Friday, June 15, 2012

Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/16/12 - 6/17/12

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Saturday, June 16 - Ocean County

Tuckerton Historical Society - New Gretna Cemeteries and Churches. Pete Stemmer, the Bass River historian and blogger, will talk about New Gretna area cemeteries and churches and how their records can be used in developing family genealogies. Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, 35 Leitz Blvd., Little Egg Harbor,
609-294-1547, 2-4 PM.

Saturday, June 16 - Mercer County

 Rev War soldierAn afternoon-long presentation and discussion on the Northern Campaign in NY state and Canada featuring noted experts in the field. Eric Schnitzer, Bill Ahearn, Todd Braisted will take guests on an insightful journey through some of the most heroic battles on the American frontier.  Tickets are required for this event, with the proceeds thereof going to preservation and interpretation of Princeton Battlefield.  The event includes a cocktail hour following the presentations for further informal discussion with the speakers.  To order tickets:
 The Princeton Battlefield Society; Contact- J. Carney; 973-271-8333.

Saturday, June 16 - Cape May County

Delaware Bay Lighthouse Adventure: Come aboard the newly redesigned Cape May Whale Watcher or the new Spirit of Cape May to view and photograph historic lighthouses of the late 19th and early part of the 20th centuries. Most of these lighthouses stand on pedestals out of sight of land and are still operational. Each cruise also includes narration on Delaware Bay lore and legend, including information on fishing, spawning grounds and more. Includes complimentary continental breakfast in the morning and a lavish buffet lunch. A cash bar is available. Saturday, June 16 from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets $99. Sponsored by the Cape May Whale Watcher and the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday, June 16 - Middlesex County

On Saturday, June 16 at 1:00 pm The Proprietary House Association/Museum will hold its Annual Reenactment of the Arrest of the Royal Governor, William Franklin, Benjamin Franklin's son. Local actor Kurt Epps will portray the Governor. Col. Heard will be there with some militia to clap the irons on Franklin for his arrest; he will then be taken off premises to await jail in Connecticut. Also, there will be other costumed reenactors. Tours of the house will be available. Pictures with the Governor and your family may be taken with your own camera. Light refreshments and food served. No reservations are needed. Fun for the whole family. Event is free. Donations welcomed. For information, please call 732-826-5527.

Sunday, June 17 - Morris County

On June 17th celebrate Father's Day at the Macculloch Hall Museum with free admission for Dads. Costumed interpreter Bill Gent will discuss "Hollywood vs. Reality" an accurate look into the past exploring how a doctor was educated, interpret medicines and medical practices, and describe transportation and care of the wounded and the grim statistics of the war. Families can meet with Mr. Gent in the museum garden from 1pm - 4pm to learn more about this aspect of the Civil War and view a display of medical tools and recreations of medicines in period containers. During the afternoon children can also participate in creating a Civil War inspired craft and families can also take part in a scavenger hunt through the exhibit.


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