Tuesday, May 18, 2021




Wednesday, May 19 -- Virtual

Join METC and Kelly Caldwell, Director of Conservation at EverGreene Architectural Arts virtually on Wednesday, May 19, at 7pm for an inside look at historic building conservation. We will explore the craftsmanship of traditional trades, and the art and science behind historic preservation. 

Kelly will also discuss the on-going interior restoration at the museum, highlighting some of the techniques used to restore the beautiful James Library Building. This program is free but pre-registration is required for access to the Zoom link. Use this link to register.

Thursday, May 20 -- Virtual

Madison Historical Society Presents

“The Battle of Connecticut Farms and the Death of Hannah Caldwell”

Actor and historical interpreter Meridoc “Doc” Burkhardt will present “The Battle of Connecticut Farms and the Death of Hannah Caldwell” at the May 20, 2021 meeting of the Madison Historical Society. This free online meeting via Zoom will begin at 7 pm. If you are interested in participating, contact the Madison Historical Society either through the website  or email ( Please provide your e mail address in order to receive an appropriate link to join the Zoom presentation.

Doc Burkhardt will tell the story of Reverend James Caldwell and of his wife, Hannah’s heroism during the Battle of Connecticut Farms. In his portrayal of Rev. Caldwell, he will include a video tour of the Caldwell Parsonage, which is now the home of the Union Township Historical Society. Mr. Burkhardt will be assisted in the presentation by David Arminio, a retired English teacher in Union Township. Mr. Arminio will describe the details of the battle and its importance to the Revolution.

Doc Burkhardt has a wide background in television, film, Off-Broadway and regional theatre. He received a BA in Theatre and Speech from Wagner College and has studied acting, dance and voice. Among other professional experiences, he has worked with Spike Lee in A Miracle at St. Ana and the Universal film American Gangster. He has appeared on Saturday Night Live and several productions at the School of Visual Arts. Currently he hosts a TV show entitled “Wining and Dining” on channel 34. 

Mr. Burkhardt has been working with the Township of Union Historical Society through a Heart Grant. In past years he has appeared as the historical personage of Reverend James Caldwell in a program that focuses on citizenship and local history to Union elementary school students.

David Arminio has been involved with the Union Historical Society for over 20 years, having served as president for five years and currently serving as vice-president.

Thursday, May 20 -- Virtual

Third Thursday Virtual Lecture: Secrets of Liberty Hall House Tour

Help Liberty Hall Museum celebrate our 21st birthday! Join us for our monthly Third Thursday Lecture for a fun, virtual, behind the scenes tour of Liberty Hall! Discover the former residents, explore the many rooms of the mansion, and enjoy the mysteries and wonders of this incredible 250-year-old home.

WHEN: 7:00pm-8:00pm
This is a virtual program over Zoom
FEE: $10 per Zoom link, $8 for LHM members. Zoom links will be emailed to ticket holders.

To purchase tickets, visit our website or call 908-527-0400. 

Thursday, May 20 -- Virtual

Monmouth County Historical Association

Gary Saretzky presents

19th Century New Jersey Photographers: Gustavus Pach

The most successful 19th century photographer in Long Branch was Gustavus Pach (1845-1904), one of the several brothers in the Pach Brothers, a prominent firm with more than a dozen branch studios in the Northeast U.S. Gustavus Pach began photographing in Long Branch from a mobile wagon in 1866 and opened a gallery there the following year. He is highly regarded for hundreds of scenic stereo views of Monmouth County. Pach also made thousands of fine portraits, for which many of the glass negatives are at the Monmouth County Historical Association. This slide lecture provides a history of the Pach Brothers with an emphasis on the life and work of Gustavus Pach.

Gary D. Saretzky, archivist, educator, and photographer, worked as an archivist for more than fifty years at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Educational Testing Service, and the Monmouth County Archives. Saretzky taught the history of photography at Mercer County Community College, 1977-2012, and served as coordinator of the Public History Internship Program for the Rutgers University History Department, 1994-2016. He has published more than 100 articles and reviews on the history of photography, photographic conservation, and other topics, including “Nineteenth-Century New Jersey Photographers,” in the journal, New Jersey History, Fall/Winter 2004, a revised version of which is available at

Saturday, May 22 -- Union County

Westfield Historical Society and Rake & Hoe Garden Club Announce “Garden Tours & Tea”

The Rake & Hoe Garden Club and the Westfield Historical Society invite the community to partake in Garden and Arboretum Tours of the Reeve House property on Saturday, May 22, from 2-4pm (a rain date is planned for May 23). Save the date!

