Friday, March 13, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 3/14/15 - 3/15/15

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Friday - Saturday, March 13 - 14 - Morganville, Monmouth County
New Jersey Scout Museum Open House
Children Friendly

The Board of Trustees and Operating Committee of the New Jersey Scout Museum invite you to join us on Friday, March 13 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm and Saturday, March 14, from 4:00 - 7:00 pm for this celebratory open house at 705 Ginesi Drive, Morganville, New Jersey.

One hundred years ago, on Treasure Island in the Delaware River, the Order of the Arrow was founded as the honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. Since then, tens of thousands of members have provided cheerful service in support of Scouting throughout the United States. To celebrate the Order of the Arrow Centennial, a new exhibit documenting its history in New Jersey will be unveiled.

The NJSM currently features a series of exhibits that showcase the history of Girl Scouts and  Boy Scouts in New Jersey, presenting comparisons of parallel programs such as Boy Scout Sea Scouts and Girl Scout Mariners. Also on exhibit are materials explaining the origins of the NJSM and one of our founders Dave Wolverton; and exhibits from our Ann Nally Collection showcasing her national role in Cub Scouting. These exhibits were originally unveiled as part of the grand reopening of NJSM in 2013.

Another new exhibit will feature Girl Scout camps and camping. From the Highlands to the Jersey Shore; photographs, t-shirts, camping gear, patches and artifacts will tell the story of past and current camps that were enjoyed by generations of Girl Scouts. Come and look for your favorite sites. Please RSVP for your family or unit to 732-862-1282. For more information, 732-862-1282 or visit

Saturday, March 14 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Tour Paulsdale

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

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

Saturday, March 14 - Princeton, Mercer County
Happy Birthday Albert!
Children Friendly

Who was Albert Einstein? Learn about the public and private life of the famous scientist and humanitarian through examination of photographs and his personal belongings. Then, play like Einstein – build a house of cards, solve puzzles and enjoy some cake! For children ages 6 to 12.

Tickets: $5 per child (one adult included free; additional adults are $4.) Space is limited. Two separate programs will be held; one from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon and one from 4:00 - 5:00 pm. For reservations, e-mail or call 609-921-6748 x102.

This program will be held at the Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ. For more information, call 609-921-6748 or visit

Saturday, March 14 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Irish Folk Music

Three Pints Shy makes its ninth appearance at The Historic Village at Allaire on Saturday. Performances will be held at 7:30 pm in the Allaire Chapel. Advance ticket purchase is recommended as seats are limited. Tickets are $15 per person, and are available by calling the Allaire Village office, Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, 732-919-3500. Please have your credit card information ready. Tickets can also be purchased online via PayPal at

With a collection of the traditional and new Irish folk music, Three Pints Shy has gathered fans across the country. For their first concert style event, they have brought out some new material and a cozy format that hearkens back to the storyteller bards of the past.

Founded in 2003, Three Pints Shy has become a raucous pub band, updating and reinvigorating the Celtic music so beloved all around the world. The group members are David Anthony, Chant MacIeod, Tim Ott, Rob Pedini, Jonathan Siregar, and Robert Lee Taylor. Their regular drummer is the Crimson Pirates' Don Kilcoyne. Preferring the enjoyment of music and tavern songs, the group is influenced by all Irish pub songs. Three Pints Shy perform with a high-energy style creating an appeal to a younger audience, creating a fanatical audience reaction that grows with every song. However, they are not beyond the touching ballads of the Emerald Isle, enamoring their fans with their gentle harmonies.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located at 4263 Atlantic Avenue in Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, call the Historic Village at Allaire office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit

Saturday, March 14 - Montclair, Essex County
History and Mysteries of Montclair Heights

Montclair Historical Society Trustee Helen Fallon has been invited to present "History and Mysteries of Montclair Heights" at a meeting of the College Women's Club; the presentation is open to the public as well. Her slide show focuses on the northwestern most neighborhood of Montclair, from approximately Laurel Place (S) to the Passaic County line (N) and from Valley Road (E) up to and including Mills Reservation (W). See vintage photographs, maps, stories, and other history of note for this neighborhood and learn about the general development of Montclair and Montclair Heights from approximately 1800s to 1930s. This program will be held at the College Women's Club meeting, First Lutheran Church, 153 Park Street, Montclair, NJ and begins at 10:00 am.

