Friday, March 4, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 3/5/16 - 3/6/16

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, March 5 - Lambertville, Hunterdon County
Walking Tour of the Delaware & Raritan Canal

The Delaware & Raritan Canal Watch will hold another in a series of free interpretive walking tours of the D&R Canal on Saturday. The walk will be between Bulls Island and the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum on the D&R Canal feeder north of Lambertville, with the option of a shorter walk.

The 5.7-mile walk will be conducted by Pamela V'Combe, who will explain the many historic aspects of this section of the canal, which passes Prallsville Mills and Stockton. The shorter 3-mile walk will end at Prallsville Mill.

Meet 10:00 am at the canal parking lot on the Delaware River, beyond the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum. The museum is located off Route 29 (1605 Daniel Bray Highway) north of Lambertville and south of the Route 202 overpass. Carpools will be arranged to allow a one-way walk.

For further information or weather-related updates e-mail Ms. V'Combe at pjvcombe@gmail.com to be placed on an update list. The nonprofit D&R Canal Watch helps promote, enhance and preserve the Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park. Donations to support the park are appreciated.

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Saturday, March 5 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
19th Century Woodworking Demonstration
Children Friendly

On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to take a step back in time to watch a 19th century woodworking demonstration where you can see how hand tools were used in woodworking. This free event runs from 12:00 - 3:00 pm. Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. For more information, call 732-946-3758 or visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

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Saturday, March 5 - Cape May, Cape May County
A Night at the Military Movies

On Saturday, the Friends of the World War II Tower host "A Night at the Military Movies." Relax with a humorous look at the lighter side of military life via film clips from classic movies, led by Dottie and Mal Knapp of the Cape May Film Society. Rich Chiemingo will provide patriotic music before the program and during intermission. Popcorn and soda will be provided. The program will be held from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Cape May Lutheran Church, 509 Pittsburgh Avenue, Cape May, NJ. Admission is for $10 non-members and $5 for members. Sponsored by the Friends of the World War II Tower and 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, March 5 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Winter Kitchen
Children Friendly

On Saturday, Howell Farm’s circa 1900 kitchen will be open to the public in the farm house, offering visitors a chance to experience sights, smells and tastes of a bygone era. Cooking activities, recipe sampling and hands-on experiences are planned for all.

During the morning, a restored Glenwood Stove will be used to prepare a meal that farmers would have had for their noontime dinner. In the afternoon, we’ll be baking “goodies” in the wood stove oven. The menu features recipes from the Pleasant Valley Historic District.

Visitors young and old will have opportunities to help in the kitchen...doing everything from collecting wood for the fire to churning butter. Those visitors who want to help outside the kitchen can contribute by gathering eggs from the henhouse for baking, splitting wood, and gathering kindling to keep the stove going. Inside help will be needed to prepare the vegetables, peel apples, wash dishes and make biscuits. Helpers can also darn socks, help repair the horse blanket and crochet or knit.

Open hearth cooking demostrations will be held in the John Phillips House as well.

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.org.

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Saturday, March 5 - Westampton, Burlington County
"Everything Grows at Peachfield"
Children Friendly

The third program in the series "Everything Grows at Peachfield" will be fun for the whole family. NSCDA-NJ at Peachfield will continue with Weaving on a Stick Loom. Learn the basics of weaving using a "Y" shaped stick. Participants will wrap cotton yarn around the 'v' shaped opening in the stick to form the warp threads. The weft is formed by weaving ribbon through the warp.  This simple weaving design relates the process of weaving cloth in Colonial times.

Activities begin at 11:00 am and will last about an hour. Cost is $10.00 per family. Each child will have the opportunity to make a pod baby. Reservations are required. 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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Saturday, March 5 - Hamilton, Mercer County
Storytelling Workshop
Adults and Young Adults



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Saturday, March 5 - Freehold, Monmouth County
Historical Association Exhibition Celebration

Monmouth County Historical Association with host a celebration on Saturday for its exhibition "Of the Best Materials and Good Workmanship: 19th Century New Jersey Chairmaking" at the museum at 70 Court Street, Freehold, NJ. The exhibition will remain open through July 9, 2016. The celebratory reception will be held on Saturday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

Curator of Museum Collections Joseph W. Hammond will be available to point out highlights of the displays, explain the various woods used in chairmaking, and trace the interest of the craft in 19th century America. The reception is free, open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

This exhibition explores the diversity of products made by chairmakers in New Jersey from the late 18th century through 1900. The gallery is divided into four areas: the Craft of Chairmaking, Windsor Chairs, Common Chairs, and Factory Made Chairs. Monmouth County Historical Association is a private non-profit organization that has been working to preserve history and provide educational opportunities since its founding in 1898.  The Historical Association's Museum and Library is located at 70 Court Street in Freehold. Museum hours are: Tuesdays - Saturdays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 732-462-1466 or visit www.monmouthhistory.org.

