Thursday, May 9, 2019

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/11/19 - 5/12/19

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Friday - Saturday, May 10 - 11 - Paterson, Passaic County
Golden Spike Ceremony 150 Anniversary Celebration at the Paterson Museum

Join the staff of the Paterson Museum on Friday and Saturday to commemorate the Golden Spike Ceremony of 1869. The Paterson Museum is located at 2 Market Street, just around the corner and within walking distance of Great Falls National Historical Park.

On Saturday, starting at 6:30 pm, there will be a fundraiser party, with a showing of the "The Great Train Robbery," along with souvenir photos and prizes.

On Sunday, from 12:30 - 4:30 pm, you will find information tables, model trains, and souvenir photos. For more information, call 973-321-1260 or visit https://patersonmuseum.com.

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Saturday, May 11 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Late Spring Flea Market
Children Friendly Site

Hunt for bargains among vintage treasures, bric-a-brac, books, art work, handmade items, knick-knacks and so much more!Rain date is Sunday, May 12. Gates open for shoppers at 8:00 am and the market closes at 3:00 pm.

$2 admission for adults and children under 12 are free. 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, May 11 - Roebling, Burlington County
Roebling Museum Saturday Lecture Series
In the Shadow of Genius: The Brooklyn Bridge and Its Creators

The Roebling Museum is proud to present another installment of its monthly, Saturday Lecture Series. Join us for a discussion and book signing with photographer and author Barbara G. Mensch.

A photographer’s quest to understand the brilliant minds and remarkable lives of those who built the Brooklyn Bridge, In the Shadow of Genius combines Barbara Mensch’s striking photographs with a powerful first-person narrative to cast a unique light on the concept of genius. Mensch takes the reader on a personal journey by recalling her experiences living alongside the bridge for more than 30 years, and then by tracing her own curious path to understanding the genius of John, Washington and Emily Roebling.

Many of Mensch’s photographs were inspired by her visits to the Roebling Archives housed at Rutgers University, where she pieced together, through notebooks, diaries, letters and drawings, the seminal locations and events that affected their lives. The project fuses the record of history with contemporary imagery.

Barbara G. Mensch is a contemporary photographer who probes her subject matter with the curiosity and stamina of a detective. Her widely regarded images have been the subject of numerous articles in publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Observer, and Time Out. She has published two books on New York’s legendary Fulton Market, now demolished, which she photographed under the scrutinizing eyes of federal law enforcement and the organized crime community. Mensch has had numerous exhibitions of her photographic work. Her images are represented in some of New York City’s most prestigious galleries and her work is included in important collections, including those of MOMA, the Museum of the City of New York, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Fundacion Televisa of Mexico City, the Bibliotheque Nationale, Elton John and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Ms. Mensch is collaborating with producer Spike Jones Jr. on a miniseries for television based on her book.

$7 general admission and $6 for museum members. The Roebling Museum is located at 100 Second Avenue, Roebling, NJ. Ample parking is available in the Museum lot off Hornberger Avenue, adjacent to the Roebling River Line parking area. The River line has a Roebling stop just behind the museum. The museum is a short walk from the Roebling stop. Visitors are also encouraged not to park on 2nd Avenue on the residential side of the building. For more information, call 609-499-7200 or visit www.roeblingmuseum.org.

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Saturday, May 11 - 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 3:30 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, May 11 - Princeton, Mercer County
The Magic and History of Marquand Park

In 1953, the Marquand family donated 17 acres of their estate, Guernsey Hall, to the municipality of Princeton to serve as an arboretum and passive recreation park. Once part of a 30-acre farm owned by Judge Richard Stockton Field, Marquand Park is home to more than 150 different tree specimens, some dating back over 170 years!

Join Bob Wells, Associate Director of Arboriculture at Morris Arboretum, and Roland Machold, former Marquand Park Foundation board member, as they share the history of the property and highlight the native and exotic trees in the collection on Saturday at 1:00 pm. The tour will last approximately one hour. Tickets are FREE, but registration is required, as space is limited.

Starting location: Marquand Park parking lot on Lover's Lane between Stockton and Mercer Streets. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-921-6748 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

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Saturday, May 11 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Tour Paulsdale

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 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. Tours are $5.00 per person.

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, May 11 - Tewksbury, Hunterdon County
Tewksbury Historical Society Tag Sale

The Tewksbury Historical Society will be holding a Tag Sale on Saturday from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, rain or shine, as the sale will be inside at our Oldwick Carriage House at 5 James Street in Oldwick.

The society has received lots of quality items that it will be selling including antiques, china, retro table with 4 chairs, glass top round table with 6 chairs, rectangular glass top table, set of 6 oak chairs, antique drop leaf tables, antique wheel chair, pair swivel bar chairs, antique baby carriage, wicker baby basinet, desks, night stands, many pieces or original art work, floor lamps, antique cranberry tabletop lamp, china, dishes, glass sets, household items, sterling silver pieces, candle holders, many silver plate items and so much more.

Please come support the society. For more information call 908-832-6734 or email tewksburyhistory@earthlink.net.

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Saturday, May 11 - Whippany, Morris County
Golden Spike Commemoration Day
Children Friendly Event

Think of it. Two separate railroads starting from opposite locations, laboring long and hard managed to overcome weather, terrain, and every imaginable obstacle to meet each other at Promontory, Utah and drive one, last spike. The Golden Spike!

Come join us in celebrating the remarkable achievement of the first transcontinental railroad.

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.

There will also be a track laying demonstration, Courtesy of Railroad Construction Co. of Paterson, NJ, cab tours of Steam Locomotive No. 385, and music performances by Bach-To-Rock.

