Friday, February 27, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 2/28/15 - 3/1/15

NJ WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, February 28 - Morristown, Morris County
Meet the Local Author: James Gigantino

In honor of Black History Month, the National Park Service welcomes Dr. James Gigantino to discuss his new book The Ragged Road to Abolition: Slavery and Freedom in New Jersey, 1775-1865.

The talk will be at 1:00 pm on Saturday in the park’s Washington’s Headquarters Museum, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ. Admission to the program is free. Book sales and signing will follow the program.

Contrary to popular perception, slavery persisted in the North well into the nineteenth century. This was especially the case in New Jersey, the last northern state to pass an abolition statute, in 1804. Because of the nature of the law, which freed children born to enslaved mothers only after they had served their mother's master for more than two decades, slavery continued in New Jersey through the Civil War.

Abolition in New Jersey during the American Revolution was a contested battle. New Jersey's gradual abolition law kept at least a quarter of the state's black population in some degree of bondage until the 1830s. This realization therefore shatters the perceived easy dichotomies between free states and slave states at the onset of the Civil War as well as challenges our understanding of the impact of the American Revolution on the North.

James Gigantino is an Assistant Professor of History and an affiliated faculty member in African & African American Studies at the University of Arkansas. He is the author of The Ragged Road to Abolition: Slavery and Freedom in New Jersey, 1775-1865 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014) and editor of the forthcoming The American Revolution in New Jersey: Where the Battlefront Meets the Home Front (Rutgers University Press, 2015) and Slavery and Secession in Arkansas: A Documentary History.

For more information, call 973-539-2016 ext. 210 or visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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Saturday, February 28 - Burlington, Burlington County
The Harriet Tubman Experience

On Saturday, the Burlington County Historical Society presents "The Harriet Tubman Experience" with Millicent Sparks. Pennsylvania Historical Commission Commonwealth Speaker Millicent Sparks has been a living history re-enactor for years portraying Harriet Tubman through The Harriet Tubman Living History Experience. Drawing on her arts background as a stage actor and writer, Millie fully embodies the spirited and most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad to lend as much realism to her program as she can.

As a living history re-enactor, Millie has performed for schools, libraries, historic sites, and churches and for audiences of all ages. In addition to her work as Tubman, Millie owns her own production company, Millicent Sparks Productions. She also performs at the Freedom Rising exhibit at the Constitution Center in historic Philadelphia. All of her work is focused on one thing: sharing the stories that make up America's history and giving people the tools to put that history into context to reflect on their own lives.

The program takes place from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. There will be a Q&A and light refreshments served. $5 per person. This program is recommended for adults and older children. The program takes place in the Corson Poly Center. Entrances at 457 High Street and 454 Lawrence Street, Burlington, NJ. For more information, call 609-386-4773, ext. 1 or e-mail burlcohistsocprograms@verizon.net.

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Saturday, February 28 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Maple Sugaring
Children Friendly

Sugaring time arrives in late winter at Howell Farm and operations are in full swing. Visitors are invited to join the work and fun with sap collection, firewood cutting, syrup making, butter making, flour milling and pancake eating.

The trees are tapped beginning in early February. School groups, visitors and farm staff collect and boil down sap for several weeks. The sugar maple tree stores starch in their trunks and roots before the winter; the starch is then converted to sugar that rises in the sap in the spring. Freezing nights and thawing days make for heavy sap flow. The trees are tapped by boring holes into their trunks and collecting the exuded sap beginning in early February. The sap is then processed by heating to evaporate much of the water, leaving the concentrated syrup.

Sap gathering will take place at 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm. Tree tapping demonstrations will be held at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. The sugarhouse will be open from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Pancakes will be available from 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm.

Howell Living Farm represents typical farm life between 1890 and 1910. The farm is operated by the Mercer County Parks Commission. It is located at 70 Wooden's Lane, Lambertville, NJ. For more information. call 609-737-3299 or visit www.howellfarm.org.

