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. www.9thdivision.com
23rd Regiment NJ Volunteers Infantry (Browns Mills) - will have information on the volunteers of Burlington County that made up the 23rd Reg. NJ Volunteer Infantry. This was a nine month unit that fought at Fredericksburg & Chancellorsville, VA during the Civil War. They were also known as the "YAHOOS". The group will have a display of Civil War living history items.
102nd Cavalry Group, WWII Reenactment Unit (Middletown) - portrays a Living History Unit dedicated to the memory & bravery of the 102nd Cavalry, (WWII NJ National Guard Unit, Essex Troop). Members will set up a WWII Cavalry Headquarters with 3 WWII vehicles. display. www.102ndcavalrygroup.com
104th PA Volunteer Infantry, Co. C (Warminster, PA) – was originally formed in Doylestown, PA in 1861 & recruited from Bucks and Montgomery County. This reenactment unit will conduct several living history demonstrations.
Advocates for NJ History (Princeton) - advocate & lobby for sufficient resources to promote public history & to preserve the state’s historic resources. The organization encourages New Jersey’s citizenry & visitors to develop a common cultural context & enhance the vitality of state & local economies. There will be an exhibit display to inform visitors to the History Fair about the purpose & activities of the Advocates for New Jersey History & for other history & historic preservation organizations in the state. www.njhistoryadvocates.org
Afro American Historical & Genealogical Society, NJ Chapter (Jersey City) - is the “go to” organization for exploring African American genealogical research while preserving & sharing that history. Members will encourage attendees to learn about the many contributions of African Americans to the state & the country & to understand the events of the era in which they are searching .There will be a display of artifacts & members research, as well as a discussion of “roadblocks” researchers might encounter. www.aahgsnj.org
Archaeological Society of NJ (Trenton) - is the statewide organization interested in protecting & exploring the rich archaeological record of the state from Native American archaeological sites to 20th century sites. The Society has volunteer digs, presentations on archaeological topics & artifact identification days. There will be a display of artifacts. www.asnj.org
*Armed Forces Heritage Museum (Bordentown) – preserves, honors & educates the public on the history of the military in NJ and the surrounding regions. There will be a walk-up exhibit trailer with visual/interactive displays about the 100 year history of Camp/Ft. Dix, current day missions at the Joint Base JBMDL, and military new technology. www.afhmus.org
Army Ground Forces Association (West Long Branch) - AGFA is a non-profit World War II 'living-history' organization which preserves the legacy of the US Army's elite Coast Artillery Corps & its service in protecting America's shorelines during WWII. AGFA has provided historical displays & educational programing at parks & museums throughout the nation since 1997. Displays will include a working M1910A1 Coast Artillery ship-tracking telescope with vessel recognition charts, original WWII-era US Army uniforms & field equipment, period telephones, & information about the group's preservation work of Battery John Gunnison, a seacoast defense emplacement that saw extensive service during WWII & that still retains its rare 6" M1900 coastal rifles, located at nearby Fort Hancock, NJ. http://www.armygroundforces.org
Battleship New Jersey (Camden) – The USS New Jersey is the Navy’s most decorated battleship. Volunteers will provide a history of the ship and information about the tours, events & overnighters. www.battleshipnewjersey.org
Black River and Western Railroad (Hunterdon County) –The Black River Railroad Historical Trust (BRRHT) is a not-for-profit organization which manages the public passenger trains & events on the Black River & Western Railroad. The Trust is independent of the BR&W, but works closely with the railroad in order to fulfill our mission to preserve railroad history & educate the public about railroading. Passenger service currently operates mostly between Ringoes & Flemington. Beginning in June 2017 we will also be operating regularly scheduled passenger excursion trains between Ringoes & WoodsEdge Farm (2.5 miles south of Ringoes). There will be a table display of train information, a model railroad running for people to operate & a wooden train layout for the little ones. There will also be a contest to guess the weight of a large piece of coal. www.brwrr.com
Boxwood Hall (Elizabeth) – Located in the oldest English settlement in NJ, the 250 year old building reflects national, state & local history. It was the home of Elias Boudinot & Jonathan Dayton & host to Alexander Hamilton, George Washington & the Marquis de Lafayette. The site also tells stories of urban life through the centuries. Children's games & activities, including the opportunity to dress up in period clothing, will be featured along with Information about historic sites & activities in the City of Elizabeth & Union County.
Burlington County Division of Parks (Mount Holly) - offers history and nature programming at its various locations. The Division works with historical organizations in the Burlington County community to promote its unique and important county history. There will be a display of artifacts, photos and information on various sites.
