Sparta NJ Historical Society

Sparta NJ Historical Society Sparta Historical Society is dedicated to discovering and preserving the history of Sparta, New Jersey. We Meet the 2nd Thursday of January, March, May, September, November at The Sparta Presbyterian Church at 7: 30 pm. Join us for unique speakers and fellowship. PRESERVE THE VAN KIRK HOMESTEAD!!!

Sparta Historical Society is dedicated to discovering and preserving the history of Sparta, New Jersey. We Meet the 2nd Thursday of January, March, May, September, November at The Sparta Ambulance building at 7: 30 pm. Join us for unique speakers and fellowship. PRESERVE THE VAN KIRK HOMESTEAD!!!

New Jersey Historic Preservation Office
05/03/2019

New Jersey Historic Preservation Office

IT’S A JERSEY THING!
The Italian Hot Dog

If you’re from north Jersey, especially near Newark, you are no doubt familiar with the Italian Hot Dog. According to James Racioppi, owner of Jimmy Buff’s, it was his grandparents who created the specialty.

Legend has it that Mary Racioppi fed her husband’s weekly card game friends with a concoction of especially satisfying hot dogs beginning in the 1930s. With all the fixings, they were a meal in a bun, and it wasn’t long before friends began coming over just to eat. That’s when Mary & her husband, James decided to open their sandwich store at 14th & 9th in Newark, NJ.

The dogs are fried to a crusty exterior in soybean oil, stuffed into fresh Italian bread pockets, and filled with sautéed onions, peppers & potatoes. Condiments may include mustard, marinara sauce, hot onion relish or ketchup. Enhancing the comfort food of this regional specialty, is the rich history of local family in every bite.

Have you had one recently?

#njshpo #italianhotdog

05/03/2019
HBO

HBO

Introducing #ChernobylHBO, a five-part miniseries about one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history. Starring Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson. Premieres May 6 at 9pm on HBO.

This looks very interesting!
05/03/2019

This looks very interesting!

The History Girl
05/03/2019
The History Girl

The History Girl

This #weekend, take a guided tour of "Nine Gun Battery" at Sandy Hook, visit 12 northwest Bergen museums and historic homes, 50 historic sites will be open for the annual Weekend in Old Monmouth, participate in a Colonial Earth Day in Pennsauken, and much more! Get all the details here: https://thehistorygirl.page.link/4Ps5 #njhistory #SpreadTheHistory

05/03/2019
NJTV

NJTV

Did you know Skee-Ball got its start in New Jersey? Silverball Museum Arcade

Napoleon Bonaparte's Brother, Joseph, Was King of Naples and Spain but Somehow Ended up Moving to New Jersey
05/02/2019
Napoleon Bonaparte's Brother, Joseph, Was King of Naples and Spain but Somehow Ended up Moving to New Jersey

Napoleon Bonaparte's Brother, Joseph, Was King of Naples and Spain but Somehow Ended up Moving to New Jersey

Being an Average Joe (or Average Jane) and living in the shadow of a highly accomplished relative can be tough. Adding a layer of sibling rivalry when that highly accomplished is one’s kid brother makes it tougher yet. But what if that kid brother happens to be Napoleon Bonaparte? That would take ...

The History Girl
05/01/2019

The History Girl

Today in #history: The Port of New York Authority was established #OTD, April 30, 1921, through an interstate compact between the states of New Jersey and New York. This was the first such agency in the United States, created under a provision in the US Constitution permitting interstate compacts. The idea for the Port Authority was conceived during the Progressive Era. Among their first projects in the late 1920s and early 1930s was to construct critical interstate crossings, including the George Washington Bridge, Outerbridge Crossing, the Goethals, and the Bayonne Bridges. They later assumed control of the Holland Tunnel and in 1937 opened the first tube of the Lincoln Tunnel. #SpreadTheHistory