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Saturday, February 28 - Burlington, Burlington County
The History of Timbuctoo

On Saturday at 1:00 pm, Dr. Christopher Barton will discuss the dig at the Timbuctoo archeological site in Westampton, NJ at the Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences. Timbuctoo was founded in the 1820s by freed African Americans and escaped slaves and would serve as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Although no original structures apart from the cemetery remain today, at its peak in the 1860s, Timbuctoo was home to more than 150 people. Timbuctoo offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of free African Americans in the era of slavery. This is a free program, but registration is requested. The Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences is located at 307 High St, Mount Holly, NJ. To register and for more information, call 609-267-7111.

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Saturday, February 28 - Rockaway, Morris County
The History of Diners in New Jersey

New Jersey author and historian Michael Gabriele will be presenting a program based on his book, The History of Diners in New Jersey at the Rockaway Township Free Public Library on Saturday at 2:00 pm. Gabriele's book traces the 100-year history of the New Jersey diner business and features in-depth information on diner manufacturers, diner historians and the people who operated classic diners. This program is free and open to the public. The Rockaway Township Free Public Library is located at 61 Mount Hope Road, Rockaway, NJ. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/HistoryofDinersinNewJersey.

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Saturday, February 28 - Port Norris, Cumberland County
Storytelling Session - Religion in the Bayshore Region
Children Friendly

The community is invited to the Bayshore Center at Bivalve's and Port Norris Historical Society's Storytelling Session on Saturday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm to share stories or listen to tales about the founding of religious congregations, their triumphs, struggles, and contributions to the Bayshore Region. Share a memory from your lifetime, a family anecdote, or recollection. Bring photographs or news articles to share or just come to listen and learn. The program will be recorded and information collected will be used in future exhibits and for research and educational purposes as part of the Delaware Bay Museum & Folklife Center. BCB and PNHS want to capture the essence of those houses of worship which set the mold for the Bayshore Region's religious culture.

This program is free and refreshments will be served. The Bayshore Center at Bivalve is located at 2800 High Street, Port Norris, NJ. For more information, call 856-785-2060, ext. 109 or visit www.bayshorecenter.org.

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Saturday, February 28 - Roebling, Burlington County
Celebrate National Engineers Week
Children Friendly

The Roebling Museum, located in the historic Village of Roebling, NJ, is proud to announce another of its family-friendly programs. On Saturday, February 28th we will celebrate National Engineers Week and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day with Kids Create II: More Bridges and Machines. This year, in addition to the chance to test simple machines and build bridges and catapults, the Museum will offer two new, high-tech engineering experiences featuring a 3-D printing demonstration by Brian Binvosky, a member of NextFab in Philadelphia, and workshop provided by Rutgers University, Camden where participants will explore and make sound effects for short films.

In the Rutgers-Camden workshop, Theater and Concert Manager and Teaching Instructor of Music, Stefán Arnarson will lead a session where participants will experiment with Foley art. They'll create sound effects for short film clips, using everyday objects such as phone books and celery in the staging of a very playful action movie scene. Clips from movies, such as Toy Story and Star Wars, will provide the opportunity to recreate sound effects, including the sound of a light saber.

Next Fab member Brian Binovsky will bring and demonstrate the awesome capabilities of a real 3-Dimensional (3D) printer. We'll see the incredible capabilities of this important piece of engineering and design technology, and learn how this machine can take something we imagine and make it into a tangible, touchable object.

The day will also include hands-on activities provided by Burlington County Historical Society, and the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America New Jersey.

Kids Create II will run from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Admission is $5 dollars. Children 6 and under are free. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Bring your family to this exciting program, and experience the Roebling legacy while enjoying the wonders of modern technology, too!

The Roebling Museum is located at 100 Second Avenue, Roebling, NJ. For more information, call 609-499-7200 or visit www.roeblingmuseum.org.

