Friday, April 4, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/5/14 - 4/6/14

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Saturday, April 5 - Kingston, Somerset County
Annual Spring Garden Clean-up

The Annual Spring Garden Clean-Up will be held on Saturday, beginning at 9:00 am. Rockingham Board Members and volunteers will be weeding, pruning, raking and repairing the wooden frames of the garden beds. Please stop by any time from 9:00 am onwards to help prepare the garden for planting. You may wish to bring water, garden gloves, something to kneel on (as the pathways are gravel), and a hat or sunblock. This would also be a wonderful opportunity to Adopt-A-Bed for the summer! Many have already been claimed, but there are still a few available. Stop by the site on Saturday, or e-mail to Adopt-A-Bed before it is too late, and see our website for more information. 
Rockingham is located at 84 Laurel Avenue, Franklin Township, NJ.

Saturday, April 5 - Middletown, Monmouth County
Monmouth County Hunt

Ann Jordan, "Whipper-In" of the Monmouth County Hunt Club will be hosting an old-fashioned hunt demonstration and lecture at the Taylor-Butler House on Saturday at 2:00 pm. Come meet the hounds and learn more about preserving the Monmouth County Hunt legacy.

The program will be held at the Taylor-Butler House, 127 Kings Highway, Middletown, NJ. Admission is free. Parking is available at Middletown Village Elementary School. For more information call 732-462-1466 or visit

Saturday, April 5 - Trenton, Mercer County
2014 Trenton Ceramics Symposium

The Potteries of Trenton Society is pleased to partner with the New Jersey State Museum and the Trenton Museum Society to present our eleventh annual Trenton Ceramics Symposium on April 5, 2014 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. This year our speakers will celebrate the life and work of sculptor Isaac Broome, the first sculptor to work in the American ceramics industry. Although perhaps best known for his famous Baseball Vase, created for Ott & Brewer's display at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876, Broome made other models for that display, and he was also a designer, modeler and manufacturer of tiles in Trenton and Brooklyn.

The Symposium will open with registration and reception from 9:00 - 10:00 am. Light refreshments will be served. Lectures in the morning with examine Broome's life and work. After a catered lunch in the State Museum's galleries, the afternoon talks will examine Broome's famous Baseball Vase from many aspects. The day will finish with a closing reception sponsored by the Trenton Museum Society to be held at Ellarslie, the Museum of the City of Trenton, in Cadwalader Park. Participants will be able to view the Society's collection of Trenton ceramics, including an exhibition case devoted to Broome's work.

The Trenton Ceramics Symposium is open to the public. Admission at the door will be $40. POTS cannot take credit cards, but checks are welcome. Registration includes all lectures, lunch, and the Ellarslie reception. The Symposium will be held at the New Jersey State Museum Auditorium, 205 West State Street, Trenton, NJ. For more information, visit

Saturday, April 5 - Bergen County
Erie Lackawanna Discovery Day
Children Friendly

Through the joint efforts of the Volunteer Railroaders Association, Tri-State Railway Historical Society and Jersey Central Railway Historical Society, we are pleased to announce the return of the Erie Lackawanna Discovery Day on Saturday. This event will be run as a prelude to the Eastern Spring Meet. Costs for the day be minimal (noted below).  Participants can drive their personal car to the individual sites or utilize NJ Transit (aka the Erie’s Bergen County) as all sites are within walking distance of a nearby train station. We will be touring several local museums and historic EL locations in the heart of the New York Division’s commuter district:

9:00 am 
Volunteer Railroaders Association’s historic Hawthorne Station
80 Royal Ave, Hawthorne, NJ

The day will begin at the former NYS&W station. Hawthorne was served by both the Erie and the Susquehanna. The Erie station in town is regrettably long gone but the 1894 NYS&W station remains and his been completely restored by the VRA. During the restoration, the Erie’s famous station green paint color was found on the building. In honor of the years of Erie ownership of the Susquehanna, the station was restored to represent its Erie years and proudly wears the two tone green with red window sash scheme. The station will be open for all participants to explore. Participants using GPS to find their way should use the address: 225 Diamond Bridge Avenue, Hawthorne, NJ 07506. This is the address of the auto repair shop across the street from the station. For some reason, all GPS/mobile apps send you to the other end of Royal Avenue when the station’s actual address is used. Ample parking is available along Grand Ave between Diamond Bridge Avenue and Warburton Avenue. The station is less than a five minute walk from NJ Transit’s Hawthorne Station. There is no admission charge to the station but any donations are gratefully accepted.

