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Thursday, July 2, 2020

4th of July NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 7/4/20 - 7/5/20

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Friday - Sunday, July 3 - 5 - Wildwood, Cape May County
American Flag Celebration

Join the Historic Village at Allaire as they Celebrate the USA in their beautiful Chapel for a one-of-a-kind display of Vintage American Flags from the Historic Allaire Collection. Rarely put on display, these flags represent the heart of American History. Get an up close view of each stitch, star, and detail of these treasured flags of the past. $2 per person to view the flags on display.

There will be COVID-19 food services on-site all three days of the event by Pilsen Gourmet.

Village general admission: The pre-registration price is $5.00 for ages 4 and up. At the gate, day of the admission price is $7.00 for for ages 4 and up. Under 3 are free. The historic buildings will be open from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

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

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Through Saturday, July 4
New Jersey's Declarations of Independence
Virtual Program

As the Continental Congress debated the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, New Jersey's own Provincial Congress met in Burlington to vote for American independence and adopt a Constitution for New Jersey.

Among the delegates in Burlington were Old Dutch Parsonage's Rev. Jacob Rutsen Hardenbergh and Col. Frederick Frelinghuysen. With their historic home as our backdrop and touchstone, we'll explore New Jersey's Charter (June 24, 1664), instructions to delegates to the Continental Congress (June 22, 1776) and first Constitution (July 2, 1776) with new videos every other day from June 22 to July 4, 2020. Go here for more information and to see the videos: https://www.facebook.com/events/330655837926780

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Saturday, July 4 - Wildwood, Cape May County
George Boyer Museum Open

The Wildwood Historical Society's George Boyer Museum will be open during the summer on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm and Sundays from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm. The museum will be open Saturday, July 4.

It's FREE to visit the Wildwood Historical Society! Voted the 5th best attraction in Wildwood according to TripAdvisor, we make an excellent rainy day activity. Ask for our scavenger hunt -- children love it! Park in our parking lot to avoid parking meters. The George Boyer Museum is located at 3907 Pacific Ave, 3907 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood, NJ. For more informatio, call 609-523-0277, email wildwoodhistoricalsociety@hotmail.com, or visit www.WildwoodHistoricalMuseum.com.

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Saturday, July 4
"Virtual Independence Day Ice Cream Social"
Virtual Program

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Log On One, Log On All, and Partake In
The Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association's
Very 1st "Virtual Independence Day Ice Cream Social" on Saturday!

"TURN ON" - your PC, Tablet, or Smart Phone

"TUNE IN" - go to www.presidentcleveland.org

"DROP IN" (Online, of course!) and expand your mind and holiday spirit with a variety of July 4th experiences that focus on "Caldwell's Own" U. S. President, Grover Cleveland, and some amazing Independence Day fun-facts and trivia about our town.

Fun Facts - Trivia - Activities - Recipes - Crafts Amazing History Stories - Really Bad Jokes

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Saturday, July 4 - Morristown, Morris County
“Revolutionary Times” Goes Virtual on July 4th
Virtual Program

COVID-19 is not about to stop a Morris County Fourth of July tradition — it’s just going to make it a virtual celebration for one year. The Morris County Tourism Bureau, the Morristown National Historical Park, Washington Association of New Jersey, and partners intend to celebrate America’s birthday in Morris County with a unique version of the annual Revolutionary Times events.

It will feature some colorful history of the Declaration of Independence, including the annual reading by costumed rangers Eric Olsen and Tom Winslow, of Morristown National Historical Park.

Residents will be able to view the program on Morristown National Historical Park’s Facebook page beginning at 1:00 pm on Saturday. To view the event, visit https://www.facebook.com/MorristownNPS.

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Saturday - Sunday, July 4 - 5 - Lower Township, Cape May County
Climb the Cape May Lighthouse
Family Friendly Site

The Cape May 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 and Sunday. 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). Children under 3 and active military are FREE. Sponsored by Cape May MAC. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, July 4 - 5 - Lower Township, Cape May County
World War II Tower Lookout Museum and Memorial Open
Family Friendly Site

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 - 2:30 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 Cape May MAC. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

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Sunday, July 5 - Cape May, Cape May County
Painted Ladies, Porches & More! Walking Tour

Take a walk from the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate to the Washington Street Mall with a knowledgeable guide and experience charming Cape May, a National Historic Landmark city, up close. Delight in beautiful gardens as you learn about Victorian architecture and Cape May’s colorful history along the way. Discover the interesting features of various Victorian styles and learn why front porches were so important to Victorian social customs. Comfortable shoes recommended. 

