Friday, October 30, 2015

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

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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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

On Saturday, enjoy spooky storytelling at 1:00 and 2:30 pm at the Cooper Grist Mill in Chester. Come in costume, and create corn husk dolls and play old-time games. Tour the gristmill and look for surprises around every corner. Cost: FREE but donations appreciated. The Cooper Gristmill is located at 66 Route 513, Chester, NJ. For more information, call 908-879-5463 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Saturday, October 31 - Princeton, Mercer County
Princeton Cemetery Tour
Ages 8+

Take a historical stroll through Princeton Cemetery, referred to as the "Westminster Abbey of the United States." Witness the final resting places of Princeton's prominent citizens, including a U.S. president, vice-president and Civil War soldiers. Starts at 4:00 pm at the main gate, at the corner of Greenview Avenue and Humbert Street in Princeton, NJ and lasts 45 minutes. Recommended for ages 8 and up. This event is free, but tickets are required. Click here to reserve your tickets. For more information, call 609-921-6748 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

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Saturday, October 31 - Cape May, Cape May County
Trick or Treat at the Physick Estate
Children Friendly

Some spooky characters are waiting at the Emlen Physick Estate, with treats for good little ghosts and goblins and pirates and princesses. Event runs from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Free admission. The Emlen Physick Estate is located at 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday, October 31 - Cape May, Cape May County
Lizzie Borden: Tea & Confessions

Who was Lizzie Borden, and what really happened on the fateful day her parents were hacked to death in the family home? Meet Lizzie Borden and get swept up in the story of one of the most notorious women in modern history over afternoon tea. Tea begins at 2:30 pm. $25 per person. Reservations necessary. The Emlen Physick Estate is located at 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday, October 31 - Morris Township, Morris County
Historic Halloween Happenings
Children Friendly

On Saturday from 1:00 - 3:30 pm at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, play special Halloween games, decorate cookies, and try on old-fashion costumes. At 3:30 pm, take a guided walk to discover the many pumpkins hiding in the nearby woods. Board the horse-drawn wagon for a ride back to the Visitor Center.

Admission: $6/adult, $5/senior (65+), $4/child (ages 4 -16), $2/child (2 and 3). FREE for children under age 2 and Friends members, with a current membership card. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is located at 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Saturday, October 31 - Morristown, Morris County
Cemetery Tour

On Saturday at 2:00 pm at the Presbyterian Church of Morristown, learn about such varied topics as folk art, superstitions, Halloween, ghosts, and important citizens of 18th century Morristown. Join a park ranger on a tour of the graveyard of the Presbyterian Church of Morristown. Tour begins in front of the church across from the Morristown Green. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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Saturday, October 31 - Morristown, Morris County
Trick or "Doggy" Treat
Dog Friendly


A Halloween celebration for our furry friends at Morristown National Historical Park! Join us outside the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center in your best costume for a Halloween celebration and pet safety awareness meet-and-greet. Dogs and their owners who show up in costume will receive doggy treats and get a picture with a park ranger. Event runs from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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Saturday, October 31 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Corn Harvest
Children Friendly

A classic scene from America's past will be recreated at Howell Living History Farm when the fields of ripening corn are cut and shocked against a landscape of early fall colors.

Visitors can join in the work and fun from 10:00am to 4:00pm, helping farmers harvest corn in the fields, shell and grind corn, and taste cornbread.

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.com.

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Saturday, October 31 - Morristown, Morris County
Historic Haunting

A scary and fun afternoon awaits. Listen to terrifying ghost stories and participate in a variety of Halloween fun and games. Programs run from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Admission: $5/adult, $4/senior (65+), $3/child (ages 4 -16). FREE for children under age 4 and Friends members, with a current membership card. Historic Speedwell is located 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-285-6550 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Saturday - Sunday, October 31 - Nov. 1 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
“Here lies...” Historical Headstones
Children Friendly

Guardian angel, weeping willow, thoughtful sentiments or simply two dates; historical headstones can provide a message from the past. Watch on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm as skilled craftsman Tom Kelleher of Old Sturbridge Village carves a traditional slate headstone and shares some early American social history on marking the passing from this life to the next... Admission and parking are free.

