Thursday, April 6, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/8/17 - 4/9/17

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Saturday, April 8 - Princeton, Mercer County
The Magic and History of Marquand Park

In 1953, the Marquand family donated 17 acres of their estate, Guernsey Hall, to the municipality of Princeton to serve as an arboretum and passive recreation park. Once part of a 30-acre farm owned by Judge Richard Stockton Field, Marquand Park is home to more than 150 different tree specimens, some dating back over 170 years!

Join Bob Wells, Associate Director of Arboriculture at Morris Arboretum, and Roland Machold, former Marquand Park Foundation board member, as they share the history of the property and highlight the native and exotic trees in the collection on Saturday at 11:00 am. The tour will last approximately one hour. Tickets are FREE, but registration is required, as space is limited.

Starting location: Marquand Park parking lot on Lover's Lane between Stockton and Mercer Streets. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-921-6748 or visit

Saturday, April 8 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Tour Paulsdale

Paulsdale is open to the public for Second Saturday Tours at 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm. Paulsdale is the birthplace of Quaker suffragist Alice Paul. Tours include a 15-minute DVD presentation about Alice Paul's life and work and a walk around the porch where visitors learn about the Paul family's daily life in the house, the restoration of the house, and its present day use as a girl's leadership center. No registration is required, but large groups are encouraged to call ahead. Tours are $5.00 per person.

Paulsdale is located at 128 Hooton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ. For information about group tours or future tour dates, contact the Alice Paul Institute at 856-231-1885, e-mail, or visit

Saturday, April 8 - Morristown, Morris County
Carriage House Craft Series: Weaving
Children Friendly Event

The Factory Building at Historic Speedwell was once intended to house looms. Come and make a project on a mini loom to take home. The program runs from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission: $5/adult, $4/senior (65+), $3/child (ages 4 -16). FREE for children under age 4 and Friends members, with a current membership card. Historic Speedwell is located 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-285-6550 or visit

Saturday, April 8  -  Morris Township, Morris County
Happy Birthday, Caroline Foster!
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday at the Farmhouse at Fosterfield's Living Historical Farm, help bake a cake to celebrate the anniversary of Caroline Foster’s birthday! Miss Foster lived 102 years, and was the farm’s last owner. Meet at the Farmhouse, where cake will be served in her honor from 1:00 - 3:30 pm.

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

Saturday, April 8 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
19th Century Woodworking Demonstration
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to take a step back in time to watch a 19th century woodworking demonstration where you can see how hand tools were used in woodworking. 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

Saturday, April 8 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Allaire Village Flea Market
Children Friendly Site

Join Allaire Village for their first flea market of the season! Hunt for hidden treasures amid furniture, books, art work, bottles, knick knacks, and so much more! The event runs from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. $1 admission for adults. Children under 12 and members get in free. The Village, General Store, and Bakery are open as well. The rain date is Sunday, April 9.

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, April 8 - River Edge, Bergen County
Battleground Tour of New Bridge
Children Friendly Event

Walk in the footsteps of History. Historian and author Todd Braisted will conduct a Battleground Tour of New Bridge, starting at 10:00 am on Saturday in the Steuben House. The tour ends at the Campbell-Christie House for refreshments and gift shop.

Admission: $10 adults, $7 children, BCHS members free. Historic New Bridge Landing is located at 1201-1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ. Parking available or take a train on the Pascack Valley Line from Secaucus via NJ Transit to the New Bridge Landing Train stop.
For more information, call 201-343-9492, e-mail, or visit

Saturday, April 8 - Bedminster, Somerset County
Civil War Artillery School
Children Friendly Event

If the thought of learning more about Civil War cannons gets you fired up, sign up for the School of the Piece - a muzzle-loading artillery safety qualification program for reenactors and history buffs - coming to the Jacobus Vanderveer House, Saturday. Or, just stop by and have a blast!

Instructors from the Sixth New York Independent Battery Civil War re-enactment group and National Civil War Artillery Association will teach registered participants how to safely work around, load and fire two cannons that will be on hand for the day: an original bronze 12-pounder Napoleon Civil War cannon, cast in 1863, as well as a replica 10-pounder Parrott Rife (Model 1861).

