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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

15th Annual Colonial Christmas at Bedminster’s Jacobus Vanderveer House - November 24, 2017

15th Annual Colonial Christmas at Bedminster’s Jacobus Vanderveer House
Tree Lighting – Friday, November 24 – 7 p.m.

House Tours and Festivities – Saturday & Sunday, November 25-26 & December 2-3 -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A Colonial Café, an array of holiday merchants, musical performances, reindeer, gingerbread workshops for children and a holiday decorating workshop for adults are just a few of the highlights in store for visitors to the 15th Annual Colonial Christmas at Bedminster’s historic Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum, sponsored by Bevan, Mosca & Giuditta, P.C.; Investors Bank; Meeker Sharkey & Hurley; The Provident Bank Foundation, Yolanda A. Cillo, M.D.; and Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Molé. The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House invite visitors of all ages to experience Christmas past and present when the circa 1772 Dutch Colonial home opens its wreath-clad doors Saturday and Sunday, November 25 - 26 and Saturday and Sunday, December 2 - 3. Hours are from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm daily.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Enjoy Candle Light Tours at the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage - December 9, 2017

Enjoy Candle Light Tours at the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage
Saturday, December 9, 2017

On Saturday, December 9, from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm, there will be hourly group tours by candle-light, featuring costumed interpreters, hearthside cooking presentations, and refreshments, at the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic sites.

Reenactor Kathy Ormosi demonstrates use of the bake oven.
Photo supplied by Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic sites.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 11/18/17 - 11/19/17

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Saturday, November 18 - Princeton, Mercer County
Stony Brook Walking Tour - CANCELLED

Before there was a "Princeton," six Quaker families established a community on the fertile ground along Stony Brook. This two-hour hike explores the lives of the early settlers and the community they established, while following a portion of the trail George Washington took from Trenton to the Princeton Battlefield. Stops include the Stony Brook Meeting House and Burial Ground, walking a portion of the "hidden" back road into Princeton, and a view of the Battlefield.

Admission: $5 per person and includes farmhouse museum admission. Tours begin at the Updike Farmstead farmhouse, 354 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ at 1:00 pm and ends at 3:00 pm. Space is limited. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-921-6748 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

Entries Needed for Gingerbread House Competition at Lambert Castle

Entries Needed for Gingerbread House Competition at Lambert Castle
Monday, December 4 - Friday December 8, 2017

The Passaic County Historical Society is asking children under sixteen to enter its annual Gingerbread House Competition. There is no fee to enter! Just deliver your homemade gingerbread house to Lambert Castle, Monday, December 4 - Friday December 8, 2017 between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Please call ahead to arrange a delivery time; 973-247-0085 ext 207.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 11/17/17 - 11/19/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Antiques & Collectibles
North Haledon, NJ 07508
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Maplewood and Durand-Hedden Remember the Great War - November 19, 2017

Maplewood and Durand-Hedden Remember the Great War
Observing the Centennial of America’s Entry into WWI
Sunday, November 19, 2017

One hundred years ago, the United States declared war on Germany, joining the First World War, and the impact was felt in the small town of Maplewood, NJ. Over 100 men from Maplewood were called to serve and eight never made it home. Three saw brutal action in France, two were pilots whose planes went down, and three were victims of the influenza pandemic.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 11/11/17 - 11/12/17

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Saturday, November 11 - Morristown, Morris County
Soldier's Knapsack
Children Friendly Event & Site

What items would a Continental Army soldier carry to help him to fight, eat, and pass the time? Join a park ranger at the Wick House to discover what things were so important to soldiers that they carried them throughout their service in the American Revolution. Program runs from 1:00 - 3:30 pm at the Wick House at Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park, 580 Jockey Hollow Road (approximate), Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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Saturday, November 11 - Trenton, Mercer County
An In-Depth Look at the Career of Admiral Michelle Howard

At 1:00 pm on Saturday, the William Trent House Museum will host an in-depth look at the career of Admiral Michelle Howard.

On July 1, 2014, Admiral Michelle Howard became the first female four-star Admiral in the United States Navy's history. She assumed her new rank at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. With this rank also came assignment as Vice Chief of Naval Operations, making her the number two officer in the naval service. She is not only the first woman to hold the job, but also the first African-American to do so. This lecture will explore why this day was so long in the making, who some of the trailblazing military women are that helped pave the way for her, and just who Michelle Howard is. While there have been short, popular media articles written about Admiral Howard, and she is mentioned in several compilation volumes on notable military leaders, African Americans, and women, this talk is based on, and will be the first in-depth, scholarly piece dedicated to her biography and her place in history.

