Exploring the History of New Jersey and Beyond!

Architecture, National Park Sites, Local Sites, and More!

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What may seem minute and insignificant is what makes history!


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Friday, February 26, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 2/27/16 - 2/28/16

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Saturday, February 27 - Roebling, Burlington County
Celebrate National Engineering Week & Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day!
Children Friendly

The Roebling Museum, located in the historic Village of Roebling, NJ, is proud to announce another of its family-friendly programs. On Saturday, we will again celebrate STEAM-science, technology, engineering, arts/architecture and math at the Roebling Museum!

This time, in addition to the chance to test simple machines and build bridges and mini-catapults, the museum will offer two new, high-tech engineering experiences. The K'Nex Transportation Lab will provide visitors the opportunity to try their hand at building their own motorized modes of transportation. Build one vehicle, test it out, take it apart and build again. This fun and challenging experience will encourage participants to experiment with design, construction, and scientific testing.

The Bridge Builder Virtual Lab will provide the chance for children to work in small groups to play an engaging bridge construction game. Increasing levels will provide the chance to work with a variety of virtual materials and to test the strength and capabilities of each bridge their group constructs.

Kids Create: Now will run from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is $5 dollars. Children 5 and under are free. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Bring your family to this exciting program, and experience the Roebling legacy while enjoying the wonders of modern technology, too!

The Roebling Museum is located at 100 Second Avenue, Roebling, NJ. For more information, call 609-499-7200 or visit www.roeblingmuseum.org.

Saturday, February 27 - Mount Holly, Burlington County
History of Timbuctoo

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Morro Castle Disaster

The Morro Castle Disaster
Written by Lisa Lamb

On September 7, 1934 a nor’easter was brewing, and the luxury liner Morro Castle was headed to New York, carrying vacationers returning from a trip to Havana, Cuba.  Around 8 p.m., diners aboard the ship were greeted by the terrible news that the captain, Robert Wilmott, had died. The cause was reportedly a heart attack brought on by indigestion. With Captain Wilmott dead, first officer William Warms became acting captain, and he set about guiding the ship safely to port. A few hours later, around 2:50 a.m., the new captain would have to contend with an even greater challenge –a fire was discovered aboard the ship.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

"Asbury Park Revisited" February Book Giveaway

Friday, February 19, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 2/20/16 - 2/21/16

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, February 20 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
Meadows Celebrates Black History Month

Our second presentation of the year celebrates Black History Month on Saturday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Civil War-era Hageman House at 209 South Middlebush Road, Somerset. Mr. Don Neal, retired educator with the Franklin Township Public Schools will help us learn about the 39 men and women who have been commemorated on stamps by the United States Postal Service in one of its longest-running series.

The presentation will include other African Americans on U.S. stamps, stamps that have been issued right here in Franklin Township, and general information on philately or, as it is commonly known, stamp collecting, one of the world's oldest hobbies. The interactive presentation is suitable for the young and young at heart.

Refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10 each and may be paid for at the door. However, please reserve in advance in case of inclement weather. Reserve by calling 732-246-0638 or e-mailing Terry at IsisMaya@aol.com.

Saturday, February 20 - Haddonfield, Camden County
George Washington at the Indian King Tavern

As it is an election year, open house events will focus on the early presidents and first ladies of our nation. This is the first of several presentations at the Indian King Tavern. David Emerson will appear as President George Washington. For over 25 years, David Emerson has worked at living history museums and as an independent storyteller, teaching history through the eyes of a "person of the past." He is a veteran of Colonial Williamsburg, Plimoth Plantation, Morristown National Historical Park, and the Old Barracks Museum. David's academic credentials include graduate study at the College of William and Mary, and he studied at Oxford as an undergraduate.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Exhibit opening: From Farm to Suburb: The Birth of College Hill - February 21, 2016

Exhibit opening: From Farm to Suburb: The Birth of College Hill
Presented by Durand-Hedden House & Garden
Sunday, February 21, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

If you live in the College Hill section of Maplewood or the surrounding area, you may have wondered how this neighborhood came to be. It wasn’t always a suburban community and didn’t always feature streets named for famous colleges: Amherst, Bowdoin, Colgate, Harvard, Oberlin, Rutgers, Wellesley and Yale. In fact, the moniker “College Hill” is only as old as the College Hill Neighborhood Association, formed in the 1990s.

The birth of College Hill is part of the story of late 19th and early 20th century America. Society was changing, with many seeking to leave crowded, industrialized cities for the country. Maplewood, with its open farmland and easy access to roads and railroads, was an appealing choice for developers and for home buyers.

At Durand-Hedden’s exhibit, From Farm to Suburb: the Birth of College Hill, you’ll see maps and images of what College Hill looked like when the Trimpi brothers, successful businessmen from Newark and New York, purchased 80 acres of Courter and Arcularius grazing land between the Newark-Springfield Turnpike and Tuscan Road in the 1890s. Follow the story of how these developers transformed the land into the suburban Trimpi Tract, which they named Valley View. See historic drawings of the original seven Valley View houses models, designed by architect W. Frank Bower in the Queen Anne and Four Square styles and an exploration of other architectural styles built over time. The extensively researched exhibit continues the story to the neighborhood we know today.

Friday, February 12, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 2/13/16 - 2/14/16

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, February 13 - Freehold, Monmouth County
Curator-led Workshop on Chairmaking Exhibition

Joseph W.  Hammond, Curator of Museum Collections for Monmouth County Historical Association, will host a gallery workshop at 10:30 am on Saturday. The workshop will highlight pieces from the Of the Best Materials and Good Workmanship: 19th Century New Jersey Chairmaking exhibition now open at the Museum, 70 Court Street in Freehold, NJ.