LONG BRANCH - A new exhibit called "2 Terms & 8 Summers" embodies the time President U.S. Grant spent in Long Branch and the Gilded Age. A nod to Grant's Birthday (200 years this month), this exhibit is collaborative effort from the Long Branch Historical Association, Long Branch Free Public Library, Long Branch Historical Museum Association, and the City of Long Branch. The exhibit runs from now until May 18th.
The exhibit is bursting with memoirs, artifacts, maps, and memorabilia from the President Grant and the Gilded Age in Long Branch.
Some pieces of authentic historical furniture that are display: President Grant's card table, a large ornate China cabinet, and handmade wooden chairs.
"The General Grant birthday exhibit is special because before, during, and after Grants 2 terms in the office of the President of the United States, he chose Long Branch for his place of peace and quiet, a place where he could relax from the cares of the Nation and be with family and friends. President Grant was a down to earth guy who spoke to heads of States and Nations the same way he spoke to the local tradesmen and toll keepers. He was a man to look up to, which I have my entire life," LBHA President, Jim Foley said.
The opening reception is Wednesday April 27th from 6:30-9:00pm. This is free to the public and food and drinks will be served.
"When you walk through this exhibit, it is like being transported to a different era. Long Branch has such a rich history and this exhibit really embodies it," Mayor John Pallone said.
"The area that we live in has such historical significance and so many people of importance had roots in Long Branch. President Grant's time spent here was around the start of this city becoming a destination resort area for other presidents and celebrities. This exhibit can allow people to see what life was like in the late 1800s, and can help people understand more about a figure who shaped our community, as well as American history, " LBAC coordinator Christine Sullivan.
Regular visiting hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9am-4pm.
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