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Thursday, September 20, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/22/18 - 9/23/18

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, September 22 - West Orange, Essex County
Fall Family Fun Day/National Public Lands Day
Children Friendly Site

Celebrate National Public Lands Day with special family activities at Glenmont, the home and estate of Thomas and Mina Edison in Llewellyn Park between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. Visitors wanting to visit Glenmont, should pick up a car pass from the Laboratory Visitor Center.  Activities include tours of the 29-room Victorian Mansion and tours of the poured concrete garage which houses a circa 1900 Locomobile, 1911 and 1914 Detriot Electrics, 1922 Model T and the 1936 Brewster belonging to Charles Edison. Enjoy water color painting and obstacle course races on the lawn, Victorian board games, Junior Ranger activities, sand art, and a paper airplane building contest and much more.  Explore the 15 acre estate, garage, greenhouse, and the gravesite of Thomas and Mina Edison.

Before going to Glenmont, you must first pick up a car pass and directions at the Laboratory Complex visitor center. You will not be able to get to Glenmont without the special car pass.

The normal site fees are waived at all National Park Service sites on Saturday in honor of National Public Lands Day, including Thomas Edison National Historical Park. The Laboratory Complex Visitor Center is located at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x33 or visit www.nps.gov/edis.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 9/21/18 - 9/23/18

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A Conversation with Amy Stewart - Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit

A Conversation with Amy Stewart
Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit


This is the fourth book you’ve written about Constance Kopp, a real-life deputy sheriff who worked in Hackensack in the 1910s. Is it also based on actual events, or have you run out of historical records?

I actually had more real-life cases than I could use this time around! This novel takes place in fall 1916. Constance had been a deputy sheriff for over a year, and many of the cases she worked on were written up for the papers, which gave me lots of material. I did shift the time frame around, moving cases from the spring to the fall so that I could put together a sequence that better suited the shape of a novel.


This novel takes place in the fall of 1916, which was an election season, both for Sheriff Heath and, on a national level, for President. Did you see any parallels between the politics of 1916 and 2016?

More than I would’ve liked! It was a complete coincidence that I started to write this novel the day after the election. That just happened to be the first day I was free to put aside my other obligations and begin a new book. After the election, I woke up to a very different world than the one I’d been expecting. I didn’t want to do any kind of work, but I thought it might distract me. I dragged myself upstairs to my office and sat down with all my notes about Constance Kopp's real life. Suddenly, those actual events looked very different. What I had before me was a true story about a woman doing a man's job who was the target of vicious, misogynist attacks during a contentious election year. I'm always thinking about the parallels between the Kopps' world a hundred years ago and today, but that was more apparent than ever this time. It’s subtle—you won’t have to re-live the 2016 campaign if you read the novel—but if you’re looking for the similarities, you’ll find them.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Premier Presentation of “Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Author, Aviator, Liberated Woman” - 10/5/2018

Premier Presentation of  “Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Author, Aviator, Liberated Woman” 
Friday, October 5, 2018

Historian Jim Davidson is delivering, for the first time, this insightful and captivating talk about the area’s rich history and the Lindbergh legacy on Friday, October 5, 2018.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh is well known for having been the wife of pioneering and controversial aviator Charles Lindbergh and mother of their six children, including Charles Jr., who was kidnapped and murdered, resulting in the Trial of the Century. This exclusive premier presentation will cover Anne’s privileged New Jersey upbringing, her whirlwind life in the spotlight, troubled marriage, retreat to Europe and pre-war Nazi connections.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Kopp Sisters Novels September 2018 Book Giveaway

Thursday, September 13, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/15/18 - 9/16/18

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Saturday, September 15 - Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County
Atlantic Highlands Historical Society Outdoor Flea Market

The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society will hold its annual Outdoor Flea Market at the Atlantic Highlands Marina (off First Avenue) on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. The rain date is Saturday, September 22.

Over 100+ vendors will offer a variety of antiques and collectibles, crafts, second time around, and some new items. Among the merchandise to be found is furniture, tools, fishing equipment, jewelry, books, postcards, tee shirts, handbags, clothing, toys, art, glassware, etc. Also an eclectic array of bargains can always be found at the society's Treasures Table as well as a variety of food, refreshments, and baked goods. Members will also be on hand to answer questions about the society, its mansion, and our other ongoing programs and events.

All proceeds from this event will be used towards the restoration of the AHHS Museum, the Strauss Mansion, at 27 Prospect Circle, as well as educational programs throughout the year. For more information, call 732-291-4313 or 732-291-9337 or visit www.ahhistory.org.

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Saturday, September 15 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Accordion Melodies of the 1890s
Children Friendly Site & Event

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 www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 9/14/18 - 9/16/18

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Thursday, September 6, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/8/18 - 9/9/18

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Saturday, September 8 - Chester, Morris County
National Milling Day
Children Friendly Site

On Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, celebrate the 263rd birthday of Oliver Evans, a 1780s inventor, who created the first automatic flour mill. See some of his inventions at work at the Gristmill. View a collection of antique printed flour bags. Cost: FREE but donations appreciated. The Cooper Gristmill is located at 66 Route 513, Chester, NJ. For more information, call 908-879-5463 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 9/7/18 - 9/9/18

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Thursday, August 30, 2018

NJ Labor Day Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/1/18 - 9/3/18

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Saturday, September 1 - Princeton, Mercer County
Stony Brook Walking Tour

Before there was a "Princeton," six Quaker families established a community on the fertile ground along Stony Brook. This two-hour hike explores the lives of the early settlers and the community they established, while following a portion of the trail George Washington took from Trenton to the Princeton Battlefield. Stops include the Stony Brook Meeting House and Burial Ground, walking a portion of the "hidden" back road into Princeton, and a view of the Battlefield.

