Friday, March 21, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 3/22/14 - 3/23/14

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Saturday, March 22 - Flemington, Hunterdon County
Hunterdon 300th Birthday Parade
Children Friendly

Join us on historic Main Street in the County Seat of Flemington at 4:00 pm for a spectacular parade with over two dozen floats, five high school marching bands, over ninety vehicles, WWII vehicles, five Revolutionary War groups, a few Civil War groups, and more! The parade will be followed by birthday cake and hot chocolate in the Court Street Park. When it gets dark enough fireworks will light up the night sky at the Reading-Fleming Intermediate School.

Stop at Deer Path Park on West Woodschurch Road in Flemington prior to the Official Birthday Celebration Parade in the afternoon and watch the Outwaters Militia of Bergen County, a Revolutionary War Militia, as they perform a drill which will include the firing of muskets. The drilling begins around 10:00 am. For more information, visit

Saturday, March 22 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
19th Century Woodworking Demonstration
Children Friendly

On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to see how hand-tools were used in nineteenth century woodworking. This free event runs from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. For more information, call 732-946-3758 or visit

Saturday, March 22 - Hancock's Bridge, Salem County
Hancock House Massacre Commemoration
Children Friendly

The Friends of the Hancock House have worked hard reminding those of the fallen Militia who died in a massacre fighting for our freedom. This year being the 16th year brings back some new and some old for the commemoration on Saturday. The New Jersey Regiment will open the activities by having a memorial service for those militiamen who died that day when bayoneted by the Queen’s Rangers, and will end the day, along with several living history troops showing off their skills in military tactical and cannon firing.

Dr. Joe Wroblewski, will give a presentation at 10:30 am entitled "The Affair at Egg Harbor: The Massacre of the Pulaski Legion." This event took place on the early morning hours of October 15, 1778, in present day Ocean County, in what is now Egg Harbor Township. It was one of three “massacres” of Patriot troops in 1778, the other two being: Hancock House (March); Baylor’s Cavalry Regiment (September). During the presentation Dr. Wroblewski will describe the how and why the Pulaski Legion came into existence, the maneuvering of both the British and American forces along the Jersey Coast, the fighting that ensued and the results of the actions. The story of the "Affair at Egg Harbor" should be of interest to those who are interested in the events of the American War of Independence along the Jersey Coast; the activities to two of the main characters Major James Ferguson, leader of the British ground forces, reputed to be the best marksman in the British Army and Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, former Commander of Horse of the Continental Army, who was given permission to create his own self-contained combat unit based on the model of the rebels forces he in led in his native Poland in their fight against Tsarina Catherine, that became known as the Pulaski Legion.

At 12:30 pm, Sam Davis, who portrays General George Washington and will speak on the Battles of Trenton, Princeton, and New York. Mr. Davis, has been an educator for over 30 years, and as a first person interpreter of George Washington continues entertaining audiences of all ages on his personal knowledge of the General and American Revolutionary War Battles.

Dr. Ludwig Wirtenberger, portrayed by Patrick Peters, will also be here. Wirtenberger, a surgeon with a German Battalion will be teaching about medical care and equipment during the Revolutionary War. Wirtenberger crossed the Delaware River with George Washington as a private in 1776 and became an apothecary surgeon during the Valley Forge Encampment in 1777. Ben Franklin, portrayed by Mike Kochan will join the Doctor around the house and grounds.

Other events of the day include cannon firings from the West Jersey Militia, children’s rifle drills, hearth cooking in the Swedish Cabin, silk spinning demonstrations, tours of the house and a tactical event to end the day.

The day’s events will begin at 10:00 am and end at 4:00 pm. The Hancock House is located at 3 Front Street, Hancocks Bridge, NJ. For more information, contact Jim Schulte by e-mail

Saturday, March 22 - Toms River, Ocean County
Family Research at Ocean County Historical Society

Interested in working on your family lines? Come to a free genealogical workshop sponsored by Captain Joshua Huddy Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and the Ocean County Historical Society Research Center on Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Knowledgeable people will be available to assist you, individually, with your family genealogy. Those planning to attend are asked to bring any helpful data concerning their ancestors such as birth, death, marriage, and baptismal certificates; land records; probate and will records; pension papers; service records; and newspaper items. Reservations are not necessary and family worksheets will be provided.

