Showing posts from May, 2017

Mercer County - Trenton - Events at the William Trent House Museum

The 1719 William Trent House Museum is open for guided public tours Weds. - Sun. from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (closed municipal holidays.) Ample free parking. 
Sincere apologies; our wheelchair lift is temporarily unavailable, limiting access to the Trent House itself. This lecture series is in the Carriage House and is fully accessible.  Please refer to our website for additional accessibility information.  For driving directions and further information, go to  The 1719 William Trent House Museum is owned, maintained and operated by the City of Trenton, with assistance from the Trent House Association and general operating support grants from the New Jersey Historical Commission, Department of State. This program is made possible in part by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission and the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders. 4th Annual Old Fashioned…

Monmouth County - Spring Lake - 38th Annual Spring Lake House Tour


Third Avenue Home
Spring Lake is primarily a unique year-round community that welcomes a large influx of summer vacationers. The town boasts a quaint downtown area and a variety of charming historic Victorian homes, lovely bed and breakfast inns and a comfortable two-mile non-commercial boardwalk that borders a beautiful sand beach.
On Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Spring Lake Historical Society will hold its 38th annual House Tour. The tour will feature seven wonderful “renovated” historic homes “each over 100 yrs old”. In addition, the historic Normandy Inn and St. Catharine Catholic Church will also be featured. The Historical Society’s Museum will be open for viewing with its Main Gallery, which contains the permanent collection, as well as the Changing Gallery with its Hidden Treasures, Spring Lake Police, Firefighters and First Aid E…

Somerset County - Bridgewater - THE SYMPOSIUM ON WASHINGTON'S MIDDLEBROOK ENCAMPMENT (May 26 to July 3, 1777)

MIDDLEBROOK  ENCAMPMENT (May 26 to July 3, 1777)

Saturday, June 17 - Somerset County Sponsored by the Heritage Trail and the Friends of Bridgewater History at the Martinsville Community Center, 1961 Washington Valley Road in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater, NJ (where the encampment took place.
    Your chance to see the only original redoubt in New Jersey from the Revolutionary War. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Reservations required; $25; register online at by clicking HERE or complete the form below and mail it with your check for $25.00 to Heritage Trail Association, 941 East Main           
Street, Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807. Lunch is included.
Please notify us at least two weeks in advance if you have any special needs: or 732-356-8856.
                                                    Middlebrook Symposium Registration Name _______________________________________________…

Middlesex County - East Brunswick - The Genealogical Society of New Jersey-2017 Seminar

Genealogical Society of NJ 2017 Seminar
Registration deadline, June 2
Saturday, June 17 - Middlesex County The Genealogical Society of New Jersey-2017 Seminar 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
303 Dunhams Corner Road, East Brunswick New Jersey 08816
The Genealogical Society of New Jersey (GSNJ) and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, East Brunswick Ward are proud to present an exciting program for 2017.
     This year we are honoring the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 125th anniversary of Ellis Island. We are pleased to have Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CGSM, CGLSM, FASG, FUGA, FNGS as our featured speaker. There are presentations on New Jersey records, World War I, immigration, and skill-building, all designed to help you advance your research! See for details and registration! SESSION 1 (Choice of Presentation) 1A: Can a Complex Research Problem be Solved Solely Online?, Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS 1B: New Jersey Vital R…

Monmouth County - Manalapan - ARCHIVES DAY AND WEEK

Saturday, October 14 - Monmouth County

    We have an exciting week planned for our annual Archives Week celebration in October.  More than 60 history-related organizations (archives, libraries with local history collections, government agencies, historical societies, et al.) are expected to participate with exhibits at Archives and History Day on October 14 when an estimated 300 attendees will join in the fun.   If you would like a registration packet (registration form, preliminary program, list of Archives Week events, awards and nomination forms) sent to you by email, please request one from Shelagh Reilly at   Exhibit tables reserved until they are all taken.  Registration only required for exhibitors, not for attendees.  Attendance at all events is free.

