Friday, March 18, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 3/19/16 - 3/20/16

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Saturday, March 19 - Hamilton, Mercer County
Archaeological Society of New Jersey Meeting/Program

Talks on archaeology at the Lazaretto in Philadelphia, the origins of the Munsee, Hurricane Sandy archaeology, and Native American tools in Cumberland County will take place at 1:00 pm at the Tulpehaking Nature Center (John A. Roebling Park), 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton, NJ. The program is free and open to the public. Please see for directions. Parking is located in the lot near the Watson House, on the right just before the road descends downhill. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Saturday, March 19 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Visit from the Horse Doctor, Dentist, and Shoer
Children Friendly

When is a 3/4 ton workhorse a chicken? When the doctor, farrier, and dentist come...maybe. Keeping the horses in tip top shape is very important to our farmers. This annual well visit allows a head to tail examination and is just one of the many ways we can be sure our horses are healthy and happy.

Besides seeing some of the tools, techniques and products that relate to horse care as it was practiced during the farm's circa 1900 time period, visitors will be able to meet a veterinarian, horse dentist, and farrier and even try their own hand at a bit of horse doctoring.

With the veterinarian's help, visitors will be able to listen to a horse's heart through an antique stethoscope and watch the doctor give spring vaccines and worming medicine. The dentist will need assistance counting teeth to determining the age of the horse and leveling any teeth with a dental rasp. The special hoof care that is needed, will be demonstrated by the farrier, this will include trimming and balancing of hooves and re-set shoes if needed.

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

Saturday, March 19 - Little Egg Harbor, Ocean County
The Great Depression

On Saturday, the Tuckerton Historical Society presents a lecture on the Great Depression. Drawing on old letters and diary entries, Steve Dodson will give a talk on Tuckerton during the Great Depression. It is his contention that people were not always greatly depressed. 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 or visit

Saturday, March 19 - Paterson, Passaic County
Spring Craft at Lambert Castle
Children Friendly

Usher in the spring at the Passaic County Historical Society. On Saturday, the museum is offering a free craft activity for children, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Join us at Lambert Castle (home of the Passaic County Historical Society) at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ, and make spring baskets with construction paper. Recommended for children ages 4-10 years of age. This activity is free with regular museum admission. The activity will be ongoing throughout the museum's open hours. For more information, call 973-247-0085 or visit

Saturday, March 19 - Somerset, Somerset County
Women Justices of the United States Supreme Court

As late as 1872, women were still denied the right to practice law in the United States. By 1884 they were given part-time, token judgeships, usually at the municipal level. It took another 97 years for the first appointment of a woman to the United States Supreme Court.  That was a total of 191 years after the founding of the Supreme Court itself!

Four magnificent women have achieved the position of Supreme Court Justice to date. Join Trish Chambers Productions and the Meadows Foundation in a fascinating introduction to these accomplished jurists. Meet Sandra Day O'Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Learn how their unique personality and determination enabled them to break the glass ceiling to take their place in history, as they vote to clarify the intentions of the founding fathers regarding the United States Constitution.

Event to be held Saturday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Van Liew-Suydam House, 280 South Middlebush Road, Somerset, NJ. Tickets are $10. For more information or to reserve a seat, please contact Chris Retz at

Saturday, March 19 - Cape May, Cape May County
Search for Clues Tour
Children Friendly

Travel from inn to inn in Victorian Cape May while you try to solve the murder mystery for 2016, "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Melpomene's Mask" on Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. $15 for adults, $7.50 for children (ages 3-12). Tour begins and tickets are available at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth. Part of Sherlock Holmes Weekend, sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday, March 19 - Haledon, Passaic County
Fighting for Total Person Unionism Book Talk

On Saturday at 2:00 pm, the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark proudly welcomes the general public to a book reception and signing event with author Bob Bussel. Professor Bussel will discuss his recently published book, Fighting for Total Person Unionism: Harold Gibbons, Ernest Calloway, and Working-Class Citizenship and will answer questions. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served.

In Fighting for Total Person Unionism, the author tells the story of 1950s and 1960s labor leaders Gibbons and Calloway's pioneering efforts which altered St. Louis' social and political landscape and raised questions about the fate of the post-industrial city, the meaning of citizenship, and the role of unions in shaping American democracy.

