Thursday, July 13, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 7/15/17 - 7/16/17

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, July 15 - Montclair, Essex County
The Magical History Bike Tour

Roll up! The Magical History Bike Tour is coming on Saturday! Away to times long ago when Crane was the name and mills, quarries, and dairies were the game. Bike&Walk Montclair has partnered with the Montclair History Center, Friends of Anderson Park, and Presby Memorial Iris Gardens to bring you this special tour of our town – by bike. On Saturday, the tour will begin and end at the Israel Crane House at 110 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ and have brief guided discussions at places like historic Anderson Park, Presby Gardens, Montclair’s “Little Italy”, Avis Campbell Garden and a private Trustee’s Tour of the Israel Crane House. Bring some cash and a backpack for surprise bakery and market stops. The tour starts at 7:45 am from the Israel Crane House, 110 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. This 10-12 mile Magical History Bike Tour is being offered by volunteers and is free of charge. However, a donation of $10 per person to benefit the Montclair History Center, Friends of Anderson Park, and the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens is strongly encouraged. Bike&Walk Montclair, Montclair History Center, Friends of Anderson Park, and Presby Memorial Iris Gardens rely on your membership to function. Please become a member of these indispensable community organizations today. For more details about this or any other guided bike tour see www.bikewalkmontclair.org or contact Deb Kagan, Board Member, info@bikewalkmontclair.org.

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Saturday, July 15 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Accordion Melodies of the 1890s
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. 

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, July 15 - Dover, Morris County
A Walking Tour of Dover

The Dover Free Public Library is sponsoring "A Walking Tour of Dover" on Saturday at 10:30 am starting at the Public Library, 32 W. Clinton Street, Dover, NJ. Dover Area Historical Society Curator Rick Kelly will lead a tour of the historic sites and buildings downtown, starting at the Dover Public Library across from the JFK Park, which was the turning basin for the canal boats in times past. Rick will tell  you about the canal and guide you along Bergen Street to St. John’s Church, the train station, and Stone Academy, then onto Blackwell Street to see and hear about the George Richards building, Mansion House, Baker Theater and the Memorial site. After a short break at the Dover Area Historical Society Museum House, you’ll see the Presbyterian Church, walk to Bassett Highway to learn about the Ulster Iron Works, venture down to the Post Office, visit the Dover Dogs, Central Railroad, Dutton Hotel, and back to the library.  The tour will last about 1.5 to 2 hours. For more information, call 973-366-0172 (library), 973-361-3525 (DAHS) or visit www.dovernjhistory.org.

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Saturday, July 15 - Lambertville, Hunterdon County
Family Walking Tour
Family Friendly

The Lambertville Public Library is hosting a family walking tour on Saturday at 10:30 am. It will begin at the Lambertville Library, 6 Lilly St. Lambertville, NJ. Historian and Assistant Professor at RVCC, Lauren Braun-Strumfels, PhD, will lead a historical walking tour for families in Lambertville as part of the Lambertville Free Public Library's summer reading enrichment program theme "Build a Better World." 

The tour encourages participants to view elements of historic buildings as clues in a multi-layered story of our local history. Participants will learn to "read" the architecture for clues of past use: who lived and worked here? What were their lives like? Dr. Braun-Strumfels will use her expertise of U.S. immigration and labor history to frame Lambertville's story within a larger context of a changing world. All are welcome on this approximately 45 minute tour. For more information, call the Lambertville Public Library at 609-397-0275.

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Saturday, July 15 - Morris Township, Morris County
Caroline's Special Place: Cottage & Garden Craft
Children Friendly Site

On Saturday from 1:45 - 2:30 pm at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, get to know Caroline Foster and her ‘Temple of Abiding Peace’ cottage. Caroline Foster was a woman ahead of her time. She built her own Cape Cod-style cottage almost entirely by herself. Learn how she did it, and why historic structures are worth saving.

