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Dine with Presidents of the Past at Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University's Presidential Luncheon Series

UNION, N.J. – Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University kicks off its Presidential Luncheon series by rolling the clock back 200 years to when President James Madison, the Father of the U.S. Constitution, and his wife Dolley occupied the White House. Celebrate the 2016 presidential election season by dining with the nation’s first couple of 1816 at Liberty Hall Museum on Saturday, September 17, from noon–3 p.m., at 1003 Morris Avenue in Union.  

Historical performers portraying President and Dolley Madison will share stories of how the two met, their courtship and their years in Washington society, including their White House years. It will be American history come to life, with presidential facts and personal details about the former first family, including Dolley Madison’s role in popularizing ice cream, a delicacy she had served at her husband’s second inaugural banquet.

Enjoy a luncheon based upon Madison’s favorite foods such as Virginia ham, buttery rolls, apple pie, cider and, of course, ice cream. Immediately following the luncheon, guests will be treated to an intimate, guided tour of Liberty Hall Museum which includes its extremely popular exhibit, Toys Though Time: The History of American Fun.  


Admission for the luncheon is $55 per person, and reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at 908-527-0400.

To learn who the next Presidential Luncheon guest will be, visit the Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University online at or like Liberty Hall Museum on Facebook


Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, with a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment serving nearly 15,000 students. The University's six undergraduate colleges offer 50 undergraduate degrees over a full range of academic subjects. The Nathan Weiss Graduate College offers four doctorate degree programs and more than 60 options for graduate study leading to master's degrees, professional diplomas or certifications. With campuses in Union and Toms River, New Jersey, and Wenzhou, China, Kean University furthers its mission by providing an affordable, accessible and world-class education. Visit



Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University chronicles more than 240 years of American history. The museum houses extensive collections of furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston and Kean families. The Firehouse Museum, built in 2004, features three antique fire engines, including a rare 1911 American LaFrance Metropolitan Steam Engine. The museum is open Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., with tours leaving every hour.

For reservations and further information, call 908-527-0400, e-mail or visit Liberty Hall Museum is located at 1003 Morris Avenue in Union, New Jersey.  

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University is made possible in part through funding from The New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.


Contacts: Bill Schroh 908-527-0400                                              

Date: August 15, 2016