Thursday, September 21, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/23/17 - 9/24/17

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Saturday, September 23 - Cranbury, Middlesex County
Historic Cranbury "Anniversary" House Tour

Enjoy a day in Cranbury while visiting five historic homes, two historic churches, the Cranbury Firehouse Museum, Cranbury History Center, Cranbury Museum with its new exhibit, Mrs. Harder's Hat Shoppe, and a Living History by the Civil War History Association at  the Cranbury Barn Park. Tickets are $25 each and will be sold on the day of the tour at the House Tour table in front of Sotheby's Reality, 39 N. Main Street and at the Cranbury History Center, 6 S. Main Street. Have lunch at one of Cranbury's restaurants and visit its beautiful shops. For more information, visit

Saturday, September 23 - Paterson, Passaic County
Paterson 225 Children's Celebration: Field Day
Children Friendly Event

Please join the New Jersey Community Development Corporation and the National Park Service for a Children's Field Day event celebrating the 225th Anniversary of Paterson's founding on Saturday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm in Mary Ellen Kramer Park.

There will be 15 historic street games and activities highlighting Paterson and its history, like bocce ball, four square, corn hole, tie dying.

Field Day games will also include tug of war and sack races. There will be a bounce house, food, prizes and giveaways while supplies last. For more information, e-mail

Saturday, September 23 - Morris Township, Morris County
Caroline's Special Place: Cottage & Garden Craft
Children Friendly Site

On Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, get to know Caroline Foster and her ‘Temple of Abiding Peace’ cottage. Caroline Foster was a woman ahead of her time. She built her own Cape Cod-style cottage almost entirely by herself. Learn how she did it, and why historic structures are worth saving.

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

Saturday, September 23 - Byram Township, Sussex County
Waterloo Canal Heritage Day
Children Friendly Event

Come visit Waterloo Village between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm for a day in this historic Morris Canal town. Enjoy boat rides on the Morris Canal, Smith's Store - a furnished canal-era store with hands-on activities, blacksmithing, see the operating gristmill, seamstress shop, carpenter's shop, take guided tours of 1859 Methodist Church, the Canal Museum - with exhibits and videos, and guided walking tours of the village. Admission is free but there is a $5 per car parking fee. Waterloo Village is located at 525 Waterloo Road, Byram, NJ. For more information, call 973-292-2755 or visit

Saturday, September 23 - Cape May, Cape May County
Behind the Walls & Under the Crawls Trolley Tour

Take a look at this National Historic Landmark city from a builder's perspective; explore the technological advances of the era and learn how things really worked on this one-hour guided trolley tour on Saturday at 11:30 am. Admission is $15 adults, $10 (children ages 3-12). 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, September 23 - Cape May, Cape May County
Underground Railroad Trolley Tour

Climb aboard Cape May's newest trolley tour to hear tales of the Underground Railroad in Cape May. Hear how, fleeing their chains in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia, African American slaves braved strong currents and stormy seas, guided by the beacon at the Cape May Lighthouse. Hear how legendary anti-slavery fighter, Harriet Tubman, walked these streets, as did businessman and former slave, Stephen Smith, whose railroad cars carried hundreds to freedom. The tour will  be held Satuday at 10:45 am. Admission $15. Presented by the Center for Community Arts in association with the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday, September 23 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Have a Seat: Weaving Cane
Children Friendly Event & Site

Pretty, comfortable and once very popular; do you own any cane seat chairs? Come and see how cane is woven to create a sturdy seat while you learn a bit about furniture history and admire a variety of chair styles and seat materials. Program lasts from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and is FREE!

While there, visit the large, elegant Walnford home built in 1774, the 19th century gristmill and the farm buildings set in a beautiful landscape. Walnford is located at 62 Walnford Road, 08501. For more information, call 609-259-6275 or visit

Saturday, September 23 - Cape May, Cape May County
Clueless at the Physick Estate - "Rum For Your Life"

Come one, come all on a trip back to the 1930s when things were simpler and the rum was always running! A show for every Tom, Dick and Harry awaits at the Physick Estate. See if you can solve the mysterious death in the family of a high-class mob member. Accessible with advance notice. Limited admission. Tickets $18. Event will be held Saturday at 8:30 pm. Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday, September 23 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Plowing and Manure Spreading
Children Friendly Event and Site

Really? A program where you load and spread manure? Absolutely! Once you've helped us get the manure on the field where we will soon plant winter wheat, you can help us 'turn it in' with a moldboard plow pulled by workhorses Jack & Chester. We will be there to drive the horses and teach you how to turn a perfect furrow.

