Monday, July 12, 2021

Mid- to late-July 2021 Events of a Historical Bent in NJ


Saving New Jersey's History, County by County, and Town by Town.


Tuesdays in July and August

Spend your summer at Liberty Hall Museum! Explore our fairy village, learn to write in secret code, and hunt for animals around the property. Join us for our Summer Adventure Programs including Adventures in Nature, Fairy Trails and Tales, Leaf it to Me, and Scouts, Spies, and Soldiers Programs. All programs include a snack. Programs available on a 4-week rotating schedule. 

Two program times available every Tuesday; 11:00am-1:00pm, Child+Parent program; 2:00-4:00pm, Drop-Off program

Recommended for ages 6 - 12.

WHEN: 11 a.m. for child & parent or 2 p.m. drop-off
Liberty Hall Museum, 1003 Morris Ave., Union
11 am session - $10.00 per child; $4.00 per adult; 1 pm session - $12 per child, $10 for members
Special Offer: Buy 3 Summer Adventures, get 1 free (use promo code: Summer). Offer ends July 31st.

Reservations required; to purchase tickets visit our website or call 908-527-0400.

Tuesday evenings in July and August

Sunset Stroll Garden Tours

Promenade our property under the backdrop of a crimson sky and setting summer sun and join us for a Sunset Stroll. 

WHEN: every Tuesday evening starting on June 22nd, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.
WHERE: Liberty Hall Museum, 1003 Morris Ave., Union
FEE$10 per person, Free for LHM members/Kean Alumni

Reservations required in advance; to purchase tickets visit our website or call 908-527-0400. 

July 17, 24; August 7, 14, 21—Morris County

Dig it! Plant it! Eat it!

This summer join us for nature, history, and art! With this free program children will:

  • Visit the new Sensory Garden
  • Create Art with Teaching Artist, Lisa Madson
  • Explore Nature with Fun Activities

Two sessions available: July session (July 10, July 17, and July 24); August session (August 7, August 14, and August 21) 

Programs run from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Recommended for children ages 5 to 10 years old. Space is Limited. Registration Required. Register for this FREE program on the MHHM website events page. (Remember to register for all three dates in the session)

WHERE: 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown; 973-538-2404

Wednesdays in July and August -- Morris County

Lunch with the Librarian

Wednesdays in July and August

12:00 p.m.

Join us under the beech tree in Macculloch Hall's gardens for story time! Free, no preregistration needed, rain or shine. No bathroom facilities available

In partnership with the Morristown Morris Township Public Library.

WHEREMacculloch Hall Gardens, 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown; 973-538-2404

Farmstead Arts presents

A Simple Summer Art Show

WHEN: July 12 - August 15; Opening reception July 12 at 7pm
 Farmstead Arts, 
450 King George Road, Basking Ridge

Featuring the works of artist extraordinaire Oscar Peterson (and his students) (Image: "We Too" Oscar Peterson)

Thursday, July 15—Union County

Third Thursday Lecture Series: A Colony, an Estate, and a Founding Father: The Founding of American Cities

Just as the nation’s Founding Fathers had great plans for a new country, discover how early colonists had great plans for a new colony between the Staten Island Sound and the Delaware River (New Jersey)! Join Liberty Hall Museum for our Third Thursday Lecture and learn how and why colonists chose this land in particular and explore how William Livingston, one of our nation’s Founding Fathers, used that same logic in planning his own estate at Liberty Hall!

WHEN: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
FEE: $10 per zoom link, $8 for LHM members
WHERE: This is a virtual program over Zoom, links will be emailed to ticket holders. To purchase tickets visit our website or call 908-527-0400 


Mondays, beginning July 12—Morris County

Summer cruises on the Floating Classroom

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation Floating Classroom is back on Lake Hopatcong, after a full season off due to COVID-19, and we are excited to get out on the water again with our informational, ecology-based public cruises! 

WHEN: every Monday from July 12 through August 30, from 11 am to 12:30 pm.
: These Monday excursions will depart from Hopatcong State Park, 260 Lakeside Boulevard, Landing, NJ.

Once on board, guests enjoy a hands-on adventure, learning all about Lake Hopatcong, while taking part in experiments such as water clarity testing with secchi disks and collecting and studying phytoplankton from lake water samples.

