Thursday, April 12, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/14/18 - 4/15/18

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Saturday, April 14 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Tour Paulsdale

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

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

Saturday, April 14 - West Milford, Passaic County
Bridge and Visitor Center Ceremonies
Children Friendly Event

The Friends of Long Pond Ironworks and The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference invite you to attend a dual opening ceremony on Saturday. At 11:30 am there will be an opening ceremony for the new hiking bridge across the Wanaque River, which was recently completed at a cost of $60,000.

Following the bridge ceremony there will be an opening ceremony for the newly redesigned Long Pond Ironworks Museum. This ceremony will take place at the Long Pond Visitor Center at 12:30 pm.

Parking for both ceremonies will be at the Long Pond Visitor Center, located at 1334 Greenwood Lake Turnpike, West Milford, NJ, 07421.

Guests are asked to arrive by 11:00 a.m. in order to have time to walk back to the bridge location, a 15 minute walk through the scenic Long Pond Ironworks Historic District. Light refreshments will be served in the Long Pond Visitor Center after the two ceremonies. For more information, visit

Saturday, April 14 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
Battle of Bound Brook Colonial Ball

​Join the North River Historical Dancers for their annual Spring Dance on Saturday from 6:00 - 11:00 pm! ​Your convivial hosts, Phillip and Elizabeth Van Horne from Heritage Trail Association and the Middlebrook Theatrical Society, welcome you to convivial Hill where many such dances occurred. The North River Historical Dancers will call period dances and their members will assist anyone unfamiliar with the steps in this enjoyable evening. Reenactors from the battle and anyone who would like to be a part of this gathering are welcome. ​Dance to the LIVE music of Anne and Ridley Enslow and buy their CDs! Admission is $15 per person. ​Come dressed to the 18th century hilt, or modern if you like. This event will be held at the Van Horne House, 941 E. Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ. All are welcome to this very fun, non-stuffy event. For more information, visit

Saturday, April 14 - Bordentown, Burlington County
Abbott Marshlands Walk Along the D&R Canal

The Abbott Marshlands are a place where sky and land meet tidal waters. Where if you listen, with imagination, you can hear Lenape children playing, mule tenders guiding their boats through the locks of the D&R Canal, or even the French accent of royalty fleeing disaster in Europe. Meet at the Riverline Light Rail Station parking lot, 100 West Park Street, Bordentown, NJ at 10:00 am for this 3 hour walk into history. Free but pre-registration is required. Sponsored by the Delaware and Raritan Canal Watch. For more information and to register, call Bob Barth at 201-401-3121 or e-mail

Saturday, April 14 - West Long Branch, Monmouth County
Ball game will make history Saturday in W. Long Branch 

The Jersey Shore team in the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League will play against local college "whippersnappers" Saturday morning. The name of the sport was two words in 1864, the year of the official rules followed by the Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club. Back then, the game was played with wood bats, underhand pitching and -- believe it or not -- no fielding gloves, according to captain Russ McIver of Allenhurst. 

“Monmouth Furnace, the original name of the Historic Village at Allaire, will face a team from Monmouth University's History and Anthropology Department," he said. "Our quaint but fast-paced game will authentically re-enact the roots of baseball.”

McIver pointed out the significance of the location of Saturday's match, on the Great Lawn of the university campus, just off Norwood Avenue (Route 71). In the 1850s, teams representing Long Branch resort hotels hotels competed on nearby fields.

Admission to the 10:00 am contest will be free. It is part of the vintage ball club's 2018 weekend schedule that will take it to Holmdel, South Amboy, Manasquan, Little Silver, Piscataway and Atlantic Highlands, as well as nearby states.

Monmouth Furnace players come from all over the Shore region and beyond. They range from teenagers to senior citizens. "We're looking for a few more players who want to make history come alive on the diamond," McIver noted. "They can be 'muffins' (rookies) or 'corkers' (good players)."

