Incredible NJ/NY news: pizza collector, American Girl house, art aquarium & more!
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!
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
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
Tools, titles & tricksters in latest Rock Solid History News Digest for families
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)
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