Friday, April 15, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/16/16 - 4/17/16

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Saturday, April 16 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Luck O' The Farm: Farmhand and House Servants
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, help the Irish farmers with spring planting and barnyard chores. At The Willows, assist the Irish servants with the annual spring cleaning. Learn about the Irish culture through food, dance, music, and a craft.

Admission: $8 for adults; $7 for seniors (65+); $6 for children ages 4 – 16; and $4 for children ages 2 and 3. FREE for children under age 2. Friends members are half price with a current membership card. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is located at 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, visit

Saturday, April 16 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Knitting Demonstration
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel and get inspired during this demonstration on the art of knitting. This free event runs from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. For more information, call 732-946-3758 or visit

Saturday, April 16 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Spring Festival
Children Friendly Site

Join Allaire Village for their 19th-century Spring Festival! The village is welcoming spring, and after a long cold winter it is time to prepare the flower and herb gardens for a new season.

They invite the young and young at heart to come and plant a seed in a special new children's garden and will also have a few seeds to share with you to take home. They hope you will visit often throughout the year to see just how tall those flowers eventually grow!

Historic homes and craft shops will be open for tours from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. The Militia will be demonstrating drills and weaponry, as well as mustering visitors and villagers to march along side them. The Lost Lacers of New Jersey will be out demonstrating their historic crafts. There will be a spring auction in front of the General Store at 2:00 pm featuring handcrafts from our Allaire Village craftsmen, arrangements by local florists, and much more! This event is free to the public.

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

Saturday, April 16 - Haddonfield, Camden County
John Adams at the Indian King Tavern Museum

The Friends of the Indian King Tavern Museum's open house will feature John Adams, as portrayed by Joseph Doyle from the American Historical Theatre. On Saturday, the tavern will be open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and the presentation will begin at 2:00 p.m. Seating is limited, so call 856-428-8598 to reserve a spot.

John Adams was pivotal to the American Cause. His sharp legal mind enabled him to frame key precepts for the emerging United States, but Adams was shrewd enough to recommend that Thomas Jefferson write the Declaration of Independence in order to secure southern support. Adams wrote the Massachusetts Constitution, which served as the highly-original model for the United States Constitution, in that the Massachusetts document called for three equal branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial.

Mr. Adams devoted his outstanding legal talents to the cause of freedom and liberty. His bulldog tenacity and political acumen served him well as Washington's Vice President, as the U.S. Surgeon General and as the second President of the United States. Adams encouraged an end to slavery and promoted education for both men and women.

Joe Doyle's training and experience enable him to interact with confidence and intelligence with his audience. His reporting background developed his talent for keen observation of the human condition.  Mr. Doyle looks like John Adams and has the intellect to portray him with artistic honesty. Adams wrote commentary and Doyle writes plays. Both men are capable managers and devoted husbands. John Adams is an excellent choice for legal events, medical meetings, husband and wife events, political fundraisers, and military commemorations.

The Indian King Tavern is located at 233 Kings Highway, East, Haddonfield, NJ. For more information, call 856-429-6792 or visit

Saturday, April 16 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Spring Plowing
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday, free wagon tours of Howell Living History Farm's spring plowing operations will leave from the farmyard, taking visitors to fields where farmers will be plowing with horses and circa 1900 equipment. Rides last approximately 20 minutes and are given on a first come, first serve basis. Tours will be narrated. Rides will leave from the farmyard continuously from 10:30 am until 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 16 - Westfield, Union County
Basket Weaving Workshop

On Saturday, the Miller-Cory House Museum is hosting a basket weaving workshop from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon. Basket weaving is one of the oldest known crafts in the world, dating back to before recorded history. In early days, baskets were a necessity for carrying and storing various items. They are still used for these purposes today, but their infinite styles and forms also make them appealing for decoration and display.

Take part in this ancient craft - and have fun, too! Beginners are welcome! Participants will learn how to make a napkin basket. The workshop will be held at the museum, 614 Mountain Avenue, Westfield, NJ. Space is limited and the registration fee is $15. For more information and to register, call the museum weekday mornings at 908-232-1776 or e-mail, or visit

Saturday, April 16 - West Orange, Essex County
National Junior Ranger Day at Thomas Edison NHP
Children Friendly Event & Site

In celebration of National Park Week, the National Park Service would like to show its appreciation for all of its junior rangers. Junior rangers explore, learn, and protect national parks.