Bob Bussel is professor of history and director of the Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) at the University of Oregon. Bob has spent over forty years working with the union movement and played an instrumental role in helping establish the American Labor Museum three decades ago. He has published numerous articles on labor history and contemporary labor issues in both academic and popular publications.

"Workers and Their Parade," a photography exhibit by Gary Schoichet, will be on display at the museum on March 19th and will remain on view through April 23, 2016. Tours of the Museum will be available and the Museum Store will be open for browsing and shopping.

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 or by appointment. For more information, call 973-595-7953, e-mail, or visit

Saturday, March 19 - Caldwell, Essex County
Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association Annual Conference

The Grover Cleveland birthplace Memorial Association Annual Conference will be held on Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell, on Bloomfield Avenue and Roseland Avenues in Caldwell, NJ starting with coffee and Mrs. Cleveland's Coffee Cake at 9:00 am.

The featured speaker and writer is Stanley Haynes, author of the two volumes on the American nominating conventions. The nominating convention having come into being beginning in the 1830s enters the gilded age with many problems, over represented states, shifting political identifications, managed conventions, and no continuing national party organizations.  Grover Cleveland would face four of these conventions, twice as incumbent, once as popular vote winner, and once to find the floor charmed with a man who would not see the American workers sacrificed on a cross of gold.

After the presentation and questions, visitors can see the artifacts recently uncovered during the excavations for the new visitor  center. Lunch is included with the admission. Immediately following the conference, all guests are invited to the birthplace, a block away, to participate in the Annual Birthday Commemoration of Stephen Grover Cleveland. The Grover Cleveland Birthplace is a state historic site, and the structure a national historic site known as the "Old Manse."

Stan Haynes is an attorney who writes about Presidential history. Living in Ellicott City, Maryland, he has used his spare time and energy to continue to research in the presidential materials in the Washington and Baltimore area, juggling a busy practice with his calling to tell the story of how America chose its leaders and invented the process we experience today. Stan will sign copies of his books for the shopping public.

There is parking in the surrounding municipal lots. The church is handicapped accessible. Suggested donation for the reception, conference, and lunch is $35.00; $15.00 for students. Caldwell is off Routes I-280, I-287 and I-80 and Route 46. The First Presbyterian Church is also an historic site. The graveyard includes the graves of a number of the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 veterans.

Saturday - Sunday, March 19 - 20 and Saturday, March 26 - Whippany, Morris County
Easter Bunny Express
Children Friendly

New Jersey's Original Easter Bunny Express celebrates its 24th continuous year of operation in 2015. Celebrate the return of spring and the Easter holidays with a ride on the Whippany Railway Museum's Easter Bunny Express. Our Special Easter Train Ride ensures a fun outing for the kids...and the entire family.

During each excursion, the Easter Bunny makes his way through the train and visits with the children onboard. The Bunny's helpers follow along, giving the kids a special Easter gift. Be sure to bring your camera and take pictures of the kids with the Easter Bunny, so they can always remember their day onboard the train! Our kid-friendly hobos and clowns will also be on each train to entertain the children with tricks and jokes.

The 10-mile, 45-minute round trip excursion from Whippany to Roseland and return is a thrill for the children as they enjoy what for many will be their very first train ride...and they can also learn about and experience the history of New Jersey's rich railroad and transportation heritage. Riders will have time onboard the train to enjoy the spring weather and the excitement during the ride.

The Whippany Railway Museum's Easter train is the original excursion of its type in the North Jersey area - since 1992 our Easter Trains have been complete sell-outs, and seeing the excited faces of the children as they climb aboard the train ensures an afternoon of family fun. Passengers can combine the thrill of riding our Springtime Streamliner along with touring the museum site, with its outstanding collection of historic railroad locomotives, rolling stock, operating model train layouts and vintage farm tractors.

In addition to the regular coaches that make up the train, make your day Extra Special by purchasing limited tickets for a nostalgic Easter ride aboard the museum's elegant 1927-era Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ) 'Club Car' Jersey Coast. The car has the look and feel of a private club with individual leather chairs, mahogany interior accented with stained glass, built-in tables and period ceiling fans. The Jersey Coast, recalls the 1930s when the CNJ operated its deluxe coach train, The Blue Comet, between Jersey City and Atlantic City, NJ. The striking, authentic exterior paint scheme of cream and blue reminds one of a comet streaking through space. It is the only car of its type operating in New Jersey.

