Monday, June 10, 2024

NJ HISTORICAL EVENTS: June 11-17, 2024


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


The League of Historical Societies now has a Facebook Group Page. We encourage our members and friends to join. Here's the link 


League members: Let us help to publicize your events. Please send listings at least 15 days in advance of the event. Thanks so much.



For more information about the above "Night Under the Stars," please visit this URL: Night Under the Stars – Historical Society of Princeton (


June 7 to July 6 -- Mercer County

Calling Local Artists!

Arts at the Old Barracks Gallery Show: “Trenton Makes” Returns for Spring 2024


The Old Barracks Museum is celebrating Trenton area artists and Trenton art in a month-long gallery show hosted in our historic 18th-century building. The Arts at the Old Barracks Gallery Show: “Trenton Makes” will showcase artworks that best exemplify Trenton art and artists. The show will hang during upcoming events to allow the public to experience these works throughout the month.

The Opening Reception will take place on Friday, June 7, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm for the public and artists. Following the reception, the gallery will be open to the public from June 7th to July 6th, 2024.

Submissions are due May 1st, 2024.

 If you are interested in submitting a work for consideration and/or learning more about this gallery, please visit / for more information.

We look forward to celebrating Trenton's art and artists with you!

ABOUT THE OLD BARRACKS MUSEUM: Originally built in 1758 to house British soldiers during the French and Indian War, the Old Barracks bore witness to the Battles of Trenton and was later used as a Revolutionary War army hospital. The Old Barracks Association purchased the site in the early 20th century, turning it into a museum which welcomes visitors from across the globe, sharing the building’s rich history through interpretive programs, tours, and exhibits.


Wednesday, June 12, 19, 26, 2024 -- Union County

Boxed Lunch and Tour

11:00am, followed by lunch at 12pm

1003 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083

Every Wednesday this summer, we will offer a boxed lunch add-on for our 11 a.m. guided house or garden tour. The boxed lunch will be served at noon following the tour. Lunch will be served at a picnic table in our lovely garden, which has been reserved just for you! Reservations for the boxed lunch add-on must be made five days in advance. We will email you to select your sandwich choices once the reservation has been made.

Program Fee: House Tour & Lunch: $32 per adult, $28 for seniors, $18 for museum member; Garden Tour & Lunch: $28 per person, $18 for museum members

Liberty Hall Museum & Arboretum

Contact: or 908-527-0400


Registration for the 2024/2025

of the Alice Paul Girls Leadership Council is now open!

Are you ready to join the next generation of leaders in our region?

The Alice Paul Institute's Girls Leadership Council (GLC) is a space where teens gather to discuss issues related to gender equity, build community, and develop their skills as advocates and leaders. Our unique curriculum helps members feel equipped to have meaningful conversations about history, human rights, intersectionality, and civic engagement. Members meet monthly at Paulsdale in Mount Laurel, NJ.

Register for GLC today by clicking here!


Tuesday, June 11 - Ocean County

7:30 pm


The Brick Township Historical Society will host a meeting about the Civil War at 7:30 pm at the Herbertsville Firehouse, 601 Herbertsville Rd. 

Jim Heine, the society president, who is also a Civil War reenactor and amateur historian, will present a program called "The Heroes that Saved Washington, D.C." This will focus on the 14th NJ Infantry in which many men from Brick served during the war. Jim also has many funny, intriguing, and some sad human interest stories from the Civil War to share.

 Free admission; the public is welcome. Please park in the rear of the firehouse and enter by the door on the right on ground level.


Tuesday, June 11 -- Union County

The American Revolution for Kids: Forgotten Victories


1003 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083

Discover the Revolution in a whole new way! Learn about two battles in NJ that changed the course of the Revolutionary War through music, spy craft, uniforms, and art. Each participant will learn about the spies, soldiers, and generals who took part in the Battles of Springfield and Connecticut Farms and will be able to decode secret messages and create their own militia uniform! This drop-off program is designed for students in grades 1 to 5 and includes a snack.

