Currently on View at the Updike Farmstead

Einstein Salon and Innovators Gallery
Princeton's Portrait
The A-TEAM Artists of Trenton
Rex Goreleigh’s Field Workers
A Morning at Updike Farmstead: Photographs by the Princeton Photography Club


Sampling of display in Einstein Salon and Innovators Gallery


Permanently on view on the first floor of the farmhouse at the Updike Farmstead, the Einstein Salon and Innovators Gallery celebrates the worldly and entrepreneurial spirit of the citizens of Princeton. Albert Einstein, renowned scientist and thinker, anchors the gallery, while changing displays highlight others from the galaxy of Princeton stars.

Photographs, documents, and other interpretive material contextualize the captivating highlight pieces from the Einstein furniture collection, painting a fascinating and comprehensive picture of Einstein’s time in Princeton from 1933 to 1955. Visitors can expect an intimate and up-close encounter with furniture from Einstein’s home at 112 Mercer Street, including Einstein’s writing desk – complete with ink spill – situated with Einstein’s favorite chair. The furniture provides a physical link to an extraordinary man and his journey out of an unsafe Europe.

Throughout 2016, the gallery will also explore featured innovator John von Neumann, the Hungarian-born mathematician who led the team that pioneered one of the first modern, stored-program electronic digital computers – initially dubbed “MANIAC” – at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Visitors will come to understand von Neumann’s involvement in the Manhattan Project and see his ID card for the Los Alamos assembly plant. Visitors will also be able to view original physical components from the MANIAC computer, generously loaned by the Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Come and be inspired by the pioneers who have put Princeton on the map as the frontier for new ideas!

Evelyn Dolsky, a member of one of Princeton’s earliest Jewish families, sits near Carnegie Lake with Eva and Sadie Kreeley
c. 1930s
Collection of the Historical Society of Princeton


Now on view at the Updike Farmstead, Princeton’s Portrait celebrates our town through extraordinary, vintage photographs, many never before exhibited. Drawn from HSP’s archives—a visual storehouse of Princeton history—they are an unparalleled view into the past.

Most of the photographs were taken just as photography blossomed, at the turn of the last century (and many are the product of Princeton’s esteemed Rose Photography Studio). The images celebrate the land and a way of life that is largely gone. Farmers toil in the sun. Haystacks dot rolling fields. Families show off their country homes; a young boy shows off his prized hen.



A selection of work from The A-TEAM Artists of Trenton is on view in the first floor hallway of the farmhouse. The A-TEAM Artists of Trenton is an independent art cooperative based at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). Membership in the A-TEAM is open to everyone who uses the services and programs of TASK. The artists and program coordinator meet once per week to create artwork in all different media. The work of the A-TEAM artists is shown at TASK and at exhibitions throughout Mercer County. Proceeds from the sales of related posters, notecards and the work itself go directly to the artists.

The artwork shown in the farmhouse resulted from visits by the A-TEAM to Updike Farmstead since 2009. The Historical Society first exhibited the work of the A-TEAM in the summer of 2009 at Bainbridge House during the exhibition Hunger Pains: Feeding People in Central New Jersey.

To learn more about the A-Team artists, visit http://www.ateamartists.com.


On loan from the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, Rex Goreleigh’s Field Workers is on view in the first floor hallway of the farmhouse. Artist Rex Goreleigh began the Migrant Series when he discovered that the “children of migrant workers were being systematically segregated from other children.” They were also not taking part in the summer arts and crafts program that Goreleigh was teaching in Roosevelt, New Jersey during the summers of 1955 and 1956. His watercolor drawings and oil paintings brought to light the difficult conditions under which African-American migrant laborers worked and lived on the farms of central New Jersey in the 1950s through the 1970s. An exhibition of Goreleigh’s work, Rex Goreleigh: Revisited in Princeton was on view at the Historical Society’s Bainbridge House location in the fall of 2009.


From the simplicity of an age-worn windowsill to the expansive sweep of swaying cornfields, the Farmstead’s beauty shines through a selection of photographs from members of the Princeton Photography Club (PPC). Taken on May 19, 2012, the images create a unique portrait of a special place that stands at the juncture of past and present.

The Historical Society is grateful to the PPC for partnering with us to create and exhibit these remarkable photographs. Their work is the fruit of our efforts to encourage visual and performing artists to use the Farmstead to inspire reflection, creativity, and imagination. To learn more about the PPC, visit http://www.princetonphotoclub.org.