Thursday, December 8, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 12/10/16 - 12/11/16

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Friday, December 9 - Pennsauken, Camden County
2nd Annual Holiday Illumination
Children Friendly Event

On Friday from 6:30 - 9:00 pm, the Pennsauken Historical Society will hold its 2nd Annual Holiday Illumination at the Historic Burrough-Dover House. Over 140 luminaries will cast a magical glow on the old stone walls of the 306 year old house. The inside of the house will be decked out for the holidays, and the first floor will be open to visitors who will find Santa Clause perched beside the lit hearth waiting to wish all of our guests a “Merry Christmas.” Be sure to bring your camera for an AMAZING photo-op with Santa! There will be cocoa and candy canes for all. This is a FREE event. The Burrough-Dover House is located at 9201 Burrough Dover Lane, Pennsauken, NJ 08110.

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Friday, December 9 - Newton, Sussex County
Sussex County Historical Society Annual Holiday Open House

On Friday evening, visit the Hill Memorial Museum and view the oldest building continuously operating as a museum in the State of New Jersey, beautifully decorated for the holidays. The Hill Memorial Building was constructed for the Sussex County Historical Society in 1916 and dedicated June 8, 1917. The open house will take place from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Hill Memorial Museum, 82 Main Street, Newton, NJ. Free admission and refreshments. For more information, call 973-383-6010 or visit www.sussexcountyhistory.org.

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Friday and Sunday, December 9 and 11 - Brick, Ocean County
Back in Time: A Railway Christmas Tour
Children Friendly Event

The Brick Township Historical Society will sponsor its annual holiday event called "Back in Time: A Railway Christmas Tour" on Friday, December 9 from 3:00 - 7:00 pm and on Sunday, December 11 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm at its Havens Homestead Museum, 521 Herbertsville Road, Brick, NJ.

Trains throughout the museum and special decorations will add a festive atmosphere. There will be entertainment and refreshments. A Victorian Santa will be present for picture taking. Tickets are $5.00 each for adults, and children under 12 are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

The Lizzie Herbert Gift Shop will be open with holiday specials. The other three buildings will be open for viewing. Parking is in a lot 150 feet east of the museum building. The driveway can be accessed by a blue sign that says "Havens Farm." For more information, call 732-785-2500 or visit www.bricktwphistoricalsociety.com.

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Friday and Saturday, December 9 and 10 - Morris Plains, Morris County
Holidays in the Log House: The Candlelight Tour

On Friday and Saturday at 5:30 pm, explore early 20th century holiday traditions and Gustav Stickley's own ideas about the season with after-hours guided Candlelight Tours of the decorated Log House. A perennial favorite, these tours fill up quickly. Reserve your spot by buying your tickets today! Advance reservations required; space is limited. Admission: $5 for members and $12 for non-members.

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms is located at 2352 Route 10 West, Morris Plains, NJ. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 973-540-0311, e-mail education@stickleymuseum.org, or visit www.stickleymuseum.org.

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Saturday, December 10 - Atlantic City, Atlantic County
Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and their Lighthouse Elves - Crafts, Climbs, and Pizza
Children Friendly Event

Absecon Lighthouse will light up the holidays on Saturday from 11:00 am - 3:30 pm. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and their Lighthouse Elves will host kids of all ages for holiday crafts in the museum, a climb to the top to meet Santa Claus, and pizza from the award winning restaurant "Tony Boloney's." Guests will enjoy the official lighting of our Holiday Tree at 1:00 pm, and have a chance to do some holiday shopping in our charming gift shop. Tickets are just $15 for adults and $10 for kids ages 4-12 and can be reserved by calling Absecon Lighthouse at 609-449-1360. All proceeds benefit the education programs at Absecon Lighthouse.

Absecon Lighthouse is a state-owned historic property administered by the non-profit Inlet Public/Private Association. Located at 31 So. Rhode Island Avenue in Atlantic City, it is open to visitors Thursdays through Mondays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 609-449-1360 or visit www.abseconlighthouse.org.

