1st NJ Light Artillery Battery A (Raritan) - is a Civil War reenactment group with an authentic 1844 6 pounder bronze cannon. The unit will have a static living history display and cannon firing demonstrations.
3rd NJ Volunteers (Budd Lake) - has celebrated the Jerseymen who served in uniform during the Civil War for almost 30 years now. The unit is focused on period representation of the Union Soldier, and does reenactments, living histories, educational presentations & battles. Members will be doing a living history of camp life in the Union Army 1861-1865. There will also be drills & facings.
9th Division WWII Preservation Historical Society (Marlton) - is fighting to preserve the history of the 9th Division & to honor the veterans who fought & gave their all so that we could be here today. We are an organization that participates in historical displays, WWII air shows & tactical reenactments. The unit portrays many different impressions within the 9th Division including the 60th Infantry Regiment, 4th Cavalry & the 9th Signal Battalion. The group also portrays impressions such as Airborne, Rangers, MP & other infantry units depending upon the event in which it attends. A Field Camp will be set up including HQ & radio communications. Marching, drilling & educating the public about what life was like for US Soldiers during WWII, including hands on instruction, will be presented. www.9thdivision.com
14th New Jersey Co. H/NJ Civil War History Association (Washingtonville) – is a Civil War reenactment group that has been active for over 20 years. The Association’s mission is to promote the unit’s history by teaching through living history programs & to preserve the monuments & histories of Civil War places. The original 14th NJ was mustered in at Camp Vredenburgh which now forms part of Monmouth Battlefield State Park. A military camp will be featured & a display of the unit’s activities.
23rd Regiment NJ Volunteers Infantry (Browns Mills) - will have information on the volunteers of Burlington County that made up the 23rd Reg. NJ Volunteer Infantry. This was a nine month unit that fought at Fredericksburg & Chancellorsville, VA during the Civil War. They were also known as the "YAHOOS". The group will have a display of Civil War living history items.
102nd Cavalry Group, WWII Reenactment Unit (Middletown) - portrays a Living History Unit dedicated to the memory & bravery of the 102nd Cavalry, (WWII NJ National Guard Unit, Essex Troop). Members will set up a WWII Cavalry Headquarters with 3 WWII vehicles. display. www.102ndcavalrygroup.com
104th PA Volunteer Infantry, Co. C (Warminster, PA) – was originally formed in Doylestown, PA in 1861 & recruited from Bucks and Montgomery County. This reenactment unit will conduct several living history demonstrations.
327th Glider Riders [Pennsylvania State Regiment] (East Greenville, PA) - is a military reenactment unit. Its members represent Co. F, 2nd Battalion, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division with uniforms and equipment from 1942 to 1945. There will be a demonstration of a Heavy Weapons Platoon and what would have been carried into battle aboard a WACO Glider.
Advocates for NJ History (Princeton) - advocate & lobby for sufficient resources to promote public history & to preserve the state’s historic resources. The organization encourages New Jersey’s citizenry & visitors to develop a common cultural context & enhance the vitality of state & local economies. There will be an exhibit display to inform visitors to the History Fair about the purpose & activities of the Advocates for New Jersey History & for other history & historic preservation organizations in the state. www.njhistoryadvocates.org
Afro American Historical & Genealogical Society, NJ Chapter (Jersey City) - is the “go to” organization for exploring African American genealogical research while preserving & sharing that history. Members will encourage attendees to learn about the many contributions of African Americans to the state & the country & to understand the events of the era in which they are searching .There will be a display of artifacts & members research, as well as a discussion of “roadblocks” researchers might encounter. www.aahgsnj.org
American Historical Theatre (Philadelphia) – provides world-class Historical Characters and Interpretations. The Theatre provides over 100 characters and a variety of programs and tours all 50 states and Europe. Daisy Century will portray Harriet Tubman, a former slave who was a Union spy during the Civil War as well as a nurse. She rescued more than seventy slaves using the Underground Railroad declared, “I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.” Taylor Williams will portray Alice Paul, suffragette & women’s rights advocate who was jailed for her support of the 19th Amendment. Neill Hartley will portray President Woodrow Wilson in a captivating and exciting one–man show set in the turbulent days leading up to World War I. www.ahtheatre.org
American Labor Museum/Botto House National Historic Landmark (Haledon) - From the balcony of the Botto House in 1913, IWW organizers addressed up to 20,000 Paterson silk workers who were on strike for an eight-hour workday. In 1983, the house was opened as a museum dedicated to teaching the history & contemporary issues of workers, the workplace, and organized labor. Information about the museum will be available as well as a portable bocce court for visitors to try their skill at. www.labormuseum.net
Archaeological Society of NJ (Trenton) - is the statewide organization interested in protecting & exploring the rich archaeological record of the state from Native American archaeological sites to 20th century sites. The Society has volunteer digs, presentations on archaeological topics & artifact identification days. There will be a display of artifacts. www.asnj.org
*Armed Forces Heritage Museum (Bordentown) – preserves, honors & educates the public on the history of the military in NJ and the surrounding regions. There will be a walk-up exhibit trailer with visual/interactive displays about the 100 year history of Camp/Ft. Dix, current day missions at the Joint Base JBMDL, and military new technology. www.afhmus.org
Army Ground Forces Association (West Long Branch) - AGFA is a non-profit World War II 'living-history' organization which preserves the legacy of the US Army's elite Coast Artillery Corps & its service in protecting America's shorelines during WWII. AGFA has provided historical displays & educational programing at parks & museums throughout the nation since 1997. Displays will include a working M1910A1 Coast Artillery ship-tracking telescope with vessel recognition charts, original WWII-era US Army uniforms & field equipment, period telephones, & information about the group's preservation work of Battery John Gunnison, a seacoast defense emplacement that saw extensive service during WWII & that still retains its rare 6" M1900 coastal rifles, located at nearby Fort Hancock, NJ. http://www.armygroundforces.org
Asbury Park Historical Society (Wanamassa) – promotes the architectural & cultural history of its world-famous resort city. Headquartered in the 1878 Stephen Crane House, APHS regularly presents films & presentations, commemorates historical shipwrecks, hosts the Boardwalk Art Show & music from the West Side & continues to renovate the Crane House. The House is open Sunday 12-2pm and by-appointment. Group tours are welcome. Literature about the Society, Stephen Crane & his family home will be available along with books for purchase. A Society member will dress up as Mrs. Mary Helen Peck Crane. www.aphistoricalsociety.org
*Association of the United States Army - Monmouth Chapter (Eatontown) – is a 501(c)3 organization that supports its community soldiers and their families with fundraising opportunities, public awareness, soldier support and educational programs. The Association will have an information table w/brochures, magazines, newsletters, pens, & other give-aways. www.ausa-monmouth.org
Battleground Historical Society (Englishtown) - was organized by a group of people interested in preserving the heritage of Freehold, Englishtown, Manalapan, Marlboro and Millstone. The Society marked over 100 houses built before 1890. Five buildings have been saved and restored, including the historic Village Inn, Englishtown, which they use as their meeting place. Members will appear in period attire & explain the importance of taverns in the 1700's & 1800's. There will be displays & books of early local history. Members will also be able to discuss the possible links of the Englishtown Village Inn to the Battle of Monmouth. www.thevillageinn.org
Battleship New Jersey (Camden) – The USS New Jersey is the Navy’s most decorated battleship. Volunteers will provide a history of the ship and information about the tours, events & overnighters. www.battleshipnewjersey.org
Bayshore Center at Bivalve (Port Norris) – is an educational non-profit that operates both the authentically restored 1928 oyster schooner, the A.J. MEERWALD, NJ's official Tall Ship, as a hands-on classroom throughout the region & the shore-based programs at its Delaware Bay Museum & Folk Life Center in Bivalve on the scenic Maurice River. There will be an Information booth with rack cards, brochures, photographs & displays for the Delaware Bay Museum & Folklife Center and the A. J. Meerwald. www.bayshorecenter.org
Black River and Western Railroad (Hunterdon County) –The Black River Railroad Historical Trust (BRRHT) is a not-for-profit organization which manages the public passenger trains & events on the Black River & Western Railroad. The Trust is independent of the BR&W, but works closely with the railroad in order to fulfill our mission to preserve railroad history & educate the public about railroading. Passenger service currently operates mostly between Ringoes & Flemington. Beginning in June 2017 we will also be operating regularly scheduled passenger excursion trains between Ringoes & WoodsEdge Farm (2.5 miles south of Ringoes). There will be a table display of train information, a model railroad running for people to operate & a wooden train layout for the little ones. There will also be a contest to guess the weight of a large piece of coal. www.brwrr.com
Boxwood Hall (Elizabeth) – Located in the oldest English settlement in NJ, the 250 year old building reflects national, state & local history. It was the home of Elias Boudinot & Jonathan Dayton & host to Alexander Hamilton, George Washington & the Marquis de Lafayette. The site also tells stories of urban life through the centuries. Children's games & activities, including the opportunity to dress up in period clothing, will be featured along with Information about historic sites & activities in the City of Elizabeth & Union County.
