1st Delaware Regiment (Newark, DE) - portrays the 1st Delaware Regiment of the American Revolution that fought with General Washington and took part in the crossing of December 26th and battle of Trenton. Our first Colonel, John Haslet, was killed at Princeton rallying the troops once General Mercer fell. Firing demonstrations, military inspections & cooking will be featured. www.1stDelawareRegiment.org
1st PA Light Artillery Battery E (Tobyanna, PA) – is a Civil War unit that will feature camp life and a firing demonstration.
1st Rhode Island Regiment, Continental Line (Trenton) – is a reenactment group that recaptures a proud American heritage, portraying the historic 1st Rhode Island of Foot, the Continental Army's Black and native-American battle regiment which fought fin the American Revolution. Re-enactors will display soldiers’ artifacts, informational poster boards, and books about the First Rhode Island, black fighting men in the American Revolution, and participation in battles in New Jersey. http://facebook.com/firstri
1st Royal Scots Ctr Coy/42nd Royal Highland Regt (Woodbridge) - re-enacts the 1st Royal Scots Regiment (today known as The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland) as they appeared in North America during the War of 1812. We also portray a Centre Company of the 42nd Royal Highland Regiment as they appeared on the field of Waterloo during the Napoleonic War. There will be a display of equipment carried by British Soldiers during the War of 1812 period. http://www.the-black-watch-lha.org/1815/
2nd U.S. Infantry (Township of Washington) – is a reenactment group that interprets various military time periods. An 1898 Spanish American War camp and display will be featured.
3rd NJ Volunteer Infantry (Flemington) - is a Civil War reenacting unit dedicated to preserving the memory of the soldiers who fought and died during the Civil War, as well as preserving the places where they fought. Recruits wanted! Avoid Conscription! Jersey Blue!
4th Armored HPS (Bensalem, PA) – is a WWII historic preservation group that portrays an armored infantry unit. A display of military vehicles & equipment will be presented as well as infantry drills and a look into daily field life.
4th NJ Infantry Civil War Volunteers (Brick) – were known for their strong will in fighting during the Civil War. When they were captured they never gave up and continued to fight when they were freed. Members will teach of a soldier’s life incl. games of the time period. Women members will make bracelets for the children and there will be a firing demonstration. www.4thNJ.com
6th Regiment Infantry U.S. Colored Troops (Trenton) - is a reenactment group that recaptures a proud American heritage, portraying the historic 6th USCI, an African-American battle regiment that fought for freedom in the Civil War. An exhibit which includes a display of soldiers’ artifacts from the Civil War, books about the United States Colored Troops, and re-enactors who do historic interpretation will be featured. www.6thusct.org
110th Medical Battalion (Southampton, PA) - will present a WWII U.S. Army Field Aid Station, Normandy France, June 1944. The display depicts a fully equipped medical aid station just behind the combat line. During the program there will be live mock field surgeries & mock wounded soldiers. A 1942 Ford medical jeep & tent will also be featured.
1719 William Trent House Museum (Trenton) - is the oldest structure in New Jersey's capital city. Constructed at the Falls of the Delaware River, the large brick Georgian style manor has been carefully restored & furnished to illustrate American life in pre-Revolutionary War times. Visitors to the Trent House Museum table will try their hand at colonial toys & games such as whirlygigs, jacob’s ladders, & hoops. Samples of fresh herbs from the Trent House kitchen garden will be available. Also available will be the spring 2013 newsletter, the upcoming schedule of events, & other information about school field trips & adult tours. www.williamtrenthouse.org.
1759 Vought House (Whitehouse Station) - tells the story of a family striving to make a new life and who became community leaders. In the crisis of 1775, they took a principled stand against the rebellion, volunteered to join British troops and at war’s end were exiled to Nova Scotia. An information table will be presented. http://1759house.org/
Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society – New Jersey Chapter (Jersey City) - offers the opportunity to study the history and genealogy of the African American on a national and state prospectus. AAHGS-NJC serves to unite those wishing to share their historical and genealogical research – something that is unique to the challenges of African-American heritage. A displays pertaining to member genealogical discoveries will be presented. Instruction on a one to one basis will also be available. www.aahgsnj.org
Allaire Village, Inc. (Farmingdale) - is a non-profit educational & historic preservation organization working in a unique partnership with the State of New Jersey. It is the goal of Allaire Village, Inc. to promote historic preservation while educating the general public on life at the Howell Works Company, an early 19th Century iron producing community, and on the life of James Peter Allaire, a prominent 19th Century marine engine manufacturer. www.allairevillage.org
American Labor Museum/Botto House (Haledon) - is housed in the Botto House National Landmark, a Victorian-style home built in 1908 by Italian immigrant silk workers. The museum's focus is on the Labor Movement in America and the experience of immigrants in the US. Visiting hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 1-4 PM, or by appointment. One of our museum-in-a-suitcase exhibits will be displayed, and a traveling bocci court, like the full size one on the side of the Botto House, will be set up for visitors to play. www.labormuseum.net
American Political Items Collectors (Titusville) - is a national organization, founded in 1945, that preserves & promotes the history of political campaigns and the U.S. presidency. An exhibit with examples of political campaign items through the years will be featured. www.apic.us
Archaeological Society of NJ (Cranbury) - is the leading organization for vocational and professional archaeologists statewide. We encourage the study of historic and prehistoric archaeology in New Jersey and promote the discovery of our hidden past through research, site identification, publication and presentation of important research. A display with children’s activities will be featured. www.asnj.org
Battleground Historical Society (Englishtown) - Preserves and promotes the history of the area encompassing the Battle of Monmouth and events of the time.
There will be a display of photos and artifacts of/from the Village Inn in Englishtown and books of local history. Society members will be wearing clothing of late 1700's. www.thevillageinn.org
Battleship New Jersey (Camden) – is an Iowa class (BB-62) battleship built in 1941. An information table will be featured. www.battleshipnewjersey.org
Bordentown Historical Society (Bordentown) - was established in 1930 to educate, promote, and preserve the City's history and historic sites. An information table with educational materials will be featured.
Boxwood Hall State Historic Site (Elizabeth) - has played an important role in the history of the City of Elizabeth & the State of NJ. Many historic figures are associated with Boxwood Hall, including George Washington, Elias Boudinot and Jonathan Dayton. An information table will be presented and staff will oversee children's activities relating to the 18th & 19th centuries, including games.
BRAVO Company 25 Infantry Division (Runnemede) - interprets a Vietnam fire Base with fighting positions, mess tent & fully operational hospital tent. The organization will discuss the Vietnam War and the hurt ships. The recreated camp will be a hands-on experience where the public can touch & put on gear & see what it was like for our military who were stationed there. There will also be a discussion of the medical side of the War & how the medical units were the unsung heroes of the War. Nurses in the camp will relate their experiences as well.
