1st NJ Light Artillery Battery A (Raritan) - is a Civil War reenactment group with an authentic 1844 6 pounder cannon. The unit will have a static living history display and cannon firing demonstrations.
1st Rhode Island Regiment (Trenton) – is comprised of historical reenactors portraying Revolutionary era soldiers of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment, also known as "the Black Regiment" and Black Marines that served with "Colonel Glover's Marbleheaders". There will be a living history and table-top exhibit depicting the life of African American soldiers and Marines in the Continental Army. www.6thUSCT.org
IV Battalion, NJ Volunteers (Loyalists) (Monroe Township) - portray one of New Jersey's Provincial/Loyalist (Tory) Battalions, that served along with the British Army to restore Royal ("Lawful") government during the American War for Independence. Members wear the uniform as the regiment appeared in the summer 1777. There will be a British Military Drill & some craft demonstrations in camp. Members will also discuss the role of the Loyalist during the American Revolution. http://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 drill those interested in learning the commands of being a soldier as well as talk about a Civil War soldier’s life. Women members will teach games of the 1860s and the role of women during this time period. www.4thNJ.com
4th NJ Field Hospital (Ewing) – Marjy Weinkop will portray a Civil War Surgeon & set up a field hospital. There will also be a demonstration & display of some of the instruments & medicine bottles used during a battle. www.4thNJ.com
9th Division WWII HPS (Aberdeen) - 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 displays. www.9thdivision.com www.soldiersweekend.com
9th PA Lights (Philadelphia) – will portray men and women of the 9th Pennsylvania in the American Revolutionary War period. Connections to the NJ Theater of War will be explored.
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.
* 14th New Jersey Co. H (Washingtonville) – is a Civil War Reenactment Group that has been active for over 20 years. The original 14th NJ was mustered in at Camp Vredenburgh which now forms part of Monmouth Battlefield State Park. The unit will provide an Honor Guard for President Lincoln’s replica casket exhibit and conduct other living history activities.
* His Majesty's 17th Regiment of Infantry (Blackwood) - The Re-created 17th Regiment of Infantry was established in the early 2000’s with the mission is to provide for its members & the public the experiences of the common British soldier throughout the American Revolutionary conflict & more specifically at historic sites from the Hudson River Valley to Virginia. The group works as a collective; researching, creating uniforms & equipment and providing living history displays & interpretation to vividly teach & engage with History. The re-created 17th strives for meaningful, research-based public interpretation of the perspectives of the British Soldier in the American Revolution, and engage with broader questions of what it meant to be “British” and “American” nearly 250 years ago. The unit will conduct musket demos and other living history Demonstrations. http://17thregiment.com/
23rd Regiment NJ Volunteers Infantry (Browns Mills) - will have information on the volunteers of Burlington County that made up the 23rd Reg. NJ Volunteer Infantry. This was a nine month unit that fought at Fredericksburg & Chancellorsville, VA during the Civil War. They were also known as the "YAHOOS". The group will have a display of Civil War living history items.
Company G, 33rd NJ Volunteer Infantry 2nd Zouaves (Belvidere) – will represent New Jersey's first Civil War Zouave regiment wearing distinctive Zouave uniforms. Military & civilian camp life will be depicted as well as firing demonstrations, music played on period brass instruments & displays of military artifacts.
* 102nd Cavalry Group, WWII Reenactment Unit (Middletown) - portrays a Living History Unit dedicated to the memory & bravery of the 102nd Cavalry, (WWII NJ National Guard Unit, Essex Troop).
Members will set up a WWII Cavalry Headquarters with a 1942 Jeep & weapons & equipment display. www.102ndcavalrygroup.com
104th PA Volunteer Infantry, Co. C (Warminster, PA) – was originally formed in Doylestown, PA in 1861 & recruited from Bucks and Montgomery County. This reenactment unit will conduct several living history demonstrations.
Advocates for NJ History (Princeton) - advocate & lobby for sufficient resources to promote public history & to preserve the state’s historic resources. The organization encourages New Jersey’s citizenry & visitors to develop a common cultural context & enhance the vitality of state & local economies. There will be an exhibit display to inform visitors to the History Fair about the purpose & activities of the Advocates for New Jersey History. www.njhistoryadvocates.org
Afro American Historical & Genealogical Society, NJ Chapter (Jersey City) - is the “go to” organization for exploring African American genealogical research while preserving & sharing our history. There will be information & activities to encourage attendees to learn about the many contributions of African Americans to the state & the country. www.aahgsnj.org
American Historical Theatre (Philadelphia) – provides world-class Historical Characters and Interpretations. The Theatre provides over 100 characters and a variety of programs and tours all 50 states and Europe. Pat Jordan of their staff will be participating in the Fair portraying Clara Barton - educator, humanitarian & founder of the American Red Cross. Daisy Century will portray Harriet Tubman, a former slave who was a Union spy during the Civil War as well as a nurse. She rescued more than seventy slaves using the Underground Railroad declared, “I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.” www.ahtheatre.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
Antique Automobile Club of America Library & Research Center (Hershey, PA) – was established in 1977 & is a world renowned resource for the collectible vehicle community. It continues to set the standard in celebrating, collecting, preserving & sharing the country’s automotive legacy. The Library & Center have grown into one of the leading scholarly automotive facilities in the world. The Center has provided research support & illustrations for "Song of the Open Road - New Jersey and the Automobile" exhibit. It will be represented at the Fair by the AACA Mid-Jersey & NJ Regions. http://www.aacalibrary.org/about-us/
Archaeological Society of NJ (Trenton) - 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. here will be artifact identification & information on the society available.
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
* Asbury Park Historical Society (Wanamassa) – is a 15-year-old organization that recently acquired the Stephen Crane House on Fourth Avenue - home to one of America’s greatest authors- as its first-ever headquarters. The APHS will continue to renovate the 1878 house & continue it as an historical museum with a calendar of community activities. The Society will have a display of books, old maps & research materials.
