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Thursday, September 19, 2019

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/21/19 - 9/22/19

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, September 21 - Trenton, Mercer County
Smithsonian Museum Day at the New Jersey State Museum

The New Jersey State Museum is pleased to again participate in Smithsonian magazine's 15th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution's Washington D.C.-based museums. The program represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity and inclusion. This year's Museum Day celebrates the influence of music!  

** 11:00 am -- David Fry, "Voice of the People: A History of American Folk Music," in the Museum Auditorium. This interactive and entertaining musical experience explores the rich history of folk music. Dave Fry makes this distinctly American music a creative, contemporary, and accessible art form-and everyone will be dancing and singing in the end!

Stop by the Imagination Studio to discover how music influences visual artists and vice versa with historic and modern examples. Try your hand at creating art based on your favorite song! There will also be a hands-on class to drop in and make your own instrument out of recycled materials. Ongoing from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

FREE Planetarium shows all day - programs at 12:00 noon, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Register and download your free ticket hereThe New Jersey State Museum is located at 205 West State Street, Trenton, NJ. For more information, call 609-292-6300 or visit www.state.nj.us/state/museum.

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Saturday, September 21 - West Orange, Essex County
Fall Family Fun Day
Children Friendly Site

Celebrate Fall Family Fun Day with special family activities at Glenmont, the home and estate of Thomas and Mina Edison in Llewellyn Park between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. Visitors wanting to visit Glenmont, should pick up a car pass from the Laboratory Visitor Center.  Activities include tours of the 29-room Victorian Mansion and tours of the poured concrete garage which houses a circa 1900 Locomobile, 1911 and 1914 Detriot Electrics, 1922 Model T and the 1936 Brewster belonging to Charles Edison. Enjoy water color painting and obstacle course races on the lawn, Victorian board games, Junior Ranger activities, sand art, and a paper airplane building contest and much more.  Explore the 15 acre estate, garage, greenhouse, and the gravesite of Thomas and Mina Edison.

Before going to Glenmont, you must first pick up a car pass and directions at the Laboratory Complex visitor center. You will not be able to get to Glenmont without the special car pass.

The normal site fees are waived at all National Park Service sites on Saturday in honor of National Public Lands Day, including Thomas Edison National Historical Park. The Laboratory Complex Visitor Center is located at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x33 or visit www.nps.gov/edis.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 9/20/19 - 9/22/19

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Brian Armstrong, Author of "The Franklin Park Tragedy," to Give Book Talk and Signing at Franklin Library - 9/23/19

Brian Armstrong, Author of The Franklin Park Tragedy, to Give Book Talk and Signing at Franklin Library (Somerset)
Monday, September 23, 2019

The Franklin Township Public Library is pleased to welcome Brian Armstrong, author of The Franklin Park Tragedy on Monday, September 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm. He will give a presentation (with Q&A) on the subject of his book. A book signing will conclude the event. Books will be available for sale for $20. The event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/14/19 - 9/15/19

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Saturday, September 14 - Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County
Atlantic Highlands Historical Society Outdoor Flea Market

The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society will hold its annual Outdoor Flea Market at the Atlantic Highlands Marina (off First Avenue) on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. The rain date is Saturday, September 21.

The 145 spaces with 100+ vendors will have treasures for everyone, vendors offering a variety of antiques and collectibles, crafts, second time around, and some new items. Among the merchandise to be found is furniture, tools, fishing equipment, jewelry, books, vintage postcards, tee shirts, linens, clothing, toys, art, glassware, and a variety of household goods. Also this year we will hold a Chance Auction for ten delightful baskets brimming with merchandise. The Society will also sell a variety of refreshments, food and baked goods.

Society members will be on hand to answer questions about our organization its programs, projects society memberships and our upcoming events. Society merchandise will also be available for purchase.

All proceeds from this event will be used towards the restoration of the AHHS Museum, the Strauss Mansion, at 27 Prospect Circle, as well as educational programs throughout the year. For more information, call 732-291-4313 or 732-291-9337 or visit www.ahhistory.org.

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Saturday, September 14 - Manalapan, Monmouth County
Spirits of the Jerseys State History Fair
Children Friendly Event and Site

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 9/13/19 - 9/15/19

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/7/19 - 9/8/19

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Saturday, September 7 - Ewing, Mercer County
Ewing Historical Society Annual Flea Market

The Ewing Township Historic Preservation Society's Annual Flea Market will be held on Saturday from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Benjamin Temple House, 27 Federal City Road, Ewing, NJ. Shop for bargains and support the society!

The Ewing Township Historic Preservation Society was founded in the early 1970s, and seeks to preserve, promote, and interpret the history of the township. For more information, call 609-883-2455 or visit www.ethps.org.