Bruce Hockenbury (Easton, PA) – will demonstrate basic blacksmithing skills and techniques. He will also create small items in real time.
Burlington County Historical Society (Burlington) - The mission of the Burlington County Historical Society (BCHS) and the Children’s History Center is to engage children and families in historic play, spark curiosity about the past, and develop the insights and skills required to build community and create a better future.
Activities will include colonial games, crafts, and dress up. http://burlingtoncountyhistoricalsociety.org/
Burlington County Prison Museum Association (PMA) (Mt. Holly) - is a non-profit organization that supports the Burlington County Prison Museum through fundraising, volunteering, giving tours, and promoting this National Historic Landmark. The Association will distribute information & provide a face-cut-out board for photo opportunities. http://www.prisonmuseum.net/
Camp Olden Civil War Roundtable & Museum, Inc. (Hamilton Township) – is a 501© (3) that was founded in 1992. It is an organization of people brought together by a common interest in the American Civil War. The main purpose of the organization is to educate people about the Civil War era through living history, preservation projects, trips, tours, lectures & events. The Round Table is named for Camp Olden, an 1861 training camp located in Hamilton Township, NJ. The camp bore the name of Charles Olden, then governor of NJ. Many of the troops raised in New Jersey for that year were instructed at Camp Olden. An information table will be featured. www.campolden.org
Canal Society of New Jersey (Stanhope) – The Canal Society of New Jersey's mission is to preserve NJ's historic towpath canal heritage. Society members will provide interpreted public boat ride on the Delaware & Raritan Canal Feeder Canal.
CJMMP – Central Jersey Military Motor Pool (Stockton) – is dedicated to the preservation of historic military vehicles. Its purpose is to preserve and display historic military vehicles in order to honor America’s veterans & preserve their history for future generations to appreciate. The CJMMP will have a display of military vehicles. Members will be in period uniform. www.cjmmp.org
Cliff and Brenda Jones (Ewing) – Dressed in period clothing, Cliff & Brenda will demonstrate the art of calligraphy & assist children & visitors with quill pen writing in the Johnson Ferry House area.
Col. Ogden’s 1st NJ Regiment (Landsdale) - perpetuates the history of the American Revolution and specifically the history of the 1st NJ Regiment. To generate & enhance a common interest of Americans in the preservation of the historical aspects of the American War of Independence, its causes, purposes, conduct & accomplishments are presented through living history events and reenactments. As a military reenactment group they will be conducting military drills for the public including musket firing demonstrations as well as a children’s drill using replica wooden muskets, cooking demonstrations, uniform and weapons displays, recruiting scenarios, paymaster scenarios and a camp inspection. Public can view our camp setup and tents. www.1NJ.org
Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area (Trenton) - works to foster the conservation, preservation and interpretation of New Jersey's Revolutionary War sites and landscapes in ways that enhance public understanding about the people, places and events that transformed the course of American and New Jersey history. Children's crafts and an information display will be featured. www.RevolutionaryNJ.org
Darrel Blaine Ford (Babylon, NY) - will portray, in costume, Walt Whitman during his residency in Camden, NJ (1873-1892). As Walt Whitman, he will roam throughout the Fair, pose for pictures, "reminisce about his life & times, & read from his poetry & prose". He will also be available for performances at designated places & times. Topics will include the Civil War & President Lincoln. www.WaltWhitmanofLI.com
Delaware River Mill Society – Prallsville Mills (Stockton) - is a significant surviving 18th, 19th, and 20th Century American village industrial complex. The restored site hosts cultural and environmental events with manor house tours and gift shop. Prallsville Mills complex also serves as the office for the Delaware River Scenic Byway office. An outreach table for Prallsville Mills Complex, the Mill programs and the non profit groups that use the historic site as a community resource will be featured. www.drms-stockton.org
Delaware Valley Old Time Power and Equipment Association (Hamilton) - is dedicated to preserving our agricultural heritage and provide education in its use.
DVOTPE will display vintage farm tractors, implements, gas (hit and miss) engines, and antique trucks. www.daysofthepast.com
Dick Niekamp (Newark, DE) - has 45 years of study and interest in the creation of American, Pennsylvanian or Kentucky rifles. Mr. Niekamp will demonstrate the original hand methods of creating these historic firearms that were prevalent in the colonies during the American Revolution.
Don Brocklebank, Wayne Grove & Steve Wenzel (West Long Branch) - will conduct late 19th century woodworking demonstrations, including hand-cut dovetail joints, hayforks & rakes, buckets, chairs, treenware, & children's toys.
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site (Bayville) - was once one of the largest cranberry operations in New Jersey. Today this preserved village offers a window into past and present techniques used to harvest this unique and valuable berry. They're red. They're edible. They bounce? Learn about this unique fruit and the various ways it was been harvested over the past two centuries. www.njparksandforests.org
Douglas Grunn (Belvidere) - is a member of the Zouave 33rd NJVI Civil War Reenactors,. Mr. Grunn is the Chief Musician for the Mifflin Guard and as such is lead bugler for the Battalion. He will portray and demonstrate the role of the bugler in the Civil War by demonstrating bugle calls, displaying period musical instruments and playing songs of the era on these instruments.
Edison Memorial Tower Corporation (Menlo Park) - manages the historic Thomas Edison's Menlo Park Laboratory site & Education Center - the "Birthplace of the World's Technological Revolution." Not only did Edison invent the phonograph & first successful incandescent light bulb here, he established the world's first research facility which he called his "Invention Factory." A display of artifacts unique to Edison's Menlo Park Labs will be featured & children can reinvent, make & take a simple working phonograph, watch a cartoon about Mr. Edison & discover the history of Menlo Park. Souvenirs will be available for purchase. www.menloparkmuseum.org
Egg Harbor City Historical Society (Egg Harbor City) – is a volunteer local historical society that preserves information and items from Gloucester Farm and Town Association and Egg Harbor City's German heritage including early city records, genealogies, commerce and industry, sports and musical organizations. The Society maintains the Roundhouse Museum and related Peace Pilgrim Park, a state historic site. Admission is free. The Society will provide a display of various historical items, books, reproductions of early pamphlets and maps, and a Powerpoint presentations of the early city, the museum and early tax records. www.ehchs.org
Elizabeth Academy (Elizabeth) – is a history, arts and social service venue located on the grounds of the First Presbyterian Church, the oldest English congregation in NJ. The Academy is also a leader in the upcoming Elizabeth/Union County observance of the 350th anniversary of the founding of the city, church and State of NJ. The Academy will assist staff of Boxwood Hall State Historic Sites in presenting 18th & 19th century games for visitors and raising awareness of the 2014 anniversary of the founding of the City of Elizabeth, church congregation & the State of NJ.
Elizabeth Resolutes (Elizabeth) - The Elizabeth Resolutes Base Ball Club is a recreation of a historically factual base ball club that played in New Jersey through the 1860's and 1870's. In 1873 the Resolutes played in the National Association of Professional Base Ball Clubs, and were New Jersey's first professional sports organization. The team will play the Hoboken Nine Base Ball Club using in nineteenth century rules of baseball . www.elizabethresolutes.com
Elliott Stroul (Jamesburg) - will portray President Lincoln, providing factual insight into his life and the events of the time period. Several Civil War officers and their wives will also be on hand to interact with visitors. www.nj_lincoln.com
Farmingdale Historical Society (Farmingdale) - collects, preserves & displays materials, photographs & artifacts that are representative of Farmingdale History in the Elizabeth Grove Museum. The Society researches and plaques homes that are over 100 yrs of age. The Society disseminates information through programs, lectures, and publications to arouse interest in the rich history of Farmingdale NJ. We will be bringing a vintage fire truck, with equipment and gear, as well as photographs and documents for display on a table. www.fhs-nj.org
First Presbyterian Church (Elizabeth) –dates its origins to the founding of the town of Elizabeth in 1664. It was the first church to be organized in NJ for worship in the English language. Until 1717 it was a Congregational church. Services were held in a meeting house constructed in 1664 until a new building was erected in 1724. The church has been rebuilt twice since 1724: once after the British set fire to it during the Revolutionary War and again following a fire in 1946 which destroyed all but the church's outer walls. The Church will help raise awareness of the 350th anniversary of the founding of the city of Elizabeth, the church congregation & the State of NJ.
First Presbyterian Church of Titusville (Titusville) – which is celebrating 175 years, has borne witness to the love of God and neighbor along the Delaware River since 1838. Events & movements of national & local importance have influenced, and been influenced by, America's landscape of Christian congregations. A newly-released church history will allow a peek into one community's view. The Church will have a table with artifacts from its 175-year-long history in the greater Hopewell Township area. Visitors will be able to see how local congregations, such as this one, were born of larger movements, participated in or were influenced by major events such as the American Civil War, and have shaped the American cultural landscape. The church, as a non-profit entity, will sell copies of its newly-published history, "Shall We Gather..." along with a corresponding coffee mug to those who would like to learn more about this topic in depth. www.titusvillechurch.org
Fort Mott State Park (Pennsville) – Selected items and vehicles from Fort Mott’s historic military collection will be on display. Hands-on military equipment displays will be available for the public.
Friends of Abraham Staats House (South Bound Brook) - The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc., (incorporated 2004), supports the ongoing restoration, preservation & interpretation of the c1740 Abraham Staats House. Built near the Raritan River, the Staats home, used as a headquarters by General Baron von Steuben during the Middlebrook Cantonment 1778-79, is associated with significant people & events of the American Revolution & with the growth of the community in the early 19th century, when the D&R Canal was active. An information table and posters will be available. Staff will be dressed in 18th century clothing & will have some small activities (sewing, playing violin, games) to entertain visitors. www.staatshouse.org
Friends of Barclay Farmstead (Cherry Hill) - are a dedicated group of volunteers who support the Barclay Farmstead Museum and its living history programs. The Barclay Farmstead Museum is a restored nineteenth century Quaker farmstead found in the heart of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Spinning demonstrations are proposed. www.BarclayFarmstead.org
Friends of the Indian King Tavern Museum (Haddonfield) - are volunteers dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of the Tavern Museum. We plan & support 8-9 annual open house programs each year, provide reenactors, period musicians and speakers, purchase artifacts and furnishings for the Tavern, plus support research. A display table with information on the Indian King Tavern Museum will be presented. http://www.indiankingfriends.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 and interpret the site for the benefit of the public. There will be a display of interpretive material developed by the Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands (FPNL) to interpret the former Princeton Nurseries Kingston Site & build awareness of the former nurseries & its innovative horticultural practices & significance. Once the largest and one of the most influential nurseries in the U.S., it was started in 1913. The exhibit will be coordinated with those of two other groups - the Kingston Historical Society and Kingston Greenways Association. www.fpnl.org
The Friends of Swayze, Inc., (Hope) - is a NJ non-profit corporation that provides the funds and resources to repair, rebuild, and restore the historic Swayze Cemetery in Hope, NJ, for the benefit of educating the public on the historical significance of the site and to prevent its further deterioration. www.friendsofswayze.org
Friends of White Hill Mansion (Fieldsboro) - are preserving the historic home of the Field family. Robert served on the governing body of Burlington County until his untimely death. Mary hosted Col. Carl von Donop and his troops during their encampment in the area. We will run a power point presentation at our display area on the history, archaeological dig, and paranormal investigation conducted in the house. sites.google.com/site/whitehillmansion/
Genealogical Society of New Jersey (Trenton) - 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, the development & preservation of research collections, & direct assistance to family-history researchers of all age groups & ethnic backgrounds. The Society will provide information on their organization & answer visitor questions. Publications will also be available for purchase. www.gsnj.org
Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association (Caldwell) - educates, commemorates & expands knowledge about NJ history as it shaped the life of Grover Cleveland during his formative years and his presidency. The GCBMA is a recognized ORFO supplementing & supporting the Grover Cleveland Birthplace, a New Jersey state historic site. The Association will have an information booth and historically based souvenirs, books and publications about NJ history & Grover Cleveland will be available for purchase.
Heart to Hearth Cookery (Morrisville, PA) – Susan McLellan Plaisted will interpret & demonstrate Lenape cordage & net making techniques of catching & drying shad from the Delaware River. www.hearttohearthcookery.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 gorunds in NJ.
HHC 1st Bde 50th Armored Division (Clark) - is a living history detachment representing the home front of the Vietnam War (1960-1975). The group brings the 1960's and 1970's to life and addresses a part of history that some wanted to forget. A Headquarters area will be set up with a tent, chairs, field desks and various historical items of the period. Information and expertise from this time period will be shared with the public.
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 period toys for visitors' use will be featured. www.hcsv.org
Historical Military Impressions (Mt. Holly) – represents soldiers from the French & Indian War to present. Members will set up a camp to show how soldiers lived from different time periods. www.hmisite.com
Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township (Tuckahoe) - is a volunteer organization that manages the c1830 Friendship School, the 1893 Tuckahoe Railroad Station and the c1815 John Wesley Gandy Farmstead. A tabletop display with unique artifacts from the Society’s three sites will be featured. Publications will be available for purchase. www.uppertwphistory.org
Historical Society of Hamilton Township (Hamilton) - meets the first Monday of each month at the Hamitlon Township Library with a key note speaker and meeting. We also operate the historic John Abbott II house (circa 1730) 2200 Kuser Road, Hamilton, NJ. There will be a display table with information about the Historical Society, John Abbott II house and John Abbott's Revolutionary War connection. An interpreter in period dress will be available for questions. www.hamiltontownshiphistory.org
Historical Society of Princeton (Princeton) - Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, HSP is a museum and library dedicated to interpreting the history of Princeton, New Jersey. HSP offers a wide array of exhibitions, lectures and public programs each year to schools, adults and families at its two locations, Bainbridge House and the Updike Farmstead. Visitors are encouraged to learn how some of New Jerseys’ famous streets got their names. www.princetonhistory.org
Historical Society of West Caldwell (West Caldwell) - is a local history society that interprets the 19th century Zenas Crane Homestead at West Caldwell as well as the local influence of the Horse Neck Riots, Revolution, War of 1812 & the Civil War. We are also interested in local arts, businesses & our early residents. During the War of 1812 local citizens organized a cavalry militia company and planned the defense needs for Essex County in the event there was an invasion by the British. We have their original flag and plan to provide information about that era during the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. We also have a presentation about the conservation of the flag.