While there, visit the large, elegant Walnford home built in 1774, the 19th century gristmill and the farm buildings set in a beautiful landscape. Walnford is located at 62 Walnford Road, Upper Freehold, NJ. For more information, call 609-259-6275 or visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

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Sunday, November 1 - Walpack Township, Sussex County
Walpack Historical Society - Fall Hike 2015

On Sunday, the Walpack Historical Society will lead a 4-mile loop hike, exploring the origins of Bevans and visiting some of the buildings at the Peters Valley School of Craft, learning about their architecture and history.

Hikers will meet at 11:00 a.m. at the Rosenkrans Museum in Walpack Center, Walpack Township, within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Sussex County, NJ and will drive to the start of the hike.

The hike will include hills, macadam, and dirt roads, Peters Valley lawns, and light automobile traffic. The event is likely to last more than two and a half hours. Please bring your own water and appropriate clothing. This event is free and the public is welcomed. Please, no children under 10 years old - no strollers or baby carriages. For information, call 973-948-4903.

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Sunday, November 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, November 1 - Asbury Park, Monmouth County
Open House at the Historic Stephen Crane House
Family Friendly

Celebrate the Asbury Park Historical Society's recent acquisition of the historic Stephen Crane House in Asbury Park on Sunday during a special open house reception. November 1 also happens to be the birthday of author Stephen Crane, born in Newark in 1871 - the same year James A. Bradley founded Asbury Park.

The open house will be held on from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the Stephen Crane House, located at 508 Fourth Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ. Food and beverage will be served. Tours of the house will be given at 1:30 and 2:30 pm and a special PowerPoint presentation on the house, built in 1878 and believed to be the oldest in the city, will begin at 3:30 pm.

Also on display, probably for the only time, will be a unique 30-pound atlas of the Jersey Shore that was created during the 1920s for insurance purposes. There will also be a cake for Crane's birthday and a champagne toast to celebrate the society acquiring the house.

The teenage home of famous and prolific American author Stephen Crane is now property of the Asbury Park Historical Society. The house was given free-of-charge to the society by Frank D'Alessandro, who purchased it in 2001. The official closing took place on Sept. 24.

The society has already begun repairs to the house and is actively seeking donations and grants to continue the work. The house has been placed on both the state and federal Registers of Historic Places. Stephen Crane (1871-1900) is considered to be one of the pioneering giants in American literature, with his Realist novels "Maggie" and "The Red Badge Of Courage" garnering him much success early in his short-lived career. American author Ernest Hemingway called Crane one of three most important writers in American literature.

Crane moved to Asbury Park when he was 11 years old and stayed there until he was about 20. He actually began writing in Asbury Park and one of his earliest books, "The Black Riders," was inspired by ocean waves in Ocean Grove. Crane, who also became a war correspondent, died from tuberculosis in Germany on June 5, 1900. He was only 28 years old. Asbury Park's Stephen Crane House is the last physical structure associated with the author. For more information, visit www.aphistoricalsociety.org.

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Sunday, November 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 Crane-Phillips House Museum is located at 124 North Union Avenue, Cranford, NJ. 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, November 1 - Manalapan, Monmouth County
Guided Walking Tour of Monmouth Battlefield

On Sunday, meet at the Monmouth Battlefield visitor center at 1:30 pm for a free guided walking tour of the battlefield with Friends of Monmouth Battlefield President, Dr. David Martin. Appropriate hiking apparel is encouraged. Tour is weather permitting. Monmouth Battlefield State Park is located at 16 New Jersey Business 33, Manalapan, NJ. For more information, visit www.friendsofmonmouth.org.

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Sunday, November 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. Costumed docents will be available to talk about this Victorian home. The Museum Curator has decorated the museum with charming vintage items.  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 973-697-8675 or visit www.jthistoricalsociety.org.

