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Thursday, January 20, 2022

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 1/22/22 - 1/23/22

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday - SundayJanuary 22 - 23 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Wallpaper in Early America

View samples of early American wallpaper designs including several patterns that decorated walls in the Walns’ elegant home. This free event runs from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

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.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 1/21/22 - 1/23/22

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 1/15/22 - 1/16/22

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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SaturdayJanuary 15 - Atlantic City, Atlantic County
Absecon Lighthouse's 165th Birthday
Family Friendly

Absecon Lighthouse, New Jersey’s tallest and the country’s third tallest masonry light, is celebrating the 165th anniversary of the lighting of its historic first-order Fresnel Lens, first lit on January 15, 1857.  

We normally attract a crowd with free cake and climbs, but this year, we need to stay safe, and so we’re hosting a “Facebook Live” Climb at 1:30 pm. Sit back and relax while you pretend to climb a lighthouse!  In-person guests will also be treated to a “2-4-1” climbing special on Saturday. The lighthouse is open from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, with the last climb 1/2 hour before closing.

In honor of Atlantic City’s beloved oldest structure, we are accepting donations to keep this iconic light shining, to be mailed to 31 South Rhode Island Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ, 08401. Upon receipt, you will receive a personal thank you from our dear Abby commemorating your donation, as your kindness will be so appreciated!

The Absecon Lighthouse is located at 31 South Rhode Island Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ. For more information, call 609-449-1360 or visit www.abseconlighthouse.org.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 1/14/22 - 1/16/22

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, January 6, 2022

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 1/8/22 - 1/9/22

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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SaturdayJanuary 8
The Legacy of Women's Suffrage at Museums and Historic Sites
Virtual Program

Interpreting the Legacy of Women’s Suffrage at Museums and Historic Sites offers a guide for an updated historic narrative that is inclusive of the full breadth of the movement, including the pervasive bias and racism. Acknowledging the barriers faced by history practitioners, from the difficulty in finding materials that document the political actions by women of color, to our own reluctance to broach this disparity, this book offers practical solutions and techniques for bringing about a larger shift in organizational culture.

Including a chronological primer on the US women’s suffrage movement and the events around the 50th, 75th, and finally the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment that took place in 2020, the book also features case studies from 4 historic sites doing this work. Each organization is moving forward to confront the racist tactics, or documented racism within their own history. The case studies can be used as models for best practices, cautionary examples of lessons learned, and can be replicated at sites of all sizes.

Author Page Harrington is the former Executive Director of the National Woman’s Party at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument. Join us as we talk with her about our own work to honestly face our history and look to a future of more equitable stewardship of our sites and stories.

This virtual program starts at 2:00 pm on Saturday. Register here. For more information, visit www.alicepaul.org.

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SaturdayJanuary 8 through Saturday, March 26, 2022 - Paterson, Passaic County
Paterson Great Falls: From Power to Park

The Paterson Museum is excited to announce the opening of its newest changing exhibit, Paterson Great Falls: From Power to Park. The Paterson Great Falls has dual, sometimes conflicting, identities. The first, as a natural wonder, a scenic beauty, and a tourist attraction. The second, as a source of power, providing the energy needed by the industries that developed into the City of Paterson. This exhibit explores the waterfall’s long journey from a natural resource and industrial tool to becoming a protected park.

Paterson Great Falls: From Power to Park features historical and modern photographs, original artwork inspired by the Falls, scale models of park and much more. The exhibit will be on display through Saturday March 26, 2022 in the Hannah Memorial Gallery, at The Paterson Museum.

Please join us at the Museum on Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm for the opening reception. The program will be led by Museum Director Giacomo DeStefano.

The Paterson Museum is located at 2 Market Street (on the corner of Market and Spruce Streets) in the heart of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. To learn more about the Paterson Museum, visit https://patersonmuseum.com.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 1/7/22 - 1/9/22

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, December 30, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 1/1/22 - 1/2/22

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday - SundayJanuary 1 - 2 - Cape May, Cape May County
Physick Estate Scavenger Hunt
Family Friendly

Have an adventure the whole family will enjoy at the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate! Use our map to explore the grounds and find the answers to questions about the Physick family and life in Victorian times on this educational scavenger hunt. Turn in your answer sheet at the Carriage House Museum Shop and receive a prize! Participate anytime between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Price is $5. Purchase tickets online or at the Carriage House Museum Shop. The Emlem Physick Estate is located at 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday - SundayJanuary 1 - 2 - Cape May, Cape May County
Cape May Historic District Trolley Tour

Enjoy a 45 minute guided tour with entertaining and enlightening stories about the nation's oldest seaside resort and how it survived. Accessible trolley available with advance notification. Tours begin and end at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth.

