Thursday, March 9, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 3/11/17 - 3/12/17

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, March 11 - Bedminster, Somerset County
Genealogy Workshop

Interested in researching your family history but don’t know where to begin? On Saturday at 1:00 pm, genealogists Carol Sheaffer and Nancy Nelson, of the Central Jersey Genealogical Club, will teach participants how to organize and begin researching your family archives for photos, documents, diaries, journals and oral histories to help tell your story. You will also learn how to use vital, immigration and military records; church and local records; and online sources. 

For more on the Central Jersey Genealogical Club, based in Hamilton, NJ, visit http://www.cjgcnj.com.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Admission $10 per person. Members free. Children 12 and under, free. Register HERE.  The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 3055 River Road, Bedminster, NJ. Enter through River Road Park. For more information, call 908-396-6053 or visit www.jvanderveerhouse.org.

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Saturday, March 11 - Princeton, Mercer County
Einstein Facts and Fun
Children Friendly Event (Ages 6-10)

Celebrate Pi Day at this fun and interactive session for children ages 6-10, led by the staff of the Historical Society of Princeton and the Princeton Public Library. Program includes a story time and craft, plus children will learn fascinating facts, such as how a childhood fascination with a compass played a role in the development of the Nobel prize-winning scientist. We will wrap things up by snacking on vanilla ice cream while enjoying some music by Mozart, two of Einstein’s favorite things. This program will take place on the third floor of the Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ. Admission is FREE. For more information, call 609-921-6748 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

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Saturday, March 11 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Work Horse Rides
Children Friendly

On Saturday, children will be riding high at Howell Farm when the Farm's big workhorses will be drafted to "pony ride" duty.

Riders will not sit on saddles, nor will they ride bareback, but will sit atop fully harnessed, three quarter ton workhorses. The horses won't mind, according to the farmers, since giving rides is easier than pulling the plows and wagons used to run the 130-acre living history farm.

The program is intended to give children a taste of early 20th century farm life. So, in order to get a ride, children must first do their farm chores, which include shelling and grinding corn, pumping water, and making fence rails. Riders must be between the ages of 5 and 12 years old, without exception.

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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Sunday, March 12 - Greenwich, Cumberland County
Oystering in the Old Days

On Sunday at 2:00 pm, Mr. Clyde Phillips will discuss the oyster industry of Port Norris. His lecture is entitled "Oystering in the Old Days." Most of Clyde Phillips' life was centered on boats for the oyster trade on the Maurice River and Delaware Bay. He is the last in a long line of oystermen. He worked early on in his father's oyster business, later for Dorchester Shipyard, and was the last foreman and Master Boat Builder at the old Del Bay Shipyard in Leesburg. Later, he was the research vessel captain for what became the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory at Bivalve. He also served as the minister at several Methodist Churches in South Jersey. His specialty outside the ministry is the boats of the oystering trade and his lifelong hobby has been the history of sailing boats and ships with his specialty being the sailing craft of the Chesapeake Bay. He will discuss the oyster industry generally by means of personal recollections and welcomes questions during his presentation.  A question/answer period will close the program.

The 2017 lecture series, sponsored by the Cumberland County Historical Society, will be held at the Warren and Reba Lummis Genealogical and Historical Library, located at 981 Ye Greate Street, Greenwich, New Jersey. Light refreshments will be served and lectures are free! For further information, call the Lummis Library at 856-455-8580 or visit www.cchistsoc.org.

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Sunday, March 12 - Montclair, Essex County
Historic House Tour: Crane House/YWCA
Family Friendly

Discover the people whose “many voices” and life stories shaped our community, and travel through the ages with the Crane House and Historic YWCA. Hear about the evolution of our young country from New Jersey’s point of view, and learn of a unique story set during a time when the nation was embroiled in the Civil Rights. Visit our community farm to learn more about our agricultural past, and don’t forget to say hello to our happy brood of chickens! 

The site at 108 Orange Road, Montlair, NJ is open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Tours of the Crane House & Historic YWCA are on the hour, last tour at 3:00 pm. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students with valid ID, and $4 for children; under 2 are free. Members get in free. For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail mail@montclairhistorical.org, or visit www.montclairhistorical.org.

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Sunday, March 12 - Hoboken, Hudson County
Hoboken WWI Lecture Series - Heaven, Hell, or Hoboken
Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen

In the summer of 1914, nationalist fervor drove European nations into war. Although the United States did not engage until the spring of 1917, the conflict later known as World War I had an enormous impact on Hoboken, NJ, a small city with large immigrant communities and a busy port.

As early as July 1916, the war intruded on Hudson County with the explosion of a munitions depot on Black Tom Island, just off the coast of Jersey City. The explosion obliterated the island, shattering glass for miles around, yet the incident was initially downplayed, to avoid ramping up public support for America's entry into World War I.

