Friday, April 10, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/11/15 - 4/12/15

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Fridays through April 25, 2015 - Pennington, Mercer County
Pennington Comes of Age: Photographs by George H. Frisbie

As part of the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of Pennington Borough, an exhibition of historic photographs, "Pennington Comes of Age," will be unveiled by the Hopewell Valley Historical Society at The Pennington School’s Silva Gallery of Art.

"Pennington Comes of Age" tells the story of the first 25 years of Pennington Borough’s incorporation, 1890–1915. During these years George Frisbie, who had grown up in a family-run business on South Main Street, captured the world around him through the viewfinder of his big wooden camera. His images not only document people and places, but recorded many of the changes that took place over that span of time.

Descendants of Mr. Frisbie still reside in Pennington Borough, and in 1986 Alice Frisbie and her daughter, Mary Thornton, donated 800 negatives to the Historical Society.

The exhibition will continue through Saturday, April 25. A special reception will be held on Wednesday, April 1, from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Gallery hours are Monday - Thursday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm; Friday, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm; or by appointment. For more information, call Gallery Director Dolores Eaton at 609-737-4133.

Saturday, April 11 -  Morristown, Morris County
Happy Birthday Caroline Foster!
Children Friendly

On Saturday, Celebrate Miss Foster’s 138th birthday at Fosterfield's Living Historical Farm. Meet at the Farmhouse, where cake will be served in her honor from 1:00 - 3:30 pm.

Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors (65+); $4 for children ages 4 – 16; and $2for children ages 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, April 11 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Children Friendly

On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to take a step back in time and get inspired as crafters demonstrate the art of knitting. 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, April 11 - Montclair, Essex County
Walking Tour of the Lenape Trail

Montclair Environmental Commissioner Deb Ellis will lead a walking tour through three local parks that are part of the Lenape Trail as well as a local preserve that is along the way. She will share information about the Lenape Trail, trees and plants, and points of history. This tour was co-developed by the Montclair Historical Society and the Montclair Environmental Commission and is co-sponsored by Bike&Walk Montclair. Suggested $5 donation. Tour will justify (and end) at Brookdale Park at parking lot above the soccer stadium (enter through Bellevue Avenue). Walk begins at 1:30 pm and ends at 3:30 pm. Pre-registration is preferred - register here. For more information, e-mail Liz Brady at

Saturday, April 11 - River Edge, Bergen County
Battleground Tour of New Bridge Landing

Walk in the footsteps of history! Historians and authors Todd Braisted and Kevin Wright will conduct battleground tour of Historic New Bridge Landing, justifying at 10:00 am in the Steuben House and ending at the Campbell-Christie House for refreshments and a visit to the gift shop.

Admission: $7 adults, $5 children, BCHS members free. Historic New Bridge Landing is located at 1201-1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. Free parking available or take a train on the Pascack Valley Line from Secaucus via NJ Transit to the New Bridge Landing Train stop. For more information, call 201-343-9492 or visit

Saturday, April 11 - Caldwell, Essex County
Walking Tour of the Historic Parsonage Hill Neighborhood

The Borough of Caldwell Historic Preservation Commission will lead a walking tour of the historic and architecturally distinctive Parsonage Hill neighborhood on Saturday, from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon (rain date, Sunday April 12, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm). Commission members will be available to provide information about the neighborhood's homes and the people who once lived in them.

The historic Parsonage Hill neighborhood takes its name from being the hill beyond the First Presbyterian Church's parsonage (known today as the Grover Cleveland Birthplace). Much of land was owned by the Church. Prior to 1870, development on the hill was sparse. That year, in order to raise funds the Church auctioned off a 2.5 acre parcel of land that had been divided into 10 lots and laid out new roads.

The auction stimulated development as a number of the new homes were built by New York families who summered in Caldwell, one of several popular Essex County resort communities. When rail service came to Caldwell in 1891 travel to the area became feasible for daily commuters, opening a whole new wave of development.