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Saturday, September 7 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Yarn Bee
Ages 10+

On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to participate in a yarn bee! Whether  starting  a  new  hobby  or  working  on  an  old  project,  all  are  welcome  to  this  gathering! The  relaxed  atmosphere of this group means no pressure - you can knit or crochet at your own pace, and farm staff will be on-hand to  assist  those  wanting  to  learn  a  new skill. Bring your own supplies, or borrow ours. Open to ages 10 and up. This free events run from 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm.

Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. For more information, call 732-946-3758 or visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 9/6/19 - 9/8/19

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Glenmont Garden Party - 9/28/19

Glenmont Garden Party
Saturday, September 28, 2019

If you love the natural colors of summer and have a curiosity about our New Jersey legend Thomas Alva Edison, our Glenmont Garden Party is sure to be an amazing early evening of fun!

The Friends of Thomas Edison National Historical Park is holding a Garden Party on the lawn of Glenmont, Edison's home in Llewellyn Park, 12 Honeysuckle Avenue, West Orange, NJ on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 4:00 - 6:30 pm. You will be able to tour the newly refurbished gardens, enjoy local food and music, and a signature cocktail. The garden party will be held rain or shine under a tent.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

NJ Labor Day Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/31/19 - 9/1/19

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Saturday, August 31 - Toms River, Ocean County
Antiques and Collectibles Faire

Celebrate Labor Day with your family and friends at the Ocean County Historical Society's Antiques and Collectibles Faire on Saturday at the Ocean County Parking Garage at the intersection of Madison and Hadley Avenues in Toms River, NJ from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Join the fun as you shop for antiques and collectibles as well as items crafted by a local wool spinner, basket maker, and decoy carver. Buy a 50-50 raffle ticket sponsored by OCHS.


History buffs will be thrilled to know that they can chat with Civil War reenactors who make history come alive. Children are welcome to participate in games and crafts of the Civil War era. Families may visit the medical tent and learn more about the work of the full Union surgeon, carrying the rank of major, who will display surgical, dental, and other medical instruments and explain where the full surgeon worked during the Civil War.

There will be a classic car display presented by N.J. Shore Regional National Chrysler Products Club. Food trucks will be available. Tour the OCHS museum and its current exhibitions. The event will be held rain or shine! For more information, visit 
www.oceancountyhistory.org.

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Saturday, August 31 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Cookstove Demonstration
Children Friendly Site & Event

On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to see what is cooking on the woodstove in the out kitchen. Discover how food, receipts, cooking techniques, and the kitchen itself has changed since the 1890s. This free events run from 11:00 am - 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.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 8/30/19 - 9/1/19

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/24/19 - 8/25/19

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Saturday, August 24 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
Battery Gunnison/New Peck Restoration
Children Friendly Event

The Army Ground Forces Association volunteer group will be dressed in WWII era uniform performing restorations projects and interpreting Battery Gunnison/New Peck and its 6-inch guns at Sandy Hook, a unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Visitors are invited to stop by on this work and training day to chat and learn more about the historic time period of March 1943, the preparation for the May 1943 reactivation of Battery Gunnison/New Peck, and the restoration and preservation projects currently underway. This free event will be held from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm at Battery Gunnison, Lot G Beach Plaza. For more information, call 718-354-4606 or visit www.nps.gov/gate.

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Saturday, August 24 - Chester, Morris County
Industrial Crafts Day
Children Friendly Site

On Saturday, from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, discover early industrial crafts, with demonstrations by a blacksmith, a tinsmith, tin piercers, weavers, and spinners. Create your own tin-pierced craft to take home. Cost: $3/adult, $2/senior (65+), $1/age 4 - 16 and FREE/under age 4. The Cooper Gristmill is located at 66 Route 513, Chester, NJ. For more information, call 908-879-5463 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 8/23/19 - 8/25/19

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/17/19 - 8/18/19

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Saturday, August 17 - Chester, Morris County
Lace Creations
Children Friendly Site

On Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, watch the nimble fingers of the Lost Art Lacers of North Jersey as they perform the centuries-old arts of bobbin lace-making and tatting. Try your hand at bobbin lacing. Cost: Suggested donation of $3 per adult, $2 per senior, and $1 per child age 4 - 16. The Cooper Gristmill is located at 66 Route 513, Chester, NJ. For more information, call 908-879-5463 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 8/16/19 - 8/18/19

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Historic Delaware River Series Explores 1955 Flood - 8/18/19

Historic Delaware River Series Explores 1955 Flood
Sunday, August 18, 2019

Learn about the deadly Delaware River flood of 1955 that killed nearly 100 people, destroyed bridges and washed away homes and summer camps at the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers Market on Sunday, August 18 at 10:00 am. The market is located at the Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine Street, Flemington, NJ.