So round up your family and friends and climb aboard for some great Easter fun and laughter! Ordering tickets is fast and easy! Trains depart at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm each day, rain, snow, or shine. The Whippany Railroad is located at 1 Railroad Plaza, at the Intersection of Route 10 West & Whippany Road in Whippany, NJ. Train fare: Adults: $14.00, Children (under 12): $9.00, Infants (1 year and under): Free. 

The Museum building will be open from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm each day of operation. Admission of $0.50 for children and $1.00 for adults (separate from train ride fare and payable at the door) supports the continued maintenance and restoration of the historic Museum building, grounds, and exhibit collection.

To order tickets and for more information, visit or call 973-887-8177. The Whippany Railway Museum, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit Operating Heritage Railroad that is staffed by volunteers. Donations from the public help to keep the museum operational, but funds are still required to support this unique New Jersey treasure. Proceeds from the train rides further enhance the Museum's mission and its historic preservation efforts.

Saturday - Sunday, March 19 - 20 - Wantage, Sussex County
Annual Maple Sugarin' Open House
Children Friendly

On Saturday and Sunday, stop by Lusscroft Farm for a Maple "Sugarin" Open House. Observe the "sugarin" process and purchase our bottled maple syrup. Fresh syrup will be available for purchase. The site will be open from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm each day, weather permitting. Lusscroft Farm is located at 50 Neilson Road and 4H Trail, Wantage, NJ (Entrance at Route 519 at mile marker 81). For more information, visit

Sunday, March 20 - Chatham, Morris County
Alexander Hamilton and Betsy Schuyler

Sunday, March 20 - Princeton, Mercer County
Historic Princeton Walking Tour

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. Tours begin in front of the Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ. Tour begins at 2:00 pm and ends at 4:00 pm. Walk up ticket sales are cash only; guides cannot provide change. Space is limited. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-921-6748 or visit

Sunday, March 20 - Montclair, Essex County
Historic House Tour: Crane House/YWCA and Sunday Spotlight
Family Friendly

Step back through over 200 years of American history at Montclair's historic properties at 108 Orange Road. Visit the 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. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students with valid ID, and $4 for children; under 2 free.

Sunday Spotlight
Dudley Van Antwerp (1867-1934) was one of Montclair’s most prominent and prolific early twentieth century architects. His work deserves special attention both because of the great number of homes he designed and because of his individual interpretation of the Arts & Crafts style, which he developed working alongside his wife Hilda Fenn Van Antwerp, daughter of noted Montclair artist and illustrator Harry Fenn. Cultural and design historian Majda Kallab Whitaker will present for the first time highlights of the more than one hundred Van Antwerp-designed homes she has identified in and around Montclair. She will explore his versatility, sense of proportion, graceful detailing, and use of both traditional and modern materials, qualities that distinguish his work and make the homes he designed an important asset to Montclair. In connection with this lecture, the Montclair Historical Society will remount the exhibition of Van Antwerp’s architectural work co-curated by Ms. Kallab Whitaker in 1994. This event will be held in the program room of the Crane House & Historic YWCA. Suggested donation $5 for the program.

For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail, or visit

Sunday, March 20 - Bedminster, Somerset County
Heirloom Discovery Day

Ever wonder what some of your family heirlooms are worth? On Sunday at 1:00 pm, Martine White, ASA, of Bernards Appraisal Associates, LLC, will be speak about current market conditions for antiques and collectibles and invite attendees to present items for group discussion and estimated valuation. Objects for appraisal can include paintings, prints, antiques, china, clocks, crystal, sculpture, figurines, Oriental rugs, silver, and jewelry (anything that can be carried). No coins, stamps, or books. Each participant is limited to three items for appraisal.

Admission to the program is $20 ($10 for members of the Jacobus Vanderveer House) and includes a house tour and verbal appraisals.

Ms. White, a Senior Certified Appraiser of Antiques & Decorative Arts with the American Society of Appraisers and the Appraisers Association of America, has been appraising personal property in the metropolitan area since 1988. As principal of Bernards Appraisal Associates, in Gladstone, New Jersey, she and her associates provide comprehensive certified appraisal documents for insurance scheduling, relocation, estate tax, charitable donation, damage/loss claims, estate planning, prenuptial agreements and marital dissolution. Her clients include not only prominent families of the Somerset Hills, but major banks and trust companies, law firms and insurance providers.

