UNION, NJ –The Kean University Foundation and Liberty Hall Museum will host a “Soirée” at the museum on Thursday, October 1 to mark the opening of Liberty Hall’s exhibit Toys Through Time: The History of American Fun.  This evening event, which will feature vintage toys collected by the Kean family over many decades as well as interactive displays of contemporary toys, will also mark the museum’s 15th anniversary as the “Home of New Jersey History.” The Soirée is a benefit fundraiser for the museum, with proceeds earmarked for the expansion and enhancement of Liberty Hall’s youth-oriented educational programming. 

“We are excited to host this first-ever ‘Toys Through Time Soirée’ in conjunction with Liberty Hall’s 15th anniversary,” said Carla S. Willis, president of the Kean University Foundation and vice president of institutional advancement for Kean University. “We designed this event to be a purely fun occasion that will allow grownups to kick back and play, reconnecting with childhood memories through classic toys. But more importantly, the event will also help the museum to better serve the children in our community. We want to reinforce Liberty Hall’s status as a priceless resource for immersing young visitors in historical experiences they can really touch and see firsthand.”

At the Soirée, guests will have the opportunity to preview a sampling of the more than 150 vintage toys from Toys Through Time: The History of American Fun, which opens on October 5. Reservations are required by September 10; admission is $200 per person.

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For more information on the Soirée and to purchase tickets, sponsorships, or journal ads, please visit www.keanfoundation.org/toys2015. For additional information, please call Chrissy DeMarco at 908.577.0106 or rodemarc@kean.edu.

Event Information:

Date and Venue:      Thursday, October 1, 2015

                                  Liberty Hall Museum Rose Garden

                                  1003 Morris Avenue Union, NJ 07083

Time:                         6 to 9 p.m.

Attire:                        Business Casual/Lawn Friendly. High heels not recommended.

Contact:                     Chrissy DeMarco, 908.577.0106 or rodemarc@kean.edu

About Liberty Hall Museum:

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University is the former home of New Jersey’s first elected governor and signer of the Constitution, William Livingston. Built in 1772, on the eve of the American Revolution, Liberty Hall has been a silent witness to more than 200 years of American history. Over the last two centuries, the originally designed 14-room Georgian-style home has grown into a 50-room Victorian-style mansion. Members of the Livingston and Kean families who occupied the house have included governors, U.S. representatives and senators, entrepreneurs, and pioneering women with vision and strength. The stories of their lives, passed down from generation to generation, are preserved within the museum and tell how these families met the challenges of a changing nation.

About the Kean University Foundation:

Established in 1984, the Kean University Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that receives, invests, and administers private support for Kean University. Its continuing mission is to create and maintain a solid donor base of alumni, faculty, staff, friends, corporations, and foundations that are committed to the success of Kean and its goals. The Foundation’s resources support the present and future needs of Kean and its commitment to academic excellence through scholarships, endowments, and facilitation of many innovative university programs and initiatives.