 per person. To purchase tickets or for information, call 732-919-3500 and have your credit card ready. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.allairevillage.org.

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, October 10 - West Orange, Essex County
The Legacy of Thomas Edison
Children Friendly