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Saturday, December 10 - Roebling, Burlington County
Christmas In Roebling
Children Friendly

The Roebling Museum and the Roebling Garden Club are teaming together to host a magical event in the historic village of Roebling, NJ. The event will take place at the Mudeum and will include Christmas trees decorated by local organizations, businesses and churches. There will also be children's crafts and light refreshments.

There will also be hay rides through the historic village of Roebling (tickets will be available at the event). All other activities are free and no registration is required. The Roebling Museum is located at 100 2nd Avenue, Roebling, NJ. For more information, call 609- 499-7200 or visit www.roeblingmuseum.org.

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Saturday, December 10 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Paulsdale Holiday Open House

Paulsdale is open to the public for a Holiday Open House from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Paulsdale is the birthplace of Quaker suffragist Alice Paul. The home will be decorated in Quaker fashion by the Mount Laurel Garden Club and guests can peruse the gift shop,  enjoy free tours of the house, refreshments and more. Learn about Alice Paul's life and work and the site's present day use as a girl's leadership center. Admission is free.

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

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Saturday, December 10 - Trenton, Mercer County
Trenton During the American Revolution

On Saturday at 1:00 pm, hear this locally celebrated George Washington re-enactor, Samuel Davis, discussing the effects of the Revolutionary War on this area. Samuel Davis will take visitors back in time to the Revolutionary War and will share the experiences of George Washington, and show how influential Trenton was during the Revolution.

The presentation will be followed by the debut of our Revolutionary War-themed tour of the Trent House Museum! This never-before-seen tour of the Trent House will examine the House during the Revolutionary War era through the lives of its residents and local events. 

Admission: $10 non-members and $8 members. Free parking and complimentary refreshments.

About the Presenter: Samuel Davis has a great love of history and deep ties to the local community. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of New Jersey and two Master's degrees. He is a science teacher and strength coach at Trenton Central High School. His involvement in local organizations includes being a committeeman in Chesterfield, a Freemason and a member of the Sons of the American Republic. He is also passionate about history and is a re-enactor who portrays George Washington at many events and programs. He is the official "George Washington" at Princeton Battlefield and at Summerseat in Morrisville, PA, and has portrayed Washington at the Delaware River Crossing re-enactment on Christmas Day.

The 1719 William Trent House is the oldest building in our state capital. A Georgian-style manor house restored to its former glory and carefully furnished as it would have been in the early 18th century, it is located at 15 Market Street, Trenton, NJ adjacent to the Hughes Justice Complex. Ample free parking. For more information, call 609-989-0087 or visit www.williamtrenthouse.org.

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Saturday, December 10 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
The Sounds of Christmas
Children Friendly Event

On Saturday, come to the Longstreet farmhouse and visit with Rick Garland as he plays the piano for an old-fashioned sing-a-long. 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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Saturday, December 10 - Paterson, Passaic County
Candlelight Tour at Lambert Castle

On Saturday between 6:00 and 9:00 pm at Lambert Castle, the Passaic County Historical Society hosts William Paterson student and pianist William Gorman. Listen to Gorman perform Christmas music as you tour all three floors of the Castle illuminated by candlelight. This event provides you a sneak peek to this  year's holiday decorations. The tour is self-guided. Admission: adults $10, seniors $8, children $6.

The Passaic County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, 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, home of the  Passaic County Historical Society, is located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ. For more information,  call 973-247-0085 or visit www.lambertcastle.org.

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Saturday, December 10 - Rahway, Union County
Holiday Candlelight Evenings
Family Friendly

The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association will be hosting their annual Holiday Candlelight Evening Tours, Saturday from 6:00 - 9:00 pm in the museum building located at 1632 St. Georges Avenue, Rahway, NJ at the corner of Westfield Avenue.

This year, as always, the old tavern building, housing the museum, will be decorated for the holidays as it might have been circa 1800. All the rooms will be aglow in candlelight, and live period music will entertain the evening’s guests with Christmas carols and 19th century holiday melodies. This program is open to the public and all ages are welcome.

This year’s celebration will once again feature the holiday music of nationally renowned musician and singer, Linda Russell. She entertains audiences with ancient carols, interwoven with Yuletide poems, folklore and even recipes. 

