Friday, June 17, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/18/16 - 6/19/16

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Saturday, June 18 - Chester, Morris County
People Power Day
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, tour the Cooper Gristmill, and watch demonstrations of tools powered by hands and feet. Try some of these unique tools, yourself. Cost: Suggested donation. $3 per adult, $2 per senior (65+), and $1 per child age 4 - 16. FREE for children under age 4. Cooper Gristmill is located at 66 Route 513, Chester, NJ. For more information, call 908-879-5463 or visit

Saturday, June 18 - Morris Township, Morris County
Dairy Day
Children Friendly Event & Site

During National Dairy Month, visit the Jersey cows, help with cream separating, and butter churning at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm. See how dairy products are prepared in the Farmhouse kitchen. At 3:30 pm, watch a cow milking demonstration. Admission: $6/adult, $5/senior (65+), $4/child (ages 4 -16), $2/child (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, June 18 - Morristown, Morris County
State of Conflict: Jacksonian Democracy
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, learn about Andrew Jackson’s presidency, a tumultuous period in U.S. history. After a brief, interactive talk that explains the era, create your own political cartoons that showcases what you think was the most important aspect to the politics of this time. Cost: Admission. For more information, call 973-285-6537 or visit

Saturday, June 18 - Trenton, Mercer County
Trenton's Early Civil Rights Movement

The New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance is presenting a special talk on Saturday at 2:00 pm at the Trenton Free Public Library. Robert McGreevey, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History at The College of New Jersey, will discuss his current research on Trenton's early civil rights movement in the 1940s.

Dr. McGreevey was the 2011 recipient of NJSAA's Teaching Award for his work presenting an undergraduate research seminar on the History of Trenton, in which he taught historical research methods by encouraging his students to become deeply engaged in primary source materials at the New Jersey State Archives and the Trenton Free Public Library. This award honored his commitment to local history learned in the context of state and national history. Several of his students have also been winners of NJSAA's undergraduate paper awards.

A specialist in the political, social, and cultural history of the United States from 1877-1945, he teaches courses on the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, America in the 20th Century and the history of the U.S. in the World. His research focuses on the intersection of foreign policy and migration in the 20th century and has been supported by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, and the Organization of American Historians. He is currently completing a book entitled Borderline Citizens: The United States, Puerto Rico, and the Politics of Colonial Law and Migration, 1898-1948. He is also co-authoring a textbook entitled Global America, which explores the 20th-century history of the United States in the global arena.

This is a special presentation of NJSAA and will not be preceded by a business meeting. It is free and open to the public. The Trenton Free Public Library is located at 120 Academy Street, and has a small parking lot at the side of the building, as well as metered street parking. For more information, visit or

Saturday, June 18 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
170th Anniversary of Hoboken Baseball Game
Children Friendly Event

One of Hoboken's "100 Firsts" is hosting the first officially recorded, organized "base ball" game played under Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr.'s rules, on June 19, 1846. According to historical records, the New York Nine defeated Cartwright's Knickerbockers, 23 to 1, in four innings at Hoboken's Elysian Fields, which were located near the Hudson River, at about 11th Street. To commemorate the historic match, the Hoboken Nine vintage baseball team will play the Flemington Neshanock at Dobbelaar Field at Stevens Institute of Technology at 12:00 noon on Saturday. Admission to this event is free.

Saturday, June 18 - 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, June 18 - West Cape May, Cape May County
Antiques and Fine Crafts Fair

Come browse among the many dealers at the Antiques and Fine Crafts Fair on Saturday (rain date Sunday) in West Cape May, NJ (Wilbraham Park located at Broadway and West Perry Streets) from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Free admission. Free parking. Sponsored by the Greater Cape May Historical Society. Proceeds benefit the Colonial House Restoration Fund. For more information, call 609-898-1236 or visit

Saturday, June 18 - 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, June 18 - Mount Holly, Burlington County
Flying With Emilio

Saturday, June 18 - Stockton, Hunterdon County
History Bike Tour on the D&R Canal Towpath

On Saturday at 10:00 am, enjoy on a history bike tour on the Delaware & Raritan Canal towpath from Kingston to Griggstown and back - 10 miles round trip. Explore the structures along the D&R Canal with Canal Watch trustee Bob Barth. Meet at the locktender's home in Kingston. Bring water; helmet required. Questions? Contact Bob Barth at 201-401-3121 or

Saturday, June 18 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Milking and Butter Making
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, visitors to the 130-acre Howell Living History Farm can meet milking goats, and help farmers make butter. Activities will take place throughout the day. Goat milking demonstrations and bottle feeding baby goats will also take place.

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, June 18 - Cape May, Cape May County
Friends of the Tower Meeting "Inside the Cold War"

Join the Friends of the World War II Tower on Saturday at 1:00 pm for a program that will look inside the Cold War with local Cold Warriors, emphasizing intelligence and espionage activities. Presenters will include Jeff Elliott, Dr. Robert Heinly, Ralph Serena and others. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is $5. Friends members are free. This program will be held at Cape May Lutheran Church, 509 Pittsburgh Avenue, Cape May, NJ. 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, June 18 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Summer Craft Market and Art in the Park

Looking for something unique and handcrafted for Dad or someone else special in your life? (Or yourself?) Then come out to our Summer Craft Market and Art in the Park at the Historic Village at Allaire from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Browse through handmade items and see what strikes your fancy!  The Historic Village, General Store and Bakery will be open as well. There is a $5 parking fee for this event.

