Monday, October 30, 2023




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Friday, November 2 -- Virtual

PPG Presents: Treating and Rehousing a Tintype Collection

Speakers: Johanna Pinney and Katarina Stiller

Live Stream via Zoom, November 2, 2023

Zoom registration:

In 2022, Winterthur Library acquired fifteen 19th-century tintype portraits of Black Americans. This talk details their conservation, which included research on tintype production, consolidation of flaking media, and rehousing in sealed packages.

Johanna Pinney is currently a rising third year library and archive materials conservation major, paper conservation minor, in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC). She graduated from the University of Delaware in 2016 with a BA in art conservation, and minors in anthropology and German. Her pre-program work was varied, including assisting with the restoration of a 20th-c. steam locomotive at Shelburne Museum in Vermont, the Terrific Tuesday Museum education project at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, and the treatment of a large painting currently at the Museum of the American Revolution. She spent time at Historic Odessa interning in paper conservation. She then spent over two years working in Kansas City, Missouri, at Heugh-Edmondson Conservation Services, LLC on many different paper and book conservation projects. The following two years were spent at Historic Deerfield in Massachusetts, where she focused on preventive conservation and the care of their many historic homes. Johanna is spending her third year working at a private paper conservation studio and at Dartmouth College Library.

 Katarina Stiller is a rising third year library and archive materials conservation major and paper conservation minor at WUDPAC. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2018 with a BFA in ceramics. After graduating, she gained a variety of pre-program experiences which have included working with UCLA Library, the Library of Congress, and the Margaret Herrick Library/Academy of Motion Pictures. During graduate school, she has interned with the Conservation Center of Art & Historic Artifacts and the University of Michigan Library, and she will be spending her third year at the University of Iowa Libraries.


Saturday, November 4 -- Morris County

19th Century NJ Architecture: Innovation & Industrialization

2-4 pm

Washington Township Public Library, 34 East Springtown Road. Washington Township, NJ 07853

Janet W. Foster is a former professor of architectural history at Columbia University and a noted architectural historian, author and preservationist. Join us as Janet examines the innovations which made possible the beauty and function of 19th-century architecture.

Architecture in 19th century America moved away from the different vernacular forms of settler groups to a recognizable national set of forms and styles. New Jersey was central to this, because of the confluence of influential architects practicing in the state and the rise of industrial production of construction materials. This brief survey of 19th century architecture focuses on the ways NJ led the nation in the development of suburbs, the use of nails in construction, and the introduction of new technologies like electricity into homes and businesses.


Saturday, November 4 -- Morris County

Join Sankofa Morris and Morris County Historical Society to learn more, ask questions, and get involved in Morris County’s first county-wide survey of African American historic sites.

Funded by a grant from the Morris County Heritage Commission, these workshops will highlight the opportunities available as part of the county-wide survey, which looks to foster a more accurate and inclusive history of Morris County and its communities.

Saturday, Nov. 4, at 10 a.m., at Morristown National Historical Park, Museum Auditorium, 30 Washington Place, Morristown. Free. Registration not required. (pictured: Beverwyck)


Saturday, November 4 -- Hunterdon County

Book signing and talk on Partners in Gatekeeping

by Lauren Braun-Strumfels

Saturday, November 4, 1 to 3 PM

Phillip L. Pittore Justice Center, 25 S. Union St.

Co-sponsored with Lambertville Free Public Library


Saturday, November 4, 9:00 am-12:00 pm -- Morris County

Boy Scout Merit Badge:

We the People

 Meets requirements for the Scouts BSA Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge.

What makes a good citizen? Scouts discuss this, review the functions of the federal government, and discuss America's historical documents including the Preamble to the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights in the home of former U.S. Senator Jacob Miller (1800-1862). Activities include a focus on the life and work of political cartoonist Thomas Nast (1840-1902), whose home is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Pre-registration required. $25 per scout; $10 per adult. Fee covers entry to the museum and all materials.

Pre-register for We the People

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown; 973-538-2404


Saturday, November 4 -- Essex County

Walking Tour of Walnut & Label Street

Walnut Street Station area

Explore 150 years of history on Walnut and Label Street. As Montclair’s original industrial center this guided walking tour will discuss the establishment of the train, notable businesses such as Crump Label factory, the founding of the YWCA for Black women and girls, and notables in the community such as composer Joseph Lamb. Led by researcher, retired writer, and actuary Jim Lynch.

Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

Cost: $20 per person. Registration required. 


Saturday, November 4 -- Mercer County


Cannon Firing Demonstration!

Lamb’s Artillery Company (Revolutionary War reenactment group) will conduct Artillery demonstrations from 12:00 noon. to 4:00 p.m. in the field behind the Visitor Center Museum at Washington Crossing State Park, Titusville, New Jersey. The cannon firing demonstrations will be held at 12:00, 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30. This event is co-sponsored by The Swan Historical Foundation Inc.

