1st NJ 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 NJ Volunteer Infantry (Branchburg) - is a reconstituted Civil War unit dedicated to preserving the memory of the people who fought to preserve this nation. As a 501 (c)(3) non-profit educational organization, we are dedicated to educating the public about these people. The unit will set up a representation of a Civil War unit company street with tents on each side & a large tent fly at the head of the street. Under the fly, we will have recruiting materials & a display of items & foodstuffs carried by the typical soldier of the period. They also hope to do some maneuvering drills, as well as musket firing demonstrations. www.3rdnj.org
4th Battalion New Jersey Volunteers (Monroe Township) – is an American Revolutionary War reenacting group portraying one of NJ's Provincial (Loyalist) Battalions and the citizens/refugees who came into the British for Protection. The unit will conduct a British Drill, interact with the public & discuss such topics as Loyalists & their role in the Rev War, the life of a soldier & material culture. www.4thnjv.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 Civil War drilling exercises and games of the 1860s. www.4thNJ.com
4th NJ Field Hospital (Ewing) – Marjy Weinkop will portray a Civil War Surgeon and set up a field hospital. There will also be a demonstration and display of some of the instruments used during a battle. www.4thNJ.com
6th New York Independent Battery (Rahway) – was a Civil War unit recruited in Rahway. The group will bring an original 1857 bronze Napoleon cannon and demonstrate the drill and function it. www.6thny.com
9th Division WWII HPS (Burlington) - is active in WWII veteran reunions, school displays and performs live 1940's band music after hours. We host several events a year at locations in Egg Harbor and Fort Mott,NJ. The group will set up a WWII era camp (field OP). Weather permitting, there will also be
WWII era marching & drilling; a mine field display & a display of WWII vehicles. www.9thdivision.com www.soldiersweekend.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 in the Civil War. They were also known as the "YAHOOS". The group will have a display of Civil War living history items.
44th Infantry Division (Clinton) – will present a WWII 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 front line ambulance & surgical tent. Mr. Dwyer will demonstrate the equipment, instruments, pharmaceuticals, & conditions found in a 1944 medical aid station in France during WWII.
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.
110th Medical Battalion (Southampton, PA) – will present a WW II U.S. Army Medical Battalion, Field Aid Station from the European Theater of Operations, 1944-1945. Members will educate visitors on the U.S. Army's Medical Department’s function on the battlefield during WW II.
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
Allaire Village, Inc. (Farmingdale) - is a non-profit living history museum, located in Allaire State Park, highlighting an iron producing town (the Howell Iron Works) that experienced its boom era in the 1830's. Children's games of the 1830's, information about their Bog Iron Boys BaseBall Club, Militia & personalities of the Howell Iron Works will be featured. www.allairevillage.org
American Labor Museum/Botto House National Historic Landmark (Haledon) - From the balcony of the Botto House in 1913, IWW organizers addressed up to 20,000 Paterson silk workers who were on strike. In 1983, the house was opened as a museum dedicated to teaching the history & contemporary issues of workers, the workplace, and unions with attention to the ethnicity of workers. The museum's table will be set up with brochures & poster board. Our portable bocce court will be set up next to the table. www.labormuseum.net
Archaeological Society of NJ - was organized November 12, 1931, to promote & encourage the study of historic & prehistoric archaeology, especially in New Jersey. Its main purposes are to support preservation of important archaeological sites & artifacts, &to assist and encourage their investigation & interpretation by approved professional methods; to promote the establishment of local archaeological organizations; & to record and publish archaeological information. There will be kids activities; artifact identification & promotional materials
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 Historical Society (Englishtown) - was organized by a group of people interested in preserving the heritage of Freehold, Englishtown, Manalapan, Marlboro and Millstone. The Society marked over 100 houses built before 1890. Five buildings have been saved and restored, including the historic Village Inn, Englishtown, which they use as their meeting place. Members will appear in period attire & explain the importance of taverns in the 1700's & 1800's. There will be displays & books of early local history. Members will also be able to discuss the possible links of the Englishtown Village Inn to the Battle of Monmouth. www.thevillageinn.org
Battlefield Restoration & Archaeological Volunteer Organization [BRAVO] (Manalapan) – provides archaeological services at the Battlefield. Through the use of metal detectors, total station laser transits & standard archaeological work, BRAVO is uncovering clues to the state's past & correcting many misconceptions in written history. Participants will be accompanied by a BRAVO member and will be able to have a hands-on experience in detecting the specified area for artifacts www.BRAVOdigs.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. There will also be a display of some of the equipment from the ship. www.battleshipnewjersey.org
