Thursday, November 17, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 11/19/16 - 11/20/16

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Friday, November 18 - Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Princeton, Mercer County
Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey

Like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan before him, Bruce Springsteen is a pillar of American music. Springsteen has turned his guitar into an instrument of change, using it to tap into the American psyche and connect with the blue-collar man and woman through his melodies and lyrics. From his humble beginnings of rehearsing in New Jersey garages to selling out arenas around the world, Springsteen's career has spanned decades and crossed genres-and has never wavered from its upward trajectory.

This fall, Morven Museum & Garden presents Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey. Traveling from the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, this exhibition features forty photographs of the rock legend and video interviews with five of the six noted photographers: Danny Clinch, Ed Gallucci, Eric Meola, Barry Schneier, Pamela Springsteen, and Frank Stefanko. Together they revisit Springsteen's career as a frontman and songwriter, capturing his charisma and off-stage vulnerability.

The exhibition is on view from November 18, 2016 through May 21, 2017 at Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ. Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 609-924-8144 or visit www.morven.org.

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Saturday, November 19 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
André and Benedict Arnold
Children Friendly Event

Please join us for this thrilling presentation on André and his involvement with Benedict Arnold and Arnold's bride Peggy Shippen. How deeply were André and Shippen romantically involved, if at all? Did she use her friendship with André to induce a discontented Arnold to turn traitor? What became of Shippen and Arnold after they went to England?

You'll find out the answers to these questions-and more-when noted historian and popular Revolutionary War enthusiast Forrest "Woody" Burgener joins us for a most enjoyable afternoon to present John Andre, Benedict Arnold and Peggy Shippen. Tickets are $10/person, and can be reserved by email tochrisflp@aol.com, or by calling 732-748-7657.

It will be held on Saturday from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at the Wyckoff-Garretson House, located at 215 South Middlebush Road, Franklin Township, NJ. 

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Saturday, November 19 - Sparta, Sussex County
Holiday Stocking Stuffer Show and Sale


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Saturday, November 19 - Shrewsbury, Monmouth County
The Real Story of the New Jersey Devil

The story of the Jersey Devil is one of the most popular myths of New Jersey history. The problem is that everything you think you know about the Jersey Devil is wrong. It is not about a spectral winged horse demon, but rather the bare-knuckled political and religious upheavals and fights of colonial America. The real story of the Jersey Devil’s birth is far more interesting, complex and important than anyone thinks. It is a product not of witchcraft, but innuendo, scandal, rumor mongering and media hype. While a tale of early America, it could have been taken from the tabloids and internet gossip of today. On Saturday at 3:00 pm, listen to "The Real Story of the New Jersey Devil" presented by Brian Regal, PhD, at the Monmouth County Library, 1001 NJ-35, Shrewsbury, NJ. For more information, call 732-683-8980.

Brian Regal, PhD teaches the history of science, technology and medicine at Kean University. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the more esoteric realms of history. He has appeared on radio, television, blogs, and Op Ed pages around the world.

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Saturday, November 19 - Trenton, Mercer County
Deeds, Boundaries and Property Disputes in New Jersey's Early History

Land and land ownership have been integral parts of the development of New Jersey as a province and as a state. The "birth certificate" of New Jersey was a Deed of Indenture in 1664 and established a long and curious path of real property transactions that trace the history of the Garden State. Mr. Grabas has spent four decades spelunking through courthouse basements and volumes of land title documents to discover the human story hidden in those dusty old books. The story of Native Americans and how they understood the concept of land ownership; the story of young 16-year-old girl and the abuses she endured  in a small town during the American Revolution; the silk baron who had it all and lost it all while living in a castle on the mount; border wars, shipwrecks, revenue stamps, and the story of former slaves fighting for equality. All that hidden history is brought to life by Joe Grabas in Owning New Jersey. Join him on Saturday at 1:00 pm as he leads us on a journey through time and into the lives of our ancestors as they struggled for a piece of land to share in the American Dream.

Mr. Grabas is an expert in Land Title Research, having examined over 100,000 land titles in 5 States and all 21 Counties in New Jersey since 1978. His historical research focuses on Historic Land Titles, the history of the NJ Land Recording System, Free African American communities, Colonial & State Boundary development and the Colonial and Antebellum history of New Jersey. He is the award-winning author of Owning New Jersey: Historic Tales of War, Property Disputes and the Pursuit of Happiness

This illustrated lecture begins at 1:00 pm at the William Trent House. Admission is $10 for non-members and $8 for members. Complimentary light refreshments will be served.

