Friday, January 25, 2013

Weekend Historical Happenings: 1/26/13 - 1/27/13

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Saturday, January 26 - Roebling, Burlington County
Preserving the Roebling Legacy: PNJ's Annual Meeting

Clifford Zink, noted historian and author, will highlight the legacy of the Roeblings and the John A. Roebling's Sons Company, once one of New Jersey's largest employers, and he will discuss the challenges, losses and successes in the preservation of Roebling historic sites and structures over the last  thirty years on Saturday from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Included in those inspiring successes is the Roebling Museum, a Preservation New Jersey Heritage Tourism Partner, which we will have the opportunity to tour during the meeting.

The meeting will be held at the Roebling Museum, 100 Second Avenue, Roebling, NJ 08554. The meeting will include a review of Preservation New Jersey's 2012 year and learn how you can help us manage, change, and preserve the places that matter to New Jerseyans in the year ahead! This event is FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by calling Preservation New Jersey at 609-392-6409.

Saturday, January 26 - Washington Township, Morris County
275th Anniversary Lecture

The Washington Township Historical Society presents a lecture in honor of the township's 275th anniversary on Saturday at 3:00 pm. The year 1738 marked the arrival of a band of German settlers to Middle Valley who had fled Europe to find religious freedom. The year 2013 marks the 275th anniversary of that settlement in Washington Township. To kick off a yearlong celebration, several members of the historical society will present programs on different facets of the township. These  will be held on three consecutive Saturdays from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm at the Washington Township Public Library, E. Springtown Road, Long Valley. The series is free and refreshments will be served. On Saturday, Mary Ann Kordys, Karen Muscat, and Betsy Guzenski will discuss several of the treasures in the WTHS museum collection. On display will be items such as the Luisa Neighbour Jacquard woven coverlet dated 1844 and a wooden clarinet owned and played by Philip Dufford in 1825.

Saturday, January 26 - Cape May, Cape May County
Friends of the World War II Tower Meeting "Turkey, Tunes, and Tales"

Join the Friends of the World War II Tower in Cape May on Saturday at 6:00 pm for this combined social event and seminar to honor area veterans of all wars. After a turkey dinner and dancing accompanied by piano music, popular during America's wars from World War II to the present, veterans of each conflict will share their recollections with the group. As an introduction to each presentation, Rich Chiemingo will play and discuss music that was popular during each war. Admission price: $15 in advance and $17 at the door for Friends of the Tower; $20 in advance and $22 at the door for members of the public. Those attending may join the Friends group at this meeting and get discounted admission to this and other Friends events. Admission limited to 75. This event will be held at Cape May Lutheran Church, 509 Pittsburgh Avenue, Cape May, NJ.

This event is sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday, January 26 - Pemberton Township, Burlington County
January 2013 Moonlight Walk at Historic Whitesbog Village

Whitesbog Preservation Trust will host a moonlight walk at Historic Whitesbog on Saturday at 7:00 pm. By the soft glow of moonlight, walk through the dark, mysterious pines, along white sugar sand roads, to the shimmering cranberry bogs. Listen for the haunting hoots of owls. The leader will offer stories of the people who built Whitesbog, the local "Piney" folk, and the more recent American immigrants, all of whom worked here to make it one of the most successful agricultural enterprises in New Jersey. 

Meet at the General Store at 7:00 pm. Guests should be prepared for a relatively vigorous walk, are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring anything that may be needed for your comfort, such as sturdy shoes, a light jacket, and a flashlight. Light refreshments will be served after the walk. Inclement weather cancels. Fee is $5 per person. Reservations by Friday, January 25 are required: leave name, telephone number and number of people attending on main voicemail, 609-893-4646, or e-mail

All proceeds benefit the Whitesbog Preservation Trust in its tireless efforts to restore and protect Historic Whitesbog Village and its surrounding lands. Whitesbog Village is located at mile marker 13 on County Route 530 in Browns Mills (Pemberton Township), NJ. To find out information and directions: call 609-893-4646, e-mail or visit

Saturdays, January 26 - February 23 - Port Norris, Cumberland County
Winter Enrichment Series

A winter learning experience for ages 6 - 12 held each Saturday from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon at the Bivalve Shipping Sheds at 2800 High Street, Port Norris, NJ. Explore winter on the Delaware Bay: discover the bay's winter inhabitants and environment with hands on activities, wetland walks, critter observations, art and crafts. This program runs every Saturday until February 23. For more information or to register, contact Laura S. Johnson,; 856-785-2060 ext. 102.

