Thursday, April 11, 2019

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/13/19 - 4/14/19

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, April 13 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Tour Paulsdale and Author 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 DVD presentation about Alice Paul's life and work and a walk around the porch where visitors learn about the Paul family's daily life in the house, the restoration of the house, and its present day use as a girl's leadership center. No registration is required, but large groups are encouraged to call ahead. Tours are $5.00 per person.

At 2:00 pm, we are excited to host author Tina Cassidy for a presentation of her latest book Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait?: Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, and The Fight for the Right To Vote. This newly released book highlights the intersecting storylines of Alice Paul and former President Woodrow Wilson. Cassidy profiles Wilson’s arrival into Washington, D.C., for his inauguration expecting fanfare and instead found the parade of 8,000 suffragist supporters that Alice Paul organized to bring awareness to the fight. Don’t miss the compelling author talk! Admission to the talk is $5 per person or included with $5 tour of Paulsdale at 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm.

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, April 13 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
Nike Missile Radar Site Tours

Guided tours of the Integrated Fire Control (IFC) site will allow you to see the inner workings of the facility where supersonic nuclear armed Nike Hercules missiles were controlled and guided using Cold War era computers and radars. You will have the opportunity to meet and talk with some of the veterans who actually worked on the Nike Air Defense System. Free tours from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Meet at Horseshoe Cove, Parking Lot L on Sandy Hook, part of Gateway National Recreation Area. For more information, call 732-872-5970 or visit www.nps.gov/gate.

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Saturday, April 13 - Princeton, Mercer County
Stony Brook Walking Tour

Before there was a "Princeton," six Quaker families established a community on the fertile ground along Stony Brook. This two-hour hike explores the lives of the early settlers and the community they established, while following a portion of the trail George Washington took from Trenton to the Princeton Battlefield. Stops include the Stony Brook Meeting House and Burial Ground, walking a portion of the "hidden" back road into Princeton, and a view of the Battlefield.

Admission: $5 per person and includes farmhouse museum admission. Tours begin at the Updike Farmstead farmhouse, 354 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ at 1:00 pm and ends at 3:00 pm. Space is limited. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-921-6748 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

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Saturday, April 13 - Haledon, Passaic County
"Working Class New York" Exhibit Reception

"Working Class New York," an exhibit of black-and-white contemporary photography by Dakota Santiago, is currently on view at the American Labor Museum. As a photographer, Mr. Santiago focuses his work on social issues of the New York metro area. In Working Class New York, he uses the power of the camera lens to document the blue-collar landscape in union-strong New York City. 

On Saturday at 3:00 pm, the general public is cordially invited to an exhibit reception with Dakota Santiago who will discuss his work. Light refreshments will be served.

The Botto House National Landmark, home of the American Labor Museum, is located at 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, NJ. It was the meeting place for over 20,000 silk mill workers during the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike. The museum offers a free lending library, restored period rooms, changing exhibits, museum Store, old world gardens, educational programs and special events. The museum’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and by appointment. For more information, call 973-595-7953, e-mail labormuseum@gmail.com, or visit www.labormuseum.net.

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Saturday, April 13 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Plowing and Harrowing
Children Friendly Event

On Saturday, free wagon tours of Howell Living History Farm's spring plowing operations will leave from the farmyard, taking visitors to fields where farmers will be plowing with horses and circa 1900 equipment. Rides last approximately 20 minutes and are given on a first come, first serve basis. Tours will be narrated. Rides will leave from the farmyard continuously from 10:30 am until 3:00 pm.

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, April 13 - Brick Township, Ocean County
Havens Homestead Opening

The Brick Township Historical Society will re-open its Havens Homestead Museum at 521 Herbertsville Road, Brick, NJ for the 2019 season on Saturday from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon.  On that day will be a special exhibit of coins from the collection of Russell Martone. This collection consists of one penny from each year, a numerical collection from 1850 to 2019. As Martone observed, "Cents are made each year from different mints, Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco." But, he has been fortunate to collect 169 pennies from those successive years.

The museum will be open for tours on Saturdays from April 13 through October from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon except for major holiday weekends. Admission is free, and donations are gratefully accepted for the upkeep of the buildings. For more information,  call 732-785-2500 or visit www.bricktownshiphistoricalsociety.com.

