Friday, June 6, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/7/14 - 6//8/14

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Saturday, June 7 - Middletown, Monmouth County
King George III's Birthday
Children Friendly

The Monmouth County Historical Association invites you to join them for a celebration of the birthday of King George III on Saturday at Marlpit Hall, 137 Kings Highway, Middletown, NJ from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Within the British Empire, including the American Colonies, celebration of the King's birthday was one of the social events of the year. Come and see how this day might have been celebrated in the home of Loyalist Edward Taylor. Historical reenactors dressed as Edward and wife, Mary Ogborne Taylor, will welcome guests. Enjoy musical entertainment of the period played on the harpsichord and recorder, as presented by "The Practitioners of Musick" with John Burkhalter of Princeton. 

Marlpit Hall, built circa 1756, was home to the prominent loyalist Taylor Family at the time of the Revolution. Many of its members were among the area's leading politicians, farmers, merchants, and landowners. Edward Taylor endured house arrest for his political position and the family lost much its fortune and influence. The house was restored, furnished and donated to Monmouth County Historical Association by Margaret Riker Haskell in 1936 when it became the first restored house museum in the region. Mrs. Haskell was one of the most significant collectors of Americana, notably decorative arts, in the United States and a well-respected figure in a historically significant trail of women involved in preservation work. Marlpit Hall is currently furnished to reflect the varying tastes and lifestyles of the 18th century Taylor Family and Mrs. Haskell's 20th century colonial revival plan.

Light refreshments will be served and admission is free. Parking is available at the adjacent Middletown Village School. For more information, call 732-462-1466 or visit

Saturday, June 7 - West Orange, Essex County
Edison Day
Children Friendly

Join West Orange as it celebrates New Jersey's 350th at Edison Day. This year the park has joined with many of its West Orange partners to bring you the largest Edison Day EVER! There will be a street fair, town picnic, stage with live entertainment, and the park has many special programs throughout the day. Take a look at the highlights below:

American Chemical Society
Did you know that young Edison began experiments with a chemistry set at age 10? By the time he turned 18, Edison was already on his way to inventing some of history's most iconic inventions: the phonograph, light bulb, and rechargeable batteries. Come learn about the role of chemistry in Edison's inventions with posters and demonstrations presented by young scientists and inventors from area high schools. Activities sponsored by the American Chemical Society North Jersey Section.

New Jersey Hall of Fame Mobile Museum
What do Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Thomas Edison all have in common? They are all from New Jersey and they are all members of the NJ Hall of Fame. Take some time and find out about other members of the hall of fame.

Dream Rocket Project
Be one of the first to see the new art exhibition. Submissions are from around the US and all are completed on 2x2 cloth squares. Each square is the artist's interpretation of Innovation – Edison and Beyond. Which is your favorite artwork?

Edison and West Orange
Take a look at documents and photos that highlight the history of West Orange. Meet the archivists and town historian.

Wax Cylinder Recording
Stop in the building - watch and listen as these New Jersey musicians record on 100 year old phonographs. You decide if it sounds like your MP3 music today.

NJ Electric Auto Association
Get to meet and talk to real-world owners of electric cars - get the low-down without the media hype. Meet owners of Tesla, Nissan, Ford, Toyota, Honda and more. Find out what it's really like to drive electric. The Electric Cars will all parade in at 11:00 am and then parade out at 4:00 pm. They will be on display around the Glenmont Garage all day.

The main laboratory complex at Thomas Edison National Historical Park is located at 211 Main Street,  West Orange, NJ. For more information, call 973-736-0550 ext. 17 or visit

Saturday, June 7 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Hog Slopping
Children Friendly

On Saturday, the Howell Farm hogs will wade out of their wallows, shuffle down a chute and step onto the scales. The weigh-in is open to the public, and visitors are invited to join farmers as they wash and weigh hogs, slop hogs, and of course, call hogs.

