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Friday, July 31, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/1/15 - 8/2/15

NJ WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Fridays, July 31 and August 7 - Trenton, Mercer County
Summer Taptoe Concerts Return to Trenton's Old Barracks Museum
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The Old Barracks Museum invites you to enjoy an evening of music and history with its fourth annual Taptoe Concert Series. On the evenings of July 31 and August 7, The Fifes and Drums of the Old Barracks will perform a selection of military tunes, followed by Scottish tunes and dancing as performed by Shot of Scotch Scottish Highland Dancers. The museum will be dramatically illuminated by torches and candles, providing the perfect back drop for the evening. "Taptoe" is the 18th-century term for the time when the musick and guard would march about a garrison town, signaling the taverns to close their taps and for the soldiers to return to their barracks.

The gates open at 7:00 pm. Advanced tickets are available for purchase by calling 609-396-1776 or visiting the Old Barracks Museum Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Ticket prices are as follows: $25 reserved balcony seating with included refreshments ($20 for Old Barracks Museum members); $10 lawn seating. Proceeds from the event benefit the Old Barracks Museum and the Fifes & Drums of the Old Barracks, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The Old Barracks Museum is located at 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ. Ample free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the museum. For more information, call 609- 396-1776 or visit www.barracks.org.

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Saturday, August 1 - Morristown, Morris County
Mrs. Hamilton Returns!
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Thursday, July 30, 2015

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 7/31/15 - 8/2/15

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Arts & Crafts at its Finest: The Gamble House

Arts & Crafts at its Finest: The Gamble House

In southern California stands one of the finest examples of the Arts and Crafts style in the United States. The Gamble House, built by the architectural firm Greene and Greene in the early twentieth century, embodies the apex of the style, with a hint of Japanese influence that is found on the West Coast. Throughout the home's interior and exterior, there is a heavy use of natural materials, a hallmark of the style and the craftsmanship. The home's construction is ingenious and impressive by today's standards. Simply put, a modern home like this would be hard to come by today.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The History and Archaeology of Rowlands Mills - July 31, 2015

The History and Archaeology of Rowlands Mills
A 19th Century Roadside Village Beside the South Branch
Friday, July 31, 2015

On Friday, July 31, Richard Hunter, president of the Trenton-based historical and archaeological consulting firm Hunter Research, presents the results of excavations and research for the New Jersey Department of Transportation before the dualization of Route 31 between Flemington and Clinton. In particular, Dr. Hunter will talk about Rowlands Mills and the fascinating use of daybooks of a Ewing blacksmith shop.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Organization of the Week: The Friends of the Gamble House

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

This week, I am featuring the Friends of the Gamble House, a nonprofit support group of the University of Southern California, which provides financial support to the historic Gamble House in Pasadena, California. The Friends develop educational programming, sponsor the annual Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship for two upper-division students of the University of Southern California School of Architecture, and volunteer as tour guides in the home.

The Friends of the Gamble House rely on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs and special events hosted by the Friends of the Gamble House or to become a member or volunteer, please call 626-793-3334 or visit www.gamblehouse.org.

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

Friday, July 24, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 7/25/15 - 7/26/15

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Friday - Sunday, July 24 - 26 - Wantage, Sussex County
Christmas in July
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 7/24/15 - 7/26/15

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Thomas Whaley's Versatile Home: A San Diego Landmark

Thomas Whaley's Versatile Home: A San Diego Landmark

The Whaley House in Old Town, San Diego, California is an early example of a multi-use structure. Over the course of the past 150 years, the building has been used as the Whaley family residence, the San Diego County courthouse, San Diego’s first commercial theater, a general store, and since 1960 a museum. Although its use varied, the home retains much of its original fabric and integrity, sitting along Historic Route 101, which at one time stretched from Washington State down the west coast to San Diego.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Organization of the Week: Save Our Heritage Organisation

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 Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) which is located in San Diego, California. Founded in 1969, Save Our Heritage Organisation's mission is to preserve, promote, and support preservation of the architectural, cultural, and historical links and landmarks that contribute to the community identity, depth, and character of the San Diego area. The organization is a affiliated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and maintains several historic buildings including the Whaley House in Old Town San Diego and the George W. Marston House in Balboa Park.

The first project the organisation undertook was the restoration and relocation of the Sherman-Gilbert house, a Stick-Eastlake Victorian that was to be demolished. The house was relocated to the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park area. Today, the organization acts as an advisory board to local advocacy groups and they regularly sponsor historic home tours, lectures, and workshops. Annually, SOHO assembles a Most Endangered List, highlighting historic buildings in danger of demolition or significant alteration.

