Thursday, August 18, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/20/16 - 8/21/16

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Saturday, August 20 - Wharton, Morris County
Wharton Canal Day Music & Craft Festival
Children Friendly Event

The Wharton Canal Day Music & Craft Festival is an old-time country fair that celebrates the Morris Canal and its contributions to the development of the communities along its banks. The festival is now in its 40th year. Come to a day of free family fun featuring unique craft and fine art items from 150 vendors. Learn about local history by taking a guided Morris Canal walking tour provided by the Canal Society of NJ and view the newly restored Lock 2 East of the Morris Canal. Visit a Civil War encampment or learn the art of blacksmithing. Experience life on the canal first-hand on a free boat or kayak ride. Take a hayride on the canal towpath or enjoy a free pony ride. The Wallaby Tales Traveling Zoo will delight children of all ages. View the high energy of Roller Derby competition or lay back and enjoy listening to 10 of New Jersey's best musical performers on two stages. The festival is held at Hugh Force Canal Park, 170 West Central Avenue, Wharton NJ from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, rain or shine. For more information, visit

Saturday, August 20 - Ocean Grove, Monmouth County
Ocean Grove Postcard Show

The Historical Society of Ocean Grove invites you to its 25th Annual Ocean Grove Summer Postcards, Antiques, Collectibles, and Jersey Shore Memorabilia Show on Saturday at the Auditorium Pavilion and surrounding grounds directly across from the Great Auditorium. Show hours will be 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is free.

This popular summer event is one of a number of annual fund-raising events to benefit and support the public programs and ongoing research projects of the very active Historical Society of Ocean Grove.

A variety of quality dealers will be set up to provide lots of buying opportunities for the beginning collector or the advanced collector. At this show there is always something for everyone at affordable prices. Postcard collecting is one of America's fastest growing hobbies and is, in fact, the third most popular of all hobbies trailing only stamps and coins. For more information, call 732-774-1869 or visit

Saturday, August 20 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
Fort Hancock Bike Tour

Experience history at Sandy Hook, part of Gateway National Recreation Area with a FREE bike tour of Fort Hancock. Please bring a helmet. Call 732-872-5970 to reserve. Tour is approximately 3 miles and starts at 9:30 am and ends at approximately 11:30 am. Meet at Fort Hancock's Theater parking lot. For more information, call 718-354-4606 or visit

Saturday, August 20 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
Nike Missile Radar Site Tour

While taking a guided tour of this one-time top secret missile site at Sandy Hook (Gateway National Recreation Area), you will have the opportunity to meet and talk with some of the veterans who worked on the Cold War era Nike Air Defense System. Tours are free and available from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Tours begin at Horseshoe Cove, Parking Lot L. For more information, call 718-354-4606 or visit

Saturday, August 20 - Trenton, Mercer County
Find Your Park: The National Park Service Centennial and the 50th Anniversary of the Historic Preservation Act

Join the Trent House for this illustrated lecture and the start of its fall 2016 lecture series! In August of 2016, the National Park Service celebrates its 100th Anniversary and the 50th Anniversary of the Historic Preservation Act. Through the NPS and this important Act, historic sites all across the country like the William Trent House are preserved.

This illustrated lecture will discuss these significant milestones, as well as the connection between the Trent House and National Park Service programs. The Trent House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated National Historic Landmark, both programs of which are managed by the NPS. The NHL designation is of special note, due to the limited number of historic sites approved for inclusion. Built in 1719, the William Trent House is the oldest National Historic Landmark in New Jersey.

About the Presenter: Bonnie Halda is the Program Manager for Preservation Assistance in the Northeast Regional Office of the National Park Service. The programs she manages provide a wide range of services, educational guidance, and technical information to help our nation's citizens and communities identify, evaluate, protect, and preserve historic properties. Ms. Halda is a licensed architect and has worked in the field of historic preservation and cultural resources at the state and federal level for over 35 years.

Complimentary Refreshments will be served as well as guided tours of the Trent House Museum. Plenty of free parking. The 1719 William Trent House Museum is located at 15 Market Street, Trenton, NJ. For more information, call 609-989-3027 or visit

Saturday, August 20 - Morristown, Morris County
NJ SERV Fest 2016 - Centennial Service Fair

Do you enjoy helping others? Then NJ SERV Fest is for you! This event promotes and celebrates genuine and generous volunteerism to enhance community well-being. By allowing multiple philanthropic organizations to interact with people of all ages, the festival raises awareness of various ways to get involved and ultimately grow much needed, communal support in a fun manner. Enjoy hands-on service projects, celebrate student achievement, visit exhibits, watch performances and enjoy great food and family fun activities.

