Thursday, November 3, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 11/5/16 - 11/6/16

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Friday - Saturday, November 4 - 5 - Cape May, Cape May County
Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour
Family Friendly

Updated with new tales in 2016! Board a MAC trolley tour for a 30-minute evening ride through the haunted streets of Cape May, New Jersey. The paranormal findings of ghost writer Craig McManus come alive as your guide translates McManus' spooky stories. Ride past the flickering gas street lamps, the haunted properties of Cape May, and experience the spine-tingling tales exposed by McManus. The tour is offered Friday at 7:00 pm and Saturday at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children (ages 3-12). Tickets can be purchased at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ or the Washington Street Mall Information Booth. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday, November 5 - Harmony Township, Warren County
Fall Open House at the Historic Van Nest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead
Children Friendly Event

The Harmony Township Historical Society and the Historic Preservation Commission of Harmony Township invite the public to attend their annual Fall Open House at the historic VanNest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead on Saturday, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is free. The farmstead is located at 3026 Belvidere Road, Route 519, just north of the Municipal Building in Harmony Township.

Come see the progress being made at the farmstead. The event will include tours of the circa 1750s main house, the restored wagon house, and the one of a kind Dutch style barn, and war reenactors, live demonstrations, and hearth cooking in the summer kitchen. Guest speaker Matthew Backes, will do two talks on "The Acts Behind the Revolutionary War." He is scheduled to speak at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.

For more information, contact Ruth at or visit

Saturday, November 5 - Morristown, Morris County
Industrial History of Northwest New Jersey

The natural environment of northwest New Jersey - think lumber, iron ore, and waterways - gave rise to thriving industrial economic engines - mining, transportation, and cement - whose built expressions remain today to tell their stories. Much of our industrial archaeology is crumbling and unrecognized, but still forms a rich background to modern lives.

On Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, a group of speakers will discuss their special interests and experiences in this complex area of historic research: Michael  Douglas Henderson, former National Park Service superintendent (of Morristown National Historical Park), preservationist, museologist, and writer; Ian Burrow, Principal Archaeologist, Hunter Research (ret.), principal of Burrow into History, writer, teacher (elementary through graduate levels), history and cultural resource management; and David Peifer, Highlands Project Director, ANJEC, former executive director of the Upper Raritan Watershed Assn., preservation activist and historian.

The program is sponsored by the Morris County Trust for Historic Preservation, the Morristown & Morris Township Library, and the National Park Service. Admission is free. Registration is required - please e-mal  A light lunch will be provided for a limited number of attendees. Carpooling is encouraged. The program will be held in the Washington's Headquarters Museum, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJFor more information, call 973-267-4717.

Saturday, November 5 - Sunday, November 27- Paterson, Passaic County
29th Annual Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique

From November 5th through November 27th, Lambert Castle, home of the Passaic County Historical Society will present the 29th annual Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique. Open Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, the boutique invites you to enjoy shopping for this year's assortment of festive holiday gifts, jewelry, seasonal decorations, crafts, collectibles, and gourmet food in the historic atmosphere and ambiance of Lambert Castle.

Admission to the Boutique is $7 for opening weekend, November 5th - 6th and $6 for the duration of the show. All admission fees include two return visits. Children under 12 years are admitted free of charge. No child strollers or carriages are permitted inside the Castle. Visa and Mastercard are accepted for purchases. The café will return to the third floor serving a variety of soups, sandwiches, as well as hot and cold drinks. All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the Passaic County Historical Society.

The Passaic County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was founded to cultivate interest among individuals and the community-at-large in the rich history of Passaic County. To this end our museum in Lambert Castle showcases examples of the County's cultural and artistic diversity, as well as examples of the County's natural, civil, military, and ecclesiastical history. The Society also maintains a library and archive, which houses manuscripts, books and photographs of historical and genealogical interest.

Lambert Castle is located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ. For more information, call 973-247-0085 or visit

Saturday, November 5 - Princeton, Mercer County
Historical Society of Princeton 2016 House Tour

The Historical Society of Princeton is pleased to host its 15th annual House Tour from 10:00am - 4:00 pm on Saturday. This signature event celebrates significant architecture and design in the homes of HSP's supportive community. This year's tour features five unique homes, each one a distinct example of its own time and style. Visitors will marvel in the modifications, redesigns, furnishings, and personal art collections in a self-guided tour of the homes throughout the day.