Children visiting on Junior Ranger Day can earn a Centennial Junior Ranger badge if they complete the Centennial Junior Ranger booklet. This is a special limited edition badge and booklet. At 11:00 am join the ranger on a special children's laboratory complex tour and earn a badge as you explore the labs.  Limited quantities.

Reservations required. Call 973-736-0550 ext 89 to reserve your spot. Admission to Thomas Edison National Historical Park is waived on April 16 - 24 in honor of National Park Week. Passes for Glenmont must be picked up at the Laboratory Complex Visitor Center at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x11 or visit

Saturday, April 16 - Cape May, Cape May County
Defenders of the Delaware

Defenders of the Delaware is the theme of the exhibit at the World War II Lookout Tower in 2016. Join MAC Director of Museum Education Dr. Robert Heinly and local expert on coastal defense installations, Mark Allen, for an overview of the defense system known as Fort Miles (of which the World War II Lookout Tower is a part) along with similar defense systems throughout history: Forts Mifflin, Mercer, Delaware, DuPont, Mott, and Saulsbury. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free for Friends members; $5 for non-members. The program will be held at the Cape May Lutheran Church, 509 Pittsburgh Avenue, Cape May, NJ on Saturday at 1:00 pm. Sponsored by the Friends of the World War II Tower, an affinity group of the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday, April 16 - Mount Holly, Burlington County
Lumberton's Cold War Nike Missile Battery Photography Exhibit and Talk

The Burlington County Lyceum of History & Natural Sciences invites you to an exhibit related to the Nike missile base in Lumberton, NJ, in April. On display is the work of photographer Richard Lewis. On Saturday at 1:00 pm, Thomas Tigar, who worked at the site when it was operational in the 1960s and 1970s will discuss the Nike missile defense system. The exhibit and talk are free. The Burlington County Lyceum of History & Natural Sciences is located at 307 High Street, Mount Holly, NJ. For more information, call 609-267-7111 or e-mail

Saturday, April 16 - Trenton, Mercer County
Proud Heritage: African American History in the Sourlands and Hopewell Valley

With deep family roots in the Hopewell area, Beverly Mills, Elaine Buck, and John Buck (Elaine's husband) are passionate advocates for the preservation of the African American cemetery in the Sourlands and the surrounding region. Not far from Trenton, Stoutsburg Cemetery, also known as Moore's Farm Burial Ground, has been the final resting place of area African Americans for 200 years and perhaps longer. It holds the remains of a group of people who helped shape the economy of this region-as free, or as New Jersey's enslaved laborers.

Also interred there are numerous veterans, including Private William Stives (1760-1839), who has a commemorative marker as a soldier in the 3rd NJ Regiment of the American Revolution, as well as ten veterans who fought in the Civil War. Mills and Buck are currently writing a book about African American contributions to the region, which should is targeted to be available by the end of the year.

This illustrated lecture will examine how a simple quest to preserve family history has grown into a grant-funded effort to preserve and document an important cemetery, and create an African American museum in the Sourlands.

Lecture starts at 1:00 pm. Admission: $10.00 for non-members and $8.00 for members. Complimentary light refreshments will be served. The Trent House is located at 15 Market Street in Trenton, NJ adjacent to the Hughes Justice Complex. Ample free parking. For more information, call 609-989-3027 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, April 16 - 17 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Walnford in Bloom
Children Friendly Site

A pink cloud of red bud blossoms, rows of golden daffodils and the ethereal blue bells appear along the creek banks. Spring has sprung at Historic Walnford with an array of wildflowers and cultivated species. Celebrate the transition from winter to summer in a fine yet fleeting display of spring blossoms from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission and parking are free.

