Thursday, May 3, 2018

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

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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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.

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Friday - Sunday, May 4 - 6 - Ringwood, Passaic County
The Dixie Swim Club


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Saturday, May 5 - Nutley, Essex County
4th Annual Base Ball Classic at Yanticaw
Children Friendly Event

The Kingsland Manor Presents The Flemington Neshanock Base Ball Club Versus the Kingsland Colonels of Nutley Base Ball Club at the 4th Annual Base Ball Classic at Yanticaw, Boys Park, Nutley, NJ.

The Flemington Neshanock Base Ball Club plays by 19th Century rules, uses authentic replicas of 19th Century equipment and wears 19th Century uniforms. As was the custom in the mid-19th Century, all fielders play barehanded - they do not wear gloves. Today’s Neshanock were re-established in 2001 by Brad “Brooklyn” Shaw, proudly reviving the original name of the team.

The Nutley Colonels was a semi-professional base ball club that was managed by a local All-State baseball star, Anthony J. San Giacomo. The Kingsland Manor is re-establishing that classic base ball club, fielding a “Colonels” team against the Neshanock Base Ball Club at Yanticaw Park on Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

The Colonels team uniform will be white long-sleeved shirts and black pants and a pill-box styled base ball cap. Attendance is free Attendance. Donations by Pass the Hat. For more information, call 973-661-3410 or e-mail KingslandManorRestorationTrust@gmail.com.

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Saturday, May 5 - Princeton, Mercer County
Stony Brook Walking Tour

Before there was a "Princeton," six Quaker families established a community on the fertile ground along Stony Brook. This two-hour hike explores the lives of the early settlers and the community they established, while following a portion of the trail George Washington took from Trenton to the Princeton Battlefield. Stops include the Stony Brook Meeting House and Burial Ground, walking a portion of the "hidden" back road into Princeton, and a view of the Battlefield.

Admission: $5 per person and includes farmhouse museum admission. Tours begin at the Updike Farmstead farmhouse, 354 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ at 1:00 pm and ends at 3:00 pm. Space is limited. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-921-6748 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

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Saturday, May 5 - Montclair, Essex County
Upper Montclair Historic Walking Tour

Developed and co-led by the Friends of Anderson Park and the Montclair History Center, this 2 ½-hour walking tour chronicles the development of the area from a rural settlement in the 1880s to a burgeoning suburban town in the 1930s. Admission is $10 a person. The tour begins at 10:00 am. For day-of-event inquiries, call 973-495-9589. For reservations and starting location contact mail@montclairhistorical.org or 973-744-1796. Register online today and the starting location will be sent to your email. For more information, visit www.montclairhistory.org.


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Saturday, May 5 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Camp Burton at Allaire, 1929
Children Friendly Event & Site

Explore and learn about Allaire's history in the early 20th century when the Boy Scouts of America were allowed to create a special "reservation" and "camp" on the grounds of Arthur Brisbane's "Allaire Estate" - now known as the Historic Village at Allaire!

It's 1929 and the village is owned by famous Hearst editor, Arthur Brisbane. Each summer he invites thousands of Boy Scouts from all over the State to use the village buildings and grounds as their own special learning community. And now, nearly 100 years later they are coming back!

Activities available for all visitors of the village!
- Over a dozen "now and then" pictures displayed throughout the village from the early 20th century. See how the village has evolved - through the power of visual arts!
- Local Scout troops will be spread throughout the village to interact and share with visitors life saving skills, craft demonstrations, citizenship, wilderness survival, orienteering, "the monkey bridge," and MORE!
- Participate in a special scavenger hunt and get the "Allaire Boy Scout Badge!" Learn about the Boy Scouts of America!
- See, touch, and feel the elements of early 20th century Allaire as never done before. Explore the philosophy and creation of this outdoor learning adventure for the Scouts, known then as "Camp Burton at Allaire."
- Special presentation by Arthur Brisbane's grand-children that honor the many projects that the Boy Scouts of America did and continue to do at The Historic Village at Allaire!
- All historic homes, stores, buildings, craft shops, and exhibit halls will be open!

The day will run from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. General Village/event admission is $3 per person. 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 www.allairevillage.org.

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Saturday, May 5 - Lambertville, Hunterdon County
Opening Day Celebration at the Holcombe Jimison Farmstead
Children Friendly Site & Event

On Saturday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, visit the Holcombe Jimison Farmstead for their opening day celebration. There will be craft/farm demonstrations of everyday existence skills in 1700 - 1800s. Examples of blacksmithing, letterpress printing, belt driven machine, shop rope twisting, and an international herb garden display. Tractors, cars, and engines will be running from the farmstead collection and some from the Delaware Valley Old Time Power Equipment group and the Central Jersey Antique Truck Club. For kids there will be hoops, quill pen writing, corn shelling, scale weighing, rope/bracelet making, and more. Come see our 8 Foot Chicken -"Mr. Famous." Hamburgers, frankfurters, and refreshments will be for sale. Free admission for all - donations appreciated ($5.00 per person). The Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum is located at 1605 Daniel Bray Highway, Lambertville, NJ. For more information, call 609-397-2752.

