Thursday, December 1, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 12/3/16 - 12/4/16

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, December 3 - Haledon, Passaic County
Book Talk with Tula Connell, author of Conservative Counterrevolution

On Saturday at 2:00 pm, the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark proudly welcomes the general public to a book reception and signing event with author Tula Connell, Ph.D. Dr. Connell will discuss her recently published book, Conservative Counterrevolution: Challenging Liberalism in 1950s Milwaukee (University of Illinois Press, 2016) and will answer questions. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.  Light refreshments will be served.

In Conservative Counterrevolution, Tula Connell explores how the clash between political conservatives and champions of liberalism in 1950s Milwaukee shaped a city and helped redefine postwar American politics nationwide. Dr. Connell shows how far-right conservatives created a 50-year game plan that was driven by an all-out assault on unions and opposition to civil rights.

Tula Connell is a labor writer and historian. She worked in labor communications for more than 25 years and currently is Senior Communications Officer at the Solidarity Center, an international labor rights organization.

Tours of the Museum will be available and the Museum Store will be open for browsing and shopping. The Botto House National Landmark, home of the American Labor Museum, is located at 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, NJ. It was the meeting place for over 20,000 silk mill workers during the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike. The Museum's hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm or by appointment. For more information, call 973-595-7953, e-mail labormuseum@aol.com, or visit www.labormuseum.net.

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Saturday, December 3 - Cape May, Cape May County
Wassail Day at Historic Cold Spring Village
Children Friendly

Historic Cold Spring Village opens its Homespun Holidays season with Wassail Day on Saturday from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. The Village paths come alive with the sounds and smells of wintertime at this free event. Select buildings will also be open where guests can enjoy hot beverages and treats served by historical interpreters in period clothing. Visitors can meet Father Christmas in the Country Store from 12:00 - 2:00 pm and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride throughout the festively decorated Village grounds for a small fee. Guests can also enjoy live holiday music and light refreshments at the Dennisville Inn.

Historic Cold Spring Village is located on Route 9, three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern end of the Garden State Parkway. For more information, call 609-898-2300, ext. 10 or visit the Village www.hcsv.org.

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Saturday, December 3 - Cape May Court House, Cape May County
The Spirits of Christmas Ghost Tour

The spirits of Christmas are alive and well and celebrating inside the rooms of the Museum of Cape May County. Why not join us Saturday for a tour of this nationally-recognized historic home and catch the Christmas "spirits."

Our legions of ghosts and spirits have celebrated the holidays inside this home since 1704 and this year will be no exception. Come explore the rooms of the Cresse-Holmes house and meet the spirited children who run our halls, a small child who tags along on every tour and a man who stays in the basement with his tools hammering away while mumbling about visitors who pass through.

There's a group of men in the dining room who gather to toast the holiday and there really is a party going on in the second floor Victorian music room. Even Lily, the woman who stands near the vintage Symphonian, is in a holiday mood. Right next door, however, in the colonial bedroom, a young mother paces back and forth while she looks out the window for the doctor. Her infant in the cradle has a high fever and she is afraid her baby will die before the doctor arrives and tends her child this cold December night. And the list of other worldly visitors who tell their tales of Christmases past goes on and on.

Two award-winning journalists will tell the chilling tales of their experiences with the museum's resident spirits. Members of Morning Star Paranormal will also be on hand to demonstrate the equipment that documents the paranormal phenomena that haunts the historic house.

This tour will take place promptly at 6:00 pm on Saturday evening. Admission to the haunted holiday is $10 per person. Space on the tour is limited so reservations are required. For additional information or to make your reservation, please contact the Museum of Cape May County at 609-465-3535 or visit www.cmcmuseum.org.

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Saturday, December 3 - Trenton, Mercer County
Holiday Open House and Greens Sale
Children Friendly Site

On Saturday from 12:30 - 4:00 pm, tour the magnificent 1719 Trent House Museum, decorated for the holidays by the talented members of the Garden Club of Trenton. The Trent House Museum Shop features special items and seasonal gifts. Seasonal refreshments will be provided for our guests all afternoon in the Carriage House/Visitor Center.

Beautifully designed table arrangements and decorated wreaths will be for sale, created by the Garden Club of Trenton. Cut Christmas trees, undecorated wreaths and loose fresh magnolia branches will also be available for sale and awaiting your own creative touch. Event proceeds will benefit the curatorial work and educational programming of the non-profit Trent House Association.

