Friday, April 24, 2015

Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/25/15 - 4/26/15

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

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 25 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Meet the Irish Servant and the Cook at the Willows and Plan Spuds
Children Friendly

On Saturday at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, discover the life of domestic help at the Foster home on a guided tour. Assist the maid with household chores and see what the cook has prepared using the wood-burning stove. Two tours times available: 1:00 - 2:00 pm and 2:00 - 3:00 pm.

From 1:00 - 3:00 pm, dig in and help the farmers plant potatoes.

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 25 - Morristown, Morris County
Civilian Conservation Corps Hike
Children Friendly

During the Great Depression of the 1930's a group of young men changed Jockey Hollow forever. Join a Park Ranger on this 2.25 mile round-trip hike (about two hours) on the Yellow Trail to discover how these men transformed Jockey Hollow into what we love today while only earning $30 a month! Hike begins at 10:00 am at the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center in Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit

Saturday, April 25 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
Dedication of Rockingham's "New" Dutch Barn
Children Friendly

More than fifteen years ago, the New Jersey Barn Company, in conjunction with the New Jersey State Park Service, saved the "bones" of a c. 1800 barn from their crumbling outer form and packed them safely away. The intent was to use the old frame for a new barn at the relocation of Rockingham Historic Site after its 2001 move. It took a bit longer than expected, but starting in late 2013, the Dutch frame of the barn began to take shape once again. Completed by the end of summer 2014 with sides, doors and roof, the project was observed and enjoyed by many visitors. Two short programs took place inside in September 2014, but now it is time to officially dedicate the barn.

On Saturday, the dedication program will start at 1:30 pm with music, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Then everyone will come into the barn for a talk by members of the NJ Barn Company about the process of saving the historic structure to be used for Rockingham's new landscape (this hopefully is the beginning of at least a partial recreation of the original 18th century Rockingham property and what it encompassed). There will more music and refreshments to conclude the program.

The event, sponsored by the Rockingham Association and the NJ State Division of Parks & Forestry, is open to all ages, but seating is limited, so those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by calling the site to guarantee a seat.

The barn is to be used in the future for Rockingham special events and programming, such as concerts, special exhibits, theater and dance, lectures, workshops and school visits.

Rockingham is located at 84 Laurel Avenue (Rte. 603) in Franklin Township, 1 mile north of Rte. 27 in Kingston, and 1 mile south of Rte. 518 in Rocky Hill. For more information, call 609-683-7132 or visit

Saturday, April 25 - Haddonfield, Camden County
Fiber Arts Demonstrations

You are invited to visit the Historical Society of Haddonfield on Saturday to watch demonstrations in spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, needleworking. Bring your current project and pull up a chair to join us for a while. Ask questions. Learn a new technique. This day runs from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Some of the artisans will have handmade items for sale. A few examples are handspun yarns, handwoven baskets, handwoven scarves, handwoven bookmarks. Interest and curiosity run high in the manual methods of creating cloth and trims. Observe how this was accomplished before the Industrial Revolution when Cottage industries were prevalent. Whether you enjoy working with cotton, sheep’s wool, silk, linen, alpaca, llama, blends of natural fibers and some synthetics, there will be a fiber for you. The demonstrators are knowledgeable in their art and will be happy to explain about the fibers they use and the process they are using.

This event is free - unless you wish to make a purchase. The Historical Society of Haddonfield - Greenfield Hall is located at 343 Kings Highway, East, Haddonfield, NJ.For more information, call 856-429-7375 or visit

Saturday, April 25 - Harmony Township, Warren County
Historic House and Barn Tours
Children Friendly

The Harmony Township Historical Society and the Historic Preservation Commission of Harmony Township invite the public to attend their annual Spring Open House at the historic VanNest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead on Saturday and Sunday, from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is free. The farmstead is located at 3026 Belvidere Road, Route 519, just north of the Municipal Building in Harmony Township, NJ.

Come see the progress being made at the farmstead, including the two recently-relocated and restored wagon houses. The event will include tours of the circa 1750s main house, the restored wagon house, and the one of a kind Dutch style barn, and war reenactors, live demonstrations, and hearth cooking in the summer kitchen.

