Friday, March 1, 2013

Weekend Historical Happenings: 3/2/13 - 3/3/13

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Saturdays, March 2 - 30 - Port Norris, Cumberland County
Volunteer Training

Learn to sail the historic 1928 oyster schooner A. J. Meerwald, and a myriad other volunteer opportunities from education to waitressing in our café, 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 2 - Madison, Morris County
Read Across American Day

Bring your favorite book, meet our "staff" of puppets, read to them and enjoy story time from the Education staff on Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts. Pre-registration  is recommended - call 973-377-2982 x12. Regular admission applies: museum admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, students & children (ages 6 and up) and FREE for Members & children (ages 5 and under). Family maximum admission $13.00. The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street, Madison, NJ. For information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit

Saturday, March 2 - Freehold, Monmouth County
Open Hearth Cooking

The Monmouth County Historical Association invites the public to enjoy open hearth cooking and an open house at the Covenhoven House on Saturday between 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm. Come and observe eighteenth-century style cooking over the blazing open hearth. Visitors will see food being made from authentic "receipts" provided by our hearth cooks, Mrs. Susan Luczu and Mr. Glenn May. This Open Hearth program will feature Honey-Herb Batter Bread, Brussel Sprouts and Bacon Saute, Boiled Pudding, and Open Hearth Roasted Chicken. As you take a guided tour of the house, you will hear stories of families living the Colonial Life. The tour will include a demonstration of how tea was served in the eighteenth century.

Guided tours of this preserved landmark house, built in 1752 for William and Elizabeth Covenhoven will be provided. The Covenhoven House later served as headquarters for British General Sir Henry Clinton before the Battle of Monmouth in June of 1778. 

Admission is free - bring the family. Covenhoven House is located at 150 W. Main Street in Freehold near the Route 9 overpass. Parking is available at Grace Lutheran Church at the corner of West Main Street and Business Route 33.

Saturday, March 2 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Morning Farm Chores

Attend the Parent/Child Morning Chores program on Saturday at 8:00 am at the Historic Longstreet Farm Visitor Center. You and your child (ages 4 and up) will experience lasting memories of milking a cow, collecting eggs from the chickens, and feeding the livestock. Cost is $15 per parent/child pair and $5 for each additional participant. Please dress for the outdoors and wear closed-toe shoes. Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Lonstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ.

Saturday, March 2 - Riverton, Burlington County
Riverton Antique and Collectible Fair

If you have ever wondered about the value of an old painting, sampler, hooked rug, vase, set of dishes, sterling flatware/hollowware, oil lamp, mantle clock, cut glass pitcher, early tops, tree ornaments, quilt, needlework,  valentines, family bible - the list goes endlessly on - come to the Riverton Antique and Collectible Fair co-sponsored by the Historical Society of Riverton and Riverview Estates.

Veteran Personal Property Appraiser, Ronald Shaffer, ISA will be present to evaluate heirlooms and offer a Verbal Opinion of Value. Be prepared for his witty and informed banter as he speaks about each piece. Please note, so you will not be disappointed, Mr. Shaffer claims no general knowledge of firearms, swords, jewelry, or modern day collectibles.

Furniture items are always welcomed - if they easily transportable by the owner.  Photographs of items, too large to carry, are acceptable as long as they are clear, true views with sufficient detail.

Information shared by Mr. Shaffer is not intended as a certified appraisal but merely his opinion of the  history and value of an antique or collectible. We invite those needing a certified appraisal to arrange an appointment with Mr. Shaffer following the Antique and Collectible Fair.

At the last fair, participants were delighted to learn about Americana and decorative works of art including a collectible American silver water pitcher, silver table articles, flatware and tea service, earthenware, salt-glazed stoneware & porcelains, an enameled cameo glass vase, a signed 19th century color lithograph,  vintage model trains, an appliquéd quilt, carved and painted wood toys, military collectibles, a poplar slat-back armchair, burl wood bowl, and more.

Call Gerald Weaber at 856-786-6961 to reserve your seat for this popular event. $10 for the first item and $5 for the second. When you call, please leave your name, phone number, and the number of items on which you wish to receive an opinion.

The host, Riverview Estates, will have refreshments for sale. Free parking is available on Lippincott Avenue adjacent to the entrance of Riverview Estates, 303 Bank Avenue, Riverton, NJ.

Saturday, March 2 - Morristown, Morris County
Happy Birthday Morristown!

