School children living in and around Central New Jersey can experience a time warp of sorts when they attend a program at Kean University’s Liberty Hall Museum titled “A Child’s View of History.” The interactive program, which is directed at children ages 7-12, will be held three times a day (11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.) on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the month of August.
Built in 1772 as the home of New Jersey’s first elected governor and signer of the Constitution, William Livingston, Liberty Hall is a historical treasure in and of itself. The original 14-room Georgian Style mansion was severely damaged during the nearby Revolutionary War Battle of Connecticut Farms. After the war, Governor Livingston restored the building and its grounds and returned there to live until his death in 1790. Livingston served as New Jersey’s governor from 1776-1790.
In 1811, Liberty Hall was purchased for Susan Livingston Kean, a niece of Governor Livingston who had married into the Kean family. The home was owned by a succession of Kean’s through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In 1958, Kean University, then known as Newark State Teachers’ College, was relocated from Newark to the Livingston-Kean estate in Union. Today Liberty Hall is considered a valuable part of Kean University.
“A Child’s View of History,” gives children the opportunity to see Liberty Hall as a child would have seen it at various times over its 240 years. Children are encouraged to touch the objects representing different historical time periods that fill the museum's rooms. Many of the items once belonged to the Livingston and Kean families.
Games and activities will also be provided as part of the program.
Admission to “A Child’s View of History” is $8 per child and $10 per adult. In addition, Liberty Hall Museum will be offering other programs for the remainder of the summer. Tours of Liberty Hall Museum are given Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for Kean alumni, and $6 for children and senior citizens. Kean students and faculty are admitted free. For more information about Liberty Hall Museum, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 908-527-0400.
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