Thursday, June 14, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/16/18 - 6/17/18

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, June 16 - Martinsville, Somerset County
New Jersey Author Launches New Book at Dedication of Another Washington Rock, Lost in History for Over 200 Years, on Revolutionary War Middlebrook Campground

On Saturday starting at 11:00 am, a ceremony to commemorate the rediscovery and to dedicate Washington Rock at Middlebrook will be held at the rock adjacent to The Eagle’s Nest Museum at 791 Miller Lane in Martinsville, NJ. At the event, author and historian Robert A. Mayers will announce the release of his new book: Revolutionary New Jersey: Forgotten Towns and Crossroads of the American Revolution.

Mayers will speak on the history of the rock outcropping and tell the story of its rediscovery. Herbert Patullo, owner of the site, will guide visitors to the nearby rock.

The author met Patullo, a prominent Bound Brook community leader and history buff,  when Mayers lost his way, stumbling through the thick woods atop the first Watchung ridge above Route 22 at Bridgewater at the site of Washington’s 1777 Revolutionary War Middlebrook Campground. Mayers was exploring places to depict in his new book after discovering a 1785 British account of a rocky lookout used by General George Washington at Middlebrook, now in Martinsville. He then came across another description of this rock outcrop written in 1830 and another in 1851 by historian Benson Lossing who drew a sketch of the site. But, its exact location had been lost in history. Patullo recognized the rock when Mayers showed him the sketch.

Mayers new book, Revolutionary New Jersey, describes New Jersey battlefields, encampments and sites of many significant events of the Revolutionary War that have been lost or neglected by history. Places where patriots fought and died are unmarked, shrouded in mystery and clouded in mythology. After more than two centuries, some of these sites have entirely disappeared while others languish unnoticed. Some are on private property or have been built over by towns and highways.

Revolutionary New Jersey is written to be enjoyed by average readers and not just devoted military history buffs. With 400 pages, it covers over 100 NJ towns and has more than 50 illustrations and maps. It is available from the publisher www.AmericanHistoryPress.com, online, or at bookstores.

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Saturday, June 16 - Highlands, Monmouth County
Monmouth County Park System to Dedicate Historic Battery Lewis
Family Friendly

On Saturday at 10:00 am, the Monmouth County Park System will host a brief dedication ceremony at the newly restored Historic Battery Lewis in the Rocky Point section of Hartshorne Woods Park, Portland Road, Highlands. This ceremony is the rescheduled dedication, originally planned for May 19, that was postponed due to rain. Joining members of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Board of Recreation Commissioners are Colonel Shawn Welch (retired), Army Ground Forces Association, and Colonel William L. Peace, Sr., N.J. Army National Guard and N.J. Dept. of Military and Veterans Affairs. The Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) is providing the Honor Guard and Cadet Seaman Bridget Farrow (MAST) will lead the National Anthem. All are welcome to attend.

After the ceremony, visitors are welcome to tour Historic Battery Lewis and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. Park System staff will be on hand to answer questions about the history of the site and the restoration that was recently completed. The site will remain open until 4:00 pm.

Currently, Historic Battery Lewis is open for tours from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Thursday through Sunday, through October. These tours, offered on the hour, are free and open to individuals and groups up to 30 people.

For more information about Historic Battery Lewis, Hartshorne Woods Park or the Monmouth County Park System, please visit www.MonmouthCountyParks.com or call 732-842-4000, ext. 4312. The Monmouth County Park System, created in 1960 by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is Monmouth County’s Open Space, Parks, and Recreation agency.

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Saturday, June 16 - 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 www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

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Saturday, June 16 - Chester, Morris County
People Power Day
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, tour the Cooper Gristmill, and watch demonstrations of tools powered by hands and feet. See a foot-powered scroll saw, one and two-man saws, angular boring machine, stone jack, treadle sewing machines, and hand drills. Try some of these unique tools, yourself. Cost: Suggested donation. $3 per adult, $2 per senior (65+), and $1 per child age 4 - 16. FREE for children under age 4. Cooper Gristmill is located at 66 Route 513, Chester, NJ. For more information, call 908-879-5463 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Saturday, June 16 - Clinton, Hunterdon County
The Red Mill Retro Ride & Picnic
Family Friendly Event

Due to rain, organizers at the Red Mill Museum Village have rescheduled the Red Mill Retro Ride & Picnic. This brand-new fundraiser will feature bicycles, costumes, live music, prizes, unique vendors, picnics and more! Loosely based on London's Tweed Ride, Red Mill Retro Ride participants are encouraged (not required) to shine up their vintage bicycles and don period costumes (emphasis on 30s through 60s) for a leisurely route through Historic Clinton, NJ. The approximately 5-mile route will traverse paved streets and gravel trail and will offer six "selfie stations" for refilling water bottles as well as photo booth fun. The route even includes a portion of the path around Spruce Run that normally does not allow bicycles!