Salem County - Woodstown - Biology/Ecology: Impact to Life in Salem County Through Time

Sunday, June 11 -- Salem County

The Salem County Historical Society Quarterly Meeting Presentation: "Biology/Ecology: Impact to Life in Salem County Through Time
   Join us for our FREE June Quarterly Meeting featuring a presentation by Salem County biologist, Autumn Angelus. The lecture's focus is how different societies through time have used the region's natural treasures to live and thrive, from the Lenni Lenape up to today. Autumn will also be presenting some little known facts as well, so don't miss this!!
Along with being a member of the Salem County Historical Society, Autumn is a Biologist with Salem County's Mosquito Control Department including leadership posts on the Alloway Township Environmental Commission and the NJ Mosquito Control Association.
Time: 1:30 pm
Place:  Friends Village, 1 Friends Drive, Woodstown NJ 08098

Passaic County - Paterson - Lambert Castle Concert Series: CJSO on the Go

Sunday, June 11 - Passaic County
      On Sunday June 11th at 5:00 p.m. in Lambert Castle (at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ),CJSO on the Go is returning to perform as a part of the Lambert Castle Concert Series. Founded in 1970 as the Somerset County College Orchestra, in 2002 the CJSO re-organized as an independent nonprofit organization.CJSO on the Go is a Chamber musicoutreach program featuring members and friends of the Central Jersey SymphonyOrchestra.Admission to the concert is $15. Seating is limited, no reservations will be taken.
This performance is a part of the 2017 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.
   ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: Lambert Castle is fully accessible to individuals with mobility limitations. However, no special accommodation currently exists for visito…

Sussex County - Sparta - A New Era: Women, Their Hats and Social Change

Sunday, June 11 - Sussex County

Essex County - Montclair - Family Fun: Flag Day

Sunday, June 11 - Essex County
Family Fun: Flag Day.
from 1 to 4 pm
Flag Day at the Montclair History Center
   In honor of National Flag Day, tours incorporate real flags from different periods of history starting from 1796 through 1945. Children will learn what states became part of our nation in different time periods, flag etiquette, and make their own windmill flag to take home. $10/family, $5 if you have a family membership with the Montclair History Center. Become a member today! 110 Orange Road, Montclair at the Crane House & Historic YWCA.

Morris County - Boonton - Walking Tour of the Historic Residential District

Sunday, June 11 - Morris County
1:30 p.m.
Boonton Historical Society Presents a Walking Tour of the Historic Residential District

    In 1830 the first skilled ironworkers came from England to work in the Boonton Iron Works. They were guaranteed free passage to America, as well as generous wages and new homes for their families. This tour includes an external look at some of these homes and, if scheduling permits, a visit to one of the churches they subsequently built.
    The tour begins outside the Post Office at 501 Main Street and there is a suggested donation of $5.00 for non-members

Middlesex County - Perth Amboy - Arrest of the Royal Governor and Outwater's Militia Encampment

Sunday, June 11 - Middlesex County


     The Tewksbury Historical Society and the Garden Club of Hunterdon Hills will host the first biennial Tewksbury Historic House & Garden Tour on Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Tour the 1st floor interiors of four historic Tewksbury homes plus 5 external gardens, ranging from flower and herb to vegetable gardens. Tickets are $40 per person in advance, $50 day of the tour, while available, with a limit of 200 tickets.Tickets are to be picked up between the hours of 9:30 am and 1:30 pm at Society Headquarters 60 Water Street, Lebanon, NJ 08833 (Mountainville section of Tewksbury Township).      To reserve tickets mail a check to Tewksbury Historical Society P.O. Box 457 Oldwick, NJ 08858-0457 and indicate House & Garden Tour on the envelope. For more information log ont…

Essex County - Bloomfield - 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social!

Saturday, June 10 - Essex County
Historical Society of Bloomfield to hold 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social!
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Historical Society Museum, 90 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ (Third Floor of Children's Library). FREE & open to the public.
PARKING: Broad Street and in the Library Parking Lot on State Street
CONTACT:, 973-743-8844,
   Bloomfield, NJ, June 2017: The Historical Society of Bloomfield, NJ (HSOB) will hold its second annual Ice Cream Social on June 10, 2017. There will be free ice cream for all adults and children who visit the HSOB Museum at 90 Broad Street (located on the third floor of the Children's Library) between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
The event is open to the public and free of charge, so bring a friend! Parking is on Broad Street and in the Library Parking Lot on State Street.
     The HSOB is an outgrowth of the Sesquicentennial Celebration of 1962 and was incorporated in 1966. The HSOB…

