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Thursday, November 30, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 12/2/17 - 12/3/17

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Every Friday - Sunday through January 7, 2018 - West Orange, Essex County
Holidays at Glenmont
Children Friendly

The sights and sounds of the season will greet visitors when they come to Thomas Edison's home in Llewellyn Park during "Holidays at Glenmont." Glenmont will be decorated much as it was while the Edison family lived there. Greenery and red poinsettias will deck the mantles above the fireplaces. Staircases will be ringed with boughs and red ribbon bows and wreaths will hang in every window. In the den, the majestic ten foot tree will be set and the presents underneath will be waiting as if the Edison children Madeleine, Theodore, and Charles, will soon come running down the stairs from their rooms - after they've checked their stockings in the upstairs living room! Family china will be displayed on the dining room table and the scene will be completed with holiday cards that were received by the family.

The Edison home, Glenmont, is located on a fifteen-acre estate in Llewellyn Park, the country's first private residential community. Built in 1880, the twenty-nine room mansion contains the original furnishings and family items used by the Edisons. The estate grounds include gardens, a greenhouse, barn, and the poured concrete garage containing the family's automobiles. Thomas and Mina Edison are buried on the grounds of the estate.

Car passes and tour tickets must be purchased at the Laboratory Complex Visitor Center at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. Admission is $10.00 and includes the Glenmont Estate and the Laboratory Complex. Children 15 and under are free. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x11 or visit www.nps.gov/edis.

Celebrate the Holiday Season at Durand-Hedden

Celebrate the Holiday Season at Durand-Hedden
Victorian Santa visit and Gingerbread House contest 12/10/17; entries due 12/9/17

Celebrate the season at the Durand-Hedden House & Garden on December 10, 2017 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm with gingerbread houses, a paper ornament activity, treats and shopping. Gingerbread House Contestants must enter by December 9, 2017. Visit www.durandhedden.org for details and to enter. Kids, teens, families, adults and professionals are welcome. Note that we have a Little Ones category this year. Children can also visit with our Victorian Santa on the 10th – be sure to have your camera ready.

The creative entries of the 2017 Durand-Hedden Gingerbread House competition will be on display as well as on December 16 and 17 (at the Country Store) and at the Hilton Library December 19 through January 18, 2018.

Holiday shopping at the Durand-Hedden Country Store
The Country Store has special inexpensive gifts for family, friends and teachers, while benefiting the Durand-Hedden House. The historic-themed selection includes such items as early American games, books, and toys, facsimile documents, quill pens and ink, historic cookbooks, cookie molds, tin lanterns, reproductive decorative items and ceramics, local honey and Original 1910 Chocolate Fudge Sauce. Also available are the original Doors of Maplewood poster, Smile, the history of Olympic Park, and the new acid-free reproduction of the charming 1931 map of Maplewood.

About Durand-Hedden House and Garden
Durand-Hedden House is dedicated to telling the history of the development of Maplewood, New Jersey and the surrounding area in new and engaging ways. It is located in Grasmere Park at 523 Ridgewood Road in Maplewood, New Jersey. For more information, call 973-763-7712, visit www.durandhedden.org, and visit them on Facebook.


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NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 12/1/17 - 12/3/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Mahwah, NJ 07430
9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

"All Aboard…Trains!" Exhibit at the Gloucester County Historical Society Museum - Now Through March 30, 2018

All Aboard…Trains! Exhibit at the Gloucester County Historical Society Museum
Now Through March 30, 2018

All Aboard…Trains!, our new exhibit at the Gloucester County Historical Society Museum, will be a hit for the whole family! The main attraction will be the running train displays throughout the museum. Also featured will be the extensive Tyco Train collection which was once the private collection of the Tyler family, founder of Tyco. Railroad memorabilia from throughout the years will also be on display, in addition to vignettes from Victorian times to the 1950’s. The museum will be decked out for the holiday season as well.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Two Chances to Watch George Washington’s Annual Delaware River Crossing

Two Chances to Watch George Washington’s Annual Delaware River Crossing
December 10 and 25, 2017

Each December, thousands gather on the banks of the Delaware River to watch the reenactment of George Washington’s daring Christmas Day 1776 river crossing. During the event, several hundred reenactors in Continental military dress listen to an inspiring speech by Washington and then row across the river in replica Durham boats.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 11/25/17 - 11/26/17

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Friday, November 24 - Bedminster, Somerset County
Liberty Tree Lighting
Children Friendly Event

The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House are hosting a Liberty Tree lighting on Friday at 7:00 pm to kick off the 15th Annual Colonial Christmas celebration, which begins Saturday, November 25 and continues Sunday, November 26 and Saturday and Sunday, December 2 - 3.

