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A Tribute to the Historic White Oak
in Basking Ridge

Entrants Update: 3/30/2017

We will be at the Brick Academy on the following days/times to accept your work:

  • April 6, Thursday, Noon to 2:00 pm and 6:00 to 9:00 pm
  • April 7, Friday, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
  • April 8, Saturday, Noon to 4:00 pm

Please come to the downstairs door (facing the parking lot).

For the exhibition’s printed catalog, please email

  • For visual arts, a jpeg of a photo of your work -- we can photograph if you cannot
  • A two sentence highlight describing your work, inspiration, thoughts on Great Oak will be needed as well.

Call to Artists

All artists 18 and older living in the Somerset Hills (Bedminster Township, Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Peapack-Gladstone, Far Hills) are invited to join the celebration of the historic white oak tree of the Presbyterian Church of Basking Ridge, to express how this historic natural landmark has touched them.  Artists can use the medium of their choice – painting, sculpture, photography, poetry, song, or multi-media to express their personal experience of the Great Oak.

Artists who are open to being filmed will become a part of a documentary made of the project.  They will be recorded working on their pieces, and will be interviewed to discuss the importance of preserving memorable pieces of their journey through life.  This footage will be added to interviews with tree experts, historians, and local residents with memories of the Great Oak to create a documentary motivating the viewer to keep a connection to the past.

The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills will be hosting a gala art exhibition in the spring of 2017, presenting the collected works of the entrants.  The filmed documentary of the project will also be shown.  The exhibition will be held at the Brick Academy, 15 W. Oak St, Basking Ridge.  Thereafter, selected pieces will travel to local galleries, libraries, and municipal buildings.

The deadline to submit an entry application is January 31, 2017.  
The deadline to present your finished work is April 7, 2017.

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Additional Information

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Submitted: December 14, 2016
Revised: March 30, 2017


About the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH)

Founded in 1928 originally as the Historical Society of Basking Ridge, the mission and name of the society was later changed to The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization including all five communities of the Somerset Hills region: Bedminster Township, Bernards Township, Bernardsville ,Far Hills, Peapack-Gladstone which are all located in Somerset County, New Jersey.

The mission of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH) is to acquire, conserve and share local artifacts and information on matters of local historic interest; cultivate interest in local history; encourage the preservation of local historic resources; facilitate historic research; and preserve, operate, and interpret the Brick Academy.

To further this mission, THSSH sponsors events and activities that promote community awareness and appreciation of the history and architecture of the Somerset Hills. THSSH headquarters is at the Brick Academy in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township, where our collections of items of local historic interest are available to the public.

About The Brick Academy

BR_Brick_Academy_Sketch_08_sm.jpgThe Brick Academy (also known as the Basking Ridge Classical Schoolhouse) is a 1809 Federal-style architectural structure located in the center of Basking Ridge in Bernards Township. The Brick Academy has been a boys’ private preparatory school, a public school, a meeting hall for several fraternal and benevolent organizations, and the Bernards Township municipal building. It currently serves as the headquarters of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills, as well as a schoolhouse and museum to local history. The Brick Academy also celebrated its bicentennial in 2009.



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