Friday, June 24, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/25/16 - 6/26/16

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Saturday, June 25 - Fieldsboro, Burlington County
Paint and Party

Join the Friends of the White Hill Mansion on Saturday at 7:00 pm for a fabulous night of wine and fun! Bring your own beverage and some friends too! Hang out at White Hill and learn how to paint. They will provide the canvas, paint, brushes, and everything to enjoy step-by-step instruction with experienced local artist, Kate West. You'll leave with a one-of-a-kind creation and possibly a new found talent. Cost is $35 per person. Starts at 7:00 pm and runs about 2.5 hours. Cheese and crackers provided. White Hill Mansion is located at 217 4th Street, Fieldsboro, NJ. For more information, e-mail or visit

Saturday, June 25 - Morris Township, Morris County
Tour the Creamery and Meet the Irish Servant and the Cook
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday from 2:00 - 2:45 pm, tour the Creamery at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm and discover how it was used for milk and butter processing. In the lower Barn, help the farmers brush the Jerseys cows, weigh the milk, and test its temperature. 

Also, discover the life of domestic help at the Foster home on a special hands-on guided tour. Assist the maid with household chores and see what the cook has prepared using the wood-burning stove. Two tours times available: 1:00 - 2:00 pm and 2:00 - 3:00 pm.

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 25 - Morristown, Morris County
Stephen Vail's Law Career
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, learn what life was like for Stephen Vail as a judge in Morristown in the 19th century. How did this man, with no diplomas, become a judge? Cost: Admission. For more information, call 973-285-6537 or visit

Saturday, June 25 - West Orange, Essex County
Edison's Portland Cement Business
Children Friendly Site

Join West Orange Township Historian, Joe Fagan for a talk about Edison's Portland Cement Business at 2:30 pm in the main laboratory complex.

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

Saturday, June 25 - Cape May, Cape May County
Cape May Hops Festival
Children Friendly Event

This all-day outdoor family festival will feature blues, brews and BBQ! Enjoy local breweries, live blues music on the outdoor stage, and food vendors serving up some tasty BBQ favorites, plus a crafts and collectibles show and kids activities, all on the grounds at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Musical headliner is the James Supra Band taking the outdoor stage at 3:00 pm, a Delaware Valley blues powerhouse! Also entertaining at the estate will be Cape May favorites Gordon Vincent and the Overwhelming Everything, and Bluebone! Admission to the grounds is free. The event will run Saturday from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm and crafts and collectibles show from 11:00 am - 6 pm. 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, June 25 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Old-style 'base ball' at Allaire
Children Friendly Event & Site

There will be plenty of bare-handed catches when the 1864 version of America's pastime is played Saturday in the Historic Village at Allaire. That's because the rules of "base ball" 152 years ago didn't allow fielding gloves.

The Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club, wearing long-sleeve shirts with cravats, will take on another vintage team, the Gotham Base Ball Club of New York, at 11:00 am. The annual "Pitching the Past" event will renew an ancient rivalry. The game will be played at the site of the 1898 spring training camp of Brooklyn's major league team, the Bridegrooms, which later became the Dodgers. The original Gotham team, which trained in Lakewood that spring, evolved into baseball's Giants. Both teams moved to California in 1958.

The Monmouth Furnace team has members ranging from their teens into their 70s. The ball club regularly faces other vintage teams throughout the mid-Atlantic states. Players interested in joining the team for future games may call 732-859-7643 or email

Allaire State Park has a $5 per vehicle parking fee, which entitles visitors to tour the historic village buildings as well as watch the ball game. Spectators should bring lawn chairs. 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 25 - Princeton, Mercer County
Salon on Stockton Street: The British are Coming!

On Saturday, meet four British authors in the intimate setting of an 18th-century literary salon at Morven Museum & Garden and the Center of Theological Inquiry - delight in their company, discover their passions, and discuss their novels.

