Friday, September 7, 2012

Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/8/12 - 9/9/12

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Saturday, September 8 - Morris Plains, Morris County
'Styling an American Family' Exhibit Opening

Reservations are now being accepted for the opening reception of a new exhibition entitled, Styling an American Family: The 1910s at Gustav Stickley's Craftsman Farms. The exhibition features fashions from Syracuse University's Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection will allow visitors to Gustav Stickley's Craftsman Farms to view the human form in the home as it may have looked from 1911-1913 when the Gustav Stickley family was in residence. It will be on view between September 8, 2012 and January 6, 2013.

Exhibition curator Jeffrey Mayer, an associate professor and program coordinator of fashion design at SU's College of Visual and Performing Arts, selected the garments in Styling an American Family from the fashion design program's Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection, which he also curates. The exhibition features outfits arranged in eight environmental vignettes styled as moments frozen in time, with such themes as "Motoring," "Music," "Entertainment at Home" and "After the Party."

The opening reception will take place on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and will include a viewing of the exhibition in the Log House, a curator's lecture by Jeffrey Mayer, in the Museum's education building, and an outdoor tented reception. Tickets are $12 for non-members and free for Stickley Museum members. Advance reservations are required for both members and nonmembers. No tickets will be sold at the door.

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm, and Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The entrance is located at the intersection of Manor Lane and Route 10 West in Morris Plains. For further information, to reserve tickets to the exhibition opening, or to book group tours, please see the Museum's website at or call 973-540-0311.

Saturday, September 8 - Ocean View, Cape May County
Cape May County Museum Art for History Auction

The Cape May County Museum will host its 5th Annual Art for History Art Auction on Saturday at 6:00 pm at the Ocean View Resort Campground. The auction will include fine art, woodworking, decoys, handmade jewelry, pottery, glass pieces, and antiques. The auction features local artists, including Neal McPheeters, Peg Dittmar, and Stan Sperlak, as well as many others well known for their depictions of Cape May County scenery. Carvers included in this year's auction are Dave Billig, Laurel Dabbs, and Harry V. Shourds II. One of the special pieces to be auctioned is a Canada goose decoy, carved by noted local carver J.P. Hand, which he modeled after a unique Phillip Stites III decoy in the museum's collection. Potters Terry Plasket of Wheaton Village and Marie Elaine Lanza of Cape May Court House will both have pieces in the auction. Master glassblower Don Friel and woodworkers Scott Smith and John Turner will also be auctioning their creations.

The evening includes both live and silent auctions. The preview begins at 6 pm, with auctioning beginning at 7. Admission is $20 and includes hors d'oeuvres and desserts as well as an open wine and beer bar. Ocean View Resort is located at 2555 Route 9 in Ocean View. This is a great opportunity to support local artists and local history. For more information, please call the Museum at 609-465-3535 or visit the website

Saturday, September 8 - River Edge, Bergen County
Historic New Bridge Landing Walking Tour

Enjoy a walking tour of Historic New Bridge Landing led by Kevin Wright Saturday at 10:00 am. Experience history in one of the storied places where it was made! The tour will cover the history of New Bridge Landing featuring Brett Park on the Teaneck side of the Hackensack River. Tour ends at the Campbell-Christie House, where refreshments and gift shop are available. The tour will begin at "the Bridge that Saved a Nation" by the Steuben House. Rain or shine. The tour is FREE. Historic New Bridge Landing is located at 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ.

Saturday, September 8 - Denville, Morris County
Denville Centennial Kickoff

The Denville Historical Society & Museum will host an open house at the schoolhouse from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday. Vito Bianco will give walking tours at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. The tour will begin at the 2nd Union Schoolhouse, Openaki Road, Union Hill. If it rains, the entire tour will be conducted from the schoolhouse. $5 per person; $3 for those 65 and older or under 21 years-old.) For further information call, 973-625-1165.

