Past Exhibits 2005 to 2010

Lenape Outside BannerLenape: Tools & Daily Living (Feb 2010 – Jan 2011 )

Early trades and crafts in New Jersey were not limited to those of the settlers, but also included the various work of the Lenape Native Americans. This exhibit illustrated the lives of the Lenape through artifacts like bowls, ceramic vessels, baskets, a dugout canoe, and tools used for working with wood, hunting, and gardening. Visitors to the exhibit discovered what it was like to live as a Lenape prior to European colonization.

Outside bannerFood For Thought (Feb 2009 – Jan 2010)

Cooking food in early America was very different from cooking food today. This exhibit explored the different tools and techniques people used to prepare their daily meals in the 18th century. The exhibit also featured recipes found in books, personal journals, newspapers, and letters, which showed the different measurements and food names early Americans used.

Crafting Cures signCrafting Cures (Mar 2008 – Feb 2009)

In the 1700s and early 1800s, people did not fully understand why people got sick. This exhibit examined the different ways that early Americans diagnosed and treated diseases that existed in their community. Also on display were objects related to making medicines and eyeglasses.

building the building logoBuilding the Building: Elements of Style ( Feb 2007 – Feb 2008)

Built in 1899, the James Library Building that METC calls its home was built without the use of power tools or other conveniences available to modern builders. This exhibit explored the lives and work of those builders through the lens of the James Library Building. Visitors can still learn about the information presented in this exhibit through a guided tour of the building. Call the Museum if you would like to experience this guided tour.

2006 Apprentice HistoryApprentice: A History of Looking for Work (Jun 2006 – Feb 2007)

Using newspapers, historical documents, and examples from several trades, this exhibit explored the life of the American apprentice in such occupations as tailoring, tinsmithing, and housewifery. Featured in the exhibit were the indenture papers of Robert Livingston to a New York lawyer in 1742. Livingston would eventually become the first Governor of New Jersey.

Designing Tools ImageDesigning Tools: Form and Function (Jan 2006 – Jun 2006)

METC’s collection houses a large amount of strange and unusual objects that were used as tools in early New Jersey history. This exhibit explored the function of these different tools and looked at the different tools that were used to create intricate designs. Also on display were the patents to the objects that were on display.

Trading MusicTrading Music: New Jersey’s Instrument Makers (Jun 2005 – Jan 2006)

People have always appreciated music, as it serves as a defining characteristic of many cultures. This exhibit featured the craft of making musical instruments, focusing on techniques from the 19th century to the current day. On display were tools and techniques used in the fabrication of many different musical instruments from string to brass instruments.

wintering overWintering Over: Diaries of Cold Times (Jan 2005 – Jun 2005)

How did New Jersey’s early settlers survive during the long winter months? This exhibit tried to answer this question through presenting descriptions of life found in diary entries of early residents of New Jersey. Visitors were able to learn how early settlers kept warm, traveled to visit neighbors, and entertained themselves when snow fell for days.