The full program will take place on Saturday between the two locations: the Morven Salon (55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ) and the Center of Theological Inquiry's Luce Hall Salon (50 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ). Saturday’s main program is $25.00 and allows you to attend as many salon sessions as you would like. There are two lecture options to choose from for every time slot. Each session will run for one hour. Tickets to Saturday’s Salon sessions can be purchased online.

The full schedule of Saturday's events is as follows: 
Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street

Get to know the person behind the author. Each writer will speak about a passion.

* 9:30 am - Stella Duffy on CREATIVITY
Stella Duffy will talk about her work in theatre and writing for over thirty years, and how this work has fed her current role running the Fun Palaces campaign, for full engagement with culture for all communities.   
* 11:00 am - James Robertson on SCOTLAND
James Robertson will talk about how he came to appreciate Scottish culture: by leaving Scotland at age 20 to spend a year at an Ivy League University! Ever since, he has been discovering its past riches and its present capacity for re-invention and innovation.   
* 1:00 pm - Sarah Perry on FRIENDSHIP
Sarah Perry will talk about her fascination with the nature of friendship in Victorian Britain, especially the friendships formed by William Gladstone, Prime Minister, and Alfred Tennyson, poet.   
* 2:30 pm - Andrew Nicoll on POLITICS
Andrew Nicoll will talk about what Scotland can tell us about the Trump effect. He will examine the polarization in Scottish public life to show what happens when those who believe themselves excluded find a banner to rally around.    

Center of Theological Inquiry, 50 Stockton Street   

BBC broadcaster Sally Magnusson will interview the authors about their chosen novel and writer's craft, and open up a conversation with the audience. She anchors the main BBC News in Scotland and regularly presents shows for the BBC in the UK. She is also the author of eleven books. 
* 9:30 am - The Secret Life and Curious Death of Miss Jean Milne by Andrew Nicoll
Like a good murder mystery based on real events, with interesting characters, in a Scottish setting? Then The Secret Life and Curious Death of Miss Jean Milne is one not to ignore. Author Andrew Nicoll has made a triumphant return to his native Scotland from literary travels in South America and Albania with this his fourth novel, a tale set in the unlikely location of Broughty Ferry, now a small suburb of the city of Dundee. Nicoll, who has developed a reputation for original, quirky storytelling, turns his considerable writing talents to the mysterious death of a reclusive spinster in the close-knit North Eastern village.   
* 11:00 am - The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Set in Victorian London and an Essex village in the 1890's, and enlivened by the debates on scientific and medical discovery which defined the era, The Essex Serpent has at its heart the story of two extraordinary people who fall for each other, but not in the usual way. They are Cora Seaborne and Will Ransome. Cora is a well-to-do London widow who moves to the Essex parish of Aldwinter, and Will is the local vicar. They meet as their village is engulfed by rumours that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming human lives, has returned. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist is enthralled, convinced the beast may be a real undiscovered species. But Will sees his parishioners' agitation as a moral panic, a deviation from true faith. Although they can agree on absolutely nothing, as the seasons turn around them in this quiet corner of England, they find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart.   
* 1:00 pm - And the Land Lay Still by James Robertson
And the Land Lay Still is nothing less than the story of a nation. James Robertson's breathtaking novel is a portrait of modern Scotland as seen through the eyes of natives and immigrants, journalists and politicians, drop­ outs and spooks, all trying to make their way through a country in the throes of great and rapid change. It is a moving, sweeping story of family, friendship, struggle and hope - epic in every sense.   
*2:30 pm - Theodora by Stella Duffy
Charming, charismatic, heroic - Theodora of Constantinople rose from nothing to become the most powerful woman in the history of Byzantine Rome. In Stella Duffy's breathtaking new novel, she comes to life again - a fascinating, controversial and seductive woman. Some called her a saint. Others were not so kind... When her father is killed, the young Theodora is forced into near slavery to survive. But just as she learns to control her body as a dancer, and for the men who can afford her, so she is determined to shape a very different fate for herself. From the vibrant streets and erotic stage shows of sixth century Constantinople to the holy desert retreats of Alexandria, Theodora is an extraordinary imaginative achievement from one of our finest writers.   
* 4:00 pm - PANEL DISCUSSION: Leaving Europe? Politics & Culture in Britain Today
Center of Theological Inquiry, 50 Stockton Street
Two days after the UK votes on leaving the European Union, our four authors will discuss the relationship between politics and culture in Britain today. Admission to the panel discussion is FREE - no registration required. Doors open at 3:45 pm.

