SPARTA — Sparta Historical Society and its Van Kirk Homestead Museum celebrates another milestone by having a portion of its spring 2017 exhibit “A New Era: Women, Their Hats and Social Change” displayed at the South Amboy Library. About 20 hats and three boxes of exhibit articles are now currently shown in two large display cases in central Jersey through February 2018. The Library Director, Elaine Gabor, stated that her uncle was a milliner for Bergdorf Goodman during the 1940s and 1950s. Another library employee, thrilled with the hats, stated how they looked like a real museum. Sparta Historical Society thanks Nancy Madasci, spring 2017 guest curator and Trustee, and Jack Clark, Museum Director, for arranging this first time experience for the Van Kirk Homestead Museum. It is just another small event which denotes continued growth with Sparta’s local museum. Bet our Sparta citizens are not aware that the Smithsonian’s NJ state representative visited the Van Kirk Homestead and approved it to apply for any Smithsonian’s future small museums traveling exhibits from its Museum on Main Street series. The Sparta Historical Society is located at The Van Kirk Homestead Museum at 336 Main Street (Rt. 517, use Middle School Driveway), Sparta. The museum will be closed from January through March 2018 preparing for its new year’s spring exhibit called “Birds, Bugs and Bats: Our Farmers’ Helpers”. Stay tuned for our historical lecture presentation scheduled for Thursday, March 8th at the Sparta Presbyterian Church at 7PM. Further details or group reservations, call 973-726-0883 or Email: SpartaHistoricalSocNJ@gmail.com.Technology funding has been made available in part by the NJ Historical Commission through the County History Partnership Program, as administered by the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council.