Friday, June 3, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/4/16 - 6/5/16

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, June 4 - Haddonfield, Camden County
Revolutionary War Skirmish in Haddonfield
Children Friendly Event

Red Coats and rebels will face off once again when the American Revolution returns to South Jersey for the fourth annual "Skirmish on Kings Highway" on Saturday.

The event will mark the 238th anniversary of the British encampment in Haddonfield. Revolutionary reenactors - the Second Pennsylvania Regiment - will gather at the Indian King Tavern Museum beginning at 10:00 am. Around 1:00 pm, the Red Coats from the First Battalion of New Jersey Volunteers will march down Kings Highway.

When the two groups meet, the skirmish will begin, with the future of the colonies at stake. The fight will last about 30 minutes, and there will be space for people to watch along the street, which will be closed to traffic. Afterward, children will have a chance to march down the street with wooden muskets. Tours of the museum will be held throughout the day.

The Indian King Tavern Museum is located at 233 Kings Highway, Haddonfield, NJ. For more information, call 856-429-6792 or visit www.indiankingfriends.org.

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Saturday, June 4 - River Edge, Bergen County
King George's Birthday
Children Friendly Event

Join the Bergen County Historical Society on Saturday in its annual celebration of New Jersey's British Colonial heritage. June 4th each year would be observed as the official birthday of the king, a major celebration throughout the British kingdom.

This year, join members of the Bergen County Historical Society and the 4th Battalion, New Jersey Volunteers as they mark the occasion with on-going musket demonstrations, cooking on a military camp kitchen and other activities.

1:30 pm: BCHS Past-President Todd Braisted will present a program on Major Robert Timpany, New Bridge's Loyalist schoolmaster and military officer in the Zabriskie-Steuben House. Follow the major's career from his joining the army's career at New Bridge to his numerous military engagements in New Jersey, New York, and South Carolina until he passed away in Nova Scotia in 1844, at the advanced age of one hundred and two!

All 3 Jersey-Dutch Houses and Westervelt-Thomas Barn are open for the event. Programs that are geared toward children include military drills with wooden muskets.

Experience history in one of the storied places where it was made! American Revolutionary War Battleground including 3 Jersey-Dutch Sandstone Houses including the Zabriskie-Steuben House (a state-historic site), exhibits, tavern, barn, gift shop, and outkitchen. Historic New Bridge Landing is located at 1201-1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. Free parking is available or take a train on the Pascack Valley Line from Secaucus Junction via NJ Transit to the "New Bridge Landing" train stop in River Edge. All 3 Jersey-Dutch Houses are connected by a gravel walking path. Admission: $10 adults, $7 children, BCHS members free. For more information, visit www.bergencountyhistory.org.

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Saturday, June 4 - Medford, Burlington County
Dr. James Still Community Archaeology Project



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Saturday, June 4 - Titusville, Mercer County
A Walk Along the Woolsey Brook Trail
Children Friendly Event

The Hopewell Valley Historical Society is planning a walk along the Woolsey Brook Trail in Alliger Park on Saturday at 2:00 pm. This is on National Trails Day and is in collaboration with Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space (FoHVOS). A FoHVOS guide will be on hand as well as local historian David Blackwell. David will discuss the history of the area. John Kilbride, who did our talk on the Mercer & Somerset Railroad, will attend and can add to any discussion about the M&S. It is a great opportunity for children to attend and to learn about our rich Hopewell Valley history. The park address is 203 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ. Everyone can meet in the parking lot near the kiosk.

At Alliger Park on Washington Crossing-Pennington Road (CR 546) approximately one half mile west of Scotch Road. Trails and Distances: Woolsey Brook Trail - 1 mile; Osage Ridge Trail - 1.5 miles from parking area. Parking: Large parking area and near trailhead, veterans memorial, and 9-11 memorial.