Prospective players and fans can get information at 732-859-7643 or

Saturday, April 14 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Spring Beekeeping and Spring Wash Day
Children Friendly

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

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

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

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

Saturday, April 14 - Cape May, Cape May County
"50 Years Later: 1968 and the Vietnam War - 'House of Pegasus' Folk Music and the War"

The Friends of the World War II Tower present "50 Years Later: 1968 and the Vietnam War - 'House of Pegasus' Folk Music and the War." The year 1968 was pivotal in both Vietnamese and United States history. Learn about these changes in this lecture series by Alex Breve, marking this anniversary on Saturday at 1:00 pm. This event will take place at the Cape May Lutheran Church, 509 Pittsburgh Avenue, Cape May, NJ. Admission is $5 at the door. Free for all World War II veterans, MAC members and students. Presented by the Friends of the World War II Tower in association with 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, April 14 - 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, April 14 - 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, April 14 - Cape May, Cape May County
Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour
Family Friendly

Take this spine-tingling, 30-minute evening trolley ride through the streets of Cape May with a guide who relates the paranormal findings of medium Craig McManus on Saturday at 8:30 pm. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children (ages 3-12). Tours leave from the Washington Street Mall Information Booth at Ocean Street. 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, April 14  -  Morris Township, Morris County
Luck O’ The Farm: Welcome, Irish Farmhands and House Servants!
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday at Fosterfield's Living Historical Farm, help with planting, animal care, and barnyard chores as a farm worker. At The Willows, become a house servant, and help with some spring cleaning. Experience Irish culture through food, dance, music, and a family-friendly craft. This event will be held from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Admission: $8 for adults; $7 for seniors (65+); $6 for children ages 4 – 16; and $4 for children ages 2 and 3. FREE for children under age 2 and Friends members with a current membership card. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is located at 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, visit

Saturday, April 14 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Allaire Village Early Spring Flea Market
Children Friendly Site

Join Allaire Village for their first flea market of the season! Hunt for hidden treasures amid furniture, books, art work, bottles, knick knacks, and so much more! The event runs from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. $1 admission for adults. Children under 12 and members get in free. The Village, General Store, and Bakery are open as well. The rain date is Sunday, April 15.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located at 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, April 14 - 15 - Lower Township, Cape May County
World War II Tower Lookout Museum and Memorial Open
Family Friendly

Fire Control Tower No. 23 on Sunset Boulevard is New Jersey's last freestanding World War II tower, part of the immense Harbor Defense of the Delaware system known as Fort Miles. After an award-winning restoration in 2009, visitors can climb to the 6th floor spotting gallery while learning about the homeland defense efforts during World War II. The ground floor of the tower, the All Veterans Memorial, and boardwalk interpretive panels are fully accessible. Open Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children (ages 3-12) (One child free with paying adult). The World War II Lookout Tower is located on Sunset Boulevard in Lower Township, near Cape May Point. 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, April 14 - 15 - South Bound Brook, Somerset County
Battle of Bound Brook
Children Friendly Event and Site

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

* 10:30 am: First street battle reenactment at the Old Stone Arch Bridge in Bound Brook (near the Queens Bridge). Followed by a ceremony at the Old Presbyterian Graveyard at the Bound Brook Memorial Library and Soldiers Lunch on Hamilton Street, Bound Brook. (11:45 AM – 1 PM).

* 1:30 pm: Second street battle along Main Street, South Bound Brook, (Weston Canal Road to Maple Avenue) featuring American and British units portraying the soldiers of the American Revolution.

2:30 pm: All Soldiers return to the grounds of the Abraham Staats House 18th century soldiers’ encampment. Abraham Staats House open for tours. 

4:00 pm: Abraham Staats House and Grounds closed to public.

4:00 - 7:00 pm: Pasta Dinner at the Reformed Church Fellowship Hall 113 Clinton Street, South Bound Brook. Free to registered reenactors and open to the public: Adults: $10 / Seniors: $9 / age 5-10: $6 / age 4 and under free. Call Rev. Martin Winters at cell 732-322-1899 or email for information.