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Saturday, May 5 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Cookstove, Embroidery, & 19th Century Woodworking Demonstrations & 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.

In the barnyard, see how 19th century woodworking tools were used to create various items.

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 www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

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Saturday, May 5 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Sheep Shearing
Children Friendly

On Saturday at Howell Living Farm, Eugene Sheninger of Rockaway Twp. will highlight the program with sheep herding demonstrations.  Sheninger will use Border Collies  to work the flock and to introduce visitors to herding techniques.

Keeping with the farm's time period, shearers will use hand shears during the sheep shearing demonstrations. Throughout the day, visitors can meet twin lambs and try their hand at spinning wool. Wool products and natural fleeces will be on display and for sale. Baked goods and lunch fare will be available in the visitor center throughout the day.

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 www.howellfarm.org.

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Saturday, May 5 - Morristown, Morris County
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Museum Favorites
Children Friendly Program

Everyone has a favorite recipe, even museum staff! Experience this cooking demonstration as historic recipes are prepared on the open hearth. The program runs from 12:00 noon - 6:00 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 www.morrisparks.net.

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Saturday, May 5 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Hitch a Ride and Farm Know How: The Arch and The Willows Architecture
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday at Fosterfield's Living Historical Farm, join the farm staff for a leisurely open-air wagon ride around the historic farm from 10:15 am - 12:00 noon.

From 2:00 - 2:45 pm, meet at the Stone Arch and walk up to The Willows to look at its exterior Gothic Revival-style architecture. Find out what restoration projects are planned at the house in 2018.

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 www.morrisparks.net.

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Saturday, May 5 - 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 www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday, May 5 - 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 www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday, May 5 - 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 www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday, May 5 - 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 7:45 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 www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday, May 5 - Salem County
Open House in Fenwick's Colony - Spring Tour


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Saturday - Sunday, May 5 - 6 - 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 www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday - Sunday,  May 5 - 6 - Princeton, Mercer County
Morven in May

One of New Jersey's most anticipated spring rituals, Morven in May, will take place Saturday and Sunday at Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton. Morven in May is a juried exhibition and sale of contemporary, American-made fine craft and welcomes a select group of thirty-six professional fine craft artisans from around the country. Art mediums include glass, ceramics, decorative and wearable fiber, mixed media, jewelry, furniture and basketry, and all are displayed in gallery-style booths in a grand tent on the museum’s Great Lawn. All proceeds from Morven in May help fund the museum's exhibitions, historic gardens, and educational programs.

Along with the beautifully crafted art objects, Morven offers for sale a distinct collection of plants for your garden. These include fragrant heirloom flowers, unique new varieties of annuals and perennials, carefully chosen flowering shrubs, and select plants propagated from Morven’s own garden.

A full list of the Morven in May exhibitors and images of their work is available on Morven's website, www.morven.org.

Morven in May opens to the public on Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday admission are available at the tent entrance and are $10, $8 for Friends of Morven. There is no charge for Plant Sale, only. For more information visit www.morven.org/events/event/morven-in-may.

A National Historic Landmark, Morven Museum & Garden is situated on five pristine acres in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey. This former New Jersey Governor's Mansion showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Garden State through regular exhibitions, educational programs and special events. Morven Museum & Garden is located at 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ . For more information, call 609-924-8144 or visit www.morven.org.

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Saturday - Sunday,  May 5 - 6 - Monmouth County
Weekend in Old Monmouth
Children Friendly Sites

The Monmouth County Historical Commission's annual self-guided tour of historic sites and museums will be held on its usual first weekend in May, this year Saturday, May 5 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday, May 6 from 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m. The tour includes 46 sites and each illustrates a piece of local history. Historic sites and museums of every description are featured on the tour. 

