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Past Events Archive

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Previous Events

Detailed Listings of each event follow the chronological listing.


Somerset County's Journey Through the Past Weekend

Tour the most prominent historic properties in Somerset County.
Visit 5 properties right here in the Somerset Hills

Come out and celebrate history across Somerset County with a number of facilities that will open for this special event. Two great days- lots of events and new exhibits

Saturday, October 9, 10:00 AM - 5 PM
Sunday, October 10, Noon - 4:00 PM

Somerset County's Premiere Historic Event - For more information...Read More


The Lord Stirling 1770s Festival - October 2, 2016
It's Living History Day at The Lord Stirling 1770s Festival

Colonial history lives at the Somerset County Park Commission's annual 1770s Festival when Lord Stirling's grand manor house and estate come to life in Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge, NJ. Colonial craftspeople ply their trades and a Revolutionary War military detachment camp on the former estate lawns and conduct maneuvers.

1770s Festival

Click Here to Learn more

2012 Events

Detailed Listings of each event follow the chronological listing.

November 30-December 2 and December 7-9, 2012

Colonial Christmas Celebration

November 30-December 2 and December 7-9, 2012

Colonial Christmas at the Vanderveer Knox House 2009The historic Vanderveer/Knox House opens its wreath-clad doors to an annual fundraising event, featuring the decorating talents of local designers, antiques dealers and florists. 

There are plenty of new and exciting events planned for this year's Colonial Christmas celebration.

Visit www.colonialchristmas.org


November 4, 2012

Craft Session:
Decorated Buckskin Shirts are Sunday Craft on Nov. 4
 

Celebrate our local history. Join us to decorate a sample of a Native American buckskin shirt.

Who? 3rd and 4th grade students
When? Sunday, November 4th from 2-3 P.M.
Where? The Brick Academy, 15 W. Oak Street, Basking Ridge

Sponsored by: The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills Education Committee

Bernards Twp. -- Twenty elementary school children will take home their decorated "buckskin shirts", made during the Sunday, November 4 fall craft session, sponsored by the Education Committee of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills.

In addition to decorating the shirts, students will hear about the Lenni Lenape Indians, who inhabited the Somerset Hills area until the 1800s. This free activity will be open to 3rd and 4th graders and will be held in the Brick Academy, 15 West Oak Street, Basking Ridge, the society's headquarters at 2:00 P.M.

Participants will be the first 20 registrations received.

Bernards Twp. -- Twenty elementary school children will take home their decorated "buckskin shirts", made during the Sunday, November 4 fall craft session, sponsored by the Education Committee of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills.

In addition to decorating the shirts, students will hear about the Lenni Lenape Indians, who inhabited the Somerset Hills area until the 1800s.  This free activity will be open to 3rd and 4th graders and will be held in the Brick Academy, 15 West Oak Street, Basking Ridge, the society's headquarters at 2:00 P.M.

Participants will be the first 20 registrations received. 

Include the student's name, age, and a phone number.  Registration will be confirmed.

Click Here to Register Now


September 26, 2012

Speaker John Charles Smith at The Historical Society of the Somerset HillsSpeaker Series - The History of Peapack-Gladstone

Wednesday, September 26th at 7:30 p.m. at the Brick Academy in Basking Ridge. We will welcome John C. Smith, Chairman of the Peapack-Gladstone Historic Preservation Commission and board member of the Jacobus Vanderveer House.

The subject of the lecture will be the History of Peapack-Gladstone since 1701, it's separation from Bedminster Township 100 years ago and the accompanying circumstances that led to this historic event.

John C. Smith has been practicing landscape architecture for more than 40 years and his latest work included design of the Froh Heim Estate for the "Mansion in May" event.

Please do not hesitate and let us welcome you with your families and friends on Wednesday!

Location: The Brick Academy, 15 West Oak Street, Basking Ridge
Time: 7:30pm


May 19, 2012

Charter Day Celebrating the 1760 Charter of Bernards TwpBERNARDS TWP CHARTER DAY STREET FAIR & FESTIVAL
251st Anniversary

Saturday, May 19, 2012 Rain or Shine

Visit www.charterday.com


April 19 , 2012

"Tell Me of Lincoln", Memories of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War

Date/Time: Thursday, April 19, 2012 7:30pm
Location: The Brick Academy, 15 West Oak Street, Basking Ridge
Presenter: William B. Styple

Program Description:

Come Meet Bill Styple tell his Civil War Stories at THSSHIn celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, The Historical Society of Somerset Hills will be having William Styple, a resident of Chatham, present a program on Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Styple has written close to twenty books on the Civil War and his most recent book is “Tell Me of Lincoln”.

The presentation will uncover fascinating stories, documented interviews and other accounts of President Lincoln by James Kelly (1855-1933), the renowned artist and sculptor of Lincoln.  James Kelly’s ambition was not only to create a bronze of President Lincoln, but he was also known to have conducted interviews in order to seek out living witnesses of this strong and vigorous leader.

Mr. Styple is an excellent speaker who leaves the audience asking for more. Whether you are history buff, or just interested in the Civil War era, this is a program not to miss!


