Thursday, June 21, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/23/18 - 6/24/18

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Saturday, June 23 - Princeton, Mercer County
Vintage Base Ball in Princeton

Calling all baseball-lovers and history-buffs: the Historical Society of Princeton will present its annual 19th century "base ball" game on Saturday starting at 11:00 am at Greenway Meadows Park, 275 Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ. The event is free and open to all; spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Part game, part show, part history lesson and ALL fun, the Flemington Neshanock and Monmouth Furnace will play a competitive match of bare-handed baseball, wearing period uniforms and using rules from 1864 or 1873. The event will also include a short lesson on the history of the game and a recitation of "Casey at the Bat" by Brad "Brooklyn" Shaw. For more information, call 609-921-6748 or visit

Saturday, June 23 - Hardwick, Warren County
Old Fashion Independence Day Celebration at Millbrook Village
Family Friendly Event

Celebrate the 242nd anniversary of our independence at the 14th Annual Independence Day Celebration at Millbrook Village in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area from 10:000 am - 3:00 pm. Join the townsfolk in the parade down Main Street at 1:00 pm and gather at the green in front of the general store for a patriotic speech given by one of our local celebrities.

Make a hat and a flag, bring your tin whistle or drum, wear you patriotic clothes and enjoy yourself. Got an instrument? Bring it along and help liven things up.

Enter the water melon eating contest after the parade for some refreshing fun. Everyone is invited to the frolic; kids of all ages are welcome!
There will be lots of things going on throughout the village all day. Old time games for the kids and tours of the village and demonstrations all around town. You'll find it fun and interesting.

Bring a picnic lunch and relax in the shade for a spell. Meet a new friend, learn about our history and take in the experience of a quieter time.

The event is presented by the Millbrook Village Society in cooperation with the National Park Service. The event will be held rain or shine. Food is not available at the site, so plan accordingly. Restroom and picnic facilities are available.

This event us FREE. Millbrook Village is part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Millbrook Village is located in Hardwick Township, NJ at the intersection of Old Mine Road and Millbrook Road, County Route 602N. For more information, call 908-537-2544 or 973-875-3461 or visit

Saturday, June 23 - Lacey Township, Ocean County
Appraisal Fair

The Lacey Township Historical Society will host an Appraisal Fair from 1:00 - 4:00 pm on Saturday at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, 126 South Main Street, Route 9 in Forked River, NJ behind Mrs. Walker's ice cream. Admission is $5.00 payable at the door and includes refreshments and one item to be appraised. Additional items can be appraised at $5 per item. The appraisals are being completed by the owners of Legacies Old and New. Look through your house to see if you have any hidden treasurers! This fundraiser benefits the museum. No reservations are required! For more information, call 609-971-0467. 

Saturday, June 23 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Felting Demonstration & 19th Century Woodworking Demonstration
Children Friendly Site & Event

On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to learn the process of felting wool that can be used in garments. 

Visit the farm and see how they used 19th century woodworking tools.

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, June 23 - Morristown, Morris County
Jersey Lightning: A Story of Booze, Apples, and Local Industry

Long before New Jersey became known for its wineries, another alcoholic beverage was the King of the Garden State. Look back at the history of Apple Jack, also known as Jersey Lightning, and how its production was a major industry in NJ. This program runs from 2:00 - 4:00 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

Sunday, June 23 - Trenton, Mercer County
The Trent House Celebrates Juneteenth

Join the Trent House Museum for a Juneteenth, celebration, commemorating the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas, the last outpost of the Confederacy. On the program are a presentation of the history of Juneteenth, spirituals and Gospel music, reading of the Proclamation, and art activities for both children and adults.

This celebration of freedom is being hosted by the Sankofa Collaborative, whose members are the Grounds For Sculpture, the New Jersey Historical Society, the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum, and the Trent House Museum.