In the Hunterdon Land Trust’s second Historic Delaware River Series program, Mary A. Shafer, author of Devastation on the Delaware: Stories and Images of the Deadly Flood of 1955, will discuss in words and images the terrifying flood and its tragic aftermath on the 64th anniversary of the event.

In August of 1955, two hurricanes slammed into the Carolinas and charged north. By the time they hit the Hunterdon County area, both had weakened to tropical storms, but dumped heavy rains all through the Delaware Valley.

Ferry and Main Streets, Lambertville, NJ, 1955

Thursday, August 8, 2019

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/10/19 - 8/11/19

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Out of State, but Close Enough!
Friday, August 9 - Saturday, August 10 - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania
52nd Annual Goschenhoppen Folk Festival
Children Friendly Event


The Goschenhoppen Historians will be hosting their annual folk festival this Friday and Saturday. 

You may be asking what is Goschenhoppen? Goschenhoppen is one of the oldest continuously existing Pennsylvania German communities in America. Their annual festival showcases the daily life of the Pennsylvania Germans in the 18th and 19th centuries. Over 500 volunteers, dressed in period clothing, use authentic tools to recreate traditional home skills, trades, pastimes, foods, and folk music. 

Learn about the Antes Plantation on Friday between 12:00 noon and 8:00 pm and Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Enjoy the authentic interpretation of the Pennsylvania German folk culture. Become a part of and learn the traditions, skills and trades of the Pennsylvania Germans. Eat some old fashioned Pennsylvania Dutch foods and listen to the folk music as well at this family oriented event! The Henry Antes Plantation is located at 318 Colonial Road, Perkiomenville, PA. For more information, visit http://goschenhoppenevents.com.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 8/9/19 - 8/11/19

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/3/19 - 8/4/19

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Saturday, August 3 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
James P. Allaire’s Birthday and Guild Day
Children Friendly Event & Site

Join us in celebrating our founder’s birthday! James P. Allaire founded the Howell Iron Works in 1822 as an iron factor town.  Now as a living history museum, we like to take a day and celebrate our almost 200 year history.  We will have craft demonstrations, speeches, and fanfare. All of our guilds will be out demonstrating their crafts.  This is a great day to come out see what the village is all about if you are interested in volunteering.

Tour Mr. Allaire’s home, enjoy birthday cake and entertainment throughout the village! Participate in our field day activities and try your hand at horseshoes and Whist!

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.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 8/2/19 - 8/4/19

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The MCHA Revolutionary Rave Returns To Middletown - 8/3/19

The MCHA Revolutionary Rave Returns To Middletown
August 3, 2019

The Monmouth County Historical Association (MCHA) has announced its second annual Revolutionary Rave, an authentic re-creation of colonial-era costumes, music, dancing, games and popular period pastimes. The event will once again be held at the historic Taylor-Butler House, built in 1853, and widely considered the grandest house in Middletown at the time, located at 127 Kings Highway. The Revolutionary Rave is set for Saturday, August 3, 2019, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for MCHA members and $25 for non-members.

“Our inaugural event last summer was a delightful success, as people of all ages curious about history came to experience a bit of 18th century social entertainment,” said Meg Sharp Walton, executive director, MCHA. “At this year’s Rave, people can once again enjoy live music, learn popular dance steps of the Colonial era, or try their luck at cards or other period games.”

18th century dancing at the Revolutionary Rave. Photo credit: Sara Stadtmiller, 2018.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 7/27/19 - 7/28/19

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Friday - Saturday, July 26 - 27 - Paterson, Passaic County
Shakespeare at Lambert Castle

Visitors to Lambert Castle on Friday and Saturday may find themselves transported to Elizabethan times. The Passaic County Historical Society will host ATC Studios’ Summer Shakespeare Conservatory for three performances of a (Mini) Taming of the Shrew at Lambert Castle on Friday at 7:00 pm in the Gallery and Saturday at 3:00 and 5:00 pm on the Castle lawn.

The production is the culmination of a 4 week program at Clifton’s ATC. The performance, which will last less than an hour and a half, is definitely user-friendly: a great way to introduce someone to the Bard, and a wonderful treat for those who know the works well. 

For the Gallery performance on Friday, tickets are $10, general admission. There is limited seating. Call 862-243-ATCS (2827) for reservations. Lawn performances on Saturday are FREE and donations are gratefully accepted. Royalty Seating for Saturday's performances (reserved prime lawn space): $10. If you are attending the lawn performance, please bring beach chairs, lawn chairs, or a blanket.

Lambert Castle is located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ. For more information, call 973-247-0085 or visit www.lambertcastle.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 7/26/19 - 7/28/19

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