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Sunday, November 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 from 1:30 - 2:00 pm. 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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Sunday, November 1 - Montclair, Essex County
Historic House Tours: Crane/YWCA & Shultz Open
Family Friendly

On Sunday you can visit ALL of the Montclair Historical Society’s properties, including the Shultz House at 30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ. This amazing gem of a house is an intact time capsule of life in the early 20th century. Wait until you see the woodwork, the Delft fireplace surround, the science equipment in the library!

You can also discover history through the “many voices” who made our community what it is today at the Crane House and Historic YWCA at 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. The people who lived, worked, and relaxed in this building tell the story of not only Montclair, but also New Jersey and nation from its early years of a fledgling country to a country embroiled in Civil Rights. While you’re here, make sure you see what’s growing at the farm, meet the chickens, and visit the Museum Shop for unique, one-of-a-kind treats.

Both houses are open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome. For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail mail@montclairhistorical.org, or visit www.montclairhistorical.org.

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Sunday, November 1 - Pennington, Mercer County
Farming I Remember in Hopewell Valley and Beyond

Please join us to hear Morris S. Fabian’s recollections of the local agriculture industry from 1943 to 1962 on Sunday at 2:00 pm at the Mercer County Library, Hopewell Township Branch. The presentation will refer mainly to the dairy industry with attention to supporting business activities and Guernsey cattle farms in Hopewell Valley and beyond. It will highlight operations of Cool Meadows Farm, owned and operated by J. M. Fabian, breeder of Guernsey cattle and pro-ducer of Golden Guernsey milk. Selected observations and visuals will touch on times before and after the two-decade focus period as well.

Morris S. Fabian was raised on the family farm in Hopewell Township where he and his wife, Marilyn (Moorhead), raised their sons, Morris G. and Mark. Morris S. was educated at The Pennington School and Rutgers University where he received his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. He served six months active duty and 5 1/2 years active reserve in the United States Army. He worked for his father at Cool Meadows Farm during his youth and early adult years. After the dairy cattle and poultry were sold in 1962, he oversaw the farm and in 1970 began annually leasing about half of the land until it was sold in the mid 1990s. Morris worked In the Rutgers Department of Agricultural Economics and Marketing at New Brunswick, as a researcher and then as Cooperative Extension Specialist in Marketing from 1963 until retirement when he was appointed Professor Emeritus in Economics and Marketing. Over the years he has held office and/or membership in a variety of organizations and received several recognitions. For over 60 years he has been a member of Pennington Presbyterian Church.

his program is free and open to the public and appropriate for all ages. Parking is conveniently located at the library. Please RSVP to hvhist@aol.com Program will be held at the Mercer County Library, Hopewell Township Branch, 245 Pennington-Titusville Road, Pennington, NJ. For more information, visit www.hopewellvalleyhistory.org.

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Sunday, November 1 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Election Day of 1836
Children Friendly


The Historic Village at Allaire presents Election Day in 1836 from 12:00 - 4:00 pm on Sunday. Join the members of the Howell Works Co. as they cast their ballots in the 1836 presidential election between William Henry Harrison and Martin Van Buren.

Participate in debates regarding women's suffrage, the role of Federal Government, states' rights, the Temperance Movement, the opening of the Western United States, slavery, and many other topics.  Captain Brown of the Militia leads the debate for the Whigs favoring Harrison as he supports a strong government, the establishment of free public schools, and prison reform. Mr. O'Grady, a Demoncrat supporter and a War of 1812 veteran, debates on the side of van Buren. The Democrats support states' rights and want to see a smaller Federal Government and promote rapid national expansion across the Western United States.

The other historic buildings including Mr. Allaire's home, the blacksmith shop, carpenter shop, Manager's House, Enameling Building, General Store, and Bakery are open for tours. Please be advised Mr. Allaire's home is viewed by guided tour only from 12:00 - 3:30 pm. Visitors are more than welcome to engage in debates. This event is free for the public.