Kids can help farmers with pig chores: mixing feed and filling wallows. Hog weighing will take place during the day. Prizes will be offered to visitors who come closest to guessing the pigs' weights. Hog weighing will take place at: 11:30 am, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 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, June 7 - Montclair, Essex County
South Fullerton/Union Street Walking Tour

On Saturday, the Montclair Historical Society will be conducting a walking tour, covering locations on Prospect Terrace, Hawthorne Place, South Fullerton Avenue, and Union Street. Focusing on Montclair lifestyle and development into the 1920s, this tour will note the life of artist and Montclair resident, Lora Eberly Ballou, who was active in Montclair during the later part of the 1800s and well into the 1900s. The tour will also include a viewing and historical context of the First Congregational Church once at the site.

The walking tour will begin at 10:00 am at 15 Prospect Terrace, Montclair, NJ. Participants will be walking about a mile, with the tour ending at 58 South Fullerton Avenue, the current Mills Social Services building, with a viewing of the gardens in back at 11:30 am. This FREE walking tour is led by Montclair Historical Society Board of Trustees member Helen Fallon and MHS Museum Coordinator Angelica Diggs. An exhibit featuring the art and life of Lora Ballou is on display at the Charles Shultz House from April 27 through July 22, 2014. In the event of rain, the walk will be held on Sunday, June 8 from 10:00 - 11:30 am. For more information, call 973-744-1796 or visit

Saturday, June 7 - Morristown, Morris County
Martha Washington Tea
Children Friendly

Pat Jordan IS Martha Washington! Experience history as Martha tells stories of people she has met from all walks of life. Find out why she compared her life with George to "two coals glowing in the fire" - how she ran Mount Vernon, raised a family, supported her husband and suffered the deaths of all four of her children - all while "The General" was busy fighting the Revolution and serving as America's first President. This "most agreeable consort" traveled great distances to be by George's side to inspire her husband and the troops. She bore great hardships apart from him, including long absences during the years of his Presidency. Eat wonderful goodies as we enjoy High Tea together. Suitable for all ages - children will love it. The program will be held at the Presbyterian Church in Morristown Parish House at 65 South Street, Morristown, NJ. Cost: $5.00. The program will be held from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. For more information and to register, visit

Saturday, June 7 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Lacemaking Demonstration

On Saturday, watch lace being made as it would have been during the Victorian era. This free event runs from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. For more information, call 732-946-3758 or visit

Saturday, June 7 - Haddonfield, Camden County
Revolutionary War Skirmish in Haddonfield
Children Friendly

On Saturday, there will be a Revolutionary War Skirmish in Haddonfield from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. The 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment will be quartered in the Indian King Tavern when news arrives that the British are approaching the town. At 1:00 pm, the 1st NJ Volunteers will march into Haddonfield and skirmish with the Continental soldiers on Kings Highway between Haddon and Grove Streets. At 2:00 pm, there will be a talk on Haddonfield in the American Revolution held in the ballroom of the Indian King Tavern. This event is free to the public. The Indian King Tavern Museum is located at 233 Kings Highway, Haddonfield, NJ. For more information, call 856-429-6792 or visit

Saturday, June 7 - Pennsville, Salem County
A Day at the Farm
Children Friendly

Come and enjoy the fun as the Pennsville Township Historical Society recreate the living history of farm life during the 1800s at the Church Landing Farm Museum from 11:00 am - 2:30 pm. Featuring baked goods, Jersey fresh vegetables, antique trucks and tractors, a glassblowing demonstration, Civil War reenactors, spinning and weaving demonstrations, period music, old-fashioned children's games, plus food and drinks. There will be pony rides for the kids and a Civil War Medical Exhibit. Museum tours will take place from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm. The Church Landing Farm Museum is located at 86 Church Landing Road, Pennsville, NJ. For more information, visit

Saturday, June7 - Tuckerton, Ocean County
Privateers and Pirates Festival
Children Friendly

All things pirates! Learn the difference between privateers and pirates and then be one at the Tuckerton Seaport on Saturday from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. Pirate history - authentic and make believe - plus a treasure scavenger hunt, games, costume contest and craft activities. Enjoy live entertainment throughout the day with "Pirates for Sail" and be immersed in an interactive pirate adventure for a swashbuckling good time. Channel your inner pirate at the Pirate’s Market, where you can purchase eye patches, swords, and other pirate paraphernalia. If it’s treasured memories you seek, spend the day at the Seaport and live the pirate’s life of plunder.