Hopewell Township's Alliger Park trails offer a varied trail experience: large groves of mature spruce trees, long rows of Osage orange trees that were used to fence in livestock years ago, up close views of the Woolsey Brook, vistas of deep ravines, and a bit of history. Of historic interest, the trail crosses the Woolsey Brook where a 19th-century railroad once crossed overhead. Although the wooden railroad trestle is long gone, the 15 foot high embankments for the trestle, constructed in the 1870's, are still a prominent sight. The Woolsey Brook is named after Jeremiah Woolsey who first settled this property in the mid 18th century. For more information, visit www.hopewellvalleyhistory.org.

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Saturday, June 4 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Explore the Farm Wagon Ride
Children Friendly Event and Site

Enjoy an interpretive horse-drawn wagon ride at Fosterfields Living History Farm on Saturday while discovering the importance of sustainable farming. Learn about the methods, equipment, crops, and enterprises of Charles Foster’s farm in the early 1900s. Wagon ride from 10:15 am - 12:00 noon and included in regular admission.

Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors (65+); $4 for children ages 4 – 16; and $2for children ages 2 and 3. FREE for children under age 2 and Friends members with a current membership card. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is located at 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Saturday, June 4 - East Brunswick, Middlesex County
New Jersey Roots? Join Us to Discover How to Grow Your Family Tree!

Discovering your family's story can be a thrilling, addicting, and sometimes frustrating pursuit. This June, genealogists and family historians from all over the Garden State will enjoy a day of lectures at the Genealogical Society of New Jersey's (GSNJ) 2016 Annual Seminar at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 303 Dunhams Corner Road, East Brunswick, NJ. The seminar will last from 8:30 am - 5:15 pm.

The seminar will present a variety of lectures in two concurrent lecture tracks-all of which are designed to inform and inspire your New Jersey research. The first track includes the lectures "Analysis and Correlation: Two Keys to Sound Conclusions," "Discovering Your Immigrant's Origins: Exhausting Every Resource," "Italian-Americans: Finding Your Roots in the Old Country," "Where Does It Say That? Learning to Love Indirect Evidence," and "Global Reach Without Airfare or Postage."

The second track, which will focus on New Jersey research and repositories, will include the lectures, "A Day in the Life of the Family History Library," "Resources at the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office," "New Jersey State Censuses, 1855-1915," "New Jersey Resources at the Newark Public Library," and "Digging for Roots in the Garden State."

This annual seminar, by the Genealogical Society of New Jersey and co-sponsored and hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, East Brunswick Ward, will offer attendees a full-day of lectures and events. Included in the cost of registration are five lecture hours (with a choice of ten presentations), lunch, beverages, a chance to win door prizes, a luncheon presentation, free parking, and a syllabus for all lectures. GSNJ Members and LDS Church Members: $48; Non-Members: $58. For more information and to register, visit www.gsnj.org.

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Saturday, June 4 - Middletown, Monmouth County
King George III's Birthday
Children Friendly Event

The Monmouth County Historical Association invites you to join them for a celebration of the birthday of King George III on Saturday at Marlpit Hall, 137 Kings Highway, Middletown, NJ from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Within the British Empire, including the American colonies, celebration of the King's birthday was one of the social events of the year. Guests attending this year's celebration will experience the day in the manner it might have been celebrated at Marlpit Hall, the 18th century home of Loyalist Edward Taylor. Marlpit Hall will be open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm for tours. Edward Taylor and his wife Mary Osborne Taylor will welcome guests.

Loyalist Soldiers will be drilling in the yard beginning at 10:30 am. Visiting children can join the troops and learn to march with muskets. Throughout the day, children also will enjoy hoop-rolling, sack races and other party games.

At 2:00 pm, musical entertainment of the period will begin. Guests will enjoy the sounds of "The Practitioners of Musick" featuring John Burkhalter of Princeton with harpsichord and recorder. Craft demonstrations throughout the day will include needlework.

Marlpit Hall, built circa 1756, was home to the prominent loyalist Taylor Family at the time of the Revolution. Many of its members were among the area's leading politicians, farmers, merchants, and landowners. Edward Taylor endured house arrest for his political position and the family lost much its fortune and influence. The house was restored, furnished and donated to Monmouth County Historical Association by Margaret Riker Haskell in 1936 when it became the first restored house museum in the region. Mrs. Haskell was one of the most significant collectors of Americana, notably decorative arts, in the United States and a well-respected figure in a historically significant trail of women involved in preservation work. Marlpit Hall is currently furnished to reflect the varying tastes and lifestyles of the 18th century Taylor Family and Mrs. Haskell's 20th century colonial revival plan.