Somerset County - South Bound Brook - Blacksmithing in the 18th Century

Saturday, June 10 - Somerset County
At the Abraham Staats House: Blacksmithing in the 18th Century
  Join us at the historic Abraham Staats House for a special Open House program on Saturday, June 10 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Featured will be blacksmith Dave (Sarge) Bala, who will be fired up "at the forge," demonstrating the art of blacksmithing and presenting information on this vital trade in the 18th century, including such topics as: Coal/Ore mining during the Revolutionary War, the iron tax of 1750, types of coal and uses, blacksmith's role(s), tools in Colonial times/war, apprenticeships, etc.
Tours of the Abraham Staats House (c. 1740) will also be given throughout the morning program. The program is free; donations are appreciated. Following the June program, free tours of the house will resume beginning in September, every second Saturday of the month, from 10:00 a.m. - noon.
     During the American Revolution, the home was owned by American patriot …

Somerset County - Basking Ridge - Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church Celebrates 300 Years

Saturday, June 10 -- Somerset County


Saturday, June 10 - Sussex County
formerly Kittatinny Scout Reservation
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Stokes State Forest; 29 Struble Road, Sandyston NJ
Sponsored by Friends of Stokes State Forest Events
Sierra Club hike, Pinchot Bird Club walk, kayak demonstrations, and more. #Free #Kids

Essex County - Montclair - A Woman About Town Walking Tour

Saturday, June 10 - Essex County
A Woman About Town Walking Tour. Saturday, June 10 at 10 am
        A stroll through history
     Take a tour of the town from the vantage point of a woman who lived there in the early 20th century. Starting in front of an upper-middle class home at 15 Prospect Terrace, you'll learn about Montclair's history, focusing on the late 1800s to mid-1900s, a period of great growth and change, as it would have likely been experienced by the family that lived here.       
     The tour shines a special spotlight on a woman's experience during that time and typical activities and interests. A tour will also be given inside the First Congregational Church and the Montclair Women's Club, light refreshments served at the end. The walking tour is led by Montclair History Center Board of Trustee Helen Fallon and Manager of Audience Engagement, Angelica Diggs. Co-sponsored by Bike&Walk Montclair. Suggested donation of $10. Register by ca…

Union County - Union - "Rev. James Caldwell" Marks Anniversary of Hannah's Death

Sunday, June 4 - Union County
"Rev. James Caldwell" Marks Anniversary of Hannah's Death
   Hannah Caldwell Day 2017 will be commemorated on Sunday, June 4, by the Union Township Historical Society with an open house from 2 to 5 pm at the Caldwell Parsonage, 909 Caldwell Avenue, Union.
   Visitors will be greeted by Rev. James Caldwell, portrayed Doc Burkhardt.  Colonial doll-making lessons will be given, and historic games will be played.

Doc Burkhardt as Rev. James Caldwell, protesting his wife's death at the hands of the British during the Battle of Connecticut Farms on June 7, 1780.

Admission is free.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information, please call Barbara La Mort at 908-687-0048.

Essex County - Maplewood - Dragonflies and Damselflies of New Jersey

Sunday, June 4 - Essex County
Dragonflies and Damselflies of New Jersey, June 4 from 2 to 4 p.m.
A talk with Rutgers evolutionary biologist Dr. Jessica Ware
    Calling all gardeners, wildlife watchers and the just plain curious! On Sunday, June 4 from 2pm to 3:30 pm at Durand-Hedden House & Garden, we'll spend an afternoon with evolutionary biologist Dr. Jessica Ware (hunting dragonflies in photo left) of Rutgers Newark as she shares her knowledge about the amazing life history of the one of her favorite subjects -- the dragonfly.
Have you noticed how dragonflies congregate around our ponds, lakes, rivers, and even birdbaths all summer. Ever fascinating, they are voracious predators as larvae in freshwater habitats and as adults where they consume flies and other insects. Dragonflies hunt their prey, mate and lay eggs in mid-air. They have eyes that wrap around their head, giving them great visibility. They can fly straight up, straight down, hover like helicopters…