While there, visit the large, elegant Walnford home built in 1774, the 19th century gristmill and the farm buildings set in a beautiful landscape. Walnford is located at 62 Walnford Road, Upper Freehold, NJ. For more information, call 609-259-6275 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, April 16 - 17 - Trenton, Mercer County
Storytime: When the Shadbush Blooms
Children Friendly Event & Site

Explore the Lenape then and now through the lens of one family's seasonal activities at the NJ State Museum on Saturday and Sunday. The story will be followed by a related craft activity. While you're at the museum, make sure to visit Silver Shell and Glass: A History of Native American Beadwork, to see a range of beautifully decorated items and learn more about the tradition of beadwork.

For more on our state's Native American history, visit the lower level exhibitions, "New Jersey's Original People, Cultures in Competition" and "A Much Moved People" which present the story of the Lenape from prehistory to the present day. 

Storytime is held in the Discovery Den on the 3rd weekend of every month, followed by a craft activity. Storytime is designed for families with children ages 4 to 8. Storytime begins at 2:00 pm in the Discovery Den on the 2nd floor of the New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street, Trenton, NJ. For more information, call 609-292-6464 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, April 16 - 17 - Morristown, Morris County
Grand Encampment Weekend 2016
Children Friendly Event & Site

Our annual encampment weekend on a Centennial scale! This year, the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary and our annual encampment weekend is our kickoff marquee event. Over 150 reenactors from across the mid-Atlantic region will converge on Jockey Hollow to display a variety of 18th century skills and demonstrations.

Saturday Schedule:
10:00 am - Camp Opens
10:30 am - First Formation & Inspection of the Troops
11:00 am - Military Drill & Firing Demonstration
12:15 pm - Children's Drill
1:00-1:30 pm - Soldiers on Campaign
2:00-2:15 pm - Camp Fire Pit Construction Demonstration
3:00-3:45 pm - Light Infantry Drill, Tactics, and Firing Demonstration
4:00-4:30 pm - Fife and Drums Music Demonstration featuring the 3rd NJ Greys
4:30 pm - Final Formation for General Orders
5:00 pm - Camp Closes

Ongoing activities throughout the day (10:00 am - 5:00 pm):
Soldiers at the Huts
18th Century Hearth Cooking in the Wick House
18th Century Laundry Demonstration outside the Wick House
Sutler Tent
Surgeons' Hospital Tent
Children's Games Tent

Sunday Schedule:
10:00 am - Camp Opens
10:30 am - Hike to the Huts: Join the soldiers as they march from the Wick House to the Soldier Huts
11:30 am - Cavalry Demonstration with Sheldon's Light Horse
12:15 pm - Children's Drill
1:00 pm - Individual Firing Demonstration
2:00 pm - By Unit Firing Demonstration
3:30-4:00 pm - Final Formation and Grand Review
5:00 pm - Camp Closes

Ongoing activities throughout the day (10:00 am - 5:00 pm):
Soldiers at the Huts
18th Century Hearth Cooking in the Wick House
18th Century Laundry Demonstration outside the Wick House
Sutler Tent
Surgeons' Hospital Tent
Children's Games Tent

Jockey Hollow at Morristown National Historical Park is located at 580 Tempe Wick Road, Morristown NJ (address is approximate). This is a FREE event. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit

Sunday, April 17 - Union Township, Union County
Presentation - "Made in Union"

Come hear Tom Beisler's lecture on the history of manufacturing in Union and view Tom Haggerty's newly created slideshow, "Made in Union" on Sunday at 2:30 pm at the Caldwell Parsonage, 909 Caldwell Avenue, Union.

Their presentation will focus on the people and products of businesses that once made-or still make-their homes in Union, such as: Headley's Cider Mill; Headley ship mast hoops; Tuscan Dairy; Peerless Beverage Company; Ce De Candy, Inc.; Wm. Kratt Company, which made harmonicas and pitch pipes; Pyro Plastics Corporation, which made toy ray guns; Gemex watch bands; John J. Reid Varnishes; International Paint Company; Potter Aeronautical Corporation, whose flow meters were used for fuel in the U.S. space program's first rockets in the 1950s; Elastic Stop® Nut Corporation, which made self-locking fasteners used, among others, by our military in WW II ; National Woodworking Corporation; and Permutit water softeners.

