Thursday, November 8, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 11/10/18 - 11/11/18

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, November 10 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
The Noblest of Fruits - Apple Butter Making

Last year in September, Susan Plaisted of Heart to Hearth Cookery was on hand as part of our "The General Settles In" program demonstrating the process of making and molding "creamed ice," one of Washington's favorite treats. On Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Susan will be back to demonstrate apple butter making from start to finish on the grounds of Rockingham. A large cauldron will be set up over an outdoor hearth to accommodate this process. Visitors can observe the ongoing preparation throughout the day and help with the stirring.

Rockingham originally included two large apple orchards on its 360-plus acreage. More than likely, the Berriens, Rockingham's owners, or a close neighbor would have had a large apple press to wring the juices from the fruit for cider and vinegar. Throughout New Jersey in the 18th-century there were a large number of apple trees, and cider (hard/alcoholic) was a prevalent drink of the time. Vinegar would have been used in recipes and food preservation, important in a time before refrigeration. Apples would also have been used for desserts and preserves and could be kept whole in cool, dry storage or cut into rings to dry for later use.

This event is free, though donations are always welcome. As part of the day, regular house tours will be offered, the museum store will be open, and there will be apple-themed refreshments offered.

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

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Saturday, November 10 - Plainfield, Union County
Drake House Museum Presents: "Let's Talk Quilts"

The Historical Society of Plainfield will host a lecture entitled “Let’s Talk Quilts” on Saturday starting at 7:00 pm at the Drake House Museum.  The lecture will be given by Susan Jerome, Collections Manager at the University of Rhode Island Textile and Costume Collection.

Ms. Jerome will discuss some of the definitions and ideas surrounding the word “quilt.” How has the term evolved through time? Learn about textile history and how technological changes in producing fabric influenced the production of quilts and the use of time during the 19th century. The audience is encouraged to bring one quilt or a quilted object with them for discussion.

Susan Jerome earned her MS degree from University of Rhode Island Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design. She is also a principal of CT Quilt Works, focusing on textile conservation and restoration. Prior to continuing her education, she worked for a number years at Mystic Seaport Museum.

This program is free. Donations are always appreciated. The Drak House Museum is located at 602 West Front Street, Plainfield, NJ. For more information, call 908-755-5831 or visit www.drakehouseplainfieldnj.org.

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Saturday, November 10 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Accordion Melodies of the 1890s
Children Friendly Site & Events

On Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel and stop in the farmhouse to hear melodies from the 1890s played on the accordion.      

This event is free. 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, November 10 - Whippany, Morris County
“The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month”

The Morris County Heritage Commission will present a program to commemorate the Armistice, “The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month.” The program will take place on Saturday from 10:00 am - 3:45 pm at the Morris County Library, 30 E Hanover Avenue, Whippany, NJ. Special exhibits and presentations throughout the day will remember and honor the men and women who served in the First World War.

Presentations on a variety of subjects relating to the Great War and the Armistice will be held in the county library’s large meeting room. Speaking on the Versailles Treaty will be Mendham High School history teacher Steve Santucci. Vivian Davis, living history educator, will discuss the role of women in the war. Re-enactor John Torkos will talk about the soldiers returning home and the challenges they faced adjusting again to civilian life. The founding of the American Legion following the Great War will be presented by American Legion Morris County Commander Amery Vasso.

At 11:00 am, the Air Force Association will present a lithograph by renowned aviation artist and Morris County resident Keith Ferris to the Morris County Heritage Commission. The lithograph, depicting Captain Eddie Rickenbacker flying his bi-plane will be on permanent display at the Morris County Library.

On view at the county library that day and throughout the month of November will be two special exhibits, one of World War I posters and one featuring women’s service uniforms and artifacts of the era. The exhibits are co-hosted by the Morris County Library and the Morris County Heritage Commission.

For updates or additional information on the program, visit https://mchc.morriscountynj.gov or www.facebook.com/MorrisCountyHeritageCommission

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Saturday, November 10 - Old Bridge, Middlesex County
53 Annual Apple Festival



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Saturday, November 10 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Late Fall Flea Market
Family Friendly

Join the Historic Village at Allaire on Sunday for their late fall flea market! Hunt for hidden treasures amid furniture, books, artwork, bottles, knick-knacks, and so much more! The event runs from 8:00 - 3:30 pm. $1 admission for adults and children. Members of the Historic Village at Allaire are free. Members must present their membership card. The village, General Store, and Bakery will be open as well.  The rain date is Sunday, November 11.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park, 4265 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.