Throughout the day, farmers will be canning and pickling surplus garden crops like cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes and more.  You can sample the results and take home recipes and other secrets that made canning a mainstay of the 1900 farm.

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, September 23 - Cape May, Cape May County
Grand Lighthouse Cruise

Come aboard the Cape May Whale Watcher to view and photograph seven historic lighthouses of the late 19th and early part of the 20th centuries. Most of these lighthouses stand on pedestals out of sight of land in the Delaware Bay and are still operational. Each 5-hour cruise includes narration on the history of each lighthouse and more. Includes continental breakfast buffet and Captain's Lunch buffet. A cash bar is available. Tour will be held Saturday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Tickets $85 (adults) $70 (children ages 7-12). Co-sponsored by the Cape May Whale Watcher and the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday, September 23 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
Songs and Stories of Old Canal Days

Matt Dodd gave a rousing and thoroughly enjoyable Revolutionary War music, song and story performance at Rockingham in April of 2016. He will be joining us again in the Dutch barn on Saturday at 1:30 pm for "Songs and Stories of Old Canal Days," which will bring to life the days of the building and use of the American canals, such as our very own next-door Delaware and Raritan Canal, now a NJ State Park. Vicki Chirco, historian for D&R Canal, will give a brief introduction to its building and prominence.

The days of the canals saw back-breaking work, tragedies and triumphs, engineering ingenuity and supported a proud way of life for those who plied the waters or tended the locks.

Rockingham sat on a hill in its original location on the outskirts of Rocky Hill (which had more buildings on the east side of the Millstone River before the canal came through), overlooking the creation of the canal to its west. Martin Howell bought Rockingham in 1872 to quarry the rock hill on which the house sat and chose to do so partly because of the transportation opportunities of the canal and the railroad built along it soon after, to move goods and material. Today, the D&R Canal State Park affords hiking and biking pathways right down the hill from Rockingham, reached by two joining paths from our location.

The event is free, though donations are always welcome, and will be followed by light refreshments. We are requesting that those interested please call the site at 609-683-7132 to make a reservation, as seating is limited. Please note that there will be no 1:00 or 2:00 pm tours of the house that day.

Rockingham is located at 84 Laurel Avenue, Kingston-Rocky Hill Rd. (Rte. 603) in Franklin Township, 1 mile north of Rte. 27 in Kingston, and 1 mile south of Rte. 518 in Rocky Hill. For more information, call 609-683-7132 or visit

Saturday, September 23 - Freehold, Monmouth County
Monmouth County Historical Association Offers Free Admission

Each of Monmouth County Historical Association’s five historic house museums, together with the museum at 70 Court Street, will be open free of charge in celebration of Smithsonian Magazine’s 13th annual Museum Day Live! on Saturday. 

 “This is a wonderful opportunity for a family to do something a little extra-ordinary and spend the day touring the Museum and each of our five historic houses — four of which are pre-Revolutionary War era — on the final weekend before they close for the season,” said Chuck Jones, MCHA Interim Director.“ Our volunteer docents do a wonderful job giving life to the important role each of these sites played in the history of Monmouth County." The houses are located in Freehold, Holmdel, Middletown and Shrewsbury.

"MCHA is delighted to be participating with museums and cultural institutions around the country on this special day. It is a wonderful incentive for the public to come out and learn about the interesting history of our county through visits to our historic sites and through the viewing of two of our current exhibitions. The Museum in Freehold will have on display a revamped exhibit on the Battle of Monmouth, That Memorable Sabbath-day: The Battle of Monmouth in Drawings, Paintings, and Prints. The Taylor-Butler house in historic Middletown will feature portraits and other paintings from MCHA’s extensive collection.