After the ride, awards will be presented in a number of categories (Noblest Steed, Most Dapper Gent, Smartest Togs, Most Magnificent Mustache/Beard, Most Distinctive Participant, Family of Distinction, Most Magnificent Hat, Coolest Restoration, Hottest Re-Imagining of a Second-Hand Bike and Best in Show). Live entertainment will provide the opportunity to break out your swing-dancing moves; there will be a DJ spinning vintage vinyl and live music from local band Mike DeVita and the Slick Back Boys. Win a prize for your Picture-Perfect Picnic Set Up! Spectators are welcome to register as such and will have access to all the festivities of the day including live entertainment and shopping.

Registration cost is $20 for all riders over 6 years of age, $60 for Family Package, $5 for Spectators. Volunteers are FREE! Volunteers are needed to help with Set-Up, Registration, Clean-Up, to act as Road Marshals, etc. Email redmillretroride@gmail.com with the subject "Request to Volunteer." For more information or to register, visit: https://offers.topnonprofits.com/retroride.

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Saturday, June 16 - Little Ferry, Bergen County
Tour the African American Gethsemane Cemetery

The Historic African American Gethsemane Cemetery, a Bergen County Historic Site, will be open 1:00 - 3:30 pm on Saturday during Bergen County’s Juneteenth Celebration.  Gethsemane Cemetery is located on Summit Place in Little Ferry, NJ.  It will be open for self-guided tours from 1:00 - 3:30 pm and a guided tour with Gethsemane Historian Arnold Brown at 2:15 pm. 

Gethsemane Cemetery is located on a 1-acre sandy hill west of the Hackensack River. It was entered onto the National Register of Historic Places due to the significant role it played in the enactment of New Jersey’s early civil rights legislation, as well as containing evidence of West African burial customs.

Everyone is invited to Bergen County’s day-long Juneteenth Celebration – “African Americans in Times of War” – at Overpeck County Park.  This is the 153rd  Anniversary of Juneteenth the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

This all-day Juneteenth Celebration will be held rain or shine from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm at the the Bergen County New Overpeck Park, Ridgefield Park.  Entrance to the park is off Fort Lee Road in Teaneck / Leonia.  There will be entertainment for visitors of all ages, including food, children’s games, cultural and historical displays, vendors, exhibitors and family reunions. In the afternoon there will be buses leaving from the park at 2:00 pm for tours of Gethsemane Cemetery and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. monument which is located on the Hackensack River Pathway on the FDU campus in Hackensack. For more information, email Arnold Brown at duboisbks@aol.com.

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Saturday, June 16 - Somerville, Somerset County
Presentation on Colonial Chippendale Furniture at the Old Dutch Parsonage

On Saturday at 1:30 pm, as part of the museum’s year-long celebration of famed furniture maker Thomas Chippendale’s 300th birthday, historian Michelle Fitzgerald will deliver a presentation on the Chippendale-style furniture of colonial Annapolis at the Old Dutch Parsonage historic site.

Travelers visiting Annapolis, Maryland at its height, in the eighteenth- century, were surprised the discover that news of the latest fashions reached the colonial city before even reaching London: wealthy and elite southern colonists aspired to be just as cosmopolitan as Londoners. Thomas Chippendale’s designs influenced Annapolis fashion during the city’s golden age, and by looking at the training of Annapolis’s craftsmen, the taste of her consumers, and their craving for Chippendale-style furniture, we uncover a new story about the city’s political and economic identity from before the American Revolution into the Federal era.

Michelle Fitzgerald has an M.A. from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, and is now the American Foundation Curatorial Intern at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. From her time working at the Maryland Historical Society, Maryland State Archives’ Commission on Artistic Property, and the Classical Institute of the South, she has specialized in southern and Tidewater furniture.