The Liberty Tree lighting, sponsored by Investor’s Bank, is free to the community and features caroling with the Harmonium Choral Society, hot chocolate and hot pretzels, and a visit from Santa. The tree, decorated in patriotic red, white, and blue lights, commemorates the Jacobus Vanderveer House's (and the community's) Revolutionary War heritage during the holiday season.

The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 3055 River Road (in Bedminster’s River Road Park), Bedminster, NJ. For more information, call 908-396-6053 or visit www.jvanderveerhouse.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 11/24/17 - 11/26/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Antiques & Collectibles
North Haledon, NJ 07508
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

15th Annual Colonial Christmas at Bedminster’s Jacobus Vanderveer House - November 24, 2017

15th Annual Colonial Christmas at Bedminster’s Jacobus Vanderveer House
Tree Lighting – Friday, November 24 – 7 p.m.

House Tours and Festivities – Saturday & Sunday, November 25-26 & December 2-3 -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A Colonial Café, an array of holiday merchants, musical performances, reindeer, gingerbread workshops for children and a holiday decorating workshop for adults are just a few of the highlights in store for visitors to the 15th Annual Colonial Christmas at Bedminster’s historic Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum, sponsored by Bevan, Mosca & Giuditta, P.C.; Investors Bank; Meeker Sharkey & Hurley; The Provident Bank Foundation, Yolanda A. Cillo, M.D.; and Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Molé. The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House invite visitors of all ages to experience Christmas past and present when the circa 1772 Dutch Colonial home opens its wreath-clad doors Saturday and Sunday, November 25 - 26 and Saturday and Sunday, December 2 - 3. Hours are from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm daily.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Enjoy Candle Light Tours at the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage - December 9, 2017

Enjoy Candle Light Tours at the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage
Saturday, December 9, 2017

On Saturday, December 9, from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm, there will be hourly group tours by candle-light, featuring costumed interpreters, hearthside cooking presentations, and refreshments, at the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic sites.

Reenactor Kathy Ormosi demonstrates use of the bake oven.
Photo supplied by Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic sites.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 11/18/17 - 11/19/17

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Saturday, November 18 - Princeton, Mercer County
Stony Brook Walking Tour - CANCELLED

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.

Entries Needed for Gingerbread House Competition at Lambert Castle

Entries Needed for Gingerbread House Competition at Lambert Castle
Monday, December 4 - Friday December 8, 2017

The Passaic County Historical Society is asking children under sixteen to enter its annual Gingerbread House Competition. There is no fee to enter! Just deliver your homemade gingerbread house to Lambert Castle, Monday, December 4 - Friday December 8, 2017 between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Please call ahead to arrange a delivery time; 973-247-0085 ext 207.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 11/17/17 - 11/19/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Antiques & Collectibles
North Haledon, NJ 07508
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Maplewood and Durand-Hedden Remember the Great War - November 19, 2017

Maplewood and Durand-Hedden Remember the Great War
Observing the Centennial of America’s Entry into WWI
Sunday, November 19, 2017

One hundred years ago, the United States declared war on Germany, joining the First World War, and the impact was felt in the small town of Maplewood, NJ. Over 100 men from Maplewood were called to serve and eight never made it home. Three saw brutal action in France, two were pilots whose planes went down, and three were victims of the influenza pandemic.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

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

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Saturday, November 11 - Morristown, Morris County
Soldier's Knapsack
Children Friendly Event & Site

What items would a Continental Army soldier carry to help him to fight, eat, and pass the time? Join a park ranger at the Wick House to discover what things were so important to soldiers that they carried them throughout their service in the American Revolution. Program runs from 1:00 - 3:30 pm at the Wick House at Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park, 580 Jockey Hollow Road (approximate), Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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Saturday, November 11 - Trenton, Mercer County
An In-Depth Look at the Career of Admiral Michelle Howard

At 1:00 pm on Saturday, the William Trent House Museum will host an in-depth look at the career of Admiral Michelle Howard.

