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Middlesex County History Day Event Flyer



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Our community food banks are in need. You are invited to make a Virtual Donation to our Middlesex County History Month Food Drive! Feeding Middlesex County is also buying supplies from local distributors. Monetary donations to https://www.feedingmiddlesexcounty.org/ will allow them to keep their shelves stocked.




Liberty Base Ball game versus Elizabeth Resolutes, recorded live via YouTube 

Historic Base Ball Clubs Double Header at Easy Jersey Old Town Village

Watch the Monmouth Resolutes take on the Elizabeth Resolutes during our History Day Doubleheader, with live commentary by Jeff Maschi. View the recorded livestream on YouTube.

Catch the local Liberty Base Ball Club team in action all season long. Home games will be played on Liberty Field at East Jersey Old Town Village, 1050 River Road in Piscataway. Bring a blanket or a chair and cheer on the Liberty! View the team's schedule and find more information on the official Liberty Base Ball Club page.

Text CULTURE to 56512 for game day information. ​​​​
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History Day Lecture Series

Tune into virtual webinars on a variety of topics for History Day, all day long!  Select the video, or click a title to view each recorded presentation.  You can also click on the name of any presenter for a brief bio.

The lecture series is funded by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners and New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of The Department of State.


​Lecture and Presenter​

 
 

"Scattered Piles of Wreckage: The Maritime Legacy of Middlesex County"​ (presented by Mark Nonesteid​)​​​

 
 

"Stories of Slavery in Middlesex County"​​ (presented by Rick Geffken​)​

 
 

"On Account of Sex: Women's Suffrage in Middlesex County"​ (presented by Fernanda Perrone)

Bonus: Read the story of women's suffrage in Middlesex County in this digital monograph

 
 

"A Token on the Freedman's Coat: The Story Behind Thomas Mundy Peterson's 1884 Voting Medal" (presented by Gordon Bond)

 
 

"New Jersey Beer: 380 Years & Counting" (presented by Tara Maharjan​)

 
 

"Jewish Participation in the American Revolution: Red, White and Jewish"
(presented by Eric M. Chandler​)


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More ways to celebrate History Month in Middlesex County​


​​Enjoy New Jersey’s First-Ever Augmented Reality Historical Tour

Explore the village that has been hidden for 200 years with an original self-guided tour that uses location-based augmented reality. Middlesex County Division of Historic Site & History Services partnered with the award-winning augmented reality company, QuestUpon, to create an original walking tour for people to experience the history and stories of the forgotten Village at Raritan Landing. Download the QuestUpon app on your iPhone or Android device and play Uncover Raritan Landing at East Jersey Old Town Village.



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History Month Art & Storytime Events

Join us every Wednesday at 4 pm for our online workshops as we celebrate our local and cultural history! Each session includes a live book reading and activity inspired by the story and illustrations. All ages are welcome! Select any of the images for more information and to participate in each event!

May 5th


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Join the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick in a reading of Bees: A Honeyed History written and illustrated by Wojciech Grajkowski and Piotr Socha.

Explore the history of how honey has been collected and cultivated for thousands of years all over the world through colorfully collaged pages. After learning all about these powerful pollinators, create your own bee collage with scraps you have on hand.




May 12th


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Join the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick in a reading of Rediscovering Raritan Landing: Buried Treasure of Raritan Landing written and illustrated by Christee Curran.

Discover our County’s unique history by sifting through the soil alongside the Raritan River with a young pair of archaeologists. Explore some of the real life objects that were unearthed during the dig with our County’s own historian, Mark Nonestied and document your observations in sketches! You can also read the book here.




May 19th


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Join the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick in a reading of Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story written by Kevin Noble Maillard and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal.

After our reading, we will be joined by the Arts Institute’s own Sally Van de Water as she leads us in a discussion about the ways we can share our cultural and family histories through food!​


May 26th


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Join the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick in a reading of Grandpa Stops a War: A Paul Robeson Story written by Susan Robeson and illustrated by Rod Brown. Explore the incredible life and service of local hero Paul Robeson! Written by his granddaughter, this story tells of his courage, grace, and activism when he visited the front lines of the Spanish Civil War.

After a reading by the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick’s President C. Roy Epps., join us as we use paints to create an image to honor your own personal hero. Discuss about the ways we can share our cultural and family histories through food!


