Thursday, November 9, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 11/11/17 - 11/12/17

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Saturday, November 11 - Morristown, Morris County
Soldier's Knapsack
Children Friendly Event & Site

What items would a Continental Army soldier carry to help him to fight, eat, and pass the time? Join a park ranger at the Wick House to discover what things were so important to soldiers that they carried them throughout their service in the American Revolution. Program runs from 1:00 - 3:30 pm at the Wick House at Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park, 580 Jockey Hollow Road (approximate), Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit

Saturday, November 11 - Trenton, Mercer County
An In-Depth Look at the Career of Admiral Michelle Howard

At 1:00 pm on Saturday, the William Trent House Museum will host an in-depth look at the career of Admiral Michelle Howard.

On July 1, 2014, Admiral Michelle Howard became the first female four-star Admiral in the United States Navy's history. She assumed her new rank at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. With this rank also came assignment as Vice Chief of Naval Operations, making her the number two officer in the naval service. She is not only the first woman to hold the job, but also the first African-American to do so. This lecture will explore why this day was so long in the making, who some of the trailblazing military women are that helped pave the way for her, and just who Michelle Howard is. While there have been short, popular media articles written about Admiral Howard, and she is mentioned in several compilation volumes on notable military leaders, African Americans, and women, this talk is based on, and will be the first in-depth, scholarly piece dedicated to her biography and her place in history.

About the presenter: Melissa Ziobro is currently the Specialist Professor of Public History at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ, teaching courses to include Introduction to Public History, Oral History, and Museums and Archives Management. Her service to the University includes administration of the Monmouth Memories Oral History Program. Melissa serves on the Executive Board of Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region and as the editor for New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, a joint venture of the Commission, Rutgers University Libraries, and Monmouth University. She has worked with public history organizations such as the Monmouth County Park System, InfoAge Science History Learning Center and Museum, Monmouth County Park System, Monmouth County Historical Association, Monmouth County Historical Commission, Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage, National Guard Militia Museum of NJ, and more. She worked as a command historian at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth, NJ from 2004-2011. Publications include her most recent article, on Colonel William Blair, father of American Aircraft Detection Radar, in On Point: The Journal of Army History.

Tickets will be available at the door and include light refreshments and tours of the Museum. $10 non-members, $8 members.

Listed in both the State and National Registers of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark, the meticulously restored 1719 William Trent House and historic kitchen garden continue to reward visitors with a glimpse into pre-revolutionary life in America and its interpretation of William Trent's lifestyle and diverse household. Owned and maintained by the City of Trenton and operated by the Trent House Association, the historic house museum is regularly open to the public for tours Wednesday through Sunday, 12:30 - 4:00 pm and by appointment for school and group tours. Located at 15 Market Street in Trenton, adjacent to the Hughes Justice Complex. Ample free parking. For more information and driving directions, call 609-989-3027 or visit

Saturday, November 11 - Salem, Salem County
History Matters Program at Salem Historical Society

The Salem County Historical Society continues its quarterly program at the society entitled, "History Matters." This program is an effort to create dialogue and discussion about broader topics in history. The November program will be presented by Andrew Coldren, the society's administrator and curator, and is entitled, "The First World War and Why It Matters." The program will take place from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon on Saturday. This will be the fourth of the four history programs that have been held at the society throughout the year. The public is invited to enjoy this free educational presentation. Space is limited so please RSVP by calling 856-935-5004. This program will be held at the Salem County Historical Society, 83 Market Street, Salem, NJ. For more information, call 856-935-5004 or visit

Saturday, November 11 - West Orange, Essex County
The Edison Men and the US Navy
Children Friendly Event

We will start out with a live Skype session with the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. This will last about 30 minutes.  During this time we will be able to ask questions with our tour guide from the museum.

The National World War II museum was originally founded in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum. The National WWII Museum features immersive exhibits, multimedia experiences, and an expansive collection of artifacts and first-person oral histories to take visitors inside the story of the war, offering a compelling blend of sweeping narrative and poignant personal detail. Beyond the galleries, the Museum's online collections, virtual field trips, webinars, travel programs, and renowned International Conference offer patrons new ways to connect to history and honor the generation that sacrificed so much to secure our freedom. The Museum is an extraordinary educational and cultural organization that brings history to life for millions of visitors.

After our time with the National World War II museum we will talk about both Thomas Edison and his son Charles who both played important roles in the US Navy, in WWI and WWII. Come hear  the exciting story of their involvement and how it affected our nation…and Charles's ties to the famous battleship New Jersey. Learn also about the two naval vessels that once bore the Edison name!

