Tea and Treasures


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This series features engaging lectures, great conversation, and light refreshments. Advance registration required.

Lecture and Tour Program (includes Museum admission)
Museum Members: $10
Non-Members: $15

Lecture Only Program
Museum Members: $10 (includes Museum admission)
Non-Members: $12 (Stay after the lecture and tour the Museum for an additional $3 added on to your ticket price).

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“Pysansky on Sleigh.” Photo courtesy of Kelly Evans.

A Journey in Pysanky (Lecture Only)
Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 2:00PM

Kelly Evans, author of the book “MAKING PYSANKY My Journey” will explore the history, tradition, and symbolism of Pysanky, an enduring art of Ukrainian heritage and other Eastern European cultures where patterns are drawn on eggs with wax and dyed to create intricate and colorful designs. Evans will discuss the process of making Pysanky, resulting from his lifelong personal research and experience.


Black out hats with removable flashlights. New York Herald Tribune. (December 15, 1941), Sally Victor Papers, Special Collections, Gladys Marcus. Library, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY.

Traffic Lights of Chic: American Millinery 1940s to 1960s (Lecture Only)
Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 2:00PM

Fashion historian Nadine Stewart will discuss the pivotal decades of American millinery from the war years of the 1940s to the youthquake of the 1960s. Learn what happened to the American millinery world and why we no longer consider it mandatory to wear a hat to be in fashion.


Gemstones from the Morris Museum collection.

What’s that Gem stone?
(Lecture Only)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 2:00PM

Join John Sanfacon, acting Geology Curator for a fascinating adventure in gemstone identification, using the Museum’s hi-tech instruments.

Learn how the experts can distinguish between genuine diamonds and their many simulants, and how they can identify which simulants are involved: natural stones (topaz, sapphire, zircon, quartz,etc.) and synthetics (such as moissanite and cubic-zirconia).  You are invited to bring in your “mystery” stones to be identified.


Yellow-rumped Warbler. Photo courtesy of Jason R. Nargiz.

Treasures from the Vault: Amazing Birds in New Jersey’s Backyard (Lecture Only)
Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 2:00PM

Join environmental educator, and instructor for the Barnegat Bay Master
Naturalist Program, Becky Laboy, and Morris Museum naturalist Jason
Nargiz, as they introduce you to some of the fascinating birds that inhabit
the Garden State. You will have the opportunity to observe some of these
birds up close, as you examine specimens from the Museum’s ornithology
collection, which consists of a collection of over 450 birds.