Learn about very old trees 🌳, a trip to Thomas Edison’s museum 💡, a small museum’s expansion 🏠, a crazy castle 🏰, and where chickens (or eggs) came from 🐔🥚 in this week's "Rock Solid History News Digest" for kids & families. Sign up above to get the full newsletter with stories & weekly events.
(Photo above courtesy of nps.gov and photo below courtesy of .bishopcastle.org)
In this week's digest, read about a new use for a historic stadium ⚾, bringing a burial ground to life 👫, a church that turned 100 🎂, telling NYC’s story through artifacts 🍜, and mysterious lost Legos 🧱! Click the button above to sign up for more - family-friendly events and special issues!
Jackals are bringing baseball back to once crumbling N.J. stadium
By Richard Cowen for nj.com (photo above by Parkerjh)
Elizabeth church resurrects stories of African American ancestors on burial grounds
By Shaylah Brown for NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Orthodox parish in Bayonne celebrates 100 year anniversary
By Daniel Israel for Hudson Reporter
An archaeological history of New York built on everyday artifacts
By Eve Glasberg for Columbia News
Archaeology adrift? A curious tale of Lego lost at sea
By Joe Flatman for The Past (photo below courtesy of Tracey Williams)
On Friday September 23. author Veronica Ditko will be holding an afterschool program for children grades K-2 at the North Haledon Public Library located in North Haledon, NJ. Entitled "Rock Solid Fun." Ms. Ditko tells about local history through rocks.
Ms. Ditko will present a little-known story involving a French princess and a locally-found gem, as well as playing a fun guessing-game about local historical hotspots the kids will surely recognize.
Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP. See the announcement here:
Learn about a shockingly valuable painting 🖌, fun places to visit 🚗, a motel-filled town 🏨, history beneath highways 🚘, and a lost stone town 🏰 in this week's "Rock Solid History News Digest!" Every week, the digest shares stories that take you from the Garden State to around the world, learning cool things about history. Click the button above to sign up and get even more.
Paterson Millionaire Catholina Lambert unknowingly owned painting by Da Vinci
By Darren Tobia for Jersey Digs (photo above of Leonard DaVinci)
Best field trips to take in the NJ area
By NJ Family
The one small town In New Jersey with more historic motels than any other
By Kim Magaraci for Only In Your State
Archaeological finds reveal our stories before highways get built
By Jenni Bergal for Stateline/PEW Trusts
Long lost origins of Zanzibar’s stone town discovered
By Shanti Escalante-De Mattei for ARTnews (below photo courtesy of UNESCO)
Join author Veronica Ditko at the Incorporated Orange County Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association's (IOCCNYSAA) Sept. 16 meeting. Ms. Ditko, who is also Chapter VP, will be presenting “Recent Archaeological Research About the Pfahlbauer” at 7:30pm (on Zoom).
Also known as the Pile Dwellers / Lake Dwellers of Europe, these people lived from Neolithic to Bronze Ages. What is curious about them is that they decided to live on stilted houses in lakes (and currently represent more than 100 UNESCO World Heritage sites!), yet they also farmed the land.
Ms. Ditko will explore the possible reasons why and how they lived, based on archaeological findings, as well as what ended their way of living. (UNESCO photo above of recreated village in Lake Constance, Germany.)
See announcement here: http://ioccnysaa.blogspot.com/
RSVP by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some whacky news in this week's "Rock Solid History News Digest," such as a pizza collection 🍕, an American Girl house 👧🏡, an art aquarium 🎨🐟, & a surprise link to a house 🔗🏠. Also see pottery making 🥣 that has survived for centuries. Sign up above to get the whole newsletter with family-friendly events as well.
New Jersey woman awarded Guinness World Record for largest pizza-related collection
By News On 6
An exquisite Mount Kisco Victorian figures at the center of an American Girl doll’s story
By Lindsay Blake for Dirt
Newark Museum of Art opening digital aquarium by teamLab
By Bea Mitchell for blooloop. (photo above courtesy of newarkmuseumart.org)
60 Minutes Overtime: The house that unlocked a family's history
By Keith Zubrow for CBS News (photo below courtesy of CBS News)
In pictures: where Kashmiri potters fire an ancient art form
By Meher Qadri and Sharafat Ali for Christian Science Monitor
See you in September! The "Rock Solid History News Digest" for families will return on September 9. Can't wait to catch up with you all then with family-friendly events & news stories, as well as opportunities to hear author Veronica MacDonald Ditko speak on different historical topics.
Lots for the outdoor & indoor history enthusiast in this week's "Rock Solid History News Digest" for families, such as unexpected Twin Lights artifacts 🥣, a giant shark tooth 🦈🦷, and a young girl’s find digging in Poland ☭! In New Jersey, see an old place for new fun 🎨 and a school’s important name 📛 change. Sign up above to get the full newsletter with lots of month-long events and activities.
Twin Lights archaeological dig yields a surprising find
By Richard Cowen for NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Freehold's historic Court Street School returns home
By Joe Strupp for Asbury Park Press
NJ elementary school to ditch Thomas Jefferson's name for 1st Black woman to graduate from district
By Curtis Brodner for 1010 Wins (image above courtesy of somsd.k12.nj.us/jefferson)
Boy, 8 years old, discovers giant shark tooth in South Carolina: 'Find of a lifetime'
By Cortney Moore for Fox News (photo below courtesy of Cory Doctorow on flickr)
Young Indiana! Seven-year-old girl hailed following discovery of Neolithic tool
By Jo Harper for The First News
This week, learn about a rodeo 🤠, courageous voter 🗹, pinball museum 📍, Victorian San Francisco home 🏠, and meaningful crystals 🔮! Sign up above to get the full "Rock Solid History News Digest" for family-friendly events as well.
One of the oldest rodeos in America is in New Jersey
By Tracey Tully for The New York Times (photo courteous of cowtownrodeo.com)
NJ history: 1880 Tenafly woman helped others shatter ceilings
By David M. Zimmer for NorthJersey.com
Back to the 1950s: New Jersey beach town museum offers retro thrills for pinball fans
Tour a historic Victorian house that became a colorful oasis in San Francisco
By Zoë Sessums for Architectural Digest
'Magical' rock crystals found at Stone Age ceremonial site in England
By Tom Metcalfe for LiveScience (photo below courtesy of the University of Manchester)
Lots to learn about this week in the "Rock Solid History News Digest!" Everything from an abandoned submarine 🥖, to a renovated restaurant 🍽, a huge rubber duck 🐤, ancient Italian island ruins 🌅 and more! See the stories below and sign up above to get much more, such as family-friendly events every week.
There’s an abandoned submarine museum in New Jersey and it is fascinating
By Travel Maven for NewsBreak
Closed historic New Jersey inn gets new life with a big renovation
By Big Joe Henry for New Jersey 101.5 (photo above)
Archeological dig in Rye uncovers pieces of Westchester's lost Black history
By Nadia Galindo for News12 New Jersey
World's biggest rubber duck: A Duluth man's quacky idea has outsized impact
By Dan Kraker for MPR News/Post Bulletin (photo below courtesy of thebigduck.us)
In Italy this summer, UC students uncover ancient city on archaeology dig
By Bebe Hodges for Cincinnati Enquirer
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