Monday, August 9, 2021

Mid-August 2021 Events from the League of Historical Societies in NJ

National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Jersey Search for a Director

The New Jersey Dames are advertising for a part-time Director. The job posting is attached and you are encouraged to share it with individuals who might be interested or organizations that post job opportunities in the history/museum fields. You may also nominate someone you know, and we would reach out to that person. The Director would be headquartered at Peachfield but hours are approximately 16-20 per week and are flexible.

All inquiries, nomination suggestions, and applications should be sent to, a special email account that we will use to monitor this search. Deadline for applications is August 22.

Thank you so much for your help in this endeavor!

Mary Prendergast, President
Sara Hill, Search Committee Chair

 Click here to view the Director Job Posting

Hoboken Historical Museum opens new exhibit, 

“The Avenue: A History of Washington Street”

New art exhibit also opens in the Upper Gallery: “Light at Play in Hoboken: New Paintings by Donna O’Grady”

There's an old Hoboken saying: “If you can’t find it on Washington Street, you’re not looking hard enough.” The museum's curatorial team has taken up the challenge with its latest exhibition, which opened August 1: “The Avenue: A History of Washington Street.”

The museum reopens for its regular hours starting August 3: Tuesdays – Thursdays from 2 – 7 pm; Fridays from 1 – 5 pm; and Saturdays – Sundays from 12 – 5 pm. Admission is $5, Museum members and Stevens students/staff admitted for free, as are participants in the Families First Discovery Pass and Museums for All programs.

Tracing almost two centuries of vibrant community and commercial life along Hoboken’s main artery, the exhibit packs in hundreds of artifacts and photographs from scores of beloved and largely family-owned establishments that have drawn people to The Avenue for generations.  

Visitors can figuratively stroll the length of “The Avenue,” teleporting back and forth in time, as they search for artifacts from their favorite businesses and discover the wide variety of businesses that catered to earlier residents of the Mile Square City. Stretching nearly the full length of the Museum’s north wall, an enlarged, detailed reproduction of the 1951 Sanborn fire map (from the Jersey City Library’s Hudson County History collection) shows every building block-by-block from Observer Highway to 14th Street.

Saturdays in August—Morris County

Saturday Afternoon Family Scavenger Hunt

Program made possible through the generous support of The Astle-Alpaugh Family Foundation.

 Drop by the historic garden at Macculloch Hall from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays in August for fun, garden scavenger hunts! Pick up a free nature art kit to make at the museum or at home! No registration required. Rain or shine. 

Join us on Saturday, August 14th, from 1 to 3 p.m. when MHHM's bilingual summer educator will lead afternoon activities in Spanish.

45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown; 973-538-2404

Register by August 10

Saturday, August 21—Mercer County

The Art of the Dog, Pet Portrait Workshop

with Debra Lampert-Rudman

Saturday, August 21, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

$60; $45 for Members - includes sketched image on archival watercolor paper, student provides own art supplies.

$85; $70 for Members - includes sketched image on archival watercolor paper and personal art supply kit including watercolor pencils, brush, and eraser

Group size is limited. Registration required by August 10

Celebrate the "dog days of summer" at this one-day workshop.

Inspired by the dog portraits in Morven’s latest exhibition, In Nature’s Realm: The Art of Gerard Rutgers Hardenbergh, and following a brief introduction to the history of dog portraiture, students will participate in this in-person workshop and draw their own dog - or favorite pet - with Morven’s Curator of Education and Public Programs and award-winning Dog Artist Debra Lampert-Rudman in Morven's Stockton Education Center. 

Tuesday-Wednesday, August 10-11—Morris County

Events at the Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall

Tuesday, August 10
High Noon and the Sewing Corral

It was an American invention that changed the world, but the first years of the practical sewing machine were a tumultuous affair—something not unfamiliar to the man who became synonymous with it, Isaac M. Singer. Surprisingly cutthroat, the early years of the sewing machine industry saw hundreds of patents—and lawsuits—filed as the Singer Sewing Machine Co. began its ascent to the very top. Outdoor program. Any questions can be forwarded to or call (973) 267-3465.