When America formally entered the war on April 6, 1917, Hoboken's waterfront became central to the war effort as the government seized the German ships docked there and commandeered the piers, which became the Army's port of embarkation for American troops. Some 2 million soldiers passed through Hoboken on their way to or from Europe. Near the end of the war, General John Pershing rallied the troops for a swift conclusion to the war with the rallying cry, "Heaven, Hell, or Hoboken."

The public is invited to learn more about the "war to end all wars" and its legacy a hundred years later through a series of 10 lectures by visiting authors, scholars and professors, mostly on Sundays at 4 pm, through May 7, 2017. Admission is free.

On Sunday at 4:00 pm attend the lecture entitled, "Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen," by Christopher Capozzola, PhD, Associate Professor of History at MIT, and author of Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen (Oxford University Press, 2008). The lecutre is held at the Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson Street, Hoboken, NJ. For more information, call 201-656-2240 or visit www.hobokenmuseum.org.

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Sunday, March 12 - Montclair, Essex County
Author Event: Bloomfield Through Time

As Richard Rockwell researched his book Bloomfield through Time, he discovered rarely seen historic photographs digitally restored from glass negatives from the Nathan Russell Collection archives at the Glen Ridge Public Library. Nathan Russell, a realtor from 1890-1917, took pictures of newly-built homes, documenting turn-of-the-19th-century residential architectural patterns, building and remodeling trends in Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, and Montclair. Throughout his talk, which includes 30 never-before-seen Nathan Russell photos of houses in Montclair taken in the early 1900s, you'll have an opportunity to challenge your historic sleuthing skills to see how many of the houses you can identify. His recently published book, Bloomfield Through Time, was designated one of the top ten non-fiction paperbacks at Watchung Booksellers. Suggested donation $5. Books will also be available for purchase.

About the author: Rich has lived in Montclair and Bloomfield for the past 20 years.  He currently lives in Halcyon Park Historic District in Bloomfield and is Chair of Bloomfield's Morris Canal Greenway Committee and regularly leads walking tours of the path of the Morris Canal through Bloomfield.  He is also on the Board of the newly-formed Bloomfield Historic Preservation Commission.

This program will take place at 2:00 pm at the Crane House & Historic YWCA, 110 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail mail@montclairhistorical.org, or visit www.montclairhistorical.org.

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Sunday, March 12 - 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, March 12 - Morristown, Morris County
Florham: An American Treasure

The Morris County Historical Society announces a special presentation on Sunday at 2:00 pm at the Morristown and Morris Township Library, 1 Miller Road, Morristown, New Jersey featuring the book Florham: An American Treasure. A pictorial history of the iconic Vanderbilt-Twombly estate, the book follows the property from “home” to Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus. Meet authors Carol Bere, Walter Cummins, and Arthur T. Vanderbilt II as they share their insight into Florham’s history, recreate the family’s amazing lifestyle there during the Gilded Age, and explain how Florham survived, when countless other local mansions and estates did not. Enjoy viewing vintage photographs as well as new color images that were taken for the book by photographer Mark Hillringhouse. A program highlight will be the showing of a “lost” film recorded in the 1930s by Florence Vanderbilt Twombly’s chef, Joseph Donon. The MCHS is pleased to present this special program in collaboration with the Friends of Florham.

Florham: An American Treasure will be available for purchase at the presentation, and may also be purchased at the MCHS’s Gallery Gift Shop. Space is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance; cost is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students, and Free for MCHS members. Contact the MCHS at 973-267-3465 or MCHSAcornHall@gmail.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Morris County Historical Society, founded in 1946, is a member-supported, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Acorn Hall, an Italianate Villa and home to the Society, 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, March 12 - Flemington, Hunterdon County
1917-2017 Hunterdon County during WWI

On Sunday at 2:00 pm, guest speaker Brian Armstrong will recognize the role Hunterdon County servicemen played in World War I with photos, letters, newspaper reports, and military records. This spring membership meeting will be held at the Flemington Presbyterian Church, 10 East Main Street, Flemington, NJ. This meeting and lecture is open the public and refreshments will be served.

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Sunday, March 12 - Egg Harbor City, Atlantic County
Lines on the Pines
Family Friendly

On Sunday, attend the 12th Annual Lines on the Pines - a gathering of artists, authors and artisans whose passion is the Pine Barrens of New Jersey! Enjoy a wonderful day meeting Pine Barrens authors, artists and artisans! Over fifty talented Pine Barrens People will be on hand to sign their books, display their artwork or craft, play their music and in general, share their love of the Pine Barrens! The event runs from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm at Renault Winery, 72 Bremen Avenue, Egg Harbor City, NJ. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.linesonthepines.org.