This book event is sponsored by two neighbors on Stockton Street: Morven Museum & Garden and the Center of Theological Inquiry, with Gladstone’s Library in North Wales. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit

Saturday, June 25 - 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, June 25 - Morristown, Morris County
The Creation of Morristown National Historical Park and the CCC
Children Friendly Event

Come be a part of history! Learn about the creation of Morristown National Historical Park, the work the Civilian Conservation Corps did to establish the park trail system, and then help complete a small trail project along the Yellow Trail.

An introduction will take place at the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center, followed by a guided hike to the work project site. Once at the site, participants will be introduced to the trail tools and the project itself before the work begins.

In order to participate in the trail project, participants will need to sign a volunteer form, which will be available at the Visitor Center immediate before the program. Anyone under 18 requires a parent or guardian signature. This event will take place between 1:00 and 3:00 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, June 25 - Byram Township, Sussex County
Waterloo Canal Day
Children Friendly Event & Site

Saturday, June 25 - Princeton, Mercer County
Princeton University Architecture Tour

The Historical Society's newest walking tour explores the phenomenal architecture on the Princeton University campus, dating from 1756 to the present. Buildings on this two mile walk include the Georgian style of Nassau Hall, collegiate gothic marvels, and extraordinary contemporary designs, including the Frank Gehry-designed Lewis Library, the Stadium, the Icahn Laboratory, and the brand-new Princeton Neuroscience Institute/Psychology facility.

Admission: $10 per person and can be reserved online. Tour begins at 10:00 am at the Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ and ends at 12:30 pm. Space is limited. For more information, call 609-921-6748 or visit

Saturday, June 25 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Ice Cream Party/Wheat Harvest
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday, Howell Living History Farm invites the public to enjoy an old fashioned "ice cream party."  Featured activities include music, wagon rides, games and contests, a children’s craft program and lots of ice cream making and eating.

Ice cream making will begin and visitors are invited to help draw and grind ice from the Farm's ice house. The first batch of homemade ice cream will be ready for dipping at 12:00 noon. Ice cream sodas and sundaes will be served until 3:30 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, June 25 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Spring Specialty Car Show
Children Friendly Site

Enjoy some vintage and modified cars at the Historic Village at Allaire on Saturday from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. Vote for the Best in Show! Do you have a unique car? Historic, monster truck, race car, or motorcycle - we would love to see it. Pre-registration is $18 and registration day of is $20. Limit of 100 cars total. Allaire State Park has a $5 per vehicle parking fee, which entitles visitors to tour the historic village buildings as well as view the car show.

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 - Sunday, June 25 - 26 - Pemberton Township, Burlington County
33rd Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival
Children Friendly Event & Site

Celebrate all things blueberry at this old-fashioned festival on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Enjoy blueberry picking, live country music, lots of children's activities, exhibits, great food, historical presentations and tours, Pinelands artists and crafters, our famous blueberry pie eating contest and lots more. This annual celebration of all things blueberry - the official state fruit of New Jersey - is considered to be one of the finest "old-fashioned" festivals in the tri-state region. The festival features the pioneering work of Whitesbog's own Elizabeth C. White to domesticate the very first blueberry, traditional Pinelands musicians, artists and crafters, fantastic festival food, wagon and walking tours, lectures, living history actors, demonstrations and dozens of children's activities will all be featured at the day-long festival. But the real star of the show is, of course, the blueberries!

