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Dear Friends,

Welcome to the email announcements of the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey. Member organizations list their events below and invite you to attend. When I attend member events, I have found that it’s a great chance to explore my state.

To visit the League’s website, simply click on the logo at the top.

Sincerely, Linda Barth The League of Historical Societies of New Jersey


  The League of Historical Societies now has a Facebook Group Page. We encourage our members and friends to join. Here’s the Link:    https://www.facebook.com/groups/338042729711243/ 


Wednesday, March 23 – Morris County

 Spring Family Programs at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum

Art Under Foot:  A Children’s Tour of Antique Carpets




10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Families are invited to tour the current exhibit “Antique Carpets Through the Eyes of W. Parsons Todd” and visit Macculloch Hall’s garden!

What do pinwheels, lions, and leopards have in common? Come find out at Macculloch Hall!

Children can watch a weaver at work, participate in an interactive tour, and make a weaving to take home.    FREE with adult admission.  Members FREE. Pre-registration required: 973-538-2404, ext. 16 or cwinslow@maccullochhall.org



Thursday, March 24– Morris County

7:14 p.m. North Jersey Civil War Round Table meeting. Noted author, Edward H. Bonekemper: The Myth of the Lost Cause. A denunciation of the States Rights argument as to why the Civil War was started, fought, and how the myth still persists.  Haggerty Education Center at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 E. Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp. (opp. the Morris County Library). Admission $5Students – free


Saturday, March 26 – Mercer County

From Point Breeze to the Trent House: Paintings from the Bonaparte Collection

Illustrated lecture presented by Laura Poll, Archivist of the Trentoniana Collection, Trenton Free Public Library at the Trent House Museum, 15 Market Street, Trenton

1:00 p.m. $10.00, $8.00 members.Complimentary light refreshments

At his Bordentown estate Point Breeze, king-in-exile Joseph Bonaparte maintained the largest and finest collection of European fine art in America during the 1820s and 1830s, including works by Titian, Canova, and Murillo. His estate was dispersed by auction in 1847, and his paintings by Old Masters made their way to museums and private collections throughout the United States. Six of the paintings in Bonaparte’s famed collection were acquired and displayed by the Stokes family, who occupied the Trent House from 1861 until 1929. This illustrated lecture will examine the curious story of the six paintings and their ultimate and final destination-the Trenton Free Public Library.

This is the third in the series of once-a-month winter/spring 2016 lectures at the Trent House. Other dates are:

Sat., April 16:     Beverly Mills and Elaine Buck, “Proud Heritage: African American History in

the Sourlands and Hopewell Valley”

Sat., May 14:      David Hart, “John Hart: Portrait of a Patriot”


Owned, maintained and operated by the City of Trenton with assistance from The Trent House Association, the historic house museum is regularly open to the public for tours Wednesdays through Sundays, 12:30 to 4 pm and by appointment for school and group tours. Located at 15 Market Street in Trenton, adjacent to the Hughes Justice Complex. Ample free parking. For more information and driving directions, visit www.williamtrenthouse.org or call 609-989-3027.

Saturday, March 26 – Monmouth County

Easter Egg Hunt

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

     Join us for an Easter Egg Hunt! There are over 10,000 eggs in the village.  Hunts are divided into age groups: 0-2 (with an assisting adult), 3-4, 5-7, 8-10, 11-12, and special needs.  A hunt takes place every 15 minutes and hunts are continuous throughout the day from noon to 4 p.m.     Pre-registration is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED; all members of your party must have tickets, not only the children participating in the hunt.  Children under 3 years old are free.  Tickets are available below or over the phone at 732-919-3500.  Tickets will be reserved under your name and can be picked up upon your arrival. Registration and pre-registration check in takes place in the Visitor Center beginning at 11am. Egg hunt times are assigned upon your arrival.