The tours also represent several historic themes:
  • Shore: While the tour includes sites on the north, (Sandy Hook), central (Ocean Grove) and southern shores, (National Guard Militia Museum) the drive along the shore is one of the best ways to feel and appreciate Monmouth County's relationship to the Ocean.
  • Faith: Architectural gems of each of the last three centuries, 18th century Christ Church in Shrewsbury, 19th century All Saints Memorial in Middletown and 20th century St. Catharine's in Spring Lake. In addition, Old Tennent Church in Manalapan is closely tied to the Battle of Monmouth and the Friends Meeting House in Shrewsbury represents one of the oldest worship traditions in Monmouth County.
  • The Revolutionary War: The Revolution is visited here, not only the major sites in the Monmouth Battlefield area, but in lesser known places such as the Burrowes Mansion in Matawan, Marlpit Hall and the Murray Farm, both in Middletown.
  • Military: There is Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook, the most heavily fortified installation on the East Coast for much of the 20th century, the National Historic Landmark Monmouth Battlefield in Manalapan and one of the more fascinating, but lesser known museums, the New Jersey National Guard Militia Museum in Sea Girt with museum exhibits and fighter aircraft and tanks.
  • Preservation: Marlpit Hall in Middletown was the first restored house museum in the region, dating from its 1930s opening.
Other elements on the tour also include lighthouses, Victorian homes, agriculture, industry, education, and science. All of the sites contributed to the importance of preservation and history throughout Monmouth County.

All admission fees are waived for the weekend. The free tour book and map may be picked-up at the participating sites or previewed at https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?ID=3464.

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Sunday, May 6 - Toms River, Ocean County
Author Gordon Hesse Comes to Ocean County Historical Society

On Sunday at 2:00 pm, the Ocean County Historical Society will feature author Gordon Hesse, who will present his new book, Island Beach: A Sonnet in the SandsChristine Menapace writes that Island Beach: A Sonnet in the Sands, “Is a poetic love letter to Island Beach’s 3,000 acres and an important historical document on the march of time through the sands – from Lenni Lenape foraging and fishing to shipwrecks, Henry W. Phipps Jr., “Sedge House,” beach shacks, and even a WWII secret project.”

Gordon Hesse, raised in Roselle Park and Lavallette, New Jersey, is a public relations specialist, communications consultant, author, and longtime member of the Delaware Press Association.

There is no admission charge. Refreshments will be served. The Ocean County Historical Society is located at 26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River, NJ. Call 732-341-1880 for reservations.

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Sunday, May 6 - Westampton, Burlington County
Oney Judge – Runaway Slave of Martha Washington

Oney Judge was a dower slave owned by the estate of Martha Washington’s first husband. When Oney discovered that she was to be a wedding present for Martha’s granddaughter, she planned her escape. Hear the tale of Oney’s flight to New Hampshire and freedom as portrayed by Alexandra Ford of the American Historical Theatre on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

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 colonialdamesnj@comcast.net.

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Sunday, May 6 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
New Jersey in the Era of the American Revolution

The Heritage Trail in conjunction with the NJ Council on the Humanities presents a lecture by Acting Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Associate Professor of Kean University's Department of History where he has taught since 2007 on Sunday at 2:00 pm. ​Admission is FREE and limited to the first 50 people due to limited space.

"New Jersey in the Era of the American Revolution" is an exploration of the coming of the American Revolution in New Jersey. A discussion of key events during the war for independence and an examination of New Jersey after independence. In addition to politics and military aspects, the impact of the war on women, slaves and other aspects of the war will be discussed.

​Dean Mercantini also serves as the Co-Director of the History Honors Program and teaches a wide variety of courses, too numerous to list here! Nominated for several Emmys, Dean Mercantini is a popular speaker on topics including military history, the history of baseball and more.

"We are excited to have this opportunity to bring Dean Mercantini to the Van Horne House for our guests who share our interest in the American Revolution and New Jersey. We know this will be an amazing discussion with a 'home grown' point of view," noted Cynthia Blumenkrantz, president of The Heritage Trail Association.

This event will be held at the Van Horne House, 941 E Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ. Parking is available behind the house in the Target parking lot. To register, click here. For more information, call 732-356-8856 or visit www.heritagetrail.org.

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Sunday, May 6 - 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 www.nps.gov/edis.

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Sunday, May 6 - Morristown, Morris County
Scavenger Hunt Sunday: Factory Restoration
Children Friendly Program

Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month as you follow the clues around the building to learn about the restoration of the Factory Building, a National Historic Landmark. The program runs from 12:00 noon - 6:00 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 www.morrisparks.net.

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Sunday, May 6 - Westfield, Union County
Mother's Day Craft and House Tour
Children Friendly Event

Mother’s Day and flowers – a perfect combination! On Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, the Miller-Cory House Museum will present “Mother’s Day Craft and House Tours.” Children may make a colorful bouquet of paper flowers for that special someone.

The program includes tours of the fully restored circa 1740 farmhouse museum, as well as authentic 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 millercorymuseum@gmail.com, or visit www.millercoryhouse.org.

