1st Delaware Regiment (Newark, DE) - is a living history group that portrays the Delaware Continentals primarily, as well as Delaware militia & civilians that supported the Cause of Liberty. The Delaware Continentals were with General Washington in December 1776 when he & his army crossed the Delaware River. Military drills, musket & rifle demonstrations including firing, as well as cooking will be demonstrated. www.1stDelawareRegiment.org
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 teach children what it was like to be a soldier during the Civil War, as well as adults who would like to dress & drill with the men. The women will make bracelets for girls or women & show them how rugs were made with material. The Unit will also answer questions and do some “recruiting”.
23rd Regiment NJ Volunteer 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 in the Civil War. They were also known as the "YAHOOS". The group will have a display of Civil War living history items.
104th PA Volunteer Infantry, Co. C (Warminster, PA) – was originally formed in Doylestown, PA in 1861 and recruited from Bucks and Montgomery County. This reenactment unit will conduct several living history demonstrations.
Absecon Lighthouse (Atlantic City) - is NJ's tallest and the country's third tallest lighthouse. Located in Atlantic City, there is a 171 foot tower to climb, a museum, exhibits, community garden, gift shop & a two acre lawn for picnics and play. Staff will have a small display for promotional purposes. www.abseconlighthouse.org
Archaeological Society of NJ (Morrisville, PA) - was founded in 1931. It supports & promotes archaeological research & the protection of our state's archaeological heritage & sites. A display of artifacts & children's activities such as coloring and a mini-dig, will be presented. www.asnj.org
Associated Antiques Dealers of NJ (Caldwell) – will provide free appraisals for the visiting crowd to help support the show. No jewelry, fine art or weapons and firearms please.
Batsto Village (Batsto) - is an early industrial (iron and glass) factory town that now reflects its use as an 1880's gentleman's farm. Within the village is the Batsto Post Office, the oldest and most original post office in New Jersey. Mail is still hand cancelled using the original postmark. An interpretive display with site information as well as a special postal cancellation will be featured. www.state.nj.us/dep/forestry/parks/wharton.htm
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. There will also be a display of some of the equipment from the ship. www.battleshipnewjersey.org
Burlington County Historic Prison Museum Association (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. Staff will have an information table with brochures & other information, plus a cut-out sign for visitors to pose for photos. http://www.prisonmuseum.net/about.html
Central Jersey Military Motor Pool (Carteret) – is a New Jersey based historic military vehicle collectors organization, dedicated to the preservation & display of military vehicles & to the remembrance & honor of all those who served in our nation’s military. A static display of equipment will be presented. http://www.cjmmp.org/
Col. Ogden’s 1st NJ Regiment (Lansdale) - is a recreated Continental Line Regiment from the American Revolution 1775-1782. The unit participates in battle re-enactments, living history events, parades and other historical activities & events. They come complete with soldiers, musicians and camp followers. The Regiment wants all to Come Join the Troops! Visit their Revolutionary War Era encampment & meet with the camp followers & soldiers. The unit will present programs on the Manual of Arms Drill, musket firing demonstrations, children’s musket drill & marching, soldiers blanket displays & paymaster scenarios. www.1NJ.org
Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area (Trenton) - encompasses approximately 2,155 square miles in NJ, including 212 municipalities in 14 counties. Their mission is to assist communities, organizations & citizens to foster conservation, preservation & interpretation of NJ’s Revolutionary-era sites & landscapes; & to enhance the public understanding of the people, places & events that transformed the course of America’s & NJ’s history. Information on the Heritage Area will be provided. www.revolutionarynj.org
David Messineo (Lafayette) - Poet/publisher David Messineo will present his poems based on history research that appear in his eighth book, Historiopticon. Along with "Announcing New Jersey, 1664," expect poems about the Underground Railroad, the American Revolution & the teenager who invented electronic television. Learn more at blurb.com, put Historiopticon in Search box. www.sensationsmag.com
Delaware Valley Old Time Power & Equipment Association of Central Jersey (Hamilton) - is dedicated to preserving our agricultural heritage & providing education in its use. DVOTPE will display vintage farm tractors, implements, gas (hit and miss) engines and antique trucks. There will also be a demonstration of vintage farm equipment. 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) – are long time volunteers at Millbrook Village in Sussex County. They also do demonstrations at several historic sites in Northern New Jersey, as well as at Historic Walnford & Longstreet Farm in Monmouth County. Dressed in period clothing & using only hand tools, they will be making & discussing wooden items that would be found in most homes & farms during the second half of the 19th Century. Examples include: hay forks & rakes, bowls & buckets, boxes, spoons, chairs & stools, & even toys.
