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Inside the Brick Academy - The Official Newsletter of THSSH

September
2016

Inside this Issue

  • Speakeasy Event
  • Vintage Holiday Postcard Collection
  • Welcome New Members
  • New Age of Communication
  • The NJ Hills are alive with Distilling
  • 2016 Somerset County Weekend Journey Through the Past
 

Inside the Brick Academy - The Official Newsletter of THSSH

May
2016

Inside this Issue

  • Peppard Rickey House
  • Bernards Township Charter Day
  • Bernardsville - Then/Now Exhibit -
  • Trustee News
    • New Trustee - Cynthia Crosson
    • In Memoriam - David J. Connolly, Jr., 80 and Mildred Dunham Van Dyke, 103, of Basking Ridge
  • Online Series: #DigintheArchives
  • Look Back 1997 Charter Day Cachet
 

Inside the Brick Academy - The Official Newsletter of THSSH

February
2016

Inside this Issue

  • A Change of Perspective - The Antique Picture Frame
  • Civil War Collection:
  • WWII in the Somerset Hills: New Donation of beautiful photo album
  • 2015 Annual Report
    • Executive Summary
    • Appointments
    • Membership
    • Community Outreach
    • Historic Preservation & Restoration
    • Speaker Series
    • Online Communication/Outreach
    • Education
    • Museum
    • Archives & Research
    • Gifts & Acquisitions
    • Fundraisers/Donations
    • Advocacy & Affiliations
    • 2016 Outlook
 

Inside the Brick Academy - The Official Newsletter of THSSH

September
2015

Inside this Issue

  • 2015 Holiday House Tour - The Bi-Annual Event returns
  • Lord Stirling 1770s Festival
  • Weekend Journey through the Past
  • Lorraine Passmore HP Scholarship Supports Archives Course
  • The McDonald’s/Kline’s Mill
  • New Members
  • Spelling Bee
 

Inside the Brick Academy - The Official Newsletter of THSSH

May
2015

Inside this Issue

  • The Power Game: Presidential Golf & Politics
  • Sue Zibelli Appointed Chairman
  • Historic Preservation
  • Trustee News - Margaret Skelly - New Trustee
  • Retiring Trustees - June Kennedy & John Campbell
  • New Members
  • Charter Day
  • Archivist Named - Cynthia Crosson
  • Reynolds-Scherman House - LOCAL HISTORIC HOUSE FOR SALE
  • Lincoln & Kennedy Assassinations - Coincidences Urban Legend
 

Inside the Brick Academy - The Official Newsletter of THSSH

February
2015

Inside this Issue

  • George Washington’s NJ Lodgings
  • Spring Speaker Programs
  • First Ladies:
    • Washington & Lincoln
  • Trustees Meeting at USGA Museum
  • 2014 Annual Report
 

Inside the Brick Academy - The Official Newsletter of THSSH

Sept
2014

Inside this Issue

  • Fall 2014 Speaker Series Announced
  • Education Program Updates
  • 2014 Lord Stirling Festival
  • Be A Volunteer
  • Upcoming Events
  • Linn Homestead
  • History of a Rose
  • Early Schoolng at the Brick Academy
  • New Members
 

Inside the Brick Academy - The Official Newsletter of THSSH

May
2014

Inside this Issue

  • Craft Sunday
  • Speaker Program
  • Bernards Township Charter Day
  • Blairsden History
  • NJ 350th Anniversary
  • White Oak Tree
  • Historic Preservation
 

Inside the Brick Academy - The Official Newsletter of THSSH

February
2014

Inside this Issue

  • Speaker Program February 20
  • Trustee News
  • Mansion In May
  • In Memoriam
  • Top 3 NJ Suburbs
  • Antique Floor Screens
  • NJ Covered Bridges
  • 2013 Annual Report
 

