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Inside the Brick Academy - The Newsletter of The Historical Society of the Somerset HillsThe Latest Edition of "Inside the Brick Academy" is out to the membership.
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The Blairsden Estate History Video Series

The Blairsden Video SeriesOne of the most exciting open house events, the Mansion in May allows a glimpse into the grandeur of the gilded age at the turn of the 20th century. Take a step back in time as narrator W. Barry Thomson and Brooks Betz collaborate again to bring you the Blairsden History Series: The Estate Tour.

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BEDMINSTER and the Rest of Somerset Hills is Coming to Basking Ridge

A new permenant exhibit is now at the Brick Academy - the History of BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP.

What is now Delicious Heights was once The Bedminster Hotel - owned by Charles PfizerImages, Stories, structures, people, estates and more are going to be presented as THSSH continues to promote history in the Somerset Hills. Look here for more news soon on this great new exhibit.

We're very excited to bring everyone to show off one of the jewels of the Somerset Hills. Look for the exhibit in early May. In the meantime, visit our online photo archive and look at some of the great postcards and photos from the early 1900s.

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Somerset County Awards Generous Historic Preservation Grants to Three Local Historic Efforts

Brick Academy Awarded 2013 GrantThe Somerset County Historic Preservation Committee awarded three major grants to historic properties in the Somerset Hills communities of Basking Ridge and Bernardsville. With the help of many, we'd like to recognize and congratulate each of the three organizations for there dedication towards preserving our local history.

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Historic Original Brick Academy Students booksOriginal 1888 Brick Academy Student's School Books Come Home

Donated by the great, great, great grandson of Basking Ridge resident Michael Scheuereman, two antique books that once belonged to the Brick Academy student William Scheuereman were recently donated to THSSH. Take a step back in time and come see these great pieces of our local history. Printed back in 1888 by D. Appleton and Company of New York, they're now on display at THSSH at the Brick Academy.


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Lorraine Passmore Scholarship FundHistory Scholarship Program

The Lorraine Passmore Historic Preservation Scholarship Program honors a dedicated member and encourages historic preservation practice. Read more

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

Betsy Ross, Was She Really Buried in Basking Ridge?

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
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A Digital Gem - Ludwig Schumacher's The Somerset Hills - c1900
Digital Gem - A Rare Book - A Great Download

The Library of Congress, with a grant provided by the Sloan Foundation, has digitized a fantastic book that was originally published back in 1900 totally dedicated to the Somerset Hills area. Read about Bedminster, Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, and all the other great areas.

Full of facts, background, and some great story telling that dates back to the early 17th century. The complete book is 135 pages, but they are small. Images included as well.

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Inside America Limited Edition Bernards 250 edition

This sure to be a classic Bernards Township local collectible, "Around and About - Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner, and Lyons - a 148 page limited release and only available from the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills.
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