Friday, May 16, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/17/14 - 5/18/14

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Friday, May 16 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Portrait of a Hometown Team: The Pleasant Valley Quails

On Friday evening at 7:30 pm, Historian Larry Kidder will present an illustrated talk about the long history of teamwork and community building in Pleasant Valley exemplified by the formation of a community baseball team in the 1930s and 40s. From its earliest European settlement, Pleasant Valley farmers helped each other in informal ways, especially during times of hardship. The community developed its identity first around the Phillips family grist mill and blacksmith shop that provided services to the farmers. During the American Revolution the men of the Valley formed a militia company first commanded by Captain Henry Phillips, the grist mill owner, and worked together in the fight for independence. During the 19th century, changing conditions caused the mill to close, but the local schoolhouse, built on Philips family land, became the center of community activities for all ages. Between 1888 and 1908 Valley resident Rachel Williamson chronicled in the local newspaper the many ways the community came together. The high point of community spirit was expressed in the twentieth century when the entire community came together to put on annual agricultural fairs in the summer and when the men and boys came together to form the baseball team known as the Pleasant Valley Quails. The fairs and baseball team came at a time when transportation improvements and expanding opportunities enticed children to leave the rural community and community identity was increasingly difficult to maintain.

This lecture is one of the programs associated with the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit "Hometown Teams" on display at the Charles Fish Barn and Visitor Center at Howell Living History Farm between May 10 and June 22, 2014.

There is a suggested donation of $3.00 to attend the talk. Farming Pleasant Valley, a new book by historian Larry Kidder that tells the story of the Pleasant Valley agricultural community, including the story of the Quails, will be available for purchase and the author will sign copies.

The program will be held at Howell Living Farm, located at 70 Wooden's Lane, Lambertville, NJ. For more information. call 609-737-3299 or visit

Saturday, May 17 - Kingston, Somerset County
Annual Children's Day
Children Friendly

On Saturday from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm, Rockingham will offer its Annual Children's Day. The site will be offering activities and demonstrations of 18th-century life with support from the Montgomery High School Live Historians Club and the Rockingham Association.

In addition to some of our regular activities such as trying on replica 18th-century clothing and learning to write with quill and ink, this year children will have the opportunity to play historic games like Battledore & Shuttlecock and Trap Ball, an early form of baseball or try crafts such as making paper aprons and paper baskets. Past Muster will be on hand to talk about soldier's life and musket drilling and the house will be open for mini tours. You can visit the Museum Store with its many interesting wares and trinkets for sale and there will be light refreshments available.

No registration is required. Admission to the event is FREE and will be held rain or shine, though in the case of rain some activities may have to be curtailed. Rockingham is located at 84 Laurel Avenue, Franklin Township, NJ. For further information, call 609-683-7132 or visit

Saturday, May 17 - Cape May, Cape May County
Armed Forces Day

On Saturday at 11:00 am, the World War II Lookout Tower in Cape May will celebrate Armed Forces Day with a number of activities, including a full presentation of historic flags of the United States by the South Jersey Elks. Free admission to ceremony. 

Activities include:
* Reading of Who is a Vet? by vet Ralph Serena.
Reading of Freedom is Not Free! by vet Pamela Sigafoose.
Playing of Taps during ceremonial folding of flag by veterans John Bailey, Bob Familetti and Rich Nowakowski while veteran Pamela Sigafoose explains the significance of each fold and story behind Taps.
Presentation by veteran Joanna Evans on Role of Women in WW II.
Recognition of WW II veteran volunteers at the Tower and local schools.
Remembrance of local WW II veterans who have died in previous year.
Reenactors from 261st Coastal Artillery from Ft. Miles.
Patriotic music by Rich Chiemingo.

The World War II Lookout Tower is located at 756 Sunset Boulevard, Cape May, NJ. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or e-mail

Saturday, May 17 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Pleasant Valley House Tours

The houses of grist miller John Phillips, his farmer-son Henry and Henry’s blacksmith-son Lewis will be featured during a 90 minute walking tour of Pleasant Valley, hosted by Howell Farm historian Larry Kidder. An interior tour of the Pleasant Valley Schoolhouse is included. Transportation to the historic houses is available for those needing assistance.

The walking tour begins at 1:00 pm. Tours of the farmhouse exterior will be held at 11:00 am, 12:00 noon, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm

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, May 17 - Pennsauken, Camden County
Spring Festival at Burrough-Dover House
Children Friendly

The annual rite of Spring returns to the historic Burrough-Dover House off Haddonfield Road in Pennsauken! On Saturday from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, enjoy a lovely spring day on the grounds of Burrough-Dover House with tours of the Colonial Quaker farmhouse ca. 1710, the museum of nostalgia, and the nature trail. Try out colonial crafts and activities and enjoy refreshments among your friends and neighbors! And don't forget the pony rides for the kids! Bring your camera, smart phone and your sense of Spring! For more information, call 856-662-3002 or e-mail

Saturday, May 17 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
19th Century Baseball Reenactment
Children Friendly

The Historic Village at Allaire is presenting a new event for the 2014 season! Celebrate the rich history of baseball at their "Bog Iron Boys Pitching the Past" 19th-Century Baseball Reenactment! On Saturday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm, the Howell Works' Bog Iron Boys will play the historic Hoboken 9 who have been kind enough to travel to Allaire's industrial village for an afternoon game! The game will be played by 1864 rules, with 1800s vintage costumes and fun! The winner of the first game will play the Elizabeth Resolutes in a second vintage game! The area surrounding Allaire is filled with baseball history. Learn more at this event filled with family fun!