History on the Hoof [Stacy F. Roth and B. David Emerson] (Burlington) - creates educational programs on themes in American history through storytelling, roleplay, 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 base ball using 19th century uniforms, equipment and rules of the game. The Hoboken Nine will play a 19th century baseball match against the Elizabeth Resolutes. www.HobokenNine.vbba.org
Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead (Flemington) - preserves and promotes Hunterdon County's rural heritage. An exhibit of artifacts and farm implements will be featured. There will also be the opportunity for children to make a small colonial craft. 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. Farm staff will demonstrate two-horse plowing and provide opportunities for the public to steer the plow while staff drives the horses. The public will also be able to do corn shelling and seed broadcasting on the plowed field. The Farm will bring one of its chickens for the public to see. www.howellfarm.org
Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society - promotes the study of genealogy & history of Hudson County NJ to collect, preserve & index this information in cooperation with local libraries & internet resources & to encourage adherence to the highest standards of research & documentation. The Society offers educational programs such as lectures, seminars & workshops. Information about the county's history & significance to the State of NJ will be provided as well as conducting two "Ask Granny" sessions to help people get started in doing their own family trees. http://www.hudsoncountynjgenealogy.org/
Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission (Flemington) - coordinates & encourages historical growth in the fields of preservation & community awareness of County & local history. The Commission publishes books on County history, runs programs for school children & furnishes competent, knowledgable speakers for all age groups. A display of County publications & artifacts of interest to entice the public will be presented. There will also be displays of information on the upcoming 300th anniversary of Hunterdon County to take place in 2014.
Hunterdon County Historical Society (Flemington) – was founded in 1885 in Flemington to “collect all possible important County historical facts… for future reference”; thus: Collect, Preserve and Share became our mission. The Society will share Hunterdon County artifacts and history resource information. www.hunterdonhistory.org
Hunterdon County Rug Artisans Guild (Lambertville) - 4 to 6 members of the Guild will be demonstrating the art of Rug Hooking. Some will be in 1800 costume and some will be in modern day dress. A hooked rug is made by using wool fabric cut into strips and hooked through a burlap or linen backing. A frame set up so people can try their hand at rug hooking will be available. www.HCRAG.com
Jack Sherry (Nyack, NY) – will portray Founding Father, Dr. Benjamin Franklin. He will entertain with stories from his life and give his perspective on the American Revolution which he supported. www.visitwithBenFranklin.com
James Wade (Princeton) - will explore who the New Jersey 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 and demonstrated. The aim is to make the public aware of the Indians who once lived in Central New Jersey. 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.
Jersey “Yahoos” Burlington County’s own 23rd Reg. Vols. (Browns Mills) – is a Civil War re-enactment group whose mission is, through Living History, to foster awareness and appreciation of the men and boys from Burlington County who answered their country's call and formed the NJ 23rd Volunteer Infantry Regiment, joining the famous First NJ Brigade in the struggle to preserve the Union. Members will come in Civil War dress and set up an information booth.
Musicians may play fife and drum at times.
Jocelyn Ackerman (Washington) – and two young ladies will sing 18th century hymns and assist children and willing adults with farm and garden chores.
They will also assist with shelling and sorting beans, grinding corn, stuffing mattress tickings and carrying water buckets.
John & LaRae Garretson (Easthampton) – will portray the Reverend Jonathan Edwards and his wife Sarah as you visit The Johnson Ferry House. They will discuss 18th Century life in the Colonies during the period of The Great Awakening.
John Bernaski (Oxford) - will demonstrate and explain the Civil War/Victorian Era wet plate photographic process using authentic equipment and procedures. Included will be safe visitor participation and a discussion of photography's history and cultural impact.
Johnson Ferry House State Historic Site (Titusville) – is located in Washington Crossing State Park. There will be a variety of spiritual heritage, music, cooking, gardening, and agricultural hands-on activities for all ages. Among the planned activities are “Meeting the Edwards” - Rev. Jonathan and Sarah Edwards who will be taking questions and discussing life in the early colony. Reverend Edwards will also talk about his time as president of the College of New Jersey, especially during the Great Awakening. Other activities include a Country Fiddler in the parlor, music and narrative; Dutch cooking outside by Mercy Ingraham; Gardening by indentured servant, spinning wool, quill pen writing; Hymn singing and "Hands-on"-Water carrying, bean shelling, corn grinding, mattress stuffing
Joseph Smith (Staten Island, NY) - is a Performing Artist of Living History. "My mission is to create excitement and curiosity about history by giving voice to stories that celebrate the human spirit." Joseph customizes living history programs to serve your organization's needs. He will be portraying Philip Freneau, "Poet of The American Revolution". www.raisinghistory.com
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 and ponds, and sites of historical interest. A display of maps & photographs of the Kingston green belt & information on efforts to preserve it will be presented. Since the Mapleton Preserve & adjacent former Princeton Nurseries Kingston properties are a key part of the green belt and since 2013 is the centennial of the founding of Princeton Nurseries (PN), much of KGA's exhibit will focus on PN and its preservation. However, the exhibit will also include information on the preservation of other parts of the green belt, particularly those which have an agricultural/ horticultural past. The exhibit will be coordinated with those two other groups - the Kingston Historical Society and Friends of Princeton Nurseries Lands.
The Kingston Historical Society (Princeton) - is a local historical society formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1997 to preserve, enhance, & promote the history of Kingston and its environs. It has its headquarters in the Kingston Lock Tender's House. A display of historical photographs with interpretive material re: Princeton Nurseries Kingston Site will be featured. 2013 is the 110th anniversary of the founding of Princeton Nurseries (PN). The exhibit will be coordinated with two other groups: Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands and Kingston Greenways Association.