Events at the Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall

Wednesday, August 11 Preserving Morris County Architecture One Donation at a Time

Join MCHS Executive Director Amy Curry as she introduces NJ’s first curated architectural study collection, which preserves and highlights Morris County’s rich and diverse vernacular architecture from structures dating to the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Any questions can be forwarded to or call (973) 267-3465.

Sunset Stroll Garden Tours

Tuesday evenings in August

Promenade our property under the backdrop of a crimson sky and setting summer sun and join us for a Sunset Stroll. These guided garden tours take place every Tuesday evening at 7pm.

Program Time: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Program 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.


Guided House or Garden Tours with Boxed Lunch

Wednesdays in August

Every Wednesday this summer we will be offering a boxed lunch add-on for our 11 am guided house or garden tour. The boxed lunch will be served at noon following the tour. Lunch will be at a picnic table in our lovely gardens reserved just for you! Reservations for the boxed lunch add-on option must be made at least one week in advance. We will email you with the lunch options once the reservation has been made.

Program Time: Wednesdays, 11 a.m.

Program Fee: House Tours: $30 per person, $26 for Senior/College Student/Child, $16 for LHM Members/Kean Alumni; Garden Tours: $26 per person, $16 for LHM members/Kean Alumni

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



Thursday, August 12 -- Virtual

The Old Baldy Civil War Roundtable Meeting 

Thursday, August 12, 2021 7:15 PM on ZOOM.

Please email at least 24 hrs prior to request access to this free, live program.

Neil P Chatelain on "Defending the Arteries of Rebellion: Confederate Naval Operations in the Mississippi River Valley, 1861-1865"

Most studies of the Mississippi River focus on Union campaigns to open and control it, while overlooking Southern attempts to stop them. Neil Chatelain’s Defending the Arteries of Rebellion: Confederate Naval Operations in the Mississippi River Valley, 1861-1865 is the other side of the story—the first modern full-length treatment of inland naval operations from the Confederate perspective.

Neil P. Chatelain is an adjunct professor of history at Lone Star College-North Harris and a social studies instructor at Carl Wunsche Sr. High School in Spring, Texas. The former US Navy Surface Warfare Officer is a graduate of the University of New Orleans, the University of Houston, and the University of Louisiana-Monroe. Neil researches U.S. Naval History with a focus on Confederate naval operations. He is the author of Fought Like Devils: The Confederate Gunboat McRae (2014), and many magazine, journal, and online articles. 


Friday, August 13 -- Union County

Ladies Night Out: A Night of Vintage Fashion

Grab some of your closest friends and join us for a fashion-forward ladies’ night at Liberty Hall! You’ll be treated to wine and cheese while enjoying an exclusive viewing of Liberty Hall Museum’s exquisite collection of vintage clothing and accessories. Next, stick around for an informative and entertaining talk on the fashion collection at Liberty Hall by special guest, Beth Dincuff, design historian and assistant professor at Parsons School of Design! Purchase your tickets before August 1st and get the member price, use promo code: Ladies

Program Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Program Fee: $35.00 per person; $30.00 for LHM Members/Kean Alumni.

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


Saturday, August 14 -- Cape May County

Plan now to join us!

Craft Beer, Music & Crab Festival
Aug. 14

Don't miss this summer tradition named one of the 5 Best NJ Summer Festivals by CBS NY, featuring hard shell crabs, craft beers, family fun and entertainment with music all day at the Emlen Physick Estate

After a year hiatus, the Craft Beer, Music & Crab Festival, one of Cape May’s most popular summertime events, returns Saturday, Aug. 14, for a full day of celebration and relaxation at the beautiful grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St.

This family festival features steamed crabs*, steamed shrimp, pulled pork, food trucks and regional vendors, crafters, local and regional craft beers, wine, spirits and all-day music and entertainment from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14.

*We're sorry to say ... due to supply challenges in the hard-shell crab market, crabs are limited this year. Crab prices have substantially increased and will reflect current market price.




Saturday, August 14 -- Burlington County

Women's Suffrage in Black and White

Saturday, August 14, 2 PM EDT

Join the Alice Paul Institute and Susan Philpott of the National Park Service for a discussion on race and the women's suffrage movement, from the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 to the streets of Washington D.C. in 1913 to the Southern statehouses in 1920.

Register now!