Burlington County Division of Parks (Mount Holly) - offers history and nature programming at its various locations. The Division works with historical organizations in the Burlington County community to promote its unique and important county history. There will be a display of artifacts, photos and information on various sites.
Burlington County Historical Society (Burlington) - believes in the daily relevance of history & seeks ways to enliven it for the public in dynamic & exciting ways. The campus of the BCHS is made up of the Bard How House, the James Fenimore Cooper birthplace, the Captain Lawrence birthplace and the Corson Poley Center. Staff will provide a game and a craft for visitors. http://burlingtoncountyhistoricalsociety.org/
Camden County History Alliance (Camden) – was founded in 1899, and is a public, non-profit organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, study & interpretation of life in Camden County & Southern NJ. The Society's facilities include the historic house Pomona Hall (1788), the Camden County Museum, the research library and auditorium. An exhibit will include information & artifacts of Camden County history, live record music on a portable hand-cranked Victrola phonograph (c1920s) & flyers from other historical organizations from around Camden County including the Winslow Township Historical Society & the Goodwin Holocaust Museum, as part of the Camden County History Alliance." www.cchsnj.org
Carol Simon Levin (Bedminster) – will tell the story of the amazing Women Airforce Service Pilots through the eyes of Ann Baumgartner Carl, the Jersey girl who trained as a WASP, & became the only American woman to test-fly experimental planes during the war & the first American woman to fly a jet airplane! www.tellingherstories.com
Cliff & Brenda Jones (Ewing) – will demonstrate & invite visitors to write with a feather, quill pen & and also demonstrate how children were taught in 18th century schools. A display of colonial materials and books will be presented.
Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area (Trenton) - From the heights of the Palisades at Fort Lee to the shores of the Delaware River at Red Bank Battlefield, The Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area promotes and celebrates our state’s rich Revolutionary War history. Through collaborative partnerships we work together to tell the stories of the American Revolution & NJ’s significant contributions to our nation. The Heritage Area encompasses approximately 2,155 square miles in NJ, including 212 municipalities in 14 counties. There will be a display with kids activity books, meet your revolutionary neighbors materials and maps of NJ's heritage area. www.revolutionarynj.org
Darrel Blaine Ford (Babylon, NY) - Mr. Ford personates Walt Whitman. He appears in his 19th century costume, reads his poetry, relates events from his life experience & answers questions. Mr. Ford has been studying Walt's life & times, his poetry & the scholarly & popular literature concerning his biography for 78 years, since he was nine in 1939. “Mr. Whitman” will be roaming, performing in the Visitor Center auditorium & stationed at the Camden, NJ, Whitman House booth.
*Dey Mansion/Washington's (Wayne) – was built in the mid 1700's & served as Washington’s Headquarters in July, October & November of 1780 during the American Revolution. Colonel Theunis Dey commanded the Bergen County Militia & offered the east side of the house to Washington for his use. 18th century children's games will be featured along with site brochures & information on up-coming events & programs.
Diane Lingsch (Toms River) - is a freelance historian presenting both 18th & 19th century programs to historical societies, women’s groups, senior citizen organizations & libraries. Ms. Lingsch is also employed at Historic Allaire Village & is a seasonal interpreter for the State at the Park’s Visitor Center. She often volunteers as a hearth cooker at the same location. She will be preparing typical 18th century recipes using an open pit fire.
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site (Bayville) - Guided tours, nature hikes, field trips & programs are available at the former company town of Double Trouble Village. The restored sawmill & packing house are open during tours as static exhibits while the mile and a half nature trail passes three cranberry bogs. An exhibit table will highlight the site's history & interpretive programming. A photo opportunity for children to pretend they are harvesting cranberries (carnival cutout/face-in-the-hole) will also be featured. www.njparksandforests.org
Dr. James Still Historic Site & Educational Center (Medford) – The Dr. James Still Medical Office was purchased by the state in 2006 and is operated by the Medford Historical Society. Dr. Still, known as the "Black Doctor of the Pines," was a renowned herbalist. Born into poverty, he died one of the wealthiest men in the county. There will be a display artifacts & literature. There will also be a portrayal of Dr. James Still.
*Drive by History (Maplewood) - is a TV show, produced by South Mountain TV, that airs on NJTV. It profiles historic sites and related histories all around the state of New Jersey. Host Ken Magos will talk with the audience and show video clips of programs produced by DRIVE BY HISTORY. http://www.drivebyhistory.tv
Elizabeth Public Library (Elizabeth) – was founded in 1908 & provides historical, educational & social programming throughout the year. Its Local History & Special Collections Department contains materials covering the founding of Elizabeth & NJ though present day. Staff provides local history & genealogical research services. Children’s activities & organizational information will be featured. www.elizpl.org
Evolution Paranormal (Glendora) - is a paranormal group that specializes in assisting historical societies & committees in raising funds as well as running Paranormal events. The group is a non-profit organization that donates all proceeds from its programs to the host historical society. The group is also is a member of several historical societies. There will be evidence of activity on display & literature on hosting paranormal investigations to raise funds. www.evolutionparanormal.com
Farmingdale Historical Society (Farmingdale) - will have a display of photos and memorabilia from the WWI time period (1917-1919).
