Friday, May 20, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/21/16 - 5/22/16

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Friday - Saturday, May 20 - 21 - Vineland, Cumberland County
Vineland Founder's Day

Saturday, May 21 - Hopewell, Mercer County
Walking Tour of Historic Hopewell Borough

The Hopewell 125th Celebration continues on Saturday with a walking tour of historic Hopewell Borough. The Hopewell Public Library in conjunction with the Hopewell Valley Historical Society has organized a one-hour tour that begins at 11:00 am in front of the library at 13 E. Broad Street, Hopewell, NJ. It will include some history about many of the town's oldest buildings and stories highlighting events from the past. The historical walk will be lead by local historian Jack Koeppel.

The tour, part of the Hopewell 125th Celebration, begins with interesting facts about how the tiny 18th century village was founded by the early Baptists. Also, learn how the congregation built the town’s centerpiece Old School Baptist Church and created the trust that maintains it today. The tour follows along West Broad, Mercer, Model Avenue and Railroad Place. After walking up Blackwell Avenue the tour will end at the Hopewell Museum with facts, events, and stories shared all along the way. Some of the other featured buildings include early taverns and two former schoolhouses. Stories about current homes that had former lives now long forgotten may surprise those in attendance.

Registration is required. To register, call the Hopewell Public Library at 609-466-1625. For more information, visit

Saturday, May 21 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Watch Them Grow
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, watch the farmers weigh the piglets that were born this past spring at 1:00 and 2:00 pm.

Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors (65+); $4 for children ages 4 – 16; and $2for children ages 2 and 3. FREE for children under age 2 and Friends members with a current membership card. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is located at 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, visit

Saturday, May 21 - Morristown, Morris County
Curator's Tour
Children Friendly Site

On Saturday at Historic Speedwell, learn about the fine and decorative art pieces in the Vail House during this curator’s tour from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Historic Speedwell is located at 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ. Tour included with the price of admission. For more information, call 973-285-6550 or visit

Saturday, May 21 - Morristown, Morris County
Fort Nonsense - or Necessity?
Children Friendly Event

Come learn about Fort Nonsense's key role in the defense of Morristown, sometimes known as the Military Capitol of the Revolution. Though some disagreed with General Washington, you may agree it wasn't nonsense after all. A ranger will be on-site from 12:30 - 3:30 pm at Fort Nonsense, within Morristown National Historical Park. It is located at 16 Chestnut Street, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-539-2016 ext. 210 or visit

Saturday, May 21 - Morristown, Morris County
Soldier at the Huts
Children Friendly Event

Learn about the life of a common soldier during the winter encampment and see the clothing, equipment, and weapons that a soldier used as you visit the replica soldier huts of the Pennsylvania Line. Stop by the Soldier Huts from 1:30 - 4:00 pm within Jockey Hollow at Morristown National Historical Park, 580 Tempe Wick Road, Morristown NJ (address is approximate). This is a FREE event. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit

Saturday, May 21 - Montclair, Essex County
Bellevue Avenue History Tour

A violent labor strike, a private meeting in Andrew Carnegie’s home office, and an impassioned petition by Upper Montclair residents all played a role in the creation of the Bellevue Avenue Library, a Carnegie library that opened in 1914 and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. This tour will highlight the building’s architecture both inside and outside and the story of how it came to be, illustrated with historic photographs. Led by Lisanne Renner, historian for Friends of Anderson Park. Sponsored by the Montclair Library Friends with support from the Montclair Public Library. Meet at 4:00 pm at the library plaza (or inside if it’s raining), 185 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair. The tour is free. For more information, e-mail, call 973-477-7207, or visit

Saturday, May 21 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Corn Planting
Children Friendly Event and Site

If you have been wondering how to tell your children about the origin of their corn flakes, corn chips, polenta, tortillas, and hush puppies, bring them to Howell Living Farm for Corn Planting Day on Saturday.

Farmers will introduce visitors to some of the earthier facts of farm life by having them help with corn seed selection, fertilizing and planting. Afterwards children can grind and sift cornmeal for baking, and sample freshly made cornbread. Special maps will be given to participants to guide them to each production area; those who have their map stamped at all areas will be given a bag of freshly ground cornmeal to take home. Participating children must be accompanied by an adult. Throughout the day, farmers will use work horses and circa 1900 equipment to prepare and plant cornfields.

