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Friday, April 29, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/30/16 - 5/1/16

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Saturday, April 30 - Princeton, Mercer County
Reopening of Updike Farmstead
Children Friendly Event & Site

The Historical Society of Princeton is marking the first spring at its new headquarters, Updike  Farmstead. To celebrate, the community is invited to a free Spring Family Festival on April 30, from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.

There will be something for everyone: at 11:00 am, Kids Music Round will present a music and dance class for infants to preschoolers. Ongoing family/children's activities include an American Girl Doll inspired craft, colonial games and interactive tables with touchable artifacts. Adults can join a tour of Historic Stony Brook at 12:00 noon and a talk on women's roles in the Civil War at 2:00 pm. There will be a needlework demonstration by members of the Princeton chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America between 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m.

Updike Farmstead is located at 354 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ. For more information, contact Eve Mandel, Director of Programs and Visitor Services, at 609-921-6748 x102 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Double Header 19th Century Baseball Game at Ringwood Manor - May 1, 2016

Double Header 19th Century Baseball Game at Ringwood Manor
The Hoboken Nine to play the Flemington Neshanocks
Sunday, May 1, 2016

Batter up! On Sunday, 19th century baseball returns to Ringwood Manor, and this year, it’'s a double header between two historic New Jersey teams! The Hoboken Nine and the Flemington Neshanocks will be facing off with one another, with the first pitch being tossed out for games beginning at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. A local fan favorite event, baseball enthusiasts both young and old are encouraged to come see America’s favorite pastime played according to 1873 rules and regulations. The teams play following the rules and customs of the time, use period baseball equipment, wear typical 19th century baseball uniforms, and even use language and phrases of the era! During the 7th inning stretch, hear a retelling of the classic baseball poem, Casey at the Bat. Bring your chair, a blanket, your picnic lunch, and cheer on your favorite team. The public is invited to come see how the game of baseball has evolved and changed over 125 years!

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 4/29/16 - 5/1/16

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Highland Park, New Jersey Historical Society Finally has a Home

Highland Park, New Jersey Historical Society Finally has a Home

The Highland Park Historical Society has had bits and spurts of active and inactive periods over the years. In December 2014, after a period of inactivity, the Society came back to life at the behest of Jean Kolva, long-time Highland Park resident and Historical Society member, who has also written two books about the town. The impetus for this resurgence was to find a place for both the Historical Society’s and Kolva’s extensive collections of Highland Park-related antiques and memorabilia, which, until now, had been stored in Kolva’s home. Historical Society members were motivated to find a place where the interesting historical artifacts could be displayed for public view, catalogued, and possibly used for research purposes.

A limited portion of the collection was displayed in 2015 at the Highland Park Library.

Friday, April 22, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/23/16 - 4/24/16

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, April 23 - Harmony Township, Warren County
Spring Open House
Children Friendly Event and Site

The Harmony Township Historical Society and the Historic Preservation Commission of Harmony Township invite the public to attend their annual Spring Open House at the historic VanNest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is free. The farmstead is located at 3026 Belvidere Road, Route 519, just north of the Municipal Building in Harmony Township, NJ.

Come see the progress being made at the farmstead, including the two recently-relocated and restored wagon houses. The event will include tours of the circa 1750s main house, the restored wagon house, and the one of a kind Dutch style barn, and war reenactors, a quilting bee, and a professional archaeological dig. For more information, visit www.hoffvannattafarm.org.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 4/22/16 - 4/24/16

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Friday, April 15, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/16/16 - 4/17/16

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Saturday, April 16 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Luck O' The Farm: Farmhand and House Servants
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, help the Irish farmers with spring planting and barnyard chores. At The Willows, assist the Irish servants with the annual spring cleaning. Learn about the Irish culture through food, dance, music, and a craft.

Admission: $8 for adults; $7 for seniors (65+); $6 for children ages 4 – 16; and $4 for children ages 2 and 3. FREE for children under age 2. Friends members are half price with a current membership card. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is located at 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, visit www.morrisparks.net.

Friday, April 8, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/9/16 - 4/10/16

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, April 9 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Tour Paulsdale

Paulsdale is open to the public for Second Saturday Tours at 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm. Paulsdale is the birthplace of Quaker suffragist Alice Paul. Tours include a 15-minute presentation about Alice Paul's life and work and a walk around the porch where visitors learn about the Paul family's daily life in the house, the restoration of the house, and its present day use as a girl's leadership center. Tours are $5.00 per person.

Paulsdale is located at 128 Hooton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ. For information about group tours or future tour dates, contact the Alice Paul Institute at 856-231-1885, e-mail info@alicepaul.org, or visit www.alicepaul.org.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 4/8/16 - 4/10/16

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Vintage Costume Jewelry Exhibit Opening - April 10, 2016

Vintage Costume Jewelry Exhibit
Open April 10, 2016 through June 26, 2016

With a focus on vintage costume jewelry “Made in America,” you are invited to “Faux and Fabulous: 100 Years of Vintage Costume Jewelry” which opens at the Sparta Historical Society’s Van Kirk Homestead Museum on Sunday, April 10, 2016. This exhibition in the Changing Gallery, curated by Joyce Zakierski Simmons, features period costume jewelry adornments.

Friday, April 1, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/2/16 - 4/3/16

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, April 2 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Allaire Village's Opening Weekend
Children Friendly Site

Beginning Saturday, the Historic Village at Allaire will be open 11:00 am - 4:00 pm every Saturday and Sunday until mid-December! All of the homes and craft shops will be open for tours and craft demonstrations! There will be a special Evening Lantern Tour from 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm exploring the sights and sounds of the village at night. Pre-registration is required. Tickets are $10 per person. Admission is free for opening day.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located at 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.