Inside the Brick Academy - The Official Newsletter of THSSH

Sept
2013

Inside this Issue

  • Museum News
  • Historic Preservation
  • Grants
  • Amelia Earhart
  • Speaker Program
  • Lord Stirling Festival
  • Education Calendar
  • Village Blacksmith
  • THSSH Anniversary
  • Membership Dues
 

Inside the Brick Academy - The Official Newsletter of THSSH

May
2013

Inside this Issue

  • In Memoriam
  • NJ State Flag
  • Archivist Wanted
  • Craft Sunday: Coats of Arm
  • Announcements
  • Welcome New Members
  • Reseaarch Center Update
  • Museum Acquisition
  • The Pluckemin Artillery Cantonment
  • White House IQ
 

Inside the Brick Academy - The Official Newsletter of THSSH

February
2013

Inside this Issue

  • Speaker Programs
  • Trustee Retires...Treasurer Needed
  • ‘Thank You’ Note
  • Winter Reads
  • New Membership Committee Chair
  • Hidden New Jersey
  • Happy 100th Birthday
  • Mildred Van Dyke
  • 2012 Annual Report
 
Inside the Brick Academy - The Newsletter of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills
Sept
2012

Inside this Issue

  • Upcoming Events- Speaker Program
  • 2012 Lord Stirling 1770's Festival
  • History Weekend
  • Holiday House Tour
  • Museum Exhibit Showcases Historic Politicians of the Somerset Hills
  • Peapack Gladstone History since 1701
  • A Man and his Camers - Fred Pitney Crater (Early 1900s)
  • Carol Singing to Mark 88th Year in Basking Ridge
  • Bobsled Gift Returns to Brick Academy
  • October 11, 1794
  • December 13, 1776
  • New Acquisitions
  • Museum Moves into the New Millennium and Receives Facelift
  • Welcome New Members!
 
Inside the Brick Academy - The Official Newsletter of THSSH
May
2012

Inside this Issue

  • The Astors: The Titanic and Basking Ridge
  • Charter Day: May 19, 2012
  • Retiring Trustees
  • Walking Tour Stories
  • Peapack & Gladstone Centennial
  • American History Dates
  • Museum Exhibits
  • Welcome New Members!

 

 
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February
2012

Inside this Issue

  • 2011 Annual Report
  • Historic Preservation
  • Scholarship Recipient
  • New Trustees Martine White Sue Zibelli
  • ‘The Mystery & History of Famous Diamonds’ Program
  • Museum Exhibits
  • Sunday Crafts
  • Welcome New Members!

 

 
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May
2011

Inside this Issue

  • Gardens of the Somerset Hills Event
    • Nine Private Gardens
      The Wandering Garden at the VNA
      Garden Gift Boutique
      Master Gardener Information Table
      Floral Art Show at the Brick Academy
  • Museum Committee Sees Changes
  • Donations
  • Brick Academy „Open House‟ - Charter Day - May 21
  • “What Happened Here During The Civil War?”
  • IN MEMORIAM
    The Board of Trustees is saddened to report the recent passing of two dear friends and senior members of the Historical Society:

    Henry Allison Cox of Hightstown, formerly of Westfield, spent nearly 20 years reconstruct-ing the Main Street, Basking Ridge map, by researching old deeds. Both the Township Engineering Department and THSSH archives have copies of the map. One of Henry's ancestors donated the land in 1731 to build the original Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his son Henry A. Cox, Jr., and daughter Susan and son-in-law Peter Schundler of Basking Ridge, and four grandchildren.

    Carolyn Barton English, wife of the late Woodruff J. English of Liberty Corner, was a life member of the Historical Society. Mrs. English was very interested in local history and generous in allowing visitors to tour her farm. She is survived by her five adult children, 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. There have been eight generations of the English family residing on the historic farmstead. Reverend James English was the first and founding pastor of the Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church in 1837.

