UNION, NJ - The Union Township Historical Society will participate in Union County's "Four Centuries in a Weekend" at the Caldwell Parsonage on October 19 and 20.
 
Rev. James Caldwell, portrayed by Meridoc Burkhardt, will greet visitors to the museum on Saturday.  His appearance is made possible in part through a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
 
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Students from the Kawameeh Middle School National Junior Honor Society and the Union High School History Club will serve as historical interpreters (aka docents).

 
Members of Girl Scout Troop 40024 will assist with colonial doll-making and colonial games.

Visitors can enjoy: 

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  • Wearing colonial bonnets and tricorn hats and faux colonial children's outfits for photos for social media;
  • Collecting Union County's Hannah Caldwell, James Caldwell, and Battle of Connecticut Farms trading cards;
  • Having their National Park Service Passports and/or Union County Passport booklets stamped--the Parsonage, part of the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area, is an official National Park Service cancellation site;
  • History of Union, an original video produced by the UHS History Club and partly taken from a drone, showing notable sites in Union;
  • A new historic Union map exhibit created for the weekend--36" x 48" reproductions of the 1860 Union farm map will be available for purchase;
  • A new exhibit on long-time Township Clerk, Mary Miller, a descendant of the Miller family, who lived in Connecticut Farms (aka Union) at least since 1730; and
  • An exhibit of historic household conveniences; farm implements; old TV’s, radios, and office equipment in the Tool Museum in the carriage house (aka barn).
The event on both days will run from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.   Refreshments will be served.  Admission is free.  The Caldwell Parsonage is located at 909 Caldwell Avenue.