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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.

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 re-enactments. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

*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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

*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.

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.

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.

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 pr

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

*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.

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.

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.

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.


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