The program will be held between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at the Jacobus Vanderveer House, located in River Road Park, Bedminster. Spectators are welcome to observe the artillery demonstrations free of charge. The Jacobus Vanderveer House will also be open for tours. Admission is $10 per person.  Members free. Children 12 and under, free.

Those who wish to participate in the course (which includes both classroom and practical instruction in cannon firing) must register in advance by visiting or by calling 908-396-6053. Participants will learn about the various positions and duties associated with firing a cannon and will have the opportunity to receive a two-year certification in those positions upon the successful completion of the 4-hour session. The fee for the course is $10, which includes a two-year membership in the National Civil War Artillery Association. It is open to all ages, but participants must be at least 16 years of age to work with the cannon. All registered participants for the course should arrive by 9:30 am.

The Sixth New York Independent Battery is a family-friendly Civil War Artillery Unit based out of Rahway, NJ. Its mission is to educate others, through living history, about one of the most momentous times in our country. For more information, visit www.6thny.comFor more information about the National Civil War Artillery Association, visit

The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 3055 River Road (in Bedminster’s River Road Park), Bedminster, NJ. For more information, visit

Saturday, April 8 - Freehold, Monmouth County
Whatever Shall We Wear: 18th and Early 19th Century Clothing and Accessories in Monmouth County

Have you 'peeked under the petticoats' and now want more? Join Bernadette M. Rogoff, principal of Small Museum Design and consulting curator to MCHA, as she uses her expertise in historic textiles and clothing to provide a unique opportunity to view a wide range of clothing and personal accessories from the 18th and early 19th century actually owned by men and women from the area.

Monmouth County's prime location between New York and Philadelphia gave its residents a wealth of choices for their clothing and accessories. The historic costume and textile collection of Monmouth County Historical Association allows us to take a look at a wide variety of clothing and personal accessories from the past.

This day-long seminar, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, will begin with a presentation giving an overview of Monmouth County, its residents, and the textile collection itself. Twenty-five selected garments and accessories will be on view, many on mannequins. Participants will be given a rare opportunity to carefully examine the items, their construction techniques, and materials. Discussion will also focus on family provenance and the social standing of owners.

Included in the seminar is the outfit above, a round gown dating from about 1790, but was refashioned about ten years later. It is MCHA's most complete costume as all the accessories, bonnet, etc., came from one source.

Space for this workshop is limited to 25, with lunch included. Registration fee is $125. To register click HEREcall 732-462-1466 x 11, or e-mail The Monmouth County Historical Association Museum & Research Library is located at 70 Court Street, Freehold, NJ. For more information, visit

Saturday, April 8 - Salem, Salem County
Salem County Historical Society Opens New Exhibit

On Saturday, the Salem County Historical Society will open a new exhibit, "Salem County in the First Modern Decade, 1910-1919." The decade of 1910 to 1919 was one of great changes for the people of Salem County and it was a period of unprecedented growth for the area. The first true industries were established here during this decade, forever changing how Salem County worked. New technologies, such as the automobile, the telephone, and wireless communication, first became common in the region during this decade, influencing how people moved, how they communicated, how they received their news, and how they played and passed the time.

Items of interest in the exhibit will include materials relating to Fort Mott, DuPont Chambers Works, Mannington Mills, and the Salem County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Since technology played a large role during this decade, technology related items such as a period camera and phonograph from that time will be exhibited. This was also the decade of World War I, the first global event to impact our community on a large scale. The centerpiece of the exhibit will revolve around the Great War and will include a soldier's helmet, gas mask, military uniforms, and firearms from the war. The exhibit will be in place for some time with free admission on our opening day, Saturday, April 8th.

The Society will be open from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. The Salem County Historical Society is located at 83 Market Street, Salem, NJ. For more information, call 856-935-5004 or

Saturday, April 8 - Hammonton, Burlington County
Vintage Base Ball
Children Friendly Event

The Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc. (BCCI) is proud to announce they will help kick off the Vintage Base Ball season by hosting a double header on Saturday at Historic Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest.