Admission is FREE and a barbeque lunch will be available for purchase. Program runs from 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm. Ample free parking. The Trent House Museum is located at 15 Market Street in Trenton, NJ adjacent to the Hughes Justice Complex. For more information, call 609-989-0087 or visit

Saturday, June 23 - Greenwich, Cumberland County
Herb Day in Colonial Times

Come visit the new herb garden located on the grounds of the c. 1730 Gibbon House, located at 960 Ye Greate Street, Greenwich on Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Journey back in time to discover why herbs were an essential part of everyday life in colonial times.

You will have the opportunity to engage all of your senses as you learn about the culinary, medicinal, dyeing and general household uses of herbs by the colonists, as well as sample modern ways we can still use herbs today. This event is sponsored by the Cumberland County Historical Society. For more information, e-mail or visit

Saturday, June 23 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Farm Know-How: The Creamery
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, from 2:00 - 2:45 pm, tour the Creamery at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm and discover how it was used for milk and butter processing. In the lower Barn, help the farmers brush the Jerseys cows, weigh the milk, and test its temperature.

Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors (65+); $4 for children ages 4 – 16; and $2for 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, June 23 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Wheat Harvest
Children Friendly Site

On Saturday, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, visitors to the 130-acre Howell Living History Farm will be able to watch the annual wheat harvest.

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

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

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. 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

Saturday, June 23 - 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

Saturday, June 23 - Cape May, Cape May County
Cape May Hops Festival
Children Friendly Event

This all-day outdoor family festival will feature blues, brews and BBQ! Enjoy local breweries, live blues music on the outdoor stage, and food vendors serving up some tasty BBQ favorites, plus a crafts and collectibles show and kids activities, all on the grounds at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Admission to the grounds is free. The event will run Saturday from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm and crafts and collectibles show from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm. 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, June 23 - 24 - Tuckerton, Ocean County
Baymen's Seafood & Music Festival
Children Friendly Event

Saturday and Sunday, June 23 - 24 - Pemberton Township, Burlington County
35th Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival
Family Friendly Event

Come celebrate the kickoff to blueberry harvest season with two days filled with food, crafts, history, games and live entertainment brought to you by the Whitesbog Preservation Trust. 

Whitesbog Historic Village
GPS: 799 Lakehurst Rd., Browns Mills, NJ 08015
Pemberton Township, Burlington County
Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday

Wagon rides to the field for Blueberry picking and packed blueberries will be ripe for the taking. Enjoy fresh local blueberry pies, cakes, muffins, donuts, fritters and more at our baked goods booth. The General Store will also offer blueberry ice cream, sundaes and cold drinks. Food trucks and vendors include Brother Bear BBQ, Big Daddy’s Chicken and Ribs, Empanada Guy, Senor Street Corn, Rita’s Water Ice, ​Akamas Inc. Gyros, Rico Sabor Puerto Rican Cuisine as well as Jersey Charm Gourmet Coffee and DiMatteo Vineyards.

Over 30 Artists and Crafters booths will line the festival grounds including Simons Berry Farm, Blueberry Fields Artisan Soap and Blueberry Wood Apiary​. Stop in the Maker’s Workshop in the historic cottage for hands on creations and sculpture making. The Whitesbog Gallery will be showing kids art contest works and the Blueberries & Summertime Fun art exhibit.

Hear the sounds of bluegrass, country, folk and more from performers including Jet Weston & The Atomic Ranch Hands, Twisted Timbers, The Accidental Jug Band, Bad Dogz, The Pinelands Dulcimer Society, Elaine & The Cimarron Sky Band, Camille Peruto, Clan Sweeney, Warm Hearted Country, The Song Sisters, Buddy System, Clay Hawkins, Michael Rochelle & Brian Holderness and the ​Libby Prison Minstrels

Try your hand at Family Field Games including horseshoes, bean bag toss, frisbee toss and more. Guided Wagon Rides loop past beautiful reservoirs, cranberry bogs, blueberry fields and around the historic village to learn more about the history and ecology of the Pine Barrens.