The tour lasts 45 minutes and begins at 10:00 and 11:30 am.  Tickets are $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 3-12 years old. The tour begins at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ.

Tickets are limited to help maintain social distance. We ask that you bring and wear your own mask during the tour. Tickets will be refunded and admission denied to ticket holders, for whatever reason, decline to or cannot wear a mask. Refunds will be handled by phone or mail.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.capemaymac.org. Cape May MAC is a multifaceted not-for-profit organization committed to promoting the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. Cape May MAC membership is open to all. For information about year-round schedule of tours, festivals, and special events, visit Cape May MAC’s website at www.capemaymac.org.

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Sunday, July 5 - 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, 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 online or at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Sponsored by Cape May 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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Some event listings courtesy of the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey

Thursday, June 25, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/27/20 - 6/28/20

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Saturday, June 27 - Westfield, Union County
Westfield Historical Society Walking Tour: What Makes a Neighborhood? – Tremont Avenue

On Saturday from 9:00 – 11:00 am, the sixth in a very popular series of architectural walking tours will take place on Tremont Avenue. Scale, proportions, and materiality will be discussed. 

The intent of this tour is to honor the beautiful streetscapes and the diverse architectural styles that remain centuries later. Gregory Blasi, R.A. local architect and principal of Vincentsen & Blasi Architects and Westfield Historical Society President, will lead the tour and answer questions.

The tour will accommodate 20 attendees, but additional tours will be scheduled if interest warrants. It will take place rain or shine. Participants are encouraged to wear face masks, bring hand sanitizer, and practice appropriate social distancing. The tour meet-up location will be provided to registrants. Please RSVP by email to westfieldhistoricalsociety@gmail.com; or call 908-654-1794.

A donation to the Westfield Historical Society would be appreciated: $5 for members, and $10 for non-members, and will be collected at the start of the tour. Membership information will be available.

The Westfield Historical Society celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018. Since 1968, the 501(c)(3) non-profit Westfield Historical Society has worked to preserve, interpret and encourage interest in history, Westfield, and its residents through educational efforts and community outreach programs. For more information, visit www.westfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, June 27 - 28 - Lower Township, Cape May County
Climb the Cape May Lighthouse
Family Friendly Site

The Cape May 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 and Sunday. 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). Children under 3 and active military are FREE. 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, June 27 - 28
Virtual Quilt and Fiber Arts Show
Virtual Program

Historic Cold Spring Village is holding its annual Cape May Quilt and Fiber Show virtually on Saturday and Sunday. 

This innovative approach to the quilt show is sparked by the current restrictions and the Historic Cold Spring Village’s concern for participants, visitors and staff’s health and safety. Folks may visit the website, vote on Facebook, watch a Facebook live demonstration or join a Zoom lecture.  Details on the event will be found on the HCSV website https://hcsv.org/quilt-fiber-arts-show/

The traditional quilt show will be on the Village’s Facebook pages and you will be able to vote on your favorites. Additionally, you will be able to vote for the Cold Spring Brewery Trapunto Challenge and the Camaco Quilt Guild Alphabet Challenge. To enter, please visit the website for quilt show entries and instructions. Relax at home and watch throughout the day. 

Demonstrations include weaving, felted dryer balls, nine patch quilt blocks, favorite tools and their uses, English Paper piecing, history of the hanky, two methods of hand applique, and more.  These demonstrations will be seen on Facebook from the demonstrators’ home pages. The master list noting times will be found on the Historic Cold Spring Village Facebook Page and website.

There will be 3 lectures. A History of Socks, History of Log Cabin Quilting, and Trapunto Quilts. For more information, call 609-898-2300, ext. 10, or visit www.hcsv.org.

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Sunday, June 28 - Cape May, Cape May County
Painted Ladies, Porches & More! Walking Tour

Take a walk from the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate to the Washington Street Mall with a knowledgeable guide and experience charming Cape May, a National Historic Landmark city, up close. Delight in beautiful gardens as you learn about Victorian architecture and Cape May’s colorful history along the way. Discover the interesting features of various Victorian styles and learn why front porches were so important to Victorian social customs. Comfortable shoes recommended. 