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Sunday, March 6 - Westfield, Union County
Toy Exhibit

According to the producers of PBS's popular TV show, "Antiques Roadshow," vintage  toys and models are among the most popular segments of their show among American viewers. As its response to this popularity, Westfield Historical Society will open its own toy show featuring a collection of model cars, some as old as 65 years, on Sunday at the Reeve House, 314 Mountain Avenue, Westfield, NJ from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

Pre-World War II hobbyists fashioned toys from dollhouses to model airplanes and cars working with wood, metal and fabrics. Unique skills were required to shape these materials into something recognizable. Later on, the development of plastics and steady improvement of molding processes led to model kits of airplanes, military vehicles, ships, and cars.

The new exhibit at the Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center of the Westfield Historical Society will feature car models loaned to the society from the collection of David Rogers, a Westfield resident who grew up in an automotive environment, building real engines as a teenager followed by an engineering education and a career in the Singer Company's research and development, manufacturing, and marketing management divisions. Model building has been a recurring for hobby for Mr. Rogers since about 1950 and was concurrent with his involvement in full-size auto restorations and hot rod building.

Examples of models to be seen in the show are cars from the classic era of the 1920s to the mid 1930s. Others fall into a category of high-performance "muscle cars" built in the 1950s through the 1970s. An assortment of toys and models that pioneered model car building are also part of the society's show.

For more information, information about the upcoming model cars exhibit or the Westfield Historical Society call Thena Rosahl at 908 654-1794 or visit http://westfieldhistoricalsociety.artisteer.net.

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Sunday, March 6 - 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 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, March 6 - Clark, Union County
Jersey Central Railway Historical Society Train Show

On Sunday, attend the Jersey Central Railway Historical Society Train Show at Mother Seton Regional High School, 1 Valley Road, Clark, NJ from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm. Admission $5 per adult; maximum $10 family. There will be model railroad equipment for sale and railroadiana including timetables, ephemera, photos, books, DVDs, hardware, and much more!

Historical groups including the Anthracite Railway Society, United Railway Historical Society, Lackawanna Chapter of the Locomotive and Railroad Preservation Society, Whippany Rail Museum, Maywood Station Museum, Tri-State, Jersey Central, West-Jersey chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, Volunteers Railroad Association, will all be represented.

Refreshments will be for sale at the school. A movie room will be set up to show railroad related video programs, and there will be model circus displays. Funds derived from the show go to education and preservation of historical railroad structures and equipment. For more information, visit www.jcrhs.org.

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Sunday, March 6 - Westampton, Burlington County
Bridge Builder in Petticoats: Emily Warren Roebling and the Brooklyn Bridge 
Children Friendly

In celebration of Women's History Month, Carol Simon Levin will share the story of Emily Warren Roebling. Her father-in-law, John, began the design of the Brooklyn Bridge. Upon his sudden death, Emily's husband Washington assumed the project. When he fell ill and was unable to oversee the construction, Emily stepped in and completed the project.

Emily possessed a profound understanding of all elements and phases of the bridge's construction and successfully completed the construction in her husband's absence. In addition to being an intelligent and well-educated woman, Emily Warren Roebling was also a Dame.

The program will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission is $10 per person; Friends of Peachfield admitted free of charge. Seating is limited - prepaid reservations are required to guarantee seating. 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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Sunday, March 6 - Princeton, Mercer County
Historic Princeton Walking Tour

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. Tours begin in front of the Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ. Tour begins at 2:00 pm and ends at 4:00 pm. Walk up ticket sales are cash only; guides cannot provide change. Space is limited. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-921-6748 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

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Sunday, March 6 - Montclair, Essex County
Historic House Tour: Crane House/YWCA and Sunday Spotlight
Family Friendly

Step back through over 200 years of American history at Montclair's historic properties at 108 Orange Road. Visit the reinterpreted Crane House to reflect the YWCA period from 1920 - 1965, check out the farm, and meet the chickens. The site is open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students with valid ID, and $4 for children; under 2 free.