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Saturday, November 10 - Morristown, Morris County
Eleventh Annual Armistice Ball

Celebrating the centennial of the end of World War I, the Metropolitan Vintage Dance & Social Club will hold its Eleventh Annual Armistice Ball on Saturday from 8:00 - 11:00 pm in the historic Great Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 121 South Street, Morristown, NJ. The Metropolitan Club Orchestra will provide hot dance tunes of the early 20th century. A workshop in dances of the era will be held at the Morristown Masonic Center, 39 Maple Avenue, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm that day. Ball tickets are $40 per person in advance or $45 at the door ($20 in advance/$25 at the door with a student ID). They may be purchased online at www.armisticeball.com, where additional information may be found as well.

The Met Club is also sponsoring a Sunday morning tea brunch at the Cosy Cupboard Tea Room in Convent Station at 11:00 a.m. The cost per person is $36.50 complete, and reservations should be made directly with the Cosy Cupboard at 973-998-6676.

The Metropolitan Club Orchestra consists of renowned jazz musicians from across the country who specialize in the classic sounds of early jazz from the Ragtime and '20s eras. This year's lineup includes Dan Levinson on reeds; Danny Tobias, cornet; Jim Fryer, trombone; David Boeddinghaus, piano; Rob Adkins, bass; Mike Kuehn, banjo; and Sue Fischer on drums.

At the Saturday afternoon workshop, novices can master the basics of period dances including the one-step, foxtrot, tango, blues, and waltz. It will be led by instructors Jan and Al Seabra of Raritan. The workshop is included in the ticket price.

A ceremony at intermission will honor active military personnel and veterans in attendance. Light refreshments will be served. Attire of the 19-teens or ‘20s, military uniforms, or modern formal or semi-formal dress is requested.

Profits benefit the Thursday Morning Club of Madison. The Thursday Morning Club is a social and philanthropic organization which owns and operates the Madison Community House, the Community House Nursery School, and the Before and After School Care program. Since its inception the club has provided support for community programs as well as a meeting place for Madison’s sports, recreational, and civic groups.

The Metropolitan Vintage Dance & Social Club is a private organization dedicated to keeping alive the social customs, dances, and other pastimes of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Members dance and do living history demonstrations in the styles of the 1860s through 1940s at events throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Its members are primarily from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York.

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Saturday, November 10 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Bacon, Sausage and Scrapple Making
Children Friendly Event and Site

If you work all week to bring home the bacon, sausage, and scrapple, but don't really know from whence they come, visit Howell Farm for their bacon, sausage and scrapple program. You will see these and other pork products made before your eyes. Farmers will demonstrate rendering lard, making pork products, and showing visitors the origins of different cuts of pork. Cracklin's and other delicacies will be free for the asking, and pork sandwiches will be available for sale.

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, November 10 - South Bound Brook, Somerset County
"Colonial Tavern Night" at the Abraham Staats House


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Saturday, November 10 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Tour Paulsdale & Lilli de Jong Talk

Paulsdale is open to the public for Second Saturday Tours at 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm. Paulsdale is the birthplace of Quaker suffragist Alice Paul. Tours include a 15-minute presentation about Alice Paul's life and work and a guided tour of the first floor of the property where visitors learn about the Paul family's daily life in the house and its present day use as a girl's leadership center. Tours are $5.00 per person.

At 2:00 pm, join author Janet Benton to discuss “The Stories Behind Lilli de Jong: The Separation of Unwed Mothers and Their Infants, the Job of Wet Nursing, and the 19th-Century Voice That Came to a 21st-Century Mother.” Benton’s debut novel tells the story of a young woman who defies social norms in 1883 Philadelphia, choosing to keep her daughter after giving birth at an institution for unwed mothers. Told she must give up her daughter to avoid lifelong poverty and shame, De Jong chooses to keep her daughter and make a life.