A Museum Day Live! ticket can be downloaded at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free admission at each of the museums for September 23.

Monmouth County Historical Association is a private non-profit organization that has been working to preserve history and provide educational opportunities since its founding in 1898. The Historical Association’s Museum and Library is located at 70 Court Street in Freehold, NJ. Museum hours are: Tuesdays - Saturdays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Library is open Wednesdays through Saturdays. The Historic House museums are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from May 1 through September 30, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. For further information about the Association, call 732-462-1466 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, September 23 - 24 - Edison, Middlesex County
In Search of Edison's Home
Children Friendly Event

Saturday - Sunday, September 23 - 24 - Tuckerton, Ocean County
35th Annual Ocean County Decoy and Gunning Show
Children Friendly Site

Join the Tuckerton Seaport as they celebrate the 35th anniversary of the show during this exciting two day event highlighting the culture of the area! Demonstrations, contests, seminars, crafters, carvers, over 300 waterfowling exhibitors and vendors, food, refreshments, a decoy auction, music, entertainment, and lots of fun. Delmarva Dock Dog Competition as featured on ESPN! Two great locations: Tip Seaman County Park and Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum. This event is free to the public! The show is open Saturday from 7:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday from 7:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Admission to the show is free. Free off-site parking and a free shuttle bus will be available to take visitors between Tip Seaman County Park and the Seaport. Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum, 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton. For more information call 609-296-8868 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, September 23 - 24 - Tuckerton, Ocean County
The Collector's Collection: Jim & Deb Allen
Children Friendly Site

The Collector's Collection: Jim & Deb Allen, now on display in the Hunting Shanty of the Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen's Museum, doesn't showcase the rarest or most monetarily valued decoys in the Allen's extensive collection. Instead, the exhibit focuses on the value beneath the surface of the objects themselves. A value found in the emotional connection between these specific decoys and Jim & Deb's family, friends, and mentors. The true story of what has driven these collectors to collect is imbibed in the sentiment and memory that accompanies each piece in this exhibit.

Comprised of decoys ranging from a miniature Merganser (carved by Jim & Deb's son when he was 10 years old) to the first decoy in Jim's collection, a H.V. Shourds, Oldsquaw (given to him by his father), the exhibit also includes an assortment of other memorabilia such as family photographs, timeworn hunting licenses, and other decoy-related memorabilia.

Since the 1970s, Tuckerton native, Jim Allen and his wife, Deb, have amassed an extensive collection of New Jersey and Delaware Bay decoys. Having grown up in the Barnegat Bay, Jim has a deep knowledge of boats, duck hunting, fishing and other quintessential baymen activities. This background coupled with friendships and mentoring from the likes of John Hillman and Bud Ward make him an expert in the decoy field.

Jim Allen will be on site to provide free decoy identification and appraisal during exhibit reception hours on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pmTuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum, 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton. For more information call 609-296-8868 or visit www.tuckertonseaport.orgFor more information, call Julie Hain, Director of Exhibits and Education with the Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen's Museum at 609-269-8868 or e-mail

Saturday - Sunday, September 23 - 24 - Pennsville, Salem County
13th Annual Historic Soldiers Weekend
Children Friendly Event

Historic Soldiers Weekend is a historical encampment, featuring reenactors, and their equipment, from every American conflict, spanning from the French and Indian War to the Vietnam War. In some instances, both sides of the conflicts will be present, such as the Revolutionary War loyalists and "redcoats", Civil War confederate units, and WWII German infantry units. Hours for Saturday are 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Admission is free.