Flemington Neshanock Base Ball Club (Flemington) – is a 19th century Base Ball Club that plays by the rules of the 1860's & 1870's. Players use period equipment from these time periods. The team will play against the Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club, the United Base Ball Club of Trenton & the Hoboken Nine using the rules of the 1860's. www.neshanock.org
Fort Delaware Cornet Band (Alloway) – represents the Artillery Brass Band that was stationed at Fort Delaware during the Civil War. The group plays on period instruments & performs in authentic Union uniforms of the Civil War. https://www.facebook.com/TheFortDelawareCornetBand/?fref=ts
Fort Mott State Park (Pennsville) - is an Endicott-era fortification and was built as part of the federal government’s late 19th century plan to defend the lower Delaware River. Today it serves as a state park where visitors can tour the remnants of the historic fort. The site’s 1942 Sperry Searchlight will be on display with selected items from the historical collection to include military equipment & artifacts. There will also be several hands-on displays of various equipment. http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/fortmott.html
Friends of Abraham Staats House (Bound Brook) - was established in 1999 & incorporated in 2004 to support the ongoing restoration, preservation & interpretation of the historic Abraham Staats House which was built c. 1740 near the banks of the Raritan River. This Dutch home served as headquarters for the American General Baron von Steuben during the American Revolution winter cantonment of 1778-79. Displays, brochures music, period costuming & items of interest will be available. www.staatshouse.org
Friends of Monmouth Battlefield, Inc. (East Windsor) - was founded in 1990 & is a volunteer group that supports Monmouth Battlefield State Park. Members conduct tours, lectures & other interpretive programs. They also staff the historic Craig House & gift shop; co-sponsor the battle reenactment each June (June 21-22 this year) & other events year round. The Friends will distribute brochures & information about the park & their programs. www.friendsofmonmouth.org
Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands [FPNL] (Princeton) - was formed in 2000 to preserve the former Princeton Nurseries Kingston Site as a cultural landscape. FPNL has evolved into a 501(c)(3)non-profit organization which works in partnership with others to preserve, restore & interpret the site for the benefit of the public. The former Nursery lands are an essential part of the historic greenbelt around the village. There will be a display of interpretive material used to interpret the former Princeton Nurseries Kingston Site & build awareness of the former nurseries & its innovative horticultural practices & significance. It was once the largest & one of the most influential nurseries in the U.S. It was started in 1913. www.fpnl.org
Friends of White Hill Mansion (Fieldsboro) - are working towards preserving the historic home of the Field family. The White Hill Mansion is a pre-Revolutionary war home with a long & varied history. Visited by British, Hessian & American soldiers during the war, the cunning & clever widow Mary Field of White Hill managed to save her home from destruction. The house went on to host many famous inventors, doctors & restauranteurs. A children’s game of “Wheel of History” will be presented as well as a history timeline game and a White Hill Match game. www.whitehillmansion.com
Friends of the Indian King Tavern (Haddonfield) - are volunteers dedicated to the preservation, restoration & interpretation of the Tavern Museum. Members plan many annual open house programs each year that feature reenactors, period musicians & speakers. The Friends also purchase artifacts & furnishings for the Tavern & conduct research. The Friends will communicate to the public the importance of the Indian King Tavern with brochures, describe future Open House events & display pictures of past events. www.indiankingfriends.org
Garretson Forge and Farm Restoration, Inc. (Teaneck) – Volunteers provide program opportunities for Master Gardeners, butterfly release, 2 festivals, a Dutch Christmas, Wreath making workshop & spinning demonstrations, House tours & talks on local history are also conducted. An information table with flyers, pictures of events & seeds will be presented. www.garrestonfarm.org
George Esparza (Phillipsburg) – will present Phydeaux’s Flying Flea Circus & Wahoo Medicine Show. Step right up to the 19th C. Golden Age of humbug and quackery. Phydeaux’s Flying Flea Circus & Wahoo Medicine Show is good old fashion fun, complete with miniature circus & plenty of Snake-oil for everyone. It’s a tour de force combining comedy, illusion, tall tales & pure PT Barnum hyperbole. Honest! There will be audience interactive, comedy, historical street theater. Recreation of a "Low Pitch" Medicine Show. Performed in costume & in character, Mr. Esparza attracts a crowd with his miniature flea circus & pitch his life saving miracle remedies between the acts of the circus.
*Girl Scout Troop 1097 (Hazlet) - is a Cadette level group who have started their own small craft business. The girls will be on hand to answer any questions about the Girl Scout organization including information on founder Juliette Gordon Low. They will also be demonstrating small crafts.
Griffith-Morgan Committee (Pennsauken) - is an all-volunteer organization that preserves & maintains the ca. 1693 Griffith Morgan House in Pennsauken. The house is a small museum focusing on local history & presents living history events such as hearth cooking, free lectures, author events & festivals. A table-top informational display, standing ephemera display and a few operational artifacts or replicas to promote site awareness will be featured. https://www.facebook.com/GriffithMorganHouse
Genealogical Society of NJ (Trenton) - The GSNJ’s mission is to discover, procure, preserve & publish information on NJ families. It serves the general public & its membership through periodical & special publications, seminars & workshops, development & preservation of research collections & direct assistance to family-history researchers of all age groups & ethnic backgrounds. There will be information on the organization & its upcoming events. There will also be publications for sale. www.gsnj.org
Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association (Caldwell) - is an Officially Recognized Friends Organization that supplements & enhances the visitor experience at this State historic site, the birthplace of two time President Grover Cleveland. The Association offers educational programs including traveling trunks, conferences & speakers & a gift shop—“Grover's Corner” featuring presidential, Cleveland related, & period toys, games & books. The Gift Shop, educational materials, traveling trunks & literature will be available.
Heart to Hearth Cookery (Morrisville, PA) - is a food history business (since 1988) that provides food history programs from pre-European contact Lenape to mid-19th century. Heart to Hearth Cookery will provide two Lenape interpreters to demonstrate Lenape foodways & lifeways. Visitors will be able to see daily fare, bread, food preservation pottery, as well as cordage-making, fire-making, fishing & hunting techniques. www.hearttohearthcookery.com www.hearttohearthcookery.wordpress.com
Hendricks(on) Family Association of NJ (Sayreville) - is a 501(c) 13 tax exempt organization with the goal of restoring the 300-year old Hendrickson Burial Ground in Holmdel, NJ & making the public aware that there is no law that protects family or private burial grounds in NJ. There will be a display of artifacts & pictures of the reconstruction. www.Hendricksfamilyburialground.org
Historic Cold Spring Village (Cape May) - is a 30-acre living history museum featuring 26 restored, locally-significant historic structures dating back as far as 1691 that recreates aspects of life in South Jersey during the Early American era. An informational display on activities at HCSV & a selection of replica 19th century period toys for visitors' use will be featured. www.hcsv.org
Historic Village at Allaire (Farmingdale) - Allaire Village, Inc. is a non-profit educational and historic preservation organization working in a unique partnership with the State of New Jersey. It is the goal of Allaire Village, Inc. to preservative, while educating the general public, on the Howell Works Company, an early 19th Century iron producing community, & on the life of James Peter Allaire, a prominent 19th Century marine engine manufacturer. We also demonstrate & preserve the everyday life of ordinary people in the 19th century. When possible, we encourage the public to take part in historic activities & gain a hands-on experience with the past. Members plan on demonstrating tinsmithing, giving blacksmith talks, militia drills, & possibly talks on "Lifeways" of the 19th century. www.allairevillage.org
Historical Military Impressions (York, PA) - was founded in the fall of 1979. The group is chartered through the State of Pennsylvania, as a non-profit educational organization. Its goal is to portray the life & times of the American men & women who served in the Armed Forces from Pre-Revolutionary times to the present. Members will do living history though multiple time periods. www.himsite.com
Historical Society of West Caldwell (West Caldwell) – is a local history society managing the historic Zenas Crane Homestead at West Caldwell, Essex County. Interests & collections include Essex County, NJ genealogy; textiles; organizations; transportation; local art & photography; local citizens' participation in conflicts & wars from pre-Revolution to current conflicts; immigration groups; and heritage tourism. This year the Society is emphasizing the centennial of WWI as well as the life & art of a local artist & businessman, William Hasler. www.westcaldwellhistorynj.org