March 10, 2012

Railroads of the Peapack Valley

Date/Time: March 10, 2012, 2:00PM
Location: St. Luke’s Great Hall, Gladstone, NJ
Presenter: Mark A. Corigliano, Peapack, NJ

The lecture will feature a slideshow presentation showing the development of the railroads in and around Peapack & Gladstone from their inception to the present.

The different companies that have operated the Gladstone Branch from when it was built to the present will be discussed, along with operations, equipment and structures to be found along the line. The Rockaway Valley Railroad will be reviewed along with a number of photos of that railroad.

The author will supplement his discussion with some “show and tell” items and a few other surprises.

The lecture is sponsored by the Peapack & Gladstone Library and is to start at 2:00PM. Refreshments, courtesy of the library, will be served

2011 Events

Detailed Listings of each event follow the chronological listing.


December 2011

Colonial Christmas Celebration

Wednesday thru Sunday - November 30 thru Dec 4, 2011

Colonial Christmas at the Vanderveer Knox House 2009The historic Vanderveer/Knox House opens its wreath-clad doors to an annual fundraising event, featuring the decorating talents of local designers, antiques dealers and florists. 

There are plenty of new and exciting events planned for this year's Colonial Christmas celebration.

Visit www.colonialchristmas.org


October 8-9, 2011

Somerset County's Journey thru the Past Weekend

Come out and celebrate history across Somerset County with a number of facilities that will open for this special event. Two great days- lots of events and new exhibits

Saturday, October 8, 10:00 AM - 5 PM
Sunday, October 9, Noon - 4:00 PM

Somerset County's Premiere Historic Event

For more information - Click Here


Oct 2, 2011

Lord Stirling 1770'S Living History Festival

Come to the Living History Festival - Click Here

Lord Stirling Park, Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Colonial history lives at the Somerset County Park Commission's annual 1770s Festival when Lord Stirling's grand manor house and estate come to life in Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge, NJ.

Colonial history lives at the Somerset County Park Commission's annual 1770s Festival when Lord Stirling's grand manor house and estate come to life in Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge, NJ. Colonial craftspeople ply their trades and a Revolutionary War military detachment camp on the former estate lawns and conduct maneuvers. The event promotes historical and environmental education by familiarizing people with the rich local history of Basking Ridge, highlighting an unsung Revolutionary War hero, demonstrating the colonial heritage of New Jersey, and recreating a typical autumn afternoon in 1770.

In 2006, the Lord Stirling 1770s Festival won the Cultural and History Commission of Somerset County History Award for Education. Period re-enactors attired in replicas of 1770s clothing participate in the festival demonstrating their trades and crafts (no crafts are sold). These crafts people make articles such as buttons, rifles, brooms, furniture, lace, stained glass, redware pottery, and powder horns. Other trades and crafts include a blacksmith, tinsmith, wool spinning, decoy carving, and colonial herbs. Children of all ages enjoy the hay rides, clay crafts using Stirling clay, stenciling, and toy making. Visitors may try on colonial costumes and have their photograph taken while restrained to the Somerset Gaoler's wooden stock.
$4 per person suggested donation
Sunday, October 2, 2011
10:30am - 4:30pm

Click Here


October 20, 2011

Ghost Tales of a Weary Traveler

Ghost Tales in the Somerset HillsDuring this 'first person' performance, Kimberly Costa, a historic character interpreter, gives her guests the chance to meet and listen to a woman traveling across New Jersey by stage.

Listen to strange tales of 18th century hauntings and ghostly encounters that have followed the woman throughout her travels.

A friendly, frightfully delightful event for the entire family.

Free Admission- Programs are free • 7:30 pm at the Brick Academy
Refreshments • Family & Friends welcome!

Directions to the Brick Academy - Click Here
Back to Events List - Click Here

Click Here to view additional information on the entire Speaker Series


Sept 26, 2011

Teen Volunteer Night

" History VolunTEENS" Program
Brings New Perspectives to Local History

High school volunteer registration night at the Bernards Twp library - 6-8pm - REGISTER TO GET YOUR 2011 COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS (typical hours range from 5-20 total hours).

Do you like local history? Here's a great way to become involved in working with other teens from around the Somerset Hills area and build friendships, share ideas, and increase your knowledge of history in your community. It's your history....help preserve it! .

Click Here to Learn More


June 17, 2011

Tour the Gardens of the
Historic Somerset Hills

Gardens of the Historic Somerset Hills

The Basking Ridge Garden Club and The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills invite you to visit the Gardens of the Historic Somerset Hills - Friday, June 17 - 10 AM to 3 PM (Rain or Shine)

  • Nine Private Gardens
  • The Wandering Garden at the VNA
  • Garden Gift Boutique
  • Master Gardener Information Table
  • Floral Art Show at the Brick Academy

A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Memorial Garden at the Center for Families of the Fallen, Dover, Delaware - Learn More

 


May 21, 2011

Charter Day Celebrating the 1760 Charter of Bernards TwpBERNARDS TWP CHARTER DAY STREET FAIR & FESTIVAL
251st Anniversary

Saturday, May 21, 2011 Rain or Shine

Visit www.charterday.com

April 14, 2011

1853 Water Cure JournalThe Mountain Glen Water Cure and Summer Retreat in Somerset County -- And Other Tales of Nineteenth-Century "Alternative" Medicine in the Garden State

Thursday, April 14, 2011 Dr. Sandra Moss speaks at the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills

Presentation by:
Dr. Sandra Moss is a general internist who practiced for many years in central New Jersey. She has published over thirty articles about the history of medicine in a variety of publications, and has spoken before local, state, and national history organizations. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century medicine in New Jersey. Dr. Moss is past-president of the Medical History Society of New Jersey and is an officer in the American Osler Society, an organization for clinician historians.  