For more information, contact Ruth at or visit

Saturday, April 25 - Morristown, Morris County
Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle

The National Park Service welcomes author Michael C. Harris to the Washington’s Headquarters Museum to discuss his book, Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America, September 11, 1777.

The talk will be at 1:00 pm on Saturday in the Washington’s Headquarters Museum at 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ. Admission to the program is free. Book sales and signing will follow the program.

Brandywine Creek calmly meanders through the Pennsylvania countryside today, but on September 11, 1777, it served as the scenic backdrop for the largest battle of the American Revolution, one that encompassed more troops over more land than any combat fought on American soil until the Civil War. Long overshadowed by the stunning American victory at Saratoga, the complex British campaign that defeated George Washington's colonial army and led to the capture of the capital city of Philadelphia was one of the most important military events of the war. For more information, call 973-539-2016 ext. 210 or visit

Saturday April 25 - Haledon, Passaic County
Workers' Memorial Day Observance

The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark will observe Workers' Memorial Day, a day set aside by the nation's unions to draw attention to the occupational health and safety of workers in the U.S., on Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the museum's headquarters, the historic Botto House National Landmark.

In addition to the traditional candle-light vigil, Irwin Nack, Associate Professor of History at William Paterson University (retired) and past president of the American Federation of Teachers Local Union 1796, AFL-CIO, will offer a presentation and lead a discussion, "Why has Immigration Policy been so Controversial?: Yesterday & Today." He will be followed by Bennett Muraskin who will talk about "Jewish Progressivism and Labor." Mr. Muraskin is the author of the book Let Justice Well Up Like Water:  Progressive Jews from Hillel to Helen Suzman, and he is a union staff representative for state college professors (American Federation of Teachers New Jersey, AFL-CIO).

The first Workers' Memorial Day was observed in 1989. April 28th was chosen because it is the anniversary of the formation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the day of a similar remembrance in Canada. Every year, people in hundreds of communities and at worksites commemorate Workers' Memorial Day as an International Day of Mourning.

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

Saturday, April 25 - Little Egg Harbor, Ocean County
Tuckerton Scale Model Buildings Display Opening

On Saturday, the Tuckerton Historical Society celebrates the grand opening of 1900 - 1930s Tuckerton Scale Model Buildings Display. Meet the Master Craftsman, Mr. Bob Hewitt, who built these scale models over the last three decades. This display opening 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 or visit

Saturday, April 25 - Cape May, Cape May County
Cape May's Spring Festival
Children Friendly

Celebrate the arrival of Springtime in America's first seaside resort with Private Homes Tours, Ghost Tours, Murder Mystery Dinners, food events, living history programs and much, much more!

*Spring Festival Crafts & Collectibles Show: On Saturday, the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ becomes an outdoor marketplace as vendors from throughout the Northeast display their wares. Free admission. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
*The Dr. Is In: Meet "Dr. Emlen Physick" on his Estate's grounds at 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm on Saturday. Opt for a guided tour of his house with its new theme in 2015: "At Home With Nature." $12 for adults, $8 for children (ages 3-12).

*Private Homes Tour: See inside a selection of charming private cottages and homes not normally open to the public on Saturday from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Admission $20; children (3-12) $15.

*Chocolate Tasting Tour: Historic Inns and B&Bs offer delicious chocolate delicacies for you to taste as you tour their property on Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Adults $20; children (ages 3-12) $15.

*Cape May After Dark Trolley Tour: Cape May from sunset to sunrise ... for the Victorians, was it a time of engaging entertainments or dangers in the darkness? Did our Victorian ancestors embrace the shadows, or avoid them? Hear how the proper, and not so proper, related to Cape May After Dark on this trolley tour on Saturday at 8:30 pm. $12 for adults and $8 for children (ages 3-12). 

*Mansions by the Sea Trolley Tour: This tour features a century of beachfront development, from Victorian cottages of the 1870s through the most up-to-date of today's housing. It includes some of the most magnificent structures ever erected in Cape May on Saturday beginning at 12:45 pm. Tour takes about 45 minutes and admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children (ages 3-12). 