Bayshore Center at Bivalve (Port Norris) - The BCB’s mission is to motivate people to take care of the history, culture & environment of NJ’s Bayshore region. The BCB operates the authentically restored 1928 oyster schooner A.J. MEERWALD, NJ's official Tall Ship. It also operates the Delaware Bay Museum & Folk Life Center on the Maurice River in Cumberland County. There will be an exhibit on the height of the Delaware Bay oyster industry featuring the people, boats & natural resources that made the Maurice River Cove the “Oyster Capital of the World” during the early 20th century. Displayed will be historic photographs, an oral history kiosk & a nine-minute film shown on a laptop. Special focus will be given to the Oyster Shipping Sheds the Schooner AJ Meerwald. www.bayshorecenter.org
Black River and Western Railroad (Hunterdon County) – is NJ's oldest operating steam locomotive. The #60 can be seen out and about during most of Railroad’s popular special events and many of its "Summer Excursions". There will be a display of railroad memorabilia & a story lady to read railroad stories to young children. Times will be posted for the readings. www.flemingtontrain.org
Bordentown Historical Society (Bordentown) – maintains the 1740 Friends Meeting House & the 1854 Clara Barton Schoolhouse for educational programs & exhibit space & preserves & interprets Bordentown’s place in NJ’s history in the 18th & 19th centuries. Society members will share Bordentown's historical place in NJ and American history of science, trade and transportation, politics, literature and art beginning in 1684. www.Bordentownhistory.com
Bruce Hockenbury (Easton, PA) - will demonstrate how hardware was made by blacksmiths before big box stores existed. He will be heating up and hammering out metal from the forge.
Burlington County Historical Society (Burlington) - offers guided tours of their site, walking tours of the City of Burlington, programs for families & adults, genealogical & historical research services & much more! The Society is open Tuesday-Saturday (10-5) for tours. The library is open Wednesdays & Thursdays from 1-5 for research. 18th and 19th century try-on clothes and a Colonial craft will be presented. www.burlingtoncountyhistoricalsociety.org
Camp Olden Civil War Round Table & Museum, Inc. (Burlington) - was founded in 1992 & is an organization of people brought together by their common interest in the American Civil War. The main purpose of the organization is education. The Round Table attempts to accomplish this in many ways including Living History, preservation projects, trips, tours, lectures & events. The Round Table is named for Camp Olden an 1861 training camp located in Hamilton Township, New Jersey. The camp bore the name of Charles Olden, then governor of New Jersey. One of the group’s members will portray Gov. Olden. www.campolden.org
Cape May Historical & Genealogical Society (Cape May Courthouse) - features a treasury of artifacts and curiosities exhibited in several historic buildings inclusive of a Colonial and Federal period house museum. They offer programming such as our the touchable "Pop-up" museum & maintain a public genealogical & research library. They will be bringing their "Pop-up" Museum for the enjoyment of visitors. www.cmcmuseum.org
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/
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
Cumberland County Historical Society (Vineland) - is located in Greenwich, NJ. The Society’s mission is to preserve & promote the history & heritage of Cumberland County. Its buildings include the 1730 Gibbon House Museum; the Lummis Genealogical & Historical Research Library; the 1650 Swedish Granary & Storehouse; the Museum of Prehistory & the Maritime Museum. Staff will be dressed in colonial costumes & demonstrate carding, spinning & weaving wool. Visitors will have the opportunity to create a cornhusk doll. www.cchistsoc.org
Deborah Peterson (Harleysville, PA) – is a culinary historian who will demonstrate either ice cream making or bake kettle cooking. www.debpeterson.org
Delaware & Raritan Canal Watch (Somerville) – The Canal Watch’s goal is to protect, maintain & promote the recreational, historical, aesthetic & environmental qualities of the Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park and its environs. Members also assist & support regional, state, local & private enterprise efforts which contribute to this goal. A display of educational materials about the Delaware and Raritan Canal will be presented. www.canalwatch.org
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site (Bayville) - Guided tours, nature hikes, field trips and 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. The evolution of harvesting cranberries at Double Trouble Village will be featured via a photo exhibit. www.njparksandforests.org
Elizabeth Resolutes (Westfield) – represent a historically factual base ball club that played from 1866 to 1878. They will be playing against the Hoboken Nine & the Flemington Neshanocks. The teams will play according to nineteenth century rules & by using the equipment, terminologies, & field conditions applicable to that time in history. www.elizabethresolutes.com
Everett W. Howell, Jr. (Washington) - is an actor and re-enactor portraying both historical & non-historical characters on television, stage & screen for over twenty-five years. At the 2015 New Jersey State History Fair, Everett will be portraying the last Royal Governor of the Colony of New Jersey, William Franklin. He will also interact with his father, Benjamin Franklin who is being portrayed by Jack Sherry.
