There’s lots to come this summer at Morven Museum & Garden! On Thursday, July 20, at 6:00 p.m., get creative with summer blooms at our Build a Bouquet Workshop. Inspired by the National Historic Landmark’s signature gardens and led by the skilled florists at Vaseful Flowers & Gifts, this evening workshop will teach you how to choose flowers and craft your own unique arrangement. Bring your own vase! Flowers and light refreshments provided. This in-person workshop is limited to 20 people. Pre-registration is required. TICKETS: $75 for General Admission, $65 for Morven Members.
On Wednesday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m., join us for our hybrid program Uncovering the New Jersey State Village for Epileptics. In 1898, only miles away from Morven in nearby Montgomery Township, the state of New Jersey broke ground on the New Jersey State Village for Epileptics. The State Village was designed to be a completely autonomous community for patients with epilepsy including educational and medical facilities, a theater, a fully functional farm, a firehouse, housing, and even a power plant. Spanning the course of Governor Walter Edge’s two nonconsecutive terms in office, the State Village suffered financial hardships and overcrowding that led to terrible conditions for residents.
Join historian and archivist Emily Borowski for a deep dive into the social and medical history that led to and maintained the State Village up until the 1950s. This talk, occurring on the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, will touch on the greater story of those living with disabilities in the community surrounding New Jersey’s first Governor’s mansion.
This event is hybrid—held both live and online. In-person tickets are $10 for General Admission, $5 for Students and Morven Members. Virtual tickets are $5 General Admission, free for Students and Morven Members. Doors open for the in-person event at 6:00 p.m. in the Stockton Education Center at Morven. The virtual waiting room opens on Zoom at 6:00 p.m. Q&A for both live and virtual attendees will follow the talk. A Zoom webinar link will be shared with virtual ticket holders upon registration. A recording of the event will be provided following the program.
Also starting in July will be Monthly Docent Tours of Striking Beauty: New Jersey Tall Case Clocks, 1730 - 1830. Morven’s special exhibition features over 50 tall case clocks, representing almost as many different clockmakers. Offered on a monthly basis, docent tours of Striking Beauty will take visitors through the history, creation, and legacy of these beautiful timepieces, exploring the stories of New Jersey clockmakers along the way. Tours are scheduled for the third Thursday of each month, at 2:00 p.m. through the duration of the exhibition: Thursday, July 20, at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 17, at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 21, at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 19, at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 16, at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 18, at 2:00 p.m., and Thursday, February 15, at 2:00 p.m.
These docent tours are limited to 10 people and pre-registration is required. Tickets include access to visit Morven’s first floor permanent exhibition about the history of the site. Ticket prices are the same as Museum rates: $10 Adult General Admission, $8 for Seniors, Students with ID, Veterans or Active Military with ID, Youth ages 7-18, and free for children under 7 and Morven Members.
On Thursday, August 3, at 6:00 p.m., join us for a program All About Bees. Bees are essential to supporting our ecosystem, including the many plants that grow in Morven’s gardens. Learn about these important pollinators, how they help cultivate and sustain our planet, and what it takes to maintain a hive of bees at home. The program will be led by Maurice “Moe” Cosby of Maidenhead Honey Bees and will feature a demonstration hive where attendees can safely observe the live bees.
Honey from Maidenhead will be available for sale during the event. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in beekeeping or just looking to learn more about these incredible insects. This program is offered in-person only. Tickets are $10 for General Admission, $5 for Students and Morven Members.
On Thursday, August 10, at 6:00 p.m., relax with an Evening Yoga Practice in Morven’s historic gardens led by Gemma Farrell at Gratitude Yoga. “Gratitude Yoga’s mission is to foster compassionate community by infusing the practice of yoga and meditation with a spirit of loving kindness. We see our practice as an offering of love, out of gratitude for our many blessings.” You can learn more by visiting: www.gratitudeyoga.org. The session will move into the museum’s Stockton Education Center in the event of rain. This is a donation-based program.
Lastly, on Saturday, August 19, at 11:00 a.m., Sing Along with Sarah at Morven! Come join Sarah Johnson for some music and movement fun in Morven’s beautiful gardens! We will be singing, dancing, playing instruments, and so much more. The event will feature food and crafts for the whole family. Learn more about Sarah by visiting www.singalongwithsarah.com. Tickets are $15 General Admission, $5 for Morven Members, $7.50 for Youth ages 3-12, and Free for Children under the age of 2.
Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St, Princeton, NJ is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Most historic sites celebrate one notable resident. Morven is unique in that it was home to many remarkable people. Built in the 1750s and home to one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, Richard Stockton, Morven was home to five generations of Stocktons, then Robert Wood Johnson, Jr. before becoming New Jersey’s first Governor’s Mansion and home to five New Jersey governors, their families and staffs, witnessing nearly 300 years of history. Morven is located at 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ and is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The gardens are open daily until dusk.
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