Saturday, September 8 - Towaco, Morris County
12th Annual Towaco Music, Arts, & Crafts Festival

The 12th Annual Towaco Jazz, Arts & Crafts Festival, hosted by the Towaco Civic Association, is pulling into the Towaco Train Station (630 Rt 202, Towaco) on Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Towaco is located in Montville Township. Arts, crafts, and food will be available for sale.   Come and enjoy the outside fall weather. Dance to the music and shop for fall and Christmas gifts! Come out for a great event with music, food, and crafts.

2012 Towaco Festival Music Lineup:
Noon - 1:00 pm Garden State Harmonica Club
1:00 -  2:00 pm  Common Convictions
2:00 -  3:30pm   Black Lace Blues Band
3:30 -  5:00pm   Jim Ramundo Trio
5:00 -  6:30pm   Rhonda Schuster
6:30 -  8:00pm   Zeke Carey Band

Parking is available at the Towaco Train Station, behind the Towaco shops and Sovereign bank, and in the Methodist Church and Towaco Fire Department parking lots. For questions, call Christina at 973 394-1100.

Saturday, September 8 - Barnegat, Ocean County
Pirate Day

Celebrate Pirate Day on Saturday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at East Bay Avenue & Route 9 in historic Barnegat.  Rain or Shine. Enjoy tours of the Cox House and take a ride on Historic Trolley Tours between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. See pirates throughout the event, participate in a Pirate Costume Contest (11:00 am - 11:30 am), listen to live bands, entertainment, food, crafts and vendors. Sponsored by Barnegat Township and the Barnegat Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday, September 8 - Jersey City, Hudson County
Historic Cemetery Benefit

"Life Is A Beach Tiki Stomp" benefit festival will be a fun family day of live surf music, exhibits, crafts, hula dancing, and kid's activities to benefit the Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery on Saturday from 12:00 noon - 8:00 pm. Food and refreshments provided by Hoboken's Famous Cal's Hot Dogs. There will be history and nature walking tours throughout the afternoon.

Suggested donation is $10 (or more) for adults and $5 for children. All proceeds are applied 100% to the cemetery restoration. There will be no on-site parking but plenty of street parking just a block away. The Historic Cemetery is also just a 10 minute walk from either the Grove Street or Journal Square PATH Train. The Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery is located at 435 Newark Avenue in beautiful historic downtown Jersey City.

Saturday, September 8 - Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County
34th Annual Outdoor Flea Market

The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society is hosting its 34th annual Outdoor Flea Market at the Atlantic Highlands Marina (off First Avenue) on Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The rain date is September 15th. 100 vendors will be selling something for everyone. A variety of antiques and collectibles, crafts, and new items will be offered. Furnishings, household wares, toys, clothing, tools, new and collectible books, lawn ornaments, turn of the century postcards, jewelry, and fishing tackle are among some of the varieties of merchandise to be found.

Refreshments and a variety of food and baked goods will be available by the society. Society members will also be on hand to answer questions about the society and its various programs. Enjoy for a day of browsing and searching for that something you just can't do without.

For more information about the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society visit www.atlantichighlandshistory.orgProceeds from this event are used to maintain and restore the Strauss Mansion Museum at 27 Prospect Circle and provide educational programs throughout the year. The museum is open to the public each Sunday from 1:00 until 4:00 pm.

Saturday - Sunday, September 8 - 9 - Cape May, Cape May County
Revolutionary War Encampment at Cold Spring Village

Rev War soldiers
Authentically clad and equipped Continental and Loyalist reenactors bring the American Revolution to life on the grounds of Historic Cold Spring Village, Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 am to 4:30pm. At the Village's annual Revolutionary War Encampment, visitors can see demonstrations of drills, equipment, and artillery firing. Civilian reenactors will also demonstrate the role played by typical Americans of the period in supporting the army.

HCSV Deputy Director for Education and Interpretation Jim Stephens will give a special presentation, "The Story of Old Glory," a fascinating look at the origins and history of our nation's flag on both Saturday and Sunday. Local historian Tom Camp will open the event with a free lecture, "South Jersey Privateers of the Revolution," Friday night at 7:00 pm in the Welcome Center.