In addition to the regular coaches that make up the train, make your day Extra Special by purchasing limited tickets for a nostalgic 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 fun! Ordering tickets is fast and easy! Trains depart at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm, rain 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: $16.00, Children (under 12): $11.00, Infants (1 year and under): Free. 

The Museum building will be open from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. 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, May 11 - Jefferson, Morris County
Museum Garden Club of Jefferson Annual Plant Sale

The Museum Garden Club of Jefferson will have its 11th annual plant sale on Saturday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Jefferson Township Museum, 315 Dover Milton Road, Jefferson Township, NJ. Locally grown perennials, assorted annuals, herbs, vegetables, and gift plants will be available for purchase. Members of the garden club, including NJ Master Gardeners, will be on site to assist shoppers with your plant selections and your gardening questions. Miss Elizabeth’s Gift Shoppe will be open so that you can pick up a gift for Mother’s Day. This event is being supported by the Feisty Pepper. Proceeds from the sale support the garden club's efforts to maintain Miss Elizabeth's garden on the grounds of the Jefferson Township Museum.

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Saturday, May 11 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Pleasant Valley House Tours
Children Friendly Event

On Saturday at Howell Living Farm, the history of a rural farm community will be the focus of a program featuring tours of the houses that form the core of the Pleasant Valley Rural Historic District. The houses of grist miller John Phillips, his farmer-son Henry and Henry’s blacksmith-son Lewis will be featured during a 90 minute walking tour, hosted by Howell Farm historian Larry Kidder. A tour of the Pleasant Valley Schoolhouse is included. Half hour tours of the Henry Phillips farmhouse (Howell Farm farmhouse) will be offered at 11:00 am, 12:00 noon, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 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, May 11 - South Bound Brook, Somerset County
"Farming in the Millstone Valley: Past & Present"


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Saturday, May 11 - South Bound Brook, Somerset County
NJ Paranormal Investigators Fundraiser for the Abraham Staats House


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Saturday, May 11 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Cookstove Demonstration & 19th Century Woodworking Demonstration
Children Friendly 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 event runs from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.

From 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm, visit the farm and see how they used 19th century woodworking tools.

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, May 11 - Morris Township, Morris County
Piglet Weigh-In and Farm to Table: Spring Shoots & Fruits
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday at Fosterfields Living History Farm, meet the piglets born this spring, and help the farmers round them up for weighing. Guess which piglet weighs the heaviest - be careful, they are wiggly! Programs from 1:00 - 2:00 pm and 2:00 - 3:00 pm.

From 1:00 - 3:00 pm, join a costumed interpreter cooking on the woodstove, and celebrate the produce of the beautiful spring season as the farmers once did.

Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors (65+); $4 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, May 11 - Cape May, Cape May County
Underground Railroad Trolley Tour

On Saturday at 10:15 am, join the Center for Community Arts' (CCA) Community History Committee on a trolley tour of the places where escaped slaves sought refuge and help to continue their journeys to freedom. Hear the stories and visit some of the places connected with the Underground Railroad, including: a look at the Owen Coachman House; a walk in a historic cemetery where our earliest free Black settlers are buried; and a glimpse of the summer home of Stephen Smith, a leading businessman, abolitionist and unsung hero of the Underground Railroad. Learn how Harriet Tubman found Cape May as a resource for earning money to fund her work. Board the trolley at the Washington Street Mall information booth at Ocean Street for this 2-hour tour. Admission is $25 per adult. 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, May 11 - 12 - 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 12:45 and 3:15 pm and Sunday at 12:15 and 2:45 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, May 11 - 12 - 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 10:00 am - 4:00 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, May 11 - 12 - 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, 1:45, and 3:00 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, May 11 - 12 - 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, May 11 - 12 - 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, 11:45 am, 1:15 pm, and 2:30 pm and Sunday at 11:45 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:15 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, May 11 - 12 - 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, May 11 - 12 - Atlantic City, Atlantic County
Mothers Climb Free at Absecon Lighthouse
Children Friendly Site

Looking for a memorable way to tell Mom she's the light of your life? Then bring her to Absecon Lighthouse on Saturday or Sunday, because dear old Abby is treating Mothers to a free climb. Moms who show their "I Climbed" card at nearby Tony Boloney's Pizza afterward will receive a free slice of pizza as a reward. Hours of operation are 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, with the last climb at 3:30 pm. Parking on-site is free and dogs are welcome on leashes in the museum. First lit in 1857, Absecon Lighthouse is New Jersey's tallest lighthouse and the country's third tallest lighthouse.

Absecon Lighthouse is a state-owned historic property administered by the non-profit Inlet Public/Private Association. Located at 31 So. Rhode Island Avenue in Atlantic City, NJ it is open to visitors Thursdays through Mondays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 609-449-1360 or visit www.abseconlighthouse.org.

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Sunday, May 12 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Blacksmith Demonstration
Children Friendly

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, May 12 - Sparta, Sussex
"Victorian Jewelry Curiosities"


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Sunday, May 12 - Sparta, Sussex
"Curt E. Engelbrecht: Views through his Lens"



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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 Sunday, November 3 - Cape May, Cape May County
The Iconic Cape May Lighthouse Exhibit
Family Friendly

Illuminating the darkness over the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay for 160 years, Cape May’s lighthouse is the third beacon to guide mariners through the tumultuous waters at the confluence of the ocean and bay. Memories and historic images abound, from the keepers who dedicated their lives to maintaining the light, the MAC preservationists who restored it, and all those who’ve relied upon it for more than a century and a half.


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 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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