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Old Barracks Museum

07/22/2009

Valid from 07/22/2009

America, We Served!: Three Centuries of African American Soldiers Celebrated at the Old Barracks Museum

02/03/2017

Trenton, NJ— For over three hundred years, African Americans have made incredible contributions to the United States Military. This February 25 & 26 from 10 am – 5 pm, learn about the impact made on war efforts by black soldiers throughout American history at the Old Barracks Museum. African American historians, reenactors, and veterans will present artifacts, information, and insight highlighting the integral role African Americans had in our nation’s history.

The Revolutionary War will be represented by the predominately African American Rhode Island Regiment.  The Civil War will be represented by The 6th Regiment United States Colored Troops.  World War II will be represented by The 5th Platoon.  Other authentically kitted out reenactors will represent the War of 1812, the Buffalo Soldiers of the American West, and the Harlem Hellfighters of World War I fame.

 

On Saturday at 2:30 PM, Dr. Jeffrey T. Sammons will give a lecture on his book "Harlem's Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality?". Dr. Sammons is a Professor of History at NYU with special interests in African-American History, military history, black autobiography, film history, and sports history.

 

On Sunday, at the top of every hour from 10 am - 4 pm, Chadd Gray will perform a 20 minute vignette on the life of Eugene Bullard, the first black fighter pilot. Chadd Gray is a budding actor from Voorhees, New Jersey. At 20 years old, he has graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy’s conservatory program, located in New York. Trained in classical and contemporary acting forms, for both the stage and film, he has played characters ranging from Shakespeare’s ever calculating Richard III to the hopelessly confused teenager, Bleeker, in Juno. As the year comes to a close, Chadd has plans to continue his education to earn his degree while also starting his YouTube channel where he can post original content written, directed, and filmed by himself and other creatives.

 

Don't miss this wonderful educational experience for the entire family! Tours of the Old Barracks Museum are included in the admission price, so you can also learn about the last remaining free-standing French and Indian War military barracks in North America.

Special admission rates apply for this weekend: $4-Adults, $2-Seniors/Students, Free-Children 6 and Under/Active Duty Military.

 

The Old Barracks Museum is located at 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ right next to the State House. Parking is available in the small lot next to the museum, in the Capitol Complex, and in Trenton City Parking lots – the closest is located at 120 East Front Street.

For more information call 609-396-1776 or visit www.barracks.org.

 

ABOUT THE OLD BARRACKS MUSEUM: The Old Barracks Museum preserves the history of a building that was built as a French and Indian War military barracks and used as a Revolutionary War Patriot hospital. It also stood witness to Washington’s crucial victory at the Battle of Trenton. In 1903, members of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Colonial Dames organized The Old Barracks Association and spearheaded a campaign to fund a major restoration. The building has been used as a museum for over a century, and has frequently been used as a symbol for the state of New Jersey. The Old Barracks Museum welcomes visitors from across the state as well as around the world.

Valid from 02/03/2017 to 02/27/2017

Summer Taptoe Concert Series Returns to Trenton’s Old Barracks Museum July 26 & August 2

06/27/2014

Trenton, NJ—The Old Barracks Museum celebrates history, music, and warm summer evenings with the third annual Taptoe Concert Series on July 26 and August 2. The gates to this 1758 French and Indian War military barracks open at 7 PM, and the music begins at 8 PM to magically transport you to the 18th century. The Old Barracks Museum is located at 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ 08608.

 

This event recreates a summer evening in the 18th century, when the musick and the guard would march about a garrison town signaling the time for the taverns to close their taps and for the soldiers to return to their barracks. Music from The Last of the Mohicans will be performed by the Barrack’s Band of Musick. Beginning at dusk, the evening will illuminated with dramatic lighting by torches, candles, and spotlights. These concerts are the only Taptoe concerts in the northeastern United States.

 

Advanced tickets available for purchase by calling 609-396-1776 or visiting The Old Barracks Museum Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM. Ticket prices are as follows; $25 reserved balcony seating with included refreshments; $10 lawn seating; $15 reserved balcony seating for Old Barracks Museum members; $5 lawn seating for Old Barracks Museum members.