Join the Villagers and come cheer on your home team! The events begin at 12:00 noon where the Villagers will call out the players from the Historic Village. The team will lead Villagers to the Show Field, where the games will take place! In addition to the games, activities throughout the day include exhibits of baseball history, craft demonstrations of how bats and baseballs were made, townball, 19th-century games for the kids, and more! After the games, walk down to the Historic Village to meet the players! Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and plan to spend the whole day at Allaire!

The Baseball Reenactment is $5 per person and children under age 6 are admitted free! Admissions to the game begins at 11:30 am and the game kicks off shortly after 12:00 noon! Pre-registration is recommended.

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 - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit

Saturday, May 17 - Montclair, Essex County
Discover the Lenape Trail

On Saturday from 9:30 am - 11:30 am, take a leisurely two hour walk along the Montclair portion of the Lenape Trail. Discover the history, as well as plants and trees. Co-sponsored by Bike&Walk Montclair, Montclair Environmental Commission, and the Montclair Historical Society. Meet at Brookdale Park, near the Bellevue Avenue entrance. The walk will be held rain or shine but thunderstorms cancel. For more information and to RSVP, e-mail

Saturday, May 17 - Montclair, Essex County
Walking Tour of Valley Road South

Take a stroll up Valley Road this Saturday with Montclair Township Historian Mike Farrelly - from Church Street to Van Vleck. See Montclair’s first library and discover why it was moved, signs of a railroad that never came to be, hear tales of a lost mansion, a Prohibition-era speakeasy, and more! The tour begins at the circle where Church Street and Valley Road meet at 1:00 pm. Suggested donation $5. For more information, call 973-744-1796 or visit

Saturday, May 17 - Bedminster, Somerset County
“Thomas Jefferson/Alexander Hamilton” Debate

The Articles of Confederation, the Constitutional Congress, and the drafting of the Constitution will be debated between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton interpreters Steve Edenbo and Ian Rose at Bedminster’s Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum on Saturday from 2:00 - 3:00 pm. The historic home, once the headquarters for General Henry Knox, will be open for tours from 1:00 - 4:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, May 18.

The debate, “Conflict and Constitution,” will showcase Jefferson and Hamilton’s differing viewpoints on the need for balance between states’ rights and a centralized government, while giving the audience a glimpse of what the early negotiations were really like during our nation’s founding.

Admission to the Jefferson-Hamilton debate is $10 (free to members) and space is limited. The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 3055 River Road (in Bedminster’s River Road Park), Bedminster, NJ. For more information and to register, call 908-396-6053 or visit

Saturday, May 17 - Lafayette, Sussex County
Grand Opening of the Historic Ludlum-Mabee House

The Lafayette Center Preservation Foundation is proud to present the Grand Opening of the Historic Ludlum-Mabee House in the recently designated Lafayette Village Historic District in Lafayette, NJ. All are invited to attend the Lafayette Street Fair festivities including antiques, music, crafts and street vendors. The Ludlum-Mabee House will be open for guests from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. The Greek Revival-style home was built in 1835 by the Ludlum family, owners of the Lafayette Mill. The Lafayette Preservation Foundation has been working toward the goal of opening the house to the public since 2005.  Please join us as we celebrate the reopening of this grand, old home and also the listing of Lafayette Center on the Register of Historic Places. The Ludlum-Mabee House is located on Route 15 in Lafayette, NJ. For more information, visit

Saturday, May 17 - Vineland, Cumberland County
Vineland Founder's Day
Children Friendly

On Saturday, celebrate the founding of Vineland, NJ during Vineland Founder's Day, sponsored by The Friends of Historic Vineland from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Reminisce about 153 years of Vineland history with a host of family friendly activities:

* Over 40 history exhibits with costumed re-enactors
* Civil War re-enactors with Living History Museum exhibits
* Civil War weapons and artillery demonstrations
* LIVE music by the Piney Hollow Drifters & The Baytones Barbershop Quartet 
* FREE Pony & Carriage Rides
* Pie Eating Contest & Field Games
* Magnolia Hill Studio Arts & Crafts
* Food Vendors
Bike Safety Rodeo sponsored by the Police Department
* History Scavenger Hunt with prizes

This event will be held at the Elwyn grounds at 1667 East Landis Avenue, just east of Main Road in Vineland, NJ. This is no admission fee and parking is free! For more information, visit

Saturday, May 17 - Morristown, Morris County
Restoring the Wick House
Children Friendly

Did you know people lived in the Wick House until 1933? Thanks to the Civilian Conservation Corps the house has been transformed to an original appearance. Join a Park Ranger at the Wick House to discover the ways in which the C.C.C. restored the Wick House and farm. Program 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

