January 31 – March 15

225 West State Street
Trenton, NJ

Monday – Friday, 9 am to 4:45 pm;
Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm;
Closed Sunday and State Holidays

The New Jersey State Museum was established in 1895-one of the nation’s first state museums founded with an educational mission. Today that mission encompasses four areas: archaeology/ ethnology, cultural history, fine art, and natural history. The State Museum combines four museums in one providing a galaxy of experiences for every member of the family. Treasures are exhibited thematically in a modern four-level main building overlooking the Delaware River and are enhanced by exciting programs offered in an adjoining 150-seat planetarium and adjacent 380-seat auditorium.

List of Events

A Taste of Trenton

January 31 – March 15

Ellarslie, The Trenton City Museum – Second Floor Galleries
Food, glorious food! Ellarslie will feature an exhibit highlighting Trenton’s strong food tradition – in its farmers’ markets, the manufacture of nationally-known products such as pork roll and oyster crackers, the pottery industry’s production of china for hotels and restaurants, numerous brewers and bottlers of beer, mineral water and soda, local dairies that served the city’s population, and the excellent hotels and restaurants in the city. Over the course of the exhibit there will be speakers on several food-related topics, a day for the public to bring their Trenton bottles to the museum to learn more about the city’s brewers and bottlers, and a delicious Valentine’s Day chocolate “event” on February 13. Stay tuned for more details!

A Feast For the Eyes

January 9 – March 7
A juried themed show with food as subject.
Gallery 125

A Taste of Chocolate
Friday, February 13, 8 PM
Ellarslie, The City Museum of Trenton
Enjoy the pairing of wine with chocolate desserts from local retailers while enjoying the sounds of gentle jazz. (Fee. More information can be found on the Ellarslie website.)

Trenton Sampler Downtown Restaurant Tour
Friday, February 13, 6-8 PM
at Gallery 125, sponsored by the Trenton Downtown Association

Trenton Sampler sponsored by the Trenton Downtown Association will give an affordable taste of some of the city’s most popular foods for $5. Participating eateries are: Café International, Café Ole, Gilmore’s Café, Howard’s Place, Maxine’s 2, Rainbow Town, Settimo Cielo, and Tanya’s B.Y.O.B. Cuisines include Southern, Italian, Caribbean and Chinese. Complimentary wine and drinks will be served.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or reserved by calling (609) 393-8998, ext. 13. All ticket holders will be entered into a raffle for a $75 gift certificate to the participating eatery of their choice. Ticket proceeds will be divided among the participating restaurants and eateries.

Colonial Candy Making
Saturday, February 14, 2009 12:30 – 4:00PM
William Trent House
Join the staff of the William Trent House as they demonstrate how early colonists made sweet treats from varied and sometimes surprising ingredients. This is a fun and interactive program for the whole family. Visitors will be able to come and go throughout the afternoon.

Opening Reception for Key Ingredients
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 5:00 – 6:30PM
225 Gallery, 225 West State Street

Trenton’s Food Industry – Oyster Crackers, Tomato Pies and Champale
Sunday, February 22, 2009 1:00 – 4:00PM
Ellarslie, The City Museum of Trenton

1:30 PM – Eliz Yull on Champale and other Trenton Breweries
2:00 PM – Karl Flesch on the History of Trenton’s Farmers Markets
2:30 PM – People’s Choice – Taste Trenton original Tomato Pies and vote on your favorite (suggested donation to participate $2)
3:00 PM – Brenda Springsted & Rich Willinger on Interesting Trenton Bottles
Participants may bring in one Trenton related bottle each to receive more information about the company that distributed it. Not an appraisal.

Italian Food, American Abundance
Hasia Diner, the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History and Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University
Saturday, February 28, 2009 1:00 PM
225 Gallery, 225 West State Street

New Jersey Key Ingredients scholar Hasia Diner, author of Hungering For America: Italian, Irish and Jewish Foodways in the Age of Migration, will speak on the Italian Immigrant experience and the importance of food in immigrants’ lives. The millions of women and men who came to the United States from Italy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century left a place of want and found a place where food, even for the working class, existed in great profusion. How did these women and men use their memories of past hunger to shape a community culture based on food? How did they use food to shape a new identity for themselves, that of Italian American? How did food structure their relationships with each other, with their friends and family back home, and with the other peoples they met in America? After the lecture, tour the Key Ingredients exhibit!

Food for Thought -
First Friday Lunchtime Lecture:
Key Ingredients exhibition tour and talk

March 6,
12:00 noon (40 minutes); free
Join Museum staff on a gallery walk through this traveling exhibition which explores America’s foodways.
225 West State Street Gallery

Tour of the Oyster Cracker Factory
Saturday, March 7 at 10:30 AM
Centre and Furman Sts., Trenton

Join architect John Hatch, partner in Clarke Caton Hintz, for a tour of Trenton’s former oyster cracker factory, which has been converted into loft apartments. The tour will begin with a brief history of the Adam Exton and Sons Company, founded in 1847, and a discussion of some of its products, including their most famous invention: the oyster cracker!. The group will also visit several of the loft condominiums that are under construction or recently completed, to see how Trenton’s history is becoming Trenton’s future. The tour will begin promptly at 10:30 AM at the corner of Centre and Furman Streets in Trenton. For more information visit: http://www.trentonferry.com/lofts_cracker.php. SPACE IS LIMITED! In order to reserve a space, email [email protected] or call 609-989-7944.

Root Cellars and Ice Houses
Saturday, March 14, 2009 2:00 PM
William Trent House
Winter was a very difficult time for our forefathers. There were no refrigerators or freezers to rely on for back-up food nor were there supermarkets to purchase weekly food supplies. The root cellar provided a
means to preserve fruits and vegetables for the long winter ahead. The icehouse kept food cool long before the invention of the refrigerator. Learn the importance of the root cellar and the icehouse and other ways our ancestors preserved food. This program will be presented by Judith Krall-Russo.

A Tomato Pie from Palermo’s in Bordentown
A tomato pie is built as follows:
dough, cheese, toppings,
and then sauce.
What do YOU think
of tomato pie?

Do you have a favorite —

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