The program will be part of the meeting of the Union Township Historical Society, which will begin at 2:00 pm. Non-members are cordially invited to attend. Refreshments will be served, including world-famous Smarties candies, which are "made in Union!" Admission is free; donations for the preservation of the Parsonage are greatly appreciated. For more information call 908-687-0048, or visit

Sunday, April 17 - Montclair, Essex County
Historic House Tour: Crane House/YWCA and Shultz House
Children Friendly Site

Today you can visit ALL of the Montclair Historical Society’s properties. Discover history through the “many voices” who made our community what it is today at the Crane House and Historic YWCA. The people who lived, worked, and relaxed in this building tell the story of not only Montclair, but also New Jersey and nation from its early years of a fledgling country to a country embroiled in Civil Rights. Food Historian Carolina Capehart will be demonstrating in the hearth. While you’re here, make sure you see what’s growing at the farm, meet the chickens, and visit the Museum Shop for unique, one-of-a-kind treats. The Crane House/Historic WYCA is located at 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ.

Then make your way to the Shultz House at 30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ. This amazing gem of a house is an intact time capsule of life in the early 20th century. Wait until you see the woodwork, the Delft fireplace surround, the science equipment in the library!

Both sites are open 1:00 - 4:00 pm with tours on the hour and the last tour at 3:00 pm. Admission is $6/adult; $5/student/senior with ID; $4/child; under 2 free. For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail, or visit

Sunday, April 17 - Toms River, Ocean County
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: "An Arsenal for Democracy"

On Sunday at 2:00 pm, the Ocean County Historical Society will feature actor Neill Hartley in Franklin Delano Roosevelt: "An Arsenal for Democracy" at 26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River, NJ. Mr. Hartley will portray FDR who has just been re-elected to an unprecedented third term in office. Be transported back in time to December 29, 1940, when Nazi Germany has blazed a path of destruction across Europe, and America may soon be drawn into the war. The audience will meet with the President just prior to his delivery of the famous "Arsenal for Democracy" speech. There is no admission charge and refreshments will be served. For more information and to reserve your seat, call 732-341-1880 or visit

Sunday, April 17 - Bedminster, Somerset County
Oney Judge on Taking Liberty

The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum will host a special presentation about Oney Judge, a dower slave who worked for George and Martha Washington, on Sunday at 2:00 pm.

Oney Judge On Taking Liberty, features actress Cathy Simpson of the American Historical Theatre, who recounts stories about Oney’s life with the Washingtons, her experience as a slave, and her escape to the North, where she lived as a fugitive until her death. The audience will share Oney’s excitement as she escapes the bonds of slavery, embraces obstacles and reclaims her strength.

Admission to the program is $10 per person (Free to members of the Jacobus Vanderveer House and children 12 and under. Special group rates for school and scouting groups). Pre-registration is encouraged. Register at or call 908-396-6053.

The Jacobus Vanderveer House will also be open for tours to the general public from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Docents will be available for guided tours and informational material about the 1772 Dutch-Colonial home, period rooms and furnishings is available throughout the house.

The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 3055 River Road (in Bedminster’s River Road Park), Bedminster, NJ. The entrance to the house is via River Road Park. For more information, call 908-396-6053 or visit

Sunday, April 17 through June 26, 2016 - Park Ridge, Bergen County
The Jazz Age: Fashions, Flappers, and Flasks

Pascack Historical Society volunteers invite you to revisit a historical time when conservative American traditions and mores were pushed to the limit. A new exhibit, The Jazz Age: Fashions, Flappers, and Flasks, will open on Sunday, April 17 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, at 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge, NJ. Admission is free, but donations are happily accepted at the door to the barrier-free 1873 museum. Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult. The exhibit will run during regular visiting hours through June 26.

The Jazz Age, the time between the end of World War I (1918) and the Stock Market crash of 1929, was noted for increased nationwide prosperity, liberated social and sexual behaviors, Prohibition, and the accompanying production of bootleg liquor, speakeasies, jazz and ragtime music.

