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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"Call for Babies" - In Search of Babies Delivered by Dr. William Carlos Williams

"Call for Babies"
In Search of Babies Delivered by Dr. William Carlos Williams

The Meadowlands Museum, in conjunction with St. Mary’s General Hospital, is issuing a call for people who were delivered by Dr. William Carlos Williams, famed doctor and noble laureate poet.

The Meadowland Museum is launching an exhibition called "The Practice and the Patent: Healthcare in the Early 20th Century." The exhibit will focus on the innovations in healthcare history, from around 1900 to 1950, by the exploring the products and breakthroughs of Becton Dickinson, a company formerly located in Rutherford. It will also delve into the other side of medicine, the person-to-person interaction with doctors. One such practitioner, William Carlos Williams, a Rutherford resident, is today known for his poetry but actually worked as physician for over 40 years in the region. His specialty was obstetrics and pediatrics, and he delivered many babies, in the town of Rutherford, as well as during his time at Passaic General Hospital (now St. Mary’s General Hospital).

If you were born between 1912 and 1951 and were delivered by Dr. William Carlos Williams, please contact Jesse Gordon, jgordon.mmus@gmail.com or call 201-935-1175, if you or someone you know would be interested in participating in a special event in late July 2015, celebrating Dr. Williams and the Meadowlands Museum exhibition. Please respond before July 5, 2015.

Friday, June 26, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/27/15 - 6/28/15

NJ WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, June 27 - Byram Township, Sussex County
Waterloo Canal Heritage Day
Moved to Sunday, June 28 due to expected rain
Children Friendly

Thursday, June 25, 2015

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 6/26/15 - 6/28/15

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Hidden Gem at Rock Lodge

The Hidden Gem at Rock Lodge

Tucked away in the woods behind wooden gates is one of New Jersey's lesser-known historic buildings. A castle-like structure sits on a knoll, surrounded by dense forest, cottages, and a man-made lake. Constructed in 1907, the Stone House in Stockholm, Sussex County, New Jersey was built to be fire-proof. It has stood the test of time and is now associated and cared for by a group who also has an interesting history - the Rock Lodge Club, a family-oriented nudist club.

Friday, June 19, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/20/15 - 6/21/15

NJ WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, June 20 - Trenton, Mercer County
Be an Archaeologist at the Trent House Museum
Children Friendly

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Would you Travel the World in 1909?

Would you Travel the World in 1909?
Written by Lisa Begin-Kruysman

What kind of adventure would you have chosen in 1909?
In the summer of 1909, a fiery and intrepid New Jersey anvil industrialist named Harriet White Fisher set her sights on experiencing the world in a motor car. She purchased a state-of-the art Locomobile and embarked on an incredible journey accompanied by her driver, Harold Brooks, British butler Albert, Italian maid Maria, and a young Boston bull terrier named Honk-Honk.

During the course of their 13-month long, 22,000 mile voyage, they explored remote corners of the earth where no man, woman or domesticated house pet had ever ventured. Whether camping in the wilds of India, or relaxing in the posh palaces owned by royal dignitaries, this brave band of unlikely travelers met new challenges during each leg of their trip. Called the Anvil Queen, Woman Ironmaster, Princess from the Land of Promise, A Lady of Great Consequence, and the Female Napoleon, wherever Harriet went, she and her loyal entourage captured the curiosity and imagination of a fascinated public, attracting legions of fans and friends and opening the minds, hearts and highways on four continents. This remarkable story is chronicled in my latest title Around the World in 1909: Harriet White Fisher and Her Locomobile (American History Press, 2014).

Photo courtesy of Rebecca Urban)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/13/15 - 6/14/15

NJ WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturdays, June 13, and 20 - Trenton, Mercer County
Be an Archaeologist at the Trent House Museum
Children Friendly

Thursday, June 11, 2015

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 6/12/15 - 6/14/15

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Enjoy a 3-hour cruise around the Raritan Bay on New Jersey's Official Tall Ship! - June 19 - 21

Enjoy a 3-hour cruise around the Raritan Bay on New Jersey's Official Tall Ship!
June 19 - 21, 2015

From June 19 - 21, 2015, enjoy a 3-hour cruise around the Raritan Bay on the AJ Meerwald, New Jersey’s Official Tall Ship. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/6/15 - 6/7/15

NJ WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturdays, June 6, 13, and 20 - Trenton, Mercer County
Be an Archaeologist at the Trent House Museum
Children Friendly

Thursday, June 4, 2015

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 6/5/15 - 6/7/15

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Reviving the Colonial at Peachfield

Reviving the Colonial at Peachfield

Not far from Interstate 295 in Westampton, New Jersey is a beautiful stone home, set back from the road, in a grove of mature trees overlooking acres and acres of farmland. For almost 300 years, this undeveloped area has remained agricultural thanks to efforts by a female preservationist, who transformed and revived Peachfield from ruins back to its former glory.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Special Themed Tours are Back for the 2015 Season at Ringwood Manor

Special Themed Tours are Back for the 2015 Season at Ringwood Manor
Starting June 6 and 7, 2015

Ringwood Manor is happy to announce that they are bringing back two very popular specialty tours for the 2015 season! Both the “Child’s Life Tour” and the “Grounds and Gardens Tour” will be offered to the public starting in June and running through the end of October. The “Child’s Life Tour” will be offered every Saturday and Sunday, starting on June 6th, at 1:00 pm each day. The “Grounds & Gardens Tour” will be offered every Sunday, starting on June 7th, at 2:00 pm. If you have already been on the interior house tour, these tours will greatly enhance your knowledge of the history of the Ringwood Manor estate!

The “A Child’s Life” tour was developed for children and is all about the Hewitt children. The program uses first-hand accounts to help younger visitors understand what it was like to spend summers at the estate 150 years ago. If you thought living without modern entertainment like television, DVDs, and computers was boring, think again! Designed to be fun and amusing, these tours are great for families and visitors of all ages!

Mrs. Sarah Hewitt and three of her six children, Amy, Eleanor, and Sarah, circa 1865.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Organization of the Week: The National Society of the Colonial Dames in the State of New Jersey

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

This week, I am featuring the National Society of the Colonial Dames in the State of New Jersey. The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, founded in 1891, is an organization devoted to furthering an appreciation of our national heritage through historic preservation, patriotic service, and educational projects. Women, "who are descended in their own right from some ancestor of worthy life who, residing in an American colony, rendered efficient service to his country during the Colonial period, either in the founding of a State or Commonwealth, or of an institution which has survived and developed into importance, or who shall have held an important position in a Colonial government, or who by distinguished services, shall have contributed to the founding of our nation," are eligible to join the organization.

New Jersey's state chapter, founded in 1892, is based out of Westampton, and committed to the stewardship of its two museum properties, Peachfield in Westampton and the Old Schoolhouse in Mount Holly. On the first Sunday of each month, Peachfield is open for tours and programming. Other special events and programs are hosted throughout the year.

The National Society of the Colonial Dames in the State of New Jersey relies on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs and special events hosted by the National Society of the Colonial Dames in the State of New Jersey or to become a member or volunteer, please call 609-267-6996. or visit www.colonialdamesnj.org.

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