Beginning at 11:00 am, the Hoboken Nine Vintage Base Ball Club and the Elizabeth Resolutes will square off in the first of two games scheduled to take place at scenic Batsto Village. The Hoboken Nine and Elizabeth Resolutes Base Ball (not baseball) clubs play the game using rules adopted between 1864 and 1873.

The most noticeable difference between the games played using Vintage Base Ball rules and the game we are accustomed to watching today is gloves. The 19th-century rules did not allow for gloves of any kind to be used. The uniforms and equipment are also not what you would see in a modern day game.

"The Vintage Base Ball players have a true love of the game and clearly enjoy sharing that with those that come out to watch," commented event organized Harry Rheam. "It is truly a unique experience to witness."

The second game of the double header is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m.

There is no admission fee for the game and no admission/parking fee at Batsto on that day. As was the case in the 19th century, it is recommended those coming to watch bring a chair or a blanket to enjoy the game.

Batsto Mansion tours are also being conducted beginning at 10:00 am and conclude at 3:00 pm. There is a $3.00/person admission fee for the tours. The Annie Carter Nature Center will be open with science and nature exhibits and special activities for children.

Batsto is located in the Pinelands of Burlington County, South Jersey approximately 7 miles east of Hammonton on Route 542 and about 15 miles west of Exit 50 on the Garden State Parkway. Further information may be obtained by calling the Batsto Visitor Center at 609-561-0024 or visit

Saturday, April 8 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Spring Beekeeping
Children Friendly

On Saturday, Howell Living History Farm's honeybees will take a break from their busy schedules when Bob Hughes stops by for his annual spring visit.

Mr. Hughes, who is a professional beekeeper, will open the hives to give the bees a complete health check, medicate the colony and make sure that the queens, drones and worker bees are properly equipped for the task of manufacturing honey.

Visitors to the Farm can watch the inspection at the hives, and join Mr. Hughes for an hour-long presentation, "Life of a Bee Colony.” Children are also invited to help beekeepers assemble beehives.

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, April 8 - Madison, Morris County
Wool Felting
Children Friendly Event

Join one of our Museum Educators anytime between 1:00 and 3:00 pm to learn about the craft of wool felting at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts. Your child will also make an adorable wool Easter Bunny to take home. Admission to the craft is $5 per child.

The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts is located at 9 Main Street, Madison, NJ. Admission: Adults – $5; Students, children and adults 65+ – $3; METC members and children under 6 – FREE; Family maximum rate – $15.00. For more information, call 973-377-2982 or visit

Saturday, April 8 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Fighting for the Vote in a County at War

Saturday, April 8 - Brick Township, Ocean County
Havens Homestead Museum Opening for the Season

The Brick Township Historical Society will reopen its Havens Homestead Museum, 521 Herbertsville Road, Brick, NJ for the 2017 season on Saturday.  Hours will be from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon, each Saturday through October, except for major holiday weekends. Other times can be arranged by calling the museum at 732-785-2500. The Lizzie Herbert House will be open with seasonal merchandise and specials for opening day. Other buildings on the museum property will also be open for viewing. For more information, visit

Saturday, April 8 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
Breakfast Before the Battle

The Heritage Trail Association's Annual "Breakfast Before the Battle," celebrating  the Battle of Bound Brook, will be held on Saturday morning from 8:00 - 8:30 am followed by a presentation by David Long from 8:40 - 9:30 am.

Breakfast and program admission is 10.00 per adult and 3.00 for children under 12 years old. Beginning at 8:00 am, we will serve up a waffle bar and other tasty items (yes, folks ate waffles in the 18th century). The presentation will immerse listeners in the colonial life of Somerset County in 1777, during this oft-overlooked Revolutionary War battle. Learn General Cornwallis's plans for the battle and the reasons behind the attack. Uncover details from Hessian Colonel Ewald's' diary. Finished at 9:30, so you will have time to head over to the battle reenactment at the Abraham Staats House! Come as you are, or dress up 18th-century style.