Programs are free • 7:30 pm at the Brick Academy
Refreshments • Family & Friends welcomed!

Directions to the Brick Academy - Click Here
Back to Events List - Click Here

Click Here to view additional information on the entire Speaker Series


2010 Events

Detailed Listings of each event follow the chronological listing.

Sunday,
Dec. 5, 2010
12-5pm

Holiday House Tour
in the Historic Somerset Hills
Sunday, December 5, 2010 12-5pm

To coincide with the grand 250th anniversary of Bernards Township, the Holiday House Tour will take place this December 2010.

(The video is the preview from the last holiday house tour back in 2007)

Click HERE for additional information. Enjoy the video though of over 100 images from our last holiday house tour in the Somerset Hills. It was a complete sell out, complete with a beautiful blanket of snow.


Nov. 18, 2010

Speaker Series: "A Printer on the Eve of Revolution‟ Second Edition! Author Gordon Bond
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Author Gordon Bond

Click Here to view additional information on the entire Speaker Series


Oct, 21, 2010 Speaker Series: "Songs for Halloween Ghosts", haunted houses and holiday customs
Thursday, October 21, 2010

Matthew Dodd

Click Here to view additional information on the entire Speaker Series


Oct, 21, 2010 Speaker Series: "Songs for Halloween Ghosts", haunted houses and holiday customs
Thursday, October 21, 2010

Matthew Dodd

Click Here to view additional information on the entire Speaker Series


Oct 9-10, 2010 Somerset County's
Weekend Journey Through the Past

See four great historical sites in and around the historic Somerset Hills of New Jersey!

Saturday & Sunday, October 9-10, 2010

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Weekend Journey through the Past.
Visit any of 27 local historic sites for free tours, exhibits and family activities - Learn More


Oct 3, 2010

Lord Stirling 1770'S Living History Festival

Come to the Living History Festival - Click Here

Lord Stirling Park, Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Colonial history lives at the Somerset County Park Commission's annual 1770s Festival when Lord Stirling's grand manor house and estate come to life in Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge, NJ.

Click Here to learn more

$4 per person suggested donation
Sunday, October 3, 2010
10:30am - 4:30pm


Sept 29, 2010

Teen Volunteer Program

" History VolunTEENS" Program
Brings New Perspectives to Local History

Mark your calendars, Wednesday, September 29 is high school volunteer registration night at the Bernards Twp library - 6-8pm - REGISTER TO GET YOUR 2010 COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS (typical hours range from 5-20 total hours).

Do you like local history? Here's a great way to become involved in working with other teens from around the Somerset Hills area and build friendships, share ideas, and increase your knowledge of history in your community. It's your history....help preserve it! . ...read more


Sept 16, 2010

Speaker Series: "The War Man‟ An intimate portrait of an American Revolution Soldier
Thursday, September 16, 2010

"The War Man‟ An intimate portrait of an American Revolution Soldier Author Robert A. Mayers -

Click Here to view additional information on the entire Speaker Series


May 20, 2010 Historic Preservation Awards

May 15, 2010 Charter Day Celebrating the 1760 Charter of Bernards TwpBERNARDS TWP CHARTER DAY STREET FAIR & FESTIVAL
250th Anniversary - May 15, 2010
- Click Here

April 15, 2010

Speaker Series at THSSH

Music of America's History - Songs from the Pre-Revolutionary era
Nancy Schill & Charlie Pellegrino

A musical program presented by Nancy & Charlie in full regalia. The couple is from Bucks County, PA, and will accompany the program with fiddle, guitar & vocals.  The couple last played for us two years ago and it was a great evening! 

Programs are free • 7:30 pm at the Brick Academy
Refreshments • Family & Friends welcomed!

Directions to the Brick Academy - Click Here
Back to Events List - Click Here

 


March 18, 2010

Speaker Series at THSSH

Kimberly Costa will speak at THSSHWhat not to wear in the 18th Century
Kimberly Costa

A lover of history, clothing and textiles since childhood,  Kimberly Costa has been offering programs in 18th century Living History for over fifteen years,  providing a unique look into life in the past.  Her interactive programs allow the public to not only see, but to experience what daily life was like during our Colonial and Young Republic periods.

Learn more about Kimberly and her work - Click Here

Programs are free • 7:30 pm at the Brick Academy
Refreshments • Family & Friends welcomed!