Fort Mott State Park (Pennsville) - Fort Mott was part of the coastal defense fortification network that once protected the ports of Philadelphia, Wilmington Delaware. Selected historic equipment, uniforms photographs will be on display to help provide insight into Fort Mott's role in the protection of our country in the early 20th century. A hands-on demonstration of period military equipment & uniforms will be featured.
Frank McMahon Homebrew (Douglassville, PA) – Frank McMahon is a beer historian & professional brewer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in archaeology & a Master of Science degree in park & resource management. He has previously served as a park ranger at Valley Forge National Historical Park. Frank regularly demonstrates 18th century beer making at a variety of historic sites & beer events. His presentation utilizes reproductions of historic technology typical of farmhouse brewing over two hundred years ago. Frank will demonstrate the process of all grain brewing using an open fire, copper kettle and wooden mashing tun. Frank’s demonstration is a great way to learn more about brewing and the importance of beer in early America. www.frankshomebrew.com
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
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. We will run a power point presentation at our display area on the history, archaeological dig, & paranormal investigation conducted in the house. sites.google.com/site/whitehillmansion/
George Apgar (North Brunswick) – will set-up an exhibit and walk around the 18th century area of the Fair portraying a Palatine Blacksmith from Cokesbury 1713 Hunterdon County. Mr. Apgar will talk about the 1714 Jersey Palatines of German Valley, Hunterdon County, NJ.
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 and presents living history events such as hearth cooking. 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 ORFO 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, and period toys, games & books. The Gift Shop, educational materials, traveling trunks & literature will be available.
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.A display of artifacts from the burial ground will be featured. www.Hendricksfamilyburialground.org
HHC 1st Bde 50th Armored Division, NJNG (Clark) - is a living history detachment that interprets the Cold War era. A Field Headquarters area will be established & members will interact with the public talking about such topics as the Newark riots & Nike Missile Bases.
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 Society of Princeton (Princeton) - Celebrating its 75th anniversary of its incorporation, HSP is a museum & resource center dedicated to interpreting the history of Princeton, NJ. HSP offers a wide array of exhibitions, lectures & public programs each year to schools, adults & families at its two locations, Bainbridge House & the Updike Farmstead. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the HSP booth to test their knowledge of NJ facts, symbols & local celebrities. www.princetonhistory.org
Historical Society of West Caldwell (West Caldwell) - is a local history society that collects & protects the history of the Caldwells as well as providing educational experiences depicting the history & history makers of this community.
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
Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead (Flemington) - is a farmstead museum dedicated to preserving & promoting Hunterdon's agricultural heritage. Demonstration will include bird food-making with corn, bracelet-making with a miniature rope-making machine, making church "ticklers” & possibly making candles. www.holcombe-jimison.org
Howell Living History Farm (Titusville) – Howell Living History Farm, 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
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. Staff will be conducting “Ask Granny” sessions that are designed to help participants start creating their own family trees. Workshops will be held at the HCGS booth several times throughout the day at 11:30am, 1:00pm 2:30pm & 4pm. http://www.hudsoncountynjgenealogy.org/
Hunterdon County Cultural & Historical Commission ((Flemington) – will have an information table with brochures, books and information about the History of Hunterdon County and the 300th Celebration of the county going on this year http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/c&h/c&h.htm
Jane Peters Estes (Burlington) – will present a program and a display relating to mourning traditions of the 19th century (Victorian era). The program is informative but contains humorous portions as well. Information on famous last words, headstone epitaphs, mourning clothing, etc. will be provided.
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.
Joanna Bligh (East Hanover) – will bring a 1910 Portland Cutter horse-drawn sleigh for display. Ms. Bligh will talk about the historical aspects of the sleigh & demonstrate the harness, shafts, bells, storage space and lap robes that are associated with this type of transportation vehicle. Visitors will be able to sit in the sleigh for photos.
John Bernaski (Oxford) – is a skilled photographer in Civil War era wet plate photography using original lenses & authentic formulas, procedures & equipment. Mr. Bernaski will explain and demonstrate this type of photography, outline the general history of the process, answer questions & allow interested visitors to view the less hazardous manipulations.