The Ocean County Historical Society is locate at 26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River, NJ. For more information, call Pat at 732-350-4512 or e-mail

Saturday, March 22 - Princeton, Mercer County
Princeton Battlefield Clean-up

On Saturday, help clean up Princeton Battlefield State Park! Work will continue on the ruins of an old barn and volunteers will cut down invasive bamboo!  Do something for the park while learning more about history surrounding the Battle of Princeton. Gloves, saws, clippers, and pruning shears will be provided. Don't hesitate to bring your own. Put a "spring" in your step and join us at the Clarke House in the Park! Sponsored by the Princeton Battlefield Society and the Sierra Club - NJ Chapter / Central Group. For more information and to RSVP, e-mail or visit  

Saturday, March 22 - Morristown, Morris County
African American Patriots
Children Friendly

Did you know that 5,000 African Americans served in the Continental Army? Join a Park Ranger at the Wick House to learn about the roles these patriots played while fighting for our independence. Programs at 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm at the Wick House at Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit

Saturday, March 22 - Atlantic City, Atlantic County
Jersey Devil Comedy Performance

Back by popular demand! The Historic Absecon Lighthouse is presenting a comedy performance, "Lit With a Dim Bulb," on Saturday at 7:00 pm. The year is 1909, and the Lightkeeper has reported seeing The Jersey Devil at the top of the lighthouse, a true Lighthouse legend, as was actually reported in the Atlantic City Sunday Gazette. Three Lightkeepers race to the top in pursuit, but only two come down...why? And what do the Lightkeepers' wives have to do with it? Join us for this deadly affair and see what happens in the dark shadows of the light. This killer event costs $25 per person. Tony Boloney's pizza, beer, wine & soft drinks will be served beginning at 6:30 pm, and the performance begins at 7:00 pm. A tower climb is included with the price of admission. Reservations may be made by calling the Lighthouse at 609-449-1360.  All proceeds benefit Absecon Lighthouse educational programs.
The Absecon Lighthouse is located at 31 South Rhode Island Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ. For more information, call 609-449-1360 or visit

Saturday, March 22 - South Orange, Essex County
An Introduction to Irish & Scots-Irish Genealogy

Have you, family, or your friends ever wondered where your ancestors came from and continued their story here? Then we have just the event for you! The South Orange Public Library will host a public program devoted to the study of Irish and Scots-Irish genealogy on Saturday at 1:00 pm with noted genealogical experts Mr. Fintan Mullan, Executive Director and Ms. Gillian Hunt, Research Officer of the Ulster Historical Foundation.

This event will be dedicated to a broad overview of Scots-Irish and Irish research. Benefiting beginners and seasoned genealogists alike, it is practical, wide-ranging and informative using visual aids and exploring the major collections, the destruction of records in 1922, and the importance of place and administrative divisions in Ireland, the importance of doing your homework of records and how to access them.

As well as covering the major collections the presentations look at the lesser known and more fragmentary sources available for the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as the larger though sometimes unmined resources such as estate records, the Registry of Deeds, wills, and other materials. Mr. Mullan and Ms. Hunt will draw attention to some quite uniquely and very rich Irish sources, that are not available elsewhere in the British Isles, indeed Europe. The programs seek to demonstrate that in some instances Ireland has quite exceptional sources. 

Additional highlights will include the following major points of interest...
* Introduction and Overview to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research
* Using land valuation records including Griffith valuation and tithe applotment
* Understanding Irish Townlands: the importance of place, identity and administrative divisions in Irish research
* Solving your 'brick walls' - practical Internet tutorial and resolving research queries
* Plus, questions or comments are definitely welcome and encouraged!