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Saturday, April 13 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Cookstove Demonstration
Children Friendly Event

On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, to see what is cooking on the wood-fired stove. Discover how food, recipes, cooking techniques and the kitchen itself has changed since the 1890s.

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, April 13 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
Spring Publick Ball

The British have high-tailed it back to New Brunswick, Lord Cornwallis has vacated the home of Philip Van Horne on his quest to capture General Lincoln to no avail - what do we colonials do? Party at Convivial Hill of course!

Join the Middlebrook Theatrical Society for an evening of pleasant 18th century English and Scottish Country dances with live music by the amazing Anne and Ridley Enslow! Beginners most welcome. The series of dances are structured to progress form the very simple, allowing full participation by all attendees. This is a rare opportunity to learn country line dancing in the colonial style!

Two left feet? Come and enjoy the camaraderie of the era. Light refreshments served in the manner of Coffee, including coffee, chocolate, biscuits and toast. Come smartly dressed with shoes for dancing and if you have it, Colonial attire is encouraged.

Admission: $20.00 per person or $15.00 for reenactors and those in colonial attire. Tickets may be purchased at the door for this event, but since space is limited, reservations must be made by calling Cindy at 310-691-9388. Click here to register online. This event will be held at the Van Horne House, 941 E. Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ. All are welcome to this very fun, non-stuffy event. For more information, visit www.heritagetrail.org.

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Saturday, April 13- Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Allaire Village Early Spring Flea Market
Children Friendly Site

Join Allaire Village for their first flea market of the season! Hunt for hidden treasures amid furniture, books, art work, bottles, knick knacks, and so much more! The event runs from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. $2 admission for adults. Children under 12 and members get in free. The Village, General Store, and Bakery are open as well. The rain date is Sunday, April 14.

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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Saturday, April 13 - Vineland, Cumberland County
"A History of Vineland’s Brothels"

Disorderly houses, brothels, houses of ill-repute...no matter how many different names they had, such places primarily serve one purpose—and such establishments flourished in Vineland between the mid-19th and early years of the 20th century.

Brittney Ingersoll, a curator with the Cumberland County Historical Society, will offer a presentation on "A History of Vineland’s Brothels," at 2:00 on Saturday at the Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society, 108 S. Seventh Street, Vineland, NJ.

Ingersoll received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in American history from Rutgers University, where she was one of the co-founders of the Graduate History Club. In recent years, she has extensively researched this little-known area of local history.

Museum doors will open at 1:30 pm for light refreshments and Ingersoll’s presentation will begin at 2:00 pm. Admission is $2. For more information, call 856-691-1111, e-mail vinelandhistory@gmail.com or visit www.discovervinelandhistory.org.

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Saturday, April 13  -  Morris Township, Morris County
Workers on The Farm: 1900s Immigration Experience
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday, experience a day in the life of the immigrant farm workers and servants who worked for the Foster family at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Imagine what it took to start a new life in a new country in the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Take an exciting journey through history, and learn about the ordinary people whose extraordinary American journeys led to their employment at Fosterfields farm. Compare the traditions and experiences of immigrant workers from different places, such as Ireland and England, as well as how their life experiences compared to the Fosters.

Roll up your sleeves, and lend a hand with planting seeds, weighing eggs, churning butter, and other daily farm chores. Stop by the Carriage House, and assist the coachman with his job. Visit the farmhouse to learn about Irish-American food traditions, and listen to performances by piper Mick Burgess and musician Linda Russell.

Admission: $8 for adults; $7 for seniors (65+); $6 for children ages 3 – 16. FREE for children under age 3. Friends members half price with a current membership card. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is located at 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-326-7645 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Saturday, April 13 - Cape May, Cape May County
Welcome to Cape May Trolley Tour

This tour is designed for the first-time visitor to Cape May who wants a quick introduction to the many cultural, historical, and natural attractions on the island. From Cape May Harbor to Sunset Beach, tourgoers will learn all they need to know to make the most of their Cape May visit. Tours begin and end at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth.