For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail mail@montclairhistorical.org, or visit www.montclairhistorical.org.


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Sunday, March 6 - Pennsauken, Camden County
Celebration of the Welsh Heritage of the Morgan Family

In 2014 historic Griffith Morgan House began to offer regular hours of free admission (donations appreciated) to the public on the first Sunday of the month from March through November. In 2016, the first “First Sunday” event falls on Sunday, St. David’s Day or the national day of the nation of Wales, the homeland of the Morgan family that first settled the historic site in 1693 will be celebrated.

To mark this special occasion, Griffith Morgan House will be open from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm on Sunday, rain or shine, and will feature programs to celebrate the heritage of Wales. Characteristic Welsh dishes will be prepared on the colonial open hearth of the historic house, including the traditional Welsh lamb stew known as “cawl” and hearthstone baked Welsh cakes. An exhibit celebrating the history and culture of this Celtic nation known for its music and poetry and its distinctive and persistent language will be presented.

Of this rarely highlighted ethnic identity, which helped to found America and to shape the course of our history, it has been said that “to be born Welsh is to be born privileged, not with a silver spoon in your mouth, but with music in your heart and poetry in your soul.” From poets and presidents and actors and explorers to dragons and castles and leeks and love spoons, come visit Griffith Morgan House on Sunday to learn about Wales and the Welsh nation. Free tours of Griffith Morgan House and its museum and access to the library will be offered, and light refreshments will be available to visitors. Plenty of free parking is available.

Griffith Morgan House is located on Griffith Morgan Lane off River Road between Delair and Route 73 in Pennsauken, NJ. For more information, call 856-486-9561 and leave a message or e-mail GriffithMorganHouse@yahoo.com.

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Sunday, March 6 - Princeton, Mercer County
Those Angry Days: The Lindberghs and WWII



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Sunday, March 6 - 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. For more information, visit http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njsrhps/museum.html.

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Sunday, March 6 - Cranford, Union County
"The Precedents of the Prefident and the Creation of the Executive Office"

Rich Rosenthal will speak on "The Precedents of the Prefident* and the Creation of the Executive Office." Everything that Washington did from the inaugural oath to the treasury system to his resignation after his second term set the precedents for the Executive Office. (*1789 spelling the s is an f). This program will be held at the Union County Historical Society, Hanson House, 38 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, NJ. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

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Sunday, March 6 - Maplewood, Essex County
Annual Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration
Children Friendly

Each year, visitors look forward to gathering around Durand-Hedden’s 18th century open hearth and experiencing how Maplewood residents of long ago cooked, ate, and kept warm during these long winter months. This year, Durand-Hedden is pleased to welcome a new cook to its kitchen.

Deborah Peterson has demonstrated 18th century open-hearth cooking at a multitude of historic sites and reenactments, and she looks forward to working at our fire. Away from the hearth, Deborah enjoys researching the material culture, economics, and social aspects of people of the 18th century, primarily those of English descent in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

On the menu this year will be Manchet bread and a chocolate tart baked in the beehive oven, as well as a boiled pudding and savory sausages cooked over the fire. Watch how it’s done, breath in the wonderful aromas in our historic house, and sample a few centuries-old treats. Children can try their hands at old-fashioned cooking chores like kneading dough, churning butter, and watch a spinster make yarn at her wheel.  

An Annual Tribute
Durand-Hedden’s mid-winter open-hearth cooking demonstration has become an annual tradition to honor late longtime trustee, Irene Kosinski. Irene, a gifted educator and lover of living history, who oversaw the restoration of Durand-Hedden’s beehive oven in 1981. She went on to establish our perpetually popular open-hearth cooking program, which for thirty years has drawn visitors ‘hungry’ for history. Join us on Sunday and see why many visitors return for this wonderful tradition year after year.

Country Shopping
Check out our Country Store’s historic-themed treasures: early American games, books, and toys; facsimile documents; quill pens and ink; historic cookbooks; cookie molds; tin lanterns; and reproductive decorative items and ceramics. You’ll also discover the hard-to-find original Doors of Maplewood poster, Smile: A Pictorial History of Olympic Park 1887-1965, and the new acid-free reproduction of the charming 1931 Map of Maplewood. 

