Monday, September 19, 2022

Historical Lectures and More at Morven this September


Morven Museum & Garden is starting off the fall with a number of historically important programs.

Morven will host its second Naturalization Ceremony on Tuesday, September 20, at 10 a.m., in the museum’s Stockton Education Center. Princeton area residents who have recently completed the process to become American citizens and their loved ones will participate in the ceremony followed by a group photo opportunity in commemoration, and free access to view the museum and current exhibition Ma Bell: The Mother of Invention in New Jersey

On Thursday, September 22, at 6:30 p.m., join local Historian Linda Barth for The Garden State: Where Ideas Grow. At this hybrid event, Barth will explore groundbreaking, useful, fun, and even silly inventions and their New Jersey roots, such as: Bubble Wrap®, the boardwalk, the Band-Aid®, and even professional baseball itself. 

TICKETS: In-person tickets are $10 General Admission, $5 for Morven Members. Virtual tickets are $5 General Admission, free for Morven Members.

Included with in-person purchases, the museum will be open from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. where guests may view Morven’s current exhibition Ma Bell: The Mother of Invention in New Jersey. Doors open for the in-person event at 6 p.m. in the Stockton Education Center at Morven and the virtual waiting room opens on Zoom at 6 p.m. Q&A for both live and virtual attendees will follow the lecture. A Zoom webinar link will be shared with virtual ticket holders the day of the event, and a recording will be provided following the program.

Come to Morven's Pool House for the rescheduled Musical Evening with the Ragtime Relics on Wednesday, September 28, at 6:30 p.m. The Ragtime Relics perform vintage American music that spans genres and decades including ragtime, pre-war blues, jazz, country, swing, bluegrass, and rock & roll - featuring some of the most memorable songs from the early 20th Century which might have been played and heard by Morven's residents and visitors. 

TICKETS: $15 General Admission, $10 for Morven Members. Bring your own blanket or chair and picnic dinner.

Lastly, there is still a Buy-A-Spot option available for one Morven in May auction offerings. On Saturday, September 24, at 2 p.m., celebrate the end of summer with an Afternoon Tea at Boxwood Cottage. Gather with friends to enjoy a relaxing cup of tea, divine bites of scrumptious tea sandwiches, scones, and clotted cream for a lovely afternoon nestled in the magical gardens right in the heart of Princeton. Hosted by Elizabeth Wislar.

Buy-A Spot is $150 for Afternoon Tea at Boxwood Cottage. Limited availability, reserve your spot before they’re gone! All proceeds from this event allow Morven to continue to provide enriching exhibitions and education programs that spotlight the significant cultural heritage rooted in New Jersey and American history, along with preserving this National Historic Landmark. For further inquiries, email Megan Shackney, Chief Development Office, at or 609.924.8144 x101.

Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St, Princeton, NJ is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Funding for the Ma Bell exhibition has been provided in part by AT&T Services Inc., The Hess Foundation, Liza and Schuyler Morehouse, The Astle-Alpaugh Family Foundation, Richard Lounsbery Foundation, Lisa and Michael Ullmann, Fulton Bank, and Church & Dwight Co., Inc.