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, May 21 - Lower Township, Cape May County
Armed Forces Day Ceremony at the World War II Lookout Tower

The fully restored World War II Lookout Tower is the perfect setting to pay tribute to the dedicated men and women who have helped preserve our freedom. The ceremony will be held Saturday at 11:00 am. Free admission. The World War II Lookout Tower is located on Sunset Boulevard in Lower Township, near Cape May Point. 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, May 21 - Cape May Point, Cape May County
Cape May Lighthouse Full Moon Climb
Children Friendly Site

Let the light of the full moon guide you up the 199 stairs to the starry top, overlooking historic Cape May. Since it opened to the public in 1988, some 2.5 million people have climbed the 199 steps to the top of the Cape May Lighthouse; but a smaller, select group can say they have experienced the grand vista of the evening sky from atop this majestic beacon at nighttime. Climb the 199 steps of the Cape May Lighthouse to the top where you'll be able to see the full moon in all its glory on clear nights and enjoy a spectacular moonlit view. In 2016, Lighthouse Full Moon Climbs are offered on Saturday, May 21, Monday, June 20, Tuesday, July 19, Thursday, Aug. 18, Friday, September 16 and Sunday, October 16.

The Cape May Lighthouse is located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township. Climbs will be held between 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm. Admission: $8 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3-12). 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, May 21 - Cape May, Cape May County
Grand Lighthouse Cruise

Come aboard the Cape May Whale Watcher to view and photograph seven historic lighthouses of the late 19th and early part of the 20th centuries. Most of these lighthouses stand on pedestals out of sight of land in the Delaware Bay and are still operational. Each 5-hour cruise includes narration on the history of each lighthouse and more. Includes continental breakfast buffet and Captain's Lunch buffet. A cash bar is available. Tour will be held Saturday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Tickets $85 (adults) $70 (children ages 7-12). Co-sponsored by the Cape May Whale Watcher and the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday, May 21 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
Archaeology Symposium

This archaeology symposium on Saturday at East Jersey Old Town Village examines two New Jersey historic sites and the investigative work that was utilized to uncover their history. The first presentation examines a 19th-century female seminary in Burlington City, NJ. The other two lectures explore findings at the First Reformed Church of New Brunswick. 

*1:15 - 1:45 pm -- "Christian Motherhood and 19th-century Academia: Archaeology of a New Jersey Female Seminary." Presented by Michael Gall - RGA and Richard Veit - Monmouth University
*1:45 - 2:15 pm -- "Examining Recent Archaeological Investigation at the First Reformed Dutch Church of New Brunswick, NJ: Towards a Discussion of Remembrance and Regulation." Presented by Hunter Research, Inc.
*2:15 - 2:45 pm -- Break - Artifacts on display will include Raritan Landing archaeology material and historic footstools from the First Reformed Church of New Brunswick
*2:45 - 3:15 pm -- "The First Reformed Church in New Brunswick: A relook at a 1994 disinterment project and a recent study of personalized footstools." Presented by Mark Nonestied - Middlesex County Office of Culture & Heritage and Louise LoBello - Rutgers University

This event is free of charge but registration is required. Call 732.745.3030, ext. 310 to register. East Jersey Old Town Village is located in Johnson Park, 1050 River Road, Piscataway, NJ.

Saturday, May 21 - Burlington, Burlington County
The ABCs of DNA

In this introduction to genetic genealogy, Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist, will discuss the three major types of DNA and what they can offer to your family history research. Program fee $10. This program will be held at the Burlington County Historical Society. Entrances are located at 457 High Street and 454 Lawrence Street, Burlington, NJ. To RSVP and for more information, call 609-386-4773, e-mail, or visit

Saturday, May 21 - Pennsauken, Camden County
Open House
Children Friendly Site

Come celebrate spring at the historic Burrough-Dover House’s Annual Spring Festival. There will be tours of the 306 year old house that sits beside the Pennsauken Creek. There will also be tours of the attached Nostalgia Museum. Live music performed by “Warm Hearted Country.” There will be Tin Punch demonstrations, and a bake sale. Admission is free, and there is ample free parking in the adjacent lot. The Burrough-Dover House is located at 9201 Burrough Dover Lane, Pennsauken, NJ. for more information, visit or e-mail

Saturday, May 21 - Greenfield, Cape May County
27th Annual Strawberry Festival and Craft Show
Children Friendly Event and Site

You are cordially invited to attend the 27th Annual Strawberry Festival and Craft Show from 10:00 am - 3:30 pm (rain date: Sunday, May 22) at the Gandy Farmstead, 26 Tyler Road (Route 616), Greenfield, NJ. Presented by the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township.