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, June 18 - Little Egg Harbor, Ocean County

Do you have objects that you would like to be appraised? On Saturday, the Tuckerton Historical Society presents Richard Plunkett of The Wizard of Odds and Mathew Pizza of Waretown Stamp & Coin who will be on site doing appraisals. Cost: $5 per item or $10 for 3 items. There will be a public portion followed by a one-on-one private portion. Certified with over 50 years local experience. Proceeds benefit the Tuckerton Historical Society. This appraisals 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 - Sunday, June 18 - 19 -  Morristown, Morris County
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Maritime Festival
Children Friendly Event and Site

Saturday - Sunday, June 18 - 19 - Cape May, Cape May County
Military Timeline Weekend
Children Friendly Event & Site

Interested in the Civil War or World War II? Want to learn about the weaponry and tactics used by the British infantry in the Victorian Era? Or maybe you are just a history buff who loves it all. Historic Cold Spring Village will host its annual Military Timeline Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, which will feature encampments, weaponry displays, and demonstrations from living history groups depicting various conflicts throughout the centuries. This event will be held from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm.

The reenactment groups, encampments and displays span many centuries and periods of conflict. Featured this year is La Belle Compagnie, who will present English knights and archers from the Hundred Years War (1337-1453). Other highlights include Civil War Union and Confederate encampments; interpreters of the French and Indian War (1754-1763), the War of 1812 and the late 19th century British Army; and World War II Axis reenactors. Historian Mike Kochan as Benjamin Franklin discusses Franklin's military activities and inventions. Kids ages 5 to 12 can participate in a War of 1812 militia muster at 1:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday at the Dennisville Inn. 

At 3:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, HCSV Education and Interpretation Director Jim Stephens will present his lively program, "The Story of Old Glory," in which he tells the colorful history of the American flag with reproduction flags on display.

The Village is located on Route 9, three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern terminus of the Garden State Parkway. Admission during the season is $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. Unlimited free admission is available with Village membership. The Village Nature Trail at Bradner's Run is open to the public for free self-guided tours. For more information, call 609-898-2300, ext. 10, or visit

Saturday - Sunday, June 18 - 19 - Manalapan, Monmouth County
Battle of Monmouth Reenactment
Children Friendly Event

Bring your family to Monmouth Battlefield on Saturday or Sunday and travel back in time to the 1770s. Two armies will be preparing to do battle. Continental Army soldiers retrained at Valley Forge are itching to show off their new skills, while a British-German-Loyalist Army hopes to crush the rebels and restore good government. Come early for a full day of living history. The army encampments will welcome visitors beginning at 9:30 am each day. Camp closes at 4:00 pm on Saturday and 3:00 pm on Sunday. Watch soldiers clean their muskets while their women prepare what may be their men’s last meal. Some officers may be drilling their men while others plan for the battle and yet others play cards. If someone is accused of cheating, there may be a duel. Keep track of your children or they may be drafted into one of the armies. There are also numerous presentations and lectures, tours of the camps, and sutler area open to the public.

The weekend is sponsored by the reenactment community, the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield, and the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry. The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield will be requesting an $10 per vehicle donation to defray the costs of the weekend. Monmouth Battlefield is located at 16 Highway 33-Business Route, Manalapan, NJ. For more information, directions, and a full schedule of events, visit

Sunday, June 19 - Atlantic City, Atlantic County
Dads Climb Absecon Lighthouse FREE!
Children Friendly Site

If your family is looking for a memorable way to show Dad he's the light of your life, then bring him to Absecon Lighthouse on Sunday because dear old Abby is treating fathers to a free climb on Father's Day.

And if Dad makes it all the way to the top and gets an "I Climbed Absecon Lighthouse" card! Hours of operation for the lighthouse are 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, with the last climb at 3:30 pm. So Moms and kids, what better way to say thanks to Dad than make him climb 228 steps with you?!?!

Absecon Lighthouse is located at 31 South Rhode Island Avenue in Atlantic City, NJ. It is open to visitors Thursdays through Mondays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission: $7 for adults, $5 for seniors 65+, $4 for children ages 4-12, and active military and children under 4 are free. For more information, call 609-449-1360 or visit

Sunday, June 19 - Hoboken, Hudson County
Spring Family Fun Day
Children Friendly Event

The Hoboken Museum's free Spring Family Fun Day is Sunday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Filled with hands-on activities that stretch the imagination and encourage creativity, the afternoon offers hands-on crafts, games and a fun entertainer for the whole family to enjoy. This year's entertainer is the exuberant world-music band, Funikijam. Craft and activity tables include making lunch-bag kites, drinking-straw Pan flutes, paper-plate caterpillars, tissue-paper flowers and Matisse cut-outs. Admission to this event is free. The Hoboken Historical Museum is located at 1301 Hudson Street, Hoboken, NJ. For more information, call 201-656-2240 or visit

Sunday, June 19 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
Fatal Sunday

The Heritage Trail Association Speaker Series proudly presents Dr. Mark Lender in his only speaking engagement in New Jersey, outside of the Monmouth Battlefield this year. Dr. Lender is the foremost authority on the Battle of Monmouth. Much in demand as a speaker, Dr. Lender has agreed to join The Heritage Trail on Father's Day from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the historic Van Horne House. Be prepared for a detailed insight into the Battle of Monmouth and bring your colonial scrip to purchase a book or two.