Sunday, May 18 - Ridgewood, Bergen County
Men's Chorus Concert

On Sunday at 2:00 pm, join Ridgewood Historical Society for a concert by the Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus of Ridgewood and the Ridgewood High School Maroon Men. The performance will celebrate the Ridgewood Historical Society’s current exhibit, "A Community's Journey: Our Place in New Jersey's History." The concert will be conducted on the steps of the School House Museum, 650 East Glen Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. Guests should bring their own lawn chairs. Refreshments will be served. Admission is $10. In the event of rain the concert will be held next door at the Old Paramus Reformed Church. For more information, visit

Sunday, May 18 - National Park, Gloucester County
Hessian Soldier Day

On Sunday, the Whitall House will be open from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm for special tours highlighting the Hessian soldiers and their experience at the Battle of Red Bank. There will also be hearth cooking demonstrations, battlefield tours (see where we think the Hessians are buried!) and tours of the newly redesigned gardens! The Whitall House is located at Red Bank Battlefield, 100 Hessian Avenue, National Park, NJ. For more information, call 856-853-5120 or visit

Sunday, May 18 - Clinton, Hunterdon County
3rd Annual Storytelling Festival
Children Friendly

Come out Sunday and enjoy the 3rd Annual Storytelling Festival at the Red Mill Village Museum in Clinton, NJ. There will be continuous storytelling led by master storytellers from 1:30 - 4:30 pm on two stages: a Heritage site for adults and stories for children in the historic one-room school house.

Master Storytellers Anne Lemay and Ken Erb are regular performers at the NJ Storytelling Festival. Anne is Head of Youth Services at Franklin Township Library and teaches a graduate level course in storytelling at Rutgers. Ken Erb specializes in folk songs that invite participation. Master Storyteller Carol Levin, Youth Services Librarian at the Somerset County Library and member of the NJ Storytelling Network, delights in bringing "forgotten women" into the light with her performances. Another Master Storyteller, Paul Pedersen shares his delightful tales of the Pine Barrens and the legendary Jersey Devil through story in song. An accomplished journalist, photographer and musician, Paul fell in love with the Pine Barrens and scary bedtime stories as a young boy. Carol Titus is the founder the NJ Storytelling Network, she facilitates the NJ Storytelling Guild, is an avid storyteller, and is the organizer of the Red Mill Museum Village Storytelling Festival.

The Hunterdon County Library Paws to Read Program will also make an appearance onsite from 3:00 - 4:00 pm. During this part of the program, children will have the opportunity to read short stories, which will be provided, to the therapy dogs.

The Storytelling Festival will be held at the Red Mill Museum Village, 56 Main Street, Clinton, NJ. Admission is $9 adults, $7 seniors, veterans and active duty military, $6 children 6-12, free for Members and children under 6. Free parking is available nearby and visitors are encouraged to bring picnics and blankets. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held indoors. For more information, call 908-735-4101 x 102 or visit

Sunday, May 18 - Walpack, Sussex County
Pleasant Valley & the Columbia Turnpike

On Sunday at 1:00 pm, the Walpack Historical Society will present "Pleasant Valley & the Columbia Turnpike," by Myra Snook, historian. The presentation will take place at the Walpack M.E. Church located at Walpack Center within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Sussex County, NJ. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 973-948-4903.

Sunday, May 18 - River Edge, Bergen County
Pinkster - A Colonial Celebration of Spring
Children Friendly

Pinkster is the Dutch name for Whitsunday or Pentecost, when a flower-crowned May Queen and King led merry-makers from door-to-door, gathering dyed eggs, butter, bread, cream, coffee, sugar, and tallow candles in baskets for a festive supper and dance. Toasts with buttermilk, known as “white wine,” and recital of the Pinkster Ode welcomed the return of summer.

Lift your spirit with a joyous celebration of Pinkster at Historic New Bridge Landing on Sunday from 1:00 - 5:00 pm and imagine you are back in the days when country folk celebrated greening woodlands and flowering meadows with a dance around the Maypole and sporting contests. 

A reading of the Pinkster Ode (Extracts from Ode, Composed on a May Morning by William Wordsworth, May 1826) will be held in the Steuben House at 2:30 pm, followed by a short history of the holiday, presented by historian Kevin Wright. 

There will be dancing around the Maypole at 1:30 and 3:00 pm. The public is invited to participate after each session. Ridley Enslow and Linda Russell on fiddle and hammered dulcimer. 

Throughout the day members of the 3rd New Jersey will be doing demonstrations. There will be a spinning demonstration in the Demarest House Museum and tours of the Campbell-Christie House garden. Jim Dusenberry will demonstrate blacksmithing, including making nails.

For visitors of every age, there will be tours of the Demarest House, with its display of Jersey Dutch furnishings, and colonial cooking demonstrations in the Out-Kitchen throughout the day. Pinkster cake, doughnuts, strawberries and cream, and lemonade will be served in the restored eighteenth-century tavern in the Campbell-Christie House.

