Friday, November 7, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 11/8/14 - 11/9/14

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Friday - Sunday, November 7 - 9 - Harding Township, Morris County
31st Annual Antiques Show and Sale

The Harding Township Historical Society is sponsoring its 31st annual Antiques Show and Sale at the Tuni-Elicks House, 16 Village Road, in New Vernon, NJ on Friday evening, Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. The Friday evening opening is a preview party and sale with historic wines and hors d'oeuvres open to the membership of the Harding Township Historical Society and to the general public from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at a suggested donation of $35. The show in the historic house expands into two large heated tents containing 30 quality dealers from three surrounding states and eight counties and is focused on American antiques of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries but also includes oriental rugs and a clock restoration dealer, an antique print dealer, fabrics, and antiquarian books and local history books.

Parking is free. Harding Township is just west of Morristown, using exit 33 of I-287. New Vernon is a section of Harding Township and the Tunis-Elicks is one of the oldest continuing farmhouses in the community. Admission is $6.00 per adult ($5.00 with this announcement). For more information, call 973-292-3661.

Saturday, November 8 - Netcong, Sussex County
It’s Lake Hopatcong on the Big Screen!

On Saturday evening, November 8th, see Lake Hopatcong come alive on the big screen! During its heyday as a major northeast resort, many newsreel crews visited Lake Hopatcong, capturing events from those years on film. Retrieved by the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum from film vaults around the globe, this newsreel footage of Lake Hopatcong will be shown as it originally appeared at movie theatres from the 1910s to the 1940s. See celebrities, beauty pageants, winter carnivals, boat races, and more filmed at New Jersey’s largest lake.

Netcong’s historic Palace Theatre provides a perfect venue to view these fascinating newsreels of Lake Hopatcong, many of which were probably originally seen at this very venue.

The doors will open at 7:00 pm for a dessert table featuring the finest in Italian pastries from Veniero’s of Manhattan. The program will commence at 8:00 pm. The cost of the evening is $20.00 per person and reservations are required. For more information and to make reservations, e-mail the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum at or call 973-398-2616.

Saturday, November 8 - Princeton, Mercer County
Historical Society of Princeton 2014 House Tour

The Historical Society of Princeton is hosting its 13th annual House Tour on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. This signature event celebrates architecture and design in the homes of the supportive Princeton community!

The tour has expanded to feature six extraordinary homes, from modern to traditional designs. This year will feature: 11 Cleveland Lane, 1 Ober Road, 45 Linden Lane, 906 Great Road, 89 Cleveland Lane and 11 Newlin Road. Tickets purchased the day of the tour are $50.  On the day of the event, tickets may be purchased at Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, or at any of the six homes on the tour. Proceeds help fund the Historical Society's core mission activities throughout the year, including exhibitions, collections care and educational programming for schools and families.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 609-921-6748 ext. 105. Tickets may also be purchased online at

Saturday, November 8 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Cider Making
Children Friendly

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but pressing them, peeling them and "stomping" them can be healthy you’ll find by visiting Howell Living History Farm on Saturday!

The techniques used on the Farm to make apple cider, applesauce, and apple pie are healthfully reminiscent of those used a century ago, when people - not motors - powered the cranks, handles, and other appliances used to process food. From 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, visitors to this 130 acre working farm can sample the work, fun and tastes of a circa-1900 apple harvest.

Visitors of all ages will be invited to use the Farm's old fashioned presses, peeler-corers, and "stomper-strainers" to help the farmers process apples. For the hungry, there will be apple pie and other apple treats.

Unusual, ingenious antique apple peelers and corers will be demonstrated by Coles Roberts of Vincentown, NJ, who is a 3rd generation apple grower as well as collector of antique farm machinery. His collection includes an industrial size peeler that processes many apples at once. Demonstrations of the peelers will be held every hour, on the hour, from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Howell Living History 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, November 8 - Morristown, Morris County
Officer of the Continental Army
Children Friendly

Visit a Continental Army officer at the Soldier Huts in Jockey Hollow and hear what they have to say about army life, their duties, equipment, and experiences in the Continental Army. Programs from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm at the Soldier Huts in Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit

Saturday, November 8 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Tour Paulsdale and Early Female Pioneers of Flight
Children Friendly

Paulsdale is open to the public for Second Saturday Tours at 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm. Paulsdale is the birthplace of Quaker suffragist Alice Paul. Tours include a 15-minute presentation about Alice Paul's life and work and a guided tour of the first floor of the property where visitors learn about the Paul family's daily life in the house and its present day use as a girl's leadership center. Tours are $5.00

At 2:00 pm, historic reenactor Carol Simon Levin brings colorful stories about early female aviators to life, speaking about such pioneers as Elinor Smith Sullivan who at age 19 flew under four East River bridges in New York City and was named the "best female pilot" by her peers. The living history program is $5.00 or free with the purchase of a tour.