Admission: $6/adult, $5/senior (65+), $4/child (ages 4 -16), $2/child (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, July 15 - Mount Holly, Burlington County
The Adventures of Finding a Cook from 1770


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Saturday, July 15 - Cape May, Cape May County
Lincoln Lecture

The Museum of Cape May County will host a free lecture that will bring to life the wit and wisdom of one of our nation's greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was a self-taught man who began life in poverty and through hard work and study rose from a rail-splitter to the Presidency of the United States, where he undertook the task of holding the nation together throughout the constitutional crisis of the American Civil War.

In his portrayal of Lincoln, historian Bob Gleason will talk about the formative years of this great man through his courtship and marriage to Mary Todd, the development of his abolitionist viewpoint and Lincoln's first trip to Congress. Gleason will expand upon how Lincoln raised himself up from humble beginnings to become the man who united a splintered nation and reaffirmed our dedication to freedom, democracy and equality.

This free lecture takes place Saturday at 7:00 pm inside Military Room of the Museum's historic barn, 504 Route 9 North in Cape May Court House, NJ. For more information, call 609-465-3535 or visit www.cmcmuseum.org.

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Saturday, July 15 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Evening Hayrides
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday evening, Howell Living History Farm will have hayrides that last 20 minutes, carrying visitors over the lanes of the 130 acre working farm. During the program, visitors can also take self-guided tours, picnic in the picnic area and join a marshmallow roast.

Rides will leave the barnyard area every 25 minutes beginning at 5:10 pm, with the last ride departing at 8:00 pm. Rides will be given on a first come, first serve basis to the first 200 visitors. Rides are intended for individual and family participation; groups cannot be accommodated. There is no charge for the wagon rides.

A wheelchair accessible wagon is also available. Individuals who would like to ride on this wagon should call 609-737-3299 in advance, and ask for Kathy. On the dates when evening hayrides are offered, the Farm will be closed during the day.

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, July 15 - Cape May, Cape May County
Ghosts & Guides

Hear stories of unexplained occurrences inside the 1879 Physick Estate, experienced by the very guides who know the house intimately. Hear EVP recordings gathered by paranormal investigators and see photos of possible paranormal activity in the house. Tour is appropriate for most children. Tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours and begins in the Café Tent at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Admission is $25 per person. Limited tour; reservations encouraged. This event begins at 8:15 pm on Saturday. Presented by the Friends of the Physick Estate, an affinity group of 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, July 15 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
James P. Allaire’s Birthday and Guild Day
Children Friendly Event & Site

Join us in celebrating our founder’s birthday! James P. Allaire founded the Howell Iron Works in 1822 as an iron factor town.  Now as a living history museum, we like to take a day and celebrate our almost 200 year history.  We will have craft demonstrations, speeches, and fanfare. All of our guilds will be out demonstrating their crafts.  This is a great day to come out see what the village is all about if you are interested in volunteering.

Tour Mr. Allaire’s Home, currently under exterior restoration. The restoration was made possible by our visitors’ generous donations. Enjoy birthday cake and a 1800s flea circus before you tour the house! A full schedule of the day's events can be found at www.allairevillage.org.

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, July 15 - 16 - Cape May, Cape May County
13th Annual Celtic Festival at Historic Cold Spring Village
Children Friendly Event & Site

Celebrate all things Irish and Scottish at Historic Cold Spring Village's 13th Annual Celtic Festival the weekend of July 15-16 from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm.

The festival features musical entertainment throughout the grounds, falconry demonstrations by Mike Dupuy at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm and a pub area with all-day live music. Main stage performances will include sets by Nae Breeks Pipes & Drums Band, which is comprised of members of the famed Atlantic City Sandpipers, at 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday. South Jersey favorite Smitty's Kitchen will also play at the Village Gazebo at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm both days. Fire dancers will be performing throughout both days at the Welcome Center. 

Joe McGonigle will entertain all weekend long at the pub tent, with world-renowned musician Tom Brett performing as well. The New Jersey Irish Setter Rescue will join the event, accompanied by the loveable breed to meet with visitors. Back by popular demand, the Village will host the Kiddie Highland Games with child-sized versions of the infamous tests of strength including the caber toss, shot put, and hammer throw.