This event will be held on Saturday from 1:00 - 4:30 pm at the South Orange Public Library, located at 65 Scotland Road in South Orange, NJ. Admission is FREE and open to the public. For more information about this event including location, parking, and special needs please call Alan Delozier at 973-275-2378, e-mail borradh@aol.comor visit  

Saturday, March 22 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Children Friendly

Howell Farm invites visitors of all ages to get a grip on history by grabbing a shovel, saw, drawknife, or cant hook when helping hands are needed to plant trees, cut firewood, make barn pegs and ready logs for the sawmill.

The work will begin when farmers use a portable sawmill to cut lumber for barn repairs and restoration projects. Visitors can help by using spud bars to de-bark logs and cant hooks to roll them to the mill.

Those who like working the old-fashioned way can use a two-man saw to cut rounds that will then be split into firewood, wheel chocks, and barn peg blanks. Mallets, froes, and draw knives are among the tools that visitors can try. Youngsters can make and take home a barn peg like the ones used to hold together a timber frame barn.

Visitors can help the farmers plant trees to replace the ones that are used for building materials and fuel. Shovels, picks and shale bars will be on hand for those who want to help by digging holes for the new trees.

Howell Living Farm represents typical farm life between 1890 and 1910. The farm is operated by the Mercer County Parks Commission. It is located at 70 Wooden's Lane, Lambertville, NJ. For more information. call 609-737-3299 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, March 22 - 23 - Wantage, Sussex County
Maple Sugarin'
Children Friendly

On Saturday and Sunday, stop by Lusscroft Farm for a Maple "Sugarin" Open House. Observe the "sugarin" process and purchase our bottled maple syrup. The site will be open from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm each day, weather permitting. Lusscroft Farm is located at 50 Neilson Road & 4H Trail, Wantage, NJ. For more information, visit

Sunday, March 23 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
From Pink Brandywine to Stowell’s Evergreen
Children Friendly

On Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, drop-in at Walnford to explore the amazing array of heirloom vegetables, flowers, and other garden plants still available today. Enjoy looking through seed catalogs and garden plans from the past as we celebrate spring and a new growing season.

While there, visit the large, elegant Walnford home built in 1774, the 19th century gristmill and the farm buildings set in a beautiful landscape. Walnford is located at 62 Walnford Road, 08501.

Sunday, March 23 - Morristown, Morris County
Myth-Informed: Debunking Myths of 18th Century Life
Children Friendly

Over time guides at historic sites have told all sorts interesting stories that turn out to be false. Unfortunately those are the stories visitors love. Stories such as: People were shorter in the 18th century, H & L shaped hinges help ward off witches and Washington having wooden teeth. Join a park ranger for a guided tour of the Ford Mansion and discover the truth behind many popular old-house myths. Programs at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm at the Ford Mansion, within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: $4 per adult. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit

Sunday, March 23 - Morristown, Morris County
The Antoine Le Blanc Case

The exhibit "Controversies: The More Things Change..." at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum presents challenging subject matter that inspires people to consider, or reconsider, the ways in which they think about important and frequently debated issues: medical experimentation, immigration, and the right to die. This spring, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is presenting a speaker series in conjunction with the exhibit, taking place on the first Sunday of each month through June. The exhibit explores local history events which had national significance: the Antoine LeBlanc murder trial and public execution; the immigration issues of the late nineteenth century as depicted by political cartoonist Thomas Nast, a Morristown resident, and the 1976 Karen Ann Quinlan "right to die" case.

On Sunday, Judge Kenneth C. MacKenzie will begin the "Controversies" exhibit speaker series with a presentation on the capital punishment case featured in the exhibit. In April 1833, Antoine LeBlanc was found guilty of perhaps the most infamous crime of the 19th century, a gruesome triple murder in the home of his employer in Morristown. He ransacked the Sayre household, dressed himself in Mr. Sayre's clothing, stole a horse and rode away with the Sayres' valuable personal possessions.  He quickly was caught and held in the Morris County Jail until his trial. After an eight day trial and brief jury deliberation, he was convicted and sentenced to death. He was hanged in front of crowd of more than 10,000 - the last public execution in Morris County. What happened to his corpse is appalling. Judge MacKenzie will discuss this gruesome case and consider how many of the issues which arose in 1833 are pertinent today including capital punishment, public execution, pre-trial publicity, use of circumstantial evidence to convict, the speedy trial, and disposition of the body.

