Friday, March 15, 2013

Weekend Historical Happenings: 3/16/13 - 3/17/13

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Saturdays, March 16 - 30 - Port Norris, Cumberland County
Volunteer Training

Learn to sail the historic 1928 oyster schooner A. J. Meerwald, and a myriad of other volunteer opportunities from education to waitressing in our cafĂ©, cooking, working in the office, mailings, you name it: if you have a skill or if you have none, we can use you! Discover your hidden talents at this series of learning Saturdays, from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. For more information or to register, contact Laura S. Johnson,; 856-785-2060 ext. 102.

Saturday, March 16 - Chester, Morris County
Abraham Lincoln Remembered

The Chester Historical Society will feature an interactive lecture entitled "Abraham Lincoln Remembered: Lincoln's Whistle Stop Tour to Washington, 1861," on Saturday, at 10:00 am at the Chester Library, 250 West Main Street, in Chester. The program is open to the public free of charge and refreshments will be served.

Cynthia Winslow will describe how Abraham Lincoln left his home in Springfield, Illinois on February 11, 1861, and traveled by train through seven states, including stops in New Jersey, on the way to his inauguration in Washington, D.C. Activities and discussion will focus on several important events, including the reception Lincoln received by the American people at over ninety stops on this thirteen-day journey, and the roles the famous 19th-century detective Allan Pinkerton and the first American female private eye, Kate Warne, had in protecting the president. New Jersey's response to Lincoln in the 1860 and 1864 presidential elections, and his presidency, will also be discussed.

For more information about this and other Chester Historical Society programs, visit

Saturday, March 16 - Princeton, Mercer County
Princeton Battlefield Cleanup

On Saturday morning, the Princeton Battlefield Society will be hosting a spring clean-up beginning at 10:00 am. Volunteers will be removing invasive bamboo, saving old growth trees, opening the overgrown section of Old Saw Mill Road, and much more! Please bring gloves, clippers, rakes, and any other hand tools to help clear the site. Princeton Battlefield is located at 500 Mercer Road, Princeton, NJ.

Saturday, March 16 - Mullica Hill, Gloucester County
Remembering the Past Exhibit Opening

Harrison Township Historical Society Remembers the Past -- Going, Going, Gone... features vanishing landmarks. Join the Harrison Township Historical Society for its spring exhibition, "Going, Going, Gone...Lost Landmarks of Harrison Township." Starting on Saturday, the society will display various photographs and artifacts of lost, or soon to be lost, historic landmarks from Mullica Hill, Jefferson, Richwood & Ewan. at Old Town Hall in Mullica Hill. The idea for the exhibit was sparked with the approval to demolish the New Jersey Water Company building on Mill Road. The building that was once a gristmill dates back to the early 1800s. This is only one of the several historic structures that have disappeared from Mullica Hill's scenery. Some very recent additions to the "gone list" include the Jefferson School and the Spicer street water tower. The exhibit will be open from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. on weekends from March 16 to May 19. Come out to discover memories of the past or to reminisce on simpler times. Old Town Hall is located at 62 South Main Street in Mullica Hill. For further information about upcoming events or how to get involved, please call 856-478-4949 or visit

Saturday, March 16 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
Archaeological Society of NJ Meeting

The Archaeological Society of New Jersey will be meeting at East Jersey Olde Towne in Piscataway at the Indian Queen Tavern on Saturday. This meeting is open to the public, free admission, and free parking.

Schedule: Board Meeting 11:00 am - 12:00 pm; Lunch 12:00 - 12:45 pm (bring your lunch); Opening Remarks and President's Welcome 1:00 pm; Lecture Series following;

"Prehistoric Foodways: Lenape foraging, fishing, and farming along the Middle Delaware River, the view from Scudder Falls" presented by Brian Albright and John Lawrence. Archaeological excavations at two Native American sites on either side of the Delaware River near Scudder Falls, the Reeders Creek West site (28Me360) in Mercer County, New Jersey and the River Road site (36Bu379) in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, have helped archaeologists learn about how Native Americans lived and acquired food both sides of the middle Delaware River before the arrival of European settlers.