The National Park Service and Celebrate New Jersey have partnered together to host this Centennial Service Fair in honor of the NPS 100th Birthday! Admission is FREE with a donation of non-perishable food items, new/gently used plush toys, and/or new/gently used books. Rain date Sunday, August 21.

Presented by Morristown National Historical Park, Celebrate New Jersey, New Jersey State Governor's Jefferson Awards for Public Service, and the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area.

This event will be held at Jockey Hollow, 580 Tempe Wick Road, Morristown NJ (address is approximate) from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit

Saturday, August 20 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
Fireside Chat: Gravestone History

Saturday, August 20 - Cape May, Cape May County
Ghosts & Guides
Children Friendly Event

On Saturday at 8:15 pm, hear stories of unexplained occurrences inside the 1879 Physick Estate, experienced by the very guides who know the house intimately. Hear EVP recordings gathered by paranormal investigators and see photos of possible paranormal activity in the house. Tour is appropriate for most children. Tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours and begins in the Café Tent at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Admission $25. Limited tour; reservations are encouraged. 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, August 20 - Trenton, Mercer County
The Garden State: Where Ideas Grow

Many people are familiar with Edison's "invention factory" in Menlo Park, where he patented the phonograph, the light bulb, and many more innovations. Yet many other ideas have grown in the Garden State, too - New Jerseyans brought sound and music to movies and built the very first drive-in theater. In addition to the first cultivated blueberry, tasty treats like ice cream cones and M&M's® are also Jersey natives. Iconic aspects of American life, like Bubble Wrap®, the boardwalk, the Band-Aid®, and even professional baseball itself started in New Jersey. Life would be a lot harder without the vacuum cleaner, plastic, and air-conditioning. Many other important advances in medicine and surgery were also developed here. Join us as we welcome author Linda Barth as she explores groundbreaking, useful, fun, and even silly inventions and their New Jersey roots. This free program will be held at the Trenton Free Public Library, 120 Academy Street, Trenton, NJ from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. For more information, visit

Saturday, August 20 - Princeton, Mercer County
Stony Brook Walking Tour

Following a portion of the trail George Washington took from Trenton to the Princeton Battlefield, this tour includes stops at the Stony Brook Meeting House and cemetery.

Admission: $5 per person and includes farmhouse museum admission. Tours begin at the Updike Farmstead farmhouse, 354 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ at 2:00 pm and ends at 3:30 pm. Space is limited. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-921-6748 or visit

Saturday, August 20 - Chester, Morris County
Lace Creations
Children Friendly Site

On Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, watch the nimble fingers of the Lost Art Lacers of North Jersey as they perform the centuries-old arts of bobbin lace-making and tatting. Try your hand at bobbin lacing. Cost: FREE but donations appreciated. The Cooper Gristmill is located at 66 Route 513, Chester, NJ. For more information, call 908-879-5463 or visit

Saturday, August 20 -  Morristown, Morris County
Deliciously Disgusting

During this talk, we will highlight some of the most disgusting recipes from the 19th century on Saturday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission: $7 per adult, $6 per senior, $5 per child age 4 - 16, FREE per child under age 4. Historic Speedwell is located at 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-285-6550 or visit

Saturday, August 20 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Potato Harvest
Children Friendly Event and Site

Howell Living History Farm invites the public to celebrate the coming harvest season by unearthing a special crop of potatoes that will be donated to the Greater Mercer Food Cooperative.  The potatoes were planted in April by Howell Farm visitors, volunteers and interns.

Visitors of all ages can join the harvest crew, for as long or short a time as they like.  Experience is not necessary.  The crew will be led by farm staff, who will use horses or oxen to pull a special plow called a "potato lifter."

Visitors can help by gathering potatoes unearthed by the lifter, and by turning the crank of the Farm's "potato grader" to sort the potatoes.  Lemonade and cookies will be served to field workers throughout the day.