Following the presentation visitors can view the exhibit, including Le Blanc's death mask, and consider the issues raised. Where most exhibits typically provide detailed information about the objects on view, "Controversies" offers limited information about the objects, essentially forcing personal thought, and inspiring discussion, about the areas represented. Curator's books of information drawn from primary sources within the exhibit include news articles, contemporary commentary, and images. Visitors are encouraged to interact and leave comments about the themes presented. "Controversies" is on view during Museum touring hours through June 2014. Please note the subject matter may not be suitable for all audiences. Visitor discretion advised. 

Tickets for Sunday programs go on sale beginning at 1:00 pm on the day of the program (no advance sales) and remain on sale until the presentation begins at 4:30pm. The upstairs gallery exhibits "Thomas Nast Brings Down Boss Tweed," and "Made in New Jersey: A Celebration of Decorative and Fine Arts"will remain open until 4:30 pm, with the "Controversies" exhibit closing at 3:30 pm in preparation for the program. Tickets to hear speakers are Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 - 12 $4. Members and children under 5 admitted free. Speaker tickets include admission to a docent-led period room tour for visitors who sign up during the afternoon. The last tour ticket is sold at 3:00 p.m.

The museum is open for house and exhibit tours on Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The last tour ticket is sold at 3:00 pm. Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 - 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are free. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is located at 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-538-2404 ext. 10 or

Sunday, March 23 - Morristown, Morris County
Book Signing

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is celebrating the 350th anniversary of New Jersey with book signings by authors whose work explores aspects of the state's history. On Sunday, they welcome Jude M. Pfister who will be available to sign and sell books to museum visitors during touring hours: 1:00 - 4:00 pm. He is the author of many publications and will bring and discuss The Jacob Ford Jr. Mansion, awarded The Eastern National Board of Directors Author's Award, and The Fords of New Jersey. Dr. Pfister has been Chief of Cultural Resources at the Morristown National Historical Park since 2004 and has been with the National Park Service in the field of historic preservation and cultural resource conservation since 1993. Dr. Pfister oversees the museum, archival, and library programs at Morristown.

The museum is open for house and exhibit tours on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The last tour ticket is sold at 3:00 pm. Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 - 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are free. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is located at 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-538-2404 ext. 10 or

Sunday, March 23 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
1830s Temperance Rally
Children Friendly

Allaire Village, Inc. presents an 1830s Temperance Rally at The Historic Allaire Village located in Allaire State Park on Sunday at 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm. This special event focuses on the villagers of the Howell Iron Works Company of the 1830's and their crusade against the evils of "Demon Rum" and immoderation. It also features a Ladies' Temperance Social to celebrate the advantages of sobriety. There will be a $5/car parking fee to the State Park; admission to the event is free and there is a charge to enter the historic buildings. The Historic Village opens at 12:00 noon and closes at 4:00 pm.

The Temperance movement grew up with the Industrial Revolution. Increasing use of machines for manufacturing led to a greater concern for competent and sober workers in America's factories. But the movement, whose original purpose as to shape and more responsible society through moderation of life's pleasures, soon grew many branches and encompassed many other social causes. The fight to rid the land of the dangers of alcohol was becoming more prominent and women began to play a greater role in the crusade by the 1830's.

The event begins with a meeting and rally of the Howell Work's Temperance Society in the Historic Village and will feature inspiring speeches rallying against the horrors of "Demon Rum." Villagers will encourage visitors in the taking of the Temperance oath. Visitors are also welcome to participate in 19th century games and amusements with the villagers. It's a great day of history and family fun. The Bakery and General Store will be open for shopping and refreshments.