  • Memorial Day - Dates Back to 1868
  • ACADEMY‟S FLAG AND NATION‟S EARLY HISTORY By June O. Kennedy
  • KMS Farmstead To Receive NJ Historic Preservation Grant
  • New Jersey Signers of the Declaration of Independence By June O. Kennedy
  • Welcome New Members!

 

 

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February
2011

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One of our biggest issues ever. 2011 was a impressive year as Bernards Township celebrated its 250th Charter anniversary in 2010. Download a copy, or become a member and get an advanced copy right to your mailbox.

  • 2010 Annual Report
    • Executive Summary
    • Community Outreach
      • Charter Day
      • Memorial Day Parade
      • Teen Volunteer Night
      • Bernardsville Unity Day
      • Lord Stirling 1770s Festival
      • Somerset County's Weekend Journey thru the Past
      • Tours
    • Speaker Series
    • Historic Preservation continues
    • Education
      • Around and About Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner, and Lyons
      • Brick Academy programs
      • Talk and Tours
      • History VolunTEENS
      • June in June
      • Newsletters
      • THSSH brochure
      • Walking Tours
      • Lime Kilns
      • Museum
    • Online Internet Communications
      • Bernards250.org
      • Historyvolunteens.org
      • thssh.org
    • Brick Academy Utilization
      • THSSH Board Meetings
      • The Friends of the Kennedy martin Stelle Farmstead board meetings
      • The Harding Group Association of NJ - Quarterly Meetings
      • The Northern NJ Region Porsche Club of America - monthly meetings
      • The Berkeley Circle Homeowners Association - Annual meeting
    • Fundraising
    • Gifts
    • Archives
    • Artifacts
    • 2011 Outlook
  • Spring 2010 Programs
  • Bernards Township 250th Anniversary
  • New Members - 10 new members in 2010

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September
2010

Inside This Issue

  • New Scholarship
    • The Historic Preservation Committee of the Historical Society is very pleased to announce a new scholarship program that will be offered to members of the Historical Society beginning in January 2011.
    • The new program is being made possible by generous donations to the Historical Society in memory of long-time member Lorraine Passmore. To honor her passion for historic preservation, the scholarships are intended to help underwrite the cost for courses offered through Drew University’s Historic Preservation Certificate Program.
  • Mildred Van Dyke
  • Bernards Township's 250th Anniversary
  • Upcoming Events
  • Sunday Open House
  • Farmstead Arts Center
  • Oak Tree in NJ Book
  • Civil War Items
  • Bernards Library Exhibits
  • "June in June" Program

 


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February
2010

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One of our biggest issues ever. 2009 was a impressive year as THSSH celebrated the 100th anniversary of the historic Brick Academy, home to THSSH. Download a copy, or become a member and get an advanced copy.

  • 2009 Annual Report
    • Community Outreach Programs
      • Charter Day
      • Memorial Day
      • Fall Fest
      • Lord Stirling Festival
      • Weekend Journey
      • Tours
    • Speaker Series
    • Historic Preservation continues
    • New education programs
      • METC
      • Historic Schoolhouse Summit
      • History VolunTEENS
      • Museum
    • Online Internet Updates
    • Fundraising
    • Gifts
    • Archives
    • 2010 Outlook
  • Spring 2010 Programs
  • Bernards Township 250th Anniversary
  • History VolunTEENS program
  • Boudinot Southard Farmstead makes National and State Historic Registers
  • New Members

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September
2009

Inside This Issue

  • Speaker Series Updates/Upcoming Events
  • The Lord Stirling Festival
  • Brick Academy Open House resumes
  • Weekend Journey thru the Past Oct 11, 12
  • Brick Academy Timeline
  • 200 years of history on view at The Brick Academy
  • Membership Dues - Please support our efforts
  • First in America…Businesses and products that originated in New Jersey!
  • Kennedy-Martin-Stelle Farmstead Thank You Letter
  • Historic Businesses in the Somerset Hills
  • Bernards Township's 250th Birthday Committee
  • Latest Acquisitions and New Members
  • Historic Profile: Annin & Company Flags