On March 2, 1933, Morristown National Historical Park was established by an act of Congress and the signature of Herbert Hoover. Join a park ranger to discover how the park got its start and the vital mission with which the park was charged. Program at 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm at the Washington's Headquarters Museum within Morristown National Historical Park. Cost: $4 per Adult.

Sunday, March 3 - Lincroft, Monmouth County
The Explosion at Morgan

The Scroll & Pen Bookstore at Brookdale in Lincroft is pleased to announce a new lecture series, Monmouth Moments, featuring stories and images of Monmouth County, past and present. 

The series begins with a visit from historian Randall Gabrielan on Sunday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm in the Warner Student Life Center on the Brookdale Campus. Gabrielan has published over two dozen books on the history of Monmouth County towns; his recent work, Explosion at Morgan: The World War I Middlesex Munitions Disaster, will be the subject of his talk. Copies of this as well as other Gabrielan titles will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

Sunday, March 3 - Morristown, Morris County
Tempe Wick; Truth and Legend

Did Tempe Wick really hide a horse in the Wick House? Hear the legend and find out the truth as you explore the Wick House and look for potential hiding spots. 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 3 - Jefferson Township, Morris County
Open House

The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlin House, will have an open house on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Costumed docents will give tours of the museum. Admission is free. The theme of this month's exhibit will be "Put on your Easter Bonnet," with vintage accessories such as hats, gloves, artificial floral corsages, feathers, shoes, scarves, fans, etc., on display. The Jefferson Township Museum is located at 315 Dover-Milton Road, Jefferson, NJ. Be sure to visit Miss Elizabeth's Shoppe located in the original kitchen of the Museum, where small antiques, collectibles, handmade and handcrafted items will be offered for sale.

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

Sunday, March 3 - Scotch Plains, Union County
Open House

The Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood invites you to attend an open house at the Osborn-Cannonball House Museum on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. 

Artifacts from the Scotch Plains – Fanwood school system, 1768 to present, will be on display with costumed guides conducting tours. The event is open to the public, and there is no charge for admission. The Osborn-Cannonball House Museum is located at 1840 Front Street, Scotch Plains, NJ.

Sunday, March 3 - Morristown, Morris County
Herstory - Classical Music by Female Composers

In honor of Women's history month, the "Moonlight Duo" present "Herstory - Classical  music by female composers from Europe and the U.S" at 4:30 pm on Sunday at Macculloch Hall. While treasure hunting for lost and forgotten music, the "Moonlight Duo" has found beautiful pieces by female composers from Germany, England and the U.S., including a manuscript by Katharine Lucke from Baltimore. Other composers featured are Clara Faisst from Germany, May Mukle and Rebecca Clarke from England, and more. With inspiring stories and unique facts about these women and their compositions, the Moonlight Duo presents a very special treat: beautiful music wrapped around a historical journey. The "Moonlight Duo" is comprised of Karen Pinoci on cello and Claudia Baumgaertner Lemmerz on piano.

Tickets for Sunday's program will go on sale at 1:00 pm the day of the program, no advance sales. A separate ticket ($12) is required for the musical programs; discounted ($10) for members, Seniors, Students and those who purchased a Museum tour ticket that afternoon. House tours (regular admission applies) take place throughout the afternoon and the last tour leaves at 3:00 pm. On program days the upstairs galleries will remain open until 4:30 pm and the "A Fine Collection" exhibit will close at 3:00 pm in preparation for the program.

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 & Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. 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, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is located at  45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ.

Sunday, March 3 - South River, Middlesex County
Open House

Stop by the South River Historical & Preservation Society on Sunday from 1:30 - 3:30 pm and view exhibits on all aspects of Borough history including: schools; churches and houses of worship; local businesses and organizations; daily life; events and celebrations; and more. While you are there, see the cemetery located behind the building, ask questions, drop off donations, or exchange hometown stories with the docents. The museum is located at 64-66 Main Street, South River.