History on the Hoof [Stacy F. Roth and B. David Emerson] (Burlington) - creates educational programs on themes in American history through storytelling, role play, the use of material culture, & other techniques. Stacy Flora Roth will portray American Revolutionary War heroine Mary Hays, also known as Molly Pitcher. Mary Hays will relate anecdotes about her life as a "woman of the army" & her brush with fame as a cannoneer during the June 1778 Battle of Monmouth Courthouse. B. David Emerson will portray General George Washington, conversing about his memories of crossing the Delaware to surprise the Hessians at Trenton, the Revolution in the Jerseys, & anything else visitors would like to ask of the General. www.historyonthehoof.com
Hoboken Nine Vintage Base Ball Club (Hoboken) - plays 19th century baseball using rules from 1864 and bats and balls from the 19th century. The Hoboken Nine will play a vintage baseball game vs the Flemington Neshanocks, Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club and United Base Ball Club of Trenton. www.HobokenNine.Jimbo.com
Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead, Inc. (Flemington) - The Farmstead is an agricultural museum whose mission is to promote & showcase NJ’s agricultural history. The oldest deeded house (1711) is featured along with a working forge & blacksmith demonstrations. There will be a miniature rope machine for making bracelets & small craft demonstrations. www.holcombe-jimison.org
Howell Living History Farm (Titusville) – a facility of the Mercer County Park system, is a working farm circa 1890-1910. The Farm is open 5 days a week for self-guided tours & Saturdays for seasonal hands-on programs. We offer group & school visits, Intern programs, volunteer opportunities, preschool programs, summer camps and more. Staff will demonstrate plowing with a two horse plow. The public can try their hand at steering the plow while staff drives the horses. The public can also do corn shelling by hand, broadcast seeds on the finished field & get up close to one of the farm's chickens. www.howellfarm.com
Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society (Hudson County) - The Society’s goals are to promote the study of genealogy and history of Hudson County; to collect, preserve & index this information in cooperation with local libraries & internet resources; to encourage adherence to the highest standards of research & documentation; to offer educational programs such as lectures, seminars & workshops & promote the observance of Family History Month. It is the only Society of its type in Hudson County. Staff will conduct “Ask Granny” sessions that are designed to help participants start creating their own family trees. http://www.hudsoncountynjgenealogy.org/
Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission (Flemington) - develops programs to promote interest & participation in & understanding of local arts & culture, historic events & programs, & to support the goals of the community & state. General information about Commission activities, upcoming events & re-grant programs will be available. Exhibitor will be dressed in 18th century reproduction clothing & will discuss with visitors how one creates an accurate impression. http://co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/c&h/c&h.htm
Jack Sherry (Nyack, NY) - will portray Benjamin Franklin. Mr. Sherry will amuse, entertain, and enlighten your visitors while roaming around the fair. Did you know that Ben Franklin printed some of the first colonial paper money for the colony of New Jersey or that he and his son William owned a farm in Burlington, N.J.? Ben's son, William, was New Jersey's last royal governor. Visit with Ben! www.visitwithBenFranklin.com
Jersey Shore Civil War Round Table (Manasquan) - was started in June of 2015 in Toms River, NJ. Organized by a group of Civil War enthusiasts, the Round Table encourages & promotes educational & research opportunities focused on the Civil War, its participants & all other elements & phases regarding this tumultuous event in American history. The JSCWRT provides members with interesting discussion topics, presentations by prominent historians & authors in the field, & trips to relevant historical locations. An information table will be presented. www.JSCWRT.com
Jim Wade (Princeton) - will explain who the NJ Lenape-Delaware Indians are, their lifestyle, Indian place-names & particular Indian individuals who lived along the Delaware River & surrounding region. Actual NJ Indian artifacts will be exhibited. Special emphasis will be on 17th & 18th century information gathered from Indian land deeds & other historical documents on actual Indian names, villages, trails etc. that once resided in the Central NJ region. Indian artifacts will be on display & demonstrations of how they were made & used will be conducted. www.indiansofcentralnj.com
John Bernaski (Oxford) – will portray a skilled Civil War era wet plate photographer using original lenses & authentic formulas, procedures & equipment. Mr. Bernaski will bring the obscure world of wet plate photography alive using visual demonstration, Q&A, & historical relevance.
Johnson Ferry House (Titusville) – Julie Power & Victor Miller, 18th century hearth cooks, will demonstrate cooking over a fire pit using period techniques & equipment. The menu will be seasonal and Dutch, using produce that they have grown in the kitchen garden.
*Joyce Kilmer Society of Mahwah (Mahwah) - is an educational organization dedicated to public enlightenment of the life and legacy of poet/soldier Joyce Kilmer, who wrote the immortal poem, "Trees," in his Mahwah house on February 2, 1913, and was killed in World War I. The volunteer educational organization, whose founder located the notebook and letter proving Kilmer wrote "Trees" in his Mahwah, NJ house on February 2, 1913, presents an original, historically-based dramatization of Kilmer's WWI classics and other revered Kilmer favorites. "Joyce Kilmer On Stage," a theatrical presentation of his most-revered poems (two written while in World War I), based on historical facts & circumstances & reenacted in separate skits by actors. The Society also will present a booth with a free "Lollipop Tree" poetry game aimed at youngsters.
*Kevin Titus (Falls Village, CT) – is the President of DEOA Historical Association and will portray President Harding.
Kingston Greenways Association (KGA) (Princeton) - is a 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1998, which aims to establish a permanent green belt around the village of Kingston consisting of natural environments, recreational parkland, agricultural & horticultural land, wetlands, streams & ponds, & sites of historical interest. A display of maps& photographs of the Kingston green belt & information on efforts to preserve it will be featured. The exhibit will include information on the preservation of the green belt, particularly those which have an agricultural/ horticultural past. The green belt is the rural agricultural/horticultural area which historically surrounded the village; its preservation is an important planning element. The exhibit will be coordinated with those of two other groups - the Kingston Historical Society and Friends of Princeton Nurseries lands. KGA has a continuing partnership with both of the organizations and has often worked together with them. www.kingstongreenways.org
Kingston Historical Society (Kingston) – is non-profit organization founded in 1997 to preserve, enhance & promote the history of Kingston and its environs. The Society’s headquarters are in the Kingston Lock Tender’s House on the D&R Canal. There will be a display of historical photographs with interpretive materials. www.khsnj.org
Lamb’s Artillery Company (Randolph) - is a reenactment group that portrays the artillery company formed by John Lamb in 1775. The modern company includes both men & women who will be dressed in 18th century reproduction period clothing. Visit & experience how life was lived during the American Revolution in a military camp setting. Unit members will talk to the public about the American Revolution, 18th century life, 18th century artillery & military camp life. www.lambsartillery.org
Liberty Hall Museum (Union) - Liberty Hall was built in 1772 by William Livingston, NJ's first elected governor & was the home of the Kean Family until 1995. The last resident, Mary Alice Barney Kean, was instrumental in creating the original Historic Sites Council of NJ .The house & grounds are a treasure trove of the history of the United States & New Jersey for over 240 years. Staff plan to celebrate 200 yrs of NJ history with crafts, games & demonstrations. www.kean.edu/libertyhall
Lincoln Experience (Jamesburg) - will present a portrayal of President Lincoln by noted historian Bob Costello. He will provide factual insight into his life and the events of the time period. www.nj-lincoln.com
Linda Russell & Companie (New York City, NY) –is a trio consisting of historical balladeer Linda Russell, Broadway performer Eric Johnson & Off-Broadway and Cabaret performer Margery Cohen. With guitar, ukelele & dulcimer, the trio will perform marching tunes, humorous ditties, love songs and wistful laments of the WWI time period. The trio will sing the era’s favorite tunes such as "Pack Up Your Troubles", "Mademoiselle from Armentieres" & "Keep the Home Fires Burning". www.lindarussellmusic.com
Long Hill String Band (Lambertville) – is an Old-Timey music band (aka: southern Appalachian, American roots, etc) that performs and educates the public about the music, using acoustic instruments. They will conduct live musical performances throughout the day. www.longhillstringband.com
*Luke Clawson (Wilmington, DE) – will portray a WWI US Navy junior officer as part of a landing party. He will roam throughout the Fair dressed in uniform and interact with the public.