Re-enactment units will be camping out for the weekend at Historic Fort Mott, living as their ancestors did. Journey back in time to give yourself and your children, students and guests a chance to see, hear and touch real history through the life of a typical soldier during the French & Indian War, Civil, World Wars and beyond. This event is free to the public. Fort Mott is located at 454 Fort Mott Road, Pennsville, NJ. For more information, visit

Saturday - Sunday, September 23 - 24 - Greenwich, Cumberland County
46th Annual Greenwich Artisans' Faire & Marketplace
Children Friendly Activities

Presented by the Cumberland County Historical Society on the grounds of the c. 1730 Gibbon House, 960 Ye Greate Street, Greenwich, NJ 08323. This year is bigger and better, as we are featuring over 85 vendors, artisans, craftspeople and historic displays. On both days, former National Park Service Ranger Anthony Melita and his Revolutionary War militia reenactors will set up camp on the grounds of the 1730 Gibbon House. Hours are Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Take a step back in time when you walk on the grounds of the Gibbon House at this year's Artisans' Faire and Marketplace. Stroll around and meet the many artisans and visit the demonstrators that help bring yesteryear alive. From blacksmithing to chair caning, you are sure to find something to pique your interest.

Admission: $5 (Children 12 and under FREE). Tickets may be purchased at the Doctor's Office located at the entrance of the Faire grounds. Rain or shine. Ample free parking along Ye Greate Street. For information, call 856-455-8580 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, September 23 - 24 - Fairfield, Essex County
Wings & Wheels Expo 2017
Children Friendly Event

Sunday, September 24 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
1890s Harvest Home Festival
Children Friendly Event and Site

An old-fashioned country fair reminiscent of the 1890s will be held at Historic Longstreet Farm on Sunday from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. It takes visitors back in time when neighbors gathered to accomplish work, harvest, and spend time socializing and enjoying each others company. It calls not only for the exhibition of the best products that have been grown and the best needlework that has been done in the community, but also for games, athletic contests and similar features of recreational or educational value. Experience old-fashioned fun as it was a century ago with wagon rides, games and live entertainment. See craft demonstrations that will inspire you to start a new hobby or career. Enter one of many competitions ranging from needlework to baked goods to homegrown vegetables. Each person entering in a competition will have a chance to win a prize ribbon.

Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. For more information, call 732-946-3758 or visit

Sunday, September 24 - 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, September 24 - Cranford, Union County
Open House at Crane-Phillips House

The Cranford Historical Society will be hosting tours of the Crane-Phillips House Museum, located at 124 North Union Avenue, Cranford, NJ on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission is free.

The Cranford Historical Society was founded in 1927 with a mission to preserve the unique history of Cranford, New Jersey. The Society maintains the Crane-Phillips House Living Museum, an important costume collection, and archives. For more information, call 908-376-0082 or visit

Sunday, September 24 - Princeton, Mercer County
HistoryFest at Updike Farmstead
Children Friendly Event

Announcing a new HSP signature event: HistoryFest! This year, we will be celebrating Americana with a variety of performances and activities for all ages. Admission to Updike Farmstead is free!

Activities include:
* 1:15 - 3:45 pm: Musician Matt Dodd’s “Songs & Stories of the Red, White, and Blue.”
* 2:30 - 4:30 pm: Historic Stony Brook walking tour ($5; space is limited.) 
To purchase advance tickets, visit
* 2:00 and 3:00 pm: American folk tales with storytellers MaryAnn Paterniti and Maria LoBiondo
* 3:30 pm: Wiebke Martens and Jennifer Jang discuss their new book, Discovering Princeton. 
Copies of the book will be available for $25 (cash or check only).

Ongoing: Open Archives
In honor of the centennial of World War I, get up close and personal with original WWI artifacts and documents from HSP’s collection. 

Ongoing: Science of History

Learn how historians use tree ring analysis to determine the age of buildings (dendrochronology) in the historic Updike Barn, then date and decorate your own tree segment. 

The Updike Farmstead is located at 354 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ. For more information, call 609-921-6748 or visit

Sunday, September 24 - Morris Township, Morris County
Wool for the War
Children Friendly Event and Site

Meet the Fosterfields’ sheep, and clean, card, and spin their wool. Try your hand at knitting; an important WWI-related home front activity that helped the troops. This program runs from 1:00 - 2:30 pm.

Admission: $6 per adult, $5 per senior (65+), $4 per child age 4 - 16, $2 per child age 2 & 3. FREE per child under age 2. Friends members are half price with a current membership card. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is located at 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, visit

Sunday, September 24 - Boonton, Morris County
Railroad Museum [For A Day]
Children Friendly Event

On Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, join the United Railroad Historical Society for a celebration of New Jersey’s railroad history.

