Friday, May 10, 2013

Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/11/13 - 5/12/13

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Saturday, May 11 - Titusville, Mercer County
NJ State History Fair

On Saturday, attend the annual Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, NJ. More than 170 historic, government and nonprofit entities and organizations are partnering with the DEP and Department of Agriculture. All of the state’s counties will be represented at the fair, which will be held rain or shine from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Agriculturally-themed events set for the State History Fair this year include: butter churning, beekeeping, corn shelling, cranberry sorting, ice cream making, plowing with draft horses, grinding, and gardening.

Visitors will find many unique attractions, like a first-hand encounter with Mercy Ingraham, an open-hearth cook who will prepare a spring dinner for a Dutch colonial family; Phydeaux’s Flying Flea Circus and Wahoo Medicine Show – a delectable slice of 19th century Americana; and a fair favorite, “Play Ball!” in which the Hoboken Nine square off with the Elizabeth Resolutes in a baseball game using period uniforms, equipment and rules.

There also will be many other free, educational and hands-on activities for people of all ages. While admission is free, there will be a $5 fee per-vehicle parking donation to help defray the costs of the fair. For more information on the State History Fair, including a full listing of events and directions, visit

Saturday, May 11 - Oradell, Bergen County
Songs of our Mothers

At 8:00 pm on Saturday, the Hackensack Water Works Conservancy presents Songs of our Mothers: A Mother's Day Concert, with the amazing Yanni discovery and Disney recording artist, Nathan Pacheco, in his ONLY East Coast appearance of the season, singing songs from our immigrant heritage - Italian, Irish, Spanish, Portuguese and French at River Dell High School Auditorium, 55 Pyle Street, Oradell. Like Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban, he is a rising star of pop/classical crossover. Nathan has starred in two PBS specials, "Introducing Nathan Pacheco: Live in Concert" and "Nathan Pacheco Christmas." The concert will include "Avatar," "Danny Boy" and Puccini's timeless "Nessun Dorma," among many others. Tickets in advance are $40 for general admission; $35 for WWC Members & Seniors. On the day of the concert, all tickets will be $45 at the door. To order tickets in advance, go to or call 201-265-1000.

Saturday, May 11 - Boonton, Morris County
Afternoon Tea

The ladies of the Chinkchewunska Chapter NJDAR will hold a Mother's Day High Tea  Fundraiser on Saturday. Sandwiches, salads, scones, tea, and sweet treats will be served at 12:30 pm. The suggested donation is $25 per person. All are welcome.  Advanced registration is strongly suggested.  Call 973-875-2204 for reservations. All proceeds will go directly to the preservation of the Van Bunschooten Museum. This Dutch Colonial house was built in 1787 as the home of the Reverend Elias Van Bunschooten, a Dutch Reformed Minister. He was thirty-seven when he arrived to take charge of three consistories - Maghagamack, Minisink and Walpack - in 1785, and he served the area faithfully until his death in 1815. In addition to his vocation, Van Bunschooten was a farmer, mill operator, and large landowner; his farm was part of a 1,000-acre plantation. The house is of post and beam construction, and the outbuildings include a barn, wagon house, ice house, and privy. In 1971, the Van Bunschooten house, outbuildings, and six-and-a-half acres were donated to the Chinkchewunska Chapter of the DAR by Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Ramsey. Chinkchewunska NJDAR

Saturday, May 11 - Wantage, Sussex County
Mother's Day High Tea

Enjoy afternoon tea at the Miller-Kingsland House, 445 Vreeland Avenue, Boonton, NJ, featuring music by the New England Players. Your hosts will welcome you into their circa 1740 house and offer you delectable scones, luscious cakes, and scrumptious sandwiches. A choice selection of imported and herbal teas will be served. The tea will begin at 12:30 pm. Tickets are $25 each. All proceeds benefit the museum. Reservations are required. Call 973-402-8840 or e-mail

Saturday, May 11 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Grand Opening Festival at Allaire

On Saturday, the Historic Village at Allaire will be presenting a Grand Opening Festival and Illumination Tour from 12:00 noon - 9:00 pm.  Join the villagers as they kick off the 2013 interpreting season will a fun-filled day of music, storytelling, crafts, games, shopping, and guided tours of the buildings. There will be a grand opening parade through the Village at 12:00 noon and a Market Auction and AVFA Flower Show at 2:00 pm outside of the General Store.

Visitors will partake in 19th century activities such as cider pressing and games alongside the villagers, allowing for insight as to how people in the 19th century lived their lives. With the beautiful weather we are coming to expect in May, this is certainly an event you wouldn't want to miss, as it is one of the biggest and most exciting days of their season. The militia will be present in the village demonstrating different drills and practices. This event provides visitors with a unique opportunity to tour the historic buildings in the evening, with lanterns lighting the way. In addition, Evening Illumination Tours will give a unique look at the lantern-lit Village.