The tour lasts 45 minutes and begins at 10:00 and 11:30 am.  Tickets are $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 3-12 years old. The tour begins at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ.

Tickets are limited to help maintain social distance. We ask that you bring and wear your own mask during the tour. Tickets will be refunded and admission denied to ticket holders, for whatever reason, decline to or cannot wear a mask. Refunds will be handled by phone or mail.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.capemaymac.org. Cape May MAC is a multifaceted not-for-profit organization committed to promoting the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. Cape May MAC membership is open to all. For information about year-round schedule of tours, festivals, and special events, visit Cape May MAC’s website at www.capemaymac.org.

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Through Saturday, July 4
New Jersey's Declarations of Independence
Virtual Program

As the Continental Congress debated the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, New Jersey's own Provincial Congress met in Burlington to vote for American independence and adopt a Constitution for New Jersey.


Among the delegates in Burlington were Old Dutch Parsonage's Rev. Jacob Rutsen Hardenbergh and Col. Frederick Frelinghuysen. With their historic home as our backdrop and touchstone, we'll explore New Jersey's Charter (June 24, 1664), instructions to delegates to the Continental Congress (June 22, 1776) and first Constitution (July 2, 1776) with new videos every other day from June 22 to July 4, 2020. Go here for more information and to see the videos: https://www.facebook.com/events/330655837926780

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

Thursday, June 18, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/20/20 - 6/21/20

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Friday, June 19 - Cape May, Cape May County
Virtual Opening of Harriet Tubman Museum
Virtual Event

Join us on Juneteenth for our Virtual Opening of the Harriet Tubman Museum and a Walk for Social Justice in Cape May!

* Special Guest Speakers
* Virtual Tour of the New Harriet Tubman Museum
* A Discussion on Preservation of Black Cultural Heritage Sites
* Music & Inspiration to Continue the Conversation

Via live stream on Facebook Live and YouTube. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/harriettubmanmuseum.


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Sunday, June 21 - Cape May, Cape May County
Painted Ladies, Porches & More! Walking Tour

Take a walk from the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate to the Washington Street Mall with a knowledgeable guide and experience charming Cape May, a National Historic Landmark city, up close. Delight in beautiful gardens as you learn about Victorian architecture and Cape May’s colorful history along the way. Discover the interesting features of various Victorian styles and learn why front porches were so important to Victorian social customs. Comfortable shoes recommended. 

The tour lasts 45 minutes and begin at 10:00 and 11:30 am.  Tickets are $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 3-12 years old. The tour begins at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ.

Tickets are limited to help maintain social distance. We ask that you bring and wear your own mask during the tour. Tickets will be refunded and admission denied to ticket holders, for whatever reason, decline to or cannot wear a mask. Refunds will be handled by phone or mail.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.capemaymac.org. Cape May MAC is a multifaceted not-for-profit organization committed to promoting the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. Cape May MAC membership is open to all. For information about year-round schedule of tours, festivals, and special events, visit Cape May MAC’s website at www.capemaymac.org.

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

Thursday, June 11, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/13/20 - 6/14/20

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, June 13 - Cape May, Cape May County
Spring Celebration Garden Tour

Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) announces its first tour since March, The Spring Celebration Garden Tour, on Saturday (rain date Sunday) from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Cape May MAC cancelled all public events after the state shutdown in March due to the COVID-19 virus; this is the first Cape May MAC tour since then, and a wonderful celebration of spring, beauty, and hope! 

Here is your invitation to step past the frontage and explore the private plants and blooms of some of the Cape May area’s most dedicated gardeners. See their private landscape designs and take home ideas for your own gardens. Smell and see what’s blooming and flourishing in several different seashore locations dominated by sunlight, ocean breezes, sand and salt, but each uniquely situated. Physick Estate gardens are included! Admission is $20. Maps will be available the day of the tour outside on the grounds of the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Tickets are limited to help maintain social distance. 