Treat yourself to some delicious fresh strawberry shortcake and ice cream; light lunch is available. While you visit the farmstead, hear its history and browse through a selection of handmade crafts and other items for sale. Live music - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. National Anthem by Jessica Houdart.  For more information, call 609-628-2425 or visit

Saturday - Sunday,  May 21 - 22 - Titusville, Mercer County
Children Friendly Event

Sunday, May 22 - River Edge, Bergen County
Pinkster - A Colonial Celebration of Spring
Children Friendly Event

Pinkster is the Dutch name for Whitsunday or Pentecost, when a flower-crowned May Queen and King led merry-makers from door-to-door, gathering dyed eggs, butter, bread, cream, coffee, sugar, and tallow candles in baskets for a festive supper and dance. Toasts with buttermilk, known as “white wine,” and recital of the Pinkster Ode welcomed the return of summer.

Lift your spirit with a joyous celebration of Pinkster at Historic New Bridge Landing on Sunday from 1:00 - 5:00 pm and imagine you are back in the days when country folk celebrated greening woodlands and flowering meadows with a dance around the Maypole and sporting contests.

There will be dancing around the Maypole at 1:30 and 3:00 pm. The public is invited to participate after each session. Ridley and Anne Enslow on fiddle and hammered dulcimer.

Lost Art Lacers will be demonstrating the fine art of lace-making (bobbin-lacemaking like the ruff neckpiece Queen Elizabeth wore). Richard and Karen Troncone are demonstrating their craft of bookbinding and custom decorative boxes and displaying handmade miniatures. Selections of buttons and hair jewelry from BCHS collections will be on exhibit.

Programs that are geared toward children include a very large-scale, hands-on NJ map with figurines - try and figure out solutions to geographical challenges facing Washington and Cornwallis' troops and scavenger hunt with prize.

For visitors of every age, there will be tours of the Demarest House, with its display of Jersey Dutch furnishings, and colonial cooking demonstrations in the Out-Kitchen throughout the day. Pinkster cake, doughnuts, strawberries and cream, and lemonade will be served in the restored eighteenth-century tavern in the Campbell-Christie House. Tour the kitchen garden.

Experience history in one of the storied places where it was made! Come to Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201-1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. Selections from the collections of the Bergen County Historical Society will be on view in the three Jersey-Dutch houses. Suggested donation: $10 adults, $7 children, BCHS members free. For more information, visit

Sunday, May 22 - 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!

Botes sites are open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Tours are held on the hour and the last tour is 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, May 22 - 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, May 22 - West Orange, Essex County
Talk - The Glenmont Garage
Children Friendly Site

Have you ever wondered about what kind of cars Thomas Edison and his family owned and where they kept them. Come, join inventor Harry Roman as he answers these questions and more in the Glenmont Garage. A car pass is required to visit Glenmont and available at the Laboratory Complex visitor center.

Tickets must be purchased at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park Laboratory Complex Visitor Center at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. Admission is $10.00, and includes the Glenmont Estate and the Laboratory Complex. Children under age 16 are free. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x11 or visit

Sunday, May 22 - Morristown, Morris County
The East Indies in the American Revolution
Children Friendly Site

Celebrate Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month and find out about the role of Asia and the islands of the Pacific in the American Revolution as you encounter one of Washington's aides on a Ford Mansion tour. Learn about the China Trade, war in India and the on-going exploration of the Pacific by Captain Cook.