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 $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. For more information on events, membership, volunteering, or booking private affairs, please call (609) 898-2300, ext. 10, or visit

Saturday and Sunday, September 8-9 - Tuckerton, Ocean County
13th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show

During the New Jersey Maritime Heritage Festival, on Saturday and Sunday, between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. Join the Seaport and the Philadelphia Chapter of the ACBS for two splendid days of classic wood and glass boat exhibitors, demonstrations, workshops, crafters, vendors, food, refreshments and maritime activities. Sign up for a boat building class or take a boat ride on the Tuckerton "Crik." The boat show is fun for the whole family.

General Admission: Adults: $8; Seniors: $6; Children 6 to 12: $3; Children 5 and under: Free. Members Free. Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum, 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton. For more information call 609-296-8868 or visit

Sunday, September 9 - Roxbury, Morris County
Silas Riggs Saltbox House Open House

On Sunday between 1:00 and 4:00 pm, the Roxbury Historical Trust will host an open house at the eighteenth century Silas Riggs Saltbox House, the historic King House and the King Store Museums. The Saltbox House is located at 213 Main Street in the Ledgewood Village section of Roxbury Township. Tours are free and historic interpreters will be on hand. For more information, call Marge at 973-584-6931 or Richard at 973-584-7903.


Sunday, September 9 - Jefferson Township, Morris County
George Chamberlin House Open House

The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlin House, will have an open house on Sunday, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Costumed docents will give tours of the museum. Come see the special exhibit of Miniatures displayed throughout the Museum.  Admission is free. The Jefferson Township Museum, located at 315 Dover-Milton Road, was entered into the National and State Register of Historic Places in 2009.

For further information, visit, or call Christine, the Jefferson Township Historical Society's president at 973-697-0258.

Sunday, September 9 - Haledon, Passaic County
Book Signing

The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark and Sondra Stetin Gash & the Stetin Family cordially invite museum members and the general public to a booksigning reception for Richard D. Kahlenberg, author of Why Labor Organizing Should Be A Civil Right: Rebuilding a Middle Class Democracy by Enhancing Workers' Voices on Sunday, at 2:00 pm at a private residence. Mr. Kahlenberg graduated from Harvard Law School and is a Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation, where he writes about a variety of education issues. Light refreshments will be served.

For further information about the venue of this event and directions, please call the Museum at 973-595-7953 or email

The Botto House National Landmark, home of the American Labor Museum, is located at 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, New Jersey. It was the meeting place for over 20,000 silk mill workers during the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike. The Museum offers a free lending library, restored period rooms, changing exhibits, Museum Store, Old World Gardens, educational programs and special events. The Museum's hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm or by appointment. For further information, please visit or call 973-595-7953.

Sunday, September 9 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
Election Memorabilia: The Stuff of American Campaigning

A new exhibit opens Sunday between 1:00 and 4:00 pm in the Our Town Gallery of the Woolley House - just in time for the high-stakes months of the Presidential Campaign. The exhibit, "Election Memorabilia: The Stuff of American Campaigning," showcases an impressive collection of political campaign buttons, banners, signs, photos, and news clippings. The artifacts, both Republican and Democratic, include material from the museum's own collection (a gift from the Mullaney family) and loaned items from local collectors.

It's no surprise that the stuff of American political campaigning is colorful. Consider the characters it represents. From our first President to our current, slogans, buttons, ads, and bumper stickers vie to tell a candidate's story and win votes.

From the start, American campaigning has been rough and tumble and this exhibit captures the fun and fight of the contest. It's a window into the history of campaigning. It's an overview of the election process from local contests to the selection of President. Perfect for adults and children (who will be hearing a lot about elections this campaign season), it's one more good reason to visit the Eden Woolley House.

