Monday, April 22, 2024

HISTORY PROGRAMS ALL ACROSS NJ: April 23-30, 2024 events



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Saving New Jersey's History, County by County, and Town by Town.



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Reserve now for bus trip to Ellis and Liberty islands

Feasting on History at Historic Cold Spring Village

Ayres-Knuth 25th Anniversary Dinner

The Gilded Age in New Jersey

Archaeology of Hessian burials at Red Bank

The history of Origami and then making Origami tulips

European Countryside Acrylic Painting Class

Victorian Era Cemetery and Funeral Practices

Privateers of New Jersey and the Battle of Chestnut Neck at Mullica River

Lecture Series before the Haddonfield Skirmish

Winter of Gen. Meade Series II (2024) -- Lecture 4 -- Generals George Meade, Robert E. Lee and The Battle of Bristoe Station

Mother's Day Glass Class

2024 Tag Sale at the Bethel in Mount Tabor

New Jersey’s Public Gardens – From Colonial to Gilded Age Landscape Designs

14th Annual Roebling Museum Car Show

“A Monument to Fallen Royalty": Rediscovering Joseph Bonaparte's Point Breeze Estate in Bordentown

“A History of Inventions in New Jersey” -- Belmar

Construct Princeton's iconic buildings using over 100,000 LEGO blocks

Metal: From Earth to Form and Fashion

Hunterdon County Historical Society Book Sale Returns April 27

Of Dust and Death-Rays: A Reflection on Architecture and Change by William Whitaker PLUS Malcolm Wells: One Man’s Crusade to Save the Environment Through Architecture

Historical Society of Princeton presents its Annual Meeting and

Lewis B. Cuyler Lecture: The Delaware and Raritan Canal



Bus (and ferry) Trip to Ellis Island

Bus Trip

Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Join the Ocean County Historical Society as we visit Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty on Saturday May 4th. We will depart from the Ocean County Historical Society, 26 Hadley Ave., Toms River at 8:00 AM sharp. We ask you to arrive approximately one-half hour early so we can depart on time. The ferry leaves from Jersey City at 10:00 AM. We head back to New Jersey at 2:30 PM and should arrive back at the Historical Society at approximately 4:00 PM.

The cost of the trip per person is $80.00 for members, and $85.00 for non-members. This fee includes a luxury coach bus with a restroom, the ferry out to the sites and bus driver gratuity. Lunch is on your own. You can either bring lunch or dine at the site's cafeteria.

To reserve your spot or for additional information, please call Jeff at 609-339-9134 or email at




SAVE THE DATE -- MAY 9 -- Morris County

The Ayres/Knuth Farm Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Mountain Lakes Club, 18 Lake Drive, Mountain Lakes, NJ

Thursday, 9 May, 6 to 9 pm

Dinner, reception, cash bar -- Live band.

Presentations expected to include Morris County Commissioners and Denville Township Mayor. Waiting to hear if we will have Knuths or Ayres...former Foster Fields manager.




Tuesday, April 23 -- Union County

A friendly reminder that this month’s Historical Society of Scotch Plains & Fanwood is coming up quickly. Our Fun and Focused program is about learning the history of Origami and then making Origami tulips. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23rd, at the Shady Rest Country Club, 820 Jerusalem Road (at the corner of Plainfield Avenue) in Scotch Plains. The meeting is free and all are welcome.

Any questions: 908-337-7735



Wednesday, April 24 -- Middlesex County

The South River Historical & Preservation Society will hold its next meeting at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 24that the South River Museum (Old School Baptist Church) 64-66 Main Street, South River. The program is free to the public and light refreshments will be served.

The program for this meeting will be Victorian Era Cemetery and Funeral Practices presented by Brian Armstrong, a former society president. Brian will discuss a wide range of topics related to Victorian funerary practices. Mourning apparel, funeral relics, photography, superstitions, the development of huge monuments and cemetery parks, and other topics will be covered. 


Wednesday, April 24 -- Monmouth County

The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society will begin its monthly speaker series with author, archeologist, and explorer, Stephen Nagiewicz. He is a well known scuba diver with acknowledged authority on shipwrecks. He is also a retired high school science teacher and is currently an adjunct professor of Marine Science at Stockton College.

His lecture will be on the Privateers of New Jersey and the Battle of Chestnut Neck at Mullica River (now known as Port Republic). Many of the Revolutionary War battles were fought on the water with shipwrecks from both Patriots and British forces.  Stephen will discuss locating and mapping these vessels in the Mullica River, which are some of the oldest known shipwrecks in New Jersey.