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“Community Conversations” History Lecture Series

Uprooted!: The History of Japanese-American Incarceration in NJ with Dr. Andrew Urban and Hana Maruyama

Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 5:30 pm​

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, join scholars Andrew Urban and Hana Maruyama to discover New Jersey’s connections to the history of Japanese American incarceration during World War II, to hear the stories of survivors of the camps. Learn about the 120,000 American citizens and Japanese immigrants imprisoned by the United States following Executive Order 9066, and how more than 2,500 incarcerated Japanese Americans were paroled to Seabrook Farms, an agribusiness in Cumberland County, NJ. Join us to hear about how NJ played an overlooked and largely unknown role in this history, and how it matters to movements for civil rights and social justice in the present.

Funded by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners and New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of The Department of State.
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​​Preserving Your Family Treasures: Archival Preservation with Tara Maharjan Free Archival Preservation Workshop

Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 2:00 pm​

Is your closet or attic full of boxes of old family letters, papers, and photographs? Do you have family memorabilia that you want to make sure is around for generations to come? Join archivist Tara Maharjan as she discusses tips for preserving your family’s paper, photographic, and other precious heritage and personal collections. Learn about the best practices for surveying, handling and storing your family heirlooms and get expert advice on how to care for items in your collection at home to ensure that they last. Funded by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners.

Funded by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners and New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of The Department of State.

 
 
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East Brunswick Museum - Chestnut Hill Cemetery Tour 2020

For many years, the East Brunswick Museum has conducted an annual tour of Chestnut Hill Cemetery on Old Bridge Turnpike in East Brunswick. During the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020, the tour was conducted virtually and filmed by local television station, EBTV. The tour winds through the historic cemetery, stopping at several gravesites to hear the stories of the residents who are buried there. Re-enactors portraying artists, writers, politicians, soldiers, and even a victim of the “Spanish Flu,” bring these local notables to life. The East Brunswick Museum is located at 16 Maple Street in East Brunswick. You can also visit their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/eastbrunswickmuseum.

 
 

Douglas Aumack, Resource Interpretive Specialist discusses a presentation, available free of charge, that focuses on medical care of the Civil War. He discusses an common illness Union soldiers suffered from and he discusses how a Union soldier of the 13th New Jersey was treated for a head wound.



Hear the story of Raritan Landing

Uncovering Raritan Landing focuses on the archaeologists and historians who participated in excavations of Raritan Landing, an 18th century port community. In 1978, sewer pipe construction was planned to be installed through the center of the old town; federally mandated archaeology caused the landing to be rediscovered. You can listen to the full story here.**

**("You Are Not Forgotten" was composed by Daniel Birch and has not been altered. The music is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.)


​​Check out these Tintypes of East Jersey Old Town Village!

Photographs were taken by Rowan Renee https://brooklyntintype.com/about-me/​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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What is a Tin Type?
A tintype is a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a thin sheet of metal coated with a dark lacquer or enamel and used as the support for the photographic emulsion. Tintypes enjoyed their widest use during the 1860s and 1870s.

About the Photographer
Rowan Renee is a multi-disciplinary artist working in photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Her work has been featured on NPR and published in various international publications including VICE, Hyperallergic, Huffington Post, American Photo Magazine, and B&W Photography Magazine.

Process shots
There are two historic tintype processes: wet and dry. In the wet process, a collodion emulsion containing suspended silver halide crystals is formed on the plate just before being exposed in the camera while still wet. Chemical treatment then reduces the crystals to microscopic particles of metallic silver in proportion to the intensity and duration of their exposure to light, resulting in a visible image. The later and more convenient dry process is similar but uses a gelatin emulsion which can be applied to the plate long before use and exposed in the camera dry.

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Exciting History Programs and Features

  • Take a Tour of the Past Take a Tour of the Past Take a Tour of the Past

    Travel through New Brunswick, Highland Park, and Piscataway to see historically significant monuments, buildings, parks, and more.

  • Liberty Base Ball Club Liberty Base Ball Club Liberty Base Ball Club

    Historic New Brunswick team ready to win in 2021 Season

  • History Day Partners History Day Partners History Day Partners

    Learn more about the history of our town, County, region and state from our partners in arts, history and culture

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For accessibility requests or questions, please email: history@co.middlesex.nj.us​​
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Did you know East Jersey Old Town Village and the Low House are Geocache sites? These sites are a part of the American Revolution​ Geocaching Trail. Join other caching enthusiasts on Aug. 7 for the 2021 Metro Gathering MEGA Event

 

​What is a Geocache site?

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world.​​​​


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