Programs for Children/Families

Young Patriots’ Day

Sunday, September 23
10 am to 4 pm
@ the Princeton Battlefield
500 Mercer Street
Princeton, NJ 08540

Bring the family and experience colonial life and the American Revolutionary War – kids will encounter camp life, participate in marching and drilling, watch 18th century crafting, meet George and Martha Washington, Ben Franklin and children’s book authors! Learn about early American life and New Jersey’s role in America’s War for Independence.

Advance Registration: donation of $10 per family to the Princeton Battlefield Society (on- field registration the day of the event will be $15). For more information and to register, click here.

September 30, 2018

Join us at Updike Farmstead for the 2nd annual HistoryFest! This year’s theme is “Edible History.” Bring a picnic lunch (or snack) to enjoy on the grounds, along with music and lawn games. Admission is free!

Hands-on Cooking for Families (recommended for ages 8 and up)
1:30 and 3:00 PM (REGISTER HERE)
Edible History’s Brianna Nurse brings you a food history experience that focuses on the ingredients and cooking styles of New Jersey residents of the past. The class is structured as a group learning experience, with a mini-lecture, followed by hands-on cooking activity. Return to New Jersey during the pre-colonial and colonial time period to create dishes used from ingredients of the Lenni-Lenape and European settlers. This class will highlight the seasonal food lifestyles of both groups, including their diets, farming, and food storage practices.

Revolutionary Tea
2:30 PM
History on the Hoof’s Stacy Roth presents her signature costumed presentation, which includes the social history of the era, as well as quotations, poetry, prose, and songs about the popular and once controversial beverage.  

Open Archive
Ongoing, 1:00 – 4:00
Interact with little-seen artifacts and documents from HSP’s collection related to classic Princeton restaurants and food culture. HSP’s Curator of Collections and Research will be on hand to share information and answer any questions. In addition, between 1:00 and 3:00, a representative from the Peacock Inn will be there to share historical knowledge of the iconic property, as well as their vision for its future.


In 1953, the Marquand family donated 17 acres of their estate, Guernsey Hall, to the municipality of Princeton to serve as an arboretum and passive recreation park.  Once part of a 30-acre farm owned by Judge Richard Stockton Field, Marquand Park is home to more that 140 difference tree specimens, some dating back over 170 years!

Tickets are available for October 13 at 11 AM. 
Free, registration is recommended, as space is limited. 

Slave Dwelling Project Community Day

Mr. Joe McGill brings his Slave Dwelling Project to New Jersey for the first time. This program brings historians and the public together to educate, collaborate, and organize resources to illuminate (and often, save) important African American history related to slave ancestry.

This event is held in partnership with Morven Museum & Garden, Princeton Public Library, Arts Council of Princeton, and Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society.

For more information, including a schedule of events, click here

Past Events:

Building Princeton
April 8, 2018