This year, we are celebrating the Centennial of the Blueberry, by commemorating the unique partnership between Elizabeth C. White and the USDA’s, Dr. Fredrick V. Coville, which resulted in the cultivation of the very first domesticated blueberry. The 33rd Annual Blueberry Festival will feature this extraordinary partnership, recognize the Pine Barrens’ woodsmen who helped Elizabeth White to identify and collect the region’s biggest and best wild blueberries, and ultimately, made her pioneering work possible. A special arts project will feature the traditional Pinelands crafts that helped to fuel the Pine Barrens’ economy during the same period. These featured exhibits and demonstrations will include basket making, woodworking, weaving and other notable ‘Pine Barrens’ crafts.

Top attractions at the day-long festival include fifty of the Pinelands best crafters and an "artists row" featuring fine art and photography, Pinelands Antique Engine Association's displays, living history tours, and interactive experiences festival goers can enjoy throughout the day. For the children, activities such as the outrageously fun blueberry pie-eating contest, a hunt for the Jersey Devil, face painting, hands-on crafts, traditional games and blueberry picking, will keep the young ones entertained all day. Live bluegrass music will provide the perfect atmosphere for the festival, which the Burlington County Times has described as "a reminder that good old country life is alive and well" in the region.

The Pinelands, New Jersey's blueberry and cranberry industries and our region's rich history intersect in delicious ways in this corner of the state. History buffs can tour explore Whitesbog's agricultural museum, visit the restored Cranberry Research Substation, tour a cottage that depicts what life was like for Whitesbog's workers in the 1920s, and shop in Whitesbog's authentic General Store. Fresh fruit enthusiasts will delight in picking their own blueberries at the celebration. Whitesbog is home to the world's oldest test fields for domesticated blueberries, which will be open at the Blueberry Festival to give people an opportunity to experience firsthand a bit of our State's agricultural history.

Parking is $10.00 per car and $5.00 per person arriving by foot, bike, or bus. All proceeds benefit the Whitesbog Preservation Trust in their continuing efforts to restore and interpret Historic Whitesbog Village and the surrounding Pinelands. Parking is set on the Whitesbog airstrip - a 2-minute drive from the festival grounds. Shuttle buses bring visitors from this remote parking area to the village throughout the day.

Historic Whitesbog Village is located at 120 North Whites Bogs Road, Browns Mills, NJ. It is located at mile marker 13 on County Route 530 (Pemberton Township). For more information, call 609-893-4646, e-mail or visit

Saturday - Sunday, June 25 - 26 - Cape May, Cape May County
29th Annual Quilt and Fiber Arts Show
Children Friendly Event & Site

Historic Cold Spring Village is featuring all things fiber arts at the 29th annual Cape May Quilt and Fiber Show, Saturday and Sunday. Sponsored by the Chatlos Foundation, the event will be held from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm both days and will feature demonstrations and vendors of quilting, textiles, knitting, crocheting, lace making, basket weaving, broom making, wool dyeing, sheep shearing and more. Lectures on knitting and historic quilting, discussions with authors, and a film on Cape May County mittens are featured from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm each day.

On Saturday, visitors may vote for their favorite quilts in the Welcome Center at the Viewer's Choice Quilt Show, and on Sunday continue to enjoy the display and see the winners. For the first time, the show includes a Youth Category for the works of young quilters. A rare wedding quilt, c. 1714, handmade by Cape May Countian Sarah Spicer, will be on display in the Welcome Center for its annual appearance. The quilt was restored in 2012 through a grant from the Cape May County Culture and Heritage Commission. Also displayed will be works of CAMACO, a local Cape May County Quilting Guild. The Jersey Cape Atlantic Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild will have a display and demonstration of needlework.

Marketplace, with regional vendors offering quilting and sewing fabrics, yarn, buttons, notions, supplies and equipment to help inspire the creation of an heirloom project. will be open on the second floor of the Cold Spring Grange Restaurant. The Corson-Hand House, home to fiber arts demonstrations at the Village, will feature use of the "Great Wheel" which will be used along with wool preparation and dyeing. Bobbin lace making and tatting will also be demonstrated by a fourth generation artisan. Seasoned knitters and newcomers to the craft alike will learn from these discussions and demonstrations. Shepherd's Hook at the Taylor Poultry House offers handcrafted infants' and children's clothes, accessories and home decor. Also available are classes and materials for crochet, knitting, and tatting.