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 3 - Fair Lawn, Bergen County
Dutch Christmas
Children Friendly

Garretson Forge and Farm will its annual Dutch Christmas celebration on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, replete with Sinter Klaas, baked goods, craft tables, and craft demonstrations. Admission is free. The Garretson, one of the oldest historic sites in Bergen County, was home to six generations of the Garretson family and remains a rare surviving example of simple farming life that was prevalent in the 1700s and 1800s. The Forge and Farm are located at 4-02 River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ. For more information, call 551-206-4380 or 201-797-7545 or visit www.garretsonfarm.org.

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Saturday, December 3 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Christmas on the Farm
Children Friendly Event & Site

St. Nick, his elves and a jingling sleigh loaded with cookies, coal and holiday cheer will arrive at Howell Living History Farm on Saturday, highlighting an all-day program, "Christmas on the Farm."

The celebration begins at 10:15 am, when children can climb aboard a horse-drawn work wagon for a ride to the woods to cut down a Christmas tree. All children will be given a chance to take a turn helping farmers cut the tree with a 2-man saw. Afterwards, all visitors can help decorate the tree with ear corn, pinecones and other natural ornaments. Helpers will be treated to hot apple cider and cookies.

St. Nick's sleigh will descend from the Farm's northern slopes at 12:30 pm. Its white-bearded navigator will check Christmas lists and give out treats (or coal, as the case may be) until 3:00 pm.

Gift baskets, wreaths and other items will be available for sale in the Visitor Center gift shop. Featured will be handmade gifts and ornaments crafted by the Pleasant Valley Stitchers. Howell Farm is also an official drop off site for Toys for Tots. Share the gift of giving by bringing an unwrapped toy to the farm.

The farm barn yard will be closed beginning Sunday, December 4 and will reopen Saturday January 28 for the ice harvest program. The visitor center gift shop will remain open beginning Tuesday, December through Friday, December 23 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

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, December 3 - Cape May, Cape May County
Christmas Traditions Lecture

Learn how Prince Albert brought Christmas traditions to England from Germany when he married Queen Victoria, and how these traditions spread to America in this richly illustrated lecture at the Episcopal Church of the Advent located at the corner of Franklin and Washington Streets in Cape May, NJ. Much of what we associate with the celebration of Christmas comes from the Victorian era, including Christmas trees, Christmas cards, Christmas carols and our image of Santa Claus. Admission is $10. The lecture will be held Saturday at 2:00 pm. 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 3 - 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 3 - Trenton, Mercer County
British Occupation of the Old Barracks
Family Friendly

Come to the Old Barracks this December as the 17th Regiment of Infantry returns as they first did in December 1776! This event will commemorate the occupation of Trenton by British troops just weeks prior to the Battle of Trenton, and offer visitors a view into this often misrepresented side of American history.

Throughout the day on Saturday, visitors to the Old Barracks will meet reenactors of the 17th Regiment of Infantry as they portray the daily lives of British soldiers. These men will drill, perform musket demonstrations, cook over the outdoor camp kitchen, sew winter clothing, and more in this unique event that will show a side of the Revolutionary War not often seen before.

Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and free for active duty military personnel, members of the Old Barracks Association, and children 5 and under. The site will be open from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. The Old Barracks Museum is located at 101 Barrack St, Trenton, NJ. For more information, call 609-396-1776 or visit www.barracks.org.

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Saturday, December 3 - Salem, Salem County
29th Annual Yuletide Open House Tour


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Saturday, December 3 - Pemberton Township, Burlington County
Events at Whitesbog - Volunteer Work Day & Village Tour
Family Friendly

Volunteer Work Day: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Come out and join our volunteers in outdoor or indoor projects at Whitesbog Village. You can choose from helping to clear trails and garden paths or helping to organize our office cottage supplies for events! Both get you lunch in the General Store classroom and time to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings! For more information on volunteering regularly, visit www.whitesbog.org/volunteer.
                                                                
 Whitesbog Village History Tour: 1:00 pm 
Stroll the Historic Village, learn about Whitesbog's role in history and visit Suningive, the worker's cottage, and other museums and buildings that speak to Whitesbog's heritage. $5 donation/person. Advance reservations requested but not required. Please call 609-893-4646. This is a great opportunity to step inside and learn the history of Whitesbog, cranberry farming and the importance of the village to the birth of the cultivated blueberry.

