Thursday, April 20, 2017

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

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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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.

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Saturday, April 22 - Morristown, Morris County
Speedwell Games Day
Children Friendly Program

Have an exciting day filled with tournaments and triumphs at the third annual Speedwell Games Day. Families and children of all ages are invited to participate in games and play with toys that were used in the bygone era of the Vail Family. The program runs from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Admission: $5/adult, $4/senior (65+), $3/child (ages 4 -16). FREE for children under age 4 and Friends members, with a current membership card. Historic Speedwell is located 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-285-6550 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Saturday, April 22 - Raritan Township, Hunterdon County
The History of Growth in Raritan Township


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Saturday, April 22 - Morristown, Morris County
Cards in the Parlor

Card game enthusiasts and experts are invited to the parlors of the historic Vail House for rounds of Whist, Hearts, and Poker, all card games played in the 19th century. The program runs from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Admission: $5/adult, $4/senior (65+), $3/child (ages 4 -16). FREE for children under age 4 and Friends members, with a current membership card. Historic Speedwell is located 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-285-6550 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Saturday, April 22 - Ewing, Mercer County
Ewing Historical Society Spring Flea Market

The Ewing Township Historic Preservation Society's Annual Spring Flea Markete will be held on Saturday from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Benjamin Temple House, 27 Federal City Road, Ewing, NJ. Shop for bargains and support the society!

The Ewing Township Historic Preservation Society was founded in the early 1970s, and seeks to preserve, promote, and interpret the history of the township. For more information, call 609-883-2455 or visit www.ethps.org.

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Saturday, April 22 - Ringwood, Passaic County
Earth Day at the New Weis Center


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Saturday, April 22 - Cape May, Cape May County
Grand Lighthouse Cruise

Come aboard the Cape May Whale Watcher to view and photograph seven historic lighthouses of the late 19th and early part of the 20th centuries. Most of these lighthouses stand on pedestals out of sight of land in the Delaware Bay and are still operational. Each 5-hour cruise includes narration on the history of each lighthouse and more. Includes continental breakfast buffet and Captain's Lunch buffet. A cash bar is available. Tour will be held Saturday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Tickets $85 (adults) $70 (children ages 7-12). Co-sponsored by the Cape May Whale Watcher and 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, April 22 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Potato Planting
Children Friendly

On Saturday, Howell Living Farm invites the public to join forces with its staff and volunteers to plant a special crop of potatoes to be donated to the Greater Mercer Food Cooperative and other local hunger projects.

On Saturday, visitors to the Farm can join the field crew, planting seed potatoes in furrows opened with horse drawn equipment between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Howell Living Farm represents typical farm life between 1890 and 1910. The farm is operated by the Mercer County Parks Commission. It is located at 70 Wooden's Lane, Lambertville, NJ. For more information. call 609-737-3299 or visit www.howellfarm.org.

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Saturday, April 22 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
Fireside Chat to Focus on Women of the '40s

Please join the Meadows Foundation on Saturday at 2:00 pm for a fascinating talk by Meadows favorite Trish Chambers. She will take us on a nostalgic journey back to the 1940s. Explore how that era laid the foundation for the social, technical and cultural changes that have shaped the world we live in today.

The women of the 1940s planted the seeds for the feminist movements of the sixties. The arts opened the door for Icons of music, launched literary careers, and introduced us to the future superstars of stage and screen.

Drawing on the necessities of World War ll, medicine and science made meteoric advances paving the way for space travel, nuclear medicine, and the conquest of diseases that were death sentences only a few decades ago. 1940s fashion showcased the combination of elegance and modernity. The '40s drove changes in our behavior and thinking that provided the inroads for changes in law and approach to civil rights.

This wonderful talk will take place at our Van Liew-Suydam House, 280 S. Middlebush Road, Somerset, NJ. Tickets are $10 per person and can be reserved by e-mailing chrisflp@aol.com. For more information, visit www.themeadowsfoundation.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, April 22 - 23 - Bedminster, Somerset County
Civil War Encampment at the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm and on Sunday from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, experience a day in the life of a Civil War soldier at a historically accurate 1860’s-era union camp, courtesy of the 3rd New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, a non-profit New Jersey-based Civil War reenactor group. This FREE event, suitable for all ages, will provide an educational and entertaining introduction into the lives of soldiers in the Army of the Potomac during 1861-1865.

What did a Civil War soldier eat? Where did he sleep? What possessions did he carry with him? How did he train for battle? Spectators will learn all this and more through demonstrations, exhibits and personal interaction with reenactors dressed in period attire, housed in a true camp, and dedicated to preserving not just the knowledge of what once was, but the experience of what once was. 