Paulsdale is located at 128 Hooton Road, Mt. Laurel, NJ. For information about group tours or future tour dates, contact the Alice Paul Institute at 856-231-1885, e-mail, or visit

Saturday, November 8 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Turn of the Nineteenth Century Music and Woodworking Demonstration
Children Friendly

On Sunday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to take a step back in time to join music man Rich Marzec as he performs songs on the piano from the turn of the century. There will also be a 19th Century Woodworking Demonstration where you can see how hand tools were used in woodworking. This free event runs from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. For more information, call 732-946-3758 or visit

Saturday, November 8 - Madison, Morris County
Family Fun Day
Children Friendly

Join the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts for a day of family fun and a craft activity on Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Family Fun Day is held every second Saturday of the month. Advance registration recommended - call 973-377-2982 x12. Regular admission applies: museum admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, students & children (ages 6 and up) and FREE for Members & children (ages 5 and under). Family maximum admission $13.00. The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street, Madison, NJ. For information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit

Saturday, November 8 - West Orange, Essex County
Tinkering with Technology
Family Friendly

Have you ever just spent time tinkering with technology? Bring the family and spend a morning as a Mucker at Thomas Edison's West Orange Laboratory. Join us as we explore Thomas Edison's inventive legacy. We will deconstruct a few cell phones and experiment with solar and wind energy. During the experience we will discuss the inventor's designs and how they impact our modern world. This program is designed with families in mind.

The program runs from 10:00 - 11:00 am and is included with regular admission. Tickets must be purchased at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park Laboratory Complex Visitor Center at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. Admission is $7.00, and includes the Glenmont Estate and the Laboratory Complex. Children under age 16 are free. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x11 or visit

Saturday, November 8 - Titusville, Mercer County
Cannon Firing Demonstration
Children Friendly

Lamb’s Artillery Company, a Revolutionary War reenactment group, will be conducting Artillery demonstrations on Saturday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm in the field behind the Visitor Center Museum at Washington Crossing State Park, Titusville, NJ. The cannon firing demonstrations will be held at 12:00 noon, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm. This event is sponsored by The Swan Historical Foundation Inc. The Visitor Center Museum will be open from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm featuring The Swan Historical Foundation’s Collection of 500+ Colonial and Revolutionary War artifacts. 

This event is free and open to the public. Washington Crossing State Park is located at 355 Washington Crossing - Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ. For more information, call 609-737-0623.

Saturday, November 8 - Hackensack, Bergen County
World War I 100th Anniversary Event, 1914 - 1918

The American Legion Matawan Post 176 and the Matawan Historical Society will present an event commemorating the beginning of WWI on Saturday from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at the Matawan Community Center. The program, a "Walk through History 1914-1918" exhibition, including a historical talk by Al Savolaine, Matawan Town Historian, will include display tables with artifacts, living history interpreters in WWI uniforms, music, and art work from the WWI era. This program will dispel the many myths about WWI, including that the world powers accidentally stumbled into war by following rigid preset military mobilization plans. The real story is much more sinister. WWI was the first real "war of terror" of the modern age. It changed the world forever by introducing modern technology to warfare; first use of submarines to attack passenger liners; attack bombers and fighter aircrafts; first use of tanks; machine guns, poison gas, and flame throwers; gigantic artillery railroad guns; and barbed wire and trench warfare.

The Matawan Community Center is located at 201 Broad Street, Matawan, NJ. No admission fee, but donations gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be provided by the Women's Club of Matawan.

Saturday - Sunday, November 8 - 9 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
A Currier & Ives Selfie
Children Friendly

Inspired by the Currier & Ives prints on exhibit, Historic Walnford will have a sleigh and some 19th century fashion accessories available for you to drop-in and shoot your own nostalgic photo from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Amateur photographers only. Admission and parking are free.

