Friday, March 8, 2013

Weekend Historical Happenings: 3/9/13 - 3/10/13

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Saturdays, March 9 - 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 9 - Madison, Morris County
Family Fun Day

Join the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts for a day of family fun and a craft activity on Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Family Fun Day is held every second Saturday of the month. Advance registration 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 9 - Secaucus, Hudson County
Jersey City Political

Join the Hudson County Genealogical and Historical Society on Saturday at 11:00 am for a program presented by member Dallas Grove. Ms. Grove will be speaking about her great grandfather, John F. Madden, a New Jersey State Assemblyman and a politician from the Horseshoe section of Jersey City in the late 1800s through the early 1900s. This is a perfect follow up to the January meeting about Denny McLaughlin who was a friend of John Madden. This should be an informative and interesting presentation!

The event will be held at the Secaucus Town Hall, 1205 Paterson Plank Road in Secaucus. Please park in the upper parking lot. The meeting will be held on the second floor in Chambers 2.

Saturday, March 9 - Little Egg Harbor, Ocean County
Jersey's Role in the Civil War

On Saturday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, William Gillette, Ph.D.,  will reexamine New Jersey's wartime role in the Civil War. This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The progarm will be held at the Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, 35 Leitz Blvd., Little Egg Harbor. For more information, call 609-294-1547.

Saturday, March 9 - Wayne, Passaic County
Antique/Vintage Sale and Exhibit

The Friends of Wayne Historic Museums are sponsoring a fundraiser called "Antique/Vintage Glass, China and Pottery Sale and Exhibit" at Van Riper-Hopper House Museum on Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The exhibit pieces are for sale, so visitors can go home with a piece of the past dating from the 1890s to the 1970s, all in beautiful condition. Many of the items have been researched and dated. They include vases, planters, pitchers, punch bowl sets, and pretty serving dishes and glasses. The privately owned collection has names such as McCoy, Roseville and Duncan Miller. One special section features kitchen glassware of the Depression Years. Admission is free, and there is a fun, interactive section to the exhibit. The Van Riper-Hopper House Museum is located at 533 Berdan Avenue in Wayne, NJ. For more information call 973-694-7192 or visit

Saturday, March 9 - Trenton, Mercer County
Celebrate Women's History Month

Celebrate Women's History Month with two fabulous presentations at the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton on Saturday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. The first presentation is titled "...Pease Porridge Hot, Pease Porridge Cold," an overview of 18th Century Food Ways". The Old Barracks Museum invites you to enjoy an informative overview of what people ate, and in an age with no modern appliances, how food was prepared, preserved, and put away. 

The second discussion is titled "What Women Wore...A peek into 18th-century women's garments". This informative program will delve into what women from all walks of life wore in the 18th century. From the cap on the head to the shoes on their feet, all articles of clothing will be modeled and discussed.

The programs run from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Museum hours on Saturday are 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Admission: Adults $8, Seniors $4, Children $4, under 6 years-free. Old Barracks Association members are free. The Old Barracks are located at 101 Barrack Street in Trenton, NJ. For more information, call 609-396-1776 or  visit

Saturday - Sunday, March 9 - 10 - Morganville, Monmouth County
New Jersey Scout Museum Open House

On Saturday and Sunday, join the New Jersey Scout Museum for an open house,  presenting the redesigned and renovated New Jersey Scout Museum. The Board of Trustees and the Operating Committee invite you to join in this milestone in the history of the New Jersey Scout Museum. The museum will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 - 5:00 pm each day.

The museum's mission is to preserve artifacts relating to the history of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in New Jersey and educate the public about Scouting's role in our communities and nation in developing young people into responsible citizens and leaders. The Museum's collections are designed to complement these goals, and the new exhibits will serve to show how the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts programs developed, and the extent of Scouting heritage in the Garden State.

The museum is located at 705 Ginesi Drive in Morganville, NJ. For more information, call 732-862-1282 or visit

Sunday, March 10 - Morristown, Morris County
Death by Moonlight Lecture and Book Signing

The Morris County Historical Society will host Virginia Vogt, Morristown novelist, for a book signing and lecture on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. The day's $10 admission fee includes a tour of Acorn Hall, a 19th-century Victorian house museum, the exhibit "Inspiring Woman: Celebrating Women Artists of Morris County", and the book lecture by Virginia Vogt. The event is free for society members; no advance reservation is required. Books will be available for purchase and personalization. Light refreshments will be served.