Burlington County Historical Society -believes in the daily relevance of history &seeks ways to enliven it for the public in dynamic & exciting ways. The campus of the BCHS is made up of the Bard How House, the James Fenimore Cooper birthplace, the Captain Lawrence birthplace and the Corson Poley Center. Staff will provide a game and a craft for visitors. http://burlingtoncountyhistoricalsociety.org/
Carol Simon Levin (Bedminster) – will tell the story of the amazing Women Airforce Service Pilots through the eyes of Ann Baumgartner Carl, the Jersey girl who trained as a WASP, & became the only American woman to test-fly experimental planes during the war & the first American woman to fly a jet airplane! www.tellingherstories.com
Cliff & Brenda Jones (Ewing) – will demonstrate & invite visitors to write with a feather, quill pen & and also demonstrate how children were taught in 18th century schools. A display of colonial materials and books will be presented.
Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area (Trenton) - From the heights of the Palisades at Fort Lee to the shores of the Delaware River at Red Bank Battlefield, The Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area promotes and celebrates our state’s rich Revolutionary War history. Through collaborative partnerships we work together to tell the stories of the American Revolution & NJ’s significant contributions to our nation. The Heritage Area encompasses approximately 2,155 square miles in NJ, including 212 municipalities in 14 counties. There will be a display with kids activity books, meet your revolutionary neighbors materials and maps of NJ's heritage area. www.revolutionarynj.org
Darrel Blaine Ford ((Babylon, NY) - Mr. Ford personates Walt Whitman. He appears in his 19th century costume, reads his poetry, relates events from his life experience & answers questions. Mr. Ford has been studying Walt's life & times, his poetry & the scholarly & popular literature concerning his biography for 78 years, since he was nine in 1939. “Mr. Whitman” will be roaming, performing in the Visitor Center auditorium & stationed at the Camden, NJ, Whitman House booth.
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site (Bayville) - Guided tours, nature hikes, field trips & programs are available at the former company town of Double Trouble Village. The restored sawmill & packing house are open during tours as static exhibits while the mile and a half nature trail passes three cranberry bogs. An exhibit table will highlight the site's history & interpretive programming. A photo opportunity for children to pretend they are harvesting cranberries (carnival cutout/face-in-the-hole) will also be featured. www.njparksandforests.org
Dr. James Still Historic Site & Educational Center (Medford) – The Dr. James Still Medical Office was purchased by the state in 2006 and is operated by the Medford Historical Society. Dr. Still, known as the "Black Doctor of the Pines," was a renowned herbalist. Born into poverty, he died one of the wealthiest men in the county. There will be a display artifacts & literature. There will also be a portrayal of Dr. James Still.
Elizabeth Public Library (Elizabeth) – was founded in 1908 & provides historical, educational & social programming throughout the year. Its Local History & Special Collections Department contains materials covering the founding of Elizabeth & NJ though present day. Staff provides local history & genealogical research services. Children’s activities & organizational information will be featured. www.elizpl.org
Evolution Paranormal (Glendora) - is a paranormal group that specializes in assisting historical societies & committees in raising funds as well as running Paranormal events. The group is a non-profit organization that donates all proceeds from its programs to the host historical society. The group is also is a member of several historical societies. There will be evidence of activity on display & literature on hosting paranormal investigations to raise funds. www.evolutionparanormal.com
Fort Delaware Cornet Band (Alloway) – represents the Artillery Brass Band that was stationed at Fort Delaware during the Civil War. The group plays on period instruments & performs in authentic Union uniforms of the Civil War. https://www.facebook.com/TheFortDelawareCornetBand/?fref=ts
Fort Mott State Park (Pennsville) - is an Endicott-era fortification and was built as part of the federal government’s late 19th century plan to defend the lower Delaware River. Today it serves as a state park where visitors can tour the remnants of the historic fort. The site’s 1942 Sperry Searchlight will be on display with selected items from the historical collection to include military equipment & artifacts. There will also be several hands-on displays of various equipment. http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/fortmott.html
Friends of Abraham Staats House (Bound Brook) - was established in 1999 & incorporated in 2004 to support the ongoing restoration, preservation & interpretation of the historic Abraham Staats House which was built c. 1740 near the banks of the Raritan River. This Dutch home served as headquarters for the American General Baron von Steuben during the American Revolution winter cantonment of 1778-79. Displays, brochures music, period costuming & items of interest will be available. www.staatshouse.org
Friends of Monmouth Battlefield, Inc. (East Windsor) - was founded in 1990 & is a volunteer group that supports Monmouth Battlefield State Park. Members conduct tours, lectures & other interpretive programs. They also staff the historic Craig House & gift shop; co-sponsor the battle reenactment each June (June 21-22 this year) & other events year round. The Friends will distribute brochures & information about the park & their programs. www.friendsofmonmouth.org
The Friends of White Hill Mansion (Fieldsboro) - are working towards preserving the historic home of the Field family. The White Hill Mansion is a pre-Revolutionary war home with a long & varied history. Visited by British, Hessian & American soldiers during the war, the cunning & clever widow Mary Field of White Hill managed to save her home from destruction. The house went on to host many famous inventors, doctors & restauranteurs. A children’s game of “Wheel of History” will be presented as well as a history timeline game and a White Hill Match game. www.whitehillmansion.com