Light refreshments will be served and admission is free. Parking is available at the adjacent Middletown Village School. For more information, call 732-462-1466 or visit www.monmouthhistory.org.

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Saturday, June 4 - Morristown, Morris County
National Trails Day History Hike

Come celebrate National Trails Day at Jockey Hollow! Join a ranger for a guided history hike of the Grand Loop Trail (excluding the section south of Tempe Wick Road). Gain a broader understanding of the encampment, its layout, the terrain the soldiers encountered, and the history surrounding it all.

Meet at the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center at 9:00 am. Hike will end at 11:30 am. Please bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray, and wear appropriate hiking footwear. Trail length approximately 4.5 miles. Jockey Hollow at Morristown National Historical Park, 580 Tempe Wick Road, Morristown NJ (address is approximate). This is a FREE event. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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Saturday, June 4 - Somerset County
A Walk Through History along the D&R Canal

Take a 3.5 mile walk on the Delaware & Raritan Canal towpath from Griggstown to the Blackwells Mills Causeway (the meeting place). The walk starts at 10:00 am and will last 2-3 hours. For more information, call Bob Barth at 201-401-3121 or e-mail bbarth@att.net.

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Saturday, June 4 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Hog Weighing
Children Friendly Event and Site

The Howell Farm hogs will wade out of their wallows, shuffle down a chute and step onto the scales. The weigh-in is open to the public, which is invited to join farmers as they wash and weigh hogs, slop hogs, and of course, call hogs.

Kids can help farmers with pig chores: mixing feed and filling wallows. Hog weighing will take placeduring the day. Prizes will be offered to visitors who come closest to guessing the pigs' weights.

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, June 4 - 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, June 4 - Flemington, Hunterdon County
Stroll Through Flemington

The Flemington Historic Preservation Commission is proud to announce the date for "Stroll Through Flemington," An Historic House Tour, slated for Saturday from 12:00 noon - 5:00pm. 

The "Stroll Through Flemington" proceeds will be utilized by the HPC to support the historic preservation efforts in Flemington Borough. The tour is self-guided and will feature privately-owned Historic Homes and four Historic Public Buildings within the Borough including the Hunterdon County Courthouse, where the tour will begin. On the day of the tour, all homes and public buildings will be highlighted with a green flag.

The four private homes and historic buildings are an eclectic mix of different styles and time periods. The styles include Greek Revival, Georgian Colonial, Victorian, and Victorian Gothic and have been chosen because there are aspects to each that are of historical significance to Flemington.

Ticket information:
Tour tickets are priced at $20.00 prior to the Tour date. Tickets will be available on the tour day at the Hunterdon County Courthouse for $25.00. Tickets for pre-purchase are available via PayPal (see below) and the following Flemington Borough Office and businesses:
* Cocco's Café, 52 Main Street, Flemington, NJ 08822
* Barkley's Gourmet, 79 Main Street, Flemington, NJ 08822
* Kevin Von Holt Gallery, 4 Fulper Road, Flemington, NJ 08822
* Chive & Thyme Catering & Café, 21 Central Avenue, Flemington, NJ 08822
* Flemington Borough Hall, 38 Park Avenue, Flemington, NJ 08822

To pre-purchase your ticket via PayPal please visit www.historicflemingtonnj.com.

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Saturday, June 4 - West Orange, Essex County
Edison Day
Children Friendly Event & Site

Join West Orange as it celebrates Edison Day. There will be a street fair, town picnic, stage with live entertainment, and the park has many special programs throughout the day. Take a look at the highlights below:

Dream Rocket Project
The Find Your Dream Park Art exhibit opens today, in and around laboratory complex. Our 3rd year collaborating with The Dream Rocket Art project. This year's artists have focused on the theme: Find your dream park- share your favorite National Park site or come up with your own National Park concept. 

