Friday, March 7, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 3/8/14 - 3/9/14

Know about a historical event happening in your area? 
Send me an e-mail to let us know!
Be the first to find out about these events on Facebook!

Saturday, March 8 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Rug Hooking and Braiding Demonstration
Children Friendly

On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to watch leftover scraps of felt be turned into a beautiful rug during a rug hooking and braiding demonstration. 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 8 - Freehold, Monmouth County
Open Hearth Cooking and Open House
Children Friendly

Monmouth County Historical Association invites the public to enjoy Open Hearth Open House at the Covenhoven House on Saturday from 12:00 noon - 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 cook, Mr. Glenn May. This Open Hearth program will feature cream toast, gingerbread with orange glaze, apple pie from dried apples, beef vegetable soup, raspberry pomegranate tea, and ginger snaps. As you take a guided tour of the house stories of families living the Colonial Life will be told. 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. The Covenhoven House is located at 150 West 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. For more information, call 732-462-1466 or visit

Saturday, March 8 - 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, Mt. Laurel. For information about group tours or future tour dates, contact the Alice Paul Institute at 856-231-1885, e-mail, or visit

Saturday, March 8 - Bordentown, Burlington County
Ballads of Irishtown Concert

To celebrate the Irish immigrants who came to Bordentown to build the Camden and Amboy Railroad and the Delaware and Raritan Canal in the 1830s, the Bordentown Historical Society is proud to again offer its annual "Ballads of Irishtown Concert" on Saturday with the return of McDermott's Handy, "One of the finest and truest purveyors of Irish traditional music in the Delaware Valley."

The concert was moved to a larger venue this year so no lover of Irish music will be turned away at the door. This is a fundraising event to further the Historical Society's preservation work now underway at the 1740 Friends Meeting House.

Tickets are $10. The concert begins at 7:30 pm in the Seniors Meeting Room, Carslake Community Center, 209 Crosswicks Street, Bordentown, NJ. For more information, call Diane at 609 298-3779.

Saturday, March 8 - Morristown, Morris County
Soldier's Knapsack
Children Friendly

Have you always wondered what types of things soldiers carried throughout the war? Join a Park Ranger at the Wick House to discover what would have been inside a soldier's  knapsack. Program from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Wick House in Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit

Saturday, March 8 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Visit from the Horse Doctor, Dentist, and Shoer
Children Friendly

When is a 3/4 ton workhorse a chicken? Maybe when the doctor and dentist come! Visitors and horses will find out when the horse doctor, dentist and shoer make their rounds at Howell Living History Farm on Saturday from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Besides seeing some of the tools, techniques and products that relate to horse care as it was practiced during the farm's circa 1900 time period, visitors will be able to meet a veterinarian, horse dentist, and farrier and even try their own hand at a bit of horse doctoring.

Kids will be able to listen to a horse’s heart through an antique stethoscope and help determine the age of a horse by counting its teeth, explains Kathy Brilla, the farm’s program coordinator. The horse dentist will be checking the horses’ teeth. Visitors can watch the horse doctor give spring vaccines and worming medicine to the farm’s draft horses.

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

Sunday, March 9 - Park Ridge, Bergen County
Medical History Lecture

Michael Nevins, MD, a retired Pascack Valley physician, recently published his eleventh book on subjects related to medical history. The latest, Still More Meanderings in Medical  History, is the last of a trilogy of collected essays - some sixty in all. On Sunday at 2:00 pm at the Pascack Historical Society, Dr. Nevins will discuss a chapter in his new book, "Hysteria in Belle Époque Paris." Focusing on the 19th-century French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, he will explain how ideas about the nature of hysteria not only affected medical practice, but French and American culture as well. Dr. Nevins currently is president of the Medical History Society of New Jersey.

This free program will be held at the Pascack Historical Society, 19 Ridge Ave, Park Ridge, NJ. For more information, call 201-573-0307 or visit

Sunday, March 9 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Blacksmithing Demonstration
Children Friendly

On Sunday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to take a step back in time to watch blacksmiths perform their craft. They will be shaping iron into everyday products. Blacksmiths were as common as an auto mechanic in towns and on farms of the 1890s. 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

Sunday, March 9 - Hammonton, Atlantic County
Lines on the Pines

On Sunday, attend the 9th 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. For more information, visit

Sunday, March 9 - 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 9 - Ewing Township, Mercer County
Elias Boudinot:  Forgotten American Patriot

On Sunday, the Ewing Township Historic Preservation Society (ETHPS) presents "Elias Boudinot: Forgotten American Patriot." Come hear local historian and ETHPS member, John Maloney, tell Boudinot's story and his many adventures while being instrumental in the formation of our current form of government .