This program takes place during the 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm Ford Mansion tours. Tickets can be picked up at the Washington's Headquarters Museum information desk as part of the $7 admission fee on a first-come, first-served basis. The Ford Mansion and Washington's Headquarters Museum is located at 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ. Cost: $7 per person 16 and older. For more information, call 973-539-2016 ext. 210 or visit

Sunday, May 22 - Waldwick, Bergen County
Waldwick Museum of Local History Grand Opening

Sunday, May 22 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
Joseph Bilby's Presentation of "On This Day In New Jersey"

Join the Heritage Trail Association as they welcome author and historian Joseph Bilby to the Van Horne House on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Joseph is New Jersey born, received his BA and MA degrees in history from Seton Hall University and served as a lieutenant in the First Infantry Division in Vietnam. Mr. Bilby has taught military history on the community college level and has lectured widely on the Civil War. He is the author of over 250 articles on New Jersey and military history and outdoor subjects and is a columnist for The Civil War News and New Jersey Sportsmen's News and contributing editor for Military Images Magazine. Please come and discover something new about New Jersey and its people.

The historic Van Horne House is located at 941 E. Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ. Parking behind the Target store located at 200 Promenade Blvd., Bridgewater, NJ.  This event is Free and limited to the first 50 people. Space is limited. For more information, call 732-356-8856 or visit

Sunday, May 22 - Bedminster, Somerset County
The Colonial Kitchen

On Sunday at 2:00 pm, The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House invite visitors to learn more about Colonial kitchen gardens. Food historian Dr. Clarissa Dillon will discuss how Colonial kitchen gardens were ahead of their time, planted with a purpose, and incorporated weeds that are delicious, nutritious and have medicinal benefits.

Participants will learn that the pesky weed Purslane is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, that peach blossoms have detoxifying properties, and that the common apothecary rose has medicinal qualities. Dr. Dillon will change perceptions about how our gardens grow.

Admission to the program is $10 (free to members of The Jacobus Vanderveer House and children 12 and under). 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. Admission is $10 (free to members of The Jacobus Vanderveer House and children 12 and under).

The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 3055 River Road East (in Bedminster's River Road Park), Bedminster, NJ 07921. For more information, visit or call 908-396-6053.

Sunday, May 22 - Toms River, Ocean County
Admiral Farragut:  The Hero and the Military School

On Sunday at 2:00 pm, at the Ocean County Historical Society, meet two gentlemen who are well acquainted with David Farragut, the hero, and David Farragut's legacy, Admiral Farragut Academy. Robert Caleo, a retiree from Bell Labs who holds degrees from Rutgers University and New York University, has remained active in two of his longtime avocations-writing on historical subjects and teaching at the college level. His research has enabled him to write Farragut and Family-The Making of an Elder Hero and he will enlighten us about the first rear admiral, the first vice admiral, and the first admiral in the U.S. Navy.

Joining Mr. Caleo, Robert Matthies, a cadet at Admiral Farragut Academy in Pine Beach, NJ from 1963-1967, will relate his knowledge of the Academy while he was headmaster from 1979-1993. Matthies' teaching career began in the Brick Township School System before he moved to the position of administrator and promoter of the unique Admiral Farragut Academy. He is currently serving as the mayor of Seaside Park, N.J.

After our guests present their program, you'll have an opportunity to enjoy refreshments and share your questions about the famous military school that was built on the Toms River and the man for whom it was named, David G. Farragut. There is no charge for the program, but you must make reservations by calling 732-341-1880. The Ocean County Historical Society is located at 26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River, NJ. For more information, visit

Sunday, May 22 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
Rockingham's Annual Children's Day
Children Friendly Event

The basics of being a child remain the same throughout history - a need for a time of play, to learn, explore, and experience. All children are welcome to come and enjoy Rockingham's Annual Children's Day, being held this year on Sunday from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm.

The site, which served as General George Washington's final wartime headquarters in late 1783, will be offering activities and demonstrations of 18th-century life with support from the Montgomery High School Live Historians Club and the Rockingham Association. Some of the activities might include trying on replica 18th-century clothing and learning to write with quill and ink; playing historic games like Battledore & Shuttlecock and Trap Ball, an early form of baseball, trying crafts such as paper marbling and making paper hats. Past Muster will be on hand to talk about soldier's life and musket drilling and local teacher Deb Buonocore will be demonstrating basket making. New this year is NJ History Alive showing domestic life in the 18th century. Possible activities include fife and drum music and mini house tours. The garden will be available for perusing. The barn will be open and if the weather is inclement, will be used to house some of the activities. You can visit the Museum Store with its many interesting wares and trinkets for sale and there will be light refreshments available. No registration is required. While admission to the event is FREE, donations are very gladly accepted!