Sunday, March 3 - Bound Brook, Somerset County
12 Theories of Who Kidnapped the Lindbergh Baby

Even though Bruno Richard Hauptmann was found with $14,000 of Lindbergh ransom money in his garage, he always contended he received it in a box from his friend Isador Fisch. Early on the police felt that the kidnapping was an inside job, carried out by several people. As the case grew cold and the NJ State Police became highly criticized, they jumped at the chance to pin the kidnapping solely on Hauptmann and closed the case. Over the years, many alternate theories emerged about the kidnapping. There are at least a dozen theories, some more convincing than others that will be discussed at the program entitled "12 Theories of Who Kidnapped the Lindbergh Baby" with Jim Davidson, a local historian and collector of Lindbergh memorabilia, on Sunday at 2:00 pm. Doors open at 1:00 pm. The program, including a slideshow and Q&A, will be held at the Brook Arts Center, 10 Hamilton Street, Bound Brook, NJ. Admission is free, although a $10 donation is suggested. 

Recently, Jim Davidson co-authored the Arcadia Press publication entitled “East Amwell.” His biggest challenge, however, was compiling the first ever pictorial history of the Lindbergh kidnapping and trial. Working with Mark Falzini, archivist of the NJ State Police Museum, they canvassed the east coast for never published or seldom seen pictures. Their finished work “New Jersey’s Lindbergh Kidnapping and Trial” was published by Arcadia Press November 5, 2012. Books will be available after the program for $21.95 and the author will be available to sign copies. For more information, visit

Sunday, March 3 - Princeton, Mercer County
Pine Barrens Panel Discussion

Join Morven Museum and Gardens for "The Pine Barrens: The Past, the Politics, and the Future, A Panel Discussion" on Sunday at 2:00 pm at McCosh 50 on the  Princeton University Campus. Listen to a rare conversation with Governors Brendan Byrne and Jim Florio, John McPhee, author of The Pine Barrens, Michele Byers of New Jersey Conservation Foundation and Carleton Montgomery of Pinelands Preservation Alliance. Moderated by Michael Aron of NJTV.

The discussion is presented in conjunction with Morven's current exhibition, The Pine Barrens: A Legacy of Preservation, Photographs by Richard Speedy. This singular program will explore the arc of Pinelands preservation efforts, as well as anecdotal stories from those intimately associated with its history.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required and seating is limited.

Sunday, March 3 - Montclair, Essex County
YWCA Presentation and Tours

Join the Montclair Historical Society on Saturday at 3:00 pm as Jane Eliasof talks about the years 1920 to 1965, when the Israel Crane House was home to a YWCA for girls and young women of color. She will also provide an update on the project the Montclair Historical Society has embarked upon to document this period. This presentation is free of charge. 

The Israel Crane House will also be open for tours on Sunday, with hearth cooking demonstrations. Admission for tours: $8 per adult; $5 per child. Members are free. The Montclair Historical Society is located at 108 Orange Road, Montclair.

Sunday, March 3 - Eatontown, Monmouth County
Dramatic Reading

March is Women's History Month! The Eatontown Historical Committee invites you to join us for Dramatic Readings from the Docudrama play on Mary Todd Lincoln entitled "Pass My Imperfections Lightly" by Linda Turash of Nine Theatricals. Linda will portray Mary Todd Lincoln, in character and costume. The play has been described as a dramatic examination of a unique personality, which history tends to simplify, written by Vaughn McBride. Ms. Turash will select highlights from the play. Ms. Turash has been an actress for over 30 years performing in various venues including the Strand Theater, Ocean County and Brookdale Community Colleges, and various community theaters. The reading will take place from 1:00 - 2:00 pm at the Eatontown Community Center, 68 Broad Street, Eatontown, NJ. Admission is free. Suggested Audience Age: 13 and older. Tea will be served at the Eatontown Historical Museum (across from the Community Center) following the program. For further information, pleaes e-mail:

Sunday, March 3 - Madison, Morris County
Songs of the Past

Join singer and pianist, Deborah Fennelly as she and pianist David Mauillo fill the rooms of the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts with songs of the past on Sunday at 2:00 pm. Space is limited. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Call 973-377-2982 x14 for reservations. Admission to the program is $10 for non-members and $5 for members. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street, Madison, NJ. For information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit

Sunday, March 3 - Westfield, Union County
Maple Sugar Sunday

Did you know that the production of syrup and sugar from the sap of the maple tree is the oldest known industry in America? Join the Miller-Cory House Museum on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, to learn all about this important 18th century seasonal farm task. Although they won't actually be tapping any trees, learn how the maple sap rises and flows, how it is collected using wooden buckets and handmade spiles, and how sweet products are made from the sap. Open-hearth cooking also resumes on this date - members of the Cooking Committee will demonstrate culinary techniques of the period, using authentic utensils and recipes. 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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