Lawrence Historical Society (Lawrence) - is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Lawrence Township (Mercer) history through programming and research. Staff will be bringing standing cut-outs of a colonial family, so participants can take a picture of themselves or family members with their face in the cut-out. A recently published book will also be available for purchase. www.thelhs.org
Liberty Hall Museum (Union) - The Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University chronicles more than 240 years of American history. Home to the Livingston and Kean families for seven generations the museum houses extensive collections of furniture, ceramics, textiles, and toys. The Firehouse Museum, built in 2004, houses three antique fire engines, including a rare 1911 American LaFrance Metropolitan Steam Engine. Children's games throughout American History will be presented. http://www.kean.edu/libertyhall/
Liberty Historic Railway (Berkeley Heights) - is working to stabilize and restore the Central RR of NJ Terminal Train Shed at Liberty State Park; provide a trolley shuttle to move people and not autos in, out and around the Park; and to enhance historic interpretation of the railroad era at the Park. Free literature & information on the organization’s initiatives will be available. There will also be canal, railroad, trolley, and transportation related history books for sale. www.LHRy.org
Linda Russell (New York, NY) - Balladeer Linda Russell will sing and play the ballads, love songs, minstrel melodies and dance tunes of 19th century New Jersey accompanied by mountain and hammered dulcimer, guitar and limberjack. www.lindarussellmusic.com
Lost Art Lacers (Belvidere) - Promote the study and demonstration of handmade lace, tatting and other fiber arts. A demonstration of bobbin lace and tatting
will be presented.
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (Morristown) - is an 1810 house museum with period rooms, exhibit galleries & historic gardens, featuring a large collection of original art by caricaturist Thomas Nast. The collection includes drawings, prints, paintings and personal papers of Thomas Nast. The Museum will have art materials available for families & kids of all ages so they can decorate a copy of a Nast illustration to take home. While at the Museum's booth, take a quiz on Thomas Nast &show how much you know about this famous nineteenth century illustrator & resident of New Jersey. Public Hours (Museum & Gardens) are: Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. Find us on Facebook or visit www.maccullochhall.org.
Marc Dowdell (Yardley, PA) – will portray an Indentured servant for the Johnson family at the Ferry House. There will be a demonstration of digging up the garden for planting corn and beans. Children and other volunteers will be recruited for this task as well as for tilling and raking.
Merchants & Drovers Tavern Museum (Rahway) - The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association is dedicated to preserving the Merchants and Drovers Tavern (1795/1820) & to interpreting early tavern life. Literature pertaining to the museum will be available. Several publications about the tavern will also be available for purchase.
Mercy Ingraham (Hulmeville, PA) - is an independent food historian with a special interest in Early American historic foodways & cooking with fire. She will demonstrate seasonal food that is locally grown & prepared from 18th century recipes. www.openhearthcook.com
Michael Kochan (Paoli, PA) – will talk about David Bushnell's "Turtle" Submarine and his "Battle of the kegs" drift mine. A 1/6 radio controlled scale model of the submarine, a full size reproduction of his drift mines made at Bordentown NJ, a 1706 static generating glass tube and a leyden Jar for storing electricity will be featured.
Mid-Jersey Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (Burlington) – is a non-profit organization that restores & preserves historic cars and which dedicates scholarships to students in the automotive field. A display of historic cars will be featured.
Millstone Valley Scenic Byway – Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition (Somerset) – The Millstone Valley Scenic Byway is a loop through 5 counties and 7 municipalities and has been designated a Federal Byway. The organizations are comprised of 7 historical societies and will be opening their tourist information center in the Griggstown Bridgetender’s House which they are restoring with Federal highway monies. They will bring Native American artifacts, canal artifacts, maps (antique and Scenic Byway) photos, antique photos, brochures about historic sites, historical events and recreation along the Byway. They are participating to show off their wonderful contribution to NJ history and more broadly U.S. History.
Monmouth County Archives (Manalapan) - The Monmouth County Archives contains government records and 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. There will be a table exhibit with free publications. http://visitmonmouth.com/archives
Monmouth County Genealogy Society (Hazlet) - Promotes the study of genealogy and history, geography, and social customs of our ancestors; collects, preserves and disseminates this information, especially to that of local origin & offers educational programs such as lectures, seminars, workshops, & special interest groups. An information table will be available. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njmcgs/
Monmouth County Historical Association (Freehold) - collects, preserves & interprets its extensive museum, library & archival collections that relate to Monmouth County's history and culture & makes these resources available to the widest possible audience. The Association also preserves & interprets five significant historic sites which represent the County's vanishing architectural heritage. A spinning, weaving & carding demonstrations with audience hands-on participation will be presented. There will also be reproduction 17th-18th century toys for children to play with. www.monmouthhistory.org
Monmouth County Historical Commission (Freehold) – is the County of Monmouth’s organization for the promotion of preservation and history in the county. Staff will meet & greet visitors & provide information about Commission activities. The Commission hopes to provide an incentive for visitors to visit Monmouth County's historic sites and, if eligible, participate in our essay, preservation awards and grant programs. www.visitmonmouth.com
Monmouth County Park System/Historic Sites (Allentown) - Historic Walnford in Upper Freehold Township offers a working gristmill and the elegant Waln home and other structures on the bank of Crosswicks Creek. Historic Longstreet Farm, provides an agricultural living history experience on a prosperous 1890s farm in Holmdel, NJ. Monmouth County Park System's Historic Sites will introduce you to butter making: from cow to churn to cracker to you! www.monmouthcountyparks.com
The Montclair Historical Society (Montclair) – is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that promotes preservation, study & appreciation of local history. The institution is dedicated to preserving its four historic buildings, grounds & collections. We are afforded the opportunity to interpret the Montclair area history, utilizing our houses that span three centuries as tangible examples. There will be a display of information & handouts on the organization. Historic games & a fun worksheet relevant to our properties and Montclair History will be available for children and adults. Also, a small selection of historic books & games will be for sale.
Morristown National Historical Park (Morristown) - commemorates the winter encampments of General Washington and his Continental Army’s troops during the American Revolution, particularly the winter of 1779-1780, when approximately 10,000 troops survived what is believe to be the coldest winter on record in the Northeast. One ranger will assist visitors at an information table, and another ranger will be dressed in period clothing and interpret life in the Continental Army. http://www.nps.gov/morr
Mott’s Artillery (Mt. Holly) – is a non-profit educational organization that, through domestic and military living history demonstrations, educates the public on the life of the men and women of the late 18th century and Revolutionary War era. The organization also works to “preserve our shared historic sites”. Camp life demonstrations and artillery firing will be presented. www.mottsartillery.org
Mr. G. Morris (Phoenixville, PA) – will bring a display of antique bicycles.
Nancy Feryok (Hopewell) – will be volunteering at the Johnson Ferry House where she will demonstrate spinning wool on a great wheel.
Navy Lakehurst Historical Society (Lakehurst) - is a volunteer organization that preserves the archives of the Lakehurst Naval Base & conducts free educational tours of the facility. Visitors obtain knowledge of approximately 100 yrs. of Base history. The Society will present a display of artifacts & will have a variety of items for sale that are related to naval history & the history of airships. www.nlhs.com
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, counciling, state-run Nursing Homes, burial allowances, and many more services. Information will be available to any veteran or their family member on entitlements due them from their military service.
