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Thursday, May 25, 2017

NJ Memorial Day Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/27/17 - 5/29/17

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, May 27 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
Twilight by the Bay

Learn about Fort Hancock's significance over the last 250 years. This free event will be held from 7:00 - 8:30 pm and begins at the Sandy Hook Lighthouse Keeper's Quarters/Visitor Center, Fort Hancock Historic Post, part of Gateway National Recreation Area. For more information, call 732-872-5970 or visit www.nps.gov/gate.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 5/26/17 - 5/28/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Antiques & Collectibles
Highland Park, NJ 08904
9:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Friday & Saturday

Friday, May 19, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/20/17 - 5/21/17

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Friday - Saturday, May 19 - 20 - Vineland, Cumberland County
Vineland Founder's Day
Family Friendly Event

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Preservation New Jersey's 2017 10 Most Endangered Historic Places List Announced

Preservation New Jersey's 2017 10 Most Endangered Historic Places List Announced
Thursday, May 18, 2017

In recognition of National Preservation Month, Preservation New Jersey, Inc. (PNJ) announced its annual list of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in New Jersey on the front steps of the State House in Trenton, New Jersey at 10:00 am on Thursday, May 18, 2017. PNJ was joined by the advocates for this year’s endangered historic places at a rally to support New Jersey’s threatened cultural and architectural heritage.

The 10 Most Endangered Historic Places program spotlights irreplaceable historic, architectural, cultural, and archaeological resources in New Jersey that are in imminent danger of being lost. The act of listing these resources acknowledges their importance to the heritage of New Jersey, and draws attention to the predicaments that endanger their survival and the survival of historic resources statewide. The list, generated from nominations by the public, aims to attract new perspectives and ideas to sites in desperate need of creative solutions.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Coastal Defense Weekend at Fort Hancock - May 19 - 21, 2017

Coastal Defense Weekend at Fort Hancock
Friday, May 19 - Sunday, May 21, 2017

Three events this weekend at Sandy Hook, part of Gateway National Recreation Area in Monmouth County, New Jersey. This weekend is held in conjunction with NJ SeaGrant’s Ocean Fun Days.

Friday, May 19, 2017
Harbor Defense Lantern Tour – “Turn the Clock Back to May 1943 and You Are There”
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Join members of the Army Ground Forces Association as they return to May 1943 and take you on a 2 mile lantern tour that will take you to the Battery Potter, Mortar Battery (Harbor Defense Command Post), the Sandy Hook Proving Ground and Battery Gunnison/New Peck – all part of Fort Hancock’s storied past! Your guides will be the volunteers who restore, preserve and interpret Battery Gunnison/New Peck for the National Park Service. Walking is mostly on roads and on the asphalt Multi-Use Path (MUP). Meet at 6:30 pm at Bldg. 28, the Fort Hancock Museum (former Post Guardhouse) located in the Fort Hancock Historic Post. The tour will end at Battery Gunnison/New Peck and then return to the Museum. This tour is free and all are welcome!


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Saturday, May 20, 2017
5 mile Historic Hike of Fort Hancock – “Turn the Clock Back to May 1943 and You Are There"
12:00 noon - 5:00 pm
Want to see fortifications normally closed to the public? Want to learn more about the history of Fort Hancock during the World War II era? Combine both on a moderate-paced 5 mile hike. Join members of the Army Ground Forces Association as they return to May 1943 and take you on a five mile historic hike walking tour of selected fortifications and forgotten locations of Fort Hancock’s storied past! Your guides will be the volunteers who restore, preserve and interpret Battery Gunnison/New Peck for the National Park Service. Walking is off-road, in sand and near beaches, and on the asphalt Multi-Use Path (MUP). Meet at 12:00 noon at Battery Gunnison/New Peck in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Park in Parking Lot G (for Gunnison Beach, off Atlantic Drive in the Park). The Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground National Historic Landmark District encompasses the entire Sandy Hook Peninsula.

Register online at http://www.armygroundforces.org/HistoricHike.html. Attendees must register and pay at this website.

The fee is $15 and covers the cost of a 1940’s-theme light picnic and raises funds to support restoration and preservation work by the Army Ground Forces Association at Fort Hancock. Tour attendance is limited, so be sure to register soon! The registration page also contains historic documents for you to download and learn about global happenings and activities specifically at Fort Hancock in May 1943.


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Sunday, May 21, 2017
Coast Defense Day Battery Gunnison/New Peck in World War II
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Volunteers from AGFA in WWII uniform bring Battery Gunnison/New Peck and its 6-inch guns to life, as if they were in final modernization and activation in May 1943. Learn about Army Harbor Defense Operations, the interior battery vintage electric system, and Fort Hancock Army medical support in May 1943. Visitors can participate in loading the guns, tracking ships, learn artillery math and experience soldier life. Either take the Ocean Fun Days bus (for schedule visit http://njseagrant.org/education/special-events/oceanfun-days) or park in the Gunnison Beach parking lot and walk over to Battery Gunnison/New Peck.
This event is free and all are welcome!