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Sunday, May 6 - Princeton, Mercer County
Historic Princeton Walking Tour
Children Friendly Tour

Enjoy a 1.9 mile, two-hour walk around downtown Princeton and the University campus as you learn about historic sites in the area, including Bainbridge House, Nassau Hall, the University Chapel, and Palmer Square. The early history of Princeton, the founding of the University, and the American Revolution are just some of the stories from Princeton’s history that you will learn on your tour.

Admission: $7 per adult; $4 children ages 6 to 12; free for children age 5 and under. Tours begin in front of the Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ. Tour begins at 2:00 pm and ends at 4:00 pm. Walk up ticket sales are cash only; guides cannot provide change. Space is limited. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-921-6748 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

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Sunday, May 6 - South River, Middlesex County
Open House

Stop by the South River Historical & Preservation Society on Sunday from 1:30 - 3:30 pm and view exhibits on all aspects of Borough history including: schools; churches and houses of worship; local businesses and organizations; daily life; events and celebrations; and more. While you are there, see the cemetery located behind the building, ask questions, drop off donations, or exchange hometown stories with the docents. The museum is located at 64-66 Main Street, South River, NJ. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/southriverhistory.

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Sunday, May 6 - Readington, Hunterdon County
Eighteenth Century Ice Cream at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead

On Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Susan McLellan Plaisted MS RD CSP LDN, will present ice cream making from harvesting ice to moulding (molding) of ice cream. For this demonstration, ice cream will be made in a reproduction 18th century sabotiere. Documented flavors of the 18th century will be reproduced using original receipts (recipes).

Plaisted is the Proprietress of Heart to Hearth Cookery, a food history business based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She offers demonstrations of 17th century through 19th century Colonial American and European cooking methods, practices, and receipts (recipes), as well as pre-European-contact and post-European-contact Native American foodways. 

Plaisted is a founding member, past president, and past newsletter editor of the Historic Foodways Society of the Delaware Valley, a member of Culinary Historians of New York, The Colonial Chocolate Society, and was active in Past Masters in Early American Domestic Arts. In addition, she is a member of the Food History Committee of both ALHFAM (Association of Living History Farms and Museums) and IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals).

This program is held at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead in the Stanton section of Readington, GPS address: 114 Dreahook Road Lebanon NJ 08833. Although there is no fee, donations are gladly welcome. In case of inclement weather please call the Museums to find out the status of the program. For more information, call 908-236-2327 or visit www.readingtontwp.org/ReadingtonMuseums.html

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Sunday, May 6 - Maplewood, Essex County
Explore Rosedale Cemetery (est. 1840) with Durand-Hedden

For nearly two centuries, Rosedale Cemetery’s 92 picturesque acres in Orange, West Orange and Montclair, have been the chosen final resting place for many local families. On Sunday, the Durand-Hedden House will lead an informative spring walking tour of this venerable and historic cemetery.

We will learn about Rosedale’s history and visit the monuments of some of its nationally known occupants such as Governor Charles Edison, painter George Inness, A&P retailer George Huntington Hartford, and architect Charles F. McKim. Not to be missed will be more locally known Maplewood notables, such as Nelson Crawford Durand, a collaborator with Thomas Edison on the light bulb and grandson of Henry Durand (owner of the Durand-Hedden House); Edward C. Balch, the developer fondly known as “The Father of Maplewood”; William Trimpi, who planned College Hill. We’ll also visit well-known street namesakes Harry J. Baker, owner of the Baker St. general store, Edward Arcularius, the township clerk during Maplewood’s formative years of growth into a suburb, and Andrew Van Ness, who founded the reading club that became the Hilton branch of the Maplewood library.

The entrance to Rosedale Cemetery is at 408 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. Participants will meet at the Chapel at 1:00 pm for a brief talk preceding the tour on the grounds, which will involve driving followed by walking on uneven ground. Car-pooling is suggested. Check the Durand-Hedden website or Facebook page, or call 973-763-7712, for directions and updates.  

The tour is weather permitting, with steady rain cancelling, so please check the website that morning if there is doubt. Admission for the event is free; donations are appreciated. The Durand-Hedden House and the Country Store will be closed on May 6.

Durand-Hedden House is dedicated to telling the history of the development of Maplewood and the surrounding area in new and engaging ways. It is located in Grasmere Park at 523 Ridgewood Road in Maplewood. For more information, visit www.durandhedden.org.

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Sunday, May 6 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
Tea Time with Carrie Chapman Catt


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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 www.cliftonnj.org/content/clifton-association-of-artists.html

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 www.lambertcastle.org or call 973-247-0085.

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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 www.MorrisCountyHistory.org.

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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 www.morven.org.

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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 www.oceanmuseum.org.

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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 www.capemaymac.org.

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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 www.gchsnj.org 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 www.gchsnj.org.

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


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

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