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 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.

Saturday, May 19 - Readington, Hunterdon County
Barn Dance at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead

Put on your dancing shoes for a night of family fun as the Readington Museums hosts its bi-annual Barn Dance on Saturday, from 7:00 - 9:30 pm. The dance will be held inside the eighteenth-century Wade-Wyckoff Barn located at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead. This family friendly event is a wonderful way to have fun with the entire family as no experience is necessary. Caller Betsy Gotta will give easy to follow instructions before each dance so even a beginner will be able to dance the night away. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 per adult and $2.00 per child. Groups of six or more please call for a reservation.

This program is held at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead in the Stanton section of Readington, GPS address: 114 Dreahook Road Lebanon NJ 08833. For more information, call 908-236-2327 or visit

Saturday, May 19 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Cookstove Demonstration & Accordion Melodies of the 1890s
Children Friendly Site & Event

On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to see what is cooking on the woodstove in the out kitchen. Discover how food, recipes, cooking techniques and the kitchen itself has changed since the 1890s. 

Inside the farmhouse, lovely melodies from the 1890s will be played on the accordion. While in the house, appreciate the delicate craft of embroidery as it is demonstrated.

These free events runs from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. 

Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. For more information, call 732-946-3758 or visit

Saturday, May 19 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Vintage Base Ball with the Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club
Children Friendly Event

Spend a summer afternoon at Holmdel Park and enjoy one of America’s favorite pastimes and see how it started. Monmouth Furnace Boys (formerly known as the Bog Iron Boys) will be playing vintage base ball, using rules from the 19th century and will face the Brooklyn Atlantics. 
Players will be dressed in uniforms appropriate to the time period, and the styles of play and terms of the 19th century will be used throughout the game. The game will run from 11:00 am - 1:30 pm.

The club's members come from all over the Shore region. They range from teenagers to senior citizens. The group often plays at historic sites such as Allaire Village. Monmouth Furnace was the original name of the 1800s Wall Township business that became Allaire Iron Works.

Holmdel Park is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. For more information, visit

Saturday, May 19 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Spring Festival and Market - RESCHEDULED for Sunday, May 20
Children Friendly Event & Site

Join us for our Spring Festival and the first Craft Market of the year! Local artists will be demonstrating their work. Paintings, pottery, textiles, and more! In addition to our historic buildings being open, we have some special programs for the day, including hearth cooking at the Manager's House, a special baking program at our Bakery, story-telling at our Enameling Building, and craft demonstrations at the Carpenter, Blacksmith, and Tinsmith shops! An auction at the General Store, to include fresh flowers and other spring items, will take place at 1:00 pm. The general store, bakery, and museum gift shop will be open throughout the day!

Admission is $5 per adult, $3 children 6-12 years. Under 5 FREE! 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, May 19 - Cape May Court House, Cape May County
Antique and Vintage Marketplace

American women won the right to vote in 1920 – and it only took 72 years! As we near the centennial of women’s suffrage and face the challenges that still remain, The Museum of Cape May County will offer an astonishing and fun look back at women’s arguments against voting. “Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire,” does just that.

“Women’s suffrage is the reform against nature,” declares its unlikely but likeable heroine.  Written in 1912 by Marie Jenney Howe, a prominent pro-suffrage and Unitarian minister, Howe satirizes arguments seen as accurate in her day but absurd in ours.

The fictional “Anti,” portrayed by professional actress Michele LaRue, believes being a “womanly woman” will keep the home intact and rescue the nation from anarchy. She is charming, obsessed and oblivious, stylish in her wardrobe but muddled in debate. What her husband tells her goes in one ear and out her mouth,” LaRue said.

“Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire” will be presented on Saturday at 3:00 pm in The Museum of Cape May County, 504 Route 9 North in Cape May Court House, NJ. For more information, call 609-465-3535 or visit

Saturday, May 19 - Sparta, Sussex County
Antique and Vintage Marketplace

Saturday, May 19 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Corn Planting 
Children Friendly Site

If you have been wondering how to tell your children about the origin of their corn flakes, corn chips, polenta, tortillas, and hush puppies, bring them to Howell Living Farm for Corn Planting Day on Saturday.