Saturday, March 14 - Atlantic City, Atlantic County
March Program - Fact and Fiction: "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken"

On Saturday, Atlantic City Historical Museum will show the movie "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken." The film is based on the true story of Sonora Webster, a diving horse rider in Atlantic City. Following the movie, museum staff will discuss what parts of the movie were fact and fiction.

Program begins at 11:00 am. This program is free and open to all ages. For more information, call 609-347-5839 or visit

Saturday, March 14 - Hammonton, Burlington County
Pirates and Privateers of New Jersey

On Saturday, Del Merritt will present "Pirates and Privateers of New Jersey" from 1:00 - 2:30 pm in the Batsto Visitor Center Auditorium. Del Merritt has enjoyed a lifelong passion for the music and folklore of the British Isles, the tales of his native New Jersey, the sea and all things nautical, and the history behind these things. He has been performing traditional music for nearly 30 years and has been involved in living history for over 20 years.

In 2004, he justifyed the group 'The Sea Dogs.' With this group he has been able to combine both music and living history. The Sea Dogs perform traditional sea chanties and sea music and offer a glimpse into the world of pirates. They sing, battle, demonstrate, and teach at historic locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as pirate festivals, renaissance fairs and other events.

The group's talks cover everything from ships to navigation to the everyday life of pirates and sailors in the age of wooden ships. But Merritt and his crew take great pride in dispelling pirate myths, demonstrating weapons, relating the tales of famous and not-so-famous pirates of history, and shedding light on New Jersey's little known pirate history. For more information about the Sea Dogs, please visit their website,

The presentations begin at 1:00 pm and last for approximately one hour. Admission is $2.00 per person. Parking is free. Historic Batsto Village is located within Wharton State Forest in the Pinelands of Burlington County, South Jersey approximately 7 miles east of Hammonton on Route 542 and about 15 miles west of Exit 50 on the Garden State Parkway. For more information, call 609-561-0024 or visit

Saturday, March 14 - Ridgewood, Bergen County
Elizabeth Hawes: A Marriage of Fashion and Feminism, 1903-1971

On Saturday, the Ridgewood Historical Society and the Ridgewood Public Library bring you a fascinating look at Ridgewood's Elizabeth Hawes, daughter of Henrietta Hawes in a presentation titled, "Elizabeth Hawes: A Marriage of Fashion and Feminism, 1903-1971."

Dr. Jennie Woodard from the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Maine has done significant research on how feminine standards have played a role in women's participation in traditionally male organizations, like labor unions. For the past seven years, she has been researching, writing, and speaking about Elizabeth Hawes. Hawes was a bestselling author, labor organizer, and high end fashion designer. She thought of herself as a feminist and a Socialist.  She was accused of being a Communist and a rabble rouser.  Come learn about this interesting and talented woman who grew up in Ridgewood and graduated from Ridgewood High School in 1921.

This program will be held at the Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium, 125 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. For more information, call 201-447-3242 or visit

Saturday, March 14 - Hardwick Township, Warren County
Maple Sugaring at Millbrook Village
Children Friendly

Chase those winter blues and visit Millbrook Village from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm to see maple syrup or maple sugar being made. The sugar maples are tapped and the sap is flowing. See how the “Mud Season Harvest” is transformed from sap to sweet maple sugar. North America’s Native American Indians taught the colonists how to make maple sugar long before the first European honey bees were brought to the new world or the first sugar cane or sorghum was planted in the South. A truly North American tradition and an early necessity and industry, maple sugaring will be demonstrated as it was done years ago, along with other activities.

Does thunder chase the sap back into the ground? What makes the sap rise? Why don’t you “stir the pot” when the sap is being cooked down? What is a “sugar bush”?
Bring your questions and your curiosity to Millbrook Village and enjoy a few hours of old time maple sugaring. Gather ‘round the fire and watch the sap boil down, enjoy the company, meet a friend and enjoy the day. Visit to the general store, the wagon shop or the Trauger House to see what’s going on.

We’ll be waiting for you and hope to see you there. As usual, it’s all free. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be rescheduled for March 21, 2015.