Directions to the Brick Academy - Click Here
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February 21st

2:00pm

Historic Blairsden
Historic Blairsden

The Peapack-Gladstone Historic Preservation Commission is presenting a lecture detailing the history of ‘Blairsden’, the legendary 1903 Peapack estate of C. Ledyard Blair. Well known history enthusiasts including John C. Smith, local landscape architect and Chairman of the PGHPC; W. Barry Thomson, author and historian; and Mark Alan Hewitt, author and architect will give a Power Point presentation at the Bedminster Township Municipal Building, One Miller Lane, Bedminster.

R.S.V. P. 908-234-1121


2009 Events

Detailed Listings of each event follow the chronological listing.



December 17 , 2009

Christmas Holiday Social & Open House

Our last event for our 2009 Bicentennial celebration will be a Christmas Holiday Party at our home at the Brick Academy - Everyone is welcome and we hope that all our members bring a guest to help us celebrate a wonderful year.

Date: Thursday, December 17, 2009
Time: 7:00pm
Location: THSSH at the Brick Academy - For directions click here.


December 2-6 , 2009

Colonial Christmas Celebration

Colonial Christmas at the Vanderveer Knox House 2009In lieu of our rescheduling of THSSH Holiday house tour to 2010, the Vanderveer / Knox Colonial Christmas is a wonderful event to attend.

From December 2-6, 2009 the historic Vanderveer House opens its wreath-clad doors to an annual fundraising event, featuring the decorating talents of local designers, antiques dealers and florists. 

There are plenty of new and exciting events planned for this year's Colonial Christmas celebration. ...learn more


November 19, 2009

John T. Cunningham's Book The Uncertain Revolution

Speaker Series at THSSH

‘The Uncertain Revolution:
Washington and the Continental Army at Morristown'
Thursday, November 19, 2009

Seating is limited to 50 so please arrive early.

New Jersey's esteemed historian John T. Cunningham explores the harsh circumstances and geography of this region during the War of Independence. This "geological fortress", Washington and the Continental Army's winter quarters for four years, may well be the place where America survived.

The Documentary - Morristown, Where America Survived - Click to learn more about John Cunningham's latest writings

John Cunningham was also the writer for the recently released film Morristown, Where America Survived, a 30 minute documentary recently released by NJN network. Learn more.


Author, John T. CunninghamJohn T. Cunningham has long been known as "New Jersey's popular historian," a title bestowed on him by the New Jersey Historical Commission. He has written over 50 books. Cunningham's first book, This is New Jersey, published in 1953 by Rutgers University Press, is still in print and has been revised six times. Other long-popular books are New Jersey: America's Main Road; The New Jersey Sampler; NEWARK; and The New Jersey Shore. Most recently, he wrote The Uncertain Revolution: Washington and the Continental Army at Morristown, which has earned highly favorable reviews for both its careful research and its pleasant readability.

Cunningham was a co-founder of the New Jersey Historical Commission and was its chair for six years. He also served as president of the New Jersey Historical Society for six years. Currently, he is a co-founder and vice president of the North Jersey American Revolution Round Table. His works have earned him nine honorary degrees and five Awards of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History.

He resides in Florham Park, New Jersey.

Programs are free • 7:30 pm at the Brick Academy
Refreshments • Family & Friends welcomed!

Directions to the Brick Academy - Click Here
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October 15, 2009

Speaker Series at THSSH

‘Ghosts of Central Jersey: Historic Haunts of the Somerset Hills’
Thursday, October 15, 2009

Speaker Gordon WardWhat ghosts roam within the historic sites and buildings of Central NJ? How accurate are the traditional stories? From his new book, local author Gordon Ward transports us from the shadowed woods of the Somerset Hills to the dappled banks of the Delaware River to deliver a rich mix of factual history and the sound investigation of ghostly phenomena.

Programs are free • 7:30 pm at the Brick Academy
Refreshments • Family & Friends welcomed!

Directions to the Brick Academy - Click Here
Back to Events List - Click Here

October 10-11, 2009

Somerset County's Journey thru the Past Weekend

Come out and celebrate history across Somerset County with a number of facilities that will open for this special event. Two great days- lots of events and new exhibits

Click Here for all the details


October 7 , 2009

Volunteer Night at Bernards Twp Library

Please join us in our efforts to promote, support, and VolunTEENS Program to involve local teens with our local historyengage the communities of the Somerset Hills while helping THSSH power into the 21st century with your spirit and insights.

New " VolunTEENS" Program
Brings New Perspectives to Local History

Do you like local history? Here's a great way to become involved in working with other teens from around the Somerset Hills area and build friendships, share ideas, and increase your knowledge of history in your community. It's your history....help preserve it! learn more

 


October 4, 2009

Lord Stirling 1770'S Living History Festival

Come to the Living History Festival - Click Here

Lord Stirling Park, Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Colonial history lives at the Somerset County Park Commission's annual 1770s Festival when Lord Stirling's grand manor house and estate come to life in Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge, NJ.

Click Here to learn more

$4 per person suggested donation
Sunday, October 4, 2009
10:30am - 4:30pm


October 3 , 2009

Bernardsville Unity Day (Founders Day)

6th Annual Bernardsville UNITY DAY” sponsored by the Bernardsville Chamber of Commerce. This fun filled family event, benefiting the Bernardsville Fire company/First Aid Squad and The Bernardsville Senior Citizens Center, will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2009 (Rain date Sunday, October 4, 2009) at Nervine Memorial Park (on route 202, South of the Firehouse) from 11:00am to 6:00pm.


September 19 , 2009

Bedminster Fall Fest (Community Day)

Please join us as we celebrate our community day - FALL FEST at River Road Park from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.


September 17, 2009

Speaker Series at THSSH

Early American Schoolhouse
Thursday, September 17, 2009

Discover what it was like to be a student attending a one-room schoolhouse in Colonial times. The school supplies then not only included slates and books, but also buckets and logs! Participants will have the opportunity to share memories of their own early school experiences.  Program by Meg Wastie, Education Coordinator of the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts.

Programs are free • 7:30 pm at the Brick Academy
Refreshments • Family & Friends welcomed!

Directions to the Brick Academy - Click Here
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July/July 2009

History Camp at Bedminster's Historic Jacobus Vanderveer House.

The second ever "History Camp" is open to Somerset County residents, 9 to 12 years of age. THSSH will be displaying and presenting an entire day of events in conjunction with the famed house that once housed General Knox during the Revolutionary War. Click for Details


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Basking Ridge Charter Day Street Fair & Festival

Bernards Township's 15th Running of the Annual Charter Day Festival promises to be a fun and festive day with its vendors, displays, service groups and strong emphasis on history...Learn More


April 16 , 2009 Speaker Series at THSSH -
The way of Improvements Lead Home

April 4, 2009

SummitThe Historical Society of the Somerset Hills is sponsoring the first statewide Historic Schoolhouse Summit and Symposium at the 200 year old Brick Academy in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. more

March 19 , 2009 Speaker Series at THSSH -
George B Post - Father of New York's Tall Buildings and the Somerset Hills Mountain Colony

2008 Events

Detailed Listings of each event follow the chronological listing.


November 20, 2008

Speaker Series at THSSH - Matthew Dodd "Songs & Stories of Old Railroad Days" ...Learn More


October 18-19, 2008 Somerset County's Journey thru the Past Weekend ...Learn More

October 2008 Bedminster Founders Day (Fall Fest)

October 2008 Bernardsville Founders Day

October 16, 2008 Speaker Series at THSSH -Frank Greenagel "Historical Churches of Somerset County"...Learn More

October 12, 2008 Lord Stirling Festival - Lord Stirling Park, Basking Ridge ...Learn More

September 18, 2008 Speaker Series at THSSH- Gordon Bond "A Printer on the Eve of Revolution" ...Learn More

May 28, 2008 THSSH 5th Annual
Historic Preservation Awards

...Learn More

July 14-18, 2008

History Camp at Bedminster's Historic Jacobus Vanderveer House.

The first ever "History Camp" is open to Somerset County residents, 9 to 12 years of age. THSSH will be displaying and presenting an entire day of events in conjunction with the famed house that once housed General Knox during the Revolutionary War ...Learn More


Saturday, May 17, 2008 BA

Basking Ridge Charter Day Festival

Bernards Township's 14th Running of the Annual Charter Day Festival promises to be a fun and festive day with its vendors, displays, service groups and strong emphasis on history...Learn More


Entire Month of May 2008

Mansion in May - Froh Heim (Far Hills)

The Women’s Association of Morristown Memorial Hospital once again hosts their 14th Mansion in May Designer Showhouse and Gardens tour at Froh Heim in Far Hills, New Jersey. The event showcases the talents of prominent area designers in the extraordinary setting of a historic mansion. A month of Special Events at this year's Mansion In May means visitors will enjoy an entire day full of fun when they visit Froh Heim in Far Hills. ...Learn More


Thursday, April 17, 2008 THSSH logo

Speaker Series at THSSH

"Castles of New Jersey"

Come learn about some of New Jersey's most prominent castles. Presented by author Phil Jaeger ...Learn More

2007 Events

Detailed Listings of each event follow the chronological listing.

Sunday,
December 2, 2007
Holiday House Tour
THSSH Bi-Annual Holiday House Tour -
Six Homes & Academy to Receive Visitors...more

November 15, 2007 Speaker Series at THSSH
Julie Neu presents ‘Quilts in American History’ - 7.30 pm

October 18, 2007 Speaker Series at THSSH
Fiddlesticks- Nancy Shill & Charlie Pellegrino are lovers of music and of history. They play music and sing songs from various eras in full regalia.- 7.30 pm

October 13-14, 2007 Somerset County Journey Thru the Past Weekend

October 7, 2007 Lord Stirling 1770s Festival

September 20, 2007 Speaker Series at THSSH
Julie Neu presents ‘Quilts in American History’ - 7.30 pm

May 23th, 2007 Historic Preservation Awards Presentation

May 19, 2007 CHARTER DAY MAY 19 CELEBRATES HISTORY, THE ARTS, MUSIC, & FUN (Rain or Shine) ...more

April 19, 2007

Speaker Series at THSSH
The New Jersey Folk Grave Marker Survey Project

Presented by Gordon Bond & Stephanie Hoagland Gordon and Stephanie explain what folk grave markers are and their historic, cultural and artistic importance, how we survey them, what we’ve learned to date and plenty of interesting pictures of examples. .- 7.30 pm