Saturday, August 14 -- Morris County

Restoration Project

  10:00 AM at Hugh Force Park, 180 West Central Ave, Wharton

  Led by Joe Macasek & Bierce Riley

When the Morris Canal was abandoned in the 1920s, many of its locks and inclined planes were dismantled, but not completely destroyed. For years, Lock 2 East lay buried until the Borough of Wharton, in partnership with the Canal Society of New Jersey, began an investigation to determine if the lock could be reconstructed. Since then, work has continued and is now in its fourth phase with both the lock and the lock tender's house under construction.

On this tour, we will walk a well-filled section of the Morris Canal and visit the construction site to see Lock 2 East being brought back to life. We will then return by a circular route along the right-of-way of the Central Railroad of New Jersey's High Bridge Branch. This will be a moderate two-mile walk with lots of stops and things to see.

If you would like to attend this walk please, send an email to Attendance is limited.

This Industrial Heritage Walk is hosted by the Morris County Park Commission. There is a fee of $5.00.



Sunday, August 15 -- Monmouth County

The Asbury Park Historical Society proudly presents

The Ray Sternesky Art Show on the Boardwalk

Sunday, August 15, 10am - 4pm

 on the boardwalk between Sunset & 5th Ave, south of Convention Center


Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Charcoal, Pastel, Photography, Sculpture, Arts & Crafts Made In the USA

Register now:


Sunday, August 15 – Monmouth County


Register your vintage car today! Click the button below!

 Come spend the day with us to see the most amazing collection of antique cars on the Jersey Shore!

Admission: $5 per car – Click here to register your vintage car!


Summer Adventures at Liberty Hall

Tuesdays in 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.

Program Time: 11 a.m. for child & parent or 2 p.m. drop-off

Program Fee: 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.


Wednesday, August 18 -- Mercer County

Twilight Walking Tours

Wednesday, August 18 at 6:00 p.m.

$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:

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

Click here for details and tickets.


Wednesday, August 18 -- Morris County

Summer Drop In Craft: Back to School at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts

9 Main Street (NJ Route 124 at Green Village Road) in the heart of Madison, NJ

11am - 3pm

$5 per child or $8 if you sign up for Toys & Games too!

Get ready for Back-to-School 2021 by travelling back in time to the 1800s and experiencing how 19th century children did their lessons. Stop by the METC Annex between 11am and 3pm to do some lessons on a slate and to try out writing with ink. All ages are welcome but children must know how to write to try ink writing. Pre-registration recommended. Click here to register!


Thursday, August 19 -- Morris County

Summer Drop In Craft: Toys & Games at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, 9 Main Street 

(NJ Route 124 at Green Village Road) in the heart of Madison, NJ

11am - 3pm

$5 per child or $8 if you sign up for Back to School too!

Have some old-fashioned fun at METC! Try your hand at some games and toys popular in the 1800s. You can also express your creativity by painting a wooden top and decorating a graces hoop to take home. Pre-registration is recommended. Click here to register!


Wednesday, August 18 -- Morris County

Lincoln Park Historical Walk Plane 10 East

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - 5:00 PM

Windsor Drive Trailhead (Parking area on Beaver Brook Drive)

Lincoln Park, originally known as Beavertown, was the easternmost town in Morris County that the Morris Canal traversed before the 17-mile level stretch through Passaic County. Plane 10 East lowered the canal boats 56 feet into the village of Lincoln Park.

The walk, led by Canal Society President Joe Macasek, will follow the eastward path of the Morris Canal as it leads to the watered basin at the foot of Plane 10 East. Learn about the technology that allowed the inclined planes to function, and the industries that were supported in the area.

This free walk is hosted by Lincoln Park and is part of its 'Wellness Walks' program. For more information on Wellness Walks, please contact Lincoln Park Health Officer Kathleen Skrobala at



Saturday, August 21 -- Mercer County

7:00-9:30 p.m.


A Welcome-Back Concert at Ellarslie

Celebrate being together with these Ellarslie audience faves! Snacks and beverages included with reservation.

Reserve now!


Saturday, August 21 -- Morris County

Architectural Walking Tour at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts

9 Main Street (NJ Route 124 at Green Village Road) in the heart of Madison, NJ


$15 per person/ Free for METC Members

Explore some of the many architectural gems in downtown Madison including the James Library Building with METC Staff on a walking tour. Pre-registration is required. Click here to register!