Tickets are $15 at the door for adults, $12 for members and seniors, $5 for students, and children under 5 are free. All tickets can be purchased at the door. The price includes hearty appetizers, beer, wine, cider and soft drinks. All proceeds from both evenings will benefit the continued restoration and interpretation of this 18th century landmark. For more information, call 732-381-0441 or visit www.merchantsanddrovers.org.

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Saturday, December 10 - Cape May, Cape May County
43rd Annual Christmas Candlelight House Tour
Family Friendly

This self-guided walking tour, the main attraction of Cape May's festive holiday season, features homes, inns, hotels and churches decorated for the holidays, plus caroling, strolling musicians, and good old-fashioned cheer. Hospitality centers offer warm beverages and traditional treats. Includes admission to the Physick Estate and "An Old-fashioned Christmas Exhibit" in the Carroll Gallery. Limited shuttle service. The tours will be 5:30 - 8:30 pm on Saturday. Admission: Adults $30, children $20 (ages 3-12). Purchase tickets at the Emlen Physick Estate, located at 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, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday, December 10 - Camden, Camden County
Breakfast with Santa
Children Friendly

We would like to invite military families to enjoy Breakfast with Santa aboard the Battleship New Jersey on Saturday at 9:00 am. We are offering a special price of just $10 per person for military families. Enjoy a hot breakfast, a tour of the Battleship, chances to win great prizes, and meet Santa Claus! To reserve your spot or to purchase tickets, call 866-877-6262 ext. 107 or 108. For more information, visit www.battleshipnewjersey.org.

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Saturday, December 10 - Trenton, Mercer County
Glen Afton Holiday House Tour



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Saturday - Sunday, December 10 - 11 - Cape May, Cape May County
Santa's Trolley Ride
Children Friendly Event

Bring the kids to the Physick Estate on weekends for a trolley ride around Cape May with stories and songs led by Mrs. Claus. Then, Santa will greet children with a sweet in the Carriage House. Admission: Adults $10 and children (ages 3-12) $8. The ride will be on Saturday at 11:00 am, 11:45 am, 1:00 pm and 2:15 pm and Sunday at 11:45 am, 1:00 pm and 1:45 pm. Advance reservation strongly recommended. 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 - Sunday, December 10 - 11 - Hampton, Hunterdon County
Holiday Open House

Please join the Union Forge Heritage Association in celebrating the Holiday Season at the 1760 Historic Joseph Turner House and history museum. Enjoy holiday cheer and the company of family and neighbors. Hours on Saturday are 3:00 - 8:00 pm and Sunday from 1:00 - 5:00 pm. Suggested donation $10. The 1760 Joseph Turner House is located at 117 Van Syckles Road, Hampton, NJ. For more information and to RSVP, e-mail ufhanj@hotmail.com or visit www.unionforgeheritage.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, December 10 - 11 - Nutley, Essex County
Santa and Mrs. Claus at Kingsland Manor
Children Friendly Event (Ages 2-10)

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will host a holiday story time at Kingsland Manor in Nutley. Children will leave with a small token from Santa and everyone will leave with memories for years to come. Don't forget your camera! Recommended for children up to 10 years old. Admission by reservation.

Saturday - 10:00 am (suggested ages 2 -5)
Saturday - 12:00 noon (suggested ages 2 -5)
Saturday - 2:00 pm (suggested ages 5-10)
Sunday - 11:00 am (suggested ages 2-5)
Sunday - 1:00 pm (suggested ages 5-10)

Space is limited to 30 guests per session. Refreshments for children and adults. Cost: $15.00 for one parent and child. Additional adults and children, $5 each. you may reserve and pay online here.

The Kingsland Manor is located at 3 Kingsland St. Nutley, NJ 07110. For more information, call 973-661-3410, e-mail KingslandManorRestorationTrust@gmail.com, or visit www.kingslandmanor.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, December 10 - 11- Montague, Sussex County
2016 Old Fashioned Holiday Tours 
Family Friendly Event

The Montague Association for the Restoration of Community History (M.A.R.C.H.) will open the historic, holiday decorated Foster Armstrong House for free tours in December.

