Township of Ocean Historical Museum
Preserving the Past for the Future
Street Address - Eden Woolley House, 703 Deal Road, Ocean, New Jersey 07712
 Mailing Address - P.O. Box 516, Oakhurst, NJ 07755  

Phone (732) 531-2136






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Township of Ocean Historical Museum
Address: 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ 07712
Mailing: P.O. Box 516, Oakhurst, NJ 07755-0516

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The Museum has a number of exhibit galleries in the rooms on the first floor of the Eden Woolley House. Two house permanent exhibits (updated regularly). The third features changing exhibits.  They include:

The Richmond Gallery - The Richmond Gallery features regularly changing exhibits.  The current exhibit is 

The Our Town Gallery  - The Our Town Gallery explores the history of Ocean Township.

The Hearth and Home Gallery - The Hearth and Home Gallery explains local life at the Jersey Shore and how it has changed over the years.
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Happening Now at the Eden Woolley Hose Fashion The History of What We Wear
Happening Now At the Eden Woolley House - Presidents at the Monmouth County Shore

One hundred years ago this September, 25,000 people gathered on the grounds of what is today Monmouth University—then a private estate called Shadow Lawn—to see Woodrow Wilson officially accept the nomination of the Democratic Party for a second Presidential run. Wilson was following a popular tradition among American Presidents to retreat to our slice of the Jersey Shore to escape the heat and hubbub of Washington. Our exhibit tells the wide-ranging stories of eleven Presidents who spent time here, at the Monmouth County shore. More.
The Township of Ocean Historical Museum received an operating grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the New Jersey Department of State. 
Eden Woollry House, home of the Township of Ocean Historical Museum
Thank You to:

- The 1772 Foundation and the New Jersey Historic Trust for a grant to paint the Stucile Farms Water Tower, which the Museum is now restoring.

- New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the New Jersey Department of State, for a 2016 Operating Grant. 

- The New Jersey Cultural Trust, for a 2016 Technology Upgrade Grant.

- The Rita and Harry Greenberger Foundation, for a 2015 Grant for the Stucile Farms Water Tower.​

- The Daughters of the American Revolution, Shrewsbury Towne - Monmouth Chapter for funds for the work on the Stucile Farms Water Tower.​

- The William T. and Marie J. Henderson Foundation Inc., for a 2015 Grant.

Additional Benefactors
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You may donate to the Museum, contribute an item, buy a Memorial Brick,  mark a Centennial Home, or donate to Restore the Water Tower.
Fall 2015 Ocean's Heritage
Our 2016 Quilt Raffle Ticket Sponsor
Happening Now At the Eden Woolley House - Local Stories of the American Civil War

New exhibit tells “Local Stories of the Civil War”

The Civil War is the subject of more than an estimated 60,000 books, scores of movies, and a groundbreaking TV documentary. It’s the most documented subject in the American archive. So it’s a legitimate question to ask: What could our local history museum possibly add? The answer: local history. More.
Awarded First Place in the 2014 Kevin M. Hale Annual Publication Awards from the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey
Hometown Histories Robert Landis
Hometown Histories - Deal Test Site/Joe Palaia Park

Our video series about local stories and interviewing local people for their memories. 

Fashion - The History of What We Wear

Township of Ocean Historical Museum

Union County - Elizabeth - Come Aboard the A.J. Meerwald

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North Jersey; NYC; Upstate NY - CelebrateHAMILTON 2016

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CelebrateHAMILTON 2016 - July 06-17
            31 Events at 19 Sites in North Jersey; NYC; Upstate NY
            Event details (dates, times, location): www.celebratehamilton.com
            Elizabeth; Union; Paterson; and Weehawken.  Events are free in New Jersey, except Liberty Hall Museum tour/talk.
Thursday, July 7, 2016 -- "Young Immigrant Hamilton Tour" - Boxwood Hall
The "Young Immigrant Hamilton Tour" explores historic sites associated with Alexander Hamilton's time in the Elizabethtown, New Jersey area as a young preparatory school student, having just emigrated from the Caribbean. The first stop of the tour is to Boxwood Hall, the residence of Elias Boudinot from 1772-1795. 
Elias Boudinot, who would later become President of the Confederation Congress, was one of Alexander Hamilton's first acquaintances upon emigrating from the Caribbean. Hamilton spent a good amount of time at Boxwood Hall during the two semesters he studied at the Academy of Elizabethtown, and became close with the Boudinot family.
The house tour will highlight the recent renovations to the house, including the installment of new period wallpaper and exhibits in the rooms. There will also be a temporary exhibition of Hamilton portraits for this exclusive tour.
Time: 10 am - 11:30 am, Thursday, July 7th
Location: Boxwood Hall, 1073 E. Jersey St, Elizabeth, NJ

