Thursday, June 15, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/17/17 - 6/18/17

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, June 17 - Middletown, Monmouth County
Monmouth County Historical Association Collecting Stories on 6/17 for Upcoming Exhibition to Mark Fifth Anniversary of Sandy

On Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, the Monmouth County Historical Association invites members of the community to come to the Taylor-Butler House (located at 127 Kings Highway, Middletown, NJ) to share stories, artifacts, and photographs for a forthcoming exhibit titled Turning Tides: Stories from Superstorm Sandy.

This exhibition will open in October at the museum to mark the fifth anniversary of the Storm making landfall along our shores. It will explore the impact of this record storm and its effects on the people and on communities in this area, using their own words, photographs, and artifacts. Crowdsourcing events like these will allow MCHA to compile a truly Monmouth-centric story. 

Anyone with photographs or artifacts to share can drop in on Saturday without an appointment. If you'd like to sit for an oral history interview with our Guest Curator, Monmouth University Professor of Public History Melissa Ziobro, please call 732-462-1466 or e-mail sandy@monmouthhistory.org to book a time and to learn more. If these dates don't work for you, please reach out to coordinate a date and time. As the steward of our county residents' stories and treasures for the past 118 years, MCHA wants to provide a platform for you to make your voice heard.

Please contact us at 732-462-1466 or sandy@monmouthhistory.org to share your story or artifacts, on our open house days or otherwise. Stay tuned for future events, and the debut of our online exhibition, which will serve as a central online repository for Monmouth County activity focused on the Storm's 5th anniversary. For more information, visit www.monmouthhistory.org.

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Saturday, June 17 - 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 two-hour hike explores the lives of the early settlers and the community they established, while following a portion of the trail George Washington took from Trenton to the Princeton Battlefield. Stops include the Stony Brook Meeting House and Burial Ground, walking a portion of the "hidden" back road into Princeton, and a view of the Battlefield.

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

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Saturday, June 17 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
Symposium on Washington's 1777 Encampment in Bridgewater

The Heritage Trail Association invites the public to a symposium concerning George Washington's 1777 Encampment in the Watchung Mountains in Bridgewater. The symposium will be held on Saturday at the Martinsville Community Center, 1961 Washington Valley Road in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater, NJ from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. The cost is $25 and lunch is included. Due to limited seating, guests must register. To do so, simply visit www.heritagetrail.org and click on "Coming Events." Click on "Middlebrook Symposium Tickets Link."

During the program, Steven Elliott of Landing, New Jersey will be awarded a $5,000 prize as the winner of the Middlebrook Symposium research competition. Mr. Elliott is currently a PhD candidate in American history at Temple University. He will present a summary of his paper at the symposium, which commemorates the 240th Anniversary of the 1777 Middlebrook Encampment (May 26 to July 3, 1777).

In addition to Mr. Elliott, the featured historians include Mr. James Kurzenberger, Retired Resource Interpretive Specialist, Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Site; archaeologist Richard Hunter, Principal of Hunter Research; Karen Reeds, Professional Historian of Medicine; SFC Robert Hansson of the US Army Rangers; Walter Stochel of the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society; and Ernest Bower, US Army, Aberdeen Proving Ground.

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Saturday, June 17 - Somerville, Somerset County
“Land, Faith and Slaves: The shared heritage of the Hardenbergh family, Rutgers University, and the Dutch Reformed Church” 

On Saturday at 2:30 pm at the Old Dutch Parsonage, speakers from Rutgers University and Rutgers Theological Seminary will explore the slave-holding history of Rutgers’ founders.

The Rev. Jacob Hardenbergh, principal founder of Rutgers University, was an outspoken proponent of American freedom. Yet he was also a slave owner, for slavery pervaded the social and religious world in which he lived. Join archivists and faculty from the New Brunswick Theological Seminary and Rutgers University as they explore the connections between the Hardenbergh family of New York and New Jersey and the great African American abolitionist leader Sojourner Truth, at one time their slave; the stories of other early slave-holding leaders of Rutgers College, and the history of Rutgers and Dutch Reformed circles during the Revolutionary War and the early years of the American Republic.

The presentation will take place at the 1751 Old Dutch Parsonage historic site, once home to the Rev Jacob Hardenbergh, his family, and his slaves.

The June 17 presentation at the Old Dutch Parsonage serves as a prelude to a larger conference to take place at the Rutgers Theological Seminary in the fall of 2017.

