Thursday, July 5, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 7/7/18 - 7/8/18

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, July 7 -  Morristown, Morris County
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration-Family Dinner
Children Friendly Event and Site

From 12:00 - 6:00 pm on Saturday, experience the typical dinners of the Vail Family. Using diary entries and other clues, the meals of Stephen and Bethiah will be replicated with historic recipes and prepared on the open hearth. 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 973-285-6550 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Saturday, July 7 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Hitch a Ride!
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. Visit the animals too!

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, July 7 - Brielle, Monmouth County
1864 'base ball' Game
Children Friendly Event

Monmouth Furnace, the Jersey Shore's team in the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League, will be playing the Hoboken Nine on Saturday in Little Silver. 

The official rules of 1864 will be in effect. That means they'll be swinging wood bats at underhand pitches -- and there will a lot of bare-handed catches because gloves weren't used in the sport 154 years ago.

The two Clubs will meet at 11:00 am at Sickles Field, next to the 1665 Parker Homestead at 235 Rumson Road.  Admission will be free.

The name of the national pastime was two words in 1864 – base ball. The team names are historic, too. Monmouth Furnace was the original name of the Allaire Iron Works in the 1800s, now a restored Wall Township village where that team started. The Hoboken club's name pays tribute to the site of the world's first competitive base ball game in 1845. (It wasn't in Cooperstown, New York.)

"There's a lot of baseball history in New Jersey and in the Shore region," explained Russ McIver, captain of the Monmouth Furnace team. "For instance, in the 1850s, teams representing Long Branch resort hotels played on inland fields around Monmouth County. In 1898, the Brooklyn and New York teams of the National League had spring training in Allaire and Lakewood, respectively." 

McIver's club combines its love of the sport and history in exhibition games and hard-fought matches against league rivals on weekends. Next on its schedule after Little Silver will be Piscataway, Atlantic Highlands and even nearby states. McIver said he's always looking for more baseball and softball players who want to have “good old-fashioned fun by making history come alive on the diamond.”

The Monmouth Furnace team ranges from teenagers to senior citizens, including “muffins” (rookies) as well as “corkers” (good players). Both clubs are hoping to attract a lot of “cranks” (fans) on Saturday.

More information is available from McIver at 732-859-7643 or furnace@monmouth.com.

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Saturday, July 7 - River Edge, Bergen County
Vintage Baseball at New Bridge Landing
Children Friendly Event

Love baseball? Love history? Step back into yesteryear when the Bergen County Historical Society hosts an old-time game in the meadow at Historic New Bridge Landing in River Edge on Saturday from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Featuring the Flemington Neshanocks versus the NY Mutuals.

Experience the crack of wood against leather, the cheers and jeers of the crowd, and baseball the way great-grandpa saw it, when these reenactor teams play with 19th century rules, equipment, and uniforms in an open field. A great way for the family to enjoy America's game!

Watch for Casey at the Bat at this first big event in The Meadow. Make sure to bring a hat, blanket or chair, and sunscreen. Admission: $10 adults, $5 students, BCHS members free. Enter at the corner of Hackensack Avenue and Main Street. Hot dogs, popcorn, and an ice cream truck will be available on-site. A New Bridge baseball scorecard available with each ticket - limited quantities. Historic New Bridge Landing is located at 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. For more information, visit www.bergencountyhistory.org.

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Saturday, July 7 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
18th-century Ice Cream Making
Family Friendly Event

From harvesting ice to moulding ice cream, culinary historian Susan McLellan Plaisted shows how ice cream was made using a reproduction 18th century sabotiere (a type of freezer). An 18th century flavor is reproduced using an original receipt (18th century spelling of recipe). Taste a sample! AND did you know? Ice cream was George Washington’s favorite dessert! 


Program runs from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Tours will not be available. The Dutch Door Gift Shop will be open. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 732-463-8363 or visit www.metlarbodinehousemuseum.org.

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Saturday, July 7 - Trenton, Mercer County
Cadwalader Park Tour
Children Friendly Site & Event

On Saturday at 12:30 pm, tour Trenton's Cadwalader Park, with David Bosted – Olmsted’s plan for the park included the species of trees and shrubs to be planted. Trustee David Bosted will discuss the masterful arrangement of plantings in the park so that vistas are closed and then revealed. Meet at Ellarslie.

Participants should be capable of walking for one hour and should wear comfortable, durable walking shoes. Fee $5, Members $3. Pay at the door.

Designer of Cadwalader Park, Frederick Law Olmsted (FLO) is widely known as the Father of Landscape Architecture in America. Olmsted believed that the public realm should be a respite; a place to retreat from the stress of urban life, and that public open space should be accessible to all people. By the time FLO began to design Cadwalader Park in 1890, he had been planning parks in this country’s leading cities for over 30 years. Cadwalader Park in Trenton is Olmsted’s last great urban park design. Cadwalader Park is also notable as the only park in New Jersey personally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Nearby Lawrenceville School is Olmsted’s most successful campus design.