The lecture will begin at 7:30pm on April 24th at the Strauss Mansion Museum 27 Prospect Circle, Atlantic Highlands. This is a free events but a donation is always welcome. Also, please consider bringing and non-perishable food item or baby product to be donated to our local food pantry.



Thursday, April 25 -- Virtual




 presents the


 Lecture 4

Generals George Meade , Robert E. Lee

and The Battle of Bristoe Station


Thursday, April 25, 2024, 6:55 PM EDST; Chat room opens at 6:30 PM EDST

Please request link at: 

Despite losing one-third of his strength via Longstreet’s departure, Gen. Robert E. Lee took advantage of the Federal countermove by launching a daring offensive against Maj. Gen. George Meade’s Army of the Potomac, located inside a treacherous sideways ‘V’ created by the Rappahannock and Rapidan rivers. What followed was a fast based campaign of maneuver as Lee sought to land a crippling blow on his opponent, while Meade strove to avoid the thrust by rapidly withdrawing toward Centreville. For a week the two armies engaged in a race, with violent cavalry actions taking place almost daily as Lee tried to head off Meade’s infantry before it slipped beyond his reach. The campaign climaxed in a bloody rearguard action a place called Bristoe Station.

This campaign, never before studied in depth by Civil War historians, is the subject of the second book in author Jeffrey William Hunt’s Meade and Lee series of books examining the war in Virginia between Lee’s retreat over the Potomac after Gettysburg and the end of active campaigning.

Jeffrey William Hunt is the Director of the Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas, which is the official museum of the Texas National Guard, and an Adjunct Professor of History at Austin Community College, where he has taught since 1988. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and a Master’s Degree in History, both from the University of Texas at Austin. Jeff is the recipient of the Chicago Civil War Round Table Edwin Cole Bearss Award for Outstanding Civil War Scholarship (2022).

Mr. Hunt, a prolific author, is the author of Meade and Lee After Gettysburg: The Forgotten Final Stage of the Gettysburg Campaign: From Falling Waters to Culpeper Court House (Savas Beatie, 2017, named Eastern Theater Book of the Year by Civil War Books & Authors)

This program is presented as a public service by the North Jersey Civil War Round Table and is part of a four-part series The Winter of Gen. George Meade (2024)

This program is co-sponsored by the Bucks County Civil War Round Table




Saturday, April 27 -- Mercer County

New Jersey’s Public Gardens – From Colonial to Gilded Age Landscape Designs

An Illustrated Talk by the Garden State Gardens Consortium


The Trent House Association will host a talk on public gardens in New Jersey on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at 2 pm. This free program will be held in-person at the Trent House Visitor Center, 15 Market Street, Trenton, NJ (across from the Hughes Justice Complex) and via zoom at

Michael Gross, member of the Garden State Gardens Consortium, will give an illustrated talk on the Consortium with a focus on New Jersey gardens with colonial through Gilded Age landscape designs. Accompanying Dr. Gross' talk will be illustrations of landscape designs at the Trent House from the early 1700s to 1929 as well as those developed for the grounds once the Museum was established.

The Garden State Gardens Consortium seeks to increase public awareness and appreciation of the beauty and horticultural, educational, artistic and historic value of New Jersey’s public gardens. Dr. Gross is Professor of Biology and Director of the Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum at Georgian Court University. The Arboretum is a member of the Consortium as is the William Trent House Museum garden and grounds.



Saturday, April 27 -- Somerset County

Rockingham State Historic Site presents


Saturday, April 27, 2024

1:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m. FREE at

Rockingham State Historic Site

(84 Laurel Ave, Kingston, NJ 08528

RESERVE YOUR SEAT via Eventbrite (see link below).

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for a not-to-be-missed informative presentation given by Dr. Richard Veit about the DEP's most recent property acquisition - Point Breeze where Joseph Bonaparte once called home. The former estate was located on the bluffs above Crosswicks Creek in Bordentown. While little of Bonaparte's estate remains, the property where it once stood does and is now jointly owned and managed by the State of New Jersey, Bordentown City and the D&R Greenway Land Trust; it is now called "Point Breeze at D&R Canal State Park" and open for public access. Due to limited seating, participates will be required to register via Eventbrite (see link below).