Speakers include:
John Coakley, Feakes Professor of Church History, Emeritus, at New Brunswick Theological Seminary
Thomas J Frusciano, Rutgers Library faculty and Vice President of the Rutgers Living History Society
Helene Van Rossum, Public Services and Outreach Archivist at Rutgers Libraries Special Collections

There is a suggested $5 dollar donation to attend this program. Advance registration is recommended. 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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Saturday, June 17 - Chester, Morris County
People Power Day
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, tour the Cooper Gristmill, and watch demonstrations of tools powered by hands and feet. Try some of these unique tools, yourself. Cost: Suggested donation. $3 per adult, $2 per senior (65+), and $1 per child age 4 - 16. FREE for children under age 4. Cooper Gristmill is located at 66 Route 513, Chester, NJ. For more information, call 908-879-5463 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Saturday, June 17 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Milking and Butter Making
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, visitors to the 130-acre Howell Living History Farm can meet milking goats, and help farmers make butter. Activities will take place throughout the day. Goat milking demonstrations and bottle feeding baby goats will also take place.

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, June 17 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Dairy Day
Children Friendly Event and Site

During National Dairy Month, visit the Jersey cows, help with cream separating, and butter churning at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm. See how dairy products are prepared in the Farmhouse kitchen. At 3:30 pm, watch a cow milking demonstration.

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, June 17 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
Father's Day Vintage Base Ball Game
Children Friendly Event



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Saturday, June 17 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Civil War Lantern Tour at Allaire Village

Become a part of history and join us for this special event! Experience camp-life after dark with our 60-90 minute lantern tour that includes a stop at the local mortician and a greeting from President Lincoln. Feel like part of the encampment as guides lead you through the Confederate, Union, and civilian camps, and once the sun goes down, stay and watch the skirmish as forces clash at the Mill Pond Bridge. Tickets are $20 per person and advanced purchase is strongly recommended. The Night skirmish will take place immediately after the ending of the last tour, at approximately 9:30 pm.

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, June 17 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Accordion Melodies of the 1890s and Vintage Base Ball
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to hear music from yesteryear played on an accordion. This free event runs from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. 

From 12:00 - 2:30 pm, spend a summer afternoon at Holmdel Park and enjoy one of America’s favorite pastime and see how it started. Monmouth Furnance Boys (formerly known as the Bog Iron Boys) vs the Hoboken Nine will be playing vintage base ball, rules from the 19th century. Players will be dressed in uniforms appropriate to the time period. The styles and speech of the 19th century are also used while playing the game.

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 - Sunday, June 17 - 18 - Teterboro, Bergen County
Open Cockpit Weekend
Children Friendly Event

The Aviation Hall of Fame announces an “Open Cockpit Weekend” on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm each day. Visitors sit in the cockpits of a TWA Convair 880 jetliner, a one-of-a-kind 1950 Martin 202 airliner, a rare Lockheed-designed Bush Plane, a Cobra gunship helicopter, a HH-52A Coast Guard helicopter, an OV-1A Mohawk close support aircraft, our “Little-Cut-Up” aircraft control demonstrator, and the control cab of an Airport Rescue and Fire-Fighting truck. Also experience our multimedia International Space Station and “Buzz” Aldrin exhibits inside the museum.

People, young and old can learn how the flight systems work. Qualified pilots will help guests understand the instruments and controls of these special aircraft.

Regular admission as always: $10.00 adults, $8.00 seniors and children under 12, 2 and under are free. Other Open Cockpit weekend dates in 2017 are August 19-20, October 7-8, and November 11-12.

Founded in 1972, the Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey is dedicated to the preservation of the Garden State's distinguished, two-century aviation and space heritage. The men and women, whose outstanding aeronautical achievements have brought worldwide recognition to the state, are enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

The Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey is located at 400 Fred Wehran Drive, Teterboro, NJ. For more information, call 201-288-6344 or visit www.njahof.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, June 17 - 18 - Cape May, Cape May County
Military Timeline Weekend
Children Friendly Event & Site

Interested in the Civil War or World War II? Want to learn about the weaponry and tactics used by the British infantry in the Victorian Era? Or maybe you are just a history buff who loves it all. Historic Cold Spring Village will host its annual Military Timeline Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, which will feature encampments, weaponry displays, and demonstrations from living history groups depicting various conflicts throughout the centuries. This event will be held from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm.

The reenactment groups, encampments and displays span many centuries and periods of conflict. Highlights include Civil War Union and Confederate encampments; interpreters of the French and Indian War (1754-1763), the War of 1812 and the late 19th century British Army; and World War II Axis reenactors. Kids can take part in the "Patriot Spy Game," visiting village buildings to look for clues using a real Revolutionary War cipher and participate in a militia muster at 12:00 noon on Saturday and Sunday.

