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Contact: Tom McLaughlin
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Liberty Hall Museum Presents November Events

UNION, NJ - Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University will host several activities for children and visitors of all ages throughout November.

The Thanksgiving Day Craft Workshop will be held on Saturday, November 20, from 10 a.m. to noon. Children will create a colorful turkey centerpiece for their holiday guests to “gobble” over on Thanksgiving Day. Admission is $10 per child, which includes all workshop materials. One adult admission is free. Reservations are required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Thanksgiving Afternoon Tea will be served on Wednesday, November 10, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Set in the glass-enclosed porch, guests enjoy a selection of sandwiches, pastries, scones and clotted cream, jams and choice of two teas. Afternoon tea is held on the second Wednesday of every month. The cost is $33 per person and includes a house tour. Reservations are required.

Liberty Hall Museum is also currently presenting a blockbuster exhibit, entitled Stitches in Time: Three Centuries of Hemlines, Necklines and Everything in Between. Running through June 30, 2011, the exhibit features an array of fashion from Liberty Hall Museum’s vast collection of material culture from the late 18th century to the mid 20th century.

The historical pieces on display include a rare 1790s bicorn hat; an 1890s gown designed by Charles Worth, the father of haute couture; two early examples of Christian Dior gowns from the early 1950s; historic christening gowns; a groom’s wedding jacket from the 1850s; a squire’s costume worn by Julian Kean to the famous Vanderbilt Fancy Dress Ball of 1883; lady’s slippers from 1780; several Louis Vuitton trunks purchased in Paris with receipts signed by Louis Vuitton, and dressing sets made by Tiffany. The museum also features a special selection of vintage undergarments in a display called Victorian Secrets.

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University chronicles more than 200 years of American history. Built in 1772 by William Livingston, New Jersey’s first elected governor, the Victorian style mansion is a treasure trove of historic riches. Along with forgotten letters from Thomas Jefferson, 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 museum’s complex, housing antique fire engines and a collection of fire memorabilia.

Liberty Hall is located at 1003 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J. It is open to the public Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed Sunday). For more information or to make reservations, please call Liberty Hall at (908) 527-0400, e-mail libertyhall@kean.edu or visit www.kean.edu/libertyhall.