Experience history in one of the storied places where it was made! Come to Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201-1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. Selections from the collections of the Bergen County Historical Society will be on view in the three Jerey-Dutch houses. Suggested donation: $7 adult, $5 children, BCHS members free. For more information, visit

Sunday, May 18 - Tewksbury, Hunterdon County
Tewksbury's Scenic and Historic Roads

On Sunday, the Tewksbury Historical Society presents a program on Tewksbury's Scenic and Historic Roads. Come listen to an informative talk by Tewksbury Historian Shaun C. Van Doren and Tewksbury Scenic Roads and Bridges Commission Chair Harold Wrede on Tewksbury's scenic and historic byways. See which ones have changed and which ones are still the same.  From dirt roads to pavement.  Can you pick out the historic sites along the way?  Do you drive by that every day and didn't realize it was there?  This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The program begins at 1:00 pm at the Tewksbury Historical Society Headquarters, 60 Water Street Lebanon, NJ. For more information, visit

Sunday, May 18 - Paterson, Passaic County
Pianist Frank Pavese Concert

On Sunday at 5:00 pm in Lambert Castle, the William Paterson Department of Music will present faculty member and pianist Frank Pavese in concert. Pavese is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan and William Paterson University of New Jersey. He performs internationally and gives master classes every year in Europe, most recently in Italy and France. Admission to the concert is $15 or $10 for students with a valid student ID. Seating is limited. No reservations will be taken.

This performance is a part of the 2014 Lambert Castle Concert Series. Featuring local musicians and a variety of musical genres, all concerts are performed in the beautiful atmosphere that is Lambert Castle. 

The Passaic County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was founded to cultivate interest among individuals and the community-at-large in the rich history of Passaic County. To this end our museum in Lambert Castle showcases examples of the County's cultural and artistic diversity, as well as examples of the County's natural, civil, military, and ecclesiastical history. The society also maintains a library and archive, which houses manuscripts, books and photographs of historical and genealogical interest. Lambert Castle, home to the Society, is located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ. For more information, call 973-247-0085 or visit

Sunday, May 18 - Cranford, Union County
Music in Bloom: A Garden Concert

The Cranford Historical Society is proud to present "Music in Bloom: A Garden Concert" on Sunday at 2:15 pm at the Crane-Phillips House Museum. Doors open at 2:00 p.m.

Plan to join outstanding local musicians Mel Freda, Leonard Hargiss, Mary Heller, Bruce McKinney and Deborah Schnapf in the gardens of the Crane-Phillips House Museum. Immerse yourself in the music of Handel, Telemann, Bizet, Schumann, and Romberg while surrounded by the blossoming gardens at the museum.

Mel Freda has been in the Cranford area teaching piano for over twenty-five years. She has accompanied the Orange Avenue School Chorus and Orchestra, the Hillside Avenue School Orchestra, and the Brookside Place Chorus. She is currently the church organist for the Cranford United Methodist Church and accompanist for the vocal group, The Westfield Chansonettes. She also accompanies the Schola Chorus at St. John the Apostle School in Clark.

Leonard Hargiss is a chemist who has been playing piano and harpsichord for over thirty years.  Along with Bruce McKinney and Deborah Schnapf, Leonard Hargiss has been playing baroque trio sonatas together for the past two years and have performed locally.

Mary Heller has sung with the St. Paul's Episcopal Church Choir, and has performed with the Celebration Singers, the Oratorios Singers of Westfield, and the New Jersey Choral Art Society. She has also appeared at the Westfield Workshop for the Arts and the Westfield Bach Festival.

Bruce McKinney performed as a free-lance trumpeter in New York and conducted community orchestras in the Midwest prior to joining the Kingsborough Community College faculty in 1974. While there he conducted ensembles and taught courses in music technology. His electronic compositions have been heard at various venues in the tri-state area. He is currently playing in the Plainfield Symphony and teaches piano and trumpet locally.

Deborah Schnapf has performed as an oboist with the Plainfield Symphony, the Livingston Orchestra, and the Summit orchestra and has played in chamber music recitals in the New York area. Ms. Schnapf, Ms. Freda, and Ms. Heller performed an opera together at Hillside Avenue School and have performed in nursing homes in the area. Ms. Schnapf and Ms. Heller have performed together in Cami Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York.

Admission is free but reservations are required. To RSVP, call 908-276-0082 or e-mail The Crane-Phillips House Museum is located at 124 North Union Avenue, Cranford, NJ. For more information, visit

Sunday, May 18 - Atlantic City, Atlantic County
Pirate Activity Day
Children Friendly

Aye, matie! Absecon Lighthouse is hosting a day for young seafarers to come and experience a swashbuckling good time! The Philadelphia Fight Ensemble will present their live rapier skills in a show full of exciting swordplay and comedy for young and old. Trade quips with notorious Buccaneers, thrill as historical figures engage the audience with their swords whilst passing on a bit of their history through interactive fun.  But, that's not all! Kids will enjoy crafts and Pirate "Jeoparrrrghdy," a scavenger hunt, goodie bag surprises and snacks, and a thrilling climb to the top of the Lighthouse to look out for the ghosts of shipwrecks. Dress as your favorite pirate! Admission is $12 for kids and $6 for adults. PLUS! The first 120 visitors to check in will be treated to tickets for a future cruise out of Gardner's Basin on Atlantic City Cruises 'Cruisin One. The lighthouse is open from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, and the show will be presented at 1:00 pm. Guests can climb and enjoy all activities prior to or after the show.