This year's tour will feature:
505 Mercer Road: Part of the original, sprawling Moses Taylor Pyne estate, now Drumthwacket, this 1901 Neo-Tudor style house was home to George Weigel, proprietor of the Rockwood Dairy, the estate's model dairy farm. Pyne spared no expense, even on his Milk Barn, which he covered from floor to ceiling with the famous arched tilework of Rafael Guastavino, who outfitted New York City subway stations and Ellis Island, among other landmarks. The house has been remarkably modernized and renovated by architect Glen Fries.

1 Haslet Avenue: Designed as a replica of the St. George Tucker house in Colonial Williamsburg, this Georgian-style home, with spectacular views of Springdale Golf Course and Princeton University's Graduate College, encloses beautifully renovated rooms packed with stunning contemporary art, American colonial furniture, and antique decorative arts. Katie Eastridge created the exuberant interiors.

150 Mercer Street: This nineteenth-century home sits in the precise location of the proposed, but never built, entrance to the Princeton University Graduate College. A witness to the rapid early twentieth century expansion of the University, this historic home boasts newly renovated modern interiors by Bogle Design, Leddy Interiors, and Superior Woodcraft, with a stunningly landscaped back patio by Legacy Landscapes, complete with koi pond.

82 Library Place: One of the few homes in the United States designed and built by a U.S. President, this large Neo-Tudor style home was Woodrow Wilson's residence for almost a decade in Princeton. Stunningly restored in a meticulous five-year renovation, this home includes a modern kitchen, a room-sized mural in the dining room, an historic sleeping porch, and period finishes such as plaster crown-molding and hand-cut window glass, among other stunning features.

342 Nassau Street: Now home to the interior design business Eastridge Design Home, this building is one of the oldest remaining intact Georgian structures in Princeton, built in 1730. Katie Eastridge's renovation provides a surprising, fresh, and modern take on the distinct architecture of Princeton's historic Jugtown neighborhood. The interior boasts beautiful exposed original beams and some of the unique custom fabrics, wallpapers, colors, and furniture pieces that are Eastridge's signature.

Advance tickets are $45 for HSP members and $50 for non-members. All tickets purchased the day of the tour are $50. Proceeds help fund the Historical Society's core mission activities throughout the year, including exhibitions, collections care, and engaging educational programming for schools and families.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 609-921-6748 x105. Tickets may also be purchased online at On the day of the event, tickets may be purchased at the Updike Farmstead, 354 Quaker Road, or by cash and check at any of the five homes on the tour.

Saturday, November 5 - Lower Township, Cape May County
Candlelight Walk at Historic Cold Spring Village

Step back in time for a lovely autumn evening on Saturday when the Friends of Historic Cold Spring Village host the annual Candlelight Walk from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Luminaries will line the paths and guide you to several of the Village's restored historic buildings where wine, beer, and a variety of light fare will be served. Guests will also enjoy desserts, live musical entertainment, and hot beverages at the Village Pavilion. A special holiday sale at the Country Store will feature heritage wares, books, and a wide variety of historical toys.

Tickets are $30 ($25 for HCSV Members) and must be purchased in advance. Please call 609-898-2300, ext. 10, or visit to purchase tickets.

Historic Cold Spring Village is a non-profit, open air living history museum that portrays the daily life of a rural South Jersey community of the Early American era. Its mission includes the preservation of 27 historic Cape May County buildings, history education and promoting heritage tourism. The Village is a museum for all seasons. During the summer months, interpreters and artisans in period clothing preserve the trades, crafts and heritage of "the age of homespun." From October to May, the emphasis is on teaching history through school trips to the Village, classroom visits by the education department and interactive teleconferences with schools throughout the United States. The Village is located on Route 9, three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern end of the Garden State Parkway. For more information, call 609-898-2300, ext. 10 or visit

Saturday, November 5 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Cider Making 
Children Friendly Event & Site

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but pressing them, peeling them and "stomping" them can be healthy you’ll find by visiting Howell Farm on Saturday.

The techniques used on the Farm to make apple cider, applesauce and apple pie are healthfully reminiscent of those used a century ago, when people - not motors - powered the cranks, handles and other appliances used to process food. From 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, visitors to this 130 acre working farm can sample the work, fun and tastes of a circa-1900 apple harvest.

Visitors of all ages will be invited to use the Farm's old fashioned presses, peeler-corers, and "stomper-strainers" to help the farmers process apples. For the hungry, there will be apple pie and other apple treats.