Railroad Museum [for a day] is hosted by the United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey, owners of the largest and most historic railroad collection in New Jersey. During this once-a-year event, the URHS Restoration Facility in Boonton, NJ will become New Jersey’s largest railroad museum.

For the sixth consecutive year, the URHS will open the gates of its normally-private Boonton NJ Restor­ation Facility to showcase some of its historic collection. Railroad Museum [for a day] will provide a rare, family-friendly opportunity to admire, explore, and go inside our historic trains and learn about their connection to the region we live in.

Visitors will be able to get up close and personal with vintage railroad equipment and well as visiting classic cars, trucks, buses, and military vehicles. Live music, food concessions, historical & educational presentations, and vendors of railroad-related souvenirs will round out a day that the whole family can enjoy!

West Boonton Yard: 104 Morris Avenue, Boonton, NJ. Admission: Adults (age 12+) – $5.00,  Children (ages 3-11) – $3.00, and babies (ages 0-2) – FREE! For more information, visit

Sunday, September 24 - Waldwick, Bergen County
Waldwick Signal Tower Open House

The Erie Signal Tower in Waldwick will be open for tours on Sunday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. The tower is located at 3 Bohnert Place, Waldwick, NJ. It can also be accessed via the Waldwick Museum of Local History via a pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks and a short walk. For more information, visit

Sunday, September 24 - Washington Township, Burlington County
Antique Glass and Bottle Show

The Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc. once again combines a bit of yesteryear and modern technology when it presents it fall Antiques, Glass & Bottle show. The popular Antique Glass and Bottle Show; held both in the spring and fall, will welcome shoppers beginning at 9:00 am and continue until 3:00 pm. Bottles, glass items, antiques and collectibles will be available from a variety of vendors. Food and beverages will be available throughout day.

Also on the site that was once home to a thriving bog iron business in the 18th and 19th century will be a collection of cars presented by the Black Top Bully Motor Crew. Numerous vehicles of varying make, model and year will be on display throughout the day. Car owners will be on the ready to share details about their impressive rides.

There is no admission charge to enter the park for the day’s event and they are brought to you by the Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc.; the officially recognized friends organization of Batsto Village. Parking close to vendors will be plentiful.

The historic Batsto mansion; home to the Richards family for nearly 100 years and later owned by Philadelphia Industrialist Joseph Wharton will be open from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm for guided tours. There is a $3.00 / person charge to tour the mansion.

The famous Batsto Post Office (one of only four in entire United States authorized to cancel mail without a zip code) will also be open to visitors.

Batsto Village is located in Wharton State Forest in Burlington County, South Jersey approximately seven miles east of Hammonton on Route 542 and 15 miles west of Exit 50 of the Garden State Parkway. For more information, call 609-561-0024 or visit

Last Sunday of the month through September 29, 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

Through Sunday, October 1, 2017 - Paterson, Passaic County
From the Photographic Archives, The Men Who Served: 1861-1964 Exhibit

The Passaic County Historical Society would like to announce the opening of its newest exhibit, From the Photographic Archives, The Men Who Served: 1861-1964. On exhibit until Sunday, October 1, 2017, the display showcases some of the military photographs from the Society's permanent collection. Over thirty photographs have been selected for this exhibit to demonstrate the common experience of American servicemen, from the American Civil War to the conflict in Vietnam. Their uniforms, equipment, and weapons changed over time, but their fears, triumphs and trials remained constant.

Visitors can access the exhibition, which is on display in the changing exhibit gallery on the 3rd floor, during regular museum hours (Wednesday - Sunday, July 12 - Sept 3: 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm; September 6 - October 1: 1:00 - 4:00 pm). General museum admissions apply (adults $5, seniors $4, children $3, and members free).

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 Rd, Paterson, NJ. For more information, visit or call 973-247-0085.

