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Friday, May 25, 2018

NJ Memorial Day Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/26/18 - 5/28/18

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Friday - Saturday, May 25 - 26 - Hopewell, Mercer County
Memorial Day Weekend Events

On Memorial Day Weekend, multiple organizations across Hopewell Valley will present programs and events that celebrate its rich heritage. 
  
On Friday will be the opening reception for Hopewell Valley Heritage Weekend. This kick-off event will be held at 6:00 pm at the historic Hopewell Train Station located at 2 Railroad Place, Hopewell, NJ. It will provide an excellent opportunity to get an overview of the weekend events. This event is sponsored by the Hopewell Valley Historical Society and the Hopewell Public Library.

On Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, the Hopewell Museum will partner with Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum to present a historical reenactment of a Civil War encampment by the 6th Regiment Infantry USCT on the grounds of The Hopewell Museum, located at 28 East Broad Street, Hopewell, NJ. The 6th Regiment US Colored Troops Reenactors, Inc. (6th USCT) is a reenactment group that recaptures a proud American and local heritage, portraying the historic 6th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry (6th Regiment USCI), an African-American battle regiment which fought for freedom in the Civil War. The regiment saw action in Virginia as part of the Richmond–Petersburg Campaign and in North Carolina, where it participated in the attacks on Fort Fisher and Wilmington and the Carolinas Campaign. Several regiment enlistees were decorated with the Medal of Honor for their service.

We are excited to announce the return of Kellee Green Blake, retired Director of the National Archives, Mid-Atlantic region, to Hopewell Valley. Also on Saturday, May 26th at 2:00 pm, Kellee will present, "No Slave Beneath That Starry Flag: Civil War Heroes of the Pennington African Cemetery." The lecture will take place at The Hopewell Museum and is sponsored by The Hopewell Museum in partnership with the Pennington African Cemetery Association.

Additional details are available at www.thehopewellmuseum.org/hvhw.

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Saturday, May 26 - Westfield, Union County
Aunt Carrie's Attic Sale

Housewares, books, furniture, linens, toys, and more will be available for sale at the Miller Cory House Museum's annual "Aunt Carrie's Attic Sale" on museum grounds (rain or shine). The sale is scheduled for Saturday from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, rain or shine. All proceeds benefit the museum. No early birds please.

The Miller-Cory House Museum is located at 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, NJ. For more information, call 908-232-1776 or visit www.millercoryhouse.org.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/19/18 - 5/20/18

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Saturday, May 19 - Whippany, Morris County
Armed Forces Day at the Whippany Railway Museum
Children Friendly Event & Site

Visit the Whippany Railway Museum on Saturday for Armed Forces Day from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm. The Military Transport Association of North Jersey will display a wide variety of classic, restored U.S. Military vehicles and more at the Museum site. A unique part of this event will feature two railroad flatcars carrying military "cargo" that will be part of the consist of each train operating throughout the day.

The 10-mile, 45-minute round trip excursion from Whippany and return is a thrill for the children as they enjoy what for many will be their very first train ride...and they can also learn about and experience the history of New Jersey's rich railroad and transportation heritage. Riders will have time on-board the train to enjoy the spring weather and the excitement during the ride.

Passengers can combine the thrill of riding our train along with touring the museum site, with its outstanding collection of historic railroad locomotives, rolling stock, operating model train layouts and vintage farm tractors.

In addition to the regular coaches that make up the train, make your day Extra Special by purchasing limited tickets for a nostalgic ride aboard the museum's elegant 1927-era Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ) 'Club Car' Jersey Coast. The car has the look and feel of a private club with individual leather chairs, mahogany interior accented with stained glass, built-in tables and period ceiling fans. The Jersey Coast, recalls the 1930s when the CNJ operated its deluxe coach train, The Blue Comet, between Jersey City and Atlantic City, NJ. The striking, authentic exterior paint scheme of cream and blue reminds one of a comet streaking through space. It is the only car of its type operating in New Jersey.

 Ordering tickets is fast and easy! Trains depart at 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm, rain, snow, or shine. The Whippany Railroad is located at 1 Railroad Plaza, at the Intersection of Route 10 West & Whippany Road in Whippany, NJ. Train fare: Adults: $16.00, Children (under 12): $11.00, Infants (1 year and under): Free. 

The Museum building will be open from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm each day of operation. Admission of $1.00 for children and $2.00 for adults (separate from train ride fare and payable at the door) supports the continued maintenance and restoration of the historic Museum building, grounds, and exhibit collection.

To order tickets and for more information, visit www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net or call 973-887-8177. The Whippany Railway Museum, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit Operating Heritage Railroad that is staffed by volunteers. Donations from the public help to keep the museum operational, but funds are still required to support this unique New Jersey treasure. Proceeds from the train rides further enhance the Museum's mission and its historic preservation efforts.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 5/18/18 - 5/20/18

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Antique Collector's Paradise
Monroe Township, NJ 08831
9:00 am - 3:00 pm Friday
9:00 am - 1:00 pm Sunday

Monday, May 14, 2018

New Jersey National Park Invites Public to Free Reception and Illustrated Talk for Photography Exhibition on George Washington’s Headquarters - 5/19/2018

New Jersey National Park Invites Public to Free Reception and Illustrated Talk for Photography Exhibition on George Washington’s Headquarters
May 19, 2018

The museum at New Jersey’s Morristown National Historical Park invites the public to a free reception with refreshments and an illustrated artist talk on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The event celebrates the debut solo exhibition George Washington’s Headquarters: Photographs by Xiomáro. The 22 large images of the Ford Mansion – Washington’s Revolutionary War base of operations during the winter of 1779-1780 – will be on view until December 28, 2018. Xiomáro will present a slideshow retrospective of his various collections commissioned by the National Park Service. To advance public interest in American history, he will also be giving away a book about the mansion and a photographic print.