On July 1, 2014, Admiral Michelle Howard became the first female four-star Admiral in the United States Navy's history. She assumed her new rank at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. With this rank also came assignment as Vice Chief of Naval Operations, making her the number two officer in the naval service. She is not only the first woman to hold the job, but also the first African-American to do so. This lecture will explore why this day was so long in the making, who some of the trailblazing military women are that helped pave the way for her, and just who Michelle Howard is. While there have been short, popular media articles written about Admiral Howard, and she is mentioned in several compilation volumes on notable military leaders, African Americans, and women, this talk is based on, and will be the first in-depth, scholarly piece dedicated to her biography and her place in history.

About the presenter: Melissa Ziobro is currently the Specialist Professor of Public History at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ, teaching courses to include Introduction to Public History, Oral History, and Museums and Archives Management. Her service to the University includes administration of the Monmouth Memories Oral History Program. Melissa serves on the Executive Board of Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region and as the editor for New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, a joint venture of the Commission, Rutgers University Libraries, and Monmouth University. She has worked with public history organizations such as the Monmouth County Park System, InfoAge Science History Learning Center and Museum, Monmouth County Park System, Monmouth County Historical Association, Monmouth County Historical Commission, Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage, National Guard Militia Museum of NJ, and more. She worked as a command historian at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth, NJ from 2004-2011. Publications include her most recent article, on Colonel William Blair, father of American Aircraft Detection Radar, in On Point: The Journal of Army History.

Tickets will be available at the door and include light refreshments and tours of the Museum. $10 non-members, $8 members.

Listed in both the State and National Registers of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark, the meticulously restored 1719 William Trent House and historic kitchen garden continue to reward visitors with a glimpse into pre-revolutionary life in America and its interpretation of William Trent's lifestyle and diverse household. Owned and maintained by the City of Trenton and operated by the Trent House Association, the historic house museum is regularly open to the public for tours Wednesday through Sunday, 12:30 - 4:00 pm and by appointment for school and group tours. Located at 15 Market Street in Trenton, adjacent to the Hughes Justice Complex. Ample free parking. For more information and driving directions, call 609-989-3027 or visit www.williamtrenthouse.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 11/10/17 - 11/12/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Vintage and Antique Delights!
Madison, NJ 07940
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday

Thursday, November 2, 2017

30th Annual Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique - November 4, 2017 - November 26, 2017

30th Annual Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique
November 4, 2017 - November 26, 2017

From November 4th through November 26th, Lambert Castle, home of the Passaic County Historical Society, will present the 30th annual Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique. Open Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, the boutique invites you to enjoy shopping for this year's assortment of festive holiday gifts, jewelry, seasonal decorations, crafts, collectibles, and gourmet food in the historic atmosphere and ambiance of Lambert Castle.

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 11/4/17 - 11/5/17

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Saturday, November 4 - Harmony Township, Warren County
Fall Open House at the Historic Van Nest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead
Children Friendly Event

The Harmony Township Historical Society and the Historic Preservation Commission of Harmony Township invite the public to attend their annual Fall Open House at the historic VanNest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead on Saturday, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is free. The farmstead is located at 3026 Belvidere Road, Route 519, just north of the Municipal Building in Harmony Township.

Come see the progress being made at the farmstead. The event will include tours of the circa 1750s main house, the restored wagon house, and the one of a kind Dutch style barn, and war reenactors, live demonstrations, and hearth cooking in the summer kitchen. Children's activities include embroidery, candle making, and weaving.

For more information, contact Ruth at historicalcomm@aol.com or visit www.hoffvannattafarm.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 11/3/17 - 11/5/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Lots of Beautiful Antiques
Manchester Township, NJ 08759
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday