Thursday, January 18, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 1/20/18 - 1/21/18

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Saturday, January 20 - Somerville, Somerset County
Twelfth Night Concert at the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage
Family Friendly Event

On Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm, balladeer Linda Russell will perform historic holiday music at the Old Dutch Parsonage historic site. Usher the new year in and celebrate like it’s 1778! For most American colonists, Christmas Day was not a major holiday. But over the course of the following twelve days, leading up to Twelfth Night on January 6th, there were great feasts, church services, dances, games and other entertainments. Join balladeer Linda Russell as she explores the tunes and traditions of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Playing the hammered and mountain dulcimers, penny whistle and guitar, Linda sings and plays the carols, dance tunes and drinking songs of the past, interspersed with Yuletide poems, recipes and stories of the season.

Linda Russell is a balladeer who brings America’s past to life through song. She has served for many years as musical historian for the national park Service at Federal Hall National Memorial and has performed at historic sites throughout New York and New Jersey. There is a $10 per person fee to attend this program. All visitors must register for this program in advance. Call 908-725-1015 or email to register. Please register early, as seating is limited.

The Wallace House, built in 1776, served as George Washington’s winter headquarters during the Middlebrook Cantonment of 1778-1779. The house was the country residence of retired Philadelphia merchant John Wallace; Washington rented the use of half the house for himself and his staff and paid Wallace $1,000 for the use of his house and furniture. During his stay, the General hosted foreign dignitaries and planned strategies for the spring military campaign. The house is fully restored and furnished with period furniture.

The Old Dutch Parsonage was constructed in 1751, by the congregations of three local Dutch Reform Churches. The house was occupied by the Reverend John Frelinghuysen and his family until his death in 1754. His successor, the Reverend Jacob Hardenberg was the principal founder and first president of Queens College in New Brunswick, now Rutgers University.

Both sites are administered by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry, and are open to visitors Wednesday through Sunday. The Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage are both listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places.

The parking lot entrance and interpretive center for the sites is located at 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ. For directions and more information about the sites, visit or call 908-725-1015.

Saturday, January 20 - 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 next program will be presented by the Society’s Administrator and Curator Andrew Coldren and is entitled, “Jersey Boys: Five Interesting New Jersey Guys in American History.” The program will feature famous and infamous characters such as Aaron Burr, Thomas Edison and Woodrow Wilson. This free educational program will take place from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon on Saturday. Space is limited so please RSVP by calling 856- 935-5004. The program will be held at the Salem County Historical Society, 83 Market Street, Salem, NJ. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 856-935-5004 or visit

Saturday, January 20 - Trenton, Mercer County
Archaeological Society of New Jersey Meeting

Meeting of the Archaeological Society of New Jersey on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at the New Jersey State Museum (Auditorium), 205 West State Street, Trenton, NJ.

* 10:00 am – 11:30 am: Board Meeting (Auditorium). All are welcome.
* 11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Elections and Awards (Auditorium) 
* 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Break for Lunch (On your own) 
Lecture Series (Auditorium) 
* 1:00 – 1:15 pm: President’s Welcome 
* 1:15 – 1:35 pm: “Not Unmindful of the Unfortunate”: Giving Voice to the Forgotten through Archaeology at the Orange Valley Slave Hospital, Trelawny, Jamaica. Authored by Richard Veit, Nicky Kelly, and Sean McHugh; Presented by Richard Veit, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, Monmouth University 
* 1:35 – 1:55: “Down by the River – Archaeological Investigations in South Camden” Presented by Ilene Grossman-Bailey, ASNJ and RGA, Inc.
* 1:55 – 2:15 pm: “A Steatite Turtle Effigy Pipe from New Jersey” Presented by Sevrie Corson, RPA 
*2:15 – 4:00 pm: Artifact Identification: bring your artifacts in to discuss and be identified (Auditorium) 

Meeting is free of charge; free parking behind museum and in parking area next to museum. For more information, contact Darryl Daum by e-mail:

Saturday, January 20 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
The Harlem Hell Fighters: The New Jersey Connection

One hundred years ago, during World War I, an infantry regiment of the 15th New York National Guard consisting mainly of African Americans, prepared for deployment in France. Two thousand enlisted men joined its ranks, which included nearly three hundred volunteers from New Jersey, who represented the wide spectrum of New Jersey's communities, such as Ramapough Lenape from northern New Jersey and five volunteer soldiers from Middlesex County. It was the Germans who bestowed the nickname, "Hell Fighters," upon the regiment, due to the regiment’s well-earned reputation for toughness, and the fact that they never lost a soldier to capture, nor gave up a trench or a foot of ground to the enemy!

Richard Sears Walling, a historian specializing in the regiment and producer of From Harlem to Hell and Back (available on YouTube), explores the role of New Jersey men in the famed Harlem Hell Fighters of World War I. The program honors our World War I generation and the brave men who fought for democracy and equality. 

This program will take place on Saturday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Metlar-Bodine House Museum, 1281 River Road, Piscataway, NJ.

Saturday, January 20 - Cape May, Cape May County
Combination Trolley/Physick Estate Tours
Family Friendly

Enjoy a guided trolley tour of Cape May's Historic District, followed by a guided tour of Cape May's only Victorian house museum, the Emlen Physick Estate, with the house tour theme for 2017-18, "Let's Go Shopping! Victorian Consumer Culture." Tours begin and end at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth, Washington Street Mall at Ocean Street. The tour will be held Saturday at 1:00 pm. Admission is $22 for adults and $14 for children (ages 3-12). The Physick Estate is located at 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Winter trolley tours are co-sponsored by the Carroll Villa Hotel, Congress Hall Hotel, the Grand Hotel and the Queen Victoria Bed and Breakfast Inn. 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, January 20 - Cape May, Cape May County
Emlem Physick Estate Tours
Family Friendly

Enjoy this entertaining and educational guided tour of Cape May's only Victorian house museum, the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, with the house tour theme for 2017-18, "Let's Go Shopping! Victorian Consumer Culture." The Tour will be held Saturday at 1:45 pm. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children (ages 3-12). The Physick Estate is located at 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. 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 - Sunday, January 20 - 21 - Cape May, Cape May County
Historic District Trolley Tour

Get acquainted with Cape May on a trolley tour as knowledgeable guides present entertaining and educational stories about the nation's oldest seashore resort (tours begin and end at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth, Washington Street Mall at Ocean Street). Offered Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm. $12 for adults and $8 for children (ages 3-12). Winter trolley tours are co-sponsored by the Carroll Villa Hotel, Congress Hall Hotel, the Grand Hotel and the Queen Victoria Bed and Breakfast Inn. 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 - Sunday, January 20 - 21 - Middletown, Monmouth County
18th Century Sewing Workshop

Join us for a two day, in-depth historical sewing workshop on 18th-century shifts and accessories at the historical Taylor-Butler House on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm on both days.

Examine late 18th-century garment construction methods and fabric choices and discuss the style changes of the 'shift' from the middle of the century to the end. Participants will be instructed on how to measure for fit, cutting the pattern, hand sewing techniques some of which are still used today, and in the afternoon of the second day, an introduction to additional accessories needed to enhance your 18th-century wardrobe. Only basic sewing skills are required.

This workshop is based on two shifts in our extensive textile collection that date to the last quarter of the 18th century. Learn historical hand-sewing techniques as well as construction methods and examine extant garments. The shift was the most basic but necessary garment for an 18th-century woman. It was her first layer underneath her many layers and doubled as her nightgown. It's the one garment that she would have owned several.

Tickets for this two-day workshop are $95 for MCHA members and $135 for non-members. Bring your own materials or, if desired, a materials kit may be purchased for $50. Lunch is included both days. Limited to 12 participants. Call 732-462-1466, ext. 11, or email to register.