7:30 am - 12:00 noon: Breakfast Buffet at the South Bound Brook Fire Co. #1, 83 Edgewood Terrace, South Bound Brook. Free to registered reenactors and open to the public: Adults: $9 / Seniors: $8 / under age 10: $6 / under age 5 free.

At the Abraham Staats House:
1:00 - 2:00 pm: Lecture - Robert A. Mayers presenting “Searching for Yankee Doodle - Washington's Soldiers in the American Revolution” followed by a book signing Lecture: Family (up to 5): 20; Adults: $10; Age 18 & under: $5 

2:30 – 3:30 pm: Battle on the Grounds: Watch the American and British soldiers as they drill and perform military maneuvers of the American Revolution.

4:00 pm: Abraham Staats House and Grounds closed to public.

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

Historic House Tours Weekend Pass includes tours, Sunday lectures, and special presentations. Adults: $10/Seniors & age 18 & under: $5/Family Pass (up to 5 members): $20. Passes available at the Main Tent and online at www.staatshouse.orgThe Abraham Staats House is located at 17 von Steuben Lane, South Bound Brook, NJ. For more information, visit

Saturday - Sunday, April 14 - 15 - Teterboro, Bergen County
Open Cockpit Weekend
Children Friendly

The Aviation Hall of Fame announces an “Open Cockpit Weekend” on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm each day. Visitors can check out the cockpits of some of our extraordinary aircraft, including a very rare Lockheed bush plane, a “M*A*S*H” Bell-47 helicopter, the world’s last remaining Martin 202 airliner, a TWA Convair 880 jetliner circa 1959, and sit in the cab of an airport fire truck.

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

Admission: $12.00 adults, $9.00 seniors and children under 12, 2 and under are free. Other Open Cockpit weekend dates in 2018 are May 19-20, June 16-17, August 18-19, October 6-7, and November 10-11.

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

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

Saturday - Sunday, April 14 - 15 - Bordentown, Burlington County
Point Breeze and the Natural World Exhibit Opening
Children Friendly

The Bordentown Historical Society is located at 302 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown, NJ. Admission is FREE and donations are greatly appreciated. For more information, visit

Sunday, April 15 - Morristown, Morris County
Trashy History: Pollution in the 19th Century
Children Friendly Event

Pollution isn’t a modern invention. Attend this talk on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at Historic Speedwell to learn about what caused pollution over a hundred years ago and what was done to fix and prevent it. Admission: $5/adult, $4/senior (65+), $3/child (ages 4 -16). FREE for children under age 4 and Friends members, with a current membership card. Historic Speedwell is located 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-285-6550 or visit

Sunday, April 15 - 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, April 15 - Moorestown, Burlington County
“Moorestown During the First World War

The Historical Society of Moorestown is proud to present “Moorestown During the First World War,” our new exhibit scheduled to open on Sunday. On opening day, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, visitors will be invited to tour the exhibit, which has been months in the making and assembled with a painstaking attention to detail. It will occupy all three large, downstairs rooms of the Smith-Cadbury Mansion at 12 High Street in Moorestown, NJ. While the war itself lasted from 1914 through most of 1918, America’s direct involvement occurred from 1917-1918.

On display in “Moorestown During the First World War” will be a rich and varied collection of artifacts, including military uniforms (shirts, jackets, trousers, and leggings), helmets, weapons, tools, medals, photos, books, letters, artwork, news clippings, and 78 rpm recordings of the day’s popular music, which collectively will tell individual stories of the people of Moorestown in what many once called the “war to end all wars.”