About the presenter: Melissa Ziobro is currently the Specialist Professor of Public History at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ, teaching courses to include Introduction to Public History, Oral History, and Museums and Archives Management. Her service to the University includes administration of the Monmouth Memories Oral History Program. Melissa serves on the Executive Board of Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region and as the editor for New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, a joint venture of the Commission, Rutgers University Libraries, and Monmouth University. She has worked with public history organizations such as the Monmouth County Park System, InfoAge Science History Learning Center and Museum, Monmouth County Park System, Monmouth County Historical Association, Monmouth County Historical Commission, Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage, National Guard Militia Museum of NJ, and more. She worked as a command historian at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth, NJ from 2004-2011. Publications include her most recent article, on Colonel William Blair, father of American Aircraft Detection Radar, in On Point: The Journal of Army History.

Tickets will be available at the door and include light refreshments and tours of the Museum. $10 non-members, $8 members.

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

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 11/10/17 - 11/12/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Vintage and Antique Delights!
Madison, NJ 07940
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday

Thursday, November 2, 2017

30th Annual Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique - November 4, 2017 - November 26, 2017

30th Annual Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique
November 4, 2017 - November 26, 2017

From November 4th through November 26th, Lambert Castle, home of the Passaic County Historical Society, will present the 30th annual Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique. Open Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, the boutique invites you to enjoy shopping for this year's assortment of festive holiday gifts, jewelry, seasonal decorations, crafts, collectibles, and gourmet food in the historic atmosphere and ambiance of Lambert Castle.

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 11/4/17 - 11/5/17

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Saturday, November 4 - Harmony Township, Warren County
Fall Open House at the Historic Van Nest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead
Children Friendly Event

The Harmony Township Historical Society and the Historic Preservation Commission of Harmony Township invite the public to attend their annual Fall Open House at the historic VanNest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead on Saturday, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is free. The farmstead is located at 3026 Belvidere Road, Route 519, just north of the Municipal Building in Harmony Township.

Come see the progress being made at the farmstead. The event will include tours of the circa 1750s main house, the restored wagon house, and the one of a kind Dutch style barn, and war reenactors, live demonstrations, and hearth cooking in the summer kitchen. Children's activities include embroidery, candle making, and weaving.

For more information, contact Ruth at historicalcomm@aol.com or visit www.hoffvannattafarm.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 11/3/17 - 11/5/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Lots of Beautiful Antiques
Manchester Township, NJ 08759
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday

Thursday, October 26, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/28/17 - 10/29/17

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Friday - Saturday, October 27 - 28 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Haunted Hayride at Allaire Village
Children Friendly

Historic Allaire Village, presents Halloween Hayrides on Friday, and Saturday from 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm. The Halloween Hayride starts in front of the General Store and enters the foreboding woods for a trip into Halloween horror. Hayrides are approximately twenty minutes in length and wagons leave every fifteen minutes from the General Store. If you make it through the Hayride alive, take a stroll through our Haunted Village. Scary story-telling will be held in the Carriage House and special Halloween performances will be held in the Allaire Mansion. All are welcome...if you dare! Stop by the Allaire Bakery for hot cider and spooky snacks or visit the General Store and Museum Gift Shop for limited edition Halloween souvenirs and merchandise.

The cost for the hayride is $10 for child under 12 and $15 for adults. Tickets are limited so advance purchase is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Tickets are for sale by calling 732-919-3500 - please have your credit card ready. You can also purchase tickets at www.allairevillage.org.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park, 4265 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 10/27/17 - 10/29/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Multi-generation Local Collector
Edison, NJ 08820
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday & Saturday

Monday, October 23, 2017

Architecture in Color: Historic Paints and Finishes, Their Investigation and Reproduction - November 11, 2017

Historic Preservation Workshop
Architecture in Color: Historic Paints and Finishes, Their Investigation and Reproduction
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Historic architecture is known to us in primary source materials through drawings or early black-and-white photography. What’s missing is color and the finishing of a building that makes all the difference in its appearance. Through lectures and hands-on lab work, workshop participants will learn what traditional paints were made of, how they were used, and ways to investigate the finishes history of a building.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/21/17 - 10/22/17

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Friday - Saturday, October 20 - 21 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Haunted Hayride at Allaire Village
Children Friendly

Historic Allaire Village, presents Halloween Hayrides on Friday, and Saturday from 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm. The Halloween Hayride starts in front of the General Store and enters the foreboding woods for a trip into Halloween horror. Hayrides are approximately twenty minutes in length and wagons leave every fifteen minutes from the General Store. If you make it through the Hayride alive, take a stroll through our Haunted Village. Scary story-telling will be held in the Carriage House and special Halloween performances will be held in the Allaire Mansion. All are welcome...if you dare! Stop by the Allaire Bakery for hot cider and spooky snacks or visit the General Store and Museum Gift Shop for limited edition Halloween souvenirs and merchandise.