*Murder Mystery Dinner: The Impromptu Players invade the dining room at the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean Street, Cape May, NJ, where they set the scene for the new mystery, "Where There's No Will." Interact with the cast of likely suspects and try to solve the mystery as you enjoy a four-course dinner on Saturday at 7:00 pm. Dinner $50.

*Ghosts of the Lighthouse Trolley Tour: A trolley tour through parts of West Cape May to the Lighthouse, with tales of ghostly activity throughout. Participants will be met at the Lighthouse by a costumed Keeper who will relate a ghostly tale inside the Lighthouse with time available to climb. Begins and ends at the Ocean Street trolley stop. Tour departs Saturday at 8:00 pm. $22 for adults and $14 for children (ages 3-12).

All programs and tours are sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information and to register, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday April 25 - Sewell, Gloucester County
7th Annual Classic Car Show
Family Friendly

Washington Township’s Historical Preservation Advisory Board presents its 6th annual Classic Car Show on Saturday at the Olde Stone House Historic VillageRunning from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm, the Classic Car Show will include a basket auction, a DJ, a 50/50 raffle, food vendors, and tours of the Old Stone House Village. Spectators will be given free admission, but those entering their vintage cars in the show will have to pay a fee to enter on the day of the show. Registration begins at 9:00 am.

Cars will be divvied up into two classes - models 25 years and older and models from 1990 and onward. The winner of the vintage car class will be awarded a trophy. The newer car class is without a trophy, and the vehicles are eligible for display with a donation. All those who enter their car will be placed in a drawing for a door prize. Rain date is Sunday, April 26. The car show will be held at the Olde Stone House Historic Village, 208 Egg Harbor Road, Sewell, NJ. For more information or to register, e-mail

Saturday, April 25 - Roebling, Burlington County
Steamships and Slag Pots: Why Save Dead Tech?

America was once a manufacturing powerhouse, but now that our lives are increasingly digital, is there any reason to save former factories and machines? Yes! Mary Habstritt, who is restoring a Coast Guard steamship to create a museum and art gallery, will speak at the Roebling Museum about her work to preserve historic ships and industrial sites, their potential for adaptive reuse, and the lessons they offer us for the future.

"If we tear down all remnants of our industrial past, how will future generations learn about it?'' Habstritt says. "A generation or two ago, we were all linked to producers, with relatives who worked in factories or on farms, their labor dedicated to making things. We are losing those connections: the memory of how we made things or even that we did, and still do.''

A historian and librarian, Mary Habstritt is the museum director and president of the Lilac Preservation Project. The project is restoring and interpreting the U.S.C.G.C. Lilac, America's only steam-powered lighthouse tender, which is docked on the Hudson River in New York City. Habstritt is also president of the North River Historic Ship Society and founder of the Historic Ships Coalition, which advocates for New York City's fleet of historic vessels.

Habstritt has served as president of the Society for Industrial Archeology and was for several years that organization's events coordinator, organizing tours and conferences. She has held several positions with the Roebling Chapter, the local New York-New Jersey chapter of the SIA. Her devotion to history and preservation follows a career as an academic librarian, working at such institutions as the University of Minnesota and Pace University. She has a master's degree from Columbia University's School of Library Service.

Mary Habstritt will speak on Saturday at 1:00 pm in the Roebling Museum's Investors Bank Media Room. Space is limited and reservations are strongly suggested. The Roebling Museum is located at 100 Second Avenue, Roebling, NJ. Parking is available at the back of the museum just off Hornberger Avenue. For more information and to register, call 609-499-7200, or visit

Saturday, April 25 - Madison, Morris County
The Ellis Island You Know and May Not Know

On Saturday, the Madison Historical Society will host Dr. Vincent N. Parrillo of William Paterson University, who will describe "The Ellis Island You Know and May Not Know." Dr. Parrillo's presentation will take place in the Chase Room of the Madison Public Library beginning at 1:30 pm. The presentation is open to the public, and there is no admission charge.