Special note: We ask that ticket holders bring and wear their own masks as this is a ticketed event at private homes. Masks will be provided on request. Tickets will be refunded and admission denied to ticket holders who, for whatever reason, decline to or cannot wear a mask. Refunds will be handled by phone or email. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.capemaymac.org. Cape May MAC is a multifaceted not-for-profit organization committed to promoting the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. Cape May MAC membership is open to all. For information about year-round schedule of tours, festivals, and special events, visit Cape May MAC’s website at www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday, June 13 - Somerville, Somerset County
Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar: Caesar, Cincinnatus and Gloriana
Virtual Event

Classical Greece and Rome were woven into the popular culture of Revolutionary America just as they were in Elizabethan England when Shakespeare wrote Julius Caesar.

Join us online at 10:30 am on Facebook to explore the resonance of this play in the Elizabethan era as Shakespeare’s contemporaries considered the loss of a long-reigning monarch and again in the Revolutionary War as General Washington eschewed military dictatorship for civilian rule by Congress.

Log on to www.facebook.com/WallaceDutch to join the discussion. Resources will also be available to view at https://njparksandforests.org/historic/olddutch-wallace/odwh-events.htm.

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

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Thursday, June 4, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/6/20 - 6/7/20

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Sunday, June 7 - Union Township, Union County
Hannah Caldwell Day

Hannah Caldwell Day will be commemorated by the Union Township Historical Society at the Caldwell Parsonage, 909 Caldwell Avenue, Union, on Sunday from 2:00 - 5:00 pm. Rev. James Caldwell, portrayed by Doc Burkhardt, will greet visitors. He'll recall the heroism of his wife during the American Revolution, following the Battle of Connecticut Farms on that fateful day - June 7, 1780.

Observance of current social-distancing guidelines will make this a historic first for the Union Township Historical Society, which was founded in 1957. Entrance to the museum will be restricted to one individual or one couple or one family at a time to take a self-guided tour for ten minutes. Gloves will be provided, but guests are requested to bring and wear their own masks.

The UTHS was required to cancel tours in March and programs in April and May. Each of those would have produced much needed revenue for the centuries-old house. It is hoped that members of the community would consider an in-person contribution or an online donation at www.unionnjhistory.com. For more information, call 908-591-4377.

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

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Morven in May 2020 Has Gone Curbside and Digital

Morven in May 2020 Has Gone Curbside and Digital

Morven Museum & Garden’s largest yearly fundraiser has become a digital mega-plant sale in April with safe curbside pick up in May to the delight of its supporters and fans. 

“Bloom where you’re planted” is an apt phrase in light of this year’s global lockdown. In an effort to brighten people’s homes and gardens, as well as provide much needed financial support, Morven Museum & Garden’s Morven in May Annual Plant Sale has gone digital with curbside pickup and phone ordering available. Orders are being taken through April 20 with pick up in early May. Link to the sale is Morven Curbside Plant Sale.

“The plant sale has been a Princeton-area tradition for 19 years and we knew we wanted  to find a way to keep that tradition alive this year,” Morven’s Executive Director Jill Barry shared recently. “After consulting with the Princeton Board of Health, we will be following the On-Farm Market Protocol for the set up of the sale and will arrange pick-up of orders in alignment with the Take-Out Protocol you are familiar with from your favorite local restaurants, Shopper and staff safety is paramount with this year’s plant sale.”

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Cape May MAC Announces Cancellations; Offering Virtual Tours of Physick House Museum, Cape May Lighthouse

Cape May MAC Announces Cancellations
Offering Virtual Tours of Physick House Museum, Cape May Lighthouse

Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture), previously known as the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), announces that its tours, activities and events have been cancelled until further notice, in view of the continuing effect of COVID-19 restrictions on travel to the Cape May region and on the organization’s operations.

“We view the safety and wellbeing of our visitors, staff, volunteers, and business partners as the highest priority as we all respond to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Director and CEO Jody Alessandrine. “We look forward to resuming our regular schedule of tours, activities and events once we can safely open our doors to the public in good conscience. Cape May will be surely ready for visitors when that time comes.”

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) announces name change to ‘Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture)’

Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) announces name change to ‘Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture)’ as cornerstone of organization’s new brand

The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) announces that beginning March 27 and culminating with a new website on April 1, the organization will launch a new brand that includes a new name, logo, and website.