The Maple Sugaring Program is presented by the National Park Service and Volunteers from the Millbrook Village Society. Millbrook Village is part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Millbrook Village is located in Hardwick Township, NJ at the intersection of Old Mine Road and Millbrook Road, County Route 602N. For more information and directions, call 908-841-9531, 908-537-2544, or 973-875-3461.

Saturday, March 14 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Barn Cleaning & Work Horse Rides 
Children Friendly

On Saturday, children will be riding high at Howell Living Farm when the Farm's big workhorses will be drafted to "pony ride" duty.

Riders will not sit on saddles, nor will they ride bareback, but will sit atop fully harnessed, three quarter ton workhorses. The horses won't mind, according to the farmers, since giving rides is easier than pulling the plows and wagons used to run the 130-acre living history farm.

The program is intended to give children a taste of early 20th century farm life.  So, in order to get a ride, children must first do their farm chores, which include shelling and grinding corn, pumping water, and making fence rails. Riders must be between the ages of 5 and 12 years old, without exception.

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, March 14 - Little Egg Harbor, Ocean County
Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

On Saturday, the Tuckerton Historical Society presents a program about the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. Virginia Rettig, Refuge Manager, will discuss the history and wildlife populations of Brigantine NWR, established for American black duck and Atlantic brant. The refuge celebrated its 75th anniversary last year. This presentation will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, 35 Leitz Blvd., Little Egg Harbor, NJ. For more information, call 609-294-1547.

Saturday - Sunday, March 14 - 15 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Read All About It
Children Friendly

This is your annual opportunity to pull up a chair and peruse the news - from long ago. Newspapers and magazines from the 1800s saved by the Walns, will be brought out for your reading pleasure from 1:00 - 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. This is a wonderful way to see how much and how little our world has changed.

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, January 18 - Tewksbury, Hunterdon County
Tewksbury Historical Society Annual Meeting & Program

The Tewksbury Historical Society will host a talk by Tricia Haertlein, an avid equestrian and carriage driver from Lebanon, NJ on the evolution from horses to engines on Sunday at 1:00 pm. Both the meeting and program are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

This informative talk will look at the transition from horse to mechanized power. For much of our history, horses were our partners in building our farms and cities. Tricia Haertlein asks and answers questions like: What was it like in the late 1800s and early 1900s as we switched from horsepower to horse-powered engines? What did horses do for us in the city and on the farm? Why did switching seem like a good idea? If engines were better, why were horses still delivering milk through World War II?

A resident of Hunterdon County since 1985, Tricia has worked for Janssen Pharmaceutical for over 20 years. She is a history buff and developed her talk for a local museum's transportation day and has been expanding it as her research reveals to cover more information. She is a member of local, regional, state and national horse and driving organizations and has served on the board of many of these groups. Currently, she is the president of both the Hunterdon County Horse & Pony Association and the Gladstone Equestrian Association. She also is a member of the NJ Horse Council, Carriage Association of America, and American Driving Society. For the ADS, she edited a book, Carriage Driving Games, a collection of games from around the country. 

Membership in the Tewksbury Historical Society is open to anyone interested in the history of Tewksbury Township. The cost is $15 annually for an individual membership or $25 for a family membership. Members receive via e-mail a quarterly newsletter and advance notice of all programs and events the Society holds throughout the year.  The Society holds three regular meetings per year on the 3rd Sunday in January, March, and May with a 4th program in November.

The meeting and program will be held at the Society's headquarters, 60 Water Street Lebanon (Mountainville), NJ. For more information, call 908-832-6734 and leave your name and phone number or e-mail

Sunday, March 15 - Princeton, Mercer County
Sacred Harmony: Schoolgirl Music of the 18th and 19th Centuries

On Sunday, join Morven as they further explore the various elements of New Jersey schoolgirl education in conjunction with Morven’s current exhibition, Hail Specimen of Female Art: New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726 - 1860In addition to the applied skill and craft of working with needle and thread to compose samplers, schoolgirls received a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing, and modern language. This afternoon program, which begins at 3:00 pm, will provide an overview of the cultural and historical landscape of the period framed with music and will include both live performances as well as a lecture.

The concert will include works by composers Benjamin Carr, Raynor Taylor and George Frideric Handel, all taken from SACRED HARMONY published in Philadelphia ca. 1803. Performers will include John H. Burkhalter III, Donovan Klotzbeacher, Sarah Pelletier and select members of the Princeton High School Choir.