Farmers will introduce visitors to some of the earthier facts of farm life by having them help with corn seed selection, fertilizing and planting. Afterwards children can grind and sift cornmeal for baking, and sample freshly made cornbread. Special maps will be given to participants to guide them to each production area; those who have their map stamped at all areas will be given a bag of freshly ground cornmeal to take home. Participating children must be accompanied by an adult. Throughout the day, farmers will use work horses and circa 1900 equipment to prepare and plant cornfields.

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, May 19 -  Haddonfield, Camden County
Thomas Jefferson at the Indian King Tavern Museum

Saturday, May 19 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Beloved Personalities in 1920s Children’s Books
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday at Fosterfield's Living Historical Farm, become acquainted with Winnie-the-Pooh, Raggedy Ann and Andy, Dr. Dolittle, and Cuffy Bear, whose adventures were loved by children a century ago. Program runs from from 1:00 - 3:30 pm.

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, May 19 -  Princeton, Mercer County
Discovering Princeton: Stockton Family Landmark Walk

How did Princeton become Princeton? And what role did the Stockton family, Morven’s initial builders and residents, play in the evolution of both the town and university? Join us for a walking tour through the Mercer Hill neighborhood on Saturday at 1:00 pm featuring Stockton family landmarks with Wiebke Martens and Jennifer Jang, authors of Discovering Princeton: A Photographic Guide with Five Walking Tours. Copies of Discovering Princeton will be available for purchase and signing. Reservations required - $15 per person and $10 for Friends of Morven. Morven Museum & Garden is located at 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ. For more information, call 609-924-8144 or visit

Saturday, May 19 -  Morristown, Morris County
Reception and Illustrated Talk by Internationally-Recognized Artist and Speaker Xiomáro

Morristown National Historical Park (NHP) invites the public to a reception with light refreshments and an illustrated artist talk at 2:00 pm on Saturday. They will be held at Morristown National Historical Park’s museum auditorium, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, New Jersey 07960. Admission is free.

The events celebrate the debut solo exhibition George Washington’s Headquarters: Photographs by Xiomáro. The 22 large images of the Ford Mansion – Washington’s base of operations during the Revolutionary War winter of 1779-1780 – are on view in the museum until December 28, 2018. A free eBook of the photographs is available at

Xiomáro (“Xio”) will present a slide show retrospective of his various collections commissioned by the National Park Service. To advance public interest in American history, he also will give away to two randomly selected winners a book about the Ford 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 exhibition of Xio’s photographs of Washington’s Revolutionary War headquarters highlights the house’s dual role as a residence. Following the reception, Xio will show and discuss 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 audience questions about his body of work, aesthetic, techniques, and his current exhibit.

For more information on the event, contact Chief of Cultural Resources, Dr. Jude Pfister at or visit

Saturday, May 19 -  Madison, Morris County
METC Appraisal Night

Saturday, May 19 - Roebling, Burlington County
Dave Frieder and Garvin Nurse will Discuss the George Washington Bridge Suspender Rope Replacement and Main Cable Rehabilitation Project

The Roebling Museum is proud to present another installment of its monthly, Saturday Lecture Series. On Saturday, May 19th at 1:00 pm, Garvin Nurse, Principal Structural Engineer with the Port Authority of NY and NJ and Dave, "the Bridge Man" Frieder, will discuss the George Washington Bridge suspender rope replacement and Main Cable dehumidification project. Since 1931, the Bridge (built with steel wire, rope and cable made by the John A. Roebling's Sons Company) has stood above the Hudson River's swirling waters but, ironically, the most insidious enemy facing the iconic span is water in another form-- specifically, the gradual damage moisture can cause by corroding more than 100,000 steel wires within its yard-think main cables. Replacing the suspender ropes, rehabilitating the main cables, and adding dehumidification systems to protect them from corrosion will extend the overall life of the GWB. Admission is $7.00 per person and $6.00 for Museum Members.

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, May 19 - Bordentown, Burlington County
Birthday Celebration of Charles Lucien Bonaparte

Saturday, May 19 - 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, May 19 - 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 7:45 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, May 19 - 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 7:15 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, May 19 - 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 8:45 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 - Sunday, May 19 - 20 - 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, May 19 - 20 - 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 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, May 19 - 20 - Bedminster, Somerset County
Special Exhibition at the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum

The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House will host a special exhibition and sale of works by American master painter John Phillip Osborne with the J. M. Stringer Gallery of Fine Art (formerly of Bernardsville and now based in Vero Beach, FL).  

