Thursday, November 10, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 11/12/16 - 11/13/16

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Friday - Saturday, November 11 - 12 - Cape May, Cape May County
Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour
Family Friendly

Updated with new tales in 2016! Board a MAC trolley tour for a 30-minute evening ride through the haunted streets of Cape May, New Jersey. The paranormal findings of ghost writer Craig McManus come alive as your guide translates McManus' spooky stories. Ride past the flickering gas street lamps, the haunted properties of Cape May, and experience the spine-tingling tales exposed by McManus. The tour is offered Friday at 7:00 pm and Saturday at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children (ages 3-12). Tickets can be purchased at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ or the Washington Street Mall Information Booth. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday, November 12 - Trenton, Mercer County
Art All Day at the Trent House Museum
Children Friendly Event

From 2:00 - 4:00 pm, the William Trent House Museum will host free children's activities in the Visitor Center. The activities will celebrate both art and National Native American Heritage Month. Children will create depictions of the Trent House, make yarn pumpkins, craft Indian Corn and weave bracelets!

Hot drinks and snacks available for all visitors!

Other activities at the Trent House during Art All Day:
From 12:00 - 5:00 pm - Tour the Trent House and meet artists whose contemporary work is on display in the Museum and available for sale. The following artists will be stationed throughout the Trent House ready to meet visitors: Lori Ingwerson, Carol Manger (Photography), Z Millington, Diana Ornberg, Margaret Simpson (Watercolors), Ellen Veden (Painting with Mixed Media) and Mabel Williams.

1:00 pm - Illustrated Lecture, “William Pedrick and the History Behind his Painting,” by Meghan Chapuran on William Pedrick, an early 20th century Trenton artist whose work is displayed in the Trenton Public Library and in State buildings. One of Pedrick’s paintings is in the Trent House Collections and it depicts William Trent purchasing the land on which he built the House. Funds are being raised for its restoration. 

About the presenter: Meghan Chapuran is a graduate of Seton Hall's Museum Professions Master’s program in 2010. She has worked at the Montclair Historical Society in the collection and helping researchers in the library, as well as at the William Trent House as a docent. Currently she is working towards her Ph.D. in History at Drew University and is working at the United Methodist Archives on campus.

Listed in both the State and National Registers of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark, the meticulously restored 1719 William Trent House and historic kitchen garden continue to reward visitors with a glimpse into pre-revolutionary life in America and its interpretation of William Trent's lifestyle and diverse household. Owned and maintained by the City of Trenton and operated by the Trent House Association, the historic house museum is regularly open to the public for tours Wednesday through Sunday, 12:30 - 4:00 pm and by appointment for school and group tours. Located at 15 Market Street in Trenton, adjacent to the Hughes Justice Complex. Ample free parking. For more information and driving directions, call 609-989-3027 or visit www.williamtrenthouse.org.

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Saturday, November 12 - Lake Hopatcong, Morris County
The Rides of Bertrand Island

On Saturday, the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum presents "The Rides of Bertrand Island." For more than 70 years, an amusement park in the hills of northwestern New Jersey provided summertime fun for the young and young at heart. Bertrand Island Park is still widely remembered over 30 years after it closed, and this narrated program will feature video and stills of the rides that made the park so popular. The program is being held at The Palace Theatre, 7 Ledgewood Avenue in Netcong, NJ (Home of The Growing Stage - The Children's Theatre of New Jersey). Doors will open at 7:30 pm with the program commencing at 8:00 pm. Cost is $20 per person and will include dessert. Reservations required. For more information and reserve your spot, e-mail LHHISTORY@att.net or call 973-398-2616.

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Saturday, November 12 - Princeton, Mercer County
Early Life of Woodrow Wilson Walking Tour

Learn more about Woodrow Wilson's controversial life in Princeton, before he became the 28th President of the United States. Locations on this walking tour include places in the community that were a part of Wilson's life as a student, faculty member and President of the University. 

Admission: $10 per adult. Tours begin in front of the Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ. Tour begins at 10:00 am and ends at 12:30 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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Saturday, November 12 - Haledon, Passaic County
"To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine"

On Saturday at 2:00 pm, the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark cordially invites the general public to a film-screening of "To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine." Light refreshments will be served.