Visit the home of The Blueberry Queen, Elizabeth Coleman White​, with guided tours of Suningive House. The Pinelands Antique Engine Club will share tractors and a displays of cars and engines along Whitesbog Road and the Antique Engine Museum will be open for tours. The Cranberry & Blueberry Museum​, the Interpretive Cottage, the Whitesbog Gallery, the General Store and the Ice House will all be open to explore and learn more about the 1900’s era cranberry and blueberry farm village.

Local blueberries, pints and flats, will be available for purchase from our neighbor the Walter Adams Farm. You’ll find collectible festival t-shirts, postcards, prints, blueberry jams, local honey, chocolate-covered blueberries, old fashioned candy and toys, and more handcrafted
local goods in our General Store.

Handicapped and motorcycle parking is available in the village parking lot. Please note that our village roads and walkways are sandy. Courtesy shuttle will be provided for pick up/drop off to and from remote parking. Please be aware there are no ATM’s in the village, but the General Store and Baked Goods/Plant Sale areas will take credit cards.

$5 Festival Entry per carload of visitors (pack ‘em in there!) which includes $5 off of a membership with the Whitesbog Preservation Trust. Pedestrians, motorcycles, bicycles are also $5 each. Cash Only!

The 35th Whitesbog Blueberry Festival sponsors include Geoscape Solar, Renewal by Andersen, Central Jersey Equipment, U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, White Dotte Dairy Bar, Beneficial Bank, Miller Subaru, Gutter Helmet, Pine Island Cranberry Company, Luxury Bath, MANTIZ, Fred + III Blueberries and J. W. Jenkins and Sons Drilling. Funding is made possible in part by the New Jersey Council on Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts through a grant to the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders. All proceeds benefit the ongoing preservation of Whitesbog Historic Village and the educational programs offered to the community by Whitesbog Preservation Trust. For more information, visit

Saturday - Sunday, June 23 - 24- 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, June 23 - 24 - 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

Saturday - Sunday, June 23 - 24 - Cape May, Cape May County
Quilt and Fiber Arts Show
Children Friendly Event & Site

Historic Cold Spring Village is featuring fiber arts at the 28th annual Cape May Quilt and Fiber Show, Saturday and Sunday. The event will be held from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm both days and will feature Viewer's Choice quilt show, speakers, demonstrations and vendors.

On Saturday, visitors may vote for their favorite quilts in the Welcome Center at the Viewer's Choice Quilt Show. At Marshallville Schoolhouse visit the Old Glory Quilt Exhibit, curated by Mary Kerr. 

On Sunday continue to enjoy the display and see the winners. A rare wedding quilt, c. 1714, handmade by Cape May Countian Sarah Spicer, will be on display in the Welcome Center for its annual appearance. The quilt was restored in 2012 through a grant from the Cape May County Culture and Heritage Commission.

Shop for quilting and sewing fabrics, baskets, supplies, and equipment to help inspire the creation of an heirloom project with the regional vendors.  Visit with the Embroiderer's Guild of America, Jersey Cape Atlantic Chapter, Third Star Fiber Artists, South Shore Quilters, and Peaceful Stitchers Quilt Guild will be demonstrating their needlework techniques. Quilts of Valor and Ryan’s Case for Smiles will demonstrate as well.  

1:00 pm - Merry May will discuss South Jersey quilts
2:00 pm - Clare Juechter will discuss History of Socks
3:00 pm - Sue Reich will discuss WWI quilts

12:00 Noon - Sue Reich will discuss WWII Quilt History
1:00 pm - Merry May will discuss South Jersey quilts
2:00 pm - Clare Juechter will discuss History of Socks

Visit Sandra Grant, Civil War reenactor and historic costume seamstress at the Corson Hand House throughout the day.

