The Greate Egg Harbour Township Historical Society has many dedicated members and typically draws a good turnout at its events. Still, traffic to its museum leaves something to be desired.
The society will hold its inaugural Ye Olde Flea Market fundraiser Sept. 28 in celebration of National Museum Day, which member Lynn Wood hopes will increase awareness of the museum.
"There's a lot of people who don't know we're there," Wood said. "It's a little building."
National Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine for which participating museums across the country offer free admission to anyone who presents a Museum Day Ticket. Because admission to its museum is always free, the society decided to hold the flea market as an added attraction.
Several vendors have signed up to display a variety of goods at the flea market, and spaces are still available at $25 for a 10-by-20-foot space. In addition to the flea market, there will be refreshments.
The society also will have several exhibits on display in its museum, such as its usual assortment of early-Egg Harbor Township photos and artifacts as well as some antique toys and dolls, which make their debut with the flea market.
The flea market is one of several events the society organizes each year at an average frequency of once per month. Others include its speaker series, for which it invites historians and experts to discuss a topic with members, and its tree lighting ceremony in December, which is new for this year.
The Historical Society's next event after Museum Day will be a Civil War Reenactment, which will run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 at the society's museum on West Jersey Avenue.
These events, combined with a changing museum collection and a new community garden, which was done in conjunction with Egg Harbor Township Schools' Catawba Project and opened earlier these year, make the Historical Society a compelling source of things to do in Egg Harbor Township. Now, it is time for the community to catch on, Publicity Chairwoman Tamara Lamb said.
"We're always trying to find ways to get people out to the museum and community garden," Lamb said. "There's so much there, and I still feel people just aren't aware."
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If you go
What: The Greate Egg Harbour Township Historical Society's Museum Day and Ye Olde Flea Market
When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 28
Where: GEHTHS Museum, 6647 West Jersey Ave., Egg Harbor Township
How much: Free for visitors, $25 for 10-by-20-foot space.