"Young Immigrant Hamilton Tour" - Liberty Hall
The second stop of the "Young Immigrant Hamilton' tour is to Liberty Hall Museum, the residence of William Livingston  - first governor of New Jersey - and his family. While attending the Academy of Elizabethtown, Alexander Hamilton stayed with the Livingston family in Elizabethtown.
*** Don't miss an incredible presentation on three new discoveries made about Alexander Hamilton. Director of Liberty Hall Museum Operations, Bill Schroh; Hamilton scholar, Michael E. Newton; and Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society President, Rand Scholet unveil new Hamilton discoveries, with original documents on-hand that have never been viewed by the public, or yet catalogued in any public database. Significantly, a major story embraced by most Hamilton authors as fact, is completely refuted. New discoveries related to Alexander Hamilton are a rare occurrence. You will be part of the first audience to view these newly-discovered primary source documents.
Your admission to the "New Hamilton Discoveries" event also includes a tour of the Liberty Hall Museum, a 50-room mansion dating from 1774. Tours are held at 1 pm and 2:30 pm. Among the fifty rooms in Liberty Hall is the Alexander Hamilton room, honoring the relationship between Hamilton and the Livingston family. 
Admission: (Special for CelebrateHAMILTON) $10 admission for all attendees in honor of Alexander Hamilton. Note that a house tour of Liberty Hall Museum is included with your ticket.
Time(s): Thursday, July 7th. The "New Hamilton Discoveries" presentation begins at 1 pm and is repeated at 2:30 pm. Tours are available at 1 pm and 2:30 pm.
Location: Liberty Hall, 1003 Morris Ave, Union, NJ
 
Friday, July 8, 2016 - Snyder Academy, All events are free to the public
Presentation: Hamilton 101 in English
10 - 10:45 am
A crash course about Hamilton's life and legacy, led by Nicole Scholet de Villavicencio, Vice President of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society.

Presentation: Hamilton 101 in Spanish

11 - 11:45 am
A crash course about Hamilton's life and legacy, led by Sergio Villavicencio, South American Chapter President of the AHA Society

Talk: 'Hamilton in Elizabethtown'

12:15 - 1:30 pm
Noted Hamilton scholar Michael E. Newton will discuss Hamilton's time in Elizabethtown and the people and ideas that shaped his views.
Book Signing with Michael E. Newton
1:30 - 2 pm
Michael E. Newton will be available to sign copies of his recent book: Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years.

*** A Conversation with Jon Rua ***

2 - 2:45pm
Born in Elizabeth and raised in Linden, Jon is a celebrated actor, dancer, choreographer and singer who plays Charles Lee, features in the ensemble and understudies Alexander Hamilton in the hit musical Hamilton.  Jon will share his personal story, discuss his insights about his work as a member of the cast of the Broadway sensation and talk about how Alexander Hamilton inspires him.

Hamilton Portrait Unveiling:

3 - 3:15 pm
A new portrait of Alexander Hamilton painted by The Snyder Academy's artist-in-residence, Rafael Rodriguez. Inspired by his son's account of Hamilton's habit of studying early in the morning in the burial grounds of the adjacent churchyard of the First Presbyterian Church, this portrait offers a fresh perspective on Hamilton's early life as a student and young immigrant in Elizabethtown in 1772.

Presentation:  "Alexander Hamilton: Washington's Indispensable Partner"

3:30 - 5 pm
This presentation describes to what degree seven key Founding Fathers contributed to General and President Washington's success.  The analysis includes: Franklin, Jefferson, Madison, Jay, Hamilton, Adams, and Knox.

Dine in Elizabeth

5 - 7:30 pm
Recommendations and specials will be made available to dine at the many restaurants in Elizabeth.

Staged Reading, "At Liberty Hall"

7:30 - 9 pm
The Snyder Academy's theater company in residence, The Actors Shakespeare Company, will produce a staged reading of Jim Christy's contemporary play, which features Hamilton as a young immigrant in 1772 and a teen in Elizabeth today, talking to each other across the centuries about their lives as immigrants.