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May
2009

Inside This Issue

  • Charter Day – May 16
  • New Members
  • Historic Schoolhouse Summit & Symposium
  • Old Acken Store
  • 1780 Soldier’s Letter
  • THSSH & METC Partnership
  • Flag Day Revives Betsy Ross Mystery
  • Educational Awakening
  • Early 20th C. Postcards at Bernards Library

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January
2009

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  • 2008 Annual Report
  • The Brick Academy Bicentennial
  • Academy’s School Bell Mystery Revealed
  • Top Floor Reception
  • YMCA Volunteer Award: Lorraine Passmore
  • Brick Academy Early Renovation Plan
  • Military Museum at Veterans Medical Center
  • Spring Speaker Series
  • Calling Cards

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September
2008

Inside This Issue

  • Fall Speaker Series
    'James Parker: A Printer on the Eve of Revolution'
    September 18 • 7:30 PM
    'Historic Churches of Somerset County'
    October 16 • 7:30 PM
    Songs & Stories of Old Railroad Days
    November 20 • 7:30 PM
  • Historic Preservation Awards
  • Frederic Olcott’s “Splendid Gift”
  • History Weekend –  Oct 11 & 12
  • Antique Potbelly Stove     
  • Historic October Events
  • 1770s Festival – Oct 5
  • Flying Down the Church Hill…
  • Past Presidential Events  
  • Historical Society Celebrates 80 Years
  • ‘Open House’ Resumes

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May
2008

Inside This Issue

  • Shop Online...Preserve Somerset Hills History
    Do you shop online? Here is a fantastic opportunity to get online discounts and donate to the Historical Society at the same time. Trustee Brooks Betz has coordinated this new exciting shopping experience with ShopforMuseums.com. more online
  • John Morton: The Rebel Banker
    On the night of the 22nd between the hours of eleven and one o-clock, the house of the John Morton, at Baskenridge, was broke open by a number of armed villains, three of whom entered the house and robbed it."
  • Charter Day - May 17
    Bernards Township's 14th Annual Charter Day will be held on Saturday, May 17. The celebration begins at 11 a.m. with the Town Crier Hank Barre and the Rural Felicity Fife and Drum Corps conducting the opening ceremony.
  • Culture & Heritage Commission Awards
    Seven Recipients Are Honored
    By Somerset Cultural and Heritage Commission The 1850 J. Staats House, Hillsborough, owners Barbara and Jerry Kaulius, Adaptive Use  The Bernards Inn, Bernardsville, Continuing Use  John Charles Smith of Far Hills, The Historic Map and Walking Tour of Peapack and Gladstone circa 1938, Education  The Black River Journal of Pottersville, Lee and Christian Wolfe, Owners, Education  Schoolhouses of Early Bernards Township by Josephine M. Waltz of Belle Mead, Education  The Uncertain Revolution by John T. Cunningham of Florham Park, Education  The Heritage Trail Association, Monique Rubens Krohn, Executive Director, Leadership and Education
  • Farm & Technology Museum
    For Bernards Township resident Jim Hallgring, his boyhood interest in the internal operation of machinery has lead from refurbishing lawnmowers to an impressive 30 year collection of antique engine and farm equipment.
  • Betsy Ross Burial
    June 14 reminds us all of Betsy Ross (1752- 1836), our national heroine, credited with sewing the first American flag, at the request of General George Washington and his friends Robert Morris, in Philadelphia. 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.
  • 2008 Historic Preservation Awards
    Please join us on Wednesday evening, May 28, 2008, for the fifth annual presentation of awards for noteworthy preservation projects in the Somerset Hills!- Learn More
  • Welcome New Members:
    Ralph and Margaret Skelly, Basking Ridge William and Marian Craig, Monroe Township
  • Rock-a-Bye Baby Railroad
    The Borough of Peapack and Gladstone is very proud of its fine electric train service into Hoboken and it is used by many daily commuters. Back in 1887 John Melick of Morristown came forward with plans to build the first part of a...