Historic Cold Spring 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 and Sunday, July 15 - 16 through September 17, 2017 - Trenton, Mercer County
Cadwalader Park: An Olmsted Vision

Key Dates:
Public Opening Reception, Saturday, July 15, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Sunday Afternoon in Cadwalader Park: With Barbara Trent, Sunday, July 16, 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm

The Trenton Museum Society, along with the Cadwalader Park Alliance, is pleased to announce an exciting summer exhibit highlighting Cadwalader Park and its world-famous designer, Frederick Law Olmsted. Exhibitions on both floors of the museum will run from July 8 through September 17 with various complementary events, lectures and tours. Frederick Law Olmsted (FLO) is widely regarded as the Father of Landscape Architecture in America.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1822, Frederick Law Olmsted spent many years experiencing various professions and touring the world seeking and absorbing knowledge before honing in on landscape design as his life's passion. He first studied surveying, engineering, chemistry and farming and toured Europe visiting numerous parks and private estates. He published books on his travels and used his literary activities to oppose slavery and to argue for abolition of slavery in the southern United States. By the time FLO began his work in landscape architecture, he had developed a belief in community and understood the importance of public institutions. Olmsted believed that the public realm should be a respite; a place to retreat from the stress of urban life, and that public open space should be accessible to all people. In 1857 he took the position of superintendent of Central Park in New York City and, along with architect Calvin Vaux, won the design competition for the park the following year. He then spent the next seven years as the primary administrator in charge of the construction of Central Park. Olmsted's success in park-making in NYC led to his renowned career designing and creating some of our nation's most important urban parks. By the time FLO began to design Cadwalader Park in 1890, he had been planning parks in this country's leading cities for over 30 years. Cadwalader Park in Trenton is Olmsted's last great urban park.

Cadwalader Park has the distinction of being the only New Jersey park designed personally by Frederick Law Olmsted. While many other New Jersey parks and spaces were designed by the Olmsted firm in the years following the creation of Trenton's largest park, Cadwalader is the only New Jersey park to be designed by FLO himself. Trenton is fortunate to possess one of these urban treasures which still preserves many of the landscape and spatial qualities of the original plan. Cadwalader Park is beloved by many of Trenton's residents who nostalgically recall pony rides, picnics, concerts, and the balloon man and, also, by many who come today to experience tennis matches, baseball games, and family outings not to mention those who flock to the various exhibits offered at the Trenton City Museum. In addition, Mercer County is privileged to accommodate Olmsted's greatest campus design, the grounds of Lawrenceville School. Olmsted's core design principles are evident at Lawrenceville School in the rolling landscape and curving paths throughout.

For more information, the exhibit, the events, and tour times, call 609-989-3632, visit www.ellarslie.org, or e-mail tms@ellarslie.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 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, July 16 - Walpack, Sussex County
Walpack Historical Society Meeting: Thunder Mountain Ranch of Bevans

On Sunday at 1:00 pm, the Walpack Historical Society will present a program on the Thunder Mountain Ranch of Bevans, NJ. The ranch was a camp for boys and consisted of 300 pristine acres in Sandyston Township, owned and operated by Artie and Arlene Cohen. The camp was open from 1953 to 1970. Photos and memories from wranglers at the ranch, campers, and the Cohen family will be shared. The meeting will take place at the Walpack Church on Main Street, Walpack Center, Sussex County, NJ within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. For information, call 973-948-4903 or visit www.walpackhistory.org.

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Sunday, July 16 - Morris Township, Morris County
The Broody Hen
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Sunday at 1:00 and 2:00 pm at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, discover the special traits of a broody hen, and learn how she hatches her chicks.