$10 admission, $8 Friends of Morven. Space is limited. To make your reservation, call 609-924-8144 x106 or email, or reserve online HERE. Morven Museum and Garden is located at 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ. For more information, call 609-924-8144 or visit

Sunday, March 15 - Princeton, Mercer County
Historic Princeton Walking Tour
Children Friendly

Enjoy a 1.9 mile, two-hour walk around downtown Princeton and the University campus as you learn about historic sites in the area, including Bainbridge House, Nassau Hall, the University Chapel, and Palmer Square. The early history of Princeton, the founding of the University, and the American Revolution are just some of the stories from Princeton’s history that you will learn on your tour.

Admission: $7 per adult; $4 children ages 6 to 12; free for children age 5 and under. Tickets are sold at Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ justifying at 12:00 noon. Tour begins at 2:00 pm and ends at 4:00 pm. Space is limited. For more information, call 609-921-6748 or visit

Sunday, March 15 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
St. Patrick's Day - 1830
Children Friendly

Experience the life of an Irish immigrant in the early 19th century at the Historic Village at Allaire on Sunday at 1:00 and 2:30 pm. The Irish, one of our young nation's largest immigrant groups, arrived at America's shores by the tens of thousands to escape terrible conditions in Ireland. Life for the newly arrived Irish in America, however, was not without its problems. As the number of Irish immigrants increased dramatically by the 1830s, so too did resentment of "foreigners" by native-born Americans. With its large number of Irish employees, James P. Allaire's Howell Iron Works Company was not immune to this tension.

A recreated 1830s St. Patrick's Day begins at 1:00 pm in the Allaire Chapel, where the story of Saint Patrick is told in a brief commemorative service in honor of Ireland's patron saint. After the service, follow the villagers into the heart of the Howell Works where Villagers will encounter disruptions from anti-Irish residents. A second performance will be held at 2:30 pm. The Historic Buildings will be open for tours and other activities include hearth cooking and stove top cooking demonstrations. This living history reenactment of St. Patrick's Day is presented free of charge by Allaire Village, Incorporated.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located at 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit

Sunday, March 15 - Madison, Morris County
Celebrate New Jersey

The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts presents "Celebrate New Jersey," a public program with Linda Barth who will explore the Garden State's diverse physical and cultural geography. Learn what makes New Jersey such an interesting state with its own very fascinating cast of characters: from General George Washington leading his troops across the Delaware River, to the many inventions out of Thomas Edison's laboratory, to the famous firsts like baseball and drive-in movies, to the battleship New Jersey and the Pine Barrens...Mrs. Barth explores the famous and not-so-famous people, places, and events of our great little state.

Speaker Linda Barth, a lifelong resident of the Garden State, has written two books on the Delaware & Raritan Canal for Arcadia Publishing and two children's picture books: Bridgetender's Boy, published by the National Canal Museum in 2005, and Hidden New Jersey, from Charlesbridge Publishing in 2012. A History of Inventing in New Jersey: From Thomas Edison to the Ice Cream Cone, published by the History Press, was released in 2013.

Call 973-377-2982 x12 to register. $7 admission for non-members and $5 admission for members. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street in Madison, NJ. For information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit

Sunday, March 15 - Cranford, Union County
Lenape Crafts, Stories & Games
Children Friendly

The Cranford Historical Society will host a "Lenape Crafts, Stories & Games" on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Crane-Phillips House Museum. Stop by to learn about Native American traditions. Did you know that Native Americans taught us how to make maple syrup and maple candy? Learn about what was the Sugaring Off Season. There will be stories, crafts and games.

Admission is free and reservations are highly suggested as seating is limited. To reserve your seat, please call the Historical Society's office at 908-276-0082 or e-mail

The Cranford Historical Society was founded in 1927 with a mission to preserve the unique history of Cranford, New Jersey. The Society maintains the Crane-Phillips House Living Museum, an important costume collection, and archives. For more information, call 908-376-0082 or visit

Sunday, March 15 - Westampton, Burlington County
George Washington/Post-Colonial Dresses

Would you like to see a lock of George Washington's hair? Peachfield's February Showcase will feature the strawberry blonde strands believed to belong to our first President. There will also be portraits of George and Martha, as well as information on Sulgrave Manor, the Washington Estate in Northhamptonshire, Oxford, Great Britain.