Post-Show Cocktail Party

9 - 10 pm
Enjoy refreshments and conversation as we conclude a full day exploring the many facets of Alexander Hamilton's life and legacy.
Recurring Activities and Tours:

Historical Society Fair
 10 am - 3 pm
Representatives from local historical societies and sites in Union County will be available to share information about the many fascinating historical museums, resources and collections in the area.

18th Century Games

10 am - 5 pm
Children of all ages (including those over 18!) will have fun on The Snyder Academy's lawn, The Front Yard of Midtown, playing colonial era games. Docents will be on hand to offer guidance on the games throughout the day.

Campus Tours

11 am - 12 pm; 3:30 - 4:30 pm; 5 - 6 pm
Go on a guided tour of the historic First Presbyterian Church and Burial Grounds (located next door to the Snyder Academy), which will highlight the history of the prominent residents of Elizabethtown who influenced Hamilton, New Jersey and America.  

Art Studio Tour

11 am - 5 pm
Artist-in-residence Rafael Rodriguez will share his work and the work of his students, including a new Alexander Hamilton portrait, throughout the day.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Note: This year is the 225th anniversary of the founding of the Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures (SUM), which found a home in Paterson, New Jersey. Sunday's events in Paterson commemorate the importance of the SUM and Alexander Hamilton's role in its creation.

Picnic with Washington and Hamilton at the Great Falls
On July 10, 1778, George Washington and his military entourage, which included Alexander Hamilton and the Marquis de Lafayette, stopped at the Great Falls for a picnic. This was the first time that Alexander Hamilton visited the falls, which he remembered years later when it came time to choose a location for the Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures (SUM) to develop.
Now, exactly 238 years later, the Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park, the Hamilton Partnership for Paterson, and the AHA Society are hosting a similar picnic. Join us to meet "George Washington," "Alexander Hamilton." and others as they revisit the Great Falls.
Starting at noon, bring your own picnic lunch (if you wish) to enjoy the newly-landscaped Mary Ellen Kramer Park overlooking the Great Falls - the largest waterfall east of the Mississippi after Niagara Falls. The formal programming begins at 1 pm, where you will be able to interact with historical interpreters and learn about the historic picnic of "cold ham, tongue, and biscuits" they enjoyed that would eventually lead to the founding of Paterson.
Time(s): 12 - 2 pm (Historical Interpreter programming 1 - 2 pm)
Location: Mary Ellen Kramer Park, Paterson, New Jersey 
Great Falls Walking Tour: Hamilton and the SUM
In honor of the 225th anniversary of the Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures (SUM), there will be a special walking tour of the Historic Falls District focused on Alexander Hamilton and the SUM. The tour will be led by a National Park Ranger, with stops to view the Great Falls, the SUM building, the Alexander Hamilton statue, and the raceway system. The tour will end at the Paterson Museum.
This is an easy walking tour, covering approximately one mile of walking on mostly paved surfaces.
Time(s): 2-3 pm, Sunday, July 10th
Meeting location: Mary Ellen Kramer Park, Paterson, New Jersey 

Visit to the Paterson Museum
Directly following the Hamilton and SUM Walking Tour, visitors will be welcomed into the Paterson Museum. The Paterson Museum preserves the industrial history of Paterson, which can trace its roots to the Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures (SUM) and Alexander Hamilton's vision for the first planned industrial city in the United States. Come explore some of the incredible inventions and technological innovations that came out of Paterson that are on display in the museum. 
Time(s): 3-4 pm, Sunday, July 10th
Meeting location: Paterson Museum, 2 Market Street #102, Paterson, NJ 

Monday, July 11, 2016   Duel Remembrance in Weehawken, NJ
Join the annual gathering at the Hamilton Memorial overlooking the Weehawken Dueling Grounds that commemorates the anniversary of the fatal duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. There also will be a thank you ceremony for many groups that provided support for Alexander Hamilton to remain prominent on the $10 bill, entitled, "Celebrating the New Generation of U.S. Currency.  Following the remembrance gathering, don't miss Thomas Fleming's talk on the Hamilton-Burr duel that follows. 
This event is co-sponsored by the Weehawken Historical Association and the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society. 
Time: 6 pm, Monday, July 11th
Location: Alexander Hamilton statue
Hamilton Ave in Weehawken, New Jersey
 