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February
2008

Inside This Issue

  • Chairman Marcella Maccolis - Executive Summary
  • 2007 Annual Report
    • Community Outreach
    • Consultation & Clerical Work
    • Historic Preservation
    • Education Update
    • Brick Academy Restoration
    • Utilization of Brick Academy
    • Archive Activities
    • Association Memberships
    • Acquisitions
  • General Lee's Capture (Historical Perspective)
  • Schoolhouse Book
  • YMCA Volunteer Award - Dan Lincoln
  • Historic Preservation Awards 2007
  • Spring Speaker Series
  • Welcome New Members
    • Frank & June Cioppettini
    • Nancy Ferreira
    • Charles & Sally Hoiles
    • William & Virginia Kearns
    • Sheila Miller
    • Jim O'Brien
    • Richard & Blair Scott
    • Virginia Troeger
  • Looking ahead to 2008

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2007

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May
2007

Inside This Issue

  • Chairman's Corner
  • Charter Day Scheduled for May, 19, 2007
  • 2007 Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony
  • Ann Parsekian appointed THSSH Archivist
  • Welcome New Members
  • In the Good Ole Summertime...in Peapack Gladstone by Ruth Hill Thomson
  • Restoration Project Thanks
  • Facts about Francis Bernard, Show Compassionate NJ Governor by June Kennedy
  • Inside the Brick Academy Newsletter gets a New Look
  • Recent Acquisitions
  • New - Third Floor Finds

 

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October 2006

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  • Message from the Chairman
  • Revolutionary War Activities Dominate Sept/Oct Calendar
  • NJ Turnpike Rest Stop Areas All Have New Jersey Connections
  • How did one Get from Here to There?
  • Brick Academy Restoration Update
  • Hidden History Revealed
  • Local History goes Online
  • Photos of Historic Preservation Award Winning Projects on Display
  • Weekend Journey thru the Past Update
  • Meet Three New THSSH Trustees
  • Welcome New Members
  • Dues Are Due
  • Have You Visited These Museums?
  • News from Around New Jersey
  • Did You Know?
  • Upcoming Talks- Calendar
  • Masthead

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May 2006

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  • Three Somerset Hills Recipients Are Honored By Cultural & Heritage Group
  • Marcella Miccolis Replaces June Campbell As Chairman Of THSSH Board Of Trustees
  • Remembering the Battle of Monmouth: June 28, 1778 and General Charles Lee
  • The First Train
  • An Historic Building in Gladstone (continued)
  • Somerset Hills Historic Preservation Awards Announced
  • Museum Notes
  • Website Planned
  • Cadette Girl Scout Troop 712 Earns Special Silver Award: History Camp Held At Academy
  • The French Are Coming! The French Are Coming!
  • New Jersey Rehabilitation Subcode
  • Academy's Flag Tells Early History Of Our Nation
  • On Tuesday, July 4, 2006, Remember
    New Jersey's Signers - They Pledged For Us
    July 4, 1776
  • New Acquisitions
  • Upcoming Talks- Calendar
  • Masthead

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February 2006

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  • ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2005
    The Historical Society of The Somerset Hills
  • PORTRAIT OF GENERAL CHARLES LEE
    The Man Credited with Getting Basking Ridge Into the History Books
  • Outlook for 2006
  • BOUDINOT-SOUTHARD ESTATE SET FOR "MANSION IN MAY"
  • PLUCKEMIN’S GRAND BALL OF FEBRUARY 1779
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN!!
  • 14th HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR ATTRACTS 500 VISITORS
  • Upcoming Talks- Calendar
  • Masthead

