1st NJ Light Artillery Battery A (Raritan) - is a Civil War reenactment group with an authentic 1844 6 pounder cannon. The unit will have a static living history display and cannon firing demonstrations.
3rd Virginia Regiment (Yardley, PA) - portrays Continental Virginia forces during the years of early 1776 to late 1777 & beyond. Throughout the year they participate in various parades, living history events & reenactments. The unit also seeks to honor the lives of soldiers of the Revolutionary War. The regiment will portray Continental Virginia Forces during a year chosen by the event coordinators/organizers. The year would be between 1776 & the end of the Rrevolutionary War. A military encampment, complete with a brush hut (a type of shelter the regiment would have had), a fire (where members will cook colonial foods), drilling, & musket firing demonstrations will be featured. www.thirdvaregiment.org; Mobile Website: www.thirdvaregiment.wix.com/thirdvaregiment
4th NJ Civil War Regiment (Brick) – is a reenacting unit that marches in parades, re-enacts battles & does living history programs to educate the public. The unit has also done school programs. Members will drill those interested in learning the commands of being a soldier as well as talk about a Civil War soldier’s life. Women members will teach games of the 1860s and the role of women during this time period. www.4thNJ.com
4th NJ Field Hospital (Ewing) – Marjy Weinkop will portray a Civil War Surgeon & set up a field hospital. There will also be a demonstration & display of some of the instruments & medicine bottles used during a battle. www.4thNJ.com
12th NJ Volunteer Infantry, Company K (Williamstown) – represents a rifle company from a NJ volunteer regiment in the American Civil War. Camp life, drill demonstrations & conversations with the public about the life of a Civil War soldier will be featured.
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.
The 63rd Army Band, NJ National Guard (Sea Girt) - was organized & federally recognized on July 2, 1953, in Camden, New Jersey. The band was assigned to the National Guard Training Center at Sea Girt, NJ in 1969 & has remained there ever since. During its history, the 63rd has performed in civilian & military concerts & participated in numerous parades & ceremonies. The 63rd has a Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band & several small ensembles. http://njarmyguard.com/band/
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. www.njhistoryadvocates.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" coastal rifles, located at nearby Fort Hancock, NJ. http://www.armygroundforces.org
Battlefield Restoration & Archaeological Volunteer Organization [BRAVO] (Manalapan) – is non-profit organization that provides archaeological services at Monmouth Battlefield State Park. Through the use of metal detectors, total station laser transits & standard archaeological work, BRAVO has uncovered clues to the state's past & corrected many misconceptions in the battle’s historical record. BRAVO members will have a hands-on experience for the public in detecting artifacts and talk to visitors about their efforts to preserve the country’s past. www.BRAVOdigs.org
Carol S. Levin (Bridgewater) - is a youth services librarian, author, storyteller & program presenter for audiences of all ages. Ms. Levin will present, “Bridge Builder in Petticoats: Emily Warren Roebling”. Emily Roebling was called “one of the most noted women in the country” and “the most famous woman in New Jersey”…yet today few people even know her name! 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. www.colonialamericansites.wordpress.com
Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area (Trenton) - encompasses approximately 2,155 square miles in NJ, including 212 municipalities in 14 counties. Crossroads is a non-profit organization whose mission is to "connect the people & places of NJ’s rich Revolutionary heritage to inspire community pride, stewardship & civic engagement." The organization seeks to preserve & promote all of the historic Revolutionary War era sites & related organizations in NJ. Information on the Heritage Area will be provided as well as Revolutionary Activity books for kids. www.revolutionarynj.org
Flemington Neshanock Base Ball Club (Flemington) – is a 19th century Base Ball Club that plays by the rules of the 1860's & 1870's. Players use period equipment from these time periods. The team will play against the Bog Iron Boys and the Hoboken Nine using the rules of the 1860's. www.neshanock.org
Friends of the Hancock House (Hancock’s Bridge) – is a non-profit organization that works with the State of New Jersey to promote & educate the community about the William Hancock House located in Lower Alloways Creek Township, Salem County New Jersey. The house is the site of a Revolutionary War massacre & the ancestral home of Cornelia Hancock who served as a nurse during the American Civil War. The Friends will have an information booth. www.fohh.20fr.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
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 & his troops during their encampment in the area. There will be puzzles representing the Mansion as a give-away & an “Identify the Artifact” activity. sites.google.com/site/whitehillmansion/
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
Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association (Caldwell) - is an Officially Recognized Friends Organization that supplements & enhances the visitor experience at this State historic site. 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. http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/historic/grover_cleveland/gc_home.htm
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. 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. www.Hendricksfamilyburialground.org
HHC 1st BDE 50th Ar Div Living History Detachment (Clark) - showcases the history of its old National Guard Division 1946-1993 when the division folded. The group’s emphasis is on the cold war period of the 1960's here in the USA. A small field HQ's will be set up & members will interact with the public as to the Guard’s role in the cold war period.
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
Historic Village at Allaire (Farmingdale) - is a living history museum, located in Allaire State Park, that demonstrates life during early 19th century Industrial America. Interpreters demonstrate historic activities & crafts, give house tours & engage in hands-on activities with the public. Children's games of the 1830's, weaving & sewing demonstrations & first person character performances will be featured. www.allairevillage.org
Historical Military Impressions (York, PA) - was founded in the fall of 1979 as a Pennsylvania chartered non-profit organization. Its goal is to portray the life & times of American men & women who have served in the history of our country, during war & peace, on the frontline or on the home front. Their time periods cover from the 1750’s through the present day. There will be blanket displays & interaction with visitors.