Adults $15 and children (ages 3-12) $8. Tours on Saturday at 2:30 pm. 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, April 13 - 14 - Lower Township, Cape May County
Climb the Cape May Lighthouse
Children Friendly

On Saturday, the Cape May Lighthouse, Oil House and Museum Shop reopens for the season. The lighthouse is an 1859 structure with 199 steps to the watch gallery for a panoramic view of the Jersey Cape and Atlantic Ocean. For those who choose not to climb, the Oil House contains a fully-accessible Visitors' Orientation Center and a Museum Shop stocked with maritime accessories and lighthouse memorabilia. Open 11:00 am - 3:00 pm on Saturday. Cape May Point State Park is located in Lower Township, NJ. Admission to the Visitors' Orientation Center and the ground floor of the lighthouse is free. Tower admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3-12). 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, April 13 - 14 - 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. Tours will be at 11:15 am and 12:30 pm on Saturday and 12:30 and 1:45 pm on Sunday. Admission is $15 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, April 13 - 14 - Cape May, Cape May County
Physick Estate Scavenger Hunt
Family Friendly

Have an adventure the whole family will enjoy at the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate! Use our map to explore the grounds and find the answers to questions about the Physick family and life in Victorian times on this educational scavenger hunt. Turn in your answer sheet at the Carriage House Museum Shop and receive a prize!

$5 includes map and clues. Maps and clues available at the Hill House office or the Carriage House Visitors Center at the Emlen Physick Estate. The Emlem Physick Estate is located at 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, April 13 - 14 - Cape May, Cape May County
Cape May Historic District Trolley Tour

Enjoy a 45 minute guided tour with entertaining and enlightening stories about the nation's oldest seaside resort and how it survived. Accessible trolley available with advance notification. Tours begin and end at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth.

Adults $15 and children (ages 3-12) $8. Tours on Saturday at 10:30 am and Sunday at 11:45 am. 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, April 13 - 14 - 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, April 13 - 14 - Whippany, Morris County
Easter Bunny Express
Children Friendly Event

New Jersey's Original Easter Bunny Express celebrates its 27th continuous year of operation in 2019. Celebrate the return of spring and the Easter holidays with a ride on the Whippany Railway Museum's Easter Bunny Express. Our Special Easter Train Ride ensures a fun outing for the kids...and the entire family.

During each excursion, the Easter Bunny makes his way through the train and visits with the children onboard. The Bunny's helpers follow along, giving the kids a special Easter gift. Be sure to bring your camera and take pictures of the kids with the Easter Bunny, so they can always remember their day onboard the train! Our kid-friendly hobos and clowns will also be on each train to entertain the children with tricks and jokes.

The 10-mile, 45-minute round trip excursion from Whippany to Roseland and return is a thrill for the children as they enjoy what for many will be their very first train ride...and they can also learn about and experience the history of New Jersey's rich railroad and transportation heritage. Riders will have time onboard the train to enjoy the spring weather and the excitement during the ride.

The Whippany Railway Museum's Easter train is the original excursion of its type in the North Jersey area - since 1992 our Easter Trains have been complete sell-outs, and seeing the excited faces of the children as they climb aboard the train ensures an afternoon of family fun. Passengers can combine the thrill of riding our Springtime Streamliner along with touring the museum site, with its outstanding collection of historic railroad locomotives, rolling stock, operating model train layouts and vintage farm tractors.

In addition to the regular coaches that make up the train, make your day Extra Special by purchasing limited tickets for a nostalgic Easter ride aboard the museum's elegant 1927-era Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ) 'Club Car' Jersey Coast. The car has the look and feel of a private club with individual leather chairs, mahogany interior accented with stained glass, built-in tables and period ceiling fans. The Jersey Coast, recalls the 1930s when the CNJ operated its deluxe coach train, The Blue Comet, between Jersey City and Atlantic City, NJ. The striking, authentic exterior paint scheme of cream and blue reminds one of a comet streaking through space. It is the only car of its type operating in New Jersey.