Absecon Lighthouse is a state-owned historic property administered by the non-profit Inlet Public/Private Association. Located at 31 South Rhode Island Avenue in Atlantic City, NJ it is open to visitors Thursdays through Mondays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 609-449-1360 or visit

Sunday, May 18 - Union Township, Union County
The Battles of Connecticut Farms and Springfield

On Sunday, Township of Union Historian Michael Yesenko will present "The Battles of Connecticut Farms and Springfield," at the Caldwell Parsonage at 2:30 pm. The courageous stand taken by the troops of the New Jersey Brigade and the local militia at the three-hour battle on June 7, 1780, in what is now Union, coupled with the one fought on June 23, in Springfield, prevented British and Hessian forces from reaching George Washington and his Continental soldiers encamped in Morristown. 

In the initial encounter, the Americans were commanded by Brigadier General William Maxwell and Colonel Elias Dayton in front of the Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church, which was burned by the retreating British forces but subsequently rebuilt on the same (present) site.

In Springfield, "Fighting Parson" James Caldwell, whose wife had been killed during the course of the earlier battle sixteen days before, tore pages from the Watts hymnals of his local Presbyterian Church for his men to use when they had run out of the regular wadding for their muskets. His legendary "Give 'em Watts, boys" became their rallying cry.

As a result of the Patriots' success, the British leadership, realizing it had been thwarted in its efforts to capture our Commander-in-Chief, abandoned strategies in the North and focused attention on the South.

Mr. Yesenko served as president of both the Union Township and Union County Historical Societies and is the author of Brigadier General William Maxwell and the New Jersey Brigade During the American Revolutionary War (1996), and General George Washington's Campaigns of 1775, 1776 and 1777 (1999).

His program will be part of the Union Township Historical Society's meeting, beginning at 2:00 pm. Non-members are cordially invited. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. The Caldwell Parsonage is located at 909 Caldwell Avenue, Union, NJ. For more information, call Barbara La Mort at 908-687-0048 or visit

Sunday, May 18 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Walnford Day...Now in May!  
Children Friendly

Formerly held in the fall, this annual event has been moved to May! The sights and sounds of the past come alive at Historic Walnford in Upper Freehold on Sunday between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm. Plan on spending an afternoon taking a step back to explore the past! 

Activities planned for the day include:
• Quill Pen Calligraphy
• Blacksmith Demonstrations
• Old-Fashioned Games
• Dressing up in period garments
• Weaving & Spinning Demonstrations
• Horse Drawn Wagon Rides

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. For more information, call 609-259-6275 or visit

Sunday, May 18 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
New Jersey at the Battle of Gettysburg

Most military historians consider the Battle of Gettysburg as the most important battle of the Civil War, as well as the turning point in the conflict that led to the Union's ultimate victory. Of the 94,000 Union troops that participated during those three bloody days, more than 4,000 were from New Jersey. The New Jersey units were organized into twelve infantry regiments, a cavalry regiment, and two artillery batteries.

The story of New Jersey's troops at Gettysburg is not well known like the deeds of the 20th Maine or the Irish Brigade. Nonetheless, the New Jersey troops contributed significantly to the battle, particularly at such well known locations as the Peach Orchard, Wheatfield, Devil's Den, and defeating Pickett's Charge.

On Sunday, award winning author Dr. David Martin will present an illustrated lecture on "New Jersey at Gettysburg." It will be based on his book, New Jersey at Gettysburg Guidebook, which has been honored with an award as best New Jersey reference book of the year 2013 by the New Jersey Academic Studies Alliance.

Dr. Martin will summarize the deeds of New Jersey soldiers during the battle, including accounts of individual heroism and brave leadership. In his research, Dr. Martin has made a detailed study of the battle flags that the troops carried into action, some of which are exhibited at the New Jersey State Museum.

Dr. David Martin is the author of over twenty-five books on the Civil War and Revolution, including Confederate Monuments at Gettysburg, The Philadelphia Campaign, and the award winning Gettysburg, July 1, which was a primary selection of the Military Book Club in 1995. He has also written regimental histories of the 41st New York Infantry, 14th New Jersey Infantry, and Fluvanna (Va.) Artillery.

This free event will be held at historic Van Horne House, 941 East Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ, just across from the Patriots Ballpark. Free parking is available behind Target and at the ballpark. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information and to register, call 732-356-8856 or sign up online at

Sunday, May 18 - Whippany, Morris County
Excursion Train Rides
Children Friendly

Spend Sunday at the Whippany Railway Museum on a 10-mile, 45-minute round trip excursion from Whippany to Roseland on a mid-1900s Excursion Train. The combined age of the equipment used on the vintage train is an astounding 635 years! Be on the lookout for deer, turtles, wild turkeys, hawks, and rabbits, as the route takes you past a natural swamp with abundant wildlife. Trains depart at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm from 1 Railroad Plaza at the Intersection of Route 10 West & Whippany Road in Whippany, NJ. Train fare is: Adult: $14; child (under 12): $9; infants (1 year and under): Free. Train Fare includes admission to Whippany Railway Museum Building. The "Excursion Train Ride" is a fundraising effort to benefit the Whippany Railway Museum, a 501 (c)3 non-profit Operating Heritage Railroad that is staffed by volunteers. Donations from the public help to keep the museum operational, but funds are still required to support this unique New Jersey treasure. Proceeds from the train rides will further enhance the Museum's mission and its historic preservation efforts. For more information, call 973-887-8177 or visit

Sunday, May 18 - Park Ridge, Bergen County
Talk on NJ Native Americans

On Sunday at 2:00 pm, John Kraft, nationally known archaeologist, author, and creator of the Indian Village at Waterloo Village, will speak at the Pascack Historical Society. During his presentation, "Lenape Lifeways", Kraft will detail the life of New Jersey's native peoples from 12,000 years ago to the present. The program will examine Lenape legends, art, religious beliefs, customs, and traditions: he will show how they obtained food, clothing and tools, and describe their government and interaction with European settlers.

