Newsstand at Princeton Station, 1888
Newsstand at Princeton Station, 1888
Collection of the Historical Society of Princeton
  • Museum closing at 3:00 on 9/14 - Due to a private event, the museum at Updike Farmstead will be closing at 3:00 on Saturday, September 14.   ... Read more
  • Time-Traveling Fun at HistoryFest on October 6 - HistoryFest: Time Travel through Princeton October 6, 2019 1:00 – 4:00 PM Free Join us for the third annual HistoryFest, a free exploration of Princeton history for the whole family! Visitors will travel through four centuries of Princeton history, with hands-on activities and presentations showing the town’s changes over time. Children will receive a “Time Travel Passport” to be stamped at each station. A slide-show presentation featuring vivid images from HSP’s photograph collection, Princeton: Then and Now, will be offered… ... Read more
  • Historical Society Completes Five-Year-Long Collections Review - Culminating a five-year collections planning and review process, on August 26, 2019, the Historical Society of Princeton’s (HSP) Board of Trustees approved items from HSP’s objects collection for deaccession, upon the recommendation of HSP’s Collections Committee. HSP retained and improved use, access, and interpretive strategy for the majority of its vast collection as part of this process. As per field-wide best practices, HSP periodically reviews its holdings, a process that includes determining which items truly support HSP’s mission and which… ... Read more
  • Travel Back to the 80s at HSP’s Concert Under the Stars - The Historical Society of Princeton will host its eighth annual Concert Under the Stars fundraiser on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 6:30 – 10:00 PM at Updike Farmstead. This year’s event will feature a vivacious live performance by The Breakfast Club on the mainstage. The Gerry Rosenthal Trio will open the event on the farmhouse porch. The Breakfast Club is the longest running, most recognized 1980’s tribute band in the United States. Formed in 1993, The Breakfast Club’s mission is… ... Read more
  • HSP to Host Grand Opening for Garden State History Garden - The Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) will hold a family-friendly opening event on Sunday, May 19, between 1:00 and 4:00 PM, unveiling a brand-new exhibition in the Sipprelle Unity Garden at Updike Farmstead, the Garden State History Garden. Coinciding with National Public Gardens week, this event is free and open to the public. The Garden State History Garden creates a living, growing display of Princeton and New Jersey’s agricultural history. The HSP mobile app will offer multimedia content to interpret… ... Read more
  • HSP Nears Completion of Collections Review - From its inception in 1938, the Historical Society of Princeton has actively collected museum and reference materials relevant to Princeton or of general historical interest. Over time, a substantial and important collection of over 100,000 items was established, consisting of artifacts, maps, architectural drawings, archival manuscript materials, photographs, newspapers, and reference books. This collection is at the heart of all HSP’s core programs, with many of these items aiding in our mission of bringing the remarkable history of Princeton, NJ… ... Read more
  • Second Annual Building Princeton LEGO Event at Updike Farmstead - Sunday, April 14, 2019 2:00 - 4:00 PM  After last year’s sold-out event, the Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) is excited to host its second annual Building Princeton on Sunday, April 14 in the Wojciechowicz Barn at HSP’s Updike Farmstead. Designed to increase awareness of the town’s rich architectural heritage, Building Princeton, led by Building Blocks Workshops, uses 70,000 LEGO bricks. Teams each receive a photograph and story of a historic building, which they build within the 2-hour program. When… ... Read more
  • HSP Seeking Walking Tour Guides - Looking for volunteer opportunity for the new year? The Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) is in search of walking tour guides to lead historical tours of Princeton. Guides educate locals and out-of-towners on topics including the founding of the University, the American Revolution, and the evolution of the town over time. This is a unique opportunity to expand your knowledge and share Princeton’s stories with visitors from around the world. Ideal candidates are in good physical condition, with a passion… ... Read more
  • Woodrow Wilson and the Great War Exhibition Opens - On November 8, the Historical Society of Princeton opened a new temporary exhibition, Woodrow Wilson and the Great War, which will run at Updike Farmstead through December 30. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I’s conclusion, the Lewis University History Center, Naper Settlement and Give Something Back collaborated on developing the traveling exhibition, which examines the Great War and the presidency of Woodrow Wilson during this catastrophic global event. The Historical Society of Princeton is the final stop… ... Read more