The circa 1772 Jacobus Vanderveer House will also be open for tours. Admission is $10 per person; Members FREE; Children 12 and under FREE. The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 3055 River Road (in Bedminster’s River Road Park), Bedminster, NJ. For more information, visit www.jvanderveerhouse.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, April 22 - 23 - Morristown, Morris County
Grand Encampment Weekend 2017
Children Friendly Event & Site

Our annual encampment weekend on a Centennial scale! This year, the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary and our annual encampment weekend is our kickoff marquee event. Over 150 reenactors from across the mid-Atlantic region will converge on Jockey Hollow to display a variety of 18th century skills and demonstrations.

Saturday Schedule:
10:00 am - Camp Opens
11:00 am - Weapons Inspection and Firing Demonstration
11:30 am - Children's Drill
1:00 pm - Military Drill and Demonstration
1:30 pm - Children's Drill
2:00 pm - Reenactors Competition Games
2:30 pm - 18th Century Games Open to Visitors
3:00 pm - Military Drill and Demonstration
3:30 pm - Author Jeff Finegan, Sr. presentation based on his two books, Colonel Washington and Me and ‘Tis Well, which focus on the life of George Washington as seen through the eyes of his slave William Lee and physician James Craik. Meet in the Visitor Center.
4:00 pm - Camp Closes

Ongoing activities throughout the day (10:00 am - 5:00 pm):
Soldiers at the Huts
18th Century Hearth Cooking in the Wick House
18th Century Laundry Demonstration outside the Wick House
Sutler Tent
Surgeons' Hospital Tent
Children's Games Tent

Sunday Schedule:
10:00 am - Camp Opens
11:00 am - Weapons Inspection and Firing Demonstration
11:30 am - Children's Drill
1:00 pm - Military Drill and Demonstration
1:30 pm - Children's Drill
2:00 pm - Reenactors Competition Games
2:30 pm - 18th Century Games Open to Visitors
3:00 pm - Military Drill and Demonstration
3:30 pm - Children's Drill
4:00 pm - Camp Closes

Ongoing activities throughout the day (10:00 am - 5:00 pm):
Soldiers at the Huts
18th Century Hearth Cooking in the Wick House
18th Century Laundry Demonstration outside the Wick House
Sutler Tent
Surgeons' Hospital Tent
Children's Games Tent

Jockey Hollow at Morristown National Historical Park is located at 580 Tempe Wick Road, Morristown NJ (address is approximate). This is a FREE event. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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Saturday - Sunday, April 22 - 23 - Glendora, Camden County
Spring Open House and Revolutionary Weekend
Children Friendly Event & Site


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Saturday - Sunday, April 22 - 23 - 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 22 - 23 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.

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Sunday, April 23 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
Walk along the Raritan Power Canal
Family Friendly

On Sunday at 10:00 am, take a walk along the Raritan Power Canal between Bridgewater and Raritan, NJ. Meet at Duke Island Park, 191 Old York Road, Bridgewater, NJ (2.4 miles west of Route 206 in Raritan and 2.1 miles east of Route 202). For more information, contact Linda Barth by e-mail barthlinda123@aol.com or call 908-240-0488.


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Sunday, April 23 - Lambertville, Hunterdon County
Migration History of the 20th Century Americas


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Sunday, April 23 - 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, April 23 - Sparta, Sussex County
A New Era: Women, Their Hats, and Social Change


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Sunday, April 23 - Morristown, Morris County
Alnwick Hall/The Abbey

On Sunday at 2:00 pm, Barry Thomson will discuss Alnwick Hall/The Abbey, one of Morris Township's remaining Gilded Age mansions. Alnwick Hall/The Abbey is the Women's Association of the Morristown Memorial Hospital's Mansion in May, this May. Barry was born and raised in Peapack-Gladstone. He received his undergraduate education at Drew University and subsequently took courses in architecture and urban planning at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Thomson also co-authored with the late John "Jack" Turpin, the two volume New Jersey Country Houses: The Somerset Hills. There will also be a discussion of the Gilded Age mansion's architecture in the context of that era of opulence in Morristown from the 1880s - 1920s. This program will be held in the lower level meeting room of the Morristown and Morris Twp. Library, 1 Miller Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, visit www.jfpl.org.

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Sunday, April 23 - Roebling, Burlington County
Walking Tour of the Historic Village of Roebling

The Roebling Museum is proud to launch a new series of walking tours of the historic Village of Roebling, NJ, starting on Sunday, April 23, from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Join former educator, teacher and emeritus member of the Roebling Museum board of director, George Lengel, and former park ranger, Doug Kiovsky, as they take a trip through time to experience what life was like for those who resided and worked in this unique model company town during the first half of the 20th century.