Benton’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Glimmer Train, and many other publications. She has co-written and edited historical documentaries for television. She holds a B.A. in religious studies from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and for decades she has taught writing and helped individuals and organizations craft their stories. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Lilli de Jong is her first novel.

Paulsdale is located at 128 Hooton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ. For information about group tours or future tour dates, contact the Alice Paul Institute at 856-231-1885, e-mail info@alicepaul.org, or visit www.alicepaul.org.

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Saturday, November 10 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
Kid's Fun - Back in the Day
Children Friendly Event


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Saturday, November 10 - Cape May, Cape May County
Veterans' Day with the March King

John Philip Sousa returns to Cape May to visit with the Friends of the World War II Lookout Tower as we honor our gallant Veterans. He will favor us with his thrilling music, and will relate his inspirations for their composition. Light refreshments included. This program will be held at the Cape May Lutheran Church, 509 Pittsburgh Avenue, Cape May, NJ. Admission is $5 for the general public and is free to members of Friends of the World War II Lookout Tower, MAC Tower Observers, World War II veterans, and children 18 and under. Sponsored by the Friends of the World War II Lookout Tower. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday, November 10 - Cape May, Cape May County
Underground Railroad Trolley Tour

On Saturday at 10:15 am, climb aboard our newest trolley tour to hear true tales of Cape May’s connection to the Underground Railroad. Hear how enslaved people in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia braved strong currents and stormy seas to free themselves, guided by the beacon of the Cape May Lighthouse. Hear why the legendary Harriet Tubman walked these streets before her freedom runs to the Eastern Shore. See the summer refuge of the formerly enslaved Stephen Smith, one of America’s wealthiest businessmen whose railroad cars ferried hundreds to freedom. Includes a tour of the Owen Coachman house, a meticulously restored antebellum home of a free Black family whose relative was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Board the trolley at the Washington Street Mall information booth at Ocean Street for this 2-hour tour. Admission is $20. 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, November 10 - 11 - 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. On Saturday, tours will start at 11:15 am, 12:30, 1:45, and 3:00 pm. On Sunday, the tours start at 12:30 and 1:45 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, November 10 - 11 - Teterboro, Bergen County
Open Cockpit Weekend - Last of the Year
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.

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, November 10 - 11 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Weekend Themed Tours at Allaire

Two tours to choose from! At 12:15 pm, our "Iron Works Tour" invites you to explore the village history by learning about the iron making process and touring the historic sites that played a part in the Howell Iron Works production. Includes visits to the Visitor Center/Museum, Foreman's Cottage, Blast Furnace, Blacksmith Shop, Carpenter's Shop, Carriage House, Enameling Building, and General Store.

At 2:15 pm, "The Lifestyle Tour" visit the homes and trade shops of the people who lived and worked at the Howell Iron Works. Discover everyday life of an 1830's industrial worker and their families. Includes visits to the Museum, Chapel, Foreman's Cottage, Manager's House, Bakery, Blacksmith, Carpenter, Enameling Building, and General Store.

Tickets for each tour are $5 and can be purchased online.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located at 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.

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Sunday, November 11 - 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 Sunday from 12:00 noon - 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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Sunday, November 11 - Westampton, Burlington County
Celebrating Elizabeth M. Wagner in Cranbury

Please join Cranbury in celebrating, Elizabeth M. Wagner, a remarkable woman who worked tirelessly with others to preserve Cranbury's history and historic character. She educated, enlightened and inspired the Cranbury community and helped to establish Cranbury as the model for historic preservation in New Jersey. The Cranbury Historical & Preservation Society will honor her memory with a re-dedication of the Cranbury History Center on Sunday at 2:00 pm. The event will be held at the Cranbury History Center, 6 S. Main Street, Cranbury, NJ. For more information, visit www.cranburyhistory.org.


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Sunday, November 11 - 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, November 11 - Princeton, Mercer County
In Her Footsteps: How Women Shaped Princeton Tour

Wiebke Martens and Jennifer Jang, authors of Discovering Princeton, have developed a brand new tour dedicated to the contributions of women in the community. The walk includes an overview of Princeton’s history and focuses on some of the women who have helped make Princeton – both town and its namesake University – what it is today. Stops include the new Betsey Stockton Garden, Alexander Hall, and Dorothea’s House.

