Monday, June 20, 2022

Historical Events Around NJ: June 20-26, 2022


New Exhibit at Lambertville’s Marshall House Museum Showcases High-Resolution Photos from 1890-1915 by John A. Anderson


Above: Lambertville on March 16, 1898, looking west along Bridge Street toward New Hope. Photo courtesy of the Lambertville Historical Society, original image from the Collection of the Mercer Museum Library of the Bucks County Historical Society

A new historical photography exhibit at Lambertville’s James Wilson Marshall House Museum showcases 56 images of Lambertville as it transitioned to the 20th century, remarkable portraits, and other examples of the art of John A. Anderson.

John Alexander Anderson (1829-1917), a prominent Lambertville resident and railroad executive, was an exceptional, dedicated photographer. His work communicates history and a sense of place in remarkably high resolution, thanks to his artistry and technical skill, and it holds enduring interest. In addition to the photographs, items on display include Anderson’s extraordinary scrapbook and articles he wrote about local history and photography.

The exhibit is open every Sunday from 1-4 pm at the James Wilson Marshall House Museum at 60 Bridge Street in Lambertville. The exhibit is free; donations are welcome.

The Lambertville Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that promotes, inspires and encourages the preservation and appreciation of Lambertville’s architecture and history through education, community involvement, and through preserving and maintaining the James Wilson Marshall House. For more information, visit



Tuesday, June 21 -- Mercer County

"Beer and Trains!

Join us at Old Hights Brewing Company for a premiere under the stars as we screen our short film about the train that put Hightstown on the map!

WHEN: Tuesday, June 21Seating starts at 7:30 pm. Show starts at 8:30 pm.
WHERE: Old Hights Brewing Company, 123 West Ward Street, Hightstown, NJ 
TICKETS: $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Purchase online HERE 

Hightstown Diner is across the street. Feel free to bring food to enjoy while watching the show! Seats will be available, but feel free to bring your own!"

Cappy Stults:


Thursday, June 23 -- Virtual

Funeral Homes & Cemeteries Serving Plainfield 

WHEN: Thursday, June 23, 2022, at 10:30am
via Zoom

Presented by Jane Thoner, Genealogy Librarian at Plainfield Public Library


Are you a genealogist trying to locate ancestral graves? This program will introduce the Library’s resources covering the historical funeral homes and cemeteries that have served Plainfield over the years.


Thursday, June 23 -- Virtual and at Morris County

North Jersey Civil War Round Table

WHEN: 7:00 PM     
Hybrid Meeting

Live: Parsippany Main Public Library, 449 Halsey Road, Parsippany

Zoom: Please request link at Please mention that you received this notice from the League of Historical Societies. 



A Comparison of the Antietam and Gettysburg Campaigns

Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia invaded the North twice. First, in September 1862 in a campaign that culminated in the battle of Antietam. Better known is Lee’s second invasion that ended with the battle of Gettysburg. The two campaigns have a number of similarities and differences and this presentation will discuss the major ones. In both cases, the Union cause prevailed because of Lee’s rashness and the effective leadership of the Union army. This presentation will use a variety of photos, maps, and graphics to illustrate the major points.


Dr. Brad Gottfried received his doctorate in 1976 and then spent the next 40 years in higher education, beginning as a full-time faculty member, and retiring in 2017 as the President of the College of Southern Maryland. In between, he held a variety of administrative positions at several colleges. He has written sixteen books on the Civil War, including The Maps of Gettysburg: An Atlas of the Gettysburg Campaign Gettysburg and The Maps of Antietam: An Atlas of the Antietam Campaign, he is a frequent speaker. He is also an Antietam Certified Battlefield Guide and a Gettysburg Licensed Town Guide. He is married and has four children and seven grandchildren.








Saturday, June 25 -- Mercer County

Vintage Base Ball Game

WHEN: Saturday, June 25, at 11:00 AM
WHERE: Greenway Meadows Park, 275 Rosedale Road, Princeton

Experience the history of America’s favorite pastime at our annual event for the whole family! Part game, part show, part history lesson and ALL fun, the Flemington Neshanock and the Diamond State Base Ball Club will play a competitive match of bare-handed baseball, wearing period uniforms and using 1864 rules. 

Spectators are invited to take batting practice using authentic replicas of 19th Century equipment.

ADMISSION: Free; registration is not required. Bring a blanket or lawn chair – stop by for an inning or stay for the whole game! 

Pictured: The Flemington Neshanock Base Ball Club and Brad "Brooklyn" Shaw, who re-established the Neshanock in 2001. The original club was founded in 1866 



Saturday-Sunday, June 25-26 -- Monmouth County

Battle of Monmouth Commemorative Events, June 25-26

Programs marking the 244th anniversary of the Battle of Monmouth Courthouse will be held at Monmouth Battlefield State Park on Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26. The programs, presented by Friends of Monmouth Battlefield, the Park support group, follow the State Park re-enactment of the battle on June 18 and 19, the previous weekend.

The 13-hour Battle of Monmouth Courthouse, the longest and largest British-American battle of the eight-year (1775-83) Revolutionary War for American Independence, was fought on June 28, 1778, in Freehold borough and Freehold and Manalapan townships. The State Park is located west of Freehold borough, off business Route 33.

Events begin each day at 12:15 p.m. with a children’s drill on how Revolutionary War soldiers used field cannons in battle. Living-history historian Stacy Roth will follow at 1 p.m. on talks inside the Park Visitor Center on Molly Pitcher, the wife of a cannoneer who carried water to wash down cannons after their use during the battle.  Guided walks will lead unto the battlefield from the Visitor Center at 2 p.m.: on Saturday to the hedgerow and parsonage sections, and on Sunday to the Molly Pitcher spring overlook.

Children’s drill on how Revolutionary War soldiers used battlefield muskets will be held throughout both days.

The program will close each day with a second children’s cannon drill at 2:15 p.m. and fife and drum music at 2:45.

The Craig farmhouse, on the east end of the State Park near Route 9 will be open 1 to 4 p.m. on both days. The building was held by the British during the battle.



Explore the architecture of Cape May's Historic District during this new guided walking tour

New in 2022! See America’s only National Historic Landmark City up close on the new Architectural Walking Tour, a one-hour tour that explores Cape May’s renowned Historic District by foot. Put on your sturdy shoes and stroll along the sidewalks of streets such as Hughes Street, Howard Street and Columbia Avenue, with a knowledgeable guide to show and tell what makes Victorian Cape May so interesting. See where Victorian gamblers won or lost their shirts, where the Great Fire of 1878 burned, and learn why front porches were so important to Victorian social life. Tour begins and ends at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth. Comfortable shoes recommended.        




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