The significance of the Parsonage Hill neighborhood is both historical and architectural. Spanning the years circa 1870 to circa 1920, the neighborhood represent 50 years of the development of settlement patterns, architectural tastes, and building techniques. Architectural styles represented in the neighborhood include Queen Anne, Carpenter Gothic and Shingle Style. Fortunately, virtually all of the buildings in the neighborhood have retained their architectural integrity.

The tour will begin at the Lincoln elementary School, 18 Crane street, where on-site parking is available. Admission is free but registration is requested. For more information and to register, contact or call 973-226-5252. Please leave your e-mail address and/or phone number.

Saturday, April 11 - Princeton, Mercer County
The British at Princeton
Children Friendly

The British at Princeton! Come see the British in training - Military Demonstrations of the American Revolution on Saturday from 10:00 am - 3:30 pm at Princeton Battlefield, 500 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ. Come see demonstrations with muskets, cannon, tactical formations and drills, marching, and loading and firing volleys. Muster of the Troops at 10:30 am. See a typical American Revolution military camp with campfires and the other domestic activities of camp followers and colonials, such as cooking, baking, lap-looming, knitting, spinning, laundry, candle making, and herbal medicine making. Retirement of the colors at 3:30 pm. Learn about the Battle of Princeton and Washington's strategy. Presentations explaining the uniforms, weapons and tactics. A special highlight will be training for Young Patriots in formation. 

While at the Battlefield, visit the Thomas Clarke House, which witnessed the battle on that crucial day, January 3, 1777, when the Battle of Princeton saved the American Revolution. Presented by the Princeton Battlefield Society and the 43rd Regiment of Foot. Free admission all day. Held rain or shine. For more information, visit or contact Kip at

Saturday, April 11 - Little Egg Harbor, Ocean County
Batsto Village

On Saturday, the Tuckerton Historical Society presents "Batsto Village." Barbara Solem will speak about her new book Batsto Village, Jewel of the Pines, shedding new light on this significant South Jersey site. 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, April 11 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
Elias Goldensky: The Wizard of Photography

On Saturday, Gary D. Saretzky will present "Elias Goldensky: The Wizard of Photography" at 2:00 pm at the Ocean Township Library. This slide presentation explores the mystery of why one of the leading Pictorialist photographers in America during the early 20th century, renowned in his own time, is almost forgotten today. Goldensky, a Russian-Jewish emigré based in Philadelphia, practiced portrait photography as a fine art. Among the sitters he immortalized with his camera were Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Leopold Stokowski.

Gary Saretzky is the Monmouth County archivist and the author of more than 100 articles and book reviews in the fields of photographic history, photographic conservation, archival science, and non-photography-related topics.

This program will be held at the Ocean Township Library, 701 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ. For more information, call 732-531-5092.

Saturday, April 11 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Tour Paulsdale and Program

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, Mary K. Trigg, author of Feminism as Life's Work - Four American Women Through Two World Wars will discuss her book. Trigg's book profiles four women who kept the cause of women's equality going - author Inez Haynes Irwin, historian Mary Ritter Beard, activist Doris Stevens and psychologist Lorine Pruette. Program admission is $5 but free with tour admission.

Paulsdale is located at 128 Hooton Rd., 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, April 11 through the end of 2015 - Roebling, Burlington County
The Art of Engineering: Jet Lowe Photographs Roebling Works

Photographs by John T. "Jet" Lowe, who chronicled 19th and 20th century Industrial Age engineering marvels including bridges designed and built by John A. Roebling, will be on display at the Roebling Museum in Roebling, New Jersey.

"The Art of Engineering: Jet Lowe Photographs Roebling Works" opens Saturday, April 11 with a gallery talk by Lowe at 2:00 pm. The photographs on display include images of the Brooklyn Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, and George Washington Bridge, all works of the John A. Roebling's Sons Company.

For 35 years, as chief photographer for the Historic American Engineering Record, John T. "Jet" Lowe traveled the country to make a photographic record of factories, mills, bridges, railroads, and examples of 19th and 20th-century engineering ingenuity.