Allaire Village, Incorporated is licensed by the State of NJ to operate the 40-acre, state-owned Historic Village at Allaire, the site of James P. Allaire's Howell Iron Works Company in the 1830's. The Historic Village at Allaire is located at 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ.

Saturday May 11 - Plainfield, Union County
The Emancipation Proclamation and New Jersey

In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Plainfield Public Library's Local History Department presents, "The Emancipation Proclamation and New Jersey" on  Saturday at 2:00 pm in the Anne Louise Davis Gallery at the Plainfield Public Library, 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ. Featured speaker, Dr. Linda Caldwell Epps, will discuss how New Jersey, as the most southern northern state, played a significant role in the emancipation to slaves seeking freedom. That quest for freedom began from the earliest days of the settlement and continued until the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. We are still defining the concept of freedom. Dr. Linda Caldwell Epps is a career educator. She has served various educational institutions for over 40 years and is the current President and CEO of 1804 Consultants, an organization that has at the core of its mission the advancement of not for profit educational and cultural institutions. She has served as President and CEO of The New Jersey Historical Society. This program is free.

Saturday, May 11 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Tour Paulsdale

Paulsdale is open to the public for Second Saturday Tours at 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm. Paulsdale is the birthplace of Quaker suffragist Alice Paul. Tours include a 15-minute presentation about Alice Paul's life and work and a guided tour of the first floor of the property where visitors learn about the Paul family's daily life in the house and its present day use as a girl's leadership center. Tours are $5.00

Paulsdale is located at 128 Hooton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ. For information about group tours or future tour dates, contact the Alice Paul Institute at 856-231-1885, e-mail, or visit

Saturday, May 11 - Ridgewood, Bergen County
Bergen County Map Day

Do you like maps? Are you interested in Bergen County history? Bergen County Maps Celebration is taking place Saturday at the Ridgewood Public Library. Parts of Passaic County are on some of the early maps, too. There are a number of events to choose from and eight Bergen County wall maps will be on display, covering 130 years: 1861-1991. 

9:00 am - Sanborn Maps Workshop. Learn how to use Sanborn Insurance maps for local history research. Auditorium. Registration suggested.

10:15 am - Writing a House History. How to make the walls of your house tell stories. Several Ridgewood buildings will be used as examples. Auditorium.

11:15 am - Children's Event: Map Story, & Craft. Open to Ridgewood cardholders. Contact the Children's Room (201-670-5600, x 110).

11:00 am - Bergen County Map Displays. 8 Bergen County wall maps and 2 Bergen County atlases will be on display. How did our transportation network evolve? Is your street on all eight maps? What happened to the wetlands? The maps will be on display through May 19, 2013.

1:30 pm - Bergen County, 1860. Guest lecturer Kevin Wright looks at Bergen County on the eve of the Civil War through the lenses of the 1860 census and the 1861 G. Hopkins map (also on display). He will discuss the growing political and cultural divide between the county's agrarian northern townships and the suburbanizing southern townships. Kevin is past-president of the Bergen County Historical Society and one of Bergen County's premiere historians.

For more information, contact Peggy W. Norris, Bolger Heritage Center, Ridgewood Public Library, 125 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. Call 201-670-5600, ext. 135 or e-mail

Saturday, May 11 - Morris Plains, Morris County
Family Fun & Games at Craftsman Farms

Join Craftsman Farms for a day of fun and games for the whole family on Saturday from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm! Children of all ages are invited to explore and learn about homes of all kinds, including family  homes, like the Stickley family's Log House at Craftsman Farms, the homes of many kinds of animals, and the natural world, which is "home" to us all. While focused on family fun, this program will also encourage children to consider concepts that Stickley held dear, like the value of nature and the meaning of home.

Animal Experiences, an entertaining and educational live-animal program will be a special feature of this event, with families invited to reserve a spot at one of three 30-minute programs. The North Cottage at Craftsman Farms will be the site of a story time reading, in both English and Spanish, of the classic children's book, The Best Nest by P.D. Eastman. The program will also include scavenger hunts both indoors and out to encourage a fun exploration of the Log House and the beautiful natural environment in which it is set. Admission: $10 children; $5 adults; Free to Members at Dual/Family level and higher. The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms is located at 2352 Route 10 West, Morris Plains NJ. For more information, call 973-540-1165 or visit

Saturday, May 11 - Morristown, Morris County
Tool Time at the Wick House

Henry Wick was a true handyman. He had to be, in order to survive. Join a Park Ranger at the Wick house to see some of the types tools that Henry used and made to accomplish everyday tasks. Programs will be held from 1:30 - 4:00 pm at the Wick House at Jockey Hollow within Morristown National Historical Park. Cost: Free.