Admission: $20 per person. Tour begins in front of the Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ. Tour begins at 1:00 pm and ends at 3:00 pm. Space is limited - register online or call 609-921-6748 x102. For more information, call 609-921-6748 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

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Sunday, November 11 - Morristown, Morris County
Peter Toth Piano Performance

Celebrated Hungarian pianist Peter Toth returns to the Washington’s Headquarters Museum auditorium for another series of performances. He’ll  be playing the park’s 1873 Steinway Grand piano.

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

To commemorate the death of Claude Debussy 100 years ago, Dr. Toth will perform a mostly Debussy concert:
Chopin: Three Nocturnes Op. 15
Liszt: Ballade in B minor
Debussy: Estampes
       1. "Pagodes" ("Pagodas")
       2. "La soirée dans Grenade" ("Evening in Granada")
       3. "Jardins sous la pluie" ("Gardens in the Rain")

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

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Sunday, November 11 - Morristown, Morris County
A Veteran’s Reward: Pensions for Rev War Soldiers

Unfortunately, even the first American veterans suffered neglect. Discover the controversy concerning veteran’s pensions for Revolutionary War soldiers and the reasons that this financial help was delayed. 

This free program will take place at 1:30 and 2:30 pm and will be held in the Visitor Center at Jockey Hollow, a unit of Morristown National Historical Park. Jockey Hollow is located at 580 Tempe Wick Road, Morristown NJ (address is approximate). This is a FREE event. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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Sunday, November 11 - 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, November 11 - Sparta, Sussex County
Traditions of the Black Forest



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Sunday, November 11 -  Eatontown, Monmouth County
“Cemetery Crowdsourcing”

Michael Cassara will share his enthusiasm for cemetery research with an up-to-the minute technology twist at the Sunday Monmouth County Genealogy Society meeting at 1:30 pm at the Community Center, 72 Broad Street, Eatontown, NJ. He calls his approach “Cemetery Crowdsourcing.”

Cemeteries can provide genealogists with clues that exist nowhere else, he explains. “Thanks to the internet,” Michael tells us, “even the most remote cemeteries have become accessible to researchers worldwide.” During this talk he will explore the future of cemetery research, including BillionGraves, Find a Grave and other apps and strategies for the genealogist.

As a New York City-based casting director for theatre and films, Cassara has been involved in more than 400 musicals, plays and movies since 2003 but his true passion is tracing his Italian, Irish, and German ancestors.

The meeting is free and the public is welcome to attend.

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Sunday, November 11 - Westfield, Union County
"Lenape Native American Lore and Medicine Pouches" at the Miller-Cory House Museum
Children Friendly Event

The museum’s program focuses on the beliefs of the Lenape Native Americans who inhabited New Jersey at the time the first European settlers arrived. The presenters will explain the significance of medicine pouches and the special items that the wearer of the pouch might put inside. Children will make their own pouches to take home.

Also included are tours of the restored 1740 farmhouse and demonstrations of 18th century open hearth cooking, using period recipes and techniques.

Admission is $4.00 for ages 13 and older, $3.00 ages 3 to 12 and free under age 3. The Miller-Cory House Museum is located at 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, NJ. For more information, call 908-232-1776 or visit www.millercoryhouse.org.

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Sunday, November 11 - Morris Township, Morris County
Thanksgiving Harvest Home and Armistice Observance
Children Friendly Event & Site

Step back in time and celebrate Thanksgiving and Armistice Day in 1918 at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Begin by following the enticing aromas to The Willows and Farmhouse kitchens where a Thanksgiving feast is being prepared. While the harvest has been gathered, there is still much to do on the farm. Help husk corn, saw the wood that is needed for winter heating and cooking, and make animal food with the one-cylinder gasoline engine operation. Be sure to take a horse-drawn wagon ride around the farm, watch a side-saddle riding demonstration, visit the farm animals, and assist with egg collection. The Armistice, or cease fire that officially stopped the carnage of WWI, went into effect in Europe on November 11, 1918, at 11:00 am. Over the years, Armistice Day, later named Veterans Day, has honored the men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces. At 1:00 pm, join in a special program honoring all U.S. military personnel and veterans to recognize the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.