The History Girl
05/01/2019

The History Girl

Today #NJhistory: The Women’s Federation Monument in Alpine, dedicated in 1929 to honor the role that the #NewJersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs took in preserving the Palisades. In the early 19th century, some quarrying had begun to take place along the Palisades and after the Civil War it intensified due to the high demand for concrete. By the 1890s, citizens in New Jersey and #NewYork began to rally in opposition of further destruction of the cliffs. In 1897, the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs joined other interested groups to fight for legislation to protect the Palisades. In 1900, as a result of their efforts, the Palisades Interstate Park Commission was formed to preserve the cliffs and shoreline. The monument was dedicated in a ceremony on April 30, 1929. Today, the Palisades are a National Natural Landmark (designated 1983) and you can explore natural and historic locations along the Palisades Scenic Byway. #SpreadTheHistory

The History Girl
05/01/2019

The History Girl

Today in #history: #OTD, April 30, 1789 George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States. The oath was administered by Robert R. Livingston, the Chancellor of New York, on a second floor balcony of Federal Hall. That structure was demolished in 1812. The current structure, one of the best surviving examples of classical architecture in New York, was built as the first purpose-built U.S. Custom House for the Port of New York. It was designed by John Frazee and opened in 1842. In 1862, the building became one of six Federal Sub-Treasuries for storing silver and gold, until replaced by the Federal Reserve Bank in 1920. Though never referred to as "Federal Hall," today it is operated by the National Park Service as a national memorial and designated Federal Hall National Memorial. #FindYourPark #SpreadTheHistory

The History Girl
05/01/2019

The History Girl

Today in #history: #OTD, May 1, 1562, Captain Jean Ribault, along with several ships, landed at the mouth of what is today known as the St. Johns River near Jacksonville, #Florida. Ribault named the river “The River of May.” The landing led to the establishment of La Caroline in 1564, a settlement that was planned for commerce and as a refuge for French Protestants who were fleeing religious persecution.

Ribault erected a stone column in 1562 bearing the coats of arms of his French King Charles IX to claim Florida for France. Over time, the exact location of the monument and the monument itself disappeared from the landscape. In the 1920s, a movement began in the Florida Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution to mark the location of Ribault’s first arrival in the New World. In 1924, a piece of land was donated near present-day Mayport for a new column designed by Florida sculptor Charles Adrian Pillars. After three moves, in 1958, the monument found its permanent home, atop St. Johns Bluff, and became part of Fort Caroline National Memorial (part of Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve). #FindYourPark #nps102 #SpreadTheHistory

04/30/2019
Preservation New Jersey
04/29/2019
Preservation New Jersey

Preservation New Jersey

New rules could hamper designation of historic districts. Preservation New Jersey is crafting its comments. Please consider submitting your own comments by the April 30 deadline.

The History Girl
04/29/2019

The History Girl

Today in #NJhistory: A train carrying 169 school teachers, friends, and relatives, bound from Utica, Syracuse, and Waterville, #NewYork‬, to Washington, DC derailed and went down a forty-foot embankment at Martin's Creek (Harmony Township), #NewJersey‬ #OTD April 29, 1911. The wooden cars caught fire and twelve perished in the tragedy. #SpreadTheHistory

Value This! With Brian and Leon - Syndicated Public Radio Program
04/29/2019

Value This! With Brian and Leon - Syndicated Public Radio Program

Join us as a caller this week on Value This. Call the hotline now: 877-418-2583, and Nancy will set you up and we’ll call you on Wednesday.
This guy will help us calculate the value and research the history of your item.

The History Girl
04/29/2019

The History Girl

Today in #NJhistory: #OTD, April 28, 1942, New Jersey along with other east coast states started a nightly "dim-out" along the shore to prevent enemy attacks. Photo representative from the West Coast. #SpreadTheHistory

Remember the Fallen as Today Marks 10 Years Since the Death of Pontiac
04/28/2019
Remember the Fallen as Today Marks 10 Years Since the Death of Pontiac

Remember the Fallen as Today Marks 10 Years Since the Death of Pontiac

2009 was a hard year for General Motors with the shuttering of Saab, Hummer, and Saturn following the economic crash of 2008 and the subsequent bailout, bankruptcy, and restructuring of the company. Today, however, marks the anniversary of the biggest loss of the 2009 General rebuild. Pontiac, after...

Morristown National Historical Park
04/28/2019

Morristown National Historical Park

Morristown Encampment #OnThisDay
Friday, April 28, 1780 Spanish agent de Miralles dies at Headquarters. Congressional committee arrives.