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

Sunday, June 26 - West Milford, Passaic County
Keepers of the Pass:  The Ramapough Lenape Indians Book Signing

The North Jersey Highlands Historical Society (NJHHS), a Ringwood Manor State Park friends group, will host a book signing to announce the publication of Keepers of the Pass: The Ramapough Lenape Indians by author and archaeologist Edward J. Lenik on Sunday at Long Pond Ironworks Visitors Center, 1334 Greenwood Lake Turnpike, West Milford (Hewitt), NJ from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Come by, enjoy some refreshments and meet the author, Ed Lenik. The Long Pond Museum will also be open that afternoon.

This is the third book by Mr. Lenik on this topic published by the NJHHS. It is a companion volume to Indians in the Ramapos: Survival, Persistence and Presence, published in 1999 and Ramapough Mountain Indians: People, Places and Cultural Traditions published in 2011.

In Keepers of the Pass, Lenik continues his exploration of the Indian presence, past and present, in the New York-New Jersey Highlands. Chapters address records of ancestry, hallowed ground, folklore and life-ways, subsistence patterns and the persistence of sociocultural authority in hostile times. Rock shelters, ruins, and surviving cultural objects that Lenik has investigated over the years are illustrated and discussed. Lenik explores Indian origins of local place names. He tells the stories of people he has met and people he has heard about. The book includes maps, drawings, photos and tables of the archaeological and historical record.

Lenik, a regional archaeologist with over 30 years of experience researching and investigating the history of the Highlands, is well known as a lecturer, hike leader and author in northern New Jersey. His dictum, "Dig into the records before you dig into the soil," has directed him to years of searching archives, libraries, museums and collections, seeking references to the continuing Indian presence in the Highlands.

Mr. Lenik's willingness to speak with local collectors and historians gives him access to resources not always available to the public. He has developed a close relationship with the Ramapough Lenape Nation, interviewing tribal elders and counting tribal members as friends. He has been an avid historical hiker for years, stopping to explore the vanishing evidence of human occupation in the forests of northern New Jersey. His books are based on these primary resources. For more information, visit

Sunday, June 26 - Paterson, Passaic County
Pianist Sophia Agranovich presents 'Sublime Passion, Haunting Beauty'

On Sunday at 5:00 pm in Lambert Castle, the Passaic County Historical Society will welcome back Pianist Sophia Agranovich as she presents 'Sublime Passion, Haunting Beauty.'' Sophia Agranovich is the award-winning virtuoso pianist, recording artist, educator, and program director. A Steinway Artist and a Julliard graduate, she is "a bold, daring pianist in the tradition of the Golden Age Romantics...A tigress of the piano" - Fanfare.

The program will feature Franz Liszt's epic Apr├Ęs une Lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata - by Victor Hugo's poem 'After a Reading of Dante' ('Divine Comedy'), exquisitely poetic and passionate 3 Sonneti del Petrarca, nostalgic and dazzling Hungarian Rhapsody # 14, and other works. Admission to the concert is $15. Seating is limited - no reservations will be taken.

This performance is a part of the 2016 Lambert Castle Concert Series. Featuring local musicians and a variety of musical genres, all concerts are performed in the beautiful atmosphere that is Lambert Castle. Lambert Castle is located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ. For more information, call 973-247-0085 or visit

Sunday, June 26 - Walpack Center, Sussex County
Annual Meeting and Election of Officers

The Walpack Historical Society will hold its annual meeting with election of officers on Sunday at 1:00 pm in the Walpack M.E. Church, Main Street, Walpack Center in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Sussex County, NJ. Following the meeting, an aspect of Walpack Township's history, yet to be announced, will be discussed. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call 973-948-4903 or visit