The 17 photos in the exhibit are among 40,000 photos Lowe shot during his career with HAER, a part of the National Park Service. The originals are now in the Library of Congress as part of the record of America's industrial history. The exhibit, on display in the Roebling Museum's Investors Bank Media Room, will be available for public viewing through the end of 2015.

Lowe's photographs span the range of Roebling's work, from the 1847 Lackawaxen Aqueduct in Lackawaxen, Pa. built in 1847 - the nation's oldest wire suspension bridge - to the landmark Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, completed in 1937. Lowe used a large-format Canham 5x7 camera that offers high resolution and great depth of focus without distortion. This allowed him to photograph massive industrial buildings and bridges. The bulky six-pound camera and tripod also require considerable ingenuity to maneuver from hundreds of feet in the air atop a bridge.

After retiring from HAER in 2013, Lowe was awarded the Society for Industrial Archaeology's highest honor, the General Tools Award. A selection of his photographs has been collected in the book Industrial Eye: Photographs by Jet Lowe for the Historic American Engineering Record (Preservation Press, 1986).

Lowe's gallery talk will also be held in the museum's Investors Bank Media Room. Space is limited and reservations are strongly suggested. Adult admission for the gallery talk is $6.00. The Roebling Museum is located on 100 Second Avenue in Roebling, NJ. Parking is available at the back of the museum just off Hornberger Avenue.To reserve your spot and for more information, call 609-499-7200 or visit

Saturday, April 11 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Spring Beekeeping
Children Friendly

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

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

Visitors to the Farm can watch the inspection at the hives, and join Mr. Hughes for an hour-long presentation, "Life of a Bee Colony.” Children are also invited to help beekeepers assemble beehives.

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, April 11 - Mount Holly, Burlington County
The Lure and Lore of Liquor: Tavern Beverages of Colonial America

Many people know that the events leading up to the American Revolution were fomented in famous taverns of Colonial America, such as City Tavern of Philadelphia, Boston's Green Dragon, and the Raleigh in Williamsburg. But other than politics, what was fueling the debates between the Sons of Liberty or the Virginia Burgesses?

Join historian and mixologist (yes, indeed) David Emerson in a lively exploration of Colonial drinking customs. The talk will include discussion of the various types of beverages available to the 18th Century tavern tippler, how they were made, and even some recipes that you can try on your own (if you dare). Discover our forefathers' alternative to the modern mojito and martini, and what Ben Franklin considered "The Proof of God's Love." This program is suitable for adults and begins at 1:00 pm.

Sponsored by the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey. All programs will be free and open to the public and will take place at the Burlington County Lyceum, 307 High Street, Mount Holly, NJ. Pre-registration is requested. For more information or to register, call 609-267-7111 or e-mail

Saturday - Sunday, April 11 - 12 - South Bound Brook, Somerset County
Battle of Bound Brook
Children Friendly

Visit South Bound Brook for an exciting and historic weekend on Saturday and Sunday! The two-day program explores the American Revolutionary War during the timeframe of the Battle of Bound Brook and the American army's use of Middlebrook in the years 1777 - 1779. Learn about and experience this important period in New Jersey's and America's history. Weekend activities include:

*Marching, drilling and street battle reenactments in Bound Brook and South Bound Brook, featuring American and British units portraying the soldiers of the American Revolution.   

*Eighteenth-century soldiers' encampment on the grounds of the Abraham Staats House, 17 von Steuben Lane, South Bound Brook, NJ. Come walk through camp and see what life was like for American and British troops during the time of the American Revolution.
*Historic House Tours:  The Abraham Staats House, with the original structure c. 1740, was home to the Staats family for nearly 200 years and served as the headquarters for George Washington's "Drillmaster" Baron von Steuben.
*Historian H. Kels Swan will present "Loyalist Spy Captured at Queens Bridge, Bound Brook" on Sunday at 11:30 am.
*Historian and author will present "Bloody Bound Brook and the Lost Hessian Diary and other New Jersey places of the American Revolution that have been Neglected by History" on Sunday at 1:00 pm.*Tom Harabin, Vice President, Friends of Abraham Staats House, performs music of the Colonial Era, program on instruments, music of the period (throughout the weekend).
*Local Historian Barry Franzyshen Presents the "Diorama of the Battle of Bound Brook" - A realistic depiction of the Battle of Bound Brook featuring hundreds of authentically portrayed model soldiers.