TICKETS: $20 for adults, $15 for children age 17 and under, and $18 for seniors ages 65 and up. Activities are geared toward guests who are at least 10 years old, but younger guests are welcome to come aboard and join the cruise.

Please note: the trip fee is in addition to the cost of entering Hopatcong State Park, which is $6 for New Jersey residents and $10 for out-of-state residents per carload on weekdays in the summer. After disembarking from the floating classroom, visitors are welcome to enjoy the other amenities at the park for the day. Free State Park passes are available until July 4 through NJDEP's "Vax and Visit" program

Tickets are non-refundable unless the cruise is canceled by the Lake Hopatcong Foundation due to severe weather or low attendance. If a cruise is not filled to the needed capacity for your selected cruise, we will contact you to reschedule or refund your full purchase price. Cruise cancellations will be announced 24 hours before the scheduled cruise date.

Parking is available at Hopatcong State Park in the designated area shown on this map. DO NOT PARK in the area designated for boat trailer parking only.

A crew member will be stationed in the left corner of the parking lot, near the boat ramp, to direct you to the Floating Classroom.   

Friday, July 16—Ocean County

Fire Pit Historical Chat—A Look Back on Lacey Hotels and Maritime Industry

The Lacey Township Historical Society will offer a series of chats focusing on various historical topics to celebrate Lacey’s history and the 150th Anniversary. 

Topics to be covered are The Birth of Lacey Township, A Retrospective Look on Lacey Hotels and Maritime Industry, History of the Fire Department, John Parker Honorary Mayor and Historian Sharing Memories of Living in Lacey, History of the Lacey Police Department, and a special program for children featuring Tales of the Area Handed Down Through Generations.  

WHENevery Friday from July 9 through August 13. Programs to start at 7pm, rain or shine.
WHERE: All fire pit chats will be held at the Museum Schoolhouse, 126 South Main Street, (behind Mrs. Walker’s Ice Cream). 
Participants are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. In the event of inclement weather, programs will be offered inside, adhering to CDC guidelines. No registration or admission fee is required. Donations are always welcomed.


Saturday, July 17—Monmouth County

Annual Arts and Crafts Festival followed at night by Film One Fest at the Harbor

The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society will host its annual Arts and Crafts Festival, one of the longest running in eastern New Jersey.

WHEN: Saturday, July 17. Rain date for this event is Sunday, July 18.
Veterans Park on First Ave.

Forty-eight participants will be on hand with their artistry. Water-colors, prints, photography, woodworking, ceramics, fabric and floral displays, an array of decorative items, unique hand made jewelry and other original artistic creations will be shown and sold.

Their artistic works will be displayed from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Veterans Park which is opposite Borough Hall. This event organized by the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society will also feature a chance auction. All proceeds from this event will be used for the continuing restoration of the Strauss Mansion Museum, home of the Society and educational programs. 

Visit and at 27 Prospect Circle each Sunday between 12 and 4 pm to envision the Victorian splendor we are preserving for future generations. 

For any further information contact or call 732-513-0372.

Saturday, July 17—Morris County

Family Fun Day: Discovery Day!

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


 The day-long indoor/outdoor event includes mini tours of the new exhibit, hands-on crafts in our Education Annex, exploring the fascinating art of solagraph photography, playing games on the METC lawn, digging into some archaeology, and musical entertainment from Popsical School of Performance! This event is free but pre-registration is recommended. Click here to register!

Saturday and Sunday, July 17-18—Cape May County


Automobiles, Planes and Trains

 Cruise into Historic Cold Spring Village for the Annual Automobiles, Trains and Planes Weekend. Classic Cars will be on display from 11am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday. See beautifully restored and preserved vehicles parked along the Village’s tree-lined, shell-paved lanes. 

Talk with the owners and learn about the process of restoring classic cars well as the fascinating stories behind their manufacture and history. In addition to automobiles, there will be model train displays both days in the Welcome Center exhibited by the Pennsylvania Reading Seashore Lines Model RR Club. NASW Aviation Museum will also be on hand with a restored MASH Helicopter! 

WHERE: The museum is located between Route 9 and Seashore Road (Rte. 626) three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern terminus of the Garden State Parkway.
ADMISSION: A special combination admission ticket is available at the Village gatehouses for $15.00, which includes both admission to the Village and NASW Aviation Museum, a savings of $11.00. The Automobiles, Trains and Planes Weekend is generously sponsored by Kindle Auto Plaza.