Edison and West Orange
Take a look at documents and photos that highlight the history of West Orange. Meet the archivists and town historian.

Wax Cylinder Recording
Stop in the building - watch and listen as these New Jersey musicians record on 100 year old phonographs. You decide if it sounds like your MP3 music today.

Other activities include the West Orange Street Fair, Amateur Radio, Children's Anthem, Mono No Aware filmmaking, American Chemical Society, HackNCraft, Centennial NPS Band.

Entrance fees are waived on Edison day. The main laboratory complex at Thomas Edison National Historical Park is located at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. For more information, call 973-736-0550 ext. 17 or visit www.nps.gov/edis.

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Saturday - Sunday, June 4 - 5 - Cape May, Cape May County
Free Village Sampler Weekend
Children Friendly Event & Site

Step back in time as Historic Cold Spring Village opens its 35th season with a free Village Sampler Weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Guests are invited to tour a selection of the Village's 26 restored, historic buildings where historical interpreters demonstrate the trades, crafts and lifestyles of the "homespun era." Enjoy games, crafts, historic dress-up, and a special sale at the Country Store. Village Sampler Weekend is generously sponsored by Atlantic City Electric.

Visitors to the Cold Spring Village Sampler Weekend can also take guided walking tours of the Village from Jim Stephens, HCSV Deputy Director for Education and Interpretation. Stephens will lead the lively tours throughout the 30-acre site, providing details and insight into the Village buildings and Cape May County history. Tours will be offered at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, and will begin near the Route 9 gatehouse.

Historic Cold Spring Village is a nonprofit, open-air living history museum that portrays the daily life of a rural South Jersey community of the Early American period. It features 26 restored historic structures on a 30-acre site. From late June to early September, interpreters and artisans in period clothing preserve the trades, crafts and heritage of "the age of homespun." Fun and educational activities for children are featured Tuesday through Sunday, with special events every weekend through mid-September.

The Village is located on Route 9, three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern terminus of the Garden State Parkway. Admission during the season is $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. Unlimited free admission is available with Village membership. The Village Nature Trail at Bradner's Run is open to the public for free self-guided tours. For more information, call 609-898-2300, ext. 10, or visit www.hcsv.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, June 4 - 5 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Call to Duty: Civil War Encampment at Allaire Village

Join the Historic Village at Allaire as we welcome the Civil Skirmish and Encampment to our grounds as they reenact life during the Civil War. Visitors can travel back in time to explore Civil War Roadshow where you can have your family treasures identified and appraised. Join the crowds in watching and participate in military drills, meet President Lincoln and influential military figures, as well as learn about the lives of soldiers and civilians. A skirmish between Confederate and Union Troops will take place in the Show Field after the baseball game. The encampment lasts two days; on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. There are special lecture series, musical programs, camp tours and much more taking place. Admission is $5 per car.

Join us as we explore the past and go on a special candlelit tour through the camp at night. There will be a special concert by David Kinkaid of 1800s music, a skirmish across the mill pond, visits with Mr. Lincoln, and perhaps even a stop in the brothel. Tickets are $20. All tours begin at 7:30 pm on Saturday. Pre-registration is required. Call 732-919-3500 for more information.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park, 4265 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.

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Sunday, June 5 - Haledon, Passaic County
American Labor Museum Unveils Phase Twenty-one of Silk Walk

On Sunday at 1:00 pm, the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark will unveil the twenty-first phase of its Silk Walk Project. A successful fundraiser that began in 1994, the Silk Walk is a project designed to sell engraved bricks for  placement at the Landmark's front walkway and under its grape arbor. Funds from the project are to be used for the museum's upkeep, operating expenses, and educational programs. This ongoing project is available for all to participate. Silk Walk bricks are priced from $50 to $200.

Also on Sunday at 1:00 pm, the museum's annual membership meeting will take place. The general public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

The Botto House National Landmark, home of the American Labor Museum, is located at 83 Norwood Street in Haledon, NJ. It was the meeting place for over 20,000 silk mill workers during the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike. The Museum offers a free lending library, restored period rooms, changing exhibits, Museum Store, Old World Gardens, educational programs and special events. The Museum is open to visitors Wednesday through Saturday from 1-4 p.m. or by appointment. For further information, please call 973-595-7953, e-mail labormuseum@aol.com or visit www.labormuseum.net.