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Saturday, February 28 - Madison, Morris County
Widget's Birthday Party
Children Friendly

Widget the Beaver puppet is the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts' beloved mascot. Children ages 3-6 are invited to Widget's Birthday Party on Saturday from 2:00 - 3:00 pm. Children will learn about the importance of beavers on the environment, make beaver crafts, play Pin the Tail on the Beaver, and sing Happy Birthday to Widget while they enjoy birthday cake. Participants are encouraged to wear brown clothing because that's Widget's favorite color! Advance registration recommended. Call 973-377-2982 x12 to register. Regular museum admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children participating in the program. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street in Madison, NJ. For information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit www.metc.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, February 28 - March 1 - Trenton, Mercer County
America, We Served!: Three Centuries of African American Soldiers
Children Friendly

Celebrate Black History Month at the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton on Saturday and Sunday. Experience the living history of America's Black Warriors by the veterans themselves and dedicated reenactors! View displays of photos, literature, and artifacts from wars past while talking to the storytellers of America's black men and women at war!

Don't miss this wonderful educational experience for the entire family! While visiting the last remaining free-standing French and Indian War military barracks in North America in the capitol city of Trenton, you will meet with African American soldiers from almost every American War.

The Revolutionary War will be represented by the predominately African American Rhode Island Regiment. The Civil War will be represented by The 6th Regiment United States Colored Troops. World War II will be represented by The 5th Platoon. Other authentically kitted out reenactors will represent the War of 1812, the Buffalo Soldiers of the American West, and the Harlem Hellfighters of World War I fame.

Admission: $4 adults; $2 seniors/students; Free children 6 and under and active duty military; $8 family rate. The Old Barracks Museum is located at 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ. Parking is available in the small lot next to the museum, in the Capitol Complex, and in Trenton City Parking lots - the closest is located at 120 East Front Street. For more information call 609-396-1776 or visit www.barracks.org.

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Sunday, March 1 - Bedminster, Somerset County
First Ladies Abigail Adams and Martha Washington
Children Friendly

On Sunday, March 1 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, the Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House will host an open house and a presentation, beginning at 2:00 pm, featuring re-enactors portraying First Ladies Abigail Adams and Martha Washington. The Revolutionary First Ladies will discuss their lives during the American Revolution and the role of women in a democracy. 

Re-enactor Carol Spacht will reveal Martha Washington's remarkable, and mostly untold, story to help the audience understand the unique role women played in the building of the nation. Martha Washington was instrumental throughout the Revolutionary War. Joining her husband at his winter encampments, she provided stockings and other necessaries to the soldiers at Valley Forge and elsewhere. Her most valuable contributions were, undoubtedly, those of her kind ministrations to the soldier's morale. Though she felt imprisoned by the role of first lady and longed for the country life at Mount Vernon, she never showed it, and was determined to be cheerful despite her circumstances, which on many occasions took a stalwart resolve.

Re-enactor Kim Hanley portrays Abigail Smith Adams as an educated upper class woman whose well-articulated opinions on government, politics and life in general were sought by at least two American presidents: her husband President John Adams, and her son President John Quincy Adams. She embraced her role as wife and mother, passionately embodying the Enlightenment concept of Woman as keeper of household virtue. Abigail's biggest causes were education and fairer treatment of women. She is best remembered for her letter asking her husband to "remember the ladies" when enacting new laws. She asked John to limit the power of husbands over their wives by asking husbands to become friends of their wives and protect them, rather than empowering husbands to act as masters over their wives, and thereby continuing to abuse them.

The open house tour of the Jacobus Vanderveer House is free, but admission to the First Ladies' presentation is $10 per person (members of The Jacobus Vanderveer House are admitted free and given priority seating) and registration is suggested. Children 12 and under are free. For reservations and information, call 908-396-6053 or visit www.jvanderveerhouse.org. The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 3055 River Road East (in Bedminster's River Road Park), Bedminster, NJ.

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Sunday, March 1 - Cranford, Union County
Open House at Crane-Phillips House

The Cranford Historical Society will be hosting tours of the Crane-Phillips House Museum, located at 124 North Union Avenue, Cranford, NJ on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission is free. 

The Cranford Historical Society was founded in 1927 with a mission to preserve the unique history of Cranford, New Jersey. The Society maintains the Crane-Phillips House Living Museum, an important costume collection, and archives. For more information, call 908-376-0082 or visit www.cranfordhistoricalsociety.com.