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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Sunday, November 1 - Montclair, Essex County
Walking Tour of Rosedale Cemetery

Founded over 150 years ago, Rosedale Cemetery marked the beginning of a new movement in how America took care of its deceased. On Sunday from 1:30 - 3:30 pm, members of the Montclair Historical Society will talk about grave imagery as well as the people who are buried there. What better way to spend All Saints Day? Led by Executive Director, Jane Eliasof, and Manager of Audience Engagement, Angelica Diggs. Suggested donation $5. Advanced registration requested to mail@montclairhistorical.org or 973-744-1796. Tour will begin at the Rosedale Chapel for a brief introduction. Carpooling is suggested due to limited parking on site and driving to distant parts of the cemetery. For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail mail@montclairhistorical.org, or visit www.montclairhistorical.org.

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Sunday, November 1 - Westampton, Burlington County
Susan B. Anthony: Failure is Impossible!

This lively and at times humorous interpretation of Ms. Anthony presented by Marjorie Goldman reminds us that "The world is not truly free...until the rights and privileges of others are free." Therefore, the task is ongoing and "failure is impossible."

Susan B. Anthony has been portrayed as a dour Quaker school "marm," but in reality, this important suffragist had a lively sense of humor and she enjoyed having a good time.

After teaching for fifteen years, Ms. Anthony began her 50+ years' commitment to causes that included the abolition of slavery, women's rights to their own property and earnings, and women's right to vote, demonstrating a will unbroken by circumstance or obstacle. When the suffragist movement was threatened by an ideological split, it was Ms. Anthony who engineered the reunion of the two factions. Near the end of her life, Ms. Anthony hand-selected the women who were to "pick up the mantle," urging her successors to be ever-vigilant, expanding and protecting the rights for which she had fought so long and valiantly. "We turn it over to a generation of women who are better-equipped. They have the unchallenged right to speak in public." Ms. Anthony did not live to see women's suffrage, but she knew not to give in, not to give up.

Marjorie Goldman shares Susan B. Anthony's passion for women's suffrage/women's rights and for the cause of the abolition of slavery/racial equality. An experienced teacher like Susan, Goldman loves children and recognizes "teachable moments" through which her fierce dedication to human rights is immediately communicated and understood.  Through her interpretation of Ms. Anthony, we are reminded that "The world is not truly free...until the rights and privileges of others are free." Therefore, the task is ongoing and "failure is impossible."

This program takes place from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission is $10 per person; Friends of Peachfield admitted free of charge.  Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. Peachfield is located at 180 Burrs Road, Westampton, NJ. For more information and to register, call 609-267-6996, e-mail colonialdamesnj@comcast.net, or visit www.colonialdamesnj.org.

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Through December 17, 2015 - Trenton, Mercer County
John A. Roebling's Sons Company

At Ellarslie, the City Museum of Trenton, the second floor exhibit features art, artifacts and memorabilia from the world-renowned John A. Roebling's Sons Company, makers of steel and wire rope, most famous for the wire cable used in the suspension bridge over the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn - the iconic Brooklyn Bridge.

The John A. Roebling's Sons Company, the largest employer in Trenton and a world leader in the construction of suspension bridges had its beginnings when John Roebling started making wire rope in 1841 in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, and moved his factory to Trenton in 1848. His sons built the steel and wire mill and town of Roebling, NJ, in 1905. In 1953, the family sold the Trenton and Roebling plants to the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company (CF&I). CF&I closed the Trenton plants in 1973 and the Roebling, NJ, plant in 1974.

As the largest employer in Trenton for many decades, John A. Roebling's Sons Company had a major impact on the city and its workers and citizens. It had an international reputation for wire and wire rope making and bridge building, and its wire was used in hundreds if not thousands of industrial, commercial and consumer products.

The business was owned by four generations of the Roebling family over 112 years, a remarkable and rare achievement. John A. Roebling was the world's foremost builder of suspension bridges in the 19th century and his bridges spanned major rivers when people said it couldn't be done. His son Washington A. Roebling completed the most famous Roebling bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge, in 1883, and today it is an iconic national landmark.

