December 13 – January 25, 2009

Acorn Hall – Morris
County Historical Society

68 Morris Avenue
Morristown, NJ

MR 10 AM – 4 PM
Sun 1 PM – 4 PM

Morris County
30 East Hanover Avenue
Whippany, NJ

M-R, 9AM-9PM, F-Sat, 9AM-5PM
Sun, 12 PM-5PM
Library Website

The Morris County Historical Society is an organization dedicated to preserving and providing awareness of the rich history of Morris County, New Jersey. The Society is headquartered at Acorn Hall, an 1853 Victorian Italianate mansion located in Morristown, NJ. The Society operates Acorn Hall as a historic house museum, produces exhibitions on local history in the Galleries at Acorn Hall, and provides public programming on Morris County history.

Galdieri’s Grocery (1929) – Courtesy Morris County Historical Society

List of Events

Exhibit Opening “Who’s Minding the Store?” & Member’s Garden Party
Sunday, August 24, 1-4 PM
At Acorn Hall

The opening of “Who’s Minding the Store?” will take place at the Society’s annual Garden Party and feature a “Baking Contest” and “Home-grown Tomato Competition.” A raffle will include a gift certificate to a local food business and food-related merchandise. “Who’s Minding the Store?” is a traveling exhibit from the Jewish Historical Society of Metrowest. A reconstructed store from Morris County’s earlier days, the exhibit will demonstrate how people once shopped for food and other essentials. The exhibit will be augmented with agricultural, dining, and food merchandising artifacts from the collection of the Morris County Historical Society.

A section of the “Who’s Minding the Store?” exhibit, now on display at Acorn Hall.

Poster and Essay Contest – Theme: “Foods of My Family”
September 2 – November 1

Area teachers will receive mailers with instructions for their students and information about the Key Ingredients exhibit. The essay is a food-oriented oral history project. Students will interview a family member to find out their memories of food, cultural associations, the significance of a specific food, etc., and write down the recipe. Recipes will be added to the website. Younger students will draw their impressions. Teachers will also be provided with the resources available on the Key Ingredients website.

The winners will receive gift certificates to local restaurants. Posters and essays will be on display at the County Library and Acorn Hall during the exhibit and posted on the Key Ingredients website.

Original Cover art for the first publication of the Morristown Cookbook.
Image drawn by Thomas Nast, on display at Acorn Hall.

“Harvest Tea”
Saturday, October 4, 2:30 – 4:30 PM
At Acorn Hall

A tea featuring ingredients grown in New Jersey. Served in Acorn Hall’s beautiful Victorian dining room the sit-down Afternoon Tea will include scones with clotted cream and jam, tea sandwiches, a selection of desserts, and choice of tea. A short program about the tradition and etiquette of tea will be presented. Reservations are required and there will be a fee for this fund-raising event.

“Still Cooking” at Frelinghuysen Arboretum
Sunday, October 26

Author Laura Schenone and painter Nancy Gail Ring will speak about “Old Recipes, Modern Life: A painter and writer meet in the kitchen.” Individually, Schenone and Ring lead fascinating lives where publishing, art, and cooking overlap and inspire each other. Together, they are the founders of, a website that features old recipes and modern life – topics that are rarely mutually exclusive!

“The Jersey Tomato” with Judith Krall-Russo
Sunday, November 9, 2:00 PM
At the Frelinghuysen Aboretum

A selection of cans on display in “Who’s Minding the Store?”

Canned Goods Collection
Monday, December 8 – Monday, December 22
At Acorn Hall

Bring canned goods and non-perishable food when you visit Acorn Hall during this time and receive ½ off the admission price. The Interfaith Food Pantry will receive the food that is collected. Celebrate the spirit of seasonal giving and enjoy the opportunity to view Acorn Hall’s renowned Christmas decorations.

Opening Reception for Key Ingredients
Saturday, December 13
At The Gallery at the Morris County Library

Opening reception for Key Ingredients at the Gallery at the Morris County Library. Join us for a fesitval of food highlighting food traditions associated with holiday celebrations of many cultures. Northern New Jersey is home to people from many backgrounds; learn and experience the traditions that are part of holidays such as Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights; Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights; Chinese New Year; Islamic Eid-ul-Adha; and the Christian celebration of Christmas.

  • Holiday food will be explained and sampling is required!
  • Winners of the “Poster and Essay Contest” will be announced during the reception and displayed while the exhibition is at the library
  • Cookie decorating will be available for children
  • Community members will be invited to submit family recipes for posting in the exhibit area of the Library. Recipes will be selected and added to the Key Ingredients website
  • The County Library will display books in which food is a primary topic…from novels to recipes

For more library information visit:

New Jersey Key Ingredients scholar, Hasia Diner of New York University

Serving Suppers: Domestic Roles of 19th Century Irish Immigrant Women
Hasia Diner, the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History and Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University
Wednesday, December 17, 7:00 PM
At the Morris County Library

Local Harvest: Food, Friends and Family
Saturday, January 17, 2009, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
At the Frelinghuysen Aboretum

This event will be held in collaboration with Slow Food Northern New Jersey. This will be a celebration of the farms of northern New Jersey – everyone will learn something and have fun! Local farmers will have information on their farms and products, demonstrations will be given of traditional farming and food producing techniques, local chefs will demonstrate recipes using local agricultural products and more! Snow date is January 24.

“Who’s Minding the Store?” Closing & Membership Tea
Sunday, February 16, 1-4 PM
At Acorn Hall

The exhibit “Who’s Minding the Store?” closes with the annual Membership Tea at Acorn Hall. An informal, buffet-style tea will be served.

Ice Cream truck on Race Street circa 1930.