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October 2005

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  • BOUDINOT-SOUTHARD MANSION BOUGHT BY SOMERSET COUNTY
  • An Historic Building in Gladstone
  • Friends of the KMS Farmstead News
  • Archeology at the Brick Academy
  • New Acquisitions in the Brick Academy Archives
    • “Basking Ridge: The Study of a Town in Transition”
    • scrap album compiled by Nettie Allen
  • Historic Preservation Committee Undertakes New Project
  • HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR SET FOR DECEMBER 4
  • A NEW JERSEY CHRISTMAS- William S. Stryker, 1898
  • HISTORICAL SKETCHES OF LONG AGO
  • SEPTEMBER 23, 2005 MARKED 77th BIRTHDAY OF SOCIETY
  • SIGNIFICANT DATES RELATING TO THE SOMERSET HILLS
  • Volunteer Needed
  • DUES NOTICE
  • Masthead

 

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May 2005

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  • Francis Bernard,
    A Compassionate Governor:
    History Of Royal Charter Is Explained
  • New Monument Is Dedicated Honoring Reverend Kennedy
  • Save Ellis Island
  • The Jacobus Vanderveer House in Bedminster
  • Janet Foster to be Featured Speaker at 2005 Historic Preservation Awards
  • Old House Owners: Did You Know?
  • History Resources on the Internet
  • Brick Academy News: New Exhibit Planned
  • THSSH Donates Vintage Student Chairs To Local Schools, Etc.
  • Bernards Had 10-Day Celebration
    In 1960 For Its 200th Anniversary
  • Poet laureate publishes
    Second book of verse
  • There's A Liberty Corner
    Now Located In Ireland!
  • Sun Catchers For Sale
  • About Jockey Hollow, Morristown
  • Notable Dates In History
    March
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February 2005

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  • ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2004
    The Historical Society of The Somerset Hills
  • Acquisitions
  • Outlook for 2005
  • 226 Years Ago, George Washington Danced
    In Pluckemin
  • George Washington Slept Here…
    His Lodgings in New Jersey
  • Meet Elias Boudinot—Patriot, Statesman
    And Former Basking Ridge Resident
  • Banking in Peapack and Gladstone
    By Ruth Hill Thomson
  • Local Preservation News
  • Masthead

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October 2004

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  • New Grants Issued
  • John Stelle’s 1847 Diary
  • Libraries and Schools of Peapack and Gladstone
  • October Recalls Return of Heroine Mary Kinnan
  • Spoon From Pluckemin’s Kenilworth Inn Newest Acquisition of Historical Group
  • Some Past History In The Somerset Hills
  • Somerset Hills Residents Prominent In State And National Governments
  • Girl Scout’s Gold Award Project Results in Oral History Publication
  • New Acquisitions
  • New Walking Tour Booklet
  • Reserve the Date: Dec. 16 For THSSH Yule Party
  • Membership Renewal
  • Masthead

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June 2004

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  • Tour of Presbyterian Churchyard
    Reveals Bernards Early History
  • From the Friends of the Kennedy-Martin-Stelle Farmstead:
    Memories of Gerald Pearson
  • Hardware Stores of Peapack and Gladstone
  • English Family Farm Recipient
    Of Cultural/Heritage Award
  • First Historic Preservation Awards Announced
  • Third Floor Update
  • Kennedy Farmstead Fundraiser Announced
  • Lewis & Clark:
    The National Bicentennial Exhibition”
  • An Indian Legacy of Names
  • Some Facts About the Brick Academy Bell
  • Masthead

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February 2004

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  • ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2003
    The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills
    • Restoration
    • Preservation
    • Education
    • Utilization of the Academy
    • Fund Raisers
    • Clerical and Museum Work
    • Acquisitions
    • Association Memberships
    • Outlook for 2004
  • Churches of Peapack and Gladstone
  • From “The Union” 1818
  • French Encampment 1781 Sign
    Placed on English Farm Site
  • Unique Military Museum Located at Veterans Center
  • What is Bonnie Brae? ? ? ?
  • Masthead