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Sunday, March 12 - Oldwick, Hunterdon County
Lecture on Alnwick Hall/The Abbey

The Tewksbury Historical Society will host a free lecture by historian and author W. Barry Thomson on Alnwick Hall, the 2017 Mansion in May site, on Sunday at 1:00 pm at the Zion Lutheran Christian Education Building, 1 Miller Avenue in Oldwick. The lecture is open to the public; seating is on a first come first served basis. Doors open at 12:30 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Thomson will speak about "Alnwick Hall"/"The Abbey," which will be the site of this year's Mansion in May designer show house fund-raising event in support of the Women's Association for the Morristown Medical Center. Designed and built between 1903 and 1904, "Alnwick Hall"/"The Abbey" is important as one of the last surviving, and one of the best preserved, of the large estate houses that once lined both sides of Madison Avenue from Morristown to Madison, New Jersey, during the "Gilded Age."

He will set the scene of Morristown and Morris Township during the Gilded Age, with a focus on the development of the estates in the Convent and Normandy Heights areas and along Madison Avenue.  He will discuss and show some of the other estates, including financier Otto Kahn's "Cedar Court," the Florence Vanderbilt and Hamilton Twomblys' "Florham" estate (now Fairleigh Dickinson), and the Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge estate, "Giralda Farms."

The lecture will be preceded by a short society business meeting. In case of inclement weather, call 908-832-6734 or visit www.tewksburyhistory.net.

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Sunday, March 12 - Ewing, Mercer County
Movie Day at the Temple House

Come join us as we view 2 short films by local filmmakers. "Walking Into Eternity," a Dublin guide with Patrick Ryan, a video tour of the Dublin of James Joyce's Ulysses, shot entirely in Dublin, and the documentary "The Town That Disappeared Overnight" -  the story of the town that now is Round Valley reservoir. There once was a town where New Jersey's Round Valley Reservoir now sits. There are tales of being able to still see the buildings under the billions of gallons that now flood what was once a thriving community...but are the stories true? Written and directed by Dave Kuznicki  and Eric Althoff and photographed in part by Director of Photography John Anastasio, "The Town that Disappeared Overnight" is the  story of a few of its residents who tell how state planners and contractors, buoyed by greed and mob connections, forced rural farmers from their ancestral homes in the 1950s to make way for a reservoir to satiate the thirsts of populous areas near New York. Kuznicki, now a successful television producer in Ohio, and Althoff, a journalist in Washington DC, were once students of Mr. Anastasio, who taught Radio, Television and Communications Technology at Hunterdon Central Regional High School for 25 years and inspired them to do this 2015 Emmy Award-winning documentary. This program will begin at 2:00 pm at the Benjamin Temple House, 27 Federal City Road, Ewing, NJ. For more information, call 609-883-2455 or visit www.ethps.org.

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Through March 12, 2017- Trenton, Mercer County
Furniture as Art at Ellarslie, the Trenton City Museum

The Trenton City Museum hosts "Furniture as Art," four exhibits-in-one that highlight the items that bring comfort and beauty to our lives - furniture. How many of us take our daily surroundings for granted? This exhibit helps us to see the everyday with fresh eyes.

On the museum's second floor, Furniture from the Permanent Collection features furniture from the collection of the Trenton Museum Society - antique furniture made in and associated with Trenton. Many of these reminders of Trenton's past manufacturing heyday have never before been seen by the public. Rustic Regional Windsor Chairs includes a collection of early Windsor chairs loaned by private collectors. According to TMS trustee and curator of the exhibit David Bosted, "The first American Windsor chair is believed to have been made here in the Delaware Valley in 1730. About a dozen pre-1850 Windsor Chairs will be on view along with a half-dozen colonial-revival reproductions, to illustrate the various forms and artistic features of rustic regional Windsor chairs."

On Sunday, February 26, 2017, Robert Whitley talks about furniture restoration during his 50+ year career. 

The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie is located in the middle of the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Cadwalader Park, with an entrance on Parkside Avenue, in Trenton, New Jersey. There is no fee for admission although donations are accepted. There is abundant free parking including handicap accessible parking.  The museum is handicapped accessible. 
For more information, call 609-989-3632 or visit www.ellarslie.org.

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Through March 31, 2017 - Plainfield, Union County
Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Firsts Opening Reception and Curators' Talk

The Plainfield Public Library announces a new guest exhibit from the Museum of Uncut Funk, Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Firsts. The exhibit commemorates the 40th anniversary of 1970s Saturday morning cartoons that featured positive Black animation characters for the first time in television history.