The Van Horne House is located at 941 East Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ. Parking availabble in the Target parking lot directly behind the house. For more information, call 732-356-8856 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, April 8 - 9 - South Bound Brook, Somerset County
Battle of Bound Brook
Children Friendly Event and Site

Join us for an exciting and historic weekend! The two-day program explores the American Revolutionary War during the timeframe of the Battle of Bound Brook and the American army's use of Middlebrook in the years 1777-1779. Learn about and experience this important period in New Jersey and America's history. Weekend activities include:

* Marching, drilling and street battle reenactments in Bound Brook at 10:30 am starting at the Old Stone Arch Bridge, and at 1:30 pm, fighting on Main Street, South Bound Brook, featuring American and British units portraying the soldiers of the American Revolution.

Both days: 
* 18th-century soldiers' encampment on the grounds of the Abraham Staats House. Come walk through camp and see what life was like for American and British troops during the time of the American Revolution.
* Historic House Tours: The Abraham Staats House, with the original structure c. 1740, was home to the Staats family for nearly 200 years and served as the headquarters for George Washington's "Drillmaster" Baron von Steuben.   
* Exhibits, period music, special activities focused on the Colonial Era.

* 11:30 am - 12;30 pm: Lecture - Glenn Valis, Commander - Outwater’s Militia: “The Partisan War January to June 1777”
* 1:00 - 2:00 pm: Lecture - Dr. Richard Veit, Professor and Chair, History and Anthropology Monmouth University and Michael Gall, adjunct professor and senior archaeologist: “African American Enslavement and Freedom in South Bound Brook: A Case Study of the Staats Homestead”

The Abraham Staats House is located at 17 von Steuben Lane, South Bound Brook, NJ. For more information, visit

Saturday - Sunday, April 8 - 9 - Teterboro, Bergen County
Open Cockpit Weekend
Children Friendly

The Aviation Hall of Fame announces an “Open Cockpit Weekend” on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm each day. Visitors sit in the cockpits of a TWA Convair 880 jetliner, a one-of-a-kind 1950 Martin 202 airliner, a rare Lockheed-designed Bush Plane, a Cobra gunship helicopter, a HH-52A Coast Guard helicopter, an OV-1A Mohawk close support aircraft, our “Little-Cut-Up” aircraft control demonstrator, and the control cab of an Airport Rescue and Fire-Fighting truck. Also experience our multimedia International Space Station and “Buzz” Aldrin exhibits inside the museum.

People, young and old can learn how the flight systems work. Qualified pilots will help guests understand the instruments and controls of these special aircraft.

Regular admission as always: $10.00 adults, $8.00 seniors and children under 12, 2 and under are free. Other Open Cockpit weekend dates in 2017 are June 17-18, August 19-20, October 7-8, and November 11-12.

Founded in 1972, the Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey is dedicated to the preservation of the Garden State's distinguished, two-century aviation and space heritage. The men and women, whose outstanding aeronautical achievements have brought worldwide recognition to the state, are enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

The Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey is located at 400 Fred Wehran Drive, Teterboro, NJ. For more information, call 201-288-6344 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, April 8 - 9 and Saturday, April 15 - Whippany, Morris County
Easter Bunny Express
Children Friendly

New Jersey's Original Easter Bunny Express celebrates its 25th continuous year of operation in 2017. Celebrate the return of spring and the Easter holidays with a ride on the Whippany Railway Museum's Easter Bunny Express. Our Special Easter Train Ride ensures a fun outing for the kids...and the entire family.

During each excursion, the Easter Bunny makes his way through the train and visits with the children onboard. The Bunny's helpers follow along, giving the kids a special Easter gift. Be sure to bring your camera and take pictures of the kids with the Easter Bunny, so they can always remember their day onboard the train! Our kid-friendly hobos and clowns will also be on each train to entertain the children with tricks and jokes.

The 10-mile, 45-minute round trip excursion from Whippany to Roseland and return is a thrill for the children as they enjoy what for many will be their very first train ride...and they can also learn about and experience the history of New Jersey's rich railroad and transportation heritage. Riders will have time onboard the train to enjoy the spring weather and the excitement during the ride.