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

Sunday, November 9 - Westfield, Union County
Honoring Veterans

Please join the Westfield Historical Society in honoring our veterans on Sunday from 3:00 - 5:00 pm at the Reeve History & Cultural Resource Center. Veterans from different wars will reflect on their military experiences. Exhibits will highlight local men and women from Westfield who have served.

Hosted by the Westfield Historical Society and the Westfield Daughters of the American Revolution. Light refreshments to be served. The Reeve History & Cultural Resource Center is located at 314 Mountain Avenue, Westfield, NJ. Kindly RSVP to 908-654-1794 or e-mail If you are a veteran or are attending with a veteran please let them know. For more information, visit

Sunday, November 2 - Montclair, Essex County
House Tours
Family Friendly

Step back through over 200 years of American history at Montclair's historic properties at 108 Orange Road and 30 North Mountain Avenue. Visit the newly reinterpreted Crane House to reflect the YWCA period from 1920 - 1965, check out the farm, and meet the chickens. At 30 North Mountain visit the 1896 Charles Shultz House,  home to three successive generations of the Shultz family, the house is a near perfect time capsule, representing an accurate record of late nineteenth century Montclairion society. The sites are open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Free-will donation. Free admission for members! For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail, or visit

Sunday, November 9 - West Orange, Essex County
Harry's Magical Invention Bag
Children Friendly

Learn about invention and the important role Edison played in taking invention from a cottage/hobby activity to a full commercial activity - practiced by all major corporations. Hear Harry Roman, a Thomas Edison National Historical Park volunteer, retired engineer, as well as inventor and patent holder, as he discusses the major role NJ plays in the national invention scene-and all the great inventions NJ inventors have brought into our world.

The program runs from 1:00 - 2:00 pm and 3:00 - 4:00 pm and is included with regular admission. Tickets must be purchased at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park Laboratory Complex Visitor Center at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. Admission is $7.00, and includes the Glenmont Estate and the Laboratory Complex. Children under age 16 are free. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x11 or visit

Sunday, November 9 - 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. A wide variety of artifacts, photographs, and exhibits featuring railroad and local history will be on display in the museum. Also, climb aboard Caboose 24542 and see its operating model train layout and additional displays.  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, November 9 - Morristown, Morris County
Fort Nonsense: Defenses of War
Children Friendly

Shortly after victories at Trenton and Princeton, the Continental Army under George Washington arrived in Morristown in early January, 1777. Protected by the Watchung Mountains and the Great Swamp, it became the Army's winter camp. Join a park ranger at Fort Nonsense to see for your the advantages of this defensive site and learn how Fort Nonsense got its name. Half-hour programs at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm at Fort Nonsense within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-539-2016 ext. 210 or visit

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

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

Sunday, November 9 - Toms River, Ocean County
Union Army Balloon Corps

Learn how Professor Thaddeus Lowe and the Union Army Balloon Corps played an important role during the American Civil War at the Ocean County Historical Society on Sunday at 2:00 pm. The Balloon Corps was the precursor of the US Air Force and spawned the first aircraft carrier, according to Russell Dutcher, a former Air Force historian based at McGuire Air Force Base. He will share his photos and the discoveries he made as he researched his book, The Union Army Balloon Corps, Operations During the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1863. Reserve your seat by calling 732-341-1880. Free admission. Refreshments will be served. The Ocean County Historical Society is located at 26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River, NJ. For more information, visit

Sunday, November 9 - 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, November 9 - Chatham, Morris County
A Never Before Told Civil War Story

On Sunday at 2:00 pm, William Styple will present "A Never Before Told Civil War Story," based on his book McClellan's Other Story for the Chatham Township Historical Society at the Chatham Township Municipal Building 58 Meyersville Road, Chatham, NJ. For more information, call 973-635-4911 or visit

Sunday, November 9 - Park Ridge, Bergen County
A Forgotten WWII Hero

In honor of Veterans' Day, the Pascack Historical Society will present a talk by John J. McLaughlin, Esq., entitled "General Albert C. Wedeneter: America's Unsung Strategist in World War II" on Sunday at 2:00 pm in the barrier-free Ellen Berdais Hall at the Pascack Historical Society. Admission is free.

McLaughlin is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law and in 2008 received his doctorate in history from Drew University, writing his dissertation on General Albert C. Wedemeyer. The speaker is the founder and moderator of the New Jersey World War II Book Club.