The cost for the hayride is $10 for child under 12 and $15 for adults. Tickets are limited so advance purchase is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Tickets are for sale by calling 732-919-3500 - please have your credit card ready. You can also purchase tickets at www.allairevillage.org.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park, 4265 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 10/20/17 - 10/22/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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High-End Antiques
Ho Ho Kus, NJ 07423
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday & Saturday

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Edison Portland Cement Plant

Edison Portland Cement Plant
Written by Anonymous

On a cool fall afternoon I ventured out to check on rumors of Thomas Edison’s historic concrete plant in western New Jersey. The location is not a place you might suspect had a great historical significance, as from the street it is very unassuming. No signage to designate this place had any cultural significance at all, which is disappointing in itself. Only did the building near the front entrance give away its elderly age, with 1906 stamped into the concrete façade. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/14/17 - 10/15/17

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Friday - Saturday, October 13 - 14 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
The Chilling Re-Telling of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

Allaire Village is presenting a dramatic rendition of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"written by Washington Irving and performed by Neill Hartley. The performance takes place in the Allaire Village Chapel on Friday and Saturday, at 7:30 pm.

In an exciting performance, Neill Hartley, brings to life the tale of the Headless Horseman, within the candle-lit Allaire Village Chapel. You will be transported back to a time before television, radio, CDs, and electricity. The seating is limited to 100 for each performance, so advanced purchase is recommended. Only ticket-holders will be admitted to the performances. Ticket cost is $20 per person. To purchase tickets or for information, call 732-919-3500 and have your credit card ready. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.allairevillage.org.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park, 4265 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.

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Friday - Saturday, October 13 - 14 - Perth Amboy, Middlesex County
Ghosts of Proprietary House

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 10/13/17 - 10/15/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Antique Furniture
Pennsauken, NJ 08110
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday

Monday, October 9, 2017

"Gems of South Orange" House Tour - October 14, 2017

"Gems of South Orange" House Tour
Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Village of South Orange has long been known for its diverse stock of attractive residences lining peaceful, leafy streets. From 11:00 am - 4:00 pm on October 14, 2017, an estimated 600 visitors will view the interiors and exteriors, collections, and landscaping of eight astounding private homes that they could previously admire only from afar.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/7/17 - 10/8/17

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Friday - Saturday, October 6 - 7 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
The Chilling Re-Telling of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

Allaire Village is presenting a dramatic rendition of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"written by Washington Irving and performed by Neill Hartley. The performance takes place in the Allaire Village Chapel on Friday and Saturday, at 7:30 pm.

In an exciting performance, Neill Hartley, brings to life the tale of the Headless Horseman, within the candle-lit Allaire Village Chapel. You will be transported back to a time before television, radio, CDs, and electricity. The seating is limited to 100 for each performance, so advanced purchase is recommended. Only ticket-holders will be admitted to the performances. Ticket cost is $20 per person. To purchase tickets or for information, call 732-919-3500 and have your credit card ready. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.allairevillage.org.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park, 4265 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.

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Saturday, October 7 - Princeton, Mercer County
Princeton University Walking Tour

This popular tour explores the phenomenal architecture on the Princeton University campus, dating from 1756 to the present. Buildings on this two mile walk include the Georgian-style Nassau Hall, collegiate gothic marvels, and extraordinary contemporary designs, including the Frank Gehry-designed Lewis Library, the Stadium, the Icahn Laboratory, and the brand-new Princeton Neuroscience Institute/Psychology facility.

Admission: $10 per person. Tour begins at Palmer Square's Tiger Park, Princeton, NJ at 10:00 am and ends at 12:30 pm. Space is limited. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-921-6748 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 10/6/17 - 10/8/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Vintage Barbies
Union, NJ 07083
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday & Saturday

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

An Afternoon at the Archives - October 7, 2017

An Afternoon at the Archives
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/30/17 - 10/1/17

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Saturday, September 30 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
Nike Missile Radar Site Tours

Guided tours of the Integrated Fire Control (IFC) site will allow you to see the inner workings of the facility where supersonic nuclear armed Nike Hercules missiles were controlled and guided using Cold War era computers and radars. You will have the opportunity to meet and talk with some of the veterans who actually worked on the Nike Air Defense System. Free tours from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Meet at Horseshoe Cove, Parking Lot L on Sandy Hook, part of Gateway National Recreation Area. For more information, call 732-872-5970 or visit www.nps.gov/gate.

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Saturday, September 30 - West Orange, Essex County
National Public Lands Day
Children Friendly Event

Celebrate National Public Lands Day with special family activities at Glenmont, the home and estate of Thomas and Mina Edison in Llewellyn Park between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm on Saturday. Visitors wanting to visit Glenmont, should pick up a car pass from the Laboratory Visitor Center. Activities include tours of the 29-room Victorian Mansion and tours of the poured concrete garage which houses a circa 1900 Locomobile, 1911 and 1914 Detriot Electrics, 1922 Model T and the 1936 Brewster belonging to Charles Edison.

Enjoy water color painting and obstacle course races on the lawn, Victorian board games, Junior Ranger activities, sand art and a paper airplane building contest and much more. Explore the 15 acre estate, garage, greenhouse, and the gravesite of Thomas and Mina Edison.

Before going to Glenmont, you must first pick up a car pass and directions at the Laboratory Complex visitor center at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. You will not be able to get to Glenmont without the special car pass. Admission to Thomas Edison National Historical Park is waived on Saturday in honor of National Public Lands DayFor more information, call 973-736-0550 x11 or visit www.nps.gov/edis.