Vincent N. Parrillo is a professor of sociology at William Paterson and is Director of the Paterson Metropolitan Region Research Center. He is the author or editor of twelve books, including the historical novel about Ellis Island: Guardians of the Gate. He was also was the executive producer, writer, and narrator of three award-winning PBS television documentaries: Ellis Island: Gateway to America; Smokestacks and Steeples: A Portrait of Paterson; and Gaetano Federici: The Sculptor Laureate of Paterson.

Born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey, Dr. Parrillo received his B.S. degree from Seton Hall University, his M.A. from Montclair State University, and his doctorate from Rutgers University. His many scholarly articles have appeared in a number of academic journals, and he was the 2013 recipient of the William Paterson University Faculty Achievement Award for Scholarship and Creative Expression.

For more information, call 973-377-0722, ext. 8 or visit

Saturday, April 25 - West Long Branch, Monmouth County
Vintage Baseball
Children Friendly

Watch the Monmouth University History and Anthropology Club play the Flemington Neshanocks on Saturday beginning at 12:00 noon at Monmouth University's West Long Branch campus. The Flemington Neshanocks will give a brief demonstration and then there will be a scrimmage. The game will be played using 19th century rules and authentic replicas of 19th century equipment, while wearing 19th Century uniforms. As was the custom in the mid-19th century, all fielders play barehanded.

Please come out and cheer them on! Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Free admission. Cancelled in the event of rain. Parking will be available in Lots 13-15. The game will take place on the grass between buildings 25-10. For more information, visit

Saturday, April 25 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Potato Planting
Children Friendly

Each year Howell Living Farm invites the public to join forces with its staff and volunteers to plant a special crop of potatoes to be donated to the Greater Mercer Food Cooperative and other local hunger projects.

On Saturday, visitors to the Farm can join the field crew, planting seed potatoes in furrows opened with horse drawn equipment between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Howell Living Farm represents typical farm life between 1890 and 1910. The farm is operated by the Mercer County Parks Commission. It is located at 70 Wooden's Lane, Lambertville, NJ. For more information. call 609-737-3299 or visit

Saturday, April 25 - Mount Holly, Burlington County
Leather Tooling
Children Friendly

Learn about the ancient and decorative craft of leather tooling. A brief history will be discussed, and attendees will have the chance to try their hand at making a small project to take home. Ages 8 and up. Presented by Elaine Guzman-Meade of Cheerful Dreams. Sponsored by the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey.

This program is 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 and to register, call 609-267-7111, or e-mail

Saturday, April 25 - South Amboy, Middlesex County
Third Annual Historical Society of South Amboy Open House

Come meet with neighbors and friends on Saturday from 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm to learn about historic South Amboy. Explore local South Amboy history, old photographs, genealogy requests, historic landmarks, artifacts, a raffle, and more! Guest speaker and local author Joanne Hamilton Rajoppi will discuss her book New Brunswick and the Civil War: The Brunswick Boys in the Great Rebellion. Rajoppi's talk begins at 1:00 pm followed by book sales. Bring your old photographs to have them scanned on-site to be featured on their Facebook page and web site, as well as being archived for the future! Free refreshments will be served. This open house will be held at the South Amboy Senior Center, 108 South Stevens Avenue, South Amboy, NJ. For more information, e-mail or visit

Saturday - Sunday, April 25 - 26 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Wool Days/Sheep Shearing
Children Friendly

On Saturday and Sunday, Longstreet Farm's sheep will be sheared. Gene Sheninger will return with his collies to show their herding skills. The Monmouth County Historical Association’s Holmes-Hendrickson house staff will demonstrate the way wool was used in Colonial America with spinning and weaving activities. Longstreet Farm will provide wagon rides between the two living history sites.

Visitors to Holmes-Hendrickson House will be able to try their hand at carding and spinning wool and then tour the 1754 farm house. Join us for this rare opportunity to observe wool processing from start to finish.