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (Morristown) - was the home of George Macculloch, a 19th century businessman, best known as the "father" of the Morris Canal. The Museum holds the nation's largest collection of Thomas Nast artwork. Visitors can tour period rooms & view exhibits Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 1 to 4 pm. MHHM has an unequalled collection of artwork by American artist Thomas Nast (1840-1902). Our collection includes original drawings, prints, paintings, personal papers and photographs of this internationally celebrated Morristown resident. Visit the Museum's booth to decorate a mask based on Nast's drawings of Boss Tweed, Abraham Lincoln, Columbia, the Tammany Tiger and even Santa Claus. Take a quiz on Thomas Nast and show how much you know about this famous New Jersey resident while entering to win free Museum passes and prizes. www.maccullochhall.org
Madison Township Historical Society (Old Bridge ) - Thomas Warne was one of the Twenty-Four original proprietors of “East Jersey” (the Raritan Bay Area). In 1682, Thomas & his father purchased 1,000 acres of land between the Cheesequake and Matawan Creeks. 187 years later, in 1869, Madison Township was formed. Thomas’ “little” parcel of land lay at the heart of this growing farming community & his descendants continued to thrive there. Historical photo books & artifacts will be on display. History of Madison Township (Old Bridge) Headwaters book will be available for purchase. www.thomas-warne-museum.com
Matawan Historical Society (Matawan) - operates the Burrowes Mansion Museum & is responsible for the care of all Borough historical artifacts. It conducts tours of the mansion & participates in many historic events to keep the history of its area alive & available to the public. Society members conduct monthly meetings with historical programs. There will be historical books for sale about Matawan & Monmouth County. Will also be providing personnel to discuss the history of Matawan with the aid of several historical documents & postcards.
The Meadows Foundation (Somerset) - are proud stewards of four historically registered homes in Somerset, NJ, built between the early 18th and mid-19th century. The Foundaiton provides programming to the public on various topics including history, archaeology, architecture & the environment. There will be a tent with information on the organization, its sites & programming. There will also be antiques to entertain & educate the public on colonial daily life. www.TheMeadowsFoundation.org
*Melissa Ziobro (Toms River) - is currently the Specialist Professor of Public History at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ, teaching courses to include Introduction to Public History, Oral History & Museums & Archives Management. Her service to the University includes administration of the Monmouth Memories Oral History Program. Ms. Ziobro will present a program on the role of Fort Monmouth during World War I, speaking on such topics as the Signal Corps Soldiers trained at the base & the workers back on post who made significant strides in the areas of aviation, combat photography, pigeon training, meterology & radio intelligence.
Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association (Rahway) - is dedicated to preserving the Merchants and Drovers Tavern (1795/1820) & to interpreting early tavern life. Throughout the year, staff offer a variety of programs geared to a varied population. Members will distribute materials highlighting the museum & its programs. Costumed members will “tell the tavern’s story”. www.merchantsanddrovers.org
Mid-Atlantic Ladies Aside (Neptune) - is comprised of riders & non-riders all sharing a passion for history, learning & an appreciation for Sidesaddle traditions. The group offers a supportive & engaging environment, which provides an exchange of ideas & experiences that will enrich seasoned competitors as well as support & nurture beginners. Members will discuss the history of sidesaddle riding, focusing on the 1850's to the present & offer participants a chance to sit in a saddle & feel how a 'proper lady' rode her horse. www.midatlanticladiesaside.com
Middlesex County Office of Culture & Heritage (Piscataway) - The Division of Historic Sites and History Services provides restoration, operation, and maintenance of County owned historic sites, establishes museum exhibits, programs, and archeological and genealogical research activities. There will be a table that exhibits its organization's activities and free publications for the public. http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov/Government/Departments/BDE/Pages/Office_CulturalHeritage.aspx
Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition (Somerset) – MVPC is the sponsor of the Millstone Valley National Scenic Byway, a 25 mile loop along Canal Road from East Millstone to Kingston & back up to Millstone along Millstone River Road, Somerset County. This grassroots organization is dedicated to telling the rich history of a very intact Pre-Rev War area; distributing brochures & maps about the historic districts, sites & events in the Millstone Valley as well as recreational opportunities such as canoeing, hiking, birding & fishing. There will be an information table with brochures, maps & dvds to purchase. www.millstonevalley.org
Monmouth County Archives (Manalapan) - contains more than 2,000 cubic feet of records & special collections that document the history of Monmouth County from the 17th century to the present day. It publishes annual exhibition catalogs on themes related to the New Jersey history and guides to its record series. The archives is open for research Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, except holidays. Staff will provide free advice & handouts on how to do genealogical & historical research at the county archives. Complimentary exhibit catalogs on New Jersey history topics, including Prohibition, WWI, History of Transportation and other topics will also be available. www.visitmonmouth.com/archives
Monmouth County Genealogy Society (Hazlet) - promotes the study of genealogy & the history, geography, & social customs of its ancestors; collects, preserves & disseminates this information, especially to that of local origin; and offers educational programs such as lectures, seminars & workshops. Books will be available for purchase and information about the society will be featured. www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njmcgs/
Monmouth County Historical Association (Freehold) – was founded in 1898 & is the largest history-focused private nonprofit organization in NJ, serving thousands of residents each year. It collects, preserves & interprets its extensive museum, library & archival collections relating to Monmouth County’s history & makes these resources available to the widest possible audience. Educational programming promotes the appreciation of regional & national history. The Association also preserves & interprets five significant historic sites. The Association will have “A Look at 18th Century Family Life” program with costumed interpreters; fire pit cooking using 18thc methods & recipes; needlework, spinning, & loom weaving demonstrations with hands-on opportunities; & period games & toys for kids. www.monmouthhistory.org
Monmouth County Historical Commission (Freehold) - was established by the Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1987 & administers a preservation grant program for governmental & non-profit organizations. The Commission presents preservation awards in recognition of private & public historic preservation projects & conducts a yearly self-guided tour of historic sites in Monmouth County. An information table on the Commission’s programs & the County’s numerous historic sites will be featured. www.visitmonmouth.com
Monmouth County Park System (Lincroft) - Two of the Monmouth County Park System's Historic Sites: Historic Walnford and Historic Longstreet Farm, share insight in to the early industrial & agricultural heritage of Monmouth County with living history activities, demonstrations, exhibits & group programs for all ages throughout the year. An interactive activity titled, “ What Is It?, When Was It? and Measure Up To History” will provide visitors "edutainment" as industrial, agricultural & domestic practices are explored through once common & now less common, artifacts & information to broaden understanding and foster appreciation of life then & now. www.monmouthcountyparks
Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club (Allenhurst) – is a 19th Century Base Ball Club that plays according to period rules of the game & utilizes period uniforms & equipment. Three baseball matches, using 1864 rules, will be played against the United Base Ball Club of Trenton, Hoboken Nine & Flemington Neshanocks. www.facebook.com/Monmouth-furnace-base-ball-club
Morristown National Historical Park (Morristown) - commemorates the sites of General Washington and the Continental Army’s winter encampment of December 1779 to June 1780, where they survived through what would be the Northeast's coldest winter on record. Learn how this National Park site commemorates the sacrifices of soldiers and civilians for freedom. There will be a "Soldier" in replica clothing with equipment. www.nps.gov/morr
Mott’s Artillery (Mount Holly) - Mott’s Artillery is a non-profit educational organization that conducts domestic & military living history demonstrations to educate the public on the life of the men & women of the late 18th Century & the Revolutionary War. The group also works to preserve our shared historic sites. There will be artillery firing and camp life demonstrations. www.mottsarParkstillery.org
Nancy Ceperley (Titusville) – will portray the Reverend William Tennent's widow - Catherine van Burgh Tennent. Interesting aspects of Reverend Tennent's life, the Great Awakening, and the history of Old Tennent Church and its involvement in the Battle of Monmouth will be discussed. Ms. Ceperley is the site manager at the Johnson Ferry House in Washington Crossing State Park.