Young carefree women drank liquor freely from decorative flasks and smoked cigarettes in public, dangling them from jeweled cigarette holders, as they danced the Charleston and Blackbottom with wild abandon. Short skirts, plunging necklines and low backs on dresses put more of the female body parts on display than ever before. The female fashion silhouette presented a boyish figure with flattened breasts and very loose fitting clothes. Emancipation from traditional gender styles encouraged women to cut their long hair and free them from the complicated styles of the Edwardian Age. The short "bob" hairstyle needed to be cut more regularly and a plethora of beauty parlors opened nationwide according to exhibit PHS Trustees Helen Whalen and Grace Wohn, exhibit curators.

Visitors will see many day and dinner dresses, coats and accessories worn and used by the women of the Pascack Valley during this short and exciting time in American history. For more information, call 201-573-0307 or visit

Through May 15, 2016 - Harrison Township, Gloucester County
Two New Exhibits on Display

Harrison Township Historical Society's Old Town Hall Museum has reopened this spring with two new exhibitions exploring 10,000 years of local history. The new installations feature the society's rich holdings, many of which are on exhibit for the first time."

"Living Off the Land: Food, Farms and Families" focuses on Harrison Township's agricultural heritage. Food production has been a prominent feature of the area for centuries, due to its fertile soil, progressive family farms, and close proximity to major metropolitan markets in Philadelphia, New York and beyond. The exhibition examines a wide range of farm products produced here, from fruits and vegetable crops to dairy, poultry, and pork through artifacts dating from the early 1800s to the present day.

Going even farther back into the township's history, "The Stone Age in Harrison Township" features the society's extensive Paleo-Indian collection. This archaeological record provides evidence of 10,000 years of human habitation here. Interestingly, the objects include stone hoes and adzes showing how long crops have been grown and harvested here.

"Eyewitnesses," the society's interactive presentation in the first floor gallery concludes this spring. Here a collection of objects tell their own stories through an audio soundtrack accessible through visitors' mobile devices and online. The exhibition is also available at the society's website ( Both on-line and gallery visitors can vote for their favorite object and story. Museum visitors are also encouraged to share a "selfie" with their favorite object.

The museum is open Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, through May 15, 2016 (closed Mother's Day) and admission is free. Old Town Hall Museum is located at 62 South Main Street in Mullica Hill, NJ. For more information, call 856-478-4949 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 June 26, 2016 - Sparta, Sussex County
Vintage Costume Jewelry Exhibit

With a focus on vintage costume jewelry “Made in America,” you are invited to “Faux and Fabulous: 100 Years of Vintage Costume Jewelry” at the Sparta Historical Society’s Van Kirk Homestead Museum. This exhibition in the Changing Gallery, curated by Joyce Zakierski Simmons, features period costume jewelry adornments.

Faux jewelry played an eminent part in our American society. Featuring major American designers and manufacturers, the accessories on exhibit illustrate the historic design styles prevalent from 1900-2000. With discoveries and inventions, new materials prevailed. Glass, silk, metal, wood, leather, imitation stones and especially plastic materials are used in each piece of costume jewelry. These components, known as findings, were made all over the world, but the final product was assembled here in the USA. What makes this exhibit exciting is that the costume jewelry industry basically started in America, with Providence, RI its home. The rarely seen hand manipulated beaded Miriam Haskell archival jewelry, will add to the other giant early 20th century manufacturing houses of Coro, Trifari, Monet, and Napier.

This wearable art of glamorous necklaces, brooches, earrings and bracelets will dazzle you throughout the exhibit. As you learn of the history of retro costume jewelry, these treasures will delight both the collector and the interested visitor. There are fun facts for future collectors and smart tips on choosing investment pieces. Simply stop in to see what was in grandma’s jewelry box.

The exhibit hours are from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, on the second and fourth Sunday of the month and runs through Sunday, June 26, 2016. Gallery talks will take place at 2:00 pm on Sundays. The show is open to the public and handicap accessible. Special group viewing hours may be arranged through the Sparta Historical Society, Van Kirk Homestead Museum and History Education Center, 336 Main Street (Route 517, use Sparta Middle School Driveway), Sparta, NJ 07871. For more information, call 973-726-0883 or

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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