Part of its 50th anniversary year celebration, MAC announces its new name “Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture)” March 27 and will continue to launch elements of the new brand in the subsequent days, culminating in the launch of the organization’s new website on April 1.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 3/14/20 - 3/15/20

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Saturday, March 14 - Somerville, Somerset County
Caesar, Cincinnatus and Gloriana: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
Rescheduled to Saturday, June 13

Classical Greece and Rome were part of the popular culture of Revolutionary America just as they were in Elizabethan England when Shakespeare wrote Julius Caesar. We’ll consider the resonance of this play in the Elizabethan era as Shakespeare’s contemporaries considered the loss of a long-reigning monarch and again in the Revolutionary War as General Washington eschewed a potential military dictatorship in favor of civilian rule by Congress. This program begins a series of play discussions in conjunction with author Ian Doescher's Shakespeare 2020 Project. The program begins at 10:30 am. Free admission. Register at 908-725-1015 or email wallacedutch@dep.nj.gov. The Wallace House State Historic Site is located at 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ.

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Saturday, March 14 Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
WWII Women on the Home Front

Women played important and varied roles here at home in WWII. Our speaker will share that local history and display her wide collection of associated items for all to enjoy. Learn how this period in history began an era of change we still experience today. This free program runs from 1:30 - 3:00 pm.

While there, visit the large, elegant Walnford home built in 1774, the 19th century gristmill and the farm buildings set in a beautiful landscape. Walnford is located at 62 Walnford Road, 08501. For more information, call 609-259-6275 or visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 3/13/20 - 3/15/20

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Thursday, March 5, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 3/7/20 - 3/8/20

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Saturday, March 7 - Wall Township, Monmouth County
P.T. Barnum, the Master Showman

Neill Hartley portrays master showman P.T. Barnum in this exciting and entertaining look at one of the most colorful and well-known personalities of all time, who brought high and low culture to all of America.

A brilliant and shameless promoter, Barnum gave the wise public of the 19th-century shameless hucksterism, peerless spectacle, and everything in between -- enough entertainment to earn the title "master showman" a dozen times over. Barnum weathered accusations of fraud with the attitude that there was no such thing as bad press, and he became one of the richest men in America. Audiences will watch his fame grow with a parade of freaks and oddities from “The Fejee Mermaid,” the tiny General Tom Thumb to Jumbo the elephant and then share his crowning success: “The Greatest Show on Earth!

Following the performance, there is a short informational section about the history of the circus, and of P.T Barnum’s life outside of the entertainment world, including a short reading from his book “The Art of Money Getting.” A question and answer will conclude the presentation.

This event will be held from 7:30 - 9:00 pm. Tickets are $20 per person. Seating is limited! You must pre-register for this event. 

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, March 7 - 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: 3/6/20 - 3/8/20

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Thursday, February 27, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 2/29/20 - 3/1/20

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Saturday, February 29 - Trenton, Mercer County
African American History in Quilts – The Sankofa Stitchers

The Trent House Association presents African American Artistry in Quilts, a talk by members of the Princeton Sankofa Stitchers Modern Quilt Guild whose work is currently on display at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie. The Trent House program, which will include displays of additional quilts accompanied by poetry, will begin at 1:00 pm on Saturday at the William Trent House Museum, 15 Market Street (across from the Hughes Justice Complex), Trenton, NJ.

Mada Coles Galloway, Juandamarie Gikandi, and Gail Mitchell, members of the Sankofa Stitchers, will speak about the art and craft of quilting, the history of the Guild and their personal background in quilting, and what inspires their work. The guild takes its name from a symbol of the Akan people of Ghana, which means, “return and get it.” This phrase aptly describes the use of an old craft to bring African American history and experience to light in an innovative way.

Mada Coles Galloway is a retired educator and is accomplished in various needle crafts, with quilting being her special passion. She favors modern traditional and improvisational quilting styles and uses her own patterns. Juandamarie Gikandi is also an educator and textile artist. She uses a wide range of fabrics into new and original patterns in her quilts to highlight the importance of material culture in the African American community. Gail Mitchell’s specialty is photo transfer and signature quilts, with an extensive collection signed by actors and actresses, politicians, poets and colleagues. A published poet, she is also a public school educator.