Durand-Hedden House is dedicated to telling the history of the development of Maplewood and the surrounding area in new and engaging ways. It is located in Grasmere Park at 523 Ridgewood Road in Maplewood, NJ. For more information, call 973-763-7712 or visit www.durandhedden.org.

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Sunday, March 6 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
Opening of New Exhibit - Local Stories of the Civil War

The Civil War is the subject of more than an estimated 60,000 books, scores of movies, and a groundbreaking TV documentary. It's the most documented subject in the American archive. So it's a legitimate question to ask: What could our local history museum possibly add? The answer: local history.

The new mini-exhibit, opening 1:00 - 4:00 pm in the Our Town Gallery of the Eden Woolley House, explores the impact of the Civil War on New Jersey and Monmouth County. It explains our state's ambiguous loyalties and looks at the roles played by a collection of New Jerseyans--both prominent and little known.

New Jersey's conflicted loyalty
Although the claim that the Mason-Dixon line passes through New Jersey is an urban myth, our state did have conflicting loyalties building up to and throughout the war between the North and South. Newark, Trenton, Camden, and Paterson were preeminent industrial centers and their manufactured products were sold in the South. War threatened business. Many in New Jersey opposed war and called for a negotiated peace. New Jersey’s conflicted loyalties were expressed in polling places. Ours was the only Northern state to reject Lincoln in both the 1860 and 1864 Presidential elections.

As painful as it is to acknowledge today, even attitudes toward slavery were divided. Although Quakers in south Jersey were active abolitionists and major routes in the Underground Railroad ran through New Jersey, ours was the last northern state to outlaw slavery. Our 1804 legislation called for its gradual phase-out. The last 16 indentured servants in state were freed late in 1865 with the passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. (The New Jersey legislature voted against the 13th Amendment when it was first introduced and did not reverse that vote until enough states had already ratified to ensure passage.)

A valiant response to the call to arms
Despite New Jersey’s ambivalence, its men and women responded valiantly to the call to arms. Most considered the secession of the Southern states an act of treason. More than 88,000 New Jersey men (overwhelmingly volunteers) fought for the Union. Over 6,200 died (including those who perished of disease or as prisoners of war). Twenty-six soldiers from New Jersey regiments received the Medal of Honor.

Behind the statistics are the stories of real people. Men who left behind farms and businesses. Women who ran things in their absence. Heroes who distinguished themselves. Scoundrels who didn’t. And ten of thousands of men and women whose lives were forever changed by the experiences and memories of the country’s bloodiest war.

The exhibit tells a sampling of these stories and lays out the complexity of our state’s political loyalties. The Township of Ocean Historical Museum offers exhibits on the history of coastal Monmouth County and a full calendar of events. The Museum also houses a library and archive of local history. It is open, free of charge, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm Thursday evenings, and 1:00 - 4:00 pm the first and second Sundays of each month. or more information, visit www.oceanmuseum.org.

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Through April 1, 2016 - Cape May Court House, Cape May County
Taboo: Exposing Hidden History

Deep inside most museums is a hidden cache of artifacts deemed too controversial for display. Due to their controversial nature, many of these items are seldom seen by the public. Many of these acquisitions remind us of issues from our past that some would like to forget.

Like most places in our nation Cape May County's past also holds untold stories. As stewards of our local history, we feel it is our obligation to present these pages of history to the public.

Under the direction of guest curator, Gwen Brownell Raring, the Cape May County Museum has put together an exhibit highlighting controversial artifacts from local collections, both public and private. Many of these items have never been presented for the public's view.

We invite you to attend this thought-provoking exhibit. Admission to the exhibit is free to museum members and $5 per person for non-members. The Museum of Cape May County Gallery is located at 504 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House, NJ. For more information, call 609-465-3535, e-mail cmchgsmuseum@gmail.com or visit www.cmcmuseum.org.

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Through June 10, 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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Through July 9, 2016 - Freehold, Monmouth County
19th Century New Jersey Chairmaking Exhibit

Monmouth County Historical Association's newest exhibition Of the Best Materials and Good Workmanship: 19th Century New Jersey Chairmaking at the Museum at 70 Court Street will remain open through July 9, 2016.