Don Juan de Miralles, the Spanish agent who had been suffering with an illness for about ten days at the Ford Mansion, dies around noon. Staff begin preparing for funeral arrangements to honor him.

Three members of Congress arrive at the Ford Mansion. The Committee of Congress includes Philip Schuyler of New York, John Mathews of South Carolina, and Nathaniel Peabody of New Hampshire. The Committee would later report to Congress, warning that the army on the brink of “some violent convulsion.” “The repetition of want has had a very pernicious influence on the soldiers,” it read. “Their starving condition, their want of pay, and the variety of hardships that they have been driven to sustain … has soured their tempers. Their patience is exhausted.”.

The home of Philip Schuyler is part of Saratoga National Historical Park
https://www.nps.gov/sara/planyourvisit/schuyler-house.htm
#FindYourPark #MorristownNHP #SaratogaNHP #thisdayinhistory

Preserving a house that is Camden’s direct link to 1776
04/28/2019
Preserving a house that is Camden’s direct link to 1776

Preserving a house that is Camden’s direct link to 1776

A historic house in the part of North Camden once known as Cooper's Point is being eyed as a potential home for a South Jersey Museum of the American Revolution.

The History Girl
04/27/2019
The History Girl

The History Girl

This #weekend, visit Rockingham Historic Site to listen to George Washington as he remembers his time in #NewJersey, watch vintage “Base Ball” at Historic Batsto Village, meet Benjamin Franklin at the Indian King Tavern in Haddonfield, see sheep being shorn at Wool Days in Holmdel, and much much more! See all the events here: https://thehistorygirl.page.link/8FQn #njhistory #SpreadTheHistory

Twin Lights Historical Society
04/26/2019

Twin Lights Historical Society

#DidYouKnow? On this day 126 years ago, the #PledgeofAllegiance was given as our national oath of loyalty for the first time during a patriotic ceremony at Twin Lights. The original printing of the Pledge is on display at the Twin Lights Museum.

Charles Joseph Fletcher - Wikipedia
04/24/2019
Charles Joseph Fletcher - Wikipedia

Charles Joseph Fletcher - Wikipedia

Charles Joseph Fletcher (December 21, 1922 – April 20, 2011) was an American inventor and the owner and chief executive of an aeronautical equipment manufacturing and engineering company, Technology General Corporation, in Franklin, New Jersey. While a naval aviator he came up with the idea of the...

The History Girl
04/23/2019

The History Girl

Today in #NJhistory: #OTD, April 23, 1789, George Washington arrived at Elizabethtown, #NewJersey where a ceremonial barge awaited to take him across the river to Manhattan. The journey to his inauguration in New York City from Mount Vernon took seven days. #SpreadTheHistory

Our dear friend Lawrence Unick passed away on April 17th.  A memorial visitation is being held this evening at the Tuttl...
04/23/2019
Obituary of Lawrence Unick | Tuttle Funeral Home

Our dear friend Lawrence Unick passed away on April 17th. A memorial visitation is being held this evening at the Tuttle Funeral Home in this evening from 4:00-8:00 pm.

The final showing of our recently departed friend Larry Unick's art will be held at George Segale Studios at 10 White Deer Plaza, Sparta for the month of May.
Opening reception is on Saturday May 5th from 6-10pm.

https://tuttlefh.com/tribute/details/5210/Lawrence-Unick/obituary.html#tribute-start

Lawrence Unick, 69, of Sparta passed away following sudden cardiac arrest, on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at Morristown Medical Center. He was born in Osceola Mills, PA on April 11, 1950. He grew up in Rockaway Township then resided in Jefferson Twp., and moved to Sparta in 2002. Lawrence worked for....

The Van Kirk Museum is open this Sunday,  April 28th 1:00-4:00 pm.An exhibit Curt Engelbrecht: Views Through His Lens is...
04/23/2019
Van Kirk Museum Sparta Historical Society Sparta NJ

The Van Kirk Museum is open this Sunday, April 28th 1:00-4:00 pm.