Death by Moonlight is a double mystery about two terrible crimes that mirror each other, but are separated by two hundred years. The setting is Morristown, NJ, and the plot is based on actual events. Vogt's extensive research into historical accounts provides readers with a strong basis for understanding some of Morristown's most intriguing history.

This presentation is sponsored by the Morris County Historical Society. Its headquarters, Acorn Hall, 68 Morris Avenue in Morristown, is an 1853 Italianate Villa mansion open to the public on Mondays and Thursdays (11:00 am - 4:00 pm), and Sundays (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm). For more information, call 973-267-3465 or visit

Sunday, March 10 - Toms River, Ocean County
Irish Brigade Civil War Songs

On Sunday at 3:00 pm, the Ocean County Historical Society members and friends will welcome Mike Plunkett, a New Jersey musician who sings and plays guitar, mandolin, banjo, and whistle. An active member of the Philadelphia Ceili Festival for over twenty years, Mike has recorded a solo CD, Sing Me Back to Ireland. He also has been active in Civil War music for over ten years, currently performing in Libby Prison Minstrels at Independence Mall, the NJ State Folk Fair, and the Music Muster at Gettysburg National Park.

Concert attendees will be treated to "Paddy Has Gone For A Soldier," a program that Mike has recently researched and written. It features many songs of the Irish Brigade in the American Civil War. A second CD with songs from his program will also be available for sale after the concert. This special event complements the Civil War exhibit in the Polly Miller Room. Refreshments will be served. Call 732-341-1800 to reserve your seat today, $5 for members, $8 for non-members. This program will be held at 26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River, NJ.

Sunday, March 10 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
St. Patrick's Day - 1830

Experience the life of an Irish immigrant in the early 19th century at the Historic Village at Allaire on Sunday at 1:00 and 2:00 pm.  The Irish, one of our young nation's largest immigrant groups, arrived at America's shores by the tens of thousands to escape terrible conditions in Ireland. Life for the newly arrived Irish in America, however, was not without its problems. As the number of Irish immigrants increased dramatically by the 1830s, so too did resentment of "foreigners" by native-born Americans. With its large number of Irish employees, James P. Allaire's Howell Iron Works Company was not immune to this tension.

A recreated 1830s St. Patrick's Day begins at 1:00 pm in the Allaire Chapel, where the story of Saint Patrick is told in a brief commemorative service in honor of Ireland's patron saint. After the service, follow the villagers into the heart of the Howell Works where Villagers will encounter disruptions from anti-Irish residents. A second performance will be held at 2:00 pm. The Historic Buildings will be open for tours and other activities include hearth cooking and stove top cooking demonstrations. This living history reenactment of St. Patrick's Day is presented free of charge by Allaire Village, Incorporated.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located at 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit

Sunday, March 10 - Morristown, Morris County
Wick House Guest

Did you know a friend of George Washington spent the winter at the Wick House? Meet a Park Ranger to discover who it was as well as the impacts he made during the revolution and beyond as you tour the Wick House. 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 10 - Bedminster, Somerset County
A Celebration of Women's History

The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House invite the public to celebrate National Women's History Month with "A Celebration of Women's History" on Sunday at 2:00 pm at the Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum. Marylu Korkuch, Vice President and Federal Affairs Director for The Chubb Corporation, will speak about the milestones of the women's movement, including suffrage and the women who pioneered change in Congress. Korkuch has worked at Chubb for 38 years in various areas of the corporation including Communications, Public Relations, and Commercial Insurance, before moving into her current role in Washington, DC in 1998.

The Jacobus Vanderveer House will be open from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm on March 10 for visitors to tour the house before and after the presentation, which lasts for approximately 30 minutes. The Jacobus Vanderveer House served as headquarters for General Henry Knox during the winter of 1778-79 and is the only known building still standing that was associated with the Pluckemin Artillery Cantonment, believed to be the first installation in America to train officers in engineering and artillery. The Jacobus Vanderveer House interprets Dutch colonial life in America as well as the stay by General Knox and his family during the 1778-79 encampment. The Vanderveer House is located at 1 River Road Park, Bedminster, NJ. For more information, call 908 - 212 - 7000 ext. 611 or visit

Sunday, March 10 - Morristown, Morris County
American Heroes in Bronze: The Artwork of James E. Kelly

