Newsstand at Princeton Station, 1888
Newsstand at Princeton Station, 1888
Collection of the Historical Society of Princeton
  • Quaker Road CLOSED - Quaker Road is closed due to storm damage. Updike Farmstead grounds are closed indefinitely. With the exception of private events, please do not attempt to access Updike Farmstead at this time. For scheduled private events, to access Updike Farmstead, you must approach Quaker Road from the Mercer Road/Princeton Pike side. The nearest landmark to this intersection is the Princeton Friends School. At that intersection you will see a police barrier indicating that Quaker Road is closed. We have permission from… ... Read more
  • Announcing the 2021 Virtual House Tour - The Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) is pleased to present its first ever Virtual House Tour from May 15 through June 15, 2021. This signature event will feature on-demand, multimedia content of unprecedented depth for participants to navigate at their leisure throughout the entire month. For 18 years, HSP has offered the House Tour, central New Jersey’s premier history, architecture, and design event, which showcases the stewardship of significant, privately owned houses in Princeton. HSP is taking its expertise in… ... Read more
  • HSP Digitizes 300 At-Risk Oral History Recordings - The Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) has successfully digitized approximately 300 at-risk audio cassette oral history recordings in HSP’s archival collection, making these resources newly available to researchers, with funding support from the New Jersey Historical Commission. Preservation concerns had previously rendered these cassettes, many of which are almost 50 years old, unplayable and thus inaccessible to HSP patrons. “Since use accelerates a cassette’s deterioration, the Library of Congress now recommends that audio cassettes and other vintage recordings be played… ... Read more
  • Black History Month Resources - February is Black History Month! Below are some resources to learn more about Princeton's rich Black history. It's important to tell diverse stories all year round, so remember that all of these resources are available to you at any time. Engage with Us on Social Media We'll be posting fascinating #blackhistorymonth stories all month long on our social media accounts. Make sure you're following us:              Color and Learn Limited-edition coloring books featuring the impact… ... Read more
  • New Digital Exhibition: Women’s Suffrage in Princeton - One hundred years ago, the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution officially made it constitutional for women in the U.S. to vote. In practice, this right did not initially extend to all women, but the victory in 1920 remains a major milestone, a long and hard-fought win in an ongoing struggle for women’s rights, voting rights, and civil rights. Its passage was never certain, especially in Princeton, a town that embodied the difficulties in bringing communities, and families, to… ... Read more
  • Announcing a Virtual Tour of Hamilton’s Princeton - To coincide with Disney+’s release of Hamilton: An American Musical, the Historical Society of Princeton has added a new virtual tour to its History@Home resources. The content explores the myths and the true stories of places in Princeton connected to Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Aaron Burr Jr., and more! Click here to access the map-based tour, or scroll down to read through the sites as an article. Nassau Hall Princeton Battlefield State Park Quaker Road Mercer Oak Blair Hall Princeton University… ... Read more
  • HSP Responds to Current Events - As we watch and share in the grief and outrage of recent days, we are reminded that history offers context to help us understand the events of our present world. In the coming weeks, as part of the educational programming on our social media channels, we will be amplifying voices from the Historical Society's oral history collections; these will include voices of Princetonians who experienced racial injustice and those who have been involved in the long and ongoing struggle for equity, diversity, and… ... Read more
  • 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: “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

  • 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