Farmingdale Historical Society (Farmingdale) - will have a display that shows the history of the Farmingdale Fire Department that covers the late 1800s, 1900s and beyond. Photos & artifacts will also be featured.
Flemington Neshanock Base Ball Club (Flemington) – is a 19th century Base Ball Club that plays by the rules of the 1860's and 1870's. Players use period equipment from these time periods. The team will either play against the Hoboken Nine or the Elizabeth Resolutes using the rules of the 1860's. www.neshanock.org
Flemington Speedway Historical Society Inc. [FSHS] (Flemington) - preserves, protects, & documents the history of the Flemington Fairgrounds & Speedway. FSHS is a public charity recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. For historic photos and current activities, follow FSHS on Facebook. The preliminary plan is to display two race cars, one original pace truck, trophies & other artifacts, brochures, posters, etc. The owners of each race car & FSHS staff will be on hand to answer questions. www.flemingtonspeedwayhistoricalsociety.com
Friends of Abbott Marshlands (Princeton) - The Abbott Marshlands, along Crosswicks Creek south of Trenton, have a Native American record dating to 13,000 years ago. Our goal is to educate the public about cultural resources & the natural history of this 3000 acres area. The Abbott Farm National Historic Landmark is found within the Abbott Marshlands. Members will educate visitors about the archeological significance of the Abbott Marshlands with display material, hands on game , maps and artifacts
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. The property is associated with significant people & events during the American Revolution. It is also associated with the growth of the community in the early 19th century when the Delaware & Raritan Canal was constructed between the house & the river. An information table will be featured www.staatshouse.org
Friends of the Hancock House [FOHH] (Hancock’s Bridge) - is a volunteer group working with the State of NJ to promote the William H. Hancock House. The house is the site of a Revolutionary War massacre and the ancestral home of Cornelia Hancock who served as a nurse during the American Civil War. An information table will be presented. www.fohh.20fr.com
Friends of Long Pond Ironworks, Inc. [FOLPI] (West Milford) - is a nonprofit (501-c:3) volunteer organization dedicated to preserving, restoring & interpreting the remaining structures at Long Pond Ironworks State Park. FOLPI is an "Officially Recognized Friends Organization" of Long Pond Ironworks State Park. There will be a display with many pictures & written information of the historic site. http://www.longpondironworks.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
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. A DVD program on the house and puzzle activities for children will be presented. sites.google.com/site/whitehillmansion/
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
George Apgar (North Brunswick) – will set-up an exhibit & walk around the 18th century area of the Fair portraying a Palatine Blacksmith from Cokesbury in 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.
Hancock House State Historic Site (Hancock’s Bridge) – is the site of a Revolutionary War massacre and the ancestral home of Cornelia Hancock who served as a nurse during the American Civil War. Staff will have a display table.
