Friday, May 19, 2017

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

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Friday - Saturday, May 19 - 20 - Vineland, Cumberland County
Vineland Founder's Day
Family Friendly Event


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Saturday, May 20 - Nutley, Essex County
3rd Annual Base Ball Classic
Children Friendly Event

Love Baseball? Love history? Watch 1860s Base Ball! 
The Kingsland Manor presents the Flemington Neshanock Base Ball Club versus the Kingsland Colonels of Nutley Base Ball Club in the 3rd Annual Base Ball Classic at Yanticaw, Boys Park, Nutley at 1:00 pm.

The Flemington Neshanock Base Ball Club plays by 19th-century rules, uses authentic replicas of 19th-century equipment and wears 19th-century uniforms. As was the custom in the mid-19th Century, all fielders play barehanded - they do not wear gloves. Today's Neshanock were re-established in 2001 by Brad "Brooklyn" Shaw, proudly reviving the original name of the team.

The Nutley Colonels was a semi-professional base ball club that was managed by a local All-State baseball star, Anthony J. San Giacomo. The Kingsland Manor is re-establishing that classic base ball club, fielding a "Colonels" team against the Neshanock Base Ball Club at Yanticaw Park on May 20th, 1 - 3 pm.

Admission is free but donations appreciated. For more information, call 973-661-3410 or e-mail KingslandManorRestorationTrust@gmail.com.

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Saturday, May 20 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Cookstove Demonstration, Accordian Melodies of the 1890s, and Embroidery
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to see what is cooking on the woodstove in the out kitchen. Discover how food, receipts, cooking techniques and the kitchen itself has changed since the 1890s. This free event runs from 12:30 - 3:00 pm. 

From 1:00 - 3:00 pm, hear music from yesteryear played on an accordion.

From 1:00 - 3:00 pm, visit the Historic Longstreet farmhouse and see the delicate craft of embroidery on garments.

Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. For more information, call 732-946-3758 or visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

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Saturday, May 20 - Cape May, Cape May County
Armed Forces Day Ceremony

The Friends of the World War II Lookout Tower will honor area veterans of all wars on Armed Forces Day on Saturday at the restored World War II Lookout Tower (Fire Control Tower No. 23) in a patriotic ceremony beginning at 11:00 am. The ceremony will look back to the early part of the 20th century with the theme "Cape May's Role in World War I."

The World War II Lookout Tower Museum & Memorial is located on Sunset Boulevard in Lower Township near Cape May Point, N.J. It pays tribute to the dedicated men and women who have helped preserve our freedom, and stands as a reminder of the Cape May area's important role during the war years.

The Tower will also be open from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm with free admission to the public on Armed Forces Day.

The World War II Lookout Tower is part of the large coastal defense system known as Fort Miles that extends into Delaware and protected the entrance to the Delaware Bay during World War II. In March 2009, the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) successfully completed the restoration of the World War II Lookout Tower, historically known as Fire Control Tower No. 23, and opened the wartime landmark to the public. If you are interested in becoming a "Friends" member, contact Dr. Robert Heinly, Tower Friends Coordinator, at 609-224-6032. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday, May 20 - Whippany, Morris County
Armed Forces Day at the Whippany Railway Museum
Children Friendly Event & Site

Visit the Whippany Railway Museum on Saturday for Armed Forces Day from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm. The Military Transport Association of North Jersey will display a wide variety of classic, restored U.S. Military vehicles and more at the Museum site. A unique part of this event will feature two railroad flatcars carrying military "cargo" that will be part of the consist of each train operating throughout the day.

For the first time this season, the trains will be heading West toward Morristown. This does not happen often so seize the moment and check out the different surroundings.

The 10-mile, 45-minute round trip excursion from Whippany toward Morristown and return is a thrill for the children as they enjoy what for many will be their very first train ride...and they can also learn about and experience the history of New Jersey's rich railroad and transportation heritage. Riders will have time on-board the train to enjoy the spring weather and the excitement during the ride.

