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Monday, November 30, 2015

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

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

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

Friday, November 27, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, November 20, 2015

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

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

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

Tickets are $40 and available through McCarter Theatre Center at www.mccarter.org or by calling 609-258-2787. The exhibition is currently open to the public. Admission is $10; Friends of Morven are Free; Morven Museum & Gardens is located at 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ. For more information, call 609-924-8144 or visit www.morven.org.

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Saturday, November 21- Paterson, Passaic County
Native American Indian Heritage Festival
Children Friendly

Thursday, November 19, 2015

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

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

South River through the eyes of R. Van Dyke Reid

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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

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

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

Photo by Thomas Garside.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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

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

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

Friday, November 6, 2015

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

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

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

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

Thursday, November 5, 2015

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

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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