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Dr. Veit's recent archaeological excavations at the site have unearthed the remains of Joseph Bonaparte’s palatial estate. Joseph, the elder brother of Napoleon Bonaparte and former King of Spain and Naples, fled to the United States in 1815. He lived in New Jersey from 1816 until 1839. During this period he built two palatial homes, laid out a 1900-acre picturesque landscape, and acted as an unofficial cultural attach√©. His home was a center for French refugees in America. His library and art collections were the largest in the country. At Point Breeze, he entertained many of the leading intellectuals, politicians, artists, and military figures of the day. Bonaparte’s passion was landscape architecture, and on his property he created one of the first purposefully-designed picturesque landscapes in America. Archaeological excavations have revealed the remains of Joseph’s first mansion and recovered an intriguing collection of artifacts that provide a unique glimpse of the lifestyles of the rich and famous in 19th century New Jersey. Mark those calendars and do plan to join us to learn about this nationally and internationally significant historic site!

Richard Veit, Ph.D. is Professor of Anthropology and Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Monmouth University. A North American historical archaeologist, his research focuses on the colonial Middle Atlantic Region. He is the author, co-author or editor of eight books and has been the recipient of Monmouth University’s distinguished teacher award. He is a long-time member of the Archeology Society of NJ.


Saturday, April 27 -- Hunterdon County

Hunterdon County Historical Society Book Sale Returns April 27

The nonprofit Hunterdon County Historical Society will conduct its spring book sale on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside its Archive Building, 67 River Road in Raritan Township.

The sale will feature an astounding selection of books about townships in Hunterdon County; the history of New Jersey and other states; biographies; volumes on the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War II, antiques, old barns and homes, and much more.

This year, the sale also will include a selection of antique picture frames along with reproductions of historic maps and posters.

Arrive early for the best selection. Rain date is Sunday, April 28.

Please remember to bring cash or a check as HCHS cannot accept credit cards.

All proceeds benefit the Hunterdon County Historical Society and its mission to preserve, protect and share Hunterdon County’s history.



Sunday, April 28 -- Mercer County

Building Princeton

Sunday, April 28, at 3:00 pm

Construct Princeton's iconic buildings using over 100,000 LEGO blocks at HSP's 6th Annual Building Princeton event! 

When the models are complete, they are placed on a 30-foot map of Princeton, providing an amazing aerial view of the town and campus. Perfect for all ages, this event aims to celebrate and raise awareness of Princeton's rich architectural heritage. Teams of up to 4 people (with at least one adult) can participate, guided by architect Stephen W. Schwartz from Building Blocks Workshops, LLC.

Click here to purchase tickets


Monday, April 29 -- Burlington County

Save the date – April 29, 2024 – for two closely related, free Moorestown events about architecture and change!

From 5 to 6:30 p.m. you’re invited to enjoy the popular current exhibit at our Smith-Cadbury Mansion headquarters at 12 High Street in Moorestown - Malcolm Wells: One Man’s Crusade to Save the Environment Through Architecture.

At 7 p.m. you’re invited just down the street to The Moorestown Library, 111 West Second Street, for our annual meeting and a talk by William Whitaker, Curator of the University of Pennsylvania’s Architectural Archives. The subject will be Of Dust and Death-Rays: A Reflection on Architecture and Change.

What makes a building a valuable part of a community or significant culturally? Should we think of landscape and open spaces in the same way? Built heritage tells the story of culture in solid material terms. Over time, a community’s relationship to its built environment changes. The rate of change may be barely perceptible or can come more suddenly. Mr. Whitaker will explore this topic through an examination of the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Malcolm Wells, and a number of local landmarks.

Mr. Whitaker’s talk is part of the Historical Society of Moorestown’s “New Jersey History Speaks Lecture Series.”

Note: Although you don’t have to register to see the exhibit at Smith-Cadbury, you will have to register to attend Mr. Whitaker’s talk at the Library. Go here to register:

If you have any questions, you may contact the Moorestown Library at (856) 234–0333, or the Historical Society’s publicist, Liz Rosenthal, at


Tuesday, April 30 -- Mercer County

Historical Society of Princeton

Annual Meeting & Lewis B. Cuyler Lecture

Tuesday, April 30 at 6:30 pm

Join us at the historic Updike Farmstead for our 2024 Annual Meeting! Author and historian Linda J. Barth will share the history of The Delaware and Raritan Canal, highlighting the people, bridges, locks, and aqueducts that made it one of America's most successful towpath canals. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of D & R State Park, a 70-mile recreation path along the canal. 

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