NJ Fire Museum (Piscataway) - raises funds to build and operate a fire museum and fire safety education program. Kids of all ages will be able to operate a fire hose and put out the 'flames' on our 'house-a-fire'. There will also be antique fire trucks on display. www.njfiremuseum.org
NJ Frontier Guard (Blairstown) - is a non-profit educational organization portraying life in the 18th century on the frontiers of NJ. A demonstration of period skills and equipment will be conducted. www.Frontierguard.org
NJ Historic Trust (Trenton) - advances historic preservation in New Jersey for the benefit of future generations through education, stewardship & financial investment programs that save our heritage & strengthen our communities. The Trust will provide funding information & educational materials about historic preservation & heritage tourism development in NJ. www.njht.org
NJ Historical Commission (Trenton) - The mission of the New Jersey Historical Commission is to enrich the lives of the public by preserving the historical record and advancing interest in and awareness of New Jersey's past. The Commission will be promoting the statewide celebration of New Jersey's upcoming 350th Anniversary in 2014, with the themes of innovation, liberty and diversity. www.history.nj.gov
NJ Lighthouse Society - is dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the history & preservation of lighthouses, particularly those located in NJ, Delaware Bay & NY Harbor. The Society also raises funds to benefit lighthouses in these areas. The Society will feature children's activities & an exhibit on lighthouse & nautical/coastal history & sales of lighthouse-themed items, incl. apparel. www.njlhs.org
NJ Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (Somerset) - is a lineage society dedicated to perpetuating the memory and spirit of those who achieved American Independence, acquiring and preserving historic sites, records and relics, erecting monuments, and encouraging research in relation to the American Revolution. An information table on the SAR and its programs will be featured. Www.njssar.org
NJ State Archives (Trenton) - is New Jersey's official research center for public records of enduring historical value. Current holdings amount to over 37,000 cubit feet of paper records and over 32,000 reels of microfilm. Our records date from the founding of New Jersey as a colony in 1664 to the present. An information table on the Archives' research materials, both historical and genealogical will be available. www.archives.nj.gov
NJ State Museum (Trenton) - serves the life-long educational needs of residents and visitors through its collections, exhibitions, programs, publications and scholarship in science, history and the arts. Within a broad context, the Museum explores the natural and cultural diversity of New Jersey, past and present.
An archaeology sandbox which allows kids to simulate an archaeological excavation and find historic ceramics and arrowheads, will be featured.
There will also be general informational resources about the museum and its programs. - www.njstatemuseum.org
NJ State Park Service (Trenton) – administers over 117 state parks, forests, recreation/natural areas & historic sites. Discover the many special places in this astoundingly diverse state. General information on NJ's state parks, forests and historic sites will be available. The art of paper marbling will be featured for kids. www.njparksandforests.org
NJ Transportation Heritage Center (Phillipsburg) - preserves & interprets five modes of surface transportation including rail, trolley, truck, bus and canal. A display table will be featured. www.njthc.org/html
Ocean County Historical Society (Toms River) - is dedicated to the preservation of all aspects of the history of Ocean County and the education of its citizens about their history through its publications, programs, classes and trips. The Society maintains a museum and research center at 26 Hadley Ave., Toms River.
The Society will have a display tables with photographs, artifacts, research documents, and publications featuring Ocean County and its History.
Old Baldy Civil War Round Table (Cherry Hill) - meets in the southern New Jersey region to arouse greater interest in the Civil War, through meetings and programs and by communicating the history of the people and events of the era. The group also supports and encourages the preservation of battlefields and significant sites. A Civil War drum playing presentation will be featured. www.oldbaldycwrt.org
Old Barracks Museum (Trenton) - The Trenton Barracks was built in 1758 by the colony of New Jersey for British "regulars" fighting in the French & Indian War; following the Battles of Trenton, the Barracks was steadily occupied by the Continental Army and was utilized as an army infirmary for smallpox inoculations. The Barracks provide “Living History” programs & has a variety of volunteer opportunities. Staff will demonstration 18th century medical practices, treatments and smallpox inoculations. www.barracks.org
Outwater's Militia (Bergen County) - represents a Bergen county militia company that was very active defending the county from British raiders from NYC during the Revolution. Drilling, musket firing, open fire cooking & craft demonstrations will be presented. www.outwatersmilitia.com
Parvin State Park Appreciation Committee (Pittsgrove) – is an Officially Recognized Friends Organization with the Division of Parks & Forestry since 1983. The Committee will operate a tram service for the Fair and display photos of their trail maintenance work at Parvin State Park. www.parvinstatepark.org
Patrick Peters (Vineland) – will portray Revolutionary War surgeon, Ludwig Wirtenberg, of the German Battalion of Washington’s Army – 1777. Mr. Peters will explain the type of medical care that the soldiers received.
Phillipsburg Area Historical Society (Phillipsburg) – is a historical organization that strives to increase awareness of our area's rich history from the 1700's to modern times. The Society is also in the process of preserving and restoring the Roseberry Homestead, an 18th century building with connections to persons who helped form our nation and have Revolutionary War affiliations. Information about PAHS and the Roseberry Homestead will be available. Artifacts from archeological digs at the Roseberry Homestead will also be on display. www.phillipsburghhistory.com www.roseberryhomestead.org
Piney Hollow Drifters (Southampton) – is a band consisting of four multi-talented musicians that make their home in the South Jersey Pine land area. Their music is played in the old time tradition with a touch of bluegrass and good old country, as well as music of the Revolutionary and Civil War eras.
