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Newsstand at Princeton Station, 1888
Newsstand at Princeton Station, 1888
Collection of the Historical Society of Princeton
 
  • Historical Society of Princeton Launches History@Home - At the end of March, the Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) launched a series of digital activities and content to engage homebound history lovers of all ages. With the temporary closure of the Updike Farmstead museum and suspension of walking tours and other public programs, HSP has turned to the internet to continue to bring the past to life and explore its enduring relevance. This free initiative, History@Home, is available on HSP’s website:  https://princetonhistory.org/athome/ “While this is a difficult time… ... Read more
  • COVID-19 UPDATE: Museum closed and in-person events cancelled until further notice - The Historical Society of Princeton, as an organization whose mission it is to bring members of the community together for history education experiences, is actively monitoring and addressing concerns related to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  Our highest priority is the safety of our visitors, staff, volunteers, and collaborators. In order to protect them and to support the nationwide effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, the museum at Updike Farmstead is temporarily closed to the public. In… ... Read more
  • HSP and PPL Host “Open Archive” in Conjunction with World War II Exhibition - On January 23, 2020 at 6:30 pm, the Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) and Princeton Public Library (PPL) will host an “Open Archive” program, displaying real historical materials related to the World War II home front experience in Princeton. This pop-up display is presented in conjunction with the panel exhibition, World War II on the Princeton Home Front, running in the Princeton Room at the Public Library through February 6, 2020. The panel exhibition investigates the major home front activities… ... Read more
  • HSP Acquires Collection of Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood Oral Histories - Historical Society of Princeton Acquires I Hear My People Singing Collection of Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood Oral Histories In April, Kathryn (Kitsi) Watterson transferred to the Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) the research materials, notes, and oral histories of the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood, collected during the twenty-year development process for her 2017 book, I Hear My People Singing: Voices of African American Princeton. This gift was made with the endorsement of community advisers and coordinators, Henry F. (Hank) Pannell, Penelope S. Edwards-Carter and… ... Read more
  • Historical Society of Princeton Presents 2019 House Tour - The Historical Society of Princeton is pleased to present its 18th annual House Tour from 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, November 2, 2019. This signature fall event celebrates significant architecture and design in the homes of HSP’s supportive community. This year’s Tour features six unique homes, each one a distinct example of its own time and style. Visitors will marvel in the modifications, redesigns, furnishings, salvaged materials, and architectural features during a self-guided tour of the homes throughout… ... Read more
  • Reviving New Jersey’s Hard Cider Heritage - On October 10, the Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) welcomes writer/educator Fran McManus for a talk on New Jersey cider, past and present. The program will take place at 7:00 PM in the historic barn on the Society’s six-acre site, Updike Farmstead, at 354 Quaker Road. Apple-picking is a popular fall activity, but few may realize the significant history of apples in the “Garden State.” New Jersey colonists started planting apple orchards in the 17th century, providing not just fruit… ... 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

  • 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