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Friday, January 29, 2016

NJ Historical Happenings: 1/30/16 - 1/31/16

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Saturday, January 30 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Annual Ice Harvest
Children Friendly


Thursday, January 28, 2016

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 1/29/16 - 1/31/16

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Valentine’s Day Masquerade Ball at Lambert Castle - February 12, 2016

Valentine’s Day Masquerade Ball at Lambert Castle
February 12, 2016

On Friday February 12, 2016 from 7:00 - 11:00 pm at Lambert Castle (home of the Passaic County Historical Society) at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ, the Passaic County Historical Society will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Masquerade ball. Don a mask and join us at Lambert Castle for some dancing and fun. Desserts will be served and a cash bar will be available. Semi-formal attire requested, and mask required. Tickets are $25 per person. No one under twenty-one years will be admitted. Reservations required by February 3, 2016. To make reservations please call 973-247-0085 ext. 201.

Friday, January 22, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings - 1/23/16 - 1/24/16

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, January 23 - July 9, 2016 - Freehold, Monmouth County
19th Century New Jersey Chairmaking Exhibit Opening Reception
POSTPONED TO March 5, 2016 DUE TO SNOW


Thursday, January 21, 2016

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 1/22/15 - 1/24/15

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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National Park Service Schedules Informational Meetings on Historic Properties Management Plan

NPS Schedules Informational Meetings on Historic Properties Management Plan
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue announced that the National Park Service (NPS) has scheduled a series of informational open house sessions to update the public on the development of a Historic Properties Management Plan (HPMP) for the park. The sessions are scheduled for January 28 - 30. "This plan will provide guidance for park employees and managers when making strategic maintenance and preservation decisions in the future," said Donahue. "It will be a very important and useful tool and public input will be essential. Right now, we want to share what we’ve accomplished to get to this point and what we plan to do in the coming months." The HPMP will incorporate evaluations of historic significance and value to the park, physical condition, and potential future uses.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I’ll Take Manhattan

I’ll Take Manhattan
Written by Hal Taylor

Nearly everyone is familiar with what is arguably the most famous and ironic real estate deal of all time. I am of course referring to the purchase of the Island of Manhattan for $24 worth of household goods – about 60 seventeenth century guilders, or in today’s market, about $1,200 – or the ticket price of a broadway show.

But not nearly as many are familiar with the man who initiated the transaction.

He was one of the truly outstanding but largely forgotten figures of early colonial America, and his name was Peter Minuit. Born sometime in the 1580s, he came from a widely divergent European background that included French, Walloon, Dutch, and German ancestry.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Monmouth County Historical Association 117th Annual Meeting - January 19, 2016

Monmouth County Historical Association 117th Annual Meeting
January 19, 2016

Monmouth County Historical Association is hosting the 117th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, January 19, at the Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, NJ.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Friday, January 15, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings - 1/16/16 - 1/17/16

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Saturday, January 16 - Trenton, Mercer County
Archaeological Society of New Jersey Meeting

Join the Archaeological Society of New Jersey for a meeting at the New Jersey State Museum on Saturday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. The meeting will be held in the auditorium.

Schedule:
9:00 – 10:00 am:  Board meeting: Open to all
10:00 – 10:15 am: “Historical Investigations at the Vought House in Clinton, NJ” by Don Sherblom, (President, The 1759 Vought House, A Revolutionary War Loyalist Homestead)
10:15 – 10:30 am: “Material Culture, the Vought House as an Artifact” by Michael J. Margulies, RA, AIA,  (Eclectic Architecture, LLC)
10:30 – 11:00 am: “Archaeological Investigation of an Outbuilding at the Cristoffel Vought House in Clinton, NJ” Presented by Jamie Ancheta (Monmouth University), co authored by Chris Mathews (Montclair State University).
11:00 - 11:30 am: Elections and awards (Auditorium)

11:30 - 12:15 am: Sean Bratton Memorial (Auditorium)
12:15 - 1:00 pm: Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 3:00 pm: Artifact Identification: bring your artifacts in to discuss and be identified (2nd  floor Natural History Hall lab). Time permitting, up to five artifacts will be examined. Please note: monetary appraisals of artifacts will not be made.

The program is free and light refreshments will be served. Donations are appreciated! The New Jersey State Museum is located at 205 West State Street, Trenton, NJ. Parking is free on the weekend in the lot behind and adjacent to the Museum and Planetarium. For more information, visit http://www.asnj.org.

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Saturday - Sunday , January 16 - 17 - Atlantic City, Atlantic County
Absecon Lighthouse Turns 159!
Children Friendly

Absecon Lighthouse, New Jersey's tallest, will host a Birthday Celebration to honor the 159th birthday of the lighthouse on Saturday with free climbs from 11:00 am - 3:30 pm and birthday cake from The Bake Works in Northfield at 1:00 pm. To honor "Abby's" birthday, Atlantic City students in grades 6 through 12 can submit poems, paintings, photographs, and drawings in the annual "Abby & the Arts" contest. Cash prize winners will be announced at 1:00 p.m. 

The celebration continues on Sunday with "Buy One Get One" admissions from 11:00 am - 3:30 pm.  If you truly want to "DO AC," then don't miss this opportunity to experience a 360-degree view of Atlantic City's sparkling skyline, and wish a Happy Birthday to Atlantic City's oldest historic structure, as well as the country's third tallest lighthouse.

Absecon Lighthouse is a state-owned historic property administered by the non-profit Inlet Public/Private Association. Located at 31 South Rhode Island Avenue in Atlantic City, it is open to visitors Thursdays through Mondays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 609-449-1360 or visit www.abseconlighthouse.org.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 1/15/16 - 1/17/16

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Friday, January 8, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings - 1/9/16 - 1/10/16

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Every Friday - Sunday through January 10, 2016 - West Orange, Essex County
Holidays at Glenmont - LAST WEEKEND!
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.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 1/8/16 - 1/10/16

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Friday, January 1, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings - 1/2/16 - 1/3/16

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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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.