Unusual, ingenious antique apple peelers and corers will be demonstrated by Coles Roberts of Vincentown, NJ, who is a 3rd generation apple grower as well as collector of antique farm machinery. His collection includes an industrial size peeler that processes many apples at once. Demonstrations of the peelers will be held every hour, on the hour, from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Howell Living Farm represents typical farm life between 1890 and 1910. The farm is operated by the Mercer County Parks Commission. It is located at 70 Wooden's Lane, Lambertville, NJ. For more information. call 609-737-3299 or visit

Saturday, November 5 - Cape May, Cape May County
Mansions by the Sea Trolley Tour

This tour features a century of beachfront development, from Victorian cottages of the 1870s through the most up-to-date of today's housing. It includes some of the most magnificent structures ever erected in Cape May. Offered Saturday at 11:45 am. Tour lasts about 45 minutes and admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children (ages 3-12). Tickets can be purchased at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ or at the Washington Street Mall Info Booth. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday, November 5 - Cape May, Cape May County
Historic Haunts House Tour
Family Friendly

Get into the spirit of things on a guided tour of the historic (some say haunted) Physick Estate, which includes a discussion of Victorian spiritualism on Saturday at 7:30 pm. This is a limited tour. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children (ages 3-12). Tickets can be purchased at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday, November 5 - Cape May, Cape May County
Historic Haunts Combo Tour
Family Friendly

Combine the Ghosts of Cape May trolley tour with a visit to the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, where you will visit a home séance room of the 1890s and learn of the Victorians' fascination with spiritualism on Saturday at 7:00 pm. Admission is $22 for adults, $14 for children (ages 3-12). Tickets can be purchased at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Sunday, November 6 - Westampton, Burlington County
First Sunday at Peachfield - Nobody Owns the Sky

Most people when asked to name early female aviators can name only one name, Amelia Earhart. But long before Amelia Earhart's famous exploits, female flyers had already proved that aviatrices were every bit as brave and daring as their male counterparts. Flying in flimsy wood and canvas aeroplanes, Aida de Acosta, Raymonde de Laroche, Hélène Dutrieu, Marie Marvingt, Harriet Quimby, Katherine Stinson, Ruth Law, Bessie Coleman and Elinor Smith awed and thrilled people on the ground - executing audacious acrobatic aerial maneuvers, soloing across the English channel, setting records, barnstorming and buzzing beneath New York's bridges. Undaunted by male skepticism, they were determined to show that anything that men could do, they could do too! Join Carol Simon Levin as she shares the stories of these amazing women.

Program runs from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission is $10.00 per person; Friends of Peachfield admitted free of charge. Prepaid reservations required to guarantee seating. Peachfield is located at 180 Burrs Road, Westampton, NJ. For more information and to register, call 609-267-6996, e-mail, or visit

Sunday, November 6 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Election Day of 1836
Children Friendly Event & Site

The Historic Village at Allaire presents Election Day in 1836 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm on Sunday. Join the members of the Howell Works Co. as they cast their ballots in the 1836 presidential election between William Henry Harrison and Martin Van Buren.

Participate in debates regarding women's suffrage, the role of Federal Government, states' rights, the Temperance Movement, the opening of the Western United States, slavery, and many other topics. Maxine Lurie will be giving a talk at 1:00 pm in the historic chapel on the history of elections.

The other historic buildings including Mr. Allaire's home, the blacksmith shop, carpenter shop, Manager's House, Enameling Building, General Store, and Bakery are open for tours. Visitors are more than welcome to engage in debates. This event is free for the public.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park, 4265 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, November 6 - Walpack Center, Sussex County
Walpack Historical Society Mystery Hike

Participants for the mystery hike will gather at the Rosenkrans Museum, Main Street, Walpack Center, Sussex County, NJ within the Delaware Water Gap NRA at 11:00 am and carpool to the starting location. Remember to set your clocks back the night before. Sturdy footwear, insect repellent, drinking water, a hiking staff, and lunch or snack are suggested. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 973-948-4903.

Sunday, November 6 - Morristown, Morris County
Author Talk: Abductions in the American Revolution

On Sunday at 2:00 pm, come to Morristown National Historical Park to hear Christian McBurney, author of Abductions in the American Revolution:Attempts to Kidnap George Washington, Benedict Arnold and Other Military and Civilian Leaders speak about his book.