Tours of the house will be available during the weekend for those interested. The workshop will be held at the Taylor-Butler House, 127 Kings Highway, Middletown, NJ. For more information call 732-462-1466, ext. 11 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, January 20 - 21 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
History House

An 1898 lieutenant's quarters on "Officers Row" overlooking Sandy Hook Bay is furnished to resemble the WWII era, the busiest time in the fort's history. This free event takes place Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 noon - 4:30 pm at History House, No. 1 Officers Row, within Fort Hancock on Sandy Hook, part of Gateway National Recreation Area. For more information, visit

Sunday, January 21 - Maplewood, Essex County
Annual Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration
Children Friendly Site

In an annual tradition spanning over 35 years, visitors have gathered around Durand-Hedden’s 18th century hearth and experienced how Maplewood residents of long ago cooked, ate, and kept warm during the long winter months. On Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Durand-Hedden is pleased to welcome a new cook to its kitchen.

On Sunday, Durand-Hedden is pleased to welcome a new cook to its kitchen. Margaret Quinn, the spirited shearer who trimmed the wool from visiting sheep at our From Fleece to Cloth event last April, will bring the same energy and skill to our fireplace. Margaret has worked in the living history field for over twenty years and has become proficient at wood stove and open earth cooking. She continually expands her culinary knowledge as a participant in the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums and the Historic Foodways Society of the Delaware Valley.  

On the menu this year will be a flat-bread set in ash at the hearth, a simple stew, a sweet dessert and more, all prepared from historically accurate recipes. Watch how it’s done, breathe in the wonderful aromas in our historic house, and sample a few centuries-old treats. Children can try their hands at old-fashioned cooking chores like kneading dough and churning butter, and they can watch a spinster make yarn at her wheel.

Durand-Hedden’s mid-winter open-hearth cooking demonstration has become an annual tradition to honor late longtime trustee, Irene Kosinski. Irene, a gifted educator and lover of living history, who oversaw the restoration of Durand-Hedden’s beehive oven in 1981. She went on to establish our perpetually popular open-hearth cooking program, which for thirty years has drawn visitors ‘hungry’ for history. Join us on Sunday and see why many visitors return for this wonderful tradition year after year.

Check out our Country Store’s historic-themed treasures: early American games, books, and toys; facsimile documents; quill pens and ink; historic cookbooks; cookie molds; tin lanterns; and reproductive decorative items and ceramics. There is local honey and the Original 1910 Chocolate Fudge Sauce. You’ll also discover the hard-to-find original Doors of Maplewood poster, Smile, the history of Olympic Park, and the new acid-free reproduction of the charming 1931 map of Maplewood.

Durand-Hedden House is dedicated to telling the history of the development of Maplewood, New Jersey and the surrounding area in new and engaging ways. It is located in Grasmere Park at 523 Ridgewood Road in Maplewood, New Jersey. For more information, call 973-763-7712 or visit

Sunday, January 21 - 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, January 21 - Westfield, Union County
The Wonderful World of Snow Globes
Children Friendly Event

Take a clear dome, shake it well, and magically, a little scene or figure is enveloped in a slow motion snow storm. The Miller-Cory House Museum is presenting a program featuring these charming collectibles on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

The miniature worlds under glass called snow globes have been delighting people since the 1800s. The program includes a display of globes as well as a short presentation on their history. Children may also make a festive craft; light refreshments will be served. 

The program includes tours of the fully restored circa 1740 farmhouse museum. Admission is $4 for ages 13 and older, $3 for ages 3-12, and free age 2 and younger. The Miller-Cory House Museum is located at 614 Mountain Avenue, Westfield, NJ. For more informationcall 908-232-1776, e-mail, or visit

Sunday, January 21 - Lambertville, Hunterdon County
“The Story of Lambertville” Vintage Radio Play

“The Story of Lambertville” vintage radio play will be the presentation at the Lambertville Historical Society Annual Meeting (free and open to the public) on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, at the Pittore Justice Center, 25 S. Union Street, Lambertville, NJ. After a short LHS business meeting, LHS will present a re-enactment of a lighthearted and jovial 1950 radio play entitled "The Story of Lambertville." The play’s script was discovered among the society’s archives, and was originally broadcast as part of a NJ Department of Conservation & Economic Development sponsored program on May 21, 1950. The 15-minute play tells 200 years of Lambertville’s history in just 15 minutes! In a jovial and kitschy style, the reenactment tells the town’s tale from its early days as Coryell’s Ferry through the colonial and revolutionary periods up to the mid-20th century. The play will be directed by LHS member Gary Cohen, produced by archivist Mary Freedman, and star a cast of LHS locals, including a rumored special appearance by Mayor David DelVecchio in the role of Mayor William R. Naylor. An entertaining and educational piece, "The Story of Lambertville" stays true to the town’s unique history and creative spirit. Who says history can’t be fun?

