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101 Things to do at the 2011 NJ State History Fair

  1. Discover five centuries of NJ’s history in one place
  2. Meet Harriett Tubman who saved seventy lives via the Underground Railroad*
  3. Discover President Grover Cleveland’s birthplace
  4. Speak with an archivist about preserving old documents & photos
  5. Learn about the role of Fort Monmouth in WWI
  6. Converse with Alice Paul about women’s rights & the suffragette movement*
  7. Watch a 19th century baseball game
  8. Get up close to a farmyard chicken
  9. Invent like Thomas Edison
  10. Dig with the Archaeological Society of NJ
  11. Learn how WWII enemy ships were tracked offshore without the use of computers
  12. Meet a town crier
  13. Talk with Francis Hopkinson about his design of America’s 1st Official Flag*
  14. Learn how the Lenapes prepared and preserved food
  15. Learn about the NJ native who was the first American woman to fly a jet plane
  16. Discover your roots
  17. Ask Mary Hayes McCauley, aka Molly Pitcher, about the Battle of Monmouth*
  18. Participate in period games
  19. Examine exhibits from the state’s historical societies & museums
  20. Talk with President Teddy Roosevelt about creating our national parks*
  21. Take your picture with Revolutionary War & Civil War soldiers
  22. Tap your toe to some bluegrass music
  23. Learn about the most decorated ship in America - the Battleship New Jersey
  24. Enjoy a family picnic
  25. Meet more history geeks per square mile than anywhere else in NJ
  26. Experience the BOOM of cannon fire
  27. Explore your African-American Genealogy
  28. Watch a 19th century demonstration of wet-plate photography
  29. Get taken in by Phydeaux’s Flying Flea Circus & Wahoo Medicine Show
  30. Find out why NJ is the “Crossroads of the Revolution”
  31. Explore 330+ years of publically accessible records at the State Archives
  32. Receive Professional Development Credit for NJ school teachers
  33. Discover where General von Steuben stayed in the winter of 1778-79
  34. Listen to President Woodrow Wilson talk about America’s entry into WWI*
  35. "Ask Granny” about Genealogy & Hudson County
  36. Dance with the Tricorne Dance Ensemble
  37. Earn advancement requirements for Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts
  38. Experience a WWII Field Camp
  39. Learn about pattern-brick architecture in South Jersey
  40. Discuss military strategies with George Washington*
  41. Plow a furrow & experience horse-power first hand
  42. Get your hands on Fort Mott’s 20th century military equipment
  43. Learn about NJ’s horticultural past & its significance
  44. Watch a video on the Battle of Monmouth
  45. Find out what a WACO Glider is
  46. Try your hand at calligraphy & writing with a quill pen
  47. Purchase a book on NJ’s history
  48. Test your skill at spinning wool
  49. Get to know the Indian King Tavern Museum – where New Jersey was “born”
  50. Discover the work of illustrator Thomas Nast & his connection to “Santa Claus”

*actor portrayals

  1. Learn about Boy & Girl Scout opportunities in NJ
  2. Experience the lost art of sidesaddle riding
  3. Discover NJ’s lighthouses & nautical history
  4. Observe a needlework demonstration
  5. Learn about the Asbury Park home of author Stephen Crane
  6. Experience interactive displays on Camp/Ft. Dix’s 100 year-old history
  7. Hear the music of a Civil War era cornet band
  8. See how a colonial brewer made beer
  9. Learn about Indian place-names & lifestyles in NJ
  10. Dress up in 18th & 19th century reproduction clothing
  11. Discover agricultural places that built NJ’s reputation as the Garden State
  12. See the ‘pie in the face’ vaudeville routine pioneered by some Jersey comedians
  13. Experience a live US Army radio show that entertained the troops
  14. Listen to the poetry of NJ’s own Joyce Kilmer
  15. Take a selfie in historical garb
  16. Explore NJ’s firefighting history & apparatus of old
  17. Discover the many uses for a powder horn
  18. Enjoy the traditional craft of tin punching
  19. Learn about the people who explore the paranormal at historic houses
  20. Meet Dr. Still, the famous 19th century herbalist and ‘Doctor of the Pines’*
  21. Participate in a beach apparatus drill
  22. Talk with a soldier about his life in General Washington’s Army
  23. Listen as Walt Whitman, the “Good Grey Poet” recites the “Song of the Open Road”*
  24. Try your hand at gravestone rubbings (mock gravestones)
  25. Ask the Widow Tennent about her husband’s trip to heaven . . . & his return*
  26. Explore the site of the Revolution’s largest Field Artillery battle
  27. See a copy of George Washington’s “Farewell Orders”
  28. Engage the senses with pit-hearth cooking
  29. Learn about NJ’s cranberry industry
  30. Gather information about NJ’s many state parks, forests & historic sites
  31. See a display of antique engines & tools
  32. Solve an interactive prehistoric pottery puzzle
  33. Enlist in a military drill
  34. Ask Ben Franklin about his kite experiment*
  35. Choose from a wide selection of food trucks for a snack or lunch
  36. Explore state-of-the-art Visitor Center exhibits
  37. Play a poetry game & get a lollipop
  38. Hear the songs, marching tunes & wistful laments of the WWI era
  39. Put out “a house-a-fire”
  40. Operate a model railroad
  41. Join in a sing-a-long with the Sea Dogs
  42. Discover who created the ‘largest vegetable factory on earth’
  43. Learn about NJ Questers
  44. Meet a Master Gardener
  45. Talk to President Lincoln about his life as Commander-in-Chief*
  46. Listen to music on a 1920’s Victrola phonograph
  47. Design & color your very own flag
  48. See what school was like for children of the 18th century
  49. Shell some corn
  50. Feel like you’re living in another time
  51. Have fun!

 

 

 

 

 

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