This exhibition explores the diversity of products made by chairmakers in New Jersey from the late 18th century through 1900 and explores four different galleries: the craft of chairmaking, Windsor chairs, common chairs, and factory made chairs. It draws from chairmakers from throughout the Garden State, including a large collection of chairmaking tools, equipment, benches, patterns and stencils collected by William H. MacDonald of Trenton. MacDonald, who had one time worked in Freehold, donated the collection to the Association in the mid and late 20th century. The exhibition represents the first time the entire collection of tools, equipment and patterns have ever been displayed together.

Hammond explained that the name for the exhibition is taken from the language commonly used by New Jersey manufacturers in their newspaper advertisements promoting themselves against craftsmen from New York and Philadelphia.

Many of the items in the exhibition come from throughout the Garden State, from Bergen to Cumberland and Salem counties, and span the era from 1780 to 1900. Some of the items on display are on loan from several different historical societies as well as the Rutgers archives’ special collection and are representative of both local and regional chairmakers.

Of particular interest is one section devoted to the Ware family of Cumberland County, a family that represents a unique chapter in the history of American furniture production. Nineteen members of the family spanning four generations made traditional slat back, rush-seated chairs in the Delaware Valley tradition from the late 18th century to about 1940.

The gallery portraying factory made chairs includes perforated furniture made by Gardener and Company in 1872, a business in Glen Gardner, folding chairs popular on ocean liners dating back as far as 1868 and made by the Collignon Brothers in Closter, in Bergen County, using wood from the sawmill across the Hackensack River from the plant, and the Cooper Chair factory of Bergen, noted for its delicate chairmaking styles.

The Gallery devoted to Windsor chairs includes the earliest known marked Windsor chair, one made by Ezekiah Hughes in Salem County in the 1780s. The exhibition at the Museum displays one of the largest collections of Windsor chairs ever shown.

Monmouth County Historical Association is a private non-profit organization that has been working to preserve history and provide educational opportunities since its founding in 1898. The Historical Association’s Museum and Library is located at 70 Court Street in Freehold, NJ. Museum hours are: Tuesdays - Saturdays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. The Library is open Wednesdays through Saturdays. For more information about the Association, call 732-462-1466 or visit www.monmouthhistory.org.

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Through August 28, 2016 - Boonton, Morris County
Boonton and the Electronics Industry Exhibit Opening

Our new changing exhibit features the numerous electronics companies that existed in Boonton during the infancy of electronics. Aircraft instrumentation, electronic testing instruments, and radios will be on display. Learn more about Boonton's significant contributions to the electronics industry by visiting us at the historic Dr. John Taylor House in Boonton NJ. The site is open on Sunday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. The museum is located at 210 Main Street, Boonton NJ. For more information, call 973-402-8840.




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Through December 31, 2016 - Far Hills, Somerset County
More Than a Game Exhibit at the USGA Museum
Children Friendly

Visitors to the USGA Museum in Far Hills will be surprised to learn that there is much to discover about the game of golf. Originally installed in February of 2014, the exhibit "More Than a Game" focuses on how the creation of African-American golf clubs positively impacted the community, despite the pervasive prejudice and racism of the Jim Crow era. They founded institutions that celebrated the game, and their culture, setting a new standard for what a free and open society could be.

Local schools and youth groups are invited to arrange a field trip to the museum to learn about diversity in golf through the exhibit's centerpiece which is the story of William "Bill" Powell and the Clearview Golf Club. Founded in 1946 in East Canton, Ohio, Clearview is the only public golf course in the United States designed, built, owned, and operated by an African American. Celebrating their 70th anniversary this year, its existence is a testimonial to the vision, determination and integrity of Powell, who overcame numerous obstacles in the pursuit of his dream. Lesson plans are available upon request for teachers and group leaders prior to or following their onsite experience.

Powell's Clearview Golf Club was not the only African-American golf institution founded in this era. The exhibit also honors other clubs that made significant contributions to minority golf including Shady Rest Country Club in Scotch Plains, NJ, home course of John Shippen, the first American and the first African American to play in a U.S. Open Championship in 1896. Also featured are significant trophies from the United Golfers Association and many other various artifacts that celebrate the men and women who made sacrifices in an effort to realize their dream of equality on the greens.

The USGA is one of the world's foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game's history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing "For the Good of the Game" grants program. Additionally, the USGA's Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.

For more information about the museum, this exhibit and field trip opportunities, please contact Kim Gianetti at 908-326-1948 or by email at kgianetti@usga.org. For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.

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

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