Visit for a full schedule of events, more information and updates.

Sunday, April 12 - Ringoes, Hunterdon County
Black River & Western Railroad: Past, Present, and Future

The East Amwell Historical Society is hosting a presentation on the “Black River & Western Railroad: Past, Present, and Future” on Sunday at 2:00 pm at East Amwell Township Hall, 1070 US-202 in Ringoes.

Scott Kwaitkowski, president of the Black River Railroad Historic Trust, will discuss the history of the railroad as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. The presentation includes plenty of photographs and artifacts. 

The Black River & Western Railroad has been running passenger trains, staffed by an all-volunteer crew, since 1965.

Cost to attend the program is $5. No reservations are necessary. Next Month: The East Amwell Historical Society will welcome archaeologist and archivist Jim Wade, who will discuss the Delaware-Lenape Indians on May 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm at town hall.

Sunday, April 12 - Morris Plains, Morris County

Rally begins at 12:00 noon at 91 Central Avenue, Morris Plains, NJ. There will be guest speakers and live music. For more information, visit

Sunday, April 12 - Freehold, Monmouth County
Open Hearth Cooking and Open House
Children Friendly

Come join Monmouth County Historical Association and their co-sponsor Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County for a colonial Sephardic Jewish cooking demonstration on Sunday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Traditional recipes will be cooked 18th-century style over an open hearth. Our menu is Haroset balls, Garvanzos, Albondigas, Fasoulia, and Passover Bumuelos. Sample these tasty treats made from authentic, kosher-style historic recipes.

Guided tours of this preserved landmark house, built in 1752 for William and Elizabeth Covenhoven will be provided. The Covenhoven House later served as headquarters for British General Sir Henry Clinton before the Battle of Monmouth in June of 1778.

Admission is free - bring the family. The Covenhoven House is located at 150 West Main Street in Freehold near the Route 9 overpass. Parking is available at Grace Lutheran Church at the corner of West Main Street and Business Route 33. For more information, call 732-462-1466 or visit

Sunday, April 12 - June 26, 2016 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
The Icons of American Culture: History of New Jersey Diners Exhibit
Children Friendly

When was the last time you ate at a diner? If you are like millions of New Jerseyans, the answer is not too long ago. Dubbed “the land of diners,” New Jersey has forged a unique relationship with these casual eateries. Stainless steel, neon, and menus that go on for days are part of the Garden State landscape. Come explore their rich history with us! This seven-room exhibit tells the story of some of the of the Garden State’s most iconic eateries. This exhibit runs from April 12, 2015 - June 26, 2016 and is free of charge. The grand opening of Icons of American Culture: History of New Jersey Diners will be held at 2:30 pm on Sunday, April 12. The opening is free of charge, but registration is required. Please call 732-745-3030 to register.

The exhibit is open Tuesday – Friday from 1:00 – 4:00 pm and Sundays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Closed Mondays, Saturdays, and Holidays. The Cornelius Low House Museum is located at 1225 River Road, Piscataway, NJ. For more information, call 732-745-4177 or visit

Sunday, April 12 - Westampton, Burlington County
Sojourner Truth:  "Ain't I a Woman?"
Children Friendly

Please join Peachfield on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm as they welcome Dr. Daisy Century of the American Historical Theater as she portrays Isabella Baumfree. Baumfree was born a slave, cruelly treated by several owners, and experienced an epiphany after gaining her freedom. She became a devout Christian, renamed herself Sojourner Truth and began traveling as a preacher. Eventually she spoke on women’s suffrage, believing the causes of abolition and women’s rights to be intertwined and equally important. This performance by Dr. Daisy Century of the American Historical Theater will illuminate the power and integrity of Sojourner and the impact of her life.