Mr. Kraft earned a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in archaeology and is recognized as the leading expert on Lenape Indians in the country today. He is the owner of Lenape Lifeways, a not-for-profit educational resource center. The society's Lenape collection will be available for viewing. According to Kraft, families were very important to the Lenape Indians. There were strong ties between parents and children, and among the related families that made up the  clan. Within their own group the Indians were kind to one another. They felt a sense of responsibility towards everyone in their community. The land belonged to the whole community, shelters were shared, and no one hoarded valuable possessions.

A question and answer period will follow the presentation. Complimentary coffee and desserts will be served. Admission to this talk is free and reservations are not required. Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult. The Pascack Historical Society is located at 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge, NJ. For more information, call 201- 573-0307 or visit

Sunday, May 18 - Morristown, Morris County
Book Signing - Airports and Aviation 

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (MHHM) 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 Henry M. Holden who will be available to sign and sell his books about three New Jersey airports to museum visitors during touring hours 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Visitors may also wish to 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.

Mr. Holden will bring three books from the Images of America series about Newark, Teterboro and Morristown airports. Newark Airport was the first major airport in the New York metropolitan area opening in 1928. The art deco administration building served as the main terminal until the opening of the North Terminal in 1953. The administration building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Teterboro Airport has been in continuous use since 1916 and was once the busiest airport in the country. In the 1920s and 1930s, record-setting flights became a national obsession, and many of the flights originated or terminated at Teterboro. Today, the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum is located there. On July 8, 1929, a Morristown newspaper announced the opening of Morristown Airport on Bernardsville Road intended to be the home of the Country Aviation Club under the supervision of Clarence Chamberlin, the second man to fly across the Atlantic Ocean and the first to take along a passenger. The Great Depression halted any serious development of the airport; but after World War II, Morristown Airport began to become a reality. Today, as a general aviation reliever airport, MMU accepts private, corporate, air taxi, air ambulance, training, and military aircraft and ranks 11th in general aviation operations.

Henry M. Holden is a diversified writer, aerospace historian, and author. Holden is the author of over 900 magazine and newspaper articles appearing in national magazines. He has been a commentator on the History Channel, and has published 47 books. A former News Editor, in 1996 Holden launched the "Women in Aviation Resource Center," an online repository of educational, historical, and networking resources for women interested in all aspects of aviation. In 1994, Holden was cited in the United States Congressional Record for his work recording the history of American women in aviation. Also in 1994, he was the recipient of the Author's Award from the New Jersey Institute of Technology for his book Her Mentor Was An Albatross.

Admission to Macculloch Hall is Adults $8; Seniors and 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. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is located at 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-538-2404 ext. 10 or visit

Sunday, May 18 - Morristown, Morris County
Mural Talk

Take a tour of the entire Jockey Hollow encampment without leaving the comfort of the Visitor Center. Relax on comfy cushions as a Park Ranger, using the encampment mural, describes the various people, farms and huts that made up the "Log Hut City" of the winter encampment of 1779 - 1780. Program at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 pm at the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center within Morristown National Historical Park. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit

Sunday, May 18 - Flemington, Hunterdon County
Free Guided Tours

To celebrate Hunterdon County’s 300th anniversary, the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market will open its eighth season on Sunday with two free guided tours of the historic Dvoor Farm buildings.

A tour of the 1798 stone Dvoor Farm house begins at 10:00 am. The Georgian-style house, built by Philip Case, retains a number of notable features from its earliest years including a large cooking kitchen fireplace, beveled doors, and cupboards. The tour will cover everything from the 18th century graffiti in the attic to the 1803 murder in the basement. Dennis Bertland, a professional historic planner and the director of Dennis Bertland Associates will conduct this tour.

At 11:30 am, Architect Chris Pickell will lead a barn tour on the property. The impressive complex of buildings that range in date from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries illustrates the evolution of the region’s farm culture and building practices. The farmstead features two large barns - an 18th century bank barn and an early 1930s horse barn – wagon house, corn crib and other buildings. 

To register, please call 908-237-4582 or e-mail HLT Administrator Judy Miller at judy@hunterdonlandtrust.orgThe Hunterdon Land Trust’s Farmers’ Market is open from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm and is located at 111 Mine Street, Flemington, NJ. This producers’ only market features roughly 20 local farmers and vendors and offers a wide assortment of fruits, vegetables, artisan cheeses, meat, wine, honey, alpaca products, coffee and baked goods. The market also regularly hosts live music, chef demonstrations, children’s activities, historic talks, and workshops. For more information, call 908-237-4582 or visit

Sunday, May 18 - Morristown, Morris County
Continental Marines
Children Friendly

Marines have been around even longer than the Declaration of Independence itself. Join a Park Ranger at the Wick House to discover the role these marines played in Morristown and throughout the war. Programs at 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm at the Wick House in Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit

Sunday, May 18 - Montague, Sussex County
Chair Caning and Tours

The Montague Association for the Restoration of Community History (MARCH) will open the circa 1790 Foster-Armstrong House on River Road and the Nelden-Roberts Stonehouse, at 501 Route 206 for Sunday afternoon tours between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. Both are situated within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Montague, NJ and were originally part of the Tocks Island Dam acquisitions. These two sites are utilized by MARCH and portray the area's heritage. This year new displays will focus on the 100th anniversary of World War I with photos of local people and war sites, uniforms, children's games, newspapers of that time period, and many unusual artifacts from people who lived in the Montague area. There will also be a display of Gillander Glass from the 1850s, photographs of old houses from the 1970s, as well as our expanded Indian collection and our always popular to-scale covered bridges room.