Visitors will get an intimate look at the personal tribulations of Moorestown’s young men, many just graduated from high school, in the heat of battle and as prisoners of war, and the everyday things that worried them and their families back home. Those Moorestown soldiers who gave their lives will be remembered. Also for viewing will be photos, documents, books, and reminiscences covering dissenters – that is, the conscientious objectors among Moorestown’s Quaker youth and the measures taken by the local Quaker community to support them, raise awareness of their plight, and look for other ways these youth could serve their country without engaging in military service.

The special challenges of women and African-Americans, at home and abroad, and the impact of the worldwide flu epidemic in 1918-1919 on Moorestown’s soldiers, will be examined. The achievements of a number of Moorestown women serving oversees in the Red Cross or the just-founded American Friends Service Committee will be saluted, and a women’s Red Cross uniform of the time prominently presented. In a kind of scavenger hunt, current Moorestown High School students will find important information about World War One that they will be able to use in their work assignments.

Historical Society trustees will be available on opening day to answer any questions visitors may have as they walk through the exhibit. And, to top it all off, everyone will be treated to refreshments! We anticipate that this exhibit will be up for the foreseeable future. Admission is free. For more information, call 856-235-0353.

Sunday, April 15 - Stockton, Hunterdon County
A Revolutionary Tea: An 18th Century Tea Experience

Why was tea so important in the lives of 18th-century people that fashion-conscious families posed for portraits with their tea sets? Did Great Britain lose her American Colonies over “the cup that cheers?” Find out from Stacy Roth (History on the Hoof) in this unusual costumed presentation of tea lore, history, songs, poetry, living history display and demonstration.

Join us at the Prallsville Mills for an unusual costumed presentation that will answer the pressing questions of the day: Why was tea so important in the lives of 18th-century people that fashion-conscious families posed for portraits with their tea sets? Did Great Britain lose her American Colonies over “the cup that cheers?”

At 2 pm on Sunday, Stacy F. Roth of History on the Hoof will explore the revolutionary impact of tea, featuring tons of history, tea lore, songs, poetry, display and demonstration. This program is free and open to the public.

Roth is a freelance historical interpreter, educator, vocalist, and musician (with a background in museums, libraries, archives, and material culture) who combines her talents to create multi-layered presentations that make history accessible and engaging. She holds a BA in History from Kean College of NJ, an MA in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MLS from Rutgers. Roth is the author of Past Into Present: Effective Techniques for First-Person Historical Interpretation (University of North Carolina Press, 1998).

Prallsville Mills is located at 33 Risler Street, Stockton, NJ. For more information, call 609-397-3586, e-mail, or visit

Sunday, April 15 - Maplewood, Essex County
From Fleece to Cloth - Shearing, Spinning, and Weaving
Children Friendly Event

Spinning - twisting a fiber such as wool into thread or yarn - and weaving that thread or yarn to create cloth is an art and a craft dating back thousands of years. On Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Durand-Hedden visitors will be given the opportunity to explore this tradition and witness how cloth is made, from shearing sheep to spinning thread to weaving into cloth.

• Watch a shearer collect fleece from two woolly visitors from Kafka Farms
• See members of the Essex County Spinners Guild demonstrate that the craft of hand spinning is alive and well in the 21st century.
• Watch weaving students and a fiber teacher from Peter’s Valley School of Craft show the basics of how thread is woven into cloth
• Participate as Columbia High School craft students lead young visitors in a weaving activity
• View Durand-Hedden’s frame loom, spinning wheels, and woven coverlets – once commonplace in the 18th and 19th centuries 

The event is free. Donations are appreciated.

Be sure to also see the fascinating exhibit on the impact of World War One on Maplewood. 

Out in the carriage house, the Country Store will be selling historic-themed treasures: early American children’s games, books and toys, facsimile documents, quill pens and ink, historic cook books, cookie molds, tin lanterns, reproduction decorative ceramics, vintage photos, hiking sticks and more. 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, April 15 - Chatham, Morris County
A Summit Story - Writing Helen Perry Curtis Back Into History

Please join the Chatham Township Historical Society and The Summit Historical Society for a joint presentation by Laura Gellott. Ms. Gellott will speak about Helen Perry Curtis, a favorite author of hers who became an inspiration for her life’s work.