General admission: adults $8, seniors $6, ages 5-12 $3, under five free and Seaport members free. Event admission includes access to the Seaport’s 40 acres of family fun, featuring maritime activities, historic and recreated buildings, live animals, a boardwalk, miniature golf course, and exhibits. The Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum is located at 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ. For more information, call 609-296-8868 or visit

Saturday, June 7 - Medford, Burlington County
Juneteenth Celebration
Children Friendly

The Dr. James Still Historic Site & Education Center in Medford, New Jersey, a project of the Medford Historical Society, is offering a special event, “Juneteenth Celebration: Africans in America”, on Saturday from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. This celebration will be enjoyed by visitors of all ages! Featured speakers include Mr. Ralph Hunter, President/Founder of the African American Heritage Museum of Newtonville and Atlantic City, and Pastor Terrell Person, great-great-grandson of Dr. James Still and pastor of the historic Jacob’s Chapel located in Mount Laurel. The event will feature a community luncheon at 12:00 noon, with “old time gospel” music performed by the Golden Spirit Singers during the meal.  Visitors are invited to bring a “family favorite” dish to share (and lunch will be free for 2) or purchase lunch tickets on-site. Other presenters include Paul W. Schopp, historian, author, and expert on the Still family story and African American history in South Jersey; Angeline Dean, author of Not Just a Slave!; Jeannie Muetz Francis, herbalist and expert on Dr. Still’s use of herbs as medicine; Diane Emerson, nationally recognized artist, who will present “Impressions from Dr. Still’s garden”; dance performance by Annie Koukaui, of Cameroon, central Africa; and story-tellers, musicians, crafters, vendors, and more! Admission is free although donations are welcome. Learn more about the Dr. James Still Historic Site & Education Center, a project of the Medford Historical Society, by visiting them at or The program will be held at 209-211 Church Road, Medford, NJ.

Saturday, June 7 - Princeton, Mercer County
Updike Farmstead Community Day
Children Friendly

On Saturday, pack a picnic lunch, stroll through the herb and vegetable garden, and browse the museum galleries in the restored late 18th/early 19th century farmhouse operated by the Princeton Historical Society. Families can enjoy a nature scavenger hunt and make sure to bring a camera to capture the incredible beauty of this historic site. 

At 1:00 pm, join in on a walking tour of historic Stony Brook. Following a portion of the trail George Washington took from Trenton to Princeton Battlefield, the two-mile round trip tour includes stops at the Stony Brook Meeting House and cemetery.

Updike Farmstead is open the first Saturday each month, from 12:00 - 4:00 pm. Currently on view in the Farmhouse galleries are Concentric Circles of Influence: The Queenston Press Ten Crucial Days Portfolio, recent artwork from the A-Team Artists of Trenton and photographs by the members of the Princeton Photography Club. Admission is $4, which includes all special activities. The Updike Farmstead is located at 354 Quaker Road, Princeton Township, NJ. For more information, call 609-921-6748 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, June 7 - 8 - Morris Township, Morris County
Sheep Dog Trails at Fosterfields
Children Friendly

Back by popular demand, watch the amazing teamwork between a Border Collie and handler at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm. Responding to the handler’s voice and whistle commands, the Border Collie directs sheep through a specified obstacle course. The event expects approximately 40 handlers and 80 dogs. Participants hail from Ontario, Canada, New England, and the Middle Atlantic States, as well as Virginia and Maryland. Please do NOT bring your own dogs to the sheep dog trials. Admission: $8/adult, $7/senior (65+), $6/child (ages 4 -16), $4/child (2 and 3). FREE for children under age 2 and Friends members, with a current membership card. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is located at 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, visit