The Whippany Railway Museum's Easter train is the original excursion of its type in the North Jersey area - since 1992 our Easter Trains have been complete sell-outs, and seeing the excited faces of the children as they climb aboard the train ensures an afternoon of family fun. Passengers can combine the thrill of riding our Springtime Streamliner along with touring the museum site, with its outstanding collection of historic railroad locomotives, rolling stock, operating model train layouts and vintage farm tractors.

In addition to the regular coaches that make up the train, make your day Extra Special by purchasing limited tickets for a nostalgic Easter ride aboard the museum's elegant 1927-era Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ) 'Club Car' Jersey Coast. The car has the look and feel of a private club with individual leather chairs, mahogany interior accented with stained glass, built-in tables and period ceiling fans. The Jersey Coast, recalls the 1930s when the CNJ operated its deluxe coach train, The Blue Comet, between Jersey City and Atlantic City, NJ. The striking, authentic exterior paint scheme of cream and blue reminds one of a comet streaking through space. It is the only car of its type operating in New Jersey.

So round up your family and friends and climb aboard for some great Easter fun and laughter! Ordering tickets is fast and easy! Trains depart at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm each day, rain, snow, or shine. The Whippany Railroad is located at 1 Railroad Plaza, at the Intersection of Route 10 West & Whippany Road in Whippany, NJ. Train fare: Adults: $14.00, Children (under 12): $9.00, Infants (1 year and under): Free. 

The Museum building will be open from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm each day of operation. Admission of $0.50 for children and $1.00 for adults (separate from train ride fare and payable at the door) supports the continued maintenance and restoration of the historic Museum building, grounds, and exhibit collection.

To order tickets and for more information, visit or call 973-887-8177. The Whippany Railway Museum, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit Operating Heritage Railroad that is staffed by volunteers. Donations from the public help to keep the museum operational, but funds are still required to support this unique New Jersey treasure. Proceeds from the train rides further enhance the Museum's mission and its historic preservation efforts.

Sunday, April 9 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Blacksmith Demonstration
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Sunday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to take a step back in time to watch blacksmiths perform their craft. They will be shaping iron into everyday products. Blacksmiths were as common as an auto mechanic in towns and on farms of the 1890s. 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, April 9 - Montclair, Essex County
It Takes a Village Book Fair
Family Friendly Event

Three decades ago Wade and Cheryl Hudson were parents on a desperate search for children's books that  reflected the diversity of Black history, heritage and experiences. Disappointed by the limited number and their unreliable availability, the couple embarked upon a mission: to produce the kind of positive, vibrant Black-interest books they wanted for their own two children. At this month's Family Day, the Hudsons, owners of Just Us Books and Marimba Books, will talk about their publishing children's books, lead an interactive program for children and adults, and host a mini-book fair where their books will be available for purchase.  This free event will take place from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the Crane House/Historic YWCA at 110 Orange Road, Montclair, NJFor more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail, or visit

Sunday, April 9 - Morristown, Morris County
Alexander Hamilton Returns to Morristown

Join noted Hamilton reenactor Eben Kuhns as he recounts the story of America’s most famous duel. The Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum, in partnership with Morristown National Historical Park, will present this program recounting that fateful day in July of 1804.

The program will take place on Sunday at the Morristown NHP museum building auditorium at 2:00 pm. While there is no charge for the program, pre-registration is requested through the Vanderveer House at

Alexander Hamilton will visit Washington’s Headquarters Museum. Some of the park’s Hamilton manuscripts will be on exhibit during this special event. This event is co-sponsored by the Vanderveer House. The Washington’s Headquarters Museum Building is located at 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-539-2016 x 204 or visit

Sunday, April 9 - Sparta, Sussex County
A New Era: Women, Their Hats, and Social Change

Sunday, April 9 - Morristown, Morris County
Morris County Historical Society to Participate in World War I Happened Here Free Multi-Site Event

When the United States entered WWI on April 6, 1917, residents of Morris County came together as one community to support Allied efforts and defeat the Central Powers in Europe. Discover the depth of Morris County's commitment, contributions, and sacrifices by its men and women at World War I Happened Here on Sunday from 1:00 - 5:00 pm, an admission-free and joint event of Morris County Historical Society (Acorn Hall), Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, and the Morristown and Morris Township Library. Together, these three organizations will offer a unique one-day experience that includes free admission to each site, as well as an opportunity to take part in free programming relating to their special WWI exhibitions.

