The League of Historical Societies of New Jersey — http://www.lhsnj.org has listed a ton of events going on now through March 2020.
Wednesday, February 5 – Passaic County
Black History Exhibit explores the Achievements of Patersonians
The Paterson Museum is excited to announce the opening of its newest changing exhibit, “Thus Shall They Upward, Onward Press: An Exploration of the History of African Americans in Paterson from 1600-Present.”
Installed in honor of Black History Month, the exhibit is a survey of the accomplishments of many of Paterson’s African American citizens. The exhibit will feature some familiar citizens, such as Larry Doby, but visitors will also learn about some individuals like Dr. Norman Cotton, Minerva Miller and Henry Otis Harris who also made an impact on our community. The exhibit will be in place from Wednesday February 5th through Saturday March 28th in the Hannah Memorial Gallery.
Please join us at the Museum on Saturday February 8th from 1pm-3pm for the opening reception. The program will be led by Paterson Free Public Library Director Corey Fleming and will feature a reading by Talena Lachelle Queen, Poet Laureate of Paterson.
The exhibit will be on display at the Paterson Museum, located at 2 Market Street (on the corner of Market and Spruce Streets) in the heart of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. For more information about this event, or to learn more about the Paterson Museum, visit our website https://patersonmuseum.com/ and like us on Facebook!
Thursday, February 6 – Morris County
Look for the River: How Finding Lost Waterways Can Help Us Adapt
February 6, 7 pm at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts
Cost: Included with Museum Admission
Heather Fenyk, founder & president of the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership, will discuss the changes made to our urban streams over time. Pre-registration is recommended as space is limited. Click here to register!
Saturday, February 8 – Somerset County
Unraveling History: Quilts in the 18th & 19th Centuries
The Somerset County Society is pleased to announce the first of this year’s History Talks on Saturday, February 8, 2020. Dana Bala, an expert in historic quilts, will present a program on Textiles and Quilts in the 18th and 19th Centuries from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Somerset County Historical Society headquarters in the Van Veghten House, 9 Van Veghten Drive, Bridgewater NJ, 08807.
Ms. Bala will discuss textiles—their cost and production—from the time of the American Revolution, up to the time of the American Civil War, when quilting became a truly American tradition and format for expression. Her program is hands-on: she will bring quilts, fabrics and clothing so that participants can touch the materials, including clothing of the period. Ms. Bala has been quilting for 15 years. She combines her love of history and fabric by researching historic quilts, patterns, techniques, and the textile industry.
The program is open to the public, but seating is limited. There is a suggested $5 donation. For reservations, please email number of seats needed and name to email@example.com.
Please note, this program is on Saturday, February 8, not the usual Sunday meeting time. The house is open for tours and research from 11-3 PM that day. Doors for the presentation will open at 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 8 – Mercer County
VICTORIAN PRESSED FLOWER VALENTINE WORKSHOP
at 11:00 a.m. $30; $20 Friends of Morven
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/victorian-pressed-flower-valentine-workshop-tickets-79385707789
MORE INFO: https://www.morven.org/victorian-pressed-flower-valentine-workshop
Valentine’s Day is coming – what better time to learn how to create Victorian-style Valentines with Morven’s Curator of Education Debra Lampert-Rudman? Learn the “love language” of flowers, enjoy an illustrated powerpoint on Victorian pressed flowers, and create Valentines of your own special design suitable for framing. All pressed flowers (many from Morven’s historic gardens), materials, and art instruction provided. No previous experience required and space is limited.
Ticket price includes light refreshments and Museum admission.
Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton; 609.924.8144; firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information contact Morven’s Curator of Education and Public Programs at 609.924.8144 ext. 106 or at email@example.com
Sunday, February 9 – Somerset County
The next music program at the Vermeule Mansion will be on Sunday, February 9, at 3:00 PM.
We will present North Plainfield resident violinist, Lucia Nowick. Lucia holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Music, having studied at Julliard and at Rice University. Her performance will include works from the Great American Song book, and she will be accompanied by a pianist.
Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. The Mansion is at 614 Greenbrook Road, North Plainfield, NJ 07063.
Thursday, February 20 – Cape May County
Local Protection Strategies: Preserving the Historic Resources of South Jersey
at 6:00 p.m. in the Wildwood City Hall, Commissioner’s Meeting Room, 2nd Floor, 4400 New Jersey Avenue, Wildwood, NJ 08260
Join Preservation New Jersey, Preserving the Wildwoods, and Wildwood City Commission for a free information session spotlighting local resources for historic preservation and sustainable redevelopment in South Jersey. The evening will include topical presentations, a Q&A, and a networking session on the ways that historic preservation enhances communities and creates a sense of place. Historical societies, nonprofits, municipalities and the public are welcome and invited to attend.
Barton Ross, AIA, AICP, LEED AP, President, Barton Ross & Partners, LLC
Matt Pisarski, PP, AICP, Principal, Pine Mount Consulting
Taylor Henry, Preserving the Wildwoods and Author of Wildwoods Houses Through Time
Preservation New Jersey periodically presents discussions of topics impacting the historic preservation field and the historic resources of New Jersey. This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in New Jersey through a series of lectures, tours, and other events at or about endangered places. The February Round Table takes place in Wildwood, listed on the 10 Most in 2009 and 2019.
Please register at Preservation Round Table
Now through April 19 – Mercer County
IF THESE QUILTS COULD TALK
A juried exhibit featuring quilts by the Princeton Sankofa Stitchers Modern Quilt Guild and the Friendly Quilters of Bucks County
CURATED BY DIANE CICCONE AND JANE MALLOY
On view through April 19, 2020
An array of quilting styles and color schemes will fill our first-floor galleries with African American artistry, creativity, and storytelling.