Passengers can combine the thrill of riding our train along with touring the museum site, with its outstanding collection of historic railroad locomotives, rolling stock, operating model train layouts and vintage farm tractors.

In addition to the regular coaches that make up the train, make your day Extra Special by purchasing limited tickets for a nostalgic Easter ride aboard the museum's elegant 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, authentic exterior 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.

So round up your family and friends and climb aboard for some great Easter fun and laughter! Ordering tickets is fast and easy! Trains depart at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm, rain, snow, or shine. The Whippany Railroad is located at 1 Railroad Plaza, at the Intersection of Route 10 West & Whippany Road in Whippany, NJ. Train fare: Adults: $14.00, Children (under 12): $9.00, Infants (1 year and under): Free. 

The Museum building will be open from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm each day of operation. Admission of $0.50 for children and $1.00 for adults (separate from train ride fare and payable at the door) supports the continued maintenance and restoration of the historic Museum building, grounds, and exhibit collection.

To order tickets and for more information, visit www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net or call 973-887-8177. The Whippany Railway Museum, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit Operating Heritage Railroad that is staffed by volunteers. Donations from the public help to keep the museum operational, but funds are still required to support this unique New Jersey treasure. Proceeds from the train rides further enhance the Museum's mission and its historic preservation efforts.

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Saturday, May 20 - Ho-Ho-Kus, Bergen County
World War I Centennial Bazaar


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Saturday, May 20 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Meet a WWI Women’s Land Army Farmerette and Piglet Weighing
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, meet a WWI Women’s Land Army Farmerette. After the U.S. entered WWI in 1917, many women worked on farms to take the place of enlisted men. Help a Farmerette plant seeds and transplant seedlings in the garden. Support the war effort on the home front. This event will be held from 10:30 am - 12:00 noon.

At 1:00 and 2:00 pm, nothing is funnier than watching the farmers and trying yourself to weigh the adorable and wiggly piglets that were born this spring. Bring your camera!

Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors (65+); $4 for children ages 4 – 16; and $2for 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, May 20 - Flemington, Hunterdon County
Colonial Chocolate Presentation



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Saturday, May 20 - Trenton, Mercer County
Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore

The 1719 William Trent House Museum is pleased to welcome back Rick Geffken to speak about his latest book, Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore, written with George Severini. 

Geffken’s and Severini’s new book brings together rarely seen images from the Library of Congress, local historical societies, and private collections to document how the Jersey Shore became the most famous vacation and recreational destination in the coastal United States. The remarkable details in these pictures capture a simpler way of life in our country, when families took their children to boardwalks to savor candy apples, salt water taffy, hot dogs and hamburgers, popcorn, and, of course, the rides.

James Bradley in Asbury Park and William Sandlass Jr. in Highland Beach created mass entertainment for hundreds of thousands of people. Their seaside recreation centers, along with those in Long Branch, Bradley Beach, Pleasure Bay, and others, endured for years but are just fond and fading memories today.

Tickets are $10 for non-members and $8 for members. Program begins at 2:00 pm. Tickets available at the door. Complimentary light refreshments and tours of the museum will be available as part of the admission to the program. The presentation will held in the Visitor Center, which is handicapped accessible. Ample free parking. The Trent House Museum is located at 15 Market Street in Trenton, NJ adjacent to the Hughes Justice Complex. For more information, call 609-989-0087 or visit www.williamtrenthouse.org.

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Saturday, May 20 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Corn Planting 
Children Friendly Event

If you have been wondering how to tell your children about the origin of their corn flakes, corn chips, polenta, tortillas, and hush puppies, bring them to Howell Living Farm for Corn Planting Day on Saturday.

Farmers will introduce visitors to some of the earthier facts of farm life by having them help with corn seed selection, fertilizing and planting. Afterwards children can grind and sift cornmeal for baking, and sample freshly made cornbread. Special maps will be given to participants to guide them to each production area; those who have their map stamped at all areas will be given a bag of freshly ground cornmeal to take home. Participating children must be accompanied by an adult. Throughout the day, farmers will use work horses and circa 1900 equipment to prepare and plant cornfields.

