Showing posts from December, 2017

Union County - Elizabeth - Common Ground: Insights Into Elizabethtown’s Diverse Community, 1664-1864

Monday, January 15 – Union County  Common Ground: Insights Into Elizabethtown’s Diverse Community, 1664-1864 – Brackbill Lecture Series
  New discoveries about the First Presbyterian Church Burial Grounds are revealed in the first installment of the Brackbill Lecture Series at the Snyder Academy. Join us for a fascinating presentation about Elizabethtown’s diverse community in the first two centuries of its history. Snyder Academy Research Fellow and Brown University student Sean Briody will share his original research about the families that founded the city in 1664, the community of free and enslaved African-Americans who lived in Elizabethtown, and the social and economic ties that bound together and divided the community in its early years. The program will include a tour of selected sites in the burial grounds of the First Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth. A reception with refreshments will follow the presentation and tour.
 Please RSVP to Elliot Dee at by January 1…


Tuesday, January 9 – Ocean County MEETING ON BRICK COLLECTIBLES
   The Brick Township Historical Society will hold a meeting Jan. 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Herbertsville Firehouse, 601 Herbertsville Rd., Brick. The meeting will feature collectibles from Brick Township presented by three Brick residents. 
John Leavey, a lifelong native of New Jersey and co-author of two hometown history books about the township, will present samples from his collection of maps and advertisements of early Brick developments. 
Kevin Hughes, a Brick Township native and graduate of Brick Township High School, known as “The Postcard Guy,” will show vintage postcards and bottles. Hughes can be found on the internet at
Gene Donatiello (pictured), Brick Township historian and one of the founding members of the Brick Township Historical Society, will present photographs from his collection.
  The program is free and open to the public. Parking is behind the firehouse. For more information on the …

New York County - New York - Alexander Hamilton Birthday events 2018

Alexander Hamilton Birthday events and news:     The Alexander Hamilton Awareness (AHA) Society is pleased to share the upcoming events for Alexander Hamilton’s birthday; plans to reopen the Bank of the United States in Historic Philadelphia; and new discoveries about Hamilton, his family, and colleagues in Nevis and St. Croix. 
January 11th is Alexander Hamilton’s birthday. Happy Birthday Hamilton 2018 includes a number of events to celebrate: at his birthplace – Nevis; last home - “The Grange”; final resting place – Trinity Church; Museum of American Finance, featuring keynote speaker, Hamilton scholar Dr. Richard Sylla; site of Hamilton’s first years as Secretary of Treasury – Federal Hall; and the frequent meeting place for patriots – Fraunces Tavern. See attachment #1
   The original Bank of the United States was approved on February 25, 1791. Now known as the “First Bank” (in the “Hamilton” musical as the “National Bank”), it will reopen to the public! It is the oldest surviving U.…

Hudson County - Hoboken - Art Opening and Artist Talk: Erik Burro on “Legacy of Remembrance”

‌ Sunday, January 7 – Hudson County Art Opening and Artist Talk: Erik Burro on “Legacy of Remembrance” @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
On Sunday, Jan. 7, join us for a free opening reception and artist talk by Erik Burro for his Upper Gallery art exhibit of black and white photographs of some of New Jersey’s finest examples of World War I monuments. The reception runs from 2 – 5 pm; the talk is at 4 pm.
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Additional support provided by the N.J. Historical Commission.
The event is free and no advance registration is necessary; all ages are welcome.

Middlesex County - East Brunswick - 100th Anniversary of the Great War

Sunday, January 7 – Middlesex County 
 The East Brunswick Historical Society will provide a program and exhibit on World War 1 on Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the society's headquarters at 78 Milltown Road. The program, exhibit, parking, and refreshments are free of charge to the public.


Sunday, January 7, 2018 2 PM  THE 24 CANNONS AT THE BATTLE OF TRENTON
Special lecture by David Wm. Bosted Held in conjunction with the events of Patriots Week The program will follow the movements of all 24 of the cannons on the streets of Trenton during the Battle of Trenton. The talk will demonstrate why the 18 American cannons — including the two six-pounders commanded by Alexander Hamilton — were decisive in the victory over the Hessians, who had six three-pounders. A four-pounder cannonball will be on display during the talk. Presented by Urban Planner and Museum Trustee David Bosted.

Somerset County - Somerville - Twelfth Night Concert at the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage

Saturday, January 6 – Somerset County Twelfth Night Concert at the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage
   On Saturday, January 6, beginning at 7:30 pm, balladeer Linda Russell will perform historic holiday music at the Old Dutch Parsonage historic site. Usher the new year in and celebrate like it’s 1778! For most American colonists, Christmas Day was not a major holiday. But over the course of the following twelve days, leading up to Twelfth Night on January 6th, there were great feasts, church services, dances, games and other entertainments. Join balladeer Linda Russell as she explores the tunes and traditions of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Playing the hammered and mountain dulcimers, penny whistle and guitar, Linda sings and plays the carols, dance tunes and drinking songs of the past, interspersed with Yuletide poems, recipes and stories of the season.
   Linda Russell is a balladeer who brings America’s past to life through song. She has served for many years as musical historia…

Union County - Westfield - Westfield Historical Society to Offer Cursive Penmanship Course

Westfield Historical Society to Offer Cursive Penmanship Course
Did you know that most students no longer learn the skill of cursive penmanship? This means that historians in the future may not be able to read historic documents or even personal letters from generations back. As a service to the community, the Westfield Historical Society is sponsoring a penmanship course to help ensure that this important skill does not disappear. 
The course will begin on Saturday, January 13, 2018 and run for eight sessions. It will be held at the Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center, 314 Mountain Avenue, Westfield. Classes will be from 9-10 AM with a maximum of 8 students. Anyone in third grade and above is welcome. There is a $40 fee per student for the course.
Retired teacher Mrs. Susan McClelland, who taught cursive penmanship for over twenty years, will provide the instruction. Mrs. McClelland will teach the Zaner-Bloser method and each student completing the course will receive a signed ce…

Union County - Westfield - The History of Tea and Tea Tasting

Wednesday, January 3 – Union County
  First Wednesday Luncheon - January 3, 2018, 12:00 noon at Echo Lake Country Club
The History of Tea and Tea Tasting, presented by Peter F. Goggi, President of the Tea Association of the U.S.A.
    Peter is no stranger to tea. He began his career at Unilever and spent over 30 years working with Lipton Tea as part of Royal Estates Tea Co., eventually serving as President. During those years, he was responsible for all teas purchased for Unilever’s tea businesses in North and South America and oversaw all blend formulations and tea quality assurance.
    Peter was the first American-born Tea Taster in the history of T.J. Lipton/Unilever and was also featured on The History Channel’s Modern Marvels. In 2011, Peter retired from Unilever after 32 years in Research, Manufacturing, Planning and Supply Management. Peter’s last assignment as Director Procurement Commodities – Americas, focused on the strategic development, risk management and purchase of vegeta…

Union County - Elizabeth - Tour Historic Midtown Elizabeth

Monday, January 1 – Union County Tour Historic Midtown Elizabeth
 Start the New Year in historic midtown Elizabeth — beginning at the First Presbyterian Church, 42 Broad Street! This First Day hike is sponsored by Boxwood Hall and the New Jersey State Park system.
This two-hour, 1.5-mile hike brings you through the heart of old Elizabethtown. Stand where the name “New Jersey” was first used. Visit a house where Washington, Hamilton and Lafayette visited. Discover 300 years of architecture. Explore our historic cemetery. Learn about the famous, infamous and forgotten who called this community home.
   Children are welcome but must be accompanied by adults, as we will be crossing busy streets. Registration is limited and required, please email name, number in party, and phone number (preferably cell phone) to or telephone the same information to 908-282-7617. If severe weather is predicted days in advance, organizers will send e-mail as well.

Statewide - 2018 Preserve New Jersey Grant Applications Now Available

2018 Preserve New Jersey Grant Applications Now Available    The 2018 Grant Round will accept applications only for Historic Site Management Grants, for non-construction activities including the preparation of conditions assessments, construction documents, disaster preparedness plans, archaeological studies, and more.      Applicants may request $5,000 to $50,000 in matching funds. For each $3 request, the applicant must provide at least $1 in matching funds.      Eligible applicants are units of state, county or municipal government, or nonprofit organizations that are 501(c)3 certified and comply with New Jersey's charitable registration laws.     Applications for funding are due to the Historic Trust's Trenton office no later than 4:00 p.m. on May 3, 2018.     All applicants should read the 2018 Grant Guidelines thoroughly prior to submitting an application.   Read the guidelines -- Download the application.

Camden County - Camden - Register for Winter/Spring Historic Preservation Classes!

          Time to register for winter/spring historic preservation classes!       Have you always wanted to know more about the buildings in your community, or about how historic preservation can strengthen communities, enhance the quality of life, and promote heritage tourism and economic development? Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift for your favorite history geek? This winter/spring, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) is offering three continuing education courses and three one-day workshops as part of its certificate program in historic preservation. Take a single class or workshop or work toward a certificate! Anyone with an interest in historic preservation is welcome.
REGISTER NOW! Gift certificates also available (contact

Middlesex County - New Brunswick - March 7 - Middlesex CountyArchival Basics: Tools for the Unexpected Archivist

March 7 - Middlesex CountyArchival Basics:  Tools for the Unexpected Archivist
  The Pane Room of Alexander Library at Rutgers University, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ
     This workshop will provide an introduction to archival principles, standards, and practices with an emphasis on arrangement, description, and preservationIt is designed with the "non-­archivist" in mind, especially librarians in diverse library settings who, by happy accident or formal design, are charged with the care of archival material in their collections.  
    The workshop will use a hybrid approach that will include both lecture and hands-­on demonstration with the primary goal of providing a basic grounding in archival management to make the participants more comfortable working with archival materials as well as providing the tools with which they can continue to explore and understand archives. Presented by: Erika Gorder, Archivist & Library Faculty, Special Collections and Univers…

Monmouth County - Middletown - MCHA Offering 18th Century Sewing Workshop

MCHA Offering 18th Century Sewing Workshop  January 20 and 21, 2018
MIDDLETOWN - Monmouth County Historical Association is offering an in-depth historical sewing workshop on 18th-century shifts and accessories at the historical Taylor-Butler House on Saturday, January 20 and Sunday, January 21 from 9 am to 5 pm on both days. Taylor-Butler House is located at 127 Kings Highway in the Middletown Historic District.
    The workshop is based on two shifts in the extensive textile collection that date to the last quarter of the 18th century. Learn historical hand-sewing techniques as well as construction methods and examine extant garments. The shift was the most basic but necessary garment for an 18th-century woman. It was her first layer underneath her many layers and doubled as her nightgown. It's the one garment that she would have owned several.
    In this workshop, extant late 18th-century garments will be examined to show construction methods of the time period and fabric choices…

Ocean County - Toms River - Sign up now for March 15th trip to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Thursday, March 15 - New York City

Sign up now for March 15th trip to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum Visit National Memorial and Museum Commemorating 9/11/01
Ocean County Historical Society invites you to join members and friends on our bus trip to The National September 11 Memorial and Museum, Thursday, March 15th. Bus departs from 26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River at 9:00 AM and returns at approximately 6:00 PM. The cost is $60 for members, $65 for non-members. Cost includes a luxury charter bus, bus driver gratuity, and museum admission. Lunch is on your own at either the Museum cafeteria or a nearby eatery. To reserve your seat, call Jeff at 609-339-9134. No refunds after March 1st.

Mercer County - Trenton - New Jersey State Museum Shop - Now hiring! WE'RE HIRING!

New Jersey State Museum Shop - Now hiring!  WE'RE HIRING!    Are you energetic? Do you like to have fun? Do you love museums? We have the perfect position for you! The Museum Shop is looking for a qualified, Part-Time Retail Associate to complete our stellar team. For more information, view the job posting and application instructions  here.

Middlesex County - New Brunswick - Rutgers Public History Internships


Passaic County - Haledon - Frederick Douglass Series 2017 exhibit by Mark Priest at the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark

Now through April 28 - Passaic County Frederick Douglass Series 2017 exhibit  by Mark Priest at the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark  Haledon, NJ - The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark located in Haledon, New Jersey proudly has opened the exhibit Frederick Douglass Series 2017.            Frederick Douglass Series 2017 is an exhibit of contemporary paintings and drawings about the life of Frederick Douglass, slave, abolitionist, and statesman.  Artist Mark Priest states, "In the United States of America many slaves were safely carried to freedom.  This monumental undertaking that has virtually gone unnoticed has been the subject of my work over the past eleven years. My current focus is on Frederick Douglass, Slavery in Maryland, and Underground Railroad Conductor, Harriet Tubman."         Mark Priest is a working artist and professor at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.  Mr. Priest graduated from Yale School of Art in …