The exhibition – John Phillip Osborne:  The Thirteen Colonies – will continue May 19-20.  The collection features works – all available for purchase – representing each of the 13 original American colonies. A portion of the sales will benefit the nonprofit Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum.

The exhibition will be open Saturday 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 - 5:00 pm. Docents will be available for guided tours of the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum and informational material about the 1772 Dutch-Colonial home, period rooms and furnishings are available throughout the house.

Admission is $10 per person; Members FREE; Children 12 and under FREE. The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 3055 River Road (in Bedminster’s River Road Park), Bedminster, NJ. For more information, visit

Sunday, May 20 - Morristown, Morris County
Upcycle Sunday: Self-Watering Plastic Bottle Planter
Children Friendly Program

Get the most out of your things, just like in days of old. Upcycle plastic water bottles into self-watering planters, and keep them out of the landfill. 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

Sunday, May 20 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Walnford Day
Children Friendly Site & Event

The sights and sounds of the past come alive at Historic Walnford in Upper Freehold on Sunday between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm. Plan on spending an afternoon taking a step back to explore the past!

Activities planned for the day include:
• Quill Pen Calligraphy
• Blacksmith Demonstrations
• Old-Fashioned Games
• Dressing up in period garments
• Weaving & Spinning Demonstrations

While there, tour the large, elegant Walnford home built in 1774, the 19th century gristmill, and the farm buildings set in a beautiful landscape. Walnford is located at 62 Walnford Road, 08501. For more information, visit

Sunday, May 20 - Waldwick, Bergen County
Waldwick Signal Tower Open House

The Erie Signal Tower in Waldwick will be open for tours on Sunday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. The tower is located at 3 Bohnert Place, Waldwick, NJ. It can also be accessed via the Waldwick Museum of Local History via a pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks and a short walk. For more information, visit

Sunday, May 20 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
Rockingham's Annual Children's Day
Children Friendly Event

The basics of being a child remain the same throughout history - a need for a time of play, to learn, explore, and experience. All children are welcome to come and enjoy Rockingham's Annual Children's Day, being held this year on Sunday from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm.

The site, which served as General George Washington's final wartime headquarters in late 1783, will be offering activities and demonstrations of 18th-century life with support from the Montgomery High School Live Historians Club and the Rockingham Association. Some of the activities might include trying on replica 18th-century clothing and learning to write with quill and ink; playing historic games like Battledore & Shuttlecock and Trap Ball, an early form of baseball, trying crafts such as paper marbling and making paper hats. Past Muster will be on hand to talk about soldier's life and musket drilling, NJ History Alive! will have a show and tell about 18th-century home life, and local teacher Deb Buonocore will be demonstrating basket making. The garden will be available for perusing. The barn will be open and if the weather is inclement, will be used to house some of the activities. You can visit the Museum Store with its many interesting wares and trinkets for sale and there will be light refreshments available. No registration is required. While admission to the event is FREE, donations are very gladly accepted!

The event is held rain or shine. Rockingham is located at 84 Laurel Avenue, Kingston-Rocky Hill Rd. (Rte. 603) in Franklin Township, 1 mile north of Rte. 27 in Kingston, and 1 mile south of Rte. 518 in Rocky Hill. For more information, call 609-683-7132 or visit

Sunday, May 20 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
Middlesex County History Day Antiques Show and Sale

Sunday, May 20 - Elizabeth, Union County
Save Our Cemeteries event to share stories, tour historic graveyard

Tour one of New Jersey’s oldest burial grounds and learn the lore of historic cemeteries on Sunday as the Snyder Academy presents Save Our Cemeteries with Wise Owl Workshops from 1:30 - 4:00 pm. The Academy is on the grounds of the historic First Presbyterian Church, 42 Broad Street, Elizabeth, NJ.

Lorna and Phil Wooldridge of Wise Owl Workshops will weave stories, music, photography and more into a fascinating talk about cemeteries, and burial grounds photography by Leo Osorio will be on display. Snyder Academy’s Elliot Dee will lead a tour of the First Presbyterian graveyard, which contains remarkable and beautiful carved gravestones from the 18th century.