There is a $5 dollar per-person fee to attend this program. All visitors must register for this program in advance. Call 908-725-1015 or e-mail whouse3@verizon.net to register. Please register early, as seating is limited.

The parking lot entrance and interpretive center for the site is located at 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ. For directions and more information about the site, visit www.wallacehouseassociation.org or call 908-725-1015.

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Saturday, June 16 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Cheese Fest!
Children Friendly Event and Site

In recognition of National Dairy Month at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, gather at the Farmhouse kitchen to see an ongoing cheese-making demonstration from 10:00 am - 3:00 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 www.morrisparks.net.

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Saturday, June 16 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Hook, Line, and Sinker!
Children Friendly Event and Site

Cast a line to see if any fish are biting at the pond at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm. Catches of the day are tossed back. Program runs from 1:00 - 2:30 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 www.morrisparks.net.

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Saturday, June 16- Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Milking and Butter Making
Children Friendly Site

On Saturday, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, visitors to the 130-acre Howell Living History Farm can meet milking goats, and help farmers make butter. Activities will take place throughout the day. Goat milking demonstrations and bottle feeding baby goats will also take place.

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, June 16 - Bordentown, Burlington County
Nature Exploration & Journaling at Point Breeze
Family Friendly Event


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Saturdays through September 1, 2018  - Cape May Point, Cape May County
The Keeper's on Duty
Children Friendly Event

What's it like to be a Lighthouse Keeper?  If you’d like the answer to this question and others, join us for The Keeper's On Duty, at the Education Center at Cape May Point State Park (adjacent to the Cape May Lighthouse) on Saturday at 1:15 pm. The Keeper of the Cape May Lighthouse presents an informative and entertaining half hour talk on the history and lore of the famous 1859 Cape May Lighthouse. Suited for everyone from children to lighthouse buffs, it’s the perfect introduction to your lighthouse climb! All Keeper's on Duty are free and open to the public. Cape May Point State Park is located at 215 Light House Avenue, Cape May Point, NJ. Co-sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) and Cape May Point State Park. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturdays through September 1, 2018 - Cape May Point, Cape May County
Lighthouse Storytime
Children Friendly Event

Bring your young children to the Education Center in Cape May Point State Park (adjacent to the Cape May Lighthouse) to listen to nautical tales and lighthouse adventure stories on Saturday at 12:30 pm. Free admission. Cape May Point State Park is located at 215 Light House Avenue, Cape May Point, NJ. SCo-sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) and Cape May Point State Park. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday, June 16 - Cape May, Cape May County
Grand Lighthouse Cruise

Come aboard the Cape May Whale Watcher to view and photograph seven historic lighthouses of the late 19th and early part of the 20th centuries. Most of these lighthouses stand on pedestals out of sight of land and are still operational. Each 7-hour cruise includes narration on the history of each lighthouse and more. The cruise will depart at 10:00 from the Miss Chris Marina, 2nd Avenue and Wilson Drive, and include complimentary continental breakfast in the morning and a lavish buffet lunch. A cash bar is available. Free parking is available at the marina. Tickets $95 (adults) $75 (children ages 7-12). Sponsored by the Cape May Whale Watcher 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, June 16 - 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 - Sunday, June 16 - 17 - Cape May, Cape May County
Emlen Physick Estate Tour
Family Friendly Tour

Take a guided tour of Cape May's Emlen Physick Estate, the magnificent Stick Style mansion attributed to renowned Victorian architect Frank Furness. A tour of the 15 beautifully restored rooms gives you a glimpse into the lifestyle of this Victorian-era Cape May family. Physick Estate Tours take approximately 45 minutes and end with a visit to the 1876 Carriage House where you can see the current exhibit in the Carroll Gallery. The tour starts at 11:45 am and ends at approximately 12:30 pm. 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 - Sunday, June 16 - 17 - Teterboro, Bergen County
Open Cockpit Weekend
Children Friendly Event

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 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 www.njahof.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, June 16 - 17 - 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, June 16 - 17 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
The Big Three: Battery Potter, Battery Granger and Mortar Battery

Meet with park staff to tour three historic batteries at Sandy Hook this weekend.

Battery Potter: Explore and tour Sandy Hook's oldest disappearing gun battery.  This is also the first concrete gun battery that was built in America, completed in 1895. 