If inclement weather, check with Longstreet Farm about whether the wagon will run. The spinning and weaving portion of the program at the Holmes-Hendrickson House, located at 62 Longstreet Road, will occur regardless of weather. This free event runs from 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm. Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. For more information, call 732-946-3758 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, April 25 - 26 - Lambertville, Hunterdon County
Shad Fest
Children Friendly

On Saturday and Sunday, celebrate the annual return of the shad to Lambertville. In its 34th year, the Shad Festival has evolved from a local art show into a nationally recognized award-winning event. Shad Fest features the area's finest artists and crafters, great food, live music from local bands, and family entertainment, but the two-day extravaganza also serves as a venue for local non-profit organizations to raise necessary operating funds. The festival will run from 12:30 - 5:00 pm each day, rain or shine. There will be over eighty arts and crafters, a food court, face painting, cotton candy, sand art, and other children’s activities. For more information, visit

Sunday, April 26 - Whippany, Morris County
Radioactive Railroad: Photos from the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone
Children Friendly Site

On Sunday, see "Radioactive Railroad: Photos from the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone" at 12:00 pm at the Whippany Railway Museum, 1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany, NJ. Admission to the museum site, including museum building, grounds, and rolling stock collection is $1.00 per adult and 50 cents for children under 12. For more information, call 973887-8177 or visit

Sunday, April 26 - Cranford, Union County
American Popular Music from Ragtime to Broadway

The Cranford Historical Society is proud to present "American Popular Music from Ragtime to Broadway" on Sunday from 2:15 - 4:15 pm at the Hanson House. Doors open at 2:00 pm.

Bring a friend and enjoy musician Tom Langmaack as he plays popular music from Gottshalk to Rodgers. Admission is free but reservations are required. To R.S.V.P. please call 908-276-0082 or email

The Hanson House is located at 38 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, NJ. The Cranford Historical Society was founded in 1927 with a mission to preserve the unique history of Cranford, New Jersey. For more information, call 908-376-0082 or visit

Sunday, April 26 - Morristown, Morris County
The Morris Canal & the Morris Canal Greenway

On Sunday at 4:30 pm, Joe Macasek, president of the Canal Society of New Jersey (CSNJ), will present "The Morris Canal & the Morris Canal Greenway." This important piece of infrastructure connected New York Harbor at Jersey City with the Delaware River at Phillipsburg and is the subject of the current second floor gallery exhibit, "Canals of New Jersey." Charted to be built in 1824, the Morris Canal passed through the heart of New Jersey's iron district and provided the long-needed transportation system that would promote commercial activity and enable rustic settlements to grow into thriving industrial towns. By the early 1900s, however, the canal had become obsolete. Today, the Morris Canal Greenway, a partnership between local communities and the CSNJ, seeks to preserve the surviving historic remains of the canal, interpret canal sites, and offer recreational opportunities to the public. In this presentation Joe will discuss the Morris Canal's history and operation and how the Morris Canal Greenway Project is bringing the canal back to life as a History/Recreation Corridor. Mr. Macasek has had a lifelong interest in local New Jersey history and industrial archeology and offers lectures on local history topics and industrial archaeology.

Visitors who arrive prior to the program can enjoy the "Canals of New Jersey" exhibit. MHHM has partnered with CSNJ to present this display of panels that tell the story of New Jersey's two towpath canals, the Morris and the Delaware and Raritan. 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. 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 such as model canal boats.

Tickets for the program go on sale beginning at 1:00 pm on Sunday (no advance sales) and remain on sale until the presentation begins at 4:30 pm. Speaker tickets include admission to the museum exhibits during the afternoon and a guided tour of period rooms. The last tour ticket is sold at 3:00 pm. Speaker tickets will remain on sale until 4:30 p.m. The museum's collection of "Currier & Ives" prints on display throughout the second floor of the museum and the second floor "The Civil War Through the Eyes of Thomas Nast" and "Canals of New Jersey" exhibits will remain on view until 4:30 pm. The first floor "Thomas Nast: Unknown Works and American Icons" exhibit will close from 3:30 - 4pm in preparation for the program. Tickets to hear speakers are: adults $8; seniors and students $6; children 6 - 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are admitted free.