Saturday, January 26 - North Plainfield, Somerset County
Photography Exhibition

The Fleetwood Museum of Art and Photographica is pleased to present an exhibition, "Dependent on Chance: The Magic of Smoke Trails" by Vivian S. Bedoya. The exhibition features abstract photographs created by photographing smoke. The images, ethereal formations rendered in both color and black and white, are stunning examples of this arduous photographic process. This unique exhibition is on view through the end of January.

Ms. Bedoya is a writer and photographer residing in Somerset County. She currently has four works of art in the Gallery 27/7 Art on Traffic Control Boxes throughout  Somerset  County.

The Fleetwood Museum of Art and Photographica is located inside the Vermeule Mansion located at 614 Greenbrook Road, North Plainfield, New Jersey  07060. The Museum is open Saturdays from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and the second Sunday of every month, 1:30 - 4:00 pm.

Sunday, January 27 - River Edge, Bergen County
Brigit's Day and Candlemas

The Bergen County Historical Society marks the back-to-back midwinter feasts of Brigit's Day and Candlemas at Historic New Bridge Landing on Sunday from 1:00 - 5:00 pm. Candle-making will be demonstrated at the Out Kitchen by Fort Lee historian John Muller. Accomplished harpist Ardis A. Cavin, an adjunct professor at Bergen Community College, will give a 45-minute performance of Irish ballads on Celtic harp in the Steuben House at 1:30 and 3:00 pm. She was recently featured in a Channel 13 program, "Ballads from Britain." All three houses will be open to tour. Traditional foods, including crepes, will be available in the Black Horse Tavern.

Historic New Bridge Landing is located at 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661. Suggested donation: $7 adult, $5 children, BCHS members free.

Sunday, January 27 - Hoboken, Hudson County
Map Exhibit Opens

Visit the Hoboken Museum on Sunday from 2:00 - 5:00 pm for the opening party of "Mapping the Territory," an exhibit tracing Hudson County history from 1840 - 2013. This event is free and open to the public. The Hoboken Museum is located at 1301 Hudson Street in Hoboken.

Sunday, January 27 - Westfield, Union County
Wake up Mr. Groundhog - Do all Animals Hibernate?

February 2 brings the only weather forecast led by a rodent – the groundhog. Visit the Miller-Corey House Museum on Sunday at 2:00 pm to learn about the facts behind the superstition of the groundhog’s shadow. The program includes information on the history of Groundhog Day, other animals that hibernate, what that time of year meant to early American farmers, and a day in the life of a colonial era child. Also included are storytelling and children’s crafts. A light refreshment will be served. Admission: Adults/Children age 13 and older: $3.00; Children age 3 to 12: $2.00; Under age 3: free. The Miller-Cory House Museum is located at 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield. For more information, call 908-232-1776 or visit

Through April 28, 2013 - Paterson, Passaic County
New Exhibit at Lambert Castle

Lambert Castle, the Victorian-era mansion located on the Garrett Mountain Reservation on the border between Paterson and Clifton, will be home to an exciting new art exhibit now through April 28, 2013. The exhibit, entitled "Message in a Bottle: The Bottleworks of Dr. Etta Ehrlich," will feature Dr. Ehrlich's unique and thought-provoking take on society and culture, using carefully-arranged antique bottles and other found objects. The exhibit will be open until April 28 during regular museum hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Lambert Castle is located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson. For more information, call 973-247-0085 or visit

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


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