For information and questions, e-mail info@armygroundforces.org or visit www.armygroundforces.org.


These events are a fundraiser for a Park volunteer historical association, the Army Ground Forces Association (AGFA), which is preserving, restoring and interpreting Fort Hancock’s history during World War II. AGFA is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization and an official park partner organization. See details of AGFA’s work at Battery Gunnison/New Peck at www.armygroundforces.org.

About Gateway National Recreation Area: www.nps.gov/gate

About Sandy Hook, the Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground National Historic Landmark District: www.nps.gov/gate/learn/historyculture/sandy-hook-places.htm


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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Spring Concert at the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage: Songs of Nature - May 21, 2017

Spring Concert at the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage: Songs of Nature
Sunday, May 21, 2017

On Sunday, May 21, beginning at 1:30 pm, balladeer Linda Russell will perform historical music at the Old Dutch Parsonage historic site in Somerville, New Jersey.

Celebrate the arrival of spring with songs of the American colonies! When colonists first set foot in the New World, they found a rich, raw landscape that appeared untamed. Colonists saw nature as beautiful and yet a source of danger, a savage wilderness. Join balladeer Linda Russell as she performs music celebrating nature’s harmonies with poetic depictions of birds and flowers, but also human struggles with nature’s perils. 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.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/13/17 - 5/14/17

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Saturday, May 13 - Princeton, Mercer County
Stony Brook Walking Tour

Before there was a "Princeton," six Quaker families established a community on the fertile ground along Stony Brook. This 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.


Admission: $5 per person and includes farmhouse museum admission. Tours begin at the Updike Farmstead farmhouse, 354 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ at 2:00 pm and ends at 3:30 pm. Space is limited. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-921-6748 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

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Saturday, May 13 - Manalapan, Monmouth County
Spirits of the Jerseys State History Fair - CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
Children Friendly Event and Site

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 5/12/17 - 5/14/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Amazing Clocks & Antiques
Short Hills, NJ 07078
9:40 am - 2:00 pm 
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

'Let's Go Shopping! Victorian Consumer Culture' is theme in 2017-2018 for guided tours of Cape May's 1879 Emlen Physick Estate

'Let's Go Shopping! Victorian Consumer Culture' is theme in 2017-2018 for guided tours of Cape May's 1879 Emlen Physick Estate
Now Through April 2018

Learn about the tremendous changes in how Americans shopped during the Victorian era during guided tours of the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, New Jersey beginning April 28, 2017 and continuing through April 2018.

American consumerism took off during the Victorian era because there were more people with more money purchasing more goods that were advertised more widely and available more cheaply than ever before.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/6/17 - 5/7/17

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Saturday, May 6 - 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.

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Saturday, May 6 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
A Quilting Bee
Children Friendly Site

Stitch yourself in to history at our quilting bee. Novices as well as those comfortable working with needle and thread are welcome to participate. Working together sharing stories and needlework tips, a quilting bee creates a sense of community as warm and lovely as the quilt. Stop by during this free program 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.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 5/5/17 - 5/7/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Ephemera & Mid-Century Furniture
Fair Lawn, NJ  07410
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Friday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday

Thursday, April 27, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/29/17 - 4/30/17

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Saturday, April 29 - Harmony Township, Warren County
Spring Open House
Children Friendly Event and Site

The Harmony Township Historical Society and the Historic Preservation Commission of Harmony Township invite the public to attend their annual Spring 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, NJ.

- Watch live fiber arts and craft demonstrations
- Open hearth cooking in the Summer Kitchen
- Hit-and-miss engines on display
- War Reenactors

Come see the progress being made at the farmstead. The event will include tours of the circa 1750s main house, the restored wagon houses, and the one of a kind Dutch style barn. For more information, visit www.hoffvannattafarm.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 4/28/17 - 4/30/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Coins, Comics, Vintage Toys, and More!
Woodland Park, NJ 07424
9:00 am - 4:00 pm Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm Sunday

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Women Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court - May 3, 2017

Women Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

On Wednesday, May 3 at 7:00 pm in Lambert Castle, the Passaic County Historical Society welcomes back Trish Chambers, as she presents "Women Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court." Four magnificent women have achieved the position of Supreme Court Justice to date. Join Trish Chambers Productions in a fascinating introduction to these accomplished jurists. This program also introduces the audience to the traditions and history of the Supreme Court. The program is free to the public and follows a business meeting of the Historical Society.

The four women who have served on the Supreme Court of the United States. From left to right: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (Ret.), Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Justice Elena Kagan in the Justices' Conference Room, prior to Justice Kagan's Investiture Ceremony on October 1, 2010.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Wool Days Spring Festival Celebration - April 29 and 30, 2017

Wool Days Spring Festival Celebration
Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, 2017

Monmouth County Historical Association will host the Wool Days Spring Festival program at Holmes-Hendrickson House, 62 Longstreet Road, on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 from 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm. In addition to the traditional Wool Days festivities, MCHA had added expanded programming and events this year for families to enjoy.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/22/17 - 4/23/17

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Saturday, April 22 - Princeton, Mercer County
Stony Brook Walking Tour

Before there was a "Princeton," six Quaker families established a community on the fertile ground along Stony Brook. This 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.