Poor Palatine Georg (North Brunswick) – will talk about the 18th century palatines that came to colonial Jersey over 300 years ago. These Palatine settled in Hunterdon County. www.ApgarFamily.org
Practitioners of Musick (Princeton) - will present a concert with relevent commentary that highlights musical activity in 18th century NJ. The music, drawn from a private collection in Princeton & other regional research collections, will be played on a copy of an 18th century English harsichord & an English flute. www.practitionersofmusick.com
Preservation New Jersey (Trenton) – is a membership-supported organization that advocates for and promotes historic preservation as a sustainable strategy to protect and enhance the heritage of New Jersey's richly diverse communities. We partner with other historic institutions in NJ, and lobby to support them and other historic preservation efforts. There will be an information table with organizational materials. Staff will be available to answer questions, promote preservation and history in NJ! www.preservationnj.org
Preserve Greystone (Denville) - is an all volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable re-use of the historic structures and open space at Greystone Park. Greystone Park's Kirkbride Building was once the pride of the nation. Its days as a hospital are over so the question remains, “ How can we make wise use of this magnificent public heirloom? “ An information table with site literature will be available. www.preservegreystone.org
Princeton Battlefield Society (Princeton) - is the Officially Recognized Friends Organization for Princeton Battlefield State Park. The Society's goal is to preserve, protect & promote the Battlefield site, the Clarke House, & the American Revolutionary history of both. There will be an information table with memorabilia and a discussion of the Battle of Princeton as "The Turning Point of the American Revolution." www.theprincetonbattlefieldsociety.com
Rich Pawling (Sinking Springs, PA) - owner of History Alive!, will portray a 1870s canal boat captain, "Cappy Hummel". "Cappy" Hummel represents hundreds of fellow canalmen (Irish ditch diggers, towpath walkers, muletenders, locktenders, and boatmen) who built and travelled America's canal systems. Hear the "sneckehorn" blow, and hear the songs from the past as "Cappy" takes you for an entertaining, action-packed trek on the canal. www.richpawling.com
Richard S. Toone (Columbus) - custom builds 18th century household items primarily used while camping incl. folding bedsteads, cots, chairs, tables, chests, desks & flintlock guns. A demonstration of the use of an 18th century reproduction Spring Pole Lathe as well as other original & reproduction carpenter/joiner hand tools will be featured. www.livinghistoryshop.com
Robert Mouland (Geigertown, PA) – will perform a variety of 18th century music using period and antique instruments. www.wireharp.com
Rockingham State Historic Site (Kingston) - Rockingham served as the final wartime headquarters of General George Washington, late August to early November, 1783, while Congress met in Princeton. He wrote his "Farewell Orders to the Armies" here and was in residence when Congress received word, Oct. 1783, of the signing of the Treaty of Paris. Copies of the "Farewell Orders" will be available. There will also be a display of herbs and honeybee production to coincide with the agricultural theme of the Fair. Wooden cut-out of lady and gentleman to stand behind for photos. www.rockingham.net
Roebling Museum (Roebling) - interprets the history of the Roebling family, village and company who made possible some of the advanced technological achievements of the industrial age. The Roebling's manufactured steel wire for the nation's greatest suspension bridges including the Brooklyn Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge and the George Washington Bridge. Actor, James Cordingley, will be portraying John A. Roebling throughout the event. John A. Roebling was a German-born American civil engineer. He is famous for his wire rope suspension bridge designs, in particular, the design of the Brooklyn Bridge. Mr. Cordingley will be respresenting the Roebling Museum and handing out information about the museum and the Roebling Family's history. www.roeblingmuseum.org
Sayreville Historical Society (Sayreville) - preserves & educates the public about the history & ancestry of the Borough of Sayreville. A display of artifacts from the Society's museum will be featured as well as publications produced by the Society. www.sayrevillehistory.org
Sea Dogs (Fieldsboro) – are a musical/living history group that performs traditional nautical music and educates audiences about pirate history in NJ & the world. The group will present several musical performances throughout the day. They will also conduct a weapons demonstration and a pirate Q & A.
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Abraham Lincoln Camp 100 (Hightstown) - is dedicated to the perpetuation of the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic and of the Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines who saved the Union during the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865. The SUVCW does this by carrying on the rituals, traditions and services of the Grand Army of the Republic: the proper observance of Memorial Day, Allegiance to the Government of the United States of America, the teaching and encouragement of Patriotism and love of Country, the perpetuation of its Free Institutions and the preservation of the Constitution. An information table will be featured. http://www.amartcivilwar.org/SUVCW_LC100/
South Jersey Cultural Alliance (Pleasantville) - New Jersey's only regional service organization that promotes cultural tourism to residents, visitors and group tours while providing dynamic programming to nonprofit destinations to increase and diversity their audience participation. The SJCA will promote the arts, history and cultural offerings of southern New Jersey through the distribution of event brochures. www.sjca.net
Stan Saperstein (Pennington) - will relate the story of how the American flag was developed and designed by Francis Hopkinson. He will portray Hopkinson in first person & talk about his life during the American Revolution. www.artisansofthevalley.com
Stockton Carriage Tours (Stockton) - go out in all seasons and have many themed tours. The owners have nearly 75 combined years of horse experience and both have come from "horsy" families. At the History Fair, visitors can take a ride in a hay wagon pulled by two draft horses. The ride will start in the agricultural field and go through the woods behind the field. www.stocktoncarriagetours.com
String Dance (Robbinsville) - is a group of primarily hammered dulcimer players. The group will play old time, Celtic, and folk tunes.
Sussex County Historical Society (Stanhope) – promotes public knowledge and interest in the history of Sussex County, NJ and surrounding areas by
compiling, publishing & disseminating information; collecting, preserving & studying historical, genealogical & archaeological records, documents, papers & artifacts. An exhibit of the Society’s museum and promotional information will be presented. www.sussexcountyhistory.org
The Swan Historical Foundation, Inc. (Princeton) - is a not-for-profit organization whose aim is to educate about the American Revolution. The foundation's superb collection of artifacts currently can be viewed in the Visitors Center at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, New Jersey. Members from the Foundation will portray and explain the battle of Trenton. This will be done using a display of miniature toy soldiers on a terrain board depicting the actual forces engaged and area immediately around Trenton on the day of the famous battle. http://www.nationalmuseumoftheamericanrevolution.org/
Thomas Edison National Historical Park (West Orange) - preserves the laboratory & home of Thomas Alva Edison. At his laboratory from 1887 until his death in 1931, Edison conducted experiments in electricity, sound recording, motion pictures & batteries. He lived with his family at Glenmont, a Queen Ann style home. An informational display table along with a tabletop children's activity will be featured. 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! Costumed interpreters representing different eras from our township’s rich past will demonstrate period crafts, children's toys and activities. Mrs. Phoebe Woolley, once a resident of our Eden Woolley House and matriarch of the Woolley Family, will regale visitors with stories of life in the 18th Century & songs from her folk harp. www.oceanmuseum.org
Trenton City Museum (Trenton) - The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion houses a fine collection of art & artifacts related to Trenton's historical & cultural past & present. The second-floor galleries contain a highly regarded collection of tableware, sanitary ware & artware produced in the 19th & 20th centuries by Trenton's prolific ceramics industry. The museum also boasts a fascinating collection of fine arts, decorative arts, industrial memorabilia & historical objects, displayed on a rotating basis in the remaining galleries. The Ellarslie Mansion is an Italianate villa built in 1848. The mansion is the centerpiece of Cadwalader Park, which was designed by the famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, whose most famous work is New York City's Central Park. A tabletop display of materials & objects that pertain to the collection of the Trenton City Museum will be featured. These things include books, pamphlets & Trenton pottery that visitors can handle. www.ellarslie.org
Trenton Historical Society (Trenton) - Founded in 1919, The Trenton Historical Society's mission is the study & interpretation of Trenton's history, preservation of its historic buildings & artifacts, & dissemination of information about NJ's capital city & its illustrious past. An information table with an interactive component for younger visitors will be presented as well as children's period games. www.trentonhistory.org
Tri-corne Dance Company (Hawthorne) – performs the popular dances of the 18th century in period costume. A variety of dances will be featured with audience participation in some of the simpler dances. Some commentary on the social mores of the era will be given.