"Viewing the Different Encampments, Which is Undoubtedly One of the Finest Sights in the World: Archaeological Evidence for Revolutionary War Campsites at Raritan Landing in Piscataway, New Jersey" presented by Richard Veit. After suffering stunning defeats in the winter of 1776 at Trenton and Princeton, the British and Hessian forces regrouped in a defensive ring around New Brunswick, New Jersey. Encampments were established across the river at Raritan Landing in Piscataway.  This paper employs GIS mapping, historical research and detailed artifact analysis to provide a rare glimpse of a winter camp employed by the Crown forces during the American Revolution.    

2:00 - 2:15 - Break

"At the Mantion House - Settling the Estate of Cornelius Low" presented by Mark Nonestied. Cornelius Low, one of the wealthiest individuals in the Raritan River Valley, died in 1777; some thirty five years later, in 1812, his estate was finally settled. His son Nicholas, the executor of the estate, kept the accounting records that documented approximately 600 transactions to liquidate his father's holdings. These records were recently uncovered and interpreted; the interpretation of this document has lead to additional investigation by museum staff  including the opening of the historic Low family vault in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.  

"Headed Back for the Raritan Docks: John Holland's Innovative Submarine" presented by Douglas Aumack. In March of 1898, in the waters off of Perth Amboy, John Holland demonstrated the latest submersible technology. Holland's submarine was an improvement over the earlier hand-propelled vessels of the Civil War period. His innovative gas and electric powered submarine was of great interest to the United States Navy. This lecture explores a watershed period in the development of submarine technology. Mr. Aumack will discuss the earliest versions from the Civil War period and the improvements that continued throughout the late 1800s.

Saturday, March 16 - Caldwell, Essex County
Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association Centennial

Attend an opening event in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association. There will be a program at the First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell on Saturday. Architects from the firm of Connolly and Hickey have been working closely with the Association and will make a presentation on the future Carriage House Visitor's Center on the grounds of their park. There will also be exhibits representative of past achievements of the organization. The public is encouraged to attend this meeting and to participate in the events for the celebratory year. The celebration begins at 9:30 am. Registration is $20.00 and payable at the door. Lunch included. The program will be held at the First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell, 326 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, NJ.

Saturday, March 16 - Pennsville, Salem County
Reenactors at Fort Mott

On Saturday, the 9th Infantry Division WWII Historical Preservation Society will have displays and reenactors to interact with. Squad level tactical demos and medical demos are scheduled for 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. A brand new military book will be released and the author will on site to discuss and sign copies. This event is free and open to the public. Fort Mott is located at 454 Fort Mott Road, Pennsville, NJ.

Saturday, March 16 - Morristown, Morris County
Celebrating St. Patrick's Day

Learn about the life of a common soldier during the winter encampment and how they would have celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in 1780 as you visit the replica soldier huts of the Pennsylvania Line. Call 973-543-4030 for further details. Program at 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm at the Soldier Huts in Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park. Cost: Free.

Saturday, March 16 - Andover, Sussex County
Open House

The Historical Society of Andover Borough cordially invites you to celebrate spring and Easter the Andover Museum's during the museum's Holiday Open House, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Come Experience Andover's Important Historic Significance. A wide array of artifacts and other historic memorabilia highlighting Andover's rich diversified history are visually displayed in the museum. These displays include Andover's history of iron ore mining and processing, the railroad, dairy farming production, and the everyday life and people of this significant community and Andover's important contributions to the growth of Sussex County, Northern New Jersey, and America.

The Andover Museum is open to visitors from 1:00 - 4:00 pm on Sunday. It is located upstairs in the Andover Borough Municipal Building at 137 Main Street/Route 206, Andover Borough, NJ. There is ample parking located behind the building and the museum entrance is on Smith Street.

