Featuring: Coming in October: Plainfield Library History Fair — Nubian Heritage Quilters plus quilt digitization in Montclair — AJ Meerwald in Perth Amboy — Block party and movie night at Prallsville Mill — D&R Canal Watch annual meeting — Francis Hopkinson and Musick — Jewelry in Sparta — Governor to be arrested at Proprietary House — New railroad exhibit in Bay Head — Cape May Music Festival — Make your own corn husk doll, Bedminster — Margaret Westfield on dating historic buildings — Morro Castle disaster — Networking for Alice Paul Institute


       The League of Historical Societies now has a Facebook Group Page. We encourage our members and friends to join. Here’s the link: 



 Plan now for Tri-County History Fair, October 22 – Union County



When: Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Plainfield Public Library, 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060

    Plainfield Public Library is happy to announce our Tri-County History Fair. Join your colleagues and friends for a fun day of historical discovery, resource sharing, raffles, and more.

Confirmed speakers: Joe Grabas and Richard Veit

     Register now to reserve a table for your organization at the Tri-County History Fair for Union, Middlesex, and Somerset counties.   Although there is a focus on this tri-county area, organizations from across New Jersey are welcome. This is a great opportunity to reach a wide audience and promote your historic site, history of your community, and your upcoming activities.

    The registration fee of $25 includes two boxed lunches, two bottled waters, and two raffle tickets. Deadline for registration is Friday, September 2, 2016.

 A printable registration form is available online: Printable registration form


 All activities will be indoors and are free to the public. Additional free activities will be announced. The Plainfield Public Library is an ADA-accessible facility.

 Email registration permitted. Credit Card payments are available via PayPal, please contact us for details.   Once registered, you will be contacted for your lunch box preference at the phone number or email you provide.

  Contact Person: Sarah Hull at sarah.hull@plfdpl.info or (908) 757-1111 ext. 136. The Plainfield Public Library is located at 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060.

 Register Today!

 Please share with other organizations and individuals that may have interest.


 Saturday-Sunday, June 11-12 – Essex County

Montclair Historical Society and the Nubian Heritage Quilters Guild have jointly been awarded a Common Heritage grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a quilt exhibition and preservation project that will take place on June 11 and 12, 2016. The exhibit will run through the end of July at the Montclair Historical Society’s Crane House and Historic YWCA, 110 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. All events are free this weekend. www.montclairhistorical.org.

The exhibit, Common Heritage: Uncommon Quilts, features quilts made by the Nubian Heritage Quilters using traditional quilts in the Montclair Historical Society’s collection as inspiration. “Pairing historic quilts with the Nubian Quilters’ interpretations allows us to look at both the old and new quilts in a new light,” says Jane Eliasof, Executive Director of the Montclair Historical Society. “It provides a historic bridge between antebellum quilting traditions and the works of contemporary quilt makers who have reinterpreted classic American quilts.” The exhibit kicks off the weekend of the event on June 11 and 12 from 1 to 4 pm at the Crane House and Historic YWCA. The exhibit will be on display through July for public viewing on Sundays from 1 to 4 pm.

Workshops- Through free hands-on demonstrations and workshops that run through the weekend, quilters of different ages and levels will have an opportunity to exchange their knowledge of the craft and learn a variety of techniques in the art of quilting. Workshops available:

  • Saturday, June 11 at 10 AM: Quilt Preservation Workshop by textile conservation expert Alison Costanedo
  • Saturday, June 11 at 11:30 AM: A Community Conversation on African American Material Culture by Dr. Lillie Edwards
  • June 11 and 12, from 1 to 4 pm : free hands-on quilting workshops demonstrating various quilting skills (hand quilting, design -your-own heritage block, quilt binding, image transfer quilt blocks, creating felted quilt blocks, hand-applique and yo-yo quilting).
  • Sunday, June 26 from 1 to 3 pm: Poetry reading inspired by the quilt exhibition.

Digitization Event- The preservation component of this event allows visitors to bring quilts form their own homes and get digital copies made of their work by photographer Peter Jacobs. Digitization appointments can be made by signing up with the Montclair Historical Society. Appointments accommodate up to 3 quilts, if time allows more quilts may be digitized, staff will inform visitors regarding this on the day. Visitors will be given tissue paper and instructions on how to preserve their quilts.” Digital copies of the quilts will also be archived on the New Jersey Digital Highway, in the Montclair Historical Society’s archives, and with the Nubian Heritage Quilters Guild. If you have any questions on the digital process or questions asked on the form, please contact the Montclair Historical Society at 973-744-1796 or mail@montclairhistorical.org.