The pioneering cartoon characters featured in this exhibition present an unheralded legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and several animation, American, and Black History firsts. This flat-panel exhibit has traveled to the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, and the Purdue University Black Cultural Center. Plainfield Public Library is pleased and honored to be able to present this one-of-a-kind, traveling exhibit to the residents of Plainfield and Union County. Visitors are encouraged to join exhibit curators Loreen Williamson and Pamela Thomas for a special talk about the importance of the materials found in this exhibition. Free commemorative buttons will be given to program attendees on February 11 (as long as supplies last). All Ages Welcome! The exhibit opens at 10:30 am in the ALD Room (lower level) of the Plainfield Public Library, 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ. For more information, call 908-757-1111 or visit www.plainfieldlibrary.info.

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Through Sunday, April 9 - Cape May, Cape May County
Moore History: The Story of William J. Moore of Cape May

The Center for Community Arts (CCA) once again presents an exhibit in association with the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) that highlights and illuminates African-American life and history in Cape May and the surrounding region. This year's exhibit, in the Carroll Gallery of the Emlen Physick Estate, is entitled "Moore History: The Life and Works of William J. Moore."

The CCA History Committee has selected important original documents, objects, and photographs of Mr. Moore's long and honored life. William J. Moore was principal of the segregated West Cape May Elementary Annex school for 52 years, inspiring many of his students to go on to college and careers. He served as the executive of Cape May Golf Club and then the pro at Cape May Tennis Club, which was named in his honor at his 100th birthday. He raised nine children with his wife, Susie (Smothers) Moore, and founded the William J. Moore Scholarship Fund.

Many of his students and friends remember him to this day. Their testimonies and recollections accompany Mr. Moore's own words and those of his children. The exhibit will be open to the public on Saturday, January 14 with an official opening ceremony on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 16 at 4:00 pm at the Carroll Gallery in the Carriage House at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street. The exhibit opening is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit is open to the public as follows: Saturdays, January 14 - February 4, 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm; Saturday, February 18, 11:00 am - 3:30 pm, Sunday, Feb. 19, 11:00 am - 2:30 pm, Monday, February 20, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Saturday, February 25, 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm, Saturday, March 4, 11:00 am - 2:30 pm, Saturday, March 11, 11:00 am - 2:30 pm. The exhibit is open daily, March 18 - April 19. Hours vary.

The Emlen Physick Estate is located at 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Center for Community Arts (CCA) in association with the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For information on the exhibit, call 609-884-7525 or see www.CenterforCommunityArts.org. For gallery hours call 609-884-5404 or visit www.capemaymac.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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Sunday, February 19 through Sunday, June 25, 2017 - Morristown, Morris County
1917: World War, Women’s Rights, and Weaponry Sciences Exhibit Opening

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I, Morris County Historical Society offers a provocative exhibit highlighting The Great War’s impact on Morris County. The new exhibit 1917: World War, Women’s Rights, and Weaponry Sciences, displayed throughout Acorn Hall, will be available from Sunday, February 19 through Sunday, June 25, 2017. Stories of Morris County’s brave men and women during the WWI era will be complimented by authentic WWI uniforms, weaponry and militaria, period clothing, and ephemera.

Focusing on sacrifices of Morris County residents, the exhibit honors the men and women who gave their lives during the war, highlights the culture clash of women seeking recognition as equals and the right to vote, and features the tremendous advances in weaponry science credited to the work of men and women at Picatinny Arsenal and throughout Morris County.

The Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, and on Sundays from 1:00- 4:00 pm. For a tour of Acorn Hall and to see the exhibit is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students, and Free for children under age 12 and MCHS members. To see the exhibit, only, is one half of the price of admission.

The Morris County Historical Society, founded in 1946, is a member-supported, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Acorn Hall, an Italianate Villa, is located at 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-267-3465 or visit www.acornhall.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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Through September 3, 2017
Garden State: Living Off the Land in Early New Jersey Exhibit
Family Friendly

How far is the distance from farm to table? For families in early New Jersey it was measured in inches. These families did not make their living “by bread alone.” They relied not only on wheat and corn, but also on bees, cows, apples, and vegetables to support themselves and their communities. The Garden State: Living off the Land in Early New Jersey explores the technology and tools, from bee smokers to cradle scythes, that farmers in 18th and 19th century New Jersey utilized in order to survive. The exhibit also features a new generation of Garden State farmers who are working to make the distance from farm to table a little bit shorter for today’s families.

This exhibit is on display through September 3, 20017 at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts located at 9 Main Street, Madison, NJ. Admission: Adults – $5; Students, children and adults 65+ – $3; METC members and children under 6 – FREE; Family maximum rate – $15.00. For more information, call 973-377-2982 or visit www.metc.org.

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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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