Saturday, May 11 - Mullica Hill, Gloucester County
Fossil Identification Day

Since the 19th century, Harrison Township and Mullica Hill have been recognized for rich deposits of fossils. In fact, one fossilized mineral, Vivianite, is also known as Mullicite, named for its discovery in Mullica Hill. This coming fall, the Harrison Historical Society will open a new exhibition focusing on its geologic prehistory and is inviting the public to share their findings on Saturday with the project's guest curator, Shirley Albright, retired Assistant Curator of Natural History, New Jersey State Museum, at Old Town Hall Museum in Mullica Hill. A century and a half ago, there were several active marl mining operations around Mullica Hill and Ewan. Marl, also called greensand, consists of organic deposits from ancient sea beds and was dug for its use as a fertilizer. Evidence of prehistoric sea creatures frequently surfaced at these operations, as well as outwash fossils resulting from retreating glaciers at the end of the Ice Age - and can still be found today when digging foundations and cultivating fields and gardens. "We hope that visitors will also have information and artifacts about those old marl mining operations they may have stored away," added Grasso.  "All this information will be useful in developing the exhibition this fall."

While at the museum, visitors are invited to view the new spring exhibition, "Going, Going, Gone... Lost Landmarks of Harrison Township" in the Memorial Gallery, as well as "Heritage in Stone: Native American Artifacts from Harrison Township", and "The Vanishing Farm: Harrison Township's Rural Past", in the second floor gallery. The  Old Town Hall Museum is located at 62-64 South Main Street, Mullica Hill, NJ.

Bring the whole family and enjoy a whole range of free activities along Mullica Hill's Main Street as part of "Family Fun Day." For information visit or call 856-478-4949.

Saturday - Sunday, May 11 - 12 - Atlantic City, Atlantic County
Free Lighthouse Tours for Mothers!

Looking for a memorable way to tell Mom she's the light of your life? Then bring her to Absecon Lighthouse this weekend because dear old Abby is treating Mothers to a free climb. Moms who show their "I Climbed" card at nearby Tony Boloney's Pizza afterward will receive a free slice of pizza as a reward. Hours of operation are 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, with the last climb at 3:30 pm. Parking on-site is free and dogs are welcome on leashes. First lit in 1857, Absecon Lighthouse is New Jersey's tallest lighthouse and the country's third tallest lighthouse. 

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 Thursdays through Mondays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. For more information about Absecon Lighthouse and its programs call 609-449-1360 or visit 228 Steps - One Amazing Journey!

Sunday, May 12 - Madison, Morris County
When We Were Not at Work Lecture

Come join the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts this Mother's Day for an exciting talk on toys and games presented by Catherine Brid Nocholson, PhD, Kean University. Learn how different toys were made, how they would be played with and who exactly the toymakers were. The program begins at 2:00 pm. Advance registration recommended. Call 973-377-2982 x13.  Regular admission applies. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street, Madison, NJ.  For information, call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit

Sunday, May 12 - Ledgewood, Morris County
Museums at Drakesville 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 sites are 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 973-927-7603.

Sunday, May 11 - Morristown, Morris County
Mother's Day Tea

Treat your mother to something special and different this year at Acorn Hall on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Their first Mother's Day tea will feature tea and desserts, a 'Parade of Hats' exhibit throughout the hall, and special themed items in the gift shop. Tours of Acorn Hall will be available. ($10 donation Adults/ Seniors, Students $7, Children under 12 Free). Acorn Hall is located at 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-267-3465 or visit

Sunday, May 12 - 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 the Wick House. Programs will be held at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm at the Wick House at Jockey Hollow within Morristown National Historical Park. Cost: Free.

Through June 30, 2014 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
Got Work? Exhibit

View the exhibit "Got Work? New Deal/WPA in New Jersey" at the 1741 Cornelius Low House Museum in Piscataway. The museum is open Tuesday - Friday, 8:30 - 4:00 pm and Sunday afternoons from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The exhibit will run through June 30, 2014.

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

Through October 6, 2013 - Paterson, Passaic County
Remembering the Paterson Silk Strike of 1913

Lambert Castle, the Victorian-era mansion located on the Garrett Mountain Reservation on the border between Paterson and Clifton, will be home to an exhibit highlighting the Paterson Silk Strike of 1913 now through October 6, 2013. The exhibit, entitled "We Had to be Rebels: Remembering the Paterson Silk Strike of 1913." This year marks the centennial of the landmark 1913 Paterson Silk Strike, which would forever change the face of labor relations in the Silk City. Thousands of workers walked away from their looms to be herded into court rooms and jail cells in a strike that took months to resolve. The exhibit will be open 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

Sundays through July 28, 2013 - Cranbury, Middlesex County
Wedding Display

The Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society's temporary exhibit entitled "The Look of Love - Bridal Fashions of the Twentieth Century" features wedding gowns, dresses and accessories from 1901 though the 1990s. A large collection of photographs, cards, wedding gifts, and assorted ephemera that span the century will also be on display. The Cranbury Museum is located at 4 Park Place East, Cranbury.

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


Lambert Castle is neat to see. The man that owned it was a wealthy man and had a large family that had the best money could buy but he lost all his children in the great flu epidemic. Very sad!

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