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, May 20 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Spring Festival at Allaire Village
Children Friendly Event & Site

Join us for a wonderful day in Historic Allaire Village, celebrating spring from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. For this one day a year, the beehive baking oven is busy baking bread and pies. The Bog Iron Boys will be playing 1836 and 1864 style base ball. No glove and much more fun! There will be historic craft demonstrations including hearth cooking, blacksmithing, carpentry, and much more. There will also be an auction at 2:00 pm in the General Store including handmade items from our trade shops and flowers and plants donated from local organizations.

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 - Sunday, May 20 - 21 - Bedminster, Somerset County
Special Exhibition and Tours at the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum

On Saturday from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm, the Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House will host a special exhibition and sale of works by American master painter John Phillip Osborne with the J. M. Stringer Gallery of Fine Art (formerly of Bernardsville and now based in Vero Beach, FL).

The exhibition, John Phillip Osborne:  An American Master, includes approximately 30 oil paintings and pen and ink drawings depicting a range of subjects.

"We are thrilled to welcome John Osborne and the J.M. Stringer Gallery back to the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum," commented Craig Sutherland, President of the Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House." John is a preeminent painter of Revolutionary War-era subjects and several of his works are part of our permanent collection."

Docents will be available for guided tours of the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum and informational material about the 1772 Dutch-Colonial home, period rooms and furnishings are available throughout the house.

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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Sunday, May 21 - Walpack, Sussex County
Walpack Historical Society Meeting

On Sunday at 1:00 pm, the Walpack Historical Society will host Patte Haggerty Frato of the Sandyston Township Historical Society for a program and military gravestone dedication for Civil War Veteran Pvt. Peter Peach. The meeting will take place at the Walpack M.E. Church, Walpack Center, Sussex County, NJ within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area followed by a memorial and dedication service at the Walpack Cemetery. This event is free and the public is welcome. For more information call 973-948-4903 or visit www.walpackhistory.org.

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Sunday, May 21 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
Rockingham's Annual Children's Day
Children Friendly Event

The basics of being a child remain the same throughout history - a need for a time of play, to learn, explore, and experience. All children are welcome to come and enjoy Rockingham's Annual Children's Day, being held this year on Sunday from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm.

The site, which served as General George Washington's final wartime headquarters in late 1783, will be offering activities and demonstrations of 18th-century life with support from the Montgomery High School Live Historians Club and the Rockingham Association. Some of the activities might include trying on replica 18th-century clothing and learning to write with quill and ink; playing historic games like Battledore & Shuttlecock and Trap Ball, an early form of baseball, trying crafts such as paper marbling and making paper hats. Past Muster will be on hand to talk about soldier's life and musket drilling and local teacher Deb Buonocore will be demonstrating basket making. NJ History Alive will show home life and local teacher Deb Buonocore will be demonstrating basket making. The garden will be available for perusing. The barn will be open and if the weather is inclement, will be used to house some of the activities. You can visit the Museum Store with its many interesting wares and trinkets for sale and there will be light refreshments available. No registration is required. While admission to the event is FREE, donations are very gladly accepted!

The event is held rain or shine. Rockingham is located at 84 Laurel Avenue, Kingston-Rocky Hill Rd. (Rte. 603) in Franklin Township, 1 mile north of Rte. 27 in Kingston, and 1 mile south of Rte. 518 in Rocky Hill. For more information, call 609-683-7132 or visit www.rockingham.net.

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Sunday, May 21 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Walnford Day
Children Friendly Site & Event

The sights and sounds of the past come alive at Historic Walnford in Upper Freehold on Sunday between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm. Plan on spending an afternoon taking a step back to explore the past!

Activities planned for the day include:
• Quill Pen Calligraphy
• Blacksmith Demonstrations
• Old-Fashioned Games
• Dressing up in period garments
• Weaving & Spinning Demonstrations

While there, tour the large, elegant Walnford home built in 1774, the 19th century gristmill, and the farm buildings set in a beautiful landscape. Walnford is located at 62 Walnford Road, 08501. For more information, visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

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Sunday, May 21 - Somerville, Somerset County
Spring Concert at the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage: Songs of Nature

On Sunday 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.