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

Sunday, April 26 - Ho-Ho-Kus, Bergen County
The Hermitage Celebrates a Birthday!

The Hermitage Museum announces its latest exhibition, "A Real American Girl: Mary Elizabeth and her Legacy to Preserve The Hermitage; 1885-1970" opening Sunday, at 3:00 pm at The Hermitage Museum, 335 North Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ. The exhibit coincides with the Friends of the Hermitage, Inc. Annual Meeting that begins at 2:00 pm. The exhibition celebrates Mary Elizabeth's 130th birthday; a theme which will continue throughout the year during the Museum's many events and will end with an Open House on September 13. "A Real American Girl" will be open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and weekends from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Mary Elizabeth Rosencrantz was the last member of her family to reside at The Hermitage. Upon her death, she willed her home to the State of New Jersey to be used as a museum and park. During the mid-1940s and through the 1960s, Miss Rosencrantz assumed the arduous task to preserve her home, a ground-breaking and difficult mission for a woman during that time. The exhibition embraces her childhood at The Hermitage and her "gentleman farmer" family, travels to New England, the Tea Room she and her aunt ran for 14 years, and later difficult years as the sole surviving family member. The exhibit also includes visual material about the establishment of the Friends of The Hermitage, a non-profit organization that was instrumental in saving and preserving the Gothic Revival house and their continuation to sustain the Museum for the public.

The Hermitage, a National Historic Landmark, is one of the nation's outstanding examples of domestic Gothic Revival architecture. The historic house incorporates a stone structure that was visited during the Revolutionary War by George Washington and was the site where Aaron Burr met and married Theodosia Prevost. The house's architectural appearance dates to the 1847 remodeling and enlargement designed by the architect William H. Ranlett. Today, the historic house's furnishings reflect the late Victorian lifestyle of the Rosencrantz family. For more information, call 201-445-8311 or visit

Sunday, April 26 - 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, April 26 - Bedminster, Somerset County
Meet the Marquis de Lafayette at The Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum

The heir to one of the largest fortunes in France, the Marquis de Lafayette came to the American colonies at age 19 and earned respect as a French hero in the American Revolution. On Sunday at 2:00 pm, a reenactor portraying Lafayette will visit Bedminster's historic Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum to discuss the importance of the French-American alliance and his role as a General in George Washington's army. The museum will be open for tours from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Reenactor Loic Barnieu bears a definite resemblance to Lafayette and takes pleasure in providing little known facts about the Marquis, like his relationship with Washington and his motto, cur non ("why not?)." He conveys a passion for the French aristocrat who risked his fortune and his life to fight in the Revolution, to speak out against slavery, and to advocate for religious rights for Protestants.

The open house tour of the Jacobus Vanderveer House is free, but admission to the Lafayette presentation is $10 per person (members of The Jacobus Vanderveer House are admitted free and given priority seating) and registration is suggested. Children 12 and under are free. The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 3055 River Road East (in Bedminster's River Road Park), Bedminster, NJ. For more information and to register call 908-396-6053 or visit

Sunday, April 26 - Westfield, Union County
Sheep to Shawl Festival
Children Friendly

Follow the sounds of sheep bleating on April 26 - it's time for the museum's annual Sheep to Shawl Festival! The festival is from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and takes place rain or shine.

The entire process of sheep shearing will be demonstrated by master sheep shearer Jeremy Mills of Hamilton Square, using hand shears as was done in the 18th and 19th centuries. The production of cloth and garments from woolen fibers continues with demonstrations of spinning, weaving, knitting and needlework. The museum’s volunteers will also showcase 18th century farm tasks such as butter churning, “wash day,” and making the drink known as switchel. Children’s activities include a may pole, colonial games, a sheep craft and a quilting craft, and a display of 18th century fashion dolls.

A bake sale and an herb sale will be conducted throughout the afternoon. Free refreshments will be available in the Frazee Building. The museum’s gift shop will be open, offering a variety of colonial toys, crafts, books and educational materials. Admission: Adults/Children age 13 and older: $3.00; Children age 3 to 12: $2.00; Under age 3: free. The Miller-Cory House Museum is located at 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield. For more information, call 908-232-1776 or visit

Sunday, April 26 - Westfield, Union County
The Hat Matters - From Function to Frivolity!