The Lambertville Historical Society promotes, inspires and encourages the preservation and appreciation of Lambertville’s architecture and history through education, community involvement, and preserving and maintaining the James Marshall Museum. For more information, call 609-397-0770 or visit

Sunday, January 21 - Westampton, Burlington County
Analyzing Historical Documents

Explore a new approach to understanding our history with Marisa Bozarth, Burlington County Division of Parks. A document, photo, letter, map, or other short publication will be provided at the time of the program. Marisa will present an item that the group will read and discuss. You will hear about the past, link it to the present, and even hear a few personal stories or reflections. You never know where the conversation may lead. Public participation in open discussion is encouraged.

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

Sunday, January 21 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
Washington and His Masonic Connection; How Masonry Helped the Cause.

During the Revolutionary War, Washington had to depend on many people. Most of them were his Masonic brothers. Thirty three of Washington's generals were Freemasons. They were trusted men that made a difference. The General will also discuss the important women during the dark days and how they were the backbone of the American Revolution.

Samuel Davis, from Chesterfield, NJ, is a teacher and councilman and soon will be running for senator! Sam is also a Freemason and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. He will present our first lecture of 2018. 

Admission: $10.00 for adult and $5.00 for seniors and students. Light refreshments afterward and get to know the General, and Sam, a little more. Space is limited to 50. Register here.

This program will take place at the Historic Van Horne House, 941 East Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ. Free parking at the Target store behind the house. For more information, call 732-356-8856 or visit

Sunday, January 21 - Montclair, Essex County
Tours of the Crane House and Historic YWCA
Family Friendly

The Crane House and Historic YWCA is a window on to the history of our nation from its early years as an independent country to a country embroiled in the civil rights struggle. 

Tours of the Crane House & Historic YWCA are on the hour, last tour at 3:00 pm. Admission is $6/adult; $5/student/senior with ID; $4/child; under 2 free, good for both sites. Member get in free! The Crane House/Historic YWCA is located at 110 Orange Road, Montclair, NJFor more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail, or visit

Sunday, January 21 - Moorestown, Burlington County
Alice Paul's 133rd Birthday Celebration

On Sunday, Alice Paul's birthday celebration will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Moorestown Friends Meetinghouse, 118 E. Main Street, Moorestown, NJ with Alice Paul Institute is hosting “Suffrage!:  A Traveling Trunk Show of Women’s History.” This interactive 40-minute program centers upon the portrayal of suffragist Lucy Burns by acclaimed actress Leigh Jameson.

Jameson’s performance explores the history of the suffrage movement, highlights the leaders of the National Woman’s Party, and the “schools” that Alice Paul and Lucy Burns created to prepare the Silent Sentinels for the required endurance of taking the picket line in front of the White House. The audience will participate in a mock-training to become a Silent Sentinels, and celebrate Alice Paul’s birthday with cake.

Admission is $10 per person. For more information, contact the Alice Paul Institute at 856-231-1185, e-mail, or visit

Sunday, January 21 - Tewksbury, Hunterdon County
"The Last Newspaper Man"

The Tewksbury Historical Society will hold its annual membership meeting on Sunday at 1:00 pm at Society Headquarters, 60 Water Street, Mountainville, NJ. Refreshments will be served. The society will hold its annual reorganization meeting, at which time the society's Nominating Committee will present a slate of officers for the positions of President and Secretary to be voted upon by the membership at large. The Society's Treasurer will present a 2017 financial report and Standing Committee Chairs will present their reports on 2017 activities and proposed 2018 plans.

Jersey in the '30s was Fred Haines’ beat, though it was hardly worthy of the reporter who'd scooped the Ruth Snyder story back in '27. "The most famous Daily News cover ever," Haines bragged. His photo showed Snyder strapped to the electric chair. "Respectable" papers denounced it as vulgar, but it sold millions of copies and cemented Haines's reputation as the go-to "tabloid guy" just as celebrity worship was becoming an American obsession. But that was before Haines had the bad sense to publicly insult an even faster-rising media star named Walter Winchell. Haines wound up on the graveyard shift at the Daily Mirror, covering the most trivial stories his editor could dredge up. And Jersey.