Elias Boudinot was brother-in-law of Richard Stockton, and was appointed by President George Washington as Director of the U.S. Mint. He was also a patriot, Congressional Delegate, attorney, Commissary general of prisoners for the Continental Army, and 4th "President of the United States"?

The talk will be held at 2:00 pm at the Benjamin Temple House, 27 Federal City Road, Ewing, NJ. For more information, call 609-883-2455 or visit

Sunday, March 9 - Westfield, Union County
Maple Sugar Sunday
Children Friendly

Question: Agriculture, fishing, ship building, glass making, maple syrup production.....what do all of these have in common? Answer: They are all among the oldest known industries in America. On Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, the museum will feature the seasonal farm task of "maple sugaring." Maple Sugar Sunday will include a presentation on the entire process, beginning with an explanation of how the sap rises and flows, and ending with how syrup and sugar are made from the sap. Members of the Cooking Committee also resume authentic open hearth cooking demonstrations on this date and will highlight recipes using maple syrup.

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 9 - Morristown, Morris County
350 Years of New Jersey History

On Sunday, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum welcomes Michael Aaron  Rockland to discuss "350 Years of New Jersey History." His program will be presented in the main gallery at 4:30 pm and is the first in a series of programs celebrating the 350th New Jersey Anniversary taking place on the second Sunday of the month through June. Michael's presentation will focus on the baker's dozen of 13 events he considers most significant during these many years. He admits that his choices may be somewhat arbitrary and is eager to engage with his audience in discussion, following his presentation, on items he might have included and others that he might have disregarded. Michael also admits that speaking about New Jersey in New Jersey can be risky - everyone in his audience is likely to know as much about the subject as he does - which is why he welcomes a lively debate and controversy. Michael will be bringing along the three of his four books with a New Jersey focus that are still in print, and will sign copies following his talk and discussion. Prior to the program visitors may also visit the second floor gallery exhibit "Made in New Jersey: A Celebration of Decorative and Fine Arts" which stars the museum's collection of New Jersey stoneware, silver, and artists such as Thomas Nast, A.B. Frost, and Edward Kranich. 

Michael Aaron Rockland began his career as a diplomat, serving with our embassies as cultural attaché in both Argentina and Spain. He has for many years been Professor of American Studies at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and he is the author of fourteen books, four of which focus on New Jersey.  Five of Michael's books have won major recognition, including New York Times "Notable Book of the Year," Washington Post's "Fifty Best Books of the Year", with one appearing on the State Library's list of the "Ten Best Books Ever Written About New Jersey."

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 4:30 pm. House tours (regular admission applies) take place throughout the afternoon and the last tour ticket is sold at 3:00 pm. The upstairs galleries will remain open until 4:30 pm, with the "Controversies: The More Things Change..." main gallery 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 are admitted free. Speaker tickets include admission to docent-led period room tours for visitors who sign up during the afternoon. Visitors can also enjoy the upstairs gallery exhibit "Thomas Nast Brings Down Boss Tweed," featuring the political cartoons Thomas Nast created attacking Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall, prior to the program. Also on display, "Controversies" presents challenging subject matter on New Jersey history topics and events which had national significance: medical experimentation, immigration, and the right to die. 

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

Sundays through March 9, 2014 - Plainfield, Union County
Indira Bailey Art Exhibit - LAST WEEKEND!

On Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, visit the Historical Society of Plainfield at the Drake House Museum to view the "Indira Bailey Art Exhibit" in celebration of Black History Month.

Indira Bailey is a second-generation Plainfielder and is an extraordinary artist, illustrator, and educator. Indira received a B.F.A. in illustration from Pratt Institute and M.A. in Educational Leadership & Supervision from Kean University. Ms. Bailey's work demonstrates her pride, talent, and her interest in showing her experience as an African American woman and her travels in a positive light. Ms. Bailey has exhibited artwork throughout the tri-state area.

"Indira Bailey Art Exhibit" will be on display in the second floor ballroom of the Drake House Museum, and the exhibit will be on display until March 9, 2014. Donations are always appreciated. All are welcome during regular tour hours, 2:00 - 4:00 pm on Sundays, or by appointment.

The Drake House Museum is located at 602 West Front Street, Plainfield, NJ. For more information call 908-755-5831 or visit

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

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
Children Friendly

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 information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit

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


Post a Comment

Thanks for the comments!