Batesville Casket Company (Batesville, IN) - For more than 100 years, Batesville has been a leader in the funeral industry. Its revolutionary products and programs have helped customers enhance their relationships with the families they serve. Batesville loaned the replica Lincoln casket, one of five they made from a surviving 1865 photograph, on display in the Visitor Center. www.batesville.com
Batsto Village State Historic Site (Hammonton) - This Pine Barrens village is composed of 33 historic buildings & structures including the Batsto Mansion, gristmill, sawmill, general store, workers' homes & post office. Batsto Village was a former bog iron & glassmaking industrial center from 1766 to 1867 & currently reflects the agricultural & commercial enterprises that existed here during the late 19th century. An informational display & children's games will be presented.
Battlefield Restoration & Archaeological Volunteer Organization [BRAVO] (Manalapan) – is non-profit organization that provides archaeological services at Monmouth Battlefield State Park. Through the use of metal detectors, total station laser transits & standard archaeological work, BRAVO has uncovered clues to the state's past & corrected many misconceptions in the battle’s historical record. BRAVO members will have a hands-on experience for the public in detecting artifacts and talk to visitors about their efforts to preserve the country’s past. www.BRAVOdigs.org
Battleground 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
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 large model of the ship on display. www.battleshipnewjersey.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 train & other memorabilia as well as a guessing game contest. Free train magazines & flyers about their trains will be available. www.flemingtontrain.org
Boxwood Hall (Elizabeth) – is an 18th century mansion, with ties to George Washington, the Marquise de Lafayette, Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, Elias Boudinot & Jonathan Dayton. In addition to a table display, old time games, quill writing, dress-up opportunities will be featured.
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.
Bucks County [PA] Genealogy Society (Washington Crossing, PA) - enjoys sharing its passion for researching family history & works together to make a difference in the genealogical community. Researchers are encouraged to visit the Society to start or enhance their research, browse Society resources and the store; join its free newsletter e-list; or attend a great monthly program just across the Delaware. Family tree jewelry, buttons, magnets & more will be available for sale. Families can create & purchase their own buttons. www.bucksgen.org
* Burlington County Division of Parks (Mt. Holly) - is home to Historic Smithville Mansion (Eastampton), the Historic Prison Museum (Mt. Holly) & an Underground Railroad Museum. The Division offers programs, tours & special events to showcase the county’s history. Information about its passport program, "In Your Own Backyard: Passport to Historic Burlington County" & displays with information describing each site, its program & events will be available.
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. Period crafts and games will be presented. www.burlingtoncountyhistoricalsociety.org
* Camden County Historical Society (Camden) – was founded in 1899, and is a public, non-profit organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, study & interpretation of life in Camden County & Southern NJ. The Society's facilities include the historic house Pomona Hall (1788), the Camden County Museum, the research library and auditorium. An exhibit will include information & artifacts of Camden County history, live record music on a portable hand-cranked Victrola phonograph (c1920s) & flyers from other historical organizations from around Camden County including the Winslow Township Historical Society & the Goodwin Holocaust Museum, as part of the Camden County History Alliance." www.cchsnj.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
Carol S. Levin (Bridgewater) - is a youth services librarian, author, storyteller & program presenter for audiences of all ages. Ms. Levin will present, “Bridge Builder in Petticoats: Emily Warren Roebling”. Emily Roebling was called “one of the most noted women in the country” and “the most famous woman in New Jersey”…yet today few people even know her name! www.tellingherstories.com
Cheerful Dreams (Mount Holly) – will provide visitors with an opportunity to try their hand at leather tooling & making their own leather tooled key chain. http://cheerfuldreams.com/
* Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation, Inc. (Atlantic City) – creates pride in our Black heritage and promotes family values & unity in Atlantic County through the education of our youth, the community & tourists, by teaching them African-American History during the era of Chicken Bone Beach & exposing them to the original American Art form of Jazz. A photo exhibit and presentation will be featured. www.chickenbonebeach.org
Christina Romo (North Bergen) – will promote the Battle of Iron Works Hill event & talk about life in the Jaeger Korps that was stationed at Iron Works Hill during the American Revolution. Family members will be dressed in period clothing and visitors will have an opportunity to play a dulcimer.
Cliff & Brenda Jones (Ewing) – will demonstrate & invite visitors to write with a feather, quill pen & and also demonstrate how children were taught in 18th century schools. www.colonialamericansites.wordpress.com
Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area (Trenton) - encompasses approximately 2,155 square miles in NJ, including 212 municipalities in 14 counties. Crossroads is a non-profit organization whose mission is to "connect the people & places of NJ’s rich Revolutionary heritage to inspire community pride, stewardship & civic engagement." The organization seeks to preserve & promote all of the historic Revolutionary War era sites & related organizations in NJ. Information on the Heritage Area will be provided as well as Revolutionary Activity books for kids. www.revolutionarynj.org
Darrel Blaine Ford ((Babylon, NY) - Mr. Ford personates Walt Whitman. He appears in his 19th century costume, reads his poetry, relates events from his life experience & answers questions. Mr. Ford has been studying Walt's life & times, his poetry & the scholarly & popular literature concerning his biography for 75 years, since he was nine in 1939. “Mr. Whitman” will be roaming, performing in the Visitor Center auditorium & stationed at the Camden, NJ, Whitman House booth.
Deborah Peterson (Harleysville, PA) – has immersed herself in research into the material culture, economics & social aspects of people of the 18th century, primarily those of English descent in Southeastern NJ & PA, for 33 years. Her main focus has been on the food & clothing of the common sort, which secondarily provides her an outlet for her love of visiting & researching cooking equipment & antique garments. Ms. Petersen will demonstrate open air fire pit cooking.