The event is held rain or shine. Rockingham is located at 84 Laurel Avenue, Kingston-Rocky Hill Rd. (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

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 - 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 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

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 August 2016 - Cranbury, Middlesex County
Merchants of Main Street: A Stroll Through the Shoppes of Cranbury's Past

Stop by the Cranbury Museum to view "Merchants of Main Street: A Stroll Through the Shoppes of Cranbury's Past," the Cranbury Museum's current exhibit which celebrates the creativity, hard work, and entrepreneurial skills of the Main Street merchants of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.

Main Street was filled with a diversity of businesses-general stores and candy stores, millinery and hat shops, blacksmith and harness shops, banks, and newspaper offices. Through the centuries, Main Street met the needs of the Cranbury shopper. Come take a stroll down Main Street, visit our merchants and view their wares and services. This exhibit will be displayed through August 2016 at Cranbury Museum, 4 Park Place East, Cranbury, NJ. The museum is open on Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 609-655-2611 or visit

Through September 1, 2016 - Morristown, Morris County
Two Centuries of Cultivating Green Space: The History of Macculloch Hall's Gardens

The reputation of the "New Jersey Tomato" may be legendary, but George Macculloch, the original resident and builder of what is today known as Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (MHHM), is credited with growing the first New Jersey tomato. Writing in his journal in 1829, in what is believed to be the earliest mention of the tomato, George Macculloch listed his cultivation of "tomatas." George's journal, a detailed record of his gardening successes and challenges, is a major highlight of the new exhibition at MHHM, Two Centuries of Cultivating Green Space: The History of Macculloch Hall's Gardens, which will be on view in the Schoolroom Galley of the Museum through September 1, 2016.

This unique exhibition traces the history of the gardens established at 45 Macculloch Avenue by Louisa (1785-1863) and her husband, George Macculloch (1775-1858) in 1810. The Maccullochs were avid gardeners who cultivated their 26 acres for a variety of reasons: to feed their family, for profit, and as a form of creative expression. Through photographs, design plans, and the historic crop journal meticulously kept by George Macculloch from 1829-1856, this exhibition explores a variety of gardens at Macculloch Hall-from the early nineteenth-century kitchen garden and farm; to the later Victorian and early-twentieth century gardens favored by later generations of the Miller and Post families, to the mid-twentieth-century design created at the bequest of W. Parsons Todd by the Garden Club of Morristown.

Two Centuries of Cultivating Green Space: The History of Macculloch Hall's Gardens also anticipates the interest of children in gardens and includes a special children's display focusing on the plants and animals often found in the backyard gardens of New Jersey residents. Through interactive displays such as a tabletop flower garden and a puppet tree, children can explore pollination and learn about the bees, butterflies, worms, and birds that help to make our gardens thrive.

Children are also invited to participate free of charge in MHHM's summer garden program, Dig it! Plant it! Eat it! Programming for Two Centuries of Cultivating Green Space: The History of Macculloch Hall's Gardens includes special tours of the gardens, free with admission, Sundays in June, July, and August at 2:00p m.

The garden is open daily, free to the public from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. MHHM is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00pm. Admission is $8, Adults; $6, Seniors and Students; $4, Children 6-12; and free for Members and children under 5. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is located at 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-538-2404 or visit

Through October 23, 2016 - Morristown, Morris County
"Fine, Fancy, and Fashionable: 125 Years Dressing the Bride"

"Fine, Fancy, and Fashionable: 125 Years Dressing the Bride" offers an opportunity to experience the joy, magic, and elegance of 30 different wedding days and a visual timeline of bridal dresses from Mary Johnson Condit's 1840 silk gauze A-line gown to Alice Woodridge's 1954 lace tea-length dress. Join a bride and groom as they arrive at their reception in the dining room, a bride and her mother on the special day, and a busy bride creating her gown on an 1852 Florence sewing machine. Bridal accessories including shoes, gloves, veils, headpieces, photos, invitations, newspaper clippings, diary entries, and even a cake-topper, complete the display. The exhibit is on view through October 23, 2016. Acorn Hall is located at 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-267-3465 or visit

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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