Talk: Thomas Fleming on the Hamilton-Burr Duel
Thomas Fleming, nationally noted author of Duel: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, And The Future Of America, will be the featured speaker on the 212th anniversary of the Hamilton-Burr duel in Weehawken.
This event is co-sponsored by the Weehawken Historical Association and the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society. 
Time: 7:30 pm, Monday, July 11th
Location: Elks Lodge, 2 50th St, Weehawken, NJ
More CelebrateHAMILTON 2016 details at  www.celebratehamilton.com
 

Essex County - Caldwell -, 26th ANNUAL JULY 4TH ICE CREAM SOCIAL PLANS ANNOUNCED FOR PRESIDENT GROVER CLEVELAND'S BIRTHPLACE IN HISTORIC CALDWELL BY THE BIRTHPLACE MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION THIS PAST MONDAY

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Monday, July 4 -- Essex County
    26th ANNUAL JULY 4TH ICE CREAM SOCIAL PLANS ANNOUNCED FOR PRESIDENT GROVER CLEVELAND'S BIRTHPLACE IN HISTORIC CALDWELL BY THE BIRTHPLACE MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION THIS PAST MONDAY.
 
   PATENT MEDICINE SHOWS, MAGICIANS, BALLOONS, STREET THEATER, HOUSE TOURS, A BAKE OFF ARE ALL PART OF THE FUN AT THE ANNUAL JULY 4TH ICE CREAM SOCIAL AT THE GROVER CLEVELAND BIRTHPLACE, THE NEW JERSEY STATE HISTORIC SITE, 207 BLOOMFIELD AVENUE SATURDAY, JULY 4TH FROM 1-3. VOLUNTEERS FROM THE PARTNERING CALDWELL KIWANIS AND CALDWELL AND FAIRFIELD ROTARY CLUBS, THE WEST ESSEX MASONS, THE BOY SCOUTS AND THE CALDWELL MERCHANTS ASSOC., JOIN WITH THE PRESIDENT GROVER CLEVELAND BIRTHPLACE MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION TO SPONSOR THIS FAMILY PARTY ON THE HOLIDAY, RAISE THE TENTS, RUN THE WIRES, SET UP THE MIDWAY, LEAD THE CHILDREN'S GAMES AND SERVE ICE CREAM, LEMONADE, POPPED CORN AND BOTTLED WATER. THIS YEAR THE CLOVERLEAF TAVERN OFFERS HAMBURGERS, HOT DOGS, PULLED PORK ON BUNS AND SODAS FOR LUNCH AT SPECIAL PRICES.
     CHILDREN MAY WATCH PHYDEAU'S FLEAS PERFORM, DRESS UP IN CLEVELAND ERA COSTUMES AND HAVE THEIR PICTURES TAKEN, JOIN IN THE GAMES AND RACES, WATCH AN OLD TIME PATENT MEDICINE SHOW. MARCO THE MAGICIAN PULLS MONEY FROM BEHIND THEIR EARS WHILE THEY ENJOY HIS CARD TRICKS. DJ ANTHONY UCCELLO FROM CALDWELL SPINS PATRIOTIC AND POPULAR MUSIC UNDER THE BIG TENT. AMANDA McCABE AND CALDWELL'S OWN WE MAKE MUSIC TOGETHER PERFORM LIVE. SPECIAL DOCENTED TOURS OF THE BIRTHPLACE ITSELF BEGIN AT 1:30. THERE ARE NO ADMISSION CHARGES AND MOST EVENTS ARE FREE. DONATIONS ARE ACCEPTED. BRING CHAIRS AND BLANKETS; STAY A WHILE.
     THE COOKIE OF THE YEAR IS THE HERMIT, AN OLD TIME RAISIN AND NUT SOFT COOKIE AND THE BAKE OFF WILL BE JUDGED AND PRIZES AWARDED AT 2 PM. OPEN TO ALL-CHILDREN AND ADULTS-THE CONTEST REQUIRES COOKIES USING ONLY 19TH CENTURY INGREDIENTS AND EACH ENTRY MUST INCLUDE TWO COPIES OF THE RECIPE AND TWO PLATES OF COOKIES. AFTER JUDGING THE SPECIAL COOKIES WILL BE ON SALE! REGISTER TO ENTER AT 973-226-0001 OR 973-226-1733.
     THE GC BIRTHPLACE MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION IS ACTIVELY SUPPORTED BY A NUMBER OF LOCAL MERCHANTS INCLUDING : JACK'S FOODTOWN, , RIESINGER'S OXOGYN AND GAS, THE GELOTTI STORE, WHO PROVIDES THE TRICOLOR ITALIAN ICES, AND THE CLOVERLEAF TAVERN. SAINT ALOYIOUS CHURCH OFFERS PARKING AND THE RAIN SITE IN ITS CHURCH HALL. THE CALDWELL ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION HELPS WITH THE GROUNDS, RECYCLING AND CLEAN UP.
     THE FLAG CEREMONY AT 1P.M. INCLUDES THE READING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND FLAG RAISING BY THE SCOUT HONOR GUARD. CALDWELL'S MAYOR ANN DASSING WILL GIVE THE WELCOMING REMARKS.
     DAVID A. COWELL, PRESIDENT, 29 BROOKSIDE AVE., CALDWELL 973-226-1733