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site (Bayville) - Guided tours, nature hikes, field trips & programs are available at the former company town of Double Trouble Village. The restored sawmill & packing house are open during tours as static exhibits while the mile and a half nature trail passes three cranberry bogs. An exhibit table will highlight the site's history & interpretive programming. A photo opportunity for children to pretend they are harvesting cranberries (carnival cutout/face-in-the-hole) will also be featured. www.njparksandforests.org
* Dr. James Still Historic Medical Office Site & the Medford Historical Society (Medford) – The Dr. James Still Medical Office was purchased by the state in 2006 and is operated by the Medford Historical Society. Dr. Still, known as the "Black Doctor of the Pines," was a renowned herbalist. Born into poverty, he died one of the wealthiest men in the county. Society members will meet and greet with visitors, display artifacts & distribute literature. There will also be a portrayal of Dr. James Still. www.medfordhistory.org
* Elizabeth Public Library (Elizabeth) – will present services & programs that Elizabeth Public Library offers to educate all ages about New Jersey History. Staff will have quill pens, ink & parchment for people to try, and there will be a display of books that were originally written in quill & ink. Staff will also assist Boxwood Hall staff demonstrate period games, costume and other activities. www.elizpl.org
* Evolution Paranormal (Glendora) - is a paranormal group that specializes in assisting historical societies & committees in raising funds as well as running Paranormal events. The group is a non-profit organization that donates all proceeds from its programs to the host historical society. The group is also is a member of several historical societies. There will be evidence of activity on display & literature on hosting paranormal investigations to raise funds. www.evolutionparanormal.com
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 & 1870's. Players use period equipment from these time periods. The team will play against the Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club and the Hoboken Nine using the rules of the 1860's. www.neshanock.org
Flemington Speedway Historical Society (Flemington) - will have a display with historical photos & illustrated timeline; 2 antique race cars & a pop up tent with tables. Members will interact with visitors & answer questions regarding the speedway & antique cars. www.flemingtonspeedwayhistoricalsociety.com
* Fort Delaware Cornet Band (Alloway) – represents the Artillery Brass Band that was stationed at Fort Delaware during the Civil War. The group plays on period instruments & performs in authentic Union uniforms of the Civil War. https://www.facebook.com/TheFortDelawareCornetBand/?fref=ts
Fort Mott State Park (Pennsville) - is an Endicott-era fortification and was built as part of the federal government’s late 19th century plan to defend the lower Delaware River. Today it serves as a state park where visitors can tour the remnants of the historic fort. The site’s 1942 Sperry Searchlight will be on display with selected items from the historical collection to include military equipment & artifacts. http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/fortmott.html
* Franklin Inn Van Liew Homestead Association (Somerset) - was founded to promote the preservation of the historic Franklin Inn, originally a Dutch farmhouse, then a hotel in the canal era and then a popular used book store. There will be a display of pictures & literature.
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 with photos and artifacts will be featured www.staatshouse.org
Friends of the Hancock House (Hancock’s Bridge) – is a non-profit organization that works with the State of New Jersey to promote & educate the community about the William Hancock House located in Lower Alloways Creek Township, Salem County New Jersey. The house is the site of a Revolutionary War massacre & the ancestral home of Cornelia Hancock who served as a nurse during the American Civil War. The Friends will have an information booth. www.fohh.20fr.com
Friends of the Indian King Tavern (Haddonfield) - are volunteers dedicated to the preservation, restoration & interpretation of the Tavern Museum. Members plan many annual open house programs each year that feature reenactors, period musicians & speakers. The Friends also purchase artifacts & furnishings for the Tavern & conduct research. The Friends will communicate to the public the importance of the Indian King Tavern with brochures, describe future Open House events & display pictures of past events. www.indiankingfriends.org
Friends of 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 Princeton Nursery Lands[FPNL] (Princeton) - was formed in 2000 to preserve the former Princeton Nurseries Kingston Site as a cultural landscape. FPNL has evolved into a 501(c)(3)non-profit organization which works in partnership with others to preserve, restore & interpret the site for the benefit of the public. The former Nursery lands are an essential part of the historic greenbelt around the village. There will be a display of interpretive material used to interpret the former Princeton Nurseries Kingston Site & build awareness of the former nurseries & its innovative horticultural practices & significance. It was once the largest & one of the most influential nurseries in the U.S. It was started in 1913. - www.fpnl.org
The Friends of White Hill Mansion (Fieldsboro) - are working towards preserving the historic home of the Field family. The Field home was an integral part of Burlington County’s involvement in the Revolutionary War. 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. Throughout its colorful history it housed famous inventors, doctors and restaurateurs. Fieldsboro was named for this most influential family.
* Garretson Forge and Farm (Teaneck) – Volunteers provide program opportunities for Master Gardeners, butterfly release, 2 festivals, a Dutch Christmas, Wreath making workshop & spinning demonstrations, House tours & talks on local history are also conducted. An information table with flyers, pictures of events & seeds will be presented. www.garrestonfarm.org
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 portray Heindrick Fisher, an 18th century farmer and NJ revolutionist. He will relate the story of 18th century Palatine immigrants’ role in the American Revolution.
George Esparza (Phillipsburg) – will present Phydeaux’s Flying Flea Circus & Wahoo Medicine Show. Step right up to the 19th C. Golden Age of humbug and quackery. Phydeaux’s Flying Flea Circus & Wahoo Medicine Show is good old fashion fun, complete with miniature circus & plenty of Snake-oil for everyone. It’s a tour de force combining comedy, illusion, tall tales & pure PT Barnum hyperbole. Honest! There will be audience interactive, comedy, historical street theater. Recreation of a "Low Pitch" Medicine Show. Performed in costume & in character, Mr. Esparza attracts a crowd with his miniature flea circus & pitch his life saving miracle remedies between the acts of the circus.
Griffith-Morgan Committee (Pennsauken) - is an all-volunteer organization that preserves & maintains the ca. 1693 Griffith Morgan House in Pennsauken. The house is a small museum focusing on local history & presents living history events such as hearth cooking, free lectures, author events & festivals. A table-top informational display, standing ephemera display and a few operational artifacts or replicas to promote site awareness will be featured. https://www.facebook.com/GriffithMorganHouse
Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association (Caldwell) - is an Officially Recognized Friends Organization that supplements & enhances the visitor experience at this State historic site. The Association offers educational programs including traveling trunks, conferences & speakers & a gift shop—“Grover's Corner” featuring presidential, Cleveland related, & period toys, games & books. The Gift Shop, educational materials, traveling trunks & literature will be available.