For more information, visit the Snyder Academy website at

Sunday, May 20 - River Edge, Bergen County
Pinkster - A Colonial Celebration of Spring
Children Friendly Event

Pinkster is the Dutch name for Whitsunday or Pentecost, when a flower-crowned May Queen and King led merry-makers from door-to-door, gathering dyed eggs, butter, bread, cream, coffee, sugar, and tallow candles in baskets for a festive supper and dance. Toasts with buttermilk, known as “white wine,” and recital of the Pinkster Ode welcomed the return of summer.

Lift your spirit with a joyous celebration of Pinkster at Historic New Bridge Landing on Sunday from 1:00 - 5:00 pm and imagine you are back in the days when country folk celebrated greening woodlands and flowering meadows with a dance around the Maypole and sporting contests.

There will be dancing around the Maypole at 1:30 and 3:00 pm. The public is invited to participate after each session. Ridley and Anne Enslow on fiddle and hammered dulcimer.

A new exhibit of 4 historical paintings by B.Spencer Newman in the Steuben House. Deborah Powell, BCHS past president and Museum Collection Chair, will be giving an illustrated talk on BCHS Collections at 2:30 pm. Broom making in the barn.

For visitors of every age, there will be tours of the Demarest House, with its display of Jersey Dutch furnishings, and colonial cooking demonstrations in the Out-Kitchen throughout the day. Pinkster cake, doughnuts, strawberries and cream, and lemonade will be served in the restored eighteenth-century tavern in the Campbell-Christie House. Tour the kitchen garden.

Experience history in one of the storied places where it was made! Come to Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201-1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. Selections from the collections of the Bergen County Historical Society will be on view in the three Jersey-Dutch houses. Admission: $12 adults, $7 children, BCHS members free. For more information, visit

Sunday, May 20 - Eatontown, Monmouth County
The Monmouth County Genealogy Society Topic: “Using Catholic Sources”

“Using Catholic Sources” will be the topic of the Sunday meeting of the Monmouth County Genealogy Society. Kathleen “Kate” Feighery, Director of Archives at the Archdiocese of New York, will bring us up-to-date on the rapidly expanding access to Roman Catholic records in the New York area and elsewhere.

The New York Archives has been closed for months while major renovations have been taking place. No definite date is set for the re-opening, but it is projected to be sometime this summer. At the same time as the bricks and mortar archive is improving access for researchers, the family history website Findmypast has released indexes containing more than eight million New York records to its exclusive Catholic Heritage Archive. Ms. Feighery will discuss both areas of potential genealogy finds.

The meeting will be at the Community Center, 72 Broad Street, Eatontown, NJ at 1:30 pm. It is free and open to the public. 

Sunday, May 20 - Westfield, Union County
The History of Silhouettes and Craft for Children
Children Friendly Event

Silhouettes, also known as profile art, reached the height of popularity between the 17th and mid-19th centuries. They were the snapshots of the day – an instant memento, a lover’s keepsake, or a family record. On Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, the Miller-Cory House Museum will feature a program on the history and art of silhouettes. Children may make a simple silhouette to take home. Please note that children who participate must be able to handle scissors safely, and parents must remain with children at all times.

The program includes tours of the fully restored circa 1740 farmhouse museum, as well as open-hearth cooking demonstrations featuring using period techniques and recipes. 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, May 20 - Paterson, Passaic County
Blue Valley Concert at Lambert Castle

On Sunday at 5:00 pm in Lambert Castle, CJSO on the Go is returning to perform as a part of the Lambert Castle Concert Series. Founded in 1970 as the Somerset County College Orchestra, in 2002 the CJSO re-organized as an independent nonprofit organization. CJSO on the Go is a Chamber music outreach program featuring members and friends of the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Admission to the concert is $15. Seating is limited, no reservations will be taken.

This performance is a part of the 2018 Lambert Castle Concert Series. Featuring local musicians and a variety of musical genres, all concerts are performed in the beautiful atmosphere that is Lambert Castle. Check our website for a complete listing of performances and dates.

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

Sunday, May 20 - Westampton, Burlington County
Historic Gardens of Mount Holly

In Historic Gardens of Mount Holly, Alicia McShulkis leads you down the garden path and illustrates the beauty that was part of Mount Holly's garden history. In her presentation, she will feature her favorite three gardens, the Chinese inspired garden of Nathan Dunn, the boxwood garden of the Langstaffs, and the floral treasures of the Levis garden. The program begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday.