Mortar Battery: Join a park ranger guided tour of the Mortar Battery and learn about the first Endicott era (1894 - 1910) concrete gun battery that defended New York and its harbor against attack by enemy warships.

Nine Gun Battery: When construction began 1897, the battery was originally intended to mount three 10-inch caliber disappearing guns, but when construction was completed in 1902, an additional six guns were emplaced creating a nine gun battery that operated until 1944.

These free tours begin at 1:00 pm for Battery Potter and at 1:30 pm for Mortar Battery and Nine Gun Battery. All tours run continuously until 4:30 pm. They are located with the Fort Hancock Historic Post at Sandy Hook. Sandy Hook is part of Gateway National Recreation Area. For more information, call 732-872-5970 or visit www.nps.gov/gate.

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Saturday - Sunday, June 16 - 17 - Cape May, Cape May County
Military Timeline Weekend
Children Friendly Event & Site

Interested in the Civil War or World War II? Want to learn about the weaponry and tactics used by the British infantry in the Victorian Era? Or maybe you are just a history buff who loves it all. Historic Cold Spring Village will host its annual Military Timeline Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, which will feature encampments, weaponry displays, and demonstrations from living history groups depicting various conflicts throughout the centuries. This event will be held from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm.

The reenactment groups, encampments and displays span many centuries and periods of conflict. Highlights include Civil War Union and Confederate encampments; interpreters of the French and Indian War (1754-1763), the War of 1812 and the late 19th century British Army; and World War II Axis reenactors. Kids can take part in the "Patriot Spy Game," visiting village buildings to look for clues using a real Revolutionary War cipher and participate in a militia muster at 12:00 noon on Saturday and Sunday.

At 2:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, HCSV Education and Interpretation Director Jim Stephens will present his lively program, "The Story of Old Glory," in which he tells the colorful history of the American flag with reproduction flags on display.

The Village is located on Route 9, three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern terminus of the Garden State Parkway. Admission during the season is $14 for adults and $12 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. Unlimited free admission is available with Village membership. The Village Nature Trail at Bradner's Run is open to the public for free self-guided tours. For more information, call 609-898-2300, ext. 10, or visit www.hcsv.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, June 16 - 17 - Manalapan, Monmouth County
Battle of Monmouth Reenactment
Children Friendly Event

Bring your family to Monmouth Battlefield on Saturday or Sunday and travel back in time to the 1770s. Two armies will be preparing to do battle. Continental Army soldiers retrained at Valley Forge are itching to show off their new skills, while a British-German-Loyalist Army hopes to crush the rebels and restore good government. Come early for a full day of living history. The army encampments will welcome visitors beginning at 9:00 am each day. Camp closes at 5:00 pm on Saturday and 3:00 pm on Sunday. Watch soldiers clean their muskets while their women prepare what may be their men’s last meal. Some officers may be drilling their men while others plan for the battle and yet others play cards. If someone is accused of cheating, there may be a duel. Keep track of your children or they may be drafted into one of the armies. There are also numerous presentations and lectures, tours of the camps, and sutler area open to the public.

The weekend is sponsored by the reenactment community, the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield, and the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry. The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield will be requesting an $10 per vehicle donation to defray the costs of the weekend. Monmouth Battlefield is located at 16 Highway 33-Business Route, Manalapan, NJ. For more information, directions, and a full schedule of events, visit http://www.friendsofmonmouth.org/reenactment.html.

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Sunday, June 17 - Morristown, Morris County
Best Dressed in the Vail House: The Judge is in!
Children Friendly Event and Site

Along with running the Speedwell Ironworks, Stephen Vail was also a prominent judge in Morristown. Vail presided over one of the most infamous trials in local history, the trial of Antoine LeBlanc. Join us as we find out what it was like for Stephen Vail to be a judge. This program features costumed interpreters leading tours of the Vail House. This program runs from 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm.


Admission: $5 per adult, $4 per senior, $3 per child age 4 - 16, FREE per child under age 4. Historic Speedwell is located at 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown. For more information, call 973-285-6537 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Sunday, June 17 - 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, June 17 - 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, June 17 - Atlantic City, Atlantic County
Dads Climb Absecon Lighthouse FREE!
Children Friendly Site

If your family is looking for a memorable way to show Dad he's the light of your life, then bring him to Absecon Lighthouse on Sunday because dear old Abby is treating fathers to a free climb on Father's Day.

