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.
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
Cliff & Brenda Jones (Ewing) – will demonstrate & invite visitors to write with a feather, quill pen & and also demonstrate how children were taught in 18th century schools. A display of colonial materials and books will be presented.
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site (Bayville) - Guided tours, nature hikes, field trips & programs are available at the former company town of Double Trouble Village. The restored sawmill & packing house are open during tours as static exhibits while the mile and a half nature trail passes three cranberry bogs. An exhibit table will highlight the site's history & interpretive programming. A photo opportunity for children to pretend they are harvesting cranberries (carnival cutout/face-in-the-hole) will also be featured. 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.
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 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 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
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
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. http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/historic/grover_cleveland/gc_home.htm
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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. 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