Admission: $6/adult, $5/senior (65+), $4/child (ages 4 -16), $2/child (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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Sunday, July 16 - Morristown, Morris County
Carriage House Craft: Silhouettes
Children Friendly Site - Ages 5+ Craft

Silhouettes were once a popular way to reproduce a person’s likeness. From 1770 to 1860, silhouettes were as popular as photographs are today. Learn the history of this art form and create a silhouette to take home on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at Historic Speedwell. Program recommended for ages 5 and older. Admission: $7/adult, $6/senior (65+), $5/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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Sunday, July 16 - Montague, Sussex County
Montague Open Houses

MARCH, the Montague Association for the Restoration of Community History, is pleased to announce that both its museum sites will be open on Sunday. The Foster-Armstrong House and the Nelden-Roberts Stonehouse will be open to the public from 1:00 - 4:00 pm for museum house tours. Tours will be held every 30 minutes and docents will be available at both sites to guide you through our local history and artifact collections.

The Foster-Armstrong House, circa 1790, a two story Dutch colonial, is located on SC521/ 320 River Road, about 1 mile north of the Milford/Montague Bridge. It is listed on the State Historic Register of NJ and is a National Historic Register Site. Ten rooms are set up with local history displays in each room. Rooms contain an original bee hive oven, native Indian artifacts, Duke Mortimer's Dramatic Art Workshop collection, a military room, a quilt room and to scale model covered bridges of the northeast United States. This week, there will be chair caning with Rich Jones.

The Nelden-Roberts Stonehouse, circa 1820, is located at 501 Route 206 North, about 1 mile south of the Milford/Montague Bridge. It is listed on the State Historic Register on New Jersey. The first floor is set up as a schoolhouse, which is what the building was originally built for. The second floor has a schoolmaster's bedroom and native Indian artifacts.

Both museums are located within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/MontagueNJHistory.

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Sunday, July 16 - 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, July 16 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
The 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Due to popular demand, the Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage is delighted to offer a repeat of "The 1918 Influenza Pandemic in New Jersey," presented by Jennifer Harmsen on Sunday at 2:00 pm at East Jersey Old Town Village, 1050 River Road, Piscataway, NJ.

Occurring during the First World War, the 1918 Influenza Pandemic was one of the most severe outbreaks of the 20th Century. Educator Jennifer Harmsen will examine the impact of the pandemic on New Jersey and the response by local communities. 

Jennifer Harmsen has over 25 years of experience teaching history. She earned a master's degree in education from Rutgers University and a bachelor's degree in communications from Northwestern University. Subsequently, she acquired masters' degrees in history and educational leadership. She is the author of Death Unspoken: The Impact of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic in New Jersey.

This lecture is part of a series of events leading to a new exhibit, Over There, Over Here: New Jersey During World War I, opening at the Cornelius Low House/Middlesex County Museum in late 2017. For more information and to register to attend, call 732-745-4489 or e-mail culturalandheritage@co.middlesex.nj.us.

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Sunday, July 16 - Montclair, Essex County
Open House Tours
Family Friendly

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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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. 

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 Sunday, August 13, 2017 - Morristown, Morris County
Unfurling Femininity

In the many centuries pre-air conditioning – or even electric fans, woman relied on their own energy to cool themselves. But their “appliances” of choice were far more eye-catching than any electric air cooler invented since: fans and parasols.

Beginning Sunday, July 16, and running through August 13, Morris County Historical Society’s (MCHS) Unfurling Femininity exhibit at Acorn Hall will display a variety of 19th and 20th century fans, parasols, and feminine accouterments decorated in American, European, and Asian motifs.

Originally designed to help beat the heat of the ancient world, fans and parasols later became symbols of fashion, grace, elegance, and wealth, a role they proudly maintained through the early 20th century. Displayed parasols and fans highlight craftsmanship and the wide variety of styles, materials, and sizes often employed in creating these genuine works of art.

Timely for the hot and sunny summer season,  Unfurling Femininity will present a wide variety of classy commodities made of silk, satin, lace, wood, papers, feathers, mother of pearl, ivory, and whale bone.