An exhibit Curt Engelbrecht: Views Through His Lens is featured in the main gallery. A talk about Engelbrecht's life and work is at 2:00 pm. The photo is one of the many lake photos taken by Engelbrecht.

The exhibit is sponsored by Perona Farms and Funding has been made available in part by the NJ Historical Commission through the County History Partnership Program, as administered by the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council.”

https://www.vankirkmuseum.org/index.htm

Van Kirk Museum Sparta Historical Society Sparta NJ

Malcolm Bricklin. The man behind the Yugo in the USA. He never quite got one right. Did he?
04/23/2019
Malcolm Bricklin - Wikipedia

Malcolm Bricklin. The man behind the Yugo in the USA. He never quite got one right. Did he?

Malcolm N. Bricklin (born March 9, 1939) is an American businessman, widely known for an unorthodox career spanning more than six decades with numerous prominent failures and successes — primarily manufacturing or importing automobiles to the United States, ultimately starting over thirty companie...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yugo
04/23/2019
Yugo - Wikipedia

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yugo

The Yugo (pronounced [ˈjûɡo]), also marketed as the Zastava Koral (pronounced [ˈzâːstaʋa ˈkǒraːl], Serbian Cyrillic: Застава Корал) and Yugo Koral, is a supermini hatchback formerly manufactured by Zastava Automobiles, at the time a Yugoslav corporation.

Hyundai came out with a car for $4995 and that was INCREDIBLY CHEAP! Then, this happened. WHAT!?!? I ran to Gensinger Mo...
04/23/2019

Hyundai came out with a car for $4995 and that was INCREDIBLY CHEAP! Then, this happened. WHAT!?!? I ran to Gensinger Motors in Clifton/Montclair (right off Route 3/46) to buy one. They had a dozen of them. Brand new. NOT ONE DOOR OF THE 24 FIT RIGHT! They all had to be lifted into place when you closed them. Really, not a good car. Thoughts?

Everybody Needs a Yugo Sometime

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
04/23/2019

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

I need to know what this woman is thinking.

Make sure this is posted by the door in the kitchen
04/23/2019

Make sure this is posted by the door in the kitchen

Good tips.

The History Girl
04/23/2019

The History Girl

Today in #NJhistory: #OTD, April 22, 1789, president-elect George Washington spent the night at the Cross Keys Tavern in Woodbridge, #NewJersey. He was traveling from Mount Vernon to New York City to take the oath of office as the first President. He was greeted by William Livingston, the Governor of New Jersey. Washington was also given a formal reception by both civilians and military officers. In the 1920s, the tavern was moved a short distance from Main Street to James Street (it is now a private home). After Woodbridge, Washington's next stop: Elizabethtown. #SpreadTheHistory

The History Girl
04/23/2019
The History Girl

The History Girl

#markyourcalendar: The Monmouth County Historical Association, in partnership with the Monmouth County Park System, announces Wool Days, where families can enjoy an immersive experience and learn “by doing” how our ancestors made wool from sheep here in #NewJersey in colonial times. Wool Days is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28, at Holmdel Park, from 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm. All events are open to the public and admission is free. More details: https://thehistorygirl.page.link/6cxf #SpreadTheHistory #njhistory

History Collection
04/23/2019

History Collection

Easter Eggs for Hitler March 10, 1945 969th Artillery Battalion Technical Sergeant William E. Thomas and Private First Class Joseph Jackson.

04/22/2019

“During World War Two Charles Fletcher, an engineer for Bell Laboratories in New Jersey, built a hovercraft the size of a small car named the Glidemobile. Many (including myself) consider it the first hovercraft. It wasn’t patented, however, because the US Government was working on a similar design through a classified project. A man in black’s visit to Fletcher’s door later, and the Glidemobile was locked in a shed for a while. Years later, when a Brit by the name of Cockerell was trying to claim he invented the first hovercraft, Fletcher dusted off his craft to strike down the Brit’s patent.”

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Sparta Historical Society is dedicated to discovering and preserving the history of Sparta, New Jersey. We Meet the 2nd Thursday of January, March, May, September, November at The Sparta Ambulance building at 7: 30 pm. Join us for unique speakers and fellowship. PRESERVE THE VAN KIRK HOMESTEAD!!!

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