John Dwyer (Clinton) – will present a 1944 US Army battalion aid station display. Visitors will see how front-line medical support was provided in Europe in the Fall of 1944. The display will include a medical evacuation Jeep.
Lincoln Experience (Jamesburg) - Robert Costello 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
Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association (Rahway) - is dedicated to preserving the Merchants and Drovers Tavern (1795/1820)and to interpreting early tavern life. Throughout the year we offer a variety of programs geared to a varied population. Members will distribute materials highlighting the museum and its programs. www.merchantsanddrovers.org
Mercy Ingraham (Hulmeville, PA) - is an independent food historian with a special interest in Early American historic foodways & cooking with fire. She will demonstrate 18th century Dutch colonial food preparation & cooking techniques, using seasonally appropriate food. www.openhearthcook.com
Mid-Atlantic Ladies Aside (Neptune) – is a social & educational group dedicated to preserving the history & art of sidesaddle riding in the Mid-Atlantic region of the USA. The group is committed to fostering a love for the art of riding aside. There will be a sidesaddle demonstration and discussion with mounted and un-mounted participants in period dress.
Millstone Valley Scenic Byway – 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 and 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. A display will tell the story through photographs, maps & brochures of the Byway’s 5 National/State Historic Villages, historic sites & events. Visitors will be encouraged to visit the Byway’s Griggstown Bridgetenders House Tourist Center to view a film and bike, hike, kayak or drive the historic corridor.
Monmouth County Archives (Manalapan) - The Monmouth County Archives contains government 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. There will be a table exhibit with free publications. http://visitmonmouth.com/archives
Monmouth County Genealogical Society (Hazlet) - promotes the study of family history as well as the study of history, geography, & social customs of our ancestors. The Society collects, preserves, and disseminates significant genealogical materials, particularly those of local origin. There will be a display table with genealogy related materials to view & purchase. www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njmcgs/
Monmouth County Historical Association (Freehold) - 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 demonstrations of Spinning & Early Medicine. www.monmouthhistory.org
Montclair Historical Society (Montclair) – preserves Montclair’s history through its historic buildings, artifacts and documents. The Society educates the community on local history & its importance through programs, advocacy & exhibits. It shares the stories & history of the various persons & groups that have & continue to shape Montclair. There will be an interactive table for families to learn about the Montclair Historical Society. Games and activities for children will be available. www.montclairhistorical.org
Morris County Park Commission Historic Sites (Morristown) - The Historic Sites of the Morris County Park Commission are comprised of Historic Speedwell - Birthplace of the Telegraph in Morristown, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township & the Cooper Gristmill in Chester, spanning the 19th & early 20th centuries. The staff will conduct a simple table top activity for visitors & distribute brochures & flyers about the sites. www.morrisparks.net
National Society of Colonial Dames in America in the State of NJ (Westhampton) - is committed to the stewardship of its museum properties, Peachfield and the Old Schoolhouse. The Colonial Dames desire to preserve the building, land & collections in order to enrich & enlighten a diverse public. A table top display with brochures and a power-point presentation will be featured. www.colonialdamesnj.org
New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission (NJCHC) (Springfield) - Founded in 1976, the Commission is a specially appointed board sponsored by the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey & Seton Hall University. The objective of this Commission is to collect, preserve & publish works related to the NJ Catholic history experience in line with its ongoing mission of scholarship & public awareness. A display table with information & literature related to the organization will be presented.
NJ Civil War Heritage Association (Matawan) - is the State-authorized representative for the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The Association has published 6 books on the subject - 2 of which have won the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance's award for "Best Reference Book"! Autographed copies of our publications will be available for purchase. www.njcivilwar.org/ www.njcivilwar150.org
NJ Daughters of the American Revolution [NJDAR] (Franklin) - is a non-profit, non-political volunteer woman's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, & securing America's future through better education for children. The historic Watson House (1708) in Trenton serves as the NJDAR Headquarters. The NJDAR will provide genealogical & membership information as well as a display of historic properties owned and/or operated by the society. www.njdar.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 our unit in the French and Indian War. Unit members will also demonstrate these arms & equipment of the mid-18th century. www.Njfg.org
NJ Hall of Fame Mobile Museum (Newark) - The New Jersey Hall of Fame (NJHOF) honors citizens who have made invaluable contributions to society and the world beyond. Since 2008, some 70 notable people from 15 fields of human endeavor have been inducted. The Hall of Fame reinforces the message to children that they can and should strive for excellence in any endeavor of their choosing. The New Jersey Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization with two collaborating boards working jointly: the New Jersey Hall of Fame Board of Commissioners, administered by the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, and the New Jersey Hall of Fame Foundation Board of Trustees. www.njhalloffame.org.