 

Proceeds from the event benefit the Old Barracks Museum and the Fifes and Drums of the Old Barracks, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Valid from 06/27/2014 to 08/03/2014

Celebrate Black History Month at The Old Barracks Museum Feb 27 - 28

02/18/2016

"AMERICA...WE SERVED!":THREE CENTURIES OF

 AFRICAN AMERICAN SOLDIERS

FEB 27-28 (SAT-SUN), 10 AM - 5 PM

THE OLD BARRACKS MUSEUM, 101 BARRACK ST.

Valid from 02/18/2016 to 02/29/2016

Fife & Drum Taptoe Concert Series Returns to Trenton's Old Barracks Museum

05/10/2016

Trenton, NJ—The Old Barracks Museum celebrates history, music, and warm summer evenings with the fourth annual Taptoe Concert Series on July 8 and July 29. The gates open at 7 PM and the music starts at dusk to magically and musically transport you to the 18th century. Reserved seating is available on our balconies or bring a lawn chair and enjoy the performance from the ground.

 

The Taptoe recreates a summer evening in 18th century Trenton, when the musick and the guard would march through a garrison town signaling the time for the taverns to close their taps and for the soldiers to return to their barracks. A selection of military tunes will be followed by "A Tuneful Felicity", opera and concerto selections by Handel, Arne, Purcell, Hewitt, and more performed by professional musicians and singers, including John Burkhalter on the English flute. Beginning at dusk, the evening will be illuminated with dramatic lighting by torches, candles, and spotlights.

 

Advanced tickets available for purchase online at www.barracks.org or visiting the Old Barracks Museum Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM. Ticket prices are as follows: $25 reserved balcony seating with included light refreshments; $10 lawn seating; $20 reserved balcony seating for Old Barracks Museum members.

 

Proceeds from the event benefit the Old Barracks Museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 

 

Valid from 05/10/2016 to 07/30/2016

Fife & Drum Taptoe Concert Series Returns to Trenton's Old Barracks Museum

05/25/2016

 

Trenton, NJ—The Old Barracks Museum celebrates history, music, and warm summer evenings with the fourth annual Taptoe Concert Series on July 8 and July 29. The gates open at 7 PM and the music starts at dusk to magically and musically transport you to the 18th century. Reserved seating is available on our balconies or bring a lawn chair and enjoy the performance from the ground.

 

The Taptoe recreates a summer evening in 18th century Trenton, when the musick and the guard would march through a garrison town signaling the time for the taverns to close their taps and for the soldiers to return to their barracks. Beginning at dusk, the evening will be illuminated with dramatic lighting by torches, candles, and spotlights. The Old Barracks Band of Musick will perform a production of The Battle of Trenton, a military sonata dedicated to George Washington, composed by James Hewitt (1770-1827) coupled with dramatic vignettes by Richard Bales circa 1950.

 

Advanced tickets available for purchase online at www.barracks.org or visiting the Old Barracks Museum Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM. Ticket prices are as follows: $25 reserved balcony seating with included light refreshments; $10 lawn seating; $20 reserved balcony seating for Old Barracks Museum members.

 

This program is made possible in part by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

 

Sponsored by Jeffrey J. Schrader, CPA, P.C.

 

Proceeds from the event benefit the Old Barracks Museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Valid from 05/25/2016 to 07/30/2016

Old Barracks Museum's Tavern Night Fundraiser September 16

07/31/2016

Trenton, NJ—Leave your 21st century troubles behind and spend an evening in a colonial tavern at the Old Barracks Museum's Tavern Night Fundraiser on the evening of September 16. Live music, food, and drink, set the scene of an evening in 18th century Trenton, when King George II still ruled and the tavern was the center of town. 

 

The Old Barracks Museum will transform into a colonial tavern filled with music, drinks, and candlelight. Musicians will perform popular songs from the 18th century, and Dance Master Sue Dupre will provide dance instruction for those who wish to dance but do not yet know the steps. Period dress is neither required nor discouraged, and you will find many people from the past and present mingling together. Hors d'oeuvres and an open bar of beer and wine will be provided throughout the evening. Bid on a wide range of items in the Silent Auction, including tickets to Disney World, 4 tickets to a NY Jets game, family portraits, a one-week stay in a Myrtle Beach, SC beach house, and many more prizes donated by local businesses.