  • HSP Installs History Trail at Updike Farmstead - The Historical Society of Princeton recently installed six pieces of interpretive signage at their Updike Farmstead headquarters on Quaker Road. The signs, spread widely throughout the six-acre site, are dubbed the “Farmstead History Trail.” “We’re thrilled to install this interpretive signage, which contextualizes Updike Farmstead in broader local, regional, and national context,” said Izzy Kasdin, Executive Director of the Historical Society of Princeton. “The signs will undoubtedly create a richer heritage experience for visitors who come to the Farmstead.” The… ... Read more

  • 2016 Press Releases - September A Talk with Anne Simon, Illustrator of Einstein, a Graphic Novel Thursday, October 6, 2016 5:00 PM You’ve never seen Einstein like this! Corinne Maier and Anne Simon's graphic novel explores the life of the most influential physicist of all time. This biography features a caricature version of Einstein, who narrates and comments on the story of his life. In conjunction with the exhibition The Einstein Salon and Innovators Gallery, the Historical Society is thrilled to host the illustrator,… ... Read more
  • 2015 Press Releases - December HSP Reopens at Updike Farmstead The Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) reopens its museum at Updike Farmstead, 354 Quaker Road, on January 6, 2016. The new hours are: Wednesday through Sunday, 12 to 4 PM. Admission remains at $4 per person. Thursdays will have extended hours until 7 PM, with free admission from 4-7 PM. Visitors will enjoy a brand new multimedia exhibition, The Einstein Salon and Innovators Gallery, which celebrates the worldly and entrepreneurial spirit of the citizens… ... Read more
  • 2014 Press Releases - December Spice Up Your Holiday at Updike Farmstead On Saturday, December 6, from 1-3 PM, stop by the Updike Farmstead for cooking ideas and a sampling of the herbs, spices and sauces of Princeton’s Savory Spice Shop. Get inspired by the Shop’s inaugural cookbook, Spice to Plate, and their signature blends that, with a dash or two, can turn a bland meal into a flavorful feast. Enjoy warmed mulled cider while you browse vintage photographs in the museum galleries and… ... Read more
  • 2013 Press Releases - December HSP Announces Two New Exhibitions Updike Farmstead Celebrates the First Day of Winter September HSP To Lauch OnCell Mobile Walking Tour August Updike Farmstead’s Historic Barn Roof Replacement June HSP Awarded New Jersey Historical Commission Mini Grant May Marshall Tucker Band to Perform at HSP's Updike Farmstead April HSP Celebrates the Lincoln Highway Centennial March Alice Greenwald to Speak in Princeton February Historical Society of Princeton Anniversary and Opening January Historical Society of Princeton presents “The Insider’s Guide to… ... Read more
  • 2012 Press Releases - November A Windmill Turns Again October Historical Society of Princeton House Tour 2012 Family-friendly Fright and Fun in Princeton September “O Say Can You See?” Music of the War of 1812 Annual Bainbridge Club Party August Come Picnic with Mrs. Wilson at the Updike Farmstead! June Ladies, First! Luncheon Speaker Series with Natalie Douglas of Idis May The Bacon Brothers perform at the Historical Society of Princeton’s Updike Farmstead March Historical Society of Princeton Opens Princeton Pride Gallery Historical Society… ... Read more
  • 2011 Press Releases - December Winter Break Activities Holiday Shopping Party to benefit the Historical Society of Princeton November Historical Society of Princeton House Tour October Princeton 2011 Antiques and Fine Art Show Shines August October Events at Historical Society of Princeton September 11 Commemoration Events at the Historical Society of Princeton June Caring Kids in the Community Bug Safari! Brett Weaver- Impressions of Princeton Brett Weaver - American Impressionist May Celebrating Father’s Day – My Family History! Free Museum Admission to the Historical… ... Read more
  • 2010 Press Releases - June June 16, 2010- The Historical Society of Princeton’s Stony Brook: Gateway to Princeton Exhibition to Close June 14, 2010- Historical Society of Princeton Presents The Recession Hits Home: Job Loss in Central New Jersey Exhibition and Business Attire Accessories Drive May May 14, 2010- The Historical Society of Princeton Invites Schools to Experience New Tour, “The Story of Princeton’s Immigrants” May 13, 2010- The Historical Society of Princeton Hosts the Albert E. Hinds Memorial Walking Tour: African American Life… ... Read more