"To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine" was written by and features the actor, writer and social activist Ian Ruskin. Mr. Ruskin is the founder of The Harry Bridges Project. The film explores the life and impact of one of the world's greatest propagandists and highlights Mr. Paine's vision of true justice and equality for all human beings and his ideas, revolutionary in 1776, and still revolutionary today.

Tours of the museum will also be available, the exhibits Through the Lens of Liberty: Healing in Freedom, Blooming through Expression by Durga Tree International and Original Artwork by Alphonso Dunn and students will be on view, and the Museum Store will be open for browsing and shopping.

The Botto House National Landmark, home of the American Labor Museum, is located at 83 Norwood Street, 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's hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9:00  am - 5:00 pm. Tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm or by appointment. For more information, call 973-595-7953, e-mail labormuseum@aol.com, or visit www.labormuseum.net

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Saturday, November 12 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Bacon, Sausage and Scrapple Making 
Children Friendly Event & Site

If you work all week to bring home the bacon, sausage, and scrapple, but don't really know from whence they come, visit Howell Farm for their bacon, sausage and scrapple program. You will see these and other pork products made before your eyes. Farmers will demonstrate rendering lard, making pork products, and showing visitors the origins of different cuts of pork. Cracklin's and other delicacies will be free for the asking, and pork sandwiches will be available for sale.

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, November 12 - Cape May, Cape May County
Lessons from the Cold War

Join the Friends of the World War II Lookout Tower for a follow-up to the last highly successful program on this topic, including comments from a former intelligence officer. Admission is free for Friends of the World War II Lookout Tower and $5 for non-members. This program will be held Saturday at 1:00 pm at the Cape May Lutheran Church, 509 Pittsburgh Avenue, Cape May, NJ. For tickets or more information, call 609-884-5404, ex. 134. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday, November 12 - Cape May, Cape May County
Historic Haunts House Tour
Family Friendly

Get into the spirit of things on a guided tour of the historic (some say haunted) Physick Estate, which includes a discussion of Victorian spiritualism on Saturday at 7:30 pm. This is a limited tour. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children (ages 3-12). Tickets can be purchased at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday, November 12 - Cape May, Cape May County
Historic Haunts Combo Tour
Family Friendly

Combine the Ghosts of Cape May trolley tour with a visit to the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, where you will visit a home séance room of the 1890s and learn of the Victorians' fascination with spiritualism on Saturday at 7:00 pm. Admission is $22 for adults, $14 for children (ages 3-12). Tickets can be purchased at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday, November 12 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Late Fall Flea Market
Family Friendly

Join the Historic Village at Allaire on Sunday for their late fall flea market! Hunt for hidden treasures amid furniture, books, artwork, bottles, knick-knacks, and so much more! The event runs from 8:00 - 3:00 pm. $1 admission for adults and children. Members of the Historic Village at Allaire are free. Members must present their membership card. The village, General Store, and Bakery will be open as well.  The rain date is Sunday, November 13.

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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Saturday - Sunday, November 12 - 13 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Currier & Ives style Selfies
Children Friendly

Back by popular demand! We will have our decorative 19th century sleigh in front of the holly trees with a variety of hats, caps, bonnets and shawls to provide a little historical air for your photos. We provide the history, you take the selfies. Amateur photographers only. This event runs from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

While there, visit the large, elegant Walnford home built in 1774, the 19th century gristmill and the farm buildings set in a beautiful landscape. Walnford is located at 62 Walnford Road, 08501. For more information, call 609-259-6275 or visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

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Sunday, November 13 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
New Brunswick and the Civil War

On Sunday at 2:00 pm, author Joanne Rajoppi will present a program based on her book, New Brunswick and the Civil War. At the beginning of the Civil War, New Brunswick was positioned at the transportation and manufacturing hub of New Jersey. Many of the city's young men exchanged manufacturing equipment for rifles, and those whom they left behind witnessed the war through letters from their sons, brothers and husbands. Patriotism, a longing to earn more money and adventure lured these Brunswick Boys"--close friends and co-workers--to enlist. Their recollections offer insights into everyday life in New Jersey during the war--New Brunswick's factory system, education and medicine. These letters also reveal their struggles to survive amid battles and close encounters with death that so many soldiers faced, as well as their difficult transition back to civilian life. Local author Joanne Hamilton Rajoppi presents the fascinating stories of New Brunswick and the Civil War, gleaned from the letters of those who experienced it."