Xiomáro (pronounced “SEE-oh-MAH-ro”) is an internationally-recognized artist and speaker whose photography has been covered by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and CBS Eyewitness News. His work has been widely exhibited at venues such as Harvard University and New York City’s Fraunces Tavern Museum. Next year, Arcadia Publishing is releasing Xio’s photo book, Weir Farm National Historic Site, about Julian Alden Weir, the father of American Impressionist painting.

The reception recognizes the exhibition of Xio’s photographs of Washington’s Revolutionary War headquarters, which highlight its dual role as a residence. "The domestic aspects are easily lost in the presence of Washington, but Xio has managed to capture the Ford Mansion’s essence as a home," explains curator Jude M. Pfister, the park’s Chief of Cultural Resources. Pfister is the author of the award-winning book, The Jacob Ford Jr. Mansion: The Storied History of a New Jersey Home (The History Press, 2009). Xio will be giving away a copy of the book and a 5”x7” photographic print as prizes to two randomly selected winners.


The reception will be followed by Xio’s talk. The artist will show his photographs revealing never-before-seen perspectives and artifacts of historical sites such as President Theodore Roosevelt’s “Summer White House.” His documentary images of the Big Cypress and Everglades environments will also be presented. Time will be allotted for answering questions about his body of work, aesthetic, techniques, and his current exhibit.

The reception and talk will be held at the museum auditorium at Morristown National Historical Park, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ 07960 on Saturday May 19, 2018 at 2:00. The event is free.


The exhibition is on display until December 28, 2018. For visiting hours and other information call 973-539-2016 (extension 210) or visit www.nps.gov/morr. A free eBook of the photographs is available at www.xiomaro.com.


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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Blairstown Historic Preservation Committee invites the public to attend History Month - May 2018

Blairstown Historic Preservation Committee invites the public to attend History Month
May 2018

The volunteers of the Blairstown Historic Preservation Committee (BHPC) will be hosting three events during the month of May 2018. All events are FREE and open to the public.

Comment from Chairperson Beegle: “The Blairstown Historic Preservation Committee is looking forward to these three events in May so that we can interact with the community and speak of Blairstown’s rich history. Each event is a has a special focus and is important in conveying historic information on different topics. A highlight will be the May 12th walking tour at Footbridge Park. We are so excited to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of our landmark Footbridge. It was installed in 1893 by railroad baron and namesake of Blairstown, John I. Blair. The walking tour on May 12th will kick off a yearlong celebration. However, the other two events are just as exciting and important, we hope that the community can attend them all! In addition to the events BHPC will have four new exhibits at our headquarters in the Blairstown Municipal Building. The building is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.”

 Blairstown Footbridge, Station and Lumberyard, circa 1900.

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/12/18 - 5/13/18

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, May 12 - Chester, Morris County
Born to be Shorn
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Cooper Grist Mill in Chester, visit the lambs and watch hand-shearing of the sheep. See how fleece is processed and made into garments. Hands-on activities include weaving, spinning, and making crafts. Take a guided tour of the 1826 water-powered Cooper Gristmill to complete the day. Cost: $3 per adult, $2 per senior (65+), and $1 per child age 4 - 16. FREE for children 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 www.morrisparks.net.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 5/11/18 - 5/13/18

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Vintage Collectibles
Denville, NJ 07834
9:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Friday & Saturday

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Thursday, May 3, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/5/18 - 5/6/18

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Friday, May 4 - Middletown, Monmouth County
Daffodils & Daiquiris Open House

The Monmouth County Historical Association is throwing open the doors of the Taylor-Butler house in Middletown for the annual Daffodils & Daiquiris Open House on Friday from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. All are welcome to join in toasting the arrival of spring and the kick off of Weekend in Old Monmouth.

In addition to enjoying drinks and lite fare at this historic house museum, attendees will have the opportunity to view the current exhibit featuring oil paintings of Monmouth County residents dating from the 1800’s curated from the MCHA permanent collection.

Taylor-Butler House is an elegant Victorian mansion situated on five wooded acres within the beautiful Middletown Village Historic District and was built in 1853 by Joseph Dorset Taylor and his bride, Mary Holmes Taylor. The house reflected the wealth and status that they had acquired in New York’s China trade, as well as their pride as descendants of one of Monmouth County’s oldest families.

Taylor-Butler House is located at 127 Kings Highway in Middletown.  The house is available for rent for private events and meetings. Daffodils & Daiquiris is open to the public at no charge. For more information visit www.monmouthhistory.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 5/4/18 - 5/6/18

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Antiques and Vintage Items
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
9:00 am - 3:30 pm Friday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm Saturday

Salem County Historical Society’s Open House Tour in Fenwick’s Colony 2018

Salem County Historical Society’s Open House Tour in Fenwick’s Colony 2018
Saturday, May 5, 2018

The Salem County Historical Society is pleased to announce that the Open House in Fenwick’s Colony, our popular spring open house tour, will be held on Saturday, May 5, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at historic sites around Salem County.