10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The New Jersey State House, home to the Legislative and Executive branches of State Government since 1792, is the State's most important public building. Visitors will walk in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln and Woodrow Wilson to discover the building's rich past and architectural history. Visitors will also learn about New Jersey's legislative process and how to participate in the shaping of public policy. Free. 609-847-3150
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Shape-note singing is a musical practice and tradition of social and community singing from music learned by ear that dates to the 18th century. Shape note music (sometimes called Sacred Harp music) is printed with the note heads in distinct shapes (squares, rounds, diamonds, etc.) to indicate their pitch, and whether they are sung as do re mi fa so lo ti, or do! Maria von Trapp uses a variant of the historic shape note system to teach the von Trapp children to sing in the Academy-award winning movie, The 'Sound of Music'. Free. Free parking behind the Meeting House. www.quakercloud.org/cloud/trenton-friends-meeting
10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Join us for a 90 minute behind-the-scenes peek of the New Jersey State House, one of the oldest continuously operating capitol buildings in the nation. From timbers that date back to 1792 to contemporary art rarely seen by visitors, the tour takes you from the basement to the attic and places in between. Tour is geared for adult audiences. Must be able to climb steep stairs, and flat shoes are recommended. Free. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, 609-847-3150
11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m.
Celebrate Patriot's Week with a visit to the New Jersey State Museum's state-of-the-art Planetarium. Our shows will include a live demonstration of the sky set to December 25, 1776. Learn about the constellations and planets that occupied the sky on the stormy evening when George Washington crossed the Delaware! $7 adult; $5 child (twelve and under) www.statemuseum.nj.gov
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Learn about New Jersey toy history and innovations in connection to our newest exhibit, Toy World. Families can design and construct a toy from their own imagination, accept a Lego design challenge or create a simple colonial era to y to take home. Included in admission fee (suggested donation). Projects change daily. www.statemuseum.nj.gov
This lecture and musical demonstration will discuss the specific tunes performed by the New Jersey Regiments and Philadelphia Batallions 1775-1777 as well as the more entertaining side of music during wartime. Musicians John Lane, Drew Wierzybowski, and Stephen Hudak will perform. Free. www.barracks.org
Author and historian William Kidder will discuss "So Major a Thoroughfare: Trenton During the American Revolution, 1774-1783" during the library's Patriots Week events. This talk tells the story of how Trenton and its people experienced and contributed to the events of the war that brought so many of its participants to their town. Free. www.trentonlib.org
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Bring the whole family to the new, fun-filled exhibition Toy World. Exploring the unknown history of toy manufacturing in the Garden State, the exhibit features toy soldiers, model trains, tinplate mechanical toys, dolls, space toys, and more, all developed and produced by New Jersey companies! Suggested Admission: $5-adults; $4-students and seniors. www.statemuseum.nj.gov
9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Visit the Trenton Free Public Library and see George Bradshaw exhibit of etchings, all week in "L" Gallery during open Library hours. Free. www.trentonlib.org