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 19 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Logging and Firewood Cutting
Children Friendly Event & Site

Join farmers at Howell Living Farm who are using horses to skid saw logs out of the woods, and who are using oxen to haul firewood to the sap house in preparation for maple sugaring season. Visitors can help by cutting and chopping firewood, splitting locust logs into fence rails, and making barn pegs for use in our barn frame. At lunchtime, visitors can enjoy fare suitable for lumberjacks, including pancakes made with the farm's whole wheat flour...drenched in homemade maple syrup.

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 19 - Little Egg Harbor, Ocean County
InfoAge Museum, Tuckerton Wireless, and Camp Evans

On Saturday, learn about the InfoAge Museum, Tuckerton Wireless, and Camp Evans in WWI. Award-winning director Fred Carl will describe how this former military base created so many inventions for WWI and WWII. It now houses many small museums run by nonprofits. This program will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, 35 Leitz Blvd., Little Egg Harbor, NJ. For more information, call 609-294-1547 or visit www.tuckertonhistoricalsociety.org.

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Saturday, November 19 - Cape May, Cape May County
Physick Estate Christmas Tour
Family Friendly

Take a self-guided tour of Cape May's 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, decorated in authentic style for a Victorian Christmas. See how the Physick family would have entertained for the holidays. Free admission on Saturday from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. The Emlen Physick Estate is located at 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday, November 19 - Cape May, Cape May County
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Family Friendly

Come to the grounds of the Physick Estate for the Christmas tree lighting with special guests Santa Claus and Dr. Physick. Carolers will lead a sing-along, refreshments will be served, and guests may enjoy a free self-guided tour of the Physick Estate from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Santa arrives at 7:00 pm to flip the switch and light the thousands of bulbs. Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) and sponsored by Sturdy Savings Bank.For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, November 19 - 20 - 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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Saturday - Sunday, November 19 - 20 - River Edge, Bergen County
240th Anniversary of the British Invasion & American Retreat
Children Friendly Event

On November 20th, 1776, five thousand British, Hessian and Loyalist troops, under command of Lt. Gen. Lord Cornwallis, scaled the Palisades at Lower Closter Dock and marched against Fort Lee. Warned by an alert officer, the American garrison escaped entrapment by safely crossing the Hackensack River at New Bridge, now known as the Bridge That Saved a Nation, and lived to fight another day.

To mark the 240th Anniversary of the "times that try men's souls," the Bergen County Historical Society, along with the Brigade of the American Revolution, will co-sponsor a weekend of living history and scholarly presentations on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday - 7:00 pm 
Reading of the American Crisis at the Bridge
Followed by Todd Braisted, Author, Military Historian and Past President of the Bergen County Historical Society, will discuss espionage of the American Revolution.

Sunday - Event Run Time 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
10:00 am: Site opens to public
10:15 am: British Troops march to and establish "camp" at Lower Brett Park
10:15 am: American forces will establish pickets throughout New Bridge Landing
10:30 am: Meat Ration (Soldiers will be issued their meal near the camp kitchen)
11:15 am: Continental Troops that are not on picket, begin forming on the front lawn of the Steuben House. There will be a brief welcome of the public at Steuben House, begin to cross the bridge, staying on the sidewalk.
11:30 am: Rear guard arrives at New Bridge, action begins in Lower Brett Park
12:15 pm: Rations issued, lunch at the camp kitchen
1:00 pm: Children's Drill (Outwater's Militia) - in front of the Demarest House
1:30 pm: Lecture - Todd Braisted - IVNJV Formation and history of the unit
2:15 pm: A call to arms: recruitment of the loyal inhabitants in Bergen County
3:00 pm: Site closes to the public, safe travels
(On going site events - Retreat to New Bridge, Laundry impression near the kitchen, pickets, 18th century music demonstrations).

Admission: Adults $10 and students (6-22 yr) $7. BCHS members - admission free. Refreshments including cider donuts will be available. Free parking is available or take the train on the Pascack Valley line to "New Bridge Landing" train stop. Walk one block north to Historic New Bridge Landing. New Bridge Landing is located at 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. For more information, visit www.bergencountyhistory.org.

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Sunday, November 20 - Cranford, Union County
Open House

The Cranford Historical Society will have an open house from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Hanson House, 38 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, NJ. Admission is free.

The Cranford Historical Society was founded in 1927 with a mission to preserve the unique history of Cranford, New Jersey. The Society maintains the Crane-Phillips House Living Museum, an important costume collection, and archives. For more information, call 908-376-0082 or visit www.cranfordhistoricalsociety.com.

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Sunday, November 20 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Early 19th Century Thanksgiving
Family Friendly

We invite you to join us to give thanks for a bountiful harvest, the company of each other, and all the things that help to enrich our lives. We invite you then, to come and celebrate a 19th Century Thanksgiving with our family at The Historic Village at Allaire on Sunday from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. We have a special program in the chapel at 1:00 pm. 