Tours of Peachfield will be available at 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm. Reservations are recommended. Admission is free. A free will donation is welcome in support of the museum. Peachfield is located at 180 Burrs Road, Westampton, NJ. For more information, call 609-267-6996, or e-mail

Sunday, March 15 through October 30, 2015 - Morristown, Morris County
“Canals of New Jersey” Exhibit

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (MHHM) has partnered with the Canal Society of New Jersey (CSNJ) to present their traveling exhibit “Canals of New Jersey”. The exhibit was created in 1985 in part to commemorate the Society’s 25th anniversary. The display consists of panels that tell the story of New Jersey’s two towpath canals, the Morris and the Delaware and Raritan. In 1824, the Morris Canal & Banking Company was chartered to build a canal that would carry coal to developing markets along the eastern seaboard. The Morris Canal would pass through the heart of New Jersey’s iron district and provide the long-needed transportation system that would promote commercial activity and enable rustic settlements to grow into thriving industrial towns. The canal extended 102 miles from Pennsylvania, across varied terrain through New Jersey, ending at Newark. By the early 1900s the canal had become obsolete. Today, the Morris Canal Greenway, a partnership between local communities and the Canal Society of New Jersey, seeks to preserve the surviving historic remains of the canal, interpret canal sites, and offer recreational opportunities to the public. 

For the installation at MHHM the exhibit has gotten a facelift, with new titles and new art work. The CSNJ’s display is supplemented by objects including some from MHHM’s collection and information about Macculloch Hall founder George Macculloch who had the idea for the Morris Canal. In the early 1820s, George Macculloch had a vision of a waterway to connect the Delaware River to the Hudson River in Northern New Jersey. This exhibit in part celebrates Macculloch’s part in the vision, promotion, and impact that the Morris Canal had on New Jersey. The canal would become an engineering feat of its day, using locks and inclined planes to climb the elevation differences in the land. The canal was a technical marvel of its time and helped to spur the economy in New Jersey by allowing goods to reach further afield than ever before. The exhibit shares some of the stories of the workers and families who lived and worked on the canal, as well as other details about its construction using photographs and drawings, as well objects including model canal boats and images. The “Canals of New Jersey” exhibit will be on display in the second floor gallery during touring hours from March 15th through October 30, 2015.

MHHM 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. MHHM is open for house and exhibit tours on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The last tour ticket is sold at 3:00 pm. Adults $8; Seniors and Students $6; Children 6 – 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are free. Macculloch Hall is located at 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-538-2404 ext. 10 or visit

Sunday, March 15 - Montclair, Essex County
From Ireland to New Jersey, and Back Again: Tracing Your Irish Roots

On Sunday at 2:00 pm, professional historian Mary Catherine Moran presents "From Ireland to New Jersey, and Back Again: Tracing Your Irish Roots," a program focusing on the resources (including Internet resources) available to help you trace your Irish emigrant ancestors from New Jersey back to their counties/parishes/townlands of origin in Ireland. Suggested donation $5. This program will be held at the Crane House and Historic YWCA, 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail, or visit

Sunday, March 15 - 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. Visit the newly reinterpreted Crane House to reflect the YWCA period from 1920 - 1965, check out the farm, and meet the chickens. The site is open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Free-will donation. Free admission for members! The Shultz House (Evergreens) will be closed for the season, reopening Spring 2015. For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail, or visit

Sunday, March 15 - Canton, Salem County
Open House and Open Hearth Cooking
Children Friendly

On Sunday, the Lower Alloways Creek Historical Museum will be open for tours and open hearth cooking from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Try some freshly made pies and goodies from the fireplace at the cabin.  The museum is located at 736 Smick Road, Canton, NJ (Lower Alloways Creek Township). For more information, visit

Sunday, March 15 - Westfield, Union County
Knitting in Ireland and Open Hearth Cooking
Children Friendly

Knitting in Ireland has a long and fascinating history, full of heritage and tradition. Visit the Miller-Cory House Museum on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00, for a program featuring this lovely craft. The program includes a presentation on the intricate stitch patterns of Irish knits, their possible symbolic meanings, and a collection display of Irish knit items such as sweaters, hats, and throw blankets. Tours of the museum will be available.

