Monday, January 24, 2022


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

For the above chocolate program, please use this link to easily register and also to pay online:

Tuesday, January 25—Virtual

The Lawnside-Haddonfield Connection

Presented by Shamele Jordon

Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 7-8:30 PM

Join us for a discussion about The Lawnside-Haddonfield Connection. We will start with the beginnings. What is the origin story for the two towns and their early connections? Then we will move to the modern era. What was it like to live and grow up being African American in Haddonfield? Then we will move to Now and the Future. What can we do to foster meaningful connections between the communities?

Jordon is a professional genealogist, lecturer, writer and podcaster (Genealogy on Demand). Her professional background includes being a researcher for the PBS series Oprah’s Roots: African American Lives I and II, a NJ State Library grant recipient, researching Civil War Burials in Lawnside, NJ; former president of the African American Genealogy Group in Philadelphia, past board member of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, faculty at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Athens, GA, and a workshop volunteer at the Family History Center in Cherry Hill, NJ

This online program is presented by Haddonfield Friends Meeting.  

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Wednesday, January 26—Virtual

Online Author Lectures at the Old Barracks Museum

The Old Barracks is pleased to host two lectures by leading historians sponsored by the Society of Sons of the Revolution in the State of New Jersey. 

Lectures are online, free to attend, and start at 7 pm. Books can be ordered online at

Larry Kidder will present a lecture on his book The Revolutionary World of a Free Black Man: Jacob Francis, 1754-1836. Born in Amwell Township to a free Black mother, Jacob Francis lived his 82-year life in a world of revolutionary change. He became caught up in the rising tide of revolution in the 1760s and 70s and served fourteen months in the 16th Continental Army regiment, including at the Battle of Trenton, and then in the Third Hunterdon County militia regiment for over six years. 

Establishing himself as a farmer, he married an enslaved woman named Mary, freed her and together they raised their nine children in the vicinity of Flemington during a period of rising interest in abolition. The story of Jacob Francis and his family provides an inside view of life in New Jersey in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and the revolutionary changes affecting the lives of both free and enslaved Black people.” 

The book puts a spotlight on what may be the most unappreciated moment of a young nation’s revolutionary struggle when George Washington’s army narrowly escaped destruction to keep alive its fight for American independence. Registration required. Both lectures will be streamed on Facebook at:

Next lecture: February 9

Wednesday, January 26—Virtual

News from the New Jersey Association of Museums

Don't Miss NJAM's Virtual Boxed Lunch:

NJAM Brown Bag Lunch Roundtable: Museum Programs and COVID -- Part I: Schools

Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 12:00 p.m. ET

Online via Zoom

Your museum is open to the public; you have school group programs available with safety protocols in place – but no bookings. Your museum is offering virtual field trips – yet very few slots reserved. What can we do to change up the school program model in museums? 

Bring your lunch and join colleagues in an informal discussion, co-moderated by Deborah Farrar Starker, Executive Director of The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts and Claudia Ocello, Chair of NJAM’s Programming Committee and President & CEO of Museum Partners Consulting LLC to think through what our opportunities are to provide value to schools and earn revenue for museums.

Note: This program is discussion-based—no expert speakers, no breakout rooms. We're hoping participants can share ideas and thoughts and questions, as if we were all sitting around a table eating lunch and chatting.

This program is the first in a two-part series about Museum Programs and COVID. After registering, you will receive a Confirmation Email and under “Additional Information” there will be instructions about how to register for the Zoom link. This roundtable event is free to all participants. We hope you can join us on January 26!


Register by January 26 for this February 2 event—Union County

Westfield Historical Society’s February First Wednesday Luncheon: The Pilgrims and the Mayflower – from Sea to Shining Sea with Joel Farkas

 For the Westfield Historical Society’s First Wednesday Luncheon series in February, guests are welcome to the in-person luncheon at Ferraro’s Restaurant on Wednesday February 2nd, 2022, at 11:45 am. Joel Farkas, will present a program on The Pilgrims and the Mayflower—from Sea to Shining Sea.