On Sunday, enjoy a chair caning demonstration at the Foster-Armstrong House by Richard Jones. Ask questions about chair seat repairs and see caning examples on display At the Nelden-Roberts Stonehouse on Route 206, the Minisink Garden Club will conduct tours of the traditional herb garden they maintain. For more information, call 973-293-3106 or visit

Sunday, May 18 - 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, May 18 - Ledgewood, Morris County
Preservation Day
Children Friendly

In keeping with a tradition that it has followed for over twenty years, Roxbury Township will observe National Celebrate Preservation Month by holding a special event on Sunday at the Museums at Drakesville from 12:00 noon until 4:00 pm. Tours of the museums will be available, and admission is free.

This year's Historic Preservation Month theme, "The New Age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage," is meant to introduce new audiences to the work that is being done to enrich and preserve the places that make our communities special. Visitors to the museums will be able to see first-hand the extensive efforts by local volunteers to restore and preserve the historic buildings and site. The King Store, King House and Silas Riggs House and surrounding Ledgewood Historic District (formerly called Drakesville) are on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.    
A new exhibit, "Innovation in Roxbury," at the King House Museum recognizes the important innovations that have taken place in Roxbury Township. Also on display at the King House are the 2013 and 2014 Celebrate Preservation Award Winners, local homes and businesses that have been recognized by Roxbury Township for their efforts in historic preservation. 

Refreshments will be on sale at the King House, and popular children's games from the 18th and 19th century will be played on the museum grounds.  Along Main Street, there will be antique cars on view on the lawn. The sites are located at 213 Main Street in the Ledgewood Village section of Roxbury Township. For more information, call 973-927-7603 or visit

Sunday, May 18 - Trenton, Mercer County
Historical and Archaeological Research in New Jersey's Capital City

Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Trent House's opening as a museum at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Trent House Association. This year's program topic explores the very beginning of the City of Trenton: its first inhabitants, its first buildings, its location at the Falls of the Delaware. 

The program will be presented by Ian C. Burrow, Ph.D., vice president and principal archaeologist at Hunter Research, who conducted the Trent House's site research during the museum restoration and who has mapped and explored the origins of New Jersey's entire capital city. Mr. Burrow has more than thirty years experience directing cultural resource management projects in the United States and United Kingdom, with particular expertise in directing archaeological investigations carried out in conjunction with historic restoration projects.

Complimentary refreshments beginning at 1:30. The program begins at 2:00 pm. Open to the public. No RSVP necessary. It is located at 15 Market Street, Trenton, NJ adjacent to the Hughes Justice Complex. Ample free parking. For more information and directions, call 609-989-0087, visit, or e-mail

Sunday, May 18 - Westfield, Union County
Ghost Hunt with the Independent Paranormal Researchers Circle

The white clapboard farmhouse which was built on the "road to the mountains" in the West Fields of Elizabeth has existed for over 270 years. It has been a witness to history, such as the battles which led to the creation of a new nation. It has also seen generations of births, deaths, and the routines of daily life. Who knows what spiritual energy it has absorbed over all these years!

In April, members of the Independent Paranormal Researchers Circle conducted an investigation of the Miller-Cory House Museum. On Sunday at 2:00 and 3:00 pm, they will present their findings as well as information on their history, how they conduct their inquiries, and explanations which debunk supposed paranormal activity. 

Also included on Sunday are tours between 2:00 and 4:00 and demonstrations of open hearth cooking. 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, Westfield, NJ. For more information, call 908-232-1776 or visit

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

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.

Through July 20, 2014 - Montclair, Essex County
A Persistent Passion: The Art of Lora Eberly Ballou

The Montclair Historical Society presents the exhibition "A Persistent Passion: The Art of Lora Eberly Ballou: 1870-1976, Places in a One Hundred Six Year Life" at the Charles Shultz House (Evergreens), 30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ from April 27 through July 20 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm on first and third Sundays of the month. Lora Eberly Ballou was a unique woman who lived during the last quarter of the 1800s in Ohio, then moved to the suburbs of New York City, residing in an elegant home in Montclair, NJ with her husband John Ballou and two daughters, Margaret and Harriet. Ballou's work focuses on an interest and passion for gardening and travel, and depicts many of the places she lived, including a winter scene of Tony's Brook.