The museum is open to the public. For additional information please call 973-786-7833 or e-mail

Saturday - Sunday, March 16 - 17 - Wantage, Sussex County
Maple Sugarin' at Lusscroft Farm

Learn how sap is converted to delicious maple syrup at the Lusscroft Farm Sugar Shack on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Ongoing demonstrations will show how to tap the sugar maple trees, collect the sap, and operate the evaporator. Fresh maple syrup will be available for purchase while supplies last. Revenue from the maple sugaring operation benefits the ongoing maintenance of the sugar house and supports the upkeep of Lusscroft Farm. Lusscroft Farm is located at 50 Neilson Road, Wantage, NJ. For more information, call 973-271-6771 or visit

Sunday, March 17 - Morristown, Morris County
Artist James E. Kelly

Visit Macculloch Hall on Sunday for William B. Styple's presentation on artist James E. Kelly. Mr. Styple discovered and transcribed Kelly's interviews with Civil War Generals Grant, Sherman, Sheridan, Hancock, Warren, Chamberlain and many others. The resulting book Generals in Bronze-Interviewing the Commanders of the Civil War was published in 2005 and is the basis of this presentation which Mr. Styple will discuss along with images of these unique pieces of art. 

Tickets available at 1:00 pm on the day of the program, no advance sales. Tickets to hear speakers are: Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 - 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are free. Speaker tickets include admission to take part in a house tour if visitors arrive during the afternoon and sign up to tour.  

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum preserves the history of the Macculloch-Miller families, the Morris area community, and the legacy of its founder W. Parsons Todd through its historic site, collections, exhibits, and educational and cultural programs. The Museum is open for house and exhibit tours on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The last tour leaves at 3:00 pm. Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 - 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are free. The gardens are open (free of charge) during Museum hours. For more information, call 973-538-2404 ext. 10 or visit Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is located at 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ.

Sunday, March 17 - Flemington, Hunterdon County
Hunterdon County Historical Society Annual Meeting

The Hunterdon County Historical Society annual spring meeting will be held on Sunday at 2:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the  Flemington Presbyterian Church, 10 East Main Street, Flemington. Life-long railroad buff Louis Judice of Hampton will speak about railroading in Hunterdon. The public is invited to attend and refreshments  will be served. Admission is free. Call 908-782-1091 or e-mail

Sunday, March 17 - Atlantic City, Atlantic County
Climb Absecon Lighthouse Free

Enjoy a climb to the top of New Jersey's tallest lighthouse for FREE on Sunday in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Those celebrating the day by wearing something green will be treated to a free climb to see the best 360-degree views of Atlantic City. Leaving a little green behind in the donation jar is OK too! The lighthouse and gift shop will be open 11:00 am - 4:00 pm and the last climb will be at 3:30 pm.

Absecon Lighthouse is a state-owned historic property administered by the non-profit Inlet Public/Private Association. Located at 31 South Rhode Island Avenue in Atlantic City, it is open to visitors Thursday through Monday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. For more information about Absecon Lighthouse and its programs call 609-449-1360 or visit

Sunday, March 17 - Park Ridge, Bergen County
When Irish Eyes are Smiling

On Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, the Pasack Historical Society will display lace (some Irish), homemade Irish sour cream pound cake, tea imported from Dublin (Lyon's), and Irish music (CD). Admission is FREE. Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult. Bring your personal lace to share with us! Come and share some companionship & blarney with us!

The Pascack Historical Society is located at 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge, NJ.

Sunday, March 17 - Jersey City, Hudson County
Jersey City Speakeasies

On Sunday at 2:00 pm, Jersey City's legendary storyteller, Mr. Bob Leach, returns to the Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery with his ole' time tales of "Jersey City Speakeasies." This St. Patrick's Day "Fun-Raiser" is the first fundraiser of the 2013 season for the important Historic Jersey City Cemetery Restoration Project. For more information or reservations, please call 201-707-0738 or 973-204-9888. This event is open to the public! Free-will donations suggested. The Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery is located at 435 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ.