Heart to Hearth Cookery (Morrisville, PA) - is a food history business (since 1988) that provides food history programs from pre-European contact Lenape to mid-19th century. Heart to Hearth Cookery will provide two Lenape interpreters to demonstrate Lenape foodways & lifeways. www.hearttohearthcookery.com www.hearttohearthcookery.wordpress.com
Hendricks(on) Family Association of NJ (Sayreville) - is a 501(c) 13 tax exempt organization with the goal of restoring the 300-year old Hendrickson Burial Ground in Holmdel, NJ & making the public aware that there is no law that protects family or private burial grounds in NJ. www.Hendricksfamilyburialground.org
HHC 1st BDE 50th Ar Div Living History Detachment (Clark) - showcases the history of its old National Guard Division 1946-1993 when the division folded. The group’s emphasis is on the cold war period of the 1960's here in the USA. A small field HQ's will be set up & members will interact with the public as to the Guard’s role in the cold war period.
Historic Cold Spring Village (Cape May) - is a 30-acre living history museum featuring 26 restored, locally-significant historic structures dating back as far as 1691 that recreates aspects of life in South Jersey during the Early American era. An informational display on activities at HCSV & a selection of period toys for visitors' use will be featured. www.hcsv.org
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. An exhibit on the history of the Caldwell Township area will be presented. Also, a centennial book will be for sale. www.westcaldwellhistorynj.org
Historic Village at Allaire (Farmingdale) - is a living history museum, located in Allaire State Park, that demonstrates life during early 19th century Industrial America. Interpreters demonstrate historic activities & crafts, give house tours & engage in hands-on activities with the public. Children's games of the 1830's, weaving & sewing demonstrations & first person character performances will be featured. www.allairevillage.org
Historical Military Impressions (York, PA) - was founded in the fall of 1979 as a Pennsylvania chartered non-profit organization. Its goal is to portray the life & times of American men & women who have served in the history of our country, during war & peace, on the frontline or on the home front. Their time periods cover from the 1750’s through the present day. There will be blanket displays & interaction with visitors.
History on the Hoof [Stacy F. Roth and B. David Emerson] (Burlington) - creates educational programs on themes in American history through storytelling, role play, the use of material culture, & other techniques. Stacy Flora Roth will portray American Revolutionary War heroine Mary Hays, also known as Molly Pitcher. Mary Hays will relate anecdotes about her life as a "woman of the army" & her brush with fame as a cannoneer during the June 1778 Battle of Monmouth Courthouse. B. David Emerson will portray General George Washington, conversing about his memories of crossing the Delaware to surprise the Hessians at Trenton, the Revolution in the Jerseys, & anything else visitors would like to ask of the General. www.historyonthehoof.com
Hoboken Nine Vintage Base Ball Club (Hoboken) - plays 19th century baseball using rules from 1864 and bats and balls from the 19th century. The Hoboken Nine will play a vintage baseball game vs the Flemington Neshanocks & Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club www.HobokenNine.Jimbo.com
Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead, Inc. (Flemington) - preserves Hunterdon County's rural heritage. There will be a miniature rope machine for making bracelets, corn shelling & grinding & the opportunity to make church ticklers. 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. http://www.hudsoncountynjgenealogy.org/
Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission (Flemington) - develops programs to promote interest & participation in & understanding of local arts & culture, historic events & programs, & to support the goals of the community & state. General information about Commission activities will be available & books on local history will be for sale. http://co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/c&h/c&h.htm
Jack Sherry (Nyack, NY) - will portray Benjamin Franklin. Mr. Sherry will amuse, entertain, and enlighten your visitors while roaming around the fair. Did you know that Ben Franklin printed some of the first colonial paper money for the colony of New Jersey or that he and his son William owned a farm in Burlington, N.J.? Ben's son, William, was New Jersey's last royal governor. Visit with Ben! www.visitwithBenFranklin.com
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) – will portray a skilled Civil War era wet plate photographer using original lenses & authentic formulas, procedures & equipment. Mr. Bernaski will bring the obscure world of wet plate photography alive using visual demonstration, Q&A, & historical relevance.
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 address Grant's connection to the state's history & remaining in first person throughout the day.
Kingston Greenways Association (KGA) (Princeton) - is a 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1998, which aims to establish a permanent green belt around the village of Kingston consisting of natural environments, recreational parkland, agricultural & horticultural land, wetlands, streams & ponds, & sites of historical interest. A display of maps& photographs of the Kingston green belt & information on efforts to preserve it will be featured. The exhibit will include information on the preservation of the green belt, particularly those which have an agricultural/ horticultural past. The green belt is the rural agricultural/horticultural area which historically surrounded the village; its preservation is an important planning element. The exhibit will be coordinated with those of two other groups - the Kingston Historical Society and Friends of Princeton Nurseries lands. KGA has a continuing partnership with both of the organizations and has often worked together with them. www.kingstongreenways.org
Kingston Historical Society (Kingston) – is non-profit organization founded in 1997 to preserve, enhance & promote the history of Kingston and its environs. The Society’s headquarters are in the Kingston Lock Tender’s House on the D&R Canal. There will be a display of historical photographs with interpretive materials. www.khsnj.org
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 last resident, Mary Alice Barney Kean, was instrumental in creating the original Historic Sites Council of NJ .The house & grounds are a treasure trove of the history of the United States & New Jersey for over 240 years. Staff will demonstrate the history of Liberty Hall Museum using reproduction items & period games. www.kean.edu/libertyhall
Lincoln Camp 100, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (East Windsor) – is an organization of descendants of Civil War Veterans that also takes associate members. It has regular meetings with programs & study groups. Meetings are held in Cranbury & Hightstown & covers the central area of NJ. An information table will be available as will reference books on NJ Civil War soldier records & burial sites.
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 wife, Mary Todd Lincoln & & Colonel Jacob B. Sweitzer will also be in attendance. www.nj-lincoln.com
Linda Russell (New York City, NY) – is an early American balladeer who explores the past in song with hammered & mountain dulcimers, penny whistle, & guitar. She will perform 18th century ballads, marches & dance tunes while engaging the public to explore the instruments. Children will be encouraged to accompany her on rhythm instruments. www.lindarussellmusic.com
Loyal American Reformers (Arnold’s Legion) Loyalist Soldiers (Falls Village, CT) – is an organization that represents the Loyal American Reformers (Arnold's Legion) Loyalist soldiers who served under Benedict Arnold while in the British service, 1778-1783. A historical display and a firing tactics demonstrations will be represented.