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
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) - 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 will be invited to examine vintage photographs from the Society’s collection to do a comparison of New Jersey Then and Now. www.princetonhistory.org
Historical Society of West Caldwell (West Caldwell) – is a local history society managing the historic Zenas Crane Homestead at West Caldwell, Essex County. Interests & collections include Essex County, NJ genealogy; textiles; organizations; transportation; local art and photography; local citizens' participation in conflicts & wars from pre-Revolution to current conflicts; immigration groups; and heritage tourism. www.westcaldwellhistorynj.org
History on the Hoof [Stacy F. Roth and B. David Emerson] (Burlington) - creates educational programs on themes in American history through storytelling, roleplay, the use of material culture, & other techniques. Stacy Flora Roth will portray American Revolutionary War heroine Mary Hays, also known as Molly Pitcher. Mary Hays will relate anecdotes about her life as a "woman of the army" & her brush with fame as a cannoneer during the June 1778 Battle of Monmouth Courthouse. B. David Emerson will portray General George Washington, conversing about his memories of crossing the Delaware to surprise the Hessians at Trenton, the Revolution in the Jerseys, & anything else visitors would like to ask of the General. www.historyonthehoof.com
Hoboken Nine Vintage Base Ball Club (Hoboken) - plays 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 Elizabeth Resolutes and/or the Flemington Neshanocks. www.HobokenNine.Jimbo.com
Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead, Inc. (Flemington) - preserves Hunterdon County's rural heritage. There will be an exhibit of artifacts related to farm communities of Hunterdon's past & demonstrations of rope making, candle making and the making of small crafts. 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. 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 and Heritage Commission (Flemington) - develops programs to promote interest & participation in & understanding of local arts & culture, historic events and programs, and to support the goals of the community and state. General information about Commission activities will be available as well as books on local history topics http://co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/c&h/c&h.htm
InfoAge Science History Center at Camp Evans (Wall) - Camp Evans, a National Historic Landmark and a part of former Fort Monmouth, has technology museums that show how Monmouth County & NJ citizens helped win WWII & save democracy with radar technology in the second Battle of Monmouth. An information & advocacy booth will be featured. www.infoage.org
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. www.indiansofcentralnj.com
John Bernaski (Oxford) - is a skilled photographer in Civil War era wet plate photography 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 & with a care to safety, visitor involvement.
Johnson Ferry House (Titusville) – staff 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.
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 addresse Grant's connection to the state's history & remaining in first person throughout the day.
Liberty Hall Museum (Union) - was built in 1772 by William Livingston, NJ's first elected governor & was the home of the Kean Family until 1995. The house & grounds are a treasure trove of the history of the United States & New Jersey for over 240 years. Liberty Hall Museum will be celebrating its 15th year in operations as a museum. www.kean.edu/libertyhall
Lincoln Experience (Jamesburg) - will present a portrayal of President Lincoln, providing factual insight into his life and the events of the time period. Lincoln’s family might also be in attendance along with several Civil War officers to interact with visitors. www.nj-lincoln.com
Maggie Worsdale (Jackson) – will portray First Lady Martha Washington & speak about THE GRANDE DAMES OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. The impact that ladies had on the revolutionary effort did not take center stage & has been underrated. The involvement of some of these women has not been as recognizable as others, but they all had one thing in common - patriotic passion. www.marthawashington.com
Mahwah Museum (Mahwah) - is dedicated to preserving & telling the story of Mahwah & the surrounding area. The Museum has a permanent exhibit on Les Paul; a large model railroad & a 1929 copula caboose. The Museum also preserves the Old Station. Operating hours are Wed., Sat and Sun 1-4.
Staff will have items from the collection on exhibit - including Les Paul. Publications will be available for purchase. www.mahwahmuseum.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 history of our 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.
Maureen Wlodarczyk – Past-Forward Association, LLL (Sayreville) – is a genealogist & the author of 4 non-fiction books with genealogical and historical stories of New Jersey residents in the 19th and early 20th centuries: Jersey_ Then . . . Again being the latest. It is an anthology of 36 true stories of mostly unknown NJ people and events spanning the War of 1812 through World War II. www.past-forward.com MarketPlace Vendor
Meadows Foundation (Franklin Township) – is a 501c3 organization that maintains four historic homes in Franklin Twp. Somerset County, NJ. : The Van Wickle House (1725), The Wyckoff-Garretson House (1730), The Hageman Farm (1860) and The Van Liew-Suydam House (1875). The Foundation holds demonstrations appropriate to the time at each house. There will be artifacts from the different eras on display from each house including a Victorian Tea service. The presenters will be appropriately costumed. Www.themeadowsfoundation.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, staff offer a variety of programs geared to a varied population. Members will distribute materials highlighting the museum and its programs. Books related to Rahway’s history will be available for purchase.