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Sunday, June 5 - Westampton, Burlington County
Madam C. J. Walker at Peachfield

Dr. Daisy Century joins us once again as Madam C. J. Walker, America's first female self-made millionaire. Born with the name Sarah Breedlove, Madame C.J. Walker was an entrepreneur, early civil rights advocate and philanthropist who enthusiastically supported Black Colleges and Universities. She taught other African American women how they too could succeed in business. Her story is a tribute to determination and hard work.

Walker amassed her fortune through dedication, hard work, and innovation. She began with a small "Special Correspondence Course" business, founded on her System of Beauty Culture. This self described "hair-growing" business, was borne out her desire to remedy her own hair loss. On September 19, 1911 the Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company of Indiana, Inc. wherein Madame Walker was the President and sole shareholder, was incorporated. As she focused on growing hair, her business also grew rapidly.

Dr. Daisy Century recalls the thrill of receiving a standing ovation for her 3rd grade recitation of The Creation and credits this as the beginning of her desire to perform. Trained as a teacher, Dr. Century earned a BA in Biology at Claflin College, a Master's in Science Education from South Carolina University and a PhD from Temple University, also in Science Education. This naturally talented teacher and actor couples scientific methods with creative imagination in order to discover how the historical characters she interprets would respond to a given situation. An inspiring educator whose students have returned year after year to thank Dr. Century for the difference she has made in their lives, Daisy has continued to inspire through her thoroughly-researched, dramatically intense portrayals. Dr. Century is a published author, writing under the name Emily Nelson, and is an accomplished singer.

This program will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission is free. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. Peachfield is located at 180 Burrs Road, Westampton, NJ. For more information and to register, call 609-267-6996, or e-mail colonialdamesnj@comcast.net.

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Sunday, June 5 - Montclair, Essex County
"Major, how come you speak German without any accent?"

"Major, how come you speak German without any accent?" So asked Wilhelm Keitel, commander of all German forces, as my grandfather Fritz Oppenheimer took him captive after the Nazi surrender in Berlin, 1945. Harry Handler, grandson of Fritz Oppenheimer recounts the story of a German Jewish boy from Berlin, who joined the Prussian artillery and was awarded the Iron Cross fighting on the German side in World War I.

In 1937, just as he was about to be taken by the Nazis, he fled with his family to Holland, England, and then on to America. In the US he joined the army as 45-year-old private and worked his way up to General Eisenhower's staff, where he helped write the surrender in World War II. After the war, Lieutenant-Colonel Fritz Oppenheimer worked on the occupation of Germany before joining the US State Department. In addition to taking the audience through the history of pre-war and wartime Germany, Harry Handler will show some of the fascinating documents Fritz Oppenheimer collected from the war years. Suggested donation $5.

Program to be held at the Crane House/Historic YWCA, 110 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail mail@montclairhistorical.org, or visit www.montclairhistorical.org.

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Sunday, June 5 - 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, June 5 - West Orange, Essex County
Talk - The Glenmont Garage
Children Friendly Site

Have you ever wondered about what kind of cars Thomas Edison and his family owned and where they kept them. Come, join inventor Harry Roman as he answers these questions and more in the Glenmont Garage. A car pass is required to visit Glenmont and available at the Laboratory Complex visitor center.

Tickets must be purchased at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park 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 under age 16 are free. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x11 or visit www.nps.gov/edis.

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Sunday, June 5 - Morristown, Morris County
Soldier's Knapsack
Children Friendly Event & Site

Have you always wondered what types of things soldiers carried throughout the war? Join a Park Ranger at the Wick House to discover what would have been inside a soldier's knapsack. Program runs from 1:00 - 3:30 pm in the yard at the Wick House at Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park, 580 Jockey Hollow Road (approximate), Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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Sunday, June 5 - Maplewood, Essex County
The Histories of the American Flag & New Jersey's Annin Flag Co.