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, November 20 - Westampton/Burlington Township, Burlington County
Harvest House Tour

On Sunday, West Hill Manor, together with Peachfield, will hold a Harvest House Tour. Both historic homes will be decorated for the fall and harvest season. Each will exhibit traditional Thanksgiving dinners - Peachfield's will be Colonial and West Hill's will be Victorian. Light refreshments will be served. Admission to both houses is $10 per person and the tours run from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

These lovely homes, each of a distinctive architectural style will be decorated for the Harvest Season. Learn about each house's amazing history, while enjoying cookies and hot beverages. On display at Peachfield will be famous Dames of the NSCDA.

Hearth cooking demonstrations will be ongoing at both houses (food sampling not included). West Hill Manor will feature a traditional Victorian dinner, including plum pudding and oyster stew. Peachfield will feature a seasonal beef soup. Begin at either house and tour both houses for $10. Cash only, no photographs please.   

West Hill, is located at 1114 Oxmead Road, Burlington Township, NJ and Peachfield is located at 180 Burrs Road, Westampton, NJ. For more information, call 609-267-6996, e-mail colonialdamesnj@comcast.net, or visit www.colonialdamesnj.org.

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Sunday, November 20 - Montclair, Essex County
Historic House Tours: Crane/YWCA & Shultz Open
Family Friendly

On Sunday you can visit ALL of the Montclair Historical Society’s properties, including the Shultz House at 30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ. This amazing gem of a house is an intact time capsule of life in the early 20th century. Wait until you see the woodwork, the Delft fireplace surround, the science equipment in the library!

You can also discover history through the “many voices” who made our community what it is today at the Crane House and Historic YWCA at 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. The people who lived, worked, and relaxed in this building tell the story of not only Montclair, but also New Jersey and nation from its early years of a fledgling country to a country embroiled in Civil Rights. While you’re here, make sure you see what’s growing at the farm, meet the chickens, and visit the Museum Shop for unique, one-of-a-kind treats.

Both houses are open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Tours of the Crane House & Historic YWCA are on the hour, last tour at 3:00 pm. Tours of the Shultz House are on the half hour, last tour 3:30 pm. Admission is $6/adult; $5/student/senior with ID; $4/child; under 2 free, good for both sites. 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 20 - Maplewood, Essex County
Explore American History with Vintage Cookbooks

So much more than just a compilation of recipes, cookbooks often represent irreplaceable heirlooms that reveal much about the lives of the society that used them. American cookbooks have been woven into the fabric of our lives since colonial times. English-speaking settlers would have carried a copy of The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy by Hannah Glasse (1747) with them on their voyage to America.

But cooks were soon flummoxed by the unfamiliar foods of the New World, and frustrated by a lack of familiar ingredients. As Americans tamed their environment and built a new country, they created cookbooks that reflected the resources and lifestyles of different eras.

At 1:30 pm on Sunday, Claire Stewart will introduce us to these and other cookbooks as an intriguing way to study American history through a slide show and an opportunity to see her collection of vintage cookbooks. A Durand-Hedden House trustee, Stewart is a professional chef who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and is now an assistant professor at City University of New York. Her new book, for Rowman and Littlefield publishers, As Long As We Both Shall Eat: A History of Wedding Food and Feasts, will appear in bookstores in spring 2017.

Also on Sunday, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. 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, the new acid-free reproduction of the charming 1931 map of Maplewood, local honey, and Original 1910 Chocolate Fudge Sauce will also be available. Open Saturdays and Sundays 12:00 - 5:00 pm.

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

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Sunday, November 20 - 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 20 - Sparta, Sussex County
Founders Day in Sparta


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Sunday, November 20 - Westfield, Union County
18th Century Thanksgiving Dinner Demonstration, Table Customs, and Manners
Family Friendly Event & Site

A special day of thanks has been part of the American tradition since 1621. On Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, members of the Miller-Cory House Museum Cooking Committee will demonstrate how a colonial-era Thanksgiving feast was prepared over the museum's open hearth fire, using period recipes and seasonal ingredients. Proper colonial dining also requires proper table customs. The program includes a presentation on early American manners, place settings, and other interesting "table top traditions." Museum docents will be available to guide visitors through the restored, fully furnished farmhouse, built in 1740. Admission is $4.00 for adults and children 13 and older, $3.00 for children ages 3 to 12, and free under age 3. The Miller-Cory House Museum is located at 614 Mountain Avenue, Westfield, NJ. For more information, call 908-232-1776 or e-mail millercorymuseum@gmail.com.

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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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