Mid-Atlantic Ladies Aside (Neptune) - is comprised of riders & non-riders all sharing a passion for history, learning & an appreciation for Sidesaddle traditions. We offer a supportive & engaging environment, which provides an exchange of ideas & experiences that will enrich seasoned competitors as well as support & nurture beginners. 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
Mid-Jersey Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (Burlington) - works to preserve vehicles of the past and teach the rich history of the automobile in American life. The Club will display a group of antique automobiles from the 1920s, 30s, 40s, and 50s.
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. There will be an information table with brochures, maps and 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. There will be a table exhibit with free publications & staff will be available to answer questions on how to preserve materials such as family photos. http://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) - 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 handcrafts such as spinning wool, rug weaving, embroidery and quilting. www.monmouthhistory.org
Monmouth County Historical Commission (Freehold) - as established by the Board of Chosen Freeholders 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 County’s numerous historic sites & the distribution of Weekend in Old Monmouth tour guides will be featured. www.visitmonmouth.com
Monmouth County Park System (Lincroft) – staff, representing Historic Walnford and Longstreet Farm, will demonstrate shearing sheep, weaving wool, fulling wool fabric, wet felting and rug hooking. Hand-on activities for visitors will also be offered. www.monmouthcountyparks.com
Montclair Historical Society (Montclair) – preserves Montclair’s history through its historic buildings, artifacts & 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. Staff will present a history of Montclair via displays & computer. Games and activities for children will be available. www.montclairhistorical.org
Morris Dog Carts (New Castle, DE) - In the past, many different carriage styles were made in child size versions. These little carriages were hitched to dogs, goats, and even sheep. These child size carriages were the modern-day equivalent of pedal cars. Some famous makers of dog carriages were Studebaker, John Deere, and Peugeot. Ms. Morris will discuss and demonstrate vintage dog carriages for the public.
Morristown National Historical Park (Morristown) - commemorates the winter encampments of General Washington and his Continental Army’s troops during the American Revolution, particularly the winter of 1779-1780, when approximately 10,000 troops survived what is believe to be the coldest winter on record in the Northeast. Children’s games & activities of the American Revolutionary era will be featured with opportunities for children to play table top games. http://www.nps.gov/morr
Mott’s Artillery (Mount Holly) - Mott’s Artillery is a non-profit educational organization that conducts domestic & military living history demonstrations to educate the public on the life of the men & women of the late 18th Century & the Revolutionary War. The group also works to preserve our shared historic sites. There will be artillery firing and camp life demonstrations. www.mottsarParkstillery.org
National Guard Militia Museum of NJ (Wall Township) – is the official museum of the NJ Department of Military & Veteran Affairs. It tells the story of NJ’s military history from the 17th century to today. A table with images & artifacts representing the course of NJ’s military history will be featured. www.nj.gov/military/museum
National Society of Colonial Dames in America in the State of NJ (Westhampton) – trace their heritage to Colonial times. The Society 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. There will be an archaeological display & colonial toys for children to play with. www.colonialdamesnj.org
Naval Lakehurst Historical Society (Toms River) - is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the distinguished heritage of Naval Air Station Lakehurst, located in Lakehurst, NJ. In addition to its rich airship history, the station has served as a center for research into aircraft ejection seats and carrier aircraft launch and recovery techniques. Members will talk about the history of the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, the Airship program & the Hindenburg Disaster. Videos and information will be available. www.nlhs.com
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 Chapter Daughters of Founders & Patriots of America (Berlin) – is a non-profit women's lineage organization. Members trace their ancestors back to patriots of the American Revolution and continue back to founding families. Volunteer services are limited to patriotic and historic projects.
Members will have a display and handouts. - http://njdfpa.homestead.com/home.html
NJ Civil War Heritage Association (Matawan) - is the State-authorized representative for the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The Association is celebrating its 18th year and will feature information about its organization as well as book sales. www.njcivilwar.org
NJ Correction Officers Memorial Association (East Windsor) – was formed to preserve the heritage of the Prison and Reformatory Officer in NJ from 1798 to the present time. Staff aim to build a NJ Corrections Museum and Archives, continue research on discovering Fallen Officers and provide grave markers for Officers killed in the line of duty. There will be a display of historic photographs, badges, patches & a historical impression provided by a member wearing a reproduction 1880 NJ State Prison Deputy Keeper uniform and equipment. (Correction Officers were Deputy Keepers before 1947.) A presentation will accompany the uniform and equipment demo on the Men of NJ of the Civil War who served in the Prison Service in the years up to the First World War, and some adventures and amusing stories from the old State Prison in the years from 1798 to 1931.