Historic Whitesbog Village is located at 120 North Whites Bogs Road, Browns Mills, NJ. It is located at mile marker 13 on County Route 530 (Pemberton Township). For more information, call 609-893-4646, e-mail WhitesbogPreservationTrust@gmail.com or visit www.whitesbog.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, December 3 - 4 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
Holiday Weekend

Christmas season has always been a highlight of the Township of Ocean Museum calendar. For 25 years, we filled the auditorium of the old Oakhurst School the first weekend in December with exhibits, trains, crafts, and handmade goodies. We continued the tradition in our new home, transforming the Woolley House into a holiday showcase for two days each December.

On Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, the museum holds its 32nd Holiday Weekend. Model trains and Christmas collections fill the Our Town Gallery. On the porch, the Ocean Township Garden Club sells freshly made wreaths. The Hearth and Home Gallery is emptied to make way for an expanded Museum Shop and Bakery stocked full of homemade treats and one-of-a-kind gifts hand-crafted by Museum quilters. Children search the house for hidden nutcrackers in a "Holiday Hunt." Sunday afternoon, the winning quilt raffle ticket is drawn. All this is followed by the lighting of the Township Christmas Tree on the Museum grounds Sunday at 4:30 pm.

And, as is also our custom, the Holiday Weekend coincidences with the premiere of new mini exhibit-this year, "Remembering Ross Fenton Farm." Ross Fenton Farm was the storied nightclub that flourished on Deal Lake in Wanamassa the first half of the 20th century. The new exhibit features photos and artifacts, video of Charlie and Mabel themselves, and an exploration of the music and celebrities featured at the Farm.

Join us to learn more, shop local, and start the season in style. Recommended donations: adults, $3; children, free. Those paying their 2016 membership dues at the door are admitted free. The museum 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 Eden Woolley House is located at 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ. For more information, call 732-531-2136 or visit www.oceanmuseum.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, December 3 - 4 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Ribbons & Canes, Historical Holiday Candy & Craft
Children Friendly Event

Walnford is a perfect historical setting to explore the origins of some of our holiday traditions. We will share information about some of the sweet treats associated with Christmas while you make a simple paper stocking to hold your candy from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.


While there, visit 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, December 3 - 4 - Morristown, Morris County
Holly Walk
Family Friendly Event

Holly Walk returns to Morris County just in time for the holidays. The event has been expanded and will now take place on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. This year the historic sites that will be open and decorated for Christmas are: 

The Ford Mansion at Morristown National Historical Park (Saturday and Sunday)
The Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall (Saturday and Sunday)
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum and Gardens (Saturday and Sunday)
The Schuyler-Hamilton House (Saturday only)
The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms (Saturday only).
Each site will offer special programming created just for Holly Walk weekend, and their gift shops will be fully stocked with unique items for holiday shoppers.

Advanced sale tickets are now on sale for $30 per person. They may be purchased at the office of the Morris County Tourism Bureau, 6 Court Street, Morristown or online. Additionally, tickets may be purchased for $35 during the event, but at Macculloch Hall only (cash or check). Children 12 and under FREE.

Morristown National Historical Park's Program Schedule for Saturday
* 10:00 am - Special Viewing of Park Film with Q&A Panel Afterwards
Join us for a special big screen, full length showing of the park’s film in the Washington’s Headquarters Museum Auditorium. Immediately following will be a panel Q&A.
Panel will include film’s director Bob Szuter, 2nd New Jersey Liaison Steve Santucci, and park rangers Tom Winslow and Eric Olsen
* 11:00 am - 4:00 pm - Open House at the Ford Mansion
* 5:00 - 6:00 pm - NPS Centennial Illumination
As the NPS Centennial draws to a close, Morristown NHP will honor the past 100 years of National Park Service history with a special luminary display on the front lawn of the Ford Mansion.

Morristown National Historical Park's Program Schedule for Sunday
* 11:00 am - 4:00 pm - Open House at the Ford Mansion
* 11:00 am to 4:00 pm - Book Signing with Author Elizabeth Cobb 

Author Elizabeth Cobb will do a book signing of her novel, The Hamilton Affair, in the first floor hallway of the Ford Mansion.

For more information about Holly Walk, including how to purchase tickets and program details at the other historic sites, please visit https://www.morristourism.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, December 3 - 4 - Bedminster, Somerset County
14th Annual Colonial Christmas
Family Friendly Event

Step back in time (to the winter of 1778-79) and visit Bedminster’s historic Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum on Saturday and Sunday when it opens its wreath-clad doors for the fourteenth annual Colonial Christmas show house and tour for two consecutive weekends.