10:30 am
Historic Waldwick Tower, Waldwick, NJ,_Waldwick_Yard

Our next site will be the former Erie signal tower in Waldwick. The tower has been beautifully restored and will be open for viewing. Volunteers will present that day doing spring clean up and maintenance as well. Access to the tower will be from the end of Bohnert Place in Waldwick, NJ. GPS users can use the address 3 Bohnert Place, Waldwick, NJ which is the Midlan Corporation’s address. Visitors to the tower are asked to please refrain from walking across NJ Transit tracks. This is both for your own personal safety as well as so that we comply with the tower’s insurance company requirements. We will be their guests and we are asked to respect this request. As time permits, we can drive over to the NJT parking lot across the tracks if anyone wants to get a photo of the tower. NJT will be operating on their usual weekend schedule to provide photo props as well as transportation. Again, donations are gratefully accepted.

We will break for lunch after the tower visit. Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch or visit any of the nearby restaurants. A few of us will be trying Kinchley's Tavern at 586 North Franklin Turnpike, Ramsey, NJ.

1:00 pm
Mahwah Museum
201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ

Our next stop will be the Mahwah Museum. Home to an HO model railroad in addition to numerous Erie Railroad exhibits, the museum does ask the nominal admission fee of $5 per person. The museum also has a gift shop with several railroad related items available. They will graciously accept Erie and DL&W fans but they can’t accept credit cards. Please plan accordingly. In addition to the museum itself, we have made arrangements to visit the original Erie Mahwah Station ( The station is not usually open until June and would traditionally have its own $3 per person admission. However, the museum has graciously waived this additional admission for Discover Day participants. The depot is also home to an original Erie woodside caboose which will also be open for us. Participants are asked to go to the Mahwah Museum (201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ 07430) prior to their visit to the Old Station Museum to purchase their $5/person Discovery Day pass that will waive the separate Old Station admission fee and get you access to the site. Parking will be available at the Mahwah Museum parking lot. The Old Station Museum is next to the NJ station and less than a two minute walk from the Mahwah Museum.

The Discovery Day will be held rain or shine as the museums are indoors. Participants can attend all or any of the sites individually at the times named above. Any questions can be sent to Charles Smith, at

Saturday, April 5 - Sunday, April 13 - Flemington, Hunterdon County
Common Threads: Quilting Traditions in Hunterdon County

In the continuing celebration of Hunterdon County NJ's 300th Anniversary, a major exhibition of quilts will be shown in the Assembly Room of County Building One, Route 12 in Flemington, NJ for nine days from Saturday, April 5 to Sunday, April 13. Hours are from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm each day, with extended hours to 6:30 pm on Tuesday, April 8 and Saturday, April 12. There is adequate parking and admission is free.

The exhibition, Common Threads: Quilting Traditions in Hunterdon County, NJ,  is made possible in large part by a grant from the Quilter's Guild of Dallas, Texas. Judy Grow, Curator of Textiles at the Hunterdon County Historic Society and Flemington resident, is curator of the exhibition. Experienced quilters will serve as docents for the exhibition.

Forty quilts will be exhibited, all with a Hunterdon County connection. Most will be historic quilts; many are signature quilts associated with churches and families of note, and many date from the 1840s. The earliest quilt in the exhibition is signed and dated 1832. Three historic societies, two museums, a foundation, and private collectors are lending quilts. Two Hunterdon quilts are coming home from Utah and Indiana.

The art and craft of quilting has probably never had as many active participants as it has today when it is a multi-billion-dollar industry. Hunterdon County is home to two major quilt guilds and four contemporary quilts will be included in the exhibition to show the continuity of endeavor and design.

