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Cranbury Museum's exhibit through January 22, 2017, Sparkle and Shine: A Century of Costume Jewelry, features over four hundred pieces of costume jewelry from the 20th century. Famous makers such as Trifari, Weiss, Danecraft, Coro, Marcel Boucher, Sarah Coventry, Carolee, Napier, Hollycraft, Kramer, Florenza, Monet and Christian Dior are included in the collection. Pearls, rhinestones, cameos, mother of pearl, Bakelite and marcasite are represented in the exhibit along with over seventy-five Christmas pins. Be dazzled by the sparkle and shine and join us on a Sunday afternoon, 1-4 p.m. to view the collection.

Historic Cranbury Walking Tours will be given by tour guide Richard Moody on Sunday November 20, December 4 and December 18. Each Tour leaves at 2 p.m. from in front of Cranbury Museum, 4 Park Place East. A donation of $7.00 per person is requested. For reservations, please call Richard Moody at 609-819-1359.

CHPS Pot Luck Supper and Annual Meeting - Friday, November 4, 6:30PM, First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 22 S. Main St., Cranbury. Please bring your place setting, utensils and a dish for 8 to share. Beverages will be provided. The program, Lenape Culture: An Introduction to American Indian Life in New Jersey, will be presented by Beverly A. Friend of Cherokee heritage who is a protege of James Lone Bear Revey of the American Indian Council of New Jersey.

For a self-guided walking tour, please pick up a copy of the Historic Cranbury Walking Tour booklet that is available in the pocket by the front door of the Cranbury History Center.

The History Center Gift Shop, 6 South Main St., will be open on Saturday, December 3 and Saturday, December 10 from 10 a.m. until 1PM. The shop features unique Cranbury gift items, including pillows, Mason jar mugs, note cards with Cranbury scenes, framed Cranbury prints, Cranbury word art, serving trays, books, walking tour DVDs and Cranbury bracelets.

Cranbury Museum Christmas Tea, Sunday, December 4, 2016, 1-4PM. You are invited to visit the Cranbury Museum, 4 Park Place East, to enjoy refreshments and see the rooms decorated for Christmas. Enjoy the exhibit, Sparkle and Shine: A Century of Costume Jewelry, featuring over four hundred pieces of costume jewelry from the 20th century. The exhibit runs through January 22.

Cranbury Wassail, Saturday, December 10, beginning at 7PM. Visit four large Cranbury homes decorated for the holidays and enjoy refreshments and entertainment in each. Cranbury Wassail is sold out. If you would like to go on a waiting list for tickets, please email


The Historic Cranbury Walking Tour DVD is available for $5.00 at the History Center, open Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Cranbury: A New Jersey Town from the Colonial Era to the Present

Have you purchased the book, Cranbury: A New Jersey Town from the Colonial Era to the Present? The hardcover book, with 272 pages and 50 illustrations, was written by Cranbury resident, Rutgers history professor and award winning author, John Chambers. The book, a project of Cranbury Landmarks, Inc., has been very well received since it was made available in May of 2012. It can be purchased for $29.95 at the Cranbury History Center, open Thursday 10:30AM - 1:30PM and at Cranbury Museum, open Sunday, 1-4PM. You may order the book by sending a check for $35.00, made payable to CHPS, to:

CHPS Book Order
6 South Main St.
Cranbury, NJ 08512

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Cranbury Author, John Chambers, wins 2013 Leadership in History Award of Merit

NASHVILLE, TN — June 2013 — The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that John Whiteclay Chambers II is the recipient of an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards for his book, “Cranbury: A New Jersey Town from the Colonial Era to the Present” (Rutgers University Press, 2012). The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 68th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement of outstanding state and local history.

A Rutgers history professor and Cranbury resident, Chambers wrote the book for Cranbury Landmarks, Inc., a local preservationist organization. While providing an in-depth history of Cranbury since 1697, he also placed the town’s development in the context of major trends in the history of New Jersey and the nation. In dealing with the town’s historic preservation and balanced economic growth in recent years, Chambers showed how local people influenced their community’s future through effective activity. The AASLH Award affirmed that the book was “an inspiring model for writing local history.”

Since its publication in the spring of 2012, the book has been enthusiastically received in the community, helping to generate a groundswell of interest in the town’s past and in local history. It was featured in several talks and newspaper and magazine articles. The Cranbury Museum sponsored a prize-winning float assembled by local students and the Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society added new historic markers and is updated its Village Walking Tour.

Most extensively, with a grant from the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Cranbury Public Library instituted a far-reaching program, “One Book, One Cranbury,” in 2012-2013 that included lectures, reading groups, exhibits, historic tours and even a scavenger hunt, all related to the town’s history.

This spring, Chambers and Cranbury Landmarks, Inc., deposited copies of a expanded “Reference Edition” of the book, an unabridged, bound, typescript containing additional text, plus 600 extensive endnotes and a bibliography of 400 sources, at the Cranbury’s public library, town hall, museum and history center, as well as at the Rutgers University Library, New Jersey Historical Society Library, and the New Jersey State Library and Archives.

The awards program of the AASLH, a national organization with headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, was initiated in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout the United States. Awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the AASLH to be held September 20, in Birmingham, Alabama.

Cranbury Township Flag

Cranbury Historical & Preservation Society designed a flag that was approved as the official flag of Cranbury Township. The 2' X 3' flag, on sale for $20.00, features the Cranbury Township seal on both sides against a cranberry background. If you would like to purchase a flag, please visit the Cranbury History Center on Thursday, 10:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. or the Cranbury Museum on Sunday, 1-4 p.m. A limited number of flags are available, so don't wait too long to purchase yours.

Request for Photos

Please contact the History Center if you have photos of Cranbury's Second Presbyterian Church, Parsonage and the first Session House, early photos of the church before the steeple was added, interiors and of the ministers. The 2nd Presbyterian Church was demolished about 1935. The Session House was removed in 1869 and replaced with a chapel known as Westminster House.

Request for Information

The History Center is seeking military information on:
Major James Sutphin
died April 23, 1871 - age 82

His age at death suggests he may have served in the War of 1812 - His grave in the Presbyterian Church needs recognition of his service with a marker and flag.
He was possibly from Monroe Township, South Brunswick or Cranbury, NJ. Please contact the History Center with any information.

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