Allaire Village, Incorporated is licensed by the State of New Jersey to operate the 40-acre, Historic Village at Allaire, the site of James P. Allaire's Howell Iron Works Company in the 1830s. Allaire Village, Inc. receives no state funding towards the educational programming presented throughout the year, but is strongly supported through private donations, membership fees, fund-raising events, and patronage of their retail stores. 

The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park, 4265 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit

Sunday, March 23, 2014 - Cranford, Union County
My Doll and Me
Children Friendly

 The Cranford Historical Society is proud to present "My Doll and Me" on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. The program begins at 2:15 pm and will be presented at the Crane-  Phillips House Museum. Bring a doll and talk about it with other children.  Play games and win prizes. Make something for your doll. Enjoy tea and cookies with your doll. Enter a contest to name our Victorian doll. The winning name will be picked that day in a random drawing.

Admission is free.  Space is limited so reservations are required. To reserve your seat, please call 908-276-0082 or e-mail Established in 1928, the Cranford Historical Society, a non-profit organization, has been dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Cranford's history. The Crane-Phillips House Museum is located at 124 North Union Avenue, Cranford, NJ. For more information, visit

Sunday, March 23 - Westfield, Union County
Jews in 18th Century America

On September 7, 1654, a Dutch ship, the Ste. Catherine, sailed into the port of New Amsterdam (now New York City) and left 23 passengers on the wharf. They were Jews (4 men, 6 women, and 13 children) who were fleeing persecution by the Portuguese in Brazil. These brave refugees formed the first permanent settlement of Jews in what is now the United States. Mrs. Fran Gold will trace the path of Jews in colonial America and will also talk about other Jewish individuals who played a part in the settlement of this country. The program will be presented at 2:15 pm and 3:00 pm.

Also included are tours and demonstrations of authentic colonial era cooking over the open hearth. Admission is $3.00 for adults and children 13 and older, $2.00 for children ages 3 to 12, and free under age 3. The Miller-Cory House Museum is located at 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield. For more information, call 908-232-1776 or visit

Sunday, March 23 - Park Ridge, Bergen County
Civil War Reconstruction

The Pascack Historical Society will put a spotlight on post Civil War America on Sunday at 2:00 pm when Dr. Anthony Troncone presents a talk on “Post Civil War Reconstruction: Crisis, Conflict and the Shaping of Modern America.” In his 90 minute lecture, Dr. Troncone will discuss the major events that surrounded Reconstruction beginning with the Freedmen’s Bureau of 1865 and culminating with the election of Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876. Specific areas to be discussed are the Civil Rights Act of 1866, the Black Codes, the Military Reconstruction Acts of 1867, the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson in 1868, the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments and the Supreme Court decisions of the 1870s.

A popular speaker at the museum, Dr. Troncone is chair of the History Department at Dominican College in Orangeburg, New York and the Chairman of the PHS Historical Advisory Board of Trustees. A question and answer session will follow the talk. Complimentary coffee and cookies will be served. The talk will be held at the Pasack Historical Society's museum at 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge, NJ. For more information, call 201-573-0307 or visit

Through March 23, 2014 - Princeton, Mercer County
The Age of Sail: A New Jersey Collection - LAST WEEKEND

Morven Museum & Garden is proud to present the first public appearance of this unmatched collection of New Jersey maritime artifacts and art assembled by New Jersey collector Richard Updike. This exhibit, featuring over 100 objects, explores the history of American shipbuilding, sail-making, naval warfare, shipwrecks, and rescue. This exhibition also reveals the daily life of American sailors with a never-before-seen collection of American sea chests. Views of New Jersey maritime history will also be displayed including engravings and paintings by George Essig, Frederick Schiller Cozzens, and Gerard Rutgers Hardenberg.