Program Fee: $12 per child, $10 for museum members

Liberty Hall Museum & Arboretum

Contact: or 908-527-0400


Tuesday, June 11 -Morris County

Pequannock Township Historical Society

Balladeer Linda Russell – music program at the Martin Berry House

Tuesday June 11th, 7 PM

581 Route 23 South, Pompton Plains NJ 07444

(East end of Cedar Road, Pompton Plains)

Linda Russell explores history through music. Balladeer Linda Russell will perform music to celebrate daily life in Pequannock from the 1720s to the 1920s. Accompanied by hammered and mountain dulcimers, guitar and penny whistle, she will explore the era through two hundred years of ballads, broadsides, patriotic anthems, parlor melodies and dance tunes.  

Having served for many years as a balladeer for the National Park Service at Federal Hall on Wall Street, the site of Washington's inauguration, Ms. Russell now takes her music to historic sites, schools and festivals throughout the country. 

She has performed at the Dey Mansion and the Wayne Public Library. Other venues have included The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Morristown National Historic Site, Lincoln Center and the Carnegie Hall Folk Festival. Program is free and open to all.





Thursday, June 13 -- Camden County and Virtual

The Old Baldy Civil War Roundtable

Meeting of Thursday, June 13, 2024, 7:15 PM ET

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.

Letters to Lizzie: The Story of 16 Men in the Civil War and the One Woman Who Connected Them All. By James M. Scythes

During the American Civil War, soldiers frequently wrote letters to friends and family members as a way of maintaining their connections to loved ones at home. However, most of the published collections of Civil War letters contain correspondence between just two individuals. "Letters to Lizzie" contains a collection of letters exchanged between 16 men—15 soldiers and a quartermaster at a military hospital—and one young woman, Lizzie Brick. Since Lizzie herself could not bear arms, she took up her pen and through ongoing correspondence helped these Union soldiers sustain their motivation for the cause.

James M. Scythes is assistant professor of history at West Chester University, and is President of the Gloucester County NJ Historical Society. Professor Scythes earned a B.A. in History at Rowan University and an M.A. in History from Villanova University. His research interests focus on antebellum America, the American Civil War, and 19th century military history. He has written extensively on topics related to the Civil War era. "Letters to Lizzie" is his second book.


Thursday, June 13 -- Morris County and Virtual

The June Meeting of the NJ American Revolution Round Table takes place on June 13 at 7pm IN PERSON at Morristown National Historical Park Museum Auditorium as well as on zoom.  

 The speaker is Bert Dunkerly on the topic of his book: Unhappy Catastrophes: The American Revolution in Central NJ.

Guests can obtain a link to the zoom presentation by sending an email to no later than June 12.

SYNOPSIS: Central New Jersey witnessed many small battles and important events during the American Revolution. This area saw it all: from spies and espionage, to military encampments like Morristown and Middlebrook, to mutinies, raids, and full-blown engagements like Bound Brook, Short Hills, and Springfield. The British had their own catastrophes too. So did civilians caught in the middle.

 This talk will cover the importance of the Revolution in this part of the state, and highlight engagements like Bound Brook, The Short Hills, Connecticut Farms, Springfield, and more. Dunkerly will also discuss the evolution of the Continental army as well as British and American strategy. 

BIO: Robert M. (Bert) Dunkerly formerly worked at Morristown National Historical Park. He has authored ten books about the American Revolution, and is actively involved in historic preservation. He is currently a park ranger at Richmond National Battlefield in Virginia. 


Thursday, June 13 -- Virtual

Princeton Preservation Group Presents:

Company Town Collecting: Community-driven project to document lives of industrial workers in Roebling, New Jersey

Speaker: Lynne Calamia, Ph.D., Executive Director, Roebling Museum

June 13, 2024, 7pm, via Zoom


Roebling Museum tells the story of industrial workers in a company town built by the Roebling company, most famous for building iconic suspension bridges such as the Brooklyn Bridge. It is embarking on a new project to turn a working-class row house into an immersive experience to allow visitors to more fully understand industrial life in the 1930s–1940s. Executive Director Lynne Calamia will share about recent successes in engaging the local community and descendant families to gather new artifacts and stories, shedding light on what it was like to live in the shadow of a steel and wire rope mill. Join us to learn about low-cost and creative ways to preserve local history through community collaboration.