Guests will enjoy tours of the Claire Brownell Memorial Gardens which are maintained by the Rake & Hoe Garden Club and funded by the Caroline Stephens Holt Fund; and, separate tours of the Reeve House property’s arboretum. The Reeve family were amateur horticulturists and planted many unique specimens of trees on the property. In addition, there will be a talk by Diane Genco on the Monarch butterfly and maintaining a butterfly-friendly garden. Families are encouraged to attend.

Refreshments will be served, and the Rake & Hoe Garden Club will be selling pollinator plants. Books and items of historical interest will also be available for sale by the Westfield Historical Society.

Mark your calendars. Registration information will be available shortly.

Saturday, May 22 -- Union County

Aunt Carrie’s Attic Sale

Saturday, May 22, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Miller-Cory House, 614 Mountain Avenue, Westfield.

We are accepting donations. Please call the office if you have some merchandise to donate. Please do not bring: text books, clothing, old electronics, computers, printers or any items that are broken or missing pieces. We need volunteers to help sort, price and work the day of the sale. We will start organizing the sale on May 20 and May 21 and will need help setting up and breaking down on the sale day, May 22. If you have any time to spare, please call the office to volunteer or if you have donations…(908) 232-1776. Remember, this is our biggest fundraiser of the year.

Saturday, May 22 -- Monmouth

P.T. Barnum

Saturday, May 22, 2021, 6pm

Neill Hartley portrays master showman P.T. Barnum in this exciting and entertaining look at one of the most colorful and well-known personalities of all time, who brought high and low culture to all of America.

A brilliant and shameless promoter, Barnum gave the wise public of the 19th century shameless hucksterism, peerless spectacle, and everything in between—enough entertainment to earn the title " master showman" a dozen times over. Barnum weathered accusations of fraud with the attitude that there was no such thing as bad press, and he became one of the richest men in America.

Space is Limited!

$29 per person

Masks must be worn in the Chapel.


Sunday, May 23 -- Virtual

Historic Peachfield and the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Jersey are pleased to announce the fourth presentation of COFFEE and COLLECTIONS, our newest online series:

"Take A Seat: Our Ware Chairs"

May 23, 2021 - 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Join Peachfield's own Grace DeMarco who will lead a discussion and slide presentation on the history of the Ware chair and the Ware Family, and how these pieces ended up in the collection of Historic Peachfield.

We hope you will join us in honoring our shared national heritage by celebrating the ingenuity, craftsmanship, and entrepreneurship of our forebears!

Cost per participant is $10.00Friends of Peachfield admission is free!

Friends of Peachfield may register by sending an email to with "Friends of Peachfield" in subject line. 

The Zoom link will be mailed to you.

To make a reservation, please make checks payable to

NSCDA-NJ and mail to: Peachfield

180 Burrs Road, Westampton, NJ 08060

 Or you can use PayPal by clicking "Pay Now". 

 Sunday, May 23 - Virtual

Clara Barton – In Her Own Words

A Zoom webinar sponsored by the Bordentown Historical Society in celebration of Clara’s 200th birthday, Sunday, May 23, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. It will be given by Jane Scimeca, Professor of History at Brookdale Community College. Registration is necessary and can be done on our website, Please email questions to

Sunday, May 23 – Virtual

Ocean County Historical Society Hosts WWI Program

Join Monmouth University Specialist Professor of Public History and former US Army Fort Monmouth Command Historian Melissa Ziobro on May 23 at 2:00 pm for a Zoom presentation on how the US Army Signal Corps employed women as telephone switchboard operators during WWI.

The “Hello Girls” worked long hours to ensure battlefield communications. After the war, they fought for veteran status and are being considered for a Congressional Gold Medal today. Register by emailing your name, zip code, and email address to