David Bosted has lectured on Olmsted in many venues since his first lecture on the topic at Ramapo College in 1975. He designed and acquired land for a park system for Martha’s Vineyard Island as Director of the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank in the mid-1980s.

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Saturday, July 7 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Evening Hayrides
Children Friendly Site

On Saturday evening, Howell Living History Farm will have hayrides that last 20 minutes, carrying visitors over the lanes of the 130 acre working farm. During the program, visitors can also take self-guided tours, picnic in the picnic area and join a marshmallow roast.

Rides will leave the barnyard area every 25 minutes beginning at 5:10 pm, with the last ride departing at 8:00 pm. Rides will be given on a first come, first serve basis to the first 200 visitors. Rides are intended for individual and family participation; groups cannot be accommodated. There is no charge for the wagon rides.

A wheelchair accessible wagon is also available. Individuals who would like to ride on this wagon should call 609-737-3299 in advance, and ask for Kathy. On the dates when evening hayrides are offered, the Farm will be closed during 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, July 7 - 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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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. 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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Saturday - Sunday, July 7 - 8 - 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, July 7 - 8 - 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, July 7 - 8 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
Battery Potter and Mortar Battery Tours

Meet with park staff to tour two 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.

These free tours begin at 1:00 pm for Battery Potter and at 1:30 pm for Mortar 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, July 7 - 8 - Cape May, Cape May County
Paranormal Pursuits Weekend
Children Friendly Event & Site

Fascinated by the supernatural? Not sure what the odd noise is at night? Visit Historic Cold Spring Village for 'Paranormal Pursuits': Spiritualism in the 1800s on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. In addition to experiencing the Village's 27 restored, historic buildings dating from 1691-1912, guests can enjoy various workshops, demonstrations and tours which highlight the study of spiritualism and the paranormal of the 1800s.

During half hour Mini Ghost Walks lead by Bob Bitting guests may explore the Village’s own paranormal occurrences at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm beginning at the Dennisville Inn.

New this season, Precision Paranormal and EVP Paranormal teams will be here to share their findings of prior Village investigations. Long time investigators of the unknown in South Jersey look to debunk paranormal claims using EVP, video, Kinnex, and other instrumentation to measure the presence of the unexplained. Hear and see what they experienced while in the Village.

Meet Kelly Roncace author of “Haunted Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem Counties.” She will share her experiences in paranormal investigation and maybe give a sneak preview into her new book featuring Cape May County and happenings at the Village.

Meet Doug Hogate, Jr. cohost of internet’s Wild Fire Radio of Philadelphia and Founder of Jersey Unique Minds Paranormal Society. He will share his experience at the Village.

Gordon Ward will lecture on Historic Haunts in New Jersey. Gordon hails from North Jersey and has been involved in strange occurrences throughout the state. He is an author, podcast host, presenter and musician.

Returning to the Village is Greg Geraci with haunting spirit photography of local sites. Young and old may enjoy children’s crafts, story time, and our new Superstition Scavenger Hunt! Additional programs include hands-on demonstrations of divining rods, and lectures on Spiritualism and Phrenology of the 19th century.

Guests can also shop for good luck charms, talismans and jewelry. Have your fortunes told by card readers at an additional fee.

Historic Cold Spring Village is a non-profit, open-air living history museum that portrays the daily life of a rural South Jersey community of the Early American period. It features 26 restored historic structures on a 30-acre site. Tuesday through Sunday, from late June to early September, interpreters and artisans in period clothing preserve the trades, crafts and heritage of “the age of homespun.” Fun and educational activities for children are featured Tuesday through Sunday, with special events every weekend through September.

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, July 7 - 8 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Threshing Demonstration
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday and Sunday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to take a step back in time to watch their antique threshing machine in action. The Longstreet Farm staff will use a 19th century, belt-driven “Champion” thresher to separate the wheat grain from the straw and the chaff. Come learn how this important crop grows and see how it was processed in the days before modern combines. The event runs from 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm both days. This event is free and open to the public. 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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Sunday, July 8 - Bedminster, Somerset County
Community Picnic & Field of Honor® in Bedminster's River Road Park

On Sunday, Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum will welcome Congressman Leonard Lance, local officials, veterans, West Point alumni, and the public to a community picnic, featuring a Field of Honor® display of 200 3’ x 5’ American flags, at River Road Park from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Live musical entertainment will be provided by the popular New Jersey band Hoi Polloi. Admission is free, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

During the Independence Day celebration, the public is invited to stroll through the Field of Honor®, which honors loved ones and pays tribute to men and women who have served our country. The event, sponsored by Peapack-Gladstone Bank, Trump National Golf Club, Dunkin Donuts (Bedminster), and Ferriero Engineering, will support Raising The Bar(N), the Friends’ Capital Campaign to raise an early 19th century barn on the grounds of the Vanderveer property.