Opened in 2016, The Shepherds Hook, located in the Taylor Poultry building, serves as a learning center for interactive lessons and information on handmade crafts and skills. Take-home kits and supplies will be available for purchase along with specialty items made by local and Village artisans. While here, visit the Country Store, have a snack at the Bakery, indulge your sweet tooth at the Ice Cream Parlor, experience a taste of history at Cold Spring Brewery or enjoy lunch at Cold Spring Grange Restaurant.

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

Sunday, June 24 - Paterson, Passaic County
Music at the Castle: A Welcome to Summer

On Sunday at 5:00 pm in Lambert Castle, pianist Sophia Agranovich will be returning to the 2018 concert series. Sophia Agranovich is a multi-award winning virtuoso pianist, recording artist, educator and program director. A Steinway Artist, and a Juilliard graduate, she is “a bold, daring pianist in the tradition of the Golden Age Romantics”, “a tigress of the keyboard” - Fanfare. Ms. Agranovich has performed in USA, Europe, Israel, and Canada, and has collaborated with renowned musicians and members of major orchestras. The program will feature Sonata in C minor ‘Pathetique’ by Beethoven, 3 Scherzi by Chopin, works by Liszt, Debussy and pieces dedicated to Sophia by the contemporary French composer Françoise Choveaux.

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, June 24 - Morristown, Morris County
Upcycle Sunday: Newsprint Vase
Children Friendly Event and Site

Get the most out of your things, just like in days of old. Upcycle newspapers into vases, and keep them out of the landfill. This program runs from 2:00 - 4:00 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

Sunday, June 24 - 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

Sunday, June 24 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
Going Bunkers: Battery Mills

Meet park staff at the old Visitor Center Parking Lot between Parking Lot D and Lot E at Sandy Hook and then car caravan to Battery Mills. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring a flashlight and insect repellent. This program runs from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Sandy Hook is part of Gateway National Recreation Area. For more information and to make reservations, call 732-872-5970 or visit

Sunday, June 24 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Roots of Root Beer
Children Friendly Event & Site

Health inducing tonic or sweet refreshment? Either way root beer has a history as long and varied as the many ingredients used to create its unique flavor. Drop-in on Sunday to sample our brew, see how many ingredients you can identify, and raise your glass to a bit of family-friendly history, enhanced by the fascinating history of entrepreneur Charles Hires and his wife Emma Waln. This event runs from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

While there, visit 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, call 609-259-6275 or visit

Sunday, June 24 - 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

Sunday, June 24 - Clinton, Hunterdon County
Agro-Industry Day
Children Friendly Event & Site

Agro-Industry Day, the best event with the worst name, is back this year on Sunday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. The day will be full of hands-on activities including weaving, ice cream making, and the opportunity to become an “apprentice” and learn various historic professions related to farming, milling and quarry work. There will be antique equipment on display and maybe even a few furry and feathery friends in attendance. This event will be held at the Red Mill, 56 Main Street, Clinton, NJ. For more information, call 908-735-4101 or visit

Sunday, June 24 - Sparta, Sussex County
Life Along the Wallkill River

Sunday, June 24 - 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, June 24 through June 2010 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
"Wet as the Atlantic Ocean: Prohibition in New Jersey”

The 18th Amendment—the measure that made the manufacture, sale, or transport of alcoholic beverages a federal offense for the 13 years, 10 months, 19 days, and 17 hours of Prohibition—was repealed in 1933. It is the only Constitution Amendment ever to be undone. And its doing and undoing were the results of a tug-of-war between the “Wets” and the “Drys” that played out across the country.

A new exhibit opening to the public Sunday, in the Richmond Gallery of the Eden Woolley House reveals where New Jersey stood in that tug-of-war. “Wet as the Atlantic Ocean: Prohibition in NJ” brings the debates, glamour, and violence of the Roaring Twenties home.

