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Something for Everyone at Liberty Hall Museum

Union, NJ—Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University will host several activities for children and visitors of all ages throughout May.

On Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., children will explore the historic grounds and hear tales of Liberty Hall residents who fought for our nation during the 20th century at the Patriotic Kid’s Craft. Children will make patriotic crafts, honoring each branch of our armed forces. Admission is $4 per child and includes all workshop materials. Children should bring a bagged lunch or snack and must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required.

The pleasure of your company is requested for a very special Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea on Sunday, May 11, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Carriage House, overlooking the Rose Garden. Guests will explore the life of Lucinetta (Lucy) Halsted Kean, the longest living matriarch of the Kean family and visit the new exhibit, The Pleasure of Your Company: The Power and Politics of Victorian Dining. Cost is $40 per person, $30 for Liberty Hall Members. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

The exhibit, honoring Lucy’s years as one of the most powerful hostesses in Washington D.C., will be on display from May 8 through December and is composed entirely of objects on loan from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. John Kean. Shown in a suite of recently restored rooms, including the mansion’s wine cellar which is open for the first time, the exhibit features period silverware, glassware and fashions, along with artifacts such as the family guestbook and the calling cards of famous visitors.

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University chronicles more than 200 years of American history. Built in 1772 by New Jersey’s first elected governor and signer of the Constitution, William Livingston, the Victorian-style mansion houses extensive collections of antique furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston/Kean families. The Firehouse is the latest addition to the Museum’s complex housing two antique fire engines and a collection of fire memorabilia.

Liberty Hall is located at 1003 Morris Avenue in Union, New Jersey. It is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. For information about upcoming events or to make reservations, call (908) 527-0400, e-mail or visit