Sunday, June 26 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Roots of Root Beer
Children Friendly Event & Site

Health inducing tonic or sweet refreshment? Either way root beer has a history as long and varied as the many ingredients used to create its unique flavor. Drop-in on Sunday to sample our brew, see how many ingredients you can identify, and raise your glass to a bit of family-friendly history from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

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, 08501. For more information, call 609-259-6275 or visit

Sunday, June 26 - Springfield, Union County
Open House of the Historic Cannon Ball House

The Springfield Historical Society will conduct an Open House of the Historic Cannon Ball House, 126 Morris Avenue, Springfield, NJ from 2:00 - 4:00 pm on Sunday. The Cannon Ball House is one of four homes that was not burned during retreat by the British after the Battle of Springfield on June 23, 1780, and the only house open to the public. Admission is $2 for adults (18+). Children are free when accompanied by an adult.

Established in 1955, the mission of the Springfield Historical Society is to preserve the Historic Cannon Ball House, its artifacts and archives, and to educate the public on the rich history of Springfield. We invite you to join us in helping to restore and preserve this wonderful 270+ year old house.  It was spared when the defeated British burned the rest of the village (ask us why-and whose cannon ball ended up in the wall?)  It made it through the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and we need help to ensure the house survives the 21st. For more information, visit

Sunday, June 26 - Montague, Sussex County
Montague Open Houses

MARCH, the Montague Association for the Restoration of Community History, is pleased to announce its 2016 Summer Season Opening for both museum sites on Sunday. The Foster-Armstrong House and the Nelden-Roberts Stonehouse will be open to the public from 1:00 - 4:00 pm for museum house tours. Tours will be held every 30 minutes and docents will be available at both sites to guide you through our local history and artifact collections.

The Foster-Armstrong House, circa 1790, a two story Dutch colonial, is located on SC521/ 320 River Road, about 1 mile north of the Milford/Montague Bridge. It is listed on the State Historic Register of NJ and is a National Historic Register Site. Ten rooms are set up with local history displays in each room. The new displays this year include a surveying and local map display, a Victorian living room, and past chicken farms locations and photos from Montague Township. Other rooms contain an original bee hive oven, 4 Montague hamlets, native Indian artifacts, Duke Mortimer's Dramatic Art Workshop collection, a military room, a quilt room and to scale model covered bridges of the northeast United States.

The Nelden-Roberts Stonehouse, circa 1820, is located at 501 Route 206 North, about 1 mile south of the Milford/Montague Bridge. It is listed on the State Historic Register on New Jersey. The first floor is set up as a schoolhouse, which is what the building was originally built for. The second floor has a schoolmaster's bedroom and native Indian artifacts.

Both museums are located within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Help us celebrate the National Park Service 100th anniversary this year by visiting our museum sites on Sundays through September 18, 2016. Both sites will be closed on July 3, August 28, and September 4. For more information, visit

Sunday, June 26 - Raritan Township, Hunterdon County
Talk at Farmers’ Market ‘Digs Deep’ Into County History

Why is Old York Road -- a Native American trail and the main route that connected Philadelphia to New York City during Colonial times -- located where it is? Why are the streets of Clinton laid out as they are? Why did north Hunterdon County see so little activity during the American Revolution?

The answers to those questions lurk beneath the surface -- literally.

Visit the Hunterdon Land Trust’s Farmers' Market on Sunday when John Allen digs deep to explore the surprising role geology plays in the county's history and development. The program will be held at 10:30 am in the wagon house of the Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine Street, Raritan Township, NJ. The Farmers’ Market is open from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.

Examples of how geology impacts our lives can be found everywhere: from the roads we travel on to the names of the places we visit. For instance, evidence of the misguided belief in the mid-1800s that a large quantity of copper existed near Flemington can be spotted easily. "Mine Street, the Coppermine Apartments, Mine Brook, Copper Hill -- these are just a few examples," Allen said. The mining companies sold all sorts of stocks, but their dreams of riches never panned out.