A 60-page four-color catalog of the exhibition will be for sale for $12.00. The photographic image of a number of quilts in the exhibition will be available to special order as a 68" x 72" printed shower curtain.  A sample of one of these will be on view. All profits from the shower curtain purchases will go to the lending institutions. For more information, visit

Saturday, April 5 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Spring Beekeeping
Children Friendly

Howell Farm's honeybees will take a break from their busy schedules when Bob Hughes stops by for his annual spring visit.

Mr. Hughes, who is a professional beekeeper, will open the hives to give the bees a complete health check, medicate the colony and make sure that the queens, drones and worker bees are properly equipped for the task of manufacturing honey.

Visitors to the Farm can watch the inspection at the hives, and join Mr. Hughes for an hour-long presentation, "Life of a Bee Colony.”

Children are also invited to help beekeepers assemble beehives. From 10:30 am - 12:30 pm beehive assembly will take place, from 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm beekeepers will perform hive inspections, and at 2:30 pm Mr. Hughes will present "Life of a Bee Colony."

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, April 5 - 6 - Morristown, Morris County
Encampment Weekend
Children Friendly

The Continental Army encampment comes to life! Join soldiers, their wives and children at Jockey Hollow on Saturday and Sunday for Encampment Weekend. It’s an event full of activities for the whole family. Call 973-543-4030 or visit for a schedule of events and details. The encampment will be held at Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, April 5 - 6 - Trenton, Mercer County
French and Indian War Weekend
Children Friendly

Want a unique way to celebrate New Jersey's 350th Anniversary? Join the Old Barracks for their "Marching Out" French and Indian War Weekend and experience a little known chapter of New Jersey's history! 

Meet the people who lived at The Old Barracks before it was inhabited by widows and single women! See the barracks as it was even before the Revolutionary War! Get to know the British soldiers the barracks was originally built to house! The event runs from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

At 2:00 pm on both days, George Bray III will present a program titled "Thomas Davies: Artilleryman & Artist of the French and Indian War." Cost of event included with regular admission to the museum. Admission: $8 adults, $6 for students, seniors, and children (children 5 and under are free), Old Barracks Association Members no admission. The Old Barracks are located at 101 Barracks Street, Trenton, NJ. For more information, call 609-396-1776 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, April 5 - 6 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Swoosh and Rumble - the Mill Comes Alive!
Children Friendly

On Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, milling demonstrations begin and continue on weekend afternoons through November. Listen to the swoosh of corn sliding down spouts, hear the rumbling millstones, and feel the building come alive as this marvelous 19th century mill turns corn in to cornmeal right before your eyes.

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, April 6 - Throughout New Jersey
Museum Openings
Children Friendly

*Whippany - Morris County
The Whippany Railway Museum will reopen this Sunday and most Sundays until October. from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. The museum is located at 1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany, NJ.

*Lake Hopatcong - Sussex County
The Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum will reopen this Sunday and be open Sundays 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm through Sunday, May 18 (closed April 20th for Easter). The museum is located in Hopatcong State Park.

Sunday, April 6 - South River, Middlesex County
Open House

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

Sunday, April 6 - Matawan, Monmouth County
Open House

The Matawan Historical Society will holding an open house on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Burrowes Mansion located at 94 Main Street, Matawan, NJ. Learn how this circa 1723 home and its owners played a role in the Revolutionary War. For more information call 732-492-6069 or visit

Sunday, April 6 - Morristown, Morris County
The Karen Ann Quinlan "right to die" Case

The exhibit "Controversies" presents challenging subject matter that inspires people to consider the ways in which they think about frequently debated issues: medical experimentation, immigration, and the right to die. This spring Macculloch Hall Historical Museum presents a speaker series in conjunction with the exhibit 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 April 15, 1975 Karen Ann Quinlan returned home from a party where she had taken a deadly combination of tranquilizer drugs and alcohol. Ms. Quinlan received CPR but remained in a comatose state. When her father asked that she be removed from treatment prolonging the coma, the case was held before the Superior Court in Morristown as well as the NJ Supreme Court. The landmark decision allowed Mr. Quinlan to make treatment decisions, thus allowing families and other surrogate deciders the right to refuse treatment that could not return the patient to a thinking, feeling, loving state of life. On Sunday, join the attorney for the case, the Honorable Paul Armstrong, and physician Dr. Joseph F. Fennelly, who cared for Ms. Quinlan after the Superior Court decision. They will discuss the medical profession's 50-year struggle with how to arrive at the best balance of care and cure. 