Like many heroes of the Second World War, General Albert C. Wedeymeyer's career has been largely overshadowed by such well known figures as Marshall, Patton, Montgomery and Bradley. Wedemeyer's legacy as the main planner of the D-Day invasion is almost completely forgotten today. Wedemeyer was the primary author of the "Victory Program" that mobilized US resources and directed them at crucial points in order to secure victory over the Axis. In the late 1930s he had the unique experience of being an exchange student at the German Kriegsakademia, the Nazi equivalent to the US Command and General Staff School. As the only American to attend, he was thus the only ranking officer in the US who recognized the tactics of blitzkrieg and he knew how to respond.

The Pascack Historical Society is located at 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge, NJ. Complimentary coffee and cake will be served. A question and answer period will follow Dr. McLaughlin's presentation. For more information, call 201-573-0307 or visit

Through November 2014 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
New Exhibit - The Story of the Morro Castle
Children Friendly

On Saturday, September 8, 1934, the burning hulk of the disabled luxury liner Morro Castle broke free of its towline and drifted dangerously near Convention Hall to run aground just yards off the Asbury Park beachfront.  The tragedy (at the time the worst in U.S. merchant marine history) made national headlines. It turned local lifesavers into heroes and Asbury into a sightseeing mecca for the next six months.

Eighty years later, the Township of Ocean Historical Museum, located in the Eden Woolley House at the Ocean Township Library complex on Deal Road, opens a mini-exhibit remembering  the Morro Castle.  The highlight of the September 7 opening is a dramatization of a radio interview with fictional Morro Castle survivor Ellen Van Brunt. Imagining a WCAP ("City of Asbury Park") broadcast from Convention Hall, the performance, scheduled for 1:30 pm and repeated at 3:00 pm, brings events to life.

Visit the Eden Woolley House through November to learn the full story of this tragedy. The exhibit will be up through the end of November.

The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is located in the Eden Woolley House, one of the few 18th century structures still in existence in Ocean Township and is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (1:00 - 4:00 pm), Thursday evenings (7:00 - 9:00 pm), and the first and second Sundays of each month (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm). The Museum is located at 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ. For more information, call 732-531-2136 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 1930s 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

Sundays through January 25, 2015 - Trenton, Mercer County
Form, Function and Fine: Two Hundred Years of American Ceramics

From teacups to chamber sets, New Jersey to California, the Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society presents a new exhibit, providing a sample of American ceramics from the 19th and 20th century. Redware, yellowware, spongeware, and salt glazed crocks will be displayed along with early Lenox and Trenton pottery. Roseville, Stangl, Pfaltzgraff and Homer Laughlin pieces are some of the other American ceramics featured. The exhibit will continue through January 25, 2015. Come to the table and join us on a Sunday afternoon from 1:00 - 4:00 pm to view this exhibit! The Cranbury Museum is located at 4 Park Place East, Cranbury, NJ. For more information, call 609-409-1289 or visit

Saturdays through December 31, 2014 - Freehold, Monmouth County
Farm: Agriculture in Monmouth County 1600 - 2013 

Monmouth County Historical Association's newest exhibition, "Farm: Agriculture in Monmouth County 1600-2013," is open to the public at the museum in Freehold and will be on display through December 31, 2014. The history of agriculture and farming in Monmouth County has long roots deep in the past, as does New Jersey itself, from earliest days of pre-European settlement, when Lenape Indians harvested corn, squash, and beans to the modern reintroduction  of organic agricultural practices.

Monmouth County Historical Association's exhibition, "Farm: Agriculture in Monmouth County 1660 - 2013," explores and celebrates Monmouth County's vibrant agricultural past, present, and future. The exhibit examines the means by which Monmouth men and women worked with their surroundings to feed themselves, their families, the community, and the rest of America as well. Through artifacts, diaries, letters, maps, paintings, prints, and photographs, Farm will bring Monmouth's rich agricultural history alive. Visitors will appreciate the innovation and diversity of Monmouth farmers, horticulturalists, gardeners, and livestock breeders who overcame challenges and secured the county's reputation as a source of high-quality produce and livestock for more than two hundred years.