Friends of the Indian King Tavern (Haddonfield) - are volunteers dedicated to the preservation, restoration & interpretation of the Tavern Museum. Members plan many annual open house programs each year that feature reenactors, period musicians & speakers. The Friends also purchase artifacts & furnishings for the Tavern & conduct research. The Friends will communicate to the public the importance of the Indian King Tavern with brochures, describe future Open House events & display pictures of past events. www.indiankingfriends.org
Garretson Forge and Farm Restoration, Inc. (Teaneck) – Volunteers provide program opportunities for Master Gardeners, butterfly release, 2 festivals, a Dutch Christmas, Wreath making workshop & spinning demonstrations, House tours & talks on local history are also conducted. An information table with flyers, pictures of events & seeds will be presented. www.garrestonfarm.org
George Esparza (Phillipsburg) – will present Phydeaux’s Flying Flea Circus & Wahoo Medicine Show. Step right up to the 19th C. Golden Age of humbug and quackery. Phydeaux’s Flying Flea Circus & Wahoo Medicine Show is good old fashion fun, complete with miniature circus & plenty of Snake-oil for everyone. It’s a tour de force combining comedy, illusion, tall tales & pure PT Barnum hyperbole. Honest! There will be audience interactive, comedy, historical street theater. Recreation of a "Low Pitch" Medicine Show. Performed in costume & in character, Mr. Esparza attracts a crowd with his miniature flea circus & pitch his life saving miracle remedies between the acts of the circus.
Griffith-Morgan Committee (Pennsauken) - is an all-volunteer organization that preserves & maintains the ca. 1693 Griffith Morgan House in Pennsauken. The house is a small museum focusing on local history & presents living history events such as hearth cooking, free lectures, author events & festivals. A table-top informational display, standing ephemera display and a few operational artifacts or replicas to promote site awareness will be featured. https://www.facebook.com/GriffithMorganHouse
Genealogical Society of NJ (Trenton) - The GSNJ’s mission is to discover, procure, preserve & publish information on NJ families. It serves the general public & its membership through periodical & special publications, seminars & workshops, development & preservation of research collections & direct assistance to family-history researchers of all age groups & ethnic backgrounds. There will be information on the organization & its upcoming events. There will also be publications for sale. www.gsnj.org
Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association (Caldwell) - is an Officially Recognized Friends Organization that supplements & enhances the visitor experience at this State historic site, the birthplace of two time President Grover Cleveland. The Association offers educational programs including traveling trunks, conferences & speakers & a gift shop—“Grover's Corner” featuring presidential, Cleveland related, & period toys, games & books. The Gift Shop, educational materials, traveling trunks & literature will be available.
Heart to Hearth Cookery (Morrisville, PA) - is a food history business (since 1988) that provides food history programs from pre-European contact Lenape to mid-19th century. Heart to Hearth Cookery will provide two Lenape interpreters to demonstrate Lenape foodways & lifeways. Visitors will be able to see daily fare, bread, food preservation pottery, as well as cordage-making, fire-making, fishing & hunting techniques. www.hearttohearthcookery.com www.hearttohearthcookery.wordpress.com
Hendricks(on) Family Association of NJ (Sayreville) - is a 501(c) 13 tax exempt organization with the goal of restoring the 300-year old Hendrickson Burial Ground in Holmdel, NJ & making the public aware that there is no law that protects family or private burial grounds in NJ. There will be a display of artifacts & pictures of the reconstruction. www.Hendricksfamilyburialground.org
Historic Cold Spring Village (Cape May) - is a 30-acre living history museum featuring 26 restored, locally-significant historic structures dating back as far as 1691 that recreates aspects of life in South Jersey during the Early American era. An informational display on activities at HCSV & a selection of replica 19th century period toys for visitors' use will be featured. www.hcsv.org
History on the Hoof [Stacy F. Roth and B. David Emerson] (Burlington) - creates educational programs on themes in American history through storytelling, role play, the use of material culture, & other techniques. Stacy Flora Roth will portray American Revolutionary War heroine Mary Hays, also known as Molly Pitcher. Mary Hays will relate anecdotes about her life as a "woman of the army" & her brush with fame as a cannoneer during the June 1778 Battle of Monmouth Courthouse. B. David Emerson will portray General George Washington, conversing about his memories of crossing the Delaware to surprise the Hessians at Trenton, the Revolution in the Jerseys, & anything else visitors would like to ask of the General. www.historyonthehoof.com
Hoboken Nine Vintage Base Ball Club (Hoboken) - plays 19th century baseball using rules from 1864 and bats and balls from the 19th century. The Hoboken Nine will play a vintage baseball game vs the Flemington Neshanocks, Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club and United Base Ball Club of Trenton. www.HobokenNine.Jimbo.com
Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead, Inc. (Flemington) - The Farmstead is an agricultural museum whose mission is to promote & showcase NJ’s agricultural history. The oldest deeded house (1711) is featured along with a working forge & blacksmith demonstrations. There will be a miniature rope machine for making bracelets & small craft demonstrations. www.holcombe-jimison.org
Howell Living History Farm (Titusville) – a facility of the Mercer County Park system, is a working farm circa 1890-1910. The Farm is open 5 days a week for self-guided tours & Saturdays for seasonal hands-on programs. We offer group & school visits, Intern programs, volunteer opportunities, preschool programs, summer camps and more. Staff will demonstrate plowing with a two horse plow. The public can try their hand at steering the plow while staff drives the horses. The public can also do corn shelling by hand, broadcast seeds on the finished field & get up close to one of the farm's chickens. www.howellfarm.com
Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society (Hudson County) - The Society’s goals are to promote the study of genealogy and history of Hudson County; to collect, preserve & index this information in cooperation with local libraries & internet resources; to encourage adherence to the highest standards of research & documentation; to offer educational programs such as lectures, seminars & workshops & promote the observance of Family History Month. It is the only Society of its type in Hudson County. Staff will conduct “Ask Granny” sessions that are designed to help participants start creating their own family trees. http://www.hudsoncountynjgenealogy.org/
Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission (Flemington) - develops programs to promote interest & participation in & understanding of local arts & culture, historic events & programs, & to support the goals of the community & state. General information about Commission activities, upcoming events & re-grant programs will be available. Exhibitor will be dressed in 18th century reproduction clothing & will discuss with visitors how one creates an accurate impression. http://co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/c&h/c&h.htm
Jim Wade (Princeton) - will explain who the NJ Lenape-Delaware Indians are, their lifestyle, Indian place-names & particular Indian individuals who lived along the Delaware River & surrounding region. Actual NJ Indian artifacts will be exhibited. Special emphasis will be on 17th & 18th century information gathered from Indian land deeds & other historical documents on actual Indian names, villages, trails etc. that once resided in the Central NJ region. Indian artifacts will be on display & demonstrations of how they were made & used will be conducted. www.indiansofcentralnj.com
John Bernaski (Oxford) – will portray a skilled Civil War era wet plate photographer using original lenses & authentic formulas, procedures & equipment. Mr. Bernaski will bring the obscure world of wet plate photography alive using visual demonstration, Q&A, & historical relevance.
*Joyce Kilmer Society of Mahwah (Mahwah) - is an educational organization dedicated to public enlightenment of the life and legacy of poet/soldier Joyce Kilmer, who wrote the immortal poem, "Trees," in his Mahwah house on February 2, 1913, and was killed in World War I. The volunteer educational organization, whose founder located the notebook and letter proving Kilmer wrote "Trees" in his Mahwah, NJ house on February 2, 1913, presents an original, historically-based dramatization of Kilmer's WWI classics and other revered Kilmer favorites. "Joyce Kilmer On Stage," a theatrical presentation of his most-revered poems (two written while in World War I), based on historical facts & circumstances & reenacted in separate skits by actors. The Society also will present a booth with a free "Lollipop Tree" poetry game aimed at youngsters.
Lamb’s Artillery Company (Randolph) - is a reenactment group that portrays the artillery company formed by John Lamb in 1775. The modern company includes both men & women who will be dressed in 18th century reproduction period clothing. Visit & experience how life was lived during the American Revolution in a military camp setting. Unit members will talk to the public about the American Revolution, 18th century life, 18th century artillery & military camp life. www.lambsartillery.org
Liberty Hall Museum (Union) - Liberty Hall was built in 1772 by William Livingston, NJ's first elected governor & was the home of the Kean Family until 1995. The last resident, Mary Alice Barney Kean, was instrumental in creating the original Historic Sites Council of NJ .The house & grounds are a treasure trove of the history of the United States & New Jersey for over 240 years. Staff plan to celebrate 200 yrs of NJ history with crafts, games & demonstrations. www.kean.edu/libertyhall
Lincoln Experience (Jamesburg) - will present a portrayal of President Lincoln by noted historian Bob Costello. He will provide factual insight into his life and the events of the time period. www.nj-lincoln.com
Linda Russell & Companie (New York City, NY) –is a trio consisting of historical balladeer Linda Russell, Broadway performer Eric Johnson & Off-Broadway and Cabaret performer Margery Cohen. With guitar, ukelele & dulcimer, the trio will perform marching tunes, humorous ditties, love songs and wistful laments of the WWI time period. The trio will sing the era’s favorite tunes such as "Pack Up Your Troubles", "Mademoiselle from Armentieres" & "Keep the Home Fires Burning". www.lindarussellmusic.com
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (Morristown) - was the home of George Macculloch, a 19th century businessman, best known as the "father" of the Morris Canal. The Museum holds the nation's largest collection of Thomas Nast artwork. Visitors can tour period rooms & view exhibits Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 1 to 4 pm. MHHM has an unequalled collection of artwork by American artist Thomas Nast (1840-1902). Our collection includes original drawings, prints, paintings, personal papers and photographs of this internationally celebrated Morristown resident. Visit the Museum's booth to decorate a mask based on Nast's drawings of Boss Tweed, Abraham Lincoln, Columbia, the Tammany Tiger and even Santa Claus. Take a quiz on Thomas Nast and show how much you know about this famous New Jersey resident while entering to win free Museum passes and prizes. www.maccullochhall.org
Matawan Historical Society (Matawan) - operates the Burrowes Mansion Museum & is responsible for the care of all Borough historical artifacts. It conducts tours of the mansion & participates in many historic events to keep the history of its area alive & available to the public. Society members conduct monthly meetings with historical programs. There will be historical books for sale about Matawan & Monmouth County. Will also be providing personnel to discuss the history of Matawan with the aid of several historical documents & postcards.
