In this week's "Rock Solid History News Digest," learn about a miniature 1950s town 🚂, an unexpected battlefield discovery 🥇, & the meanings behind twisted trees 🌳🥨. Travel farther away to see Ice Age footprints 👣 and a mother lode of jewelry 💎 from a lost ship! Sign up at the button above to get a weekly list of fun events & trips for families.
Great train set at Liberty Science Center meticulously recreates 1952 New Jersey
By Brian Donohue for News12 New Jersey (photo above courtesy of lsc.org)
Professor details stunning battlefield discoveries: 245 years after battle, soldiers' remains uncovered at Red Bank
By Rowan Today
Native American ‘road signs’- how first Americans used trees to navigate nature
By Shane Riggs for Allegany Magazine
Ice Age footprints excavated in Utah
By Archaeology Magazine (photo below by R. Nial Bradshaw)
After 350 years, sea gives up lost jewels of Spanish shipwreck
By Dalya Alberge for The Guardian
In this week's "Rock Solid History News Digest" for families, learn about a mysterious toolbox 🧰, a lucky baseball fan ⚾, fake news from 1981 📰 in New Jersey. Travel farther away to discover an old cemetery 🔎 and African artifacts ↓! Sign up at the button above for a list of family friendly events and local trips in New Jersey & New York.
Slave tool chest now at African American Heritage Museum
By Raven Santana for NJ Spotlight News (photo courtesy of the museum at facebook.com/artsgarageac)
Kristen Palmer becomes 8-millionth fan in BlueClaws history
By Jersey Shore Online
The story of an assassination hoax during the 1981 N.J. governor’s race
By David Wildstein for New Jersey Globe
Unearthing history: Black Pflugerville
By Austin PBS
Lagos: National Commission for Museum and Monument presents artefacts
By Channels Television (photo courtesy of museum.ng)
An article I recently worked on with a William Paterson student is out in the esteemed NJ Studies journal. This work was done through the Hawthorne Historical Society. It is an example of how to create articles of long-ago events with students. We chose the Flu of 1918 in Paterson. It was not unlike recent events....
(Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress [Mrs. Brown in the clutches of influenza 1918: www.loc.gov/resource/anrc.02548/])
Check the article out here:
Here is a link to the entire NJ Studies Summer 2022 issue:
Get your family interested in history! In this week's "Rock Solid History News Digest," learn about a long-lost stash of cash 💸, an eye-opening summer camp 👀, pirates in NJ 💰, a new kind of museum 🏢, and an underwater park 🤿. Click the "Sign Up" link to the right to get the full newsletter with upcoming events and day trip ideas.
New Jersey man discovers $2,000 cash from 1934 under his porch
By Emmett Jones for Fox News/ New York Post
First-of-its kind camp is teaching kids in New Jersey about the Underground Railroad
By Melanie Burney for Philadelphia Inquirer
The history of pirates in New Jersey
By Janet Redyke for Township Journal
Advocates seek to create a National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture
By Hawaii Public Radio
Cyprus opens its first Underwater Archaeological Park at a 2,000-year-old ancient port
By Francesca Aton for ARTnews (photo below courtesy of Cyprus University of Technology, Photogrammetric Vision Lab)
Read about where Band-Aids began 🩹, century-old jobs 🧵, a crazy old amusement park 🎢, a little-known cemetery 🍺, and cool places to vacation 🏰 in the latest "Rock Solid History News Digest." Click the button above to get the full newsletter.
Past, present and future: J&J opens museum on New Jersey campus showcasing 130 years of its historic healthcare
By Beth Snyder Bulik for Fierce Pharma
Most common jobs 150 years ago in New Jersey
The infamous story of Action Park in Vernon, New Jersey
By Eva Grall for Hoboken Girl (photo above courtesy of @classactionpark)
The weird Wunsche graveyard in the shadow of I-45
By Jef Rouner for Houston Press
Historical Homes Category trending in Europe as heritage travel is on the rise
By Airbnb for Hospitality.net (photo below courtesy of Airbnb)
Learn about about New Jersey's connection to the Declaration of Independence 📜, the first fireworks 🎆, and a remarkable museum founder 💁🏾♀️ in this week's "Rock Solid History News Digest" for families in NY/NJ. Bonus stories are recipes 🥧 in an interesting place and a hidden city ⛺! Click the button above to get the full newsletter with events and day trips.