 

Tavern Night will be on Friday, September 16, 2016 from 7-10 PM. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.barracks.org or visiting the Old Barracks Museum Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM. Ticket prices are as follows: $60, or $50 for Old Barracks Museum members. No one under 21 permitted. More information can be found at www.barracks. org or 609-396-1776.

 

All proceeds from this fundraiser support educational programming for more than 10,000 New Jersey students through our innovative 'Meet the Past' field trips. For information on the Old Barracks Museum's educational programming, call 609-396-1776.

 

This event is proudly sponsored by: Saul Ewing, LLP, New Brunswick Development Corporation (Devco), and Karl Weidel Insurance.

Valid from 07/31/2016 to 09/17/2016

Revolutionary Soldiers March 14 Miles from Old Barracks Museum to Princeton Battlefield

01/09/2017

Trenton, NJ—In a landmark event that puts the most fervent snow-lover to the test, a group of reenactors came together at the Old Barracks Museum this past Saturday to recreate Charles Wilson Peale's Company's 14 mile march to Princeton Battlefield. The day was spent drilling, firing, and marching in the 5 inches of snow that covered the Old Barracks Museum like a blanket. After a passionate reading from "The American Crisis" by Thomas Paine, which called upon patriots to continue the fight even in the harshest of conditions and darkest of times, the men prepared to leave the warm Barracks at midnight to march off towards Princeton. After four hours of marching, they finally arrived at the battlefield at dawn.

 

Many people are left shaking their heads wondering what would cause a person to march so many miles in the middle of the night, through slush, snow, and ice, wearing reproductions of 18th century clothing, toting muskets and canteens. David Niescior, Interpreter at the Old Barracks Museum and one of the organizers of this event, explains:

 

"Much of the reason for why we engage in living history is for the ability to better understand what it felt like to live in the 18th century. We are, essentially, too silly to be content to read the book and use our imaginations. Rather, as Thomas Paine said: 'What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value.' We can read the books and we don't have to imagine what our forbearers felt, we can recall those sensations ourselves. And the harder those memories are won, the more permanently they are etched in our minds."

 

If you missed this event, you can stop by the Old Barracks Museum and meet with the Historic Interpreters who were involved with the march. The Old Barracks Museum is open year-round, Monday-Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM. Tours begin on the hour; admission prices are $8-adults, $6-students & seniors, and free for Active Duty Military  and Members of the Old Barracks Association. Visit www.barracks.org or call 609-396-1776 for more information. 

 

ABOUT THE OLD BARRACKS MUSEUM: The Old Barracks Museum preserves the history of a building that was built as a French and Indian War military barracks and used as a Revolutionary War Patriot hospital. It also stood witness to Washington's crucial victory at the Battle of Trenton. In 1903, members of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Colonial Dames organized The Old Barracks Association and spearheaded a campaign to fund a major restoration. The building has been used as a museum for over a century, and has frequently been used as a symbol for the state of New Jersey. The Old Barracks Museum welcomes visitors from across the state as well as around the world.

Valid from 01/09/2017 to 02/15/2017

Celebrate Black History Month at The Old Barracks Museum

01/11/2011

America We Served! Presenting Black Soldiers roles in our nation's wars: "The Revolutionary War", The 1st Rhode Island Regiment Revolutionary War Reenactors; "Black Marines in the War of 1812"; "The Civil War", 6th Regiment United States Colored Troops Reenactors Inc; Trenton’s Mitchell Davis lecture on the Great War; "World War11", The 5th Platoon WWII Reenactors; and "The Buffalo Soldiers" in Korea.

Witness Black History come to life! Hear the living history of America’s Black Warriors by the veterans themselves and dedicated reenactors. View displays of photos, literature and artifacts from the wars including a Tuskeegee Airmen Display. Listen to the 5th Platoon WWII Reenactors lecture on the European Campaign.

Talk to the storytellers of America’s black men and women at war.  A wonderful educational experience for the entire family! 