Middlesex County - Pisactaway - Independence Day Celebration with Dolly Madison

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Monday, July 4 -- Middlesex County

Cumberland County - Bridgeton - Potter's Tavern to be Open in July

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Potter's Tavern to be Open in July
      CELEBRATE THE FOURTH OF JULY by visiting the historic Potter's Tavern on Monday, July 4, 2016. You are invited to stop in and tour the Tavern between the hours of 1 to 4 P.M. It is located at 51 West Broad Street in Bridgeton (opposite the Cumberland County Court House) and is certified as a national landmark.
     We are also very excited to announce that the Potter's Tavern will be open every Sunday during the month of July (2016) between the hours of 1 - 4 P.M. We hope you will join us for a tour of this historical building and explore one of the County's oldest preserved landmarks.
(July 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st)
      Tavern keeper, Matthew Potter, Jr. came to Bridgeton from Philadelphia and opened the tavern in 1773. It became a favorite meeting place for the local young men just before the Revolutionary War. Today, it is one of New Jersey's most significant historical shrines and is an excellent example of the type of frame houses built in New Jersey during the 17th and 18th century. It was here that the Plain Dealer, Cumberland County's pioneer newspaper, was published for the purpose of supporting the drive for American liberty from the Crown rule. The fact that Matthew Potter gave a home to the Plain Dealer placed him in personal danger, risking a charge of treason during this time. The distinguished historian, John T. Cunningham, said that the fact the Plain Dealer appeared every Tuesday morning probably made it New Jersey's first regular "newspaper."
     There were sundry topics in this weekly manuscript that were contributed by members of a Bridgeton literary association. Some of the leading citizens who wrote articles included Dr. Jonathan Elmer, Dr. Lewis Howell, Richard Howell, Ebenezer Elmer, Joseph Bloomfield and Thomas Harris, Jr. (Note: Richard Howell and Joseph Bloomfield later became governors of New Jersey.)
     If you have any questions, please call the office of the Cumberland County Historical Society at 856-455-8580.

Monmouth County - Shrewsbury - Annual July 4 Celebration at Allen House

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Monday, July 4 - Monmouth County
Annual July 4 Celebration at Allen House
SHREWSBURY - Gather with Monmouth County Historical Association for its historic celebration in honor of Independence Day with a public reading of the Declaration of Independence on Monday, July 4, at Allen House, 400 Sycamore Avenue, starting at 10 a.m.
Association President Linda Bricker will act as master of ceremonies. Mayor Donald W. Burden of Shrewsbury, Reverend Lisa Mitchell from Christ Church along with Church Historian Bob Kelly will also join in the festivities. The bells at Christ Church will ring in honor of the signing. Members of the public are invited to participate in reading parts of the Declaration. Shrewsbury Boy Scouts, along with their Troop Leader, will serve as color guard during the Pledge of Allegiance. Attendees will have the special opportunity to see one of the original copies of the Declaration before it makes its way to a permanent home in the archives of the Monmouth County Library in Manalapan.
After the reading, Christ Church will be drawing the winners of their raffle to climb their clocktower.  Tickets will be on sale at the event.
      Costumed interpreters will welcome guests and the Allen House will remain open for tours and visitors until noon. Christ Church will also be conducting performances of their Dead Actors Guild. Cookies and lemonade will be served following the ceremony.
Parking is available in the Shrewsbury municipal parking lot across the street from the Allen House.
  For further information about the Association, please call (732) 462-1466 or visit the web site at http://www.monmouthhistory.org/

Camden County - Haddonfield - Reading of the Declaration of Independence

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Monday, July 4 --Camden County 
What: Reading of the Declaration of Independence
When: July 4, 2016, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Indian King Tavern Museum 223 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033
   Come to the Indian King Tavern Museum to hear the Declaration of Independence read aloud on July Fourth.  Did you know it is where the Declaration was read into the New Jersey State Government minutes?
Use poster under INDIAN KING