About the Speaker: Lynne Calamia is a leader in the field of Public History with more than a decade of broad, hands-on experience. She is committed to building strong, sustainable organizations and uses her expertise in non-profit strategy and management to bring creative solutions to small museums and historic sites. As Executive Director of Roebling Museum, Dr. Calamia, who earned MA and PhD degrees from Penn State University, has built a strong coalition of staff, board members, volunteers from the community, and donors. She has introduced innovative, mission-driven strategies to prepare Roebling Museum to step up to the next level of organizational development. 

Princeton Preservation Group





Saturday June 15th and Sunday June 16th - Monmouth County

 Friends of Monmouth Battlefield

Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Monmouth

Bring your family to an exciting Living History weekend celebrating the 246th Anniversary of the Battle of Monmouth sponsored by Friends of Monmouth Battlefield. Travel back in time to the American Revolution and the year 1778 where the Continental and British armies are preparing to do battle for the future of our nation.

Experience two full days of military men at arms, cannons, cavalry, civilians, sutlers and more.  See battle reenactments each day along with military encampments and special programs. This is where the legend of Molly Pitcher began.

A food vendor will be on site and handicapped parking is available. A suggested donation of $12.00 per car is requested to help cover the cost of the event.  Come early for a full day of living history.

Saturday, June 15th, 2024 - 10am - 4pm

Sunday, June 16th, 2024 - 10am - 3pm

Gates open at 9am each day.

Additional events will be held on Sunday, June 23rd, from 2pm- 4pm though there will be no reenactment.

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Saturday, June 15 -- Somerset County

Dr. John Vermeule House               

open for tours 

On the 3rd Saturday of every month 10am-12pm.

At this time, there are no bathroom facilities available.  

Green Brook Cultural, Heritage and Historic Preservation Committee/Green Brook Historical Society meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month, at 7:30pm-8:30pm 1st floor, Town Hall.

 All are welcome.

For more information please 





Saturday, June 15 -- Morris County

Garden Bird Walk

Saturday, June 15

9:00-10:00 am

$10 or free for members


Join a naturalist from NJ Audubon in MHHM's historic garden for a quiet morning bird walk to listen and search for resident and migrating birds. This time of year, all resident birds are here in New Jersey and are busy raising their young. Some birds we might see that we didn’t in April include catbirds, mockingbirds, Baltimore orioles, house wrens, and rose-breasted grosbeaks

Please bring binoculars if you have them; loaner binoculars and field guides available for use during the program. Please dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. The garden lawn, though level, can be uneven. 

Preregistration is required:



Saturday, June 15 -- Morris County

Dover has recently made great strides in the further development of the Morris Canal Greenway. In addition to interpretive signage installed at JFK Park, a new towpath trail system has been developed between Waterworks Park and Blackwell Street

 Join us and on Saturday, June 15th at Waterworks Park as the town of Dover holds a ribbon cutting for this new Morris Canal Greenway trail! See poster above.


Saturday, June 15 -- Mercer County

2-3 pm

Washington Crossing State Park of NJ Visitors Center

Meet Francis Hopkinson

Stan Saperstein will perform a 45-minute one-man presentation as Francis Hopkinson, New Jersey Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Hopkinson, a member of the congressional Marine Committee, claimed that he had created the stars and stripes.


June 15-16 -- Essex County

Nubian Heritage Quilters Guild Presents: Honoring Our Heritage: One Stitch At A Time

The Nubian Heritage Quilters Guild (NHQG) celebrates their 29th Anniversary with a much anticipated quilt exhibit “Honoring Our Heritage: One Stitch at a Time” at the Montclair History Center’s Crane House & Historic YWCA Museum this June. In addition to a variety of a quilting styles, NHQG will present quilts and wall hangings that showcase patchwork, applique, collage and abstract textiles. Additional special exhibits include. Legacy of Black Mermaids, African American Suffragists, African Gala, Mardi Gras Masks, NHQG Retreat, Unique Pincushions, African Village. In lieu of regular tour admission prices, suggested donations of $5 per visitor will be honored. 

The exhibit schedule includes:

·        June 8th & 9th opening weekend from 12 to 3 pm

·        June 15th and 16th workshops and demonstrations for families from 12 to 3 pm


The exhibit will remain on view every Sunday through July 14th from 12 to 3 pm. At Crane House & Historic YWCA, 110 Orange Road, Montclair.