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 (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. www.Njfg.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 Region Antique Automobile Club of America (Fanwood) – is an antique auto club that welcomes all vehicles of at least 25 years old. The NJ region has approximately 300 members, with over 60,000 members in the national AACA. The group displays at nursing homes, community events & car shows. The Club will display antique autos from the 1930s -1970s. www.njaaca.org
NJ Scout Museum (Eatontown) - As the sole state wide Scouting Museum in New Jersey for both Girl & Boy Scouts, the New Jersey Scout Museum maintains a dedication to preserving artifacts relating to the history of Scouting in the state and to educate the public about Scouting’s role in our communities and nation in developing young people into responsible citizens and leaders. Staff intends to display items from their museum collection that highlight, interpret & celebrate the rich history that Scouting enjoys in New Jersey. Many special places across New Jersey are associated with Scouting, such as Schiff Scout Reservation, the Eisner Company factory in Red Bank which made the first Boy and Girl Scout uniforms, the former BSA national office in North Brunswick, the many camps along the Delaware River where the Order of the Arrow was born as the Boy Scouting National Camper Honor Society & the Jersey Shore where Sea Scouts and Mariners learned the rules of the sea. www.njsm.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. There will be a table for recruitment with educational material about the American Revolution & a contest for school aged children. www.njssar.org
NJ State Archives (Trenton) - is New Jersey's official research center for public records of enduring historical value. Current holdings amount to over 37,000 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. Take home activities for children about NJ history will also be available. www.archives.nj.gov
NJ Turnpike Authority (Woodbridge) – is celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Garden State Parkway. Staff will have historical and current information about the Parkway.
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 display containing a video of the OCHS Museum, handouts, publications & a demonstration of selected research materials 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
Outwater’s Militia (Hillsborough) – will portray an active Bergen County militia unit during the Revolution showing visitors what it was like to be in the militia during this time period. Members will have a display of equipment and period crafts. 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. 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
Pennsylvania State Regiment [AKA Donegal Twp. Riflemen] (East Greenville, PA) - is a non-profit historical educational corporation established in 1992. Its goals are to encourage the study of our nation’s 18th century history, honor our heritage & assist in the preservation of historic sites. As Donegal Township Riflemen & their camp followers, they provide a close up view of those men, women & children from Lancaster County Pennsylvania who lived, sacrificed & experienced the struggle for our nation’s independence during the time of the American Revolution. http://www.donegaltownshipriflemen.org/
Piney Hollow Drifters (Southampton) – will play live music from the Civil War era.
Preservation Salem Inc. (Salem) - promotes the preservation of architecture, farmland, open space and 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) - custom builds 18th century household items primarily used while camping incl. folding bedsteads, cots, chairs, tables, chests, desks & flintlock guns. Mr. Toone will demonstrate the use of an 18th century reproduction Spring Pole Lathe for making turned components of professional made powder horns in the colonial America. He will discuss the many uses of cattle horns over the last 2,000 years. www.livinghistoryshop.com
Rip Diringer (Skillman) – will portray a Spanish-American War soldier and interpret the soldier’s war time experience.
Rockingham Association/Rockingham State Historic Site (Kingston) – Rockingham, the Berrien family home, served as the final wartime headquarters of General George Washington from 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 about 18thc kitchen gardens & herbs, small period toys to play with and an outdoor pit-hearth cooking demonstration throughout the day. Items for purchase will be available. www.rockingham.net
Sayreville Historical Society (Sayreville) - promotes the history of the Borough of Sayreville, NJ. The Society has a museum that is open to the public each Sunday. A display of artifacts, Society publications & the sale of books, cards, etc. will be presented. www.sayrevillehistory.org
Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission (Somerville) - was formed in 1983 to cultivate interest in history, historic preservation & the arts. It sponsors the County Historic Preservation Grant Program, the Historic Awards Program, administers NJ State Council on the Arts Grants, the Teen Arts festival & numerous other activities. There will be information on the programs & services of the Commission & distribution of literature on local and county heritage organizations. www.co.somerset.nj.us/publicworks/cultural/
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln Camp 100 (Hightstown) – is an organization that preserves the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic and our ancestors who fought to preserve the Union during the American Civil War 1861 - 1865. The Abraham Lincoln Camp 100 was founded on April 25, 1953 & is based in NJ. The Lincoln Camp 100 is a member of the National SUVCW and the SUVCW Department of NJ & has more than 75 members. http://www.lincolncamp100-suvcw.org/
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.