Mercer County - Princetn - July 4th Jubilee

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Monday, July 4 - Mercer County 
July 4th Jubilee
Monday, July 4, from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. at Morven Museum & Garden
A FREE event for the whole family!
    Celebrate our American heritage at the home of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
    Events will include domestic colonial life demonstrations, learning revolutionary songs, "signing" the Declaration of Independence, a "meet & greet" with Benjamin Franklin, and MORE!
Refreshments by Oink & Moo BBQ, New Jersey's premier BBQ food truck. 
Bluegrass music by The Back Door Band.
No registration required. 55 Stockton Street, Princeton; 609-924-8144


 
 

Cape May County - Cape May - Dinner & Fireworks

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Sunday-Monday, July 3, 4 - Cape May County
Dinner & Fireworks: Here's an exclusive chance to see the area's Independence Day fireworks from the ideal vantage point: atop the Cape May Lighthouse.
    Participants will be transported by trolley from the Washington Street Mall Information Booth to the Red Store in Cape May Point for a delicious, seasonal, five-course dinner prepared by Chef Lucas Manteca. After dinner, hop back on board the trolley for a short ride to Cape May Lighthouse, where you will climb to the top to watch the fireworks from the watch gallery. Reservations necessary; limited to 12 people each night. Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4 at 6:15pm Tickets $100. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit
www.capemaymac.org.

Hudson County - Hoboken - The Hoboken Historical Museum Expands Children's Programs at the Fire Department Museum

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Sunday, July 3 - Hudson County
The Hoboken Historical Museum Expands Children's Programs at the Fire Department Museum, 213 Bloomfield St.
Hoboken, N.J. - The Hoboken Historical Museum is pleased to announce an expansion of its popular Storytime program to include a monthly "Fire Department Museum Storytime," on the first Sunday of each month from April through November. In addition, the Museum's Education Curator, Dr. Razel Solow, has designed two age-appropriate "Learn About" sessions at the Fire Department Museum on the third Sunday of every month through November, led by Maria Lara. Both programs are made possible through the generous support of two local organizations: The Hoboken Family Alliance and Party with Purpose.
     The Fire Department Museum Storytime presents stories and sing-alongs for children ages 2 - 5 years old. It will take place at noon on the first Sunday of each month, July 3, August 7, September 4, October 2, and November 6. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and strollers must be parked outside the Museum.
     The "Learn About" series will offer two sessions on the third Sunday of each month. At 3:00 - 3:20 pm, children ages 2 - 3 years old are invited to learn all about the Fire Department Museum, and older children ages 4 - 6 years old are invited at 3:30 - 4:00 pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult and registration for these sessions is required. A link to the registration form will be posted on the Museum's website, www.hobokenmuseum.org on March 16 - 18 for the first session, March 20.
   

Cape May County - Cape May - INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AT HISTORIC COLD SPRING VILLAGE

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Saturday-Sunday, July 2-3 - Cape May County
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
AT HISTORIC COLD SPRING VILLAGE, JULY 2-3
 
   Celebrate all things American at Historic Cold Spring Village's annual Independence Day Celebration, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 2nd and 3rd, from 10am to 4:30pm. A variety of patriotic family activities, programs and music will be taking place and the Village's restored historic buildings will be open, featuring demonstrations of Early American trades and crafts. This event is generously sponsored by the Brigantine VFW.
   At 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday, the Village's Deputy Director for Education, Jim Stephens, will present The Story of Old Glory, a fascinating look at the origins and history of our nation's flag. On Saturday at 2pm, the John Walter Cape Community Band will perform patriotic music at the Village Gazebo. The Family Activity Area will feature children's dress-up clothes, historic games, and take-home patriotic crafts including a tin-punch American flag. Kids can also take part in the "Patriot Spy Game," visiting Village buildings to look for clues using a real Revolutionary War cipher. At 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday at the Dennisville Inn, children ages 5 to 12 can participate in a militia muster.
    The village is located on Route 9, three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern terminus of the Garden State Parkway. Admission during the season is $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. Unlimited free admission is available with Village membership. The Village Nature Trail at Bradner's Run is open to the public for free self-guided tours. Visit the Country Store, Bakery, Ice Cream Parlor and Cold Spring Grange Restaurant. For more information on events, membership, volunteering, or booking private affairs, please call 609-898-2300, ext. 10, or visit the Village website at http://www.hcsv.org/.
     

