The Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair offers several opportunities for Boy Scouts to meet requirements for Merit Badges. It is up to the Scout to work with his Scout Master and Merit Badge Counselor to ensure the requirements are met.
1b. Learn about people who played a part in the Industrial Revolution: Thomas Edison* (Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park and Thomas Edison National Historical Park) and Emily Roebling*, builder of the Brooklyn Bridge.
1e. Learn about the Lenape people with James Wade, Heart to Hearth Cookery* and the Waterloo Village State Historic Site.
4. Find out the contributions made to our country by people of different racial, ethnic or religious backgrounds. You can hear the Widow Tennent* speak about her husband, the Presbyterian Covenanter Rev. William Tennent, Jr.; meet Dr. James Still* (the Black Doctor of the Pines); meet Harriet Tubman* and numerous other Historic characters.
2a. The Fair includes actor portrayals of several famous Americans. You can learn about George Washington*, Harriet Tubman*, Clara Barton*, Molly Pitcher*, Ulysses S. Grant*, NJ Governor Charles Smith Olden* and others. Additional exhibits highlight President Grover Cleveland and Thomas Edison*.
3c. Learn about Genealogy with the Genealogical Society of NJ, Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society-New Jersey Chapter, Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society (where you can “Ask Granny*”), Monmouth County Archives and Monmouth County Genealogical Society. Ask the NJ State Archives about their archival records collection.
4a. Monmouth Battlefield is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the New Jersey Register of Historic Places. The Battlefield is also designated as a National Historic Landmark due to its national importance.
4b. The Spirit of the Jerseys Fair takes place at Monmouth Battlefield which is important to the people of NJ and the US. 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.
4d. The History Fair is a great way to take an active part in a program about an event or person in American history.
4e. Walking tour maps of Monmouth Battlefield State Park are available in the Visitor Center.
5c. Listen to the Civil War sounds of Fort Delaware Coronet Band, old-time Blue Grass music of the Piney Hollow Drifters, Sea Chanties with the Sea Dogs, and melodies of the 18th century with Linda Russell. Recorded music includes listening to records of the 1920s on a hand-cranked Victrola phonograph at the Camden County Historical Society table and listening to SPAM time’s reenactment of a military radio program broadcast for the troops in the 20th century.
5a Learn about the history of the labor movement at the Botto House exhibit.
4b Monmouth Battlefield State Park has been the subject of many archaeological studies.
4c Visit BRAVO and find out what they learned about Monmouth Battlefield State Park.
6abc Learn this from BRAVO, the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield or the NJ State Museum.
10a. Learn about the Lenape people with James Wade, Heart to Hearth Cookery* and Waterloo Village State Historic Site.
10b. Meet with Molly Pitcher* and the Widow Tennent about living in the area long ago. Ask any soldier* for their story.
11 Ask about a career opportunities in Archaeology with staff at the NJ State Museum or contact Monmouth Battlefield State Park staff after the Fair.
Citizenship in the Community
6. State Historic Sites & Parks are services provided by the community and funded by taxpayers. Monmouth Battlefield State Park is the setting for the Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair.
7a Friends of Monmouth Battlefield and BRAVO are two charitable (non-profit) organizations that work for the good of the community by helping the mission of Monmouth Battlefield State Park. Most of the participating organizations at the NJ History Fair are charitable groups that work to better their community.
7bc More than half of the participating groups at the NJ State History Fair are charitable (non-profit) groups who give to the community.
8. The Battle of Monmouth and Monmouth Battlefield State Park are wonderful topics for a public presentation about an important historical event here in New Jersey.
Citizenship in the Nation
2a Monmouth Battlefield is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the New Jersey Register of Historic Places. The Battlefield is also designated as a National Historic Landmark due to its national importance.
3abc The Fair features many Collection groups such as collectors of cars, art, artifacts, musical recordings, military and scout memorabilia and more. Visit a group associated with the items you collect to learn about preserving, handling and displaying your collection.