*National Society Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century (Old Bridge) - Preserves the memory of the Founders of this nation, commemorating historical incidents of the colonial period, collecting & preserving colonial relics & documents, & erecting tablets at places of historic interest relating to that period. These objectives are achieved through patriotic, educational, philanthropic, & historical endeavors. An informational table with organizational & membership information will be available www.colonialdaughters17th.org
Navy Lakehurst Historical Society (Lakehurst) –is an all-volunteer organization that preserves the rich history of the base with displays in Hangar 1. Members give tours of the Hindenburg disaster site. Society members will present a slide show highlighting the German zeppelin Hindenburg on this the 80th anniversary of its tragic loss.
NJ Catholic Historical Commission (NJCHC) (Springfield) - Founded in 1976, the Commission is a specially appointed board sponsored by the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey & Seton Hall University. The objective of this Commission is to collect, preserve & publish works related to the NJ Catholic history experience in line with its ongoing mission of scholarship & public awareness. A display table with information & literature related to the organization will be presented. http://blogs.shu.edu/njchc/
NJ Civil War Heritage Association (Matawan) - is a volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1998. Its goal is to preserve New Jersey’s unique Civil War heritage & to educate all New Jerseyans about the crucial role our state played in the battle to save the Union. The Association will sell its publications & distribute membership information. www.njcivilwar150.org/
NJ Daughters of the American Revolution (NJDAR) (Morristown) – is a lineal based service organization focused on history, patriotism & education. Members serve & recognize our veterans, run an annual historic essay contests, maintains & recognizes historic places & assists at naturalization ceremonies. Costumed & non-costumed ladies will man a table to answer questions, meet the public & hand out literature.
*NJ Department of Agriculture/Forest Pest Invaders (Trenton) - is educating NJ residents about the emerald ash borer & other invasive pests that are infesting trees in NJ. The Department aims to inform people of their choices and actions that can be made to protect trees on their property & in their town.
NJ Department of Military & Veterans Affairs (Trenton) - provides veteran services to veterans of the State of New Jersey. These services include information on state & federal entitlements, homeless issues, counseling, state-run nursing homes, burial allowances, & many more services. Information will be available to any veteran or their family member on entitlements due them from their military service. www.state.nj.us/military
NJ Division of Parks & Forestry (Trenton) – administers NJ’s state parks, forests and historic sites. General information on these resources will be available. Professional Development Certificates for Teachers will be available at the Division’s table. www.njparksandforests.org
NJ Fire Museum (Piscataway) - honors the heritage of New Jersey's firefighters by preserving fire apparatus and equipment. The museum also pays tribute to firefighters that have made the ultimate sacrifice. There will be a display of several fire trucks and a hands-on activity of setting up a 'house-a-fire' for participants to douse the 'flames' using a fire hose. www.njfiremuseum.org
NJ Frontier Guard (Burlington) - is a living history unit that recreates conditions on the western frontier of New Jersey during the French & Indian War. The original Frontier Guard was a ranging corps who patrolled between a string of forts/blockhouses along the Delaware River, protecting against Lenape incursions. Camp display; items associated with the Frontier Guard in 1756; demonstrations of fowling pieces & swivel gun; civilian items & associated child members display of toys & games of the colonial era will be featured. Www.Frontierguard.blogspot.com
NJ Historic Trust (Trenton) - provides financial & technical assistance to historic site stewards & for heritage tourism planning. An information table to promote grant funding, the 2017 NJ History & Historic Preservation Conference & other educational activities will be presented. www.njht.org
NJ Historical Commission (Trenton) - The mission of the NJ Historical Commission is to enrich the lives of the public by preserving the historical record & advancing interest in & awareness of NJ's past. An informational display about the Commission’s programs will be presented. www.history.nj.gov
NJ History Alive (Port Monmouth) - strives to inspire a love of history in those we meet through engaging social dialogue and interactive demonstrations. We welcome Colonial history into lives today! There will be demonstrations and artifacts typical of life during the Rev war time frame including games, cooking (no fire) and clothing. www.NJHistoryAlive.com
NJ Lighthouse Society (Toms River) - raises awareness of the importance of lighthouses in the history of New Jersey and the need to preserve them for future generations. A display with the locations of NJ lighthouses will be featured along with information and brochures on the Society and lighthouses. Visitors can also purchase items from their Museum Store, including t-shirts, cookbooks, calendars, etc.) www.njlhs.org
*NJ Organization of Questers (Spring Lake) – is a non-profit organization from the USA & Canada that supports preservation & restoration and the education of future preservationists. A video of 18th century brick houses will be featured as well as a coloring project for children. www.questers1944.org
*NJROPE Paranormal (Laurel Springs) – is a south Jersey based paranormal group. It is affiliated with Evolution Paranormal. A display with educational information regarding their services will be featured. www.njrope.com
NJ Scout Museum (Morganville) - focuses on the people & places in New Jersey that have helped to shape & enrich the Scouting movement. The Museum’s mission is to preserve artifacts relating to the history of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in NJ & educate the public about Scouting's role. An information table with handouts and information about the NJSM will be available. www.njsm.org
NJ State Archives (Trenton) - is located in the Department of State & is NJ's official research center for public records of enduring historical value. Current holdings amount to over 37,000 cubic feet of paper records & over 32,000 reels of microfilm. Our records date from the founding of NJ as a colony in 1664 to the present. An information table on the Archives' research materials, both historical & genealogical, will be available. Staff will share information about the Archives’ WWI collections & upcoming Land Records projects. www.archives.nj.gov
NJ State Museum (Trenton) - through its exhibitions, programs, collections, publications & scholarship in science, history & art, explores the natural and cultural diversity of New Jersey, past & present. Prehistoric pottery puzzle interactive, word-finds, book raffle, hand-outs & prehistoric artifacts will be featured. www.njstatemuseum.org
NY State Historic Sites-Palisades Region (Stony Point, NY) - Come learn about the Lower Hudson Valley's great American Revolution Historic Sites: Stony Point Battlefield, Fort Montgomery Battlefield, Washington HQ, New Windsor Cantonment, Knox HQ, and Senate House! We will be distributing flyers, brochures, & other printed literature in the promotion of the Palisades Region Historic Sites, as well as discussing the Lower Hudson Valley's Revolutionary War History, ties to New Jersey, and any other inquiry the public.