The event is sponsored by the Heritage Trail Association and will be held at the Van Horne House, 941 East Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ. Admission is free but registration is requested at www.heritagetrail.org. Parking available behind the Target store in the Bridgewater Promenade. For more information and to register, click here: register here.

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Sunday, November 13 - Titusville, Mercer County
"The Occupation of Trenton"

On Sunday, the Washington Crossing Park Association presents "The Occupation of Trenton." The Washington Crossing Park Association is an active participant in promoting our state's Revolutionary War history. To demonstrate our promotion of this heritage we invite you to our educational program on Sunday. Larry Kidder will present his research which is based on his soon-to-be-released book on Trenton. The moderator for the program is Richard Patterson of The Old Barracks. A $10 donation is requested for non-members, and refreshments are included. Free to WCPA members. The winners of our 2016 Art Raffle to benefit the Johnson Ferry House will be announced at the event! The event will be held from 2:00 - 5:30 pm at the Union Fire Company Hall, Titusville, NJ. You must pre-register for this special event by writing to wrmarsch@optimum.net.

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Sunday, November 13 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Blacksmith Demonstration
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Sunday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to take a step back in time to watch blacksmiths perform their craft. They will be shaping iron into everyday products. Blacksmiths were as common as an auto mechanic in towns and on farms of the 1890s. 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, November 13 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
19th Century Woodworking Demonstration
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Sunday, 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 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, November 13 - Montclair, Essex County
2nd Sunday Family FUNday: Military Family Month
Family Friendly

Join us for another day of Family Fun as we honor Military Family’s Month and Veteran’s day! Join us for a Kid Friendly Tour entitled “Letters from the Front” where everyone will get a hands on experience reading and looking at letters from our soldiers to their homes. Children and families are then encouraged to pen their own letters to be sent out to our troops in thanks for their service. Military Families are welcome free of charge with valid ID. Family membership gets the whole family in free!

The event will run from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission is $6/adult; $5/student/senior with ID; $4/child; under 2 free. Members get in free! For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail mail@montclairhistorical.org, or visit www.montclairhistorical.org.

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Sunday, November 13 - Park Ridge, Bergen County
Picking Up the Pieces: A Retrospective on the Presidential Election

Dominican College professor Dr. Anthony Troncone, Ph.D., will present his analysis of this year's remarkable presidential election on Sunday at 2:00 pm. The lecture will discuss how the two nominees were selected, the positions they took on a number of important issues, and the strengths and weaknesses of the two candidates. Dr. Troncone will also discuss what the implications of the election are for the future of America and American politics. A popular speaker at the museum, Dr. Troncone is chair of the Pascack Historical Society's Historical Advisory Board. He founded and supervises the Dominican College/PHS Student Intern Program, a one-of-a-kind program that provides history students an opportunity to volunteer at the museum and gain first-hand knowledge about the many aspects of museum study and preservation.

Admission is free but donations will be accepted. The lecture will be held in the Pascack Historical Society's meeting room, Ellen Berdais Hall, located at 19 Ridge Avenue in Park Ridge, NJ. Coffee and cake will be provided. Please plan to arrive early as seating is limited. For more information, call 201-573-0307 or visit www.pascackhistoricalsociety.org.

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Sunday, November 13 - Bedminster, Somerset County
Saint Nicholas - The Saint Who Became Santa

On Sunday at 2:00 pm, Peter G. Rose, an author and food historian specializing in Dutch Colonial food, will discuss how the Dutch Saint Nicholas, or Sinterklaas, evolved into America’s beloved Santa Claus. 

Mrs. Rose will discuss the early history of the life of the Saint; explain the various changes in his veneration; and relate how he was brought to America by the Dutch in the seventeenth century and transformed into Santa in the 19th century. The presentation encompasses literature, religion, the fine arts, and Dutch food customs to elaborate on the story of St. Nick’s generosity, which endures today. 


This program is geared toward adults and will include food samples. Admission is $10 per person (free to members), and includes admission to the museum, which is open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm to the general public. The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 3055 River Road (in Bedminster’s River Road Park), Bedminster, NJ 07921. For more information and to register, call 908-396-6053 or visit www.jvanderveerhouse.org.