Admission: $8/adult, $7/Senior (65+), $6/child (ages 4 to 16), and $4/child (ages 2 and 3) and free for children under 2 years of age. Half price for friends members with a current membership card. U.S. military personnel (past and present) admitted FREE. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is located at 73 Kahdena Rd, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-326-7645 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Sunday, November 11 - Raritan Township, Hunterdon County
Hunterdon Land Trust's History Day - Session 2

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 Street in Raritan Township, NJ. 

HLT’s History Day – Session 2 will feature two programs, and begins at 9:30 am when Dave Harding, HLT’s director of outreach and a local historian, will discuss the 1803 murder at the Case-Dvoor Farmstead. The talk includes a brief overview of slavery in New Jersey, the tannery business that operated on the property for decades, and the basement murder. The presentation also features a tour of the historic 1798 stone farm house.

At 11:00 am HLT will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the cease fire ending World War with a program by Brian Armstrong in the wagon house. He'll tell you all about Hunterdon County servicemen who served in the war and will offer a brief overview of the conflict and the political climate when the U.S. entered it.

An independent historian, researcher and author, Armstrong frequently lectures throughout the state on local history. He holds a BA degree in history and a BA in political science from American University, Washington, DC. He is Vice President, Central Region, for the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey and lives in Hunterdon County.

Both events are free; registration is not required.

Programs in HLT’s second History Day – the first was held in July -- is supported by the Astle-Alpaugh Family Foundation. Additional funding is provided by The Tyler Foundation -- PNC Charitable Trusts.

HLT’s Farmers’ Market features a variety of local farmers and vendors offering organic produce, all-natural meats, honey, fresh-baked breads, cave-ripened cheese, eggs, locally roasted coffee, hummuses, salsas and more. Visitors can enjoy a flatbread pizza made with ingredients provided by local farmers.

For more information, visit www.hunterdonlandtrust.org.

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Sunday, November 11 - Hoboken, Hudson County
Solo performance of “An American Soldier’s Journey Home

On Sunday, one hundred years after the last shot in The Great War was fired, Douglas Taurel will perform his new play, “An American Soldier’s Journey Home,” at the Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson Street, at 4:00 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Reservations can be made from a link posted on the Museum’s website, www.hobokenmuseum.org.

Taurel is an actor and creator of the acclaimed solo show, “The American Soldier.” The new play was commissioned by the Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project, and performed at the Library of Congress on Veterans Day and Memorial Day in 2017 to commemorate the centennial of World War I. Veterans Day, which celebrates the service of all U.S. veterans, is observed on the anniversary of the WWI Armistice, which was signed on November 11, 1918. 

The play is based on the life of Irving Greenwald, a soldier who served in World War I in the 308th Infantry Regiment, who was part of the Lost Battalion. His diary is preserved by the Library of Congress Veterans History Project and is part of the Library’s exhibition, “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I.” This play is being presented in conjunction with the Hoboken Museum’s exhibit, “World War I Centennial, 1917-2017: Heaven, Hell or Hoboken.” For more information, visit www.hobokenmuseum.org.

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Sunday, November 11 - Bedminster, Somerset County
Music From The Hamilton Era at the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum

On Sunday, The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House will welcome visitors to an afternoon of music from the Hamilton era, featuring accomplished musicians Anne & Ridley Enslow. Two 60-minute performances will be held at the museum at 1:00 and 2:30 pm.

The Enslows will present a narrative of Hamilton’s life, interspersed with 18th-century music relevant to key episodes during that period. Anne and Ridley appear in period dress and play instruments that are appropriate to the Colonial era.

Tickets are $20 per person. $10 for museum members. Children 12 and under, free. For tickets, visit www.jvanderveerhouse.org or call 908-396-6053.

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, November 11 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
WWI Armistice Day Celebration

Join the Heritage Trail on Sunday as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of WWI Armistice Day. Independent historian Brian Armstrong will speak about the history of World War I including how it started, key battle summary, the political climate in the United States at the time, the actions of  US and NJ servicemen and more. Photos, letters, newspaper reports and military records will be presented, along with happenings on the home front.

Following Mr. Armstrong's presentation, our Pop-Up Museum will open. 
* See the timeline from the beginning to the end of the war. 
*Visit with local residents who will share their personal WWI memorabilia and family stories.  *Encounter a "Doughboy".  
*This Pop-Up Museum will be closed at 4:30 pm. Don't miss this remembrance program for the whole family.