This year's Old Fashioned Holidays theme is "Santa on Parade" and we invite you to visit the beautifully decorated rooms of the historic Foster Armstrong House. Tours of the circa 1790s house will be held Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

The Foster Armstrong House will be filled with an assortment of antique sleds, skates, and coasters. Decorated Christmas trees will be featured in five specially adorned rooms. Santas from around the world will be  found in each part of the first floor of the Foster Armstrong house. Victorian lace handkerchiefs and teacups will adorn a special Victorian tree in our Victorian sitting room and handmade ornaments representing each era that the house has spanned will be displayed on other decorated trees. Model railroad trains will be running in the center room with their own special tree. Our annual scavenger hunt will be scattered throughout the displays for the delight of both children and adults! This year the scavenger hunt will be based on the story, "The Night Before Christmas."

Students from the Montague Elementary School Bell Choir will present a featured performance on Saturday, December 10 at 2:00 pm.

Our gift shop, The Foster General Store, will be open during tours with handmade items for sale from our historic crafters and local artisans. Also available for purchase will be a number of rare and limited edition books from our collection.

The Foster-Armstrong House is located on CR521/320 River Road, about 1 mile north of Route 206 and the Milford/Montague Bridge and within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. For more information, call 973-293-3106 or visit www.facebook.com/MontagueNJHistory.

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Saturday - Sunday, December 10 - 11 - Walpack, Sussex County
Walpack Christmas

Join the Walpack Historical Society for a "Walpack Christmas" at the Rosenkrans Museum, Main Street, Walpack Center, NJ within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The celebration and open house will take place on Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4 and  Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11 from 1:00 - 5:00.

The Rosenkrans Museum will be decorated in the old-fashioned style and refreshments will be served. The museum, a circa 1850 one and a half story frame building with eyebrow windows, was once the typical style of home in the Delaware River Valley. In addition, the Walpack Methodist Episcopal Church will be open and decorated for the holiday. The church was built in 1871 and was once the hub of religious and social activities in Walpack Township. The interior of the church was painted by an unknown artist in 1872 in the tromp-l'oeil or "fool the eye" style. The church is not heated so dress accordingly.

The event is free and the public is invited. All ages are welcome. For more information, call 973-948-4903 or visit www.walpackhistory.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, December 10 - 11 and 17 - 18 - Ringwood, Passaic County
41st Annual Victorian Christmas at Ringwood Manor

Come wander through the first floor of Ringwood Manor, beautifully decorated for the holidays! The self-guided  format allows visitors to spend as much or as little time in each room as they wish! Brochures and interpretive signs, along with our knowledgeable volunteers, will provide those interested in the history of the site with plenty of information. Just want to ohh and ahh at the gorgeous furnishings or be inspired to create you own Victorian Christmas decorations? Each room will help you instill a sense of Gilded-Age elegance to your own home! Children are given scavenger hunts and can search for a variety of interesting objects throughout the house. Crafters will have hand-made items for sale to help you buy that perfect holiday gift for your loved one!

While visiting Victorian Christmas, stop by the Carriage Barn Gallery at Ringwood Manor where theRingwood Manor Association of the Arts (RMAA) will be having a "small works"sale. The sale proceeds will help raise ​much needed funding to restore portions of the historic carriage barn roof. 

The Victorian Coffee shop will be open and selling refreshments all three weekends.

Sponsored by the Women's Club of West Milford & the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society & the Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts. $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6-12. The site will be open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm all days. Ringwood Manor is located at 1304 Sloatsburg Road, Ringwood NJ. For more information, call  973-962-2240 or visit www.ringwoodmanor.org.

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Sunday, December 11 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Christmas at Allaire
Children Friendly

Join the members of the Howell Iron Works Co as they celebrate the holiday season. Each historic home will be decorated according to a different Christmas traditions. As visitors explore the village they will learn how our holiday traditions developed. There will be story telling in the Enameling Building, Horse and Wagon rides, silhouette cutting demonstrations, music programs in the Historic Chapel, hearth cooking demonstrations, craft demonstrations and much more. St. Nicholas will be wandering the village giving out candy canes to the good boys and girls. This is a wonderful family friendly activity!