June 16-19 – Middlesex County

Sail out of the NEW Harborside Marina in Perth Amboy on the Raritan River!  Experience history aboard this authentically restored 1928 Delaware Bay oyster schooner.  Help hoist the sails or sit back and relax. It’s a great outing for the entire family!

All sails depart from HARBORSIDE MARINA, 260 B Front Street, Perth Amboy, NJ


June 16-17 ~ Wednesday – Saturday ~ 10 a.m.-12 p.m.


Morning – Special Family Sail: Jun 18 ~ 10:00am-12:00pm

Tickets:  $35 adults/$30 seniors (60+)/$15 children (3-12)

Afternoon – Family Education Sail:  Jun 16-19  1:30-4:30pm

Tickets:  $45 adults/$40 seniors (60+)/$25 children (3-12)

Evening:  Jun 16-19 ~ 6:00-8:30pm

Tickets:  $45 adults/$40 seniors (60+)/$22 children (3-12)

All Tickets available online at bayshorecenter.org or call 856-785-2060.


Father’s Day Pancake Sail:

Treat Dad to a pancake breakfast as you sail on NJ’s Tall Ship. Sunday, June 19 ~ 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Tickets: $50 adults/$45 seniors (60+)/$50 children (3-12)

Passengers are welcome to bring food and beverages on board for ALL sails.

All Tickets available online at bayshorecenter.org or call 856-785-2060.

Education Sails and Private Charters are still available.


Saturday, June 11 — Hunterdon County


 Sunday, June 12 – Somerset County



     Take a whirlwind paddle down the D&R Canal of the future. Find out how our canal can become more canoe- and kayak-friendly. Don Griffin, from the Mohawk Canoe Club, and Barbara Ross, Canal Watch vice president, will lead the audience on a whirlwind paddle down the D&R Canal of the future.

On the feeder canal they will put in at Bulls Island and take out at Ewing Township’s Lower Ferry Road, then jump to the main canal and paddle from Cherry Tree Lane in Lawrence Township to Franklin Township’s DeMott Lane.

Proposed new trailheads and bridge, portage, launch, and signage improvements will be highlighted, with glimpses of the countryside, communities, and adjacent waterways along the canal’s route.

This program is designed to introduce the public to a proposed D&R Canal Water Trail and to gather suggestions and comments before the plan is presented to the several regulatory agencies that maintain jurisdiction over the canal. It is important that paddlers and other recreational users have a stake in this exciting new venture.

Following the PowerPoint presentation, those interested are encouraged to remain for an in-depth discussion about the future of the canal state park, fundraising, the 5K run, and other events. The D&R Canal Watch is seizing this opportunity and seeking new ideas. Those members interested in volunteering or otherwise participating in the future of the Canal Watch are especially urged to attend.

2:00 p.m. in the Muletender’s Barracks, 4 Griggstown Causeway, between River Road and Canal Road. (For GPS, use Princeton as the town, even though it’s nowhere near Princeton.)

Questions? Contact Linda Barth at 908-240-0488 or barthlinda123@aol.com.


   Sunday, June 12 – Mercer County


On Sunday, June 12th at 2:00 p.m. the Ewing Township Historic Preservation Society will present a program featuring music scholar and lecturer John Burkhalter in a program entitled “Tuneful Felicity: Francis Hopkinson and Musick” at the Benjamin Temple House, 27 Federal City Road in Ewing.      One of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, Hopkinson lived in New Jersey and is widely acknowledged as America’s first composer. The program will survey Hopkinson’s musical world and will draw specifically on printed  music he is known to have purchased in Philadelphia and from London publishers and from his ca. 1764 manuscript volume of music for [or arranged for] the harpsichord.

This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


 Sunday, June 12 — Sussex County


Sunday, June 12 — Middlesex County


 Sunday, June 12 through Columbus Day — Ocean County

Bay Head Historical Society and the Loveland Homestead Museum

Corner of Bridge and Bay Avenues at the Bay Head Point Pleasant border

All Aboard! is an insightful look at how the railroad impacted on the development

of the northern Barnegat Bay barrier island. A model rail road diorama of the Bay

Head Railroad Loop, photographs, maps, videos, and railroad memorabilia will be

on display. Opening reception June 12, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. with a gallery discussion

at 4:00. Summer season hours: Friday thru Monday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The museum

is open to the public and a small donation is suggested for non members.