March 15, 2007 Speaker Series at THSSH-
Patriots, Tories, Inebriates, and Hussies: Archaeology at the Abraham Staats House, South Bound Brook, New Jersey -Presented by: Richard Veit

2006 Events


December 11, 2006 Speaking Engagement -
Navigating The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills on the Internet" Presented by Brooks Betz - -7:30 pm - 8:30pm
December 7, 2006

Speaker Series at THSSH-
Laurie MacDonnell-Gaulke- "Doughnuts for Doughboys - A Salvation Army Lassie on WW1 Battlefields"

November 9, 2006 Charlie Engelhard: The REAL Goldfinger? with Stephen Yautz - 7:30 - 8:45 pm
October 1, 2006 The Lord Stirling 1770s Festival
Sept 21, 2006 Speaker Series at THSSH-
David Cowell-"Turn your plate over and have a good Read!"
September 15-17, 2006 Washington Rochambeau revolutionary route reenactment.
   
 

Events listed above are those officially sponsored and/or officially endorsed and supported by The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills and it's affiliate organizations.

Event Details

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Sunday, December 2, 2007

THSSH Bi-Annual Holiday House Tour

Holiday House Tour
THSSH Bi-Annual Holiday House Tour -
Six Homes & Academy to Receive Visitors...more

 

 

Saturday & Sunday, October 13-14, 2007

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Sunday, October 7, 2007

Lord Stirling 1770s Festival

Lord Stirling FestivalCircle the date – October 7th – and join the crowds attending the annual Lord Stirling 1770s Festival, where life in the 18th Century will be portrayed and craftspeople will demonstrate the various occupations and products of the time.

The program, sponsored by the Somerset County Park Commission, is held on the grounds of Stirling Manor, known affectionately by neighbors of the era, as The Buildings, manor estate of William Stirling, Lord Stirling, the colorful Revolutionary War general and good friend of General George Washington.

The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills will again staff a booth, displaying educational materials and artifacts, maps and other related objects of the time.  The event is from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.  

Click Here for Directions

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Wednesday, May 23th, 2007

Historic Preservation Awards Presentation

Historic Preservation AwardsAwards for noteworthy historic preservation projects in the Somerset Hills will be presented by the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills on Wednesday, May 23, 2007, at 7:30 in the Bernardsville Public Library.  This will be the fourth year for this Historical Society program to recognize local projects preserving historic buildings and enhancing neighborhood character. Presentation of the awards will be accompanied by a narrated slide program about the projects.

This year the Historical Society is pleased to partner with the Bernardsville Historic Preservation Advisory Committee (HPAC) on the presentation. Bernardsville HPAC will be hosting the event, which will also include an exhibit of photographs of Bernardsville landmarks and current award winning projects.

Over the past three years awards have been given to a wide variety of realistic and practical preservation projects that have successfully preserved and adapted familiar landmarks throughout the five communities. This year, five more noteworthy projects that substantially enhance the Somerset Hills communities are being recognized. “It is gratifying to formally acknowledge a group of projects that demonstrate some of the benefits achieved by preserving our familiar and beloved buildings and landmarks,” said Marcella Miccolis, Chairman of the Historical Society.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this wonderful ceremony.

For Details on the Nomination Process - Click Here

Bernardsville Public Library Directions - Click Here

 

Saturday, May 19, 2007

CHARTER DAY MAY 19 CELEBRATES HISTORY, THE ARTS, MUSIC, & FUN

Saturday, May 19, 2007 11am-10pm Rain or Shine (An Annual Event)

Charter DayBernards Township's 13th Annual Charter Day on Saturday, May 19, promises to be a fun and festive day with its vendors, displays, service groups and strong emphasis on history. There will be a complete history village!

Expected visitors to the downtown Basking Ridge celebration are about 10,000, with festivities to begin at 11 A.M., with local, County and State dignitaries present. The Town Crier Hank Barre and the Rural Felicity Fife and Drum Corps will conduct opening ceremonies ..more

 

Monday, December 11, 2006 -7:30 pm - 8:30pm

Navigating The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills on the Internet

With the recent launch of THSSH website, come learn how to navigate this new and exciting window into our historical society. Learn how the site was created, how to utilize it's information, and how to participate in the online community discussions. No computer experience is necessary, and a handout will be provided for new users. Presented at the Bernards Township Library. Come hear Brooks Betz, a Somerset Hills Historical Society Member, who volunteered to create the website.

 

Thursday, December 7, 2006 - 7pm

ChristmasChristmas Party!

Celebrating our Historical past- Refreshments, music, interesting games. Bring a "What's It" and stump our panel of experts. At the Brick Academy in Basking Ridge. For Directions Click Here.

 

 

November 9, 2006 - 7:30 - 8:45 pm
Bernards Township Library, Bernards Township

Charlie Engelhard: The REAL Goldfinger?

Stephen Yautz, Historian, SMY Historical Services - Charles W. Engelhard, Jr. 1917-1971, the man the New York Times dubbed "The Platinum King," was a prominent resident of the Somerset Hills. Learn about the lifestyle that inspired his friend Ian Fleming to create the notorious character, Auric Goldfinger, who attempted to monopolize the world's gold reserves. Join Historian Stephen Yautz for this discussion of Engelhard's extraordinary life. Refreshments will be served. Please register for this program at the Adult Circulation Desk. more


 

 

 

Saturday & Sunday, October 13-14, 2006

Weekend Journey through the Past.