Admission: $5 per person and includes farmhouse museum admission. Tours begin at the Updike Farmstead farmhouse, 354 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ at 1:00 pm and ends at 3:00 pm. Space is limited. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-921-6748 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 8/31/18 - 9/2/18

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Thursday, August 23, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/25/18 - 8/26/18

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Saturday, August 25 - Roebling, Burlington County
“Telling the Story of the Community" - Oral History Workshop

Come and explore ways to preserve your family and community history through personal experiences in an oral history workshop led by Dr. Abigail Perkiss of Kean University on Saturday at 1:00 pm at the Roebling Museum.

Roebling and Trenton are unique communities, with some important shared themes, experiences and stories. Community oral histories provide a way to understand our shared experiences through different voices and perspectives. How can we record and preserve this type of information in a thorough and accurate way? How do we navigate the roles of the interviewer who asks questions and the person who tells their story? In this hands-on, guided session, participants will develop themes and questions, conduct practice interviews, and talk about how to be a responsible and ethical interviewer. We’ll explore questions like, “How have people been shaped by the history of this community?” and, “What has living in a community with so much history meant in the daily lives of those who call this place home?”

Dr. Perkiss’ workshop, the latest in the Roebling Museum’s Saturday Lecture Series, is presented in collaboration with the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Public Scholars Project. This workshop will serve as a starting point for a larger Museum project intended to invite public collaboration and participation with the Museum's collection and archives.

The workshop is included with museum admission ($6 for Adults, $5 for seniors 62 and older and children 6-12.) Seating is limited so please call the museum at 609-499-7200 to reserve your seat. The Museum is located at 100 Second Avenue in Roebling, NJ. Parking is available in the Museum lot off Hornberger Avenue. The NJ Transit River Line stops opposite the Museum. Visitors are encouraged not to park on 2nd Avenue, on the residential side of the building. For more information, visit www.roeblingmuseum.org.

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Saturday, August 25 - West Orange, Essex County
Open House at the Glenmont Estate

Glenmont Estate, Thomas Edison's home, will be hosting an open house event from 12:30 - 4:00 pm on Saturday. The 1st and 2nd floors of Glenmont will be open for a self-guided viewing on these days.

You must first pay your entrance fee at the Laboratory Complex Visitor Center and obtain a car pass before going to Glenmont.

Tickets must be purchased at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park Laboratory Complex Visitor Center at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. Admission is $10.00 for adults, and includes the Glenmont Estate and the Laboratory Complex. Children under age 16 are free. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x33 or visit www.nps.gov/edis.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 8/24/18 - 8/26/18

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Ephemera, Advertising, & More!
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
10:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Saturday & Sunday

19th and 20th Century Diggers Delight
Nutley, NJ 07110
9:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday

Two Barns Full of Goodies
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
10:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Saturday & Sunday


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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Selection from Chapter 4 “The Crossing, Christmas 1776” part of Victory or Death: The Battles of Trenton and Princeton, December 25, 1776 – January 3, 1777

Selection from Chapter 4 “The Crossing, Christmas 1776” part of Victory or Death: The Battles of Trenton and Princeton, December 25, 1776 – January 3, 1777 
By Mark Maloy

Washington’s force planned to cross the river at McConkey’s Ferry, located about nine miles upriver from Trenton. This was a narrow location in the river, naturally the best place to cross. The river was about 1000 feet wide at this point; here, Col. John Glover and his Marbleheaders, who had successfully saved Washington’s men in New York, would ferry the troops across in all the vessels they had available. Washington’s chief of artillery, portly Col. Henry Knox, would be the senior commander in charge of the crossing. Knox was a 26-year-old book seller from Boston and would eventually become one of Washington’s most trusted military advisors. He was conspicuous up and down on the banks of the Delaware exhorting men and aiding in the crossing. Major James Wilkinson remembered vividly from that night the “stentorian lungs and extraordinary exertions of Colonel Knox.”

Washington Crossing the Delaware. Painted by Emanuel Leutze, 1851. From the collection of the MET. Gift of John Stewart Kennedy, 1897.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

"Victory or Death" August 2018 Book Giveaway

Thursday, August 16, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/18/18 - 8/19/18

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Saturday, August 18 - Greenwich, Cumberland County
Desserts Through Time

The Cumberland County Historical Society is planning a "Desserts Through Time" event on Saturday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm on the grounds of the Gibbon House, located at 960 Ye Greate Street, Greenwich. Admission is $5 per person – Seating is limited. Please call the office at 856-455-8580 to make your reservation. Join the Cumberland County Historical Society for an afternoon of desserts and history. Historical desserts will be served during small lectures on desserts of the 18th through the 20th century.

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Saturday, August 18 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Accordion Melodies of the 1890s
Children Friendly Site & Event

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 www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 8/17/18 - 8/19/18

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Vintage Goodies Galore
Rockaway, NJ 07866
9:00 am - 3:00 pm Friday & Saturday
10:00 am - 2:00 pm Sunday

Collectibles
Maplewood, NJ 07040
10:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Friday & Saturday

Treasures of Yesterday
Roseland, NJ 07068
9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Friday & Saturday


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