VIDEO: The Declaration proclaimed from the steps of Indian King Tavern
By Matt Rooney for Save Jersey
Did You Know? Fireworks on the Fourth of July is a Jersey First!
By Mark Di Ionno for TAP into Passaic Valley
92-year-old founded free museum to preserve African American history in Burlington Co. NJ
By Tamala Edwards for ABC 6 Action News (photo above courtesy of Stokes Creative Group, Inc.)
Family recipes etched in stone. Gravestone, that is
By Christina Morales for The New York Times (photo courtesy of Ralph Daily on Flickr)
UNF Archeology team digs up big piece of puzzle pointing to lost city of Sarabay
By First Coast News (photo below courtesy of Florida State Archives)
In this week's "Rock Solid History News Digest" for families, learn about a park’s new name 📛, a trail addition 🌲, lighthouses in NJ ⛯, Saltbox houses 🧂⌧, and stories in the stars ⭐!
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Newark’s Washington Park renamed after Harriet Tubman
By New York Amsterdam News
Lawrence Hopewell Trail will celebrate next phase of ‘History Along the LHT’
By LHT for Centraljersey.com
On the bright side: New Jersey lighthouses are full of history
By Pari Walter for Asbury Park Press (photo above courtesy of NJ Parks)
Everything you need to know about Saltbox-style houses
By Rachel Silva for Elle Decor
Reading into old Norse sky stories
By Vincent McDermott for SkyNews (Freya image below by Digitalis)
In the latest "Rock Solid History News Digest" for families, learn about a Juneteenth book 📗, battlefields in NJ ⚔, vintage bathrooms 🚽, a very old monument ⭖, and an unknown culture 🐢! Sign up at the button to get a list of upcoming family-friendly events as well.
Struggle and celebration: Montclair author gives kids an insight into Juneteenth
By Talia Adderley for Montclair Local (book cover courtesy of Amazon.com)
Guide to exploring New Jersey Revolutionary War history for July 4
By TAPinto Hackettstown Staff
Luxury is not a walk-in shower with a toilet. It’s a vintage tile L.A. bathroom
By Krystal Chang for the Los Angeles Times
Burzahom: the story behind Srinagar’s Stonehenge
By Saumya Ancheri for Conde Nast Traveller (photo below courtesy of searchkashmir.org)
Newly found Chinese artifacts illuminate mysterious ancient kingdom
By Patrick Smith for NBC News
In this week's "Rock Solid History News Digest" for families, learn about dinosaurs in NJ 🦖, an updated arcade 🎮, summer fun ⛱, a new coin 🥈, and an unexpected finding in a cave 🦞! Sign up at the button above 👆 to get the full newsletter with family-friendly events and activities in NJ/NY.
New Jersey is a great paleontology state
By ZuzuRU for Off Tackle Empire (photo above courtesy of the Library of Congress)
One of the Jersey Shore’s most beloved attractions is getting a facelift
By Bill Doyle for New Jersey 101.5
How to spend summer 2022 in New Jersey
By Urban Matter
A new quarter honors Native American leader and activist Wilma Mankiller
By Tekella Foster for NPR/WNYC (image below courtesy of U.S. Mint)
Elusive creature was feared extinct-then it surfaced in cracks of dark Alabama cave
By Alison Cutler for Sun Herald
In this week's "Rock Solid History News Digest" for families, learn about the “down the shore” moniker 🌊, a Depression-era castle 🏰, a Civil War cemetery caretaker 🍂, a lost city 🌆, and cave houses 🏠. Also get the low-down on tons of NJ/NY area events for kids and their families. Sign up at the button above!
‘Down the shore’ explained: a history of Philly’s favorite summer travel phrase
By Asha Prihar for Billy Penn
This could possibly be the strangest house in all of New Jersey, maybe America?
By Shawn Michaels for 92.7 wobm (photo above courtesy of the-palace-of-depression.business.site)
N.J. man dedicates his spare time to maintaining graves of Black veterans who served in the Civil War
By Amethyst Martinez for NJ Advance Media/NJ.com
Lost Maya city discovered in the Yucatan
By Heritage Daily
Viking-era cave system larger, older than previously thought
By Larissa Kyzer for Iceland Review (photo below courtesy of Kristborg Þórsdottir)
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