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101 Things to do at the 2011 NJ State History Fair

  1. Visit the NJ Hall of Fame mobile-museum
  2. Explore 18th century Beer making
  3. Participate in a Food Truck War
  4. Enjoy the performance of Roy Justice – Singing Historian
  5. Watch a 19th century baseball game
  6. Shop the Crafters and Authors MarketPlace
  7. Experience the American Crisis with Thomas Paine*
  8. See what’s great about Levram – the Colonial Conjurer
  9. Engage President Lincoln in conversation
  10. Hear about the Nike Missile bases that protected NJ during the Cold War
  11. Meet the Delaware Continentals who crossed the Delaware River during the Revolution     
  12. Stay for the post-Fair performance by the 63rd Army Band          
  13. Make bird food with the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead
  14. Have your photo taken in a 1910 Portland Cutter Sleigh
  15. Invent with Thomas Edison*
  16. Dig with the Archaeological Society of NJ
  17. Learn how WWII enemy ships were tracked without the use of computers
  18. Encounter the historic sites of Morris County
  19. Watch the making of hand-tooled wooden household items
  20. Listen to the true-life tale of the Hancock House Massacre
  21. Walk the Continental Trail
  22. Meet Suffragist Alice Paul*
  23. Explore a Revolutionary War encampment
  24. Ask Rev. Jonathan Edwards* and his wife Sarah* about the Great Awakening
  25. Enjoy a Gilded-Age game of Croquet
  26. Experience NJ history through poetry with a reading of Historiopticon
  27. Hear some “famous last words” of the Victorian Era
  28. Play Lenape style games
  29. Engage the senses with Dutch cooking
  30. Get your hands on Fort Mott’s 20th century military equipment
  31. Watch a miniature war-game depiction of the First Battle of Trenton
  32. Research your family’s history
  33. Learn how massive coastal guns protected our mainland in wartime
  34. Use a drop spindle to make yarn
  35. Ask Mary Hayes McCauley*, aka Molly Pitcher, about the Battle of Monmouth
  36. Participate in historic games
  37. Examine exhibits from the state’s historical societies & museums
  38. Join living history demonstrations
  39. Visit an 18th century kitchen garden
  40. Take your picture with Revolutionary War & Civil War soldiers
  41. Tour the Johnson Ferry House
  42. Encounter a Jersey “Yahoo” with the 23rd Volunteer Infantry Regiment
  43. Explore 20th century naval equipment from the Battleship New Jersey
  44. Buy a commemorative postal cachet envelope
  45. Admire the style and beauty of an antique car
  46. Experience the BOOM of cannon fire
  47. Talk with the true designer of the American Flag - Francis Hopkinson*
  48. Learn about 18th century small pox inoculations
  49. Join the 1st NJ Regiment for a wooden musket drill
  50. Engage in conversation with an Indentured Servant
  1. See a display of historic fire apparatus
  2. Meet an 18th century Palatine blacksmith*
  3. Observe a WWII GI medical field aid station in action
  4. Celebrate Hunterdon County’s 300th anniversary
  5. Encounter writer, editor, publisher and former slave Thomas Fortune*
  6. Watch a 19th century demonstration of wet-plate photography
  7. Ask Jersey resident Annie Oakley* about the Wild West
  8. Master the task of corn shelling
  9. Get taken by Phydeaux’s Flying Flea Circus & Wahoo Medicine Show
  10. Find out why NJ is the “Crossroads of the American Revolution”
  11. Explore 330+ years of publically accessible records at the State Archives
  12. Discover the history of Trenton, our state capitol
  13. Receive Professional Development Credit for NJ school teachers
  14. Meet Admiral Farragut* and the USS Lehigh crew
  15. Savor the aromas of Quaker cooking
  16. Listen to the 18th century tales of Mrs. Phoebe Woolley*
  17. Discuss colonial politics with Benjamin Franklin*
  18. Enjoy the 18th century music of the Practitioners of Musick
  19. Try your hand at gravestone rubbings (mock gravestone).
  20. Investigate the paranormal
  21. “Ask Granny” about Genealogy and Hudson County
  22. Meet Elizabeth White*, the woman who tamed the wild blueberry
  23. Dance with the Tricorne Dance Ensemble
  24. Take a ride in a horse-drawn hay wagon ($5/ride)
  25. Watch the workings of vintage farm equipment
  26. Earn advancement requirements for Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts
  27. Discuss military strategies with George Washington*
  28. Plow a furrow & experience horse-power first hand
  29. Have an antique appraised by the Associated Antique Dealers of NJ (free – donations  appreciated)
  30. Learn about benefits for US Military Veterans and their family members
  31. See display on the Civilian Conservation Corps & WWII POW Camp
  32. Discover four centuries of New Jersey's history in one place
  33. Be tempted by the aroma of English Hearth Cooking
  34. Listen to the sweet sounds of a dulcimer
  35. Try your hand at calligraphy and writing with a quill pen
  36. Answer New Jersey trivia with the Historical Society of Princeton
  37. Meet Revolutionary War surgeon Ludwig Wirtenberg*
  38. Purchase a book on NJ’s history
  39. Enjoy the Civil War sounds of the Libby Prison Minstrels
  40. Converse with New Jersey’s Civil War Governor - Charles Olden*
  41. Get hooked on rug hooking
  42. Explore the rare Revolutionary War artifacts in the Visitor Center Museum
  43. Try your hand at spinning wool
  44. Hear Sojourner Truth* tell of slavery in the Northern states
  45. Take a boat ride on the Delaware & Raritan (D&R) Canal
  46. Get to know the Indian King Tavern – where New Jersey was born 350 years ago
  47. Observe silhouette portraits be cut by hand
  48. Engage in conversation with iron maker Peter Hasenclever* - the founder of Long Pond Ironworks
  49. Experience the lost art of sidesaddle riding
  50. Discover NJ’s lighthouse and nautical history
  51. Speak with Walt Whitman*, the “Good Grey Poet” about his Civil War experiences

 

 

 

 

 

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