The Visitor Center Museum can be reached from I-95 by taking the Trenton/Lambertville Exit (this is the first exit in N.J. heading north and the last exit heading south). Head north on Route 29 for 2 ½ miles and turn right at the first traffic light. Park Entrance will be on your left in a ½ mile. Enter the park and follow the signs to the Visitor Center Museum. For more information call (609) 737-0623.




Saturday, November 4 -- Cape May County


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Step back in time and experience a lovely autumn evening on Saturday, November 4th as the Cold Spring Grange Restaurant hosts a special celebration for Historic Cold Spring Village's 50th Anniversary! Begin the evening with heavy hors d'oeuvres laden charcuterie boards, and more. Beer from the Cold Spring Brewery and wine will be served. Live music will be provided by the 19c chamber music professionals the Ministers of Apollo along with a special demonstration of an original Megalethoscope by traditional folk music troubadours John and Jan Haigis. The Megalethoscope was invented by Charles Ponti, an optician and photographer. Dessert will be heralded by a “groaning board” of sweets.

Tickets are $50, limited to 170 reservations, and must be purchased in advance. Please visit and click on the red TICKETS button.

Historic Cold Spring Village is a 19th-century non-profit open-air living history museum that portrays the crafts, trades, lifestyle, and issues from the “Age of Homespun.” It features 27 restored historic structures on a 30-acre site, including an 8-acre c.1800s farm complex with animals. The museum is located between Route 9 and Seashore Road (Rte. 626) three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern terminus of the Garden State Parkway. The Village Nature Trail at Bradner’s Run is open to the public for free self-guided tours. For more information on events or to book private affairs, please call (609) 898-2300, ext. 10, or visit the Village website at





Sunday, November 5 -- Ocean County

35th Annual Holiday Gifts, Crafts and Collectibles Faire

Location: Toms River South High School Cafetorium, Hooper Avenue, Toms River


The Ocean County Historical Society will host its 35th Annual Holiday Gifts, Crafts and Collectibles Faire on Sunday November 5, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. It will again be in the Toms River South High School Cafetorium located off Hooper Avenue in Toms River. Admission is free!

There will be over eighty vendors, an Ocean County History and Cultural Pavilion sponsored by Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission, a used book sale, delicious baked goods for sale, our popular 50-50 and much more. For additional information, please call Joseph at 732-998-5934 or email him at


Sunday, November 5 -- Union County

Time for an Apple Bee!: Harvesting Apples on a Colonial Farm

November 5, 2023, 2 - 4 pm

Much like the more familiar barn raising or quilting bee, the apple bee was a yearly fall activity at the Miller-Cory farm which included an orchard. Experience all things apple including cider-press demonstrations, an apple-themed story time, a scavenger hunt and more. String apple rings to dry and enjoy the savory aromas as our docents prepare colonial dishes using apples over the open hearth. The grounds will be open for viewing and docents will be offering tours of the fully furnished c1740 farmhouse. Admission is $5 ages 13 and older; $4 ages 3-12 and free age 2 and younger. No reservations are necessary.

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. For more information on the Miller Cory House Museum/Westfield Historical Society and their events, or and , like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram.                         


Sunday, November 5 -- Warren County

(10 am to 4 pm)

The 3rd Annual Explore Warren History Trail is scheduled for Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5, 2023, from 10 am to 4 pm (unless otherwise noted). Fifteen historic sites throughout Warren County will participate on either Sat., Nov 4 or Sun., Nov 5th, and visitors can visit one or multiple sites at their own pace each day. There are printed trail maps located at all locations to assist visitors on their history adventure. Website: Facebook: Explore Warren History Trail

Shippen Manor will be open Sunday, Nov. 5 from 10 am to 4 pm. It’s Civil War Day at the Manor! Visitors can visit the main floor of the museum for self-guided tours. Docents will be available. Activities for the kids! The 27th NJ (Bailey’s Boys) will be positioned along the lower driveway, hillside and porch to share with visitors experiences of Union soldiers during the Civil War. Joining us again is the Colonial United Methodist Church of Oxford (stone church), which is located across the street, between the Manor and our historic Furnace. The Church will be open for tours from 12 pm to 4 pm and light fare will be for sale. The church is the former 1813 grist mill associated with both the Manor and furnace.

Our on-site parking will be limited to the small lot on Belvidere Ave and our back parking lot and driveways will be closed to vehicle traffic. We are encouraging trail visitors to park in town walk over. For more information pertaining to parking, accessibility and more, please visit our website at

Admission is free to the public. This is a family-friendly site. Our Friends of Shippen, a volunteer group that helps with tours, are accepting donations from our visitors at the end of the tours. All donated monies are used for Shippen Manor.

               Rain or shine.


Sunday, November 5 -- Burlington County

Iron, Glass, and Water: A History of Industry at Batsto

part of the First Sunday Series

Sunday, November 5, 2023, from 2:00pm - 4:00pm

 $15 per person

Free for members of the Fiends of Peachfield (Join now!)

*Reservations made online will have a small transaction fee applied.