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Sunday, March 1 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Turn of the Nineteenth Century Music
Children Friendly

On Sunday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to take a step back in time to join music man Rich Marzec as he performs songs from the turn of the century on the farm. This free event runs from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. 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, March 1 - Montclair, Essex County
House Tours
Family Friendly

Step back through over 200 years of American history at Montclair's historic properties at 108 Orange Road. Visit the newly reinterpreted Crane House to reflect the YWCA period from 1920 - 1965, check out the farm, and meet the chickens. The site is open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.


Free-will donation. Free admission for members! The Shultz House (Evergreens) will be closed for the season, reopening Spring 2015. For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail mail@montclairhistorical.org, or visit www.montclairhistorical.org.

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Sunday, March 1 Montclair, Essex County
"In the Spirit of Freedom" - Quilt Exhibit

The Montclair Historical Society is so excited for the continuation of "In the Spirit of Freedom," a temporary exhibition of contemporary quilts by the Nubian Heritage Quilters Guild on display at the Montclair Historical Society. The Guild is celebrating 20 years of wonderful quilt-making and community engagement and showcases its latest work every two years at the historical society. This show comes wonderfully following the launch of the YWCA exhibition and in the wake of the spectacular quilt exhibition at the Montclair Art Museum.

Quilters, art lovers, anyone interested in local crafts and folk art, as well as those of us who continue to love and support African American art and culture will be sure to love this exhibition. The Nubian Quilters Guild is a local treasure and the historical society always looks forward to this biennial showcase. The exhibition will be on display from Saturday, February 21 - March 1, 2015 and available for viewing on Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the Crane House, 106 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail mail@montclairhistorical.org, or visit www.montclairhistorical.org.

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Sunday, March 1 - South River, Middlesex County
Open House

Stop by the South River Historical & Preservation Society on Sunday from 1:30 - 3:30 pm and view exhibits on all aspects of Borough history including: schools; churches and houses of worship; local businesses and organizations; daily life; events and celebrations; and more. While you are there, see the cemetery located behind the building, ask questions, drop off donations, or exchange hometown stories with the docents. The museum is located at 64-66 Main Street, South River. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njsrhps/museum.html

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Sunday, March 1 - Readington Township, Hunterdon County
Readington Museums Open House
Children Friendly

On Sunday, Readington Museums host an open house program featuring food historian Nichole Gerding. The proprietress and owner of the Thankful Sage Farm School in Newtown, Pennsylvania, Gerding learned eighteenth-century food preservation and cooking in the kitchens of Colonial Williamsburg. Now she brings those skills to the Readington Museums’ Bouman-Stickney Farmstead. Gerding will discuss dairying in the 1700s and demonstrate how to churn butter.

The open house program runs from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead, 114 Dreahook Road in the Stanton section of Readington Township. If using a GPS, use Lebanon, NJ 08833. The program, as well as a tour of the 1741 Dutch bank house, is free but donations are gladly accepted.

Groups of six or more please call for a reservation. For more information, contact Program Director Margaret Smith at 908-236-2327 or e-mail readingtonmuseums@gmail.com.  For directions, visit www.readingtonmuseums.org.

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Sunday, March 1 - Jefferson Township, Morris County
Open House

The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlin House, will have an  open house on Sunday  from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Learn about the Jefferson  Township Historical Society. New members are always welcome to join the Society. Activities include researching costumes and genealogy, being a docent at the Jefferson Township Museum's monthly open house and other events, decorating the museum for Christmas in the Village in conjunction with the Garden Club, and hosting Christmas in the Village at the museum. Docent training is provided. Admission is free.

The Jefferson Township Museum is located at 315 Dover-Milton Road, Jefferson Township, NJ. Visit Miss Elizabeth's Shoppe located in the original kitchen of the museum, where small antiques, collectibles, handmade, handcrafted and seasonal items will be offered for sale. For further information, call 973-208-8601 or visit www.jthistoricalsociety.org.

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Sunday, March 1 - Westampton, Burlington County
Sojourner Truth:  "Ain't I a Woman?"
Children Friendly

Please join Peachfield on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm as they welcome Dr. Daisy Century of the American Historical Theater as she portrays Isabella Baumfree. Baumfree was born a slave, cruelly treated by several owners, and experienced an epiphany after gaining her freedom. She became a devout Christian, renamed herself Sojourner Truth and began traveling as a preacher. Eventually she spoke on women’s suffrage, believing the causes of abolition and women’s rights to be intertwined and equally important. This performance by Dr. Daisy Century of the American Historical Theater will illuminate the power and integrity of Sojourner and the impact of her life.