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Sunday, November 13 - Princeton, Mercer County
Historic Princeton Walking Tour
Children Friendly 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, November 13 - West Orange, Essex County
Harry's Magical Invention Bag
Children Friendly

Learn about invention and the important role Edison played in taking invention from a cottage/hobby activity to a full commercial activity - practiced by all major corporations. Hear Harry Roman, a Thomas Edison National Historical Park volunteer, retired engineer, as well as inventor and patent holder, as he discusses the major role NJ plays in the national invention scene-and all the great inventions NJ inventors have brought into our world.

Harry, a nationally known inventor, was a critical player in establishing the NJ Inventors Hall of Fame in 1989, and later went on to chair the organization from 1996-2004. The Hall of Fame honored him with an Inventor of the Year award in 2005 for his pioneering work in robotics, and honored him again in 2012 with a special achievement award for his dedication to the organization.

The program runs from 1:00 - 2:00 pm and 3:00 - 4:00 pm and is included with regular admission. 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, November 13 - Eatontown, Monmouth County
"Tunneling Through German Immigrant Research"

"Tunneling Through German Immigrant Research: A Case Study," will be the topic of the Monmouth County Genealogy Society meeting at 1:30 pm on Sunday at the Community Center, 72 Broad Street, Eatontown, NJ. The speaker will be Richard Haberstroh, a founding member of the highly respected New York-based German Genealogy Group. Dr. Haberstroh whose six German ancestral lines arrived between 1835 and 1852 is a native of New York City. He has been involved in German research since 1984 when he made his first of many trips to Germany. He served as a volunteer librarian at the LDS Family History Center in Plainview, New York from 1988 to 2001 where he specialized in assisting patrons with German and New York City research. The meeting is free and the public is welcome.

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Sunday, November 13 - Paterson, Passaic County
3rd Annual Native American Indian Heritage Festival
Children Friendly Event


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Sunday, November 13 - Montville, Morris County
Olde Pequannock Day

The towns of Boonton, Boonton Township, Butler, Denville, Green Pond, Kinnelon, Lincoln Park, Montville Township, Pequannock, Pompton Plains, Riverdale, and Rockaway share a common heritage going back to the original settlers and the early days of colonial America. Find out more at Olde Pequannock Day, "Dutch Blue & Iron" on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the Montville Township Library, 90 Horseneck Road, Montville, NJ.

2017 is the 150th anniversary of Boonton, Boonton Township, and Montville Township separating from Pequannock Township in 1867. Eleven historical societies from towns that were part of Pequannock originally will display information on upcoming events, sell items, promote their towns and societies and historic sites.

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Sunday, November 13 - Roebling, Burlington County
Walking Tours of the Village of Roebling
Family Friendly

The Roebling Museum will host walking tours of the village of Roeblilng, starting on the museum grounds in Roebling, New Jersey. These walking tours differ from the museum's regular walking tours in that the tour has a specific focus on the National Parks Service. In celebration of our nation's centennial of the creation of the National Park Service, participants will join former park ranger and museum volunteer, Doug Kiovsky, and former education teacher and member of the Roebling Museum board emeritus, George Lengel, as they journey on a ninety-minute walking tour through the village of Roebling, explaining its history as a company town, personal stories of community life, clean-up efforts of the former steel mill by the Environmental Protection Agency, Roebling's association with several National Park Service sites, and its creation as a National Historic District. The next walk will be held on Sunday at 1:00 pm.

Tickets for the walking tour are $15 per person and includes admission to the museum. All tours will begin promptly at 1:00 pm. Reservations are strongly suggested. Call 609-499-7200 or register online at www.roeblingmuseum.org

The Roebling Museum is located at 100 Second Avenue in Roebling, NJ. Ample parking in the Museum lot off Hornberger Avenue, adjacent to the Roebling River Line parking area. For more information, call 609-499-7200 or visit www.roeblingmuseum.org.

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Sunday, November 13 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
The Delaware and Raritan Canal

Did you know that for more than 170 years, the Delaware and Raritan Canal has meandered across the narrow waist of New Jersey? Did you know that the D&R was one of our nation's most successful towpath canals, carrying more tonnage in 1866 than the more famous Erie Canal? Did you know that Johnson & Johnson, Roebling, and Fleischmann's Distillery all had their start along the D&R? And did you know that the canal provides the people of central New Jersey with both a water supply and a premier recreational facility?