Admission to this program is free but advance reservations are recommended to guarantee a seat. Peachfield is located at 180 Burrs Road, Westampton, NJ. For more information, call 609-267-6996 or visit

Sunday, April 12 - Cranford, Union County
Cranford Historical Society Marks End of Civil War
Children Friendly

April is the end of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, a four-year conflict claiming some 750,000 American lives. Although no known citizens of Cranford were among those who perished, many of our town's residents fought in the war, as well as suffered grievous wounds or debilitating disease. And many participated in the pivotal events leading to the transformative conclusion of that great struggle.

To commemorate this important period in our nation's history, the Cranford Historical Society has scheduled several public events in April, including an exhibit at the Cranford Library, which will run through the month.

Included in the exhibit will be a timeline of the last year of the war, noting some of the key battles and Cranford citizens who fought in them. Also on display will be original letters and pictures once owned by Cranford justice Wesley Rogers Batchelder, who witnessed the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865, in Washington. An especially noteworthy feature of the library display will be a grouping of original Southern documents, never before exhibited, showing the treatment of African Americans before, during and after the Civil War.

To complement the library exhibit, local Civil War historian Steven Glazer will speak at the Crane Phillips House Museum about Cranford's role in bringing an end to the war. His illustrated presentation will take place on Sunday at 2:15 pm. Doors open at 2:00 pm. Admission is free but reservations are required. To R.S.V.P. please call the society's office at 908-276-0082 or e-mail at

The Crane-Phillips House Museum is located at 124 North Union Avenue, Cranford, NJ. 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, April 12 - Bedminster, Somerset County
Arbor Day Celebration and Open House
Children Friendly

On Sunday, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, children and adults are invited to participate in a free Arbor Day celebration and open house at Bedminster's historic Jacobus Vanderveer House. The event, co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House and Bartlett Tree Experts, of Lebanon, NJ, will feature tree climbing demonstrations by professional tree climbers, apple bobbing, and interactive presentations about animals, insects and their relationship to trees.

Arborists from Bartlett Tree Experts will release ladybugs and preying mantises and enlighten participants on the benefits of insects upon the environment. Michael Anderson, a representative from the National Audubon Society, will discuss the many animals that depend upon trees for their habitat, and Rainbow Tree Care will offer tips and demonstrations on modern tree care practices. Wightman's Farm, of Morristown, will offer tree-related items for sale, such as maple syrup and maple syrup candies.

The event will feature a raffle for a specimen tree valued at $1,500, and the first 100 attendees will receive a free swamp white oak sapling.

The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 3055 River Road East (in Bedminster's River Road Park), Bedminster, NJ. For registration and information about this and other upcoming events, call 908-396-6053 or visit

Sunday, April 12 - Jefferson Township, Morris County
Open House

The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlin House, will have an open house on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Learn about the Jefferson Township Historical Society. Costumed docents will be available to talk about this Victorian home. The Museum Curator has decorated the museum with charming vintage spring items.  Admission is free.

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

Sunday, April 12 - Greenwich, Cumberland County
Second Sundays - Open House and "Meet the Author" Winter Series

The Cumberland County Historical Society invites the public to visit Greenwich on Sunday for the opening of the 1730 Gibbon House for the 2015 season. This event will take place at 960 Ye Greate Street from 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm. House tours and light refreshments will be available to mark the annual opening of the Historical Society Headquarters.

Once inside the mansion, you will see the formal dining room, the "sitting room," the kitchen with its huge, walk-in fireplace, and enjoy the demonstrations of hearthside cooking. On the second floor, you will see the exhibits of locally made, rush-seated "Ware" chairs and many children's toys. Also open will be the Red Barn Museum, The Alan Ewing Carman Museum of Prehistory from Cumberland County, the Warren and Reba Lummis Genealogical and History Library, and the John DuBois Maritime Museum. Come and view the Swedish Granary and the Teaburners' Monument, too!

At 2:00, Joseph A. Grabas will present a lecture on his book, Owning New Jersey: Historic Tales of War, Property Disputes & the Pursuit of Happiness at the Cumberland County Historical Society, in the Warren and Reba Lummis Genealogical & Historical Library. This program is free and open to the public.