The American flag carries great meaning at this time, at home and throughout the world. The oldest and largest flag company in the United States, the Annin Flag Company, which dates back to 1847, has its headquarters in Roseland, New Jersey. It is known for its custom hand-sewn (versus printed) flags and not only produces the American flag, but those of the 50 states as well as of most of the countries overseas.

At 2:00 pm on Sunday, in honor of Flag Day, Joe Vallone, the retired manager of the Annin plant in Verona, will speak on the histories of the American flag and the Annin Flag Company and how the flag is produced. Flag Day (upcoming on June 14) is a commemoration of the adoption of the U.S. flag by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.  Mr. Vallone will give out flags and literature as part of his presentation on the 5th.

Also that day, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, visitors can catch the exhibit, From Farm to Suburb: The Birth of College Hill, which explores the evolution of a section of Maplewood from a dairy farm to a popular neighborhood of 300 houses. Out in the carriage house the Country Store will be selling historic- themed treasures: early American children's games, books and toys, facsimile documents, quill pens and ink, historic cook books, cookie molds, tin lanterns, reproduction decorative ceramics, vintage photos, hiking sticks and more. The hard- to-find original Doors of Maplewood poster and Smile, the history of Olympic Park, will also be available. At 4:15 pm, there will be a brief Annual Meeting for Durand-Hedden House and Garden Association members.

The 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, Maplewood, NJ. For more information, call 973-763-7712 or visit www.durandhedden.org.

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Sunday, June 5 - Hoboken, Hudson County
19th Annual Secret Garden Tour

Tucked away behind Hoboken's row homes and converted factory buildings is a world of lush gardens and cleverly designed courtyard spaces, as diverse as the city's residents. Gardeners and non-gardeners alike are invited to indulge their curiosity and pick up urban gardening ideas on the Hoboken Historical Museum's 19th Annual Secret Garden Tour on Sunday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (rain date: June 12). It's the public's chance to see how gardeners' creativity and landscapers' skill can integrate nature into an urban setting.

For this year's tour, seven local residents are supporting the Hoboken Museum's fundraising efforts by opening their gardens to tour goers. Guided walking tours will start from the museum, 1301 Hudson Street, Hoboken, NJ, every half hour, and last about two to two and a half hours. Tour groups are limited in size and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The tour takes place on foot; comfortable shoes and sun protection are advised - most tour stops involve climbing stairs. Tickets are $25 in advance at www.hobokenmuseum.org or $30 on tour day. The tour is sponsored by Hufnagel Landscape Design and Construction Group, with support and assistance from the Hoboken Garden Club.

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Sunday, June 5 - Jefferson Township, Morris County
Open House

The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlin House, will have an open house on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Learn about the Jefferson Township Historical Society. Costumed docents will be available to talk about this Victorian home. The theme of this month's exhibit is "Feathers to Flight," dedicated to the memory of member Marilyn Reitzel. Birds of all feathers will be everywhere reflecting Marilyn's love of their many species. Also included will be a collection of decoys, vintage Audubon books, feathered jewelry, and bird research books. Admission is free.


The Jefferson Township Museum is located at 315 Dover-Milton Road, Jefferson Township, NJ. Visit Miss Elizabeth's Shoppe located in the original kitchen of the museum, where small antiques, collectibles, handmade, handcrafted and seasonal items will be offered for sale. For further information, call 973-697-0258 or visit www.jthistoricalsociety.org.

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Sunday, June 5 - Union Township, Union County
Hannah Caldwell Day 2016

On Sunday from 1:00 - 5:00 pm, the Union Township Historical Society commemorates the anniversary of Hannah Caldwell's death. Rev. James Caldwell will be present and there will be an open house at the Caldwell Parsonage Museum. The museum is located at 909 Caldwell Avenue, Union, NJ. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For more information, call Barbara at 908-687-0048 or visit http://uniontwphistoricalsociety.webs.com.