The Monmouth County Historical Association's museum is located at 70 Court Street, Freehold NJ. Regular admission to the museum is $5 and $2.50 for students and seniors. Admission is free for members. Museum hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 732-462-1466 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

Through March 1, 2015 - Trenton, Mercer County
Ties That Bind: The Aprons of Trenton

The Trenton City Museum transports you to a time when apron strings tied the lives of the people of Trenton. "Ties that Bind: The Aprons of Trenton" runs from November 1, 2014 through March 1, 2014. The exhibit features aprons associated with church picnics, classroom art projects, the industrial workers who kept the city in business, and the homemakers who made holiday meals and memories for generations. The Trenton City Museum, Ellarslie, is located in Cadwalader Park, Trenton, NJ. For more information, call 609-989-3632 or visit

Through March 1, 2015 - Trenton, Mercer County
Trenton Central High School: A Remembrance

On October 14, 2014, the Trenton Public Schools Board of Education voted to demolish Trenton Central High School. The New Jersey Schools Development Authority will fund the construction of a new $130 million high school for Trenton.

The Trenton Museum Society celebrates the soon-to-be-demolished building in an exhibit at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie through Sunday, March 1, 2015. The former high school building, opened in 1932, was an iconic structure that inspired and nurtured thousands of Trenton students over the past 82 years.

Designed by architect Ernest K. Sibley, construction of the school began in 1929 with the first classes occupying the building in January 1932.  It was built as a larger version of Trenton High School West, formerly Junior No. 3, out of red brick and composition stone trim in the colonial revival style, inspired by the historic background of the city. 

Many of the features that contributed to the unique beauty of the school were made in Trenton. The porcelain shades in the light fixtures in the auditorium were made by Lenox in Trenton. The brown faience tile lining the hallways was made by the Mueller Mosaic Tile Company of Trenton. Even the sanitary ware, such as sinks and toilets, were made by the Trenton-based Maddock pottery company.

The exhibit shows iconic artifacts from the school - a Maddock toilet, pedestal sink and water fountain, an original student desk that seats two students, one of the caged clocks from the gymnasium, wooden chairs used by students and teachers, and hallway light fixtures. The school board is loaning two large portraits of the first two principals of the school - William A. Wetzel and Paul R. Spencer, and a large aerial picture of the school.

Early yearbooks from the 1930s and 1940s show the school fa├žade and interior. Artifacts used in the school are on display, such as scientific instruments, silverware, china, kitchen utensils, and a display cabinet with partial skeleton used in science classes.

The two cornerstones of the building from 1929 and 1956 were opened at Trenton High School's Homecoming football game on October 25. No one knew what was inside. The contents of the cornerstones will be lent to the museum and displayed in the exhibit.

In the lobby were four spectacular murals created and installed in the high school in 1941 by an artist who worked for the WPA Federal Arts Project, Monty Lewis, entitled Youth Carrying the Heritage of Arts from the Past into the Future. The Trenton School Board has pledged to save these priceless pieces of art. Photographs of them are included in the exhibit.

The Trenton Museum Society invites graduates, teachers and administrators from the school, historic preservationists, and those interested in Trenton's history to attend the exhibit. The Trenton City Museum, Ellarslie, is located in Cadwalader Park, Trenton, NJ. For more information, call 609-989-3632 or visit

Through March 29, 2015 - Princeton, Mercer County
Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726-1860

This landmark exhibition will be the first to focus on the important contribution of New Jersey in the creation of schoolgirl needlework in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. With over 150 works on view, this exhibition will undertake the first survey of schoolgirl needlework completed in the state or by New Jersey girls prior to 1860. This exhibition and accompanying catalogue will create a lasting record of the best known examples. As part of the museum’s mission to showcase the cultural heritage of the Garden State, the curators will bring new light to the needlework done in New Jersey during this important period of American history.

Organized geographically, the exhibition will feature works from every region of the state. Although many elaborate and important examples of New Jersey needlework will be featured in the exhibition, the curators have also included more modest examples that highlight other aspects of the educational environment, social class and familial situation experienced by young girls in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In some cases, the exhibit will reunite, for the first time, needlework created by the same girl; sisters; cousins; schoolmates and other close relations.

The exhibition will feature loans from across the country including needlework completed in every New Jersey County (accounting for the numerous re-organizations of New Jersey counties in the nineteenth century). In presenting examples from every part of the state, the exhibition will distill the educational environment that existed in New Jersey from Cape May to Sussex. The exhibition will also compile an accurate picture of girls academies and the instructresses who taught at them.

The exhibition will occupy 1,709 square feet in five galleries within the second floor of the Morven mansion. This exhibition also coincides with the 350th anniversary of New Jersey and extensive state-wide celebration and programming.