8 Learn about career opportunities when speaking with other collectors or curators.
9 Monmouth Battlefield State Park Interpretive staff uses several ways to communicate the story of the Battle to the visitors such as an exhibit with words and pictures, a video that reenacts the battle and tours along the battlefield.
2 Learn about Emily Roebling*, the Bridge Builder in Petticoats, and her contribution to the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.
1ab Play games from an era without electricity. Graces, dress-up, cup & ball and baseball are four that are found at the Fair. Some games from the past were a way to learn coordination, role play, or enjoy the fun of competitive sports.
5. Learn about Genealogy with the Genealogical Society of New Jersey, Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society -New Jersey Chapter, Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society (where you can “Ask Granny*”), Monmouth County Archives and Monmouth County Genealogical Society. Ask the NJ State Archives about their archival records collection.
8ab. Many genealogy groups use computers to store their records and photographs. They may even use the internet to share the information. Visit the Genealogical Society of NJ, Afro- American Historical and Genealogical Society -NJ Chapter, Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society, Monmouth County Archives, Monmouth County Genealogical Society, New Jersey Society Daughters of the American Revolution, NJ State Archives, Ocean County Historical Society and the Salem County Historical Society use computers, the internet and photography in genealogical research.
7. Go to www.Geocaching.com the zip code for Monmouth Battlefield State Park is 07726.
1. Learn about the Lenape people with with James Wade, Heart to Hearth Cookery and Waterloo Village State Historic Site.
3abc Witness Lenape cooking, leisure time activities and hunting by visiting James Wade, Heart to Hearth Cookery* and Waterloo Village State Historic Site.
1ab Learn about inventors and inventions at the History Fair. Historic Characters include Ben Franklin*. Inventions and technology are seen throughout the Fair at displays for the car/automobile clubs, Thomas Edison National Historic Park and the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park. Military advancements are seen among reenactment groups from the French & Indian War, the Revolution, the Civil War, World War I and World War II. Agricultural advancements are seen at the Whitesbog Preservation Trust, Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands and the Holcolmb-Jimison Farmstead. Other technology and inventions are seen at the wet plate photography demonstration, and the NJ Wheelmen demonstration.
8b Get visitation information for the Thomas Edison National Historic Park, the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park , historic Whitesbog and the Holcolmb-Jimison Farmstead at their display areas.
4. Use the Fair as a basis for your news story, radio presentation or photographic record. Publicity materials and Calendar listing information is available on our website www.njhistoryfair.org on the Publicity Materials button on the menu.
5d Visit Cheerful Dreams – and learn about tooling leather.
1,2,4 Get information on Blacksmithing by speaking with Blacksmith Bruce Hockenbury.
2. Visit the Roebling Museum display to see a bridge model and mini-catapult. Battleship New Jersey has a large ship model at their display.
3a. Listen to the Civil War sounds of Fort Delaware Coronet Band, old-time Blue Grass music of the Piney Hollow Drifters, Sea Chanties with the Sea Dogs, melodies of the 18th century with Linda Russell. Recorded music includes listening to records of the 1920s on a hand-cranked Victrola phonograph at the Camden County Historical Society table and listening to SPAM time’s reenactment of a military radio program broadcast for the troops in the 20th century.
7c Learn about the cultural and historical importance of pottery at the NJ State Museum display or by visiting James Wade’s display on the lifestyle of the Delaware Indians.
8 Learn about the Shortwave Radio in the military at the Battleship New Jersey display.
8b1,3 Visit the Black River and Western Railroad display to learn about NJ’s railroads.
4c Learn about the Sea Scouts at the Battleship New Jersey display.
3c See the sculpture of General Von Steuben outside the Monmouth Battlefield Education Building (near parking lot). Visit the Historic Faux Food display to learn about the art of sculpting items for long-term use in a museum.
Signs, Signals, and Codes
1 Visit the displays for Twin Lights Historical Society and Fort Mott State Park to learn about their part in the history of communication through signs, signals and codes.
3a Learn about Morse Code at the Battleship New Jersey display