Mark Edward Lender is Professor Emeritus of History at Kean University. He is the author or editor of several books, including This Honorable Court: the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1789-2000 and Drinking in America: a History. Dr Lender is the recipient of the McCormick, Cincinnati, Keller and Booth Prizes as well as the Richard J. Hughes Award, the highest honor granted by the New Jersey Historical Commission.

His newest book is Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle. Historians have long considered the Battle of Monmouth one of the most complicated engagements of the American Revolution. Monmouth was critical to the success of the Revolution. Authors Mark Edward Lender and Garry Wheeler Stone argue that in political terms, the Battle of Monmouth constituted a pivotal moment in the War for Independence. Fatal Sunday gives us the definitive view of this fateful battle.

The FREE talk will run from 2:00 - 4:00 pm and there will be refreshments afterward. Doors open at 1:30 pm. Reservations are required as space is limited. The Van Horne House is located at 941 East Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ. Parking is available behind Target with handicapped parking in the Van Horne lot. Register by calling 732-356- 8856, emailing,  or visiting

Sunday, June 19 - Trenton, Mercer County
Ice Cream Social
Children Friendly Event

Sunday, June 19 - Morristown, Morris County
Gordon Thomas Ward Performs Story-Songs of History

Please join Morristown National Historical Park for a special presentation of Story-Songs of History by author, singer-songwriter, and New Jersey resident Gordon Thomas Ward. This delightful performance of stirring tales, told through song and spoken word captures both attention and imagination. Haunting melodies, a multi-instrumental accompaniment, and illustrative lyrics transport listeners on journeys in the company of Colonial soldier Joseph Plumb Martin, a Revolutionary War ghost, Native Americans, Civil War soldiers, and more! This presentation has been described by adults as "spellbinding," and, as one high school student remarked, "The people and events seem real, so I can relate to them."

To complement the program, on display will be a first edition from Morristown NHP’s curatorial collection of Joseph Plumb Martin’s eyewitness account of the Revolutionary War.

This program will take place in the auditorium at Washington Headquarters Museum within Morristown National Historical Park, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-539-2016 x210 or visit

Sunday, June 19 - Montclair, Essex County
Historic House Tours: Crane/YWCA & Shultz Open
Family Friendly Site

Today you can visit ALL of the Montclair Historical Society’s properties, including 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!

You can also discover history through the “many voices” who made our community what it is today at the Crane House and Historic YWCA at 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. 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. 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.

Both houses are open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Tours on the hour with 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, June 19 - Whippany, Morris County
Father's Day 2016 Excursion Train Rides
Children Friendly Event & Site

Spend Sunday with Dad at the Whippany Railway Museum on a 10-mile, 45-minute round trip excursion from Whippany to Roseland on a mid-1900s Excursion Train. The combined age of the equipment used on the vintage train is an astounding 635 years! Be on the lookout for deer, turtles, wild turkeys, hawks, and rabbits, as the route takes you past a natural swamp with abundant wildlife. Trains depart at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm from 1 Railroad Plaza at the Intersection of Route 10 West and Whippany Road in Whippany, NJ. Train fare for Caboose seating is: Adult: $14; child (under 12): $9; infants (1 year and under): Free. Train Fare includes admission to Whippany Railway Museum Building. The "Excursion Train Ride" is a fundraising effort to benefit 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 will further enhance the Museum's mission and its Historic Preservation efforts. For more information, call 973-887-8177 or visit

Sunday, June 19 - 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, June 19 - 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, June 19 - Matawan, Monmouth County
Open House

The Matawan Historical Society will holding an open house on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Burrowes Mansion located at 94 Main Street, Matawan, NJ. Learn how this circa 1723 home and its owners played a role in the Revolutionary War. Suggested admission: $5 per person. For more information call 732-566-5605 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 Monday, October 10 (Columbus Day), 2016 - Bay Head, Ocean County
All Aboard!

All Aboard! is an insightful look at how the railroad impacted on the development of the northern Barnegat Bay barrier island. A model railroad diorama of the Bay Head Railroad Loop, photographs, maps, videos, and railroad memorabilia will be on display. The museum is open to the public and a small donation is suggested for non-members. The Bay Head Historical Society and the Loveland Homestead Museum is located at the corner of Bridge and Bay Avenues at the Bay Head/Point Pleasant border. Summer hours: Friday through Monday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. For more information, 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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