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Announcements & News


  • 2018 Member Kickoff Social - Feb. 8, 2018 (See Below)

  • Congratulate the THSSH Lifetime Achievement Awards Honorees - Click Here


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Our 2018 Membership Drive is underway. Please continue to support with a THSSH membership.


2018 Anniversary Keepsake

Cat's Meow Village Presents the Historic
Brick Academy - Get Yours Today!

In celebration of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the area's first first historical society, THSSH is proud to announce the launch of the Historic Somerset Hills Village Keepsake Collection to honor our home - the Brick Academy.

The Brick Academy Cats Meow Somerset Hills History Village

In partnership with the renowned Cat's Meow Village Company, THSSH introduces the first collectible as part of a new historic community collection. The Historic 1809 Brick Academy, home to The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills is keepsake #1 in the collection. Learn More / Reserve Yours Today

2018 Member Social

Join the history community for a entertaining and social night. Members - bring a neighbor or a friend!

RSVP to or call 908-221-1770

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2018 Award Honorees Announced

2018 Honorees Announced for THSSH
Lifetime Achievement Awards

THSSH Lifetime Achievement Awards

UPDATE: Awards Will Be Presented at the 2018 Member Kickoff Social on Feb. 8, 2018

THSSH welcomes back the Lifetime Achievement Awards. This year the Board of Trustees have seleccted three honorees recognizing their dedication and service preserving and promoting history in the Somerset Hills area including Bedminster, Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack & Gladstone.

Learn more about the 2018 award honorees.
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Happy Birthday THSSH

2018 Marks Society's 90th Anniversary

1940 Board of Trustees Photo

From the humble beginnings, to the move into the Brick Academy, the numerous restorations, and supporting the growth of new historic organizations in our area. Take a look back at the great history of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills.
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2018 Events at THSSH

THSSH Announces 2018 Events Calendar

Are you ready to celebrate with THSSH in 2018. Take a look as we've put together a great schedule of events including walking tours, haunted tours, holiday house tours, Elder Voice gatherings, at least one field trip, not to mention Charter Day Street Fair and Festival, Lord Striling Festival and more.

See the Events Calendar - Now you can even add our calendar to your phone or your own personal calendar.

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Click Here to View or Download the THSSH event Calendar

New THSSH Member Program

myHistory Folder Opens Archives to Members

A new program for 2018 to celebrate the Society's anniversary. Members get to create their own family history folder that will be added to the THSSH archives vault. Work with research volunteers on a simple easy to create folder.
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THSSH myHistory Folder Project

New Video on our YouTube Channel

Take a Look Back at 2017

THSSH participated in or sponsored over 12 events in 2017. This video is a collection of photographs taken at some of the events.Were you there? Click Here

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Nominate a Preservation Candidate

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Know a property worth saving?

Recognize a historic property today.

THSSH has partnered with Preservation New Jersey to help promote local preservation awareness. But we can't do it without your help.

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The Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree Project Keepsake Book - Get Your Copy NowBasking Ridge Oak Tree Book

If you've been touched by the story of the Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree's 600 year history, you have to see this new book. Entitled "The Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree Project", it is a compilation of the areas children from Kindergarten through High School who have written or drawn pictures of the historic oak that was recently taken down.

The keepsake book is a fundraiser that not only includes some of the most touching writings and images, but it also gives back to the community. With each purchase of the book, a donation is made to a high school scholarship fund. Also, there is a coupon for a free student membership for young historians to join the Historical Society's Young Historian program.

The inaugural run of the book will be available starting Thursday, June 8, 2017 at a the Tree Views Reception. Get additional details and order your copy today.

Click here for all the details. Online ordering is now available.

Restoration Update

Historic Peapack Lime Kilns Getting a Needed Facelift

Often unnoticed, the Peapack Lime Kilns is a historic reminder of what was once one of the most important manufacturing processes in our area's history.

Peapack Lime Kiln Update

Since 1999, The Society has been the owner of this wonderful historic landmark. Learn what's been happening with the current restoration efforts. Learn More

Web Survey

What Were the Most Important Events in Our History

Top 10 in the Somerset Hills

Somerset Hills History Top 10 Survey gives you a chance to tell us what you think the top 10 stories are regarding the history of the Somerset Hills.

This is a non-scientific gathering from participants willing to provide their opinion on the top 10 historic news, events, or activities that contributed, changed, identified the Somerset Hills community (Bedminster, Bernardsville, Bernards Twp, Far Hills, Peapack/Gladstone).

This is your opinion and there is no right or wrong answer. Learn More

Fun Kids Coloring Book with Local History

Somerset Hills History Coloring Book

Note to Parents and Grand-Parents

Color local history with the kids!

Now availalble online

Order Online

Dig in the Archives

Video for the Ages

Go back in time and view this early 1990's video classic.
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Video Archive - Reflections of Bernards Township

Facebook Update

The Game of Guesses:
Online Series: Dig In The Archives


A fun series now on Facebook that gives people a change to guess the image and post their memories.

Thousands of people have logged in to guess photos that have been pulled from the archives of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH). Come see what it's all about. Lots of great stories and guesses from our participants.

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The Year We Lost the Historic 600 Year Old
Basking Ridge Oak Tree

Basking Ridge Oak Tree Shirt

News, events, fundraisers, history, and more. Learn More

Local Lore

Betsy Ross-Was She Really Buried in Basking Ridge?

Did Betsy Ross Die in Basking Ridge as Mrs. Claypool?

Betsy Ross in Basking Ridge
Over the past two decades, more than half a dozen references to this story have been uncovered in our archives at the Brick Academy and in the files of the Bernards Township Library History Room. The first mention appeared in a clippings scrapbook compiled by retired physician, Dr. William Pennington, who lived around the turn of the 19th century and spent much of his life collecting newspaper articles. Learn more

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Cat's MeowNew for 2018. The Cat's Meow Village


the Brick Academy
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