You can also bring your holiday cards to be sent from the historic post office located in the General Store. Bring your addressed envelopes with a stamp, and they will receive a special Allaire cancellation showcasing a historic building. Here are just a few of our activities taking place:

Interactive music program in the Chapel: 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm
Story Telling in the Enameling Building: 12:30 and 1:30 pm
Silhouette Cuttings in the Visitor Center: 12:00 - 3:00 pm
St. Nicholas and Carolers will be wandering the village from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
The General Store and Bakery will be open from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Horse and Wagon rides begin in front of the General Store: 12:00 - 3:00 pm  (additional cost)

The event runs from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission: $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for children under the age of 12. Horse and Wagon rides are an additional fee of $7 adults, $5 children under 12 years old. The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park at 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. Tickets are available at the gate or can be purchased through their web site. For more information, call 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.

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Sunday, December 11 - Montclair, Essex County
2nd Sunday Family Funday: Holiday Happiness!
Children Friendly Event

Bring your kids to both our historic homes for special holiday fun. Story Time and Ornament Making at the Crane House and Historic YWCA. Tours at the Crane House and Historic YWCA, which talk about holiday traditions of the past, at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm. The Crane House and Historic WYCA is located at 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ.

At the Shultz House, DJ MAC (Michael Cumella) will bring his 100+ year old horned gramophones for a day of lo-fi antique musical entertainment. MAC will be playing 78 rpm records from his own collection PLUS records from a secret stash of 78s found in the Shultz House that have not been played for 100 years! Come in period attire and enjoy the immersive sounds of these crank-up talking machines. Tours at the Shultz House at 1:30 and 2:30 pm. The Shultz House will close to the public at 3:30 pm for our Secret Speakeasy Event. The Shultz House is located at 30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ.

Admission for family day is $10/family. Family membership gets you in free! For more information, call 973-744-1796 or visit www.montclairhistorical.org.

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Sunday, December 11 - Maplewood, Essex County
Celebrate the Holiday Season at Durand-Hedden
Children Friendly Event

Celebrate the season at the Durand-Hedden House & Garden on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm with gingerbread houses, a paper ornament activity, treats, and shopping. Gingerbread House Contestants must enter by Friday, December 9. Visit www.DurandHedden.org for details and to enter. Kids, families, and adults are welcome. Note that we have a Little Ones category this year. Children can also visit with our Victorian Santa on the Sunday – be sure to have your camera ready. 

The creative entries of the 2016 Durand-Hedden Gingerbread House competition will be on display as well as on December 17 and 18 (at the Country Store) and at the Hilton Library December 19 through January 17. 

Holiday shopping at the Durand-Hedden Country Store
The Country Store has special inexpensive gifts for family, friends and teachers, while benefiting the Durand-Hedden House. The historic-themed selection includes such items as 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, and the new acid-free reproduction of the charming 1931 map of Maplewood.

Durand-Hedden House is dedicated to telling the history of the development of Maplewood, 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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Sundays through January 8, 2017 - Morristown, Morris County
Christmas Through the Centuries

During this holiday season, take a nostalgic look back at how Christmas was celebrated through the centuries by visiting Acorn Hall, headquarters of the Morris County Historical Society. From now through Sunday, January 8, 2017, enjoy sparkling trees, garlands, and wreaths throughout the mansion complemented by dresses, toys, photos, and historic newspapers featured in the current exhibit Race to the Finish: Newspaper Coverage of Presidential Elections, 1789-2008. This year's decorating highlights include a lavish "Lincoln Christmas" display in the Dining Room featuring Acorn Hall's "famous" upside-down Christmas tree, a 1920s celebration in the Front Parlor, and recollections of the WWII era in the Library. A spotlight will be placed on an Epstein's Department Store display in the Music Room, featuring Christmas store-front window items and memorabilia certain to bring back memories of the Morristown landmark. 

The seasonal decorations are on view Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, and by appointment. Closed Christmas and New Year's Day. The regular admission to tour Acorn Hall and the exhibit is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students, and Free for children under age 12 and MCHS members. 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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Sunday, December 11 - Woodstown, Salem County
Nancy Webster Presenter for Historical Society Program

The Salem County Historical Society has announced that Nancy Webster will be the speaker for their December Quarterly Meeting. Webster is Curator of the Friends' Historical Association based at Haverford College and Honorary Curator of the Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College.