The Roebling Company built suspension bridge cables for many bridges over the next 80+ years, from Canada to South America, including the George Washington Bridge connecting New York and New Jersey and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

The Roebling Company manufactured wire rope for many other uses - elevators, cable cars, tramways, airplanes, shipping, mining, construction and ski lifts - and it made wire for  electrical lines, telegraphs and telephones, wire cloth and screens, and pre-stressed concrete.

The exhibit includes five large paintings from the Roebling Company's exhibit at the 1939 New York World's Fair depicting the Brooklyn and George Washington Bridges and interior factory scenes. These paintings are part of the museum's collection but are rarely exhibited.

The exhibit includes a bronze plaque from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair that commemorates the Skyride, an innovative and popular ride at the fair that the Roebling Company helped engineer and for which it supplied the wire ropes. Also on display from the museum's collection but rarely seen are three boards showing dozens of types of electrical wire made by the Roebling Company. Artifacts in the display will include sections of wire rope, tools, artwork depicting Roebling bridges, and wooden forms used to make parts for the company's machinery, as well as advertisements, photos, books and company catalogs

The exhibit was curated by Richard Willinger, Chair of the Museum Society's Collections Management Committee. Items are being loaned to the exhibit by the Roebling Museum in Roebling, NJ, and several individuals.

Talks and a tour of remaining buildings of the Roebling complex in Trenton will be conducted by Clifford W. Zink, the foremost expert on the Roebling family and company who authored the book The Roebling Legacy. Ellarslie is located in Cadwalader Park in Trenton, NJ. Visit www.ellarslie.org for dates and times.

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Through December 31, 2015 - Ridgewood, Bergen County
"Hemlines" Exhibit

The Ridgewood Historical Society and the Schoolhouse Museum are pleased to announce their new exhibit, Hemlines, open through December 2015. This exhibit features women's hats, shoes, handbags, jewelry, furs, wedding attire, and fabulous dresses from 1900 to 1969. Hemlines will run through the end of July. The Schoolhouse Museum is open Thursdays and Saturdays from 1:00 - 3:00 pm and Sundays from 2:00 - 4:0 pm. Hemlines is a "must see" exhibit for anyone interested in fashion! The Schoolhouse Museum is located at 650 East Glen Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. For more information, call 201-447-3242 or visit www.ridgewoodhistoricalsociety.org.

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Through December 31, 2015 - Morristown, Morris County
Morristown: 1865-2015: Identity, Tradition and Enterprise

Morristown once comprised territory stretching from Mendham to Chatham until 1865 when, amidst the chaos of the Civil War, mysterious forces acted to separate it from Morris Township.

The Morristown & Morris Township Library invites you to explore an exhibit that details the lives of those who came to Morristown seeking wealth, redemption, conflict, or a new beginning. Utilizing rare and previously unseen archival materials, visitors will witness the development of the Green as the center of commerce, public affairs, and leisure, and how nearby houses of worship focused residents' spiritual and social lives.

Long a center of commerce and trade, early settlers struggled with the limitations of dirt roads until residents developed interstate canals, rail and trolley lines, and sophisticated highway systems. Changes in criminal behavior and law enforcement will be explored, as well as efforts to educate productive upstanding citizens through forward-thinking private and public schools.

In addition to the generations of innovators and immigrants who built Morristown's many businesses and infrastructure, we will take a look at those who celebrated cultural and religious events, grieved over shared disaster and commemorated war dead, and fought to make Morristown a place where everyone could gather in peace.

The exhibit will be on display through December 31 and is sponsored by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission and by funding from the Friends of the Library. The Morristown and Morris Township Library is located at 1 Miller Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call the Library’s North Jersey History & Genealogy Center at 973-538-3473 or visit www.jfpl.org/NJHistoryHome.cfm.

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Through December 31, 2015 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
Ocean Township High School at 50

Early in September 1965, the doors of Ocean Township High School (OTHS) opened for the first time. It was a momentous day - the culmination of an impassioned campaign and a turning point for both Ocean Township and Asbury Park, the district that up to then had educated most of the township's teens.

