Gerri the Geranium
Did you know that New Jersey’s State Historic Sites, Parks and Forests are protected by the State Park Police? You will see these men and women in uniform at the History Fair.
Tula the Tulip
Learn about courageous women at the History Fair. See actors portray the historical characters of Amelia Earhart*, Alice Paul*, Mabel Fenton*, and Molly Pitcher*,
The History Fair takes place at Monmouth Battlefield State Park, which is the site of an important battle of the Revolutionary War. The importance of Monmouth Battlefield is reflected in its designation as a National Historic Landmark. Do you want to learn about a different part of NJ? Historical societies and museums from all over the state will be at the Fair. You should be able to find a group that deals with your local history.
My Family Story
Learn about Genealogy with the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society -New Jersey Chapter, Central Jersey Genealogical Club, Genealogical Society of New Jersey, Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society (where you can “Ask Granny*”), Monmouth County Archives and Monmouth County Genealogical Society, NJ Catholic Historical Commission, and the NJ State Archives.
Playing in the Past
The History Fair offers opportunities to hear stories of Amelia Earhart*, Alice Paul*, Mabel Fenton*, Molly Pitcher* and “The Widow Tennant*." Girls can experience history through hands-on exhibits and games.
Go to www.Geocaching.com Monmouth Battlefield’s zip code is 07726. There are two registered Geocaches within the park.
Digital Movie Making
The History Fair is a great subject for recording a day in your life. There are opportunities to film activities such as horses plowing fields, historical baseball games, military reenactments and more. Send a digital copy to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may ask for permission to post it on our website.
Learn about games from the past in our historical games area near Boxwood Hall’s display.
Attend a historical sporting event – a baseball game played by 19th century
Learn about cooking from another time period with the Johnson Ferry House firepit cooking or with several military reenactment groups. Browse the gift shop in the Visitor Center or at Grover’s Corner for books on period foods.
Did you know that visitors come to New Jersey for more than the shore? You can participate in heritage tourism by visiting our historic, cultural or natural resources. Monmouth Battlefield is a National Historic Landmark and is visited by people from the United States and the world. Many park and historic site visitors come as part of an itinerary to see Revolutionary War Battlefields, canals, presidential birthplaces, homes of famous writers and even places that are believed to be haunted.
Your visit to the History Fair may inspire you to change the world. More than half of the participating groups at the NJ State History Fair are charitable (non-profit) groups who give to the community.
In July 1922, The American Girl magazine, published by Girl Scouts of the USA, featured an article by Florence E. Neil, a local director in Chicago, Illinois. Miss Neil provided a cookie recipe that had been given to the council's 2,000 Girl Scouts. She estimated the approximate cost of ingredients for six- to seven-dozen cookies to be 26 to 36 cents. The cookies, she suggested, could be sold by troops for 25 or 30 cents per dozen.
Throughout the decade, Girl Scouts in different parts of the country continued to bake their own simple sugar cookies with their mothers and with help from the community. These cookies were packaged in wax paper bags, sealed with a sticker, and sold door to door for 25 to 35 cents per dozen.
Check out the Original Girl Scout Cookie Recipe from 1922!
Girl Scout Cookies
- 1 cup of butter, or substitute
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
Cream butter and sugar; add well-beaten eggs, then milk, flavoring, flour, and baking powder. Roll thin and bake in quick oven. (Sprinkle sugar on top.)
This amount makes six to seven dozen.
Modern-day tips (not part of the original recipe): Refrigerate batter for at least one hour before rolling and cutting cookies. Bake in a quick oven (375°) for approximately 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.