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 ten dollar per-person donation fee to attend this program. All visitors must register for this program in advance. To register, call 908-725-1015 or e-mail whouse3@verizon.net. Please register early, as seating is limited.

The Wallace House, built in 1776, served as George Washington’s winter headquarters during the Middlebrook Cantonment of 1778-1779. The house was the country residence of retired Philadelphia merchant John Wallace; Washington rented the use of half the house for himself and his staff and paid Wallace $1,000 for the use of his house and furniture. During his stay, the General hosted foreign dignitaries and planned strategies for the spring military campaign. The house is fully restored and furnished with period furniture.

The Old Dutch Parsonage was constructed in 1751, by the congregations of three local Dutch Reform Churches. The house was occupied by the Reverend John Frelinghuysen and his family until his death in 1754. His successor, the Reverend Jacob Hardenberg was the principal founder and first president of Queens College in New Brunswick, now Rutgers University.

Both sites are administered by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry, and are open to visitors Wednesday through Sunday. The Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage are both listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places.

The parking lot entrance and interpretive center for the sites is located at 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ. For directions and more information about the sites, visit www.wallacehouseassociation.org or call 908-725-1015.

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Sunday, May 21 - Montclair, Essex County
The Roots of Historic Preservation: House Tours
Family Friendly Event

In 1965, the Crane House and Historic YWCA was saved from demolition, moved, and restored to tell the story of its earliest occupants. Historic preservation was in its infancy and there were no standards to guide these preservationists. Through a tour of the Crane House and Historic YWCA, visitors discover the Roots of Historic Preservation through the building structure, documents, and viewing of footage of the house moving in 1965. 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, last tour at 3:00 pm. Tours of the Shultz House are on the half hour, last tour 3:30 pm. Admission is $6/adult; $5/student/senior with ID; $4/child; under 2 free, good for both sites. Members get in free! The Shultz House is located at 30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ and the Crane House/Historic YWCA is located at 110 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, May 21 - Montclair, Essex County
"Will Likely Endeavor to Pass for a Free Man:" Runaway Slave Ads in New Jersey Newspapers

Dr. James Amemasor, Research Specialist at the New Jersey Historical Society, has undertaken a research project that uses fugitive slave ads to document slavery in New Jersey in the period from the Treaty of Paris (1783) until the official end of the United States' involvement in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade (1808). His research collects and interprets ads that have not been digitized and have been largely inaccessible to the public and scholars. Suggested donation: $5. This presentation will be held at the Crane House and Historic YWCA, 110 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, May 21 - Westfield, Union County
A Yankee Doodle Celebration
Children Friendly Event

Transform into a colonial American patriot at the Miller-Cory House Museum on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm! The celebration features children's crafts, storytelling, and taste treats in the museum's Frazee Building.

The program includes tours of the fully restored circa 1740 farmhouse museum, as well as open-hearth cooking demonstrations featuring using period techniques and recipes. Admission is $4 for ages 13 and older, $3 for ages 3-12, and free age 2 and younger. The Miller-Cory House Museum is located at 614 Mountain Avenue, Westfield, NJ. For more informationcall 908-232-1776, e-mail millercorymuseum@gmail.com, or visit www.millercoryhouse.org.

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Sunday, May 21 - Hammonton, Burlington County
Antique Glass and Bottle Show, Vintage Cars, and Base Ball
Children Friendly Event

What do antique glass and bottles, vehicles of yesteryear, and vintage base ball have in common? You can see them all on Sunday at  Historic Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest!

The popular Antique Glass and Bottle Show, held both in the spring and fall, will welcome shoppers beginning at 9:00 am and continue on until 3:00 pm. Bottles, glass items, antiques, and collectibles will be available from a variety of vendors. Food and beverages will be available throughout day.