Saturday - Sunday, June 7 - 8 - Cape May, Cape May County
Hands-on History at Cold Spring Village
Children Friendly

Two days of family-friendly, interactive and educational fun are planned for Historic Cold Spring Village’s ‘Hands-on History’ Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. Children will be given a ‘Pastport’ at the start of their Village trip, which can be stamped at the buildings they visit after completing a take-home craft or activity, like writing with a quill pen, carding wool or making a pinch pot. Pastports can be redeemed at the Country Store for a free treat! The Family Activity Area will feature children’s dress-up clothes, historic games, and take-home crafts including corn husk dolls. Other family-friendly activities include nursery rhymes with Mother Goose, a seek and find, and live entertainment from traditional musician Mary Roth.

Historic Cold Spring Village is located at 720 Route 9, three miles north of Cape May City and four miles south of Rio Grande. Admission during the season is $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. Unlimited free admission is available with Village membership. As a member of the national Blue Star Museums program, Historic Cold Spring Village is proud to offer free admission to active duty military personnel and up to 5 family members. The Village Nature Trail at Bradner's Run is open to the public for free self-guided tours. For more information, call 609-898-2300, ext. 18 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, June 7 - 8 - Union Township, Union County
Hannah Caldwell Day
Children Friendly

A reenactment of the death of Hannah Caldwell on June 7, 1780, will be part of the commemoration of Hannah Caldwell Day by the Union Township Historical Society at 12:00 noon, 1:30, and 3:00 pm on Saturday at the Caldwell Parsonage, 909 Caldwell Avenue, Union, NJ. The three performances will be part of an open house at the museum from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Saturday and from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm on Sunday. The public is cordially invited to attend. Admission is free.

Mrs. Caldwell will be portrayed by Christine Barbera; Doc Burkhardt will play her husband, the Rev. James Caldwell, known as the “Fighting Parson,” and the role of the British soldier who shoots her will be filled by Nick Barbera.  All three are Union residents. The event the cast members will recreate occurred after the Battle of Connecticut Farms, most of which was fought in front of the Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church, 888 Stuyvesant Avenue, Union, NJ. For more information, e-mail or visit

Sunday, June 8 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
School Days in the 1830s
Children Friendly

The Historic Village at Allaire will present "School Days in the 1830s" and a Children's Tea Party on Sunday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Children of all ages (and curious adults) will get a taste of what it was like to attend school in the year 1836 at the Historic Village's Carriage House. Two separate 45-minute sessions will be conducted. School sessions are at 1:00 and 2:30 pm. This will be a day of fun for you and your family! Following lessons of the day, children are invited to participate in an 1836 recess! A period storyteller will share stories of the past and  parents and children alike are welcome to lend an ear to their tales of a world long past.

In addition to the School Days Program, join us from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm for a Children's Tea Party! Activities will include period storytelling, 19th century games, crafts, photo opportunities, and more! There is a $5 admission fee for the Tea Party ONLY, children under 6 are admitted FREE of charge. If you plan to attend the tea party, there is no additional fee but please call 732-919-3500 to register.

From 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm, visitors are encouraged to visit the villagers in their homes and learn about the role of children at the Howell Works in 1836. Assist the ladies in the Manager's House as they dutifully prepare school lunches for the children in the village, visit the various tradesmen, and learn about the life of a young apprentice in the shop - perhaps even meet a few! Learn about their stories and aspirations to become journeymen and masters themselves one day, and enlist you and your family to come along! The General Store, Bakery, and Visitor's Center will be open early for shoppers and visitors at 10:00 am.