Admission: $10.00 adults, $2.00 Children 8-12 years old, and children under 8 years old free. Space limited to 60 - register online here.

This program will take place at the Historic Phillip Van Horne House, 941 E. Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ. Parking is available in the back of the Target store in the Bridgewater Promenade shopping center. For more information, visit www.heritagetrail.org.

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Through Sunday, December 2 - Paterson, Passaic County
31st Annual Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique

Through December 2, Lambert Castle, home of the Passaic County Historical Society will present the 31st annual Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique. Open Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, the boutique invites you to enjoy shopping for this year's assortment of festive holiday gifts, jewelry, seasonal decorations, crafts, collectibles, and gourmet food in the historic atmosphere and ambiance of Lambert Castle.

Admission to the Boutique is $7 for opening weekend, November 3rd - 4th and $6 for the duration of the show. All admission fees include two return visits. Children under 12 years are admitted free of charge. No child strollers or carriages are permitted inside the Castle. Visa and Mastercard are accepted for purchases. The café will return to the third floor serving a variety of soups, sandwiches, as well as hot and cold drinks. All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the Passaic County Historical Society.

The Passaic County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was founded to cultivate interest among individuals and the community-at-large in the rich history of Passaic County. To this end our museum in Lambert Castle showcases examples of the County's cultural and artistic diversity, as well as examples of the County's natural, civil, military, and ecclesiastical history. The Society also maintains a library and archive, which houses manuscripts, books and photographs of historical and genealogical interest.

Lambert Castle is located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ. For more information, call 973-247-0085 or visit www.lambertcastle.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 January 11, 2019 - Trenton, Mercer County
Changing Face/Changing Place: A Look at the Architectural History of the Trenton Area

The Trenton Museum Society and FVHD Architects - Planners are proud to announce an exhibit celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of the full service architectural design firm founded in Trenton by PL Fowler in 1918. The exhibit, displaying historical and architectural photographs, drawings and artifacts from the FVHD - Architects Planners firm's history is on view in the second floor galleries at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie in Cadwalader Park from September 15, 2018 through January 11, 2019.

The firm is proud of its long history of design excellence in the Trenton area starting in 1918 and continuing today as FVHD Architects. The work of the firm and its predecessors has made a significant impact on the built environment in Mercer County.

The long project history includes many original school buildings for Trenton, Lawrence, and Ewing Township School Districts; the restoration of the 1719 William Trent house; the GM Fisher Body Plant; Mercer Hospital; Waterfront (now Arm & Hammer) Stadium; Ewing Township Municipal/Police Facility; several Trenton City branch library buildings; Trenton public housing and numerous others.

For more information, call 609-989-3632, e-mail tms@ellarslie.org, or visit www.ellarslie.org.

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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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Through June 2019 - Morristown, Morris County
Iconic Culture: From Little Black Dress to Bell Bottoms

Morris County Historical Society’s upcoming exhibit, Iconic Culture: From Little Black Dress to Bell Bottoms, promises to be a one-stop spot for a stroll down memory lane.

From the timeless designs of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel to the trend-setting bell bottoms of Sonny and Cher, MCHS explores more than 50 years of cultural history through a retrospective featuring nearly 100 pieces from its historic textile collection. Iconic Culture will examine how changes in clothing styles mirrored the social climate of their time and the seminal moments and people who defined their decade – with a focus on New Jersey history.

In addition to the fashions, Iconic Culture will highlight cultural milestones in local, state, and national history that coincided with the Roaring 20s, Great Depression, World War II, Civil Rights Movement, and Vietnam Era.

This multimedia exhibit features music, television shows, and radio broadcasts. Visitors will also have an opportunity to share personal recollections about significant events, such as the assassination of President Kennedy.

The exhibit is available through Sunday, June 16, 2019. Morris County Historical Society is located at Acorn Hall, 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown, NJ and is open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11:000 am - 4:00 pm and Sundays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission, which includes the exhibits and landscaped grounds, is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students, and is free for children under 12 and MCHS members. For more information, call 973-267-3465 or visit www.MorrisCountyHistory.org.

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

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