*Melissa Ziobro (Toms River) - is currently the Specialist Professor of Public History at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ, teaching courses to include Introduction to Public History, Oral History & Museums & Archives Management. Her service to the University includes administration of the Monmouth Memories Oral History Program. Ms. Ziobro will present a program on the role of Fort Monmouth during World War I, speaking on such topics as the Signal Corps Soldiers trained at the base & and the workers back on post who made significant strides in the areas of aviation, combat photography, pigeon training, meterology & radio intelligence.
Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association (Rahway) - is dedicated to preserving the Merchants and Drovers Tavern (1795/1820) & to interpreting early tavern life. Throughout the year, staff offer a variety of programs geared to a varied population. Members will distribute materials highlighting the museum & its programs. Costumed members will “tell the tavern’s story”. www.merchantsanddrovers.org
Mid-Atlantic Ladies Aside (Neptune) - is comprised of riders & non-riders all sharing a passion for history, learning & an appreciation for Sidesaddle traditions. The group offers a supportive & engaging environment, which provides an exchange of ideas & experiences that will enrich seasoned competitors as well as support & nurture beginners. Members will discuss the history of sidesaddle riding, focusing on the 1850's to the present & offer participants a chance to sit in a saddle & feel how a 'proper lady' rode her horse. www.midatlanticladiesaside.com
Middlesex County Office of Culture & Heritage (Piscataway) - The Division of Historic Sites and History Services provides restoration, operation, and maintenance of County owned historic sites, establishes museum exhibits, programs, and archeological and genealogical research activities. There will be a table that exhibits its organization's activities and free publications for the public. http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov/Government/Departments/BDE/Pages/Office_CulturalHeritage.aspx
Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition (Somerset) – MVPC is the sponsor of the Millstone Valley National Scenic Byway, a 25 mile loop along Canal Road from East Millstone to Kingston & back up to Millstone along Millstone River Road, Somerset County. This grassroots organization is dedicated to telling the rich history of a very intact Pre-Rev War area; distributing brochures & maps about the historic districts, sites & events in the Millstone Valley as well as recreational opportunities such as canoeing, hiking, birding & fishing. There will be an information table with brochures, maps & dvds to purchase. www.millstonevalley.org
Monmouth County Archives (Manalapan) - contains more than 2,000 cubic feet of records & special collections that document the history of Monmouth County from the 17th century to the present day. It publishes annual exhibition catalogs on themes related to the New Jersey history and guides to its record series. The archives is open for research Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, except holidays. Staff will provide free advice & handouts on how to do genealogical & historical research at the county archives. Complimentary exhibit catalogs on New Jersey history topics, including Prohibition, WWI, History of Transportation and other topics will also be available. www.visitmonmouth.com/archives
Monmouth County Genealogy Society (Hazlet) - promotes the study of genealogy & the history, geography, & social customs of its ancestors; collects, preserves & disseminates this information, especially to that of local origin; and offers educational programs such as lectures, seminars & workshops. Books will be available for purchase and information about the society will be featured. www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njmcgs/
Monmouth County Historical Association (Freehold) – was founded in 1898 & is the largest history-focused private nonprofit organization in NJ, serving thousands of residents each year. It collects, preserves & interprets its extensive museum, library & archival collections relating to Monmouth County’s history & makes these resources available to the widest possible audience. Educational programming promotes the appreciation of regional & national history. The Association also preserves & interprets five significant historic sites. The Association will have “A Look at 18th Century Family Life” program with costumed interpreters; fire pit cooking using 18thc methods & recipes; needlework, spinning, & loom weaving demonstrations with hands-on opportunities; & period games & toys for kids. www.monmouthhistory.org