Tickets are $8 for Association members and $10 for non-members and include light refreshments. For more information, visit www.williamtrenthouse.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 2/29/20 - 3/1/20

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Free Historical Program in Paterson in Honor of Black History Month - 2/29/20

Free Historical Program in Paterson in Honor of Black History Month
February 29, 2020

Join us on Saturday at 1:00 pm at the Paterson Museum as we welcome Public Historian Sue Kozel. A researcher whose area of study focuses on the areas of power and equality, Kozel will present "Why Wench Betty’s Story Matters: The Murder of a NJ Slave in 1784."

Photo courtesy of Sue Kozel.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 2/22/20 - 2/23/20

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Saturday, February 22 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
George Washington's Birthday

Come celebrate George Washington's 288th birthday at Rockingham on Saturday. While Washington will be present only in spirit (and in the form of a wonderful life-sized mannequin in an exactingly recreated uniform), visitors who tour his last wartime headquarters will learn about his life and times, before, during and after his careers as commander of the Continental Army and first president of the United States.

Visitors can listen to fiddle music, courtesy of James Kurzenberger, and perhaps dance a step or two; participate in a mini scavenger hunt and count the Washington (George and Martha) tchotchkes; pick up a child’s activity pamphlet to go. After the tour, enjoy cake and punch in Rockingham's kitchen.

Tours will be offered from 1:00 - 4:00 pm on the hour and, possibly, half-hour if needed. (The last tour will be at 3:00 or 3:30 pm, accordingly). Because the size of tours will be limited, reservations will be necessary to guarantee admittance. Please call 609-683-7132 for reservations. A donation of $5 is suggested.

Please note that the regular history of the house will not be emphasized during these special tours, but visitors are always welcome to visit the house on another day for a normal tour. Washington, commander in chief for the Continental Army during the American Revolution, stayed at Rockingham from late August to early November in 1783. It became his final wartime headquarters when the Treaty of Paris was formally signed while he resided there.

Rockingham is located on Rte. 603 (Laurel Ave./Kingston-Rocky Hill Rd.), one mile north of Route 27 in Kingston and one mile south of Route 518 in Rocky Hill.  For more information, call 609-683-7132 or visit www.rockingham.net.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 2/21/20 - 2/23/20

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 2/15/20 - 2/16/20

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Saturday, February 15 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Presidents Day in the 1830s

Help us salute the Presidents of the past by visiting the Historic Village of Allaire for this special day of patriotic activities and surprise historical challenges. From 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, we'll have cooking in the Manager's House and the Allaire Residence, blacksmithing and carving demonstrations, toasts to our great President Jackson, a village-wide "name that President" contest, and patriotic rocket balloons for the kids! There is no admission to the Village for these events.

At 2:00 pm in the chapel, meet Mary Todd Lincoln and get the woman's point of view on life in the White House. This theatrical performance is $20 per person - register hereThe program will begin at 2:00 and end at 3:30 pm

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: 2/14/20 - 2/16/20

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 2/8/20 - 2/9/20

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Saturday, February 8 - South Bound Brook, Somerset County
Tory Jack Day

The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc., in conjunction with the South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission is proud to present its 18th edition of the award winning "Tory Jack Day" program.

The annual event in honor of Black History Month celebrates the contribution and sacrifices of Afro-Americans in the foundation of our nation. This year’s presenters are Joseph Becton and Antoine Watts. Their program, “Music of the Civil War,” illustrates through words and performance the development of this American art form.

Mr. Becton, a retired National Park Service Interpretive Park Ranger, has been recognized with the Community Service award for setting a standard of excellence in interpretation and for his role in connecting Americans to our national parks through wonderful stories and varied media. Mr. Becton now directs Joe Becton Tours and Historical Services and most recently has been proclaimed a Certified Master Guide by the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides. During the one-hour presentation, Joe Becton plays and sings his favorite blues songs and composers. You have never heard him like this since the Cobalt Blues band.  He has played guitar and harmonica for 40 years.  Group participation is encouraged.

Mr. Becton will present at 11:00 am on Saturday at the historic Abraham Staats House located at 17 Von Steuben Lane, South Bound Brook, NJ. Seating begins at 10:30 am. Advance admission is $10 per adult or $15 per adult at the door. Children 12 and under are free. Following the program, tour the rooms of the historic Abraham Staats House until 1:30 pm.

For more information, call 732-469-3198, e-mail info@staatshouse.org, or visit www.staatshouse.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 2/7/20 - 2/9/20

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