"Strictly Sticksville," he said, remembering a cold March night in 1932. That was the night he drove down to rural Hopewell, near Trenton, oblivious that the story of the century was about to break under his byline. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh had been kidnapped, and Haines was about to become part of a media frenzy unlike anything anyone had ever seen. 

Presented by Mark Di Ionno, a lifetime newspaperman and a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist in news commentary, primarily for his work on Hurricane Sandy. He is also a four-time winner of the New Jersey Press Association’s first-place award for column writing. His columns appear regularly in The Star-Ledger, and its online partner,, with an estimated readership of over 1 million people.

Prior to becoming a columnist the Star-Ledger he was of the principal editors involved in the paper’s 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of Gov. Jim McGreevey’s abrupt resignation and the 2001 Pulitzer-finalist coverage of the Seton Hall fire. Di Ionno began his career in sports and was a columnist at The New York Post, where he broke many stories, including parts of baseball’s case against Pete Rose and the undoing of Mike Tyson. Di Ionno is the author of three award-winning nonfiction books that include New Jersey’s Coastal Heritage, and A Guide to New Jersey’s Revolutionary War Trail which received the New Jersey Academic Alliance Award.

DiIonno’s first novel and most recent publication is The Last Newspaperman, which along with the Revolutionary War book, where put on NJ 350’s “101 Greatest New Jersey Books.’’ The novel was also a finalist in USA Books and ForeWord Reviews “Best of 2012” contests.

His second novel, Gods of Wood and Stone, will be published by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster next summer. He is also a contributor to the acclaimed “It Occurs to Me I am America,” an anthology of short stories, also from Touchstone. He is an adjunct professor of journalism at Rutgers University and the father of six children. 

In the event of inclement weather the meeting will be postponed. Visit the Society’s website or call 908-832-6734.

Through Mid-January 2018 - Cape May Court House, Cape May County
"Bank on It!" Exhibit

More than 40 Victorian mechanical banks will be on display in The Museum of Cape May County’s gallery through mid-January as part of its newest exhibition, “Bank on It!” 

These exquisite mechanical marvels will take visitors back to a time when a penny saved was a penny earned and children were taught the lesson of thrift by a depositing their coins into a toy bank. Now highly collectible, the metal banks on display feature the “newest” technology of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Banks on display offer a child’s view of the Victorian world. Banks depicting animals, magicians, birds, people and places are depicted throughout the exhibition.

In addition to the collection of banks visitors will also be able to feast their eyes on a hand-crafted scale model of Cape May’s Queen Victoria. This dollhouse, completely electrified and filled with miniature period-piece furniture, is a delight to see.

“Bank on It!” may be enjoyed at The Museum Monday through Friday, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm. This exhibition, made possible by the generosity of John and Sarah Turner, is free and open to the public. The Museum of Cape May County is located at 504 U.S. 9, Cape May Court House, NJ. For more information, call 609-465-3535 or visit

Through Sunday, January 28, 2018 - Morristown, Morris County
A Presidential Collection: W. Parsons Todd Collects Washington, Lincoln, and More!

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (MHHM) presents A Presidential Collection: W. Parsons Todd Collects Washington, Lincoln, and More!, featuring a selection of correspondence, art, and artifacts related to our past presidents. This exhibition is on view through January 28, 2018 in the Schoolroom Gallery.

Items on view include a silhouette locket of George Washington rumored to contain his hair, china from Presidents Lincoln, Grant, Pierce, Hayes and more, as well as one of five known existing copies of George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation from 1789.

The exhibition also anticipates the interest of children in history, and includes a special children's component titled Eating & Working in the President's House. Through interactive displays, children learn about the day-to-day lives of famous presidents and their families.