Adults $20 and children (ages 3-12) $15. Tours on Saturday and Sunday at 11:45 am and 1:00 pm. Sponsored by the Cape May MAC. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 12/25/21 - 12/26/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Sunday, December 26 - Trenton, Mercer County
Hogmanay at the Trent House - A Scottish Celebration of the New Year

The Trent House Association presents a program highlighting William Trent’s Scottish heritage by celebrating Hogmanay on Sunday at 3:00 pm at the 1719 William Trent House. Because indoor space is limited, this free program will be held outside if weather permits. Please pre-register on Eventbrite at https://tinyurl.com/Hogmanay2021; pre-registrants will be admitted in order of registration if the program will be held indoors. All pre-registrants will be notified the morning of the event of the program venue and, if indoors, their admission status.

Hogmanay is the traditional celebration of the new year in Scotland. The William Trent House Museum commemorates Trent’s Scottish heritage with a Hogmanay program during Trenton’s Patriots Week. This year the program will feature Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson’s memories of the holiday as a child in Scotland and traditional songs played by Stacy Roth and Bob Dupré of History on the Hoof. Bagpiping will begin and end the program and Scottish treats will be provided along with warm cider and chilled eggnog. Visitors will be encouraged to join in signing Auld Lang Syne and burning written wishes for the new year.

Free tours of the historic house will be offered before the program, which runs from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Face coverings are required indoors.

The William Trent House Museum is located at 15 Market Street, Trenton, NJ. It is a National Historic Landmark in the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area and on the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail. For more information, visit https://williamtrenthouse.org.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 12/18/21 - 12/19/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, December 18 - Tewksbury, Hunterdon County
Tewksbury Historical Society Holiday Gift Sales 

The Tewksbury Historical Society will hold its Annual Holiday Gift Sales on Sunday, December 12 from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, at the Oldwick Carriage House, 5 James St., Oldwick, NJ and on Saturday, December 18 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at Society Headquarters, 60 Water St., Mountainville section of Lebanon, NJ.

New this year is the book Oldtime Days in Mounatainvile and Surrounding Areas by Robert P. Stevenson and Meta Potter at a cost of $30. This book is a much-loved treasure of information that has been out of print for twenty years. Due to the generosity of the Potter family, the Tewksbury Historical Society was given permission to reprint the book exactly as the original book appeared. 

Tewksbury Afghans in cranberry red, hunter green and navy blue, depicting the town's noted landmarks, are special gifts for both new and long-time residents of the area. Tewksbury Church notecards and post cards depicting original historic scenes make great stocking stuffers. The Tewksbury Auto-Tour Book provides a self-guided tour of Tewksbury which could be a fun-to-do winter drive through snow covered hamlets.

Also available are hardcover and paperback editions of Historic Notes on Fairmount, NJ by Freeman Leigh, signed and unsigned prints of "Tewksbury, A River Runs Through It", by Elizabeth "Lib" Ryman and both unmatted and matted (while supplies last) prints depicting scenes in Mountainville, Pottersville and Califon by Linda Jean. Select Mountainville prints are also signed by longtime resident Charles Burrell. Beers reprints of the New Germantown Map and Tewksbury Map can be purchased framed or unframed as singles or in pairs. Framed Post Cards and Tewksbury Historical Society Art Show Tee Shirts are also available.

For more information, visit www.tewksburyhistory.net.

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Saturday - SundayDecember 18 - 19 - Cape May, Cape May County
Physick Family Christmas House Tour
Family Friendly Tour

On the Physick Family Christmas House Tour, you will visit the Physick Estate, decorated in true Victorian style, for a unique living history experience with members of the Physick Family household of the 1890s. Also see the Christmas Traditions exhibit at the Carriage House Gallery, a breathtaking Dickens Village beneath the boughs of a giant Christmas tree. Physick Estate Tours take approximately 45 minutes. Tours will be on Saturday at 1:45 and 3:00 pm and Sunday at 12:30, 1:45, and 3:00 pm. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for children (ages 3-12). Tickets can be purchased online or at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Sponsored by Cape May MAC. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.