"Election Memorabilia: The Stuff of American Campaigning" runs through the end of November. The museum's hours are:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays: 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Thursdays: 7:00 to 9:00 pm. First and Second Sunday of the month 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is located at 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ 07712. For more information visit

Sunday, September 9 - Montclair, Essex County
Open Houses

The Israel Crane and Nathaniel Crane Houses  located at 108 Orange Road, Montclair and the Charles Shultz House located at 30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, will be open to the public on Sunday between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. Tickets are $8/adult and $5/child per site or purchase a combination ticket for $15/adult and $8/child. Members are free. Call 973-744-1796 for information or visit

Sunday, September 9 - Montclair, Essex County
Montclair Walking Tour

Enjoy a walking tour of Montclair with Town Historian Mike Farrelly on Sunday at 1:00 pm. Learn about the houses and the people who lived in them as you discover Montclair on foot during the two hour tour. The tour meets at 108 Orange Road. Tickets are $8/adult and $5/child. Members are free. Call 973-744-1796 or visit for more information about the tour.

Sunday, September 9 - Eatontown, Monmouth County
Finding Irish Ancestors

Come join the Monmouth County Genealogy Society at their September general meeting on Sunday, at the Eatontown Community/Senior Center located at 72 Broad Street in Eatontown. ALL ARE WELCOME!!! Refreshments are served at 1:30 pm and the program begins at 2:00 pm. This month's program features Claire Keenan Agthe, a professional genealogist and popular speaker in the New Jersey and Philadelphia areas, who will help attendees find elusive Irish ancestors.

Sunday, September 9 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
Follow the Middlebush Road

Attend three events this weekend at three different locations on Middlebush Road. All sites are open between 1:00 and 5:00 pm.

Between 1:00 - 2:30 pm experience an 18th century hearth cooking demonstration at Wyckoff Garretson House - 215 S. Middlebush Road. Donuts and apple cider will be served.

Between 2:00 and 4:00 pm enjoy an apple pie contest and house/barn tour at the Hageman Farm - 209 S. Middlebush Road. Apple pie and iced tea will be served. 

Lastly, between 3:30 and 5:00 pm, David Emerson will entertain with Victorian & Irish Tales and Songs (seating limited to 35) at the Van Liew-Suydam House - 280 S. Middlebush Road. Scones and lemonade will be served. 

The cost to attend all three events is $5.00! Contact 732-748-7657 or 917-375-3458 for more information. Sponsored by the Meadows Foundation.

Sunday, September 9 - Somerville, Somerset County
4th Annual Somerville Jazz Fest

Hosted by the Downtown Somerville Alliance, the 4th annual Somerville Jazz Fest runs from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sunday. Located at the corner of Grove Street & East Main Street in front of the historic Somerset County Courthouse it is a rain or shine event. Bring seating and a picnic, or browse the food court, and enjoy the show! 

This year features an all Grammy nominated lineup with Christian Sands, Antoinette Montague, Nat Adderley, Jr., and headliner, Will Calhoun. The Jazz House Kids will perform as well.

Artists and artisans will be displaying their work on the Courthouse lawn, locations throughout Downtown Somerville, and the newly transformed Division St., the talk of Somerset County.

There is ample free parking in town and in the municipal parking lots and easy access to the venue via public transportation.

There is no charge to attend Jazz Fest and Courthouse lawn seating is on a first come first serve basis.

For more information about this year's Jazz & Arts Fest and the participating artists, contact the DSA office at 908.541.1600 or visit

Sunday, September 9 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
History of Film: 1890-1960

View the exhibit "Lights! Camera! Action! History of Film: 1890-1960" at the 1741 Cornelius Low House Museum in Piscataway. The museum is open Sunday afternoons from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The exhibit will run through December 31, 2012. 

The Cornelius Low House, built in 1741, was the home to its namesake and is only one of two remaining buildings from historic Raritan Landing. This high-style Georgian mansion is listed on the National Register and operated by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission. Admission to the museum is FREE. The museum is located at 1225 River Road, Piscataway, NJ . For more information, visit

Some event listings courtesy of the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey


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