Pre-registration is required and registration is limited. To register, visit or call 908-396-6053.

The Jacobus Vanderveer House will also be open for tours to the general public from 1-4 pm. $10 admission (free to members of The Jacobus Vanderveer House and children 12 and under).

The Jacobus Vanderveer House served as headquarters for General Henry Knox during the winter of 1778-79 and is the only known building still standing that was associated with the Pluckemin Artillery Cantonment, believed to be the first installation in America to train officers in engineering and artillery. The Jacobus Vanderveer House interprets Dutch colonial life in America as well as the stay by General Knox and his family during the 1778-79 encampment. A National and New Jersey Historic Site, the Jacobus Vanderveer House is a true landmark that offers a vivid look into the history of our country and the lives of those who made it.

The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 3055 River Road. The entrance to the house is via River Road Park. For directions and more information, visit

Sunday, March 20 - Union, Union County
The Peterstown Book: Cent'Anni Author Talk

Enjoy a unique historical combination on Sunday, March 20, at 2:30 pm - absorb the beauty of Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church while listening to experts on Elizabeth's Italian-American neighborhood. The Union Township Historical Society will host Tina and Joe Renna, co-authors of The Peterstown Book: Cent'Anni (The 100-Year History of an Italian-American Neighborhood) at the Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church, 888 Stuyvesant Avenue, Union, NJ. The presentation will take place in the sanctuary of Union's historic CFPC, as part of the UTHS meeting, which will begin at 2:00 pm and to which all are invited.

People of every ethnicity can relate to The Peterstown Book's universal themes-the struggles and triumphs of families striving for the American Dream, which they achieved through hard work, commitment to strong values, and dedication to their church.  It's the story of many generations who made Peterstown their home.

Join us for refreshments afterwards, meet the Rennas, and, perhaps, purchase an autographed copy of their book - which they are discounting at this event from $45 to $25!  Plus, for every book they sell there, Tina and Joe will donate $5 to the UTHS.

The admission fee of a $5 donation will help the UTHS preserve its headquarters, the Caldwell Parsonage Museum. For more information, call Barbara La Mort at 908-687-0048 or visit

Sunday, March 20 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
An Introduction to New Jersey’s Historic Burial Grounds

The Heritage Trail Association will sponsor “Stranger Stop and Cast an Eye: an Introduction to New Jersey’s Historic Burial Grounds,” on Sunday at 2:00 pm at the Van Horne House in Bridgewater. It will be presented by Richard Veit, Ph.D.

Far from being scary, spooky places, New Jersey’s historic burial grounds are treasure troves of information for historians, genealogists, archaeologists, and art historians. This illustrated presentation examines New Jersey historic burial grounds from High Point to Cape May. It begins with the earliest surviving gravestones in the state, examines the artistically carved gravestones employed in colonial New Jersey, the fanciful markers of the Victorians, and concludes with some modern artistic marvels. The graves of heroes and villains, rogues and patriots are all examined.

Richard Veit, Ph.D. is the Chair of the Department of History and Anthropology at Monmouth University. He directs Monmouth's annual archaeological field school and is the author of several books on topics in New Jersey and regional history and archaeology.

This is a free event, but reservations are required as space is limited. Doors will open at 1:30 pm for this 2:00 pm program. The Van Horne House is located at 941 East Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ. Parking is available behind Target. Handicapped parking available in the Van Horne lot. Reservations are required. Register by calling 732-356-8856 or online at

Sunday, March 20 - Maplewood, Essex County
Meet Eleanor Roosevelt
Children Friendly

In the public sphere, Eleanor Roosevelt exuded a zest for life and carved out a career and reputation as First Lady by championing the equality of people of all nations. Through her efforts the world began to look anew at human rights and equality. She soon became known not just as First Lady of the United States, but rather, as First Lady of the World and is considered the prime architect of the United Nation’s Declaration of Human Rights. Though she fought on the world’s stage to improve the lives of others, she struggled in the shadow of her famous husband, and in her privates roles as wife, mother, and daughter, she suffered much personal pain and disappointment.