The fundraiser features: tours of the museum, which will be decorated for the holidays by Angelone’s Florist, of Raritan; Bedminster Florist; Classic Home & Garden, of Far Hills; and Design Consultants, of Bedminster; holiday shopping with boutique merchants and artisans; Colonial musicians, re-enactors and crafters; caroling; military demonstrations; Clydesdale-drawn wagon rides; a live reindeer program on opening day; Santa visits on Sundays; and gingerbread house workshops both weekends.

Schedule of Events
Saturday, December 3              
10:00 am - 4:00 pm              
* House Tours
* Holiday Shopping
* Colonial Re-Enactors & Crafters
* 13 Skeletons by Outdoor Impressions, Inc.
11:00 am - 1:00 pm 
* The Enslows perform Colonial American Christmas Music
12:00 - 3:00 pm
* Clydesdale-drawn wagon rides courtesy of Willow Grove Farm

Sunday, December 4                 
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
* House Tours
* Holiday Shopping
* Colonial Re-enactors
* Chocolate Making with Susan Plaisted
* 13 Skeletons by Outdoor Impressions, Inc.
12:00 pm
* Gingerbread house workshop for children accompanied by an adult, courtesy Ms. Gail’s Kids Cooking (Pre-registration required. Visit www.jvanderveerhouse.org or call 908-396-6053)
1:00 - 3:00 pm 
* Santa Visit
3:00 - 4:00 pm
* Bernards High School Madrigals Performance

Admission is $10 (children 12 and under, free). The house is open from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 3055 River Road (in Bedminster’s River Road Park), Bedminster, NJ. The entrance to the house is via River Road Park. For more information, call 908-396-6053 or visit www.jvanderveerhouse.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, December 3 - 4 and 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 Saturdays and Sundays, December 3/4 and 10/11 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."

There will also be two special musical presentations. Singers from "Harmony in Motion" will be caroling on Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 pm and 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 3 - 4 - Montclair, Essex County
Holiday House Tours
Children Friendly

Tours at the Montclair Historical Society, 108 Orange Road and the Charles Shultz House-Evergreens, 30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday as part of the Essex County Holiday House tour. See the houses bedecked in their holiday finery. These special tours incorporate the holiday traditions as well as the stories of the houses and the people who lived there. Begin at the Nathaniel Crane House where less “foppery” reigned in the early 18th century, see the Crane House & Historic YWCA decorated by the Garden Club of Montclair, and then cozy up in our hearth kitchen to learn about holiday food traditions. Move forward in history to the 19th century at the Shultz House to see Molly Shultz’s own collection of Christmas decorations, antique toys, and children’s book exhibit. 

Suggested donation: $5 per family. Members free! For more information, call 973-744-1796 or visit www.montclairhistorical.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, December 3 - 4 and 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 3 - 4, 10 - 11, & 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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Saturday - Sunday, December 3 - 4 - Jefferson Township, Morris County
Christmas in the Village
Children Friendly

The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlain House, will reopen for the "Christmas in the Village" celebration. Opening hours for the Museum Christmas Weekend are 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on Saturday and 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm on Sunday. "Jack Frost" is the theme of this year's decorations. Come see the sparking, icicle filled rooms of our Museum. The Christmas celebration is the only time the antique harmonium in the parlor is played. The museum is decorated by members of the Museum Garden Club and the Jefferson Township Historical Society. Docents dressed in period costumes will be on hand, and hot mulled cider will be served outside by the pot-bellied stove on the banks of the brook. Mrs. Santa Claus will be making an appearance. Admission to the museum is free. The Jefferson Township Museum is located at 315 Dover-Milton Road, Jefferson, NJ. Be sure to visit Miss Elizabeth's Shoppe located in the original kitchen of the museum, where small antiques, collectibles, handmade and handcrafted items will be offered for sale for your holiday shopping. For more information, call 973-697-0258 or visit www.jthistoricalsociety.org.

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Sundays, December 4 and 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 4 - Westampton, Burlington County
Holiday Tea at Peachfield

Peachfield will again be decorated for the holidays and the New Jersey Colonial Dames will serve their tea specialties of  the season at our annual holiday tea. Come and join us as we gather around the hearth with a warming fire and sample our favorite repasts.