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Saturday, September 30 - Morristown, Morris County
Meet the Irish Servant and the Cook at the Willows
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, discover the life of domestic help at the Foster home on a guided tour. Assist the maid with household chores and see what the cook has prepared using the wood-burning stove. Two tours times available: 1:00 - 2:00 pm and 2:00 - 3:00 pm.

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

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Saturday, September 30 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Preparing the House for Winter
Children Friendly Event and Site

One of women’s responsibilities throughout history has been to prepare the home for winter. Harvest time is a time of plenty, but it is followed by lean times, meaning that budgets must be prepared and supplies must be put aside to sustain the family through the winter months. Learn what was done to get ready, and also enjoy a soap making craft at Historic Speedwell from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission: $5 per adult, $4 per senior, $3 per child age 4 - 16, FREE per child under age 4. Historic Speedwell is located at 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-285-6550 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Saturday, September 30 - River Edge, Bergen County
Baronfest at Historic New Bridge Landing
Children Activities

Join us for a birthday celebration of Major General Baron von Steuben's birthday at his Jersey Estate. The Zabriskie-Steuben House is the only extant building in the US that Steuben owned. Come and enjoy a picket fence beer garden, delicious food, relax to music by the Long Hill String Band, tour three 18th century sandstone houses, and stroll the grounds of Historic New Bridge Landing in River Edge, Washington's headquarters in 1780, later home of Major General Baron von Steuben.

Mott's Artillery will be in the field with cannon. Reenactors from the 3rd NJ will be at New Bridge to answer questions about military life in the 18th century. Activities for children including large interactive canvas map showing obstacles for Washington & Cornwallis.

Help raise funds for a Hall of History Museum celebrating Bergen County's storied past. Baronfest will be held from 1:00 - 5:00 pm at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. Admission: $15 per adult and $10 for students (12 - 20 years old). BCHS members $10. Credit cards accepted and exact cash line will move faster. Have photo ID out for review. Beer and food are an additional cost.

NJ Transit is making additional free parking available at the train stop parking lot. Train service is available on the Pascack Valley Line to the "New Bridge Landing" stop. Historic New Bridge Landing is only one block north-east of the train stop. For more information, call 201-343-9492 or visit www.bergencountyhistory.org.

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Saturday, September 30 - Cape May, Cape May County
Behind the Walls & Under the Crawls Trolley Tour

Take a look at this National Historic Landmark city from a builder's perspective; explore the technological advances of the era and learn how things really worked on this one-hour guided trolley tour on Saturday at 11:30 am. Admission is $15 adults, $10 (children ages 3-12). 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, September 30 - Cape May, Cape May County
Underground Railroad Trolley Tour

Climb aboard Cape May's newest trolley tour to hear tales of the Underground Railroad in Cape May. Hear how, fleeing their chains in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia, African American slaves braved strong currents and stormy seas, guided by the beacon at the Cape May Lighthouse. Hear how legendary anti-slavery fighter, Harriet Tubman, walked these streets, as did businessman and former slave, Stephen Smith, whose railroad cars carried hundreds to freedom. The tour will  be held Satuday at 10:45 am. Admission $15. Presented by the Center for Community Arts in association with 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, September 30 - Paterson, Passaic County
Art in the Park: Paterson Great Falls 6th Annual Chalk Art Competition
Children Friendly Event & Site



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Saturday, September 30 - Cape May, Cape May County
Clueless at the Physick Estate - "Rum For Your Life"

Come one, come all on a trip back to the 1930s when things were simpler and the rum was always running! A show for every Tom, Dick and Harry awaits at the Physick Estate. See if you can solve the mysterious death in the family of a high-class mob member. Accessible with advance notice. Limited admission. Tickets $18. Event will be held Saturday at 8:30 pm. Presented 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, September 30 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Wheat Planting
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, visitors are invited to join farmers in the fields and on the threshing floor at Howell Living Farm as they plant and process wheat - work rewarded in the farmhouse kitchen with tastes of whole wheat bread and a take-home bag of freshly ground flour, complete with recipes.

Special maps with corresponding field markers are used to guide visitors to areas where they can watch or help with planting operations, thresh wheat for animal feed and bedding, and grind wheat for baking. Visitors who have their maps stamped at each of “Help-the-Farmer” stations will take home their share of the harvest – a bag of freshly milled whole wheat flour produced with their help.

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, September 30 - Mount Tabor, Morris County
Mount Tabor's 24th Annual Victorian House Tour


The Mount Tabor Historical Society's annual House Tour will take place on Saturday. The self-guided tour will be held rain or shine 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. The Annual House Tour of the Mount Tabor Historic District allows visitors to get an inside look at the unique charm of this historic community, with more than 15 private houses and historic buildings open to the public. Special features include a furnished replica Camp Meeting Tent and the Richardson History House, a camp meeting cottage museum. Stop by the gift shop, which is stocked with Mount Tabor souvenirs and vintage items. There will also be lunches and beverages for sale.