The earth beneath Hunterdon County holds iron ore that once fueled the forges during the American Revolution, and in the 19th century carbonite rocks fed the numerous lime kilns that sprang up in the northern reaches of the county. The county also has rocks best known for architectural use, such as “brownstone”-- New Jersey’s unofficial state rock -- and “trap rock,” which is still actively quarried and used by the state for roadways, railroads, and garden landscaping, Allen noted.

Allen earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut and a master's from Rutgers University, both in geology. After 34 years as a petroleum geologist, and living on three continents, he retired in 2013. He's a member of the board of trustees of the Hunterdon County Historical Society and a member of East Amwell's Historical Society and Historic Preservation Committee. This presentation is free. Reservations are suggested by calling us at 908-237-4582 or e-mailing For more information, visit

Sunday, June 26 Through June 2017 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
Presidents at the Monmouth County Shore Exhibit

One hundred years ago this September, 25,000 people gathered on the grounds of what is today Monmouth University—then a private estate called Shadow Lawn—to see Woodrow Wilson officially accept the nomination of the Democratic Party for a second Presidential run. Wilson was following a popular tradition among American Presidents to retreat to our slice of the Jersey Shore to escape the heat and hubbub of Washington. On Sunday, June 26 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, a major exhibit opens at the Eden Woolley House. It tells the wide-ranging stories of eleven Presidents who spent time here, at the Monmouth County shore.

Mrs. Lincoln got the ball rolling
There’s a case to be made that it all started with Mary Todd Lincoln. Mrs. Lincoln travelled to Long Branch in the summer of 1861, probably at the invitation of William Newell, family friend and then supervisor of the life-saving services in New Jersey. Long Branch was already a popular resort, and national coverage of the First Lady’s visit added immeasurably to its fame and appeal.

That fame and appeal continued to draw the wealthy and influential—including the seven presidents who vacationed in resort city, starting with Ulysses Grant.

Seven Presidents in Long Branch
In 1870, a group of wealthy businessmen who summered in the Elberon section of Long Branch presented President Grant with an oceanfront cottage where he vacationed for the next 15 years. When Grant died in 1885, city officials feared the resort might lose its cachet. They needn’t have worried. Six of the next ten Presidents--Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, Harrison, McKinley, and Wilson--chose to spend time in Long Branch.

The most tragic of these Presidential visits was James Garfield’s last. Mrs. Garfield was in Long Branch recuperating from illness, when, on July 2, 1881, Garfield was shot by an assassin in the Washington train station. He was taken to the White House, where his condition worsened. In hope the sea air might help, Garfield was taken to Elberon. Famously, locals worked through the night to build the spur to carry the President’s railroad car from Elberon Station to the ocean side cottage. He died there 12 days later, September 19.

Beyond Long Branch
Long Branch was not the only Monmouth County destination of Presidents. Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, and Richard Nixon visited our area, if only, in some cases, for a political rally. And then, of course, there’s Warren Harding, whose local connection was a bit less public and a good deal more scandalous. Join us June 26 to learn the full story. The new exhibit is on view through June 2017.

The Township of Ocean Historical Museum offers exhibits on the history of coastal Monmouth County and a full calendar of events. The Museum also houses a library and archive of local history. It is open, free of charge, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm Thursday evenings, and 1:00 - 4:00 pm the first and second Sundays of each month. The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is located at 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ. For more information, visit

Sunday, June 26 - Mountainville, Hunterdon County
Walking Tour of Mountainville

Come spend an afternoon in the hamlet of Mountainville. Find out what life was like over 100 years ago, what businesses were thriving, and who were some of the people who lived there as well as the origins of the mysterious Hell Mountain. Tour participants will walk on Water Street and Main Street to view the beautifully restored homes and unique architecture and learn about the history of past residents and life living there.

Tewksbury Historian Shaun Van Doren will hold a guided walking tour of Mountainville on Sunday beginning at 1:00 pm. The tour is free, but advance registration is required. In the event of rain, the tour will be converted to a lecture and held inside the Mountainville Meeting Hall, 60 Water Street, Mountainville, NJ.