At 2:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, HCSV Education and Interpretation Director Jim Stephens will present his lively program, "The Story of Old Glory," in which he tells the colorful history of the American flag with reproduction flags on display.

The Village is located on Route 9, three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern terminus of the Garden State Parkway. Admission during the season is $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. Unlimited free admission is available with Village membership. The Village Nature Trail at Bradner's Run is open to the public for free self-guided tours. For more information, call 609-898-2300, ext. 10, or visit www.hcsv.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, June 17 - 18 - Manalapan, Monmouth County
Battle of Monmouth Reenactment
Children Friendly Event

Bring your family to Monmouth Battlefield on Saturday or Sunday and travel back in time to the 1770s. Two armies will be preparing to do battle. Continental Army soldiers retrained at Valley Forge are itching to show off their new skills, while a British-German-Loyalist Army hopes to crush the rebels and restore good government. Come early for a full day of living history. The army encampments will welcome visitors beginning at 9:30 am each day. Camp closes at 3:30 pm on Saturday and 3:00 pm on Sunday. Watch soldiers clean their muskets while their women prepare what may be their men’s last meal. Some officers may be drilling their men while others plan for the battle and yet others play cards. If someone is accused of cheating, there may be a duel. Keep track of your children or they may be drafted into one of the armies. There are also numerous presentations and lectures, tours of the camps, and sutler area open to the public.

The weekend is sponsored by the reenactment community, the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield, and the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry. The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield will be requesting an $10 per vehicle donation to defray the costs of the weekend. Monmouth Battlefield is located at 16 Highway 33-Business Route, Manalapan, NJ. For more information, directions, and a full schedule of events, visit http://www.friendsofmonmouth.org/reenactment.html.

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Saturday - Sunday, June 17 - 18 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Call to Duty: Civil War Encampment
Children Friendly Event & Site

Join the Historic Village at Allaire as we welcome the Civil Skirmish and Encampment to our grounds as they reenact life during the Civil War. Visitors can travel back in time to explore Civil War Roadshow where you can have your family treasures identified and appraised. Join the crowds in watching and participate in military drills, meet President Lincoln and influential military figures, as well as learn about the lives of soldiers and civilians. A skirmish between Confederate and Union Troops will take place throughout the village each day in the afternoon.

The encampment lasts two days; on Saturday it is open from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. There are special lecture series, musical programs, camp tours and much more taking place. Admission is $5 per car.


Saturday Schedule
Federal and Confederate camps open to the public at 10:00 am
Dress Parade in the Federal Camp at 10:15 am
Artillery Demonstration on the Village Green at 10:45 am
Mortician Demonstration – Carriage House at 11:00 am
Fashion Show – General Store at 12:00 noon
Skirmish through the village beginning at 1:30 pm
Mortician Demonstration – Carriage House at 3:00 pm
Tin type photography by the General Store
Tinsmiths, Candle Making, Blacksmith and Carpentry demonstrations ongoing

Author’s Corner at the General Store includes:
Bernard Olsen speaking at 10:00 am
George Franks at 11:30 am
Bob Jones at 1:00 pm
Bill Chemerka at 2:30 pm
Camp closes to the public at 4:00 pm

Sunday Schedule
Federal and Confederate camps open to the public at 10:00 am
Dress Parade in the Federal Camp at 10:15 am
Artillery Demonstration on the Village Green at 10:45 am
Base Ball Game – Show Field at 11:00 am
Fort Delaware Coronet Band Concert by the General Store at 12:00 noon
Skirmish through the village beginning at 1:00 pm
Troops depart on the train at 2:30 pm
Tin type photography by the General Store
Tinsmiths, Candle Making, Blacksmith and Carpentry demonstrations ongoing

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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Every Sunday through September 3 - Walpack Center, Sussex County
Rosenkrans House and Museum and Van Campen Inn - Open House

Visit the Rosenkrans House & Museum, one of the oldest buildings in Walpack Center. Volunteers from the Walpack Historical Society will be present to answer any questions you may have about the area and its history.  The grounds at Walpack Center are open from dawn to dusk. 

The Van Campen Inn was not a traditional inn, but a "yaugh" house in Colonial times, that offered shelter to travelers due to common practice of the times.  It has a rich history, including playing parts in the American Revolution and the French and Indian War. The trailhead for the Military Road Trail also begins here. Volunteers from the Walpack Historical Society will be happy to answer questions about Van Campen Inn and the local history of the area.

The open houses are made possible by volunteers from the Walpack Historical Society, and may be subject to their volunteer schedule. Call 973-948-4903 for any updates on their scheduled Sunday open hours. The Rosenkrans House & Museum and the Van Campen Inn are part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/dewa.

