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Thursday, February 27, 2020

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

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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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

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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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Monday, February 3, 2020

Black History Exhibit Explores the Achievements of Patersonians - 2/5/20 - 3/28/20

Black History Exhibit Explores the Achievements of Patersonians
February 5, 2020 through March 28, 2020

The Paterson Museum is excited to announce the opening of its newest changing exhibit, “Thus Shall They Upward, Onward Press:” An Exploration of the History of African Americans in Paterson from 1600-Present. Installed in honor of Black History Month, the exhibit is a survey of the accomplishments of many of Paterson’s African American citizens. The exhibit will feature some familiar citizens, such as Larry Doby, but visitors will also learn some individuals like Dr. Norman Cotton, Minerva Miller and Henry Otis Harris who also made an impact on our community. The exhibit will be in place from Wednesday February 5th through Saturday March 28th in the Hannah Memorial Gallery.