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

Sunday, June 8 - Westampton, Burlington County
Tuneful Felicity - Francis Hopkinson and Musick

The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Jersey will present the program "Tuneful Felicity - Francis Hopkinson and Musick" on Sunday at 2:00 pm. Francis Hopkinson is best known as an ardent patriot, one of New Jersey's Five Signers of the Declaration of Independence, Delegate in 1778 to the Continental Congress and later an active member of the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Like his friends Franklin and Jefferson, music and the social harmony it engendered held pride of place. Hopkinson, who maintained residences in Philadelphia and Bordentown, was a proficient harpsichordist and is credited as the first native born composer in America. The program will survey Hopkinson's musical world and will draw specifically on printed  music he is known to have purchased in Philadelphia and from London publishers and from his circa 1764 manuscript volume of music for [or arranged for] the harpsichord. John Burkhalter of the Horizons Speakers Bureau will present this interesting program.

The program takes place at Peachfield, the Headquarters of NSCDA-NJ, located at 180 Burrs Road, Westampton, NJ. Admission to this event is free. Reservations in advance are strongly recommended as seating is limited. For more information and to register, call 609-267-6996 or e-mail

Sunday, June 8 - Ledgewood, Morris County
Museums at Drakesville Open House

On Sunday between 1:00 and 4:00 pm, the Roxbury Historical Trust will host an open house at the eighteenth century Silas Riggs Saltbox House, the historic King House and the King Store Museums. The sites are located at 213 Main Street in the Ledgewood Village section of Roxbury Township. Tours are free and historic interpreters will be on hand. For more information, call 973-927-7603 or visit

Sunday, June 8 - Manalapan, Monmouth County
Revolutionary Monmouth
Children Friendly

On Sunday, come to the Monmouth County Library Headquarters for Revolutionary Monmouth, an afternoon of history and music to celebrate Monmouth County’s very important role during the Revolutionary War. This free and family-friendly program will run from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ.

Keynote speaker Michael Adelberg will speak on his award-winning history, The American Revolution in Monmouth County: The Theatre of Spoil and Destruction. Adelberg’s book was named one of the 101 Great Books of New Jersey by New Jersey 350.

Monmouth County Historian Randall Gabrielan will provide opening remarks for the event. The afternoon will also feature the living historians of The West Jersey Artillery; historical re-enactors depicting General George Washington, Molly Pitcher, and African-American soldier Ned Hector; and a performance of Revolutionary War period music by the Early Music Players.

Browse through exhibits offered by Shrewsbury Towne-Monmouth County DAR, The Monmouth County Historical Society, the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association, the Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, the Archeological Society of New Jersey and the Monmouth County Archives.

Sunday, June 8 - Montague, Sussex County
Open House and Farm Program
Children Friendly

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 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, there will be a mini-farm presentation entitled "Mother Goose's Chickens," presented by Sharon Orce. It will include chickens and geese. Bring your children for a fun time at the Foster-Armstrong House! For more information, visit

Sunday, June 8 - Bedminster, Somerset County
Colonial SpringFest
Children Friendly

Pack your picnic basket and head to Bedminster’s historic Jacobus Vanderveer House for Colonial SpringFest on Sunday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Visitors will be treated to musical performances by Linda Russell, a costumed reenactor and musician, who will sing ballads, play the dulcimer and guitar, and perform with the limberjack. A range of craftspeople, including potter John Gamble of Somerset, NJ, and scrimshaw artist Samuel Sinelnikov of Flemington, will give demonstrations and sell their wares. Colonial-period games will be available for children and the Jacobus Vanderveer House will be open for tours. 