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (Morristown) - was the home of George Macculloch, a 19th century businessman, best known as the "father" of the Morris Canal. The Museum holds the nation's largest collection of Thomas Nast artwork. Visitors can tour period rooms & view exhibits Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 1 to 4 pm. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum has in its collection many letters to & from the Macculloch-Miller family. Families can appreciate the history beneath their feet through a simulated archaeological dig. During a “dig”, children find an object in the dig boxes, draw a picture of what they found to take home & consider what the piece can tell us about life in NJ in earlier times. www.maccullochhall.org
Matawan Historical Society (Matawan) - operates the Burrowes Mansion Museum & is responsible for the care of all Borough historical artifacts. It conducts tours of the mansion & participates in many historic events to keep the history of its area alive & available to the public. Society members conduct monthly meetings with historical programs. There will be historical books for sale about Matawan & Monmouth County. Will also be providing personnel to discuss the history of Matawan with the aide of several historical documents & postcards.
Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association (Rahway) - is dedicated to preserving the Merchants and Drovers Tavern (1795/1820) & to interpreting early tavern life. Throughout the year, staff offer a variety of programs geared to a varied population. Members will distribute materials highlighting the museum & its programs. Costumed members will “tell the tavern’s story”. www.merchantsanddrovers.org
Mid-Atlantic Ladies Aside (Neptune) - is comprised of riders & non-riders all sharing a passion for history, learning & an appreciation for Sidesaddle traditions. The group offers a supportive & engaging environment, which provides an exchange of ideas & experiences that will enrich seasoned competitors as well as support & nurture beginners. Members will discuss the history of sidesaddle riding, focusing on the 1850's to the present & offer participants a chance to sit in a saddle & feel how a 'proper lady' rode her horse. www.midatlanticladiesaside.com
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 – 1970s. www.midjerseyregionaaca.org
Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission (Piscataway) - strives to promote local history & culture to residents of the County & beyond. The Commission oversees the Cornelius Low House Museum & East Jersey Old Town Village, both of which are open to the public for tours, exhibits & events.
Staff will be available to answer questions regarding the Commission, its sites & programs. Staff will have literature available to promote their current exhibits &. They will also show visitors how Middlesex County is using the latest technology to enhance their guests' experience through their new Guide by Cell program & their use of tablets to make their sites easily accessible for all visitors. http://www.co.middlesex.nj.us/Government/Departments/BDE/Pages/East-Jersey-Olde-Towne-Village.aspx
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. The archives is open for research Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, except holidays. Staff will provide free advice & handouts on how to do genealogical & historical research at the county archives. Complimentary exhibit catalogs on New Jersey history topics, including Civil War, Prohibition, WWI, and others will also be availble. www.visitmonmouth.com/archives
Monmouth County Genealogy Society (Hazlet) - promotes the study of genealogy & the history, geography, & social customs of its ancestors; collects, preserves & disseminates this information, especially to that of local origin; and offers educational programs such as lectures, seminars & workshops. Books will be available for purchase and information about the society will be featured. www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njmcgs/
Monmouth County Historical Association (Freehold) – was founded in 1898 & is the largest history-focused private nonprofit organization in NJ, serving thousands of residents each year. It collects, preserves & interprets its extensive museum, library & archival collections relating to Monmouth County’s history & makes these resources available to the widest possible audience. Educational programming promotes the appreciation of regional & national history. The Association also preserves & interprets five significant historic sites. The Association will have “A Look at 18th Century Family Life” program with costumed interpreters; fire pit cooking using 18thc methods & recipes; needlework, spinning, & loom weaving demonstrations; & period games & toys for kids. 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 Commission’s programs & the County’s numerous historic sites will be featured. www.visitmonmouth.com
Monmouth County Park System (Lincroft) – staff representing Longstreet Farm, will demonstrate shearing sheep, weaving wool, fulling wool fabric, wet felting and rug hooking. Hands-on activities for visitors will also be offered. Children will be invited to help staff wash and card wool. www.monmouthcountyparks.com
Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club (Allenhurst) – is a 19th Century Base Ball Club that plays according to period rules of the game & utilizes period uniforms & equipment. Three baseball matches, using 1864 rules, will be played against the Hoboken Nine & Flemington Neshanocks. www.facebook.com/Monmouth-furnace-base-ball-club
Morristown National Historical Park (Morristown) - commemorates the winter encampments of General Washington & his Continental Army’s troops during the American Revolution, particularly the winter of 1779-1780, when approximately 10,000 troops survived what is believed to be the coldest winter on record in the Northeast. 18th century games & activities of the American Revolutionary era will be featured with opportunities for children to drill. http://www.nps.gov
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 its headquarters & the Old Schoolhouse. The Colonial Dames desire to preserve the building, land & collections in order to enrich & enlighten a diverse public. There will be colonial toys for children to play with & writing in the sand table. www.colonialdamesnj.org
NJ Catholic Historical Commission (NJCHC) (Springfield) - Founded in 1976, the Commission is a specially appointed board sponsored by the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey & Seton Hall University. The objective of this Commission is to collect, preserve & publish works related to the NJ Catholic history experience in line with its ongoing mission of scholarship & public awareness. A display table with information & literature related to the organization will be presented. http://blogs.shu.edu/njchc/
NJ Civil War Heritage Association (Matawan) - is a volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1998. Our goal is to preserve New Jersey’s unique Civil War heritage & to educate all New Jerseyans about the crucial role our state played in the battle to save the Union. The Association will sell its publications & distribute membership information. www.njcivilwar.org
* NJ Civil War History Association (Old Bridge) - represents the 14th New Jersey, Company H military unit. The unit was recruited in Cranbury, NJ and trained at camp Vredenburgh. A Civil War military encampment and a civilian soldiers rest saloon will be presented.
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. Members will do a walking recreation of NJ State Prison Officers wearing in 1880-1900 period uniforms & equipment.
NJ Daughters of the American Revolution (NJDAR) (Morristown) – is a lineal based service organization focused on history, patriotism & education. Members serve & recognize our veterans, run an annual historic essay contests, maintains & recognizes historic places & assists at naturalization ceremonies. Costumed & non-costumed ladies will man a table to answer questions, meet the public & hand out literature.