Historic Cold Spring Village is a 19th c. open air non-profit living history museum that portrays the crafts, trades, lifestyle and issues from the “Age of Homespun.” Open from 11am-4:00pm Thursday thru Sunday, period-clothed interpreters discuss and demonstrate the daily life of a rural South Jersey community of the Early American period. 

The Seashore Road admission gate is open Thursday thru Sunday; the Route 9 admission gate is open Saturday and Sunday. During the season, the entrance fee is $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. Unlimited free admission is available with museum membership. For more information on events including guided walking tours, ghost tours, membership, volunteering, or booking private affairs, please call (609) 898-2300, ext. 10, or visit the Village website at

Wednesdays, July 21 and August 18—Mercer County

Twilight Walking Tours

WHEN: Wednesdays, July 21 and
August 18, at 6:00 p.m.

  Morven, 55 Stockton St., Princeton
$10; Free for Members, Group size is limited. Registration required by day before.

Visit Morven for an early evening docent-led stroll of our grounds to enjoy a combination architectural, historical, and garden tour - and maybe even take the chestnut walk to view the famed Battle Monument and ring the USS Princeton bell next door! Each month's tour highlights a different era in Morven's history. Sign up for one or two summertime tours:

July 21 - Helen Hamilton Shields Stockton & Robert Wood Johnson, Jr. at the beginnings of the 20th century

August 18 - The Governors at Morven—New Jersey’s First Governors Mansion

Saturday, July 23—Morris County

Summer Concert Series: Los Nueve Del Sabor

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A Salsa & Latin Jazz Band from Roselle Park, NJ bringing the blend of Montunos, Salsa and popular Latin styles from the Caribbean and South America! Los Nueve Del Sabor is composed of salsa music artists from the NY/NJ area, and will bring high-energy Latin music to METC! For the full concert line up visit!

Sunday, July 25—Bergen County

Summer Walking Tour of Historic New Bridge Landing

2 pm - 3:30 pm

Site Tour of Historic New Bridge Landing by BCHS Past president & Museum Collection Chair Deborah Powell. Learn about the stone houses of Bergen County through three examples at HNBL. Explore the history of the site's complex history beginning with the Native Americans, the history of the American Revolution at New Bridge and the people who lived here and their livelihoods. 

WHERE: Begin at the Meadow at the corner of Hackensack Ave and Main St, River Edge, NJ (#10 on the map.) We'll end the tour with groups in the 1752 Steuben House. 

Free parking at HNBL Parking Lot at that corner or take the train to the New Bridge Landing stop on the Pascack Valley Line. Dogs on leash allowed but not in houses. Masks and distancing may be required. Dress appropriately for sun, bring water. 

ADMISSION: BCHS Members Free. Public: Adults - $12.00 & students - $7.00

Wednesday, July 28 -- Cape May County

Public invited to meet historian Richard Striner at Book Signing Event 

WHEN: Wednesday, July 28, at 10:30 a.m.
Carriage House Museum Shop at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May

Author and historian Richard Striner will sign his book Summoned to Glory: The Audacious Life of Abraham Lincoln. The event is sponsored by the Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) Lessons of History Team.

 “In the troubling times through which we have been living, there is much to be learned from the decency of Abraham Lincoln's leadership, the brilliance he showed in confronting racial injustice, and the way he faced up to our very worst divisions to create a better future for the nation,” Striner said. “Even at this late date in the study of our 16th president, the Lincoln story is full of surprises.”

Striner taught history for over 30 years at Washington College, in Chestertown, Md. He is author of more than a dozen books, an acclaimed Lincoln scholar, and his books and articles have covered political history, presidential history, literature, economics, film, architecture and historic preservation. His most recent book, Summoned to Glory: The Audacious Life of Abraham Lincoln (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020), will be available for purchase at the Carriage House Museum Shop. 

ADMISSION: free and open to the public for this book signing. 

Cape May MAC membership is open to all. Visit to learn more. .For information about Cape May MAC’s year-round schedule of tours, festivals and special events, visit For information about historic accommodations, contact Cape May Historic Accommodations at For information about restaurants, accommodations and shopping, call the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May at 609-884-5508