Step inside the replica Camp Meeting Tent and sample traditional tent life for yourself. You may find it just as charming today as when it was described in the Tabor Record August 1881: "Many delight in the freedom, the light and the air, that a canvas house affords, and hold that half the attraction of the place is in the wholesome outdoor life they lead, sleeping with but a film of cotton between them and the dews of heaven".

This event is the largest fundraiser for the Mount Tabor Historical Society. The nonprofit organization puts all event proceeds back into the community through beautification, educational, and restoration projects, including the restoration of the Richardson History House.

Founded in 1869, the Mount Tabor Historic District embodies the distinctive characteristics of a permanent Methodist Camp Meeting Ground that evolved into a summer residential community. Particularly notable is the architecture of the early camp meeting Stick-Style and Gothic Revival-influenced cottages with their prominent steep gables, open porches and elaborate gingerbread embellishments.

Parking will be provided at the Mount Tabor School, located on Park Road, Morris Plains, off Route 53 (GPS: use 864 Park Road, Morris Plains, NJ) where a shuttle bus will be available for transport into the heart of Mount Tabor. Mount Tabor is located in Morris County along Route 53 between Denville and Morris Plains. Visitors who prefer mass transit can take the NJ Transit Morris & Essex line to the Mount Tabor stop.

Tickets can be purchased for $30 on the day of the tour or $25 in advance online. For advance tickets, information about the community, photos, and directions, visit www.www.mounttabornj.org or call 973-975-0001.

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Saturday, September 30 - Haddonfield, Camden County
The Art of Colonial Beer Brewing


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Saturday, September 30 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Fall Festival & Allaire Community Heritage Day
Children Friendly Event and Site

Allaire Village Incorporated is hosting its annual 1830s Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. The Harvest has been gathered and now it is time for the families of the Howell Iron Works to relax.  Harvest festivals take place the world over.  They usually fall near the Harvest Moon, the closest full moon to the autumnal equinox.  It is a time of merriment, eating, music, contests of strength, games, and romance. Please join us in celebrating the harvest, bring your sweetheart and try your hand at cider pressing, games, dancing, and much more!

Admission: $5 adults, $3 children 5-12 years. Horse and wagon rides additional $7.00 per adult, $5.00 for children 12 and under.

Activities for the day include, but are not limited to:
Blacksmith demonstrations: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Militia Demonstrations: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hearth Cooking Demonstrations: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
House tours: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mr. Allaire’s house is open for tours: 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Apple cider pressing and apple snap: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Horse and Wagon Rides: 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm

Ticket sales are non-refundable. Tickets are not mailed or e-mailed. They are held under your name for a reservation. Go to the pre-paid line at admissions to pick up your ticket.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located at 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.

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Saturday, September 30 - Plainfield, Union County
Middlesex-Somerset-Union Tri-County History Fair



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Saturday, September 30 - Somerville, Somerset County
Celebrating the Harvest Fall Concert 

On Saturday, beginning at 1:30 pm, balladeer Linda Russell will perform historical music at the Old Dutch Parsonage historic site. 

From the time of earliest settlement, American colonists celebrated the season of harvest, with feasts, balls, horse races and hunts. Join balladeer Linda Russell as she sings songs of harvest-time. Playing the hammered and mountain dulcimers, penny whistle and guitar, Linda sings and plays ballads, love songs, dance tunes, and working songs written in early America and brought over from the Old World.

Linda Russell is a balladeer who brings America’s past to life through song. She has served for many years as musical historian for the National Park Service at Federal Hall National Memorial and has performed at historic sites throughout New York and New Jersey.

There is suggested $10 per-person donation fee to attend this program. All visitors must register for this program in advance. Call 908-725-1015 or e-mail whouse3@verizon.net to register. Please register early, as seating is limited.

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Sunday, October 1 - Morristown, Morris County
Made in New Jersey Vendor Fair

Savvy shoppers can get a head-start on their holiday gift-buying while shopping locally on Sunday at Morris County Historical Society's Made in NJ Vendor Fair. Proprietors and their NJ-based businesses will display and sell their products on the idyllic setting of the manicured lawn and gardens at Acorn Hall, MCHS headquarters, 68 Morris Ave., Morristown, from 1-4 p.m.

The cottage industries will be food-related, crafts, jewelry, works of arts, personal care items, candles and other products - all Made in New Jersey.

Vendors will have candles, food products, mugs, body lotions, and tons of other crafts and wares for visitors to peruse and purchase. October is a great time to start shopping for the holidays, and our Vendor Fair is a fantastic way to support local small businesses. Products include artisanal soaps, hand-crafted chocolates, made-to-order coffee mugs, and oil and vinegar mixes. There's definitely something here for parents, friends, children, and coworkers-you may even find the perfect gift for yourself!

Admission to the Vendor Fair is free, with objects for sale by individual vendors. Parking is free. For more information, call 973)-267-3465 or visit www.morriscountyhistory.org.