Field of Honor® flags will be displayed in the north field of River Road Park along Route 202/206 in Bedminster beginning Monday, July 2 through Wednesday, July 11. Each flag may include a personal dedication and can be picked up from River Road Park on Wednesday, July 11 after 4:00 pm.

Docents will be available for guided tours of the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum and informational material about the 1772 Dutch-Colonial home, period rooms and furnishings are available throughout the house. The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 3055 River Road (in Bedminster’s River Road Park), Bedminster, NJ. For more information, visit www.jvanderveerhouse.org.

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Sunday, July 8 - Whippany, Morris County
Ice Cream and Excursion Train Rides
Children Friendly Event & Site

July is National Ice Cream Month, so join in the fun at the Whippany Railway Museum on Sunday for a 10-mile, 45-minute round trip train ride. Your ticket includes a scoop of delicious ice cream after the ride. Present your punched ticket at the Snack Depot to get your free ice cream.

ONLY punched tickets, presented AFTER the ride time, will be accepted for the ice cream. No ice cream can be consumed aboard the train.

Any unsold tickets will be available at the ticket office on a cash only first-come, first-served basis.

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, July 8 - Raritan Township, Hunterdon County
Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market History Day

Celebrate local history at the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market on Sunday from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine St. in Raritan Township. HLT’s History Day will feature tours, a presentation about life in Hunterdon County in the 1870s, and a visit by local historical organizations.

The event begins with a tour of the barns on the Dvoor Farm at 10:00 am with Chris Pickell, the principal architect at Pickell Architecture in Flemington. He will lead a walking tour and discuss the farm’s bank barn, north and east el barns, horse barn (with the iconic Dvoor Bros. advertisement painted on the roof) and wagon house. Pickell specializes in upgrading antique buildings, historic design, and timber and stone barns. He’s also a trustee of the Hunterdon County Historical Society.

At 11:30 am, tour the historic stone farm house with Dave Harding, HLT’s director of outreach. Learn about the friendship between Delaware Chief Tuccamirgan and farmer John Philip Case, one of the Flemington-area’s first settlers. You’ll explore the 220-year-old house, seeing everything from the 18th-century graffiti in the attic to the site of an 1803 murder in the basement. 

The Hunterdon County Historical Society, Hunterdon County 300th Committee, Holland Township Historical Society, Raritan Township Historical Society and Friends of Historic Flemington are scheduled to attend.

For children, the market will welcome Bivona Farm of Frenchtown, which will have a mini cow, sheep, goats (including a baby goat), bunnies and a lamb to pet and feed. For our weekly Kids’ Corner Activity, HLT will offer a cool marbled milk paper project.

There is no charge for any of the history day events or children’s activities. For more information, visit www.hunterdonlandtrust.org.

The Farmers’ Market features more than 20 local farmers and vendors offering organic produce, grass-fed beef, pork, chicken, yak, honey, artisan breads, freshly ground spices and loose teas, fresh-cut flowers, cheese, milk, eggs, locally roasted coffee, native plants and more. Visitors can enjoy a flatbread pizza made with ingredients provided by local farmers while listening to live music with the Bill Ihling.


The Farmers’ Market History Day coincides with the Tour de Flateau, an annual bike event that features several different routes, ranging from 15 to 100 miles, and encourages everyone to explore Hunterdon County's natural beauty. The event benefits Hunterdon Land Trust. Anyone interested in volunteering to help or to ride should visit www.bikereg.com/38249 to learn more.

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Sunday, July 8 - Montague, Sussex County
Montague Open Houses

MARCH, the Montague Association for the Restoration of Community History, is pleased to announce that both its museum sites will be open on Sunday. The Foster-Armstrong House and the Nelden-Roberts Stonehouse will be open to the public from 1:00 - 4:00 pm for museum house tours. Tours will be held every 30 minutes and docents will be available at both sites to guide you through our local history and artifact collections.

The Foster-Armstrong House, circa 1790, a two story Dutch colonial, is located on SC521/ 320 River Road, about 1 mile north of the Milford/Montague Bridge. It is listed on the State Historic Register of NJ and is a National Historic Register Site. Ten rooms are set up with local history displays in each room. Rooms contain an original bee hive oven, native Indian artifacts, Duke Mortimer's Dramatic Art Workshop collection, a military room, a quilt room and to scale model covered bridges of the northeast United States. 

