Tuesday, May 8, 2018


The Bound Brook Memorial Library will host a program by Dr. Jonathan Mercantini, of Kean University, entitled "Colonial New Jersey from Contact to Revolution." Dr. Mercantini will discuss the history of New Jersey, a center of agricultural development and a key transportation network, focusing on Somerset County's role in the Crossroads of the American Revolution. This program is the 2nd in a series of programs at various SCLS locations made possible in part by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 8, 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Bound Brook Memorial Library, Hamilton Street and High, Bound Brook

Here is the link to register for the program:

Princeton University Architecture Tour

The popular Princeton University Architecture Tour explores the phenomenal architecture on campus, dating from 1756 to the present. Buildings on this two mile walk include the Georgian-style Nassau Hall, collegiate gothic marvels, and extraordinary contemporary designs, including the Frank Gehry-designed Lewis Library, the Stadium, the Icahn Laboratory, and the Neuroscience Institute/Psychology facility.

WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 10 AM
Starts at Palmer Square’s Tiger Park, Princeton
Tickets for all tours can be purchased online at, or by calling (609) 921-6748 x102. Space is limited.

Every Sunday at 2 PM, on the Classic Princeton History Walking Tour, visitors and locals can discover the architectural history behind prominent buildings and landmarks, learn about Princeton’s historic role in the American Revolution and the founding of the nation, and hear stories of some of its most famous residents.

WHERE: Starts outside Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton

A Gentleman’s Pursuit: A Symposium on the American Greenhouse at Morven Museum & Garden

WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with luncheon at Princeton Day Club
Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street | Princeton, New Jersey
TICKETS: $75; $60 Friends of Morven. Reservations required.

Join us for the day to explore the glamour and passion surrounding America’s “glass houses” with this expert panel of speakers. Catered luncheon; guided Commodore’s Greenhouse exhibition tour with light refreshments following lectures in afternoon are included in the fee.

“Plants for Winter’s Diversion: Greenhouse History and Greenhouse Plants at Bartram’s Garden” — Joel Fry, Curator of Bartram’s Garden

“American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic” — Dr. Victoria Johnson, Hunter College Associate Professor of Urban Policy and Planning

"More Glass than Wall: Cultivating Eden" — Arete Warren, author of Glass Houses

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day

WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Macculloch Hall, 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown
ADMISSION: FREE, all ages, rain or shine
RSVP: Executive Director, Tricia Pongracz

  • Meet an owl from The Raptor Trust at 11:00 am
  • Build a fairy house for our garden
  • Enjoy a guided garden tour at 12:30 pm and more!

Basic Knitting Class 

WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 10am - 2pm
WHERE: Tuckerton Seaport, 120 W. Main Street, Tuckerton
FEE: $25 members/ $30 nonmembers. Please call 609-296-8868 to register.

Instructor: Patricia Zackey 

New to Knitting? This class is for you! Beginning knitters will learn basic knit and purl stitches and begin making a scarf or a cowl. More experienced knitters may choose to make either a pair of fingerless mitts or a watch cap (beanie) which requires some shaping. Please bring along a pair of size 7 or 8 knitting needles.

Hand Plane Shaping Class 

WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 10am - 4pm
Tuckerton Seaport, 120 W. Main Street, Tuckerton
FEE: $120 members/ $130 nonmembers, includes materials fee. Please call 609-296-8868 to register.

Instructor: Greg Malega 

Make your own wooden handplane! A handplane is used while bodysurfing to give the rider lift, direction and speed while on a wave. Worn on your hand and with a pair of swim fins, these little boards can be used in small summer surf or big fast barrels! Learn the process of making a miniature surfcraft while using the tools and concepts of a surfboard shaper. A great half day class to take with friends!

Help Plant 1,000 Trees

WHEN: Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Candace McKee Ashmun Preserve in Lacey/Ocean Twp (Ocean County)
The meeting location is the dirt lot at the intersection of Lacey Rd and Garden State Parkway Exit 74. GPS: 39.864509, -74.222071.
Here is a link to the meeting place on Google Maps

Located across Route 532 from Ocean County’s Wells Mills Park, the Ashmun Preserve, owned by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, contains prime habitat for rare species, like the threatened Northern Pine Snake, the Bog Asphodel and the Pine Barrens tree frog.

We will plant shrubs and Atlantic White Cedar trees in an area that serves as the headwaters for the Middle Branch of the Forked River that has been severely impacted by off-road vehicle damage.

This is a joint project between the Nature Conservancy of New Jersey, the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection's Watershed Ambassador Program and the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.

We need as many people as possible to make it happen! We need to get these plants in the ground and protect them from being damaged by off-road vehicles.

Bring - Bag Lunch, Water Bottle, small shovel, spade. 

Questions? Contact Jason, Stewardship Coordinator



WHEN: Artist Demonstration – Saturday, May 12, starting at 2 p.m.; Mothers & Mimosas Tour, Sunday, May 13, 12 to 5 p.m.
$10 (Free to members of the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum and children 12 and under). 

The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House will host a special exhibition and sale of works by American master painter John Phillip Osborne with the J. M. Stringer Gallery of Fine Art (formerly of Bernardsville and now based in Vero Beach, FL).

The exhibition, John Phillip Osborne: The Thirteen Colonies, features works—all available for purchase—representing each of the 13 original American colonies. A portion of the sales will benefit the nonprofit Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum.

The exhibition will be open Saturdays 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. during both weekends. Docents will be available for guided tours of the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum and informational material about the 1772 Dutch-Colonial home, period rooms and furnishings are available throughout the house.

Print Making Class   

WHEN: Sunday, May 13, 10am - 4pm
Tuckerton Seaport, 120 W. Main Street, Tuckerton
FEE: $125 members/ $135 nonmembers. Pre-registration is required by May 6, 2018. Please call 609-296-8868 to register.

Instructor: Mark Bair  

Learn the age old process of woodblock printmaking or relief printing with woodcarving artist Mark Bair. Starting with a block of wood and an idea, Mark will take you through the history, tools and materials used in the process. Armed with these new skills, each student will create their own lasting image. Instructor will provide all materials but students are encouraged to bring their own images or drawings.


WHEN: May 12 and 13, 11am to 4pm, with the last climb at 3:30pm. Parking on site is free and dogs are welcome on leashes in the museum
31 So. Rhode Island Avenue in Atlantic City

Looking for a memorable way to tell Mom she’s the light of your life? Then bring her to Absecon Lighthouse the weekend of h , because dear old Abby is treating Mothers to a free climb. Moms who show their "I Climbed" card at nearby Tony Boloney's Pizza afterward will receive a free slice of pizza as a reward. First lit in 1857, Absecon Lighthouse is New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse and the country’s third tallest lighthouse.

Absecon Lighthouse is a state-owned historic property administered by the non-profit Inlet Public/Private Association. It is open to visitors Thursdays through Mondays, 11 am to 4 pm. Absecon Lighthouse received a general operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State. For more information about Absecon Lighthouse and its programs call (609) 449-1360 or visit us on the web at

nullTwo Historic Houses with Completely Different Histories

WHEN: Sunday, May 13. Tours of the Crane House & Historic YWCA are on the hour, last tour at 3 pm. Tours of the Shultz House are on the half hour, last tour 3:30 pm.
30 North Mountain Avenue and 110 Orange Road, Montclair.
ADMISSION: $6/adult; $5/student/senior with ID; $4/child; under 2 free, good for both sites. From 1 to 4 pm. Members get in free!

Visit one or both houses in one afternoon. The Crane House and Historic YWCA is a window on to the history of our nation from its early years as an independent country to a country embroiled in the civil rights struggle. The Shultz House (Evergreens) is a fully intact time capsule of a family that takes you back to life in the early 20th century Montclair.

The Precedents of the *Prefident – George Washington and the Creation of the Executive Office

WHEN: Tuesday, May 15, 7:30 p.m.
6 Fairview Avenue, Long Valley.

When George Washington was about to become the first President under the Constitution of the United States he said, “I walk on untrodden ground to shape America.”

And he did! Everything that George Washington did, from the inaugural oath, through the establishment of the U.S. Treasury and its financial system, to the creation of the Coast Guard, cabinet meetings, appointment of ambassadors, appointment of the justices of the Supreme Court, his dealings with Congress, to the time when Washington unilaterally on his own volition, refused to run for a third term for the presidency of the United States was a precedent.

There can only be one Number One – and George Washington was that Number One, setting the guidelines for all future presidents. *1789 print: The “s” was written as “f”.

Rich Rosenthal has lectured on numerous historical subjects and is president of the North Jersey Civil War Round Table, was a board member and one of the founding members, with the preeminent New Jersey historian, the late John T. Cunningham, of the North Jersey American Revolution Round Table. He resides in Parsippany with his wife, Harriet; they have two daughters and three grandchildren.