Open hearth cooking demonstrations will resume on Sunday. Members of the cooking committee will demonstrate the skills used in 18th century open-hearth cooking, using authentic recipes and seasonal foods.

Admission is $3.00 for adults and children 13 and older, $2.00 for children ages 3 to 12 and free under age 3. The program is from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 908-232-1776, e-mail, or visit

Sunday, March 15 - Titusville, Mercer County
A Century in Titusville: The Niederer Family and Egomatic

Please join the Hopewell Valley Historical Society and Randy, Karl, and Ken Niederer for a lively discussion of the arrival of a Swiss émigré and his family in 1915, and their impact over the past century on the Hopewell Valley community, including the founding of Egomatic, a manufacturing business that employed many local residents for 47 years in Titusville (1940-63) and Pennington (1963-87).

Otto Niederer emigrated from Switzerland in 1910, married Katherine Behnke, the daughter of German immigrants, and moved in 1915 to a farm near the present-day Open Air Theatre and Knox Grove in Washington Crossing State Park. While operating a small-scale dairy, vegetable, poultry and truck farm, Niederer tinkered with inventions to automate the quality-control and weight-grading processes of egg production in the 1930s. His prototypes led to the development of the Egomatic machine, developed and manufactured by his sons in 1939.

This program will take place at the First Presbyterian Church, 48 River Drive, Titusville, NJ 08560, on Sunday at 2:00 pm, followed by a live demonstration of an Egomatic machine in the church's Heritage Room. It is free, open to the public and appropriate for all ages. Parking is available along River Drive and behind the church. RSVPs appreciated but not necessary hvhist@aol.comFor more information, visit

Through March 15, 2015 - Trenton, Mercer County
Ties That Bind: The Aprons of Trenton - LAST WEEKEND

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 March 15, 2015. 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 29, 2015 - Paterson, Passaic County
A Closer Look at our Community: The Fine Art of Mark Oberndorf

A new exhibit entitled A Closer Look at our Community: The Fine Art of Mark Oberndorf is open through March 29, 2015 in Lambert Castle (home of the Passaic County Historical Society) at 3 Valley Road, Paterson, NJ. This exhibit focuses on the sights of our local community, as shown in the paintings of Bergen County resident and artist Mark Oberndorf.

Oberndorf’s work focuses on the views of local buildings and features within our neighborhoods. Many pieces included in A Closer Look at our Community feature Passaic County, while others portray subjects from a wider geographic area. Some subjects include restaurant signs, barber shops, private homes, and fire stations. Through his work, Oberndorf demonstrates what is beautiful, interesting and quirky in our communities. Through this exhibition visitors will be able to see their environment in a different perspective. Visitors can access the exhibition during regular museum hours (Wednesday - Sunday). General museum admissions apply. Meet the artist at the exhibit reception held at Lambert Castle on Wednesday January 14, 2015 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. The reception is free for members; for all others regular admission applies. For more information, call 973-247-0085 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

Through April 17, 2015 - Haledon, Passaic County
New Haven's Garment Workers: An Elm City Story Exhibit
Children Friendly Site

On Saturday, the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark located in Haledon, NJ proudly opens the exhibit entitled, "New Haven's Garment Workers: An Elm City Story" on loan from the Greater New Haven Labor History Association.

Through historic photographs and artifacts, "New Haven's Garment Workers: An Elm City Story" presents a vivid portrait of the lives, victories, struggles and sacrifices of a courageous group of working people in the clothing industry in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1932 and 1933, to combat sweatshop conditions in the clothing industry, workers undertook a large-scale unionization of the industry that resulted in improvements in wages, working conditions, and hours. "Their history offers important lessons for all of us in these times," notes Joan Cavanaugh, Ph.D., the exhibit's creator. The exhibit will be on view through Friday, April 17, 2015.