Admission: $5 per person and includes farmhouse museum admission. Tours begin at the Updike Farmstead farmhouse, 354 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ at 2:00 pm and ends at 3:30 pm. Space is limited. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-921-6748 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

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Saturday, April 22 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Luck O’ The Farm: Irish Farmhands and House Servants
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday at Fosterfield's Living Historical Farm, have fun learning about the Irish culture with food, dance, and music. Help the Irish farmers with spring planting and barnyard chores. At The Willows, give a hand to the Irish servants with the annual spring-cleaning. It is definitely not easy! This program runs from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors (65+); $4 for children ages 4 – 16; and $2 for children ages 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.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 4/21/17 - 4/23/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Diggers' Delight
Piscataway, NJ  08854
10:00 am - 2:00 pm Friday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm Saturday

Thursday, April 13, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/15/17 - 4/16/17

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Saturday, April 15 - Mount Tabor, Morris County
"Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire"

On Saturday, attend "Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire," at the Bethel in Trinity Park, Mount Tabor. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the program starts at 7:30 pm. Accredited actress Michele  LaRue, in period costume, will portray a fictional speaker in this witty, satiric monologue written by pro-suffragist Marie Jenny Howe in 1912.

Many women fought against the vote in the early 1900s, but none with more charm, prettier clothes, and less logic than the fictional speaker. "Women suffrage is the reform against nature," declares Howe's unlikely, but irresistibly likable heroine. Reviewers have called this production "wicked" in its wit, and have labeled Michele LaRue's performance "side-splitting."

LaRue is a professional actress who tours nationally with a repertoire of shows by turn-of-the-previous-century American writers. The production is directed by Warren Kliewer for New Jersey's The East Lynne Co., which he founded in 1980 to revive American plays and literature of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Invite your friends and neighbors for this treat provided by funding from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. This program is co-sponsored by the Mount Tabor branch of the Parsippany library. 

Park at the post office at 26 Simpson Avenue, Mount Tabor, NJ and walk up the pedestrian path to the Bethel. For information, call 973-625-8548.

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Saturday, April 15 - West Orange, Essex County
Thomas Edison National Historical Park Fee Free
Children Friendly Site

Have you ever wanted to visit Thomas Edison's West Orange Laboratory and home, Glenmont? Admission to Thomas Edison National Historical Park is waived the weekend of April 15 - 16 in honor of National Park Week. Passes for Glenmont must be picked up at the Laboratory Complex Visitor Center at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x11 or visit www.nps.gov/edis.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 4/14/17 - 4/16/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Diggers' Delight
Teaneck, NJ  07666
9:00 - 5:00 pm Friday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Insanity and Women in New Jersey

Insanity and Women in New Jersey
By Joanne Rajoppi


New Jersey has a mixed report card in its history and treatment of mental illness. In her travels throughout New England 19th century social advocate Dorothea Lynn Dix chronicled the state of the “insane.” In her 1843 report to the Massachusetts legislature Dix stated that insane persons were “in cages, closets, cellars, stalls, pens! Chained, naked, beaten with rods and locked into obedience.”

Many people considered “ill” in the head and depressed were simply locked away in attics or basements by their families or warehoused in almshouses to waste away and die. Although founded with good intentions (before the rise of hospitals) almshouses were often places of horror where little or no care was provided to the indigent.

New Jersey Lunatic Asylum, Trenton, circa 1860.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/8/17 - 4/9/17

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Saturday, April 8 - Princeton, Mercer County
The Magic and History of Marquand Park

In 1953, the Marquand family donated 17 acres of their estate, Guernsey Hall, to the municipality of Princeton to serve as an arboretum and passive recreation park. Once part of a 30-acre farm owned by Judge Richard Stockton Field, Marquand Park is home to more than 150 different tree specimens, some dating back over 170 years!

Join Bob Wells, Associate Director of Arboriculture at Morris Arboretum, and Roland Machold, former Marquand Park Foundation board member, as they share the history of the property and highlight the native and exotic trees in the collection on Saturday at 11:00 am. The tour will last approximately one hour. Tickets are FREE, but registration is required, as space is limited.

Starting location: Marquand Park parking lot on Lover's Lane between Stockton and Mercer Streets. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-921-6748 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

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Saturday, April 8 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Tour Paulsdale

Paulsdale is open to the public for Second Saturday Tours at 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm. Paulsdale is the birthplace of Quaker suffragist Alice Paul. Tours include a 15-minute DVD presentation about Alice Paul's life and work and a walk around the porch where visitors learn about the Paul family's daily life in the house, the restoration of the house, and its present day use as a girl's leadership center. No registration is required, but large groups are encouraged to call ahead. Tours are $5.00 per person.

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

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 4/7/17 - 4/9/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Lionel Trains
Millington, NJ 07946
14:00 - 8:00 pm Friday
9:30 am - 4:00 pm Saturday & Sunday