To register for the tour, please call 908-832-6734 or e-mail and provide your name, phone or email and the number in your party. Bottled water will be available. Park at the Mountainville Meeting Hall parking lot (60 Water Street, Mountainville, NJ) as the tour will start from the former one-room Mountainville Schoolhouse. For more information, visit

Sunday, June 26 - Whippany, Morris County
Tea with a Princess - Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Children Friendly Event & Site

The Whippany Railway Museum is happy to announce its next Tea with a Princess event on Sunday! This event will take place on our vintage AIR CONDITIONED club car and will be set as an elegant but wacky fun tea party. Our guests of honor this time will be Alice and the Mad Hatter! Seatings will be at 11:00 am, 12:00 noon, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm.

If your child has a costume/dress they are encouraged to wear them as we regularly have a few princes and princesses in each session. Each seating will be approximately 45 minutes long and will include a meet and greet photo opportunity so bring your camera, plenty of time interacting with the characters on board the train, fun activities and games, and your child will get to take home their very own "silly sippy tea cup" as souvenir of the day.

Each seating is limited to 20 children to ensure everyone has a great experience. It is $20 for each child, and every child ticket includes the entry of ONE adult. A limited number of additional adult tickets will be available for a $5 charge due to size constraints and will be capped at the discretion of the train crew. Your ticket also gives you admission for the museum building where we have model trains inside and our gift shop. The princess events are very popular and sell out QUICKLY! This event is NOT a train ride and will be held rain or shine.

The Whippany Railway Museum is located at 1 Railroad Plaza at the Intersection of Route 10 West and Whippany Road in Whippany, NJ. For more information, call 973-887-8177 or visit

Sunday, June 26 - Montclair, Essex County
Historic House Tours: Crane/YWCA & Shultz Open & Poetry Reading
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.

As an offshoot of the Common Heritage: Uncommon Quilts exhibition, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Montclair Historical Society will host a poetry reading featuring works inspired by the quilts and quilting process. The reading will be held at the Crane House and Historic YWCA from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. This event is co-sponsored by the West Orange Arts Council. Suggested donation $5.

Both houses are open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm on Sunday. 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 26 - Fieldsboro, Burlington County
Tours of White Hill Mansion

Over the years plenty of people have lived their lives at the White Hill Mansion. Some of them may still be here.  On Sunday, learn about the people who lived and died in the house from 1:00 - 3:00 pm with the Friends of the White Hill Mansion. Tours are free but a donation is always appreciated.White Hill Mansion is located at 217 4th Street, Fieldsboro, NJ. For more information, e-mail or visit

Sunday, June 26 - Ogdensburg, Sussex County
Mineral Collecting at Sterling Hill
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Sunday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, collect minerals at the Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg, NJ. Collecting is allowed on the Mine Run dump and in the Passaic pit and "saddle" areas. This event is open to the public. Bring sturdy footwear, a strong hammer (carpenter's claw hammers not allowed), and eye protection. A dark room with a shortwave ultraviolet light is provided on-site for inspection of fluorescent minerals. Fees: $5 admission plus $1.50 per pound for any minerals taken. Fee does NOT include the mine tour. Age requirements: 7 years and older on the Mine Run dump; 13 and older elsewhere. The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is located at 30 Plant Street, Ogdensburg, NJ. For more information, call 973-209-7212 or visit

Sunday, June 26 - 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 26 - Edison, Middlesex County
Klezmer - The Living Tradition of Eastern European Jewish Music

Sunday, June 26 - Morristown, Morris County
Colonial Games
Children Friendly Event

Have some old-fashioned fun as you take on the same games that the soldiers and the Wick Family played. Try your hand at nine-pins, quoits, trap-ball, nine-man morris, fox & geese, and other 18th century games. Program runs from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the Wick House at Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park, 580 Jockey Hollow Road (approximate), Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-543-4030 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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