How did it happen?
The prohibition debate had been argued across the country for nearly a century before the 18th Amendment outlawed alcohol nationwide. Maine passed the first state prohibition law in 1846 and by the Civil War, several other states had followed suit.

So what happened in the first decades of the next century to elevate debate into a campaign for a Constitutional Amendment—that took the fight national?

• Drunkenness was a real problem. The proliferation of saloons fueled a drinking culture, and between 1900 and 1913, beer and alcohol consumption soared. Women and families suffered.
• Women had been campaigning for abstinence since the early 1800s, By the turn of the century they were finding their voice, stridently advocating for the vote-— and increasingly for prohibition. Organizations like the Women’s Christian Temperance Union were gaining ground.
• Many Americans felt threatened by the influx of immigrants whose cultural norms around alcohol threatened prevailing white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant values.
• On the global scene, the unthinkable carnage of the First World War and the alarming success of the Russian Revolution fueled a nostalgic longing for control and order.

Under these conditions, pro-prohibition sentiment grew. By 1919 more than half the country lived in dry states, counties, or towns. If the 18th Amendment were to be passed, it needed to happen before the 1920 census, the results of which would give greater power to the anti-prohibition cities.

The last state to Ratify
Ours was the last state to ratify the 18th amendment and it did so in 1922, two years after the measure was in effect. (Rhode Island and Connecticut never ratified.) We fought Prohibition in court. New Jersey joined Rhode Island in a losing challenge before the Supreme Court (1920). And we were back in 1931, when the Supreme Court overruled a New Jersey federal judge’s decision invalidating the 18th Amendment.

New Jersey’s Resistance
It’s no surprise, then, that Prohibition enforcement in New Jersey was lax. Local fishermen and boaters shuttled bootlegged liquor to shore from rum-running ships lined up just outside the legal limit. Speakeasies thrived with little risk of raid. The state underfunded enforcement. Corruption was rampant. Local police turned a blind eye. Even the teetotaling and incorruptible Ira Reeves, the man put in charge of federal enforcement in New Jersey, resigned after eight months and took up the anti-Prohibition cause!

This exhibit runs through June 2019. 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 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 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, or visit

Through September, 2018 - Freehold, Monmouth County
Summer at the Jersey Shore Exhibition

The months of June through August mean a time of sun, fun, and outdoor activities at the Jersey Shore. Monmouth County Historical Association now features an exhibition that captures some of the various pastimes that were offered to visitors years ago during the summer season. Summer at the Jersey Shore will remain on view through September 2018. Museum hours are Tuesdays - Saturdays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. 

Paintings, prints, and drawings dating from 1850 to 1940 illustrate such things as horse racing, sun and sea bathing, sport fishing, casino gambling, preaching on the beach, steamboats that served the shore, and shore landscapes. Artists represented include Alfred T. Bricher, George C. Lambdin, Winslow Homer, August Kollner, John W. Alexander, Theodore R. Davis of Asbury Park, and Michel Jacobs of Rumson. Scenes depict activities at Sea Bright, Long Branch, Monmouth Park, Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, Manasquan, and Cape May. Souvenirs displayed from Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, and Red Bank displays the types of mementos that shore visitors could purchase as a token of their summertime experience, either as a day-tripper or as an extended stay guest at one of the many hotels and boarding houses available in New Jersey's coastal communities.

In many respects, shore visitors of the twenty-first century can take advantage of the same range of activities as those who enjoyed the area's attractions in the nineteenth century, with a large gap in between. In 1894, New Jersey outlawed horse racing and gambling. In the intervening years, they have been restored. Horse racing returned to a new Monmouth Park in 1946, casino gambling to Atlantic City in 1976, and Governor Murphy placed the first bet under the new sports betting law at Monmouth Park on June 13. The sun, sandy beaches, saltwater fishing, social life, and easy access from Philadelphia or New York continue to draw thousands of visitors to the Jersey Shore each year.

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 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

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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