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Sunday, June 5 - 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, June 5 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Turn of the Nineteenth Century Music
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Sunday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to take a step back in time to join music man Rich Marzec as he performs songs on the piano from the turn of the century. This free event runs from 1:00 - 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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Sunday, June 5 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
Middlesex County History Day
Children Friendly Event & Site

History lovers of all ages are invited to East Jersey Old Town Village in Johnson Park (Piscataway) for a site-wide celebration filled with demonstrations, performances and other family-friendly activities on Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Demonstrations will include blacksmithing, open-hearth cooking, yarn spinning, weaving, chair caning, antique clocks, lacemaking and 19th-century decorative painting techniques.

The History Tent will feature exhibits and displays that will be brought to life by the members of 25 historical societies and groups.

Several musicians will perform 18th-century music throughout the day. For the first time, carriage rides through Johnson Park will be offered from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

History Day will be held rain or shine and is offered free of charge with no advance registration required. East Jersey Olde Towne Village is located in Johnson Park at 1050 River Road, Piscataway, NJ. For more information, call 732-745-3030, ext. 311 or visit www.co.middlesex.nj.us.

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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 June 26, 2016 - Park Ridge, Bergen County
The Jazz Age: Fashions, Flappers, and Flasks

Pascack Historical Society volunteers invite you to revisit a historical time when conservative American traditions and mores were pushed to the limit. A new exhibit, The Jazz Age: Fashions, Flappers, and Flasks, will open on Sunday, April 17 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, at 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge, NJ. Admission is free, but donations are happily accepted at the door to the barrier-free 1873 museum. Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult. The exhibit will run during regular visiting hours through June 26.

The Jazz Age, the time between the end of World War I (1918) and the Stock Market crash of 1929, was noted for increased nationwide prosperity, liberated social and sexual behaviors, Prohibition, and the accompanying production of bootleg liquor, speakeasies, jazz and ragtime music.

Young carefree women drank liquor freely from decorative flasks and smoked cigarettes in public, dangling them from jeweled cigarette holders, as they danced the Charleston and Blackbottom with wild abandon. Short skirts, plunging necklines and low backs on dresses put more of the female body parts on display than ever before. The female fashion silhouette presented a boyish figure with flattened breasts and very loose fitting clothes. Emancipation from traditional gender styles encouraged women to cut their long hair and free them from the complicated styles of the Edwardian Age. The short "bob" hairstyle needed to be cut more regularly and a plethora of beauty parlors opened nationwide according to exhibit PHS Trustees Helen Whalen and Grace Wohn, exhibit curators.

Visitors will see many day and dinner dresses, coats and accessories worn and used by the women of the Pascack Valley during this short and exciting time in American history. For more information, call 201-573-0307 or visit www.pascackhistoricalsociety.org.

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Through June 26, 2016 - Sparta, Sussex County
Vintage Costume Jewelry Exhibit

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

Faux jewelry played an eminent part in our American society. Featuring major American designers and manufacturers, the accessories on exhibit illustrate the historic design styles prevalent from 1900-2000. With discoveries and inventions, new materials prevailed. Glass, silk, metal, wood, leather, imitation stones and especially plastic materials are used in each piece of costume jewelry. These components, known as findings, were made all over the world, but the final product was assembled here in the USA. What makes this exhibit exciting is that the costume jewelry industry basically started in America, with Providence, RI its home. The rarely seen hand manipulated beaded Miriam Haskell archival jewelry, will add to the other giant early 20th century manufacturing houses of Coro, Trifari, Monet, and Napier.

This wearable art of glamorous necklaces, brooches, earrings and bracelets will dazzle you throughout the exhibit. As you learn of the history of retro costume jewelry, these treasures will delight both the collector and the interested visitor. There are fun facts for future collectors and smart tips on choosing investment pieces. Simply stop in to see what was in grandma’s jewelry box.

The exhibit hours are from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, on the second and fourth Sunday of the month and runs through Sunday, June 26, 2016. Gallery talks will take place at 2:00 pm on Sundays. The show is open to the public and handicap accessible. Special group viewing hours may be arranged through the Sparta Historical Society, Van Kirk Homestead Museum and History Education Center, 336 Main Street (Route 517, use Sparta Middle School Driveway), Sparta, NJ 07871. For more information, call 973-726-0883 or SpartaHistoricalSocNJ@gmail.com.