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 - Sunday, August 20 - 21 - Cape May, Cape May County
Paranormal Pursuits Weekend at Historic Cold Spring Village
Children Friendly Event & Site

Interested in ghost hunting? Like learning about the supernatural? Visit Historic Cold Spring Village for 'Paranormal Pursuits': Spiritualism in the 1800s on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. In addition to experiencing the Village's 27 restored, historic buildings dating from 1691-1912, guests can enjoy various workshops, demonstrations and tours which highlight the study of spiritualism and the paranormal.

The local paranormal investigation group, Morning Star Paranormal, will share the findings of their investigation at the Village and demonstrate their ghost hunting equipment in the Welcome Center throughout the weekend. In the Dennisville Inn, another local paranormal investigation group, POST (Paranormal Organization Supporting Teens) will conduct an investigation throughout the day, sharing their experiences during past investigations and current findings with guests. Guests can also explore the Village's own paranormal past and present during ghost walks on Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm. During stops at various buildings throughout the Village visitors will learn about the supernatural experiences reported by staff members as well as the evidence of ghostly presences discovered by visiting mediums and psychics.

Additional programs include palm readings, tarot card readings, and hands-on demonstrations of divining rods. Throughout the weekend Professor William B. Ghan will demonstrate the study of phrenology, a 19th century field of science that believed the bumps on your head explained your character traits. HCSV Deputy Director for Education and Interpretation Jim Stephens will lecture on the lively practice of spiritualism in the 1800s on Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 pm. Guests can also shop for good luck charms and talismans.

In addition to "Paranormal Pursuits" weekend, the Village is hosting upcoming after-hours paranormal events on the grounds of Historic Cold Spring Village. On Tuesdays and Thursdays in August, staff members will lead guests by lantern light through the Village on evening Ghost Walks, stopping along the way at the museum's restored historic buildings to speak of the mysterious spectral happenings reported by our staff and revealed by paranormal investigation teams. Walks begin at 8pm at the Route 9 gatehouse. Tickets are $15 per person. 

On Saturday, September 3rd, and Saturday, October 1st, join Morning Star Paranormal for a night of hands-on ghost hunting in Historic Cold Spring Village. Beginning at 7:00 pm, guests will be escorted in groups to each of four buildings and through the Village grounds where researchers will allow guests to assist with the investigations. Tickets are $40 per person for each of the investigations.

On October 8th the museum is hosting a Channeling Dinner with famed medium, Craig McManus. The event is being held at the Cold Spring Grange Restaurant and begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $85 per person. A High Spirited Tea featuring local medium, R. Scott Bitting, will be held on October 22 at 2:00 pm in the Dennisville Inn. Tickets are $40 per person. Advance ticket purchase is required for these events and space is limited! Call 609-898-2300 ext. 10 to purchase tickets for these special events.

Historic Cold Spring Village is a nonprofit, open-air living history museum that portrays the daily life of a rural South Jersey community of the Early American period. It features 26 restored historic structures on a 30-acre site. From late June to early September, interpreters and artisans in period clothing preserve the trades, crafts and heritage of "the age of homespun." Fun and educational activities for children are featured Tuesday through Sunday, with special events every weekend through mid-September.

Historic Cold Spring 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, August 21 - 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, August 21 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
The Annual Rolling Iron Auto Show Returns to Allaire Village
Children Friendly Site

The Historic Village at Allaire is proud to present its 21st Annual Antique Rolling Iron Auto Show on Sunday from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. Antique vehicles will be coming in from all over the tri-state area. All vehicles manufactured in 1991 and prior years are eligible to be in the show. On display will be unique, antique vehicles from the area; many of these vehicles you may not see at other shows. Trophies will be awarded to vehicles in many classes including, foreign cars, American cars, custom cars, modified cars, street rods, trucks, modified trucks, and antique motorcycles.

There are more than 40 unique trophies, combining People's Choice, the Historic Village at Allaire Guilds, and Director's Choice will be awarded to the winners in each class. This show takes place in the parking lot of Allaire State Park, next to the Pine Creek Railroad. There will be plenty of macadam, with grass and shade to keep the vehicles dust-free, and of course, keep the spectators cool and comfortable. Our food vendors, will be tempting you with hot-dogs, hamburgers, french fries, Italian ice, sodas, funnel cakes and much more.