Admission to this program is free. Peachfield is located at 180 Burrs Road, Westampton, NJ. For more information, call 609-267-6996 or visit www.colonialdamesnj.org.

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Sunday, March 1 - Princeton, Mercer County
Historic Princeton Walking Tour
Children Friendly

Enjoy a 1.9 mile, two-hour walk around downtown Princeton and the University campus as you learn about historic sites in the area, including Bainbridge House, Nassau Hall, the University Chapel, and Palmer Square. The early history of Princeton, the founding of the University, and the American Revolution are just some of the stories from Princeton’s history that you will learn on your tour.

Admission: $7 per adult; $4 children ages 6 to 12; free for children age 5 and under. Tickets are sold at Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ justifying at 12:00 noon. Tour begins at 2:00 pm and ends at 4:00 pm. Space is limited. For more information, call 609-921-6748 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

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Saturdays through February 28, 2015 - Freehold, Monmouth County
Farm: Agriculture in Monmouth County 1600 - 2013 - EXTENDED


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 February 28, 2015. 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 $5.00 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 March 1, 2015 - Trenton, Mercer County
Ties That Bind: The Aprons of Trenton

The Trenton City Museum transports you to a time when apron strings tied the lives of the people of Trenton. "Ties that Bind: The Aprons of Trenton" runs from November 1, 2014 through March 1, 2014. The exhibit features aprons associated with church picnics, classroom art projects, the industrial workers who kept the city in business, and the homemakers who made holiday meals and memories for generations. The Trenton City Museum, Ellarslie, is located in Cadwalader Park, Trenton, NJ. For more information, call 609-989-3632 or visit www.ellarslie.org.

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Through March 1, 2015 - Trenton, Mercer County
Trenton Central High School: A Remembrance

On October 14, 2014, the Trenton Public Schools Board of Education voted to demolish Trenton Central High School. The New Jersey Schools Development Authority will fund the construction of a new $130 million high school for Trenton.

The Trenton Museum Society celebrates the soon-to-be-demolished building in an exhibit at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie through Sunday, March 1, 2015. The former high school building, opened in 1932, was an iconic structure that inspired and nurtured thousands of Trenton students over the past 82 years.

Designed by architect Ernest K. Sibley, construction of the school began in 1929 with the first classes occupying the building in January 1932.  It was built as a larger version of Trenton High School West, formerly Junior No. 3, out of red brick and composition stone trim in the colonial revival style, inspired by the historic background of the city. 

Many of the features that contributed to the unique beauty of the school were made in Trenton. The porcelain shades in the light fixtures in the auditorium were made by Lenox in Trenton. The brown faience tile lining the hallways was made by the Mueller Mosaic Tile Company of Trenton. Even the sanitary ware, such as sinks and toilets, were made by the Trenton-based Maddock pottery company.

The exhibit shows iconic artifacts from the school - a Maddock toilet, pedestal sink and water fountain, an original student desk that seats two students, one of the caged clocks from the gymnasium, wooden chairs used by students and teachers, and hallway light fixtures. The school board is loaning two large portraits of the first two principals of the school - William A. Wetzel and Paul R. Spencer, and a large aerial picture of the school.

Early yearbooks from the 1930s and 1940s show the school façade and interior. Artifacts used in the school are on display, such as scientific instruments, silverware, china, kitchen utensils, and a display cabinet with partial skeleton used in science classes.

The two cornerstones of the building from 1929 and 1956 were opened at Trenton High School's Homecoming football game on October 25. No one knew what was inside. The contents of the cornerstones will be lent to the museum and displayed in the exhibit.

In the lobby were four spectacular murals created and installed in the high school in 1941 by an artist who worked for the WPA Federal Arts Project, Monty Lewis, entitled Youth Carrying the Heritage of Arts from the Past into the Future. The Trenton School Board has pledged to save these priceless pieces of art. Photographs of them are included in the exhibit.