Monmouth County Historical Commission (Freehold) - was established by the Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1987 & administers a preservation grant program for governmental & non-profit organizations. The Commission presents preservation awards in recognition of private & public historic preservation projects & conducts a yearly self-guided tour of historic sites in Monmouth County. An information table on the Commission’s programs & the County’s numerous historic sites will be featured. www.visitmonmouth.com
Monmouth County Park System (Lincroft) - Two of the Monmouth County Park System's Historic Sites: Historic Walnford and Historic Longstreet Farm, share insight in to the early industrial & agricultural heritage of Monmouth County with living history activities, demonstrations, exhibits & group programs for all ages throughout the year. An interactive activity titled, “ What Is It?, When Was It? and Measure Up To History” will provide visitors "edutainment" as industrial, agricultural & domestic practices are explored through once common & now less common, artifacts & information to broaden understanding and foster appreciation of life then & now. www.monmouthcountyparks
Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club (Allenhurst) – is a 19th Century Base Ball Club that plays according to period rules of the game & utilizes period uniforms & equipment. Three baseball matches, using 1864 rules, will be played against the United Base Ball Club of Trenton, Hoboken Nine & Flemington Neshanocks. www.facebook.com/Monmouth-furnace-base-ball-club
Morristown National Historical Park (Morristown) - commemorates the sites of General Washington and the Continental Army’s winter encampment of December 1779 to June 1780, where they survived through what would be the Northeast's coldest winter on record. Learn how this National Park site commemorates the sacrifices of soldiers and civilians for freedom. There will be a "Soldier" in replica clothing with equipment. www.nps.gov/morr
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. http://blogs.shu.edu/njchc/
NJ Civil War Heritage Association (Matawan) - is a volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1998. Its goal is to preserve New Jersey’s unique Civil War heritage & to educate all New Jerseyans about the crucial role our state played in the battle to save the Union. The Association will sell its publications & distribute membership information. www.njcivilwar150.org/
NJ Department of Military & Veterans Affairs (Trenton) - provides veteran services to veterans of the State of New Jersey. These services include information on state & federal entitlements, homeless issues, counseling, state-run nursing homes, burial allowances, & many more services. Information will be available to any veteran or their family member on entitlements due them from their military service. www.state.nj.us/military
NJ Fire Museum (Piscataway) - honors the heritage of New Jersey's firefighters by preserving fire apparatus and equipment. The museum also pays tribute to firefighters that have made the ultimate sacrifice. There will be a display of several fire trucks and a hands-on activity of setting up a 'house-a-fire' for participants to douse the 'flames' using a fire hose. www.njfiremuseum.org
NJ Frontier Guard (Burlington) - is a living history unit that recreates conditions on the western frontier of New Jersey during the French & Indian War. The original Frontier Guard was a ranging corps who patrolled between a string of forts/blockhouses along the Delaware River, protecting against Lenape incursions. Camp display; items associated with the Frontier Guard in 1756; demonstrations of fowling pieces & swivel gun; civilian items & associated child members display of toys & games of the colonial era will be featured. Www.Frontierguard.blogspot.com
NJ Historic Trust (Trenton) - provides financial & technical assistance to historic site stewards & for heritage tourism planning. An information table to promote grant funding, the 2017 NJ History & Historic Preservation Conference & other educational activities will be presented. www.njht.org
NJ Historical Commission (Trenton) - The mission of the NJ Historical Commission is to enrich the lives of the public by preserving the historical record & advancing interest in & awareness of NJ's past. An informational display about the Commission’s programs will be presented. www.history.nj.gov
NJ History Alive (Port Monmouth) - strives to inspire a love of history in those we meet through engaging social dialogue and interactive demonstrations. We welcome Colonial history into lives today! There will be demonstrations and artifacts typical of life during the Rev war time frame including games, cooking (no fire) and clothing. www.NJHistoryAlive.com
NJ Lighthouse Society (Toms River) - raises awareness of the importance of lighthouses in the history of New Jersey and the need to preserve them for future generations. A display with the locations of NJ lighthouses will be featured along with information and brochures on the Society and lighthouses. Visitors can also purchase items from their Museum Store, including t-shirts, cookbooks, calendars, etc.) www.njlhs.org