The Westfield Historical Society presents a special exhibit at the Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center, 314 Mountain Avenue, Westfield, NJ - "The Hat Matters - From Function to  Frivolity" on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Please attend this event to experience how the fashionable hats of today were the necessary and functioning definition of individuals throughout history.

The object on the head defines the person who wore it. For example, the Egyptian Pharaohs wore the hats of Lower and Upper Egypt, the Greeks donned the headband, the turban defined Hinduism in India and the fez in Turkey. In Colonial times, the three pointed (tri-fold) hat was worn by the Colonials in America. During the Edwardian period, known for the reign of Edward VII in Great Britain, ladies' hats were embellished with feathers, fur, flowers, and tulle. Today we see FTD trucks delivering flowers with the symbol of  the Greek god Hermes wearing the Petasos hat on his head for swift message delivery.

This exhibit will focus mainly on the early 20th-century hats of both men and women. For instance, a top hat and the bowler hat that were most prevalent in the TV series "Downton Abbey" will be on view as examples while similar ladies' hats depict the Crawley family's everyday activities. A favorite Halloween 'witch' hat or a celebratory New Year's Eve hat will be part of the "fun" exhibit. Hats for special occasions such as tiaras for a crown worn by brides at weddings, sports figure baseball hats worn by Westfield's own Jeff Torborg, and Olympic games hats with a collection of pins will be included. The WHS collection of historic hats worn by police, firemen and Mr. Edgar Reeves' World War II air raid helmets will also be on display. In addition, Marion Schwartz, the Westfield milliner of Joy Design, will display and sell her beautiful hats.

A suggested $5 per person goodwill donation is suggested to help support the ongoing work of the Westfield Historical Society. For more information, call 908-654-1794 or visit

Sunday, April 26 - Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania
Wives, Widows, and Warriors: Women during the American Revolution

Author and historian Nancy Loane will present a free lecture – “Wives, Widows and Warriors: Women during the American Revolution” – on Sunday at 2:00 pm in the Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) visitor center auditorium.

Although rarely on the battlefield, women supported the effort in other ways. They took up their quill pens, began spinning and weaving with gusto, and boycotted tea. With husbands off to war, they maintained the family farm and cared for the children. Other women followed their husbands to battle, often serving as “Molly Pitchers” or nurses for the troops. Still others spied on the enemy.

Dr. Loane is a former seasonal park ranger at Valley Forge National Historical Park and the author of Following the Drum: Women at the Valley Forge Encampment. An outstanding speaker, Dr. Loane has given hundreds of presentations on the letters from the encampment’s soldiers, the women at camp, and the encampment itself. Her fascinating, fun, fact-filled talk sheds new light on women in the Revolutionary War era.

Washington Crossing Park is located at the intersection of Routes 32 and 532 in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania. For more information, 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.

Through June 28, 2015 - Paterson, Passaic County
Highlights of the Paterson Evening News Collection Exhibit and Reception

The Passaic County Historical Society announces its newest exhibit, Highlights of the Paterson Evening News Collection. On exhibit until Sunday June 28, 2015, the display will showcase this newly digitized photograph collection. The Paterson Evening News Collection consists of over 16,000 images, dating from 1946 through 1972. Together these photographs offer an invaluable look at the history of Passaic County and the State of New Jersey. Over seventy photographs have been selected for this exhibit to highlight the variety of subjects incorporated within the collection. Visitors can access the exhibition during regular museum hours (Wednesday - Sunday). General museum admissions apply.

Hear more about the collection at the exhibit reception held at Lambert Castle on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm. Co-curator and digitization specialist Boris Von Faust will discuss his digitizing process and share more of his favorite images from the collection. The reception is free for members; otherwise regular museum admission applies.

Lambert Castle is located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ. For more information, call 973-247-0085 or visit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Through July 2015 - 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

Through 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 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

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


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