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Liberty Hall Museum Hosts Elegant Victorian Luncheons

Union, NJ-Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University will host four elegant Victorian Luncheons on Saturdays September 20, October 18, November 15, and December 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Experience the art of Victorian dining and immerse yourself in Victorian hospitality with a decadent five-course meal, wine and music.

Following the luncheon, guests will tour a special exhibit, The Pleasure of Your Company: The Power and Politics of Victorian Dining. The exhibit explores the life of Lucinetta (Lucy) Halsted Kean, one of the most-powerful women in Washington D.C., during the early 20th Century. 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 mansion’s wine cellar, which is open to the public 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 $60 per person, formal attire suggested. Reservations are required as seating is limited. A sample menu includes mock turtle soup, poached Dover sole, asparagus with hollandaise sauce, quail with cherries and chocolate mousse. Menu may change without notice and appropriate wine and beverages will be served. For reservations call (908) 527-0400, e-mail or visit

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University chronicles more than 200 years of American history. Built in 1772 by William Livingston, New Jersey’s first elected governor, the Victorian-style mansion is a treasure trove of historic riches. With forgotten letters from Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, Liberty Hall also houses extensive collections of antique furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston and 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.