Morven Museum & Garden is located at 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ. The museum is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Tours are given on the hour. Final tour is at 2:00 pm. On Saturday and Sunday, the museum is open from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Final tour is at 3:00 pm. For more information, call 609-924-8144 or visit

Through Sunday, April 6, 2014 - Cranbury, Middlesex County
The Shimer Cookie Jar Exhibit

The Shimer Cookie Jar Exhibit at the Cranbury Museum features an extensive assortment of whimsical and delightful cookie jars assembled by long-time Cranbury resident and artist, Wilma Shimer. It also includes vintage kitchen accessories such as tablecloths, aprons, cookie cutters, rolling pins, cookbooks and recipes. One special item on display is the "Betty Crocker's Cook Book for Boys and Girls" which was published in 1957 and featured a test panel of twelve Cranbury boys and girls.  The exhibit will be on display through April 6, 2014.

The Cranbury Museum is located within a lovely 1800s house that is furnished with period antiques. The museum is open Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and located at 4 Park Place East, Cranbury, NJ. For more information, call 609-655-2611 or visit

Through Sunday, April 13 - Cape May, Cape May County
African American Heritage Exhibit

This 15th annual Center for Community Arts (CCA) exhibit - "The Way We Were...Cape May County's Once Thriving Black Business Communities" will highlight African Americans' contributions to the local community. The exhibit will be on display at the Carriage House Gallery on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Admission is free. Exhibit will be on display through Sunday, April 13. Open Saturdays in January, 11:30 am - 2:00 pm. Sponsored by the Center for Community Arts (CCA) in association with the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For information, call 609-884-7525 or visit For gallery hours call 609-884-5404 or visit

Saturdays and Sundays Through May 18 - Harrison Township, Gloucester County
Originals: 50 Years of Artistic Expressions

Creativity is the theme of the Harrison Township Historical Society’s newest exhibition at the Old Town Hall Museum entitled "Originals: 150 Years of Artistic Expression." The first floor gallery is filled with paintings, drawings, and folk art from the 19th and 20th centuries, all drawn from the Society’s rich holdings. The exhibition celebrates New Jersey’s 350th anniversary by focusing on the theme of innovation. Many of these works will be on view for the first time.

Folk art dominates the work from the 19th century. An album quilt from Richwood and a remarkable portfolio of sketches by Josiah B. Chester of Ewan, on exhibit for the first time, are highlights.

Twentieth century work includes paintings by Mullica Hill’s Paul Avis Colson, including a tri-partite screen that was recently restored and on exhibit for the first time. Also premiering is a landscape painted by Otto Rick, a German prisoner of war who worked on a farm in Richwood during World War II.

The exhibition is open Saturdays and Sundays, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, March 8 - May 18, 2014 (closed Easter Sunday and Mother's Day). Admission is free. Old Town Hall is located at the intersection of South Main Street and Woodstown Road in the heart of Mullica Hill’s Historic District. For more information, call 856-478-4949; or visit

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, call 732-745-4177 or visit

Through June 2014 - Morristown, Morris County
"Controversies: The More Things Change..." Exhibit

Currently on display at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is an exhibition about topics that helped shape our world. "Controversies: The More Things Change..." opens new territory for the Museum, presenting challenging subject matter that may not be suitable for casual dinner conversation. This new exhibit explores topics that helped shape our world through local history events which had national significance: medical experimentation, immigration, and the right to die.

"Controversies: The More Things Change..." inspires people to consider, even reconsider, the ways in which they think about these important, frequently debated issues. The exhibit explores local history events which had national significance: the 1833 Antoine LeBlanc murder trial and public execution; the immigration issues of the late nineteenth century as depicted by political cartoonist Thomas Nast, a Morristown resident, and the 1976 Karen Ann Quinlan "right to die" case.

The museum is making a major departure in exhibit presentations with "Controversies."  Where most exhibits typically provide detailed information about the objects on view, "Controversies" offers limited information about the objects, essentially forcing personal thought, and inspiring discussion, about the areas represented.  Each object and concept in the exhibit represents a part of New Jersey's history - specifically Morris County's history. The ideas expressed through the historical objects in the exhibit, however, are not confined to New Jersey boundaries- the significant concerns raised by the important and controversial issues showcased in this exhibit continue to be debated throughout the United States and the world.

