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Girl Scouts

The Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair offers an opportunity for Girl Scouts to earn patches. It is up to the Scout to work with her parent, leader or group chaparone to ensure the requirements are met.

Family Living Skills (Juniors)

5          Speak with historic characters at the Johnson Ferry House and learn how chores have changed. 

United We Stand (Juniors)

8          Visit Washington Crossing State Park: Washington Crossing State Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the New Jersey Register of Historic Places.

9          Play games or help with chores from the 18th century. 

American Patriot Interest Award (Cadettes)

Skill Builders
2          Visit Washington Crossing State Park: Washington Crossing State Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the New Jersey Register of Historic Places

3          Participate in a program on Native American Indians at the riverfront.

Career Exploration

1          Learn about jobs that were available in the 1700s and 1800s. Meet a Blacksmith, meet poet Walt Whitman* and woodworkers.  Meet actors who portray independent strong women including sharp-shooter and entertainer Annie Oakley, horticulturalist Elizabeth White, abolitionist Sojourner Truth, women’s rights activist Alice Paul and Molly Pitcher.

3          Government employers are well represented at the Fair: see genealogists from the State Archive, meet with a variety of people who work in the states historic sites and parks.

Wave the Flag Try-its (Brownies)

5          Participate in a program on Native American Indians from central New Jersey and learn about who lived here in the past.  

Computer Smarts Try-its (Brownies)

6         The Genealogical Society of NJ & the NJ State Archives use computers and the internet in genealogical research.

Life in Colonial Times (Brownies)

1.         Visit the 18th c. Johnson Ferry House which will be open for visitation.

2.         Learn about Colonial cooking by watching a demonstration of 17th century Quaker cooking and 18th century Dutch cooking.

3.         History comes alive at the Spirit of the Jerseys Fair. Actors portray famous colonists such as General George Washington, General Meade and Mary Hays McCauley aka “Molly Pitcher”. You can observe a variety of colonial style dress from our many presenters and volunteers located in the 18th century section of the Fair.

8          Play with 18th century style toys. Many games from the colonial era were still played in the 19th century. Our 18th/19th century game area includes some of these old favorites like the hoop and stick or graces.

Junior Colonist (Juniors)

1.         Visit the 18th c. Johnson Ferry House which will be open for visitation. 
           
3.         Watch wool being spun on a wheel or try your hand at using a drop spindle.

5          See a blacksmith in action near the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum exhibit.

8.         Visit the period garden at the Johnson Ferry House to learn about how the colonists grew their food and medicinal plants

 

 

 

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