The American Labor Museum is headquartered in the historic Botto House National Landmark, 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 offers a free lending library, restored period rooms, changing exhibits, Museum Store, Old World Gardens, educational programs and special events. 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 or by appointment. For more information, call 973-595-7953, visit, or e-mail

Through April 18, 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 Saturday, April 18, 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 façade 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 May 1, 2015 - Toms River, Ocean County
Fishing in the Good Old Days

The Ocean County Historical Society, invites you to view their new exhibit entitled, "Hook, Line and Sinker: History of Fishing in Ocean County up to 1950", which features the collections of members Richard Updike and Ferd Klebold. The exhibit takes visitors back to the days of pound fishing, frost fishing, clamming, eeling, and whaling with photos and artifacts used in the fishing industry along the Jersey Coast. A hand-forged clam rake, the white oak eel pot that used horseshoe crabs for bait, a whale vertebra found in the surf in Ocean County, early reels, and photos galore of fishermen and their catches are just some of the treasures you will find in this exhibit. Winter or summer, Ocean County fishermen braved the elements to harvest nature's bounty from the Atlantic Ocean, Barnegat Bay, and numerous rivers. Visit OCHS Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm and the first Saturday of each month from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The Ocean County Historical Society is located at 26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River, NJ. For more information, visit or call 732-341-1880.

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 - Ridgewood, Bergen County
"Hemlines" Exhibit

The Ridgewood Historical Society and the Schoolhouse Museum are pleased to announce their new exhibit, Hemlines, open through July 2015. This exhibit features women's hats, shoes, handbags, jewelry, furs, wedding attire, and fabulous dresses from 1900 to 1969. Hemlines will run through the end of July. The Schoolhouse Museum is open Thursdays and Saturdays from 1:00 - 3:00 pm and Sundays from 2:00 - 4:0 pm. Hemlines is a "must see" exhibit for anyone interested in fashion! The Schoolhouse Museum is located at 650 East Glen Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. For more information, call 201-447-3242 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


Through August 2015 - Lyndhurst, Bergen County
Lyndhurst Business: Building a Community

From a ship's horn manufactured by Leslie Company to photos of steel and heat-treating plant Benedict-Miller, Inc., the Lyndhurst Historical Society is showcasing just a sampling of the many businesses that contributed to the community and beyond in its latest exhibit, "Lyndhurst Business: Building a Community," which runs from now until August 2015.

"It's New Jersey's 350th birthday and, in addition to celebrating the state as a whole, we wanted to give a nod to our local community," said Doris Bergquist, who, along with members Dale Jankowski and Doris Ludwig, curated the exhibit. "There have been and continue to be many highly regarded businesses in Lyndhurst. The Leslie Company, for example, was once in Lyndhurst and built one of the horns used on the Queen Mary."

The exhibit is free and open to the public, though a small donation to the society would be appreciated. The Little Red Schoolhouse Museum, located at 400 RIverside Avenue, Lyndhurst, NJ is open on the second and fourth Sundays of every month from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 201-804-2513 or visit

Through September 1, 2015 - Morristown, Morris County
Treasures from the Collection

There's something for everyone to enjoy in the Morris County Historical Society's new exhibit, "Treasures from the Collection," now featured at Acorn Hall through September 1, 2015. See everything from clothing to documents, militaria to fine arts, and furniture to photography, and more in this treasure trove display from Morris County, and beyond. Highlights include heirlooms from notable local families such as the McEwans, the Condits, the Lindsleys, and the Bonsalls, and spectacular stickpins from the remarkable collection of MCHS Board Member Emeritus Learned T. Bulman.

Pieces from across the country include an 1876 ball gown worn to the Centennial Celebration in Washington, D.C., an assortment of 19th-century U.S. flags, a scarab stick pin from the reign of Ramesses II, and various 19th-century weaponry and artifacts related to the Civil War. Compare earlier fashion trends to the haute couture Pucci-inspired mini-dress, circa 1960s. For the furniture aficionados, marvel at a Victorian-era papier-mâché chair, a mahogany Chippendale chair, and a Hitchcock-style chair from Morristown furniture maker, H. Frazee. Travel with ease to faraway Japan, and experience Asian art in the form of wood block prints and porcelain vases.

Admission to tour Acorn Hall and to see the exhibit is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for students, and free for children age 12 and under and MCHS members. To view the exhibit, only, is one half of the admission. Acorn Hall is open for tours on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, and on Sundays from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. For more information, call the Morris County Historical Society at 973-267-3465 or visit

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


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