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. http://frontierguard.blogspot.com
NJ Historic Trust (Trenton) - provides financial & technical assistance to historic site stewards & for heritage tourism planning. An information table to promote grant funding, the 2016 NJ History & Preservation Conference & other educational activities will be presented. www.njht.org
NJ Historical Commission (Trenton) - The mission of the NJ Historical Commission is to enrich the lives of the public by preserving the historical record & advancing interest in & awareness of NJ's past. An informational display about the Commission’s programs will be presented. www.history.nj.gov
* New Jersey Historical Society (Newark) - collects, preserves, teaches & interprets NJ history through archives, a research library & educational programs. It does so in the belief that an understanding & appreciation of historical issues, decisions & actions can inform & inspire the people of New Jersey. Visitors will be able to create a watercolor bookmark or trading card using authentic vintage trading card images. www.jerseyhistory.org
* NJ History Alive! (Port Monmouth) – strives to educate a diverse community about the significance of New Jersey’s past & its relationship to our lives today in a creative & interconnected manner! Our passion is to create personal history connections by engaging people with active inquiry! Members will focus on daily life in colonial NJ with sing-a-longs, games, kitchen demos such as butter churning & flint/steel as well as many fun reproduction artifacts on display & timely conversations! www.NJHistoryAlive.com
NJ Region Antique Automobile Club of America (Fanwood) – established in 1951, is a region of the national Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA). Its mission is the restoration & preservation of vehicles 25 years or older. There are 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 / www.aaca.org
NJ State Archives (Trenton) - is located in the Department of state and 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 State Museum (Trenton) - through its exhibitions, programs, collections, publications & scholarship in science, history & art, explores the natural and cultural diversity of New Jersey, past & present. Sandbox Archaeology & pottery reconstruction & prehistoric atifacts will be featured.
NJ Division of Parks & Forestry (Trenton) – Administers NJ’s state parks, forests and historic sites. General information on these resources will be available. www.njparksandforests.org
* NJ Studies Academic Alliance (Piscataway) - founded in 1992, promotes the teaching of New Jersey Studies by encouraging scholarship on the state. Meetings include four lectures free to all who attend. Annual awards are given to teachers, librarians/archivists, & to undergraduate & graduate students for papers about the state. Members of the group will be available to discuss its activities & to sell NJ-themed items. All funds raised by the group go to the students who win awards for their papers. www.njsaa.org
* NJ Vietnam Veterans' Memorial (Holmdel) - pays tribute to the over 1,500 New Jerseyans who perished in Vietnam & Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. The adjacent Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center is the only one of its kind in the USA. Volunteers will have materials available to educate the public about the work the Memorial does for schools, colleges, veterans & the general public. www.njvvmf.org
NJ Wheelmen (Verona) - are dedicated to keeping the history of bicycles alive. The group collects bicycles, restores them, delves into all aspects of the role of bicycles in the development of transportation & the role of bicycles in the changes that took place in society during the 19th Century. Bicycles from the 19th Century up to the early 20th Century will be displayed to show the development of the bicycle; its importance in transportation and in society during those years. There will be a demonstration of riding skills including riding of the 1880's high wheel bicycle. www.thewheelmen.org
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 of Ocean county events and history will be featured along with handouts & publications.
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
Old First Historic Trust (Elizabeth) - represents the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth & Snyder Academy, the site where New Jersey's first official settlers built their meetinghouse in 1664! The church played significant roles in both the founding of our state and the fight for Independence 100 years later! An informational booth & displays will be presented. www.acadenj.org
* Palisades Region Historic Sites (Stony Point, NY) - Come learn about the Lower Hudson Valley's great American Revolution Historic Sites: Stony Point Battlefield, Fort Montgomery Battlefield, Washington HQ, New Windsor Cantonment, Knox HQ, and Senate House! We will be distributing flyers, brochures, & other printed literature in the promotion of the Palisades Region Historic Sites, as well as discussing the Lower Hudson Valley's Revolutionary War History, ties to New Jersey, and any other inquiry the public may have.
Pennsauken Historical Society (Pennsauken) – is an all-volunteer organization founded in 1965. The Society preserves & interprets the ca. 1710 Burrough-Dover House in Pennsauken. The Society conducts regular, annual free public festivals & an annual meeting with public programs used to involve community in local history. A small exhibition of photographs & artifacts illustrating local history in Pennsauken Twp. will be offered as well as information about upcoming events, membership, volunteer opportunities & the Society’s work & mission. https://www.facebook.com/PennsaukenHistoricalSociety
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/
Pineland Antique Engine Association (Jackson) – preserves & restores mechanical history, i.e. engines, tractors, machinery, tools & farm equipment. Association members will have a display of antique tools & operate antique hit & miss engines. www.pinelandsoldengine.wordpress.com
Piney Hollow Drifters (Southampton) – are a group of four musicians, who will play live music from the Civil War era.
Preservation Salem Inc. (Salem) - promotes the preservation of architecture, farmland, open space & the history of Salem County. Staff will distribute information on the organization while sharing a table with the Friends of the Hancock House. www.preservationsalem.org
Princeton Battlefield Society (Princeton) - is a non-profit 501(C)3 volunteer organization dedicated to the enhancement, preservation, & development of Princeton Battlefield State Park & surrounding lands. They are the guardians of this national treasure. The Battlefield and Clarke House Museum are National Historic Landmarks & the Society members assist in the interpretation, public education, research, grounds maintenance,& fund raising connected with the historical events & natural features of the Park. www.theprincetonbattlefieldsociety.com
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
Rebecca Morris (Wilmington, DE) – will display antique dog-size carriages & do a draft dog demonstration. In the 19th century, many different carriage styles were made in child-size versions & hitched to large dogs. Children enjoyed driving these little dog carriages just as much as children today enjoy driving pedal cars.
Richard S. Toone (Columbus) - will demonstrate the use of an 18th century reproduction Spring Pole Lathe for making turned components of professionally made powder horns in colonial America. He will discuss the many uses of cattle horns over the last 300 years. www.livinghistoryshop.com
Rich Pawling (Sinking Springs, PA) – History Alive! was founded by Richard & Diane Pawling in 1991. The focus of History Alive! is the development & presentation of historically accurate living history/first person interpretive characterizations & historical dramas that are both entertaining & educational. Mr. Pawling will assume the character of canal boat captain John A. Hummel & will talk about life on the canal. Visitors will hear music of the period & learn about mules, muskrats and more! www.richpawling.com
* Rich Wagner (Hatboro, PA) – is a “colonial” brewer who, by mashing, boiling and cooling of wort, will demonstrate how beer was made in the seventeenth century. http://pabreweryhistorians.tripod.com
Rip Diringer (Skillman) – will portray a Spanish-American War soldier and interpret the soldier’s war time experience.