The free event will be held rain or shine. Visitors are encouraged to bring their food in a recyclable basket or container, along with a blanket or lawn chairs. The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 3055 River Road (in Bedminster’s River Road Park), Bedminster, NJ. For more information, call 908-396-6053 or visit

Sunday, June 8 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Blacksmithing Demonstration and Music
Children Friendly

On Sunday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to take a step back in time to watch blacksmiths perform their craft. They will be shaping iron into everyday products. Blacksmiths were as common as an auto mechanic in towns and on farms of the 1890s. Also, join music man Rich Marzec as he performs songs from the turn of the century on the farm. This free event runs from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. For more information, call 732-946-3758 or visit

Sunday, June 8 - Morristown, Morris County
A History of Morristown Through Images and Book Signing

On Sunday, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum welcomes Bonnie-Lynn Nadzeika to present, "Greetings From the Past: A History of Morristown Through Postcard Images." Ms. Nadzeika's presentation is based on research conducted for her 2012 book, Morristown,  published by Arcadia Publishing as part of its Postcard History series. For the first part of the program, Ms. Nadzeika will conduct a "walking tour" of Morristown utilizing images from the 1890s to the 1960s to illustrate how the town appeared at different points in time. During the second part of the program she will highlight businesses, institutions and homes that made up the landscape of Morristown's past. Attendees can expect to see some familiar Morristown haunts as well as some unexpected places that "used to be." Ms. Nadzeika will have copies of her book available to sign after the program.

The program takes place in the main gallery at 4:30 pm. It is the last in a series of programs celebrating the 350th New Jersey Anniversary. Prior to the program visitors may also visit the second floor gallery exhibit "Made in New Jersey: A Celebration of Decorative and Fine Arts" which stars the Museum's collection of New Jersey stoneware, silver, and artists such as Thomas Nast, A.B. Frost and Edward Kranich. There are also over twenty historic postcards featured in the exhibit all of which date from around the turn of the twentieth century. The collection focuses on Morristown sites including churches, historic locations, and railroad stations and includes some featured in Ms. Nadzeika's book, Greetings From the Past. The exhibit is open during touring hours until October 30, 2014.

Tickets for the program go on sale beginning at 1:00 pm on the day of the program. No advance sales. Tickets remain on sale until the presentation begins at 4:30 pm. Tickets for the program 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, June 8 - Westfield, Union County
Father's Day Celebration
Children Friendly

It's Father's Day at the Miller-Cory House Museum! On Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00, celebrate all of the contributions that fathers and father-figures make in children’s lives. The program will include making a festive craft for a special person, as well as storytelling.

Also included are limited tours and demonstrations of 18th century 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

Sunday, June 8 - Maywood, Bergen County
Historic Train Station Open House

The Maywood Station Museum located at 269 Maywood Avenue, Maywood, NJ will be open on Sunday from 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm. Come visit the historic station; see the variety of displays, artifacts and photographs; and climb aboard Caboose 24542 and see the operating train layout. Also, the new, special-run H.O. scale New York, Susquehanna & Western Alco S-2 #206 model is expected to be available in the Museum Store. Admission is free. The Maywood Station Historical Committee preserved the 1872 New York, Susquehanna & Western (NYS&W) railroad station in Maywood and operates it as a museum with a mission to preserve the railroad and cultural heritage of Maywood through restoration and preservation, historical awareness, archiving and interpretation, museum open houses, meetings and special events. For more information visit

Sunday, June 8 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Butter and Eggs
Children Friendly

Meet a cow and help churn butter, admire the hens and chicks, and sort eggs at Historic Walnford on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Historically cows and chickens were the housewife’s responsibility. Butter and eggs fed the family and any extra generated income. Stop in for some hands-on history and pick up some DIY tips for today.

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, June 8 - National Park, Gloucester County
Exhibit Opening and Talk

On Sunday, the Whitall House will be open from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm and host re-enactor and historian, Joe Becton. He will be at the Whitall House from 1:00 - 2:00 pm to help kick off the temporary exhibit, "Oh Freedom: African Americans in the Revolution." Joe will offer a presentation outside the Whitall House, so bring a blanket or chair and enjoy an afternoon of history, hearth cooking, and children's activities! The Whitall House is located at Red Bank Battlefield, 100 Hessian Avenue, National Park, NJ. For more information, call 856-853-5120 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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