This tour will explore the social lives of the residents of Roebling, and the influences of their different cultural backgrounds, with a particular focus on the social clubs, languages, and faith lives of the town's numerous immigrants from Eastern Europe. This tour, Part 1 in a series of three distinctly different walking tours, will include sites east of Sixth Avenue, including a stroll through a backyard alley, and a discussion about its concept and importance within the community; a walk through the small section of town, once identified as "Gypsy town"; and a visit to see the interior of the Roebling Auditorium, an architectural monument that has stood the test of time, and which once served as an "entertainment showplace" for residents of the village.

The next tour in this series will take place on May 6. Tickets for each walking tour are $15 per person, and include admission to the museum. All tours will begin promptly at their scheduled start times. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Call 609-499-7200 or reserve online at www.roeblingmuseum.org/events.

The Roebling Museum is located at 100 Second Avenue, Roebling, NJ. Ample parking is available in the Museum lot off Hornberger Avenue, adjacent to the Roebling River Line parking area. The River Line has a Roebling stop just behind the museum. Visitors are encouraged not to park on 2nd Avenue, on the residential side of the building. For more information, visit www.roeblingmuseum.org.

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Sunday, April 23 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
Lighthouse to Lighthouse

Park Historians Thomas Hoffman and Margaret Carlsen take a group through the Sandy Hook and Twin Lights lighthouses (respectively) for this special tour. First tour the Sandy Hook Lighthouse then car caravan over to Twin Lights. Reservations required. This free event will be held from 5:00 - 7:00 pm and begins at the Sandy Hook Lighthouse. For more information and to make reservations, call 732-872-5970 or visit www.nps.gov/gate.

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Sunday, April 23 - Montclair, Essex County
Tour Montclair's Historic Houses
Children Friendly Sites

Get to know ALL of the Montclair History Center's historic houses in one afternoon! 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 Movement. Visit our community farm to learn more about our agricultural past, and don't forget to say hello to our happy brood of chickens! Your visit then continues to the elegant Shultz House, an amazing, fully-intact time capsule that takes you away to life in the early 20th century. A home chock full of original character, visitors can linger in a classic library full of vintage science instruments, admire Delft handiwork imported from the Netherlands, and marvel at the beautifully crafted woodwork. 

Tours of the Crane House & Historic YWCA are on the hour beginning at 1:00 pm and the last tour at 3:00 pm. Tours of the Shultz House are on the half hour, beginning at 1:30 pm and the last tour at 3:30 pm. Admission is $6/adult; $5/student/senior with ID; $4/child; under 2 free, good for both sites. Member get in free! The Shultz House is located at 30 North Mountain Avenue and the Crane House at110 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail mail@montclairhistorical.org, or visit www.montclairhistory.org.

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Sunday, April 23 - Hoboken, Hudson County
Hoboken WWI Lecture Series - Heaven, Hell, or Hoboken
A Seaport at War with Itself: Germans, Irish, Jews, Italians and African Americans in Wartime Greater New York

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, "A Seaport at War with Itself: Germans, Irish, Jews, Italians and African Americans in Wartime Greater New York," by Steven H. Jaffe, author of New York at War: Four Centuries of Combat, Fear, and Intrigue in Gotham (Basic Books, 2012). The lecture 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, April 23 - Westampton, Burlington County
Mrs. Harker's Tea

In 1930, local resident Miriam Harker set out to restore Peachfield to its 18th century appearance; Mrs. Harker lived and entertained at this historic home throughout the first half of the last century. In celebration of Miriam Harker, the New Jersey Colonial Dames offer this annual event where tables are set with vintage linens and china, allowing guests to experience the genteel hospitality prevalent in the 1930s. You are cordially invited to this lovely house to enjoy traditional tea sandwiches and sweets typical of Mrs. Harker's era.

Author and historic interpreter Sue Hueskin will present the life and writings of Amelia Smith Mott Gummere, author and New Jersey Dame. Ms. Hueskin will present many of Amelia's famous writings regarding Quakers and life in the late 1800s.  Join us for tea and this fascinating talk.

Admission: $20 per person, which includes the presentation and a buffet tea. Prepaid reservations are required. Peachfield is located at 180 Burrs Road Westampton, NJ. For more information and to reserve a seat, call 609-267-6996 or e-mail colonialdamesnj@comcast.net.

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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 - Madison, Morris County
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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