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Sunday, October 1 - Rahway, Middlesex County
The Unknown Woman Murder Mystery Tour



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Sunday, October 1 - 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, October 1 - Whippany, Morris County
17th Annual Pumpkin Festival
Children Friendly Event

Spend the day at the Whippany Railway Museum and celebrate the Fall Harvest and the Season of the Witch, during the museum's 17th Annual Pumpkin Festival. The local area's highly anticipated family event will be held on Sunday from 12:00 - 5:00 pm, rain or shine.

Bring the whole family and join in the fun! Walk among the pumpkins, corn shocks, and grinning scarecrows, as you enjoy the wares of local craft merchants and railroad memorabilia dealers at the popular Pumpkin Market Place Crafts Fair, where you'll be sure to find that perfect autumn gift for family and friends.

Select a pumpkin from the Farmer's Market. With so many to choose from, you'll be sure to find one that's just right...It's pumpkin pick'n time! You can also purchase a bounty of fall harvest and produce items at the festival.

Walk through a railroad yard, lost in time, where you'll see the finest collection of restored, historic railroad locomotives and cars in the state of New Jersey - some dating back well over 100 years!  

The kids will enjoy having their picture taken in front of our haunted house, and they will delight at the indoor and outdoor model train layouts that will be in operation throughout the day.

You'll see a unique collection of antique farm tractors. The museum has assembled an outstanding assortment of vintage, American-built, gas-powered agricultural tractors, which help to tell the story of how the railroads delivered the crops that fed a nation, to market.

Add even more fun to your day by climbing aboard the Pumpkinliner for a relaxing excursion train ride that follows the route of the Historic Whippanong Trail. The train will feature restored, antique cabooses that passengers can ride in. Make your day extra special by riding aboard the museum's elegantly restored 1927-era Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ) Club Car, Jersey Coast.  The car has the look and feel of a private club with individual leather chairs, mahogany interior accented with stained glass, built-in tables, and period ceiling fans. The Jersey Coast recalls the 1930s when the CNJ operated its deluxe coach train, the Blue Comet, between Jersey City and Atlantic City, NJ. The striking paint scheme of cream and blue reminds one of a comet streaking through space.  It is the only car of its type operating in New Jersey.

Your 12:00 noon, 1:00 pm, or 2:00 pm ticket price includes admission to the Mayor's Wellness, Fitness & Fun Event. Tickets include historic train ride to and from Central Park and free admission to all events and exhibits sponsored at the Park for the event. During the 30-minute ride heading west toward Morristown, sit back and relax while your kids receive coloring books and crayons.

Your train stops about 300 feet from Hanover Township's Central Park, where you'll proceed on a four-minute walk to the park entrance to enjoy events and activities, all included with the purchase of your train ticket and courtesy of co-sponsors Bayer, the New York Red Bulls Soccer Team, Wegmans, Whippanong Library and the Hanover Township Mayor's Wellness program.

While at Central Park, meet New York Red Bulls' Soccer Trainers and join in their 3v3 and soccer tennis games. And don't miss the Red Bulls' Street Team, who will "wow" you with demonstrations of what's possible with some skill and a ball! Stop by Bayer's interactive "Making Science Make Sense" exhibit for fun experiments that delight children of all ages. Sample free, healthy snacks provided by Wegmans, and make sure your little ones don't miss Wegmans' "Ready-For-Prime-Time Produce" shows at the Central Park gazebo where fruit and veggie characters will enchant your children as they learn about healthy eating.  Take part in the Whippanong Library's interactive story-time.

In addition to the events from our business sponsors, take some time to enjoy the amenities of Hanover Township's Central Park and the Mayor's Wellness Program activities. See a demonstration of the new outdoor exercise equipment recently installed in the park, go for a guided walk on a path along the Whippany River, join a yoga class, or play some volleyball!

Train Fare: Caboose seating: Adult: $14.00, Child (under 12): $9.00, Infants (1 year and under): Free. Club Car seating: Adult: $17.00, Child (under 12): $12.00, Infants (1 year and under): Free. Pre-order ticket online using a credit card at www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net. The Whippany Railway Museum is located at 1 Railroad Plaza at the intersection of Route 10 West & Whippany Road in Whippany, NJ. For more information, call 973-887-8177 or visit www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net.

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Sunday, October 1 -  Morris Township, Morris County
The Liar, The Thief, and The Hanged Man: Crime and Punishment in 19th Century Morris County

From public hangings to state penitentiaries, Morris County has seen a wide range of punishments for those who broke the law. Enjoy this fascinating discussion on how crime was dealt with in Morris County in the 19th century on Sunday from 12:30 -6:00 pm. Admission: $5 per adult, $4 per senior, $3 per child age 4 - 16, FREE per child under age 4. Historic Speedwell is located at 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-285-6550 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Sunday, October 1 - Basking Ridge, Somerset County
Lord Stirling Festival
Children Friendly Event

Step back in time to the colonial period at the Somerset County Park Commission's annual Lord Stirling 1770s Festival taking place on Sunday from 11:30 am - 4:30 pm at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. 