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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

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 August 2016 - Cranbury, Middlesex County
Merchants of Main Street: A Stroll Through the Shoppes of Cranbury's Past

Stop by the Cranbury Museum to view "Merchants of Main Street: A Stroll Through the Shoppes of Cranbury's Past," the Cranbury Museum's current exhibit which celebrates the creativity, hard work, and entrepreneurial skills of the Main Street merchants of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.

Main Street was filled with a diversity of businesses-general stores and candy stores, millinery and hat shops, blacksmith and harness shops, banks, and newspaper offices. Through the centuries, Main Street met the needs of the Cranbury shopper. Come take a stroll down Main Street, visit our merchants and view their wares and services. This exhibit will be displayed through August 2016 at Cranbury Museum, 4 Park Place East, Cranbury, NJ. The museum is open on Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 609-655-2611 or visit www.cranburyhistory.org.

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Through September 1, 2016 - Morristown, Morris County
Two Centuries of Cultivating Green Space: The History of Macculloch Hall's Gardens

The reputation of the "New Jersey Tomato" may be legendary, but George Macculloch, the original resident and builder of what is today known as Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (MHHM), is credited with growing the first New Jersey tomato. Writing in his journal in 1829, in what is believed to be the earliest mention of the tomato, George Macculloch listed his cultivation of "tomatas." George's journal, a detailed record of his gardening successes and challenges, is a major highlight of the new exhibition at MHHM, Two Centuries of Cultivating Green Space: The History of Macculloch Hall's Gardens, which will be on view in the Schoolroom Galley of the Museum through September 1, 2016.

This unique exhibition traces the history of the gardens established at 45 Macculloch Avenue by Louisa (1785-1863) and her husband, George Macculloch (1775-1858) in 1810. The Maccullochs were avid gardeners who cultivated their 26 acres for a variety of reasons: to feed their family, for profit, and as a form of creative expression. Through photographs, design plans, and the historic crop journal meticulously kept by George Macculloch from 1829-1856, this exhibition explores a variety of gardens at Macculloch Hall-from the early nineteenth-century kitchen garden and farm; to the later Victorian and early-twentieth century gardens favored by later generations of the Miller and Post families, to the mid-twentieth-century design created at the bequest of W. Parsons Todd by the Garden Club of Morristown.

Two Centuries of Cultivating Green Space: The History of Macculloch Hall's Gardens also anticipates the interest of children in gardens and includes a special children's display focusing on the plants and animals often found in the backyard gardens of New Jersey residents. Through interactive displays such as a tabletop flower garden and a puppet tree, children can explore pollination and learn about the bees, butterflies, worms, and birds that help to make our gardens thrive.

Children are also invited to participate free of charge in MHHM's summer garden program, Dig it! Plant it! Eat it! Programming for Two Centuries of Cultivating Green Space: The History of Macculloch Hall's Gardens includes special tours of the gardens, free with admission, Sundays in June, July, and August at 2:00p m.

The garden is open daily, free to the public from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. MHHM is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00pm. Admission is $8, Adults; $6, Seniors and Students; $4, Children 6-12; and free for Members and children under 5. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is located at 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-538-2404 or visit www.maccullochhall.org.

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Through October 23, 2016 - Morristown, Morris County
"Fine, Fancy, and Fashionable: 125 Years Dressing the Bride"

"Fine, Fancy, and Fashionable: 125 Years Dressing the Bride" offers an opportunity to experience the joy, magic, and elegance of 30 different wedding days and a visual timeline of bridal dresses from Mary Johnson Condit's 1840 silk gauze A-line gown to Alice Woodridge's 1954 lace tea-length dress. Join a bride and groom as they arrive at their reception in the dining room, a bride and her mother on the special day, and a busy bride creating her gown on an 1852 Florence sewing machine. Bridal accessories including shoes, gloves, veils, headpieces, photos, invitations, newspaper clippings, diary entries, and even a cake-topper, complete the display. The exhibit is on view through October 23, 2016. Acorn Hall is located at 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-267-3465 or visit www.acornhall.org.

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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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