An expert on our founding fathers and mothers, Joel Farkas will weave the tale of why and how the Pilgrims set sail on the Mayflower and its legacy. Beginning with the Ancient Greeks through a history of explorers, he will connect the voyage of the Mayflower to the wives of Henry VIII. Farkas’ talk proves to be a voyage to remember.

Mr. Farkas has lectured extensively on the American Revolution, including insights on George Washington, the Founding Fathers, the war in New Jersey, the lesser-known heroes of the Revolution, and the role and impact of women during the war. He is a Lecturer at the Lifelong Learning Institute at Fairleigh Dickinson University and a volunteer docent at Washington’s headquarters in Morristown, NJ. He received the National Park Service Centennial Volunteer Challenge Award. A collector of original historical autographs, Mr. Farkas is a graduate of Ohio State University and served as an officer in the United States Army.

Those wishing to attend the luncheon may make a reservation by email to; or, by calling 908-654-1794, before Wednesday, Jan. 26th. Please advise if there are special dietary needs. The luncheon fee of $35 (WHS members) or $40 (non-members) includes a three-course meal, coffee/tea, and gratuity. Depending on Covid transmission levels, tables will be spaced out and mask wearing is recommended except when actively eating or drinking. The luncheon fee should be paid in advance (check payable to Westfield Historical Society) by mailing to Westfield Historical Society, P.O. Box 613, Westfield, NJ 07091; by Venmo to @Westfield-HistoricalSociety; or, online at: Payments should be received by Friday prior to the luncheon.  

Ferraro’s Restaurant is at 14 Elm Street, Westfield, NJ. Elevator access is available.

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Wednesday, January 26—Virtual

At the next meeting of the Haddonfield Historical Society, Kathy Tassini will present a virtual program, How the Spanish Influenza Impacted Haddonfield: 1918-1919.

Join us on January 26 at 7pm as Kathy Tassini explores the 1918 flu pandemic and how it impacted Haddonfield. While many cases were from Spain, its true origin is unknown. Many epidemiologists think it originated in the US or France, then spread to the rest of Europe and America during WWI.

According to newspapers at the time, Haddonfield counted over 900 cases of flu and lost 27 residents, though that number might be slightly higher because some people died elsewhere. Register here for this free event and you will be sent the Zoom login in your confirmation email.

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Thursday, January 27—Virtual

Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America

Thursday, January 27, 2022. Virtual program starts 6:30 p.m.

ADMISSION: $15; $10 for Members of Morven Museum

Zoom link provided day of program. Recording link available to attendees following program. 

Spend an evening discovering Frederick Law Olmsted's huge imprint upon America's landscape with historian & filmmaker Laurence Cotton.

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Thursday, January 27—Virtual

Time: 7:02 PM.   

ZOOM Meeting—Please submit your request for meeting link to and please indicate that you saw this program in a League of Historical Societies announcement 
North Jersey Civil War Round Table


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The 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign is a world-famous military endeavor that is often discussed but not well understood. In January and February of 2022, a leading authority of the campaign will present the heart of the spring of 1862 to the New Jersey Civil War Round Table in a series of two lectures as we approach its 160th anniversary. Gary Ecelbarger will discuss Stonewall Jackson, Nathaniel Banks, John C Fremont, James Shields as well as Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis's roles during the closing three weeks of maneuvers and battles in the in inimitable corridor formed by the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains.

Gary Ecelbarger is a quarter-century veteran of American history symposia and tours. He is the author of seven books on Civil War personalities and battles, co-author of two Time-Life Books, and has also published more than two dozen articles and monographs of 18th and 19th-Century personalities and events. He is the only author of a book-length treatment of the Battle of Atlanta--The Day Dixie Died--which won the Albert Castel Award for top western theater book and was recently cited as one of the top eight Civil War battle/campaign books recommended by the American Battlefield Trust. Born and raised eight miles upriver from Niagara Falls, Ecelbarger obtained his M.S. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and had lived nearly 30 years in Northern Virginia with his wife and three children. He is currently writing a campaign biography of George Washington in 1777-1778.

Thursday, January 27—Virtual

19th Century New Jersey Women Photographers: Exceptional Artists in a Mostly Male Profession

January 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm -- $10

On January 27, 2022, Gary Saretzky will discuss female photographers of the 19th century on Zoom at 6:30 pm.

