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101 Things to do at the 2011 NJ State History Fair

  1. Learn about the Meerwald, NJ’s tall ship
  2. Listen to the songs of the American Civil War era
  3. Discover President Grover Cleveland’s birthplace
  4. Swoon to the music of ‘Ol Blue Eyes – Frank Sinatra
  5. Discover the major impact black soldiers had on the American Revolution
  6. Speak with an archivist about preserving archival materials such as photographs
  7. Watch a sheep shearing
  8. Hear tales from the old State Prison
  9. Visit the NJ Hall of Fame Mobile Museum
  10. Watch a 19th century baseball game
  11. Shop The Crafters and Authors Marketplace
  12. See what’s magical about “Levram – the Colonial Conjurer”
  13. Invent like Thomas Edison
  14. Dig with the Archaeological Society of NJ
  15. Learn how WWII enemy ships were tracked offshore without the use of computers
  16. Meet a town crier
  17. Detect artifacts
  18. Speak with NJ’s last Royal Governor, William Franklin*
  19. Learn how the Lenapes prepared and preserved food
  20. Engage Ulysses S. Grant* in conversation about his military & political life
  21. Experience ice cream making the old-fashioned way
  22. Discover your roots
  23. Learn about Bordentown’s connection to Napoleon Bonaparte
  24. Use a drop spindle to make yarn
  25. Ask Mary Hayes McCauley*, aka Molly Pitcher, about the Battle of Monmouth
  26. Participate in period games
  27. Examine exhibits from the state’s historical societies & museums
  28. Meet President Lincoln*
  29. Take your picture with Revolutionary War & Civil War soldiers
  30. Tap your toe to some bluegrass music
  31. Explore the most decorated ship in America -the Battleship New Jersey
  32. Enjoy a family picnic
  33. Watch the Wheelmen balance upon the big wheeled Penny Farthing bicycles
  34. Experience the BOOM of cannon fire
  35. Watch a blacksmith at work
  36. Observe a WWII GI medical field aid station in action
  37. Watch a 19th century demonstration of wet-plate photography
  38. Get taken in by Phydeaux’s Flying Flea Circus & Wahoo Medicine Show
  39. Find out why NJ is the “Crossroads of the Revolution”
  40. Explore 330+ years of publically accessible records at the State Archives
  41. Receive Professional Development Credit for NJ school teachers
  42. Purchase some blueberry jam
  43. Discuss colonial politics with Benjamin Franklin*
  44. “Ask Granny” about Genealogy and Hudson County
  45. Dance with the Tricorne Dance Ensemble
  46. Earn advancement requirements for Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts
  47. Discuss military strategies with George Washington*
  48. Plow a furrow & experience horse-power first hand
  49. Get your hands on Fort Mott’s 20th century military equipment
  50. Learn about NJ’s horticultural past & its significance

*actor portrayals

  1. Watch a video on the Battle of Monmouth
  2. Discover five centuries of New Jersey's history in one place
  3. Try your hand at calligraphy and writing with a quill pen
  4. Purchase a book on NJ’s history
  5. Chat with New Jersey’s Civil War Governor - Charles Olden*
  6. Try your hand at spinning wool
  7. Get to know the Indian King Tavern Museum – where New Jersey was “born”
  8. See historic photographs of the Delaware & Raritan Canal
  9. Engage in conversation with iron maker Peter Hasenclever* - the founder of Long Pond Ironworks
  10. Tool leather
  11. Create a corn husk doll
  12. Play Ninepins
  13. Reminisce about auto racing at Flemington Speedway and Hinchliffe Stadium
  14. Experience the lost art of sidesaddle riding
  15. Discover NJ’s lighthouse and nautical history
  16. Swing to the sounds of the NJ National Guard Army Band
  17. Hear Martha Washington* speak about women’s involvement in the American Revolution
  18. Travel through a timeline of automotive history
  19. Have a commemorative cacheted envelope cancelled by the Batsto post office
  20. Dress up in 18th & 19th century reproduction clothing
  21. Learn about a National Historic Landmark – the Abbott Marsh
  22. Discover agricultural places that built NJ’s reputation as the Garden State
  23. Piece together a puzzle of the historic White Hill mansion
  24. Take a photographic trip through historic Princeton
  25. Learn about the early days of radar technology with InfoAge
  26. Research the New Jersey connection to the Order of the Arrow
  27. Engage Clara Barton* in a conversation about the American Red Cross
  28. Take a selfie in colonial garb
  29. Talk with the Loyalist Queen’s Rangers
  30. Explore NJ’s firefighting history and apparatus of old
  31. Meet the proud father of a CCC boy
  32. Discover the many uses for a powder horn
  33. Hear the story of Timothy Thomas Fortune – Dean of African-American journalism
  34. Take home samples of fresh garden herbs
  35. Listen as Walt Whitman*, the “Good Grey Poet” recites the “Song of the Open Road”
  36. Learn about the great Hindenburg Disaster         
  37. Try your hand at gravestone rubbings (mock gravestone)
  38. Ask the Widow Tennent about her husband’s trip to heaven . . . and his return
  39. Explore the site of the Revolution’s largest Field Artillery battle
  40. See a copy of George Washington’s “Farewell Orders”
  41. Engage the senses with pit-hearth cooking
  42. Listen to the 18th century tales of Mrs. Phoebe Woolley*
  43. Experience life on the high seas through the eyes of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, USN*
  44. Play bocce! and learn about America’s Labor Movement
  45. Enlist in a military drill
  46. Take a musical tour with Tom Cunningham  - host of The Bruce Brunch on 105.7 The Hawk
  47. Get down to the beat of a Civil War drum
  48. Listen to tales from a storyteller
  49. Meet a Spanish-American soldier
  50. Explore the state-of-the-art Visitor Center exhibits
  51. Watch a demonstration of rope and candle making

 

 

 

 

 

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