1st and 3rd Saturdays through November 2017 - Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County
Atlantic Highlands Architectural Walking Tours

Through Sunday, May 13, 2018 - Morristown, Morris County
The Cutting Edge: Medicine in Morris County, 1876 - 1976

Morris County Historical Society will feature the many contributions Morris County doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and veterinarians have made to the field of medicine at both the local and global levels at its upcoming exhibit, "The Cutting Edge: Medicine in Morris County, 1876-1976." The exhibit will open on Sunday, September 10 and run through Sunday, May 13, 2018.

Morris County is a hub of innovation in the medical field. The "Grandfather of the Epidural," James Leonard Corning, MD, lived at Acorn Hall, now the MCHS headquarters; the country's first Doctor of Veterinary Medicine was born in Mount Olive; the biggest studies disproving the benefits of lobotomies took place at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital; and the Right-to-Die controversy first made national headlines through the case of Karen Ann Quinlan in the 1970s and 1980s.

Morris County also is home to The Seeing Eye, Bayer's North American Headquarters, and Morristown Medical Center, a nationally-ranked hospital in the fields of cardiology and orthopedics.

The exhibit will honor the 125th anniversary of Morristown Medical Center, include stories and photos of and objects from Greystone Park never before exhibited, and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the burning of the original All Souls' Hospital. It also will explore the history of The Seeing Eye, right-to-die cases, veterinarian medicine, local pharmaceutical giants, impact of diseases, such as tuberculosis and Spanish Flu, and notable medical professionals who treated Morris County residents.

A formal Exhibit Opening will be held on Thursday, September 21 at 6:00 pm. Morris County Historical Society is located at Acorn Hall, 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown, NJ and is open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, and Sundays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission, which includes the exhibits and landscaped grounds, is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students, and is free for children under 12 and MCHS members. For more information, call 973-267-3465 or visit

Through June 2018 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
New Jersey and the Great War: Local Stories of World War I 

Bringing World War One Home
Though overshadowed by its sequel, World War One had profound and lasting effects on politics, social order, and individual lives. “New Jersey and the Great War: Local Stories of World War One,” the exhibit opening to the public at the Eden Woolley House, Sunday, June 25, sets out to make that case—with particular emphasis on the people and happenings of our state.

The Big Picture
The Great War reshaped the world. The U.S. emerged a world power. The seeds were sown for the rise of fascism and the spread of communism. Middle Eastern national boundaries were redrawn, fueling ethnic conflicts that continue to threaten.

At home, the scope and power of the U.S. government grew. A national army took over state militias. National security clashed with civil rights. Ethnic tensions grew--as did opposing organizations that either fed or defended against them. Women entered the work force in unprecedented numbers—and developed a irreversible taste for independence.

New Jersey’s Role
New Jersey was an industrial powerhouse that supplied the Allies even before we entered the war—and for that drew the attention of saboteurs. Once in the war, we boosted our manufacturing output. The army built facilities here that played major roles in the war effort, including Camps Dix, Merritt (a major embarkation base), and Vail (later Fort Monmouth).

New Jersey supplied two high-profile figures of the war era, most notably, the President himself. Wilson was a former New Jersey governor who ran his presidential campaigns from right here in Monmouth County. His nemesis during the war years, Alice Paul, was a militant suffragist from Burlington County who labelled the president “Kaiser Wilson.” Her White House picketing and arrest drew national attention and in large part led Wilson to reverse his opposition to the 19th Amendment.

One Man’s Story 
Behind the headlines are the stories of people. The exhibit tells, among others, of Joe Marino (born Giuseppe Maranaccio). Joe ended up in Asbury Park, U.S. citizen, father of four, and owner of Marino’s Bar on Main St. But he started life in Accadia, Italy. 

Italy, originally allied with Germany, remained neutral at the onset of war, then sided with the Allies. Nearly 6 million Italians served—including a teenaged Joe Marino. He was captured and imprisoned for years in Austria. Near the end of the war, he escaped and walked under cover of  darkness the hundreds of miles back to his village. His sweetheart, assuming him dead, had married. Heartbroken, Joe moved to Rome where he worked three years to save the money to immigrate to the states.

This exhibit runs through June 2018. 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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