And if Dad makes it all the way to the top and gets an "I Climbed Absecon Lighthouse" card! Hours of operation for the lighthouse are 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, with the last climb at 3:30 pm. So Moms and kids, what better way to say thanks to Dad than make him climb 228 steps with you?!?!

Absecon Lighthouse is located at 31 South Rhode Island Avenue in Atlantic City, NJ. It is open to visitors Thursdays through Mondays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 65+, $5 for children ages 4-12, and active military and children under 4 are free. For more information, call 609-449-1360 or visit www.abseconlighthouse.org.

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Sunday, June 17 - Montclair, Essex County
Tours of the Shultz House
Family Friendly

On Sunday you can visit the Shultz House, one of the Montclair Historical Society’s properties, at 30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ. This amazing gem of a house is an intact time capsule of life in the early 20th century. Wait until you see the woodwork, the Delft fireplace surround, the science equipment in the library!

The house is open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Tours are on the half hour, starting at 1:30 and the last tour is at 3:30 pm. Tours of the Shultz House are on the half hour, last tour 3:30 pm. Admission is $6/adult; $5/student/senior with ID; $4/child; under 2 free, good for both sites. Members get in free! For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail mail@montclairhistorical.org, or visit www.montclairhistorical.org.

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Sunday, June 17 - Whippany, Morris County
Father's Day Excursion Train Rides
Children Friendly Event & Site

Spend Sunday with Dad at the Whippany Railway Museum on a 10-mile, 45-minute round trip excursion from Whippany to Roseland on a mid-1900s Excursion Train. The combined age of the equipment used on the vintage train is an astounding 635 years! Be on the lookout for deer, turtles, wild turkeys, hawks, and rabbits, as the route takes you past a natural swamp with abundant wildlife. Trains depart at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm from 1 Railroad Plaza at the Intersection of Route 10 West and Whippany Road in Whippany, NJ. Train fare for Caboose seating is: Adult: $16; child (under 12): $11; infants (1 year and under): Free. Train Fare includes admission to Whippany Railway Museum Building. The "Excursion Train Ride" is a fundraising effort to benefit 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 will further enhance the Museum's mission and its Historic Preservation efforts. For more information, call 973-887-8177 or visit www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net.

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Sunday, June 17 - Matawan, Monmouth County
Open House

The Matawan Historical Society will holding an open house on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Burrowes Mansion located at 94 Main Street, Matawan, NJ. Learn how this circa 1723 home and its owners played a role in the Revolutionary War. Suggested admission: $5 per person. For more information call 732-566-5605 or visit www.burrowesmansion.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 Tuesday, July 31 - Montclair, Essex County
Nubian Heritage Quilters Guild Presents Harlem Renaissance “All that Jazz"
Family Friendly

The Nubian Heritage Quilters was established to preserve, and document the importance of African American quilting. Serving the community, to encourage and revitalize others in their knowledge of this craft, to give them a sense of their heritage through quilting. The exhibit will be held at the Crane House & Historic YWCA. For more information on the exhibit visit www.nubianquilters.org. Demonstrations in hand piecing, machine piecing, hand quilting, rotary cutting and appliqué, and crazy quilt blocks. Special exhibits in Trees of Life, small little village, postcards, “The Great Migration” – Jacob Lawrence, Surprise Art Quilts, and “Oppression by Any other Name.” Exhibit demonstrations will be held on June 16 and 17 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission is $6 adults, $2 students, children 5 & under are free. The exhibit will also be open to the public on July 15 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm or by appointment, regular admission rates of the Montclair History Center apply. The Crane House & Historic YWCA is located at 110 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail mail@montclairhistorical.org, or visit www.montclairhistorical.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 December 28, 2018 -  Morristown, Morris County
George Washington’s Headquarters: Photographs by Xiomáro

Morristown National Historical Park (NHP) invites the public to view the 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. The exhibition of Xio’s photographs of Washington’s Revolutionary War headquarters highlights the house’s dual role as a residence. 

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.

A free eBook of the photographs is available at www.xiomaro.comThe exhibit is at the Morristown National Historical Park’s Washington Headquarters Museum, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ. Admission is free. For more information. visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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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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