Welcome to Liberty Hall Museum’s first ever blog post! We at Liberty Hall want to inform our visitors of some of the happenings taking place at the museum and thought blogging would be a fun way to do so! Our first post is a “getting to know us” post and to tell you about some of our upcoming events. Our posts will cover array of topics (we promise we won’t be another boring history blog!!) including our shenanigans (yes, shenanigans) in school programs, exhibit design, archival work, day to day museum life.
For example, a recent student who came for a class trip said to a museum educator wearing a 1900s man’s suit “You look like Jesus.” Granted, a ginger Jesus!
Next week for “Tuesday Newsday” we will blog about our adventures of putting together our upcoming exhibit Toys through Time: A History of American Fun which will allow visitors of all ages to reminisce about their childhood and provide hands-on interactive features. The exhibit will feature toys from Hasbro, Milton Bradley, Parker Brothers and many others.
To keep you occupied until next Tuesday….
Here are some fun facts about what makes Liberty Hall Museum so awesome:
- William Livingston, New Jersey’s 1st elected governor and longest serving governor (1776-1790) built Liberty Hall in 1772.
- Liberty Hall has played host to eight United States presidents: George Washington, William Henry Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant, Teddy Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Herbert Hoover, Gerald R. Ford, George Bush (1st)
- The Livingston/Kean family has been involved in state and national politics since 1776. The family has contributed two governors of New Jersey and two senators of New Jersey and two United States Supreme Court justices.
- The archival collection of Liberty Hall includes correspondence from George Washington, Alexander Hamilton Thomas Jefferson and John Jay.
- The Firehouse Museum, built in 2004, houses three antique fire engines, including a rare 1911 American LaFrance Metropolitan Steam Engine.
Here are some June events:
Yoga in the Gardens – June 14 & 28
Liberty Hall Museum’s gardens provide a peaceful and beautiful atmosphere where all yoga-lovers are welcome! Take in the breathtaking grounds and relax while exploring the benefits of doing yoga outside a studio with certified yoga instructor Siobhan Wright. Don’t forget to bring your yoga mat, towel and bottle of water! Yoga is from 1 – 3 pm and is $8 per person, $5 for Kean University students & staff. In case of rain, yoga will be held indoors. Look for more dates on our website!
History Happy Hour – Last Friday of every month (June – December)
Liberty Hall Museum is excited to announce its newest series of events: History Happy Hour ! This new series is designed for friends to sip, snack and socialize while learning about a variety of interesting and fun historical topics. Some topics include: Dinner, Manners & Gossip, History of New York Baseball and Historic Fashions. Admission is $25 per person and $20 for museum members. The ticket price includes two drinks, snacks, trivia games and a chance to learn some history facts! Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.
Check out more of our awesome events on our website by clicking here!