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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.
November 4 -- Morris County
NJ Architecture: Innovation & Industrialization
Township Public Library, 34 East
Springtown Road. Washington
Township, NJ 07853
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.
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
November 4 -- Morris County
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.
Nov. 4, at 10 a.m.,
at Morristown National Historical Park, Museum Auditorium, 30
Washington Place, Morristown. Free. Registration not required.
November 4 -- Hunterdon County
and talk on Partners in Gatekeeping
November 4, 1 to 3 PM
Pittore Justice Center, 25 S. Union St.
with Lambertville Free Public Library
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
Pre-registration required. $25 per
scout; $10 per adult. Fee covers entry to the museum and all
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum,
45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown; 973-538-2404
November 4 -- Essex County
of Walnut & Label Street
Street Station area
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.
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
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.
November 4 -- Cape May County
AN AUTUMN AFFAIR AT HISTORIC COLD
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.
$50, limited to 170 reservations, and must be purchased in advance.
Please visit www.hcsv.org
and click on the red TICKETS button.
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 hcsv.org.
November 5 -- Ocean County
Gifts, Crafts and Collectibles Faire
Location: Toms River South High School
Cafetorium, Hooper Avenue, Toms River
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
November 5 -- Union County
Time for an
Apple Bee!: Harvesting Apples on a Colonial Farm
November 5, 2023, 2 - 4 pm
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
The Miller Cory House Museum is
located at 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, NJ. Call the museum at
908-232-1776 or email email@example.com for more information. Since 1968,
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
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November 5 -- Warren County
(10 am to 4
The3rd 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: www.warrenhistorytrail.org Facebook: Explore Warren History
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 27thNJ (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.
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 Warren200.com.
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.
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.
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.
Wallace House & Old Dutch
Parsonage State Historic Sites, 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
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."
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.
bring your own lawn chairs or blankets for this outdoor dramatic
November 7, 7:30 PM -- Morris County
Township Historical Society presents:
Taverns of New Jersey: Libations, Liberty & Revolution, an
in-person talk by Michael C. Gabriele, author of the book by the same
The American Legion Hall (700 Newark
Pompton Tpke, Pequannock, NJ 07444).
November 8 -- Mercer County
Fall Lecture Series
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
November 8th, 6-7:30pm
Kidder: The Revolutionary World of a Free Black Man
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.
begin at 6 PM, followed by a Q&A and book signing. Admission is
free. Light refreshments will be available.
these titles are available for purchase in-store or at www.barracks.org. All proceeds go towards supporting
the Old Barracks Museum and its mission.
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.
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.
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
November 9 -- Morris County and Virtual
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.
zoom link to the program, send an email with your request to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 ofGeorge 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.