Morris County - Morristown - Revolutionary Times Weekend In and Around Morristown

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Revolutionary Times Weekend In and Around Morristown
                                    July 2-July 4, 2016
                           
For more information on all Revolutionary Times events, visit the Morris County Tourism Bureau online or call 973-631-5151.

   

Middlesex County - Piscataway - WHY July 4th "Begins" at The Metlar-Bodine House Museum

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Saturday, July 2 -- Middlesex County
WHY July 4th "Begins" at The Metlar-Bodine House Museum
     Start the weekend with a BANG! Discover exactly WHERE, HOW and WHY our nation's July 4th celebration got its start - right here in Piscataway! Come and learn about Piscataway's exceptional history...see new and planned exhibits...AND try out a new APP designed to give visitors an audio tour of the museum's extraordinary map exhibit,which visually illustrates the museum's theme: From Indian Trail to Interstate.
    You will also have the opportunity to show your support for local history and the Metlar-Bodine House by taking advantage of the museum's mid-year membership drive by joining! You can choose a membership level that best suits you and/or your family - and don't forget... memberships make great gifts too!
     The museum will be open for guided tours, every half hour, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 2nd. Pre-registration is necessary. Admission is $5 per person. Complimentary light refreshments will be available and the Dutch Door gift shop will be open. The museum is handicap accessible and handicap parking is available in the lower parking lot. All parking is free.
     For information and to pre-register call: 732-463-8363
Directions: From River Rd., turn onto Hillcrest Dr., at the top of the hill, turn left onto Logan Ln. and proceed to parking areas.Website: http://www.metlarbodinehousemuseum.org/
Email: metlarbodine@gmail.com.Find us on Facebook
 

Monmouth County - Ocean Grove - INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES MATTED ARTWORK - Laura McHugh

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Friday, July 1 -- Monmouth County

     10:30-1:00 - INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES MATTED ARTWORK - Laura McHugh
    Create watercolor paintings and the instructor will share design ideas on how to create mini inspirational works of art - great for motivating and lifting spirits, just by adding some wonderful thoughtful sayings and prayers. $25. Advanced registration is required. Open to ages 12 and up, unless otherwise noted.
       All workshops are held at Centennial Cottage, 43 McClintock Avenue, Ocean Grove, unless otherwise noted next to the class description. In the case of inclement weather, check at https://oceangrovehistory.org/museum/ for the location of the workshop.


Monmouth County - Matawan - 1916 Shark Attack

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July 9-17 -- Monmouth County
    The Matawan Historical Society will host a week of events, recalling the 1916 Shark Attack. Visit www.matawanhistoricalsociety.org for all of the details.

  

Monmouth County - Spring Lake - 12 Days of Terror

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Thursday, June 30 -- Monmouth County 
    

Mercer County - Princeton - Igniting the Revolution and The War Before Independence

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 06/26/16

Thursday, June 30 -- Mercer County 
    Barnes & Noble located at the Princeton MarketFair 3535 US-1, Princeton, NJ 08540 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
   Historian Derek Beck provides a sweeping and provocative view of the pivotal years in U.S. history with his two books Igniting the Revolution and The War Before Independence (ISBN: 9781492633099.
    Beck transports readers into the violent years of 1773 and 1776, from the infamous Boston Tea Party to the Boston Campaign as a prelude to the New York and Ten Crucial Days Campaigns in Trenton and Princeton. Award-winning author Derek Beck reveals new material drawn from letters, diaries, and investigative research to throw open the doors on familiar figures and faces, and also little-known triumphs and tribulations of America's greatest military leaders, including George Washington. Detailed and layered with careful research and ric
h narrative, Beck  brings America's early upheaval to a ferocious boil on both sides of the battlefield, and vividly captures the spirit of a fight that continues to inspire brave hearts today.
      Photo Op: Local George Washington interpreter Sam Davis will arrive at 6:30 p.m. to read to elementary age children, then join Derek Beck in the main presentation area. Beck will ask Sam some questions before Beck signs copies of his books. Beck and Davis will pose for pictures with customers.
   