The program, held from 1:00 - 1:45 pm and is included with regular admission, which is waived for the weekend of November 11 - 12. Thomas Edison National Historical Park is located at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x11 or visit

Saturday, November 11 - 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 11 - 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

Saturday, November 11 - 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 Saturday at 11:00 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, November 11 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Late Fall Flea Market
Family Friendly

Join the Historic Village at Allaire on Sunday for their late fall flea market! Hunt for hidden treasures amid furniture, books, artwork, bottles, knick-knacks, and so much more! The event runs from 8:00 - 3:00 pm. $1 admission for adults and children. Members of the Historic Village at Allaire are free. Members must present their membership card. The village, General Store, and Bakery will be open as well.  The rain date is Sunday, November 12.

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

Saturday, November 11 - Princeton, Mercer County
Contemporary Bookmaking Workshop at Morven Museum & Garden

Morven Museum & Garden is the home of one of America’s first published female poets, Annis Boudinot Stockton. What more fitting setting could be imagined than the Morven Carriage House on Veterans’ Day to create your own set of handmade books? Join Dave DiMarchi, Book Artist and founder of 9 in Hand Press, for Morven’s first bookbinding workshop on Saturday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Artists, writers, poets, and all who love handmade books will discover the tools, materials and tricks of the bookmaking trade!  In this workshop, explore binding in fun and contemporary ways, creating multiple book structures for highly personalized soft and hardcover artists’ books. Every artist/writer/poet will leave with a minimum of six beautiful handmade books, and all the knowledge needed to explore binding in his or her own work. Beginners welcome and encouraged.

Please bring several favorite decorative papers and one yard of lightweight fabric. All additional materials and tools provided.

Admission: $55; $40 Friends of Morven and Veterans with ID (additional $40 materials fee due day of workshop; cash or check. To register: Morven Museum and Garden is located at 55 Stockton Street in Princeton, NJ. For more information, call 609-924-8144 or visit

Saturday, November 11 - South Bound Brook, Somerset County
At Home Two Centuries Ago ~ Furnishing the Late 18th/ Early 19th Century House

Saturday, November 11 - Trenton, Mercer County
World War I Commemoration Event
Children Friendly Site

Come to the Old Barracks this Veterans Day to join the commemoration of the Old Barracks Association's contribution to the World War I effort. Events throughout the day include: 
10 am - 12 pm: Artifacts Roadshow - bring your World War I artifacts to have their history assessed and for tips on preservation and storage. Note: monetary values will not be assessed. 12:30 pm: "A Look Back at a Pivotal Moment: Musical Life in 1917 America" Presentation about World War I era popular music led by Dr. Jerry Rife, Professor of Music at Rider University. 
2:00 pm: Presentation about supposed German spy in Tuckerton, Emil Mayer, led by Nicholas Wood, Curator of Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission. Activities for children, such as learning how to stitch and knit.

Special pricing for this event includes re-entry: $10-adults, $5-seniors/students, Free-children 5 and under, active and retired military, and members of the Old Barracks Association. The Old Barracks Museum is located at 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ. For more information, call 609-777-3599 or visit

Saturday, November 11 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Accordion Melodies of the 1890s
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to hear music from yesteryear played on an accordion. 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, November 11 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Bacon, Sausage and Scrapple Making 
Children Friendly Event & Site

If you work all week to bring home the bacon, sausage, and scrapple, but don't really know from whence they come, visit Howell Farm for their bacon, sausage and scrapple program. You will see these and other pork products made before your eyes. Farmers will demonstrate rendering lard, making pork products, and showing visitors the origins of different cuts of pork. Cracklin's and other delicacies will be free for the asking, and pork sandwiches will be available for sale..

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

Saturday - Sunday, November 11 - 12 - Mount Tabor, Morris County
Mount Tabor Holiday Craft Fair & Collectibles Sale

The Mount Tabor Historical Society will hold its annual Holiday Craft Fair & Collectibles Sale on Saturday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm and on Sunday from 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm. There will be hand-crafted ornaments with a Victorian flair, vintage collectibles and toys, Mount Tabor gift items, and the annual "fill-a-tin" Cookie Walk. No admission charge. Do some holiday shopping while supporting the Mount Tabor Historical Society. Park at the post office at 26 Simpson Avenue, Mount Tabor, NJ and walk up the pedestrian path to the Bethel in Trinity Park. For more information, call 973-975-0001 or visit

Sunday, November 12 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
Author Joseph Bilby's New Jersey in WWI

On Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, the Heritage Trail Association presents author Joseph Bilby who will give a presentation on New Jersey’s role in World War I which includes a slide show of photos, some not seen in 100 years. He covers the role of former New Jersey governor and president Woodrow Wilson, who ran his campaigns from the Garden State; New Jersey’s explosives industry, which featured a number of detonations attributed to accidents and sabotage; the role of Bergen County’s Camp Merritt and Hoboken as the stopover and port through which over a million soldiers went to war and returned; New Jersey’s National Guard and draftees in combat in France and German submarine warfare off the New Jersey coast.  He will conclude with the little known facts that the formal end of the war for the U.S. and Germany occurred in Raritan on July 2, 1921, and that the smallest soldier in the American Expeditionary Force was from Newark.