Macculloch Hall is located at 45 Macculloch Avenue in Morristown. More information, please call the MHHM at 973-538-2404 or visit

Through Sunday, March 25, 2018 - Paterson, Passaic County
Urban / Rural: Landscapes of Passaic by William P. Campbell (1943-1992) Exhibit

The Passaic County Historical Society would like to announce the opening of its newest exhibit Urban / Rural: Landscapes of Passaic by William P. Campbell (1943-1992). This exhibit is a career spanning retrospective, featuring the landscape paintings of local artist William P. Campbell (1943-1992). A Paterson native formally trained at Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts and the School of Fine Arts at William Paterson College, Campbell spent his life painting the landscapes of Northern New Jersey, while working as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service in Passaic.

This exhibition of Campbell’s work focuses on the urban landscape of the City of Passaic. Many of the pieces reflect Campbell's interest in how industry and urban development mingle with, and sometimes overwhelm, the natural beauty of the Passaic River.

The paintings will be on display in Lambert Castle through March 25, 2018. The exhibit is located on the 3rd floor of the museum and can be viewed as a part of the self-guided museum tour. Regular admission applies (adults $5, seniors $4, and children $3).

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, home of the Passaic County Historical Society, is located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ. For more information regarding museum hours and admission, visit the Passaic County Historical Society’s website at or call 973-247-0085.

Through Friday, March 30, 2018
All Aboard…Trains! Exhibit at the Gloucester County Historical Society Museum

All Aboard…Trains!, our new exhibit at the Gloucester County Historical Society Museum, will be a hit for the whole family! The main attraction will be the running train displays throughout the museum. Also featured will be the extensive Tyco Train collection which was once the private collection of the Tyler family, founder of Tyco. Railroad memorabilia from throughout the years will also be on display, in addition to vignettes from Victorian times to the 1950’s. The museum will be decked out for the holiday season as well.

The museum is offering FREE ADMISSION for the entire month of December! We will also be adding the following evening hours to our regular hours: Wednesday, December 6 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm, and Tuesday, December 12, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.  We will also be open Saturday, December 2, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.  This exhibit will run until March 30, 2018.  Following are our regular hours: 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. The museum will be closed on December 25 and December 31.

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 notice. Regular admission from January - March: 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, April 15, 2018 - Cape May, Cape May County
“Franklin Street School: From Segregation to Unification”

Until Sunday, April 15, view the Center for Community Arts (CCA) Exhibit in the Carroll Gallery on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ.

From its opening in 1928, the Franklin Street School was a symbol of segregation and separation. It stood as a reminder of a racial divide, even after school integration in 1948. For two decades the Center for Community Arts has worked to preserve, stabilize and restore the school. Now a collaborative effort by CCA and the City of Cape May aims to renew the school as a community center, offering meeting space, arts and history programs, exhibits, events and senior activities and services to bring together all the people of Cape Island. The exhibit will include photographs, artifacts and recorded oral and video histories to chronicle the history of the school, the initial efforts to preserve and rehabilitate the building, and plans for the building’s expansion and completion.

Admission to the exhibit is free. Presented 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 visit For gallery hours, call 609-884-5404 or visit

Through Saturday, April 28, 2018 - Haledon, Passai County
Frederick Douglass Series 2017 Exhibit

The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark located in Haledon, New Jersey proudly has opened the exhibit Frederick Douglass Series 2017. Frederick Douglass Series 2017 is an exhibit of contemporary paintings and drawings about the life of Frederick Douglass, slave, abolitionist, and statesman. Artist Mark Priest states, "In the United States of America many slaves were safely carried to freedom. This monumental undertaking that has virtually gone unnoticed has been the subject of my work over the past eleven years. My current focus is on Frederick Douglass, Slavery in Maryland, and Underground Railroad Conductor, Harriet Tubman."

Mark Priest is a working artist and professor at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. Priest graduated from Yale School of Art in 1989. He is a productive artist with exhibition experience and, he continues teaching studio art to college students.

Frederick Douglass Series 2017 exhibit by Mark Priest is on view at the museum through April 28, 2018. The American Labor Museum is headquartered in the historic Botto House National Landmark, located at 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, NJ. The museum's hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm or by appointment. For more information, call 973-595-7953, visit or e-mail

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

Through December 30, 2018 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
Over There, Over Here: New Jersey During orld War I 

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


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