She has researched and recorded many historical sites for both the Pennsylvania and National Historic Registers. Webster's presentation will discuss Quaker religious policy during the American Revolution and will be held on Sunday at Friends Village in Woodstown, New Jersey at 1:30 pm. The public is invited to enjoy this free educational program. For more information, call 856-935-5004 or visit www.salemcountyhistoricalsociety.com.

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Sunday, December 11 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
Candlelight Christmas Tours

During the course of the American Revolution, help came to the American colonies from foreign countries and foreign folk. France was in important contributor to our achieving independence success, in both men and monies, and Spain and the Netherlands helped in different ways. Pulaski and Kosciuszko from Poland, von Steuben from Prussia (Germany today), and even Thomas Paine of Great Britain were extremely important linchpins in our march from Lexington and Concord through Yorktown.

These peoples and countries will be highlighted, along with their own Christmas customs, during the annual Candlelight Holiday Tours at Rockingham being held on Sunday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. The tours, for which advanced reservations are required, include information on 18th-century Christmas traditions and revolve around a special theme rather than the regular house tour As visitors pass from room to room with tidbits of 18th-century holiday practices dancing in their heads, they will also hear pieces of our state's story, half-century by half-century along with Rockingham's story during the same period.

Come, enjoy, laugh and learn as you wend your way through Rockingham with the lilt of an English flute following you, courtesy of John Burkhalter of Practitioners of Musick, and docents of the Montgomery High School Live Historians Club leading and enlightening you. Then, partake of holiday goodies and warm drink in the Children's Museum and visit our Museum Store to shop for items such as period toys, our own Rockingham honey, books, quills and tricorn hats.

Advance tour reservations are REQUIRED for admission with a suggested donation of $8 per person and must be made by calling 609-683-7136. Tours will be offered at least every half-hour with the last tour beginning at 3:30 pm.

Rockingham is located at 84 Laurel Avenue, Franklin Township, NJ between Route 518 in Rocky Hill and Route 27 in Kingston. For more information, call 609-683-7132 or visit www.rockingham.net.

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Sunday, December 11 - 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, December 11 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
Do we know about the real Charles Lee?

In November 1774, a pamphlet to the "People of America" was published in Philadelphia and London. It forcefully articulated American rights and liberties and argued that the Americans needed to declare their independence from Britain. The author of this pamphlet was Charles Lee, a former British army officer turned revolutionary, who was one of the earliest advocates for American independence. Lee fought on and off the battlefield for expanded democracy, freedom of conscience, individual liberties, human rights, and for the formal education of women.

Renegade Revolutionary: The Life of General Charles Lee is a vivid new portrait of one of the most complex and controversial of the American revolutionaries. Lee's erratic behavior and comportment, his capture and more than one year imprisonment by the British, and his court martial after the battle of Monmouth in 1778 have dominated his place in the historiography of the American Revolution. This book retells the story of a man who had been dismissed by contemporaries and by history. Few American revolutionaries shared his radical political outlook, his cross-cultural experiences, his cosmopolitanism, and his confidence that the American Revolution could be won primarily by the militia (or irregulars) rather than a centralized regular army. By studying Lee's life, his political and military ideas, and his style of leadership, we gain new insights into the way the American revolutionaries fought and won their independence from Britain.

Stay afterward and enjoy refreshments and purchase Dr. Papas' book. Registration is open and limited to the first 50 guests as space is limited. Doors will open at 1:45 pm for this 2:00 pm program.

Phillip Papas earned his BA and MA in History from Hunter College (CUNY) and his PhD in History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is currently Senior Professor of History at Union County College in Cranford, New Jersey, and the author of That Ever Loyal Island: Staten Island and the American Revolution (2007, NYU Press) and Renegade Revolutionary: The Life of General Charles Lee (2014, NYU Press) which earned Honorable Mention for the 2015 Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award and for the 2015 Book Award from the American Revolution Round Table of Richmond, Virginia.

