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Liberty Hall Museum to Host Events in April

UNION - Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University will host several activities for children and visitors of all ages in April.

Liberty Hallís Welcome Spring Egg-Dying Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. Children will celebrate the arrival of spring and learn earth-friendly dyeing techniques, such as onionskins and beet juice. Admission is $8 per child and includes all workshop materials. Reservations are required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Spring into the new season at the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 11 at 12 p.m. Inspired by the famous White House Easter Egg Roll, children will explore the museumís 23 acres and search for small treasures hidden throughout the historic landscape. Children can take photos with the Easter Bunny following the Easter Egg Hunt. Admission is $5 per child and reservations are required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Experience the art of Victorian dining and hospitality with a decadent five-course meal, wine and music at Liberty Hallís elegant Victorian Luncheon on Saturday, April 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Guests will dine in the Great Hall, where many important family events took place, including the marriage of Sarah Livingston, daughter of Liberty Hallís founder Governor William Livingston, to John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, in 1774. Cost is $80 per person, formal attire suggested. Reservations are required. Seating is limited.

On Saturday, April 25, Liberty Hall, in collaboration with The Antique Fire Association of New Jersey, will host the Spring Antique Apparatus Muster from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities will include tours of the Liberty Hall Museum Firehouse and the Hazard House Fire Prevention Exhibit for all ages. Childrenís activities include the infamous bucket brigade game, antique fire truck rides and more. Admission is free. Refreshment will be available for purchase.

The Celebration of Spring Afternoon Tea is served every Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in April. Set in the glass-enclosed porch, guests enjoy a selection of sandwiches, pastries, scones and clotted cream, jams and choice of two teas. Cost is $33 per person and includes a house tour. Reservations are required.

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University chronicles more than 200 years of American history. Built in 1772 by William Livingston, New Jerseyís first elected governor, the Victorian style mansion is a treasure trove of historic riches. Along with forgotten letters from Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, Liberty Hall also houses extensive collections of antique furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston and Kean families. The Firehouse is the latest addition to the Museumís complex housing two antique fire engines and a collection of fire memorabilia.

Liberty Hall is located at 1003 Morris Avenue in Union, New Jersey. It is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information or to make reservations, call (908) 527-0400, e-mail or visit