NJ Historic Trust (Trenton) - provides financial & technical assistance to historic site stewards & for heritage tourism planning. An information table to promote grant funding, 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. The Commission will be promoting the statewide celebration of New Jersey's upcoming 350th Anniversary in 2014, with the themes of innovation, liberty & 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 Sons of the American Revolution (Somerset) - promotes education regarding the service of American Revolutionary War soldiers and the history of the U.S. Constitution. A small canopy tent & table for recruitment with educational material about the American Rrevolution will be featured. There will also be a display cannon & members in revolutionary war style uniforms.
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 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. www.archives.nj.gov
Ocean County Historical Society (Toms River) – is a volunteer society that interprets the history of Ocean County. There will be a display of booklets & pamphlets developed by OCHS researchers and listings of resources available at the Historical Society’s Building in Toms River.
Old Baldy Civil War Roundtable (Cherry Hill) - promotes greater understanding & interest in the American Civil War by sponsoring meetings, programs, & other events that highlight the history & people of the Civil War era. The group also advocates & supports local & national Civil War preservation programs & sites. A Civil War Drummer 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
Patrick Peters (Vineland) – will provide a display with descriptions of 18th century medical practices, especially those of the Revolutionary War period. Mr. Peters will also portray Ludwig Wirtenberg, a surgeon with the German Battalion of Washington’s Army. Wirtenberg actually fought in the Battle of Trenton as a private. He was made a surgeon in 1777.
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. Members will have table-top informational displays, free standing displays of ephemera related to local history & possible functioning artifacts/replicas to be placed in display area. https://www.facebook.com/PennsaukenHistoricalSociety
Princeton University Library (Princeton) - To commemorate the 350th anniversary of the naming of New Jersey, the University is publishing "Nova Caesarea: A Cartographic Record of the Garden State, 1666-1888"-a heavily illustrated color volume of maps, illustrations & photographs. Flyers about the forthcoming book & sample images will be available.
Private Paranormal Investigators (Levittown, PA) - has been involved with The Friends of White Hill Mansion for the last three years. They have conducted investigations as fundraisers in the Mansion. Researching the evidence collected during these investigations has uncovered additional historical facts regarding the Mansion. A digital presentation of paranormal investigations conducted at the White Hill Mansion will be presented. www.ppi-ghosthunters.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
Rockingham Association/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 & 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 & honeybee production representing the kitchen garden & small period toys for display & sale. www.rockingham.net
Roebling Museum (Roebling) - The mission of the Roebling Museum is to preserve & interpret the history of the John A. Roebling’s Sons Company & the village of Roebling. It focuses on the industrial & technological achievements of the company & the unique social history of its workforce & the town it created. 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
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
Springfield Township Historical Society/Richard Toone (Columbus) – serves as the history & genealogical center for Springfield Township. Mr. Toone is President of the Society & helps promotes the Society’s activities.
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
Swan Historical Foundation, Inc. (Langhorne, PA) – will represent the park's museum/visitor center exhibit gallery & assist the fair organizers with financial and logistical aspects of the Fair. www.NationalMuseumoftheAmericanRevolution.org
Thomas Edison National Historic Site (West Orange) – To the passerby, the buildings betray little evidence of the industries they once housed, but this is where modern America was invented. Thomas Edison's laboratory is a step back in time, when machines were run by belts & music was played on phonographs. Discover where America's Greatest inventor changed our world forever. Park rangers will be available to answer any questions about the park. Staff will have historic photos displayed of both the laboratory and Glenmont Estate. There will also be a children’s hands on activity explaining the steps in the invention process. www.nps.gov/edis
Timand Productions (Exton, PA) – will present “Levram the Great, the Colonial Conjurer” who will perform magic shows for the young and the young at heart. www.timand.com
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 & activities. Mrs. Phoebe Woolley, once a resident of our Eden Woolley House & matriarch of the Woolley Family, will regale visitors with stories of life in the 18th Century & songs from her folk harp. www.oceanmuseum.org
T. Thomas Fortune House (Red Bank) – T. Thomas Fortune was born a slave in 1856. He became a writer, editor, publisher and civil rights activist, living at 94 Bergen St, Red Bank from 1901-08. We intend to purchase and restore his former home and see it used as a museum and cultural arts center. Display panels containing information on Fortune's life and works, including some copies of his original news stories, will be featured. An actor will also portray Fortune.