Passaic County - West Milford - "The Garden State: Where Ideas Grow"

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 06/26/16

Wednesday, June 29 -  Passaic County 
     The Friends of Long Pond Ironworks welcome Linda Barth who will present "The Garden State: Where Ideas Grow," a program about the many inventions that began in New Jersey.
    Many people are familiar with Edison's "invention factory" in Menlo Park, where he patented the phonograph, the light bulb, and many more innovations. Yet many other ideas have grown in the Garden State, too. New Jerseyans brought sound and music to movies and built the very first drive-in theater. In addition to the first cultivated blueberry, tasty treats like ice cream cones and M&M's® are also Jersey natives. Iconic aspects of American life, like Bubble Wrap®, the boardwalk, the Band-Aid®, and even professional baseball itself started in New Jersey. Life would be a lot harder without the vacuum cleaner, plastic, and air-conditioning, and many other important advances in medicine and surgery were developed here.
   Join author Linda Barth as she explores groundbreaking, useful, fun, and even silly inventions and their New Jersey roots.         
    The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Long Pond Ironworks Visitor Center on Passaic County Route 511 (Greenwood Lake Turnpike) in West Milford. If you have questions, please call 973-839-2389.

Mercer County - Titusville - Derek Beck, author of Igniting the American Revolution and The War Before Independence

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 06/26/16

Wednesday, June 29 - Mercer County
Where: Visitor Center at Washington Crossing State Park 355 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd, Titusville, NJ 08560
When: Wednesday, 29 June from 6p.m. to 8p.m.
Who: Derek Beck, author of Igniting the American Revolution and The War Before Independence
 
    Join the Washington Crossing Park Association in welcoming historian Derek Beck, author of Igniting the American Revolution and The War Before Independence.
   The rousing sequel to Igniting the American Revolution, The War Before Independence transports readers into the violent years of 1775 and 1776, from the infamous Battle of Bunker Hill and the snowy, windswept march to the frozen ground at the Battle of Quebec, to the exciting conclusion of the Boston Campaign. 
    Award-winning author Derek Beck reveals new material drawn from letters, diaries, and investigative research to throw open the doors on familiar figures and faces, and also little-known triumphs and tribulations of America's greatest military leaders, including George Washington.      Detailed and layered with careful research and rich narrative, The War Before Independence brings America's early upheaval to a ferocious boil on both sides of the battlefield and vividly captures the spirit of a fight that continues to inspire brave hearts today.
   Derek Beck will be at the Visitor Center at Washington Crossing State Park, 355 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd, Titusville, NJ 08560 on Wednesday, 29 June from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to talk and autograph his books. Proceeds from the sales of books will benefit Campaign 240 of the Washington Crossing Park Association. 
 
   

Morris County - Morristown - Jewelry and Wedding Gowns Presentation at The Morris County Historical Society

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 06/26/16

Wednesday, June 29 - Morris County
Jewelry and Wedding Gowns Presentation at The Morris County Historical Society
     MORRISTOWN, NJ - Join antique and vintage jewelry enthusiast Nancy Cooper, on Wednesday, June 29 at 2 p.m. at Acorn Hall for a special limited-engagement, guided presentation on the exquisite jewelry and historic wedding gowns of Fine, Fancy, and Fashionable: 125 Years Dressing the Bride.
Ms. Cooper, a longtime MCHS volunteer, shares her passion, knowledge, and collection of jewelry which includes cameos, brooches, necklaces, watches, and crosses; even one embellished with human hair. The presentation also offers an in-depth look at the wedding gowns and bridal attire in the exhibit, and a glimpse of the people who wore them. Following the presentation, light refreshments will be served on Acorn Hall's historic Back Porch, and the Oak Leaf Gallery Gift Shop, with its selection of vintage and Victorian-inspired jewelry, will also be available.
            Space is limited to attend this special presentation; pre-payment is required upon making a reservation. For reservations, please call the MCHS at 973-267-3465 or email, mchsacornhall@gmail.com. The cost to attend the event is $15 per adult, $12 per senior, and $7 per student. The admission price may be applied toward a membership with the MCHS.
            The Morris County Historical Society, founded in 1945, is a member supported 501 (c)3 organization whose mission is to discover, preserve, promote, and interpret the history of Morris County and New Jersey as it relates to Morris County through events, programs, exhibits, publications, and preservation advocacy.
 

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8th Annual American Doll and Teddy Bear Tea Party
Sunday July 10, 2016 at 1:00pm 
Rain Date - Sunday July 17, 2016 at 1:00pm 
Eden Woolley House, 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ 07712 
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Saturday July 30, 2016 at 7:00pm 
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