Sunday, March 17 - Morristown, Morris County
Son of St. Patrick

Find out about the role of the Irish in the American Revolution as you encounter one of Washington’s aides on a Ford Mansion tour. Discover why St. Patrick’s Day was the only holiday celebrated by the soldiers during the winter of 1779-1780. Program at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm at the Ford Mansion, within Morristown National Historical Park. Cost: $4.00 per adult.

Sunday, March 17 - Morristown, Morris County
The Things They Carried

Have you always wondered what types of things soldiers carried throughout the war? Join a Park Ranger at the Wick House to discover what would have been inside a soldier’s knapsack. Program at 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm at the Wick House in Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park. Cost: Free.

Sunday, March 17 - Lebanon, Hunterdon County
U.S. History Through Postage Stamps

The Tewksbury Historical Society will host a talk on U.S. history through postage stamps by Peter Cerrato on Sunday at 1:00 pm at the Mountainville Meeting Hall, 60 Water Street, Lebanon, NJ. The talk is free, open to the public, and refreshments will be served. The talk will be preceded by a short business meeting. There is no snow date.

Peter Cerrato is the owner of the CharlesStamp Shop in Edison, NJ and will present a talk illustrated by postage stamps, from the first U.S. issue until the present. Mr. Cerrato has been using postage stamps for thirty-five years to teach about American history, and has written sixteen books on the subject.

Attendees are encouraged to bring any historical stamps, first day covers or postal materials to display and have Mr. Cerrato provide advice on. Membership in the society is open to anyone interested in the history of Tewksbury Township. For more information call 908-832-6734 and leave your name and phone number or e-mail

Sunday, March 17 - Ridgewood, Bergen County
Children's Day

Children in grades kindergarten through 5th are invited to the Schoolhouse Museum to hear Mrs. Diorio, Willard School librarian, and guest readers share Irish folk tales and celebrate St. Patrick's Day on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Children will have the opportunity to see the museum's current exhibit, THE COLLECTION, featuring treasured 18th- and 19th-century artifacts and textiles donated over the last sixty years by local residents. Irish stories will be read at 2:15 and 3:15 pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult. A donation of $3 per child, $5 for an adult, or $10 for a family is suggested to support the museum's operating budget. The Schoolhouse Museum is located at 650 E. Glen Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. For more information, visit www.ridgewoodhistoricalsociety or e-mail

Sunday, March 17 - Westfield, Union County
Colloquialisms - Expressions from the Past

Many of our most popular expressions have been around for hundreds of years. But do you know how the saying “strike while the iron is hot” originated? Or “mind your Ps and Qs?” Or “it’s raining cats and dogs?” Get the explanation on Sunday, between 2:00 and 4:00 pm, in the program entitled “Colloquialisms – Expressions from the Past” at the Miller-Cory House Museum. Members will also be conducting tours of the museum and demonstrating 18th century open hearth cooking techniques. 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

Sundays through April 14, 2013 - Cranbury, Middlesex County
Bunting Doll House on Display

The Bunting Doll House is on display at the Cranbury Museum on Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm  through April 14, 2013. The house is a hand-made replica of an 1890's house and veterinarian's office in Burlington, N.J. When Lavada Bunting needed to relax after her long days as a private duty nurse in the 1950s, she turned to an all-consuming hobby, creating a dollhouse and the miniature furniture for it. The endeavor was nine years in the making. Thanks to Lavada Bunting's efforts, her descendants have a family heirloom: an elaborately furnished, nine-room, two-story replica of a Colonial house. The creator's nephew Bill Bunting, a Cranbury resident and Princeton lawyer, said, "It's an idealized version of the house in Burlington, NJ where my aunt grew up. No one has ever played with it.  It's not that kind of house." He has loaned the Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society this family treasure. The Cranbury Museum is located at 4 Park Place East, Cranbury.

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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