Advance admission: $18 per adult, $9 per child under 15 years. Reservations paid in advance are strongly recommended. Peachfield is located at 180 Burrs Road, Westampton, NJ. For more information, call 609-267-6996 or visit www.colonialdamesnj.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 4 - Cape May, Cape May County
A Dickens Christmas Extravaganza "Scarlett Fever: Margaret Mitchell and Gone with the Wind"

Dr. Elliot Engel examines the wild popularity of this classic American novel on the 80th anniversary of its publication in 1936, and reveals how the author's actual life experiences form the basis of the book's enduring appeal on Sunday at 7:30 pm. This lecture will be held at the Cape May Stage Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Lafayette & Bank Streets in Cape May, NJ. Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information or for tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

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Sunday, December 4 - East Amwell, Hunterdon County
4th Annual Holiday House Tour


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Sunday, December 4 - 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 4 - South River, Middlesex County
Open House

Stop by the South River Historical & Preservation Society on Sunday from 1:30 - 3:30 pm and view exhibits on all aspects of Borough history including: schools; churches and houses of worship; local businesses and organizations; daily life; events and celebrations; and more. While you are there, see the cemetery located behind the building, ask questions, drop off donations, or exchange hometown stories with the docents. The museum is located at 64-66 Main Street, South River. For more information, visit http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njsrhps/museum.html.

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Sunday, December 4 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
The Sounds of Christmas
Children Friendly Event

On Sunday, celebrate the holidays by visiting the beautiful Longstreet farmhouse at Holmdel Park. Enjoy the welcoming warmth of this historic home with the backdrop of wistful music as Larry Mosser and Mary Nagen play Christmas carols on the hammered dulcimer and fiddle. 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 4 - River Edge, Bergen County
Sinter Klaas Day
Children Friendly

Enjoy Jersey Dutch holiday treats, refreshments, and a visit with Sinter Klaas in the restored tavern in Campbell-Christie House, 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ, on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. See open-hearth cooking in authentic Jersey Dutch Out Kitchen. All three Jersey-Dutch sandstone houses are open for tours. For that special holiday gift, browse unique historical gift shop. We have a children's cornhusk angel ornament workshop throughout the afternoon.

For that special holiday gift, browse the unique historical gift shop. Live Christmas trees will be available for purchase. Event parking in parking lot across street. Free admission. For more information, call 201-343-9492 or visit www.bergencountyhistory.org.

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Sunday, December 4 - Wayne, Passaic County
A Dutch Christmas at the Dey Mansion
Children Friendly

On Sunday, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Passaic County Parks Department present "A Dutch Christmas at Dey Mansion" with The New Jersey Militia/Heards Brigade from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.  There will be costumed reenactors, musket drills, hearth cooking, 18th century dancing, crafters, demonstrations, and more. The Dey Mansion is located at 199 Totowa Road, Wayne, NJ. For more information, call 973-696-1776 or e-mail deymansion@passaiccountynj.org.

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Sunday, December 4 - Hammonton, Burlington County
Batsto Holiday Celebration
Children Friendly

The Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc. (BCCI) will hold the last of its events to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Batsto village with a Holiday Celebration on Sunday.

The headline event of the day will be a holiday musical presentation performed by The Pitman Original Hobo Band from 1:00 - 2:00 pm in the Batsto Visitor Center auditorium. There is a $5.00/person admission fee the show.

Carriage rides through the village conducted by the South Jersey Carriage Company will commence at 12:30 pm. There is a $3.00/person charge and the beautiful Victorian design carriage will wind its way around several of the buildings located in the upper village.

Adding to the festive atmosphere of the day, carolers from the Aurora Choir of St. Nick's Church (Egg Harbor City) will stroll the Village entertaining visitors with songs of the season.

The stately Batsto mansion, dressed in the splendor of the winter season, will be available to tour and the famous Batsto Post Office will be open to hand cancel holiday mail in the tradition of Batsto....with no zip code! Due to its age and historical significance, the Batsto Post Office (1852), a zip code is not required to be part of the hand postmark cancellation.

Blacksmith Toby Kroll of Three Cedars Forge will demonstrate some of the techniques and tools of the trade in the Batsto blacksmith shop.

Light refreshments will be served in the Exhibit Room that adjoins the Batsto Post Office. Several displays for both adults and children are available for viewing.

The Batsto Museum Shop will also be open to assist with your holiday shopping needs. A large selection of pinelands books, jewelry, ornaments, apparel and many other pinelands related gifts are available for purchase.  

Batsto is located in the Pinelands of Burlington County, South Jersey approximately 7 miles east of Hammonton on Route 542 and about 15 miles west of Exit 50 on the Garden State Parkway. Further information may be obtained by calling the Batsto Visitor Center at 609-561-0024 or visit www.batstovillage.org.

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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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