Save Our Heritage Organisation relies on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs and special events hosted by Save Our Heritage Organisation or to become a member or volunteer, please call 619-297-9327 or visit www.sohosandiego.org.

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

Friday, July 17, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 7/18/15 - 7/19/15

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Saturday, July 18 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Summer Flea Market

Thursday, July 16, 2015

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 7/17/15 - 7/19/15

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Paterson Through Time

Paterson Through Time
Written by Marcia Dente

Paterson was the gem in the crown of the American Industrial Revolution, a city of unmistakable value, not only for its industrial production, innovative design and inspiring pioneers, but for its unyielding strength, surviving numerous floods, fire, a tornado, and the crime and poverty that still plagues its people today. Paterson has always been rich, not in terms of monetary value but in the spectrum of cultures reflected by its ever diverse and growing population.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

9th Annual Grand Victorian Tactical at Ringwood Manor - July 18 - 19, 2015

9th Annual Grand Victorian Tactical at Ringwood Manor
July 18 - 19, 2015

On Saturday, July 18th, and Sunday, July 19th, Ringwood State Park will be transformed into South Africa at the turn of the 20th Century! The park is pleased to again be hosting an encampment and skirmishes that reenact the fighting which took place between the British Empire and the Boer settlers during the three-year struggle for control over South Africa.

Members of the Royal Sussex Regimental Society, Royal Irish Fusiliers, the Middlesex Regiment, the Royal Highland Regiment, the West Yorkshire Regiment, and the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders will represent the forces of the British Empire. Reenactors from the Pretoria Commando, the Bloemfontein Command, and the Irish Tansvaal Brigade, will portray the opposing Boer settlers, also known as Afrikaaners, of the Transvaal and Orange Free State.

A member of the 35th Royal Sussex Regimental Society prepares to fire at the enemy during the Grand Victorian Tactical at Ringwood Manor. Now in its 9th year, the event reenacts the Boer War, fought in South Africa during the 1890s between the British Empire and the Boer settlers. Photo by Paul Jicha.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

"Paterson Through Time" July Book Giveaway

Friday, July 10, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 7/11/15 - 7/12/15

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Saturday, July 11 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Tour Paulsdale

Thursday, July 9, 2015

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 7/10/15 - 7/12/15

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House

Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House

In the middle of busy Los Angeles, California on what is called Olive Hill, is a small oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city. An amazing piece of architecture, Hollyhock House, sits at the top of the hill, perched over the East Hollywood section of the city. Constructed of concrete with intricate designs, Hollyhock resembles a Mayan temple more than a residence. After many decades of neglect and numerous restorations, the home is returning to its former glory and becoming a showcase of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's influence in California.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Organization of the Week: Barnsdall Art Park Foundation

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 Barnsdall Art Park Foundation which is located in Los Angeles, California. Barnsdall Art Park Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that supports Barnsdall Park and the entities that call Olive Hill their home, including Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House. The Foundation raises funds for large capital projects at the eleven acre park, smaller targeted grants for the park and enhancing its individual programs, and organizing community outreach events that publicize the park and create outside interest and support. In addition to Hollyhock House, the park is home to the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, the Junior Arts Center and adult art programs, and the Gallery Theatre. Working in conjunction with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the funds raised by Barnsdall Art Park Foundation go toward sustainability, capital projects, programming, and organizational development.

The Barnsdall Art Park Foundation relies on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs and special events hosted by the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation or to become a member or volunteer, please e-mail info@barnsdall.org or visit www.barnsdall.org.

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Friday, July 3, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 7/4/15 - 7/5/15

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Friday - Saturday, July 3 - 4 - Morristown, Morris County
Revolutionary Times 2015
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Thursday, July 2, 2015

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 7/3/15 - 7/5/15

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Breathing New Life into Haddon Township's Champion School

Breathing New Life into Haddon Township's Champion School

I've focused on a few one-room schoolhouses across New Jersey these past few months. Although there are still many one-room schoolhouses left, the number remaining compared to the number that once existed is quite small. In Haddon Township, Camden County, the 1821 Champion School is another example of a historic one-room school building saved by local residents concerned about losing community identity. Historic school buildings, just like churches and town meeting halls, are public buildings that served as gathering places for the community and their continued relevance and preservation across America needs to be addressed.