Dr. Fennelly is a leading advocate and lecturer on end of life care and the right to die movement. He is active in the medical profession, also lecturing on the role of pastoral care and the need for improved nursing and care facilities. His active interest in NJ's health care system has resulted in positive change within long term care facilities, and in- and out-patient facilities. Dr. Fennelly's involvement in the Karen Ann Quinlan case and other right to die court cases made him an expert on the legal and ethical issues surrounding the right to die movement. He has lectured on his experiences with the Quinlan case, his perceptions of the Terri Schiavo case, and similar nationally known cases.

Paul W. Armstrong was nominated to the Superior Court by the Governor of New Jersey; the Senate confirmed his nomination in the spring of 2000. The Honorable Judge Armstrong presided over the case of "State of New Jersey v. Charles Cullen" (an infamous nurse serial-killer). As a member of the bar, Judge Armstrong was a pioneer of patients' rights, and argued before the Supreme Court of New Jersey in "In re Quinlan and Matter of Jobes" as counsel to the families of Karen Ann Quinlan and Nancy Ellen Jobes. He served as Chairman of both the Commission on Legal and Ethical Issues in the Delivery of Health Care. He frequently appeared as a legal commentator on network and Court TV. Judge Armstrong served as initial counsel, trustee and incorporator of the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice as well as the New Jersey Hospice Organization.

Following the presentation visitors can view the exhibit, including primary source documents from the Quinlan case and examples of advance directives for Health Care. "Controversies" is on view during Museum touring hours through June 2014. Please note the subject matter may not be suitable for all audiences.

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

Sunday, April 6 - Jefferson Township, Morris County
Open House
Children Friendly

The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlin House, will have an  open house on Sunday  from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. This month's exhibit will continue the theme "Little House in the Valley". Christine O'Brien of the Jefferson Township Library will be reading from Laura Ingalls Wilder's literature at 2:30 pm with a focus on her light-hearted poetry and Costumed docents will give tours of the museum. Admission is free.

The Jefferson Township Museum is located at 315 Dover-Milton Road, Jefferson Township, NJ. Visit Miss Elizabeth's Shoppe located in the original kitchen of the museum, where small antiques, collectibles, handmade, handcrafted and seasonal items will be offered for sale. For further information, call 973-208-8601 or visit

Sunday, April 6 - Cranford, Union County
Memory and Dress

The Cranford Historical Society is proud to present, "Memory and Dress," with Gail Alterman, Costume Curator, on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at The Crane-Phillips House Museum. Doors open at 2:00 pm and the program will begin at 2:15 pm.

Objects tell stories, and clothing that has been saved, or even remembered, can convey memories. Some people save an article of clothing because it was something special or was a particular favorite. Maybe an item was worn for a special occasion, or is the result of a specific event in a life that was not their wedding. Even men save articles of clothing - most veterans save their uniforms. What have you saved and why did you save it? Have you saved something that belonged to a relative, or to a now grown-up child? Open up your closets and share why you held onto a piece of clothing from many years ago. Bring articles of clothing that have special personal meaning, and bring your memories of shopping in town centers that were not indoor malls.

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, April 6 - Montclair, Essex County
Historic House Tours
Children Friendly

Step back through 200 years of American history at the Montclair Historical Society's historic properties on Sunday. Visit the 1796 Israel Crane House and the Nathaniel Crane House as guided tours reveal the history of the house in relationship to its inhabitants and the history of Montclair. Food historian Carolina Capehart will be demonstrating hearth cooking in the exterior kitchen. The sites are open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission is $8 per adult and $5 per child for both properties with same day admission. Or come as a family (1 or 2 adults with up to 3 children) for $25. Free admission for members!