String Dance (Robbinsville) – will perform dulcimer music with a historical and Celtic base.
Swan Historical Foundation, Inc. (Langhorne, PA) – is dedicated to education about the American Revolution, the late colonial period & early Federalist period. The Foundation owns a superb collection of artifacts that can be viewed at the Washington Crossing State Park Visitor Center. A display of the latter phase of the Battle of Monmouth using miniature soldiers to explain that battle will be featured. www.NationalMuseumoftheAmericanRevolution.org
Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park (Edison) - Thomas Edison's original "Invention Factory" is located at this 36 acre NJ State Park in Edison, NJ. Visit the 137' tall Edison Memorial Tower with the world's largest light bulb, and also our museum staffed by well-trained interpreters who will give you a very personal tour. Artifacts from Edison's Invention factory at Menlo Park will be displayed; museum souvenirs will be available for purchase & ideas for student invention projects are available. www.menloparkmuseum.org
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. Mrs. Phoebe Woolley, once a resident of our Eden Woolley House & matriarch of the Woolley Family, will regale visitors with stories and songs of life in 18th Century Monmouth County from her folk harp and mountain dulcimers. www.oceanmuseum.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 American Revolution period. The ensemble is the official dance company of the Bergen County Historical Society in River Edge, NJ. Ensemble members will provide dance demonstrations & invite public participation throughout the day. http://www.facebook.com/TricorneDanceEnsemble
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. Brochures and hand-outs will be available. www.twinlightslighthouse.com
United Railroad Historical Society of NJ (Berkeley Heights) - URHS is an umbrella organization for 15 RR organizations. The Society will have an information / networking table for the many transportation historical societies in NJ. Free brochures & literature will be available for the public. URHS will represent them as well as other related NJ transportation and excursion RR operations. Free brochures & literature will be available. www.URHS.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/
Vintage Automobile Museum of NJ (Forked River) – is a non-profit educational museum that interprets the History of Wheels form 1896 to 1979. A display of antique automobiles will be featured. www.vintageautomuseum.org
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State vHistoric 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. 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.
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/
Waterloo Village State Historic Site (Stanhope) - features the preserved 19th century Morris Canal Town of Waterloo. The site is also home to the Rutan Log Cabin and Farm site, the Winakung, a recreated Lenape Native American Village, plus a catering facility and concert field. Demonstrations of period games & crafts appropriate to the exhibit areas located within Waterloo Village will be featured.
West Jersey Artillery (Glassboro) – will demonstrate Rev War artillery. There will be an exact reproduction of a period cannon and fully uniformed crew. Cannon firing demonstrations with a public narrative will be featured. www.westjerseyartillery.org
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
Wise Owl Workshops – (Great Meadows) - Phil and Lorna Wooldridge run Wise Owl Workshops, which promotes interest in & respect for historic cemeteries through presentations for adults & hands-on workshops for children. Displays will include artwork created through rubbings & foil impressions from gravestones across the state. Children will be provided with an opportunity to try their hand at gravestone rubbing through the use of a mock gravestone. A demonstration of stone carving will also be presented. www.wiseowlworkshops.com
Whitesbog Preservation Trust (Browns Mills) - is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration & interpretation of Historic Whitesbog Village. The Village is a turn of the century farming-company town with roots in the cranberry & blueberry industry. Elizabeth White cultivated the 1st blueberry here in 1916. The Trust will present blueberry selection games & information on the site’s outreach activities. Blueberry & cranberry items will be for sale. www.whitesbog.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. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate spinning on a treadle wheel as well as spinning on a walking wheel. Extra wheels will be available for guests who wish to try their hand at spinning wool. www.thewoolmerchantsdaughter.wordpress.com