Sundays August 22 and August 29 at 3pm

New Jersey's Artist and Ornitholgist

Special Historic Houses Tour

Artist and ornithologist Gerard Rutgers Hardenbergh depicted the wildlife and landscapes of the Jersey Shore at the turn of the twentieth century but his own roots in the Garden State stem to the Dutch and the American Revolution.

This special historic houses tour goes indoors and outdoors at Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage to explore the Jersey Dutch origins of the Hardenbergh and Rutgers families, the academic tradition of New Jersey's colonial colleges, and the New Jersey State Parks that protect the landscapes that inspired Gerard Rutgers Hardenbergh's art.

Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Sites, 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ 08876 (908) 725-1015

Register on Eventbrite.



Sunday, August 22 -- Atlantic County

FREE Community Event in Atlantic City’s Lighthouse District! 





Join us for a FREE Community Event in Atlantic City’s Lighthouse District! Absecon Lighthouse, New Jersey’s tallest and the country’s third tallest masonry light, will host “Live Well AC Farmers Market” in collaboration with SeaGoddess Healing Arts, LLC, on Sunday, August 22nd, from 9am to 1pm. Artists are welcome to arrive and utilize the lighthouse property for inspiration beginning at 7am for a “Sunrise Painting” session. AND:  The Atlantic City Arts Foundation will be hosting 48 Blocks AC 2021 from 11am to 3pm at the Absecon Lighthouse, where visitors can enjoy demonstrations, workshops, performances, and art exhibitions from various artists.

This event will feature fresh local produce, artisan creations, healing artists, live music, and sunrise painting space for artists. Here’s the good news! Vending spaces are free, as well as the event, with the goal being to create a time and space to celebrate the season’s harvest, living well together in our seaside community, and enjoying the bounty of Mother Nature and the artistry of colors and sound that capture the essence of summer.

The Atlantic City Arts Foundation Applications are now open until August 6th for anyone who would like to submit an art project proposal! Questions? Email AC Arts Foundation Application link:

Farmers Market Vendor spaces are first come first serve, and vendors supply their own tent, tables, and chairs. Set up begins at 7am on Sunday, 8/22/21. For information on becoming a vendor please contact or visit 

Absecon Lighthouse is a state-owned historic property administered by the non-profit Inlet Public/Private Association. Located at 31 So. Rhode Island Avenue in Atlantic City, it is open to visitors Thursdays through Mondays, 11 am to 4 pm. For information call 609-449-1360 or visit


Sunday, August 22 --Ocean County

OCHS Zoom Presentation on Coyotes in NJ by Chris Crosby

Celebrate summer at the Shore with Ocean County Historical Society! Our goal is to tell the stories of Ocean County and we are visiting some of the plant and animal residents that you will encounter along the Jersey coastline.

On August 22, 2021, at 2:00 PM, please join Chris Crosby, a PhD student in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at Rutgers University. The focus will be on coyotes that arrived in NJ about 80 years ago and can now be found in almost every town across the state. In the past 2 years, coyotes have immigrated to Barnegat Light, reproduced, and are dispersing across Long Beach Island. Learn some history of eastern coyotes, their ecology and behavior, and important guidance for avoiding negative human-coyote interactions.

To register for this program, email stating: Your name & date of program, your zip code, and your email address so we may send the link for Zoom to access the program a few days before the event.


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Saturday, October 2 -- Monmouth County


We are excited to present this year’s Archives and History Day, which will take place in person on Saturday, October 2, 2021!

We are moving to a new venue this year and the event will take place at Brookdale Community College’s Collins Arena. All are welcome to attend this free event!

If you are interested in reserving an exhibitor table for your organization, please click here for the registration form and email it to Tables are available on a first come, first served basis. When all available tables are reserved, organizations will be placed on a waiting list. There will be no charge this year to reserve exhibitor tables.

Please take note, this year’s Archives Day will have a revised schedule and will end mid-day. Lunches will not be served, but morning breakfast refreshments will be provided.

The Archives Exhibit theme this year will be “Facing Adversity: Monmouth Responds in Times of Crisis”

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

Hope to see you at Archives and History Day!