The sites are located at 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail or visit

Sunday, April 6 - Park Ridge, Bergen County
Dutch Delights: A Children's Art History Program - CANCELLED
Children Friendly

The Pascack Historical Society will continue its celebration of New Jersey’s 350th Anniversary Year by teaching today’s children how their counterparts lived, ate, played, dressed, learned, and interacted with their families on local  farms three centuries ago through the use of Dutch oil painting prints of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Enrollment is limited to Grades 2-5 for "Dutch Delights" on Sunday from 1:30 - 3:30 pm. Sign-in begins at 1:15 pm. Pre-registration is a must. Admission: $5.00 donation per child (for PHS members) and $10 donation (for non-members).

Art educator Barbara Farina of River Vale (NJ licensed teacher & PHS member) will engage attendees in interactive discussions and hands-on activities relating to the clothes, manners, food, education, games and family life of children long ago.

Youngsters will do a water color painting or colored drawing they can take home to share with their family and friends. Mrs. Farina’s goal is to teach the children that much can be learned about the past, (before photography, the internet, TV, movies, etc.) by observing art works and determining the clues they may contain.

Dutch children celebrated their birthdays by making alphabet cookies (from the Dutch word koekje). PHS Vice President Jackie Martin, her teenage daughters Abbie and Grace, all of Westwood, will help youngsters design a cookie bearing their individual initials. The cookies will be baked and ready for the children at day’s end.

Parents are welcome to stay with their children throughout the day. This event will be held at the Pascack Historical Society, 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge NJ. To register and for more information, call PHS President George Sherman at 201-664-7924 or visit

Sunday, April 6 - Westfield, Union County
Celebrate the Season with Spring Cookie Decorating
Children Friendly

There are daffodils in the garden, at last! It must be time to "Celebrate the Season with Spring Cookie Decorating." The museum's program on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm includes storytelling as well as two crafts. Children will be able to make a spring basket to take home and also to decorate cookies in the shapes of traditional spring symbols, such as butterflies, eggs, and bunnies. Also included is a demonstration of 18th century open hearth cooking with authentic recipes and seasonal ingredients.

The museum’s gift shop will be open, offering a variety of colonial toys, crafts, books and educational materials. 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

Sunday, April 6 - Walpack, Sussex County
Spring Hike at Walpack, NJ

On Sunday, the Walpack Historical Society will sponsor a hike along the Old Mine Road. The walk begins at the Van Campen Inn and moves south, ending at the site of the former St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church. The distance is approximately 4 miles, primarily on a dirt road running along the Delaware River. Myra Snook, historian, will provide commentary along the way. 

Hikers will meet at 11:00 am at the Van Campen Inn, Old Mine Road (dirt section), Walpack Township, NJ within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Parking is available. Wear sturdy shoes or boots and a hat, bring water, a snack, and insect repellant. The hike is free and the public is invited. To confirm the event and for further information and directions, call 973-948-4903.

Sunday, April 6 - Westampton, Burlington County
An Afternoon with James Fenimore Cooper

Jeff Macechak of the Burlington County Historical Society will be at Peachfield on Sunday at 2:00 pm in his first-person presentation as James Fenimore Cooper. Cooper was the author of The Leatherstocking Tales, which included The Last of the Mohicans and The Deerslayer. James Fenimore Cooper was born in Burlington, New Jersey in 1789. He later moved with his parents to Cooperstown, New York. Cooper served in the US Navy from 1808 to 1811. He eventually settled in New York with his wife. He began his writing career after his wife posted a challenge to him. He published his first book in 1820. This first-person presentation includes time for questions and answers and is followed by light refreshments. Admission is $5 per person. Friends of Peachfield are admitted free.

The program takes place at Peachfield, the Headquarters of The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Jersey, located at 180 Burrs Road Westampton, NJ 08060. For more information, call 609-267-6996. or visit

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

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, 2014 - 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
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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

March 30, 2014 through October 26, 2014 - Woodbury, Gloucester County
Be Prepared:  Scouts of Yesteryear
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Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have been a tradition in America for over a century. The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum is presenting a remarkable exhibit with scouting artifacts from over the decades. Numerous uniforms, merit badges, equipment, manuals, and accessories from the 1930’s on are on display.  

The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and the last Sunday of the month from 2:00 - 5:00 pm. Adult admission $5; children 6-18 years $1; children under 6 free. The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum is located at 58 North Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ. For more information, call 856-848-8531 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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