So round up your family and friends and climb aboard for some great Easter fun and laughter! Ordering tickets is fast and easy! Trains depart at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm each day, rain, snow, or shine. The Whippany Railroad is located at 1 Railroad Plaza, at the Intersection of Route 10 West & Whippany Road in Whippany, NJ. Train fare for coach: Adults: $17.00, Children (under 12): $12.00, Infants (1 year and under): Free. 

The Museum building will be open from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm each day of operation. Admission is included with your train ticket price.

To order tickets and for more information, visit www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net or call 973-887-8177. 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 further enhance the Museum's mission and its historic preservation efforts.

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Saturday - Sunday, April 13 - 14 - Teterboro, Bergen County
Open Cockpit Weekend
Children Friendly

The Aviation Hall of Fame announces an “Open Cockpit Weekend” on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm each day. Visitors can check out the cockpits of some of our extraordinary aircraft, including a very rare Lockheed bush plane, a “M*A*S*H” Bell-47 helicopter, the world’s last remaining Martin 202 airliner, a TWA Convair 880 jetliner circa 1959, and sit in the cab of an airport fire truck.

People, young and old can learn how the flight systems work. Qualified pilots will help guests understand the instruments and controls of these special aircraft.

Admission: $12.00 adults, $9.00 seniors and children under 12, 2 and under are free. Other Open Cockpit weekend dates in 2019 are May 18-19, July 6-7, August 17-18, October 5-6, and November 9-10.

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, April 13 - 14 - South Bound Brook, Somerset County
Battle of Bound Brook
Children Friendly Event and Site

Join us for an exciting and historic weekend! This two-day program explores the American Revolutionary War during the time-frame of the Battle of Bound Brook and the foraging wars of 1777. Learn about and experience this important period in New Jersey’s and America’s history. Weekend activities include:

Saturday:
* 10:30 am: First street battle reenactment at the Old Stone Arch Bridge in Bound Brook (near the Queens Bridge). The Loyalist troops attack and push the Patriot Forces in a Retreat up Bolmer Avenue to the cemetery.

11:30 - 11:45 am: Ceremony at Old Presbyterian Graveyard next to Bound Brook Memorial Library, 402 E. High Street, Bound Brook, NJ.

* 11:45 am - 1:00 pm: Lunch for Soldiers on Hamilton Street, Bound Brook – with American, British and Hessian Soldiers of the American Revolution!

* 1:30 - 2:30 pm: Second street battle along Main Street, South Bound Brook, (Weston Canal Road to Maple Avenue) featuring American and British units portraying the soldiers of the American Revolution.

* 2:30 - 4:00 pm: Soldiers return to 18th century soldiers encampment at the Abraham Staats House, 17 von Steuben Lane, South Bound Brook. Grounds open to the public, free of charge.

* 4:00 - 7:00 pm: Pasta Dinner at the Reformed Church Fellowship Hall 113 Clinton Street, South Bound Brook. Free to registered reenactors and open to the public: Adults: $10 / Seniors: $9 / age 5-10: $6 / age 4 and under free. Call Rev. Martin Winters at cell 732-322-1899 or email martin_winters@hotmail.com for information.

Sunday:
7:30 am - 12:00 noon: Breakfast Buffet at the South Bound Brook Fire Co. #1, 83 Edgewood Terrace, South Bound Brook. Free to registered reenactors and open to the public: Adults: $9 / Seniors: $8 / under age 10: $6 / under age 5 free.

At the Abraham Staats House:
* 10:30 am - 4:00 pm: 18th century soldiers encampment. Grounds open to the public, free of charge.

1:00 - 2:00 pm: Lecture - Robert A. Mayers presenting "The Bloody Battle of Bound Brook- A Humiliating American Defeat or a Courageous Stand by Outnumbered Patriots?" followed by a book signing. Historic House Tours Weekend Pass includes tours and lecture.

2:30 – 3:30 pm: Battle on the Grounds: Watch the American and British soldiers as they drill and perform military maneuvers of the American Revolution.

Both days: 
* 18th-century soldiers' encampment on the grounds of the Abraham Staats House. Come walk through camp and see what life was like for American and British troops during the time of the American Revolution.
* Historic House Tours: The Abraham Staats House, with the original structure c. 1740, was home to the Staats family for nearly 200 years and served as the headquarters for George Washington's "Drillmaster" Baron von Steuben.   
* Exhibits, period music, special activities focused on the Colonial Era.