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 Bog Iron Boys & the Flemington Neshanocks. www.HobokenNine.Jimbo.com
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. www.howellfarm.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.
Kenneth J. Serfass (Gettysburg, PA) – will present a conversation with General Grant. Mr. Serfass will conduct a first person experience, allowing visitors to meet General Grant in real time and learning his perspective on the history surrounding him in the war years of 1861-1865. Q&A and narrated presentations help give visitors a believable meeting experience. Mr. Serfass will also address Grant's connection to the state's history & remaining in first person throughout the day.
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 aide of several historical documents & postcards.
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
Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission (Piscataway) - strives to promote local history & culture to residents of the County & beyond. The Commission oversees the Cornelius Low House Museum & East Jersey Old Town Village, both of which are open to the public for tours, exhibits & events.
Staff will be available to answer questions regarding the Commission, its sites & programs. Staff will have literature available to promote their current exhibits &. They will also show visitors how Middlesex County is using the latest technology to enhance their guests' experience through their new Guide by Cell program & their use of tablets to make their sites easily accessible for all visitors. http://www.co.middlesex.nj.us/Government/Departments/BDE/Pages/East-Jersey-Olde-Towne-Village.aspx
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; & period games & toys for kids. www.monmouthhistory.org
Morristown National Historical Park (Morristown) - commemorates the winter encampments of General Washington & his Continental Army’s troops during the American Revolution, particularly the winter of 1779-1780, when approximately 10,000 troops survived what is believed to be the coldest winter on record in the Northeast. 18th century games & activities of the American Revolutionary era will be featured with opportunities for children to drill. http://www.nps.gov
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. Our 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.njcivilwar.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 Frontier Guard (Blairstown) - will display arms & equipment utilized by their unit in the French and Indian War. Unit members will also demonstrate these arms & equipment of the mid-18th century. http://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 2016 NJ History & Preservation Conference & other educational activities will be presented. www.njht.org
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. Sandbox Archaeology & pottery reconstruction & prehistoric atifacts will be featured.
Old Barracks Museum (Trenton) - focuses on the history of the French & Indian War & the Revolutionary War with a special focus on Trenton's role during these wars. The museum is housed inside the original 1758 British military barracks & guided tours are provided Monday through Saturday. There will be demonstrations of 18th century medicine, specifically, small pox inoculations that took place in the building starting in 1777. There will also be a soldier from the 1758 New Jersey Regiment & a British officer doing recruitment (for kids) into the New Jersey Provincial Troops. www.barracks.org
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
Preservation Salem Inc. (Salem) - promotes the preservation of architecture, farmland, open space & the history of Salem County. Staff will distribute information on the organization while sharing a table with the Friends of the Hancock House. www.preservationsalem.org
Prison Museum Association (Mt. Holly) - is a non-profit organization that supports the Burlington County Prison Museum through fundraising, volunteering, giving tours, & promoting this National Historic Landmark. Joining the PMA is a great way to help preserve a wonderful & important historic site. Literature about the museum & a 4x8 board with cutouts for photos will be available. http://www.prisonmuseum.net/about.html
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
Sandy Levins (Haddonfield) - researches & recreates detailed, museum-safe, period-correct faux foods for museums & historic sites. Ms. Levins will have a display of faux Civil War rations with talks about CW rations & mourning foods & practices in the 19th century. www.HistoricFauxFood.com
Sayreville Historical Society (Sayreville) - promotes the history of the Borough of Sayreville, NJ. Displays & artifacts will be presented. www.sayrevillehistory.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
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
The Trentoniana Collection at the Trenton Free Public Library (Trenton) - is an enormous history and genealogy collection that documents the events, businesses & residents of the city, from its founding in the 17th century to the present day. Table-top displays will be featured. www.trentonlib.org
Tuckerton Seaport Museum (Tuckerton) - is New Jersey's premier maritime museum. Staff will provide a Beach Apparatus Drill Demonstration www.tuckertonseaport.org
USS Monitor/USS Lehigh Naval Living History Association (East Brunswick) – is a nonprofit organization whose members will portray the ship's company of the USS LEHIGH, an ironclad Monitor of the Civil War (1861-1865). The USS LEHIGH was a PASSAIC class monitor, an improved design of the original USS Monitor. Our members are all Civil War naval historians & present living history programs on the experience & history of the officers, sailors & marines of this time period. Members will share their knowledge with the public dressed as the crew of that period & portraying the famous & not so famous characters who helped to make our country's history. Additionally, the men will portray Rear Admiral David Glasgow Farragut and Fleet Surgeon J.M. Foltz. https://sites.google.com/site/usslehigh/
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial (Holmdel) - pays tribute to the over 1,500 New Jerseyans who perished in Vietnam & Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. The adjacent Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center is the only one of its kind in the USA. Volunteers will have materials available to educate the public about the work the Memorial does for schools, colleges, veterans & the general public. www.njvvmf.org
Wise Owl Workshops – (Great Meadows) - Phil & Lorna Wooldridge run Wise Owl Workshops, which promotes interest in & respect for historic cemeteries through presentations for adults & hands-on workshops for children. Displays will include artwork created through rubbings & foil impressions from gravestones across the state. Children & adults will be provided with an opportunity to try their hand at gravestone rubbing through the use of a mock gravestone & play a new cemetery symbolism card game. A demonstration of stone carving will also be presented. Information, displays & handouts will be available. www.wiseowlworkshops.com
Woodbridge Township Historic Preservation Commission (Woodbridge) – strives to increase awareness & works to preserve the rich history of Woodbridge Township. A visual display highlighting Woodbridge's unique history will be presented. www.wthpc.org