Visit any of 22 local historic sites for free tours, exhibits and family activities

The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, in conjunction with local historical organizations, has designated the weekend of October 14-15, 2006, "Weekend Journey through the Past." During the two-day period, twenty-two of the County's significant historic sites will be open at the same time - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and 12:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday. Many of the sites will offer special exhibits, programs, and tours. Admission and parking at each site are free.

The Weekend Journey provides the perfect opportunity to take your family on a weekend outing. A visit to the sites will provide a unique educational experience for students, as well as a chance to see some of the Somerset County's most picturesque and unspoiled areas.

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(Three Unique Tour Routes to choose from)

 

Sunday, October 1, 2006 - Sunday 10:30am - 4:30pm

The Lord Stirling 1770s Festival -

Colonial history lives at the Somerset County Park Commission's annual 1770s Festival when Lord Stirling's grand manor house and estate come to life in Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge, NJ. Colonial craftspeople ply their trades and a Revolutionary War military detachment camp on the former estate lawns and conduct maneuvers. The event promotes historical and environmental education by familiarizing people with the rich local history of Basking Ridge, highlighting an unsung Revolutionary War hero, demonstrating the colonial heritage of New Jersey, and recreating a typical autumn afternoon in 1770. In 2001, the Lord Stirling 1770s Festival won the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association's Excellence in Educational Programming Award. Nearly 50 people attired in replicas of 1770s clothing participate in the festival demonstrating their trades and crafts (no crafts are sold). These crafts people make articles such as buttons, rifles, brooms, furniture, lace, stained glass, redware pottery, and powder horns. Other trades and crafts include a blacksmith, tinsmith, wool spinning, decoy carving, and colonial herbs. Children of all ages enjoy the hay rides, clay crafts using Stirling clay, stenciling, and toy making. Visitors may try on colonial costumes and have their photograph taken while restrained to the Somerset Gaoler's wooden stock.
Suggested donation: $4

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September 15-17, 2006

Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary route Reenactment

 


September 15-17, 2006 English Farm, Liberty Corner District - Bernards Twp, NJ

Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary route Reenactment
The French are coming. Come commemorate the 225th anniversary of the Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary route and stop over at the English Farm in the Liberty Corner section of Bernards Township. Click Here for event details. Complete W3C route map and additional information on the Bullion's Tavern Reenactment website.The two-day reenactment will be held Saturday and Sunday on the English Farm, the actual location of the French campsite August 29, 1781. Situated in the picturesque and historic village of Liberty Corner, the working farm has been in the same family since before the Revolutionary War. In addition to routine camp activities, the program will include a variety of craft, military, and weaponry demonstrations. On Sunday, there will be a dedication ceremony for a Rochambeau monument.

 

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Julie Neu presents ‘Quilts in American History’

Julie NeuJulie Brown Neu has been quilting for more than ten years, focusing primarily on traditional patchwork.  She is a member of the Garden State Quilters Guild, a guild of 250 members that meets in Chatham, New Jersey.  For the last two years, she has managed charitable activities for the guild and is now the Webmaster (www.gardenstatequilters.com) . She was the Hanging Chair for the guild’s 2005 quilt show and was at the guild show on September 29th and 30th at the Westfield Armory in Westfield. She has demonstrated hand quilting techniques at the Chatham Township Bicentennial fair and at the Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morristown.  QuiltsShe lives in Chatham and is an Internet strategy consultant when she isn’t quilting. http://www.julieneu.com/

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Writer Speaker Gordon WardGordon Ward presents a workshop based on his new book “A Bit of Earth” – How to Preserve Childhood, History and a Sense of Place

Do you want to create tangible memories for yourself, children, grandchildren, friends, and posterity?  Author and educator Gordon ThomasA Bit of Earth Cover Ward leads this hands-on workshop for anyone wanting to begin to preserve their own memories as historical links and reestablish a sense of place for an area in which they live/have lived.  This enjoyable workshop includes exemplary readings and photos from Mr. Ward’s book A Bit of Earth: Preserving Childhood, History, and a Sense of Place, tips about gathering regional information, instruction on generating ideas through “creative clustering,” and guidance for individuals to develop and outline their own stories within suggested categories.

Attendees need to bring lined paper, blank paper, a pen, and perhaps a few photos, with which they will design a personalized blueprint for documentation.  The process takes individual creativity and various types of media into consideration so that individuals will have the ability to incorporate written word, still photographs, video, audio, or a multimedia collage at a later date.  Upon completion of the workshop, its members will have created their own foundation upon which to build, recapture, and celebrate their own “bit of earth.”

Website:  http://www.gtwservices.com/

 

 

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Fiddlesticks

FiddlesticksNancy Shill & Charlie Pellegrino are lovers of music and of history. 

They play music and sing songs from various eras in full regalia. For their Colonial/ Revolutionary War program which reflects such a rich period from this area's past, they will sing such standards as The Girl I left Behind Me and Yankee Doodle.