Ballou's artwork will be on display at the Montclair Historical Society's Charles Shultz House, an 1896 home that remains virtually untouched. It showcases a time capsule of the Shultz family and lifestyle during the same period when the Ballou family lived in Montclair. This home provides a unique setting for the exhibition, placing Lora Ballou's artwork against the backdrop of a Montclair family active in the community, unveiling similarities in their lifestyles and interests during this period in history. This exhibition is sponsored by Robert M. and Patricia C. Phillips. Robert M. Phillips is the grandson of Lora Ballou. A free public reception will be held on April 27 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm with light refreshments. For additional information or to schedule a private tour, contact the Montclair Historical Society at 973-744-1796, visit, or e-mail

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

Sundays through August 30, 2014 - Cranbury, Middlesex County
"At Long Last...Summer" Exhibit

The Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society is bringing a bit of the seashore to its museum in Cranbury. After a harsh winter, the society is happy to present a new exhibit  at the Cranbury Museum, entitled, "At Long Last...Summer."  Featuring treasures of the sea and seashore, the exhibit includes oil paintings, watercolors, a rare sea glass collection, antique whale bone, shells, Sailor valentines, ephemera, and vintage toys and souvenirs. The exhibit will continue through August 30, 2014. Celebrate summer and join us on Sunday afternoons from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, to view the exhibit! The Cranbury Museum is located at 4 Park Place East, Cranbury. For more information, visit

Through August 23, 2014 - Haledon, Passaic County
"The Mill Girls" Exhibit

The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark in Haledon, NJ proudly opens the exhibit "The Mill Girls," a unique three-dimensional display that showcases images of three mill girls on large-scale replicas of the wooden bobbins used in early textile mills, by visual artist Donna Berger. The exhibit will be on view through August 23, 2014. 

The Botto House National Landmark, home of the American Labor Museum, is located at 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, NJ. It was the meeting place for over 20,000 silk mill workers during the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike. The Museum's hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and by appointment. For more information, call 973-595-7953, visit, or e-mail

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 Sunday, September 14, 2014 - Princeton, Mercer County
Micah Williams: Portrait Artist Exhibition

Traveling portrait artist and New Jersey resident Micah Williams (1782 - 1837) was a prolific artist who has 272 known existing works. His works are represented in many major museums and are highly sought after by folk art collectors. Yet, there has never been an exhibition dedicated solely to the work of Micah Williams. "Micah Williams: Portrait Artist," on loan to Morven from the Monmouth County Historical Association, tells a story about the new America of the 19th century. With over 40 portraits on view, visitors can come face-to-face with the state's nineteenth century farmers, orchard growers, militia officers, politicians, silversmiths, potters, carpenters, and their families.

The exhibition will also debut Morven's newest acquisition: a pastel portrait of Commodore Robert Field Stockton (1795-1866) completed by Micah Williams around 1821. Stockton was a third-generation resident of Morven, head the Pacific Fleet and a U.S. Senator. With this exhibition, the portrait makes its return to the walls at Morven. "Micah Williams: Portrait Artist" exhibition will be on display at Morven through September 14, 2014.

Morven Museum & Garden is a museum and public garden located at 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ. A National Historic Landmark, Morven was the home to Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, as well as the former Governor's mansion of New Jersey. Public Hours: Wednesday - Friday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 609-924-8144 or visit

Through October 31, 2014 - Trenton, Mercer County
Trenton's Old Barracks Museum Shows Iron Art

The Old Barracks Museum will feature the sculpture of AbOminOg Intl. Arts Collective in an exhibit entitled "Founding the Future: A Continuum of Iron Casting in Trenton with AbOminOg Intl. Arts Collective." The exhibit will run from April 26 to October 31, 2014. A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Old Barracks Museum.

The Old Barracks Museum is pleased to feature the metal sculpture of members of one of Trenton's illustrious artist collectives in an exhibit entitled, "Founding the Future: A Continuum of Iron Casting in Trenton with AbOminOg Intl. Arts Collective." Exhibiting artists include Kate Graves, Aylin Green, Bruce Lindsay, Rory Mahon, Steve Morse, Joanna Platt, Matt Reiley, David  Robinson and Scot Thompson.

This outdoor exhibit is part of the statewide celebrations of the 350th anniversary of the founding of New Jersey by representing the connection between the history that the Old Barracks Museum interprets and AbOminOg Intl.'s focus on the revolutionary industrial material of iron. As the first art installation at the Old Barracks, it will allow the visiting public a new perspective on the relationship between the past and the present in the formation of the future. Commemorative iron medallions will be poured by the group at the Old Barracks Museum on June 21st.  Leading up to this spectacular event, a free public reception and opportunity to meet the artists and view the outdoor sculpture is scheduled for Saturday.

The Old Barracks Museum is adjacent to Petty's Run, site of the only excavated Colonial steel furnace in America. Trenton's history of industry, manufacturing and self-reliance is reflected in the AbOminOg Intl. model of collaboration through sweat equity, upcycling crushed iron scrap into sculpture. The essence of the artist collective's cause- to teach and facilitate artists of diverse backgrounds, age groups and skill levels in the creation of cast-metal sculptural artworks within an inspiring, supportive and sustainable setting while positively affecting the community and the art world at large- has remained the same since their inaugural iron pour in a Trenton backyard on December 31, 1999. The Old Barracks Museum is located at 101 Barracks Street, Trenton, NJ. For more information, call 609-396-1776 or visit

Through December 29, 2014 - Woodbury, Gloucester County
Be Prepared:  Scouts of Yesteryear
Children Friendly
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
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 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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