Mercer County - Hopewell - Ballfield to Battlefield and Back - From FDR to JFK

The Hopewell Valley Historical Society presents Ballfield to Battlefield and Back - From FDR to JFK on June 14, 2017 at 7 pm at Hopewell Elementary School, 35 Princeton Avenue, Hopewell, NJ.
George Case III, the former Executive Director of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), will present a video narrated by his father, George Case, Jr. The program is a look back at Major League Baseball after WWII up to the early 1960s and its impact on the Trenton area. George Case, Jr. grew up and resided in Trenton and played minor league baseball with the Trenton Senators and major league baseball with the Washington Senators and the Cleveland Indians. He later had coaching and instructional positions with various major and minor league teams. The program was honored in 2015 by the Baseball Hall of Fame Film Festival at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown NY.

 The program is free and open to the public and appropriate for all ages. Parking is conveniently located at the school.


Monmouth County - Red Bank - The Jersey Shore in the 1940's

The Jersey Shore in the 1940's

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Monmouth County - Oakhurst - The Birth of the Jersey Shore

Tuesday, June 6 - Monmouth County
Spring Speaker Event - "Birth of the Jersey Shore" 7:15 p.m. Twp of Ocean Bd of Education (Old Oakhurst School), Auditorium, 163 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst, NJ 07755

    County Historian profiles the people and politics that put the Jersey Shore on the map.
  Monmouth County Historian Randall Gabrielan is a prolific author and undisputed authority on the history of our region. He is also a good friend to the museum and has given his support and shared his expertise generously through the years. He will speak at the auditorium of the Board of Education Building, 163 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst at 7:15, Tuesday, June 6, on the people and politics covered in his recent book, The Birth of the Jersey Shore.
       The book's table of contents is a Who's Who of the famous (and not so famous) personalities who left their mark. They are artists, inventors, entertainers, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, historians,…

Ocean County - Island Heights - Masters of the Newark School

Image County - The John F. Peto Studio Museum in Island Heights

Union County - Westfield - Northern Women in the Aftermath of the Civil War

Wednesday, June 7 - Union County
   As part of the First Wednesday Luncheon series, Ms. Joanne Rajoppi, Union County Clerk, will speak on the subject of Northern Women in the Aftermath of the Civil War on June 7th, 2017 at 12 p.m. at the Echo Lake Country Club. The book (of the same title, published by American History Press) is a sequel toNew Brunswick and the Civil War: The Brunswick Boys and the Great Rebellionand follows the women of the Hamilton family - the wives and daughters of the Brunswick Boys - chronicling their challenges and struggles for survival.       Ms. Rajoppi has been the Union County Clerk since 1995. A lover of history, especially New Jersey history, she has been the chairperson for many historical programs over the years including the Union County Civil War  Sesquicentennial Committee Exhibit and the Union County Centennial Courthouse Committee.  She is also a recipient of the Westfield Historical Society Trustees Award.  She serves as Vice Presiden…

Union County - Elizabeth - Cuban Voices!

Wednesday, June 7 - Union County

Ocean County - Toms River - Ocean County Historical Society's 31st Annual Olde Time Antiques, Crafts & Collectibles Faire

SAVE THE DATE!   Saturday, September 2nd (Rain or Shine)
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Ocean County Historical Society's 31st Annual Olde Time Antiques, Crafts & Collectibles Faire with NEW Food Truck Pavilion
Where? Ocean County Parking Garage and surrounding grounds
Madison and Hadley Aves, Toms River
      Featuring Food Trucks serving breakfast and lunch items, quality vendors, antique appraisals by Art Kravetz, Civil War reenactors, classic cars display by National Chrysler Club, antique engines, local history books, used book sale, hourly drawings for Lakewood Blue Claws tickets, Lenni Lenape exhibit, baked goods, 50-50 raffle, exhibit by renowned photographer Gregory Andrus, oil paintings by artist Art Stevens, museum tours, continuous music all day, and much more!
    Call Jeff now to reserve vendor space at 609-339-9134.

Ocean County - Toms River - Book Lovers' Treasure Trove

Tuesday-Thursday, June 6-8 - Ocean County
Book Lovers' Treasure Trove
     Join your friends at Ocean County Historical Society's Used Book Sale at 26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River on Tuesday, June 6; Wednesday, June 7th; and Thursday, June 8th. Hours of sale are        10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Enjoy a 50% savings on our already low-priced books! Most fiction and non-fiction books are priced between $2.00 and $4.00; you can choose from over a thousand titles.
For more information, call Jeff at 609-339-9134.

Ocean County - Bay Head - Painting the Jersey Shore 1900 to 1960

Sunday, June 4 - Ocean County

Morris County - Jefferson Twp - "Pteridomania: The Victorian Fern Craze"

Sunday, June 4 -- Morris County
    The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlain House, will have an open house on Sunday, June 4, 2017,from1 to 4 pm.  Admission is free.  Costumed docents will be available to talk about this Victorian home.  The theme of this month's exhibit is "Pteridomania:  The Victorian Fern Craze."  The Victorian fern craze led to Adventure, Romance, and Crime.  There will also be some examples of "Scherenschnitte" on display - The Victorian art of papercutting.  The Museum, located at 315 Dover-Milton Road, was entered into the National and State Registers of Historic Places in 2010.  Be sure to visit Miss Elizabeth's Shoppelocated in the original kitchen of the Museum.  The Shoppe is packed with new and vintage items for sale, perfect for spring or anytime.

Union County - Westfield - "Cooking with Herbs" at the Miller-Cory House Museum

Sunday, June 4 -- Union County
    "Cooking with Herbs" at the Miller-Cory House Museum       Aromatic, tasty, and healing - herbs were of the utmost importance to the colonial household.  They were prized as medicines, dyes, pesticides, air fresheners, and for numerous other purposes.  On June 4, 2:00 to 4:00, the Miller-Cory House Museum will focus on the culinary use of herbs in early America. Members of the Cooking Committee will include herbs common to the 18th century in demonstrating open hearth cooking for visitors.  Authentic open hearth cooking is a unique feature of the museum's programming.       The Miller-Cory House Museum is located at 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield.   Admission is $4.00 for ages 13 and older, $3.00 ages 3 to 12 and free under age 3. For more information, please call 908-232-1776 or email "Cooking with Herbs" is the last program of the spring.  The museum will be closed during the summer and…

Hudson County - Hoboken - Hoboken Historical Museum's Annual Secret Garden Tour

Sunday, June 4 -- Hudson County
Hoboken Historical Museum's Annual Secret Garden Tour   Celebrates 20th Anniversary Milestone

Sussex County - Sparta - A Heady Affair . . . and Tea!

Sunday, June 4 - Sussex County

Somerset County - Somerville - Spend an Appetizing Afternoon with George Washington at the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage

Sunday, June 4 - Somerset County
Spend an Appetizing Afternoon with George Washington at the
Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage
  On Sunday, June 4, from 1 - 4 p.m. George Washington reenactor Dave Emerson will speak at the Old Dutch Parsonage while Susan Plaisted gives a hands-on ice cream-making demonstration in the kitchen wing of the Wallace House Historic Site.
     In early June of 1789, George Washington took his leave of "Hope Farm," home of the Wallace family, to resume his spring campaign against the British army. Step back in time and hear him speak at the Old Dutch Parsonage, where he goes to say goodbye to his good friend, the Reverend Jacob Hardenbergh.
At the same time, in the kitchen of the Wallace House, historic foodways expert Susan Plaisted will give a hands-on demonstration of how ice cream-one of Washington's favorite desserts-was made in the eighteenth century. Samples available for visitors. This event is suitable to all ages.

Passaic County - Paterson - Music at the Castle: A Welcome to Summer

Sunday, June 4 - Passaic County
   On Sunday June 4th at 6:00 p.m. on the lawn of Lambert Castle (at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ), the Clifton Community Band will return to the Lambert Castle Concert Series and present Music at the Castle: A Welcome to Summer. Founded in 2002 and directed by Robert D. Morgan, the Clifton Community Band is a traditional concert band (brass, woodwinds and percussion). The band appears in the area and around the state performing a variety of music including classical, pop, big bands and marches. Admission to the concert is free but donations are requested. The suggested donation is $15. Please bring your own seating. The concert will be canceled in the event of rain.
     This performance is a part of the 2017 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.…