At its annual meeting, the Somerset County Historical Society will feature Linda Barth, speaking about the historic Delaware and Raritan Canal. Author Linda J. Barth will introduce you to the people, the bridges, the locks, and the aqueducts that made the canal work. This waterway, now the centerpiece of a popular state park, transported men and supplies between New York and Philadelphia during three wars. Inventor John Holland used the canal to deliver his Holland VI submarine to Washington for its Navy trials, and luxury yachts, like J .P. Morgan's Tarantula, cruised the waterway. Come learn more about this gem of central New Jersey.

This talk will take place at 2:00 pm at the Van Veghten House, 9 Van Veghten Drive, Bridgewater, NJ. For more information, call 908-218-1281.

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Sunday, November 13 - Sparta, Sussex County
Open House


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Through Sunday, November 20 - Morristown, Morris County
Drawing Out the Vote: Thomas Nast and the Contested Election of 1876

At Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, view their newest exhibit, The Great Presidential Election Controversy of 1876: Rutherford B. Hayes versus Samuel Tilden as described by Thomas Nast. Explore Thomas Nast's commentary and influence over the presidential election between Rutherford Birchard Hayes and Samuel Tilden.

The 1876 Presidential Election was certainly one for the history books. Hard fought by Republican candidate Rutherford B. Hayes and Democratic candidate Samuel Tilden, the winner was not decided upon until days before the inauguration in early March of 1877 because of election irregularities in four states. Nast, who supported Hayes, participated wholeheartedly in this particular election controversy. The exhibition presents the controversy and its outcome through the vivid illustrations Nast created to keep the American public informed.

Admission is $8, Adults; $6, Seniors and Students; $4, Children 6-12; and free for Members and children under 5. Macullouch Hall 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 Sunday, November 27- Paterson, Passaic County
29th Annual Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique

From November 5th through November 27th, Lambert Castle, home of the Passaic County Historical Society will present the 29th annual Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique. Open Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, the boutique invites you to enjoy shopping for this year's assortment of festive holiday gifts, jewelry, seasonal decorations, crafts, collectibles, and gourmet food in the historic atmosphere and ambiance of Lambert Castle.

Admission to the Boutique is $7 for opening weekend, November 5th - 6th and $6 for the duration of the show. All admission fees include two return visits. Children under 12 years are admitted free of charge. No child strollers or carriages are permitted inside the Castle. Visa and Mastercard are accepted for purchases. The café will return to the third floor serving a variety of soups, sandwiches, as well as hot and cold drinks. All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the Passaic County Historical Society.

The Passaic County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was founded to cultivate interest among individuals and the community-at-large in the rich history of Passaic County. To this end our museum in Lambert Castle showcases examples of the County's cultural and artistic diversity, as well as examples of the County's natural, civil, military, and ecclesiastical history. The Society also maintains a library and archive, which houses manuscripts, books and photographs of historical and genealogical interest.

Lambert Castle is located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ. For more information, call 973-247-0085 or visit www.lambertcastle.org.

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1st and 3rd Saturdays through November 2016 - Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County
Atlantic Highlands Architectural Walking Tours



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Saturdays and Sundays through December 11, 2016 - Harrison Township, Gloucester County
Game on! Exhibit

A century of sports and recreation in Harrison Township is celebrated in Game On!, a new exhibition at Mullica Hill’s Old Town Hall Museum. Over 100 photographs, artifacts, and rare movie footage of a Mullica Hill Quakers Pop Warner Midget Football Championship game in 1958 feature local teams and athletes from the early 1900s through the 21st century. Objects come from many from private collections as well as the Museum’s holdings, most of which are on exhibit for the first time.

Some of the oldest pieces in Game On! focus on the early history of baseball. Mullica Hill, Richwood, Ewan, and Ferrell all had their own teams, whose players were young men who sometimes played on more than one team just to have the opportunity to play the game.

It wasn’t until the 1940s that Little League teams began to take the place of the young men’s leagues, which gradually disappeared.  The exhibition includes photographs and uniforms from both leagues.

The Township has also been home to a number of notable athletes, including football stars and coaches Robert C. Folwell, Jr. and Jim Leonard, major league baseball player and coach, Jeff Datz, outstanding track star William “Peanut” Gaines, and legendary athlete and Clearview High School coach, Lorriane Boyd Ledden.

Clearview’s early sports history is also represented, including programs for the then newly-opened school’s first interscholastic football game, played on October 8, 1960 at Woodstown.

