Thursday, April 26, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/28/18 - 4/29/18

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Friday, April 27 - Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - Cape May, Cape May County
Capturing Cape May's Architecture: The Making of a National Historic Landmark

In the early 1970s, a team from the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) produced pen and ink drawings of Cape May, NJ's most significant historic structures that were instrumental in saving this seaside town - "the best-preserved late 19th century resort in America." The drawings enabled Cape May to become a National Historic Landmark and a national tourist destination. Now, for the first time, these intricate drawings and the stories of the architects whose hands created them are on exhibit at the Carroll Gallery. Curator Karen Fox, author of The Chalfonte, provides visitors with a unique look at how a small band of preservationists saved not only the buildings, but a culture of the past creating a future. The exhibit "Capturing Cape May's Architecture: The Making of a National Historic Landmark" opens Friday, April 27 at 7:00 pm at the Carroll Gallery in the Carriage House of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. The public is invited to this free exhibit opening. The exhibit is presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) and is open daily, Friday, April 27 through Wednesday, October 31, 2018; times vary. Admission is free. MAC is a multifaceted not-for-profit organization committed to promoting the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. MAC membership is open to all. For information about MAC's year-round schedule of tours, festivals, and special events call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit MAC's

Friday - Sunday, April 27 - 29 - Paterson, Passaic County
Spring Open House

From Friday through Sunday, the Passaic County Historical Society will host its annual Victorian Tea fundraiser at Lambert Castle, home of the Passaic County Historical Society. Enjoy an afternoon of tea and conversation in the historic atmosphere of Passaic County’s only Victorian Castle. Two sessions are available each day at 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm. The Victorian Tea features freshly brewed tea and refreshments by Sally Lunn’s Tea House and musical entertainment by the Four Old Parts Barbershop Quartet.

Tickets for all sessions of the Victorian tea are $45 per guest. Please call 973-247-0085 ext. 201. Our reservation form is also available on our homepage at Seating for each session is limited and reservations are required. Please be advised that some sessions sell out sooner than others.

Lambert Castle is located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ. For more information, call 973-247-0085 or visit

Friday - Sunday, April 27 - 29 - Ringwood, Passaic County
The Dixie Swim Club

Saturday, April 28 - Roebling, Burlington County
9th Annual Car Show
Children Friendly Event and Site

The Roebling Museum is proud to announce its 9th Annual Car Show on Saturday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Along with a wide array of cars, trucks and rat rods, this year’s show includes the ever-popular Mustang as the featured marque. Antique fire trucks and safety vehicles, Kids’ bridge building, multiple food vendors and a variety of merchandise vendors will make this year’s event a treat for all who attend.

Teaming up again with the Movin’ on Kruzers car club to put on the show this year’s judges will award more than 70 trophies and specialty awards in all vehicle classes! Music throughout the day will be provided by Tom E. Tunes. Food vendors include Dan Holzer’s Popcorn, Four Daughters Franks, Slab House BBQ, Smylie’s Ice Cream and Sweet Concessions. A full day of family entertainment is planned, including tours of the museum, the auction of a JAR Company Pattern, and a gift shop featuring t-shirts, books and other Roebling Museum related memorabilia. This year’s car show lead sponsor is Lucas Ford/Lucas Motor Company with the additional sponsors of: CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts, Lee’s Auto Body, Roy’s Garage and Wheel Works Custom Made Wheels.

Included in the $5.00 Spectator admission to the show is access to the Roebling Museum which is dedicated to telling the story of John A. Roebling’s Sons Company, the village of Roebling, and the innovations and technological achievements of the family that changed the industrialized world. While at the Car Show, families will have the chance to try their hand at our bridge building lab. This hands-on activity is provided FREE of charge and is fun for kids and adults alike. Children ages 12 and under get into the Car Show for FREE. Day-of-only show entry fee is $20 per participating vehicle. Classic and current fire, rescue and service vehicles welcome from all companies and collectors at no charge.

The Roebling Museum is located at 100 Second Avenue, Roebling, NJ. Ample parking is available in the Museum lot off Hornberger Avenue, adjacent to the Roebling River Line parking area. The River line has a Roebling stop just behind the museum. Visitors are encouraged to take the New Jersey Transit River Line to avoid traffic congestion. The museum is a short walk from the Roebling stop. Visitors are also encouraged not to park on 2nd Avenue on the residential side of the building. Rain date for this event is Sunday April 29, 2018. For more information, call 609-499-7200 or visit

Saturday, April 28 - Harmony Township, Warren County
Spring Open House
Children Friendly Event and Site

The Harmony Township Historical Society and the Historic Preservation Commission of Harmony Township invite the public to attend their annual Spring Open House at the historic VanNest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is free. The farmstead is located at 3026 Belvidere Road, Route 519, just north of the Municipal Building in Harmony Township, NJ.