They will also introduce songs that you have never heard such as Revolutionary Tea and The Young Man Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn. Originally from New York & New Jersey, and now residing in Pennsylvania, these two feel a strong kinship to the days of the early settlers and their pleasures and struggles.

Charlie plays the Guitar while Nancy plays the fiddle. They both sing. "One song can frequently teach you a new perspective about the times and the people" says Nancy.

 

Thursday, April 19, 2007

The New Jersey Folk Grave Marker Survey Project

Presented by Gordon Bond & Stephanie Hoagland

Gordon and Stephanie explain what folk grave markers are and their historic, cultural and artistic importance, how we survey them, what we’ve learned to date and plenty of interesting pictures of examples.

Background: Who are we? How do we arrive at our sense of "self"? In many ways, we are each the product of the sum total of our personal experiences. We are shaped by the events of our lives and the influence of people we've known. Our personal histories go into making us who we are. Similarly, groups of people - neighborhoods, ethic groups, religious groups, nations - derive a sense of identity from the sum total of their collective experiences. History, personal or collective, is a common bond we all share.

When we were looking for a name we could use for our historical projects, we hit upon "common bond" for a number of reasons. We view history as a common bond, not only in the sense just described, but also between ourselves. It was one of the things which first brought us together in our personal relationship.

We also tend to gravitate towards the history of the average "common" people and everyday life. So "common" here also means the vernacular.

In short, we are just a couple in New Jersey who love history and are trying, in our small ways, to make a contribution to the study of our shared "common bond." We've created this website http://www.commonbondhistorians.com/index.html to share what we've been doing with others who also enjoy history.

 

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Patriots, Tories, Inebriates, and Hussies: Archaeology at the Abraham Staats House, South Bound Brook, New Jersey

Presented by: Richard Veit
Monmouth University
Department of History and Anthropology
West Long Branch, NJ 07764-1898

To modern suburbanites life on a farm may seem hopelessly boring or, alternatively, charming and idyllic. Excavations at the Abraham Staats House in New Jersey’s Raritan Valley, just upriver from New Brunswick, provides a glimpse of the lives of the 18th- and 19th-century farmers who were neither boring nor idyllic. The Staats family, part of the early 18th-century Dutch migration to the Raritan Valley saw their lives transformed by the Revolutionary War, the arrival of Turnpike Roads, the construction of the Delaware and Raritan Canal, the emancipation of slaves, and family squabbles of Macbethian proportions. Excavations at the Staats House undertaken by volunteers from the Friends of the Staats House, the ASNJ, and Monmouth University, combined with the rediscovery of long-forgotten diaries and court records, allow us to better understand the complex realities of rural life in New Brunswick’s hinterlands.


Richard F. Veit, Ph.D. (Biographical Sketch)

Richard Veit is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Anthropology at Monmouth University and Director of the University’s MA program in Liberal Arts. He received his Ph.D. in Historical Archaeology/Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation focused on New Jersey’s architectural terra cotta industry. He is the author of the award-winning book Digging New Jersey's Past: Historical Archaeology in the Garden State (Rutgers University Press 2002). Currently, he is involved in an archaeological study of colonial life in central New Jersey focused on the Abraham Staats House, a Dutch-American farm in South Bound Brook.

Link to the Staats House: http://www.staatshouse.com/AboutUs.html

 

 

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Speaker Series: Laurie MacDonnell-Gaulke- "Doughnuts for Doughboys - A Salvation Army Lassie on WW1 Battlefields"

Right in line with the observance of Veterans Day (Saturday, November 11th), Laurie MacDonnell-Gaulke of Long Hill Township, will present her discussion in her uniform of the period. Saturday, November 11, 2006 will commemorate the 88th anniversary of the end of World War 1 in 1918. Originally called Armistice Day, it is now observed as Veterans Day. A brief business meeting will precede the program. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

 

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Gordon WardSpeaker Series: Gordon Ward presents "Ghosts at Our Doorsteps"

Ghost lore is all around us, and it offers an intriguing glimpse into our history and the fabric of our surroundings. Experiences with ghosts have been reported by people of all ages and all walks of life, yet most people only think of ghosts the way they are portrayed in Hollywood movies. So...what are ghosts? How can the phenomena be explained, and what can ghost lore teach us about our past?

This enjoyable presentation is designed to answer these questions, entertain, educate, and perhaps send a few chills up your spine. Based upon many years of interest and study, the program consists of an exciting, semi-formal lecture with Power Point photos regarding classic tales, direct experiences, and site visits. While it includes a review of developing theories, the format also places an emphasis on ghost lore as entertainment and celebrates the importance of documenting local stories and sharing them in the oral tradition, something that is rapidly being lost in today’s world. Specializing in ghost lore regarding historic sites, many of the accounts are from the Somerset, Hunterdon, and Morris County areas of New Jersey with occasional references to stories from other counties, states, or regions. This presentation is lots of fun and perfect for a variety of audiences at any time of year...NOT JUST HALLOWEEN!

 

Thursday, Sept 21, 2006

Speaker Series: David Cowell-"Turn your plate over and have a good Read!"

 

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