Ringwood Manor State Historic Site (Ringwood) - is a National Historic Landmark situated in the Ramapo Mountains. The area's magnetite iron deposits made it home to a succession of ironmasters for two hundred years. During the Gilded Age, it became the summer estate for partners Peter Cooper and Abram S. Hewitt and their families. There will be a table & display on the history of the site with information materials available. If possible, a laptop or small television with video on the history of the estate. www.ringwoodmanor.org
Roebling Museum (Roebling) - presents the history of the engineering genius of John A. Roebling, the wire rope industry he founded, and the company town of Roebling, NJ. Its focus is the industrial & technological achievements of the company & the unique social history of its workforce & town. Staff will share information about the museum & its programs. Virtual & real-time bridge-building activities will be featured. www.roeblingmuseum.org
Salem County Historical Society (Salem) - The Society's mission is to seek, document, preserve, interpret & perpetuate Salem County's heritage. The society offers exhibits at the historic 1721 Alexander Grant Mansion House Museum; extensive collections & research opportunities at the Josephine Jaquett Memorial Library; educational programs for children & adults; and historical and genealogical publications. Members will have items on display that would have been used for everyday life in the 1700s and 1800s, in addition to information about Salem County's history,the society's activities, and the other historic groups of Salem County. www.salemcountyhistoricalsociety.com
Samuel Fleming House & Garden (Flemington) – was constructed in 1756 & is the first house built in the village that would become Flemington. Samuel owned & operated a tavern on the main route from New York to Trenton. Staff will have artifacts & photos on display. www.fleminghousemuseum.org
* Sandy Levins (Haddonfield) - researches & recreates detailed, museum-safe, period-correct faux foods for museums & historic sites. Ms. Levins will talk about mourning customs & practices of the 19th century. www.HistoricFauxFood.com
Sayreville Historical Society (Sayreville) - promotes the history of the Borough of Sayreville, NJ. Displays & artifacts will be presented. www.sayrevillehistory.org
* Seabrook Educational & Cultural Center [SECC] (Seabrook) - presents the stories of relocated Japanese Americans & Japanese Peruvians from United States internment camps; wartime refugees from Europe; and migrant laborers from Appalachia, the Deep South & the Caribbean. Seabrook was an authentic "global bootstrap Village" where people of many cultures lived & worked together& still celebrate their heritage. Seabrook Farm was called the "largest vegetable factory on Earth" by Life Magazine in 1955, and its founder, Charles F. Seabrook, came to be known as the Henry Ford of Agriculture for his industrial approach to farming. An information table & artifacts will be featured. www.seabrookeducation.org
The Sea Dogs (Fieldsboro) - is a band & pirate/privateer re-enactment group that perform sea shanties & songs of the sea. The group also participates in historical re-enactments or encampments & giving educational talks on all aspects of piracy & sailing in & around NJ. There will be musical performances; a display of items typically found aboard sailing ships; weapons demonstrations; and Q & A discussions about all aspects of maritime life & piratical activity in & around NJ. www.SeaDogsNJ.com
Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission (Somerville) - is charged with developing programs to promote public interest in local & county history, in the arts & in cultural values, goals & traditions of the community, State & Nation. Services include Historic Preservation Grant Program, NJ Historical Commission Partnership Grants & History Awards Program. There will be a display of Commission activities, Revolutionary War activities, Revolutionary War & Civil War solders accoutrements & brochures concerning historic sites & museums in the county. www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/public-works/cultural-heritage
Stan Saperstein (Pennington) – will appear as an 18th century town crier roaming the Fair and informing visitors of various programs and activities taking place at the Fair. www.artisansofthevalley.com
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. Our museum is staffed by well-trained interpreters who will give you a very informative & engaging tour. On display will be a history of the design & construction of Thomas Edison Tower at Menlo Park which was recently restored & opened to the public. Ideas for student invention projects will be available & children will build their own phonograph. 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. Mabel Fenton, celebrated Vaudeville performer and township resident, will share memories of this bygone era with music, stories, and a demo of the famous “Pie in the Face” gag that both she, and her actor-husband, Charles Ross, originated over a century ago! www.oceanmuseum.org
* The Trentoniana Collection at the Trenton Free Public Library (Trenton) - is an enormous history and genealogy collection that documents the events, businesses & residents of the city, from its founding in the 17th century to the present day. Table-top displays will be featured. www.trentonlib.org
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
* Tuckerton Historical Society (Tuckerton) – was formed in 1972, serving Little Egg Harbor and Tuckerton by preserving the History of this unique area for future generations. The Society is located in the 1884 Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum in Little Egg Harbor Township, NJ, west of Tuckerton. Their collection includes photos, documents, books, maps & artifacts associated with the local area.
A display table & informational materials will be presented. www.tuckertonhistoricalsociety.org
Tuckerton Seaport Museum (Tuckerton) - is New Jersey's premier maritime museum. Staff will provide a Beach Apparatus Drill Demonstration www.tuckertonseaport.org
Twin Lights Historical Society (Highlands) – The Mission of the Society is to engage the public & foster a broader understanding of the historical role played by the Twin Lights in maritime navigation& wireless communications. The Society will continue to elevate this National Historic Landmark site & define its place in scientific & popular culture through the physical & virtual expansion of the museum & its collection, education outreach & interpretive programs & a state-of-the-art improvement initiative. Brochures and hand-outs will be available. www.twinlightslighthouse.com
USS Monitor/USS Lehigh Naval Living History Association (East Brunswick) – is a nonprofit organization whose members will portray the ship's company of the USS LEHIGH, an ironclad Monitor of the Civil War (1861-1865). The USS LEHIGH was a PASSAIC class monitor, an improved design of the original USS Monitor. Our members are all Civil War naval historians & present living history programs on the experience & history of the officers, sailors & marines of this time period. Members will share their knowledge with the public dressed as the crew of that period & portraying the famous & not so famous characters who helped to make our country's history. Additionally, the men will portray Rear Admiral David Glasgow Farragut and Fleet Surgeon J.M. Foltz. https://sites.google.com/site/usslehigh/
* Vince Turner ("SPAM Time") (Owings, MD) - is a fictional U.S. Army radio & live show that is modeled on actual entertainment presented to U.S. military personnel from WWII to the Vietnam War era. In addition to the "show" we support events by providing continuous music & announcements throughout the day. SPAM Time will provide a full day of pre-recorded & live musical entertainment that includes actual recordings & announcements from various archival sources. The program is conducted in accurate period uniform & is inclusive of providing MC support for our hosts as needed.