A new exhibit opens in the upstairs gallery of Macculloch Hall Historical Museum on Sunday. "American Heroes in Bronze: The Artwork of James E. Kelly" is co-curated by William B. Styple and the museum's Curator of Collections Ryan Hyman. This new exhibit explores the work of Irish-American sculptor James E. Kelly (1855-1933). In the decades following the American Civil War, over forty Union generals visited the New York City studio of Kelly, who was highly respected for his artwork's historical accuracy. While the war heroes sat, the artist conducted in-depth interviews regarding their wartime service and heard their very personal stories of Fort Sumter, Antietam, Gettysburg, and Appomattox. The work resulting from these personal interviews presents a unique perspective on the famous figures and events from the Civil War. Also included in this exhibition are Kelly's depictions of notable events from the Revolutionary War and well-known civilians such as Thomas Edison and Clara Barton. Bas reliefs, busts, engravings, and bronze sculptures depict these heroes. The collection of Kelly's work is on loan from private collectors and can be viewed during touring hours until October 31, 2013.

Visitors can also visit the other current exhibits on display at the museum. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum presents more than twenty examples of presidential campaign images in the exhibit "Thomas Nast: President Maker and Campaign Breaker." The exhibit illustrates the six presidential campaigns from 1864 through 1884. Thomas Nast (1840-1902) was America's leading political cartoonist in the second half of the nineteenth century. From the studio in his Morristown, NJ home, Nast popularized the symbols of the Democratic (donkey) and Republican (elephant) parties that continue more than a century later. Nast, a staunch Republican, illustrated his views of the presidential campaigns for Harper's Weekly. 

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 10 - River Edge, Bergen County
Lenape New Year

The Bergen County Historical Society celebrates the Lenape New Year, Chwame Gischuch (Shad Moon) on Sunday from 1:00 - 5:00 pm. Neil Pederson and Dario Martin-Benito from the Tree Ring Lab at the Lamont-Doherty Observatory will speak on "Ancient Trees Reveal Lost Human and Environmental Histories" at 1:30 pm in the Steuben House. Learn how trees reveal events that have long since faded from human memory. At 3:00 pm, historian Kevin Wright, author of 1609: A Country That Was Never Lost, will speak on the"Ancient Homeland of the Minisinks." Throughout the afternoon, Bob Wills, of the Sunrise Trading Post, will share his knowledge of Lenape foods, herbs and customs, showing and selling reproduction trade items. Artifacts from BCHS collections will be on exhibit including arrowheads found at New Bridge, dating back 2,000 years.

Spend Sunday at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661. All three Bergen-Dutch houses will be open for this event. Suggested donation: $7 adult, $5 children, BCHS members free.

Sunday, March 10 - Eatontown, Monmouth County
Monmouth County Genealogy Society Meeting

The Monmouth County Genealogy Society's March general meeting will be held on Sunday at the Eatontown Community/Senior Center, located at 72 Broad Street, Eatontown. All are welcome to attend! Refreshments are at 1:30 pm and the program begins at 2:00 pm. Judy Russell, a genealogist with a Law degree, will speak on "Beyond X and Y: The Promise and Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA testing."

Sunday, March 10 - Hammonton, Atlantic County
Lines on the Pines

On Sunday, attend the 8th Annual Lines on the Pines, a gathering of artists, authors and artisans whose passion is the Pine Barrens of New Jersey! Enjoy a wonderful day meeting Pine Barrens authors, artists and artisans! Over fifty talented Pine Barrens People will be on hand to sign their books, display their artwork or craft, play their music and in general, share their love of the Pine Barrens! The event runs from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm at Kerri Brooke Caterers, 755 South White Horse Pike / Route 30, Hammonton, NJ. This event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, March 10 - Westfield, Union County
18th Century Hygiene

Did people really only bathe once a year in colonial America? Did women create false eyebrows out of mouse fur? Did men use powdered parsley seed to prevent hair loss? Find out the facts at the Miller-Cory House Museum's program on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm entitled, "To Bathe or Not to Bathe - 18th Century Hygiene." The program includes information on early American practices of bathing, dental care, hair care, beauty and grooming, as well as a display of products created from authentic 18th and early 19th century "receipts" (hog lard hair pomade, anyone?). Children will have the opportunity to make a sweet smelling craft, also based on early recipes. Tours of the farmhouse are included, as is the demonstration of colonial-era open hearth cooking.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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