In addition to seeing these treasures, visitors also will learn more about how women often used these items to enhance their feminine wiles.

The Morris County Historical Society is located at Acorn Hall and 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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Through Sunday, 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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Through Monday, September 4, 2017 - Morristown, Morris County
Art in the Park: Students Celebrate "Ingenuity in the Face of Adversity" with Dream Rocket Collaboration
Family Friendly

Morristown National Historical Park debuts its first collaboration with Dream Rocket Project (DRP), a project of the International Fiber Collective, Inc (IFC), to collect thousands of artworks from kids around world and use those works to wrap a 385-foot Space Launch System (SLS) rocket replica. DRP's aim is to expose kids to the importance of collaboration and the multi-disciplinary learning that inspires youth to "DREAM big, THINK big, and make a difference." Launched in 2009, this project hopes to collect over 9,000 submissions and estimates over 36,000 people will participate.

For its part, Morristown NHP's participants focused on the theme of 'Ingenuity in the Face of Adversity," a nod to Morristown's storied history of endurance, inventiveness, and survival.

In total, 73 works of art by 763 participants were created and are on display in the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center. The participants are from 59 classes throughout 17 schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. See a sampling of the artwork and photos of it on display at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/thedreamrocket/sets/72157660798869378.

The exhibit is in the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center until September 4, 2017. The Visitor Center is located 580- 600 Tempe Wick Road, Morristown, NJ. The days of the week that it is open varies throughout the season. For more information and for hours, call 973-539-2016 ext. 210 or visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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Last Sunday of the month through September 29, 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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Through June 2018 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
New Jersey and the Great War: Local Stories of World War I 
Opening - Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

Bringing World War One Home
Though overshadowed by its sequel, World War One had profound and lasting effects on politics, social order, and individual lives. “New Jersey and the Great War: Local Stories of World War One,” the exhibit opening to the public at the Eden Woolley House, Sunday, June 25, sets out to make that case—with particular emphasis on the people and happenings of our state.

The Big Picture
The Great War reshaped the world. The U.S. emerged a world power. The seeds were sown for the rise of fascism and the spread of communism. Middle Eastern national boundaries were redrawn, fueling ethnic conflicts that continue to threaten.

At home, the scope and power of the U.S. government grew. A national army took over state militias. National security clashed with civil rights. Ethnic tensions grew--as did opposing organizations that either fed or defended against them. Women entered the work force in unprecedented numbers—and developed a irreversible taste for independence.

New Jersey’s Role
New Jersey was an industrial powerhouse that supplied the Allies even before we entered the war—and for that drew the attention of saboteurs. Once in the war, we boosted our manufacturing output. The army built facilities here that played major roles in the war effort, including Camps Dix, Merritt (a major embarkation base), and Vail (later Fort Monmouth).

New Jersey supplied two high-profile figures of the war era, most notably, the President himself. Wilson was a former New Jersey governor who ran his presidential campaigns from right here in Monmouth County. His nemesis during the war years, Alice Paul, was a militant suffragist from Burlington County who labelled the president “Kaiser Wilson.” Her White House picketing and arrest drew national attention and in large part led Wilson to reverse his opposition to the 19th Amendment.

One Man’s Story 
Behind the headlines are the stories of people. The exhibit tells, among others, of Joe Marino (born Giuseppe Maranaccio). Joe ended up in Asbury Park, U.S. citizen, father of four, and owner of Marino’s Bar on Main St. But he started life in Accadia, Italy. 

Italy, originally allied with Germany, remained neutral at the onset of war, then sided with the Allies. Nearly 6 million Italians served—including a teenaged Joe Marino. He was captured and imprisoned for years in Austria. Near the end of the war, he escaped and walked under cover of darkness the hundreds of miles back to his village. His sweetheart, assuming him dead, had married. Heartbroken, Joe moved to Rome where he worked three years to save the money to immigrate to the states.

This exhibit runs through June 2018. 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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Some event listings courtesy of the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey

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