In the 19th century, of more than 3,000 professional photographers in New Jersey, only about 3% were women. Like their male colleagues, they provided their communities with daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, cabinet cards, and other types of photographs. In this slide program, the successful careers of selected women pioneer photographers active in New Jersey will be highlighted, including Charlotte Prosch in Newark, Jessie Carhart in Phillipsburg, Hannah Flanagin in Woodstown, and the partners Amelia Van Buren & Eva Watson in Atlantic City.

This program is virtual and will be presented through Zoom. This program is free for members; $10 for nonmembers. Pre-registration is required for access to the Zoom Link. Register here.

Gary D. Saretzky, archivist, educator, and photographer, was Archivist of Monmouth County (1994-2019) and Coordinator, Internship Programs, Rutgers-New Brunswick History Department (1994-2016).  Saretzky taught the history of photography course at Mercer County Community College from 1977 to 2012 and has been researching 19th century New Jersey photographers for more than thirty years. He has published more than 100 articles, reviews, and exhibition catalogs on conservation of library materials, history of photography, and New Jersey history and has lectured regularly through the Public Scholars Project of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and under other auspices. More information can be found on his website:

Thursday, January 27—Virtual

The Story Behind the Story Series Jan 27th on 

Timothy Crane

The Paterson Museum Foundation invites you to join us on Zoom on Thursday, January 27th, 2022, at 7:00 pm for the next installment of our series, The Story Behind the Story: Chats with Passaic County Historian Edward A. Smyk. Enjoy an intimate conversation with Edward A. Smyk, as he shares his intimate knowledge of Passaic County’s history, gleaned from a lifetime of research.

This newest chat will focus on the historical figure of Timothy Crane. Timothy B. Crane (1773-1845) is credited with placing the first bridge across the Passaic Falls chasm. Bold, innovative, and endowed with restless energy, Crane eventually became one of the more famous personalities in the annals of Paterson history.

This presentation will trace the highlights of Crane’s life, from the summer of 1827, when he decided to capitalize on the lush beauty of the Passaic Falls. His idea was to create something along the lines of an enticing tourist’s mecca. Purchasing property atop the Falls, Crane busied himself with various improvements, most notably planting 700 shrubs and trees. He called the sylvan expanse his “Forest Garden.”

This lecture will be presented virtually, via Zoom. The lecture is free of charge, but donations to the Paterson Museum Foundation are requested. Donations can be submitted via PayPal or check. For more information on the program, or to obtain the Zoom link, please email

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Saturday, January 29—Virtual

Paterson Poetry Workshop at The Paterson Museum

Word Seed, Inc. and the Paterson Museum are teaming up to present a Paterson Poetry Workshop Series. Join us on Saturday, January 29th for the next workshop in our series, Your Voice Matters. The virtual workshop will take place between 11am-1pm. This free program, which is open to poets of all ages, is presented and led by Paterson’s Poet Laureate Talena Lachelle Queen. Whether you actively write poetry or are just interested in learning more about how to find your own poetic voice, this interactive workshop will help you develop your art. Participants may have some of their words selected to be included in an upcoming poetry exhibit at the Museum.

For more information and to register for the workshop, please visit

The Paterson Museum, located at 2 Market Street (on the corner of Market and Spruce Streets) is in the heart of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. For more information about this event, or to learn more about the Paterson Museum, visit our website, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram!

Sunday, January 30—Union County

The Wonderful World of Snow Globes with Story Time and a Craft

2 - 4 pm

Snow globes have delighted people since the 1800s. Enjoy a display of globes as well as a short presentation on their history, then snuggle in for a snow-themed story time and craft. The grounds will be open for viewing and docents will be offering “quick look” tours of the fully furnished c1740 farmhouse. Our charming museum shop will also be open. 

Admission is $5.00 for adults and children 13 and older, $3.00 for children ages 3 to 12 and free under age 3.

The Miller Cory House Museum is located at 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, NJ. Call the museum at 908-232-1776 or email for more information.

Since 1968, the 501(c)(3) non-profit Miller Cory House Museum/Westfield Historical Society has worked to preserve, interpret and encourage interest in history, Westfield, and its residents through educational efforts and community outreach programs.

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