The Friendly Quilters of Bucks County and Princeton Sankofa Stitchers Modern Quilt Guild keep the traditions of quilt-making alive with works of art that tell stories and strengthen historical and community bonds. The exhibit will feature workshops and lectures on the history and traditions of quilts in the African American community.
information. Ellarslie Museum, Cadwalader Park, Trenton; 609-989-1191
February 1 to March 28 – Hunterdon County
The Lebanon Township Museum is pleased to announce a two-month celebration of 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage with a multi-faceted exhibit and a number of exciting and informative events. Below is a list of the line-up for both February and March. Please mark your calendars and join us in honoring this historic centennial!
100 YEARS OF SUFFRAGE: A Celebration in Quilts created by The Courthouse Quilters on display from February 1st through March 28th. The Courthouse Quilters are a non-profit 501(c)(3) whose purpose includes preserving and promoting the history of quilting and supporting charitable activities.
Opening Reception with special guest Rielly Karsh of Moms Running Saturday, February 1st from 1-3 pm. Light refreshments served.
Rightfully Hers: American Women and Vote Pop-Up Exhibit on loan from the National Archives & Record Administration from February 1st through February 27th
Sash Making Parties — All skill levels are invited to sew their own Suffragist Sashes while enjoying a presentation entitled When Women Gather: “Women’s Work” and Activism on
Thursday, February 20th from 6:30-8:00 pm and Saturday February 22nd from 1-3pm. There will be a small fee to cover costs, email or check our website soon for more information
Monday, February 3 – Union County
Union County Celebrates Black History Month
With A Langston Hughes Song Revival, February 3rd at Hamilton Stage
Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to celebrate the beginning of Black History Month with a free performance of A Langston Hughes Song Revival, an exploration of music in the life and times of the poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist Langston Hughes on Monday, February 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street in Rahway.
“Langston Hughes is an important voice in the cultural and social history of the Union County community, having lived in Westfield in the 1930s,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “The Freeholder Board is proud to contribute to the celebration of Black History Month with this free event, which provides a unique musical perspective on the creative influences of one of our nation’s leading literary lights.”
A Langston Hughes Song Revival illustrates how music influenced and inspired the work of Langston Hughes.
The production will be hosted by creator of the program and WQXR Evening Radio Host Terrence McKnight. Mr. McKnight is an Artistic Advisor for the Harlem Chamber Players and serves on the board of the Bagby Foundation and the MacDowell Colony. He is frequently sought out by major cultural organizations for his insights into the cultivation of diverse perspectives and voices in the arts.
Mr. McKnight regularly curates concerts and talks at Merkin Concert Hall, the Billie Holiday Theatre, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Museum of Modern Art. This is his third time returning to Union County to provide high quality programs for Black History Month celebrations.
Admission to “A Langston Hughes Song Revival” is free of charge, but advance registration is required. To register online visit ucnj.org/black-history-month. Contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at 908-558-2550 for more information about the program.
Wednesday, February 5 – Union County
Westfield Historical Society’s February Luncheon Event – An Edwardian Tea at the Reeve House
On Wednesday, February 5, 2020 the historic Reeve House, home to the Westfield Historical Society, will be transformed into an Edwardian Tea House. Enjoy a British afternoon tea luncheon as the Edwardians would have in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Experience the “Downton Abbey” way of life as you sip your tea while eating scrumptious scones with clotted cream and jam; accompanied by a variety of delicious finger sandwiches with decadent desserts to follow.
Be entertained by the sweet tone of the music in the beautifully restored 1875 Italianate Reeve House. Sit by the fireplace ablaze in the parlor, surrounded by elegant furniture and paintings; or contemplate in the Library with lovely artifacts from the Reeve family; or dine as the Reeve family in the sumptuous dining room. Admire the ambience in the dining room where lovely furnishings abound. This event is perfect for a civilized lunch with friends and family. Edwardian Afternoon Tea attire is optional!
The Westfield Historical Society is hosting this special event of an Afternoon Tea luncheon on Wednesday, February 5 at 12:00 noon, at the Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center at 314 Mountain Ave., Westfield, NJ. There is limited space, so please reserve early and no later than January 30th. Reserve by calling (908)654-1794 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The fee of $35 (WHS members) or $40 (non-members) should be paid in advance (check payable to Westfield Historical Society) by mailing to Westfield Historical Society, P.O. Box 613, Westfield, NJ 07091; or, online at http://www.westfieldhistoricalsociety.org/registration/. Payments should be received by January 30th.
For further information on the Westfield Historical Society and its activities, or to volunteer, call 908-654-1794 or visit http://www.westfieldhistoricalsociety.org; and like us on Facebook!
February 6 and 13 — Cape May County
Cold Spring Brewery, Thursdays starting February 6 and 13, 2020
February 6th – “Traveling to Cape May” by John Ryan HCSV Assistant Director
February 13th – “Ben Franklin & the Continental Navy” by Tim McGrath – Author & Historian
This free lecture series is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.
Historic Cold Spring Village is a nonprofit, open-air living history museum that portrays the daily life of a rural South Jersey community of the Early American period. It features 27 restored historic structures on a 30-acre site. Admission during the season is $14 for adults and $12 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. Unlimited free admission is available with Village membership. For more information on events, membership, volunteering, or booking private affairs, please call (609) 898-2300, or visit the Village website at hcsv.org.