At the Foster-Armstrong House at 1:00 pm, historical speaker Ken Karnas will tell three stories: “John Newton, the Englishmen who wrote the lyrics of Amazing Grace; Ona Judge, Martha Washington’s personal slave who escaped and was never retrieved, and the Story of the Star-Spangled Banner.”  This 45-minute presentation will keep you on the edge of your seat!

The Nelden-Roberts Stonehouse, circa 1820, is located at 501 Route 206 North, about 1 mile south of the Milford/Montague Bridge. It is listed on the State Historic Register on New Jersey. The first floor is set up as a schoolhouse, which is what the building was originally built for. The second floor has a schoolmaster's bedroom and native Indian artifacts.

Both museums are located within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/MontagueNJHistory.

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Sunday, July 8 - Eatontown, Monmouth County
“Someone Must Wash the Dishes”

The Monmouth County Genealogy Society invites the public to enjoy “Someone Must Wash the Dishes,” an anti-suffrage satire written in 1912 and performed by professional actress Michele LaRue. Ms. LaRue’s performance will begin at 2:30 pm during the Sunday meeting of the Monmouth County Genealogy Society at the Community Center, 72 Broad Street, Eatontown, NJ.

The program is part of the genealogy society’s 30th anniversary celebration. The group was founded in the summer of 1988 by a group of family history enthusiasts and now has more than 250 members, most in New Jersey, but many in states across the continent and Hawaii.

“Someone Must Wash the Dishes” has been described as “wickedly witty”. Written in 1912 by pro-suffrage activist and Unitarian minister Marie Jenney Howe, a prominent pro-Suffragist and Unitarian minister. Howe satirizes arguments seen as accurate in their day, though absurd in ours. This fictional “Anti” sincerely believes being a “womanly woman” will keep the Home intact and rescue the Nation from anarchy.

LaRue tours nationally with her repertoire of 30 different Tales Well Told—vibrant stories from America’s Gilded Age.

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Sunday, July 8 - Ledgewood, Morris County
Museums at Drakesville Open House and Ice Cream Social
Children Friendly Event

On Sunday between 1:00 and 4:00 pm, the Roxbury Historical Trust will host an open house at the eighteenth century Silas Riggs Saltbox House, the historic King House and the King Store Museums. There will also be an ice cream social to benefit the preservation and restoration of the sites. Each scoop is $1 and includes complimentary whipped cream and sprinkles. The sites are located at 213 Main Street in the Ledgewood Village section of Roxbury Township. Tours are free and historic interpreters will be on hand. For more information, call 973-927-7603 or visit www.roxburynewjersey.com.

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Sunday, July 8 - 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, July 8 - Jefferson Township, Morris County
Open House

The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlin House, will have an open house on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Learn about the Jefferson Township Historical Society. Costumed docents will be available to talk about this Victorian home. Admission is free.

Featured this month will be a display of antique and vintage dolls, games, and toys on loan from a private collection. Learn how children played and learned through these items. This display is in every room of this Victorian home.

Be sure to visit Miss Elizabeth’s Shoppe located in the original kitchen of the Museum. The Shoppe is packed with new and vintage items for sale. Even if you’ve been in Miss Elizabeth’s Shoppe recently, a return visit may add something special to your home. Also stop in to view the lovely gardens at the Museum.

The Jefferson Township Museum is located at 315 Dover-Milton Road, Jefferson Township, NJ. Visit Miss Elizabeth's Shoppe located in the original kitchen of the museum, where small antiques, collectibles, handmade, handcrafted and seasonal items will be offered for sale. For further information, call 973-697-0258 or visit www.jthistoricalsociety.org.

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Sunday, July 8 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Blacksmith Demonstration
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Sunday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to take a step back in time to watch blacksmiths perform their craft. They will be shaping iron into everyday products. Blacksmiths were as common as an auto mechanic in towns and on farms of the 1890s. This free event 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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Sunday, July 8 - 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.

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Sunday, July 8 -  Morristown, Morris County
A Touch of Paper
Children Friendly Event and Site

From 2:00 - 4:00 pm on Sunday, explore a seldom seen aspect of the historic archives. 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 973-285-6550 or visit 
www.morrisparks.net.

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Sunday, July 8 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Curator’s Tour and Patriotic Craft
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Sunday at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, from 1:30 - 3:30 pm, join the Curator for a special guided tour of The Willows and the exhibit, "Call of Duty: Patriotism During World War I." Learn the meaning of America’s iconic symbols, such as the American Flag, Statue of Liberty, and Uncle Sam. Discover the activities of Caroline and Charles Foster, and other home-front efforts, that were part of patriotic service to the country. Show your support by creating a patriotic craft to take home. Parental assistance needed.

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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Sunday, July 8 - Ewing, Mercer County
John Hart: Portrait of a Patriot


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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 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 www.monmouthhistory.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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Through June 2019 - 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 www.oceanmuseum.org.

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

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