Presented by John Hebble, Historian at Batsto Village Historic Site

To make your reservation via our website, click "Visit our Website" below. You can also view all of our upcoming programs and events.

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Sunday, November 5 -- Somerset County

Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage Association

Hulda: The Other Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Living History Presentation

Sunday, November 5, 2023, 3:00 PM 

Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Sites, 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ 08876

Free program

Join us for this one-woman show about Hulda of Bohemia who was shunned from society as a witch. She later won acclaim as a Patriot hero of the Revolutionary War and is buried at the churchyard of the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow, made famous by Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

Carla Lynne Hall presents the story from the perspective of Hulda’s friend Abby, an enslaved African girl, and is accompanied with an original score performed by Jim Keyes.

Please bring your own lawn chairs or blankets for this outdoor dramatic presentation.



Tuesday, November 7, 7:30 PM -- Morris County

Pequannock Township Historical Society presents:

Colonial Taverns of New Jersey: Libations, Liberty & Revolution, an in-person talk by Michael C. Gabriele, author of the book by the same name.

The American Legion Hall (700 Newark Pompton Tpke, Pequannock, NJ 07444).



Wednesday, November 8 -- Mercer County

Fall Lecture Series 

Trenton, NJ—The Old Barracks invites you to spend an evening with highly respected local historians and authors at our Fall Lecture Series to learn about the exciting history that helped shape our state and nation.

Wednesday, November 8th, 6-7:30pm

William L. Kidder: The Revolutionary World of a Free Black Man

William Kidder will discuss Jacob Francis’s experiences as an indentured servant including his time as a soldier during the American Revolution, and later as a free man raising a family. 

Lectures will begin at 6 PM, followed by a Q&A and book signing. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be available.

Copies of these titles are available for purchase in-store or at All proceeds go towards supporting the Old Barracks Museum and its mission.



Thursday, November 9, 7:15 PM ET -- Camden County and Virtual

The Old Baldy Civil War Roundtable

Free and open to the public.

In-person meeting at Camden County College, William G. Rohrer Center, 1889 Marlton Pike East, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003, and simulcast on Zoom. 

Please email at least 24 hrs prior to request Zoom access. 

Chuck Veit on “Monitor’s Unknown Mission:

The Navy Raid on the Petersburg Bridges”

Here is the unsung and all but forgotten story of a major failed mission of the American Civil War. Undertaken at the request of the President, the Navy dedicated a dozen gunboats, including the ironclads Monitor and Galena, and an untried secret weapon to the destruction of the railroad bridges connecting Petersburg with Richmond. Success would not attend their efforts, but the attempt was well worth the risk. Had it succeeded, the naval expedition might well have brought about or at least hastened the end of the Rebellion. 

Chuck Veit is the author of original research books, including A Dog Before a Soldier: Almost-lost Episodes in the Navy’s Civil War; Sea Miner: Major E. B. Hunt’s Rocket Torpedo; Natural Genius: Brutus de Villeroi and the U.S. Navy’s First Submarine; and two books focusing on the salvage exploits of Massachusetts native, John E. Gowen: Raising Missouri and The Yankee Expedition to Sebastopol. Sea Miner claimed the 2016 award for Narrative Non-fiction from the Independent Publishers of New England, and Yankee Expedition won awards in both the Perennial Seller category and Book of the Year in 2017.

As President of the Navy & Marine Living History Association, Chuck has presented naval history at living history events, lectures, and conferences. As a freelance graphic designer, Chuck has taught Graphic Design at the university level and in a corporate environment. He holds a Bachelor’s in Studio Art and Historical Linguistics, and a Masters in Historical Linguistics from Clark University.


Thursday, November 9 -- Morris County and Virtual

NJ ARRT's November Meeting takes place via ZOOM only on November 9 at 7pm. Bill Bleyer, author of George Washington's Long Island Spy Ring: A History and Tour Guide will be our speaker.

For a zoom link to the program, send an email with your request to by no later than November 8 at 5pm.

The True Story of the Culper Spy Ring

Learn the true story of the Culper Spy Ring from former Newsday reporter Bill Bleyer, author of George Washington’s Long Island Spy Ring: A History and Tour Guide. History buffs have long been fascinated by the operation of the Long Island-based Culper Spy Ring during the American Revolution, especially since the airing of the AMC series “Turn.” Over the years, there have been many legends, such as the role played by Anna Strong’s clothesline, and suppositions about how the spies operated to support George Washington’s Continental Army. The lecture separates facts from fiction and details the ingenious operation of the intelligence network that helped the Patriots win the war. Bill Bleyer was a prizewinning staff writer for Newsday for 33 years specializing in history and maritime issues before retiring in 2014 to write books and freelance for the newspaper and magazines.

He is an author of many books, including George Washington’s Long Island Spy Ring: A History and Tour Guide (The History Press, 2021), and The Sinking of the Steamboat Lexington on Long Island Sound (History Press, Spring 2023).

The Hofstra University graduate has taught economics and journalism there and history at Webb Institute, the naval architecture college in Glen Cove, NY



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