The Trenton Museum Society invites graduates, teachers and administrators from the school, historic preservationists, and those interested in Trenton's history to attend the exhibit. The Trenton City Museum, Ellarslie, is located in Cadwalader Park, Trenton, NJ. For more information, call 609-989-3632 or visit www.ellarslie.org.

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Through March 29, 2015 - Paterson, Passaic County
A Closer Look at our Community: The Fine Art of Mark Oberndorf

A new exhibit entitled A Closer Look at our Community: The Fine Art of Mark Oberndorf is open through March 29, 2015 in Lambert Castle (home of the Passaic County Historical Society) at 3 Valley Road, Paterson, NJ. This exhibit focuses on the sights of our local community, as shown in the paintings of Bergen County resident and artist Mark Oberndorf.

Oberndorf’s work focuses on the views of local buildings and features within our neighborhoods. Many pieces included in A Closer Look at our Community feature Passaic County, while others portray subjects from a wider geographic area. Some subjects include restaurant signs, barber shops, private homes, and fire stations. Through his work, Oberndorf demonstrates what is beautiful, interesting and quirky in our communities. Through this exhibition visitors will be able to see their environment in a different perspective. Visitors can access the exhibition during regular museum hours (Wednesday - Sunday). General museum admissions apply. Meet the artist at the exhibit reception held at Lambert Castle on Wednesday January 14, 2015 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. The reception is free for members; for all others regular admission applies. For more information, call 973-247-0085 or visit www.lambertcastle.org.

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Through March 29, 2015 - Princeton, Mercer County
Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726-1860

This landmark exhibition will be the first to focus on the important contribution of New Jersey in the creation of schoolgirl needlework in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. With over 150 works on view, this exhibition will undertake the first survey of schoolgirl needlework completed in the state or by New Jersey girls prior to 1860. This exhibition and accompanying catalogue will create a lasting record of the best known examples. As part of the museum’s mission to showcase the cultural heritage of the Garden State, the curators will bring new light to the needlework done in New Jersey during this important period of American history.

Organized geographically, the exhibition will feature works from every region of the state. Although many elaborate and important examples of New Jersey needlework will be featured in the exhibition, the curators have also included more modest examples that highlight other aspects of the educational environment, social class and familial situation experienced by young girls in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In some cases, the exhibit will reunite, for the first time, needlework created by the same girl; sisters; cousins; schoolmates and other close relations.

The exhibition will feature loans from across the country including needlework completed in every New Jersey County (accounting for the numerous re-organizations of New Jersey counties in the nineteenth century). In presenting examples from every part of the state, the exhibition will distill the educational environment that existed in New Jersey from Cape May to Sussex. The exhibition will also compile an accurate picture of girls academies and the instructresses who taught at them.

The exhibition will occupy 1,709 square feet in five galleries within the second floor of the Morven mansion. This exhibition also coincides with the 350th anniversary of New Jersey and extensive state-wide celebration and programming.

The title of the exhibition is borrowed from a needlework stitched by Trenton-born Anne Rickey (1783-1846) “Hail Specimen of Female Art” was stitched onto her sampler in 1798. Anne Rickey was the daughter of Quaker merchant, John Rickey (1751-1829) and his wife Amey Olden (1757-1849).


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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Through April 17, 2015 - Haledon, Passaic County
New Haven's Garment Workers: An Elm City Story Exhibit
Children Friendly Site

On Saturday, the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark located in Haledon, NJ proudly opens the exhibit entitled, "New Haven's Garment Workers: An Elm City Story" on loan from the Greater New Haven Labor History Association.

Through historic photographs and artifacts, "New Haven's Garment Workers: An Elm City Story" presents a vivid portrait of the lives, victories, struggles and sacrifices of a courageous group of working people in the clothing industry in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1932 and 1933, to combat sweatshop conditions in the clothing industry, workers undertook a large-scale unionization of the industry that resulted in improvements in wages, working conditions, and hours. "Their history offers important lessons for all of us in these times," notes Joan Cavanaugh, Ph.D., the exhibit's creator. The exhibit will be on view through April 17, 2015.