*NJ Organization of Questers (Spring Lake) – is a non-profit organization from the USA & Canada that supports preservation & restoration and the education of future preservationists. A video of 18th century brick houses will be featured as well as a coloring project for children. www.questers1944.org
*NJROPE Paranormal (Laurel Springs) – is a south Jersey based paranormal group. It is affiliated with Evolution Paranormal. A display with educational information regarding their services will be featured. www.njrope.com
NJ State Archives (Trenton) - is located in the Department of State & is NJ's official research center for public records of enduring historical value. Current holdings amount to over 37,000 cubic feet of paper records & over 32,000 reels of microfilm. Our records date from the founding of NJ as a colony in 1664 to the present. An information table on the Archives' research materials, both historical & genealogical, will be available. Staff will share information about the Archives’ WWI collections & upcoming Land Records projects. www.archives.nj.gov
NJ State Museum (Trenton) - through its exhibitions, programs, collections, publications & scholarship in science, history & art, explores the natural and cultural diversity of New Jersey, past & present. Prehistoric pottery puzzle interactive, word-finds, book raffle, hand-outs & prehistoric artifacts will be featured. www.njstatemuseum.org
NY State Historic Sites-Palisades Region (Stony Point, NY) - Come learn about the Lower Hudson Valley's great American Revolution Historic Sites: Stony Point Battlefield, Fort Montgomery Battlefield, Washington HQ, New Windsor Cantonment, Knox HQ, and Senate House! We will be distributing flyers, brochures, & other printed literature in the promotion of the Palisades Region Historic Sites, as well as discussing the Lower Hudson Valley's Revolutionary War History, ties to New Jersey, and any other inquiry the public
Ocean County Historical Society (Toms River) - docents conduct tours of their Victorian House museum for adult & school groups & volunteer researchers/genealogists assist visitors with family & local history. Programs & events are presented throughout the year to enhance public awareness of Ocean County history. A table with computer demonstrations will be featured along with handouts & publications.
Old First Historic Trust (Elizabeth) - OFHT manages the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth, including the Snyder Academy which is a vibrant center for culture, history, education, & economic and social advancement. It is the site where NJ's first official settlers built their meetinghouse in 1664! The church played significant roles in both the founding of our state & the fight for Independence 100 years later! An informational booth & displays will be presented. www.acadenj.org www.snyderacademy.org
Outwater’s Militia (Hillsborough) – is a reenactment unit that portrays the people of Bergen County during the American Revolutionary Era. There will be a display of equipment and drills presented. www.outwatersmilitia.com
Pennsauken Historical Society (Pennsauken) – is an all-volunteer organization founded in 1965. The Society preserves & interprets the ca. 1710 Burrough-Dover House in Pennsauken. The Society conducts regular, annual free public festivals & an annual meeting with public programs used to involve community in local history. A small exhibition of photographs & artifacts illustrating local history in Pennsauken Twp. will be offered as well as information about upcoming events, membership, volunteer opportunities & the Society’s work & mission. https://www.facebook.com/PennsaukenHistoricalSociety
*Peyton Dixon (Kingston) – brings icons of history to life. While at the Fair, Mr. Dixon will portray President Theodore Roosevelt. He will present a Meet and Greet as Mr. Roosevelt as well as two in-persona presentations during the day. www.HistoricExperience.com
Piney Hollow Drifters (Southampton) – are a group of four musicians, who will play live music from the Civil War era.
*Plainfield Historical Society (Plainfield) - was formed in 1921 to preserve the Drake House, a 1746 farmhouse, and to promote & document the history of Plainfield, NJ. Today, The Drake House's rooms portray three eras of American history: the 18th century, late Empire & early Victorian period.
A free traditional craft (tin punching) that is fun for the whole family will be featured as well as items such as books & ornaments, that will be for sale. www.drakehouseplainfieldnj.org
Rebecca Morris (Wilmington, DE) – will display antique dog-size carriages & do a draft dog demonstration. In the 19th century, many different carriage styles were made in child-size versions & hitched to large dogs. Children enjoyed driving these little dog carriages just as much as children today enjoy driving pedal cars.