The tactic of kidnapping enemy leaders, used in the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, dates to the American Revolution. George Washington called such efforts "honorable" and supported attempts to kidnap the British commander-in-chief (twice), Benedict Arnold (after he turned traitor) and Prince William Henry (a future king of Great Britain). Washington in turn was targeted at his Morristown winter headquarters by British dragoons who crossed the frozen Hudson River. New Jersey Governor William Livingston performed a patriotic service by going to considerable lengths to avoid being abducted by the Loyalist raider James Moody. Sometimes these operations succeeded, as with the spectacular captures of Major General Charles Lee, Major General Richard Prescott, Brigadier General Gold Selleck Silliman, and North Carolina's governor Thomas Burke. Sometimes they barely failed, as with the violent attempt by British secret service operatives against Major General Philip Schuyler and the mission by British dragoons against Thomas Jefferson. Some of the abducted, such as signer of the Declaration of Independence Richard Stockton and Delaware's governor John McKinly, suffered damage to their reputations. The kidnapper risked all - if caught, he could be hanged. This book covers more than thirty major attempted and successful abductions of military and civilian leaders from 1775 to 1783, from Maine to Georgia, and including two in Great Britain.

Christian McBurney is an independent historian whose prior books include Kidnapping the Enemy: The Special Operations to Capture Generals Charles Lee & Richard Prescott (Westholme, 2014), The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation of the Revolutionary War (Westholme, 2011), and Spies in Revolutionary Rhode Island (History Press, 2014).  He is an attorney in a Washington, D.C. law firm and resides in Kensington, Maryland. McBurney has previously spoken at the NJARRT about his book, Kidnapping the Enemy.

Books will be available at the Washington's Headquarters Museum Shop and will be inscribed by the author. Free and open to the public. No reservations required. The program will be held in the Washington's Headquarters Museum auditorium, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJFor more information, call 973-539-2016 x210 or visit

Sunday, November 6 - Princeton, Mercer County
Historic Princeton Walking Tour
Children Friendly 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, November 6 -  Elizabeth, Union County
"Gravestone Art and Symbolism"

A free program about "Gravestone Art and Symbolism" featuring Lorna and Phil Wooldridge of Wise Owl Workshops will be offered to the public on Sunday at 2:00 pm. The program will take place at the Snyder Academy, located at 42 Broad Street in Elizabeth and adjacent to the Union County Courthouse. Parking is available right across the street from the academy lot entrance at the Bollwage Parking Garage.

Early New England burial grounds were the first public art galleries in the New World. Even today, many of these tranquil sites display the remarkable artistic, cultural and religious changes of this region. Old gravestones or markers often explained how entire families lived and died.

This presentation will cover the progression and interpretation of early symbols or icons, from those seen in family burial plots to the more elaborate ones seen in the "rural" and lawn park cemeteries of the Victorian era and, later still, in the memorial parks of the 20th century. Modern examples of memorialization and symbolism will be included, as will the changing techniques and skills required by the early slate and sandstone carvers, contrasting with today's techniques such as laser etching. The program will share stories of people that these stones commemorate, and the presentation will conclude with an opportunity for questions and a photographic tour of Evergreen Cemetery located in Hillside, Union County.

A tour of the burial ground of the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth, deemed to be the most historical burial grounds in the state of New Jersey, will follow this presentation.

Lorna and Phil Wooldridge run Wise Owl Workshops, which covers subjects as diverse as gravestone art and native gardening. Lorna and Phil both have extensive credentials and experience as educators both in Britain and the U.S. This Gravestone Art & Symbolism presentation is the first in a series of five programs that are made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. For more information about Wise Owl Workshops, please visit http://wiseowlworkshops.comFor more information about The Snyder Academy, please visit or call 908-353-2131 to register for this free program.

Sunday, November 6 - South River, Middlesex County
Open House

Stop by the South River Historical & Preservation Society on Sunday from 1:30 - 3:30 pm and view exhibits on all aspects of Borough history including: schools; churches and houses of worship; local businesses and organizations; daily life; events and celebrations; and more. While you are there, see the cemetery located behind the building, ask questions, drop off donations, or exchange hometown stories with the docents. The museum is located at 64-66 Main Street, South River, NJ. For more information, visit

Sunday, November 6 - Freehold, Monmouth County
Sephardic Jewish Cooking Demonstration
Family Friendly

Join the Monmouth County Historical Association on Sunday from 12:00 - 4:00 pm for a Sephardic Jewish cooking demonstration using ingredients of the colonies. Traditional recipes are cooked 18th century style over an open hearth. These treats are made from historic, kosher-style recipes! Bring the family! Admission is free. The Monmouth County Historical Association is located at 70 Court Street, Freehold, NJ. For more information,  call 732-462-1466 or visit

Sunday, November 6 - Jefferson Township, Morris County
Open House

The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlin House, will have an open house on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Learn about the Jefferson Township Historical Society. Costumed docents will be available to talk about this Victorian home. Admission is free.