Laura Gellot is a retired history professor. Helen Perry Curtis was a Nebraska native who later settled in Summit, NJ. Curtis served with the YMCA in France in WWI, led tours through Europe in the 1930’s and ran the Refugee Relief Workrooms in Summit post WWII. Curtis was an author, a museum director and an interior designer.

This lecture will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Chatham Township Municipal Building, 58 Meyersville Road, Chatham Township, NJ. For more information, 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 6, 2018 - Paterson, Passaic County
Clifton Association of Artists' Annual Members' Show

The Passaic County Historical Society announces the opening of its newest temporary exhibit, Clifton Association of Artists' Annual Members' Show. On exhibit from Wednesday March 28th until Sunday May 6th, this exhibition’s theme is travel, with works by members of the Clifton Association of Artists. The association, which is comprised of members for Clifton and the surrounding area, includes artists of all skill levels who work in venues like watercolor, oil, and pastel painting, photography, sculpture and ceramics. The Clifton Association of Artists is sponsored by the Clifton Recreation Department.

Visitors can access the exhibition, which is on display in the changing exhibit gallery on the 3rd floor, during regular museum hours (Wednesday-Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm). Regular admission applies (adults $5, seniors $4, and children $3). For more information about the Association, visit

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 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 3, 2018 - Princeton, Mercer County
A Gentleman’s Pursuit: The Commodore’s Greenhouse

Morven Museum & Garden presents A Gentleman’s Pursuit: The Commodore’s Greenhouse, which reveals the remarkable findings at Morven from Hunter Research’s excavation of one of New Jersey’s earliest greenhouses on view from through June 3, 2018.

Research done in the 2000s, revealed that Commodore Robert F. Stockton (1795-1866) had built the greenhouse during his tenure at Morven. Account books showed that the Commodore had paid for the installation of gutters on the building in October 1854, placing its construction at approximately 1852-54. An inventory upon his death indicated that the greenhouse contained 15 lemon trees, 100 Japonicas, 10 cati, 4 azaleas, 3 Daphnes and “Misc. plants.” Based on research it is believed that the greenhouse was torn down in the 1880s.

Little else was known about the greenhouse until a 2013 archaeological dig conducted by Hunter Research, Inc., who is partnering with Morven for his exhibition, uncovered the brick and stone foundation of the structure. Excavations over the next two summers revealed thousands of cultural artifacts, including the remains of the cast iron furnace which heated the greenhouse, and glass from the window panes that allowed sunlight in. The greenhouse denotes the refined gentleman’s pastime of the Commodore, reflecting his social prominence and financial standing to enjoy such an exquisite hobby. Due to New Jersey’s gradual emancipation law, the Commodore no longer owned any enslaved people by the time the greenhouse was constructed.  The maintenance of the structure and plants within was likely left to a trained gardener and paid farm hands.

“This exhibition is unique in that it allows visitors to follow the process of archaeologists and historians as they work their way from identifying archaeological digs, unearthing and dating artifacts, researching primary documents, and comparing contemporaneous sites to reveal a fuller picture of what Morven’s greenhouse would have been like,” says, Elizabeth Allan, Curator of Collections & Exhibitions.

“The exhibit shows how archaeology opens a fascinating window into the greenhouse that serviced Morven’s gardens,” says Richard Hunter, President/Principal, Hunter Research, Inc. For the past 30 years, Trenton-based Hunter Research, a historic preservation and cultural resources consulting firm, has been actively engaged in interpreting historic sites for the benefit of the general public.

A Gentleman's Pursuit: The Commodore’s Greenhouse is on view at Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ, through June 3, 2018. Admission: Adults - $10, Seniors (60+)/Students/Active Military Personnel - $8, Children 6 and under - Free, Friends of Morven - Free. Morven’s Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

For more information, call 609-924-8144 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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