Tri-State Coalition of Historic Places (Kulpsville, PA) - is a not-for-profit consortium of historic sites in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware that are open to the public to interpret the history of the site and region. The Coalition actively works to promote preservation and interpretation of historic sites through education, advocacy, mutually supportive collaborations, technical support & information exchange. The Coalition will market to their members. www.Tristatehistory.org
Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum (Tuckerton) - is a working maritime village that is located along the Tuckerton Creek. It brings the Jersey Shore's maritime traditions of the past & present to life through people, exhibits, demonstrations, tours & hands-on activities. A beach apparatus drill from the U.S. Lifesaving Service will be featured. www.tuckertonseaport.org
Twin Lights Historical Society (Highlands) - The mission of the Society is to engage the public and foster a broader understanding of the historical role played by the Twin Lights in maritime navigation and wireless communications. The Society continues to elevate this National Historic Landmark site and define its place in scientific and popular culture through the physical and virtual expansion of the museum and its collection, educational outreach and interpretive programs, and a state-of-the-art improvement initiative. An information table with hand-outs will be available. www.twinlightslighthouse.com
Two tall Tales, LLC (North Wales, PA) - is a company dedicated to bringing history to life for as we say, "We are a Living Breathing History Company!" The company brings history and historical characters to schools, scout meetings, church events or organization dinners. Ted T. Edgar will be portraying Brigadier General Anthony Wayne, a.k.a Mad Anthony. General Wayne will be reminiscing his memories of New Jersey throughout the Revolution to include the Battle of Monmouth & Bulls Ferry, his Winter Quartering in Morristown during 1777 where he was promoted to Brigadier General & in 1780-81 where his Troops through the Worst Mutiny of the War! Brook Ngo will be demonstrating 18th Century Toys to the children and explaining our programs to visitors. www.TwoTallTails.com
USS Lehigh Naval Living History Association (East Brunswick) – is a Civil War Naval Living History & Reenactment group that portrays the officers & crew of the USS LEHIGH, a Passaic class Civil War Period monitor. Famous and not so famous members of the US Navy during the Civil War will be portrayed by members of our group. Among the officers who will be on hand to tell their stories are Rear Admiral David G Farragut of the USS Hartford and Lieutenant John L. Worden of the USS Monitor. A naval surgeon will also present on medical procedures aboard Navy ship assigned to blockade Southern ports. http://sites.google.com/site/usslehigh
Vineland Historical & Antiquarian Society (Vineland) - is the oldest local historical society in New Jersey, & will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2014. Our museum, which opened in 1910, houses artifacts & records reflecting everything from the days of Native American settlement to modern times. A table display will be featured along with other objects related to Vineland's history. Photographs, books & other publications will be available for purchase. Some volunteers will dress in period costume. www.vinelandhistory.org
Wallace House State Historic Site (Somerville) - is best-known for having been General Washington's headquarters during the Middlebrook Cantonment of 1778-79. The house is open for guided tours throughout the year, Wednesday through Sunday. Staff will have an Information table and the game of ninepins
(lawn bowling) will be available for demonstration and participation.
Walt Whitman Association (Camden) - Originally founded as a group of Whitman friends and supporters during the author’s life in Camden, the Walt Whitman Association is the oldest existing Whitman society in the world. Its mission is to support the preservation of his home in Camden and to promote the life works and legacy of America’s “Great Poet of Democracy”. An exhibit on the history and activities of the organization will be featured. The Association is also sponsoring Whitman portrayer Darrel Blaine Ford.
Walt Whitman House State Historic Site (Camden) - The renowned poet and 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 with inactive display, personal interpretation & historical photographs highlighting the life & works of Walt Whitman & his life in Camden will be presented. Sales items and literature will also be available.
Washington Crossing State Park Visitor Center Museum (Titusville) - features the Swan Historical Foundation's collection of Revolutionary War artifacts on display. The video, "Ten Crucial Days", will be showing throughout the day. www.njparksandforests.org
West Jersey Artillery (Clayton) – is a recreated artillery unit which was originally formed as the West Jersey Artillery Company. It was originally formed in Gloucester County, NJ on March 2, 1776. The unit will conduct an Artillery demonstration in conjunction with Mott's Artillery Company. www.westjerseyartillery.com
The Wheelmen (Berwyn, PA) – are dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of our bicycling heritage. There will be a static display of 19th century bicycles and members will conduct periodic riding demonstrations. www.theWheelmen.org
Whitesbog Preservation Trust (Browns Mills) - is 501 (c)(3) nonprofit established in 1983 and dedicated to preserving and restoring Whitesbog Village. Whitesbog is a turn of the century company town with roots in the cranberry and blueberry industry. Elizabeth Coleman White produced the very first cultivated blueberry crop here in 1916. A blueberry word search game and sales of blueberry & cranberry products will be featured. The Trust will also have someone portray Elizabeth Coleman White. www.whitesbog.org
Wise Owl Workshops (Great Meadows) - Phil and 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 at The Historic Swayze Burying Ground in Hope, NJ as well as other locations across the state. Adults & children will be provided with an opportunity to try their hand at gravestone rubbing through the use of a mock gravestone. Additionally, visitors will be able to make a foil impression from casts taken from gravestones. Advice will be provided about how to obtain rubbings & impressions safely and which stones to avoid as well as general cemetery etiquette. A gravestone art card game, produced for our children's workshops, which teaches the meanings of gravestone symbolism, will be available for play during the day. There will be information, displays and handouts available about the work of Wise Owl Workshops and the restoration work of the Friends of Swayze, Inc. http://wiseowlworkshops.com/
Woodbridge Township Historic Preservation Commission (Woodbridge) - works to educate & advise public officials & the community at large about the advantages & necessity of preserving the unique, rich history of Woodbridge Township. A table top display with images & artifacts that interpret the township's history will be presented. www.wthpc.org
Wool Merchants Daughter (Spring Lake) - From sheep to shawl or from wool to weaving! Visitors learn the steps needed to transform raw wool into yarn and then into textiles or garments. A large free-standing loom allows participants to try their hand at basic weaving. Participants may also learn handspinning on reproduction spinning wheels. www.woolmerchantsdaughter.com
WWII Battalion Aid Station (Clinton) - A WWII battalion medical aid station in Europe during the fall of 1944 will be set-up. It will include a litter-carrying jeep used for transporting the wounded. A display of the medical instruments, pharmaceuticals, and facilities for treating the sick and wounded in a front-line unit will be featured. The uniforms, equipment, rations, and everyday gear of a WWII soldier will also be on display.
Yvonne Eason (Furlong, PA) - will portray Sojourner Truth. She will roam throughout the Fair, concentrating on the Civil War era and will perform 1 or 2 presentations in the Hay Bale Theater and otherwise interact with the public.