Trenton Historical Society (Trenton) - The Trenton Historical Society’s mission is the study & interpretation of Trenton’s history, preservation of its historic buildings & artifacts & dissemination of information about New Jersey’s capital city and its illustrious past. An exhibit table will be featured. www.trentonhistory.org
Tricorne Dance and Performing Ensemble (Hawthorne) - Dressed in period clothing, the Tricorne Dance Ensemble is an 18th century dance group that performs & teaches, to historically correct music, the social dances performed during the colonial period. The company performs regularly at Historic New Bridge Landing in River Edge, NJ. Ensemble members will provide dance demonstrations & invite public participation throughout the day. http://www.facebook.com/TricorneDanceEnsemble
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
USS Lehigh (East Brunswick) – 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 establish a simulated Naval recruiting station (Naval Rendezvous) & have members demonstrate the skills of the sailors & marines of the period with audience volunteers. https://sites.google.com/site/usslehigh/
Washington Crossing Park Association, Inc. (Glenwood) - was formed to present the History & Science of the Park and to aid efforts to maintain the Park’s buildings, roads, trails, & structures. The Association hopes to encourage greater numbers of people to enjoy the Park. An information table about the Association and its goals will be featured. http://www.washingtoncrossingparkassociation.com/
The Whitall House at Red Bank Park (National Park) - offers tours of the historic house and battlefield. Visitors learn about colonial life & the Battle of Red Bank which took place on the Whitall's property. Following the battle, the house served as a field hospital. Staff will have information about the site, including a calendar of events & information on other activities in Gloucester County.
William Trent House Museum (Trenton) - Built in 1719, the William Trent House is the oldest structure in New Jersey's capital city. Carefully restored, the collection of period furnishings inside this fine Georgian manor house illustrates 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, jacobs ladders, & hoops. Additionally, they can take home samples of fresh herbs from the Trent House kitchen garden. Also available will be the spring 2014 newsletter, the upcoming schedule of events,& other information about school field trips & adult tours. www.williamtrenthouse.org
Winakung at Waterloo (Stanhope) - has developed & provides educational interpretive programs & outdoor experiences for all ages. These programs provide an appreciation and understanding of the history of Native American life in NJ. There will be corn pounding in a mortar & visitors will learn how to use a pump drill which was used to start fires by the Lenape. They will also learn Lenape language while playing a dice game. www.winakungatwaterloo.com
Wise Owl Workshop & Friends of Swayze, Inc. – (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. They are also involved in promoting the restoration of The Historic Swayze Burying Ground in Hope, NJ through Friends of Swayze, Inc. Displays will include artwork created through rubbings & foil impressions from gravestones at The Historic Swayze Burying Ground as well as other locations across the state. Children will be provided with an opportunity to try their hand at gravestone rubbing through the use of a mock gravestone. As well as rubbings, 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, & which stones to avoid as well as general cemetery etiquette & safety. Cemetery card games, produced for both our children's workshops, & teen workshop, will be available for play during the day.
There will be information, displays & handouts available about the work of Wise Owl Workshops & the restoration work of the Friends of Swayze, Inc. www.wiseowlworkshops.com & www.friendsofswayze.org
Woodbridge Township Historic Preservation Commission (Woodbridge) – strives to increase awareness and work to preserve the rich history of Woodbridge Township. A visual display highlighting Woodbridge's unique history will be presented. www.wthpc.org
Wool Merchant’s Daughter (Spring Lake Heights) - is a living history group presenting demonstrations, workshops & educational programs about hand-spinning, knitting & fiber arts. “Spinning Through Time” is an interactive presentation of hand-spinning & fiber arts depicting various time periods in NJ’s 350-year history. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate spinning on both spindle wheels & flyer wheels as well as the preparation & dyeing of wool & various knitting techniques. www.thewoolmerchantsdaughter.wordpress.com