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A Motherís Day Treat at Liberty Hall Museum

Union, NJ-Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University will host a very special Motherís Day Afternoon Tea on Sunday, May 11, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Liberty Hallís Carriage House overlooking the picturesque Rose Garden. This yearís annual celebration will explore the life of Lucinetta (Lucy) Halsted Kean, the longest living matriarch of the Kean family and one of the most-powerful hostesses in Washington D.C. during the early 20th century.

Guest will hear stories of the frequent gatherings, hosted by Mrs. Kean in Washington D.C., with some of our nationís most influential politicians, captains of industry, military leaders, and diplomats. Notable guests included Theodore Roosevelt, John D. Rockefeller, Alice Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Eleanor Roosevelt, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Henry Cabot Lodge.

Following the tea, guests will view a new exhibit, The Pleasure of Your Company: The Power and Politics of Victorian Dining. It consists of objects on loan from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. John Kean. Shown in a suite of recently restored rooms, including the mansionís 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.

Cost is $40 per person, $30 for Liberty Hall Members. Reservations are required as seating is limited. The dayís menu consists of a selection of sandwiches, pastries, scones and clotted cream, jams and choice of two teas.

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University chronicles more than 200 years of American history. Built in 1772 by New Jerseyís 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 Museumís 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