Space is limited to 50 people.​ To register, click hereMr. Bilby will also be selling and signing his latest book, New Jersey, A Military  History, for $35.00. Light refreshments will be served. 

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

Sunday, November 12 - Cranbury, Middlesex County
100th Birthday Celebration for Betty Wagner & Open House

Sunday, November 12 - Eatontown, Monmouth County
"Contrasting German Migrations"

James Beidler will present "Contrasting German Migrations" at the Sunday meeting of the Monmouth County Genealogy Society. The meeting, at the Community Center, 72 Broad Street, Eatontown, begins at 1:30 pm. Mr. Beidler will discuss the two major waves of German migration to this country and will also share his expertise on family history research using newspapers. He is a professional genealogist and popular speaker on German genealogy at national Family History conferences as well as an author and editor. He will be introducing his book The Making of the Family Tree Historical Newspapers Guide which is due to come out in January 2018. The program is free and the public is welcome.

Sunday, November 12 - East Brunswick, Middlesex County
100th Anniversary of the Great War Lecture and Exhibit

Sunday, November 12 - 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, November 12 - Montclair, Essex County
Historic House Tours: Crane/YWCA & Shultz Open
Science at the Shultz House: Magnetic Experiments
Family Friendly

On Sunday you can visit ALL of the Montclair Historical Society’s properties, including the Shultz House at 30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ. This amazing gem of a house is an intact time capsule of life in the early 20th century. Wait until you see the woodwork, the Delft fireplace surround, the science equipment in the library!

You can also discover history through the “many voices” who made our community what it is today at the Crane House and Historic YWCA at 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. The people who lived, worked, and relaxed in this building tell the story of not only Montclair, but also New Jersey and nation from its early years of a fledgling country to a country embroiled in Civil Rights. While you’re here, make sure you see what’s growing at the farm, meet the chickens, and visit the Museum Shop for unique, one-of-a-kind treats.

At this month's Family Fun event, we're stuck on magnets. Charles Shultz may have been president of Hoboken Savings Bank when he built the house in 1896, but he was always experimenting with science in his home. At this program, we'll find out what's behind the museum rope  in his fully-intact early 20th century science library. Scientist and Montclair parent, Patricia Abad, PhD, will look at some of the magnetic and electrical equipment on display and discuss the fascination of electrical current when it was first available in homes in the late 1800s. Children will experiment with magnets and static electricity. Admission is free but registration is requested by calling 973-744-1796 or e-mailing

Both houses are open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Tours of the Crane House & Historic YWCA are on the hour, last tour at 3:00 pm. Tours of the Shultz House are on the half hour, last tour 3:30 pm. Admission is $6/adult; $5/student/senior with ID; $4/child; under 2 free, good for both sites. Members get in free! For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail, or visit

Sunday, November 12 - 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 12 - Westfield, Union County
"Thanksgiving Day Demonstration" at the Miller-Cory House Museum

Experience the atmosphere of a traditional colonial Thanksgiving at the Miller-Cory House Museum on Sunday.  Members of the Cooking Committee will demonstrate the preparation of an early American Thanksgiving feast over the museum's open hearth fire, using colonial recipes and seasonal ingredients.

Please note that this is a demonstration only. Proper colonial dining also requires proper table customs. The program includes a presentation on authentic early American manners, place settings, and other interesting "table top traditions." Museum docents will be available to guide visitors through the restored, fully furnished colonial era farmhouse.

Admission is $4.00 for ages 13 and older, $3.00 ages 3 to 12 and free under age 3. The Miller-Cory House Museum is located at 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, NJ. For more information, call 908-232-1776 or visit

Sunday, November 12 - Flemington, Hunterdon County
Rare Parchments: The Story of their Origin and Preservation

Tessa Gadomski of the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is travelling from Philadelphia to be the guest speaker at the Hunterdon County Historical Society's annual fall membership meeting on Sunday at 2:00 pm at the Presbyterian Church, 10 East Main Street in Flemington, NJ.

Ms. Gadomski will discuss the conservation assessment of such projects and the science behind the treatment processes for the conservation of ink and parchment. Guests will learn the behind the scenes work done by conservators to examine and determine the best methods to preserve historical documents before they are revealed to the public in museums and historical societies. The conservation treatment of the Society's documents was funded by a generous grant from the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey who recognized the importance of these truly rare documents.