Location: Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ.  Date and Time: Saturday, February 26th and Sunday, February 27th, 10:00am. to 5pm. Admission: Adults $4, Children $2, under 6 years-free, Family Rate $8. For information call (609)396-1776. This is a presentation sponsored by the Trenton Historical Society and the Old Barracks Association.

 

Valid from 01/11/2011 to 02/28/2011

Old Barracks Museum’s 20th Annual Capital Ball Fundraiser to be Held February 20th

01/19/2010

The Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, New Jersey announces the 20th Annual Capital Ball to be held on Saturday, February 20th, 2010. The Museum will be transformed for the night into Ye Olde Barracks Tavern, an authentic 18th Century establishment.   

The affair begins at 5:30pm with an elegant candlelight reception in the Officers House including cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and colonial music provided by strolling musicians and the Barracks’ own Fife and Drum Corps.  Guests will enjoy the Barracks’ marvelous new gallery exhibit, “All Is Threatened and Endangered: New Jersey and the French & Indian War” an exciting and often gruesome look at the French and Indian War.  On display will be two of the Barracks’ most recent major acquisitions, one of the oldest battle flags in North America, and a powder horn carried into battle by the “Jersey Blues.”

The bill of fare will feature authentic colonial dishes, prepared by Marsilio’s of Trenton.  The evening will also feature the drinkable products of several local merchants.  It’s a veritable feast of local commerce!

The evening continues with period games, dances and amusements, and some additional twists and surprises guaranteed to entertain. Guests, with the assistance of authentic tavern characters from the Old Barracks' staff, will play the 18th Century board and card games: Whist, Game of Life, Game of Goose and Nine Men's Morris. They may engage in some 18th Century dancing to live fiddle and flute with the help of a Dancemaster. Clad in knee breeches, red waistcoat and a tricorn hat, Robert Olson will reincarnate "Mr. Bayly", an actual 18th century magician, first performing in New York City in 1767 feats of magic "without the use of Pockets, Bags, or Sleeves." Olsen's "Bayly” has performed for over 30 years at such places as Old Sturbridge Village, Mystic Seaport, Mt. Vernon, the Museum of African

American History, Strawberry Banke, Montpelier, Yale University, and Fraunces Tavern.
Black Tie, Period or Military Dress is appropriate attire for the evening. Tickets $200/person, $160/person if purchased by February 1st. Call Linda Mathies at (609)396-1776 for tickets and sponsorship packages including tickets, participation in toasts, recognition in the Ball program and on our website. All proceeds from the Ball benefit the Old Barracks Museum’s Living History “Meet the Past” history programs.
 

 

Valid from 02/04/2010 to 02/21/2010

Fife and Drum Evening “Taptoe” at Old Barracks Museum August 4, 2012

07/06/2012

 

For a unique, colorful, and fascinating way to spend a Summer’s evening, bring a lawn chair or a blanket to spread on the lawn of the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, New Jersey (immediately East of the NJ State House) at 8PM, Saturday, August 4th. The Fifes and Drums of the Old Barracks Museum will perform a traditional “Taptoe” (“Closing of the Taps” signaling the end of the soldier’s day) at sunset, performing a variety of military and traditional songs common during the time of the American Revolution, including the ceremony retiring the “Colours”, displaying the remarkable versatility of these most common of military instruments. Selections will also include vocal selections, the Celtic flute, the fiddle, the bodhran, all set against the romantic and dramatic setting of the Sun behind the 254 year old Barracks and Officer’s House.http://www.barracks.org/about/fifes-and-drums.html

For a fee of $10, visitors are invited to bring a blanket or a lawn chair and spread it on the lawn surrounding the Barracks Parade Ground; light refreshments will be available for purchase at a low cost. For $20, visitors may reserve a seat on the Barracks 2nd floor gallery surrounding the Parade where they will be served some complimentary wine and cheese. Seating will be limited so interested souls are encouraged to make reservations in advance by calling (609) 396-1776 for lawn and gallery seating by August 1st.

Old Barracks Museum  101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ    (609)396-1776   www.barracks.org

 

Valid from 07/06/2012 to 08/05/2012




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