The exhibit this month will feature First Lady Frances Folsom Cleveland, the wife of President Grover Cleveland, who was born in Caldwell, New Jersey. Come discover fascinating facts about the youngest First Lady and the only First Lady to be married in the White House.

All merchandise at Miss Elizabeth's Shoppe will be marked down 25% on Sunday. The Shoppe features jewelry, vintage pieces and collectibles. The Shoppe is packed with new and vintage items for sale. Also stop in to view the lovely gardens at the Museum in their fall colors. This will be the last open house before the holiday season.

The Jefferson Township Museum is located at 315 Dover-Milton Road, Jefferson Township, NJ. Visit Miss Elizabeth's Shoppe located in the original kitchen of the museum, where small antiques, collectibles, handmade, handcrafted and seasonal items will be offered for sale. For further information, call 973-697-0258 or visit

Through Sunday, November 20 - Morristown, Morris County
Drawing Out the Vote: Thomas Nast and the Contested Election of 1876

At Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, view their newest exhibit, The Great Presidential Election Controversy of 1876: Rutherford B. Hayes versus Samuel Tilden as described by Thomas Nast. Explore Thomas Nast's commentary and influence over the presidential election between Rutherford Birchard Hayes and Samuel Tilden.

The 1876 Presidential Election was certainly one for the history books. Hard fought by Republican candidate Rutherford B. Hayes and Democratic candidate Samuel Tilden, the winner was not decided upon until days before the inauguration in early March of 1877 because of election irregularities in four states. Nast, who supported Hayes, participated wholeheartedly in this particular election controversy. The exhibition presents the controversy and its outcome through the vivid illustrations Nast created to keep the American public informed.

Admission is $8, Adults; $6, Seniors and Students; $4, Children 6-12; and free for Members and children under 5. Macullouch Hall is located at 45 MacCulloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-538-2404 or visit

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

Saturdays and Sundays through December 11, 2016 - Harrison Township, Gloucester County
Game on! Exhibit

A century of sports and recreation in Harrison Township is celebrated in Game On!, a new exhibition at Mullica Hill’s Old Town Hall Museum. Over 100 photographs, artifacts, and rare movie footage of a Mullica Hill Quakers Pop Warner Midget Football Championship game in 1958 feature local teams and athletes from the early 1900s through the 21st century. Objects come from many from private collections as well as the Museum’s holdings, most of which are on exhibit for the first time.

Some of the oldest pieces in Game On! focus on the early history of baseball. Mullica Hill, Richwood, Ewan, and Ferrell all had their own teams, whose players were young men who sometimes played on more than one team just to have the opportunity to play the game.

It wasn’t until the 1940s that Little League teams began to take the place of the young men’s leagues, which gradually disappeared.  The exhibition includes photographs and uniforms from both leagues.

The Township has also been home to a number of notable athletes, including football stars and coaches Robert C. Folwell, Jr. and Jim Leonard, major league baseball player and coach, Jeff Datz, outstanding track star William “Peanut” Gaines, and legendary athlete and Clearview High School coach, Lorriane Boyd Ledden.

Clearview’s early sports history is also represented, including programs for the then newly-opened school’s first interscholastic football game, played on October 8, 1960 at Woodstown.

The exhibition opens on the 56th anniversary of that first game and continues on Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, through December 11, 2016. Admission is free. Town Hall is located at the intersection of South Main Street and Woodstown Road in the heart of Mullica Hill’s Historic District. For more information, call 856-478-4949 or visit

Through December 31, 2016 - Morristown, Morris County
History of NJ Diners
Children Friendly

When was the last time you ate at a diner? If you are like millions in New Jersey, the answer is not too long ago. Dubbed “the land of diners,” New Jersey’s highways and main streets are dotted with silver airstreams and neon signs of the classic American diner. Moreover, New Jersey was and still is the diner manufacturing industry’s hub. This exhibition at the Morris Museum explores the rich history of the Garden State’s favorite casual eatery through classic photographs and historical artifacts, as well as original oil paintings by Wyckoff, NJ based artist Mark Oberndorf. Admission: adults, $10; seniors and children ages 3-18 $7; children under 3, free. The Morris Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-971-3706 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

Through January 29, 2017 - Morristown, Morris County
Race to the Finish: Newspaper Coverage of Presidential Elections, 1789-2008 Exhibit

In recognition of the 2016 presidential election, the Morris County Historical Society offers the thought-provoking Race to the Finish: Newspaper Coverage of Presidential Elections, 1789-2008 through January 29, 2017 at Acorn Hall in Morristown, NJ.