The two related documents, dating from 1744-1758, Oaths of Abjuration and Oaths of Fealty, tell the story of the elected or appointed officials in the colony who had to swear that they rejected the authority of the Catholic Church and swear their allegiance to King George ll. They serve as a virtual "who's who" of the County that once stretched into Trenton and include the signature of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, John Hart.

Ms. Gadomski will speak after a brief introduction on the history of the parchments and this early period of New Jersey's history as a British colony. Prior to her work at CCAHA, Ms. Gadomski interned at the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution among others. She holds an MS in Art Conservation from Winterthur/ University of Delaware.

The talk will last about 50 minutes, followed by questions. Refreshments will be served. No advanced registration is required. For more information, call 908-782-1091 or visit

Sunday, November 12 - Morristown, Morris County
Soldier at the Huts
Children Friendly Event

Learn about the life of a common soldier during the winter encampment and see the clothing, equipment, and weapons that a soldier used as you visit the replica soldier huts of the Pennsylvania Line. Stop by the Soldier Huts from 1:30 - 3:30 pm within Jockey Hollow at Morristown National Historical Park, 580 Tempe Wick Road, Morristown NJ (address is approximate). This is a FREE event. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit

Sunday, November 12 - Toms River, Ocean County
Ocean County Freeholder John C. Bartlett Visits OCHS

Don't miss the opportunity to hear the program on World War I, researched by Freeholder Bartlett on Sunday at 2:00 pm at the Ocean County Historical Society, 26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River, NJ. Currently serving his 38th consecutive year on the Board of Chosen Freeholders, Mr. Bartlett will dazzle the audience with his knowledge about World War I. He set a goal of reading 100 books about World War I and just reached his goal in September. Well versed in Ocean County history, Mr. Bartlett is retired from a teaching position at Toms River High School North where he taught history, political science, and economics. Call 732-341-1880 to reserve your seat. Refreshments will be served and a voluntary donation will be accepted.

Sunday, November 12 - Sparta, Sussex County
Princess White Deer Exhibit

On Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, the Sparta Historical Society features an exhibit on Princess White Deer, the grand-daughter of a hereditary chief, and the most successful and talented Mohawk entertainer. With a career that spans from Wild West Shows to the Russian stage to Vaudeville, Ziegfeld, and to the footpath of Broadway, Esther Deer was a remarkable and fascinating modern career woman for any century. The Van Kirk Homestead fall exhibit will display an intimate look at her life, career and activism of Native and American causes. This event is free and features an exhibit talk at 2:00 pm. The Sparta Historical Society is located at 336 Main Street, Sparta, NJ. For more information, call 973-726-0883.

Sunday, November 12 - Morris Township, Morris County
Thanksgiving Harvest Home and Armistice Observance
Children Friendly Event & Site

Step back in time and celebrate Thanksgiving and Armistice Day in 1918 at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Begin by following the enticing aromas to The Willows and Farmhouse kitchens where a Thanksgiving feast is being prepared. While the harvest has been gathered, there is still much to do on the farm. Help husk corn, saw the wood that is needed for winter heating and cooking, and make animal food with the one-cylinder gasoline engine operation. Be sure to take a horse-drawn wagon ride around the farm, watch a side-saddle riding demonstration, visit the farm animals, and assist with egg collection. The Armistice, or cease fire that officially stopped the carnage of WWI, went into effect in Europe on November 11, 1918, at 11:00 am. Over the years, Armistice Day, later named Veterans Day, has honored the men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces. At 1:00 pm, join in a special program honoring all U.S. military personnel and veterans, which recognizes the 100th anniversary of U.S. involvement in WWI.

Admission: $8/adult, $7/Senior (65+), $6/child (ages 4 to 16), and $4/child (ages 2 and 3) and free for children under 2 years of age. Half price for friends members with a current membership card. U.S. military personnel (past and present) admitted FREE. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is located at 73 Kahdena Rd, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-326-7645 or visit

Sunday, November 12 - West Orange, Essex County
Harry's Magical Invention Bag
Children Friendly Event

Learn about invention and the important role Edison played in taking invention from a cottage/hobby activity to a full commercial activity - practiced by all major corporations. Hear Harry Roman, a Thomas Edison National Historical Park volunteer, retired engineer, as well as inventor and patent holder, as he discusses the major role NJ plays in the national invention scene-and all the great inventions NJ inventors have brought into our world.

The program, held from 1:00 - 2:00 pm and 3:00 - 4:00 pm, is included with regular admission, which is waived for the weekend of November 11 - 12. Thomas Edison National Historical Park is located at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x11 or visit

Through Sunday, November 26 - Paterson, Passaic County
30th Annual Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique

From November 4th through November 26th, Lambert Castle, home of the Passaic County Historical Society will present the 30th 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 $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

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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