Ocean County Historical Society (Toms River) - docents conduct tours of their Victorian House museum for adult & school groups & volunteer researchers/genealogists assist visitors with family & local history. Programs & events are presented throughout the year to enhance public awareness of Ocean County history. A table with computer demonstrations will be featured along with handouts & publications.
Old First Historic Trust (Elizabeth) - OFHT manages the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth, including the Snyder Academy which is a vibrant center for culture, history, education, & economic and social advancement. It is the site where NJ's first official settlers built their meetinghouse in 1664! The church played significant roles in both the founding of our state & the fight for Independence 100 years later! An informational booth & displays will be presented. www.acadenj.org www.snyderacademy.org
Outwater’s Militia (Hillsborough) – is a reenactment unit that portrays the people of Bergen County during the American Revolutionary Era. There will be a display of equipment and drills presented. www.outwatersmilitia.com
Pennsauken Historical Society (Pennsauken) – is an all-volunteer organization founded in 1965. The Society preserves & interprets the ca. 1710 Burrough-Dover House in Pennsauken. The Society conducts regular, annual free public festivals & an annual meeting with public programs used to involve community in local history. A small exhibition of photographs & artifacts illustrating local history in Pennsauken Twp. will be offered as well as information about upcoming events, membership, volunteer opportunities & the Society’s work & mission. https://www.facebook.com/PennsaukenHistoricalSociety
*Peyton Dixon (Kingston) – brings icons of history to life. While at the Fair, Mr. Dixon will portray President Theodore Roosevelt. He will present a Meet and Greet as Mr. Roosevelt as well as two in-persona presentations during the day. www.HistoricExperience.com
Pineland Antique Engine Association (Jackson) – preserves & restores mechanical history, i.e. engines, tractors, machinery, tools & farm equipment. Association members will have a display of antique tools & operate antique hit & miss engines. www.pinelandsoldengine.wordpress.com
Piney Hollow Drifters (Southampton) – are a group of four musicians, who will play live music from the Civil War era.
*Plainfield Historical Society (Plainfield) - was formed in 1921 to preserve the Drake House, a 1746 farmhouse, and to promote & document the history of Plainfield, NJ. Today, The Drake House's rooms portray three eras of American history: the 18th century, late Empire & early Victorian period.
A free traditional craft (tin punching) that is fun for the whole family will be featured as well as items such as books & ornaments, that will be for sale. www.drakehouseplainfieldnj.org
Rebecca Morris (Wilmington, DE) – will display antique dog-size carriages & do a draft dog demonstration. In the 19th century, many different carriage styles were made in child-size versions & hitched to large dogs. Children enjoyed driving these little dog carriages just as much as children today enjoy driving pedal cars.
Rich Wagner (Hatboro, PA) – is a “colonial” brewer who, by mashing, boiling and cooling of wort, will demonstrate how beer was made in the seventeenth century. http://pabreweryhistorians.tripod.com
Richard S. Toone (Columbus) - will demonstrate the use of an 18th century reproduction Spring Pole Lathe for making turned components of professionally made powder horns in colonial America. He will discuss the many uses of cattle horns over the last 300 years. www.livinghistoryshop.com
Rip Diringer (Skillman) – will portray a Spanish-American War soldier and interpret the soldier’s war time experience.
Rockingham Association (Kingston) - While Congress met in Princeton in 1783, Rockingham served as the final wartime headquarters of General George Washington from late August to early November of that year. Washington wrote his "Farewell Orders to the Armies" here and was in residence when Congress received word in October 1783 of the signing of the Treaty of Paris. An information table & a display about 18th-century kitchen garden & herbs will be featured along with copies of Washington's "Farewell Orders" & small toys to try, including hotch-potch dolls with which to spell out the alphabet. www.rockingham.net
Salem County Historical Society (Salem) - Located in Salem NJ, the Salem County Historical Society is housed in three interconnected historic houses, the centerpiece of which is the Alexander Grant House (1721). The Society maintains extensive museum & library collections related to the region's heritage, as well as offering special exhibits & educational programs. A display will include information on pattern-brick architecture, including interactive painted blocks. It will also include information relating to the current SCHS exhibit on Salem County in the First Modern Decade 1910-1919. www.salemcountyhistoricalsociety.com
Sayreville Historical Society (Sayreville) - promotes the history of the Borough of Sayreville, NJ & operates a museum which open on Sundays throughout the year. A display of artifacts & books for purchase will be presented.
Seabrook Educational & Cultural Center [SECC] (Seabrook) - presents the stories of relocated Japanese Americans & Japanese Peruvians from United States internment camps; wartime refugees from Europe; & migrant laborers from Appalachia, the Deep South & the Caribbean. Seabrook was an authentic "global bootstrap Village" where people of many cultures lived & worked together & still celebrate their heritage. Seabrook Farm was called the "largest vegetable factory on Earth" by Life Magazine in 1955, and its founder, Charles F. Seabrook, came to be known as the Henry Ford of Agriculture for his industrial approach to farming. www.seabrookeducation.org
The Sea Dogs (Fieldsboro) - is a band & pirate/privateer re-enactment group that perform sea shanties & songs of the sea. The group also participates in historical re-enactments or encampments & giving educational talks on all aspects of piracy & sailing in & around NJ. There will be musical performances; a display of items typically found aboard sailing ships; weapons demonstrations; and Q & A discussions about all aspects of maritime life & piratical activity in & around NJ. www.SeaDogsNJ.com
Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission (Somerville) - is charged with developing programs to promote public interest in local & county history, in the arts & in cultural values, goals & traditions of the community, State & Nation. Services include Historic Preservation Grant Program, NJ Historical Commission Partnership Grants & History Awards Program. There will be a display of Commission activities, Revolutionary War activities, Revolutionary War & Civil War solders accoutrements & brochures concerning historic sites & museums in the county. www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/public-works/cultural-heritage
Stan Saperstein (Pennington) –will appear as an 18th century town crier roaming the Fair and informing visitors of various programs and activities taking place at the Fair. He will also portray Francis Hopkinson, who was an author, a composer and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence as a delegate from NJ. Hopkinson is responsible for designing the first official American flag. www.artisansofthevalley.com
Swan Historical Foundation, Inc. (Warrington, PA) – is dedicated to education about the American Revolution, the late colonial period & early Federalist period. The Foundation owns a superb collection of artifacts that can be viewed at the Washington Crossing State Park Visitor Center. A reenactor portraying a Continental Soldier will be on hand to talk to visitors about his life in General Washington’s army. Information about the Foundation’s mission and goals will be available. www.NationalMuseumoftheAmericanRevolution.org
Thomas Edison National Historic Site (W. Orange) - This is where Modern America was Invented! Thomas Edison's Laboratory is a step back in time when machines were run by belts & pulleys & music was played on phonographs. Today the buildings convey little evidence of the industries they once started. Discover where America's greatest inventor changed our world forever. There will be a display of pictures, past & present, of the West Orange lab & Glenmont Estate - the home where Thomas Edison spent the last 44 years of his life. Staff will also have a hands-on activity for kids where they will use tinker toys to make an invention. www.nps.gov/edis
Township of Ocean Historical Museum (Oakhurst) - is a cultural resource that invites the residents of central NJ to discover our regional past. Learn why it has been voted the "Best Museum in Monmouth County" for many years by the Asbury Park Press Readers’ Choice Poll! Volunteers will share the township’s rich past with visitors through artifacts. Mabel Fenton, celebrated Vaudeville performer and township resident, will share memories of this bygone era with music, stories, and a demo of the famous “Pie in the Face” gag that both she, and her actor-husband, Charles Ross, originated over a century ago! www.oceanmuseum.org