This first-person historical interpretation, entitled Eleanor Roosevelt: The Early Years, is presented by Rene Goodwin of the American Historical Theater. It allows attendees to meet the remarkable Eleanor Roosevelt prior to World War II in her initial years as First Lady and to share her passions as well as her pains while looking back in time at America and the world. (Little-known fact: This is Mrs. Roosevelt’s “second” visit to Maplewood. In the late 1920’s, previous to her husband’s presidency, she presented her support for the League of Nations in a talk before the Woman’s Club of Maplewood.)

Philadelphia based actress and vocalist Rene Goodwin studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, has performed in a stand-up duo, and serves as a musical mentor for the Philly Pops. She joined the well-known American Historical Theater in the 1980’s where she developed a trilogy of presentations on Eleanor Roosevelt’s life and has gone on to portray other historical figures such as Dorothy Parker and Golda Meir. Goodwin has appeared at numerous venues such as the White House Visitor Center, the Theodore Roosevelt Museum, the National Archives, and the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge.

The performance is free (donations appreciated) and is presented in honor of Women’s History Month in partnership with Maplewood Township Cultural Affairs. Doors open at 1:30 pm at The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road, Maplewood, NJ.

Durand-Hedden House is dedicated to telling the history of the development of Maplewood and the surrounding area in new and engaging ways. It is located in Grasmere Park at 523 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood, NJ. For more information, call 973-763-7712 or visit

Sunday, March 20 - Tewksbury, Hunterdon County
Tools & Implements of The Vliet Farm

The Tewksbury Historical Society will hold its 2nd meeting of 2016 on Sunday at 1:00 pm at Society Headquarters, 60 Water Street, in the Mountainville section of Tewksbury Township, weather permitting. Former Tewksbury resident and native Ken Vliet, now of Danielsville, PA, will speak on the "Tools and Implements of the Vliet Farm."

Ken Vliet was born and raised on his family's farm, located on Vliettown Road, next to the intersection with Black River Road. Ken will talk about items used to maintain buildings and equipment as well as implements needed for growing and harvesting crops. Tools and miniatures will be used in explaining methods and techniques. Today, the farm is owned by Jennifer Johnson Duke and it still an active farm, having dairy cows and field crops.

Membership in the society is open to anyone interested in the history of Tewksbury Township. The cost is $ 15 annually for an individual membership or $ 25 for a family membership. Members receive via email a quarterly newsletter and advance notice of all programs and events the Society holds throughout the year.  The Society holds three regular meetings per year on the 3rd Sunday in January, March, and May with a 4th program in November. For more information, call (908) 832-6734 and leave your name and phone number or e-mail

Sunday, March 20 - Westampton, Burlington County
Open Hearth Cooking - Gridirons and Trammels
Children Friendly

Cooking on the Open Hearth requires quite a different set of cooking utensils. Learn what you need to bake bread, make toast, and boil eggs in the hearth on Peachfield on Sunday. Find out the purpose of a trammel, a crane, a salamander, and a skimmer.

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

Through April 1, 2016 - Cape May Court House, Cape May County
Taboo: Exposing Hidden History

Deep inside most museums is a hidden cache of artifacts deemed too controversial for display. Due to their controversial nature, many of these items are seldom seen by the public. Many of these acquisitions remind us of issues from our past that some would like to forget.

Like most places in our nation Cape May County's past also holds untold stories. As stewards of our local history, we feel it is our obligation to present these pages of history to the public.

Under the direction of guest curator, Gwen Brownell Raring, the Cape May County Museum has put together an exhibit highlighting controversial artifacts from local collections, both public and private. Many of these items have never been presented for the public's view.

We invite you to attend this thought-provoking exhibit. Admission to the exhibit is free to museum members and $5 per person for non-members. The Museum of Cape May County Gallery is located at 504 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House, NJ. For more information, call 609-465-3535, e-mail or visit

Through June 10, 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

Through July 9, 2016 - Freehold, Monmouth County
19th Century New Jersey Chairmaking Exhibit

Monmouth County Historical Association's newest exhibition Of the Best Materials and Good Workmanship: 19th Century New Jersey Chairmaking at the Museum at 70 Court Street will remain open through July 9, 2016.