The exhibition opens on the 56th anniversary of that first game and continues on Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, through December 11, 2016. Admission is free. Town Hall is located at the intersection of South Main Street and Woodstown Road in the heart of Mullica Hill’s Historic District. For more information, call 856-478-4949 or visit www.harrisonhistorical.com.

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Through December 31, 2016 - Morristown, Morris County
History of NJ Diners
Children Friendly

When was the last time you ate at a diner? If you are like millions in New Jersey, the answer is not too long ago. Dubbed “the land of diners,” New Jersey’s highways and main streets are dotted with silver airstreams and neon signs of the classic American diner. Moreover, New Jersey was and still is the diner manufacturing industry’s hub. This exhibition at the Morris Museum explores the rich history of the Garden State’s favorite casual eatery through classic photographs and historical artifacts, as well as original oil paintings by Wyckoff, NJ based artist Mark Oberndorf. Admission: adults, $10; seniors and children ages 3-18 $7; children under 3, free. The Morris Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-971-3706 or visit www.morrismuseum.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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Through January 29, 2017 - Morristown, Morris County
Race to the Finish: Newspaper Coverage of Presidential Elections, 1789-2008 Exhibit

In recognition of the 2016 presidential election, the Morris County Historical Society offers the thought-provoking Race to the Finish: Newspaper Coverage of Presidential Elections, 1789-2008 through January 29, 2017 at Acorn Hall in Morristown, NJ.

Featured in the exhibit are rare, original, historic presidential newspapers from the personal collection of local historian, author, and MCHS Board of Trustees member Peter J. Tamburro, Jr. Newspaper headlines and articles illustrate the campaign promises, electoral obstacles, and political gaffes of more than 20 U.S. presidents and their rivals. See early newspaper coverage of George Washington's election through Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, and an authentic copy of the 1948 "Dewey Defeats Truman" headline of the Chicago Daily Tribune.

Complementing the newspapers are period clothing such as an 1876 dress worn to an inauguration party for President Rutherford B. Hayes, political paraphernalia including campaign buttons for Adlai Stevenson and Franklin Roosevelt, and a 1917 telegram sent by President Woodrow Wilson and other cultural artifacts - all from the extensive collections of the MCHS. The exhibit closes on January 29, 2017.

The Morris County Historical Society, founded in 1946, is a member-supported, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Its headquarters, Acorn Hall, is an Italianate Villa mansion open to the public on Wednesdays and Thursdays (11:00 am - 4:00 pm) and Sundays (1:00 - 4:00 pm). 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 Sunday, February 5 - Morristown, Morris County
Fashion for the Far East: Collecting Chinoiserie at Macculloch Hall

Like many collectors at the time, W. Parsons Todd (1877 - 1976) delighted in objects made in China and Japan and those created in Europe inspired by Asian design during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This exhibition traces the popularity among early twentieth century collectors for decorative objects made in or inspired by the East through a selection of carpets and porcelain in the Museum's collection. Objects on display will include the fine antique carpets woven in China, the Rose Medallion china made in China for export to the West, a pair of monumental Satsuma Vases urns made in Japan, and a pair of monumental vases created in an Asian style in Dresden, Germany.

Admission is $8, Adults; $6, Seniors and Students; $4, Children 6-12; and free for Members and children under 5. Macullouch Hall 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 April 28, 2017 - Trenton, Mercer County
Toy World Exhibit
Children Friendly

Bring the whole family to enjoy this fun new exhibition spotlighting the little-known history of toy manufacturing in New Jersey. Step back to another era and enjoy a bit of nostalgia with more than 100 toys made in New Jersey between 1880 and the late 1960s, during New Jersey's golden era of manufacturing. See how world events helped shape the toys produced here, from tin toys, porcelain dolls, and model trains, through the development of plastics, which ushered in little green army men, Colorforms, Suzy Homemaker ovens and more. Innovations such as the first "talking" doll, created by Thomas Edison, will also be featured.

The exhibition features a play area for children and a spot to share your favorite childhood toy memories. Randomly selected memories will be featured on the Museum's Facebook page throughout the exhibition. "Toy World" will be on view from through April 28, 2017. 

“Toy World” will be on view in the Riverside Gallery on the New Jersey State Museum's second floor. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:45 pm and closed on all State holidays. The Museum is located at 205 W State St, Trenton, NJ. For more information, visit www.statemuseum.nj.gov.