Joe Grabas is a nationally certified land title professional who has spent over three decades researching real property records in New Jersey. He is widely recognized as the leading land title educator in the state and formerly served as the president of the New Jersey Land Title Association. He has been accepted as an expert in matters regarding land titles by the Superior Court of New Jersey and lectures widely throughout the metropolitan area. Joe lives in Freehold, New Jersey.

New Jersey's land records and deeds are unlikely sources for a thrilling tale but reveal little-known, fascinating history. A detailed story of the founding of the Garden State 350 years ago is preserved in these papers. The state's boundaries were drawn in such documents centuries ago, even if the authors never stepped foot in North America. The archives hide heroes, like the freed African Americans who fought for their right to own their piece of the state. And of course, there are the bizarre and mysterious tales, like the silk baron's castle and the assault against a sixteen-year-old maiden during the throes of the American Revolution. Join land title expert Joseph Grabas as he combs through these all-but-forgotten stories of the pursuit of happiness and property in early New Jersey.

Light refreshments will be served. Books will be available for sale and signing. For more information, call 856-455-8580 or visit

Sunday, April 12 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Blacksmithing Demonstration, Music, and Potato Planting
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. 

From 12:30 - 2:30 pm, help plant this year's potatoes! Learn how to cut seed potatoes and plant them in the field. Farm staff will demonstrate horse-drawn potato planting (weather permitting).

Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. For more information, call 732-946-3758 or visit

Sunday, April 12 - Burlington, Burlington County
Shipwrecks of New Jersey

On Sunday, the Burlington County Historical Society presents "Shipwrecks of New Jersey" with Margaret Bucholz from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. The lecture includes a Q&A session and light refreshments. Admission: $5 per person. The program takes place at the Corson Poly Center - entrances at 457 High Street and 454 Lawrence Street, Burlington, NJ. For more information, call 609-386-4773, ext. 1 or visit

Sunday, April 12 - Westfield, Union County
It's Time for Spring Planting!
Children Friendly

You are invited to visit the museum on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, to celebrate the new season with "It's Time for Spring Planting!" By the end of March, colonial farm families were very tired of eating pickled pork and cornmeal mush! The short program, appropriate for small children, talks about the monotony of meals by winter’s end and the relief brought by the first green vegetables of spring. Visitors will learn about spring farming chores and the knowledge that early American farmers needed to grow successful crops. Children may plant their own seeds with a simple take-home craft.

Sunday's program includes tours and open-hearth cooking demonstrations. 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, April 12 - 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, April 12 - Montclair, Essex County
House Tours and Second Annual Sunday Family Funday: Down at the Farm!
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. 

In celebration of National Farm Animals Day, activities will incorporate what life was like when you lived, worked, and cooked around a farm and livestock. Chicken demonstrations will be given each half hour, visit Carolina Capehart demonstrating in the hearth, and at the farm site, opportunities will be available to take part in planting with the Montclair Community Farm Coalition. Bring your kids for tours and activities designed for the family. All activities are free! 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, April 12 - West Orange, Essex County
Glenmont Garage
Children Friendly

The Glenmont Garage will be open for viewing with a ranger there to answer questions and tell stories about Edison and his cars. See inside the Edison Portland Cement structure and learn about the various differently powered cars in there.

The Edison home, Glenmont, is located on a fifteen-acre estate in Llewellyn Park, the country's first private residential community. Built in 1880, the twenty-nine room mansion contains the original furnishings and family items used by the Edisons. The estate grounds include gardens, a greenhouse, barn, and the poured concrete garage containing the family's automobiles. Thomas and Mina Edison are buried on the grounds of the estate.