This exhibition explores the diversity of products made by chairmakers in New Jersey from the late 18th century through 1900 and explores four different galleries: the craft of chairmaking, Windsor chairs, common chairs, and factory made chairs. It draws from chairmakers from throughout the Garden State, including a large collection of chairmaking tools, equipment, benches, patterns and stencils collected by William H. MacDonald of Trenton. MacDonald, who had one time worked in Freehold, donated the collection to the Association in the mid and late 20th century. The exhibition represents the first time the entire collection of tools, equipment and patterns have ever been displayed together.

Hammond explained that the name for the exhibition is taken from the language commonly used by New Jersey manufacturers in their newspaper advertisements promoting themselves against craftsmen from New York and Philadelphia.

Many of the items in the exhibition come from throughout the Garden State, from Bergen to Cumberland and Salem counties, and span the era from 1780 to 1900. Some of the items on display are on loan from several different historical societies as well as the Rutgers archives’ special collection and are representative of both local and regional chairmakers.

Of particular interest is one section devoted to the Ware family of Cumberland County, a family that represents a unique chapter in the history of American furniture production. Nineteen members of the family spanning four generations made traditional slat back, rush-seated chairs in the Delaware Valley tradition from the late 18th century to about 1940.

The gallery portraying factory made chairs includes perforated furniture made by Gardener and Company in 1872, a business in Glen Gardner, folding chairs popular on ocean liners dating back as far as 1868 and made by the Collignon Brothers in Closter, in Bergen County, using wood from the sawmill across the Hackensack River from the plant, and the Cooper Chair factory of Bergen, noted for its delicate chairmaking styles.

The Gallery devoted to Windsor chairs includes the earliest known marked Windsor chair, one made by Ezekiah Hughes in Salem County in the 1780s. The exhibition at the Museum displays one of the largest collections of Windsor chairs ever shown.

Monmouth County Historical Association is a private non-profit organization that has been working to preserve history and provide educational opportunities since its founding in 1898. The Historical Association’s Museum and Library is located at 70 Court Street in Freehold, NJ. Museum hours are: Tuesdays - Saturdays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. The Library is open Wednesdays through Saturdays. For more information about the Association, call 732-462-1466 or visit

Through August 28, 2016 - Boonton, Morris County
Boonton and the Electronics Industry Exhibit Opening

Our new changing exhibit features the numerous electronics companies that existed in Boonton during the infancy of electronics. Aircraft instrumentation, electronic testing instruments, and radios will be on display. Learn more about Boonton's significant contributions to the electronics industry by visiting us at the historic Dr. John Taylor House in Boonton NJ. The site is open on Sunday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. The museum is located at 210 Main Street, Boonton NJ. For more information, call 973-402-8840.

Through December 31, 2016 - Far Hills, Somerset County
More Than a Game Exhibit at the USGA Museum
Children Friendly

Visitors to the USGA Museum in Far Hills will be surprised to learn that there is much to discover about the game of golf. Originally installed in February of 2014, the exhibit "More Than a Game" focuses on how the creation of African-American golf clubs positively impacted the community, despite the pervasive prejudice and racism of the Jim Crow era. They founded institutions that celebrated the game, and their culture, setting a new standard for what a free and open society could be.

Local schools and youth groups are invited to arrange a field trip to the museum to learn about diversity in golf through the exhibit's centerpiece which is the story of William "Bill" Powell and the Clearview Golf Club. Founded in 1946 in East Canton, Ohio, Clearview is the only public golf course in the United States designed, built, owned, and operated by an African American. Celebrating their 70th anniversary this year, its existence is a testimonial to the vision, determination and integrity of Powell, who overcame numerous obstacles in the pursuit of his dream. Lesson plans are available upon request for teachers and group leaders prior to or following their onsite experience.

Powell's Clearview Golf Club was not the only African-American golf institution founded in this era. The exhibit also honors other clubs that made significant contributions to minority golf including Shady Rest Country Club in Scotch Plains, NJ, home course of John Shippen, the first American and the first African American to play in a U.S. Open Championship in 1896. Also featured are significant trophies from the United Golfers Association and many other various artifacts that celebrate the men and women who made sacrifices in an effort to realize their dream of equality on the greens.

The USGA is one of the world's foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game's history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing "For the Good of the Game" grants program. Additionally, the USGA's Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.

For more information about the museum, this exhibit and field trip opportunities, please contact Kim Gianetti at 908-326-1948 or by email at For more information about the USGA, visit

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


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