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Every Sunday through September 3 Hardwick, Warren County
1800's Village Life at Millbrook Village

Stroll at your leisure through Millbrook Village on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Several buildings will be open and staffed with rangers and volunteers demonstrating traditional skills and reminiscing about 1800's life in the village. By 1875, Millbrook had reached a peak of 75 inhabitants and about nineteen major buildings. Today's Millbrook Village does not replicate the Millbrook of 1832 or 1900. Rather, it evokes the feeling of countryside hamlets where most of the nation's people lived until the end of the 19th century. Please take a step back in time and see how things have (or haven't) changed! Millbrook Village is free to tour. Millbrook Village is part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Millbrook Village is located in Hardwick Township, NJ at the intersection of Old Mine Road and Millbrook Road, County Route 602N. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/dewa.

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Sunday, June 18 - Montclair, Essex County
Open Houses
Children Friendly Event & Site

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.

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, 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. Member get in free! The Crane House/Historic YWCA is located at 110 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ and the Shultz House is located at 30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJFor more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail mail@montclairhistorical.org, or visit www.montclairhistory.org.

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Sunday, June 18 - Matawan, Monmouth County
Open House

The Matawan Historical Society will holding an open house on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Burrowes Mansion located at 94 Main Street, Matawan, NJ. Learn how this circa 1723 home and its owners played a role in the Revolutionary War. Suggested admission: $5 per person. For more information call 732-566-5605 or visit www.burrowesmansion.org.

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Sunday, June 18 - Atlantic City, Atlantic County
Dads Climb Absecon Lighthouse FREE!
Children Friendly Site

If your family is looking for a memorable way to show Dad he's the light of your life, then bring him to Absecon Lighthouse on Sunday because dear old Abby is treating fathers to a free climb on Father's Day.

And if Dad makes it all the way to the top and gets an "I Climbed Absecon Lighthouse" card! Hours of operation for the lighthouse are 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, with the last climb at 3:30 pm. So Moms and kids, what better way to say thanks to Dad than make him climb 228 steps with you?!?!

Absecon Lighthouse is located at 31 South Rhode Island Avenue in Atlantic City, NJ. It is open to visitors Thursdays through Mondays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission: $7 for adults, $5 for seniors 65+, $4 for children ages 4-12, and active military and children under 4 are free. For more information, call 609-449-1360 or visit www.abseconlighthouse.org.

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Sunday, June 18 - 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, June 18 - Whippany, Morris County
Father's Day Excursion Train Rides
Children Friendly Event & Site

Spend Sunday with Dad at the Whippany Railway Museum on a 10-mile, 45-minute round trip excursion from Whippany to Roseland on a mid-1900s Excursion Train. The combined age of the equipment used on the vintage train is an astounding 635 years! Be on the lookout for deer, turtles, wild turkeys, hawks, and rabbits, as the route takes you past a natural swamp with abundant wildlife. Trains depart at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm from 1 Railroad Plaza at the Intersection of Route 10 West and Whippany Road in Whippany, NJ. Train fare for Caboose seating is: Adult: $14; child (under 12): $9; infants (1 year and under): Free. Train Fare includes admission to Whippany Railway Museum Building. The "Excursion Train Ride" is a fundraising effort to benefit 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 will further enhance the Museum's mission and its Historic Preservation efforts. For more information, call 973-887-8177 or visit www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net.

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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.morriscountyhistory.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 Sunday, July 30, 2017 - Morristown, Morris County
Sabers, Swords, Guns, and Glory: Militaria in Morris County

Experience rarely seen weaponry from Morris County Historical Society's extensive militaria collection in Sabers, Swords, Guns, and Glory: Militaria in Morris County, on display at Acorn Hall through Sunday, July 30, 2017.

The exhibit spans more than two centuries of American military history and features a Revolutionary War saber, 1862 Springfield rifle, 19th-century Kentucky long rifle, Civil War munitions and accoutrements, military uniforms from the 20th century, and numerous medals and commendations earned by local soldiers and veterans. The exhibit also highlights the weapons and technology used in World War I and II, and the new forms of warfare introduced during the Cold War. This exhibit is held in conjunction with 1917: World War, Women's Rights, and Weaponry Sciences, extended through Sunday, July 2, 2017.

The Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall is located at 68 Morris Avenue in Morristown, NJ. It 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 both exhibits is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students, and Free for children under age 12 and MCHS members. To see the exhibits, only, is one half of the price of admission. For more information, call 973-267-3465 or visit www.morriscountyhistory.org.

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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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