Featured in the exhibit are rare, original, historic presidential newspapers from the personal collection of local historian, author, and MCHS Board of Trustees member Peter J. Tamburro, Jr. Newspaper headlines and articles illustrate the campaign promises, electoral obstacles, and political gaffes of more than 20 U.S. presidents and their rivals. See early newspaper coverage of George Washington's election through Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, and an authentic copy of the 1948 "Dewey Defeats Truman" headline of the Chicago Daily Tribune.

Complementing the newspapers are period clothing such as an 1876 dress worn to an inauguration party for President Rutherford B. Hayes, political paraphernalia including campaign buttons for Adlai Stevenson and Franklin Roosevelt, and a 1917 telegram sent by President Woodrow Wilson and other cultural artifacts - all from the extensive collections of the MCHS. The exhibit closes on January 29, 2017.

The Morris County Historical Society, founded in 1946, is a member-supported, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Its headquarters, Acorn Hall, is an Italianate Villa mansion open to the public on Wednesdays and Thursdays (11:00 am - 4:00 pm) and Sundays (1:00 - 4:00 pm). Acorn Hall is located at 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-267-3465 or visit

Through April 28, 2017 - Trenton, Mercer County
Toy World Exhibit
Children Friendly

Bring the whole family to enjoy this fun new exhibition spotlighting the little-known history of toy manufacturing in New Jersey. Step back to another era and enjoy a bit of nostalgia with more than 100 toys made in New Jersey between 1880 and the late 1960s, during New Jersey's golden era of manufacturing. See how world events helped shape the toys produced here, from tin toys, porcelain dolls, and model trains, through the development of plastics, which ushered in little green army men, Colorforms, Suzy Homemaker ovens and more. Innovations such as the first "talking" doll, created by Thomas Edison, will also be featured.

The exhibition features a play area for children and a spot to share your favorite childhood toy memories. Randomly selected memories will be featured on the Museum's Facebook page throughout the exhibition. "Toy World" will be on view from through April 28, 2017. 

“Toy World” will be on view in the Riverside Gallery on the New Jersey State Museum's second floor. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:45 pm and closed on all State holidays. The Museum is located at 205 W State St, Trenton, NJ. For more information, 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

Sundays through June 30, 2017 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
A Revolutionary Legacy: the Cornelius Low House 275 Exhibit

The newest exhibit to open at the Middlesex County Museum exhibit delves into the history of the Low family and the role they played in the shaping of the United States. A Revolutionary Legacy: the Cornelius Low House 275 exhibit is housed inside the County’s Historic Cornelius Low House/Middlesex County Museum. 

This seven-room exhibit contains artifacts that date to the 1700s and includes handcrafted furniture from New Brunswick, paintings by artist Micah Williams, a document signed by Cornelius Low and his wife Johanna, portrait miniatures of several Low family members, and a chair that George Washington used on a visit to the New Brunswick area. These items are on loan from the DAR Jersey Blue Chapter Buccleuch Mansion, the Suffolk County Historical Society and private collections.

The Cornelius Low House/Middlesex County Museum is open on Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and is located at 1225 River Road, Piscataway, NJ. For more information, call 732-745-4177 or visit

Last Sunday of the month through Fall 2017 - Woodbury, Gloucester County
White Lace and Promises: Two Centuries of Weddings Exhibit

White Lace and Promises: Two Centuries of Weddings, is the Gloucester County Historical Society Museum's most comprehensive wedding exhibit to date! This gorgeous exhibit features over 50 wedding gowns from the museum’s collection, representing the time period from the 1810’s through most of the 20th century. From the hooped dresses and bustles of the 19th century, to the many variations of gowns during the 20th century, nearly every popular wedding gown style is represented. Also showcased are bridal accessories including headpieces, veils, shoes, fans, lingerie, and jewelry. Documentation such as invitations and wedding certificates, along with beautiful photographs from many of these weddings, are also on display. This extensive exhibit will be up until fall of 2017 – do not miss it!

The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, and the last Sunday of the month from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. If interested in scheduling a private tour during non-public hours to see this exhibit, this may be organized for you and/or your group with advance. Adult admission $5; children 6-18 years $1; children under 6 free. The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum is located at 58 N. Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ 08096. For more information, call 856-848-8531 or visit

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


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