Each year on the first Sunday in October, Lord Stirling's estate at Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge, NJ comes back to life in the late 1700s. Colonial craftspeople ply their trades, a town crier delivers the daily news, and Revolutionary War military detachments camp and conduct maneuvers on the former estate lawn. The event promotes historical and environmental education highlighting the unsung Revolutionary War hero William Alexander, Lord Stirling, who lived on the site and served under General George Washington.

Attired in replicas of 1770s clothing true to the period, meet a blacksmith, tinsmith, broom maker, cooper, and other trades people of the times. Crafters make toys, dolls, lace, decorative arts, woodcarvings, and spin wool into yarn. No crafts are sold at this entertaining and educational event. See sheep, goats, and chickens that were staples of colonial life in the 1770s. Children can try stenciling, quill writing, making clay pots, and playing colonial games. Drink a cup of cider made on site at the working cider press and hop aboard the hay wagon for a ride around Lord Stirling's apple orchard. Dress the part by trying on period style clothing or spend a few minutes in the Somerset Gaoler's wooden pillory while friends and family take photographs.

The event provides an educational and enjoyable way to learn about colonial times and the importance of New Jersey's role in the American Revolution. Visitors can question craftspeople about their trades, tour Lord Stirling's wine cellar, and enjoy the sights, sounds, and aromas of a colonial style autumn festival. Listen to colonial ballads played on instruments of the period. Visit the camps of Heard's Brigade, Captain John Outwater's Militia, Past Muster, and the Donegal Riflemen. Watch as the militias conduct maneuvers and children can participate in a musket drill. A professional Town Crier announces the events of the day and reads the Declaration of Independence. In the afternoon, meet Lord Stirling as he strolls around his estate.

Lord Stirling (the Scottish earldom and title acquired by William Alexander of Basking Ridge) was close friends with George Washington and served as a Major General directly under his command during the Revolution. Stirling built his manor house around 1762 and lived there for 20 years. An archaeological team sponsored by the Somerset County Park Commission excavated part of the site and has studied the recovered artifacts. See what they have found on the site and hear about the history associated with these artifacts. Part of the original Stirling manor house foundation still exists under the modern house now occupying the site and is open to the public for tours for the day. Artifacts unearthed by the Lord Stirling Field Project represent well over 250 years of site occupation.

This event is held rain or shine. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 per person. Call the Environmental Education Center at 908-766-2489 for more information.

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Sunday, October 1 - Manalapan, Monmouth County
Guided Walking Tour of Monmouth Battlefield

On Sunday, meet at the Monmouth Battlefield visitor center at 1:30 pm for a free guided walking tour of the battlefield with Friends of Monmouth Battlefield President, Dr. David Martin. Appropriate hiking apparel is encouraged. Monmouth Battlefield State Park is located at 16 New Jersey Business 33, Manalapan, NJ. For more information, visit www.friendsofmonmouth.org.

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Sunday, October 1 - Morris Township, Morris County
Save Those Seeds
Children Friendly Event and Site

As the growing season ends, help collect seeds from plants in the garden to sow next spring at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm on Sunday from 2:00 - 2:45 pm.

Admission: $6 per adult, $5 per senior (65+), $4 per child age 4 - 16, $2 per child age 2 & 3. FREE per child under age 2. Friends members are half price with a current membership card. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is located at 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Sunday, October 1 - Westampton, Burlington County
Margaret Hill Morris

Margaret Hill Morris was a widow, mother, and doctor whose first-hand account of the Revolutionary War in and around Burlington City, gives one of the most detailed and comprehensive accounts of the time. Was she involved with an elaborate spy ring during the war? Hear her story in her own words, through letters and her diary. Marisa Bozarth of the Burlington County Parks Department will be the presenter for this program.

Program runs from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission is $10.00 per person; Friends of Peachfield admitted free of charge. Prepaid reservations required to guarantee seating. Peachfield is located at 180 Burrs Road, Westampton, NJ. For more information and to register, call 609-267-6996, e-mail colonialdamesnj@comcast.net, or visit www.colonialdamesnj.org.

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Sunday, October 1 - West Orange, Essex County
Harry's Magical Invention Bag
Children Friendly Event

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

The program, held from 1:00 - 2:00 pm and 3:00 - 4:00 pm, is included with regular admission. Tickets must be purchased at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park Laboratory Complex Visitor Center at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. Admission is $10.00, and includes the Glenmont Estate and the Laboratory Complex. Children under age 16 are free. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x11 or visit www.nps.gov/edis.