Vintage Automobile Museum of New Jersey (Toms River) - “Our mission is to provide an educational and entertaining family attraction, preserving, sharing & taking pride in an automotive heritage that truly encouraged & shaped the growth of New Jersey and this country, and its impact on our society.” Owners of antique vehicles will have narratives on the designs of their vehicles & how the designs are relative to the economy & events of that particular decade. For example, Model A Fords, built during the Depression years, were kept at a small size with small engines. The Model A's were reasonably priced for the average family to afford & the smaller engine allowed for better gas mileage. www.vintageautomuseum.org
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Sites (Somerville) - are two historic sites that focus on the third quarter of the 18th century. The Wallace House is best known for being one of Gen. Washington's winter headquarters during the Middlebrook Cantonment of 1778-79. The Old Dutch Parsonage was the home of the founder of Rutgers University, The Reverend Mr. Jacob Hardenbergh. An informational table will be available along with a demonstration of the game of ninepins.
Walt Whitman Association (Camden) - Walt Whitman Association (WWA) was originally founded as a group of Whitman friends and supporters during the author’s life in Camden. The WWA is the oldest existing Whitman society in the world. Its mission is to support the preservation of his home in Camden & to promote the life works & legacy of America’s “Great Poet of Democracy”. The WWA continues its support of the NJ State History Fair by sponsoring Mr. Darrel Blaine Ford as Walt Whitman. This year visitors can learn about Whitman’s life during the Civil War & his book of Civil War Poetry, “Drum Taps”. They can also hear him read his poem, “O Captain! My Captain!”, a tribute to President Lincoln.
Walt Whitman House State Historic Site (Camden) – Home of the “Great Poet of Democracy”, the renowned poet & author lived in this house from 1884 until his death in 1892. During this period Whitman, reached the summit of international recognition & acclaim as author of the pioneering free-verse book of poetry, Leaves of Grass. Today the Walt Whitman House, a National Historic Landmark, provides an intimate glimpse into the life of the poet, attracting visitors from around the world. Whitman's original letters, personal belongings, the bed in which he died, & the death notice that was nailed to the front door have all been preserved, as well as a collection of rare nineteenth-century photographs, including the earliest known image of Whitman - an 1848 daguerreotype. The site will be participating in the “Song of the Open Road: NJ & the Automobile” exhibit. An exhibit table will highlight the historic site’s history & interpretive programming. www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/historic/whitman/
Washington Crossing Park Association of NJ [WCPA] (Lawrence) - works to preserve, enhance & advocate for the park & the history it represents. The Association strives to educate citizens & enrich their quality of life through knowledge of & exposure to the park. An information table about the Association and its goals will be featured. Items will be available for purchase. http://www.washingtoncrossingparkassociation.com/
Washington Crossing State Park Visitor Center Museum (Titusville) - Washington Crossing State Park is the site of George Washington's famous Christmas Night Crossing of the Delaware River which led to the turning point victory at the Battle of Trenton the following morning. The Visitor Center Museum is home to the Swan Historical Foundation's collection of Revolutionary War artifacts.
The Ten Crucial Days Campaign will be presented as an informational display. http://www.njparksandforests.org/parks/washcros.html
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. An information table and hands-on activities such as pump drills, corn grinding & a stone toss game will be featured.
Whitesbog Preservation Trust (Browns Mills) - is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration & interpretation of Historic Whitesbog Village. The Village is an early 20th-century company town & agricultural community open 365 Days A Year from Sunrise to Sunset for trail walking, running, horse-back riding, biking, driving & exploring. In the early 1900s, Whitesbog was the largest cranberry farm in NJ & its founder, Joseph J. White, was a nationally recognized leader in the cranberry industry. Whitesbog is also where the highbush blueberry was first successfully cultivated by Elizabeth Coleman White & Frederick Coville 100 years ago. Today, Whitesbog includes the village of restored cottages, farm buildings, gardens & the surrounding 3,000 acres of cranberry bogs, blueberry fields, reservoirs, sugar sand roads, & Pine Barrens forests. The General Store is open weekends & offers fruit preserves, chocolates, candies, snacks, drinks & hand-made crafts. The Village hosts living history tours, wagon rides, gallery shows, museum tours, bird walks, moonlight walks, botanical hikes, craft fairs & the annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival in late June.
A portable Vintage Photo Booth where visitors can dress up in period costume and have their picture taken with props from Whitesbog's history will be featured. www.whitesbog.org
William Trent House Museum (Trenton) - The 1719 William Trent House Museum serves the community by interpreting the history of the Trenton area before it became Trenton, as well as its evolution into today. Visitors to this historic house museum will learn about William Trent and the historical impact this resource & its owners had on Mercer County. A display of garden items & colonial toys & games will be presented. www.williamtrenthouse.org
Wise Owl Workshops – (Great Meadows) - Phil & Lorna Wooldridge run Wise Owl Workshops, which promotes interest in & respect for historic cemeteries through presentations for adults & hands-on workshops for children. Displays will include artwork created through rubbings & foil impressions from gravestones across the state. Children & adults will be provided with an opportunity to try their hand at gravestone rubbing through the use of a mock gravestone & play a new cemetery symbolism card game. A demonstration of stone carving will also be presented. Information, displays & handouts will be available. www.wiseowlworkshops.com
Woodbridge Township Historic Preservation Commission (Woodbridge) – strives to increase awareness & works to preserve the rich history of Woodbridge Township. A visual display highlighting Woodbridge's unique history will be presented. www.wthpc.org
* New Exhibitor for 2016