Tricorne Dance and Performing Ensemble (Hawthorne) - Dressed in period clothing, the Tricorne Dance Ensemble is an 18th century dance group that performs & teaches, to historically correct music, the social dances performed during the American Revolution period. The ensemble is the official dance company of the Bergen County Historical Society in River Edge, NJ. Musicians Ridley & Anne Enslow will accompany the dancers on fiddle & hammered dulcimer. Ensemble members will provide dance demonstrations & invite public participation throughout the day. http://www.facebook.com/TricorneDanceEnsemble
Tuckerton Historical Society (Tuckerton) – was formed in 1972, serving Little Egg Harbor and Tuckerton by preserving the History of this unique area for future generations. The Society is located in the 1884 Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum in Little Egg Harbor Township, NJ, west of Tuckerton. Their collection includes photos, documents, books, maps & artifacts associated with the local area. A display table & informational materials will be presented. www.tuckertonhistoricalsociety.org
Tuckerton Seaport Museum (Tuckerton) - is New Jersey's premier maritime museum. Its mission is to preserve, present & interpret the rich maritime heritage, artistry & environment of the Jersey Shore & the unique contributions of its baymen. Staff will be demonstrating between the Federal U.S. Lifesaving Service from 1871 through 1915 in New Jersey. The beach apparatus drill that will be demonstrated has saved over 176,000 lives from shipwrecks. Members of the audience will be asked to participate in this demonstration. www.tuckertonseaport.org
Twin Lights Historical Society (Highlands) – The Mission of the Society is to engage the public & foster a broader understanding of the historical role played by the Twin Lights in maritime navigation & wireless communications. The Society will continue to elevate this National Historic Landmark site & define its place in scientific & popular culture through the physical & virtual expansion of the museum & its collection, education outreach & interpretive programs & a state-of-the-art improvement initiative. Visitors will be able to design & color their own flags, celebrating America’s colorful heritage. Brochures & hand-outs will be available. www.twinlightslighthouse.com
*United Base Ball Club of Trenton (Ewing) - A 19th Century base ball club that portrays the original club from Trenton in 1859 using the rules, uniforms and customs from that era. The team will join and play against the Flemington Neshanocks, Hoboken Nine and the Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Clubs. https://www.facebook.com/UnitedBBCofTrenton
Vince Turner ("SPAM Time") (Owings, MD) - is a fictional U.S. Army radio & live show that is modeled on actual entertainment presented to U.S. military personnel from WWII to the Vietnam War era. In addition to the "show" we support events by providing continuous music & announcements throughout the day. SPAM Time will provide a full day of pre-recorded & live musical entertainment that includes actual recordings & announcements from various archival sources. The program is conducted in accurate period uniform & is inclusive of providing MC support for our hosts as needed.
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Sites (Somerville) - are two historic sites that focus on the third quarter of the 18th century. The Wallace House is best known for being one of Gen. Washington's winter headquarters during the Middlebrook Cantonment of 1778-79. The Old Dutch Parsonage was the home of the founder of Rutgers University, The Reverend Mr. Jacob Hardenbergh. An informational table will be available along with a demonstration of the game of ninepins.
Walt Whitman Association (Camden) - Walt Whitman Association (WWA) was originally founded as a group of Whitman friends and supporters during the author’s life in Camden. The WWA is the oldest existing Whitman society in the world. Its mission is to support the preservation of his home in Camden & to promote the life works & legacy of America’s “Great Poet of Democracy”. The WWA continues its support of the NJ State History Fair by sponsoring Mr. Darrel Blaine Ford as Walt Whitman. www.waltwhitmanassociation.org
Walt Whitman House State Historic Site (Camden) – Home of the “Great Poet of Democracy”, the renowned poet & author lived in this house from 1884 until his death in 1892. During this period Whitman, reached the summit of international recognition & acclaim as author of the pioneering free-verse book of poetry, Leaves of Grass. Today the Walt Whitman House, a National Historic Landmark, provides an intimate glimpse into the life of the poet, attracting visitors from around the world. Whitman's original letters, personal belongings, the bed in which he died, & the death notice that was nailed to the front door have all been preserved, as well as a collection of rare nineteenth-century photographs, including the earliest known image of Whitman - an 1848 daguerreotype. An exhibit table will highlight the historic site’s history & interpretive programming. www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/historic/whitman/
Washington Crossing Park Association of NJ [WCPA] (Lawrence) - works to preserve, enhance & advocate for the park & the history it represents. The Association strives to educate citizens & enrich their quality of life through knowledge of & exposure to the park. An information table about the Association and its goals will be featured. Items will be available for purchase. http://www.washingtoncrossingparkassociation.com/
Waterloo Village State Historic Site (Stanhope) - is an intact 19th c. Morris Canal village along a water-filled section of the Morris Canal. Building tours are available on Saturdays from May through October. A recreated Lenape Indian encampment is open for visitors on Sundays from May through October. Displays with info about the 19th century Morris Canal village; school field trip information; Lenape American Indian encampment; early American rural farm and log cabin living & the Morris Canal Greenway vision will be featured.
Whitesbog Preservation Trust (Browns Mills) - is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration & interpretation of Historic Whitesbog Village. The Village is an early 20th-century company town & agricultural community open 365 Days A Year from Sunrise to Sunset for trail walking, running, horse-back riding, biking, driving & exploring. In the early 1900s, Whitesbog was the largest cranberry farm in NJ & its founder, Joseph J. White, was a nationally recognized leader in the cranberry industry. Whitesbog is also where the highbush blueberry was first successfully cultivated by Elizabeth Coleman White & Frederick Coville 100 years ago. Today, Whitesbog includes the village of restored cottages, farm buildings, gardens & the surrounding 3,000 acres of cranberry bogs, blueberry fields, reservoirs, sugar sand roads, & Pine Barrens forests. Visitors will be able to “dress up” in 1920’s attire & get photographed. There will also be an information table, kids coloring pages & items for sale from their General Store. www.whitesbog.org
William Trent House Museum (Trenton) - is the original home of William Trent, Trenton's founder. Built in 1719, it is furnished based on an inventory from the time of Trent's death. The site has a kitchen garden & apple orchard. Programs offered include tours, lectures, exhibits, family programs & community events. The current focus is on interpreting slavery related to the Trent House. A display & presentation of archaeological artifacts from recent explorations, samples from the garden, colonial toys, items from the gift shop & museum brochures & materials will be available. www.williamtrenthouse.org
Wise Owl Workshops (Great Meadows) - Phil & Lorna Wooldridge run Wise Owl Workshops, which promotes interest in & respect for historic cemeteries through presentations for adults & hands-on workshops for children. Displays will include artwork created through rubbings & foil impressions from gravestones across the state. Children & adults will be provided with an opportunity to try their hand at gravestone rubbing through the use of a mock gravestone. Advice will be provided about how to obtain rubbings & impressions safely, which stones to avoid as well as general cemetery etiquette & safety. A demonstration of stone carving will also be presented. Information, displays & handouts will also be available. www.wiseowlworkshops.com
Woodbridge Township Historic Preservation Commission (Woodbridge) – carries out advisory, educational & informational functions to promote historic preservation in the Township. The Commission will prepare a display to educate fairgoers about highlights from Woodbridge's long history & to promote Woodbridge as a historic tourism destination. www.woodbridgehistory.com
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