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Liberty Hall Museum Celebrates the 200th Anniversary of Union Township
Union, NJ - Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University will take part in the yearlong celebration of Union Township’s 200th anniversary by hosting A Day in the 18th Century on Saturday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds at Liberty Hall. Admission is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Visitors will go back in time to discover life in Union during the late 1700s with historical re-enactors, interactive activities and displays on various aspects of Union’s history.
Visitors will hear from William Livingston, New Jersey’s first elected governor and founder of Liberty Hall, and Count Julian Ursin Niemcewicz, a Polish freedom fighter, poet and playwright. Activities include tours of Liberty Hall, militia drills, a colonial dance program and colonial games.
In commemoration of Union’s bicentennial event, Premiere Stages at Kean University will collaborate with Liberty Hall on its newest production, Madison. In this new comedy, James Madison battles a divided delegation and a determined widow in this hilarious search for a more perfect union. Liberty Hall’s June 14th celebration will feature a special appearance by Dolly Madison.
Premiere Stages will also hold an opening night pre-show reception for donors on July 17 at Liberty Hall. A champagne toast with the cast follows the performance. Liberty Hall will host tours and teas preceding matinee performances and offer discounted museum tours for patrons with a Premiere Stages ticket stub. Museum patrons will receive $5.00 off each ticket to Madison with proof of entry. For more information, call 908-737-4092. Liberty Hall will host additional activities throughout June. The Father’s Day Kids’ Craft is scheduled for Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children will explore some of the unique gadgets and gizmos dads enjoyed throughout history and make a Father’s Day gift using a variety of craft materials. Admission is $4 per child and children should bring a bagged lunch. Reservations are required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Afternoon Tea is served every Wednesday in June from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the glass-enclosed porch overlooking the formal English gardens. Cost is $30 per person and includes a house tour. Reservations are required.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.kean.edu/libertyhall.