Richard S. Toone (Columbus) - will demonstrate the use of an 18th century reproduction Spring Pole Lathe for making turned components of professionally made powder horns in colonial America. He will discuss the many uses of cattle horns over the last 300 years. www.livinghistoryshop.com
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. www.seabrookeducation.org
The Sea Dogs (Fieldsboro) - is a band & pirate/privateer re-enactment group that perform sea shanties & songs of the sea. The group also participates in historical re-enactments or encampments & giving educational talks on all aspects of piracy & sailing in & around NJ. There will be musical performances; a display of items typically found aboard sailing ships; weapons demonstrations; and Q & A discussions about all aspects of maritime life & piratical activity in & around NJ. www.SeaDogsNJ.com
Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission (Somerville) - is charged with developing programs to promote public interest in local & county history, in the arts & in cultural values, goals & traditions of the community, State & Nation. Services include Historic Preservation Grant Program, NJ Historical Commission Partnership Grants & History Awards Program. There will be a display of Commission activities, Revolutionary War activities, Revolutionary War & Civil War solders accoutrements & brochures concerning historic sites & museums in the county. www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/public-works/cultural-heritage
Stan Saperstein (Pennington) –will appear as an 18th century town crier roaming the Fair and informing visitors of various programs and activities taking place at the Fair. He will also portray Francis Hopkinson, who was an author, a composer and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence as a delegate from NJ. Hopkinson is responsible for designing the first official American flag. www.artisansofthevalley.com
Thomas Edison National Historic Site (W. Orange) - This is where Modern America was Invented! Thomas Edison's Laboratory is a step back in time when machines were run by belts & pulleys & music was played on phonographs. Today the buildings convey little evidence of the industries they once started. Discover where America's greatest inventor changed our world forever. There will be a display of pictures, past & present, of the West Orange lab & Glenmont Estate - the home where Thomas Edison spent the last 44 years of his life. Staff will also have a hands-on activity for kids where they will use tinker toys to make an invention. www.nps.gov/edis
Township of Ocean Historical Museum (Oakhurst) - is a cultural resource that invites the residents of central NJ to discover our regional past. Learn why it has been voted the "Best Museum in Monmouth County" for many years by the Asbury Park Press Readers’ Choice Poll! Volunteers will share the township’s rich past with visitors through artifacts. Mabel Fenton, celebrated Vaudeville performer and township resident, will share memories of this bygone era with music, stories, and a demo of the famous “Pie in the Face” gag that both she, and her actor-husband, Charles Ross, originated over a century ago! www.oceanmuseum.org
Tuckerton Historical Society (Tuckerton) – was formed in 1972, serving Little Egg Harbor and Tuckerton by preserving the History of this unique area for future generations. The Society is located in the 1884 Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum in Little Egg Harbor Township, NJ, west of Tuckerton. Their collection includes photos, documents, books, maps & artifacts associated with the local area. A display table & informational materials will be presented. www.tuckertonhistoricalsociety.org
Twin Lights Historical Society (Highlands) – The Mission of the Society is to engage the public & foster a broader understanding of the historical role played by the Twin Lights in maritime navigation & wireless communications. The Society will continue to elevate this National Historic Landmark site & define its place in scientific & popular culture through the physical & virtual expansion of the museum & its collection, education outreach & interpretive programs & a state-of-the-art improvement initiative. Visitors will be able to design & color their own flags, celebrating America’s colorful heritage. Brochures & hand-outs will be available. www.twinlightslighthouse.com
*United Base Ball Club of Trenton (Ewing) - A 19th Century base ball club that portrays the original club from Trenton in 1859 using the rules, uniforms and customs from that era. The team will join and play against the Flemington Neshanocks, Hoboken Nine and the Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Clubs. https://www.facebook.com/UnitedBBCofTrenton
Vince Turner ("SPAM Time") (Owings, MD) - is a fictional U.S. Army radio & live show that is modeled on actual entertainment presented to U.S. military personnel from WWII to the Vietnam War era. In addition to the "show" we support events by providing continuous music & announcements throughout the day. SPAM Time will provide a full day of pre-recorded & live musical entertainment that includes actual recordings & announcements from various archival sources. The program is conducted in accurate period uniform & is inclusive of providing MC support for our hosts as needed.
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Sites (Somerville) - are two historic sites that focus on the third quarter of the 18th century. The Wallace House is best known for being one of Gen. Washington's winter headquarters during the Middlebrook Cantonment of 1778-79. The Old Dutch Parsonage was the home of the founder of Rutgers University, The Reverend Mr. Jacob Hardenbergh. An informational table will be available along with a demonstration of the game of ninepins.
Waterloo Village State Historic Site (Stanhope) - is an intact 19th c. Morris Canal village along a water-filled section of the Morris Canal. Building tours are available on Saturdays from May through October. A recreated Lenape Indian encampment is open for visitors on Sundays from May through October. Displays with info about the 19th century Morris Canal village; school field trip information; Lenape American Indian encampment; early American rural farm and log cabin living & the Morris Canal Greenway vision will be featured.
Wise Owl Workshops (Great Meadows) - Phil & Lorna Wooldridge run Wise Owl Workshops, which promotes interest in & respect for historic cemeteries through presentations for adults & hands-on workshops for children. Displays will include artwork created through rubbings & foil impressions from gravestones across the state. Children & adults will be provided with an opportunity to try their hand at gravestone rubbing through the use of a mock gravestone. Advice will be provided about how to obtain rubbings & impressions safely, which stones to avoid as well as general cemetery etiquette & safety. A demonstration of stone carving will also be presented. Information, displays & handouts will also be available. www.wiseowlworkshops.com
Woodbridge Township Historic Preservation Commission (Woodbridge) – carries out advisory, educational & informational functions to promote historic preservation in the Township. The Commission will prepare a display to educate fairgoers about highlights from Woodbridge's long history & to promote Woodbridge as a historic tourism destination. www.woodbridgehistory.com
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