- Watch live fiber arts and craft demonstrations
- Children’s Activities
- Visit with Spruce Run State Park Naturalist
- Open Hearth Cooking in the Summer Kitchen
- War Reenactors

Come see the progress being made at the farmstead. The event will include tours of the circa 1750s main house, the restored wagon houses, and the one of a kind Dutch style barn. For more information, visit

Saturday, April 28 - Haledon, Passaic County
Workers’ Memorial Day Observance at the American Labor Museum/Botto House

The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark will observe Workers’ Memorial Day, a day set aside by the nation’s unions to draw attention to the occupational health and safety of workers in the US, on Saturday at 1:00 pm at the museum’s headquarters, the historic Botto House National Landmark.

In addition to the traditional candle-light vigil, Irwin Nack, Associate Professor of History at William Paterson University (retired) and past president of the American Federation of Teachers Local Union 1796, AFL-CIO, will offer an illustrated presentation and lead a discussion on the topic “Rome’s Museum of the Risorgimento: The Struggle for Italy’s Independence & Unification.” 

The Botto House National Landmark, home of the American Labor Museum, is located at 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, NJ. It was the meeting place for over 20,000 silk mill workers during the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike. The museum offers a free lending library, restored period rooms, changing exhibits, museum Store, old world gardens, educational programs and special events. 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 and by appointment. For more information, call 973-595-7953, e-mail, or visit

Saturday, April 28 - Northwest Bergen County
8th Annual History Day

Saturday, April 28 - Chester, Morris County
Hooked on Rugs
Children Friendly Event

On Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at the Cooper Gristmill, learn how to make rugs using traditional ‘rug hooking’ skills. Watch as demonstrators use a hook to pull loops of yarn or fabric through a woven base to make the creative coverings. Crafts and tours of the Gristmill available.

The gristmill is open from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. The last guided tour of the gristmill begins at 3:30 pm. The suggested donation to tour the Gristmill is $3 per adult, $2 per senior (65+), and $1 per child age 4 - 16. FREE per child under age 4, and Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Mill members with a current membership card. The Cooper Gristmill is located at 66 Route 513, Chester, NJ. For more information, call 908-879-5463 or visit

Saturday, April 28 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Potato Planting
Children Friendly

On Saturday, Howell Living Farm invites the public to join forces with its staff and volunteers to plant a special crop of potatoes to be donated to the Greater Mercer Food Cooperative and other local hunger projects.

Visitors to the Farm can join the field crew, planting seed potatoes in furrows opened with horse drawn equipment between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.

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 28 - Morristown, Morris County
Call the Leech!
Children Friendly Program

Did you know that in the 19th century, doctors were sometimes called ‘leeches?’ Join us as we perform some exploratory surgery on the topic of medicine in history and then dig a little deeper. 
The program runs from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. 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

Saturday, April 28 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Meet the Servants at the Willows and Plant Spuds
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday at Fosterfield's Living Historical Farm, during a special hands-on guided tour, learn about the domestic help at the Foster home, The Willows, during the WWI era. Help the maid with some household chores, and assist in the preparation of historic foods for the cook to bake in the wood-burning cook stove. Two tours times available: 1:00 - 2:00 pm and 2:00 - 3:00 pm.

From 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:00 - 2:00 pm, dig in and help the farmers plant potatoes.

Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors (65+); $4 for children ages 4 – 16; and $2 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 28 - Cape May, Cape May County
Underground Railroad Trolley Tour

During the Underground Railroad Trolley Tour on Saturday at 10:15 am, you will hear how legendary anti-slavery fighter, Harriet Tubman walked the streets of Cape May, as did businessman and former slave, Stephen Smith, whose railroad cars carried hundreds to freedom. Includes a guided tour of the Owen Coachman house (a historic free black's house). Admission is $15. Co-sponsored by the Center for Community Arts and the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday, April 28 - 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 28 - 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 28 - 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 28 - Parsippany-Troy Hills, Morris County
Archaeology at Craftsman Farms: Can You Dig It?

In December of 2017, Craftsman Farms conducted an archaeological dig near the Log House’s south terrace. This dig, its findings, and the subsequent archaeological study will be the subject of this presentation and guided walking tour on Saturday at 11:00 am with Brian Bosenberg, the museum’s long-time historic landscape architect and archaeologist Ian Burrow, of Burrow Into History. Did they unearth a gem? Or is the landscape just schist? Burrow and Bosenberg will leave no stone unturned!

Tickets are $12 for non-members and $10 for members. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Purchase tickets online or by calling 973-540-0311. For more information, call 973-540-0311, email, or visit

Saturday - Sunday, April 28 - 29 - 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, 28 - 29 - Lambertville, Hunterdon County
Shad Fest
Children Friendly Event

On Saturday and Sunday, celebrate the annual return of the shad to Lambertville. In its 37th year, the Shad Festival has evolved from a local art show into a nationally recognized award-winning event. Shad Fest features the area's finest artists and crafters, great food, live music from local bands, and family entertainment, but the two-day extravaganza also serves as a venue for local non-profit organizations to raise necessary operating funds. The festival will run from 12:30 - 5:30 pm each day, rain or shine. There will be over eighty arts and crafters, a food court, face painting, cotton candy, sand art, and other children’s activities. For more information, visit

The Lambertville Historical Society will offer walking tours of Lambertville on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Starts at the Marshall House, 60 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ. This is a 60 to 90 minute tour that focuses on architecture and social history. Free for LHS members, $5 per person for nonmembers. For more information about the tours, e-mail or call 609-397-0770.