Fifty years later, almost to the day, a mini-exhibit opened at the Eden Woolley House commemorating the milestone. "OTHS at 50," uses photographs, press clippings, and artifacts to demonstrate how the school's history mirrors five decades of social and political change.

The campaign for a high school:
Ocean Township's commitment to education is long standing. Between 1784 and 1960, it built at least nine schools. None was a high school.

Graduating eighth graders had a choice:
Asbury Park or Long Branch. Most chose Asbury. By 1962 Ocean students at Asbury High outnumbered city students 713 to 558. Ocean was booming and more than 1,000 high school-age students were projected by 1966. Asbury High, on split session since 1959, was already overcrowded. Something had to be done.

Asbury asked Ocean to sign a 20-year contract with the city as a condition for its undertaking a building expansion. Ocean refused. There was talk of regionalization, at first rejected and later revisited by the city. But it was too late. A full-blown campaign for an Ocean Township high school, spearheaded by the PTAs, was underway. On June 12, 1962, by a nearly 3-to-1 margin, the voters of Ocean approved a $2,969,000 bond to built their own school.

OTHS changes with the times:
Ocean High opened in 1965 without a senior class. Ocean seniors had returned to Asbury to graduate with their class. The next year, OTHS held its first graduation and published its first yearbook, The Sandpiper.

A look through almost a half century of yearbooks reveals more than changing hair styles and hemlines. Here's a sample:
* In the 1960s, Industrial Arts were just for boys, Home Economics, just for girls (who also have a "Homemaking Club").
* Title IX (prohibiting discrimination in federally funded programs) shaped the 1970s: for the first time girls had golf, tennis, and soccer teams; girls fixed cars, boys baked cakes.
* The technology revolution is evident. Keypunch machines of the 1970s give way to desktops in the late 1980s and electronics redefine the classroom in the new millennium.

Proof of the pudding:
In recent years, OTHS has made its share of "best high school" lists. Its own list of notable alums is impressive: Academy Award, Emmy, and Pulitzer Prize winners; distinguished educators, journalists, authors, and scientists; a fashion designer, a network news anchor, innovative entrepreneurs, and more.

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 January 6, 2016 - Woodbury, Gloucester County
Gloucester Abbey: Downton Style Fashions Exhibit

Gloucester Abbey: Downton Style Fashions is currently on display at the exhibit at the Gloucester County Historical Society Museum in Woodbury, New Jersey. The exhibit will conclude on January 6, 2016. This remarkable exhibit features ladies’ fashions from the society's collection from the time period covered by the popular PBS Masterpiece Theater series Downton Abbey. Over 100 vintage dresses/ensembles from the museum’s collection dating from 1910 through the 1930s are showcased, including period wedding gowns. Also on display are ladies accessories, including hats, shoes, purses, jewelry, and lingerie. Don’t miss this fantastic exhibit!

The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, and the last Sunday of the month from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Private tours may be booked for days/times other than our regular public hours. Adult admission $5; children 6-18 years $1; children under 6 free. The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum is located at 58 N. Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ 08096. For more information, call 856-848-8531 or visit www.rootsweb.com/~njgchs.

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Through June 26, 2016 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
The Icons of American Culture: History of New Jersey Diners Exhibit
Children Friendly

When was the last time you ate at a diner? If you are like millions of New Jerseyans, the answer is not too long ago. Dubbed “the land of diners,” New Jersey has forged a unique relationship with these casual eateries. Stainless steel, neon, and menus that go on for days are part of the Garden State landscape. Come explore their rich history with us! This seven-room exhibit tells the story of some of the of the Garden State’s most iconic eateries. This exhibit runs from April 12, 2015 - June 26, 2016 and is free of charge.

The exhibit is open Tuesday – Friday from 1:00 – 4:00 pm and Sundays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Closed Mondays, Saturdays, and Holidays. The Cornelius Low House Museum is located at 1225 River Road, Piscataway, NJ. For more information, call 732-745-4177 or visit www.co.middlesex.nj.us.

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

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