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October 2003

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  • The Unhappy History of a
    Vanished Church- Raritan-in-the-Hills
  • Peapack and Gladstone
  • Legend of Mary Kinnan,
    Local Heroine (1763-1848) Recalled
  • Kennedy-Martin-Stelle Farmstead Signed Onto NJ Historic Register
  • Sunday “Open House” Hours Resume
  • Holiday House Tour Set for Dec. 7;
    Six Homes Prepare to Receive Guests
  • Academy Receives Three Display Cases
  • Brick Academy Gift List Impressive

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January 2003

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  • 2002 - A GOOD YEAR
    Excerpts from the Chairman’s Annual Report
    • Community Outreach
    • Restoration
    • Preservation
    • Education
    • Utilization of the Academy
    • Clerical and Museum Work
    • Acquisitions
    • Outlook for 2003
  • Two New Trustees Seated
    • Ann Parsekian and David Connolly
  • Thank You's
  • The Brick Academy updates
  • Members Provide Donkeys For
    “Walk to Bethlehem”
  • Meet The Real George Washington
  • Welcome New Members
  • In Memoriam
  • Historical Society will be 75 Years Old
  • Some Facts About New Jersey

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September 2002

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  • Copy of Rare Document Reveals Area Involvement in Revolutionary War
  • Rev. Samuel Kennedy Relative
    Visits Parsonage Farm
  • Facts/Figures About the Somerset Hills
  • Brick Academy Helped Educate Four U.S. Senators
  • Moguls, Millionaires, Statesmen, Captains of Industry, Financial Giants, Media People, Society Figures, Politicos -- Broken down by each town within the Somerset Hills

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April 2002

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  • Cultural & Heritage Awards
  • Costume Jewelry At the May Society Meeting
  • THSSH Trustee News
  • Charter Day Festivities May 18 Displays, Games, Crafts
  • Historic District Regulations
  • How Some Somerset County Towns Rank, According To Age
    • Where does Bernards Township rank in age, with respect to its sister communities in Somerset County? Research done during the 200th Bicentennial in 1960 reveals that Bernards ranks fourth oldest.
  • Exciting Restoration Developments
  • Historical Society Of The Somerset Hills Wishlist
  • First In America – And From New Jersey

    Arlington, steam engine, 1763
    Burlington, chinaware, 1685
    Camden, condensed soup (add water, heat/serve), 1897
    Hoboken, brewery, 1642
    Jamesburg, canned tomatoes, 1847
    Morristown, successful telegraph tested,1837
    Murray Hill, transistor, 1948
    Menlo Park, incandescent lamp, 1879
    Newark, patent leather made, 1818
    Newark, malleable iron, 1826
    Newark, successful plastics factory opened, 1873
    Paterson, planned industrial city, 1791 at The Great Falls
    Paterson, silk factory started, 1838
    Paterson, submarine made, 1878
    Paterson, revolving pistol, 1836
    Pompton Plains, rocket engines ,made during World War II
    Salem County, successful glass factory started, 1739
    Trenton, iron beams for buildings, 1854
    Trenton, railroad suspension bridge, 1855 (made in Trenton to carry heavy trains over canyon near Niagara Falls)
    Trenton, American-made china used in White House, 1917 (before that all china was made in Europe)
    Vineland, thermos bottle made, 1880s
    West Orange, phonograph played, 1887
    West Orange, movies shown, 1889

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January 2002

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  • 2001 - A YEAR OF ACCOMPLISHMENT
    Excerpts from the Chairman’s Annual Report
    • 12th Holiday House Tour
    • Historic Preservation
    • Community Outreach
    • Education
    • Other Items of Interest
    • Acquisitions
    • Utilization of the Brick Academy
    • 2002 Outlook
  • Reverend Kennedy Parsonage
    Farmstead Task Force Named
  • Brick Academy Open Sunday Afternoons
  • Another Volunteer Opportunity
  • Coming this Spring

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