Morris County Historical Society will provide interpretation of their current exhibit, 1917: World War, Women's Rights, and Weaponry Sciences, and Mr. Peter J. Tamburro, Jr., a local historian, author, and MCHS Board of Trustees member, will give a presentation on the general atmosphere of uncertainty, anxiety, and change in Morris County just before, and immediately after, the U.S. entered WWI. Weather permitting, and for a small donation, families can have fun flying and racing small model toy airplanes on the lawn behind Acorn Hall. MCHS is located at Acorn Hall, 68 Morris Avenue in Morristown. For more information, please call the MCHS at 973-267-3465 or visit

At Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (MHHM), join guest curators Jane Odenweller and Alfred Giraldi for guided tours of Women Warriors on the Home Front: Dorothea Miller Post and Morristown's Women's Land Army. Macculloch Hall is located at 45 Macculloch Avenue in Morristown. More information, please call the MHHM at 973-538-2404 or visit

Morristown and Morris Township Library presents William Paterson University history professor George Robb at 2:00 pm in the library's lower level Meeting Room, to discuss background information on WWI and the various civilian groups' support for the war. Also, the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center's exhibit Called to Serve: Morristown and Morris Township and World War I will be available in the library's Kirby Gallery. The Morristown and Morris Township Library is located at 1 Miller Road in Morristown. For more information, please call the Library at 973-538-6161 or visit

Sunday, April 9 - Wall Township, Monmouth County
InfoAge WWI 100th Anniversary Event at Camp Evans

We invite all those interested in WWI to come learn the role that New Jersey played that led to ultimate victory in the “Great War.” A series of presentations by technical experts are sure to enlighten the audience and stimulate conversation. The day will feature: WWI artifacts, WWI Dioramas, and lectures on role of New Jersey and Monmouth County. There will be a book signing by Richard Connors, author of New Jersey and the Great War. Admission: $5 per person. This event will take place at InfoAge's Marconi Hotel building, 2201 Marconi Road, Wall, NJ. For more information, visit

Sunday, April 9 - Princeton, Mercer County
A History of World War I and the American Civilian Contribution

The Morristown and Morris Township Library presents William Paterson University history professor George Robb on Sunday at 2:00 pm in the library's lower level meeting room. Robb is a professor of British, Irish and Modern European history at William Paterson University. He received his B.A. from the University of Texas and his PhD from Northwestern University. He teaches courses in British and Irish history and the history of crime. Professor Robb has published numerous articles on British social and cultural history and is the author of the books: White-Collar Crime in Modern England (1992) and British Culture and the First World War (2002). Prof. Robb will give some background information on WWI, discuss civilian groups support for the war including the support of women, children, African Americans, and immigrants. The Morristown and Morris Township Library is located at 1 Miller Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-538- 3473 or visit

Sunday, April 9 - 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

Through Sunday, April 9 - Cape May, Cape May County
Moore History: The Story of William J. Moore of Cape May

The Center for Community Arts (CCA) once again presents an exhibit in association with the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) that highlights and illuminates African-American life and history in Cape May and the surrounding region. This year's exhibit, in the Carroll Gallery of the Emlen Physick Estate, is entitled "Moore History: The Life and Works of William J. Moore."

The CCA History Committee has selected important original documents, objects, and photographs of Mr. Moore's long and honored life. William J. Moore was principal of the segregated West Cape May Elementary Annex school for 52 years, inspiring many of his students to go on to college and careers. He served as the executive of Cape May Golf Club and then the pro at Cape May Tennis Club, which was named in his honor at his 100th birthday. He raised nine children with his wife, Susie (Smothers) Moore, and founded the William J. Moore Scholarship Fund.