This is a free event sponsored by the Heritage Trail Association, but reservations are required as space is limited. The Van Horne House is located at 941 East Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ. Parking is available at Target or at the Patriots Ballpark. For more information and to register, call 732-356-8856 or visit www.heritagetrail.org.

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Sunday, December 11 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Blacksmith Demonstration
Children Friendly

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, December 11 - Titusville, NJ and Washington Crossing, PA
Washington Crossing the Delaware: Dress Rehearsal
Children Friendly Event

Each December, thousands gather on the banks of the Delaware River to watch the reenactment of George Washington’s daring Christmas Day 1776 river crossing. During the event, several hundred reenactors in Continental military dress listen to an inspiring speech by Washington and then row across the river in replica Durham boats.

The public has two opportunities to view the reenactment. The first is on Sunday, December 11, 2016 when the park will hold a full dress rehearsal from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (actual crossing at 1:00 pm).

During the dress rehearsal, hundreds of troops row across the river in uniform just as they do during the annual Christmas Day crossing. In addition, special colonial-era activities and demonstrations throughout the historic village provide families with a full day of fun and learning – a great way to see the reenactment if you can’t make it on December 25, 2016.

Cost to attend the dress rehearsal on the Pennsylvania side is $8 for adults, $4 for children age five to 11, and free for those under five. Proceeds from the dress rehearsal support future programs in the park. There is no cost to watch the crossing from the New Jersey side in Titusville.

The annual Christmas Day crossing will take place from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm on December 25, 2016 (actual crossing at 1:00 pm). The Christmas Day crossing is free.

River crossings are contingent upon safe conditions for participants. However, even if conditions do not allow for crossing, ceremonies, speeches, and commemorative activities still occur. It is recommended that visitors arrive before 1:00 pm on Christmas Day to ensure a good place along the viewing line.

Washington Crossing Park is located at the intersection of Routes 32 and 532 in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.washingtoncrossingpark.org.

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Sunday, December 11 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
Seasonal Traditions at East Jersey Old Town Village
Children Friendly Event

The Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage invites you to experience it all as it hosts its “Seasonal Traditions” holiday program at East Jersey Old Town Village in Piscataway. Tour the magnificent historic buildings including a school house, tavern, wheelwright shop, church, and homes of early settlers from Raritan Valley. Enjoy festive decor and antique decorations, as well as landmark exhibits including Raritan Landing. Stroll the candlelit Village, savor a cup of hot apple cider around the fire-pit, and listen to the sounds of traditional carols. ​These special events, all free of charge, will be held at the Village from 1:00 - 6:00 pm on Sunday.

Scheduled activities include:  
Children’s Craft Session: 1:00 - 6:00 pm
Fun for children of all ages! Make paper chain garlands and color festive holiday cards with the Piscataway Girl Scouts. Create gingerbread door hangers, along with other winter-themed crafts. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Proclamation Reading: 2:00 pm
Mayor Brian C. Wahler will read a proclamation celebrating the 350th anniversary of the founding of Piscataway Township.

Horse and Carriage Rides:  2:00 - 6:00 pm
Departing from East Jersey Old Town, guests may take a ride back to the 19th century, and enjoy the views of Johnson Park from a horse-drawn carriage. 

Music by Mary Roth: 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Singer-songwriter Mary Roth will perform songs related to Hanukah and other aspects of Jewish culture. Roth is an accomplished musician who will incorporate the dulcimer and the bouzouki in her performance at the Indian Queen Tavern. Roth will sing in Hebrew, Yiddish, and English. 

Tales by David Emerson: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Enjoy winter stories on the center green, including anecdotes about the origins of holiday customs, the popularity of the Christmas tree, the Victorian "invention" of modern Christmas, and tales about "the most wonderful time of the year."

Songs of Christmas by Spiced Punch: 5:00 - 6:00 pm
The vocal quartet Spiced Punch will perform traditional Christmas carols, while costumed in reproduction 19th-century garb. The group features David Emerson, Stacy Roth, Marianne Tucker and Tom Tucker, performing on strings, recorders, tin whistles and concertinas. 