Historic Village at Allaire, 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale New Jersey 07727; 732-919-3500 ext 10

Saturday, March 26 – Bergen County

Exhibit opening: Opening of new exhibit to the public on Saturday March 26

FARM & HOME: Exploring our Agrarian Roots with Artifacts from the 18th and 19th Centuries

The exhibit examines the lives of the first local European settlers from the dawn of the 18th century until the advent of the area railroad and the beginning of suburbia.  Among the artifacts on display are items brought from Holland by the  Dutch settlers,  wooden farm tools, home furnishings, kitchenware , and textiles.

Open Thursdays and Saturdays 1-3, Sundays 2-4

The Schoolhouse Museum, Ridgewood Historical Society, 650 E. Glen Avenue, Ridgewood NJ 07450; 201 447-3242; ridgewoodhistoricalsociety@verizon.net

Sunday March 27 — Monmouth County Easter Sunrise Service 

6:00 a.m. — Join us for a religious service at the historic Chapel at Allaire.  The 200-year-old chapel is breathe taking as the sun rises and fills the great windows. The service begins at 6am.

Historic Village at Allaire

4263 Atlantic Avenue

Farmingdale New Jersey 07727

732-919-3500 ext 10

Saturday April 2nd Opening Weekend

Beginning April 2nd, The Historic Village at Allaire will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday until mid-December!  All of the homes and craft shops will be open for tours and craft demonstrations! There will be a special Evening Lantern Tour from 7pm to 9:30pm that brings history to life before your eyes.  Pre-registration is required.  Tickets are $10 per person. Admission is free for the day event.

Historic Village at Allaire, 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale New Jersey 07727; 732-919-3500 ext 10


Please join Morristown National Historical Park for a series of special piano recitals to celebrate the NPS Centennial. Playing on the park’s 1873 Steinway grand piano, celebrated pianist Peter Toth will perform solo piano works from a variety of beloved composers.

Hungarian pianist Peter Toth is one of the most recognized artists of his generation. He has concertized in most countries in Europe, South America, and Asia. His first released CD recording won the Grand Prize of the Hungarian Liszt Society (2006). Mr. Toth is a regular guest artist at various piano festivals and has been member of the American Liszt Society since 2011.

Recitals Held SUNDAYS March 27 | April 24 | May 29 | June 12 | August 28 | September 25  at the Museum Building 30 Washington Place ♫ 1:00 PM, FREE of charge, no reservations necessary ♫ For Info: Jude M. Pfister | P 973.539.2016 x 204   www.nps.gov/morr



Monday, March 28 — Middlesex County      Linda Barth will present “The Millstone Valley National Scenic Byway.” This newest of New Jersey’s byways follows the D&R Canal and the Millstone River from Millstone/East Millstone south to Kingston. The program will feature a PowerPoint and the showing of the award-winning video, “The Millstone Valley Scenic Byway.” As hundreds of people come daily to hike, bike, fish, and canoe in the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, they discover the beauty of the Millstone Valley National Scenic Byway. Follow the byway through natural areas, farmland, historic villages, and early industrial sites, linked by the tranquil ribbons of water that give modern New Jerseyans a sense of their 19th-century heritage. Spend a day, an afternoon, or a lifetime, savoring the charm of this unexpected, rural oasis.

Linda Barth has been a fan of New Jersey for a long time. A lifelong resident of the Garden State, Linda has written two books on the D&R Canal and two children’s picture books: Bridgetender’s Boy, and Hidden New Jersey.

7 p.m. at the Woodbridge Main Library, 1 Frederick Plaza. Sponsored by the Historical Association of Woodbridge Township.


Tuesday, March 29 – Sussex County

                         Parker Space Speaks to History Alliance about Tourism at 7:00 p.m. at the Crescent Theatre, 74 Main Street, Sussex Borough NJ 07461. Please RSVP: sussexcountyhs@gmail.com      Please join the Sussex County History Alliance, under the new leadership of Mario Poggi, on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. for our quarterly meeting at the Crescent Theatre at 74 Main Street, Sussex Borough, NJ.  All are welcome as we welcome our guest speaker, Assemblyman Parker Space, owner of Space Farms in Beemerville.  He will speak about how to use tourism to attract visitors to your historical society’s location and town, ways to grow your society by making it appealing to a younger membership base, and tips on how he keeps Space Farms successful. We look forward to seeing you.