If your interest is more in tune with motorized vehicles, the Cruisin' Classics Auto Club of Hammonton (NJ) will present its 7th annual "Shine in the Pines" car show for your enjoyment beginning at 9:00 am and running until 2:00 pm. A variety of classic and modern cars and trucks will be on display.

To round out your day, the Athletic Base Ball Club of Philadelphia (Pa.) and the Lewes (Del.) Base Ball Club will play base ball using 1864 rules starting at 12:00 noon. Dressed in period uniforms and using no gloves, these two clubs put on a very entertaining and educational show for spectators of all ages.

There is no admission charge to enter the park or for any of these events and they are brought to you by the Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc. The historic Batsto mansion will be open from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm for guided tours. There is a $3.00/person charge to tour the mansion. The famous Batsto Post Office (one of only four in entire United States authorized to cancel mail without a zip code) will also be open to visitors.

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

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Sunday, May 21 - Harmony Township, Warren County
Warren County Preservation Day



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Sunday, May 21 - Paterson, Passaic County
Blue Valley in Concert at Lambert Castle

On Sunday, at 5:00 pm in Lambert Castle, Blue Valley will return to the Lambert Concert Series and present Original Music and Acoustic Favorites. Blue Valley is a Clifton-based, acoustic rock band. Their music  focuses on vocal harmonies, and memorable melodies and lyrics. Their performance will feature original music, as well as a few of their favorite covers. Admission to the concert is $15. Seating is limited, no reservations will be taken.

This performance is a part of the 2017 Lambert Castle Concert Series. Featuring local musicians and a variety of musical genres, all concerts are performed in the beautiful atmosphere that is Lambert Castle. Visit Lambert Castle's website for a complete listing of performances and dates. Lambert Castle is located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ. For more information, call 973-247-0085 or visit www.lambertcastle.org.

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Sunday, May 21 - River Edge, Bergen County
Pinkster - A Colonial Celebration of Spring
Children Friendly Event

Pinkster is the Dutch name for Whitsunday or Pentecost, when a flower-crowned May Queen and King led merry-makers from door-to-door, gathering dyed eggs, butter, bread, cream, coffee, sugar, and tallow candles in baskets for a festive supper and dance. Toasts with buttermilk, known as “white wine,” and recital of the Pinkster Ode welcomed the return of summer.

Lift your spirit with a joyous celebration of Pinkster at Historic New Bridge Landing on Sunday from 1:00 - 5:00 pm and imagine you are back in the days when country folk celebrated greening woodlands and flowering meadows with a dance around the Maypole and sporting contests.

There will be dancing around the Maypole at 1:30 and 3:00 pm. The public is invited to participate after each session. Ridley and Anne Enslow on fiddle and hammered dulcimer.

Artist Tina Stonefield Ishihara will exhibit selections of her work in the Steuben House. Ishihara will demonstrate a traditional 7-layer Dutch method style of painting of the late Kevin Wright. Plans include donating the painting to BCHS upon its completion.

Lost Art Lacers will be demonstrating the fine art of lace-making (bobbin-lacemaking like the ruff neckpiece Queen Elizabeth wore). An antique lace-making pillow from the BCHS collections will be on exhibit.

Programs that are geared toward children include a very large-scale, hands-on NJ map with figurines - try and figure out solutions to geographical challenges facing Washington and Cornwallis' troops and scavenger hunt with prize.

For visitors of every age, there will be tours of the Demarest House, with its display of Jersey Dutch furnishings, and colonial cooking demonstrations in the Out-Kitchen throughout the day. Pinkster cake, doughnuts, strawberries and cream, and lemonade will be served in the restored eighteenth-century tavern in the Campbell-Christie House. Tour the kitchen garden.

Experience history in one of the storied places where it was made! Come to Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201-1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. Selections from the collections of the Bergen County Historical Society will be on view in the three Jersey-Dutch houses. Suggested donation: $10 adults, $7 children, BCHS members free. For more information, visit www.bergencountyhistory.org.

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Sunday, May 21 - 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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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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