A State parking fee of $5.00 is in effect for spectator cars. Show vehicles are $20 to register the day of the show. Registration is at 8:00 am, and trophies will be awarded at 3:00 pm.

This event is not just a car show; it's a day of family fun for the history buff, the car enthusiast, the train fan, and the nature lover. All visitors are encouraged to visit the Historic Village at Allaire. Walk through the buildings, shop at the General Store, and learn about life in the 1830s. This is a terrific outing for the whole family all within beautiful Allaire State Park. There is a picnic area, hiking trails and you can even take a train ride aboard the Pine Creek Railroad. Children will love fishing in the pond and looking at the authentically dressed museum interpreters, as well as visiting the carpenters, and blacksmith shops, where they can see demonstrations of their crafts. The Village tells a story of life in Allaire 176 years ago, a creative learning experience for all to see in the restored 1830's iron manufacturing community.

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

Sunday, August 21 -  Morristown, Morris County
The Route of Clean Water

Local historian Joe Macasek talks about the Morris Aqueduct and the 19th century project to bring clean water to Morristown on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission: $7 per adult, $6 per senior, $5 per child age 4 - 16, FREE per child under age 4. Historic Speedwell is located at 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-285-6550 or visit

Sunday, August 21 - Walpack, Sussex County
Walpack Historical Society Meeting

What is the history of that funny little building in the middle of the forest? Who lives there? Why didn't that house fall to the wrecking ball when so many other buildings, much more noble, did? Find out on Sunday at 1:00 pm when the Walpack Historical Society presents "Camp Shapanack History and Lore" by Jen Wycalek of Walpack. The meeting will take place at the Walpack M.E. Church, Walpack Center, Sussex County, NJ within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. This event is free and the public is welcome. For more information call 973-948-4903 or visit

Sunday, August 21 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Smocking Demonstration
Children Friendly Site

On Sunday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to take a step back in time to see the art of this delicate craft in action. This free event runs from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. For more information, call 732-946-3758 or visit

Sunday, August 21 - Westampton, Burlington County
Butterflies and Colonial Gardens

Gardens were important to Colonial life. Butterflies are important to gardens. Walk through Peachfield's Colonial Revival and butterfly gardens and learn the importance of gardens in Colonial life and the need for butterflies and other insects in the garden. Tours of the property are available at 1:00 pm.

This site will be open from 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm. Free admission. Free-will donations appreciated. Reservations are recommended. Peachfield is located at 180 Burrs Road, Westampton, NJ. For more information and to register, call 609-267-6996, e-mail, or visit

Sunday, August 21 - Trenton, Mercer County
A Negro Spiritual and Gospel Celebration of the Music of Paul Robeson

On Sunday, the Trenton Museum Society presents nationally recognized baritone Keith Spencer in "The Paul Robeson Songbook: A Negro Spiritual and Gospel Celebration of the Music of Paul Robeson" at 3:00 p.m. at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion in Cadwalader Park, Trenton, NJ. The Trenton Museum Society invites everyone to enjoy a rich, hour-long event celebrating Robeson's love and tribute to gospel, Negro spirituals and concert works.

Spencer has pursued his love of the stage and concert performance at many professional venues ranging from Philadelphia's Prince Theater to the Broadway tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Music of the Night with Betty Buckley, Ann Crumb, and Melissa Manchester. Some of his favorite roles include Coalhouse Walker, Jr. from Ragtime and Joe (performed by Paul Robeson) from Showboat.

He has been part of Bristol Riverside Theatre's Summer Concert Musicale Series including one-man show performances in the smash hit Nat "King" Cole tribute, For Sentimental Reasons, and the big band Cole Porter revue, Too Darn Hot!  Most recently he performed in Ol' Man River: A Tribute to the African-American Leading Men of Broadway. Ol' Man River, of course, being the tune for which Robeson is most famous. In addition to performing on stage, Spencer has sung back-up vocals in concert for artists such as Roberta Flack, Rosemary Clooney, and Sandi Patty.

Seating is limited. Tickets are $20, TMS members $15 each and may be purchased via PayPal on the Ellarslie website,, by calling 609-989-3632, or at the door.

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

1st and 3rd Saturdays through November 2016 - Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County
Atlantic Highlands Architectural Walking Tours

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

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. At the Eden Woolley House, this major exhibit 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

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


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