Many of his students and friends remember him to this day. Their testimonies and recollections accompany Mr. Moore's own words and those of his children. The exhibit will be open to the public on Saturday, January 14 with an official opening ceremony on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 16 at 4:00 pm at the Carroll Gallery in the Carriage House at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street. The exhibit opening is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit is open to the public as follows: Saturdays, January 14 - February 4, 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm; Saturday, February 18, 11:00 am - 3:30 pm, Sunday, Feb. 19, 11:00 am - 2:30 pm, Monday, February 20, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Saturday, February 25, 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm, Saturday, March 4, 11:00 am - 2:30 pm, Saturday, March 11, 11:00 am - 2:30 pm. The exhibit is open daily, March 18 - April 19. Hours vary.

The Emlen Physick Estate is located at 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Center for Community Arts (CCA) in association with the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For information on the exhibit, call 609-884-7525 or see For gallery hours call 609-884-5404 or visit

Through Friday, 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 Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Princeton, Mercer County
Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey

Like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan before him, Bruce Springsteen is a pillar of American music. Springsteen has turned his guitar into an instrument of change, using it to tap into the American psyche and connect with the blue-collar man and woman through his melodies and lyrics. From his humble beginnings of rehearsing in New Jersey garages to selling out arenas around the world, Springsteen's career has spanned decades and crossed genres-and has never wavered from its upward trajectory.

This fall, Morven Museum & Garden presents Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey. Traveling from the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, this exhibition features forty photographs of the rock legend and video interviews with five of the six noted photographers: Danny Clinch, Ed Gallucci, Eric Meola, Barry Schneier, Pamela Springsteen, and Frank Stefanko. Together they revisit Springsteen's career as a frontman and songwriter, capturing his charisma and off-stage vulnerability.

The exhibition is on view from November 18, 2016 through May 21, 2017 at Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ. Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 609-924-8144 or 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

Sunday, February 19 through Sunday, June 25, 2017 - Morristown, Morris County
1917: World War, Women’s Rights, and Weaponry Sciences Exhibit Opening

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I, Morris County Historical Society offers a provocative exhibit highlighting The Great War’s impact on Morris County. The new exhibit 1917: World War, Women’s Rights, and Weaponry Sciences, displayed throughout Acorn Hall, will be available from Sunday, February 19 through Sunday, June 25, 2017. Stories of Morris County’s brave men and women during the WWI era will be complimented by authentic WWI uniforms, weaponry and militaria, period clothing, and ephemera.

Focusing on sacrifices of Morris County residents, the exhibit honors the men and women who gave their lives during the war, highlights the culture clash of women seeking recognition as equals and the right to vote, and features the tremendous advances in weaponry science credited to the work of men and women at Picatinny Arsenal and throughout Morris County.

The Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, and on Sundays from 1:00- 4:00 pm. For a tour of Acorn Hall and to see the exhibit is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students, and Free for children under age 12 and MCHS members. To see the exhibit, only, is one half of the price of admission.

The Morris County Historical Society, founded in 1946, is a member-supported, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Acorn Hall, an Italianate Villa, is located at 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-267-3465 or 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

Through September 3, 2017 - Madison, Morris County
Garden State: Living Off the Land in Early New Jersey Exhibit
Family Friendly

How far is the distance from farm to table? For families in early New Jersey it was measured in inches. These families did not make their living “by bread alone.” They relied not only on wheat and corn, but also on bees, cows, apples, and vegetables to support themselves and their communities. The Garden State: Living off the Land in Early New Jersey explores the technology and tools, from bee smokers to cradle scythes, that farmers in 18th and 19th century New Jersey utilized in order to survive. The exhibit also features a new generation of Garden State farmers who are working to make the distance from farm to table a little bit shorter for today’s families.

This exhibit is on display through September 3, 20017 at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts located at 9 Main Street, Madison, NJ. Admission: Adults – $5; Students, children and adults 65+ – $3; METC members and children under 6 – FREE; Family maximum rate – $15.00. For more information, call 973-377-2982 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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