Refreshments will be served from 4:00 - 5:00 pm. Registration is required for each activity. Please call 732.745.3030, ext. 310. Guests may choose to register for any combination of the day’s programs. The Village will open at 1:00 pm and a guided tour will be given at 1:30 pm.

East Jersey Old Town Village is located at 1050 River Road, Piscataway, NJ inside Johnson Park. This program is offered free of charge, but registration is required. To register online, send an e-mail to culturalandheritage@co.middlesex.nj.us.

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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 December 31, 2016 - Tuckerton, Ocean County
Festival of Trees
Children Friendly Site

Roll out the holly and sharing in some holiday cheer at Tuckerton Seaport's Festival of Trees. The Festival of Trees will feature dozens of trees, each one decorated for a local nonprofit organization with a unique theme. Open 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. General admission: adults $8, seniors $6, ages 5-12 $5, under five free and Seaport members free. The Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen's Museum is located at 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ. For more information, call 609-296-8868 or visit www.tuckertonseaport.org.

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Saturdays and Sundays through January 8, 2017 - Princeton, Mercer County
Festival of Trees

Morven Museum and Garden's annual Festival of Trees has become a must-see Princeton holiday tradition. Enjoy the museum’s elegant galleries decorated for the holidays and adorned with trees artfully decorated by local businesses, garden clubs, and non-profit organizations.

This year’s Festival of Trees museum decorators include: Contemporary Garden Club, Dogwood Garden, Garden Club of Princeton, Keris Tree Farm & Christmas Shop, Jazams, McCarter Theater, Princeton Public Library, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Stony Brook Garden Club, VanDerveer Design, West Trenton Garden Club, and Morven Museum & Garden.

No reservations necessary. Morven is open to the public on Wednesdays through Sundays from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Morven Museum & Garden is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Admission $10, $8 for Seniors, and special pricing for families during Festival of Trees, $15 per group. Friends of Morven, free. Please note that during the Festival of Trees in December and early January, no formal tours are given, but docents are available to answer any questions. Morven Museum and Garden is located at 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ. For more information, call 609-924-8144 or visit www.morven.org.

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Through January 15, 2017 - Trenton, Mercer County
William E. Pedrick (1868-1927), Survey of the Artist Exhibit

View "William E. Pedrick (1868-1927), Survey of the Artist Exhibit" at the Trenton City Museum, Ellarslie in Cadwalader Park, Trenton, NJ through January 15, 2017.

Born in Mount Holly, William Everitte Pedrick's life was cut tragically short at age 59 when he was killed on his way to work in an automobile accident, leaving behind an enormous portfolio of work that celebrated the personalities and events of the City of Trenton. Well-known throughout Trenton in his day, his paintings hung in the State Capitol, City Hall, the Courthouse, and other public buildings as well as regimental armories, colleges, museums, and courtrooms in other cities.

After studying at the National Academy of Design in New York and attending the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, he came back to New Jersey and set up a studio at the Masonic Temple in Trenton. There he created caricatures of notable local politicians and personalities that graced the pages of the Trenton Sunday Advertiser and his own Acme Magazine. While portrait painting was his favorite branch of art, he was also a well accomplished landscape artist, specializing in scenes depicting the role that Trenton played during the American Revolution. An amateur historian, he thoroughly researched his subjects and never shrunk from pointing out the inaccuracies of famous paintings, most notably Emanuel Leutze's epic "Washington Crossing the Delaware."

A founder of the Trenton Arts Society and the Trenton Art Alliance, he strove to make an art museum possible in the City of Trenton. As an organizer of the Trenton Fair Art Club, he helped choose a painting of an outstanding artist each year to be placed in the municipal collection with the goal of making Trenton a place of recognition in the world of art.

The exhibit is being guest-curated by Laura M. Poll, Archivist at the Trentoniana Collection, Trenton Free Public Library. Paintings are being loaned to the exhibit by the Trenton Free Public Library and The Old Barracks Museum, among others.

The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion is located within Cadwalader Park, Trenton, NJ. For more information, call 609-989-3632 or visit www.ellarslie.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 Friday, 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 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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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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