Exploring the History of New Jersey and Beyond!

Architecture, National Park Sites, Local Sites, and More!

Where to?

Somerset County, Morris County... even Cape May County!

No Place is too Small...

What may seem minute and insignificant is what makes history!

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Not only do I like to write about history - I love covering events too!

Spread the History!

Help bring awareness to the historic sites in your area.

From historic figures to historic places...

I want to teach America just how significant New Jersey is!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

NJ Weekend Estate Sale: 4/19/19 - 4/21/19

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Remembering Freedomland U.S.A.

Remembering Freedomland U.S.A.
Written by Mike Virgintino

My parents were raised in the South Bronx. When my father returned from World War II, they married and purchased a new brick row house for $16,000 on a quiet side street in the northeast section of the borough.

I came along a few years later. Then, Freedomland U.S.A., an American history theme park, appeared on marshland in the nearby valley. My summers at Freedomland captured my imagination and nurtured my love for history. My passion about our past has grown stronger with each passing year since Freedomland closed its gates.

The Santa Fe Railroad Station at Freedomland U.S.A.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Thursday, April 11, 2019

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/13/19 - 4/14/19

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, April 13 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Tour Paulsdale and Author Talk

Paulsdale is open to the public for Second Saturday Tours at 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm. Paulsdale is the birthplace of Quaker suffragist Alice Paul. Tours include a 15-minute DVD presentation about Alice Paul's life and work and a walk around the porch where visitors learn about the Paul family's daily life in the house, the restoration of the house, and its present day use as a girl's leadership center. No registration is required, but large groups are encouraged to call ahead. Tours are $5.00 per person.

At 2:00 pm, we are excited to host author Tina Cassidy for a presentation of her latest book Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait?: Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, and The Fight for the Right To Vote. This newly released book highlights the intersecting storylines of Alice Paul and former President Woodrow Wilson. Cassidy profiles Wilson’s arrival into Washington, D.C., for his inauguration expecting fanfare and instead found the parade of 8,000 suffragist supporters that Alice Paul organized to bring awareness to the fight. Don’t miss the compelling author talk! Admission to the talk is $5 per person or included with $5 tour of Paulsdale at 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm.

Paulsdale is located at 128 Hooton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ. For information about group tours or future tour dates, contact the Alice Paul Institute at 856-231-1885, e-mail info@alicepaul.org, or visit www.alicepaul.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sale: 4/12/19 - 4/14/19

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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History-Inspired Theatre at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm - 4/13/19

History-Inspired Theatre at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
April 13, 2019
Written by Alli Hartley-Kong

Although I am a trained historian and museum educator, I consider myself primarily a storyteller. Like probably all of us in this field, I became interested in history not because I was obsessed with facts or dates--but because the authors, researchers, journalists, screenwriters, exhibit designers, museum educators and park rangers whose work gave background to my childhood were concise and compelling storytellers. As I grew in my history career and tried to be the same type of public historian who inspired me when I was younger, I worked on cultivating not only my research skills, but honed my storytelling practice through creative writing projects. I knew that in order to be a successful public historian, it was just as important to be a thoughtful and analytic researcher as it was to be a compelling storyteller.

Last August, I moved into an exciting new role as the Senior Program Specialist at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm. For those of you unfamiliar with Fosterfields, we are a 200-acre living history farm located in scenic Morristown, New Jersey and we interpret all the complexities of life on a 20th-century American farm. Walking from one end of the farm to the other, you pass a transportation exhibit featuring early 20th century cars, a stunning and well-preserved Gothic Revival mansion, cows, sheep and pigs in the pasture, a smaller 20th-century farmhouse, farm outbuildings, and a Visitor Center with a rotating exhibit space. We are inspired by the legacy Caroline Foster, who donated us the farm to ensure the place she lived 99 of her 102 years in would be kept as a window into the incredible world she inhabited. Put in short, there are many stories to be told at our site, and it’s an honor to be in a position to tell these stories.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/6/19 - 4/7/19

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Saturday, April 6 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Opening Day at Allaire
Children Friendly Event & Site

As New Jersey’s premiere outdoor living history museum, come and celebrate Allaire’s history with special house tours, craft demonstrations (carpentry, blacksmith, woodcarving), children’s games, story-tellling, historic quilt “airing,” and more! With winter behind and signs of spring, the village comes to life this day to kickoff the 2019 season.

Highlights include:
* Furnace interpretation at 12:30 and 2:30 pm.
* Miniature Wooden Animal Craft
* Carriage House Display
* OPEN HOUSE at the Allaire Residence
* Historic Chapel Open to Tour
* Information Tables

A special history and science scavenger hunt for children and adults. Music in the village, hands-on activities, and interactive programs to experience life in this early 19th century industrial village. Learn about what Allaire has to offer via group tours, facility rentals (the Chapel), benefits of museum membership, special events, volunteer/intern opportunities, sponsorships, and much more! An “Opening Day” and “Open House” to kick off a thrilling year at the Historic Village at Allaire!

Hours: 11:00 am - 4:00 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.

NJ Weekend Estate Sale: 4/5/19 - 4/7/19

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 3/30/19 - 3/31/19

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Saturday, March 30 - Madison, Morris County
Textiles and Technology Demonstrations and Lecture

On Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (METC) will offer loom demonstrations with handweaver Sally Orgren. This is part of our ongoing programming in connection with our current exhibit, Narrative Threads: New Jersey Quilts and Textiles. We will explore the concept of computers and how they relate to textiles. Our presenter, Sally Orgren, who is also editor of Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot magazine will provide several multi-shaft looms and share how textiles and technology have gone hand-in-hand for centuries. See how number sequences become intricate patterns in cloth. Sit down at a loom, throw a shuttle, and make cloth! The presentation "Textiles & Technology" at 2:00 pm will cover the history of loom technology, weaving basics, and contemporary applications in performance textiles, architecture, and pharmaceuticals.

Cost: Included with museum admission; free for METC Members. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street, Madison, NJ. Register online. For more information, call 973-377-2982 ext. 13 or visit www.metc.org.