For additional information contact through www.BayHeadHistoricalSociety.com


 Sunday, June 12 – Cape May County

Cape May Music Festival – 5th Annual George Mesterhazy Tribute Concert: Come to Cape May Convention Hall to celebrate with friends and fans for the 5th Annual George Mesterhazy Tribute concert. The performance is an evening of selections from the Great American Songbook, under the direction of Barry Miles, featuring performances by some of George’s favorite colleagues. Sunday, June 12 at 8 p.m. General admission is $25, Seniors $20, Students $10. Cape May Convention Hall, Beach Avenue at Stockton Place. Part of the Cape May Music Festival.Presented by 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.

Tuesday, June 14 – Cape May County

Cape May Music Festival – New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players: New Jersey’s premiere chamber ensemble, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, return to the festival to perform on Tuesday, June 14 at 8 p.m. presenting another program from the classical repertoire. Episcopal Church of the Advent, Washington and Franklin streets. General admission $20, Seniors $15, Students $5. Part of the Cape May Music Festival.Presented by 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.

Wednesday, June 15 – Cape May County

Cape May Music Festival – Bach’s Lunch: Enjoy a mini-concert by members of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony and an elegant Tea Luncheon at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom located on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. Wednesday, June 15 at 12:30 p.m. $30 per person. Part of the Cape May Music Festival. Presented by 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.

Thursday, June 16 – Cape May County

Cape May Music Festival-New York Chamber Ensemble Concert: The New York Chamber Ensemble performs at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Washington and Franklin streets. General admission $20, Seniors $15, Students $5. Thursday, June 16 at 8 p.m. Part of the Cape May Music Festival. Presented by 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.


 Sunday, June 12 – Somerset County

Make Your Own Corn Husk Doll

Perfect for Scouting Groups!

During Colonial times, when mothers and daughters husked corn for the family meal, they saved the husks and made their own dolls, often adorned with remnants of clothing.  Join us Sunday, June 12 as Holly Doyle teaches participants how to make their own corn husk dolls.

   Workshops are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and each are limited to 15 children. All participants must be age 8 or older.  

Admission to the program is $10 for adults and $5 per child 8 and older (free to members of the Jacobus Vanderveer House and children 7 and under).  Special rates for school and scouting groups.

Pre-registration is required.  Register at www.jvanderveerhouse.org or phone (908) 396-6053. 3055 River Road, Bedminster


 Tuesday June 14 — Morris County

Dating Historic Buildings

7:00 p.m.

Dating Historic Buildings is about deciphering the architectural past. Our speaker, Margaret Westfield, Architect and Preservation Consultant, will discuss the many tools she uses in estimating the age of houses.

Protecting Natural and Historic Places lecture series

The natural and built environments together support each other, and every aspect of our lives. That’s why we preserve historic resources and protect natural spaces. The series, running from April through October, features top-notch speakers in both fields, offering our community a new understanding of these local riches.

All lectures are free, open to the public, and will take place in the library’s lower level meeting room.

Several of the talks will take place during the library’s Landscape Architecture Exhibit, “Gardens and Grounds by Three North New Jersey Landscape Designers,” on display in the Kirby Gallery, April 4 through July 3. Morristown and Morris Township Library, 1 Miller Road, Morristown;973-538-6161


Tuesday, June 14 – Ocean County

MEETING of the Brick Township Historical Society on THE MORRO CASTLE DISASTER OF 1934

The Brick Township Historical Society will hold its next meeting June 14, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Herbertsville Firehouse, 601 Herbertsville Rd., Brick.  Featured speakers will be Gretchen F. Coyle and Deborah C. Whitcraft, authors of INFERNO AT SEA:  STORIES OF DEATH AND SURVIVAL ABOARD THE MORRO CASTLE.         Learn about this famous event of September 8, 1934 which took place in the shore at Asbury Park as the ship, the Morro Castle, was returning to New York City after a trip to Havana, Cuba.

Admission is free; the public is welcome.  Parking is in the rear of the firehouse.  For more information on the activities of the society see its page on Facebook, access:  www.bricktwphistoricalsociety.com or call 732-785-2500.


 Wednesday, June 15 – Burlington County


EVENT: Club Connections

WHEN: Wednesday, June 15, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Ramblewood Country Club, Mt. Laurel

DETAILS: Join the Alice Paul Institute’s annual networking event.  Connect with local leaders in banking, law, manufacturing, nonprofits and other industries.  Enjoy wine or beer and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $25. For information contact Paige Salvador at 856-231-1885 or psalvador@alicepaul.org.

The Alice Paul Institute’s mission is to honor the legacy of Alice Paul’s work for gender equality through education and leadership development.


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