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Through June 2017 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
Presidents at the Monmouth County Shore Exhibit

One hundred years ago this September, 25,000 people gathered on the grounds of what is today Monmouth University—then a private estate called Shadow Lawn—to see Woodrow Wilson officially accept the nomination of the Democratic Party for a second Presidential run. Wilson was following a popular tradition among American Presidents to retreat to our slice of the Jersey Shore to escape the heat and hubbub of Washington. At the Eden Woolley House, this major exhibit tells the wide-ranging stories of eleven Presidents who spent time here, at the Monmouth County shore.

Mrs. Lincoln got the ball rolling
There’s a case to be made that it all started with Mary Todd Lincoln. Mrs. Lincoln travelled to Long Branch in the summer of 1861, probably at the invitation of William Newell, family friend and then supervisor of the life-saving services in New Jersey. Long Branch was already a popular resort, and national coverage of the First Lady’s visit added immeasurably to its fame and appeal.

That fame and appeal continued to draw the wealthy and influential—including the seven presidents who vacationed in resort city, starting with Ulysses Grant.

Seven Presidents in Long Branch
In 1870, a group of wealthy businessmen who summered in the Elberon section of Long Branch presented President Grant with an oceanfront cottage where he vacationed for the next 15 years. When Grant died in 1885, city officials feared the resort might lose its cachet. They needn’t have worried. Six of the next ten Presidents--Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, Harrison, McKinley, and Wilson--chose to spend time in Long Branch.

The most tragic of these Presidential visits was James Garfield’s last. Mrs. Garfield was in Long Branch recuperating from illness, when, on July 2, 1881, Garfield was shot by an assassin in the Washington train station. He was taken to the White House, where his condition worsened. In hope the sea air might help, Garfield was taken to Elberon. Famously, locals worked through the night to build the spur to carry the President’s railroad car from Elberon Station to the ocean side cottage. He died there 12 days later, September 19.

Beyond Long Branch
Long Branch was not the only Monmouth County destination of Presidents. Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, and Richard Nixon visited our area, if only, in some cases, for a political rally. And then, of course, there’s Warren Harding, whose local connection was a bit less public and a good deal more scandalous. Join us June 26 to learn the full story. The new exhibit is on view through June 2017.

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. The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is located at 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ. For more information, visit www.oceanmuseum.org.

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Sundays through June 30, 2017 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
A Revolutionary Legacy: the Cornelius Low House 275 Exhibit

The newest exhibit to open at the Middlesex County Museum exhibit delves into the history of the Low family and the role they played in the shaping of the United States. A Revolutionary Legacy: the Cornelius Low House 275 exhibit is housed inside the County’s Historic Cornelius Low House/Middlesex County Museum. 

This seven-room exhibit contains artifacts that date to the 1700s and includes handcrafted furniture from New Brunswick, paintings by artist Micah Williams, a document signed by Cornelius Low and his wife Johanna, portrait miniatures of several Low family members, and a chair that George Washington used on a visit to the New Brunswick area. These items are on loan from the DAR Jersey Blue Chapter Buccleuch Mansion, the Suffolk County Historical Society and private collections.

The Cornelius Low House/Middlesex County Museum is open on Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and is located at 1225 River Road, Piscataway, NJ. For more information, call 732-745-4177 or visit www.middlesexcountynj.gov.

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Last Sunday of the month through Fall 2017 - Woodbury, Gloucester County
White Lace and Promises: Two Centuries of Weddings Exhibit

White Lace and Promises: Two Centuries of Weddings, is the Gloucester County Historical Society Museum's most comprehensive wedding exhibit to date! This gorgeous exhibit features over 50 wedding gowns from the museum’s collection, representing the time period from the 1810’s through most of the 20th century. From the hooped dresses and bustles of the 19th century, to the many variations of gowns during the 20th century, nearly every popular wedding gown style is represented. Also showcased are bridal accessories including headpieces, veils, shoes, fans, lingerie, and jewelry. Documentation such as invitations and wedding certificates, along with beautiful photographs from many of these weddings, are also on display. This extensive exhibit will be up until fall of 2017 – do not miss it!

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. If interested in scheduling a private tour during non-public hours to see this exhibit, this may be organized for you and/or your group with advance. 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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Some event listings courtesy of the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey

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