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Sunday, October 1 - Paterson, Passaic County
Hinchliffe Racing Expo



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Sunday, October 1 - 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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Through Sunday, October 1, 2017 - Paterson, Passaic County
From the Photographic Archives, The Men Who Served: 1861-1964 Exhibit

The Passaic County Historical Society would like to announce the opening of its newest exhibit, From the Photographic Archives, The Men Who Served: 1861-1964. On exhibit until Sunday, October 1, 2017, the display showcases some of the military photographs from the Society's permanent collection. Over thirty photographs have been selected for this exhibit to demonstrate the common experience of American servicemen, from the American Civil War to the conflict in Vietnam. Their uniforms, equipment, and weapons changed over time, but their fears, triumphs and trials remained constant.

Visitors can access the exhibition, which is on display in the changing exhibit gallery on the 3rd floor, during regular museum hours (Wednesday - Sunday, July 12 - Sept 3: 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm; September 6 - October 1: 1:00 - 4:00 pm). General museum admissions apply (adults $5, seniors $4, children $3, and members free).

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

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

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1st and 3rd Saturdays through November 2017 - Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County
Atlantic Highlands Architectural Walking Tours



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Through Sunday, May 13, 2018 - Morristown, Morris County
The Cutting Edge: Medicine in Morris County, 1876 - 1976

Morris County Historical Society will feature the many contributions Morris County doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and veterinarians have made to the field of medicine at both the local and global levels at its upcoming exhibit, "The Cutting Edge: Medicine in Morris County, 1876-1976." The exhibit will open on Sunday, September 10 and run through Sunday, May 13, 2018.

Morris County is a hub of innovation in the medical field. The "Grandfather of the Epidural," James Leonard Corning, MD, lived at Acorn Hall, now the MCHS headquarters; the country's first Doctor of Veterinary Medicine was born in Mount Olive; the biggest studies disproving the benefits of lobotomies took place at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital; and the Right-to-Die controversy first made national headlines through the case of Karen Ann Quinlan in the 1970s and 1980s.

Morris County also is home to The Seeing Eye, Bayer's North American Headquarters, and Morristown Medical Center, a nationally-ranked hospital in the fields of cardiology and orthopedics.

The exhibit will honor the 125th anniversary of Morristown Medical Center, include stories and photos of and objects from Greystone Park never before exhibited, and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the burning of the original All Souls' Hospital. It also will explore the history of The Seeing Eye, right-to-die cases, veterinarian medicine, local pharmaceutical giants, impact of diseases, such as tuberculosis and Spanish Flu, and notable medical professionals who treated Morris County residents.

A formal Exhibit Opening will be held on Thursday, September 21 at 6:00 pm. Morris County Historical Society is located at Acorn Hall, 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown, NJ and is open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, and Sundays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission, which includes the exhibits and landscaped grounds, is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students, and is free for children under 12 and MCHS members. For more information, call 973-267-3465 or visit www.MorrisCountyHistory.org.

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Through June 2018 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
New Jersey and the Great War: Local Stories of World War I 

Bringing World War One Home
Though overshadowed by its sequel, World War One had profound and lasting effects on politics, social order, and individual lives. “New Jersey and the Great War: Local Stories of World War One,” the exhibit opening to the public at the Eden Woolley House, Sunday, June 25, sets out to make that case—with particular emphasis on the people and happenings of our state.

The Big Picture
The Great War reshaped the world. The U.S. emerged a world power. The seeds were sown for the rise of fascism and the spread of communism. Middle Eastern national boundaries were redrawn, fueling ethnic conflicts that continue to threaten.

At home, the scope and power of the U.S. government grew. A national army took over state militias. National security clashed with civil rights. Ethnic tensions grew--as did opposing organizations that either fed or defended against them. Women entered the work force in unprecedented numbers—and developed a irreversible taste for independence.

New Jersey’s Role
New Jersey was an industrial powerhouse that supplied the Allies even before we entered the war—and for that drew the attention of saboteurs. Once in the war, we boosted our manufacturing output. The army built facilities here that played major roles in the war effort, including Camps Dix, Merritt (a major embarkation base), and Vail (later Fort Monmouth).

New Jersey supplied two high-profile figures of the war era, most notably, the President himself. Wilson was a former New Jersey governor who ran his presidential campaigns from right here in Monmouth County. His nemesis during the war years, Alice Paul, was a militant suffragist from Burlington County who labelled the president “Kaiser Wilson.” Her White House picketing and arrest drew national attention and in large part led Wilson to reverse his opposition to the 19th Amendment.

One Man’s Story 
Behind the headlines are the stories of people. The exhibit tells, among others, of Joe Marino (born Giuseppe Maranaccio). Joe ended up in Asbury Park, U.S. citizen, father of four, and owner of Marino’s Bar on Main St. But he started life in Accadia, Italy. 

Italy, originally allied with Germany, remained neutral at the onset of war, then sided with the Allies. Nearly 6 million Italians served—including a teenaged Joe Marino. He was captured and imprisoned for years in Austria. Near the end of the war, he escaped and walked under cover of  darkness the hundreds of miles back to his village. His sweetheart, assuming him dead, had married. Heartbroken, Joe moved to Rome where he worked three years to save the money to immigrate to the states.

This exhibit runs through June 2018. 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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Some event listings courtesy of the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey