Showing posts from April, 2018

Bergen County - Rutherford - A Stitch In Time: Clothing and Textiles of the Meadowlands 1890-1915

The grand opening celebration and reception of A Stitch in Time will be held on May 12th from 1-3 pm. Everyone is invited to come see the new exhibit at that time and light refreshments will be served. 

​Free to attend although Admission Donations are Encouraged

Monmouth County - Countywide - Weekend In Old Monmouth

Saturday-Sunday, May 5-6 – Monmouth County
Public Invited to Celebrate Monmouth County History with the 11th Annual ‘A Weekend in Old Monmouth’ 46 historic sites will open for visits May 5 & 6
FREEHOLD, NJ – The annual “Weekend in Old Monmouth” event returns the first weekend in May with 46 historic sites throughout Monmouth County opening their doors to visitors at the same time.
The historic sites can be viewed on a smartphone or computer via the downloadable tour book with map and links to the virtual tour, using a Geographic Information System (GIS) technology that precisely locates sites. Interested tour takers can view and learn about each site online and view the four suggested self-guided tours on the map to plan visits. To use the virtual tour, click here.
The sites on the tour are generally operated independently. In addition to the waived fees, the hours of operation are all the same for the two days. Hours for most sites are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 and from …

Bergen County - Harrington Park - Dr. Jude Pfister Book Talk: The Creation of American Law

Monday, May 7 – Bergen County Dr. Jude Pfister Book Talk: The Creation of American Law, John Jay, Oliver Ellsworth, and the 1790s Supreme Court 7:30 pm, Monday, May 7, 2018 Harrington Park Library, 10 Herring Street, Harrington Park, New Jersey 07640 Free Admission
    Morristown National Historical Park (NHP) is pleased to partner with the Harrington Park Historical Society as it welcomes back Dr. Jude Pfister for a lecture, 7:30 pm on Monday, May 7, 2018. Please note that the talk will be held at the Harrington Park Library; 10 Herring Street; Harrington Park, New Jersey 07640.
   The topic of the talk will be Dr. Pfister’s new book, The Creation of American Law, John Jay, Oliver Ellsworth and the 1790s Supreme Court.The book is scheduled for publication late summer 2018.
  According to the publisher’s website, the “book serves as a history of America’s national law with a look at those—such as John Jay (the first Chief), James Iredell, Bushrod Washington and James Wilson—who set in motion n…

Mercer County - Princeton - Paint Out Princeton at Morven in May

Paint Out Princeton at Morven in May – Morven Museum & Garden Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free to Artists - Limited to 30 artists per day on the grounds Pre-Registration for artists is Required for either day
Morven Museum & Garden, New Jersey’s most historic home, becomes the backdrop for two days of plein air painting, during its annual Morven in May contemporary craft and garden show. Morven’s impressive facade and wonderful architectural details, outstanding grounds, including soaring trees in full color, make wonderful subjects. Come explore the changing effects of natural light as it bathes the grounds throughout the afternoon. The public is invited to observe artists at work. Reservations required.
  Artists supply own materials, canvas, easel, rags, stool, garbage bags, hats, and sunscreen. Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street | Princeton, New Jersey 08540; 609-924-8144. Register here

Salem County - Salem - Open House in Fenwick's Colony


Somerset County - Bridgewater - "New Jersey in the Era of the American Revolution" i

Sunday, May 6 - Somerset County The Heritage Trail in conjunction with the NJ Council on the Humanities presents a lecture by Acting Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Associate Professor of Kean University's Department of History where he has taught since 2007. 
  Sunday, May 6th at 2 p.m. Admission is FREE and limited to the first 50 people due to limited space  Register Here:
 "New Jersey in the Era of the American Revolution" is an exploration of the coming of the American Revolution in New Jersey. A discussion of key events during the war for independence and an examination of New Jersey after independence. In addition to politics and military aspects, the impact of the war on women, slaves and other aspects of the war will be discussed.
    Dean Mercantini also serves as the Co-Director of the History Honors Program and teaches a wide variety of courses, too numerous…

Somerset County - Somerset - Molly Picon, Star of the Yiddish Theatre, at Franklin Library

Sunday, May 6 – Somerset County A Musical Salute to Molly Picon, Star of the Yiddish Theatre, at Franklin Library (Somerset)
Award-winning professor and performer Diane Cypkin will tell the life story of Molly Picon, the “First Lady of the Yiddish stage,” in a lecture/concert on Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m at Franklin Township Public Library. This concert is free and open to the public. Registration is requested but not required. 
  Molly Picon (1898-1992) was the First Lady of the Yiddish Stage during its heyday in the 1920s and 1930s. In this hour-long presentation, part cabaret, part classroom, Diane Cypkin will trace the highlights of Molly’s lengthy career from the Yiddish stage to English-language films through songs popularized by Ms. Picon. As a native Yiddish speaker who has performed in many Yiddish stage productions and who knew Molly Picon, Professor Cypkin is uniquely able to combine her performance and professorial skills to tell Molly’s story in a way that is both entertaining a…

Union County - Elizabeth - “James Caldwell: The Fighting Parson”

Sunday, May 6 – Union County
James Caldwell: The Fighting Parson to be staged May 6 in Elizabeth
   Elizabeth - The British called him the “High Priest of the Revolution,” and he returns to life at the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth on Sunday, May 6 at 2:00 p.m. as reenactor Meridoc Burkhardt portrays “James Caldwell: The Fighting Parson.”
The next installment of the Brackbill Lecture Series, this presentation dramatically portrays the Patriot and Presbyterian minister to share the legacy of his work during the Revolutionary War. Caldwell was the presiding minister at churches in Elizabeth, Union, and Springfield.
   The Brackbill Lecture Series honors and memorializes the life and legacy of The Reverend Charles Brackbill Jr., who served with distinction as a pastor, educator, media executive and humanitarian for more than six decades. His vision and leadership transformed the campus of the First Presbyterian Church into a dynamic center for history, education, the arts and social…

Union County - Westfield - Mother’s Day Craft and House Tours

Sunday, May 6 – Union County 2:00 to 4:00 Mother’s Day Craft and House Tours Miller-Cory House Museum, 614 Mountain Avenue, Westfield 
 Mother’s Day and flowers – a perfect combination! On May 6, 2:00 to 4:00, the Miller-Cory House Museum will present “Mother’s Day Craft and House Tours.” Children may make a colorful bouquet of paper flowers for that special someone. Volunteers will be available to guide visitors through the pre-revolutionary farmhouse. Members of the Cooking Committee will demonstrate authentic 18th century open-hearth cooking using colonial-era recipes and techniques. The program is suitable for young children. Admission is $4 ages 13 and older; $3 ages 3-12 and free age 2 and younger. No reservations are necessary. Call the museum at 908-232-1776 or email for more information.

Middlesex County - Piscataway - Mother’s Day Tea

Sunday, May 6 – Middlesex County Mother’s Day Tea 3:00PM – 5:00PM       $35 per person    Limited seating - Reservations Required RESERVE by May 1st Reservations: 732-463-8363 Dutch Door Gift Shop open   Metlar-Bodine House Museum, 1281 River Road, Piscataway. Begin your (early!) celebration of Mother’s Day with an elegant afternoon tea served in a historic circa 1840s double parlor.
   The lavish menu never disappoints assorted finger sandwiches and savories, scones with clotted cream & jam, fresh fruit salad and luscious desserts, accompanied by a variety of teas.

Mercer County - Princeton - Princeton’s 5th annual Ciclovia and Chasing George Bike Ride

Sunday, May 6 – Mercer County Princeton Cicloviaand Chasing George Bike Ride Quaker Road, Princeton FREE
  Princeton’s 5thannual Ciclovia will be held, rain or shine, on Sunday, May 6, 2018, from 1 to 4 PM.   This free event promotes healthy, active living by closing Quaker Road to vehicles and opening it for people to exercise, play, and learn.Families can run, walk, skate, and ride bikes along the route. Healthy refreshments will be available for purchase from Tico’s Eatery & Juice Bar.
   Back for the second year is Chasing George, a 10-mile bike ride along the D&R Canal State Park path, in the spirit of the route Washington took on January 3, 1777, to fight in what became the Battle of Princeton. Starting at 12 noon at the Douglass House at Mill Hill Park in Trenton, the group will follow a George Washington reenactor to Princeton along the D&R Canal State Park towpath. Historical talks will anchor the start and end of the ride.
  Online registration for Chasing George is ava…

Ocean County - Toms River - Island Beach: A Sonnet in the Sands

Sunday, May 6 – Ocean County Author Gordon Hesse Comes to OCHS
   The Ocean County Historical Society, 26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River, New Jersey, on May 6, 2018, at 2:00 PM, will feature authorGordon Hesse, who will present his new book, Island Beach: A Sonnet in the Sands.
Christine Menapace writes that Island Beach: A Sonnet in the Sands, “Is a poetic love letter to Island Beach’s 3,000 acres and an important historical document on the march of time through the sands – from Lenni Lenape foraging and fishing to shipwrecks, Henry W. Phipps Jr., “Sedge House,” beach shacks, and even a WWII secret project.”
Gordon Hesse, raised in Roselle Park and Lavallette, New Jersey, is a public relations specialist, communications consultant, author, and longtime member of the Delaware Press Association. There is no admission charge. Refreshments will be served. Call 732-341-1880 for reservations.

Mercer County - Hightstown - Annual Meeting: Laurie Gaulke, who will portray a Salvation Army volunteer in France during WWI

Sunday, May 6 – Mercer County at 3 pm – Annual Meeting For our Annual Meeting at the Ely House, 164 North Main Street, Hightstown, we welcome Laurie Gaulke, who will portray a Salvation Army volunteer in France during WWI with a presentation and Q & A to follow.
We then will have a very short business meeting followed by hors-d'oeuvres and an adult beverage. The Ely House and Freight Station will be open for self and guided tours, socializing with old friends and the chance to make some new ones. Cost is $25 per adult and $15 for youth under 18. Please RSVP to allow us to buy the appropriate food. Come casual. I promise spring will be here by then!

Burlington County - Westampton - Oney Judge – Runaway Slave of Martha Washington

Sunday, May 6 – Burlington County FIRST SUNDAY AT PEACHFIELD Oney Judge – Runaway Slave of Martha Washington 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Oney Judge was a dower slave owned by the estate of Martha Washington’s first husband. When Oney discovered that she was to be a wedding present for Martha’s granddaughter, she planned her escape. Hear the tale of Oney’s flight to New Hampshire and freedom as portrayed by Alexandra Ford of the American Historical Theatre. 
  Admission is $10 per person for everyone in attendance. Seating is limited; prepaid reservations are required to guarantee seating. Please call 609/267-6996, or email at
 This event takes place at Peachfield, the Headquarters of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of New Jersey, 180 Burrs Road, Westampton, NJ 08060.
  The New Jersey Dames are collecting non-perishable food and toiletries to help support our community at the Extended Hand Food Pantry in Mount Holly. Please bring your…

Sussex County - Sussex - Friends of High Point State Park Events

Saturday, May 5 – Sussex County Friends of High Point State Park
Lake Clean-Up   Saturday, May 5th  1:30-3:30         Spring has Sprung Bike Ride   Sunday, May 6, 2018, 11:00-1:00