The American Labor Museum is headquartered in the historic Botto House National Landmark, located at 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, NJ. It was the meeting place for over 20,000 silk mill workers during the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike. The Museum offers a free lending library, restored period rooms, changing exhibits, Museum Store, Old World Gardens, educational programs and special events. The museum's hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm or by appointment. For more information, call 973-595-7953, visit www.labormuseum.net, or e-mail labormuseum@aol.com.

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Through May 1, 2015 - Toms River, Ocean County
Fishing in the Good Old Days

The Ocean County Historical Society, invites you to view their new exhibit entitled, "Hook, Line and Sinker: History of Fishing in Ocean County up to 1950", which features the collections of members Richard Updike and Ferd Klebold. The exhibit takes visitors back to the days of pound fishing, frost fishing, clamming, eeling, and whaling with photos and artifacts used in the fishing industry along the Jersey Coast. A hand-forged clam rake, the white oak eel pot that used horseshoe crabs for bait, a whale vertebra found in the surf in Ocean County, early reels, and photos galore of fishermen and their catches are just some of the treasures you will find in this exhibit. Winter or summer, Ocean County fishermen braved the elements to harvest nature's bounty from the Atlantic Ocean, Barnegat Bay, and numerous rivers. Visit OCHS Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm and the first Saturday of each month from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The Ocean County Historical Society is located at 26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River, NJ. For more information, visit www.oceancountyhistory.org or call 732-341-1880.

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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 July 2015 - Morristown, Morris 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 Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-538-2404 ext. 10 or visit www.maccullochhall.org.

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Through August 2015 - Lyndhurst, Bergen County
Lyndhurst Business: Building a Community

From a ship's horn manufactured by Leslie Company to photos of steel and heat-treating plant Benedict-Miller, Inc., the Lyndhurst Historical Society is showcasing just a sampling of the many businesses that contributed to the community and beyond in its latest exhibit, "Lyndhurst Business: Building a Community," which runs from now until August 2015.

"It's New Jersey's 350th birthday and, in addition to celebrating the state as a whole, we wanted to give a nod to our local community," said Doris Bergquist, who, along with members Dale Jankowski and Doris Ludwig, curated the exhibit. "There have been and continue to be many highly regarded businesses in Lyndhurst. The Leslie Company, for example, was once in Lyndhurst and built one of the horns used on the Queen Mary."


The exhibit is free and open to the public, though a small donation to the society would be appreciated. The Little Red Schoolhouse Museum, located at 400 RIverside Avenue, Lyndhurst, NJ is open on the second and fourth Sundays of every month from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 201-804-2513 or visit www.lyndhursthistoricalsociety.org.


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Through September 1, 2015 - Morristown, Morris County
Treasures from the Collection

There's something for everyone to enjoy in the Morris County Historical Society's new exhibit, "Treasures from the Collection," now featured at Acorn Hall through September 1, 2015. See everything from clothing to documents, militaria to fine arts, and furniture to photography, and more in this treasure trove display from Morris County, and beyond. Highlights include heirlooms from notable local families such as the McEwans, the Condits, the Lindsleys, and the Bonsalls, and spectacular stickpins from the remarkable collection of MCHS Board Member Emeritus Learned T. Bulman.

Pieces from across the country include an 1876 ball gown worn to the Centennial Celebration in Washington, D.C., an assortment of 19th-century U.S. flags, a scarab stick pin from the reign of Ramesses II, and various 19th-century weaponry and artifacts related to the Civil War. Compare earlier fashion trends to the haute couture Pucci-inspired mini-dress, circa 1960s. For the furniture aficionados, marvel at a Victorian-era papier-mâché chair, a mahogany Chippendale chair, and a Hitchcock-style chair from Morristown furniture maker, H. Frazee. Travel with ease to faraway Japan, and experience Asian art in the form of wood block prints and porcelain vases.

Admission to tour Acorn Hall and to see the exhibit is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for students, and free for children age 12 and under and MCHS members. To view the exhibit, only, is one half of the admission. Acorn Hall is open for tours on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, and on Sundays from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. For more information, call the Morris County Historical Society at 973-267-3465 or visit www.acornhall.org.

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

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