RSVP no later than April 16th

The Metlar-Bodine House Museum Hosts 25th Annual Benefit Dinner Auction

A Silver Anniversary Celebration!

On April 23rd, 2016, The Fellowship for Metlar House hosts its Annual Dinner Auction to benefit the Metlar-Bodine House Museum. This annual event is a major fundraiser and will be held at The Fireside Room, Busch Dining Hall, Rutgers University Busch Campus, 608 Bartholomew Road, Piscataway. Tickets are $90 per person and must be reserved by April 16th.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for an hour-long reception accompanied by hors d’oeuvres and a pasta station.  An open wine & beer bar is offered throughout the event.     The fast-paced evening of fun begins at 6:00 p.m. and, in addition to the live auction, includes a silent auction.  Guests will be able to bid on items such as fine art, jewelry, dining certificates to popular area restaurants, theater tickets, antiques, collectibles, gift certificates from area merchants, vacation packages (previous destinations have included Maui, N. Palm Beach, Jackson Hole), and so much more.Live music, provided by the New Brunswick Jazz Project, will complement the evening’s festivities.

To expand the scope and success of the event prior to the auction, updates on items will be posted on the museum’s Facebook site and bids can be placed on Bidding For Good, an online auction program that assists nonprofit organizations nationwide with maximizing their auction’s impact.

For information and reservations, call the museum at 732-463-8363, or visit the museum’s website at: metlarbodinehousemuseum.org or find us on Facebook.


Friday, April 1 — Cape May County

Friends of the Physick Estate meeting: “The Philadelphia Physicks” -with guest speaker

Del Connor

Join the Friends of the Physick Estate for this program about the Philadelphia branch of the Physick family. Learn about Emlen Physick, Jr.’s illustrious Philadelphia relatives and ancestors. Admission is $5 for Friends members; $10 for non-members. Cape May Lutheran Church, 509 Pittsburgh Ave. Friday, April 1 at 1 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Physick Estate, an affinity group of 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.

Friday, April 1 – Burlington County

Cold Cases and the Vidocq Society

White Hill Mansion

7:00 p.m.

Raymond J. Carr

Retired FBI Profiler Raymond J. Carr will represent the famous Vidocq Society, an organization dedicated to reviewing cold cases looking for missed clues in an attempt to solve them. Mr. Carr will discuss the purpose of the group and their methods of reviewing cold cases.           He will also discuss his novel-in-progress Thirty Years on the Run, the most prolific bank robber in US history. The story concerns a bank robber whose spree lasted three decades, and the dedicated FBI agent who finally brought him to justice.

This program is presented by The Friends of White Hill Mansion. Tickets are $10.00. Please visit our website at www.whitehillmansion.com to purchase tickets and for more information. 217 4th Street, Fieldsboro, NJ.

Friday, April 1 – Hunterdon County

      “The Dark Side of the Sourlands” by Jim Davidson, historian and president of the East Amwell Historical Society – Another fun and entertaining evening!!

Hosted by the East Amwell Historical Society (A ‘BEER TALK’ At The Pub!)

Hillbilly Hall, Route 607, East Amwell NJ

Cost: $10.00 (Cost benefits the East Amwell Historical Society 2016 Program Series)

Doors open at 6:15 p.m., Talk starts at 7:00 p.m. – Get there early, seating is limited

Due to recent overflow crowds, East Amwell Historian Jim Davidson will reprise his talk on gruesome tales from the Sourland Mountains.  He will reveal stories of the many missing people, bootlegging – and, yes, the MURDERS that took place on the mountain up until modern times.        Jim will describe the ax murders of Richard Wyckoff and his housekeeper, the infamous Put’s Tavern, Charles Sutphin and his warning to Lindbergh not to build on the mountain because it was an evil place, finishing up with some of the strange, little know happenstance associated with the kidnapping itself.


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