"We wanted to give our visitors a chance to participate in an exhibit in a new way - to have a reaction without being guided by the institution's interpretation of what the objects represent, which labels typically provide," said Executive Director Carrie Fellows. Instead, curator's books of supplementary information will be available within the exhibit, should the visitor want to learn more, drawn from primary sources like news articles, contemporary commentary, and images. Visitors are encouraged to leave comments about the themes presented.

The exhibition was inspired when Fellows and Ryan C. Hyman, the Museum's curator, heard Burt Logan, Executive Director of the Ohio Historical Society speak at a conference about the organization's groundbreaking "Controversy: Pieces You Don't Normally See" exhibit, and its sequel, "Controversy 2: Pieces We Don't Normally Talk About". During his talk, Mr. Logan strongly encouraged other museums to adapt the concept and develop similar exhibits. Inspired by the presentation, Hyman and Fellows began discussing how they might create an exhibit using themes from the Morris area's rich history.

"Controversies: The More Things Change..." will be on view during Museum touring hours through June 2014. Please note the subject matter may not be suitable for all audiences. Visitor discretion advised. Recommended for visitors 12 years of age and older.

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.  For more information, call 973-538-2404 ext. 10 or visit Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is located at 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ.

Saturdays and Sundays through July 27, 2014 - Ridgewood, Bergen County
A Community's Journey: Our Place in New Jersey History

The Schoolhouse Museum's new exhibit, on display now through July 27, 2014 celebrates New Jersey's 350th anniversary. "A Community's Journey: Our Place in New Jersey's History" showcases the area's evolution over the last three centuries using the themes of liberty, innovation, and diversity.

The Liberty collection highlights uniforms and other war-time memorabilia while the Innovation collection chronicles the history of performing arts in the village including items from the Ridgewood Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, such as a silk wedding kimono worn by Yum Yum in the "Mikado." Also on display are items owned by Ridgewood magician Harry Rouclere. Especially noteworthy is the Diversity collection which tells the story of the African American, Jewish, Irish, and  Korean communities through personal artifacts.

The museum is open Thursdays and Saturdays from 1:00 - 3:00 and Sundays 2:00 - 4:00. The Schoolhouse Museum is located at 650 East Glen  Avenue in Ridgewood, NJ. For more information, call  201-447-3242  or visit

Through August, 2014 - Lyndhurst, Bergen County
Let's Play! An Exhibit of Beloved Toys
Children Friendly

From a china-head doll to a Lionel train, several toys are on display at the Little Red Schoolhouse Museum as the Lyndhurst Historical Society recalls fun times with favorite toys. The new exhibit, "Let's Play! An Exhibit of Beloved Toys," is open now through August 2014.

The exhibit is free and open to the public, though a small donation to the Society would be appreciated. The Little Red Schoolhouse Museum is open on the second and fourth Sundays of  every month from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. The Lyndhurst Historical Society was established in 1984 in an effort to preserve the 1893 schoolhouse, located at 400 Riverside Avenue, Lyndhurst, NJ. For more information, call 201-804-2513 (leave a message) or visit

Through February 13, 2015 - Madison, Morris County
The American Revolution in New Jersey
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New Jersey spent much of the American Revolution as a theater of war. A new exhibit at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, "The American Revolution in New Jersey: Where the Battlefront Meets the Homefront," explores the rarely told story of New Jersey's farmers, women, and tradesmen and their actions during the war. Topics discussed include the local civil wars that erupted between revolutionaries and loyalists, the multiple roles that women took on as their men went off to war, and how civilian life was affected by the regular presence of troops. The exhibit will be open until February 13, 2015. 

Regular Museum admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, students & children (ages 6 and older), and free for members and children under 6. Family maximum admission $13.00. The Museum is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street in Madison, NJ just two blocks from the Madison train station. For more information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit

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


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