Parking for events in South Bound Brook is available along Main Street, in the Elm Street Parking Lot and along public streets in the area of the Soldiers Encampment. Parking in Bound Brook is available throughout the town and in Billian Park. Intermittent street closings are expected during the weekend in South Bound Brook, and Bound Brook to accommodate the march of the soldiers.

Historic House Tours Weekend Pass includes tours, Sunday lectures, and special presentations. Adults: $10/Seniors & age 18 & under: $5/Family Pass (up to 5 members): $20. Passes available at the Main Tent and online at www.staatshouse.org. Events on the grounds and parking at the Abraham Staats House and the street battles are all free.  The Abraham Staats House is located at 17 von Steuben Lane, South Bound Brook, NJ. For more information, visit www.staatshouse.org.

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Sunday, April 14 - 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, April 14 - Ledgewood, Morris County
Museums at Drakesville Open House

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. 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, April 14 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Blacksmith Demonstration
Children Friendly Event

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 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.

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Sunday, April 14 - Paterson, Passaic County
Blue Valley Concert at Lambert Castle

On Sunday at 5:00 pm in Lambert Castle, Blue Valley will return to the Lambert Concert Series. Clifton-based, acoustic rock band, Blue Valley will be playing songs from their recently-completed second CD, as well as other original songs, and favorites from recording artists who influenced their music. Those attending their 5th annual concert will receive a copy of their new CD: "Take Me Back to Dreams." For more information about Blue Valley, visit their website bluevalleymusic.com. Admission to the concert is $15. Seating is limited; no reservations will be taken.

This performance is a part of the 2019 Lambert Castle Concert Series. Featuring local musicians and a variety of musical genres, all concerts are performed in the beautiful atmosphere that is Lambert Castle. Check our website for a complete listing of performances and dates.

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

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Sunday, April 14 - Greenwich, Cumberland County
“Becoming British: Anglicization and the American Revolution”

In 1763 the American colonies had never been so British. In just over a decade, however, the United States declared its independence from Great Britain. This talk will discuss how the presence of Anglicization in the American colonies, especially, south Jersey, developed, and explore how and why independence and why was deemed necessary by 1776.

Andrew Lawrence Ingersoll has a Master of the Arts in History from Rutgers University – Camden, with a focus in Colonial American History. He teachers at Camden County College and Cumberland County College. He is also the Curator of the Gibbon House Museum, part of the Cumberland County Historical Society.

Light refreshments will be served. The program begins at 2:00 pm at the Warren and Reba Lummis Genealogical & Historical Library, 981 Ye Greate Street, Greenwich NJ. For more information, call 856-455-8580 or visit www.cchistsoc.org.

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Sunday, April 14 - Sparta, Sussex County
Curt E. Engelbrecht: Views through his Lens"


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Through Sunday, April 14 - Cape May, Cape May County
Collecting History: Personal Collections of Cape May's African American Community
Family Friendly

Collecting is a lifelong passion for many individuals who hunt, preserve, and curate items of importance and interest. It's not just the object that holds curiosity, but the story it has to tell. Never before seen personal collections of dolls, stamps, postcards, hats, books, art, and pocket watches will be exhibited along with John Nash's collection. Mr. Nash was a beloved community historian whose dedication to collecting Cape May's African American history formed the basis for Center for Community Arts' Nash African American History Archives.

This exhibit will be held at the Carroll Gallery on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate. Admission to the exhibit is free. Visit www.capemaymac.org/carriage-house-hours for exhibit hours. The Emlem Physick Estate is located at 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. 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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Through Sunday, May 12, 2019 - East Amwell, Hunterdon County
Florence Moonan Exhibit
Family Friendly

Florence Moonan is a New Jersey artist who is passionate about painting and music. When she was a child growing up in Lambertville, her heart was set on performing, but a set of acrylics gifted from her dad redirected her focus and she began painting at home while raising four children. Today, her home and studio are located in Stockton.