Admission is $10 per person. Seating is limited; prepaid reservations are required to guarantee seating. Peachfield is located at 180 Burrs Road Westampton, NJ. For more information and to reserve a seat, call 609-267-6996 or e-mail

Sunday, May 20 - Tewksbury, Hunterdon County
Lecture on The Heritage of Our Hunterdon County Parks

The Tewksbury Historical Society will host a talk by retired Hunterdon County Parks Assistant Planner Doug Kiovsky on his book The Heritage of Our Hunterdon County Parks on Sunday at 1:00 pm at the Tewksbury Historical Society Headquarters, 60 Water Street, Mountainville section of Tewksbury. The talk is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Copies of Kiovsky’s book will be available for purchase courtesy of the Califon Book Store.

Doug Kiovsky wrote The Heritage of Our Hunterdon County Parks in 2013 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Hunterdon County Park System. Doug will speak about how the park system was created and start off with the history of the Cold Brook Preserve in Oldwick. From there, he will speak about the historical background regarding several of the county parks. He worked at the Hunterdon County Parks Dept. for 25 years from 1989-2014 in the capacity as an assistant park planner, historian, and park ranger. He obtained a BS in History from Thomas Edison State University in Trenton. He lives Bordentown and served an assistant archivist for the Roebling Museum until 2017. He currently is a member of the Bordentown Historical Society where he’s creating exhibits in a volunteer capacity.

For more information and directions, call 908-832-6734 and leave your name and phone number or visit

Sunday, May 20 - Morristown, Morris County
Peter Toth Piano Performance

Celebrated Hungarian pianist Peter Toth returns to the Washington’s Headquarters Museum auditorium for another series of performances. He’ll  be playing the park’s 1873 Steinway Grand piano for a Chopin and Liszt program that will feature:
Frederic Chopin: Polonaise in C sharp minor, Op. 26, No. 1
Frederic Chopin: Three Nocturnes, Op. 15
1. F major
2. F sharp major
3. G minor
Franz Liszt: Ballade in B minor, S. 171

Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

Hungarian pianist Peter Toth is one of the most recognized artists of his generation. He has concertized in most countries in Europe, South America, and Asia. His first released CD recording won the Grand Prize of the Hungarian Liszt Society (2006). Mr. Toth is a regular guest artist at various piano festivals and has been member of the American Liszt Society since 2011.

The performance will be held at the Museum Building, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ. It begins at 1:00 pm. Admission to the program is free. No reservations necessary. For more information, call 973-539-2016 x 204 or visit

Sunday, May 20 - Hammonton, Burlington County
Antique Glass and Bottle Show and Vintage Cars
Children Friendly Event

The popular Antique Glass and Bottle Show, held both in the spring and fall, will welcome shoppers beginning at 9:00 am and continue on until 3:00 pm on Sunday. Bottles, glass items, antiques, and collectibles will be available from a variety of vendors. Food and beverages will be available throughout day.

If your interest is more in tune with motorized vehicles, the Cruisin' Classics Auto Club of Hammonton (NJ) will present its 8th annual "Shine in the Pines" car show for your enjoyment beginning at 9:00 am and running until 2:00 pm. A variety of classic and modern cars and trucks will be on display.

There is no admission charge to enter the park or for any of these events and they are brought to you by the Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc. The historic Batsto mansion will be open from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm for guided tours. There is a $3.00/person charge to tour the mansion. The famous Batsto Post Office (one of only four in entire United States authorized to cancel mail without a zip code) will also be open to visitors.

Batsto is located in the Pinelands of Burlington County, South Jersey approximately 7 miles east of Hammonton on Route 542 and about 15 miles west of Exit 50 on the Garden State Parkway. Further information may be obtained by calling the Batsto Visitor Center at 609-561-0024 or visit

Sunday, May 20 - West Orange, Essex County
The Glenmont Garage
Children Friendly Site

Have you ever wondered about what kind of cars Thomas Edison and his family owned and where they kept them? The Glenmont Garage will be open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm for viewing with a ranger there to answer questions and tell stories about Edison and his cars. See inside the Edison Portland Cement structure and learn about the various differently powered cars in there. A car pass is required to visit Glenmont and available at the Laboratory Complex visitor center.

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

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 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" is on display at the Carroll Gallery in the Carriage House of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. The exhibit is presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) and is open daily 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

Through 2018 - 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

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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