The title of the exhibition is borrowed from a needlework stitched by Trenton-born Anne Rickey (1783-1846) “Hail Specimen of Female Art” was stitched onto her sampler in 1798. Anne Rickey was the daughter of Quaker merchant, John Rickey (1751-1829) and his wife Amey Olden (1757-1849).

Morven Museum and Garden is located at 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ. For more information, call 609-924-8144 or visit

1st and 2nd Sundays through June 2015 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
The History of Houses and the Things That Make Them Home

Since prehistoric times, where we live has been about much more than shelter (think of those cave paintings). A new exhibit explores just how our human instinct to nest has played out in the structures we inhabit and the stuff we put in them. "The History of Houses and the Things that Make Them Home" is on display in the Richmond Gallery of the Eden Woolley House / Township of Ocean Historical Museum.

The exhibit examines the influences on the design and content of the American home - from the traditions early settlers brought with them, to the availability of materials, to the transforming power of technology. It takes guests on a virtual house tour, revealing room by room how things have changed and how those changes have shaped our lives.

What is home? It's where the heart is and there's no place like it. Beyond shelter, our homes express our tastes, values, and social status. Our neighborhoods abound with homes that illustrate the point, and the new exhibit asks us to see our familiar surroundings in a new light. It reveals the lineage of familiar house styles--colonial, neoclassical, Victorian, and modern, for example. It explains that the colonists of the new world built houses in the style of the old. That the founding fathers, all men of the Enlightenment, adapted the designs of Greeks and Romans whose rationality they admired. That the clutter and ornamentation of the Victorians expressed their fascination with goods made possible by the Industrial Revolution and made available by the railroads. And that twentieth century architects rejected Victorian fussiness in favor of designs that challenged old assumptions and took advantage of new technologies and building techniques.

House design is just the beginning. The exhibit takes us inside, room by room. For all but the rich, our earliest homes were one-room dwellings. The very concept of a single-purpose room (living, dining, bathing, etc.) is relatively new. And even in early multiple-room houses, people moved from room to room more in pursuit of sunlight and warmth than specific activity. In effect, all rooms were "living rooms."

Revolutionary new technologies - indoor plumbing, central heating, and electric light, in particular - made room specialization practical. The bathroom, bedchamber, dining room, library, and parlor emerged as distinct spaces in ways that both reflect and influence life style.

Take the living room (aka parlor, drawing room, sitting room, and salon). It has come full circle. As parlor, it was a room often reserved to receive visitors. In time, it became the place where the family "withdrew" to gather around the piano - later the radio and then television. Today, the "great room" has assumed that role and in many homes, the living room is again a more formal space reserved for entertaining guests.

The exhibit makes that case that every house has a story, every room has a history. "The History of Houses and the Things that Make Them Home" will be up through June 2015. The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (1:00 - 4:00 pm), Thursday evenings (7:00 - 9:00 pm) and the first and second Sundays of each month (1:00 - 4:00 pm). The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is located at 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ. For more information, please call 732-531-2136 or visit

Through July 2015 - Morristown, Morris County
The Civil War through the Eyes of Thomas Nast

Before radio, TV, or the Internet, there was political cartoonist Thomas Nast. Nast illustrated battles, Union and Confederate troop movements, and their activities throughout the Civil War. He also captured the poignancy of those back home, who worried about their family members in combat. Nast covered both the home and battle fronts; his work was the main source of information about the war for many people. His illustrations in publications like "Harper's Weekly" brought the information about what was happening into the homes of the American public, the way mass media does today. Like all media agents, he not only depicted what was happening by reporting on the events taking place, but also created propaganda by trying to stir emotions and support for the Union side. Mounted to commemorate the final year of the Civil War Sesquicentennial (2011-2015), this second floor exhibit will include a number of these stirring images. "The Civil War through the Eyes of Thomas Nast" opens September 7, 2014­ and will be on exhibit through 2015.

Thomas Nast (1840-1902) is one of the most recognized names in the world of political cartoons.  Often called the father of American political cartooning, Nast's images remain popular today.  His well-known depictions of the Democratic donkey and Republican elephant, conceived more than 100 years ago, continue to represent both parties.  Uncle Sam and Columbia, two of his favorite figures to draw, are still recognized as symbols for the United States of America.  His spirit lives on through his iconic representations of Santa Claus. The classic images which Nast popularized of the jolly old elf still appear on a variety of surfaces each year during the holiday season, and Nast's Civil War images of battlefront and home front were powerful tools for bringing the war into people's homes.

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

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


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