NHQG was established to document and preserve the rich heritage of African American quilting. Since its founding in 1995, the Guild has provided quilters in our community with a forum for sharing ideas, encouraged and revitalized their knowledge of the craft. The Guild restored a sense of African American history and culture through its distinctive quilting traditions. Over the years, the Guild has provided quilters of different generations with a forum in which learning from the past is connected to the task of building for the future. Above all, the Guild is committed to preserving the tradition of African American quilting by passing it from generation to generation. For additional information, please visit the website


Saturday, June 15 -- Cape May County

Gardens of Cape May tour June 15

Take home ideas for your own garden from a variety of seaside landscapes


Venture onto Cape Island and its various neighborhoods for this year’s Gardens of Cape May tour Saturday, June 15, from noon to 4 p.m., featuring five beautiful properties. This is your invitation to explore the Cape May region’s landscaped areas and the plants, blooms and landscape designs of avid area gardeners. Rain date is June 16.

Explore at your own pace and see both private and public gardens as you take home ideas for your own garden on this self-guided tour. Smell and see what’s blooming and flourishing in several different seashore locations dominated by sunlight, ocean breezes, and sand and salt, each uniquely situated.

Cape May’s Emlen Physick Estate gardens are included. The grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., will also host local and regional vendors, including the Native Plant Society of New Jersey, plus a complimentary wine tasting by Cape May Winery. A trolley shuttle is available from noon to 4 p.m. and will travel between properties.

            Properties on the tour include:

            The Clemans Residence, 609 Seagrove Ave., Cape May Point

            The Todaro-Franceschi Residence, 514 Elmira St., Cape May

            The Viguers Residence, 501 Broad St., Cape May Photo

            The Greater Cape May Historical Society, Memucan Hughes Colonial House, 653 1/2 Washington St. Photo

 The Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May

For more information visit or call 609-884-5404 Tickets may be purchased in person, by phone or online via 


Sunday, June 16 -- Morris County

              Renowned Bagpiper to Play at Acorn Hall


MORRISTOWN, NJ. – Cameron Macdougall, internationally renowned bagpiper, will bring the sound of the Highlands to the gardens of Morris County Historical Society’s Acorn Hall on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16. Following the performance, which begins at 1:30 p.m., Mr. Macdougall will take questions from the audience. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket, and picnic lunch.

A native of the Scottish Highlands, Mr. Macdougall holds a degree in music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In addition to his extensive personal awards and accomplishments, Mr. Macdougall is the great-nephew of Major John Allan, MBE, who formerly served with the Queen’s Own Highlanders and was also Director of Army Bagpipe Music based at Edinburgh Castle.

“We are extremely excited to have Mr. Macdougall share his time and talents with us this Father’s Day,” said MCHS Director Amy Curry. “His music throughout Acorn Hall’s lush gardens and grounds will make for a perfect family outing and afternoon picnic.”

The event is offered in conjunction with Morris County Historical Society’s current exhibit, Designed by Dempsey: The Creations of a Morristown Irish Dressmaker. Tickets purchased in advance are $15, or $18 the day of the event. Dads and children under 10 are free. Ticket price includes a tour of Acorn Hall.

MCHS at Acorn Hall is located at 68 Morris Ave., Morristown, and is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission, including exhibits and landscaped grounds, is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students, and is free for children under 12 and MCHS members. Visit for more information.  


Sunday, June 16 - Somerset County

Free Father's Day Concert June 16th

at Farmstead Arts


Join us for a lively brass band concert Dad will love featuring traditional American tunes and a variety of pop favorites suitable for the whole family. 

Free Registration

Art Classes Summer Session

Starting June 24th - 6 Weeks

New art classes and workshops are now available.

Sign up Today!

Free Concert: Harper Lovey & The Waitlist

There will be a free concert at The Farmstead Arts Center on

June 29th at 4pm.

Come celebrate the debut release of 

“Emotional Gobbledygook”, from Basking Ridge based band, Harper Lovey & The Waitlist.

Free Registration

450 King George Road - Basking Ridge, New Jersey 07920     908.636.7576




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League of Historical Societies of N.J.

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Bridgewater, N.J. 08807