Car passes and tour tickets must be purchased at the 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 15 and under are free. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x11 or visit

Sunday, April 12 - South River, Middlesex County
Open House

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

Sunday, April 12 - Readington Township, Hunterdon County
Readington Museums Open House - Dutch Architectural Influence Program

In 1741 Dutch homesteader Thomas Bouman erected the building now known as the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead. But just how typical is the building of Dutch architectural design? Find out on Sunday from architectural historian Christopher Pickell, who will deliver a talk “The Dutch Architectural Influence throughout New Jersey.” Mr. Pickell has been involved in historic preservation and restoration projects in Hunterdon and Mercer counties. He heads up the Flemington firm of Pickell Architecture, lauded for its work in adaptive reuse projects. Also, the Hunterdon Central Highschool Fiddlers will be performing between the tours.

The open house program runs from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead, 114 Dreahook Road in the Stanton section of Readington Township. If using a GPS, use Lebanon, NJ 08833. The program, as well as a tour of the 1741 Dutch bank house, is free but donations are gladly accepted.

Groups of six or more please call for a reservation. For more information, contact Program Director Margaret Smith at 908-236-2327 or e-mail For directions, visit

Sunday, April 12 - 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

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 16, 2015 - Morristown, Morris County
275th Anniversary of the Founding of the Township of Morris, 1740-2015

In conjunction with the Mayor and Township Committee of Morris Township and The Historic Preservation Commission of Morris Township, The Morristown and Morris Township Library is hosting an exhibit celebrating the 275th anniversary of the founding of Morris Township. The exhibit will be on display in the second floor, F.M. Kirby Gallery from through August 16, 2015. The exhibit is also supported by the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.

The colonial legislature of New Jersey created Morris County on March 15, 1739 naming the county, for the Governor of New Jersey, Colonel Lewis Morris (for which the Township and Morristown would later also be named). The county was initially divided into three townships in 1740: Pequannock, Hanover, and Morris. Morris Township originally took up half of the county but has been subdivided many times since and now encompasses 15.45 square miles. In its first two hundred years, the Township was primarily farmland but this changed drastically over time as much of New Jersey morphed into the “urban” designation tagged currently with the U.S. Census Bureau. The anniversary exhibit will focus not only on Morris Township’s agricultural past, but also its part in the American Revolution and its fame as home to Gilded Age, New York City millionaire mansions. The exhibition will also examine the history of the Township’s fire and police departments, The Seeing Eye, the College of Saint Elizabeth and other institutions as well as famous Township residents.

The Morristown and Morris Township Library is located at 1 Miller Rd, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call the Library’s North Jersey History & Genealogy Center at 973-538-3473 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

Through September 13, 2015 - Oceanville, Atlantic County
Pine Barrens: Life and Legends

This historic exhibition at The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University revisits the work and play of life in the Pine Barrens. Industries of charcoal, glass, paper and iron once thrived in the Pines, while music and merrymaking filled the dance halls and stories of witches and the Jersey Devil abounded. The exhibition is a collaboration between the South Jersey Culture & History Center (SJCHC) and the Noyes Museum of Art. Admission to the museum is: Adults $5; Seniors (60 and older) $4; Students with ID $4; Stockton Students, Faculty, and Staff with ID Free; Members Free; and Children (6 and under) Free. The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University is located at 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville (Galloway Township), NJ. For more information, call 609-652-8848 or visit

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

Through January 6, 2016 - Woodbury, Gloucester County
Gloucester Abbey: Downton Style Fashions Exhibit

Gloucester Abbey: Downton Style Fashions is currently on display at the exhibit at the Gloucester County Historical Society Museum in Woodbury, New Jersey. The exhibit will conclude on January 6, 2016. This remarkable exhibit features ladies’ fashions from the society's collection from the time period covered by the popular PBS Masterpiece Theater series Downton Abbey. Over 100 vintage dresses/ensembles from the museum’s collection dating from 1910 through the 1930s are showcased, including period wedding gowns. Also on display are ladies accessories, including hats, shoes, purses, jewelry, and lingerie. Don’t miss this fantastic exhibit!

The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, and the last Sunday of the month from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Private tours may be booked for days/times other than our regular public hours. Adult admission $5; children 6-18 years $1; children under 6 free. The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum is located at 58 N. Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ 08096. For more information, call 856-848-8531 or visit

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


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