She was employed at The College of New Jersey (previously known as Trenton State College) over 30 years. During that time she began taking art courses through their tuition-waiver program. One semester she registered for a studio class with a remarkable professor who taught her to express her inner thoughts and emotions through color and texture. It was a revelation and she began working in an abstract manner. Using acrylic paints and mixed media, intuitive paintings began to spring up from bits and pieces from her memory. Family mementos, loss, travel, and above all, music, began to inform her work. It was a turning point. She was learning a new language. Today, she is known for colorful abstract venetian plaster paintings. Through this medium she learned to create bold new ways of mark making using metal scrapers and various tools. Visual surfaces of color and motion emerge after multiple layers of hand-tinted plaster were added and subtracted. The surfaces are hand burnished and the results produce a tactile texture as smooth as a stone tossed by the sea. Her paintings evoke a range of moods from playful to mysterious. A mystery waiting to be revealed to her and to be interpreted by the viewer.

Moonan advanced in her career at The College while continuing her studies and building a professional art portfolio. In December 2002 she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts summa cum laude. She retired in 2007 and began painting full time.

Her artwork was selected for the 2017-2018 New Jersey Emerging Artists Series at Monmouth Museum. Her paintings have been selected for numerous juried shows, invitationals, and group exhibitions throughout the United States including: D & R Greenway Land Trust (First Place Award); Phillips Mill, New Hope Arts Center, Prallsville Mills; Ellarslie at Trenton City Museum; 11th GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, (First Prize Award) Reading, PA; The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ; Hunterdon Art Museum, NJ; Maryland Federation of Art, MD; Chautauqua Institution, NY, and the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission’s Invitational Biennial.

The East Amwell Historical Society will present the Florence Moonan Exhibit at the East Amwell Museum 1053 Old York Road, Ringoes, NJ. The opening reception will be held on Friday, April 12 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Admission to the East Amwell Museum and exhibit will be free and open to the public on weekends from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The exhibit will be on display from April 6 through May 12, 2019. For more information, visit www.eastamwellhistory.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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Through November 11, 2019 - Woodbury, Gloucester County
War to End Wars: Centennial of WWI & Veterans’ Day

War to End Wars: Centennial of WWI & Veterans’ Day, our new exhibit at the Gloucester County Historical Society Museum, honors the centennial of World War I and its veterans.  Come view uniforms worn by local, youthful doughboys as well as original liberty bond and enlistment posters carefully preserved by our librarians for over one hundred years! The exhibit also honors veterans of all wars since World War I as Americans now celebrate the day the war ended as Veterans’ Day. The exhibit is now open and will run through Veterans’ Day. The exhibit will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The museum is also open on the last Sunday of each month September through April from 2:00 - 5:00 pm as well as Saturdays April 6 and May 4 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. 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 2019 - Ridgewood, Bergen County
Here Comes The Bride - Chronicling Two Hundred Years of Wedding Customs & Traditions

Something old. Something new. Something borrowed. Something blue. Tossing the bouquet. Bride and Groom cake toppers. Putting a sixpence in your shoe. Where did these traditions originate? Why do we still honor them today? Please join us as we walk down the aisle and trace the history of Ridgewood’s wedding traditions.

The Schoolhouse Museum celebrates the opening of its current featured exhibit “Here Comes The Bride - Chronicling Two Hundred Years of Wedding Customs & Traditions.” This new exhibit features items dating from 1789-1989, showcasing many beautiful wedding gowns from the museum's collection - some of which have never been on exhibit before.

While at the museum, see the curio cabinet exhibit “50 Small Things with Big Histories.” The exhibits are open until December 2019 and are free to the public with donations suggested at the door. Museum hours are Thursdays and Saturdays from 1:00 - 3:00 pm and Sundays from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

The Schoolhouse Museum is a historic one-room schoolhouse in Ridgewood, New Jersey, originally built in 1872, that has been turned into a gallery space which now houses the Ridgewood Historical Society. Entirely volunteer-run, the non-profit Historical Society presents annual exhibits, events and workshops in a community that values education, family and local and national history. The museum is located at 650 E Glen Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ.

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Through June 28, 2020 -  Piscataway, Middlesex County
Mid-Century New Jersey Exhibit


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

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