Saturday - Sunday, 28 - 29 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Wool Days Spring Festival Celebration
Children Friendly Event & Site

Monmouth County Historical Association will host the Wool Days Spring Festival program at Holmes-Hendrickson House, 62 Longstreet Road, on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm. In addition to the traditional Wool Days festivities, MCHA had added expanded programming and events this year for families to enjoy.

From Monmouth County Park System’s Longstreet Farm, watch sheep being sheered, take a wagon ride, and learn from volunteer docents the way wool was used in Colonial America with spinning and weaving activities. Longstreet Farm will provide wagon rides between the two living history sites.

Visitors to Holmes-Hendrickson House will be able to try their hand at carding and spinning wool, then tour the 1754 farm house. Join us for this rare and exciting opportunity to observe wool processing from start to finish. Along with spinning and weaving, MCHA will also have food trucks and vendors selling local goods ranging from wool products to honey.

Begin your tour at historic Longstreet Farm at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel. Please check with Longstreet Farm about wagons rides if inclement weather. The spinning and weaving portion of the program at the Holmes-Hendrickson House will occur regardless of weather.

Holmes-Hendrickson House, c. 1754, is a remarkable survival of Dutch vernacular architecture and is located on Longstreet Road adjacent to the County Park System’s Longstreet Farm.

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

Sunday, April 29 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
Secret Places on Sandy Hook

On Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, explore Batteries Urmston, Peck. Engle, and Morris at Sandy Hook. Remember to bring flashlights/headlamps and insect repellent. Call 732-872-5970 for details and reservations. This tour is free. Meet at Sandy Hook - Lot M. Parking  in K Lot north, at the Fort Hancock Historic Post. For more information and to reserve a spot on the tour, call 732-872-5970 or visit

Sunday, April 29 - Cape May Point, Cape May County
Cape May Lighthouse Full Moon Climb

Let the light of the full moon guide you up the 199 stairs to the starry top, overlooking historic Cape May. Since it opened to the public in 1988, some 2.5 million people have climbed the 199 steps to the top of the Cape May Lighthouse; but a smaller, select group can say they have experienced the grand vista of the evening sky from atop this majestic beacon at nighttime. Climb the 199 steps of the Cape May Lighthouse to the top where you'll be able to see the full moon in all its glory on clear nights and enjoy a spectacular moonlit view. 

The Cape May Lighthouse is located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township. Climbs will be held between 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm. Admission: $12 for adults, $8 for children (ages 3-12). Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Sunday, April 29 - Cape May, Cape May County
Moonlight Trolley Ride

Victorians tended to sentimentalize even the most mundane of things, from teacups to toothbrushes. Take this romantic trolley ride along the beachfront and through the heart of the Historic District, under the light of the full moon. Hear tales of Victorian courtship on Sunday evening at 8:45 pm. Admission is $12. The trolley leaves from the Ocean Street Trolley Stop. Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Sunday, April 29 - Woodbury, Gloucester County
Out of the Box: Rare & Unusual Objects

Intrigued about what might lie behind closed doors in a museum? Out of the Box: Rare & Unusual Objects, our new exhibit at the Gloucester County Historical Society Museum, will give visitors a peek into some of our most exceptional artifacts. Objects that have not been on view to the public for years will be out on display for all to see. We have chosen an array of unique items from every category imaginable in the museum’s collection. Most of these artifacts are between 100 – 200 years old, and haven’t seen the light of day in decades. Come to experience the rare, odd, quirky, beautiful, and even creepy treasures just waiting to be revealed. The exhibit opens on Sunday, April 29 when admission will be free that day! The exhibit will be closed on Mondays, and summer Sundays, but open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm from May 2 through the summer months. Monday hours will resume on September 5, 2018, along with last Sunday of the month hours. Please visit for further details. The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum is located at 58 N. Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ. For more information, call 856-848-8531 or visit

Sunday, April 29 - Woodbridge, Middlesex County
300th Anniversary of the Dunham House

Trinity Episcopal Church's Annual Open House, traditionally held in January, has been transformed this year into a joyous springtime celebration of the Jonathan Dunham House, our Rectory. We will commemorate the 300th anniversary of the house's construction. We will also mark the end of a four-year interior restoration, done mainly by parishioners and community volunteers.

The Open House will be in the style of a community block party, with fun activities and delicious food. Tours of the Jonathan Dunham House and the church building will be available starting at 2:15, 3:30, and 4:45 pm. Trinity Episcopal Church is located 650 Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge, NJ. For more information, 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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